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Shades Of Black Chapter 2

*Who Are You?

"Hey -- who are you?" Nick asked, noticing the man had appeared. He remained silent as he walked towards the group, the only sounds coming from his scuffed up black boots on the cold, wet pavement.

Kevin elbowed Alex lightly in the arm and nodded towards the door quickly, trying not to attract attention to his movement. The stranger let out a quiet laugh and raised his left palm to the door. Alex struggled to open the door, but failed.

"It's locked." He explained flatly, just before a dark-haired girl in a long black trenchcoat came up behind the stranger. "Who in the-"

"Yo, dumbass!" she exclaimed after brushing a bit of dirt off of her blue jeans. The stranger turned around, growling when he saw her, apparently not pleased with her arrival. "Lookin' for me?"

"I'm looking for them, this doesn't concern you. You'd be smart to get lost." he threatened, then turned back to face the others.

"Well, you see, if you're looking for them, you're looking for me," she explained, taking a few steps towards him, "and I'm trouble. You don't wanna look for me." She stopped just two steps away from the stranger, who had turned back around to face her. She pulled back part of her coat slightly, apparently to show him something the others couldn't see from where they stood.

"Is this some sort of joke?" Nick asked in a whisper as they watched the confrontation in front of them. They all shrugged or otherwise indicated that they too had no idea what was going on.

"I don't think so!" The stranger then swung his arm and struck the girl, sending her flat-back against the wall. He laughed as he watched her fall and lay motionless on the ground several feet behind him. The group looked over to see if she was still alive, then realized the stanger was still walking over to them.

"Ahh, much better. Now, where was I?" he grinned, sharp yellowed teeth bared. Behind him, the girl sat up slightly, reached for something in her belt and threw it at the stranger. Before they knew it, he was face-down on the ground, a knife-like dagger seemingly imbedded in his back. She carefully stood up and brushed herself off again, motioning to the group still standing by the door that they could move.

"Did you just-" Kevin began as the girl pulled her dagger out of the stranger's back.

"-Save your ass? Yes. Now let's get out of here." She hurried back to the end of the alley and looked both ways down the street. "The coast is clear, no one will see you." They cautiously walked by the stranger and headed towards the street, where the girl stood, sweating slightly with her arms crossed.

"Who are you?" Aaron asked as a black limousine pulled up and the driver got out to open the door.

"I got it, don't worry!" the girl yelled to the driver, and he got back into the cab of the limo. "You need to get out of here." She said as Brian moved past her and got in the back after she opened the door.

"Yeah, who are you?" Kevin repeated, stepping aside to let Howie in.

"I'm..." she paused, trying to think about her answer, "I'm someone who really thinks you need to get out of here. Now."

"I'm not gonna argue with that," Kevin said, letting Alex through the door in front of him before getting in himself.

"I'm not getting in until you at least tell me your name." Aaron insisted as Nick hopped in back of the limo.

"Fine - My name is Karissa. Now get in the damn car!" she demanded, growing increasingly anxious.

"Ladies first."

"I'm not getting in."

"Yes, you are. I'm not gonna leave you here."

"Aaron, she doesn't wanna come with us, so lets get going!" Nick said, leaning over from his space on the backseat to make sure his brother saw the urgency in his expression. Meanwhile, the stranger stirred and began to rise to his feet. Karissa began to move towards him.

"Now, I'm not going to say this again," she began, looking back slightly over her shoulder at Aaron, "Get in the-" Just then, the stranger threw some strange glowing black object at Karissa that just barely missed her, but the impact of which still knocked her off her feet. Karissa reached in her pocket and threw something small at the stranger, after which he disappeared no sooner than he came, leaving the small object - apparently a bottle of some sort- to shatter to tiny pieces on the ground.

"You okay?" Aaron asked, rushing over to her.

"I'm fine, damnit, just get out of here now! No more games!" she said while standing up, immiedately pushing Aaron back to the limo.

"Say you'll get in with me, and I'll get in the limo. I promise."

She sighed frustratedly. "Okay, I promise. But you get in first." She insisted. He got in, pulling her in right away by her left arm. Still holding the door, it slammed shut as she fell into the seat.

"Okay, everyone's in, lets go!" Kevin quickly called to the driver, who sped off down the street, managing to catch the green light at the corner.

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