last chance, part 4

The work had been more difficult than Anton had anticipated.  Professor… no, he didn’t need to call her that anymore.  He had dropped out of school and so no longer needed to address her as such.  Hoya, his former professor and current employer, had challenged him with his first assignment.

At first, he had been worried that he might make a mistake, that he had perhaps gotten involved with something, and someone, that was beyond his expertise.  However, as he immersed himself in the project he realized that he reveled in the challenge.  Anton even enjoyed doing the research to make sure he was handling all the chemicals properly.  When he’d been studying magic, he had hated doing the research.

As he sealed the tubing, locking the hazardous materials safely within, he removed his mask.  The chemical components no longer posed a threat to him, or anyone for that matter, until he set the bomb in place and rigged the trigger.  Then it would cause a great deal of issues for several very important people.  But, Anton didn’t concern himself with those details.

Besides, that’s what he was getting paid for.

And it felt good to finally be rewarded for something he was good at.

It felt right.  It made him feel whole, important, powerful.

Absentmindedly he scratched at the tingling mark on his arm where Hoya had burned the sigul of his new profession into his skin.  He knew it was more than she said it was but he didn’t care.  Lifting his bomb off his work table he smiled deeply, viciously, and then tucked the device safely away into his bag.  That night he would go put it into place.

Tomorrow the world would be reborn.


Word Count: 288

This is the fourth part in a new story I guess I’m working on, since I keep coming back to it.  The first three parts are linked to throughout the story above in sections that tie back to the previous installments.  This part is written in response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

a (1) : a cover or partial cover for the face used for disguise(2) : a person wearing a mask : masker
b (1) : a figure of a head worn on the stage in antiquity to identify the character and project the voice (2) : a grotesque false face worn at carnivals or in rituals
: an often grotesque carved head or face used as an ornament (as on a keystone)
: a sculptured face or a copy of a face made by means of a mold
: something that serves to conceal or disguise : pretense,cloak <aware of the masks, facades and defenses people erect to protect themselves — Kenneth Keniston
: something that conceals from view
: a translucent or opaque screen to cover part of the sensitive surface in taking or printing a photograph
: a pattern of opaque material used to shield selected areas of a surface (as of a semiconductor) in deposition or etching (as in producing an integrated circuit)
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.

32 thoughts on “last chance, part 4

    • All a matter of perspective – I think there are only a few people in the world who know they are evil and relish hurting others – the rest think they are doing something that needs to be done. Whether they are good or evil will depend entirely on whether or not they are successful…
      Thank you!

    • A major explosion? A major payday? A major career enhancement? Or, perhaps, a major failure… I’m not sure Hoya and the people she works with would be people I’d want to disappoint.

  1. Curious about the itching brand. Way to leave this on an ominous note! (Although, with the luck he’s had so far, I’m not sure if the world will be reborn, or he will just blow himself up 🙂

    • If he’d attempted this sort of feat with magic, he definitely would have blown himself up. As it is… I wouldn’t want to be one of the people he (or Hoya) is targeting…

  2. I like the idea of a student recruited into terrorism by his/her professor, very interesting. Especially in what seems — from the studying magic bit — to be an urban fantasy setting.

    “proffesion” should be “profession” and “Lifting his bomb of his work table” should be “Lifting his bomb *off* his work table”

    • Thanks for the edits. As good as I am at finding errors in what others write, I’m terrible at seeing them in my own work.

      As for this story, I am having fun seeing what it is turning in to. It certainly isn’t what I thought it would be when I wrote the first part.

    • It’s hard to tell right now if Anton is a good guy or not… perhaps the people he is working with are part of a resistance movement fighting against an evil empire? Then again, perhaps he is helping the evil spread. Too soon to tell for sure. Glad you liked it!

  3. A modern take on a relevant topic of our times-educated fanatics or greedy people being inducted into terrorism!Great going-loved the part where,”he smiled deeply, viciously,”:-)

  4. This was an easy, fast and enjoyable read. I plan to go back and read the other installments. This one certainly wet my appetite to find out how Anton got to this particular work. The part about the magic was interesting. I’d like to know more about why he decided to do this. Was it just because of money or something else. The brand was also of interest to me.

    How do I say this? I’ve not read the other works, but Anton didn’t evil to me until the end where he smiles “viciously.” I sort of liked not really being certain about his motives, even though he is creating a bomb that will cause the world to be reborn. I hope this makes sense

    • Makes sense to me.
      And, the vicious smile could just be because he is taking such immense pleasure in the work he is doing that it feels wrong… whether or not it is…
      I hope you enjoy the other installments.

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