Have you ever wondered what it is like to be the daughter of the most wanted criminals? What it is like if all your family have at least 5 different aliases? What if your Mum is the beat thief in the world and your Dad the best hacker? Well this story will tell you. This is about a teenage girl who is the daughter of Parker (the thief) and Hardison (the hacker).
"Because I need my friend. I need you. Do you hear me? I need you Alec!" I will never get tiered of that story of how my parents found love. Started with pretzels but needed Hardison too be buried alive to truly flourish. That is the best way to end a day of hard work at school, being cuddled up with Parker listening to the adventures of leverage incorporated. Before you ask I do know the true nature of my parents job, they explained it all when they explained my name 'Sophie Natasha Elenor Hardison'. Sophie after the grifter, Natasha after the master mind Nate and Elenor after the hitter Eliot. My family in the public's eyes were angels of the law. However they were the modern world Robin Hood steeling from the rich and giving to the poor. My family Leverage.
"Sophie can you please demonstrate a back hand spring into a back flip." Yelled my teacher. My bet is that she did that to make me pay attention, so I do the move perfectly if I do say so my self. Everyone cheered and said "How can you do that so well?" My reply always stays the same "My Mum's a professional gymnastics coach for the top teams." They always look amazed at the point.
When class is finished the teacher, Mrs Jones, pulls me back as the rest of the class leave. "What's wrong? You are always excited to do gymnastics but you seem down." Why is this woman so easy to talk to, with her long jet black hair pulled back into a french plait, her soft fetchers and glowing smile with a soft flowing voice. I can't tell her the real reason why I'm down. It's not like I can say my parents are in Dubai robbing the most secure and tallest building in the world and could die if they put one foot wrong. So instead I settle for "My Mum's in Dubai at a competition and Dad's in England working for google. So I was just thinking about them nothing else." There were a million things going round my head but they were mine no one else's demons. "Ok I will always be here if you want to talk."
"Elena can I please ring my parents on your phone as mine is dead?" Living in a home was never nice this is what happened every time my parents were on a job. Me and my two cousins Sam and Charlotte were together some of the time but they separated us to be mean most of the time. Elena was my roomie she wasn't very well emotionally balanced shall we say favoured anger and cruelness. "Why your parents don't want you in there lives that's why you're here?" She mocked. All I want at the moment is to here Parker's voice telling me that all is ok and we don't have to go on the run anymore. I have moved schools 3 times in the last term from running from the cops, I love it and all, living a life of adventure Bonnie and Clyde style. However I do long to have at least a year to make proper friends that isn't my cousins on the run with us.
"Mum are you ok? Have you got the job done? Are you coming home soon?" Were the words that came out of my mouth with hope embroidered in the tone. "Yeah honey me, Dad, Uncle Nate and Auntie Sophie, Uncle Eliot will be home in about 3 days. So hopefully on Sunday morning." Those words lit up my face with joy to finally be getting my parents back. Imagining them holding me in their arms and never letting go, listening to their heart beats in my ear, feeling their blood move. Playing on the computer with Hardison and working through one of those laser grids that you get at the theme park with Parker. That's my idea of a family. This is my family. Leverage!