Mallory finished putting the last of her clothes in her backpack a few nights worth of changes, the essentials for a few days away from home, some study material, one switch blade, and next to her bag on the bed was her leather armor and sword, everything she was going to need to do the job. Mallory couldn’t help the feeling of jitters that was sitting in her stomach this was their first assignment after all. If it wasn’t bad enough that Philip had made sure she felt responsible for bring back all of her friends back alive they were apparently responsible for saving a war hero from being killed by some unknown threat.
Mallory looked down at Philip’s bracelet hanged on her wrist a little large but she had managed to make it fit but it still seemed unlike Philip to give her something. At first Mallory had believed that Philip had not liked her and was being mean just out of spite or something, taking her to SoDo to scare and humiliate her just because he could. She had pushed herself so hard just to wipe that smug disproving look off his face she was determined to show him she was not just some little scared girl as he said she was. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago before the Council meeting and over two months of training that he had suddenly changed after she had knocked him to the ground in a sparring match, when he got up he was smiling and had simply stated she could watch his back from now on and all of his mean looks and comment had stopped and her training suddenly took a more leisure pace, but that night before she left he told her one last thing something she still wasn’t sure she was ready for. “Mal it’s your job you know to keep them alive, when things go bad its people like me and you who step up and defend those we call friends and that is why I’ve pushed you so hard, so that when you do step up you too will come back from the fight”.
Looking out for other was not something new to Mallory she had been looking out for and caring for her sister Harmony for the past two years, but Mallory just didn’t know just how she was too look after Dani and Tam. Mallory didn’t even feel like her two roommates really needed her. Dani had everything together and she seemed to thrive in this strange world of unbelievable things. The truth was that Dani had gotten Mallory through these past weeks. In reality, Mallory looked up to Dani and wished that she was as together as her older roommate was. Then there was Tam, who reminded Mallory of the star football player at the parties she was expected to support when she was still in school. Tam was the kind of guy she would have enjoyed having a fling with, but Mallory suspected that behind those sexy eyes was a determination and strength that was just waiting for a cause to stir them. Tam had the pull of personality that could make him a great leader if he had something to lead for and enough smarts to take care of himself if he wished.
Mallory picked up her bag after finishing putting on the armor and turned to head for her room door but as she did she noticed Harmony standing in the doorway staring at her. Harmony looked as if she was about to cry and that stopped Mallory in her tracks, her little sister rarely cried, “Sis what’s wrong?” Mallory asked almost instinctively as she walked up and took a knee to look Harmony in the eyes.
Harmony seemed to struggle to find her words for a few seconds before answering, “You are going to come back right? I mean, you’re taking your sword so this just is not some small job like you said.”
Mallory was taken aback by the fear in Harmony’s voice, “Of course I’m going to come back sis, but you’re right, I’m sorry I lied to you but my new work does have me doing to tough jobs.”
“What kind of jobs?” Harmony demanded, Mallory was always amazed at her sister’s determination and force of will when it came to getting answers to questions she wanted answered.
Mallory hated lying to her sister, but the truth was something that was far too dangerous for her sister to know and if there was anything Mallory was not willing to do in this world it was putting her sister in danger. “I told you, I’m doing security work on the side now and I have to go out of town for a few days to protect a guy from some people who might want to hurt him, but don’t worry it’s most likely nothing and we will just end up sitting around watching some guy’s house and bad TV and I’ll be back before you know it.”
At that Mallory gave her sister a hug kissing her gently on the check before standing to move towards the door once more and heading out to meet up with Dani and Tam who were waiting on her by now most likely. Mallory got about two steps before Harmony spoke up once more, “Mal will you wear this for luck and promise to bring it back to me.”
Mallory turned around to see Harmony take a pink ribbon out of her hair to hand it over, Mallory took it and started to tie her hair up with it as she answered, “Sure thing, and sis you better have a big meal ready for me when I get back okay, because I don’t know how I’m going to survive two whole days without your cooking.”
Harmony smiled as Mallory finished putting her hair up with the pink ribbon, which totally clashed with her dark colored attire, none of which mattered in the least to Mallory at that moment, just seeing a smile on her sister’s face was all she needed to make it through the next few days, no matter what was to came her way.