Ancestry Part 1

Tom sat at his kitchen table eating lunch, it was a regular Saturday for him.  With no work and most of his chores done, he was itching to play some Xbox.  Tom’s apartment was cozy and worked for his needs.  Sprinkled about his abode was just enough geek culture to make it feel like home.  Just as his dishes touched the sink, his phone rang.

“Hey bud.”  Tom answered quickly and cheerfully.

“Did you get it!”  The voice quizzed Tom.

“No Nick, the Ancestry package hasn’t come yet.”

“Dude, the mail must have lost it, it’s been like 4 months.”  Nick pressed.

“I know, I’ve been sending emails twice a week.  Their customer support even blows me off.”  Annoyance trickled in Tom’s words.

“Ugh, that sucks, sorry bud, you getting on Overwatch soon?”

“Yea, be right on.”  Tom hung up.

The afternoon continued like most Saturdays, Tom and Nick blasted through hours playing Xbox until their stomachs protested them to stop.  After ignoring their hunger even more, they gave in.  A knock at the door matched his Xbox turning off.

“Coming!”  Tom shouted.

Opening the door, Tom was face to face with a sharply dressed man, his black suit didn’t carry one wrinkle.

“How can I help you?”  Tom asked, very confused.

Silence responded as the man peered past Tom.  His eyes flashed around the apartment then settled on Tom.

“No, seems I have the wrong place, sorry.”  The man turned and left, leaving Tom in the doorway.

Tom’s fingers danced with speed across his phone.  “Pick up!”  He shouted to the ringing phone.

“Yo, what’s up?  Ready for more grinding?”  Nick answered.

“Bro, the weirdest thing just happened.  Some guy in a suit was outside my apartment.  He checked me out and then said he had the wrong place.”  Tom’s words flew out of his mouth.

“Hahaha, he checked you out?  Maybe Blizzard sent a guy out because of how much you suck at the game.  They wanted to see if a little kid was playing!”  Nick continued to laugh through the phone.

“I don’t even know why I called you.”  Tom hung up.

Monday came too fast for Tom, he was already out the door heading to work.  Getting to work was just as boring as every other day.  Walking in, he passed his team lead in the hallway.

“Still having trouble with Ancestry?”  His boss asked, creating small talk.

“Yea, coming up on 5 months.”

“Cash grabs, that’s all those things are.  Anyways, the engineers rolled out a new alpha to the software, throw that on top of your list today.”

“Will do.”  Tom walked to his desk.

Lunch couldn’t come fast enough for Tom; the engineers truly did not understand software.  After a peaceful hour outside, he forced himself back to his desk; his work voicemail was blinking.

“Way to tell me you got a new number asshole, I called like 40 times at lunch.  Awesome news!  A guy in a bad ass suit came by my office today asking about you.  He was a Blizzard scout!  Who knew!  They are thinking about inviting us to the pro team!  By the way, they ask some really personal questions.  Call me back!”

Furiously, Tom called Nick.  “Thank you for calling Verizon, it seems your account is inactive, please contact your nearest store for reactivation.”  The same message repeated with every attempt to call.

Luckily, Tom was ahead of his project list.  Leaving early, he headed to the nearest Verizon store.  After some time working with the associate, Tom’s account was reactivated; according to the associate it was a system error.  The day replayed in Tom’s mind as he drove home, he couldn’t get over the strangeness of everything that happened.

Ready to put the day past him, Tom quickly parked and went inside his apartment.  Turning on his Xbox, he ignored any idea of dinner, he needed to unwind.  Just as he was about to get lost in his video games, Tom remembered to call Nick back.

“Thank you for calling Verizon, it seems your account is inactive, please contact your nearest store for reactivation.”

“Are you kidding me!”  Tom yelled slamming his phone down.  Calmly, he breathed and tried again.

“Thank you for calling Verizon, it seems your account is inactive, please contact your nearest store for reactivation.”

Snapping Tom out of his anger, the doorbell rang.  Shambling over to the door, Tom opened it to be greeted by a familiar face.  The cleanly dressed man in black stared Tom in the face.

“Can I help you?”  Tom asked, aggravated.

In a movement Tom wasn’t prepared for, the man reached out and shoved him into the apartment.  Twisting his arm to the point of breaking, the man forced Tom to the ground.

“Bag him.”  The words were direct and focused.

A second man entered and blackened Tom’s vision.  The bag was pulled tight around Tom’s neck, as a concentrated strike stopped all protest as Tom went limp.

 

Kristofer Fazekas is a former IT specialist and Marine Corps Veteran.  During his free time, he began to explore his writing passion.  Once he created and published his first comic book through Sympl Books, he knew that writing was his next journey.  Kris now spends his days writing flash fiction, short stories, and novels all while recording his podcast.

Kris’s main goal is to assist amateur and up and coming writers during the tumultuous beginning steps in this creative world.  You will find a lot of his tips and help at https://kriswritesworlds.com/.  Using this website, Kris shows the inner workings of a writer’s mind.

If you enjoy what you are experiencing, you can find a behind the scenes look in Kris’s Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/SymplBooks.  All support is much appreciated as Kris continues to build fascinating worlds for everyone to enjoy.

Kris Fazekas’s Ancestry Part 1 is published by Sympl Books.  All characters located within this story are Copyright 2018 Kristofer Fazekas.  All names, characters, and events in this publication are entirely fictional.  Any resemblance to any actual person (living or dead), events, institutions or places is purely coincidental.  No portion of this book may be reproduced by any means (digital or print) without written permission from Kris Fazekas of Sympl Books.

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