This is a story I started on fictionpress.com a day or so ago. I wanted the world to see it, so 'Charms is the second place to view it! Enjoy! Sort of a re-write of the dead Guidance of Power fic... The Hardship Files Chapter 1: Cycle "So, you're putting me in charge of Team Chrome?" A boy lashed out at a man sitting behind a desk. "Look, Andre, I understand you aren't particularly fond with one person on the team, but must you be so offensive by saying their name like that?" The man replies in a less-than-comfortable and gruff voice. Andre crossed his arms and raised his brow, curling his lip. "Yes, didn't you hear me?" "All right, look...I'm in charge of this organization and I say you are the leader of Team Chrome. So, the deal is, since you OBVIOUSLY don't like Tyler, I will just assign you them for..." "Two months..." Andre finished. He zipped up the green jacket he wore and threw the hood up. "Fine, then it is..." he stamped a piece of organized paper, "official!" Sliding the paper nonchalantly towards Andre, Andre picked up a pen, licked it and jabbed down his signature in disgust. He threw the pen onto the desk and walked towards the door. The room was carpeted with a soft, mahogany carpet. Andre walked past mahogany chairs. He stepped up the single stair to a slightly elevated floor, slid open the tinted door and walked out into a gale wind. Andre tucked his head into his hood. "I really despise his office being on the 100th floor..." He was knocked back a little bit from the wind. Suddenly, his lost his footing and fell towards an iron railing. Throwing his arm out, he flipped back and gained his footing again. "GAH!" He started walking forward on the round bridge and finally found a lift that would take him down to a lower floor. He pulled down his hood and stepped lightly onto the lift. Punching in the floor number, the lift 'ka-thunked' and lurched down quickly. As it sailed through the air, Andre smiled as he saw the bottom of the clouds sail away from him. Suddenly, it stopped and he was at the 73rd floor. "All right...Team Chrome is down here...and here I...go..." He stepped out onto the gray bridge and circled around the large, tinted windows. Soon, he found a door with the word, 'CHROME' across it. He slid a card key across the door length-wise and opened the door. Inside, a step down was included, along with an aquamarine carpet, burgundy leather sofas and a metallic kitchen. "Hello?" Suddenly, from beside him, someone tapped on his shoulder. "Hey! I'm Rebecca!" He peered inside the room and saw a girl waving at him. She was wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, brown skirt, white snow boots and she had blue hair down across her back. "Hello...I'm Andre, your new team leader..." Andre introduced himself. He was suddenly taken aback by the beauty in her blinking eyes. Her eyes reflected only pristine water in the ocean, being skittered across in the moonlight by water bugs, a dazzling and majestic beauty created in the silkiness and comfort of her pupils. Shaking his head, he turned to face the room. "Anyone else here?" "Yeah..." He saw someone stand up at the couch. It was a boy, about 13 and a year younger than Andre. He had messy jet black hair, a red medium-sleeved shirt, gray cargo shorts and hiking boots on. "Andre, eh? My name's Garrret. Gary for short...Nice to meet ya!" He walked towards Andre, and shook hands with him. "Hey..." Suddenly, another girl popped up from a hallway leading away from the kitchen. "What's uuuuuup!?" She had brown hair in a ponytail and she was wearing a bumble-bee colored short-sleeved shirt with yellow plaid shorts and Keds. "The name's Amanda!" She walks up to Andre and shakes hands with him. All of a sudden, she yanks him closer and inhales deeply a smell of his hair. "Hmm...Strange aura, but you look like a nice person!" She walks away, flipping a Silly Band around her finger. "Well...that was strange..." Andre thought to himself. He walked forward and glanced around, curious. "So...Where is...Tyler...?" As he said the boy's name, he cringed and grit his teeth. Gary sauntered towards the kitchen. "What do you mean? He left a few minutes ago...Don't know where he went..." Gary opened the metal fridge and pulled out a pitcher of OJ. "I see..." Andre was secretly thinking to himself, "Yes, at least I get a little while without Tyler...So, ah, nice place you got here..." Andre smiled. "Thanks...What's your place look like?" Rebecca asked as she poured herself a glass of OJ. "Well, when my last team was given a different leader, my I decided I would give them my room. So, Ira assigned me this one with you guys...Er...Hope I don't intrude..." Amanda snickered. "Eh...You don't come off as the nicest person around the building...Yeeeeah, no. Why are you acting so nice now?" "Want me to be rude?" Andre asked, taking his hands out of his jacket, taking off his hood and unzipping it. "No thaaanks. Keep it all in..." Amanda waved her hand and grabbed a pear, tearing into it with her teeth and munching quietly. "So, why were you kicked off of your last team?" Rebecca asked between a sup of Orange Juice. "Not if it's too personal..." "I wasn't technically kicked off so much as I was replaced..." "He was kicked off..." Gary whispered into Rebecca's ear. Rebecca gave him a sour look. "Don't say that..." "Well, on a mission, one of my team was lost and he never was seen again...So, I was replaced, because they deemed it MY fault it happened..." Andre explained half-heartedly. Amanda tossed the core of the pear into a trash bin. Wiping her mouth with her sleeve, she smirked at Andre. "So you're the new leader..." Smirking deeper, she stood straight and saluted. "What is our first mission, Captain!?" Andre raised his eyebrow and frowned. "Don't think I'm your sergeant. I'm just another person here..." Rebecca smiled and set her empty glass in a Wish-Wash. It sucked the glass into the hole in the center, and spit it back up, clean as a whistle. She set it on the counter. "Okay, so seriously. What's our first assignment?" "Well, I'm not quite sure. Ira just sent me down to get acquainted..." Andre explained, scratching his head. Rebecca. "Well, it's rather early in the day! Maybe we'll have a mission in a little while..." Suddenly, a voice in the ceiling, an intercom, rang. Ira's voice traveled over it. "Team Chrome to the main office, ASAP!" Amanda smirked. "Ha, you're just a jynxer, Rebecca!" She smiled and galloped out of the large room.