Edward 326 Delthal journal entry twelve I have been on earth for almost three months at this point. I am living above a Gym where people come to learn boxing and kick boxing. I was giving this place by the owner since I am working for him. He tells me I'm like the son he never had and kept asking me when my birthday is and I never really celebrated a birthday on the station so I just told him when I first hatched since it was recorded multiple times. It was close to that day and the man seemed to be keeping something from me and it made me feel suspicious of him for the next few weeks. Edward would be sitting in the gym after cleaning the mat before they opened and the old man named John age fifty nine was walking out of his office and called over Edward and tells him “Watch the shop for me while I go out to pick something up I'll be gone for about an hour to two hours” Edward nods and looks at the man as they leave and sets sign for the shop as open. The two hours people would enter and start their usual routine, Edward would just watch as the art of boxing interested him so he began asking the people training what would be a good place to start. Most of them would answer “you should start by getting your stamina up.” Edward blinks at that and just nods as he would just watch as most of them trained and began copying one of them punching a bag. He would hit it and almost brake the chain and the man would look at him shocked “What did you do kid that was impressive” Edward just blinks “I punched it like you did” The man pats Edwards back “well kid you have a mighty strong punch” As Edward talks to this man who was using the punching bags John returns and slips into his office with a gift for Edward who's birthday was just around the corner. The manager looks at the gift it was a watch so he could keep track of time while hes out running errands for John, like picking them up lunch or getting more bandages for the first aid kits that they keep around the gym encase someone gets injured which is almost regularly around here. Edward knocks on the door after seeing the managers lights on “are you back Sir? I was wondering what you'd like me to do now” He asked before the man he was talking yells out “Hey John you training this kid behind my back to win in the tournaments” John laughs as he hears that and yells out “Well Maybe I am” He jokes and exits the room after hiding the watch in his desks locking draw and pats Edward “we will figure that out in about an hour for now just sweep the floor around the back corner while no one is over there” Edward nods and goes to grab the broom from the back room as the two men began to talk, John asks him “Why you ask if I was training him?” The man looks at him “Well you see while I was training the boy started copying my stance and punching and almost sent the bag off the chain” He laughs and the manager blinks “I haven't taught him anything about boxing, does he seem interested?” he asked as the man Nods “Yes he seems to be as he was asking me about how to start training.” Edward would exit the back room with the broom and head for the back corner and began sweeping the floor, He doesn't hear the owner and man speak about training him in the art of boxing/kick boxing and the owner seems happy to have him learn. Edward was finishing up the floor as he slowly makes his way to the back door to sweep the dirt and sand from the bags outside. The owner John looks at him as he comes back to do another sweet yells “Hey Edward put that down and come over here you are going to work with Mike on learning to box” The man he had been talking to was named mike and the owner seemed to trust him a lot seeing as he was here almost here every day. Edward seemed happy as he started putting the broom away before running back over and Mike says “okay first lets start with learning to throw a proper punch.” He takes a stance and shows Edward how to stand. He says “okay now relax your hands and punch the bag with your back hand” Edward nods as he throws the back hand sending the punching back into mike who stops it with a soft grunt from getting hit with the heavy bag. “That's it nice power now keep that up” Edward would smile from the compliment, Edward starts punching the bag over and over again as he was told enjoying the lesson he was getting as John was working in his office taking care of the bills till noon and he calls out to Edward who was sitting on the mat breathing heavily as he didn't take a break till a few minutes ago. John chuckles and walks out the office as he leans on the ropes “Hey there enjoyed the training I see” Edward looks over his shoulder at John and smiles “Loved it, what you need sir” John smiles “Good to hear lets order lunch this time you don't have to go get it we will have them bring it to the office.” Edward nods and gets up hopping out of the ring and looks at John “Thanks for letting me learn with Mike its really fun” John nods and looks at Edward patting his head “any time you are like a sun to me and mikes one of my loyal costumers, hes the only one I trust to teach you” he said with a chuckles as Mike had left to go to work leaving Edward there with John who takes him to his office and calls in some Chinese food for them