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For Your Protection: Chapter Ten
Piper was just finishing up a song when she noticed a head in the crowd which was much higher than the rest.  She remembered seeing him earlier in the week and she knew that she should remember who he was but as she hummed the last chords and closed her eyes she was drawing a blank.  So many people had been coming to watch her lately and her face was showing up more and more on WatchThisStuff.com.
And then her eyes shot open as she remembered.
The guy with the Assist.
The Assist who sounded like Allie.
“We’re gonna take a quick break,” she said to the crowd after the music closed out.  Those in the crowd nodded their heads and retreated to the nearest building for some warmth from the late winter/early spring air.
Her cellist looked at her strangely.  “You doin alright, Pipes?” he asked.
“Yeah, Charlie,” she said as she swiped her hair into a sloppy clam which rested on the top of her head.
“We don’t usually take
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For Your Protection: Chapter Nine
“Your lover boy’s coming up the street,” Shaw said with a grin as she looked out the window the next day on a lazy Thursday early afternoon.
“Very funny,” Airyn said.  “And he’s not my lover boy.”
“Whoever he is or was, that guy from before with the Assist is coming up the street…Assist free.”
“Really?” she asked and walked up to her lavender haired friend.  Her face changed slightly when she realized that she was right.  “He must be off today.”
“No sloppy suit today,” Shaw snickered.  “Maybe you were wrong about him?”
“Maybe…” Airyn mused.
The door swung up and Shane burst inside.  “Airyn, do you know if that Piper girl is performing today?”
“Well hi and hello to you, too,” Airyn said, visibly deflating.  Why did she ever listen to Shaw?
“Hi,” Shane said shortly.  “Do you have an
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For Your Protection: Chapter Eight
“I’m exhausted,” Shane muttered at the end of Wednesday’s work day.  From the being carted around all over the city to meeting with people and picking up more junk than he thought was unnecessary he was worn out.
“Exhausted from what?” Lux asked as they sat in Davis’ office waiting for him to show up to go through the final rundown since Shane would only be working a half day tomorrow.  “It is not like you had to do much.”
“I had to deal with you,” Shane joked.  When she didn’t answer he lifted up his head to see her standing on the desk looking…not indifferent.  “Lux, I’m kidding.  These things would be a nightmare if it wasn’t for you.”
“I do not do anything special,” she said as she started to walk around the surface of the desk.  Shane attention was held captive as she strolled around.  Everything looked so different in her world and i
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For Your Protection: Chapter Seven
“So how was your first day?” Shane’s mother asked once her son had finally arrived home.  It was a little after four but she supposed with city traffic and it being his first day that it was to be expected.  “I’m assuming you got the job?”
“Sure did,” Shane said with a wide smile as he stooped slightly to enter through the front door.  His mother promptly shut the door.  This wasn’t exactly the part of the neighborhood where you wanted your front door hanging open at night.  He glanced over his shoulder at the sleekly wrapped package hanging from it.  “This is just one of the many gifts I received today.”
“Gifts?” his little sister Naomi chirped from the hallway.  The girl seriously had an eye and an ear when it came to free stuff.  “Anything good?”
“I think you’re asking if there’s anything for you,” Shane said with a smile as he sau
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For Your Protection: Chapter Six
Amazing.  That’s all that Shane could think as he listened to the girl singing outside.  It was no wonder that no one in the diner wanted her to leave with her group because honestly?  She was helping bring in more business.  Several people who walked past took one look and one listen and strolled into the diner to hear her.  Even Lux seemed to be caught up in the moment, watching the dark haired girl sway her hips and throw back her long hair along with the music.
“She’s good, isn’t she?” Shane asked her in a soft voice, almost not wanting to spoil the moment for either of them.  Lux nodded in response but never took her attention away from the singer.  For an Assist, Lux really did seem to appreciate music as much as she claimed to.  He could see her head bobbing and her eyes going from the singer to the drummer and even the strings players.  “Amazing voice,” he said.  “It reminds me of
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For Your Protection: Chapter Five
Shane didn’t believe her.  Surprise wasn’t something Assists felt very often but even if they could, Lux knew she wouldn’t be when Shane blew off her answer about why she was so important to Lotus.  He couldn’t even consider it.  Despite his temper tantrum in the men’s clothing store, he still thought Lux could be nothing more than a machine – a collection of scrap, wires, and metals.  It was hard to face but not surprising.
She remembered how Garrett first reacted to her in general.  Come to remember it, Garrett had also been reluctant to see her as a machine when he was brought in to be Lotus’ personal bodyguard but he still didn’t like to think that Lux was Lotus’ voice.  He basically laughed the whole thing off until he heard Lotus sing acapella without assistance.
But he said from the beginning that he was never going to see her as a machine.
Lux supposed that Shane wasn’t that much different
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For Your Protection: Chapter Four
“What are you waiting for?” Davis asked with a slight bit of impatience.  “You need to get going.”
“But…what…what am I supposed to do?” Shane asked as he looked down at her.  Despite the fact that he was constantly telling himself Lux was nothing more than a computer he simply couldn’t bring himself to just pluck her up like he would a cell-phone or tablet.  Everything about her was just too human for him to understand.  His eyes looked over her hands and her limbs and her hair and her face…even the tiniest details like the freckles.  It was too much.
“It is not a big deal,” Lux said as she walked closer to the edge of the desk.  “Go on, now.”
“R-right,” Shane said.  He pulled his hand away from his side and started to reach for her.
“Not like that,” Davis said.  “Look, just pay attention…” he trailed off as he walked up t
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For Your Protection: Chapter Three
If Assists could show anger in a more human way, Davis was sure Shane wouldn’t be smiling after looking over at Lux.  She looked positively livid – for a computer – which unfortunately didn’t always translate to people who weren’t around Assists very often.  He supposed that ‘ignorant poor kid’ would have described him best so though the kid burst out into a nervous chuckle, Davis remained stoic until the Shane composed himself.
“Are you finished?” Davis asked him.
“Y-yes I am,” Shane said as his hazel eyes danced between Davis and Lux.  “But…you weren’t serious, were you?”
“As serious as a heart attack…” Lux said, “…for a human anyway.”
“You…but you’re…”
“I am an Assist,” Lux said again.  “Is something unclear about that fact?”
“Well, no I—”
“Have you never seen an
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For Your Protection: Chapter Two
Two
Shane Pearson was late for his second job interview.  As he raced around his house in an absolute panic he almost trampled right over his little sister who was getting ready for school.
“Watch it,” she hissed as only a 7th grader could.  “Where are you going dressed like that?” she asked as she took him in.  “You trying out for 50 Shades?”
“Ha ha ha…I don’t even know what the hell that is,” Shane said as he stood in front of his mirror.  “The guy said to come in a suit and tie.  It’s not like I picked it out.”
“The sleeves are too short,” she said as she walked up and tugged on the jacket.  “They’re supposed to reach down to your hands, aren’t they?  I mean I don’t know a whole lot about suits, but something tells me—”
“This was all I had,” Shane said as he glanced down.  Dammit, she was right though.
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For Your Protection: Chapter One
“I do not require a bodyguard,” a soft-faced beauty said to the man leaning over on his desk.  “I am an Assist.  I can take care of myself.”  The dark-haired woman frowned when the man across from her smirked and settled back in his chair, leather crinkling against leather.  His sharp eyes remained focused as he took in the small female Assist who only stood in front of him on his desk – just shy of eight inches tall.
