Though Esmerelda was the official head of the family, and in charge of the Thief branch of the family business, it was her brother Tristan who was ominously known as “The Leader” within their organization of criminals. He now bore the title that once belonged to his mother: The Emperor of Evil.
He had now entered the last stage of his life, though still with so much to do! His niece and successor, Aurora was getting close to completing her training to step into his shoes, but she wasn’t there yet and Tristan was determined to see her as prepared as possible to take command before he drew his last breath.
It wouldn’t be long until the children of the family, first Isla and then Jet, would be teenagers. Despite his obsessive working hours, Tristan still took time each day to spend with his daughter. Being a genius, Isla was always able give her father a challenge when they played chess or dominoes together.
Even though they all lived in the same house, the adults of the family were all so busy with working and skill building that it was rare for the majority of the family to be able to spend time together. The Sunday morning of Aurora’s birthday, however, found a good portion of the family enjoying the lovely warm weather out on the deck.
Israel was out that morning down at the theatre signing autographs. He had become very successful in his career and a music composer and he had written the soundtracks to several major motion pictures.
Israel was always glad for a chance to catch up with his daughter. Although Celeste had originally planned to only move out of home temporarily, it had now been several years that she had been living with Tyree, and she certainly had no plans of moving back into the family home.
After her birthday, Aurora splurged and spend a good portion of the family’s funds in purchasing not one, but two cars! Luckily most of the adults in the family were working in high paying jobs, so she knew they would be able to earn the money back again quickly.
Well that day had come, and Aurora was the proud owner of a blood red Infiniti Coupe.
They had added the room, building into the roof of the house, shortly after Tristan and Aurora had foiled Jade Racket’s attempt to take over the Organization and murdered her for her betrayal. The secret room, and the vast arsenal of weaponry they had hidden in there, was their back-up in case of another attempted coup or any other attack against their family. Should they find themselves unable to access the criminal warehouse for any reason, their crime network could still be run from this very room.
Tristan theorized that, once working, his machine could force the person sitting in it to tell the truth. If the person in the chair lied then the device could tell and the person would experience a blast of intense pain. However it was still a work in progress, and Aurora was rather leery of it. Even if her uncle did get it working properly, she hoped they would never have to use it!
They often spent many hours at a time in the dim, stuffy room, with only one tiny window set high up in the wall. There was always more heists to plan and orders to be given. It often became stifling for Aurora as she plotted and schemed with her mother and uncle until she felt like her head would explode. She couldn’t wait until her children were old enough to assist with the running of the Organization.
Their criminal empire was growing at a rapid rate thanks to Tristan’s efforts, but Aurora only hoped, as it expanded and clawed its way into every corner of Twinbrook and beyond, that it wouldn’t grow into something so vast that it was beyond their ability to control…