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Opulence MAG

May 1, 2008
By AquaGem SILVER, Kalamazoo, Michigan
AquaGem SILVER, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~Henry Kissinger

Life it too short to let you matter.

I’ve been watching him for days now. When he leaves his house to go to school, I’m the one carefully tailing him, switching cars every day to make myself look less suspicious. If he ever sneaks out of his second-story room, I’ll be the one silently watching from a nearby tree. In class when he turns, feeling eyes on the back of his head, I’m the one who sent the hair on the back of his neck up on end. I am the girl whose shadow is always slightly overlapping his.

Being assigned to watch him almost makes me
feel like I’m not a stalker. Though I’m only 17, I’m a full-fledged member of the organization known as O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E. I’ve been with them since the ­tender age of five. It’s my home. Being an orphan, my office is also my permanent residence, the couch a fold-out bed. There are many others like me: no family. A lot of us are loners and haven’t chosen this route for ourselves.

I’m a tracker. I have been for years and some might say that I am the best at not being the best. In other words, I’m great at being invisible. Or at not being noticed. It’s not as hard as the others in the organization think. Being young and female is good, since most we track are young. Seeing me around younger people – my age, actually – doesn’t raise alarm bells. It helps that I’m cute. With a small frame, light hazel eyes, and short blond hair that curls under my chin, I don’t appear threatening. Of course, my ­organization-funded training doesn’t back that theory.

Soon I won’t be tracking down others with the power. They are finally going to give me an apprentice. After years of mastering everything I’ve been taught, they see my potential. That’s not to say I know everything. Even with my extended life I won’t be able to learn all the things I want to. If only this annoying boy would show the signs. It’s been almost a week. If he doesn’t show soon, they’ll reassign me. That much longer until I get my apprentice.

So here I am, sipping a latté and waiting for the Target to leave for school. I have been put in all of his classes in case something happens there, though I graduated high school years ago. Private tutors sped things up. With no family or personal ties, I had lots of time to devote to my studies. Martial arts black belts. Twelve languages, not including English. Everything a girl needs for a serious career in the agency. Such positions of power are not handed out easily. You must prove yourself many times over.

The Target and I have never spoken, but I know a lot about him. His file told me some, but after watching him for only a few days, I feel confident in saying that I know things no one else does. Not just the obvious, either. He resents his father and is protective of his mother, which makes me suspect the father is less than faithful. He smiles often but doesn’t make a lot of eye contact. He usually only speaks when spoken to. Although he has many friends, he isn’t close with any of them. The Target is observant, a watcher. This leads me to believe we would get along if he shows any promise.

I look down at my watch, then back at his house a few blocks away. The Target is late, which means I’ll be late too. Today my ride is a shiny black sports car, not out of place in this suburb full of midlife-crisis men. I turn on the engine impatiently. I’m fiddling with the radio when I hear something. I don’t feel any immediate danger, and I know to trust those feelings. But I ­also know that something is off.

Just as I am about to get out of the car and pretend to look in the trunk, the passenger door opens. I look up in surprise as the Target slides into the seat next to me. I grin, quite pleased by this turn of events. This is definitely a good sign. Perhaps intuition is strong in him. That would be good for my apprentice to have, complementary. I could handle having to deal with that.

“Hello, Lenna. Why have you been following me for a week now?” the Target asks lightly, conversationally, his first words ever said in my direction.

Ah, one of my many aliases. The organization set it up so that whenever I’m on a case, I get a new name, past, and present. It’s very powerful. The organization can basically do anything it needs; it has people everywhere imaginable. I’m just one of many, though there aren’t that many at the top, as I am. They don’t trust many to be trackers. Or to be apprentices. All of the full members have the power, though we control others to get things done.

My smile deepens as I say in my authoritative, professional voice, “My real name is Jade. I am a witch of the moon and a tracker for the organization known as O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E. You are also a witch. We would like to formally welcome you into the organization as my apprentice. Here is my card for verification.”

Jade Wordsworth
Tracker for O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E
Official Political Understanding Lending ­Everyone ­Navigation for Co-Existing Ethereals
Office hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon-Sat
Phone: 555-5555
Proud league of witches of the sun and moon.

“What do you mean ‘moon and sun’? Or ‘tracker’?” he asks, still looking at my card like it’s going to ­disappear.

“Types of magic. Moon is all about spells, the sun is more potion-based, though each type of witchcraft involves the other somehow. As a tracker, I find people like you and I bring them to O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E. Every witch must register, train, and become a member by law. In fact, the organization is like a government targeted toward witches,” I explain with a smile, loving the fact that this time I get to teach the newbie.

“Magic? Seriously?” he asks, eyes wide, meeting mine. They are large, yellow, and catlike.

I click a button on my left, automatically locking the doors. I put the car into drive, pulling out onto the road. As an afterthought I add as a courtesy, “I think you had better come with me.” .

