Breastfeeding ‘reduces heart disease risk’

Breastfeeding significantly reduces a woman’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, Australia’s largest cohort study has found.

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Research from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study, which was presented at a forum in Sydney on Tuesday, found breastfeeding reduced a woman’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 14 per cent.

“The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was about 34 per cent lower,” lead researcher Ms Binh Nguyen told AAP.

“This is very meaningful because cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of women worldwide and in Australia.”

Researchers, led by the PhD student at Sydney University’s school of public health, followed a sample of 1000 mothers for six years to investigate the association between breastfeeding and the risk of developing CVD.

Not only did they find an association between breastfeeding and a lower risk of CVD but the longer a woman breastfed the lower their risk, Ms Nguyen said.

According to the data, a woman who breastfed for between 12 to 24 months had a 16 per cent lower risk of developing CVD.

Ms Nguyen said the findings were consistent with previous studies that suggested breastfeeding was not only good for the baby but for the mother’s heart too.

“We usually look at lifestyle risk factors like physical activity or diet but other behaviours that can be modified like breastfeeding … are worthwhile to consider as well,” she said.

The 45 and Up study follows the health of more than a quarter of a million NSW men and women, who have filled in a comprehensive questionnaire about their health.

So far it has led to more than 240 research findings on a wide range of issues from cancer to the use of prescription medicine.

This knowledge has been used by more than 25 public health policies agencies across the country, study scientific director Professor Emily Banks says.

The next phase of the study will involve the collection of up to 50,000 blood samples to provide a “complete picture” of people’s health risk and how to stay healthy in the long term.

Samples will be stored in the soon-to-be opened NSW State Biobank.

A pilot study is currently underway to collect the first blood sample from a small number of participants to explore the most convenient approach to larger-scale collection.

Law Council backs indigenous voice vote

The Law Council of Australia has officially thrown its support behind a national vote on an Aboriginal voice to parliament.

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Five months ago the Referendum Council backed a referendum for a constitutionally-enshrined indigenous advisory body at a historic convention in Central Australia.

It’s recommendations, delivered to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in June, also called for a treaty-making mechanism and a reconciliation commission.

But the commonwealth has yet to formally respond.

On Tuesday the Law Council of Australia urged genuine commitment from all federal parliamentarians to implement the recommendations swiftly.

“The package of reforms proposed by the Referendum Council is an important step forward in the process toward reconciliation,” president Fiona McLeod SC said.

She also noted that the proposals would pave the way for indigenous self-determination, a fundamental principle of international law enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

Australia has committed to this principle under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The Law Council has long held that the country’s founding document should formally recognise the distinct identities of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their unique status as Australia’s first peoples.

“The Referendum Council’s work in pursuing change has been essential and, on behalf of the Australian legal profession, I thank its members,” Ms McLeod said.

Cape York leader Noel Pearson is hopeful once the same sex marriage issue is resolved, political attention can return to Aboriginal constitutional reform.

He challenged parliamentarians and the broader community to take responsibility for change, stressing the debate had dragged on for the past decade and time was running out.

“At some point white Australia’s got to step up,” Mr Pearson told the Sydney Institute on Monday night.

“We really need leadership from the government… so that this agenda is not forever sidelined.”

‘He would try to pull me into bed’: Weinstein assistant breaks NDA to speak of alleged abuse

A British former assistant to Harvey Weinstein has broken a confidential agreement to speak out about alleged sexual harassment by the disgraced movie mogul.

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Zelda Perkins said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Monday that she wished to break the non-disclosure agreement made in October 1998.

Perkins, who worked for Miramax in London, shared a APS250,000 ($422,700) payment with another woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein, according to the report.

Perkins, who waived her right to anonymity, said Weinstein had repeatedly sexually harassed her, starting when he asked her to massage him while he was in his underwear.

“I want to publicly break my non-disclosure agreement,” she told the newspaper, running the risk of legal action against her.

“Unless somebody does this there won’t be a debate about how egregious these agreements are and the amount of duress that victims are put under.”

She said her first experience of harassment was when he asked her to massage him while he was wearing just his underwear, which she declined to do but his behaviour continued.

“But this was his behaviour on every occasion I was alone with him,” she said.

“I often had to wake him up in the hotel in the mornings and he would try to pull me into bed.”

Weinstein, who denies allegations of non-consensual sex, has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by dozens of women since a bombshell investigation published by The New York Times.