“I think you’re wrong about that, Lux,” he answered as the smirk never left his features.  
“I am not wrong—”
He reached out and rubbed the dark stubble on his sharp chin and kept his dark brown eyes focused on the girl in front of him.  “Assist or not, we need to be careful of how we deal with you—”
“Deal with me?” the Assist snapped.  “If you have such a problem with me and worrying about me, how about you consider putting me in a larg
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Piper was just finishing up a song when she noticed a head in the crowd which was much higher than the rest.  She remembered seeing him earlier in the week and she knew that she should remember who he was but as she hummed the last chords and closed her eyes she was drawing a blank.  So many people had been coming to watch her lately and her face was showing up more and more on WatchThisStuff.com.
And then her eyes shot open as she remembered.
The guy with the Assist.
The Assist who sounded like Allie.
“We’re gonna take a quick break,” she said to the crowd after the music closed out.  Those in the crowd nodded their heads and retreated to the nearest building for some warmth from the late winter/early spring air.
Her cellist looked at her strangely.  “You doin alright, Pipes?” he asked.
“Yeah, Charlie,” she said as she swiped her hair into a sloppy clam which rested on the top of her head.
“We don’t usually take a break this early,” Charlie continued as he glanced around at the rest of the guys.  Even the drummer looked a bit confused.  It wasn’t like Piper to change her singing schedule.  And though this may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people Charlie knew that something was on his friend’s mind.  “Everything okay?”
“That guy from before,” Piper explained as she pointed to the back of the ground which was slowly thinning out.  “You remember him, right?  He had the Assist?”
“Ahh…” the drummer said.  He wiped his forehead and pushed some of his dark hair away from his face so he could look closer at her.  “Allie, right?”
“It wasn’t Allie, Sam,” Charlie muttered.  “Allie’s gone.  Right, Pipes?”
“Right,” Piper said though it was obvious that she wasn’t listening.  “I’m gonna talk to him again.”
“Wait.  Really?” Charlie asked as he reached forward to grab her arm.  “You sure you wanna do that?”
“What’s wrong with it?”
“You were messed up when you lost Allie,” Charlie said.  “You’re only just now seemin’ to get over it, you know?  You sure you wanna bring up all that stuff again?”
“Allie isn’t stuff.”
“You know what I mean, Pipes,” Charlie said as he looked around at Sam and the others.  “We all remember how things went after Allie left.  It sucks but we’ve learned to move on.  You should too.”
“Allie wasn’t just some singer to me,” Piper said.  “She was my friend.  My best friend.”
“She was an Assist,” Sam chirped.
“And I’m sure Allie doesn’t—”
“Leave it, Charlie,” Piper said as she pulled away from him.  “I’m just going to talk to him.  There’s no harm in that, is there?”  She glanced around the group as she noticed Charlie and Sam lower their eyes.  “Steve?” she asked her drummer.  “Do you really think it’s such a bad idea?”
The sandy blond drummer shrugged and rubbed the back of his tan neck.  “I dunno, Pipes.  I’m kinda with Charlie on this one.  Let it go.  That Assist he had with him didn’t look nothing like Allie.”
“It has nothing to do with how she looks,” she said defensively as she looked over her shoulder and noticed that that guy from earlier in the week was starting to hesitantly make his way towards them.  She turned back to Steve.  “It’s not her face,” she said again, “it’s her sound.  She sounded like Allie.  Can any of you guys deny that?”
“I can’t deny she sounded like her,” Steve said as Charlie shot him a look.  “Well I can’t!  I’ll admit, it was like being Pipes n’ All again.  She sounded like her.  I won’t say she didn’t.”
“Charlie?” Piper asked.  “You gonna say it didn’t like our old stuff?”
“I didn’t say that,” he said softly.  “I’m just sayin it’s not a good idea to get mixed up in trying to find her.  If she wanted to run off—”
“You don’t know what happened to her—”
“She’s gone, Pipes.  Best learn to accept that.”
“You guys couldn’t understand,” Piper muttered under her breath.
“What…what do you mean by that?” Charlie asked as his soft jaw clenched.  “We’ve been there for you, Pipes.  We weren’t the ones who got up and left—”
“I said you don’t know what happened to her,” Piper shot back.
The rest of the crew fell silent as they looked at her but Charlie was the first to speak.  He was always the one who had the courage to stand up to their lead singer.  “And you do?”
“I’m just sayin’ that none of you can pretend that you know what happened to her.  We don’t know for sure if she ran away…”
“That’s not the first time you’ve said that, Pipes.  Is there something—”
“Just…” Piper interrupted, “…leave me alone.”
“Hey…uh…excuse me?” a deep voice entered the conversation.  Piper, Charlie and the rest turned to look at the tall and strongly built guy standing in front of them.  Piper licked her lips which were cold and dry because of the weather and looked up at the stranger.  His cheeks were pink and even the tip of his nose looked chilled as he remained silent as he stood, his incredibly dark hair falling over his hazel eyes.
“Yes?” Sam asked.  “Can we help you?”
“Uh…y-yes,” the stranger said as he looked down at Piper.  “I was wondering if I could talk to you.  Do you remember me?”
“How could I forget?” Piper said immediately.  “You had the Assist.  Great showing.  Where is she?”
“She…she’s busy right now with some other things.  So you do remember.”
“Yes.  Blaine, right?”
“Shane,” the tall guy corrected.  “Shane Pearson.”
“Sure…Shane,” Piper said.  “What’s up?  What can I help you with?”
“I’d like to talk to you…if that’s okay,” Shane said.  His eyes fell around the guys with her all scrutinizing him in a different manner.  Shane felt like the tall, awkward kid in high school all over again.  “In private?”
“Anything you can say with Pipes, you can say with us,” Charlie said.
“Naw.  It’s okay, Charlie.  I’d actually like to talk to him,” Piper said.  “I told the crowd I was taking some time—”
“How much time?” Sam asked.  “Can I go home?”
“No—” Charlie started.
“Yes.  Sure,” Piper said, never taking her eyes off Shane.  “Let’s just meet back around two.”
“Two?” Charlie moaned.  “You serious, Pipes?  It’s barely ten.”
“If you guys want to start without me, then go ahead,” Piper said.  “Steve can do vocals until I get back.  It’s not like we haven’t done it before.”
“You sure, Pipes?” Charlie asked as he continued to stare down the tall stranger.
“I’m sure,” Piper said.  “I mean, if that’s alright with you,” she said as she looked up at Shane again.  “You mind?”
“Where you takin’ him?” Sam asked.
“Stop acting like a damn dad,” Piper said.  “I’m takin’ him to the library.  That alright with you guys or you want to check my diaper before I go?”
“Fine with me,” Steven said.  “I’m gonna go home and warm up.  I’m freezing.  You wanna come, Sam?”
“Yeah,” he grunted.  “Let’s order a pizza or something.  Charlie?”
“Count me out,” Charlie said.  “I’m goin’ over to the diner.”
“Ohhhh…the diner,” Piper said as she tried to play around.  “We all know why you go there.”
“Shut up, Pipes.  I still think you should let it go.”
“And I keep tellin you to mind your own business.”