both, Edward happily waits with John who says “I have something for you Edward I know its early but I want you to have this, remember to always where it where ever you go.” He holds out a box and Edward takes it blinking “Hmm? What is it” He said as he opens it and looks at the watch tilting his head to the side this was the first time seeing a wrist watch. John looks at Edward “its a wrist watch, You use it to tell time like the one on the wall” he points to his wall clock “Only this one you take around with you” Edward blinks and smiles as this was his first gift “Thank you sir I don't know what to say” John pats Edwards back “don't mention it its for your birthday just make sure to always use it” Edward nods and smiles “I will, thank you John you are so nice” John and Edward would talk till the food got there, They began to eat and joke around like a father and a son would. Once they finished Edward would take the empty containers and throw them away for them both, John would set the watch and take it out to Edward who was busy sweeping around the mat humming to himself till John taps him on the shoulder and hands Edward the watch “its set now you can know what time it is.” Edward smiles and nods “Thank you sir” He puts on the watch and looks down at it smiling as John had taught him to use the wall clock since he never really learned to tell time on the station seeing as they would just come and get him for the tests that they put him through. Edward hugs John and smiles “Thank you again sir” John just pats his head and says “don't forget to finish sweeping and then start re-aliening the punching bags before the usual's show up” Edward nods and says “on it sir” he runs off to finish his sweeping before fixing the bags while John was back in his office writing out bills for the people subscribed to the gym as members. They helped with paying the bills and getting better equipment for the tiny gym. One of the usual's show up and yells “John there seems to be a kid in here” He laughs joking knowing it was Edward who just looks back at the man and smiles “Hey how are you doing today?” The man smiles and pets the kid on the back hard as he could “Im just fine boy how are you today” Edward smiles “Im fine I got my first lesson in boxing from Mike and John bought me a birthday present but gave it to me early to help me keep track of time” He holds up his wrist and smiles “see” the man looks at the watch and smiles “it looks great kid I hope you get plenty of use out of it working for John, you know I used to work here when I was younger. Even got lessons from old John himself after hours along side a few others that helped out back then.” Edward looks at the man and smiles “really was it fun did you guys do a lot of cool things” he seemed really happy and exited as the man stops him “Those are stories for another time for now how about you do me a favor and put my bag in the back room for me so I know where it is” Edward nods and smiles “You got it” running off with the bag Edward puts it in a safe spot on the top of a shelf. The rest of this day was pretty ordinary and just as fun.
Journal entry nineteen Today started off like any other I made my way down to the gym below my small space I was given by John, I was wearing the watch just as instructed months back happily using it every day for my errands, knowing I wasn't late coming back from an errands made me feel I wasn't wasting Johns time by taking to long to get back. Today however as I was sent out on an errand to pick up some hand wraps we were starting to sell in the gym to those who needed some where to start, I turned down an alleyway thinking I was heading the right direction only to end up at a dead end. As I turned back to leave the next thing I knew I was waking up face down my head killing me. I slowly sat up and felt the back of my head it wasn't split open, that would have been bad seeing as my blood is like acid. I slowly looked around and then down at my watch to see how long I had been out only to find the watch was gone! Panicking I looked around on the ground hoping my first gift had just fallen off but as I looked around and couldn't find it I slowly realized it was gone and I didn't know who took it I felt like I let John down so I just sat there for a bit before hearing John calling for me, I guess I was out longer then I thought as John had come looking for me. Slowly making my way out of the alley with my head down unable to look up at John who runs over and asks me what happened. I couldn't look up at him as I said “i don't know I took a wrong turn then I was hit in the back of the head, and … and “ I couldn't say it for a while as John kneels down and looks at me “What happened Edward tell me” Edward look at John and frowns as he says “i'm sorry John the watch was stolen and I don't know who did it I didn't see who hit me so I don't think we will ever get the watch back” Edward said almost in tears before John just pats Edward on the head “Don't worry about it Edward as long as you are okay the watch means nothing” John said to Edward as he turns to head for the shop holding the hand wraps “Lets go Edward lets get the wraps and head back to the gym together.” Edward nods and follows after john who tried to