Akiva Hishamie and Chenoa "Charlie" Bearfoot
Akiva blushes slightly and stepped back, then as he motioned for her to follow with a flick of his hand he turned around and began walking. “Um...so here is the thing. The reason I’m kinda irritated about this job is all the last second details. So no we have no floor plans, I don’t know the combination to the safe, and we do need better clothes. Fortunately I already dropped a line for that. Well...now that your here I’ll need to update it.” Akiva pulled out his phone and sent a quick text. “We are going to pick up our suit and dress from a local dry cleaners, and then we will go from there.” Akiva hoped this wasn’t a mistake.
"If we don't have any gear to figure out the combo, I have good ears when I tune into my animal instincts." Chenoa hoped that that would be something good on their side, especial considering that time was not on their side. "Also, where is this dry cleaners? Is it far? And where is the party? I'm assuming that it might be in one of the richer districts."
“Welcome and good evening. Your invitations please.”
Akiva, dresses in an all black suit with a red tie and arm locked with Chenoa, pulled out two invitations in two separate white and gold envelopes from his left breast pocket and handed them to the front door attendant. Akiva and Chenoa had revived suits thanks to Akiva reaching out to someone he knows and even was able to get two forged invitations under an hour. It cost him a pretty penny but he tried not to show it. He had not expected such a beautiful dress for Chenoa but he was not displeased. Although at times he found her a bit distracting for this job. He was a professional though, he powered through. After they had received their formal wear Akiva day Chenoa down at the cleaners and had her explain what she could do. With this knowledge, he had a plan. When they got in they would mingle a bit with other guests and he would try to memorize the layout of where they went. When opportunity arose they would pretend to sneak off, as rich entitled couples do, but while they were missing from the party Chenoa would use your animal instincts to help him crack the safe. Chenoa would then take his dress jacket, after putting all that they could inside its inner coat pockets, and they would leave in a slight rush. What they would claim, Akiva didn’t think that far ahead.
Chenoa was surprised by how quickly Akiva was able to get everything sorted. With just a few calls, he was able to get them both perfectly fitted outfits for the party, he was even able to get invitations so easily! It was very satisfying to watch. He got her a beautiful sparkling form-fitting floor length red dress that just barely skimmed the floor while she wore a matching red shoe. She looked quite good, but Akiva looked very nice in his slim-fitting black suit and red tie so they matched. He looked very nice all dressed up with his hair combed back nicely. She never thought he could rock a suit so nicely. While they got ready and pretty for this party, He ran through his plan with her. She liked it, it was a good classic plan. There was no way that they could fail.
The valet in the foyer asked for their invitations and Akiva easily handed them over as Chenoa gazed over the beautiful architecture and decor of the house. The chandelier just outside the foyer made the whole floor look like it was glittering. There were plenty of guests that had already arrived, dressed in an array of different colors, and were socializing as servers passed through the crowds with trays of appetizers and glittering champagne. Akiva and Chen didn't stick out of the crowd too much, as there were lots of other couples as well dressed as them. But, they were easily one of the best-looking pairs in the room.
After the valet accepted our invites and let us into the house, the two of them grazed around, arm in arm, greeting the other guests as they kept a look-out for the different hallways and staircases that they had immediate access to, and all the possible emergency exits. "So," she began, just as they left the conversation of another group and made their way across the room, "you never told me just who is throwing this party and why. Is it an anniversary? A work party?"
Akiva greeted another party guest with a gleaming smile and a nod, then looked back at Chenoa. “ It’s a dinner party, for no reason other than they could host a dinner party, hosted by one Sir Houston. Lead singer of some indie rock band. By day he parties and rocks out, by night he performs, parties, and passes out. “ Akiva snatched a delectable looking tart that a waiter was serving on a tray and ate it quickly. “ Apparently Houston and J got into it a few days ago and Houston made away with some valuables that belonged to J. So that punk, instead of doing something sane, hires me to track down these probably stolen goods and bring them back.” Akiva sighed slightly. “ Before you ask, it’s because he pays really really well.”
Chenoa shrugged and smiled. "Well, it'll be his mess when Houston realizes it was him and sends some guys to do worse things to him." She waved at another couple that smiled over at them and took a champagne glass from a waiter. She took a sip and continued. "And you'll be the one with the cash when he's at home with several bruises and a missing pinkie," she said lightheartedly. She giggled a bit thinking of the house he lived in. "If it's much of a home anyway."
