5hapter One“ <<<<<<<<1 <<<<<<<<< << =ast 9a)e >irst 9a)e I”5hoosing your own na)e is a 'u@ury that not )any peop'e get. Aranted “Shawn” was on a 'ist o/ -ust twenty approved na)es1 &ut sti'' it was )ore (hoi(e than a 'ot o/ peop'e got. “Shawn” got )ore (hoi(e in his 'i/e than a 'ot o/ peop'e 5hoosing his na)e didn’t ne(essari'y )ake it his. 0he agen(y had )ade hi) write it again and again. Shawn J. akive'1 Shawn J. akive'1 Shawn J. akive'1 Shawn J. akive'1 Shawn J. akive'1 +'e@, Shawn J. akive'. He pra(ti(ed unti' they were (onvin(ed he was “Shawn J. akive'.” 0he na)e was -ust the /irst step he was given a /u'' range o/ /a(ia' /eatures he (ou'd (hange. +'e@andre was a ta''1 pa'e1 &'onde haired )an o/ a&out twenty. He was not an ug'y )an &y any stret(h o/ i)agination &ut he had a'ways wished he had a (hin. +/ter )u(h thought de(ided that surgery was too drasti(. 0he idea o/ 'ooking into a )irror to see so)eone e'se 'ooking &a(k was an i)age +'e@andre /ound unsett'ing. So Shawn was to &e a ta''1 pa'e1 dark haired )an o/ a&out twenty. +'e@andre had a'ways hated his &'onde hair2 he thought it )ade hi) 'ook too )u(h 'ike his )other. hi'e +'e@andre kept his hair 'ong1 Shawn’s -et &'a(k hair was kept in a 'oose &ow' (ut. 9ot a &ig (hange &ut his hand'ers said that it was (hange enough.0he ne@t step was erasing the past o/ +'e@andre and giving Shawn a &oring &ut &e'ieva&'e &a(k,story. 0his part Shawn had 'itt'e (hoi(e in. He was handed a thi(k )ani'a /o'der pa(ked with /a)i'y photos1 a &irth (erti/i(ate1 so(ia' se(urity (ard1 pass port1 and a detai'ed report on the past adventures o/ Shawn J. akive'. Shawn was &orn in St. 5'oud innesota where he was raised &y his /ather Harry akive' and his )other Ju'ie akive'. He had a sister too. Her na)e was 5ae'ia. Both his )other and /ather were -ust a(tors p'aying the part in (ase anyone got (urious. 5ae'ia was a )e)&er o/ the agen(y and had &een instru(ted to wat(h over Shawn1 )aking sure that he stayed Shawn and never reverted &a(k to +'e@andre. During his (hi'dhood Shawn had deve'oped a taste /or ('assi(a' )usi( and had &een a )e)&er o/ the s(hoo' &and1 proud'y p'aying the Cng'ish horn /ro) 7
grade a'' the way into his senior year o/ high s(hoo'. +/ter Shawn graduated he went to the niversity o/ innesota where he is now studying Bio 5he)istry. +'e@andre had a'ways &een a &it o/ s(ien(e geek and (ou'd not have &een happier when he /ound out that Shawn got a /u'' ride to the university and he got to (hoose whatever progra) interested hi) the )ost. Shawn did have to give up his )usi(a' (arrier in order to a((o))odate the heavy ('ass 'oad &io )a-ors had to take. 0his had &een /ine &y +'e@andre1 who had never a(tua''y had )u(h o/ an ear /or )usi(1 Shawn1 however1 was devastated.4Shawn was then instru(ted to get a -o&. 0he agen(y was not going to pay /or housing or any nights out on the town. 0hey were however going to get hi) any -o& he wanted1 within reason. His hand'ers had said he (ou'd have any )idd'e )anage)ent position he wanted. 0he agen(y did not want to put a "# year o'd with no e@perien(e in (harge o/ anything that a(tua''y a//e(ted anything44. He (ou'd not &e an invest)ent &anker1 sto(k &roker1 even the )ore artsy pro/essions they /or&id2 )usi(ian1 s(u'ptor1 pu&'i( speaker1 even entrepreneur was on the 'ist o/ “risky -o&s.” 0hey were a/raid i/ he "