* Chapter 2: The Plot Begins *
Indalecio sat at the kitchen table inside the Ten Wise Men's
house in southern Lacour. On the table were multiple stacks
of papers several inches high and a small accounting calculator.
Indalecio pored over the papers with a look of frustration on
Cyril walked into the room and glanced in Indalecio's direction.
"Hey, maggot, what're you doing?"
"Trying to do our taxes..." Indalecio replied. "These
figures don't make any sense. According to this tax scale, we
owe more than we make in a year..."
"What the hell? You've got to be doing something wrong."
"I don't know, maybe it's my figuring," Indalecio
said, holding up a sheet of paper, which contained numerous
notations and scribblings. Cyril grabbed it and looked it over.
"If I could read this, I might be able to tell you what
you're doing wrong," Cyril said, handing the paper back
"No wonder," Indalecio said, taking the paper and
studying it again. "You were holding it upside..."
His eyes suddenly grew three sizes as he failed to finish his
"What's the matter?" Cyril said.
"Cyril, thank you for being such a fool, you're a genius!"
Indalecio screamed happily. He ran out of the kitchen laughing
and clicking his heels.
"He's lost it," Cyril said, shrugging off the proceedings
and grabbing an apple out of the fridge.
* * *
Filia, Decus, and Vesper stood outside the door to Indalecio's
room. From within, a furious typing sound could be heard. "Daddy,
would you like some breakfast?" she said, holding a large
tray of food. No answer came, just the continued sound of typing.
"How long's he been in there?" Vesper asked.
"Almost three weeks," Decus said. "He hasn't
eaten, hasn't slept, and only taken a little time for bathroom
"What do you suppose he's doing?" Filia asked, with
a bit of nervousness in her voice.
"Haven't a clue," Decus said. Suddenly, the door
burst open, slamming violently into Vesper's face. Vesper fell
to the floor holding his nose while the door managed to stay
standing, albeit with a large face-shaped dent. Indalecio proudly
walked through the door, his face radiating with happiness.
"Daddy, what have you been doing in there?" Filia
"I'll tell you soon enough," Indalecio said. "First,
call Noel and Chisato, and tell them to come over here."
"Why?" Decus asked.
"Because," Indalecio said. He was silent a moment,
almost as if he was savoring the next words he was going to
say. "We're going home!"
"Ow...by node..." Vesper said through his bloodstained
hands, which were covering his face.
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