make Edward forget about the watch that had been stolen from him while he was knocked out. John and Edward make it to the shop and pick up the box of hand wraps from the owner who stops John to talk to him while Edward looks around the shop at all the things being sold, they were a shop that sold training gear such as pads, boxing gloves, punching bags. John listens to the man behind the counter as Edward walked off into the shops back corner as the owner asked “Hey John is he okay? He seems upset” John frowns and sighs “I gave him a watch to use to keep track of time as he kept coming back to the gym saying he was sorry for running late when he was out only for a short time.” The owner looks at John and blinks “and why is he upset it can't be because you gave him a gift” John sighs “No, its cause today on his way here he got robbed, hit in the back of the head and the watch was taken from him while he was knocked out. He couldn't see who it was cause they got him from behind, but it was his first gift he said and it made him so happy.” The owner nods “I see well how about this he can pick out whatever he wants from here to make it up to him for losing the watch seeing as he was coming to my shop for the order.” John looks at him “i couldn't do that he wouldn't accept it as a replacement for what he lost.” The owner smiles “I know but it might make him a bit happy to get something for all his trouble.” John just nods and calls Edward over telling him “you can pick out whatever you need on the house. Remember mike might be back at the gym waiting on us well you to continue your lessons” Edward was shocked but smiled and nods “Thank you both” he said happily and runs off looking around before picking out a pair of padded hand gloves that went over his hand wraps. The owner puts them into a bag along with a new set of hand wraps. “There you go I hope next time you come to pick up something up I don't cause you the same trouble I did today” The owner said as he hands Edward the bag and smiles as John heads for the door carrying one of the three boxes full of hand wraps. Edward carrying the other two along with his own bag. Along the way back to the gym Edward looks at John “I'm sorry I lost the watch.” John just smiles “Its fine don't be so hard on yourself it wasn't the most expensive watch so I can always by you another one later on down the road for now lets just focus on your training.” Edward smiles “sounds good to me lets get back to the gym quickly encase mike is there I don't want to keep him waiting and so we can try out theses new gloves.” Edward had yet to realize that in the bag was new hand wraps as well. John nods and chuckles “Sure lets hurry back then” Edward nods and they quicken their pace heading for the gyms back entrance where he heads right up to his room to put the bag down and change his shirt at it had gotten dirty from being attacked. Edward looks at himself in the mirror and quickly changes, he reached into the bag to pull out the gloves only to pull out the hand wraps first. Blinking he looks at them and then smiles “That guy is really nice I hope to get the chance to see him again soon” He runs back down after putting on the hand wraps and gloves, Once down stairs Edward is greeted by Mike and John who had been talking about the next step in the training and both agreed he should hop in the ring and try a one on one with Mike. Edward walks over and smiles “How are you today Mike?” Mike smiles “I'm good today how are you I heard about what happened and I'm hoping you are okay enough to train today.” Edward quickly says “I'm not hurt I'm okay Just a little upset that my watch that John got me was taken” Mike nods “I heard that and I just wanted to make sure you were okay after that all happened.” Edward nods “I'm fine I can't wait to start I have new gloves thanks to the owner of the shop, cant wait to try them out” he starts throwing jabs and left hooks in the air before looking at Mike and smiling happily. Mike laughs and smiles “i see then lets start with the warm up on the bags and then see where we go from there.” Edward nods and heads over to the punching bags and starts practicing, he punches the bag hard with mike standing behind the punching bag taking every punch so that the bag doesn't go flying off the chain or worse breaks off the roof. They keep up the training for the next two hours.
Journal entry Twenty-Four Edward had been training with Mike every day from the time mike showed up to the time he left. It had been almost 7 months since we started this and Mike happily kept saying that I was getting to be a true fighter so he started to put me in the ring more sparing against him and two of his friends weekly to keep me in top physical conditioning. Today Mike seemed to be there not to train but to talk as he sits down with John in his office to talk to him about something that seemed important so I right away got onto my usual bag and began to punch and kick the hanging bag while letting them talk. John seemed happy at what mike was saying, Yet I wouldn't know what he was asking or what they were talking about in that office, Mike soon shakes Johns hand and exits the office walking over and looking at me “I wont be here for the next few months