Of Mice, and Men

Maxine Ursula Cooper, she's apart of a group of monster trainers, known as: Zodiac 13, she wears a fingerless glove, which, under no circumstances, is she to ever take off, and, oh, her brother, Maxwell Jordan Cooper, (who, like her, wears a glove, that is never to be removed), works for their father, who is the head of Zodiac 13's enemy, The Nexus Society.

So, what happens one day, when Maxine is kidnapped, and brought to her brother's office? And why, can't they ever take off their gloves?


5. Articfical Life Force

"Hello Maxine," he said, shoving several papers aside, and laying his arms on the table. "please have a seat. We have so much to talk about."

"Where am I?" Maxine asked, sitting down in a chair opposite her brother.

"The Nexus Society, but you really should have figured that, when you walked in..."

Maxine's eyes widened in horror. The Nexus Society was headed by her father.

It was Zodiac 13's enemy. And she was now a prisoner there.

Maxwell leaned back in his chair, arms filed, with a snug grin on his face. He was obviously enjoying his sister's reaction.

"Why are you surprised?" He asked, "after all, didn't Mom tell you everything? Of course, you were only a baby when she took you away. So even if she did, you wouldn't remember."

"Why?" Maxine asked.

"Why, what?" Maxwell asked, slightly confused.

"Why can't you see it?" Maxine replied, "Dad is doing.... Whatever the hell he's doing, because he's a twisted freak. Do you even know what he's doing?"

"Oh my g--" Maxwell said, "Did they poison your mind?. Maxine, I don't know, what you're thinking, but Dad isn't like that. Mom was crazy for taking you away,"

It was obvious that Maxwell was getting a little aggrevated with his sister.

"Maxwell, why do you do this? What are you getting from it?" Maxine asked.

"I could ask you the same thing, Maxi," her brother replied, resting his arms on the desk, intertwining his fingers.

"Please, don't call me that," she said, resting her head, in her hand.

"Why?" Maxwell asked, "because it's so childish? Like you?"

"Why, am I here? What does Dad, want with me?"

"Maxine, do I look like I know?" Maxwell asked, "I only do as Father says, I never ask questions."

"And why?" Maxine asked, "is it because you're afraid of what he might have planned?"

Maxwell suddenly yanked his sister from her chair, slammed her against the wall,holding her by her neck, and drew his first back to punch her.

"Now kids, play nice..."

That was the unmistakable voice of Dr. Franklin Cooper, their father.

Maxwell paused for a second, anger evident on his face. He nearly, almost hit Maxine, finally deciding to drop his fist when the door to his office opened.

And his father walked in.

"Maxwell! Didn't I just tell you to play nice with your sister?"

"Yes, Dad." Maxwell replied, letting go of Maxine's neck, and backing away.

"Hello dear." Dr. Cooper said, touching his daughter's cheek.

"Don't touch me," Maxine replied, smacking his hand away.

"Now, is that the way to greet your father?"

"No," Maxine replied, "but it's the way to greet twisted freaks, like you."

"Maxi!" Maxwell exclaimed.

"I said, don't call me that!"

"You don't talk to Dad like that!"

"Just because, you can't see it Maxwell--"

"Shut up, you little bit--" Maxwell said.

"Maxwell! be nice, to your sister." Their father interrupted.

"Why?" Maxwell asked, annoyance in his voice. "you heard her, didn't you?"

"Oh, I did, loud and clear, Maxwell." Dr. Cooper replied. "How have you wondered, why you were never allowed to remove your glove?"

"Yes, but what does that have to do with anything?" Maxwell asked.

Dr.Cooper snapped his fingers, and several men in black suits walked in.

"Restrain them."

The men grabbed both Maxine, and Maxwell. Pulling Maxwell's bare hand roughly behind his back, (causing him to cry out in pain), and pinning his gloved hand on his desk.

Maxine tried to break free from her captors, to help her brother, (despite how much of a prick he was being), but got her own arms yanked tighter behind her back as a result.

"What the hell Dad?!" Maxwell exclaimed.

"Both you, and your sister, are just science experiments. Both of you, would have died only hours after birth, if it weren't for my quick thinking, and the artificial life force, stored in your gloves."

Maxine gasped, artificial life force? Was she even technically alive?

"Your sister is right Maxwell," Dr. Cooper said, reaching for his son's glove, "I am a twisted freak, you're only alive for my purposes. Should have ran away with your mother, but now I have you both."

Grasping the hem of it, Franklin Cooper began pulling Maxwell's glove away from his hand, causing his son to scream in agony.

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