“It’s a bad idea.”
“I’m not going to do anything,” Shane said, thinking that they were talking about him.
“I’m not worried about you,” Charlie clarified.  “I’m worried about what you brought with you on Monday.”
“Charlie,” Piper said, stiffening.
“What did I bring?” Shane asked before reddening.  “Oh.  You mean, Lux.”
“The Assist,” Charlie said.  “It’s a bad idea.  That’s what you’re here for, right?”
“Not your business,” Piper snapped as she linked an arm through Shane’s.  He was caught off guard by how close she got to him right away.  Most people avoided him like a creepy homeless man because of his size.  It was nice to see someone not scared of him.  “We’re going.  I’ll see you guys at two.”
“But Pipes—”
“At two,” she snapped again.  “Go to the diner and flirt, Charlie.  It’ll be good for you.”
He stiffened up but shook his head at her, grumbling as he picked up his instruments.  “See you at two,” he grunted again.  “I just hope you know what you’re doing.”
“It’s all good,” Piper said as she started to pull Shane away from the group.  “Come on,” she said, looking up at him.  “Let’s get some coffee before we head to the library.  It’ll warm me right up.”
“S-sure,” Shane stuttered out, allowing the dark haired girl to pull him along.  He glanced over his shoulder as the rest of her friends slowly packed up their instruments and made no attempt to hide their contempt for him.  “You sure this is okay?  They look pissed.”
“They’ll be fine,” Piper insisted.  “Come on.”

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“Sorry if the library scene isn’t really for you,” Piper said as she pulled a laptop out from her bag.  “I don’t get internet at my place.  It’s too costly.”
“No, I get it,” Shane said awkwardly as he looked around.  Damn.  It had been a long time since he’d been in an actual library.  With a chuckle he realized he was surprised they even still existed.
“Internet bills.  Total pain in the ass, right?”
“Uh…we’ve kind of always used our neighbor’s,” Shane with an embarrassed grin.  “We can’t really afford it either.”
“Roommates?” Piper asked as she started to boot up the computer.
“Uh…no.  Mom and sister.”
Piper nodded.  “That’s cool.  My mom kicked me out when I said I wanted to go to school for music.  Said there wasn’t any money in it.”  She gave a dry laugh.  “I guess she was right.”
“She kicked you out?” Shane repeated.  He couldn’t imagine his mom doing something like that.  It just wasn’t like her.  But then again, she needed him.  She couldn’t work right now so maybe that was the only she let him stay.  The thought bothered him so he tried to shake it off.
“It wasn’t a big deal,” Piper said with a shrug.  “The band’s my family now.  And…well…Allie was.”  She also shook her head as Shane noticed her eyes grow a bit sad.  “So tell me then, Shane.  How old are you?”
“Nineteen,” he said.
Piper gave a low whistle.  “Oh to be young again,” she said with a fond look.
“You can’t be that old,” Shane muttered.
“I’m older than you,” she said.
“And how old’s that?”
“Turning twenty-six in the fall,” she said with a wink.  “I think I’m looking pretty good.”
“Me too,” Shane said before he cleared his throat.  “Not that I—”
“Of course not,” Piper said.  “Easy, boy.  I can tell when a guy wants that and you seem…” she trailed off as she clicked on a website once the homescreen popped up on the screen.  “You seem alright.  Now…you wanted to talk to me, right?  So talk.”
Shane swallowed when those sharp blue eyes finally settled on his, giving him her full attention.  He was so obsessed earlier about finding her he had almost forgotten how attractive she was.  She wasn’t kidding.  She did look good.  He would have never thought that the girl sitting in front of him with the heavy knit scarf and low cut cardigan was twenty-five.  “Uh…well…” he began, clearing his throat.  “On Monday…when you were singing…you mentioned that…”
Piper smiled and held up her hand.  “This is about what I said, isn’t it?  Calling your Assist, Allie?”
“She’s not mine,” Shane said.  “And yes.”
She rolled her eyes.  “I knew I shouldn’t have said anything.  The guys have been giving me flack about it all week.  I’m so sorry—”
“No.  I’m glad you did,” Shane said.
Piper tilted her head and several stray pieces of hair fell across her face.  “Oh?  Why’s that?”
“I think…well honestly…I’m not sure what to think.”  He frowned as he tried to piece together what he thought.  He knew he wanted to see Piper and he knew that he wanted to talk to her about this whole ‘Allie’ thing, but now that she was sitting in front of him his mouth seemed to have gone dry.  Just what was he thinking about talking to her about?  “Maybe this was a mistake,” he muttered.  “I’m so sorry, I don’t even know what I was thinking…” he trailed off as he started to stand and Piper reached out to grab his forearm.
“No.  Wait,” she said in that commanding voice usually reserved for her bandmates.  “You’re here for a reason.”
“Yes.  But I don’t even know what that reason is.  I’m just being paranoid, I guess.”
“Let me show you something,” Piper said, pulling him down again to the seat next to her. She was amazed that the gentle giant followed her instructions without complaint.  “Take a look at a few of these videos and then maybe you’ll have something we can talk about.”
“Videos?” Shane asked, curious as Piper opened up a few different windows.  He read the headers for each one, his lips moving slowly as he did so.  “Pipes n’ All?” he asked in a soft voice.
“The name of our band,” Piper said.  “Well before…”
“Before what?” Shane asked, turning to look at her.  “You still have a band.  Did you change members?”
“Sort of,” Piper said.  “It’s complicated.”
“How so?”
“Watch the video,” she said as she picked out the first one.  “This is the group,” she continued as she pointed to the screen.  Shane immediately found Piper standing in front of a crowd, though this time instead of singing outside, it was obvious that they were in a pretty popular bar or club.  He also recognized the cellist and the drummer from before.  They all looked a few years younger and Piper’s hair was a wild bright red, almost fluorescent in the spotlight.
And then he noticed someone he hadn’t seen with them before.
Another girl.  A singer from the looks of it as she positioned herself in front of the microphone.  She was tall.  At least a whole head taller than Piper with red hair also but hers was much darker, taking on a burgundy like hue and she was wearing a sparkling headband which caught every single light that flashed on her.  Her smile was wide and her makeup was thick.  She was light, though not pale like Piper and her eyes looked green, not hazel like his own, but a bright, striking green as they looked over the audience.  She was adjusting the mic so it would reach her lips and she tucked a smooth piece of her burgundy hair away from her face as she smiled down at the younger version of Piper.
“I’ve never seen her before,” Shane said, taking in the gorgeous newcomer.
“Shh…” Piper shushed him.  “Just listen.”
Shane nodded and felt like he was back in school and being scolded for talking by the teacher.  He wanted to give Piper a playful response but her eyes were already back on the screen.  He frowned and followed her lead.
What did this girl have to do with anything?
Did she have anything to do with anything?
Just like how she would do on the streets, Piper introduced the band as “Pipes n’ All” and thanked everyone for coming out.  Introductions would come later but for now she just wanted to get to the music because that’s what everyone cared about.  The crowd laughed and proceeded to let them start.  Shane saw the cellist and the drummer introduce the song with a few strong chords and the tall, straight-haired girl nodded down at Piper and the two smiled at each other.
So much like Piper had done with Lux on Monday.
He swallowed as the two started to sing.
It…that voice.  “Just like Lux…” he whispered.
