Claus slowly rose from his bed and looked at his cloak on his night stand and scream. “Oh no, mama is going to kill me!!” he yelled, as he quickly got out of bed and got dress in his bakery uniform. He stare at the mirror to fix his red dreadlocks and smiled a bright smile. “Wow, looking good.” he said to himself, as he notice he wasting time and not getting ready to leave for his mother bakery shop. He quickly ran out his room and left out the front door. He locked it and started, running down the sidewalk. The bakery wasn’t far from their house, but a few blocks away.
Minata sits in a bakery waiting on her order of backed goods. Her hair is long, curly, and a shade of pink. Her eyes shone a sparking gem of emerald green in the sunlight by the window where she sits. She sings as her voice sounded like the purest of angels together in harmony. “This is taking forever.”’ she sang softly.
Claus ran into the bakery. “I made it.” he said under his breath, as he made his way behind the counter. “I hope mama won’t fire me on my second day.” he said as he stood behind the counter, waiting for people to order. He stare at a glass covered cake case. It reflex an image. Showing his ebony skin, and those golden eyes. His hair was full of red dreads and he looked young for his age, even though he is 20. At the corners of his golden eyes, he spotted a girl with smooth, pink hair.
Minata looks up and notice the red hair man standing behind the counter. She stood up and walks towards the counter and stare in Claus golden eyes. “Excuse me sir, but I’ve been waiting an awfully long time for my order.” then she signed. “Do you know if it’s ready yet?” she asked. Claus moved his shoulders up and down.
“Don’t know, just got here.” then he stares into her green eyes. “I’ll ask mama.” he said, then walk to the back to see what was going on. The back was the kitchen. “Mama, this girl wants to know when…..”
“Claus no!” he heard his mother yelled, but it was too late. A man that almost looked like him and tall with down the back red dreadlocks.
“Papa?” he utter, scared that he was beside his mother. The man hold out his hand and a blast of heat came from it. Claus flew out and over the counter, almost bumping into Minata. Just then, the pink haired girl ducked behind the counter.
“What in the world just happened, that crazy guy almost hit me in the face.” She thought as she hit Claus on the arm. “Hey idiot, you almost hit me!!” she yelled in anger. “And what is happening?” she asked him.
Claus rub his arm and stood. “Sorry.” he said as he thought about his mother with his absent father. He turn to Minata. “I want to know what is going on too.” then he stood. “but I have to save mama.” He jump over the counter and ran back into the kitchen, and saw before his eyes his mother disappeared with the man. “Damn.” he whispered. Then he turn back at Minata. “You should leave ma’am.” he told her, she stare at him confused.
Minata stood and shook her head no. “You idiot!” she yelled with anger. “I’m not going anywhere till I get my order!!” she had and look of hunger on her face, but anger in her eyes. She clenched her fist and jumped in front of the red haired man and just stare into his golden eyes with seriousness.
Claus signed and smiled fake at the girl. “Okay.” then thought about his mother who was kidnap and what she did says. ‘Not to keep the people waiting.’ As he enter the kitchen, he didn’t know what she order. He walk back to her and smiled. “Sorry miss, what did you order?” he asked.
Minata smiled. “Well, I ordered 17 fresh glazed donuts, 2 chocolate cakes.” then begin to think about her brother. “You see idiot, I mean sir, my brother is coming home from college tomorrow and he have a massive sweet tooth. Anyway, we’re going to throw him a party. He will be 24 you see?” she spoke slowly so Claus can understand better. Claus felt insulted a little, but didn’t show it on his face. “So I must have every in order for his arrival.” she said with an grin. Claus smiled a little. “Oh right ma’am.” he signed.
“If mama was here, then she would quickly get things done, but it was different now.” “I will see if they are ready.” then walk back to the kitchen. He spotted the sweets and pack them up as quickly as possible. He came back and handed her the bag, as he did, a tear drop from his eyes. “Here ma’am.” he said. She notice the tear that dropped from the eyes of the red haired man. She picked up the bag of goods.
“Thank you so much.” she said in a low tone. “My brother will love these….” then she stare at the baked goods and sighed. She looked back up at Claus golden eyes. Claus wipe some of his tears away. “I’m sorry about your mother.” she said, thinking of something to say, and not be so cold hearted. “I really hope you find her soon.” she looked at his brown hands and took them for a brief moment to show that she cared. Claus looked at the kind hearted face of Minata and smiled.
“Thanks.” Claus uttered as Minata took his hands from his. She smiled and grabbed her bag.
“So, I’m serious about you finding your mother, who made these tasty snacks.” then she turn around and begin walking towards the door.
Claus felt her kindness as she was walking towards the door. He looked up and wipe some more tears away and smiled brightly. “I hope your brother enjoys those sweets.” he said as he wave at her back. His thoughts went over to his father, but focus on the pink hair girl Minata.
