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:
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