Quickly the man pacing the room stopped and turned as I walked in before laughing and clapping a hand over his mouth, a natural reaction really to having an eleven year old boy walk in.
“Afternoon,” I said as I closed the door behind me and stood face the man with my arms folded, “Ben right?” I asked and the man tucked his hands into his pocket and raised a eyebrow.
“Yes,” he replied before laughing again, “I do apologise but, after what I’ve heard about the Shadows and integration, having a child walk in wasn’t quite what I expected…I’m not exactly the type to think ‘aww cute a child’ and be thrown off guard.” He stated motioning speech marks with his hands.
“Naturally, but Ben, do I look like a normal ‘child’ to you?” I asked copying his actions, to which he frowned slightly. Many people always found the violet of my eyes and hair unusual, but this was a man used to the supernatural, he would suspect even more.
I watched him continue to frown and open his mouth to say something before closing it again. Quietly and softly I walked around him and just kept circling in complete silence for about ten minutes never letting my eyes leave his.
“Okay, stop that.” He said with a shudder before backing into one of the corners. Simply nodding I stopped in the middle of the room and sat down, again my eyes on his, trying as hard as possible not to blink.
A few times he tried to avert his eyes from mine, but always seemed to be drawn back to them, the colour captivating him, his curiosity actually leading him into my snare. Adrix and Blake had certainly been right when they said he was able to protect his mind, but my actions or lack of them were unnerving him, leading the man himself to weaken trying to work out what I was doing, his own paranoia working in my favour.
I just needed one push, something big and surprising to push him over the edge. From reading his notes I guessed that he may not have come across any Kitsune before and I was sure that my changing forms into a fox would be a surprise, and I was right.
“Bloody hell!” The man screeched and jumped further back against the wall holding a hand out in front, “Do not come any closer…” He stated, fear in his voice, the surprise doing exactly what I wanted, the few unguarded seconds where I could access his mind the information right there in front of me, the thing which had been on his mind the most and until now protected from everyone. “What are you?” He asked as I turned back his breath still short.
“A violet Shadow.” I answered before turning around and heading towards the door which I opened and started to step through before turning back quickly, “Butley Priory right?” I asked with a quick wink watching the man shake his head and begin to start pleading before I stepped fully through and shut the door behind me.
“Nice work.” Adrix remarked clapping me on the back before motioning towards the door back into the corridor but before leaving a quickly glanced over my shoulder looking through the window. The man was on his knees at the door, hands banging on it, shaking his head furiously repeating over and over again ‘Please no, just leave them, they haven’t done anything, please don’t hurt them.’
“Adrix what will you do now, when you send people to Butley Priory?” I asked looking up at him but it was Blake who answered instead.
“Not answer that question until you are old enough to handle the answer.” He said bluntly exchanging a look with Adrix before we all walked back down the corridor, Adrix keeping one proud hand on my shoulder.
A small smirk began to spread across my face, my first mission as a Shadow had been a great success and Adrix was proud of me, I couldn’t be happier and the buzz which it made me feel was like something I’d never felt before – I could read people, manipulate people, I had power.
(As ever thanks for reading! – Cx)