They had just got out of the airport, viewing their surroundings. Unfortunately, not everyone was impressed.
"WHAT?! No glamour? No cute taxi drivers? Why isn't there anything worth admiring, or more importantly why isn't there anyone out here worth showing my beauty to?!" Nichole cried out, her shrills nearly deafening the others.
"Whoa! Chillax Nichole! We're only just outside of the airport! It's not like this is all of London," Alexia explained.
Joe nodded in agreement. "Lexi is right; we'll see more of London real soon," he said before becoming serious. "Now remember guys; what is the most important thing that we all have to remember?"
"Must get souvenirs!" Benny cried out, punching the air with his fist.
"Take loads of pictures?" Ethan guessed.
"Go to every night club!" Sydney replied, jumping up and down with excitement.
"Buy lots of fabulous outfits!?" Nichole asked eagerly, her eyes sparkling with anticipation.
"No, no, no and no!" Joe said, groaning in frustration before looking at Alexia. "Please tell me you know what the right answer is."
"Uh…. beat all of my opponents at the tournament?" Alexia said, smirking.
"Alexia…." Joe growled, almost loosing his patience.
"Relax bro, I know; its 'don't do anything that may get us all into trouble'," she then said, rolling her eyes while smiling.
"Right! After all, remember that incident that happened last year?" Joe reminded them all
"Well to be fair, it WAS Ethan and Benny's fault," Sydney responded. "After all, who would be dumb enough to not only paint and glue over the play props right before the performance, but to also forget to clear away the evidence."
"And whilst all of us besides Joe tried to clear the evidence away, we ended up getting caught!" Alexia finished the rest of the tale before looking at Joe. "By the way, how in the world did YOU get in trouble?"
"Simple, with my dad," he answered. "He argues with me a lot! Always asking me why I hang around with 'trouble-makers', and why I allow you to get involved in their mess!"
Alexia frowned. "Let me guess; being not only my father's closest friend, but also me being the owner of a very important company for the military, he wants me to be a respectable, decent and serious 'young lady' right?" she began saying, with a hint of annoyance in her tone. "One he shouldn't have to be concerned with the way I behave because he thinks it's 'what my father would've wanted' and two; you should follow your guts, not what your father always tells you. Besides one of these days you're gonna have to make these sorts of decisions yourself when you do become a commander."
"You mean IF I do. I'm having enough trouble in becoming a soldier," Joe said before sighing. "You know, sometimes I think my dad wishes that I were more like you. Or better yet, wishes that you were his daughter."
Before Alexia could respond, Sydney began calling out to them. "Hey guys. Less talking, more exploring around London. Now lets go while it's still the afternoon!" she said while everyone else was anxious to get to the hotel before starting the exploration.
Alexia sighed before holding Joe's hand comfortingly. "Come on, let's go to our hotel. After all, we didn't come all this way just to be depressed right?" she said while smiling at him.
Seeing that she was right, Joe smiled and squeezed her hands in response before following the others.
After taking ten minutes of finding a taxi, within half an hour they had made it to the 41 Hotel where Alexia made reservations for seven Executive Hospitality suits, with room services included. After they dumped their luggage into their rooms, they immediately headed off to do a bit of exploration.
"You are so lucky Lexi! Not only do you get invited to amazing events, but you also can afford such luxurious hotel rooms and much more!" Nichole exclaimed, carrying at least five bags worth of clothes that she bought during their two hours excursion.
"Only because of my family's fortune as well as the company being well known. I'm only well known for being the young owner to the industry," Alexia began explaining. "And besides, aren't you rich yourself?"
"Yeah but my family isn't as popular as yours!" Nichole reasoned, with a high pitch tone in her voice.
"Hey guys! Why don't we finish the day with a small game of crazy golf! It'll be fun!" Benny called out, pointing to mini golf course.
"Aren't we a bit too old to play that kind of child's play?" Alexia asked.
"What? Not much of challenge for you Lexi? Or maybe it's because you know that we could easily beat you in this game," Benny then remarked with a smirk on his face.
"Yep, that's it! She's too chicken to play golf with us!" Ethan said, smirking as well.
Alexia growled. There were two things she hated in life; loosing a challenge and being made fun of or being called weak. "Okay then, you wanna play? Then let's play!!" she said with a dark and menacing tone in her voice.