Akiva laughed. “Hey James bond, let’s try to not cut off fingers for now. Honestly, if we can get out of here without.l anyone remembering us it will be a miracle.” It’s one of the reasons he hated these kinds of jobs. Akiva glances around and found what he was looking for. Then he looked back at Chenoa as the music started playing and the dance floor opened. He held an open hand out for Chenoa. “ We should um probably...dance. You know to - to - blend in. “ Akiva mentally smacked himself. It wasn’t bad logic but the proposal was off. Honestly, he hadn’t danced with anyone since he danced with Camille at their high school prom. “
Chenoa smiled as the music started to play and the lights dimmed. Akiva's nervous stutter was cute and made her feel a little less self-conscious about dancing. She never went to any high school dances but used to dance with her dad at family functions. "Sure, good idea," she said softly and took his hand and let him lead her to the mostly open dance floor beside a few other couples dancing.
Akiva and Chenoa danced together, flowing somewhat swiftly with the rest of the dancers. Akiva had some experience and kept the tripping over feet to a minimum. As some time passed and the music became slower, with people beginning to either leave the dance floor or continue at a slow pace, Akiva snapped backed to the reality that was his job. He leaned in his head next to Chenoa’s and try to keep them from coming to close to others for the moment. “ Ok so here is the plan. It’s late, and the hired guards are not gonna have worse visibility than while the slow dance music is on and the lights are dimmed. So slight change of plans. We need to find ourselves off the dance floor, and you need to get the attention of the security guard over by the north stairwell to the left of the front door.” Akiva was glad that even though this was an old factory area, the rich could afford to have the nicest houses that you could disappear and no one would notice.
“Make Something up, some kind of excuse, and get him to take you upstairs to any room to have a private moment.”
"On it, Captain," she said with a wink and broke off with him to find a waiter with a drink tray. She got two drinks and slid across the large room toward the guard at the North stairwell door. She asked him if he wanted a drink, but he shook his head. "My, I wonder what they're paying you. It must be a lot to make up for having to stay still while almost everyone around you is drinking and having fun." He smiled but said nothing. Chenoa got a little closer, half so that he could still hear her over the music, half so that she could lay on some heavy body language. "So, don't you have a girlfriend or wife that you could have brought here?" He didn't say anything, which probably meant he didn't. She inched a bit closer to him so that she was still only a few inches away from him, and the hems of her dress just spilled over his shoes. "That's some interesting news–for me. My other half isn't paying any attention to me. Too busy oggling over other girls." She put on a falsely disappointed pout and inched a bit closer. The guard shook his head. "He isn't a real man then." he said. Chenoa grazed her foot on the guard's leg. "Then maybe you take me somewhere more private? Show me what a real man can do?" "That wouldn't be very appropriate, Miss." he said, almost hesitantly. She got close enough so that if she weren't leaning back a bit, her chest would be touching him. She delicately placed her leg between his. "Aw, come on. There are plenty of other guards watching the party. What's so bad about being gone for an hour?" she paused to lick her lips. "Or two?" He looked around to see that the rest of security were still in their stations. "Why not take me upstairs for a while? Everything will be fine while you're gone." He swiftly led her up the stairs to take her to a room. Chenoa made eye contact with Akiva and gave him a wink as she followed the guard.
Akiva inwardly sighed again. He had not heard what Chenoa had said but from the body language probably nothing pleasant. “ Having a little much fun aren’t you?“, Akiva said to himself softly. He moved from his position with much more ease of movement than when he had been dancing. Akiva followed Chenoa and the guard slowly as they began moving upstairs, blending in with the crowd so as to not be seen specifically. When Akiva got to the top of the stair case he quickly glanced down the entire hallway. At the top of the stair case there was a hallway that expanded forwards quite far. Akiva quickly snuck next to a wooden display case that showed shelves of trophies. Akiva heard the chatter of Chenoa and the guard and followed them down the hallway. When they reached the end of the hall is when Akiva made his move.
Akiva dashed forward, alerting the guard ahead. But before the guard could react Akiva reaches forward with his right hand and tapped the mans forehead, as he muttered “ ill intentions “. After a moment the guard suddenly collapsed to the ground, appearing unconscious.
"You're quick at that." Chenoa said, in awe at how he was able to get a guard almost twice his weight on the ground by touching his forehead. "We should probably hide him somewhere for now. What did you do to him?" she asked, looking back up at Akiva.