The 65-year-old is the subject of criminal investigations in the UK, Los Angeles and New York as well as a civil rights investigation in the US state.

. Today was Kiel’s flight to the Philippines . He was outside of his house with his baggages . “did you bring everythin…

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For the last 2 days, Kiel spent most of his time accompanying his loved ones . He made up for his wife by celebrating their anniversary a day before his flight . He made sure his wife was happy and satisfied . . . . Today was Kiel’s flight to the Philippines . He was outside of his house with his baggages . “did you bring everything you need? Toothbrush? Did you forget anything?” Amy said as she got close to her husband and tidied up his clothes . “no . everything is in here” he said as he patted his baggages . “oh wait!””what? Did you forget something? ” amy asked in confusion . He hugged his wife closer and whispered “yeah I did, I forgot our goodbye kiss””oh you… not here! Were outside, others will see” blushing in embarrassment, she hid her face in his chest . “oh what are being embarrassed for? You’re not young anymore . ” Kiel rolled his eyes as he laughed”you!!” Kiel felt pain in his waist as Amy pinched him . “oww! Ow! Ok ok… how about just once? pretty please? It we’ll be just a quick kiss” he asked in a pleading manner . “fine fine” she looked at Kiel’s face and leaned her face for a kissAdvertisementFeeling his wife lips, Kiel savored it for a long time, not letting her go . He kissed like there was no tomorrow, it was passionate and full of love . Amy was panting as Kiel finally let her go . Her cheeks red and her lips a little swollen from the kiss, still immersed in the kiss . “Ahh… I’ll really miss this kiss . ” Kiel said in a sad tone . “ohh you… ” she smiled sweetly, even though he would be away for a long time, at least she got a kiss that she would always remember for a long time . “what? you mad? At least before I leave I got to taste your lips to my heart contents””I’m not mad, I just… really gonna miss this . ” She stared at his eyes . They were full of love, they always knew their hearts were always connected no matter how much the distance, even though they were old, their passion never withered, it was young as ever! Brimming as time passes . They leaned again and kissed for the second time, it was the same kiss, but it fell short . “you guys aren’t still satisfied?” a voice interrupted them from their sweet moment, it was Aya, staring at them like they were two weirdos . “seriously you guys, aren’t you embarrassed at your age?” she reprimandingly said like a parent reprimanding it’s children . “ouch! Ouch! No more!” Amy pinched her cheek, this daughter of her actually reprimanded her like she was someone older . “oh . Come here pumpkin” he said in with a chuckle as he also hugged his daughter . “daddy will miss you, pumpkin” he kissed her on her forehead . “I’ll miss you too daddy, a lot, especially you’re cooking, no one would cook me good food anymore!” she said in an almost crying tone . “what do you mean? There’s your mom, she could also cook good food” Aya hearing this, looked at her mom with her eyebrows arched up, seemingly not convinced . “what? You think I can’t cook?” Amy said as she stared sharply at her daughter, her handsin a pinching gesture . Seeing this, Aya shaked her like a rattle drum “no, no , I didn’t meant that, you cook better than dad!”Amy seeing this, smiled, she was pleased, ‘ what do you mean I can’t cook, I can cook… not just that good . Hehe’Laughing, Kiel hugged his two loved ones, giving them another kiss on their forehead, before he called a taxi and went inside . He looked at his wife and daughter one last time before he faced the driver and said “bring me to the airport” . . . Finally, they arrived at the airport”here’s you go” he said as he handed his payment . He got out and went inside, he went pass the check and got had his flight checked . He arrived at the waiting bay, he was surprised to see the chief . He approached them and greeted him “Hello chief Clark, I didn’t know you were coming with us””hello to you too . I wasn’t supposed to be, but an order from above came had me come with you guys, they said I was needed there . “”I see, it must be something important””yeah, it is, you’re the last one to arrive,” he said as 8 more people were already there sitting, with one of them being his best friend, Jake . “there’s still some time before the flight so check your belongings, make sure everything’s ready, I don’t want any delay” checking everthings alright, chief Clark took a sit and no longer bothered with them . Kiel approached his best friend “you’re here too? You never told me . “”you never asked me . ” Jake retorted . Kiel could only laugh at Jake’s retort, he took a sit and passed time talking to Jake . Hours passed before they were able to board the planeKiel and Jake were seated together”hoooo . . this is gonna be a long flight” Jake said as he took