Both Benny and Ethan suddenly felt a cold chill in the air as they saw their friend stomp over to the crazy golf course and asking the manager for three golf clubs and some balls. It was as if they brought forth a demon from hell!
Alexia suddenly spun round to look at them with an evil grin. "Well? Are you two gonna play or what!?" She said, her voice sounding demonic.
"Uh y-yes…r-r-right away!!" The both said, too terrified to reason with her or to apologize for aggravating her. Instead, they just quickly rushed over to play on the crazy golf course before Alexia got even more riled up.
So for thirty minutes they played the game, all three were neck-and neck with the scores while the remaining three just stood by watching the scene. Right now, they were at the last hole, which also happened to be the most complicated.
"Alright then! Looks to me that if I get this in one shot, I win big time!" Alexia said with confidence, her competitive side taking over.
"Are you kidding me? It's impossible to make a hole in one! Especially with those many obstacles!" Ethan exclaimed. "Trust me, you aren't going to make it!!"
Instead of responding, she took a great big swings of her club and with tremendous force, hit the ball with flew past all the complicated obstacles, flew OVER the hole and ended up…. aiming straight towards an incoming posh black car, which hit and broke the front window!
Seeing where the ball had landed, Alexia suddenly went pale, looking both scared and horrified at what she had just done. All the others did the same thing.
"LEXI!! WHAT THE HELL DID YOU JUST DO?!" her friends screamed at her while she looked at them with slight guilt and fear.
"I-I'm pretty sure if we just explain to the drive in a slow and subtle fashion, they will understand and show us mercy...," Alexia began, feeling nervous.
"WHO THE HELL BROKE THIS WINDOW!!" a loud and furious voice screamed out from the car, opening the back of the car to reveal a young woman in her early twenties, with dark skin, long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes wearing a black suit as well as some sort of unusual tie with a silver cross around her neck. Unfortunately her enraged appearance caused the college group to shiver in fear.
At this point, two men in black suits wearing dark sunglasses came out of the front car, one rubbing his head from the impact of the golf ball while the other brushed off bits of glass from his suit, and began looking to the direction that the ball came from. One of them unfortunately spotted the group. "Sir, over there!" he said, pointing directly at Alexia.
"So...what should we do?" Sydney asked, unsure of what to do.
"What we always do best at….RUN!!" Benny said before running off at full speed followed by Ethan. Everyone else did the same.
"Oi! You there! Stop!" the two men called out, running after them.
Nichole looked behind her. "They're gaining on us you guys! What are we going to do?!" she asked, panicking.
Alexia looked around until her eyes came across a group of tourists. "Guys! Head straight through those people, that way, we have a chance to loose those guys!"
"But I hate going through crowds! Can't we just grab a bus or something?" Nichole asked.
"This is no time to be a pansy Nichole! We have to bulldoze our way through them!" Alexia cried out in frustration.
"Well I guess that plan is better than anything so…LET'S GO THROUGH!" Sydney said before running straight through the crowd.
Within minutes, everyone else followed onwards, pushing through the crowd in order to get to the other side and try to outrun the two men.
While everyone else managed to get through, Nichole on the other-hand had problems due to the bags she was carrying. Alexia groaned before grabbing some of Nichole's purchases out of her grip and flung them over her shoulder before grabbing hold of her hand and dragged her through the crowd. Within minutes, they all managed to get through to the other-side, giving them a good change to run as fast as they could and loose the two men in black.
"So…do you think…we lost…them?" Ethan asked while trying to take deep breaths of air. After thirty minutes of running, they managed to race back to the hotel and were now in the hallways just outside their rooms.
"I should think so. I highly doubt that they would be looking for us in a five star hotel," Sydney explained.
Joe sighed. "Even so, I don't think we should relax just yet. They may try looking for us again tomorrow," he began to say. "But for now, we should just get some rest. After all, we have a big day tomorrow, especially you Alexia. I just hope you don't cause any more trouble like you did today." Alexia frowned and had her head down in shame.
Knowing that Joe was right, they all nodded their heads in agreement before heading to their rooms. While in her room, Alexia began to think through on today's incident, hoping that she OR her friends would never have to face that woman any time soon.
Oh boy…. how wrong she was.