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?


11. Freefalling

"Maxwell, what are you doing?!" Maxine exclaimed.

"We're getting out of here." He replied, taking her hand, and taking off down the corridor.

"Is this really such a wise idea?"

"Maybe not, but, its either this, our spending the rest of your life locked away."

"Good point."

They ran along the corridor, several guards now chasing them. They turned several corners, ascending flights of stairs.

"How are we even getting out?" Maxine asked, doing her best to keep up with her brother.

"I haven't gotten that far." Maxwell replied, fumbling in his pocket for his identification card.

He slid it through a reader, and shoved open the door.

Revealing the roof of the building.

"This is the roof Maxwell." Maxine said, point-blank.

"I know Maxine." He replied.

"Where are we supposed to go now?" Maxine asked, "we're basically trapped up here."

"Don't you have a giant bird creature, or something?" Maxwell asked, "a Boutia, or anything?"

"So you just operated under the assumption that I had one?!" Maxine exclaimed, "Maxwell, that's gonna get you killed one day."

"Do you have one?!"

"Surprisingly enough, yes."

Maxine was about to call the creature out, when the siblings were suddenly thrown on their backs, Maxwell landing dangerously close to the edge of the roof, his glasses having fallen from his face, (again), and landing a few feet from where he lay.

He reached out to scoop them up, when a foot appeared, and proceeded to snap the frame in two, and grind the remaining lens into dust.

"Honestly Maxwell?" Dr. Cooper said, "the roof? of all places..."

"Whatever it takes to get away from you." Maxwell replied, sitting up.

"I'm sure, Maxwell, but you have failed."

Two guards grabbed Maxwell, and forced him to his feet. pulling his arms behind his back. Maxwell peered behind his father, and saw that two other guards already had his sister.

"You were always such a hard-headed boy Maxwell." Dr. Cooper said, "Shall we test just how thick that skull of yours is?"

"What are you talking about?" Maxwell asked.

"My, you are thick." Dr. Cooper replied, "Can't you figure it out?"

Dr. Cooper snapped his fingers, and the guards holding Maxwell began pulling him towards the edge of the roof.

"What?! Dad don't! What the hell?!" Maxwell exclaimed, "You can't seriously be thinking about tossing me off the roof?! we're thirty feet up!"

"So, you're not as hard-headed as I thought." his father replied, "And I'm not thinking about it, you ARE about to be thrown from the roof."

Maxwell did his best to break free from the guards, but to no avail, and several seconds later, he found himself in freefall, barely able to hear Maxine scream his name.

He landed hard on the concrete, hard enough to start slowly losing consciousness. Maxwell tried to move, to stay conscious, but he couldn't, Maxwell couldn't stay conscious, and his legs wouldn't move.

He saw Maxine flew down towards him on a giant bird creature. She landed beside him, dismounted the bird, and knelt beside him. Maxwell tried to say something to her, but the words wouldn't come, instead he lapsed completely into unconsciousness, the world fading completely from his sight.

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