out an eye mask and wore it . “wake me up when we arrive””will do” Kiel didn’t bothered him anymore as he also got some sleep . . . . It was night when they arrived at Francisco Bangoy International airport . “it’s already night, so we’ll be continuing our trip to the site tomorrow . ” The chief ordered and went ahead to to their hotel . “you’re first time here?” Kiel asked Jake . “no … been here a long time ago, on a vacation leave . Don’t you remember?””really? I don’t remember?””back in college, remember? Months before you and Amy dated””oh yeah! I remember now” talking about it, he remembered his college days, when he was still a hot blooded youth . “what are you thinking of?” seeing Kiel deep in thought he asked”just some college memories””I see… it was quite a moment in life right? Hahahah””yeah, it was the best moments of my life, it was in college when I met Amy” He still remember it vividly . The first time he saw Amy, it was love at first sight . He remembered her young sweet innocent face that always made his heart jerking in nervousness . It took him a lot of courage just to ask her out . He was a total greenhorn when it comes to relationship during those times . “yeah… I never thought that you two would go to end” jake said teasingly”of course, I’m not like you who would chase different women every week . Hahaha!” laughing as he retortedThe two best friends joked and laughed as they arrived in front of the hotel . “you guys should get some rest, we got long trip tomorrow” Kiel having his keys handed to him went ahead to his room . Kiel was exhausted from the flight so he slept as he got into his room . . . . Early in the morning . They gathered at lobby”I hope you guys got some rest, our ride is on the parking lot underground . We will be traveling to the mountain region just northern of Valencia city, it will be 3 and a half drive from here”After the debriefing them, the chief brought them underground . what surprised them where rows of black cars . There were soldiers fully armed each beside the car . “what those soldiers? Why do I feel like we’re criminals being escorted to a new prison” Jake whispered”yeah… just from the aura alone from those guys could devour us . ” The atmosphere was getting tenseThe chief waved his hands assured the the workers . “don’t be tense, they’re here for your safety . Now enough chit chat and start getting in the cars . “As they got into the cars . The chief without anyone noticing approach the leader and said in a whisper”make sure everything’s ready before we depart, I don’t want any mishaps,” and went ahead and got inside in one of the cars . The leader put his collar closer through his mouth “Alpha to HQ, convoy is on way””This HQ, Preparations are ready . You may proceed”For the last 2 days, Kiel spent most of his time accompanying his loved ones . He made up for his wife by celebrating their anniversary a day before his flight . He made sure his wife was happy and satisfied Today was Kiels flight to the Philippines . He was outside of his house with his baggages . did you bring everything you need? Toothbrush? Did you forget anything? Amy said as she got close to her husband and tidied up his clothes . no . everything is in here he said as he patted his baggages . oh wait! what? Did you forget something? amy asked in confusion . He hugged his wife closer and whispered yeah I did, I forgot our goodbye kiss oh you… not here! Were outside, others will see blushing in embarrassment, she hid her face in his chest . oh what are being embarrassed for? Youre not young anymore . Kiel rolled his eyes as he laughed you!! Kiel felt pain in his waist as Amy pinched him . oww! Ow! Ok ok… how about just once? pretty please? It well be just a quick kiss he asked in a pleading manner . fine fine she looked at Kiels face and leaned her face for a kiss Feeling his wife lips, Kiel savored it for a long time, not letting her go . He kissed like there was no tomorrow, it was passionate and full of love . Amy was panting as Kiel finally let her go . Her cheeks red and her lips a little swollen from the kiss, still immersed in the kiss . Ahh… Ill really miss this kiss . Kiel said in a sad tone . ohh you… she smiled sweetly, even though he would be away for a long time, at least she got a kiss that she would always remember for a long time . what? you mad? At least before I leave I got to taste your lips to my heart contents Im not mad, I just… really gonna miss this . She stared at his eyes . They were full of love, they always knew their hearts were always connected no matter how much the distance, even though they were old, their passion never withered, it was young as ever! Brimming as time passes . They leaned again and kissed for the second time, it was the same kiss, but it fell short . you guys arent still satisfied? a voice interrupted them from their sweet moment, it was Aya, staring at them like they were two weirdos . seriously you guys, arent you embarrassed at your age? she reprimandingly said like a parent