Walking up the steps off the plaza train station, a young man with crutches enters the enormous metropolis that is New York City. His name is Will Myers, age 16 who is currently running late for his first day of junior year of Xavier Prep School. As he paces across the sidewalk as fast as anyone with crutches can go, he is still thinking about what happened literally when he got off the train. “She was really pretty, and I accidentally stepped on her foot with my crutches, I’m a total idiot!”, he thought to himself . “Now I’m probably going to be late, and I won’t be able to pick my homeroom seat!”. He paces a bit faster to make up for the lost time. “Oh my bad miss”, he bumps into a busy woman who drops her folder where it lands on by his feet. He bends down to get it while the women said “Oh please let me get you don’t need to bend down”, however Will already retrieved it and gave her the folder and walked away. “Hey buddy boy, do you have an idea where 78th avenue is?”, asked a man holding three coffees and a bagel in his mouth. He proceeded to give him precise directions to where he needed to go. The man thanked him and continued on his way. “Hey Will, can you tell me if this sign is straight”, asked Will’s favorite bodega store owner. He then gave verbal directions to make the sign straight “Thanks bud here's a bagel on the house.” Will looked down at his watch “It’s already 7:30! I only have 25 minutes”, he continued to pace fastly down the block.
Suddenly he heard someone shout ‘hey’ and he turned back. It was the girl he accidentally bumped into. “Hey, I’ve noticed we’re going to the same school, I just transferred into this school and I’m not familiar with this city, can I walk with you?”, she asked. Will got all giddy inside and nodded his head as he led the way to the school. “I’m Michelle by the way. You don't need help with your bag?”.
“Why would I need help?”, Will stuttered. “Well it’s because..Nevermind”, to avoid offending him she stops and continues to follow his lead. “So, what is your name?” Michelle asked. “My name is Will, Will Myers. I’m a junior, what grade are you in, where’d you transfer from? Where do you live? Wha-”
“Wow wow. Asking me a lot of questions there bucko.”
“Oh my bad, I’m sorry”, he quickly apologized.
“No it’s fine, I’m a junior just like you, I used to live in Los Angeles, and I currently live in Brooklyn right now. How about you?”.
The two continued to converse as they started nearing the school. “I saw what you did for those strangers back there. That was really sweet of you”.
Will faces began to get red, he then stutters “Well, it’s whatever, I’m just being a good samaritan”.
She smiles gently at him, to where Will couldn’t look at her and shamefully looks away.
“So, does anything weird ever happen in the ‘Big Apple’”, asked Michelle.
“If you don’t count the larger than average subway rats, then no not really. New York seems exciting and showy, but this place isn’t Los Angeles, we mean business here”.
“Oh is that so mista New Yorker”.
“Well yeah. We New Yorkers kind of live mundane lives. We aren’t like you Cali folk”.
“So I take it that you New Yorkers are also rude then right?”.
“Depend if you get in the way or-”
Interrupting the conversation a young tall man with a hair color of grey walks in between them asking “Oi, oi, oi. Let me ask you guys something, do you hear something buzzing or is it just me? I'm not buggin’ right. Right? Don’t you hear it? You hear it right? It ain’t just me right?”.
“Um. I don’t think we do”, Michelle answered.
“Seriously? Just concentrate. It’s a buzzing noise. It sounds like a person. And he’s going ‘Buzzzzzzzzz’ take a listen”.
“I think you're just hearing stuff”, said Michelle.
“You with crutches”, the young man grabs Will’s head and yanks it to his own and put his finger over his mouth to shush him. I wasn’t even talking!! Will thought.
“Bro I don’t hear anything” said Will as he tries to get away from the weirdo. “Shhhhh…”, the young man whispered.
“Dude can you let go of m-”, Will suddenly picked up a small buzzing noise.
“Where is that coming from?”, he asked.
“I still don’t hear anything. Are you guys fucking around with me”, said Michelle. The young man shushed her. “Oh well. Hey Will lets go”, however Will didn’t pay her no mind and focus on the buzzing sound.
“Um well. I guess I’ll go ahead, I can see the school from here.”, she proceeded to walk away to leave the guys on their own.
“Buzzzzzzzzzz…..”, the sound faintly echoed to the young pair’s ears.
“So your name is Will huh? I might need your help. Follow me”, The young man led Will to an alleyway where the sound of buzzing was coming from.
“Um. What do you want me to do. I’m sorry I can’t do much with the way I am.”, Will replied.
“Hm. All I need you to do, is to keep an eye on my back as I walk down this alley. If you don’t, it’s okay you can leave if you want, that girl was very pretty. You can still catch up with her.”
Although he has no business with this strange man, he had caught the curiosity bug and wanted to see this through. “What’s your business with this sound if I can ask?”.
“Well. As you can probably tell. This is a man making this noise.”
“Oh well, maybe he's just doing it for fun I guess right?”.
“No you're wrong Will. About a minute before I ran into you, I heard this noise behind me and when I turned around a man pickpocket me and ran away! I didn’t realize it at first, but when I couldn’t find my wallet, I knew he stole it! And now we are here.”
