Chapter One: Past & the start
The sunrise quickly turned to a foggy, cool midnight. The smell of the sky was convinced that it smelt refreshing to the nose. The feeling of the relaxed cool breeze, brushing past your skin, making you want to just lay outside and glare at the bright and strong stars. The beautiful night even calmed the crickets that eagerly wanted to make noise every night. A night Ace would never forget.
Seven year old Ace was laying on the lawn watching the stars and the clouds protecting the moon. Ace laid in the same spot everyday and felt a relaxing feeling every night, but today was different. Ace didn’t get the relaxing feeling, but caring more about the stares and moon, Ace didn’t care. The street lights went out and the door opened.
“Ace it’s time to come in. Cookies with a glass of milk is waiting for you on the table, before you go to bed.”
“Okay mom.” Ace said getting up to hug his mother.
Running to the kitchen table, Ace sat next to his cookies and milk. With a kiss on the forehead, Ace’s mother received a question she wasn’t yet prepared to answer.
“Mommy, when’s daddy coming home?” Ace asked sad and looking at his mother hoping for soon.
“I don’t know darling, but let’s hope it’s soon.” His mother said with a smile.
She gave him one last kiss on the forehead and went up stairs to go to bed. Not yet tired and fully awake, Ace couldn’t help but jump on the couch and watch t.v, after his cookies and milk. Not paying much attention to the movie, thought of what his father was like, what his mother told him, and about his mother. Ace’s mother always told Ace, his father was a kind, strong, and handsome guy who loved him. That he needed to go somewhere for work, the day Ace was born and never returned yet.
With two jobs, Ace’s mother works hard to support both of them. Usually never being able to seeing Ace sleep, but today her second job made her leave earlier. Ace’s mother did her best to make Ace happy and never did anything for herself.
“It’s time Ace. It’s time to awaken your power.” A voice that sounded like a woman said out of nowhere, freaking Ace out.
“Who’s there?” Ace said looking around to find no one.
“You must awaken your power Ace. Pretty soon you’re going to need it.” The voice said getting louder.
“I’m going to tell my mommy!” Ace said searching for the guy.
“Your mother will do nothing about this and will understand that you need to awaken your powers. Ace you must Awaken your powers to save your mother.” The voice said confusing Ace.
No matter where Ace searched, there was nobody in the house, or outside. Ace started freaking out and ready to tell his mother, but the voice interrupted him and said something Ace never wanted to hear.
“Ace your mother can’t do anything and you father is dead, so you’re the only chance to save this world. You must awaken your power!” The voice yelled before fading away.
Anger, hatred, depression ran through Ace’s veins and couldn’t control himself. His heart quickly sped up and body became so hot, his tears evaporated. The air around him heated up and a five feet circle of fire formed around him and created a massive beam of fire, reaching the heavens. Shocked, confused, and scared Ace left his house and stood outside watching his house burn down in flames. Ace cried out for his mother, but his mother would never walk out and her body was never found, after the firefighters extinguished the fire. What used to be a relaxing night that Ace loved, turned out to be the night Ace killed his mother.
Eight years go by and Ace hasn’t forgotten what he did that unfortunate night. Ace could only feel blame and hatred for himself. Now in eighth grade and at his graduation, Ace couldn’t help but wish his mother was there. Ace imagine his mother was in the empty seat, in the first row, three seats to the left. Ace imagined Her long roasted chestnut color hair, her brown gleaming eyes, her warm smile, and a personality that gave Ace courage, as the principal announced “Ace Hamada.”
Ace quickly came out of his thoughts and stood up. Walking to the principal, Ace looked at how many other kids parents and family members came for them, because they didn’t kill a family member. Ace found the courage to stop next to the principal and shake his hand, instead of dashing out of the auditorium. The auditorium went into silent when Ace received his diploma and Ace knew it wasn’t how he looked. Ace was in the top five hottest eighth grader in the school, but his lack of social status was pushing people back.
“A very handsome boy and a talented artist. Ace is one of the smartest in the school, but as you can tell he’s not very social.” The principal said giving a few words about Ace.