reprimanding its children . ouch! Ouch! No more! Amy pinched her cheek, this daughter of her actually reprimanded her like she was someone older . oh . Come here pumpkin he said in with a chuckle as he also hugged his daughter . daddy will miss you, pumpkin he kissed her on her forehead . Ill miss you too daddy, a lot, especially youre cooking, no one would cook me good food anymore! she said in an almost crying tone . what do you mean? Theres your mom, she could also cook good food Aya hearing this, looked at her mom with her eyebrows arched up, seemingly not convinced what? You think I cant cook? Amy said as she stared sharply at her daughter, her handsin a pinching gesture . Seeing this, Aya shaked her like a rattle drum no, no , I didnt meant that, you cook better than dad! Amy seeing this, smiled, she was pleased, what do you mean I cant cook, I can cook… not just that good . Hehe Laughing, Kiel hugged his two loved ones, giving them another kiss on their forehead, before he called a taxi and went inside . He looked at his wife and daughter one last time before he faced the driver and said bring me to the airport . Finally, they arrived at the airport heres you go he said as he handed his payment . He got out and went inside, he went pass the check and got had his flight checked . He arrived at the waiting bay, he was surprised to see the chief . He approached them and greeted him Hello chief Clark, I didnt know you were coming with us hello to you too . I wasnt supposed to be, but an order from above came had me come with you guys, they said I was needed there . I see, it must be something important yeah, it is, youre the last one to arrive, he said as 8 more people were already there sitting, with one of them being his best friend, Jake . theres still some time before the flight so check your belongings, make sure everythings ready, I dont want any delay checking everthings alright, chief Clark took a sit and no longer bothered with them . Kiel approached his best friend youre here too? You never told me . you never asked me . Jake retorted . Kiel could only laugh at Jakes retort, he took a sit and passed time talking to Jake . Hours passed before they were able to board the plane Kiel and Jake were seated together hoooo this is gonna be a long flight Jake said as he took out an eye mask and wore it . wake me up when we arrive will do Kiel didnt bothered him anymore as he also got some sleep It was night when they arrived at Francisco Bangoy International airport . its already night, so well be continuing our trip to the site tomorrow . The chief ordered and went ahead to to their hotel . youre first time here? Kiel asked Jake . no … been here a long time ago, on a vacation leave . Dont you remember? really? I dont remember? back in college, remember? Months before you and Amy dated oh yeah! I remember now talking about it, he remembered his college days, when he was still a hot blooded youth . what are you thinking of? seeing Kiel deep in thought he asked just some college memories I see… it was quite a moment in life right? Hahahah yeah, it was the best moments of my life, it was in college when I met Amy He still remember it vividly . The first time he saw Amy, it was love at first sight . He remembered her young sweet innocent face that always made his heart jerking in nervousness . It took him a lot of courage just to ask her out . He was a total greenhorn when it comes to relationship during those times . yeah… I never thought that you two would go to end jake said teasingly of course, Im not like you who would chase different women every week . Hahaha! laughing as he retorted The two best friends joked and laughed as they arrived in front of the hotel . you guys should get some rest, we got long trip tomorrow Kiel having his keys handed to him went ahead to his room . Kiel was exhausted from the flight so he slept as he got into his room Early in the morning . They gathered at lobby I hope you guys got some rest, our ride is on the parking lot underground . We will be traveling to the mountain region just northern of Valencia city, it will be 3 and a half drive from here After the debriefing them, the chief brought them underground . what surprised them where rows of black cars . There were soldiers fully armed each beside the car . what those soldiers? Why do I feel like were criminals being escorted to a new prison Jake whispered yeah… just from the aura alone from those guys could devour us . The atmosphere was getting tense The chief waved his hands assured the the workers . dont be tense, theyre here for your safety . Now enough chit chat and start getting in the cars . As they got into the cars . The chief without anyone noticing approach the leader and said in a whisper make sure everythings ready before we depart, I dont want any mishaps, and went ahead and got inside in one of the cars . The leader put his collar closer through his mouth Alpha to HQ, convoy is on way This HQ, Preparations are ready . You may proceed

