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The Nightwatcher Chronicles: Assassination - IWasAnonymous

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Chapter 3

The can flew and struck one of the guys holding the pistol on the side of his head. His body went limp and fell to the ground along with his pistol.

“Leave her alone,” I snarled.

The Cobra King gang members turned to face me. They wore blue jeans and identical letterman jackets. The jackets were red and white and on them was a picture of a cobra with a crown on it.

“What are you going to do about it?” the guy with the other pistol asked.

“Believe me. You don’t want me and my friends to do something about it.”

“Metiyu, ene bol buruu sanaa yum.”

(Mongolian) “Matthew, this is a bad idea!” Brody said as we walked closer.

“Wiem, ale musimy coś zrobić”.

(Polish) “I know, but we have to do something,” I responded.

We kept on walking closer until I came almost a yard from the guy holding the pistol, which was now pointed at my face. I could smell his breath. It smelled like alcohol.

“The way I see it, we can settle this like reasonable men or we can resort to rather violent measures,” I suggested.

“Hate to tell you this, bub, but we aren’t ver-”

I replied to his mouthing off by slugging him in the face. The sound of bone cracking rang out as my fist connected with his jaw. He collapsed to the ground.

We fought the Cobra Kings for a good two minutes. They were a bit more difficult to fight than the Diamond Dawgs. We finished the fight with all of the Cobra Kings unconscious. Daniel helped the woman to her feet.

“Are you alright?” Daniel asked the woman.

“Yes, thank you,” she replied.

“What’s a woman of your stature doing with the Cobra Kings?” I questioned.

“Oh. I’m just a dean at Crystal Preparatory Academy and I owe them some money,” she answered.

I pulled out my wallet and tossed a couple of hundred-dollar bills on the ground. Brody was about to object but Daniel stopped him.

“I’m Mi Amora Cadenza, by the way. My friends call me Cadence. I’m the dean over the Science Department,” she said.

“Pleasure to meet you,” I said as I shook her hand.

She shook hands with the rest of us as they introduced themselves.

As mentioned before, she was sharply dressed in a long turquoise skirt and navy blue suit coat. I could see that Dean Cadence had a light-blue shirt on. She had a golden necklace. She had pink skin with pink, yellow, and purple hair.

“Isn’t CPA that rich kid school on the West side of town,” Devin asked.

“Yes, but 67% of our school’s population are actually middle-class, Devin,” Dean Cadence corrected.

“Evet. Bahse girerim bu çocuğun ebeveynleri orta sınıf maaşları yüksektir.”

(Turkish) “Yeah. I bet those kid’s parents have high middle-class paychecks,” Devin mumbled sarcastically.

“I’d better get going. I have a meeting with Principal Cinch in forty minutes. A taxi can get me there in forty-five minutes,” Dean Cadence announced.

“We can take you there quicker than that and free of charge,” Daniel offered.

“You don’t have to do that,” Dean Cadence

"It’s the least we can do,” Daniel said.

“Why thank you, boys.”

As we walked to the truck, I walked over to Daniel so we could chat. I made sure we spoke in different languages so Dean Cadence couldn’t understand the conversation.

“Qual é a grande ideia, Daniel?”

(Portuguese) “What is the big idea, Daniel?” I asked.

“Kanojo o koko ni oite oku no wa tokusakude wa arimasen. Koburakingusu ga me o samashi, tsuiseki suru baai wa dō narimasu ka?”

(Japanese) “It’s not a good idea to leave her here. What if the Cobra Kings wake up and track her down?” Daniel answered.

“Men yuk mashinasida o'zim bilmaydigan odamlarga ruxsat berganimda, Jessi nafratlanadi.”

(Uzbek) “Jessie hates it when I allow people that she doesn’t know in her truck,” I complained.

“C'est pourquoi tu ne lui dis pas.”

(French) “ That’s why you don’t tell her,” Daniel said.

“hsnana , lakunani la 'asheur bialradaa hial dhalik.”

(Arabic) “Fine, but I don’t feel good about it.”

I got into the driver’s seat and I told Daniel to get in the back. He complied and Dean Cadence got into the front passenger’s seat. She gave me the directions to Crystal Prep Academy.

Thirty-five minutes later, we arrived at the Academy. Dean Cadence's pink skin looked pale. Mainly because I was driving eighty miles per hour, 75% of the way. While the guys in the back seats were hooping and hollering as I weaved through traffic, Dean Cadence was gripping the seat and telling me to slow down.

“Have you always driven like that?” she asked, sounding shaken.

“Only when I’m in a rush,” I replied.

“Well, at least your promise was kept. I’m here early. Thank you for the lift.”