Ace went back to his seat, wondering about what the principal said. Ace never really cared about school and did the work, so the teachers would stay off his back. The only reason Ace is good at drawing is it’s the only thing he does to waste time. Ace never cared for his looks. Ace was going into high school 5’11 and weighs 123 pounds. Ace never cared about high school and everything his fellow eighth graders were planning to do.
Ace never thought about a relationship, friends, clothes, popularity, or any other stuff. Ace was more towards go to high school and get out. find a job and live his life. When the graduation was over, Ace left the auditorium and out the school. Staring at the school, Ace remembered the times his mother would drop him off to this school, before he killed her.
“Everything will be alright son. Your mother is watching you proud.” The principal said putting his hand on Ace’s shoulder.
“Can I ask you something?” Ace asked looking at the principal.
“Shoot for it.” The principle said looking at Ace.
“The stars. The stars seem to be brighter and stronger…. Why?” Ace said pointing to the sky.
“Maybe it’s telling us our future will have great things.” The principal said staring at one particular star.
The principal said his farewells and left Ace thinking about the stars. The stars that mocked him. The stars that reminded him of his mother's death. Images of the beam of fire and the house burning, constantly popped into his head. Ace had no one to go home to, because he doesn’t have any family. Alone and fortunate enough to be allowed to live on his own. The city paid to rebuild his house and Ace lives there, without paying rent.
Ace decided to walk home and watch the stars, on the way home. Ace stopped at a pizza place and ordered to go. A large pepperoni pizza and onion rings. Ace received his order and left for home. Reaching the front gate, Ace thought about his life if he never killed his mother. His life would be so much better, he’d have friends, and he could be yelled at for doing something stupid.
“I’m home mom.” Ace said opening the door and walking in.
Of course there was no response, but Ace hoped his mother was watching him and greeted him too. Sitting at the kitchen table, Ace sat on the chair staring at the pizza. Ace took a slice and placed in on to a plate and grabbed another piece for himself.
“Dinner is ready.” Ace said managing a smile and quickly that smile turned to a frown.
Ace folded his pizza and took a bite. Ace eventually ate the rest of the six pizzas and left his mother’s slice on the table. Ace plumped on the couch and turned the t.v on. It seemed like the only shows Ace watches, was murder shows and movies. Ace hated himself and blamed himself, but never forgot that voice. That woman’s voice. Ace repeatedly would look at the spot, where the beam of fire was and wondered how that happened.
Too much thinking and depression, made Ace exhausted and was dozing off. Right before Ace could fall asleep the doorbell rang. Ace shot up and looked around, before he went to the door. Ace opened the door and the mailman was there.
“Hey Ace. This came in and it was asked that it came straight to you immediately. I don’t know what it is, but it must be important to you.” The mailman said handing the envelope to Ace.
“I don’t know what it is either.” Ace said confused on how important it was.
Ace took the envelope and the mailman left. Shutting the door and thinking that it’s a letter saying he can’t live in his house for free anymore. Ace went up stairs and went into what would be his mother’s room.
“Something important came in the mail and I want to read it to you.” Ace said opening the envelope.
“Dear Ace Hamada. It’s been eight years since you’ve awakened your powers or your element. We’re sorry for your mother and if this letter reminds you of her. I the principal of Academy of Elements and the staff, have scouted your and came to a decision that you’ll be a great fit to our academy. We can tell you’ll be a great asset to our academy and our academy will be a great asset to you. Your fire element and animal seem to be outstanding in all ranks. The academy of Elements is a academy only the best can be accepted to and we think you’ll become a fire legend. We must train you, so you can save planet earth.” Ace said reading the letter.
Tears slid down Ace’s face, anger bubbled up in his stomach, and hatred formed, but confused which was stronger, Ace fell to his butt. Ace was reminded about his mother he never forgot and the voice that he despise. Ace got the feeling there was something else in the envelope and he dug his hands into the envelope. Ace pulled out a ticket, with academy of Elements written on it. The ticket came with a small paper, telling Ace there’ll be a bus waiting for him at 8 in the morning.
“It’s time to strengthen your power and save the world.” The voice said coming out of nowhere again.“Shut up!!!” Alex yelled, quickly responding to the voice.