Piper shushed him again and told him to watch so he did.  It felt so strange to watch the video.  They weren’t even singing a song that was familiar to Shane but he felt drawn in by the two of them.  The two redheads couldn’t have looked more different but together their voices molded and came together just like how Piper’s had done with Lux’s.  He wanted to say it was a coincidence – of course it was – but he couldn’t bring himself to come to that conclusion.  The way their voices flowed, the sounds, the strength…it all made sense as the first song came to a close.
“Allie,” Shane breathed.  “That’s Allie, isn’t it?”
Piper nodded slowly as she paused the video on the screen.  “Yeah.  That’s my Allie.  Or it was.  She was the ‘All’ in ‘Pipes n’ All’,” she explained.  “My best friend.  Or…she was.”
Shane frowned.  “What happened to her?”  He tried to remember what he had caught a few of the guys saying.  “Did she really run off to Hollywood to try and get famous?”
Piper shrugged.  “I don’t know what happened to her.”  Her eyes lidded.  “I just know it was my fault.”
Shane shifted in his seat.  “How could it be your fault?  If she left the group—”
“She didn’t leave the group,” Piper pressed forward.  “Shane…it is Shane, right?”
“Yeah.”
“How much do you know about the girl you’re working for?”
“Lux?”
“She’s the little Assist, correct?”
“Yeah.”  He lowered his head.  Maybe he shouldn’t be talking about this.  “Maybe…”
“I know this is weird,” Piper said as though reading his mind.  “Listen to another song…”
“Piper, maybe I shouldn’t—”
“Just…please.  Listen,” Piper pressed.  “Listen to this one and then I swear, if you want to talk to me, great…if not…you’re free to go and you can just say that I’m some crazy, lonely—”
“I don’t think you’re crazy.  Or lonely,” Shane said.  “I just can’t figure out what you’re trying to say.  Who’s Allie?”
“Allie…is an Assist.  She’s mine…or she was,” she said carefully.
“That girl?” Shane asked as he reached forward to point at the screen.  “She’s an Assist?”
“Yes.”
“And she belonged to you?”
“We never said it in those words, but yeah…Allie was an Assist and I was her companion.”
Shane’s brows furrowed.  “Sooo…what happened to her?”
“Just listen to this song,” Piper said as she clicked on the keypad.  A familiar strum of music filled his ears again.  “You remember this song, don’t you?  Lux and I sang it together.”
“Ain’t No Sunshine,” Shane said, his eyes widening.  “But how…”
They sounded exactly the same.  It was like a recording from Monday only with a younger Piper and a completely different face and body and shape.  But the music was the same.  This Allie girl sounded just like Lux.  The way the two moved together…it was all the same.  The lyrics Allie sung were the same ones Lux had sung and Piper filled in beautifully.  All the bandmates smiled as the two swayed to their music and the crowd certainly appreciated the two beauties with even more beautiful voices.
But what did it all mean?  Shane continued to frown but closed his eyes for a moment as the voices went on.  He could almost picture what happened on Monday.  Lux and Piper…singing together.  The man in the audience said it was like they had been singing together for years.  That Piper hadn’t sounded this amazing and alive in years.
The music died down, along with Shane’s increasing worries.
“Do you see what I’m saying now?” Piper asked him.
He nodded slowly.  There really could only be one conclusion.
Couldn’t there?
“Why don’t you tell me,” Shane said just in case.
“I think…I think Lux…is Allie,” Piper said.
For Your Protection: Chapter Ten
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“Your lover boy’s coming up the street,” Shaw said with a grin as she looked out the window the next day on a lazy Thursday early afternoon.
“Very funny,” Airyn said.  “And he’s not my lover boy.”
“Whoever he is or was, that guy from before with the Assist is coming up the street…Assist free.”
“Really?” she asked and walked up to her lavender haired friend.  Her face changed slightly when she realized that she was right.  “He must be off today.”
“No sloppy suit today,” Shaw snickered.  “Maybe you were wrong about him?”
“Maybe…” Airyn mused.
The door swung up and Shane burst inside.  “Airyn, do you know if that Piper girl is performing today?”
“Well hi and hello to you, too,” Airyn said, visibly deflating.  Why did she ever listen to Shaw?
“Hi,” Shane said shortly.  “Do you have any fresh coffee brewing?”
“Yes,” Airyn said and nodded at Shaw to go get him a cup.  “Coming right up.”
“Did you hear what I said when I came in?” Shane asked as he took a seat at the nearest booth.  It was dead.  It was only an indication that Piper obviously wasn’t there.
“I heard you.  And I don’t know.  There’s never really a warning or a head’s up.  The girl just kinda shows up with her posse,” Airyn explained.  “Why are you looking for her?”
“I need to talk to her,” he said, hoping that he didn’t sound as desperate as he sounded.  “I just…I need to.”
“What for?”
“I just do,” Shane said.  “Do you have any idea where she could be?”
Airyn shook her head, wanting to change the subject.  “I really don’t.”
“I dooo…” a friendly voice entered the conversation.  Shane lifted up his head not only pleased by the news but the steam coming from the cheap ceramic mug in her hands.
“You do?” Airyn asked with a surprised face as Shaw came over and set down the cup.
“Yeah.  Even street performers have a schedule,” Shaw said.  “The question is…why are you looking for her?”  She took him in carefully.  “If you’re looking to ask her out—”
“Trust me, I’m not,” he said as he took a sip.  His features calmed slightly as the buzz of warm coffee washed over him.  “Tastes good,” he said with a sigh.
“Because she doesn’t need another creeper bothering her—”
“I said that’s not it,” Shane insisted.  “I just need to talk to her.”
“Are you talent scouting?” Airyn guessed.
“Am I what?  What’s that mean?”
“Well you did start working for a music company after all.”
“I’m not a talent scout,” Shane said.
“It wouldn’t matter even if he was looking to sign her,” Shaw chimed in.  “Piper’s been approached by a lot of people but trust me…she won’t sign with anyone.”
“Why not?” Shane sniffed the cup of coffee before taking a sip.  Cheap…but it would do the job.
“Who knows?” Shaw said, shrugging.  “She just always says she’s part of a duo – though who knows what that means?”
“I think I have an idea,” Shane said as he tried to piece some things together.  “Where is she?”
“If she’s not here you can usually find her somewhere performing in the city.  She likes performing at Slice…little deli shoppe or in the parke center.”
“The park downtown?” Shane asked, growing hopeful.
“As if there’s another one,” Airyn said.  “Shane what’s up?  You look a little nuts.”
“I think I might be growing a little crazy,” Shane admitted.  “I didn’t sleep a lot last night.”
“Is everything okay at home?” Airyn asked, making her voice soft for his sake.
“Everything’s fine, Airyn.  I don’t mean it like that.  Not everything is about the poor, sad boy who lost his dad so then his mom went nuts.”
Airyn winced at his blunt statement, before she lowered her head.  “I didn’t mean it like that.”
“The reason I was up so late is because I was doing some research,” Shane said, trying to cover his tracks.  He didn’t like the way Airyn’s friend was looking at him.  Narrowing his hazel eyes, he gave Airyn his attention again.
“Research on what?” Airyn asked.
“I can’t really talk about it,” Shane said.
“But you can burst in here and demand coffee without even a hi?” Airyn challenged.
