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April 3, 3153
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The Shards Universe
The Author - February, 2006
Earth date: April 3, 3153
Renee didn't know what she wanted, but she knew shewanted it. And right now Carl Grady was keeping her from it. People who didn't understand always seemed to be in the way.
She planted her foot into the ground and balled her fists. For as possible as it was for a nine year old to look intimidating, Renee looked intimidating.
"You say that again, Carl Grady," she threatened, "and you'll need more than a school nurse to stop the bleeding." She'd heard that from an older kid the previous year and thought it very dangerous sounding.
Her classmate was not impressed. Neither were his three friends.
"Oh, yeah?" he sneered. "And what are YOU going to do about it Renee Runaway? Cast a spell on me?" He giggled and Renee's eyes - already pitch black, the flecks of blue in them only accenting the depth of obsidian they were - flared then narrowed. Carl didn't notice.
"Oh, yeah!" he repeated. "You can't cast a spell on me, can you? 'Cause that's against the rules!" He and his friends continued to laugh.
Renee smiled and touched her fingers together. In her mind's eye, she quickly split the difference between the cube root of i and added it to a perfect eleven sided cube.
"Who said it was against the rules?" she replied nastily and coded in seventeen fives, eleven threes and twenty-three zeros.
Carl's face went blank, then shifted to terror as a ball of crackling energy formed at Renee's hands.
"Lightning Ball!" she shouted and threw it at the boys.
Copyright © 2006 Peter Prellwitz