“No problem,” Daniel said.

Dean Cadence got out of the truck and closed the door. I made a u-turn and drove to a fifties-type diner that was down the road that we liked to eat at. The diner was about ten minutes away.

We arrived, got a seat, and ordered. I got a chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, a soda, and green beans. The others got different meals like bacon burgers, chicken sandwiches, and whatnot.

“So, that was an adventure,” Daniel said as he put a spoonful of collard greens in his mouth.

“Amen to that,” I agreed.

“To be honest, it beats sitting at home and waiting for…' our friend' to do something spectacular,” Brody announced.

“It feels good to take a few swings at some people. How long has it been? Six months?” Devin said.

“I don’t know about you guys but it has been a while since I’ve eaten a double bacon burger,” Daniel said.

“Daniel, you are the only person I know who’d eat collard greens with a double bacon burger,” I said.

We ate for a few minutes. Daniel left for the bathroom. While he was in there, Rainbow Dash and a couple of her friends from the softball team walked in. They were seated in a booth about three booths down from us. Devin and Brody suggested we leave because she would try to get Daniel to fight her. I agreed but we couldn’t get the waitress's attention in time. Daniel was on his way back to the table, Rainbow Dash called him out.

“Hey, Daniel! Still avoiding me, coward?!” she shouted.

Daniel ignored her and sat down. Rainbow Dash continued to trash talk Daniel and challenge him. I had to apologize to the manager because someone complained about it.

When we were walking by, Rainbow Dash said something that set Daniel off. He turned around and slammed his fist on the table. The blow knocked over a drink and a plate to jump. The table even cracked.

“Listen, you arrogant prick. I’m tired of you going on about me being a coward. It takes bravery to turn down a fight than to go through with it,” Daniel growled. “But, I'll take you on just to show you how overconfident you are. Happy now?”

From the look on Rainbow Dash’s face, she was scared. She was shaking and she was sweating. Heavily. Then, I saw her usual cocky grin creep across her face.

“You're on,” she mumbled.

After that episode, we paid for the ticket and left. We returned to the apartment and we found Hannah, Jessie, and Sunset Shimmer sitting in the living room. The rest of the guys were at the local bowling alley. The three girls were watching one of those lovey-dovey, doctor-themed, soap operas. Jessie brought some DVDs with her. Sunset Shimmer seemed very interested in the soap opera. Orange Bunny was at her computer watching cartoon voiceovers. You know the ones.

“Are you guys seriously watching this crap?” I asked.

“Yes, we are,” Jessie said.

“I suggested watching that World War 2 movie about a group of men who attacked the Japanese fortifications in the Philippines islands,” Hannah complained.

“You mean Raids Against the Rising Sun?” I asked.

“Yeah, that one,” Hannah replied.

“Hannah, you're just like your brother. You prefer war movies over something that girls like,” Jessie groaned.

“Hey, I told you that dating me was a package deal. Almost everyone in the Wilson Family had the same movie preferences as me,” I reminded.

“Shut up, you guys. They are about to reveal if Doctor Hoover is the father to Allison’s baby,” Sunset Shimmer commanded.

“I warned Sunset not to get into that bullshit but no one ever fucking listens to me,” Orange Bunny grumbled.

I rolled my eyes and went into my bedroom. After laying on my bed for ten minutes, I decided to go swimming. It had been at least three weeks since I took a dip in the pool.

I took off my clothes and put on my swimming trunks. Then, I grabbed a towel from my bathroom. On my way out, I informed everyone I was going to the pool.

I walked about two hundred meters to the swimming pools. The pool was behind the main office and it was an outdoor pool. It was also a heated pool, so it was warm.

After laying my towel on one of the pool-side chairs, I began to warm up. Some push-ups, crunches, and jumping jacks. After that, I dove in and I swam for about thirty minutes until I saw an orange figure at the edge of the pool. At first, I thought it was the manager, who had orange skin. When I got closer, the figure was Sunset Shimmer. I swam to the edge and propped myself up using my arms.

“Hey, what's up?” I asked.

“I don't know how to ask this so I’m going to ask you straight up. Can you tell me about Daniel?” she said.

“I’m assuming you want to know more about him. Well, he’s turning 19 in a few weeks. In our dimension’s time, that is. And he pl-”

“Not that. I want to know more about his character and his...past.”

“You’d better take a seat.”

Sunset Shimmer sat on a pool-side chair as I got out of the pool and sat in a chair next to her.