so you will have to keep up your training on your own and with John when he has time but till I get back just keep yourself busy and make sure you don't lose your usual speed and power behind those quick jabs” Edward blinks “okay sounds good to me, I'll keep up the training and when you get back lets have another round in the ring” Mike nods “i look forward to it” he said and taps Edwards shoulder before turning and starts walking out “I'll see you then Edward make sure to keep your left side guarded you always drop it when you go to throw a punch” Mike exits the gym and heads off leaving Edward standing next to the Punching bag smiling “I'll show him when he gets back that I've not only improved but gotten stronger when he gets back.” Edward turns back to the punching bag and goes back to training, he continues his training for the usual time him and Mike would train for before heading to John to see if there was anything he could do around the gym. John looks at him and says “Yes I need you to go grab us lunch, I've ordered your favorite just need you to pick it up.” John holds out the cash and says “you remember where to go” Edward nods “I know my way ill be back soon” He takes off out the front of the gym and starts running for the diner taking his time jogging. He kept looking around till he got to the shop and stops looking through the window and waves to one of the woman that knew him well at this point. Opening the door Edward runs in and smiles as they hold out the bag “Here Enjoy Edward and make sure to stop by more often.” Edward nods and hands them what they owed and waves off as he runs out the building and heads for the gym. He hums to himself as he turns and heads for the managers office where John was sitting at his desk doing paperwork once more till Edward enters and says “okay got the food plus they gave us two free sodas” He said smiling as John says “I see well that's very sweet of them lets enjoy the food and I'll call them later to thank them as always” John unpacks the food as Edward pulls up a chair and sits down next to him. “So John what were you and Mike talking about earlier it seemed important and then he told me he wont be here for a couple months and that I should keep practicing till he returned.” John looks at Edward “you will find out when he gets back from his job.” Edward nods and looks at John “Sounds good to me I'll ask him when he gets back then” Edward grabs his usual container and begins to eat along with John who sits there “so Edward hows the food?” Edward blinks “its great I don't tasted anything different. Do you?” Edward asked as he looks at the food and John says “No No just seeing if you are enjoying it as you seem to be eating quickly” Edward blinks and chuckles “Oh sorry I guess I'm just really hungry is all Thank you for getting lunch again John you are making me feel so welcome here and I just don't know how to pay you back for everything you have done for me so far since I arrived here so long ago with no where to go” He looks at John who just pats his shoulder “No problem Edward no need to pay me back as you have paid me back by just helping me out around here and not complaining about any of the work I gave you to do. This is the least I can do for you my boy” Edward smiled and then looks down at the food “Hey John after work today mind if I use the bags and ring I'll clean up when I finish my usual work out.” John hums and then says “yes Just make sure not to make to much of a mess we open tomorrow at the usual time” Edward nods and goes back to eating before long they both finish eating and Edward starts cleaning up the food containers and heads out to start cleaning the floors while John gets back to working on papers. The rest of the day they worked and cleaned and greeted the men and woman who came in to work out and practice their boxing. Edward would greet a few of the men that usually joined him and Mike for practice and sparing. Once everyone left that night and Edward helped lock up the gym John said good night and Edward waits about an hour before he starts training alone as usual dressed down and no longer hiding his armored arms and his back. He starts with the Punching bags like always, He was punching and kicking the bag and practicing what Mike had showed him and trying not to drop his guard on the left side like mike said before leaving on his trip.
Journal Entry Twenty-Seven Mike was supposed to be back last week so I'm wondering if he will be returning soon seeing as he has been away for two months at this point, Edward meanwhile was down in the gym morning and night training like his life depended on it wanting to prove to mike that he was stronger then when he left. Mike walks in quietly and then suddenly yells out “Edward how are you doing!” He smiles and stands there hands on his hip as he drops the bag onto a near by stool. “Wheres John?” Mike asked as Edward looks at him “He hasn't arrived yet im here doing opening alone since I think three weeks ago” He smiles as he was being given more responsibility around here since Mike left for about two months for work. Mike looks at Edward “Well that's good to hear ill wait till He gets here then before asking you about something I already asked John about