I’ll just tell her, She would understand right? Yeah . . wait… . Why do I have a feeling that this won’t end well?” he …

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As Kiel got home, he was hesitating, he got another problem, feeling frustrated, he didn’t know how to tell his wife about him working outside of the country . ‘To go or not to go? what should I do? . . . oh let’s just get this over with . I’ll just tell her, She would understand right? Yeah . . wait… . Why do I have a feeling that this won’t end well?” he suddenly had a bad feeling . “The heck with it . ‘ He no longer bother with it and went out of the car and took out his groceries . He started walking towards the door, and just has he was about to open the door, he turned back’arghhhh! . Whats with this? Why won’t this feeling go? Did I forget something? Hmmm . . think Kiel? Did she asked you to do something?’ He tried to remember but nothing came into mind ‘There must something right? Or else I wouldn’t be feeling this . . . ahhh you’re old now Kiel,’ Kiel became a little depressed as he laments on his age . ‘well either way it must have been something I forgotten to buy or something like that . Yeah it’s totally like that, nothing to worry about . ‘ For sure he only made some reasons to feel better, he knew but he couldn’t care anymore, and finally went inside . “Honey I’m home!” he mildly shouted as he got in . ‘hmm? No one’s answering? Did they go anywhere?’He then notice some lights coming from the living room, which seems to be coming from the television . He went into the living room and saw his wife and daughter asleep on the couch . He found some sheets near the couch and neatly covered the mother daughter duo, he carrassed their face as he thought to himself . ‘ahh… I’m gonna miss this for 2 years’ then gave them each a kiss on their forehead as he head over to the kitchen to make dinner . He got into the kitchen and checked his groceries . Seeing nothing amiss, he was in relief . ‘see, I didn’t forget anything, so I’m not that old yet . But what was that bad feeling I got . . . it must be from stress . ‘ He didn’t think anymore and check what was inside the bags . ‘hmm . . let see… . Chicken… . Some potatoes, garlic and onion… finally, chicken curry! easy peasy! Alright let’s get cooking!’ excited he started to preparing dinner . Aya his daughter was woken up by the smell of the food Kiel’s was making “daddy! You’re here, and you’re making dinner? What’re you making?”I’m making chicken curry pumpkin, go wash you’re face ,there’s some drool on your mouth” he said laughingly . “Ah!” aya started wiping her mouth, seeing her hands wet with saliva, she went to the bathroom to wash her face . AdvertisementFinally after some time, dishes were served . He went to wake up his wife,”honey wake up, I’ve prepared dinner””mmmm … what? . Ahhh dinner, what time is it?” she asked while she was rubbing her eyes . “yeah . . go freshen up first, it’s already nearing 9:00 pm””ok…” still half asleep, she stood up and went to the bathroom . “hurry up mom, dad made curry!” said Aya beside, she getting impatient as she was really getting hungry just from the smell . “hey! Don’t start without me okay?” she said as she pinched her daughter’s waist . “heyyy! just hurry up ok!””ok ok I will, I’m the same as you, I’m also hungry just from the fragrant smell””Now now, Aya don’t hurry your mom, the food won’t go anywhere” seeing his daughter being impatient, he started comforting her . Moment’s later, Amy got out of the bathroom and they finally had dinner . It was always been a rule in their household to eat together . He always believed that a family eating together would always be happy together . As the mood was getting better due to the good food they were eating, Kiel brought out the topic of him working overseas . “Honey… ” he called with a sweet tone . “yes? What? What’s with your tone? Let me guess, you’ve done something wrong and you’re trying sweet talking it out?” Amy said in a suspicious tone, and Aya hearing stared at his father also suspicious . Kiel’s body jolted ‘a woman’s intuition is scary indeed, and what’s with that those stares!? I’m not some criminal you know!’ but he kept a smiling face and replied “what do you mean by that? I was just about tell you something””then tell me, what are you being so wishy-washy for, you’re aren’t young anymore” Amy said without caring for his husband’s feelingKiel’s eyelid twitched ‘what do you mean old? You’re the one to talk, you’re the same age as me!’ helplessly he could only take it as he heard nothing, he knew he would lose the argument with his wife weather he was in the right or wrong . “I’ve been ordered to work overseas, I’ll be going in 3 days” he said in careful tone . “What! What do you mean overseas,and why so sudden, do you even know that are anniversary is next week! Don’t tell me you forgot it?” She stared at Kiel with her eye’s blazing in anger . ‘Oh shit!’ Stunned, he couldn’t speak as he totally forgot about it . So this was the bad feeling he got earlier, what he forgot was something really really important!Seeing her husband mute, Amy was really angry “So you did forgot it!!!! How could you forget our anniversary!?”Awaken by his wife outburst, he hurriedly said “what do you mean I forgot? It just slipped my mind that’s all” he smiled as widely as he could in hopes to quell his wife’s anger, but he was too naïve . “Just slipped your mind!? Oh it slipped my mind, you’re going to sleep in the couch today!” she said in a smile yet not a smile . “oh come on! Don’t worry, we can just always spend it earlier” he tried comforted his wife, but all he got was silence treatment, he was actually getting the cold shoulder . He could only bitterly smile as tried to comfort his wife . “booo! Daddy, you’ve made mommy mad!” teasingly, she continued in