STANLEY – 15
Rated M for mature content.
They looked at each other for a moment, none of them speaking before Michel started talking again.
“Well, I don’t really know you Stephanie, mais… I trust you. So, to tell you the truth, no, this ‘effect’, as you say, I have on people is natural it is not the result of me being an alternate.” He said as he also took a sip of his wine. “Although, this is.” He added as he extended his arm in front of him and opened his hand.
Stephanie’s eyes widened as a small rose made in paper hovered over his open palm, she saw the origami piece dance around his fingers as the man in his thirties moved them.
“How-” She started but she interrupted herself immediately, understanding what he had meant.
He was an alternate, just not what she had thought him to be.
“I trust you mademoiselle Stephanie, this is the only reason I show you this. I don’t know why I do but I feel like I can. This is what I, as an alternate, can do. I can control paper at will but only the size of an A3 at the same time.” Michel Durant explained with a small smile. “I am taking a chance here and I hope you are not with them.”
Stephanie remained unable to speak for a few seconds, simply contemplating the small paper flower dancing over the man’s hand.
“I- No, I’m not from the government!” She replied rasing her hands slightly in a pacific stance. “The reason I asked you this was because I thought you could, uhm…”
She hesitated to continue, feeling slightly stupid at her reasoning. If it wasn’t his ability it meant that she had been naturaly charmed by him and she couldn’t admit falling for such an overseductive personality.
“That I could what ma chère?” Michel asked, curious.
“That the effect you had on me was your ability…” She explained as her cheeks got redder.
“Whatever do you mean?” He asked again, apparently not getting what she was implying.
“Well, I mean… Uh, you know what? Never mind…” Stephanie dismissed the topic with her hand and a nervous smile which Michel didn’t seem to notice.
“Okay, well non, my ability is to control paper.” He said without minding the young woman’s strange attitude.
“Yeah, about that…” Continued Stephanie, glad to have been able to change the subkect without too much problem. “What do you mean by an A3 sheet?”
“Ah!” Exclaimed her new friend. “Well, it’s exactly as it sounds, I can only control paper with a maximum surface of an A3 sheet at a time…”
“Right.” The young woman replied while trying to supress the small smile that was spreading on he lips.
She had heard that there were strange abilities out there but this was one really useless power. Well, whatever! He’ll still be useful in other way!
“Well Michel, don’t worry, your secret is safe with me. However, I have a request to make of you, will you help me?” She then asked.
To be continued…