She left out, walking to her car. When she got to it, she open the back seat and place the baked goods in the back seat. She slowly close the car door and turn around to see Claus through the bakery glass window. “Oh, I wish I could help him somehow, but what in the world could someone like me do?” she thought to herself. Then an idea suddenly pops into her head. “Of course!” She smiled. “Maybe he can help some way.” With that, she quickly ran into the bakery with a determine look in her green eyes.
Claus had his back turned, staring at the strawberry short cake in the clear glass cake, his mother made this morning. “Mama, I wish I was early, I could of save you.” His mind wondered, lost in confusion.
“Hey, boy.” Claus heard Minata’s voice echo through his ear, he rapidly turn around and notice she was smiling like an kid on Christmas morning. “I believe I know somebody who can help you find your mother.” Claus smiled, and was excited to hear that.
“You do?” he said at her. Then he quickly hug her, lifting her off the ground, then place her back on the floor because she was too heavy, and they were almost the same height. “Thank you so much umm….” he didn’t know her name and felt silly of leaving his thanks a blank.
“It’s Minata.” she said with a smile.
“Mi…na…ta?” he said slowly. “Minata, what a lovely name.” he said as he hold out his hand for her to shake.
“My name is Claus and I’m glad that you were the one that was at the bakery to help.” then he laughed. She saw how happy he is and grab his hand and smiled.
“Claus?” She said in her mind. I never heard that name before, the only Claus I knew were Santa Clause.” She said in her mind.
“I know this man that can help. In fact, he’s a good friend of the family.” She stop to see Claus staring at her with his golden unique eyes. “His name is Cid Heartly, a retired detective that used to work for the police seven years ago. I bet if we ask him real nicely, he would allow us to hire him, and besides, he kind of owes me for some yard work he never paid me for, would you like to see him?” she asked.
“Of course, I can’t wait to meet him.” he said to her. He wanted to jump up and down, but he was too old to be acting like a child, besides, he almost looks young for his age. Instead, he smiled like he just won about a million dollars.
“Cid Heartly eh?” then begin to think where he heard that name, but nothing came to mind, but the sound of wind blowing through his ears. “But, my father is abnormal. He has these weird powers and I got half, but never used them much, just to help people out. They sometimes freak and run away.” he laughed. “I can’t blame them, I would run away if I see someone that has weird powers.” She slowly back away, looking awkward .
“What the…….weird powers…..what do you mean?” then her eye brows arch to make an angry look on her innocent face. “Look, it’s one thing I hate more than anything else is lairs, I don’t have time for this.” She was confused, but angry, because she doesn’t have time to play silly magic games. “Now mister insane, tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth or I will send you to the loon house in a instant.” she wasn’t playing. Claus felt offended by her words, but couldn’t blame her.
He signed. “Well, I wish it was false, but I’m telling the truth.” Seeing the anger in her eyes want him to just shut up and looked for his mother by himself. “Sorry miss…..I mean Minata that I got you into this mess. Anyway, you have to give those sweets to your bother.” he smiled at her, trying to loosen the anger she build inside herself.
She took a deep breath and calm down a little. “No Claus, I should be sorry.” she moves closer to him. “Your mother just got kidnap.” Then she signed. “As crazy as it sounds, why would you lie about having powers? “ She could judge people by their appearance, and she knew that he wouldn’t lie like that. “I believe you…..please, show me your powers” she said, trying so hard to be supportive.
Claus held out his hands in front of him and focus on the energy into both of them. As he did, a small red flame ball appeared inside his cupped hands. Then it got bigger. “See, I’m an heir to my father’s of magic. I can do the rest of the elements, but I use this as an example.” he said with a smile. Then the ball of flame disappeared. “I don’t know how my father learned those powers, but I learned them without knowing how I know them.” he said. Minata looked confused at the last sentences.
“Huh?” all she could say. Claus just kept on smiling.
“You will learn later….I hope.” he said.
“Wow, I can’t believe it, you just made fire out of nowhere!!” she became excited. “That’s cool, so, was you father an oni?” She asked.
“An oni?” he asked. “Well, I’m not sure, I don’t know papa that well.” then rub the back of his neck. “And, I have no clue on what an oni is.” he said looking confused.
“Well, an oni is like a demon, they say people who lose their heart to one of the seven sins becomes a oni. After time and hate fills their bodies and they lose themselves forever.” she looks at him, trying to notice a facial reaction. “Well, whatever you are, don’t you think we should get going?” she asked him.
Claus took everything she said into his head and wonder if he’s an oni himself. “Yeah, you’re right, let’s go.” he said wondering where his father could be. For some reason, he felt sorry for his father.
“Hey, I’ll give you a ride.” she said, exiting the bakery. She gets into her car and starts to pull the car round to the front of the bakery and honks her horn for him to get in.
Claus turned out the lights, put a close sign on the door, and ran out the place, locking it up. He made it to her car and opened the passenger door and got in. “Thanks again.” he didn’t know where to start. “Are we going to Cid’s place first?” he asked.
“Actually, I’m going to drop off these goods at my house first, it will only take a minute.” then she drives away from the bakery.