Akiva raised his right hand as it began to vibrate the color yellow. “ I sent a surge of energy directly into the nerve in the brain that controls motor functions. “ Akiva leaned down towards the guard and placed a hand on his head. Another surge of yellow light vibrates from his hand, and then the light disappeared. Akiva sighed then stood up straight. As turned to face Chenoa he spoke. “ Long story short, my body is basically an energy generator. Using this generated energy I can heal, stun, and generally be a support character “, Akiva joked.
Akiva quickly cocked his head slightly, as alarmed. Then he looked back at Chenoa. “ New plan. I am gonna take care of this body, hide it, and generally make sure we are not noticed to be missing.” Akiva motioned towards the door behind Chenoa. “ luckily we managed to find a security guy who really enjoyed finer things. He led us to the houses office we need to get to. The Safe should be behind a picture frame.” Akiva took off his suit jacket and offered it to Chaneo. “ The inside pockets are deeper than usual pockets so filll them with whatever you find in the safe. I’ll meet you near the front entrance ok? “
Akiva suddenly blushed and coughed once into his hand. “ I am sorry, can you handle this? I don’t mean to be rude it’s just if you haven’t done this before it can be weird and confusing. “
"Do what you need to do," Chen said, "I've never been on a heist or broken into a safe, but it can't be too much different than getting into a school after hours and breaking into a few lockers, right?" she joked as she took Akiva's jacket and quietly slipped into the office. It was bigger than she expected, which she should have expected. There was a Large desk between two large windows giving view to a beautiful courtyard. Behind the desk between the windows was a large painting. She shifted the skin of her hands into a paw-pad texture, so that her prints couldn't be traced, and moved around the desk to look behind the painting, but there was only wall. There was another picture she saw on the right wall out of the corner of her eye. It was of a group of guys that were obviously a band. Someone had written something illegible in sharpie in the bottom corner. She took it off the wall, and sure enough, there was the safe. She put down the painting on a table nearby and put her ear against the metal door and listened carefully to the quiet clicks of the lock as she turned the dial. After a minute she had it open, and opened the door slowly, anticipating an alarm. But there wasn't. She saw a few stacks of cash, some jewellery, and a few baggies of white powder. She could fit it into Akiva's jacket, so she couldn't see why not take all of it. She stuffed it all in the inner pockets of the jacket and put it over her shoulders before she closed the door of the safe and covered it again with the picture. She shifted her hands back to normal as she left the room, and went downstairs to find Akiva. She had only been gone 10 or 15 minutes.
Akiva watched with a smile as his enthusiastic tag along ventured forward with her task. As soon as the she was out of sight Akivas face contorted into a face devoid of emotion. He looked down at the security guard and cocked his head slightly. He guessed he needed to hide the body, if he didn’t and she heard she might get suspicious. Akiva dragged the body into the closet unlocked room and left the man slumped against the wall. Then Akiva walked out of the room as he took out that folded piece of paper J had handed him at he start of this job. He unfolded it and read what was written on it out loud. “ Kill Houston “. Akiva Hated receiving jobs in this method but he understood the reason. Akiva was contacted through the dark web by J for a job, but what only Akiva knew was that J was pushed into his situation with Houston by others so that problems would arise and J would contact Akiva for help. When J did this he unwittingly passed along another secret message that would be decrypted online by Akiva. They did this so that it would impossible to not remain anonymous and hidden from any preying eyes. They had another job for Akiva, something much darker. They requested Akiva to silence Sir Houston. Permanently.
Akiva knew this from the start and kept this hidden from J and Chenoa. He did do everything he said he did, but every time he sent a message or made a call he would would go through contacts that understood him when he spoke in double entendres. Everything was set up for this moment.
Akiva walked along the hallway, leaving a hand on the railing. He scanned the crowd of people enjoying the party, finding the host rather easily telling a story rather loudly over on the opposite side of the room. Akiva walked downstairs, past all of the other party guests, and to Sir Houston’s group. “ Hello everyone “, Akiva said to the small group with as much charisma as he could muster, “ I don’t know if all of you recognize me but this man right here - “, Akiva said as he reached over and put his hand on Houston’s shoulder, “ is the life of the party. “ When Akiva spoke this everyone lost their tension and laughed, realizing that Akiva Meant no disrespect and he was rather.......different. Not necessarily in a good way in their minds though. Akiva looked at Houston, once again asking himself the same questions he always asked when confronted by people like Houston. Houston is a very popular indie music star, and he did a lot publicly to help several different charities. He was regarded as a very passionate and charitable man. But he had a very dark side. He was involved with several different groups that were involved with racketeering, extortion, and worse. Houston would use most of the money he made on drugs he did in his private time, which made he quite violent and has often made female guests never be able to leave again.