“I said hi,” Shane said.  “It told you I came in here hoping Piper would be here.”
“Well…she’s not.  So maybe you better go,” Airyn huffed.
He narrowed his eyes as he took another sip from his cup.  “What’s your problem?” Shane asked.
“I don’t have a problem,” Airyn said as looked around.  What was her deal?
“You could have fooled me.”  He pretended to think.  “Oh shit.  It’s not your birthday, is it?”
“No.  It’s not my birthday,” Airyn said as she shot at look at a chuckling Shaw.  “Don’t worry about it…I’ll take care of the bill for the coffee—”
“Don’t worry about it.  I have cash,” Shane said as he tossed a five in her direction.  “Keep the change and thanks for your help,” he called as he was already out the door.  He was in and out so quickly; Airyn had to wonder if she just imagined the whole thing.
“He was in here, right?” Airyn asked her friend.
“He was,” Shaw said.  “And what was with you?”
“What?”
“The whole jealous thing isn’t really attractive, you know.  Besides, it didn’t seem like he wanted to ask her out.”
“Like I would care if he did.”
“You’re full of it, Airyn.  Why don’t you just ask him out so you don’t have to do this shit to yourself?”
“He’s obviously not interested.  Did you see him when he came in?  Talk about a one track mind.  I can’t believe he came here just to ask where to find some other girl who he only saw for the first time a few days ago.”
“Not jealous at all,” Shaw said in a sing-song voice.
“Shut up.”
“Maybe he’s getting into music because of his new job?” Shaw tried.  When Airyn snapped her head back to look at her she held up her hands in defeat.  “Alright, alright.  So it’s probably not that.”
“But if it’s not…”
“Then what the hell is it?”
Both girls stood around for a moment before a bell dinged overhead letting alerting them that a few customers were coming in the door.  Though Airyn didn’t want to think of herself as a jealous person she couldn’t help but wonder what got Shane this worked up.  Certainly not her, that’s for sure.  She sighed loudly as she started to wait on the next customers.
“Who did Shane say that Assist was again?” Shaw called over to Airyn.
“He never did.”
“I’m sure we could figure it out.”
“You’re right,” Airyn said with a nod.  “I’ll look into it on my break.”
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“I’m exhausted,” Shane muttered at the end of Wednesday’s work day.  From the being carted around all over the city to meeting with people and picking up more junk than he thought was unnecessary he was worn out.
“Exhausted from what?” Lux asked as they sat in Davis’ office waiting for him to show up to go through the final rundown since Shane would only be working a half day tomorrow.  “It is not like you had to do much.”
“I had to deal with you,” Shane joked.  When she didn’t answer he lifted up his head to see her standing on the desk looking…not indifferent.  “Lux, I’m kidding.  These things would be a nightmare if it wasn’t for you.”
“I do not do anything special,” she said as she started to walk around the surface of the desk.  Shane attention was held captive as she strolled around.  Everything looked so different in her world and in her eyes he supposed.
“You…do you ever wish you were…bigger?” he asked after a few moments.  She stopped walked and gave him her full attention which for some reason made his cheeks grow hot.  Those cold green eyes always caught him off-guard.  Her voice always sounded so empty but it was still a human’s voice in his ears.  Her eyes though…they were harder to take in.  “I mean…well…don’t you?”
“I would like to be a standard size, yes,” she said.  “But Davis will not allow it.”
He tried to remember hearing this conversation before but he still wanted to hear about it from Lux.  “Why not?”
“He will not discuss the matter with me,” Lux said.  “He said this is the best option for me right now.  Perhaps he will let me have a full-size model transfer later—”
“How much later?” he insisted.  “That just seems awfully unfair to you.”
“It is not up to me to determine what is right and what is fair.”
“But it should be,” he said as he leaned back in his chair and crossed his arms.  His suit felt stiff today…and extremely tight so he ripped off the jacked and rolled up the sleeves on his shirt.  “I feel like such a tool in this damn getup.  If only my friends could see me now.”
“Is your attire really so terrible?”
“No.  I guess not, it’s just different for me.”  He continued to lean back and stared up at the ceiling.  “Speaking of Davis though…did you talk to him?”
“I talk to Davis almost every day.  You are going to have to be more specific.”
“About what we spoke about on Monday,” he said.  When she didn’t answer he lowered his head and stopped at the ceiling.  The look on Lux’s face was somehow blanker than usual.  “You know…the thing?”
“What thing?”
“Come on, Lux,” he grumbled.  “If you’re worried about talking about it when he comes back in, I get it but can you at least tell me what he said?”
“I do not know what you are talking about, Shane.”
He arched a brow and looked for any trace that she was lying but he couldn’t find any.  “What we talked about on Monday,” he repeated.  “The diner?”
“You had a naked burger.  I met your friend Airyn.”
“Yes!  So obviously you do remember,” Shane said.
“Of course I do.”
“So then…what about Piper?”
“Piper?” she repeated.  “What is that?”
“It…” he trailed off and leaned forward.  He needed some sort of indication, any indication that she was just messing with him but he couldn’t find anything.  She looked blank.  Confused.  She even went as far as to take a step backwards.  “You…you seriously don’t remember?  She called you ‘Allie’.  You were going to talk to Davis about it.  I figured that things were too busy the past few days but—”
“Shane.  I apologize but I do not know what you are talking about.  I do not know anything about Allie and I do not know anyone by the name Piper.”
He blinked.  She wasn’t lying.  He wasn’t sure how he knew but there wasn’t a trace of a lie in her stoic voice.  But how…
“Is there something I have forgotten?” Lux asked.  “I do not usually suffer from a memory lapse—”
“You really don’t remember?” he croaked out.  “Piper…you and her were singing a song together.  Everyone was cheering you for guys.  You were both amazing.  She said that you reminded her of someone.  Allie, Lux.  You must remember that?”
She shook her head, obviously frustrated now.  “I told you that I do not.  You must have had a dream or something—”
“It wasn’t a damn dream!” he shouted, rising up from his chair.  Lux stumbled away from him but he didn’t care.  “It happened.  You were singing some old song…Ain’t something…”
“Ain’t No Sunshine?”
“Yes!  That’s!  So you do remember?”
“I remember the song but I do not remember singing it with anyone.  No Piper.  No Allie.”
“No, she thought you were Allie, Lux!  She said your voice sounded familiar and—”
“It probably just sounded like Lotus’…”
“That wasn’t it!  We talked about it.  You said that you were going to talk to Davis…” he trailed off.  That was the last thing she had said to him about it.  That she was going to talk to Davis about it.  He stopped angrily pacing around the room and faced her.  “Do you remember talking to Davis on Monday night?” he asked.
“Yes.  After we spoke on the phone.”
“And what did you talk about?”
“That is confidential.  But I can assure that there was no mention of a Piper or an Allie, Shane.  I am sorry that I cannot be of more help.”
It…it wasn’t possible.  Dammit!  Why didn’t he know more about Assists?  Could their memories be taken away?  Would…why…so many questions came rushing to him at that moment.  His mind was racing through what happened that day and he was so caught up in his thoughts that he didn’t hear the door open behind him.  He nearly jumped a foot when a hand was placed on his shoulder.
