"Would you like to play a game, Sophia Jones?"
Sophia froze in fear. A strange man was in her room looking at her. She screamed as hard as she could, but no one came. After a while, she tried to run, but the door was looked and so was the window. In that time the strange man just stood there looking at her. After she realized that she had nowhere to go, she started a conversation, trying to look as innocent as possible.
"Huh, what do you want from me?"
"Let's play a game of cards." he replied coldly
"Sure! I like playing cards! But first shouldn't you tell me your name?"
"My name..." said the strange man hesitant
After a few seconds of silence the tall man said:
"I am Vincent. Now let's play the game, first I should inform you about the stakes. As you saw earlier you are stuck here. If you win, I'll let you leave, but if you lose... you die."
The fact that her life was at stake was a shock to Sophia, but she was used to keeping a poker face. Vincent explained the rules and then showed her the playing cards deck. But before he could draw the first card he was interrupted.
"Hey Mr. Vincent, why do you do this?" said Sophia while coming closer
"Making me play this awful game. My name is Sophia by the way, we could be friends, or even more..."
Sophia was getting closer and closer to him until she was close enough to see him better. She looked up to see his face that, from afar, was covered by the red hat he was wearing. She saw his face better than anyone before her. She saw his short, well maintained beard, anchor style. His lips were slim and his nose was sharp. Added to all this, his white, soft skin made him look as beautiful as an idol. But then she saw a detail that change her perspective of him. His eyes were glowing red and had a cat-like pupils. Even with her skill in keeping her poker face, she couldn't hide her fear, and made a few steps back.
"Should we start the game?" said the man undisturbed
"Wait, I am truly sorry. That must be a rare condition right? I am sorry I reacted the way I have, you must feel insulted now."
"Let me make up to you!"
Sophia approached him once again.
"Wow, you are so tall! Lean a little please."
Vincent just did what he was told and leaned. Then the girl's face came closer to his and their lips touched. Or so did Sophia think. In reality, Vincent sealed the girl's lips together, creating the impression of a kiss. When Sophia realized that her planned has failed, she immediately retreated.
"First card is a 9. Now that you can't talk I guess you have to make a sign to say your answer. Point up for higher and down for lower." continued Vincent.
The girl's expression changed from a innocent one to an angry one. Her plan was to convince Vincent to let her go, and make him forget about the game, but Vincent saw right through her plan. Sophia was trying to open her mouth and say something, but regardless of how hard she tried, she couldn't do it.
"You can't talk your way out of this one, Sophia Jones. All your life you have been manipulating, lying, scamming people, and even ruining their lives, all with that sweet talk of yours. But this time you lost your main weapon. What will you do now?"
"Sophia got up and tried to attack Vincent, but before she even came close to him, with a wave of his arm, Vincent cut of Sophia's arm.
"I guess you have only one arm now. If you lose that you won't be able to play the game anymore and that means... that you will die."
But Sophia wasn't discouraged by Vincent's threat. She looked around the room and threw at him all the sharp objects she could find. A metal airplane she manipulated her cousin to buy her, an arrow that she stole from her uncle, and a set of expensive crayons that her parents bought her. Of course Vincent was dodging all of her attacks.
After she couldn't find anymore sharp objects, she used the bike to try and run him over. Her room was big enough for that. While of course this attack was inefficient, Vincent eyes were glowing, the same way they glowed when Adam was struggling. But different from Adam, Sophia noticed that sudden and discrete change on Vincent's face and stopped.
"Are you already done?" said Vincent
"Just as I thought, he is looking for something. His voice was indifferent and cold just until now, but now there is some emotion in it." thought Sophia
"I won't play your game. I will get out of here without playing the game."
"You can't do that. You already tried that and failed."
" I wont manipulate you this time. I will pull this door until it opens." said Sophia while looking Vincent in the eyes
The spark was still there! That meant that she was on the right track. She first started to pull the door's knob with her hand, after she exhausted herself, she tied the door's knob to the bike and pedaled, in hope that the door will open. That didn't work either. Vincent was watching her without saying anything, but with the same spark in his eyes. After many hours of trying, the girl exhausted herself and couldn't even move anymore.
"You... might be-" said Vincent
"Huh? I might what?"
"No, first I have to make sure."
"Make sure of what?"
Vincent clapped his hands together once making a loud noise that echoed. Then he did it again, and again. Then he suddenly stopped.
"Answer me, what is your name?"
"Sophia Jones." murmured Sophia
"So the hypnosis worked... What are you thinking right now? Oh and I guess I should heal your lips now."
"Sparkling eyes... Manipulate... Make him pay... "
"Just as I taught. She was nothing special after all."
The strange man prepared to undo the hypnosis, but then Sophia continued
"I have... to get something... myself... for once."
"Or maybe she has the spirit."
Vincent clapped his hands once again and Sophia was conscious again. But when she looked in his eyes, the spark was gone.
"What happen-" Sophia was interrupted
"You have 30 more seconds, if you don't answer, I will kill you." said Vincent coldly.
"Fine, fine! Higher!"
"The card is a 9. The probability of being a lower card is higher than being a higher one."
"That's my final answer!"
Vincent drew another card. First he looked at it then he showed it to Sophia.
"It's a 13. Congratulation you have won the game!"
Sophia was overjoyed. Everything was over and she could leave now.
"Well I guess it's time to say goodbye now, Sophia Jones."
Sophia had one last thing to say to Vincent.
"What is it?"
Sophia whispered in his ear:
"From one manipulator to another, I will give you some advice. You are not doing a good job. I don't know exactly what you want to obtain but that little game is a cover up. You won't get what you want because you are missing something. And that's greed!"
After saying that, Sophia opened the door. Vincent disappeared and everything was back to normal. All the mess that Sophia created while attacking Vincent was gone too.
"What did just happened? "
Her memories were gone too! But she did have something left. She felt disgusted by her previous actions and for some reason that she couldn't understand she stopped manipulating and lying short after that. She donated all the stuff she didn't need to charity and from then on she became a better person.
Thanks guys for reading my story so far! This chapter we learned a lot about this mysterious man, Vincent. I wonder what is he looking for? Well anyway I won't tell you to leave a comment this time because you already know how important is that. What about considering adding my story to your library? That way you will always know when I post a new chapter. Think about that.
I hope you have a beautiful day!