Seal No Evil, Here No Evil - Chapter 1
This will be a chapter by chapter web novel in the Destiny Universe, set in a future of Essence ability users long after Destiny Dimension: Paradox.
1: The Divine Hand
Ellie strolled down the market street sidewalk humming a tune. The spring breeze felt refreshing as it danced through her diverse golden brown hair. She held the hem of her red skirt to keep it in place with one hand while holding a premium white box of strawberry cheesecake in the other.
“Whoo hoo! Full marks on the Essention exam! Time for a reward!” she gleefully said.
A student in dark blue uniform said to his compatriots, “Was that Ellie Mavelin?”
“That genius from the Mars district? No way. She probably just looks like her,” another student said.
It seems I’ve gotten famous for whatever reason. Ellie didn’t hate the attention, but it did feel rather awkward to hear others talk about her like some sort of celebrity.
Ellie turned her head at a sound. A black suited motorcyclist carrying a pink handbag sped down the road toward Ellie then passed her. A confused woman down the road was yelling something. Ellie immediately understood and spun around to see the motorcycle speeding off. She raised her hand in front of her and focused on the image of the biker. The man in black drifted into the air as if pulled by an unseen force, while the motorcycle jetted off and crashed into a street light. The man struggled in the air pointlessly.
She walked up to him and tugged her finger. The handbag flew from the man’s hand and into hers. The woman down the street had finally caught up, out of breath. She wore a long white and pink dress matching the handbag.
“Here you are ma’am,” Ellie said, giving her the handbag.
The woman accepted it and said, “Thank you very much. It’s not much, but here’s my card. I’m with the Central Committee of University City. If you come here, I can offer you something you might like.” She showed Ellie a holographic card.
A virtual translucent display appeared in front of Ellie upon seeing it. “Scan complete. Card logged,” it said. The white rectangle then faded away.
“Have you scanned it?” the woman asked.
“Ah, yes. Thank you… Ms. Shanatto? I hope I pronounced that correctly,” Ellie said.
“You did, don’t worry. Good day to you, Ms. Mavelin,” Ms. Shanatto said, leaving under the shadow of her sun umbrella.
“Huh? How did she know me? Am I really that famous?”
Police vans appeared down the road and were approaching the scene. Oh right. I wrecked the street light, didn’t I? Time to get out of here. Ellie left the unconscious man in the black suit and dashed off out of sight toward her dorm.
At the unassuming brick rectangle of a building that was her dorm, Ellie walked up to the twin wooden doors where a red-headed young lady in a school uniform was waiting.
“Excuse me, can I help you?” Ellie asked.
The short woman turned around. She wore the gold-yellow jacket and grey skirt of Saint Airomi Women’s University. “Oh, I just transferred to Sanshen University, but it seems I’m not registered with the dorm system yet. Maybe it’ll recognize me if I put on your uniform’s jacket?” she said, pointing at Ellie’s black jacket.
“I live here. Don’t worry about it. It’ll get sorted out soon, I’m sure.” Ellie went next to the door. At the side, a grey panel flashed green after verifying her identity through her Neuro Chip. She pushed the door open.
“Thank you. I’m Yuria Engels, transferring in as a first year by the way,” she said.“Nice to meet you. I’m Ellie Mavelin. Also a first year.” The doors closed behind them.