This is my version of everything that Mark went through after he was mixed up with the Garde. I just figured that Pittacus Lore didn't write anything about him so no one really knew what had happened to him.
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Before John Smith came to Paradise, I was the most popular guy in school; quarterback of the football team, dating the hottest girl in the school who was the head cheerleader... you get the picture. I couldn't have been more content. But I wasn't a nice person.
About a month before John came, my girlfriend, Sarah Hart, dumped me. She said that I made her into someone that she didn't want to be and that she needed to start fresh. I'll admit that I was bitter and I didn't really get over it. I don't handle rejection well.
Then John came. Straight away, Sarah took an interest in him. They would always talk. I was so jealous. I constantly harassed him so that he would get the idea. But instead of backing away like a normal person would, he kept talking to Sarah.
So I decided to put him in his place. I organised a Halloween prank where I'd show him who's boss and beat him up in front of Sarah. I had it all planned out and even nicked some night-vision goggles from the police station.
It backfired. John was surprisingly strong and none of my mates had a chance against him. John ended up pushing me face first into the river and nearly breaking my arm. For the first time in my life, I'd lost a fight.
Then there was that time my house caught on fire. John was frantically trying to find Sarah because she hadn't come out. We all heard a scream and realised that she was stuck in there. John disappeared and the next time we saw him, he came around the side of the house with Sarah and my two dogs. No one knew what happened or how she escaped.
Soon afterwards, a video was put online. It showed John leaping out of the house with Sarah and my dogs in his arms. He had previously stated to the police that Sarah had escaped by herself, so this was a whole different story. I needed to figure out the truth.
I went to John's house. No one was home and there was a fax on the table. It said four words: Are you Number Four? Below it was a phone number. It didn't make sense. Soon, his dad, Henri, came home.
"Henri? What's going on? What does this even mean?" I'd asked.
"Where's John?" He'd gasped, ignoring my question.
"At school. Please... I can help." Henri looked at me, as if sizing me up, and put some kind of chest into my arms.
"Guard this with your life." He said. What?
"Why? Is there going to be some kind of fight or something?"
"Look, Mark. It's a long story and I'm not going to go into detail because John is in danger and we don't have time. There's some people that want John and others like him dead and if they succeed everything on this planet will change for the worse." He paused. "They're not human. They're aliens. Their kind is called Mogadorians."
It took me a while to get my head around it. "And... you're not human either." I guessed.
He shook his head. "We're the good guys: The Loric."
When we got to the school, it was in darkness. The Mogadorians were already there. We opened the door to the Home Economics room and heard some hushed whispering before seeing some lights.
"John, it's me, Henri." Henri whispered.
"Thank god, Henri. I'm sorry." John said. Sarah held his hand nervously.
"I'm here to help." I said confidently.
"Mark, you could die. Once they know you're helping me, they'll hunt you down and torture you."
"I don't care. I want to do something worthwhile."
John gave up and nodded. "Thanks, Mark. You're actually a good guy."
"Well, had I known you were an alien and could kick my ass at will, I probably would have been a little nicer to you on your first day." I joked. He'd laughed.
Our joking didn't last long. The Mogadorians broke down the door, but were killed by something.
"What just happened?" John asked, confused.
"I'm Number Six. I tried to find you before they did. I sent the fax to warn you." A girl appeared out of thin air.
"She has the Legacy of invisibility." Henri breathed in awe.
"Legacy?" I asked.
"Human allies?" Six sounded shocked. "Okay, human, Legacies are the powers that the Loric Garde possess. Make sense?"
I nodded. "Yes. And the name's Mark."
Six nodded. "You know the risks of helping us?" I shrugged. I knew what I was getting myself into.
The battle was scary and horrible. I killed my fair share of Mogs. Sam and Sarah hid in the school but I did my best to help John. I wanted to make up for everything I'd done. When the battle was over, I found John crying next to a body. Henri. He'd been shot and there wasn't time to heal him.
"I'm so sorry, John." John nodded and wiped his eyes.
"We could cremate him." Six whispered gently. We didn't want the Mogs to get Henri's body. John nodded again and when Henri was cremated using Six's Legacy, we all cried. Even I did. And then, after a painful goodbye, John, Six and Sam left to reunite with the other Garde. Sarah and I stayed behind.
Fast forward to right now. Sarah's disappeared. No one knows where she is and why she's gone. There's loads of rumours; the most popular being that she's pregnant and has run away to be with John. I don't believe that one. She knows that it's too dangerous.
Her parents are offering a reward for knowledge of her whereabouts. I'm sure the Mogs found her. It's the only explanation. I'm sure they'll come for me too. I'm waiting for the day.
And then, they do. I'm in an interview at the police station with a 'detective' who is questioning me about John.
"Do you know where he might be headed?" The detective asks.
"I don't know anything about him."
"Do you know who he is with?" He's getting agitated.
"I already told you I don't know!" I yell, frustrated. I'm not spilling information that could lead to John, Six and Sam being captured.
The detective pulls out a Mogadorian cannon. "Well, we'll have to take you to our headquarters then." He says. He's a Mog! Lucky I didn't reveal anything.
Before I can react, I'm hit in the head, hard. Everything goes black.