The sun was beginning to shine. The sprinkling rain had come to a halt, and the flash flood ended. Aisha and Erin rode their bicycles to Aisha's house, away from the local coffee shop, sucking in their cherry and peppermint drinks. The sweet coffee house scent in the air slowly ridded itself, eventually becoming a non presence by the time they rode away from the shop.
When the two finally got home, Aisha and Erin settled down into their bed. It was their favorite spot in the house, as there were many things to do. They especially appreciated the built in couch near the window, because they could see right into the neighboring houses and the snowy mountains.
After a hang out, the children agreed to go outside and go somewhere. They walked together outside, talking and giggling. They passed by their friends, their family, their enemies, in the streets of the city. It was a nice, cold day..until they bumped into someone.
This person was a tan-skinned woman, with turquoise face paint, silver hair, blue eyes, and a periwinkle dress.
"Hello there, children," said the woman. "Sorry for bumping into you."
"It's alright." Aisha replied.
"I'm Keira, by the way," the woman went on. "I'm training to be a Koto Allegiance hero. I have the hidden talent of manipulating lazers."
The children were silent. Neither kid understood what this Keira was rambling about, but they did appreciate the hidden talent she mentioned.
"Why are you children roaming in the streets alone? Don't you know you could get kidnapped by some stranger?" asked Keira.
"You're a superhero with lazer powers. I heard superheroes are good role models, so you're not a significant threat." Erin stated.
Keira nodded. "Oh, all of us from the Koto Allegiance happen to be good role models. If I weren't a superhero, I'd scald you so much with my lazers they'd need your doctors to recognize you."
Aisha felt anxious upon hearing this hyperbole Keira had provided. How did this Keira girl learn to manipulate the lazer, and why did she make it seem scary for the girls?
"Anyway," said Keira, "I have no intentions to hurt you. You are innocent children, and you do not show any signs of being one of those pesky villains."
"What pesky villains?" Aisha asked in confusion.
Keira went on to explain this. "You don't know about the villains that fight us around here! I belong to the hero side - the Koto Allegiance. The villains here are always trying to murder us as part of their plan to destroy the city. They're so fierce they would have left you in the streets coated with blood, no breathing from you."
Keira paused to cloud bad memories away from her head, and continued. "They have already murdered our deputy, Willow. Ever since, we've installed more security to make sure another important figure isn't ruthlessly murdered by the bad guys. When I finish training, those villains will rue the day they killed Willow!"
Aisha was in alert. These "villains" must be one of the murderers her parents warned her about! Finding innocent people, and ending their lives while listening to their bone-chilling shrieks. Erin, however, didn't feel scared. Despite being in a pickle with a murderer, Keira seemed brave enough. "So you're being enlisted to help them?" she asked.
"Why wouldn't I be?" Keira asked proudly. She answered it herself: "This week is my first week as a superhero, which is very important. Enlistment can save a recently damaged allegiance."
A voice rose behind the three, a very adult one. "Who are these people?"
Aisha and Erin turned to see a female walking up to them. She was most fair. Ebony hair and blue eyes made up most of her, with a shirt reminiscent of the night and red jeans. She looked like someone you'd see at the children's favorite coffee shop.
"Sianne!" Keria cried. A second female—a beautiful, blonde woman— followed the ebony-hair into the streets.
"You shouldn't be talking to random children on the streets, Keira!" yelled the angry blonde, narrowing her blue eyes.
"I understand, Coco. I'm sorry." Keira lowered her head.
Aisha did as Keira did, lowering her head in shame. These women had some kind of confidence she had never seen in teens before. Maybe what Keira had told them was true.
"Who is this?" asked the ebony-hair.
Aisha gazed at the ebony-hair's blue eyes: a piercing gaze that made her feel awkward.
"These children pose no threat," explained Keira. "They're not kids who do drugs and abuse animals, just innocent children walking in the streets."
Just innocent children. Aisha and Erin had to agree on that. So why did they have a chance encounter with a member of a superhero allegiance? Could they be...important?
"This is Sianne, the leader of our Allegiance!" Keira stated to the children. "And Coco. She's training me to control my lazer powers, self-defend, and all the hooplah."
"Thank you for the introduction, Keira." said Coco.
"Look at me now, the three of you!" Sianne called.
Everyone turned, being assaulted by her death glare...okay, it wasn't a death glare, she was about to explain something.
"I have been wondering how you would perform in our Allegiance. You children seemed to treat Keria with moderate respect. If you get the full scoop on our situation, there is a chance you may be recruited to get some kind of special ability."
"R-really?" The two yelled at once?
Coco spoke now. Her tone was respectful, but also in demand. "Sianne, these are 12-year-olds. They should not be wandering in the streets alone, talking to a hero. Send them home to their parents!"
Erin was upset by the words Coco were speaking. "Send us home?" she groaned impatiently. Sianne was rooting for them; she believed they were gifted underneath their childishness. "But we've only came here to hang out and get some fresh air, as friends. I'm sure there's enough to discuss about."
Sianne was at her most impatient now "You don't even have parents with you! Any moment now, you could be kidnapped and murdered!"
Aisha was confused by Sianne's upsetted tone, but one glance at Keira's face was enough to tell her they had roamed too freely. Coco stepped to her master's side. The children cowered in confusion and bewilderment. These were not everyday, trendy teens they were talking to— these were heroes genuinely worried about their well being. These were good role models, and their honesty was overwhelming the children.