before I left on my business trip” Edward blinks before saying “oh yeah I asked john what you two were talking about but he told me to wait till you got back so I left it and almost forgot about it till you said that” Mike looks at him and smiles “Well then lets just wait till John gets here while we wait want to get in the ring and show me what you can do now since I know you have been training since the day I left I kept in touch when I could with John to make sure” He chuckles and Edward nods “I'm ready whenever you are Mike” Mike hops over the ropes and throws his jacket onto the side of the ring as he takes a fighting stance “Okay show me what you got Edward” Edward copies him by jumping over the ropes and takes a fighting stance “you got it” they begin to spare, Edward throwing a back hand and barely catching Mike gracing his chin before Edward returned to his fighting stance “come on Mike did you get slower since we last spared” he jokes a bit as he chuckles and Mike just grins “not at all Edward just surprised you got faster and stronger” he chuckles and starts to fight back exchanging blows and laughing having a great time sparing like two old friends till John shows up and just takes a seat with out ether of them noticing he had gotten there till John yelled out “Go on Edward you can win this” Edward quickly jumps back and looks at John and says “morning Sir didn't notice you showed up.” what was really amazing is nether noticed that there was a small crowd forming around them during their sparing match cheering each other on. Edward looks around as does Mike and both say “Okay lets put on a good show then” they return to sparing for another thirty minutes till John calls it as a draw and Edward jumps up and down happily “That was fun lets have more matches like this Mike” Mike pats Edwards back and says “You know we will now John and Edward can we talk in your office about that thing I talked to you about before John” John nods and leads the two into his office as Edward blinks. “So what is this about” Edward asked as John closed the door and sat down, Mike sits down in a chair by the door and Edward just sits down in his usual chair as Mike speaks “Edward I talked to John about this but I want you to chose for yourself weather or not you take the offer. John thinks you might be to young still but the offer will stand far after this conversation if you want time to think it over and get back to me.” Edward thinks and looks at Mike “thanks I'll make sure to think it over before just accepting right away” John Nods and says “Okay Mike let him in on the offer and lets see what he decides he wants to do.” Edward just sits there listening to them as he wonders what they were talking about still. Mike soon speaks up again “Edward I do Work as Hired security for people that need it or want it. Its a lot of traveling and can be enjoyable but can also be dangerous but I feel you will pick it up quickly like you did kickboxing.” Edward blinks and tilts his head “So you want me to work with you” Mike says “yes as hired security you don't have to if you don't want to just giving you the offer cause I feel you will do well in this job like I do.” Edward seems torn as he looks between John and Mike “Well I like working here but I think the security job would be fun.” John looks at Edward “take a couple days to think it over before you choose what you want to do.” Mike agreed and Edward agreed “Okay I'll get back to you in a couple days Mike if that's okay for now lets order lunch since we have been spearing and I'm kinda hungry” He said with a chuckles as Mike and John laugh “Yeah we can do that” John says picking up the phone “I'll have them deliver it this time since you two did spare quite intensely today” Edward nods and smiles “sounds good to me sir, I could use the rest cause that was a lot of running around and throwing punches back and forth” He smiles and sits there tiredly while John orders them all food. Mike puts down money for his and smiles “Thank you John for at least letting me talk to Edward about this before just saying no” Mike smiles as John nods “any time I trust you Mike so if you think he would be good at this I'm sure he will be.” Edward sits there relaxing as they all wait for the food to arrive as all three of them chat and have a good time, Edward would sit there thinking over what they had asked him. He looks down at his wrist where the watch he got from John used to be remembering the day it was stolen and wonders if he could pay John back for all hes done and smiles thinking “I will take this job not just cause it will be fun but cause maybe I could take what I learned from John and Mike, and make them proud that's how I can pay John back for all hes done.” He smiles and just enjoys his time with John and Mike. Over the next few weeks I would continue to think about the offer and if I really should take it in the end I sat down with both Mike and John and talked to them like that day I was offered the job and told them that I will be taking the offer as long as I could continue coming back to the Gym and training with them both. Mike and John agreed and happily told me that I would be making a good life choice and no matter what I could always return if anything got to tough.
