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Monday, 30 September 2013

S One

For an instant, their gaze met, they looked right into each other’s eyes, there was a glimmer in their eyes as they both recognized each other for who they were.

The next moment, the world around them exploded.

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She’d been a straight ‘A’ student her entire life.
She was also the only girl in her school who played any sports whatsoever, and ended up stunning her peers when she excelled at that too. Girls weren't supposed to be that good at physical activities, it just wasn't an expected occurrence in her school.
At the age of thirteen, she finished high school while also managing to be a part of the school’s track team.
She won two Golds for her school at State.

Nobody batted an eyelid when she announced her plans to attend college, nor did it cause a flutter when she graduated with complete honors at the age of sixteen.
It had been well established by now that she was a child prodigy and would soar to great heights. Perhaps she would be a scientist, or maybe a doctor. Whatever it would be, she would excel and be the best, they all expected it.

That’s when the Agency first noticed her.
They realized, right away, how big an asset she could be, working for them. They knew it would be smart to recruit her early on, have her as a friend rather than risk having her turn into an adversary later.

The big men in black clothes didn't intimidate her. They had literally broken down her front door and swarmed into the tiny one-bedroom apartment she called home.
She was a little annoyed at the one with the mole under his left ear. He’d broken her favorite flower pot while rushing to secure the perimeter.
She knew right away that she wanted to join them.
She wanted to help them serve the people.
She wanted to make a difference.
She wanted to live.

It didn't take the Agency long to realize that she was the best agent they’d ever had.
Every task set out to her was carried out flawlessly, every mission executed with perfection.
Quite simply, she made no mistakes.
As long as she knew she was working for the safety and the integrity of her nation and its people, she kept pushing harder and stronger.
To work for the Agency, however, she had to sacrifice her old life, her identity, everything.

She was now simply called S1.

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He had been a quiet kid his entire life.
Growing up in a rather poor locality, he was always bullied upon by the bigger kids, sometimes even the smaller kids.
He never fought back, never pushed back.

He was an average kid, in school and even more so, in life.
The kind who just sails through life achieving nothing except the bare minimum.
He finished school, taking a year longer than the kids in his class to do so and had no plans to do anything more with his life.

He came home late that night.
He’d been out drinking.
Not with friends, he didn't have any of those.
He’d fought with his parents right before barging out of the house.
They didn't approve of his ways, they believed it was against their religion, the things he did.
They wanted him to do something with his life, make something out of himself.

It was the last time he saw his parents.

The house had been completely blown apart.
A gas explosion, that’s what the cops told him.
But he knew better, he knew it wasn't a regular gas leak that had caused the blast.

That day, he vowed to get back at them.
Get back at the people responsible for his parents’ deaths.
He swore to himself that he would not rest till he had his revenge with every single person who may have had a hand in the explosion.

His ascent and general increase in popularity was surprising to anyone who had ever known him.
From being an average nobody, he was suddenly a man who was not to be taken lightly.
He was a man on a mission.
A man with a purpose.

His loyalists swelled in numbers, till he finally commanded respect from more people than he had ever imagined he would.
Millions of people followed every single word he said, he was praised by many.
He had his fair share of haters too.
People who did not agree with his views, his opinions.
People who thought his actions were too extreme, his behavior unacceptable.

There were people who loved him, people who hated him.
They all took him very seriously.

For now, from being an average kid who was bullied everyday, he had transformed into one of the most powerful, influential and feared leaders in the world.

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The day ahead of him was tough.
Probably the toughest day of his life.
He had to get through seven levels of security before he reached the innermost office.
Passing through security barricades without being stopped was something he managed with ease.
The office was empty when he got there, he knew the cleaning staff would come in another five minutes. He had their schedules memorized.
He looked around and sat himself down on one of the couches.
He opened the message he had on his phone.
“S1” the subject simply said.
It was a pity the Agency had got to her before his men did, he thought to himself.
She would have been extremely useful to him.
Now, she had to die.

She was too dangerous to be allowed to live.
She had almost got to him on two separate occasions.
Even people he trusted did not have easy access to him and yet she had managed it twice, in the last six months itself.

There was a buzz on the intercom as someone made their way into the office.
He didn't look up.
The cleaning staff was obviously early.
They would pay no attention to him, sitting on his own on the couch, it was not their job to interact with anyone.
His mind wandered back to the girl.
With even more conviction, he decided that she had to die for the greater good.
He asked God for forgiveness for the sin he was considering.

“Hi there.”

The raspy, low voice was extremely unexpected, it made him jump up in shock.
He looked up.

For an instant, their gaze met, they looked right into each other’s eyes, there was a glimmer in their eyes as they both recognized each other for who they were.

The next moment, the world around them exploded.

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The Secret Service communication frequency buzzed back to life.
“Agent Marvin reporting” came a voice over the line. “I have.. an update.”

“The President is down. I repeat, the President is down.”

There was a looming silence as every single agent took in those words.
The words they put their lives on the line for to ensure they’d never have to hear.

“It was her, I saw her detonate the bomb” he continued.
“It was S1”

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