Chapter 13:

Goodbye

Magnum Opus


Three attacks, two happened at the same time. Now it makes sense that I saw the tuxedo guy at the police station, he was one of the members not the same person at school and the hospital. Bookmark here

I look around to see if Hope has finished. Bookmark here

One of our reporters tells us that the murdered is still at the same place. It seems he is at the victim’s house. Many officers had been seen getting close to…Bookmark here

*click*Bookmark here

What the…?Bookmark here

“Hey, wait a second I was listening to that!” I raised my voice to let the bar girl notice me.Bookmark here

She looks at me and does nothing. Bookmark here

“Hey, did you hear me, turn that on!” I yelled as I stand up and head towards her.Bookmark here

“Sorry I can´t, I am not interested in those things only on music. Besides nobody seems to care.”Bookmark here

She´s right, I look around and everybody seems to be on their business- It´s like they were not really paying attention to the radio.Bookmark here

“Listen, the only reason we have music at this Café it´s because the boss likes it and everyone respects him so there are no complaints.”Bookmark here

“Tch” I let her know I´m bothered.Bookmark here

Wait, the news said that there were three attacks, but only two of them had O3 and O5, meaning that the other attack wasn´t label. But why? Also, if the police had been seen going to that place so quickly it´ll means that happened in the wealthy part of the city. If we leave this place early we may know where all this happened.Bookmark here

Hopefully they catch the tuxedo guy, that way my family will stop thinking I am part of them… wait a minute. How did my brother know there were more than one? Did he just come up with that? No, it´s impossible, he never would do that, he may know something we don´t, after all he works for the emperor.Bookmark here

“Let´s go.” I hear Hope´s voice. She´s carrying a baggage.Bookmark here

I nod and follow her. My curiosity is killing me right now. Why do I want to know who the tuxedo guy is? Am I really that desperate to prove I am innocent to my family? Bookmark here

We walk towards the street the old man is leading the way out.Bookmark here

She puts her baggage on the back part of the bike.Bookmark here

“John, this may be the last time we see each other, that is why I will give an advice. From what I can see in you is that you are all over the place, so reflect about yourself, who you really are and accept whatever darkness comes from it. Once you find yourself you´ll start living your life.”Bookmark here

“Where did that come Sir?” I´m utterly confused, I feel those words are not for me. Bookmark here

“Don’t you worry young man, you are in that part of your life where you don´t know yourself. You can take my words or not, it´s all your choice.” He says that with a smile as if he was talking to his own son.Bookmark here

“See you Jean, take care.” Hope says to the old man.Bookmark here

“Bye guys. John! Look after Hope for me” The old man says in laughter,Bookmark here

What the? Why is he saying that? What is so funny anyway. Why is everyone telling what to do. I feel like I don´t have the control in my life anymore.Bookmark here

I look at Hope, she seems happy. I will talk to her about the old man later, maybe she can open herself up more.Bookmark here

And so we leave the café.Bookmark here

The old man´s words echoed in my head. “know yourself…”. I know myself.Bookmark here

I´m crap. Bookmark here

I am a horrible human being.Bookmark here

I am a consumer of human resources. Bookmark here

The world would be better off without me.Bookmark here

What should I know about myself, that I should have died at school!Bookmark here

Without noticing I tighten my grab.Bookmark here

Hope slows downs and we park.Bookmark here

Did I hurt her?Bookmark here

“I´m sorry Hope I didn´t mean to…”Bookmark here

*Sniff sniff*Bookmark here

She´s crying.Bookmark here

“Are you okay Hope, I´m sorry for grabbing you that hard.”Bookmark here

“It´s not that.” She says trying not to cry.Bookmark here

“Then, what it is?”Bookmark here

“Jean… Jean… he´s gonna die….”Bookmark here

The old man?Bookmark here

“Why? How?”Bookmark here

“He has a terminal illness. He Is going to die soon.”Bookmark here

Crap. I didn´t know that. I thought that his only issue was that he got completely burnt.Bookmark here

I remember what Frank the employee told me back then. “You should be careful with your words…” damnit. Right now, I don´t know what to say. What should I do?!Bookmark here

Without thinking much, I hug her.Bookmark here

As soon as I do it she pushes me back, but grabs me by my shirt not letting me go.Bookmark here

She kneels and continues crying.Bookmark here

I look at her. Bookmark here

I see my mom.Bookmark here

My heart is racing, a storm of emotions flow throughout my body.Bookmark here

I instinctively kneel and hug her. Why? I don´t know but I am holding her as tight as I can.Bookmark here

Why did my mother appear like that when I see hope?Bookmark here

I don´t understand and right I don´t to.Bookmark here

All I want is to comfort her now.Bookmark here

Or maybe…Bookmark here

Is it…Bookmark here

Is it me?Bookmark here

The one looking for comfort.Bookmark here

Mr. Kind

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