This type of man is why Akiva was so torn on the idea of Justice. What is it? How can someone be good when they do some much evil and how could someone be labeled a villain when they truly strived for a greater cause? Akiva shook his head softly, realizing five minutes had gone by since he last saw Chenoa. He was moving cats but he needed to end his now. Akiva pretended to stumble accidentally from trying to take a step forward. He reached out quickly and grabbed Houston’s hand, sure that while it was embarrassing no one would be he wiser. As soon as his hand touches Houston’s, Akiva sent a small and slow but sharp surge of energy into Houston as he gave the mental command “ ill intentions “.
Akiva let go after a few seconds of pretending to needing to center himself, then straightens himself out. Akiva laughed and apologized, with everything laughing again at Akivas strangeness. Akiva began walking away, but as he did he glanced back with a steel like like in his eyes. “ I win “, Akiva said softly to himself. The energy Akiva sent using his ability ill intentions was a special kind of energy he generated special for this moment. Right now the small surge of foreign energy was slowly traveling through Houston’s body. In about 10 minutes, Akiva predicted just about, the energy would sizzle out and then send foreign electrical energy through our Houston’s body, if not killing him outright then permanent crippling him by more than likely shutting down an organ or more. Akiva walked towards the entrance and realized that more time had passed then he though. By the door Chenoa was waiting for him. Akiva sighed once, looked down, closed his eyes, and opened them for them to appear black and red momentarily before returning back to normal. Akiva thought to himself, “ This is all so gray “. Akiva walked up to Chenoa and greeted her with a smile and walked with her, arm in arm, outside.
"Did you have fun socializing?" Chenoa asked sarcastically as they made their way out of the party. She snagged one last pecan butter tart before the got outside and was nibbling it as they strode down the walkway going further and further from the house. "Do you want to get a car or something? I'm getting a bit tired carrying all this heavy gold in my pockets." she said, smiling widely to Akiva, proud of the both of them that they were able to finish the heist successfully. "We should celebrate." she said, squeezing his arm and conciously stopping herself from leaning her head on his shoulder.
Akiva almost shushed Chenoa, but second guessed himself. She was happy, this was something not every one did all the time. He laughed, then let go of Chenoa so that he could gently take his jacket back and put it back on. " One problem solved. Ha. Sure , if you want, we could call a taxi. Do you want to go back to the cleaners, drop off these clothes, and get our old clothes back? "
"That would be a good idea," Chenoa said, nodding. "Besides, my aunt is probably wondering where I am by now. I normally stay out pretty late without texting her, but never this late. And I left my phone where I hid the rest of my stuff when I shifted to stalk you earlier today." She laughed a bit as she remembered her bag of stuff still in that bush in the park.
Akiva laughed. “ That’s sweet I think. My sister can be similar at times when I’m not out of town on a job, but that’s just because she can be a little protective. Can’t same I’m not the same way. “
Akiva walked the short distance with Chenoa to the cleaners they got their clothes from while chatting about whatever came to mind. Akiva was glad he was able to make this whole adventure fun, although working with a partner wasn’t as much fun as he had hoped. Mainly because of all the secrecy involved but Akiva shoved that to the side of his mind. When the duo arrived at the cleaners, Akiva and Chenoa were able to get back and put on their clothes, and Akiva was even able to get a small backpack from the nice owner of the cleaners, after asking for something to carry stuff in. Akiva was now dressed in a black V neck T shirt, with a black short collared jacket and dark blue jeans.
After the cleaners gave the their clothes back, Chenoa was back into Akiva's sweatpants and longsleeve shirt. The owner noticed that Chen didn't have any shoes and gave her a pair of sneakers that someone had neglected to pick up. They were about a size too big, but they worked just fine. They would probabaly fit her aunt anyway. She was very greatful that the owner was so nice, and even cleaned their clothes for them. As the two made their way out of the cleaners, Chenoa asked, "So, you mentioned your sister a bit, but what's she like?"
As Akiva pulled out his phone to order and Uber, Akiva spoke to Chenoa. “ My sister? Her name is Camille, and she is my twin sister. From birth, she has always had a really weak immune system so she has to be constantly careful about where she goes, what she touches, and what she eats. But she is really smart, really good with computers, and she never complains about her condition. “
Chenoa smiled, and put her hands in her pockets as they waited for their car. "She sounds strong." she said, looking out at the lights that lined the dark main street, not really focusing on anything in particular, just picturing what Camille might look like. "You guys must be really close."
