As he took his shower, Mike stared into an improperly placed mirror. In the mirror it was possible to see the body well structured and tall, as well as slightly muscular. Interesting to add that it was his blessed genetics, not daily exercise.

After taking a full shower, Mike calmly and patiently dried himself, brushed his teeth, and left the bathroom. With his hygiene complete, he pulled on a jeans, and a pair of cool but clearly cheap black sneakers.

He applied deodorant, sunscreen and a cologne in specific places. Now all that was missing was the school uniform shirt and that was it! He looked like a little baby dressed by his mama! Too bad he was too big a baby to come out of any womb, already with well-cut hair and a face free of baby fat.

With his backpack already packed, Mike grabbed a cheap cell phone and left his dark room. The house was completely silent, as he had been living alone ever since he got some money. It didn have much furniture, and the most expensive was a well-developed and technological desktop computer for unknown purposes.

After closing the door and stuffing everything into his pants pockets, Mike got on his bike and pedaled down the road, enjoying the slightly damp but cold wind of his hometown. His earphone constantly played pleasant music.

It was really a nice feeling! Especially when your own body was cold and needed a warm breeze to dry off the bathwater.

Its even said that it tickled a little, as if it had small objects lightly brushing against his skin.

A hot, dry wind was always nice, wasn it?

But what bothered Mike the most was a strange sound that managed to get through the earphones, like it was screaming or something… but it was on his mind… wasn it?

Finally deciding to focus his vision on what was in front of him, Mike, as well as his chin, nearly fell off the bike. A fire!

It could have been a fire anywhere, anytime, in any other town.

But this was a fire in his town, at the time he was passing by and… In his old orphanage!

Without even thinking too much, Mike finished pedaling at high speed and then got off the bike, still at high speed. He keeps running and ignoring whatever the other people in the place are trying to yell at him.

His only thought was how to get all the kids out of this place, before it all came to an end.

Concentrating his focus, Mike ran from room to room, ignoring the fire that heralded the end of his hair. So to speak, the fire wasn at the beginning, but it wasn at the end either. The fire had already spread and the heat was immense, but it still needed time for everything to go down.

”Boo hoo… Heeelp! ” A thin, childlike voice could be heard in one of the nearby rooms, which Mike entered without hesitation.

Inside were five children crying in despair or confusion and pain. But as soon as they saw Mike, their savior, the cry intensified, but with joy and hope. They were dirty and with slight burns.

Picking up one child and putting her under his arms, Mike did the same with the next one and took two by the waist. The last kid was a little smarter, and with a signal from Mike, he jumped up and clung to his chest, arms around his neck. His well-built physique wasn just for looks.

He ran out of the room and, as soon as he saw a window, he didn hesitate to kick hard, giving a spinning kick to avoid hurting the kids even more. Then he jumped across it and left the kids to whatever adults were passing by and jumped back into the building.

He already had the exact count of children, which were 18 in total, and if there were no surprises, there were only 4 employees: the boss and 3 caregivers.

After cleaning the downstairs he found 8 more children and saved them. By this time, his shirt was already crumbling into dirt and holes, his pants were still tight, and his sneakers were already showing signs of melting. The soles of the sneakers squeaked with every step and that caused pain, but Mike was worried about something else now.

Going up to the first and last floors, Mike heard a noise that calmed him but didn lessen his urgency in the least. Fire sirens were close!

After another scream, Mike entered a room and found a caregiver who was holding a child tightly and trying to calm him down. When she heard the door open and looked at the guy, her eyes filled with tears of relief.

”Mike! Thank God! ”

With a nod, Mike held her like a princess and walked through the fire in the hallways. At times he had to cross hard to avoid getting burned, resigning himself to hitting his back against the wall so he could stop the acceleration. Finding a relatively safe area, he left the caregiver there.

”The other four are gone! 2 to school with one caregiver while the others went to the doctor with the boss! ” The caregiver yelled as Mike set her down.

Nodding again, he ran and went back searching. His expression was getting worse and worse, as the roof had already started to make cracking and falling sounds, while the ground started to go fluffy. It was just a small town, and an orphanage that didn have much money.

Running as best he could, his muscles already screaming to stop as more could harm them, Arthur finally heard a cry for help. This one was softer and gentler, but you could see the apparent panic.

As he was opening the door, his shoulders bumped into it due to inertia. The door was locked and it was a wooden door with some hot iron plates. The person inside noticed that someone was knocking, but could do nothing but scream more.

Stepping back, Mike started kicking at the door, mostly at the lock. He was pounding hard and more than his bones could handle. When one started to hurt too much, he kicked with the other foot.

After much struggle, the door finally opened to reveal a young, delicate caregiver, but smeared with ash and lightly coughing. In front of her was a log of wood that had fallen from the ceiling, on fire.

Ignoring everything, Mike jumped up the log and grabbed the last caregivers hand. His gaze now revealed more than just panic, but a bit of hidden tenderness.

The caretaker didn seem to notice this as she took his hand and hugged him tightly. There seemed to be more to this embrace than just the joy of hope.

Carefully helping her over the log, Mike finally looked into her eyes and had made up his mind about something. He wouldn let another day go by without showing her how he felt.

When her figure ran to the door safely and waited for him to flee with her, her eyes now emitted only sheer terror.

”No! ”

Just as Mike was finally going to pass the flaming log, another fell on top of him, the force of the impact enough to break the soft ground and drag him along.

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