The young man took one step into the alley, he then turned back and whispered “You’ll watch my back right? I can handle it if he jumps me from the front but it’ll be nice if you warned me if he was behind me”. Will nodded, which relieved the young man. “Cool, I’m going in.” As he went small step by small step the buzzing sound slowly grew louder. “Have you noticed Will? The buzz got louder. Well from my perspective anyway.”
“I can hear it more clearly now! I think the buzzing is louder since you’ve probably entered his territory”, replied Will.
The sound continued to get louder the deeper the young man went. “So this is obviously his ‘Den’ is it. Well come out you bastard”. The young man slowly started coming to conclusion on the exact position of a man. “Oi, Will, I think I’ve found his position.”
Will intensely looked as he patiently waits to see what happens.
The buzzing got louder and louder as the young man got closer to a corner in the ally way.
Damn how the hell can this buzzing noise get this loud! It’s like we are in an arena or something, thought Will.
“So he must be there”, he whispered to himself. The young man prepared to possibly fight with this pickpocket thief. He then quickly lifts up a trash bag where the highest pitch of the buzz was coming from. “AH HA-”, however there was nothing but rats below the bag. “Huh, where is this guy. Oi! Will where is this prick! I’m going to kick his ass!”, the young man yelled.
Will looked around the alley as the buzzing noise continued. “Hey, I think the buzzing sound is only echoing around this alley! It’ll be much harder to pinpoint his exact location! Come back and we’ll just get an officer!”, yelled Will.
“No, I’m going to kill this fucker. Oi! Where the hell are you!”, the young man started to kick around trash, desperately wanting to kick this thief’s ass.
“Uh, hey dude, I don’t think we shou-”, suddenly Will noticed a bag to shake a few feet behind the young man. “Hey uh man”, he tried calling the young man but he was too angry to notice Will’s voice. The bag continued to shake, and upon a closer look, Will saw two clear blue eyes.
“Wha-What?!”. A large man then suddenly jumped out of the bag with a big knife with an intent to kill. “HEY BEHIND YOU!”, Will yelled as loud as he can, however with the distance between the thief and the young man it would be impossible for the young man to turn back in time to defend himself. “OH NO!”, yelled Will.
“You're dead asshole!”, yelled the thief as he thrust his knife towards the young man.
“There you are douchebag”, muttered the young man.
“KEEYAHH” , stabbed the thief. Will looked away as he teared up, “It’s my fault! I should have called an officer!”. Suddenly a loud piercing noise echoed in the alley. Will looked up slowly with one eye, and then suddenly was shocked to see what he was now looking at. “Wha-what the fuck my knife”, said the theif. The knife was now only a hilt as the actual blade was broken off and now on the floor. “What. What is that?”asked Will.
A clear yet visible glass like mirror had appeared behind the young man’s back. “As you can see, I have a strong guard haha”, laughed the young man, “Now what should I do with you”.
“Whatever loser, doesn’t mean I can still-”, the thief was crushed by a right hook punch, losing a tooth and fell to the floor. The mirror was now gone. “You asshole!”, the thief lunged forward towards him to only hit another glass wall that appeared out of nowhere, now in front of the young man. “Wha-What’s happening? What is this? It’s impossible!”, nothing seemed to make sense to Will. “How is there a mirror that can materialize out of nowhere?!”.
The young man followed up with a left hook. “Get back up fucker”, said the young man. The thief tries to crawl away, however he felt the floor had changed texture. He looked down and he was now on a clear glass tile. The young man flicked up his finger and the mirror pushed the thief back up pushing the man back into the fist of the young man. “I’m going to keep the mirror right behind you for a second.”
“Please forgive me”, said the thief who was in great pain.
“Forgive you, when you tried to kill me right now! No way!”, the young man yelled back.
Will still in shock, watched as the young man unleashed a barrage of fists onto the thief as he was being pinned from behind by the mirror wall.
“sssssshhhhHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA!”, yelled the young man as he continued to pummel the thief.
“You fucking loser, get a job”, the young man then made the glass tile disapper, with the thief’s body falling hard to the floor. “Huh. I might’ve overdid it. He’s still breathing, he’ll survive”.
The young man then searched the man for his wallet. Will walked towards the young man, still not comprehending what happened. Will then spoke, “Um hey. What the hell was that?”.
“Man. I can't find my wallet? Where the fuck is it?”, said the young man.
“Hey dude I’m talking to you”, Will said a little louder.
The young man looked up, “Hm?”.
“Who the hell are you?”, asked Will.
The young man looked at Will and answered “The name’s Aldo. Aldo Aldonza”.
Aldo then smiled at Will. Will proceeded to back off a bit.
“OH! HEY! I feel like a total idiot. You're going to laugh at this Will”, said the young man with a tone of embarrassment.
“What is it,” Will replied.
“My wallet was in my coat pocket the whole time! Haha, sorry bud, I didn’t have to kick your ass”, said Aldo as he started to laugh.
Will proceeded to sigh.
“Give me a break”.