a reprimanding tone . “how could you forget you’re anniversary, look how mad mommy is!”He could only stare in bitterment, being reprimanded by his daughter made him depressed, ‘ahhh Kiel… Kiel… . What a life, you’re wife won’t talk to you, and now you’re being reprimanded by your daughter . ‘For the next hours, Kiel has been trying his hard to comfort his wife, but all he got was a blanket, a pillow, and a door being shut at his face . *giggles* he turned his head and saw his daughter with her head poking out of her door, laughing at his misfortune . “yo-” before he could say anything, another door was shut at his face . Mouth twitching, he could only go and lay down in the couch in bitterness . ‘ sigh… take note to self, make reminders about next year anniversary’ . . . The next morning*clank*He was woken up by the noise, what saw as his eyes opened was a cup of coffee,”have some coffee…” he heard his wife’s voice, she was standing next him also holding a cup of coffee . He fixed himself in a sitting position so his wife could sit . He looked at her as she sat beside him . No one was speaking, it was awkward between them . He tried to break the awkwardness and spoke ;”sorry . . . ” he said in a low voice, out of the words and sentences he came up with last night, it was the only thing he could say . Amy looked at him and lightly said “I’m sorry too honey, I should have listened to you too . “”no I really did forgot about it, I’m most to blame about it . Are you still mad” he said in a bitter tone . Next thing she smiled and said “oh you . . you know I couldn’t stay mad at you, let’s just forget about it,”Kiel heaved a sigh of relief and smiled, he was glad hearing her wife forgiving him, she hug her closer to his chest as they savored the coffee she made . “hey…” amy called out . “yeah my dear wife” he said in a bright smile . “tell me about the thing you working overseas””there’s nothing to talk, I’ll be working in the philippines, they needed highly capabled long time employees . They said I’ll be at most working there for a maximum of 2 years, and of course along with it, they will give me more benefits and a higher pay””2 years . . . that’s quite a long time…could they just replace you with some else?””I also asked them that but they said it important so they couldn’t just recruit someone unknown””you know we’ll both miss you right?” Kiel looked at his wife, seeing her eyes filled with sadness, he could only sigh as he couldn’t do anything about it . “I know honey, I’ll miss you both too… but I could always take a leave and visit you here right? So its not that bad” comforting her was the only thing he could do . “how about our anniversary?””let’s celebrate it earlier, I will spend most of my time with you guys, before I leave” he carassed her face as he kissed her forehead . “GROUP HUG!” surprised by the hug from behind, it was Aya . “of course I’ll also be part of this” what ensued after was a round of laughter . Hugging his mother and daughter pair and seeing the joy in their eyes . Kiel could only sigh in his mind as he thought about this moment, and how he would miss it .As Kiel got home, he was hesitating, he got another problem, feeling frustrated, he didnt know how to tell his wife about him working outside of the country . To go or not to go? what should I do? . oh lets just get this over with . Ill just tell her, She would understand right? Yeah wait… . Why do I have a feeling that this wont end well? he suddenly had a bad feeling . The heck with it . He no longer bother with it and went out of the car and took out his groceries . He started walking towards the door, and just has he was about to open the door, he turned back arghhhh! . Whats with this? Why wont this feeling go? Did I forget something? Hmmm think Kiel? Did she asked you to do something? He tried to remember but nothing came into mind There must something right? Or else I wouldnt be feeling this . ahhh youre old now Kiel, Kiel became a little depressed as he laments on his age . well either way it must have been something I forgotten to buy or something like that . Yeah its totally like that, nothing to worry about . For sure he only made some reasons to feel better, he knew but he couldnt care anymore, and finally went inside . Honey Im home! he mildly shouted as he got in . hmm? No ones answering? Did they go anywhere? He then notice some lights coming from the living room, which seems to be coming from the television . He went into the living room and saw his wife and daughter asleep on the couch . He found some sheets near the couch and neatly covered the mother daughter duo, he carrassed their face as he thought to himself . ahh… Im gonna miss this for 2 years then gave them each a kiss on their forehead as he head over to the kitchen to make dinner . He got into the kitchen and checked his groceries . Seeing nothing amiss, he was in relief . see, I didnt forget anything, so Im not that old yet . But what was that bad feeling I got . it must be from stress . He didnt think anymore and check what was inside the bags . hmm let see… . Chicken… . Some potatoes, garlic and onion… finally, chicken curry! easy peasy! Alright lets get cooking! excited he started to preparing dinner . Aya his daughter was woken up by the smell of the food Kiels was making daddy! Youre here, and youre making dinner? Whatre you making? Im making chicken curry pumpkin, go wash youre face ,theres some drool on your mouth he said laughingly . Ah! aya started wiping her mouth, seeing her hands wet with saliva, she went to the bathroom to wash her face . Finally after some time, dishes were served . He went to wake up his wife,honey wake up, Ive prepared dinner mmmm … what? . Ahhh dinner, what time is it? she asked while she was rubbing her eyes . yeah go freshen up first, its already nearing 9:00 pm ok… still