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on Feb. 19 at 8:35 am
Shiv1 BRONZE, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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Love it!

on Nov. 30 2023 at 2:17 pm
justarandomguy, Florida, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
don't let people define you, only you can.

You did great on this one.

on Dec. 16 2022 at 4:40 pm
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Favorite Quote:
Being weird is being different and being different is good!!!!

My goshhh, these are all so cool! Great job!

on Dec. 2 2022 at 8:28 pm
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Favorite Quote:
"What greater gift than the love of a cat." --Charles Dickens

It's not bad at all. Nice job. Good feedback for you!!

ElaM ELITE said...
on Jul. 21 2022 at 8:50 pm
ElaM ELITE, Surrey, Columbia
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Favorite Quote:
“I was ashamed of myself when I realized life was a costume party; and I attended with my real face.” ~Franz Kafka

Amazing story!

Reon said...
on Feb. 10 2022 at 3:21 am
Reon, Hamilton, Waikato, Other
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This is so good. I need more of this story. I like how much depth you added to Jade in such a short amount of space.

on Dec. 25 2021 at 6:18 pm
TessaDreamAuthor_3000 PLATINUM, Tomball, Texas
37 articles 2 photos 147 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton
" Balance your life with spiritual experiences that remind and prepare you for continued, daily ministering to others." - M. Russell Ballard
"Love is expressed in a smile, a wave, a kind comment, a compliment." - Thomas S. Monson

I do not believe once you publish a piece of work, that you can delete it. Sorry.
To the author that wrote this piece, I was not expecting this to be so good! I've been avoiding this piece for a while because the cover had no interest to me. But then, curiosity took over me, and I was convinced to read it and BOY WAS I HAPPY I DID! Please write a sequel to this. I would really appreciate it.

on Jul. 24 2021 at 7:10 am
Crazywolfiegirl2 PLATINUM, Kington, Other
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Favorite Quote:
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. —Rachel Carson

Hey, I loved this. I just have a question since lots of people comment on here. Does anyone know how to delete a piece of work? Because I wrote a story that I would like to do again because reading through it again I made a lot of major mistakes, and I would like to delete it and write it again. Anyone know how to delete things then?

on Mar. 31 2021 at 1:02 pm
Will-O-Wisp BRONZE, Chuckey, Tennessee
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That was awesome!

BookWorm2007 said...
on Dec. 23 2020 at 9:06 am
BookWorm2007, Wayne, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"If at first you don't succeed, hide all evidence of your failure."

I loved this! I really want to have this book. It seems like just the right amount of Spy mixed with Magic.

dinooo BRONZE said...
on Nov. 15 2020 at 5:10 pm
dinooo BRONZE, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.

Wow! This is amazing! I want to know what happens next sooo bad!!!!

on Aug. 10 2020 at 7:16 am
Princessknightrachael, Lagos, Other
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Favorite Quote:
never give up,
love conquerors all,
good always wins the bad

so goooood

on Apr. 27 2020 at 10:28 am
read4ever BRONZE, Newfields, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
" It is my belief that there are two people in the world: Those who look at clouds and see shapes, and those who look at clouds and see clouds."

When are you publishing this?

on Apr. 15 2020 at 4:46 am
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Favorite Quote:
If I succed I am a genius if I fail I am a madman
Albert Einstein


on Nov. 6 2019 at 10:02 pm
Bella_Queen DIAMOND, Plymouth, Ohio
90 articles 26 photos 79 comments

Favorite Quote:
Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.
-Walt Whitman

Totally in love with this story! I read all three sneak peeks, and honestly wish I was holding the book right now, amazing job :)

on May. 4 2019 at 5:13 pm
Maddie_Cheshire SILVER, London, Other
6 articles 2 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
I'm not crazy. My reality is just different from yours. ~The Cheshire Cat

Honestly wow this is amazing. If it was made into a book (which i say you DEFINITELY should do) I would totally fangirl :)

BarfsauceX said...
on Mar. 29 2019 at 10:20 am
BarfsauceX, Mt. Sterling, Ohio
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We need a full book of this masterpiece. It kept my mouth watering the entire time. just amazing

on Nov. 11 2018 at 10:31 pm
JustANerdyIntrovert BRONZE, Beaverton, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
Happiness con be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light"
-Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

you seriously need to make this into a book, it just pulls you in and doesn't let go.

on Nov. 11 2018 at 10:30 pm
JustANerdyIntrovert BRONZE, Beaverton, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
Happiness con be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light"
-Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

you seriously need to make this into a book, it just pulls you in and doesn't let go.

on Nov. 11 2018 at 4:57 am
chlo_heckers BRONZE, Narromine, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"When you left, I wanted to die. That made me stronger, now I want to live more than ever" - Myself

You seriously need to make this into a book. This being the prologue. It is soooo good! I would definitely buy and read it! Captured my attention from the very beginning!!