His Evil Services Headquarters, 1977
Cruz Mansion, Oasis Springs, 1977
"Look," said Oak. "If mama finds we members of the Goodie Two Shoes plotting in her dining room, we're gonna be in big trouble, so can we STOP eating my truffles and discuss what the HELL happened to the Evil Genius's building?"
The Head of the Goodie Two Shoes, Chloe Just, placed her half eaten truffle back on the plate.
"Oak, surely you can put two and two together, since you're the daughter of that so called, 'Genius' Talula Green. Whoever stole those fireworks that were intended to kill us, has instead used them to destroy the His Evil Services Headquarters. So it is not, 'what the hell happened to the building,' but 'who the hell did this and why?'"
".... Okay," said Oak. "What are your thoughts?" But Chloe had picked up her truffle and begun munching.
"Oh, for watcher's sake you guys!"
The Shrieking Llama, Windenburg, 1977
"So, Mr Hellewell," Meg began.
"Uh, you can call me Ryan, boss," said Ryan.
"Yes, Mr Hellewell. I contacted our client. He will meet with us tonight."
"Great. So... he's pleased with our service?"
"No. Three His Evil Services members are missing. They appear to have survived the fire, unlike everyone else. They're a baby boy, the secretary Eva Fowl and her husband Tyron Storm. Our mission's far from finished. We must dispatch them all. That's our job. Otherwise, no money."
"Great. Do you drink?"
But Meg had walked over to the bar, while Ryan sat alone at the table.
How could any member of the H.E.S have survived our fire? The whole place burnt up in seconds.
Passport photo of Quintin Villareal-Fyres, 2027
Love, Death and War
by Paris Hellewell
QUINTIN VILLAREAL-FYRES - Son of Fleur Villareal-Cruz and Beth Fyres
BETH FYRES - Mother of Quintin
FlEUR VILLAREAL-CRUZ - The absent mother of Quintin and the King's aunt
DID YOU KNOW - The great source of Knowledge
KING ALEXANDER - The evil King of Simsland, who's trying to take over the world
HENRY FYRES - The innocent victim of war and Quintin's cousin
PARIS HELLEWELL - The good and honest Grandmaster Vampire, who's trying to save the world from King Alexander
Act 2, Scene 1
(DID YOU KNOW enters from stage left and walks to centre stage).
DID YOU KNOW: Did you know Quintin Villareal-Fyres is both King Alexander and Henry's cousin!
Beethoven's fifth Symphony begins.
Exits stage left.
(Curtains open to reveal a bed. Sitting on the bed is QUINTIN doing his uni homework. BETH FYRES walks in from STAGE RIGHT. She sits on the bed next to QUINTIN.)
Beethoven's fifth Symphony fades out.
BETH: Son, pack your things, we are leaving.
QUINTIN: Wait, what?
BETH: The world is a nasty place. Full of cockroaches and clowns!
QUINTIN: Don't talk about The Evil Geniuses like that.
BETH: But it's true. I didn't know when I married an ex-Evil Genius that a war would happen, or their sister would marry a king and become an Evil Genius again. PLUS I didn't know my brother, Jonathon, would run off with a Sweglord. You see, our family ties stick us in the middle, which means we have to run away.
QUINTIN: Can't we just make peace between our two families?
BETH: No. We're heading to Ireland, so pack your things and don't say a WORD about this to ANYONE!
Quintin is texting Adrian.
Ultimate Bowling Alley, Brindleton Bay, 2031
"Right!" said Adrian. "This time I'll get a strike!"
"You were saying?" said a low voice to her right.
"Well, you see, Quintin, there's this new type of bowling where the aim is to miss the pins rather than hit them."
"I see," said her boyfriend. He approached the bowling alley.
"Oh yeah, oh yeah. Who's the boss? Who's the boss?"
"Shut up, Quintin!" said Adrian, and she took a shy glance around the room.
"What? Nobody's gonna hear."
"I wasn't worried."
"....y-e-a-h...." said Quintin and he raised an eyebrow. Adrian, you can stop thinking the whole world's out to get you and live a little once in a while, he thought.
They played some more.
"I win!" Quintin beamed. "You were so going easy on me!"
Adrian chuckled. "If you won in chess, you could say that."
Quintin wrapped his arms around Adrian.
"You admitting defeat?"
"What do you mean? If I lose, I lose."
"If you lose, you throw a tantrum, more like."
"It's been three years since I've thrown one of those."
"What about the incident last week?"
"What? The shoe shop incident in Newcrest? Anita knew I wanted those leather boots and she bought them."
"Adrian," said Quintin. "Will you promise to not be such a brat when I'm gone?"
Adrian was about to argue. How dare he! And if anyone else had called her a 'brat,' she would never have forgiven them. But there was something about the way Quintin stared at her. The way his eyes lingered softly on hers. It felt safe to admit being wrong with him. It felt safe to admit having flaws, jealous feelings, tyrannical tempers and a mean-spirit. And it felt safe to say, "sorry."
A tear almost escaped Adrian's right eye.
"Let's grab drinks," Quintin said.
The two sat in the cafe upstairs.
"Are you not gonna drink anything, Adrian?" said Quintin, putting his beer down on the table.
"No!" said Adrian. She let off a laugh that was a bit too bright. "Remember this song Quintin?"
"This song! The one that's playing now, duh?"
"The cafe music?"
"Don't be a half-wit, Quintin! Of course it's the cafe music!"
Quintin tuned into the music playing faintly in the background. "Uhm... is this Julia Michael's song Issues? Why is everywhere playing old music?"
"Hey, this isn't that old!"
"Uhm... this was playing when we were kids."
"Well, I thought we'd be rid of Issues by now," said Quintin.
"You will be soon," said Adrian with a glint in her eye.
Quintin took his cup of beer. "There's something I have to tell you."
"I know. You texted me."
"My parents and I are leaving the country."
Adrian was quiet for a moment. "I know," she said. "I knew your parents would make that decision and I think they're right. I know your 'Fyres' mother doesn't talk to Henry's dad, even though he's her brother, but being associated with a Sweglord during this war could be dangerous. At least you'll be safe."
Quintin nodded and looked down at his beer. He hadn't drunk it.
"Where will you be going?" Adrian asked.
"Ireland. We have family there."
"Where abouts again?"
Quintin's eyes flashed to his cup. "I can't tell you," he said.
"I understand," said Adrian. "How's your English?"
Quintin sighed. "Not bad. Mum's been drilling it into me."
"You were alright at it at school."
"Yeah, but I can't believe how much I've forgotten."
"You'll pick it up!"
"I'll miss you," said Adrian. "Call me when you arrive?"
Quintin hugged her, but said nothing.
NOTE: The Ultimate Bowling Alley was created by Simslie_YT , Adrian's orange jacket was recoloured by Bugsie2016 and Quintin's hair is the Windy Hair created by Birksche.