half asleep, she stood up and went to the bathroom hurry up mom, dad made curry! said Aya beside, she getting impatient as she was really getting hungry just from the smell . hey! Dont start without me okay? she said as she pinched her daughters waist . heyyy! just hurry up ok! ok ok I will, Im the same as you, Im also hungry just from the fragrant smell Now now, Aya dont hurry your mom, the food wont go anywhere seeing his daughter being impatient, he started comforting her . Moments later, Amy got out of the bathroom and they finally had dinner . It was always been a rule in their household to eat together . He always believed that a family eating together would always be happy together . As the mood was getting better due to the good food they were eating, Kiel brought out the topic of him working overseas . Honey… he called with a sweet tone . yes? What? Whats with your tone? Let me guess, youve done something wrong and youre trying sweet talking it out? Amy said in a suspicious tone, and Aya hearing stared at his father also suspicious . Kiels body jolted a womans intuition is scary indeed, and whats with that those stares!? Im not some criminal you know! but he kept a smiling face and replied what do you mean by that? I was just about tell you something then tell me, what are you being so wishy-washy for, youre arent young anymore Amy said without caring for his husbands feeling Kiels eyelid twitched what do you mean old? Youre the one to talk, youre the same age as me! helplessly he could only take it as he heard nothing, he knew he would lose the argument with his wife weather he was in the right or wrong . Ive been ordered to work overseas, Ill be going in 3 days he said in careful tone . What! What do you mean overseas,and why so sudden, do you even know that are anniversary is next week! Dont tell me you forgot it? She stared at Kiel with her eyes blazing in anger . Oh shit! Stunned, he couldnt speak as he totally forgot about it . So this was the bad feeling he got earlier, what he forgot was something really really important! Seeing her husband mute, Amy was really angry So you did forgot it!!!! How could you forget our anniversary!? Awaken by his wife outburst, he hurriedly said what do you mean I forgot? It just slipped my mind thats all he smiled as widely as he could in hopes to quell his wifes anger, but he was too naïve . Just slipped your mind!? Oh it slipped my mind, youre going to sleep in the couch today! she said in a smile yet not a smile . oh come on! Dont worry, we can just always spend it earlier he tried comforted his wife, but all he got was silence treatment, he was actually getting the cold shoulder . He could only bitterly smile as tried to comfort his wife . booo! Daddy, youve made mommy mad! teasingly, she continued in a reprimanding tone . how could you forget youre anniversary, look how mad mommy is! He could only stare in bitterment, being reprimanded by his daughter made him depressed, ahhh Kiel… Kiel… . What a life, youre wife wont talk to you, and now youre being reprimanded by your daughter . For the next hours, Kiel has been trying his hard to comfort his wife, but all he got was a blanket, a pillow, and a door being shut at his face . *giggles* he turned his head and saw his daughter with her head poking out of her door, laughing at his misfortune . yo- before he could say anything, another door was shut at his face . Mouth twitching, he could only go and lay down in the couch in bitterness . sigh… take note to self, make reminders about next year anniversary . The next morning *clank* He was woken up by the noise, what saw as his eyes opened was a cup of coffee, have some coffee… he heard his wifes voice, she was standing next him also holding a cup of coffee . He fixed himself in a sitting position so his wife could sit . He looked at her as she sat beside him . No one was speaking, it was awkward between them . He tried to break the awkwardness and spoke ; sorry . he said in a low voice, out of the words and sentences he came up with last night, it was the only thing he could say . Amy looked at him and lightly said Im sorry too honey, I should have listened to you too . no I really did forgot about it, Im most to blame about it . Are you still mad he said in a bitter tone . Next thing she smiled and said oh you you know I couldnt stay mad at you, lets just forget about it, Kiel heaved a sigh of relief and smiled, he was glad hearing her wife forgiving him, she hug her closer to his chest as they savored the coffee she made . hey… amy called out . yeah my dear wife he said in a bright smile . tell me about the thing you working overseas theres nothing to talk, Ill be working in the philippines, they needed highly capabled long time employees . They said Ill be at most working there for a maximum of 2 years, and of course along with it, they will give me more benefits and a higher pay 2 years . thats quite a long time…could they just replace you with some else? I also asked them that but they said it important so they couldnt just recruit someone unknown you know well both miss you right? Kiel looked at his wife, seeing her eyes filled with sadness, he could only sigh as he couldnt do anything about it . I know honey, Ill miss you both too… but I could always take a leave and visit you here right? So its not that bad comforting her was the only thing he could do . how about our anniversary? lets celebrate it earlier, I will spend most of my time with you guys, before I leave he carassed her face as he kissed her forehead . GROUP HUG! surprised by the hug from behind, it was Aya . of course Ill also be part of this what ensued after was a round of laughter . Hugging his mother and daughter pair and seeing the joy in their eyes . Kiel could only sigh in his mind as he thought about this moment, and how he would miss it .