“Daniel is quite an interesting guy. His background isn’t the brightest one in the world. If you see Levi and Daniel hanging out a lot, that's because their pasts are similar. When Daniel was around nine years old, his father left because he fell in love with another woman. That scarred him for a long time, since he was close with his dad, at least before the divorce. Not only did the divorce scar him emotionally but physically. Have you seen a scar on his left arm?”

“Yeah. I asked him about it but he only said it was a long story.”

“He isn’t wrong. Anyway, his parents were arguing one night and he heard his dad hitting his mom. He ran into their bedroom and slugged his dad. His dad took out his pocket knife and cut him. That’s as far as I’m going with that story.”

“I had no idea that happened to Daniel,” Sunset Shimmer said.

“Neither did any of us, until he became our friend. Daniel wasn’t big on having friends. When he became our friend, which was after he got his powers, he opened up. I was unsure about him at first since he was a jerk ever since I first met him over nine years ago. Despite his past, he is a kind, loving, and courageous guy. Let me ask you a question: Why do you want to know more about Daniel?”

“I really can’t say,” Sunset Shimmer replied.

As she said that, Sunset Shimmer blushed. Then, I put the puzzle pieces together. I felt stupid for not noticing before. Sunset Shimmer had a crush on Daniel Baxter.

“You have a crush on him, don’t you?” I asked, quietly.

“Well, a little one. It’s not anything big,” she said.

“That ‘little’ crush of yours would explain why you hang around him a lot and ask about him."

“He’s a nice guy. I like Daniel Baxter, the violin player. Not as Daniel Baxter, the vile assassin on fire.”

“Understandable, but also know he has an innate temper that is close to savage. Rainbow Dash almost caused him to go over the edge today.”

“I can get past that and the age difference.”

"I sincerely doubt that,” I mumbled.

I was about to explain more about the “mysteries of Daniel Baxter” when Orange Bunny jumped the fence and landed on my chair. She scared both Sunset Shimmer and me. That’s what I get for teaching a mutant rabbit how to be stealthy.

“What are you two fuckers doing?” Orange Bunny questioned.

“We are talking. Got a problem with that?” I replied.

“I don’t, but Jessie might.”

“What on Earth are you talking about?” Sunset Shimmer asked.

“I saw you two leaning forward,” Orange said.

“ You thought we were...going to kiss?!” I asked.

“Me? Kiss Matthew? No offense, Matthew, that is gross. The beard is...not all that great.”

“Hey. Keep the beard out of this,” I said as I rubbed my beard.

“I still think you were,” Orange Bunny objected.

“Why would I kiss him? I have a crush on Daniel,” Sunset Shimmer shouted.

“You have a crush on Daniel!” Orange exclaimed. “That is the best thing I’ve heard all fucking day.”

“Don’t say anything to him,” Sunset Shimmer pleaded.

“Hell’s yeah I am.”

To ensure that Daniel found out about Sunset Shimmer's crush himself, I grabbed Orange Bunny by the ears. Then, I carried her over to the pool. She was dangling over the deep end. The thing about Orange Bunny and pools is that she can't swim very well. Let me assure you, that is the best way to pressure Orange Bunny.

“What the fuck do you think you’re doing, motherfucker?!” Orange screamed.

“If you still plan to tell Daniel about Sunset Shimmer’s crush on him, I’ll drop you in the pool,” I replied, slyly.

“You know I can’t fucking swim,” Orange said.

“Exactly. Now, if you simply reconsider, you'll remain dry and not drown.”

“Fine. Just let me go, asshole,” Orange ordered.

“Poor choice of words,” I said.

Much to Orange Bunny’s dismay, I released her. She fell into the pool and she panicked. Orange Bunny started splashing around trying to keep herself above the water. I told Sunset Shimmer to hand me the life preserver that was beside my chair. She tossed me the preserver and I tossed it to Orange.

“What the hell am I supposed to do with this?” Orange Bunny asked as she sat on the preserver.

“You’re smart. Figure it out,” I answered.

I grabbed my towel, left the pool area, and walked back to the apartment. Sunset Shimmer followed me back, as well.

“To follow up on our prior conversation, do you have any advice for me?” Sunset Shimmer asked, quietly.

“Just be yourself. If he likes you because of your character, he’s the guy you need to go for,” I said.

We walked in silence for the rest of the way back. Sunset Shimmer was probably thinking about the advice I had given her. It should have made her think.

The same advice made me think when Dad told me that. The only difference was that Dad said that I didn’t need to change myself to impress Jessie.

I had something else on my mind. Something more important than Sunset having a crush on Daniel. Despite our formal job titles, Devin, Brody, Daniel, and I were going to save a life; not take one. We were going to attempt to save Mayor Mare’s life.