In the Observatory
Daniel sat back in his leather chair behind a desk, over looking the final installments to Epic Reborn while sipping his coffee.
Before him, were a few workers seated around a circular desk, typing away on a monitor for bugs with a projected screen of the island dead center of the desk.
One of the workers gave Daniel a thumbs up signal, that Daniel couldn't help but be thrilled.
"Looks like things are finally ready to go" muttered Daniel, letting out a pleased note in his voice. You kids are in for quite a few surprises.
Adjusting his glasses, Daniel leaned forward, picking up the microphone and annouced loudly through it "Competitors are you ready to start Epic Reborn!? You have thirty minutes to sign in for a life changing experience! Good luck competeing and may luck be on your side!".
A Reoccuring Memory
Luke having been working in the community garden earlier, went to take a break and pick some oranges for his grandmother when he fell asleep in the tree.
An old woman was rocking Luke back and forth in her rocking chair.
"I'm so sorry dear, I know you miss your mother".
Luke let out a few more sniffles and asked "Where did mama go?".
"I don't know dear, she'll come back someday" said the old woman.
Dream shifts, shows an older Luke with a look of determination on his face.
"I want to know the truth of what became of my parents".
"I think Luke is old enough to know now, dear" said his Grandpa, patting his wife's hand gently.
His Grandmother nodded sadly than said "Your mother was out in the rain during the night, holding a bundle in her arms as she ran through the streets. Your grandpa was taking care of what laundry we had inside before it got wet, when he saw her slip out of the corner of his eye and rushed out to help her".
Waiting for the old woman he come to care for as his own grandmother speak, Luke was surprised when his grandpa continued the story.
"The moment I rushed out to help her, I could tell she was in a hurry, her clothes weren't from these parts. I asked myself what would a woman like her be doing here, but didn't have time to ask it. She had fear in her eyes but the look on her face was a determined one. She asked me to keep you safe and that your name was Luke. After that I never saw her again".
"What became of her? Why didn't she come back?" asked Luke, softly. "We reckon she might have been in some sort of trouble, dear" said his Grandma. "We didn't want to trouble you more than you already are" said his Grandpa.
Nearby was a speaker on a pole a few feet away, that announced very loudly
"Competitors are you ready to start Epic Reborn!? You have thirty minutes to sign in for a life changing experience! Good luck competeing and may luck be on your side!".
Which startled Luke awake, making him fall out of the tree he was alseep in, onto the grassy floor beneath him. "Ow~! Did they have to announce the game that bloody loud!" said Luke, crossly while holding his head in pain.
Nearby Luke could hear some of the townsfolk talking nervously about the game. "Its starting, do we even stand a chance?". Letting out a huff, Luke ignored them and headed home to say goodbye to his grandparents.
I know they're against me competeing but I have to try and win that cash money. It will help us get by in the winter and for they're medicine. To learn the truth behind my mothers disappearance. I don't have a lot of time, so I'll have to make a few side stops before I sign up too. Better hurry home thought Luke, balling his hands into fist and taking off running.