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The Earth

The young woman sat up, carefully, and looked around. There was dim light coming in through a crack in the wall near the ceiling, but she couldn't tell from it whether it was natural sunlight or some sort of artificial lighting. Looking around at the room, though, it was clear to her that nothing else had changed: she was still in the same, sparse, concrete walled cell as before, and nothing had been added or removed. She held her hand up to the wall, and sighed as she got the same result as when she had tried earlier.

"I didn't sign up for this," she sighed, as she fell back into a lying position on the bed, no longer interested in getting up. She rested there, motionless, hopeless, for an amount of time she couldn't count, until she heard the sound of footsteps approaching. She sat up again, and looked toward the cell door, as a loud screech of rusty rods sliding around the mechanism echoed through the empty room. 

She had to cover her eyes as she looked to the door, as the opening frame let in a bright, blinding light. After a moment, a shadowy figured stepped into the light and entered the room, followed by a second, shorter than the first. They closed the door behind them, and the one in the front turned on a lantern in its hand. "Good to see you are awake, Earth," the man revealed by the light said with a grin.

"What do you want now," she said with a reply, falling backward into a lying position once again, because she was beyond caring at this particular moment. She held her hand up to the wall again, and tried focusing again. Still no result, so she followed with, "as you can see, this cell is supressing my power pretty well." 

"Well of course," said the other figure, a woman, who had stepped forward and put her arm around the man after securing the door closed. "We can't very well allow you to be using your power here, after all, because otherwise it would be pretty difficult to hold you hostage."

The woman turned to look at the two, and then rolled her eyes as the man stole a quick kiss from the girl before they both returned their attention - and a matching pair of sinister smiles - back to her. "Yeah, you had said that before, about the hostage thing. Just how long were you planning on keeping me hostage, anyway?"

"Oh not much longer," the man said. "Fire is now in play, and he's an outsider. And no doubt he will be coming here soon."

For some reason, that thought worried her much more than her captivity did, and she sat up in a panic. "Are you serious? He is out there now?"

He laughed, and turned to the girl at his side. "I don't know. What do you think, Air, do you think I am serious?"  She laughed as well, and removed her hand from around his side. Slowly, in an intimidating fashion, she stepped toward the woman on the bed, and with every step her heart seemed to increase in speed.
"Why of course," she said, raising her hand and placing it to the side of the woman's face. "Water is right, of course." She tapped her hand against her face a couple times, then stepped back, laughing. "Fire will come here, its only natural. And once he is here, we will gain control of him as well."

A full blown panic set in to the woman, as the other two simply laughed. As long as Fire wasn't in play everything was fine, but now that it was, the situation could no longer be predicted. She had been hoping, had been praying, that the game wouldn't begin while she was in captivity, and all their research seemed to indicate that would be the case.

But as she looked at the two, who simply laughed some more and turned to leave the room, her heart sank, as she realized their research was considerably wrong already. There's no way these two would have passed through the background checks if the information was correct, they were already a far more unstable element than their plans had been expecting. They had relied on it being carefully controlled for years, but now with so much instability, there was now a real danger to the world. Laying back once again, she began to think through the situations. Now, with Water and Air's instability, and Fire's currently unknown factor, there was now a real danger that life on the planet could be destroyed.

Date posted: 17 January, 2011
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