“I mean, yea we are close but you would be surprised. Things can get really tense, especially when she disagrees with something. We live together and we both have a hand in this line of work “, Akiva said while waving his hand as if to gesture what they currently did,” she runs the computer and I do most of the foot work. “
"That's pretty true," Chenoa said, laughing a bit. "Living with family can get pretty tense. I remember when I first moved in with my aunt and cousins. They used to all have separate rooms, but they had no guest room. So the boys had to start sharing a room so that I could have my own. They get along pretty well so it wasn't too bad for them, but they were pretty tense with me for the first month for taking up their space.. And I had my own room and they didn't, so that was unfair." She huffed remembering how not nice they were. They weren't mean, but they didn't show her a lot of kindness either. After all, she was the cousin that they had never met and suddenly they had to make room for her, a stranger. "They loosened up a bit after few weeks. Isaac and I get along pretty well now, and Andre and I are already relly close. We both like to joke around." Chenoa paused. "I'm assuming Camilla knows about your ability? I mean, my aunt and the boys know about mine, but they're just relatives, she's your sister. And she's your twin, I bet she probably has some sort of ability too.."
Akivas mood slightly turned for the worse after hearing that. Of course she knew, he was the reason she is like how she is. “ Uh yea she knows, and no she isn’t like me in that way. She’s the normal. She never judges me for being able to do stuff like - ", Akiva said as he raised his right hand. His hand vibrates a sharp yellow for a few seconds then faded to normal,” - this. She has gone through a lot because of the fact I can do that “. Akiva suddenly smiled and put his hands behind his head. "But it’s fine, she only uses the fact that I have powers and she doesn’t to always get what she wants. It’s why I haven’t eaten a cookie in weeks hehe".
"Aw,you don't get cookies? I'll remember that if I ever see you at Josie's, I'll keep you from buying any." She laughed and elbowed him lightheartedly a bit. She tucked a chunk of light purple hair behind her ear. "So what do you normally do for fun when you're not doing your odd jobs?"
Akiva shrugged. “ Mainly we just work. We are a little weird when we do have any free time though. If we are feeling lazy we will binge TV and movies. If we are feeling energetic we love to sight see, to go out randomly and find a nice patch of grass to lay on in an area we haven’t been before. “ Akiva spottey a bench and motioned for Chenoa to follow him and sit with him. When Akiva sat down he layed his head back and looked up at sky. “ Camille can’t stand for as long as others because she becomes fatigue quickly so my solution was for us to go places and lay down. End up falling asleep a lot. “
Chenoa followed him to the bench and sat with him and looked up at the starry sky. Because of all the lights, she couldn't see too many stars or constellations besides the Dippers and Orion's Belt, but it still looked pretty. "That sounds really relaxing." she said softly. She was growing tired already. The two of them had had a big day.
Akiva was about to speak when his phone buzzed, alerting him to the Uber approaching. Akiva looked at Chenoa and chuckled. She looked extremely tired. “ Our Uber is here. “
Chenoa yawned and started speaking just before she finished a deep breath out. "Do you think I could nap in the car?" she giggled as she got up to look down the street for the car. She stood tall as she could for her height and held her arms up, stretching as she noticed a clean silver vintage-looking car pull up and stop nearby.
Akiva stood up and walked over to the car, speaking as he did. “Sure, be my guest." Akiva and Chenoa got into the silver Impala that was their Uber and took off.
"Thanks for letting me tag along on this job, I realize that you're probably not used to pairing up." Chenoa slouched back in the back seat of the Impala as she made herself comfortable. She watched the scenery pass by as they made their way back Downtown. Today was a weird day for her and she loved the action. She was starting to think that she might like staying in Esperanza for a few years, despite her parents wanting her to come home after a few months here. College could wait another year or two. As she thought about this, she realized that the scenery was getting more familiar as the Downtown area. The drive was a shorter trip than she had expected.
Akiva smiled and nodded at Chenoa. "Well it wasnt exactly what I pictured but I think we did ok. Thank you Dove I appreciate it." A little more time passed before finally arriving in front of Chenoas home. Akiva helped her out of the car and to her door, recieving an akward hug before saying their final goodbyes. Akiva then walked back into the car, finally going home.