Journal Entry Thirty-Five It has been almost two years since I started working as security for hire along side Mike who continues to teach me and train me in how to fight and use weapons. Edward slowly stepped back onto the road that lead to the old Gym “Its been a while since I've been here almost four months I believe” He says to himself as he looks around at the stores that have changed and some new buildings as he starts his walk down the street heading for where his old stomping ground and Gym is. He looks at the building for almost thirty minutes just standing there till he finally opens the door and walks in dropping his bag on a stool and calls out “Hey John where are you” John walks out of the office and says “Who is yelling out here” John looks around then at the door and looks at Edward “Oh Edward we aren't open yet but please come in and sit down I bet you have plenty of stories you'd love to tell me” John sits down and looks at him “Have you eaten anything? Or are you only here for a short time.” Edward sits there and looks at John “Yeah only for a couple of days but I was hoping to see how you were John and the gym was holding up?” John looks at him “Its doing well but I might have to close the place down soon as the bills are getting a bit to high for me to pay” Edward looks at John confused as he looks at him “Why is that did they raise your rent?” John just sighs “Yes but its okay I am getting to old for this.” John looks at Edward “anyway enough of that how about we order lunch early and continue talking about your job.” Edward nods and looks at John “Well I got hired for my first job after a year and a half of training so I got to spend a couple months protecting this companies investor that traveled over seas to talk business.” John looks at Edward happily “That's great news I hope they paid you well and you will get more jobs soon.” Edward smiles and nods “I'm supposed to meet Mike some where in this Town once he finished his Job I suggested here but if you can't stay open that long ill try and get him to meet me at the old Chinese place we always ordered from.” John nods “That might be best if I get notice to close down you should make sure to set up a second meeting spot.” Edward nods and calls Mikes number to let him know where he would be if John's Gym was closed, but only gets the machine so leaves a message knowing he would return the call or message him later about if that was a good spot to meet up or not. Edward then puts the phone away and looks at John “So what you want for lunch I'll buy and pick it up” He says standing up and not taking no for an answer. John looks at how much Edward seems to have grown and matured since finding him just sitting around the gym doing little to nothing and just watching the people box and train. Edward smiles as John says “How about curry like we used to same shop and everything” Edward smiles and nods “sounds good I'll be back as soon as I can just make sure the desk is cleaned off enough to eat here.” Edward teased leaving his bag on the managers floor before heading out the managers back door heading for the old Chinese diner to order their lunch. He was jogging slightly as he walked there hoping to get back before others begin to show up. Edward stops at a light and smiles seeing the diner just up a couple more stores, Edward crosses the road and heads in smiling and waving at the owners “Its been a while” He said as the owners comment “Yes it has, Edward make sure you come and visit more often or where else you going to eat your favorite curry” Edward laughs and smiles “No where that's where.” Edward said smiling as he orders the usual for both him and John along with a couple sodas but the owner stops him saying “We will give you the old order we still know what it was” Edward smiles and nods “That would be great I cant wait to eat this Its been just to long.” The owners laugh and nod start making the order asking how Edward was and he just continues making small talk with them happily waiting for the order to finish. They hand him the bag and he pays them what he owes and waves “I might be back in a couple days so I hope to see you then” Edward begins jogging back for the Gym smiling happily as he did so “Can't wait to eat its just been to long” He said as he opens the managers back door and walks in “Okay John I have lunch you ready to eat” John looks at him “Welcome back I cleaned what I could off the desk so yeah lets eat” Edward nods and sets out the dishes sitting down in his old chair and begins to eat “So John any one you take in to replace me” Edward teased as John teased back “That's like asking if I found someone to replace a missing relative you just can't.” Edward chuckles and smiles as he eats and they talk. Over the next few days Edward helped around the gym as he waits for Mike to message him back, Mike finally messages him and says “Can't make it heading straight to next job, your assignment will be sent to you over email as always see you soon kid.” Edward was a bit disappointed but takes the orders and says good bye to John as I might not see him again after this, Edward passes the Chinese diner and stops in ordering his favorite curry before leaving town once more.