“How was the day?” Davis chirped after smacking Shane several times in a friendly matter.  “I heard you two have been quite busy…”
“Yes, sir…I mean, Davis,” Shane said as he took a seat.  “I’m still very much looking forward to Friday though.”
“Ahh, the first performance,” Davis said, beaming.  “Always a great experience, isn’t it Lux?”
“Yes,” she said blankly.  Her attention was still on Shane.  All this talk about a Piper and an Allie and yet her mind had absolutely no idea what he was talking about.  Normally she would blow it off but he seemed so sure of himself.  It bothered her that she had no recollection of something that was obviously so clear in his mind.
“Sir…do you know anything about a Piper?” Lux asked.
Davis’ usually calm and professional demeanor evaporated.  His eyes met Shane’s and then he lowered his chin to look down at Lux.  Shane could feel the tension spreading over Davis’ body.  Lux looked so innocent.  It killed him.  “What did you say?” Davis asked, narrowing his eyes.
“Shane mentioned something about a Piper—” Lux started.
“I just mentioned that I saw a great performance today!” Shane shouted.  “My friend Airyn works at a diner and there’s another singer who…uh…sings out there.  She’s really good.  Made me think of her and I just mentioned it.”
Davis looked unconvinced.  “I see.”  He kept staring down at Lux.  “Is that what happened, Lux?”
“N-no,” Lux said, for some reason stumbling over the words.  Her face looked conflicted.  “He mentioned something about Allie—”
“Lux!” Shane blurted out as he went to reach for her but Davis smacked his arm away.
“Just what have you been telling her?” Davis asked in a low voice.
“I haven’t been telling her anything,” Shane said immediately.  “I told you.  I just heard about a girl named Piper and—”
“And Allie?” Davis hissed.  “What did you hear about Allie?”
“Nothing.”
“Liar,” Davis said.  “I would advise you not to look any more into this matter and not mention anything else to my Assist, Mr. Pearson.  Since I am fully aware of how much this job means to you, I won’t dock your pay but I’ll only say it once.  Don’t dig in places you don’t belong.”
Shane froze up.  Davis was hiding something.
And Lux had somehow lost the memory of what had happened earlier on in the week.
“Why don’t you take the entire day off tomorrow?” Davis suggested, his voice growing warm again.  “It will be a good opportunity for you to really reflect on what steps we should take from here on out.”
Shane looked puzzled.  “Sir?”
“This is a well-paying job, isn’t it?”
“Yes.”
“And from the research I’ve done…you could certainly use the money.  Your mother…she’s still recovering, correct?”
Shane swallowed and glanced down at Lux.  “Y-yes.  Yes she is, sir.”
“I see.  Well…I’d like to see that she and your sister are well taken care of.  And that goes for my Assist, Lux, as well.  Can you understand that, Shane?  We all need the same things.  I certainly don’t want to let you go over something as minor as this.  I mean…from what it sounds like it was all an innocent mistake and can easily be corrected.  Correct?”
“Y-yes, sir.  Of course, sir.”  He frowned.  He needed this job.
“So all this talk about Piper and Allie…that’s the last I’ll be hearing about it, correct?” Davis asked.
“Sure,” Shane said.  “Sir.  I’m sorry, I didn’t know.”
“Well now you do,” Davis said.  “Leave it alone.”  He stood up from his chair and swept Lux off of the desk and set her on his shoulder.  She looked worried – if Assists could…no – she did look worried.  There was no mistaking it.  “We’ll chalk this all up to an honest mistake.  Take the day off and enjoy yourself, Shane.  It’s going to be a busy day on Friday.”
“Yes, sir,” Shane said as he stood up as well.  “I’ll be here on Friday to pick her up.”
“I’m happy to hear it,” Davis said as he waved him away.  “You’ve done a splendid job this week, Mr. Pearson.  I really would like to keep you.”
“I understand that—”
“But you do understand what I’m saying, don’t you?” he insisted.
“Yes, sir.”
“I’m glad.  Have a good night, Mr. Pearson.”
“Yes, thank you,” Shane said as he bustled out the door.  “I’ll see you Friday, Lux?”
“Yes.  Friday,” she called as Shane opened the door and closed it behind him.  “See you then.”
Shane caught his breath on the elevator.  Something…he wasn’t even sure what it was…but something was wrong.
Allie.
Davis.
Lux.
Piper.
Somehow they were all connected.  They had to be.  But how?  And why?
As he stormed to his car he decided he had to know more.  He had to figure out what the connection was between them all.  He knew he promised Davis he would let it go…but how could he?
He had the day off tomorrow which was a start.
He hoped Piper would be performing again.
For Your Protection: Chapter Eight
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“So how was your first day?” Shane’s mother asked once her son had finally arrived home.  It was a little after four but she supposed with city traffic and it being his first day that it was to be expected.  “I’m assuming you got the job?”
“Sure did,” Shane said with a wide smile as he stooped slightly to enter through the front door.  His mother promptly shut the door.  This wasn’t exactly the part of the neighborhood where you wanted your front door hanging open at night.  He glanced over his shoulder at the sleekly wrapped package hanging from it.  “This is just one of the many gifts I received today.”
“Gifts?” his little sister Naomi chirped from the hallway.  The girl seriously had an eye and an ear when it came to free stuff.  “Anything good?”
“I think you’re asking if there’s anything for you,” Shane said with a smile as he sauntered through the front hallway so he could collapse on the couch.  He inhaled deeply as he set the wrapped up suit next to him along with an over the shoulder bag.  “Smells good, mom.  What’re you making?”
“Spaghetti and turkey meatballs,” she said with a smile.  “It’s just the canned stuff but—”
“It smells amazing,” Shane insisted.  His sister quickly dropped on the couch next to him and started to fumble around with his bags.
“What is all this stuff?”
“Well that’s a suit you’re wrinkling up,” Shane explained.  “The rest won’t be in until Monday.”
“Suits?” his mother squeaked out.  “They bought you suits?”
“It comes with the job,” Shane said.  “And trust me, they can afford it.”
“Aren’t they going to take that out of your paycheck?” she asked, still looking doubtful.
“Nah.  Believe me, I asked a bunch of times.  There’s no way I could afford any of this stuff.  I think one of these alone costs as much as our rent.”
“Shane, I don’t know…” his mother said worriedly.  “Just what kind of job is this?  You’re still a bodyguard, aren’t you?  Don’t they just wear tight t-shirts and jeans?”
“That’s a bouncer, mom,” Naomi said as she rolled her eyes.  “This looks real legit, Shane.  What’de they bring you in for?  Don’t tell me they actually trust you to protect someone important.”
“I guess that depends on your definition of important,” Shane said, musing.  “Here,” he said to his sister and slung one of the bags at her.  “This one’s full of a bunch of crap I’m probably never going to use at home.  Have at it.”
“Seriously?” Naomi said, her face brightening.  She quickly peeled open the bag and a heavy wafting of leather washed over Shane and his family.  “Smells expensive.”
“That’s because it is,” their mother warned.  “Naomi, please.  Be very careful.”
“You think I won’t be?” Naomi said.  “Whoa!  Look at all this!”  She lifted her arms out from the bag and her hands were full with a high end music player and hand-held organizer.  “Dayum!!” she said.  “And this!  They probably actually want you to wear this…” she tossed over a watch-looking gadget in his direction.
Shane picked it up and looked at it like it was some sort of exotic bug.  “What is this?”
