She stood above the rest of the world. Above the compound’s training center, in the highest crows nest. Her unit was training, or had been. Now they had free time to do whatever they wanted in the training center. Today she felt like flying, so here she sat, perched at the very top.
Her ear piece crackled alive, “Cho Oyu, report, please.”
She pressed the ear cuff, “Just taking in the sites Agent Corman.”
“The crow’s nest.”
Her handler sighed, “Try again. I have eyes on the nest and you are not in it.”
“Just look up a bit further,” Cho waited a moment for the gasp, she wasn’t disappointed.
“What’s the big deal?”
“You are standing on the tip of the flag pole!”
“I know, the breeze is so revitalizing.”
“Yes, because a seventeen year old girl is so downtrodden. You really do need to come down though, the director has someone for you all to meet.”
“Not telling until you’re down.”
“Fine,” Cho agreed. She stretched her arms out from her body and balanced up on her tip toes.”
“Don’t even think about-” The agent yelled through the ear piece.
Too late. Cho had tipped over and jumped. Air rushed passed her. The wind whipped her hair back behind her as she plummeted to the earth. She spread her limbs out, trying to decrease her aerodynamics. She wanted this moment to last as long as possible. Flying, what she wouldn’t give to truly fly. However all good things must come to an end and so did this. Unfortunately this ending wasn’t handled with kid gloves. A body shot up from the ground and practically tackled her in the air. Then they fell even faster to the ground. However the second figure had been much closer to the ground and was experienced at hard landings. The two fell together, a tangle of limbs and gear.
“Geeze Melker, what were you doing?” Cho asked as she tried to stand.
“Really? What was I doing? Why don’t you try answering that for yourself?” he grunted as she accidentally stepped on him.
“The director wanted to talk to us.”
“I know that, but you can’t just jump like that.”
“Why not?” she asked, genuinely confused.
He paused, scanning her face. Then he sighed and shook his head, “Cho I know you don’t worry about anything but you could have gotten hurt. Just because you’re not afraid of anything doesn’t mean others aren’t afraid for you. What if I hadn’t of caught you?”
“But you did.”
“But what if I hadn’t?”
“Then I would have figured something out. I was thinking that those jumping mats looked promising.”
“You can’t just always leave things to chance. There wont always be mats and I wont always be there to catch you.”
“But today you were. Thank you.”
She put her hand on his cheek and stroked it with his thumb. It successfully stopped the argument. They had had it before anyway. They had that fight often, and others like it. The daredevil and the nervous nelly, her fearlessness and his hyper-concern somehow made an equitable partnership. He rolled his eyes and took her hand from his face. He stepped away from the climbing gear and ropes he had been using when he jumped. Then he lead her to where the rest of their unit was standing.
The director stood with another boy. He looked small, a few years younger then their unit. His hair seemed alive, charged almost, his brown curls going this way and that. He looked at the pair of stragglers as they approached the circle. He looked nervous so Cho smiled at him and nodded a hello, Melker followed suit. Behind the director and the boy stood a row of handlers. Cho could just make out Agent Corman, she wished she hadn’t. Corman instantly started shaking her head, Cho was definitely in trouble. Probably would be grounded like Lia. Oh well, there were worse fates.
“Now that we are all present,” the director began with a sly look at Cho, “let me introduce you all to our newest recruit. This is Wire.”
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Prompt: Write about a person who is incapable of feeling fear.