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002 the Illusionist

002 the Illusionist

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TheIllusionistLaterthatnight,everyonewasloungingaroundtheTVroom.FinandMarkwerestillnotspeakingtoeachother.Infact,Finwasn’tspeakingmuchatallwhichwasaquietandpeacefulchangefromnormalnights.NotevenpoppingintheoldDVDofBBC’s
Sherlock 
broughtFinoutofhisdepressivestate,whichwassayingsomething.IftherewasonelatenighteventFinloved,itwascomparinghisownSherlockHolmestotheoneplayedbyBenedictCumberbatchonscreen.Itwasstartingtobecomealittlebittooquiet,butluckilyitwasinterruptedwhentherewasaringingatthedoor.TheCompanybuildingwasalargeedificewithroomsthateventhekdishadn’thadtimetodiscoverquiteyet.Finhadsworntherewasahiddenswimmingpool,butnoonehadfoundit.Thereweretendifferenttrainingareaswheretheyplayedpaintball–eachadifferentenvironmentincludingsnowy,rocky,sandy,jungle–younameit.Therewasintercomsystemhookedupinalmosteveryroomsortoflikewhattheyhadhadinhighschool.Whenthebellrang,whichitneverhadbefore,italsocamethroughtheintercom.AndtheTVroomwasonthefourthfloor.Noonewantedtoleavetoanswerthedoor.ButFin,whowouldhavenormallystartedagameof“nonosegoes”immediatelystood,mutteringsomethingaboutnoonecaringifhewereintheroomanyway.Hewentintothehallwayandtooktheelevatoronthelefttothefirstfloor.Itsuddenlyoccurredtohimthatthedoorbellhadneverbeenrungbefore.Infact,upuntilthispoint,hehadn’tbeenawarethattheyhadadoorbell.Buthefelttoodepressedtocaretoomuch.TheelevatordoorsopenedandFinsteppedoutintothedesertedlobby.Therewasasecretary’sdesktohisleft,thoughnosecretaryhadworkedthereinovertwentyyears.HelookedaheadthroughtheglassfrontdoorsandnoticedatallfigurewithhisbacktoFin,waitingoutside.Finwenttoapaneltotheleftoftheglassdoors,tappedinthefournumbercodeandheardaclickasthedoorsunlocked.Heopenedoneandsaid,“Yeah?Whatdoyouwant?”Theboy–
orshouldIsayman
,Finthought–turnedandfacedFin.Hewashandsome,tosaytheleast.Hewasolive-skinnedwithdarkhairandhighcheekbones.Hisv-neckshirtwastightfittinginalltherightplacesandhiswashedoutbluejeansmadehimlooklikeaHollistermodel.
 
“Perfect,”Finfoundhimselfwhispering.Heclearedhisthroat.“Imean.Hey.”Hedidalittlesupnodthathehopedmadehimcomeoffascoolanddistant.“Um,hi,”theboysaid.Helookednervouslyaround.“Isthis…isthisTheCompany?”“Sureis.Howcanwehelpyou?”“I,um…Iwastoldyoucouldhelpme.Yousee,Ihave…well,Isortofhave…thesespecialabilities.”“No
way 
!”Finexclaimedwithahugesmile.“Whatcanyoudo?”“Ican…talktoanimals.”Finsmileturnedintosomestrangeexpressionhemusthavethoughtlookedlikeelation.Hetooktheboybyhisarmanddraggedhiminsidethelobby,notevenbotheringtolockthedoorsagain.Buthedidn’tstopthere.Findraggedhimintotheelevatorandbackuptothefourthfloor.WhentheyreachedtheTVroom,Finlefttheboyatthedoor,stormedovertotheTV,andshutitoff.Amidthegroansofdecent,Finyelled,“Ihaveanannouncement!”“Thisbetterbegood,”Daresnapped.“SherlockwasabouttoaskWatsonifhewasinvolvedwithanyone…”Finignoredher.“Wehaveaguest!”“Aguest?”Gabrielturnedaroundinthecouchandsawtheboyatthedoor.“Whothehellareyou?”hecalled.Finstompedbackovertotheboyandcradledhisshouldersmaternally.“Don’tyellathim!He’sjustbeenonthestreet,allalone,formonths!”“Iactually-,”theboystartedtosay,butFincuthimoff:“Hehasn’thadfoodfordaysandhe’shadtodrinkoutoftheguttersofManhattan.Soifyouwouldkindlystopbeingsucha
 prick 
,Gabriel,Ithink…um…”Finturnedaround,hisbacktotherestofhisgroupandwhisperedtotheboy,“What’syourname?”“Um,Logan,”hereplied.Finwhippedbackaround.“Ithink
Logan
herewouldliketoexplainhowgratefulheistobehereandhowawesomeitwouldbeifhewereallowedtostaywithus.”“Fin,wecan’tjusttakeanyguyyouthinkiscuteoffofthestreet,”Opalsaid.“Besides–andnooffense,Logan–buthelooksperfectlyhealthy!”Darepointedout.
 
Finbithislip.“Buthe’slikeus!Hehaspowers!Don’tyou,Logan?”Logannodded.“Yeah,Icantalktoanimals.”“Really?”Jasperasked,soundingskeptical.Hesteppedoutoftheshadows.“Howdoweknowyou’renotjustsomephonyTheBusinesssentovertoinfiltrateus,huh?”“Jasper!”Fincriedout.“How
dare
you!Thisboycametousforhelpandwe’retreatinghimlikeacommoncriminal!”“Fin,Jasper’sright.Wecan’tjustassumehe’sagoodguy,”Daresaid.“Withthebossgone,Gabriel’sincharge,soIsaywelethimdecide.”DareturnedtoGabriel.“Well?”sheasked.“There’snowaywecanknowforsureifhe’slying,butyoucanatleastproveyou’vegotpowers,right?”Gabrielasked,gettingupfromthecouch.HewalkedovertoLogan.“Andthenonceyou’vedonethat,youdon’tmindifweaskyouafewquestions–justtogettoknowyoubetter.”Logannodded,thoughheseemedreadytorunforthedooratamoment’snotice.“Ineed…Ineedananimal,”hesaid.“Mark’soverhere,”Connorsaid.HepickedtheturtleupoffofthetableandbroughtitovertoLogan.Logantookit,lookingalittlebitsickenedatwhatwasinhishand.Finslappedhimhardonthebackandsaid,“Well,let’shaveit!What’soldMarksayingaboutme?”“Um…Hesays…hesaysthathelikesithere.Andthathe’shungry.Hewants…togooutside?”Loganpausedandlookedupatthegroup.EveryonewaslookingatFinforconfirmation,butFinseemedlost.“Butthat’s…that’snotwhattheturtlesaid,”Finmuttered.“Maybeyou’rejustconfused?”hesuggested.“SometimesMarkcanbeabitconfusing.”“No,it’snotthat,”Logansaidwithasigh.“Ican’ttalktoanimals.I’msorry.Ijust…Myability’sdifficulttounderstand.”“Wellmaybeifyoutalk
realslow 
wecanunderstandyou,”Gabrielsaid.Loganpursedhislips.“Icanmakepeopleseethingsthataren’tthere,”hesaid.“Likeamirage?”Opalasked.“Yeah.Likeamirage.Butit’smorecomplicatedthanthat.”

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