“It’s a communicator, dur,” Naomi said, shaking her head.  “It’s like a phone and a video chat all in one device  It’s for people who need their hands free.”
“Makes sense,” Shane said as he hooked the device to his thick wrist.  “Not bad.  Not too terrible.  I guess she really knows what she’s doing.”
“Who?  Who’s she?” Naomi asked.
Shane thought.  He supposed there was no harm in telling Naomi and his mother about what he was doing.  It’s not like that part of it was a secret.  “I’m watching an Assist.”  Both his mother and sister stopped shuffling around in the bags and turned to look at him curiously.  “What’s with the faces?” Shane asked.
“An Assist?” his mother asked.  “Like a real Assist?”
“Well…technically she’s a mini—”
“A mini Assist?” Naomi burst in.  “They hardly make them anymore.  There’s been a lot of changes…or so I’ve been told.  Not a lot of new ones are hitting the market.”
“How do you know that?” Shane’s mom asked.
“We talked about it in my Advances in Technology class, mom.”
“Why aren’t they making the minis so much anymore?” Shane asked.
Naomi shrugged and started to fumble around with one of the tablets – much like the one that jerk Frank from the suit store had.  “I dunno.  Something about self-awareness.  Apparently it’s really hard for those things to live in those small devices.  Did you know that Assists can actually become depressed?”
“I didn’t know that…” Shane said with a frown.  He remembered some of the facial expression Lux had made when Shane commented on her size or doubted her.  He suddenly felt terrible that maybe those words did affect her in some way.
“That’s what my prof says…but what does he know, huh?  To me, they’re just computers shaped like people.  They creep me out.”
“The one I’m with isn’t so bad,” Shane said.  He didn’t want to grow defensive over someone (something?) he had barely known for a day but he still couldn’t grasp the entire concept that Lux was merely a machine.  He supposed his sister was right to an extent – being shaped like humans probably made things more difficult – but he still didn’t like to think of Lux that way.
“I still can’t get over it,” Shane’s mother spoke up again.  “So they’ve brought you in to take care of their computer?  So you’re like…”
“A personal assistant to a personal assistant,” Naomi said with a smile.
“It’s not like that,” Shane said.  “She’s actually pretty important to the company.”
“How?” Naomi asked, still grinning wickedly.  “Hey, can I download things to this?”
“No,” Shane’s mom said.
“I’m not asking you, mom.  Shane?”
“Do whatever,” Shane said as he waved her off.  “No though.  Seriously, she’s important.”
“She belongs to someone important, I’m assuming is what you mean,” Naomi said.  “No computer is important enought that they need a personal bodyguard.  That’s just weird.”
“It is strange,” his mother mused.  “Shane…are you sure this job is legal?”
“Of course it’s legal, mom.  It’s just that times are changing.  Assists can have their place in the world.”
“But what makes her so important?”
“She…well her companion is a celebrity,” Shane admitted slowly.
Naomi jerked up her head.  “I knew it!  I knew she had to belong to someone important!  Did you meet her…or him, yet Shane?”
“No.  But I am going to meet her on Friday.”
“Oh!  Is it a singer?  It has to be, right?  Telescope Records, that’s where all the singers are at.  Shane!  You have to tell me!”
“I seriously can’t, Naomi.  I’m under contract.”
“I won’t tell anyone!” she whined.  “Please!”
“I’ll tell you if you promise not to use any of that stuff,” Shane said teasingly.  “Are you ready to give up all of that?”
“No!” she squealed, sweeping all of the devices into her arms.  “Fine.  But you know I’m going to figure it out eventually.  I’ll look into it.”
“Do whatever you want,” Shane said with a grin.  “Maybe I’ll ask Davis if it’s okay to bring you in one day.”
“Seriously?  You mean it?”
“I wouldn’t lie, would I?”
“Oh Shane, that’s wicked!” Naomi said in a happy voice.  “I like your new job.  I hope you don’t get fired.”
“I hope you don’t go to prison,” his mother muttered.
“Mom…for the last time, it’s not like that.  Can’t you just be happy?”
The woman’s frail shoulders rose and fell with a deep sigh.  “The money will be nice…”
“Not to mention all this free stuff!”
“I guess we’ll just have to see what happens,” she said as she stood up from the couch.  “I’m going to go check on those meatballs.”

***

“That seriously was amazing, mom.  I’m freaking stuffed.”
“No one said that you needed to have three helpings,” Naomi said to her brother once they were on the couch and their mom was finishing up the dishes.
“I couldn’t help myself.  I’m a growing boy.”
“You’re almost twenty.  Let’s hope you stop growing,” his mom called from the kitchen.
“Amen to that,” Naomi said.  “Or maybe he’ll start growing sideways.”
“That wouldn’t be good either,” Shane said as unbuttoned his jeans to give his bloated stomach room to breathe.  “I don’t think Lux wants a fat bodyguard.”
“Lux?” Naomi asked.  “Is that her name?  The Assist’s?”
“That’s her name,” Shane said with a bemused grin.
“What’re you smiling about?”
“Just thinking about her,” Shane said as he looked up to the ceiling.  “She’s…she’s interesting.”
“She’s a computer,” Naomi said.
“They’re not real,” his mother called.
“You’d have to meet her to understand,” Shane said.
“What’s to understand?” Naomi asked.
“It’s nothing,” Shane muttered.  “You’ll all have to meet her sometime.”
“I suppose that wouldn’t be so bad,” Naomi asked.  “An Assist to a celebrity.”
“She’s more than that.  She can sing.”
“Of course she can,” Naomi said.  “Assists can do just about anything if you program them.”
“Hmmm…” Shane mused.  “I guess that’s true.”
Their mother finished off the dishes and she came into the family room and turned the volume down on the TV.  “So what’s she look like?  The Assist?”
“Lux?” Shane clarified, making sure that his family understood that he would talk about her using her name first and what she was second.  He gave a chuckle.
“What now?”
“I can hardly remember her now,” Shane said.  “All I can remember is her voice.”  He shook his head.  “That voice.  She was singing in front of that diner where Airyn works.”
“You went to see Airyn?” Shane’s mom asked, perking up slightly.
“I went there for lunch.”
“Airyn’s a very pretty young woman, Shane.”
“I’m aware of that, mom.”
“Did you ask her out?”
“Mom, please,” Shane said with exasperation.  “I was there for a job.  Asking out girls was the last thing on my mind.”
“I’m just saying,” his mom continued.  “Airyn’s always been a favorite of mine.  I just wish you guys would…”
“Take things to the next level?” Shane teased.  “Mom, don’t start.  Airyn and I aren’t like that.”
“You’ll never know unless you try.”
“Anyways…” Shane said.  “Back to my job.  Lux has an amazing voice.  You should have heard her with this girl – Piper.  They did a great job.”
“Sounds lame,” Naomi said with a yawn.  “I think I’m gonna take my goodies and head to bed.”
“They’re not yours,” Shane said.  “I need them back tomorrow morning.  I need them for work.”
“All of them?”
“All of them.”
Naomi lazily blew a raspberry but didn’t bother to fight with him.  “Whatever…” she moaned as she started to pick up what she could.  As she picked up his phone she frowned.  “Have you checked this thing at all since you got home?”
“No.  Why?”
