Upon Meeting Devi

Chapter One: The Assignment

"Because of your status on this bureau and your reputation to show no mercy to anyone, I believe this job suits your level," the head chairman delegated. "It won't be an easy job, not to mention, slightly different from everyone else's duties, but if you complete this task, you will be acclaimed one of the best this organization has to offer." A midget with a pointy goatee, standing next to the chairman, handed me my assignment folder.

"Thank you, sir. I'm quite honored," I replied, shaking hands with the middle-aged man. "I will do my best." I doffed my head, as a short, winged man escorted me out of the office.

Through all of my many years of training, all of my hard work, I've waited for my chance to become the best of the best. Whatever was in this folder was my ticket to my long-awaited happiness.

As meticulously as my hands could, I slowly peeled the flap of the folder open and found my sentence-long duty synopsis.

"Gemini Garrison is to search and apprehend Devi DeSeece."

My eyes…twitched. They seemed to fall back—or more like fall out. I've been trained by the best in the agency and all they were making me do was to find some representative of the same agency I serve. I was not going to let any assignment tarnish my pristine reputation; I simply wouldn't allow it.

Knocking on the chairman's door, the chairman's assistant cracked the door open and asked, "What business do you have with the CEO?" Trampling over the horned man, I threw my folder on the man's desk. "Is this supposed to be some kind of joke? You can't possibly expect me to go through with that mission."

"Actually, I do. You're my last hope. I've sent everyone on this operation and all came back empty-handed." The leader sat up in his chair and intertwined his fingers, resting his hands on the desk. He gazed sideward avoiding my eye contact. "Do you actually believe that I would send the highest ranking agent in the Death Intelligence Agency on a search mission?"

"Yes, and I actually believe you're lying to me. Look, just change my assignment and give my current one to someone else."

"It's not that easy. You see you're not going to be looking for any representative of DIA. Before you even existed in this bureau, we had an exceptionally strange and rebellious agent who went by the name of Devi DeSeece. She did her job quite well, even though she hated it. But, for a while now, we haven't gotten any word from her. It's very crucial that you find her."

"Or what, sir? Why don't you just let her wander around?"

The man sprung up and just about lunged at me. "Garrison, DeSeece has broken almost every rule in the bureau's rule book. She belongs in the Pit along with the souls and spirits. Now, if you don't leave right now and find DeSeece, you can resign because I am not reassigning you. I've been very lenient with you and your duties, but you have to show me that you can take on a challenge…this challenge."

He sat back down and tapped his fingers on his armrest. "On a more personal level, I hope you stay because you're the best I've got. All those do-gooders idolize you and if you leave, I don't know what will become of this department. People will probably live longer and death wouldn't be as common."

"I'm contemplating on whether to take your word for it. How do I know you're not lying?"

Great balls of fire raged in my boss's eyes. "Well, you can take the assignment or go contemplate outside of this building! Get her out of my sight." He spun around in his chair and faced the window, as his midget assistants shoved me out of the CEO's office.

The door slammed in my face. Outside the door stood my new intern, who had recently come in to observe me do my work. Sullenly, I stared at the door and gave it a good punch. I marched back to my cubicle, my intern closely behind. I sunk into my chair and pounded my head on my desk.

"Um…Gemini?" Andie, my assistant called out.

I raised my head and saw the devilings, the cherubs, and all the other lowly office agents, peering over the wall that separated everyone. "Nothing to see here!" I yelled slamming my fist on the desk. Everyone retreated to his or her desks as Andie stood behind me. "Anything I can do for you, Gemini?"

"No, that's okay. You can take a personal day. I think I have to do this on my own. Besides, I wouldn't want to waste your time."

Her pigtails perked up. "Okay. Good luck." She grabbed her bag and left.

I let out a long sigh. "Well, no use losing a job for not doing something so easy."

I stood up and went into the information corridor, where all of the files were stored. "DeSeece…DeSeece…" I muttered, flipping through the 'D' files. "Darn it! It's not in here." I saw one of the info keepers. "Hey, have you seen the Devi DeSeece file?"

"I'm afraid that file has been missing for a very long time," the old keeper replied.

I trudged back to my cubicle, wondering how I was going to continue this duty, until I saw a hefty file sitting on my desk. It read, "Devi DeSeece." Who brought this in here, I thought.

Peering over to the next cubicle, I asked, "Did anyone come by my desk?" He shook his head. I shrugged.

I searched through the papers and took out what seemed like the most recent reports. The latest one was titled, "Semi's Evaluation Report."