“You have three missed calls,” she said as she held out the screen towards him.  “All from the same number.”
“Dammit,” Shane said as he lunged forward.  “I bet they’re telling me where I’m supposed to be and at what time tomorrow.  Lux mentioned it.”
“So call them back,” Naomi said as she set the phone in his hands.  “Good night, guys.”
“Night, Nay Nay,” Shane said with a smile as he fumbled around with the phone and tried to figure it out.
“Good night,” his mom said before standing up to stretch.  “I think I’ll head to my room too.  Don’t stay up too late, Shane.”
“I think I can handle it,” Shane muttered as his mom kissed the top of his head.
“They gave you a haircut, too?” she asked as she pulled away.
“Apparently it’s all about the image with these guys.”
She shook her head.  “I’ll say.  Well…I guess I’ll see you in the morning.  I’ll try to be up in time to make you some coffee.”
“Thanks mom,” he said.  “Good night.”
“Good night, Shane,” she said as she turned away and walked down the hall.
Once she was gone Shane had finally figured how to check his missed calls.  No one had left a message, voice message or even a text.  He supposed this was code for ‘you better call this number back.’  Quickly he fumbled around and dialed the first number that popped up on the screen.
“It is about time,” Lux’s voice came through the receiver.  “I need you to pick up the first time I call, Shane.  That is very important.”
“I was having dinner and relaxing with my family,” Shane said in his defense.  “I’m sorry.”
“Do not be sorry…just make sure that it does not become a habit.”
“Aye, aye, boss,” Shane said with a soft smile over the phone.
“I am not your boss.”
“You know what I mean.”
“Obviously I do not.”
Shane rolled his eyes.  “Obviously.  Now, to what do I owe the honor of this call?  Are you telling me where I’m supposed to be?”
“Yes.  You are to pick me up from Davis’ office again.  For the rest of the week we will be touring different facilities around the area where Lotus performs.  You will only have a half day of work on Thursday and then we will be up bright and early to help get ready for Lotus’ gig on Friday.”
“Did you just say the word ‘gig’?”
“Yes.”
Shane snickered.  “Doesn’t seem like the type of word you would say.”
“I see.  I do not understand how you feel comfortable making assumptions about me after only one day.  Other than to assume that I am a liar.”
His smile evaporated quickly into a frown again.  “Now hold on, Lux.  I never called you a liar—”
“Irrelevant,” she cut him off.  “You will need to be at Davis’ office no later than eight.”
“Can do.”
“Very good,” Lux said.  “Good night, Mr. Pearson.”
Shane sat up in his seat.  “Wait…wait!” he called over the phone.  “Don’t hang up!”
There was a bit of shuffling on the other end.  “Yes?  Was there something else?”
“Well…I don’t know,” he said in a slow voice.  “I was just wondering…maybe we could talk or something.”
“Talk?” Lux asked.  Though her tone didn’t change it was obvious to Shane that she didn’t understand.  “What is there to talk about?”
“Well I mean…we are going to be working together it seems.  Wouldn’t you like to…I dunno…get to know each other?”
“What do you want me to know about you?”
“It’s not just about me.  I want to get to know you too.”
“Why?”
“Because it’s the right thing to do, Lux.  I don’t want us to be strangers.  Believe it or not, I’d like to be friends.”
“Friends…in human terms…do not doubt each other’s words,” Lux said carefully.  “Do you still think that I am lying about being the voice of Lotus Fields?”
He bit his lip.  “Honestly I don’t know what to think at this point,” Shane said as he ran a hand through his newly cut and styled hair.  It was beginning to lose that ‘fresh’ look already and it had only been a few hours.  “What I do know is you have an amazing voice…no matter where you got it from.”
“My voice is my own.  I know that.”
“You’re right,” Shane admitted.  “Your voice…I was expecting it be an exact replica of Lotus’ but I have to say there is something different about yours.”  His look softened.  “Especially when I heard you singing with that girl this afternoon.”
“Piper,” Lux said in a low voice.  “Ain’t no Sunshine.”
“Yes.  That really was amazing, Lux.  You guys sounded great.  I had no idea you could sing like that – let alone with another person.  I can’t say I’ve completely changed my mind about you, but hearing you sing like that…makes it damn hard.”  She didn’t answer him right away and he pressed the phone closer to his ear.  He wasn’t exactly sure what he was listening for…it wasn’t as though Assists could breath.  “Lux?  You’re still there, aren’t you?  You didn’t hang up on me?”
“I am still here.”
He let out a sigh of relief.  “Oh good.  Sooo…”
“So?”
“Did you think about what that girl said?  Piper, I mean.”
“What she said?  Are you referring to when she called me ‘Allie’?”
“Yes,” he said, trying not to roll his eyes when she talked so formally.  “That’s what I’m referring to.”
“Well, I mean…it is not uncommon for humans to get Assists confused with one another.  There are only several models of each sex out there and though you can make tweaks—”
“But they said that you didn’t look anything like her.  They said you sounded like her.”
“Wishful thinking on the part of humans,” Lux said.  “I am certain that I am not who they are looking for.”
“How long have you been with Davis and Lotus?” Shane asked.
“How is that relevant?”
“Humor me.”
“Four years going on five,” she said immediately.
“Did you talk to Davis about what happened today?”
“What is there to talk about?  There was a girl at the diner where you took us and there was a human there who mistook me for another Assist.”
“Your voice, Lux.  That’s different than looking similar.”
“What would like me to do, Shane?” Lux asked finally.  “I do have to see Davis before—”
“Wait.  You’re still at the office?” Shane asked incredulously.
“Is there somewhere else I am supposed to be?”
“No.  I just…I didn’t know you stayed there.”
“It is not a big deal.  Sometimes I am with Lotus and other times I am with Davis.”
“And other times you just stay at the office?” Shane guessed.
“I do.  It is not uncommon for an Assist to stay somewhere.”
Ideas began to form in his head as he mulled this over.  She just stayed there when Davis or Lotus didn’t take her home?  He couldn’t imagine being in that place overnight.  Alone.  And it wasn’t as though she took up that much space…
“Mr. Pearson—”
“Shane,” he insisted.  “You know for an Assist you certainly have a problem remembering my real name.”
“Mr. Pearson is your real name.  You just chose not to use it.  Look, if I speak to this matter of Piper and ‘Allie’ with Davis will you let it go?”
“Yes.  I promise.  I just want to see if he knows anything about it.  It would make me feel a lot better.”  He smirked.  “I am your bodyguard afterall.  Isn’t it my job to be paranoid so you don’t have to be?”
“Something like that,” Lux muttered.  “Very well.  I will speak with him after I get off the phone with you.”
“Good.”
“Which means I must let you go, Shane.”
“I understand.  Thank you, Lux.”
“Thank you?  What are you thanking me for?”
“Just for taking my advice and talking to Davis about this.  I’m sure he’ll want to hear about it.”
“Do you remember what your assignment is for tomorrow?”
“Davis’ office before eight.  Touring the clubs and what have you.”
“Correct.  Despite a crude wording.  I will see you tomorrow morning, then.”
“Looking forward to it,” Shane said with a smile.  “Good night, Lux.”  The Assist grunted before the line disconnected.  “Interesting,” he muttered to himself as he pocketed his cell phone and started to walk to his room.  “There really is no other way to describe her.”

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