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Inside a conference room in the facility . Two middle aged men in suits were quarrelling . One was seated in middle front of the table while was one was standing escorted by his men . “Big brother, you should understand, I’m only doing this for the preservation of the family . ” Said by the one who was standing . This man’s name was Jason Stanford, one of the shareholder of the Corporation Kiel works for . And the person who’s sitting, the one he called big brother, is Frederic Stanford, the current CEO . “understand? UNDERSTAND!? Oh I understand everything, you actually divulged one of the heavily guarded secret of the family to outsiders! This a crime within the family!” Frederic said in anger and frustration, his younger brother actually betrayed the family for some interest the america has offered . He knew with his brother’s personality, he was selfish, he only cared about his interests, not the family’s . He banged his hands on the table sending papers flying, he repirmandingly shouted “DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’VE DONE!?!?””Chill, brother, I know treason within the family is a serious issue . But me? how could I do that? Collaborating with the USA could benefit our interest, I’m only doing this for the family” Jayson lazily said, him and his brother had always been in bad terms since their teenager’s years . “Benefits!? Don’t make me laugh, Jayson . We both know how they do things . They wouldn’t allow another power coexisting with them at the top, they’re one of those who’s the most eager to see the Stanfords fall” Frederic was someone who didn’t trust anyone, not even people from his family . The only people he trust were his parents and his second uncle . This was one of the reason why he was able to make the Stanford Corp . stand on top, it’s influence and power almost standing in par of those major countries . He continued, “You’re following the same footsteps as your third brother, Rudeus! an idiot, mongrel, treating everything as a joke, without caring for the consequences for every action he make!” Their third brother, Rudeus, was someone he hated so much . Due to an incident years ago which almost made their family crippled . Rudeus actually tried to buy some uranium grade warheads from some unknown russian agent, which resulted in their family accused of war crime . They were able to avoid the case, but with major loses . “don’t compare me to that fool! he was too naïve for believing the russians . What kind of country who would sell uranium grade warheads, this time I made necessary preparations and made a mutual agreement with those US pig heads . “”Russians or americans, they’re people of the same skin!” being to fustrated, Frederic calmed himself before asking a question he’s been wanting to ask . “what did they want?””50-50% each, we divide what’s inside the relic site”Advertisement“F*ck, like hell I would allow that! Sooner or later they would want more! this nothing more than formalities . I’ve decided, from now on you’ve do not have any more authority that has anything to do with the relic sight . Go leave this facility!””F*ck you! You don’t have any authority within the family to remove me from this project””I don’t, but the family does” Frederic may not have enough authority as he isn’t the family head yet, but he was confident as almost all of the elders are on his side . This was one of the main reasons why Jayson drifted more from the family, and tried seeking help from other powers . He was insignificant within the family, as he wasn’t as talented as his big brother . “This wont end, Fred! I tell you, THIS WON’T END LIKE THIS!!!” Jayson couldn’t retort and could only seethe in anger as he left the room, heavily slamming the door . Fred sighed ‘why do I have such idiotic brothers, It would have been better if they think things much more’*knock*knock*”come in” he said as he tidied up his clothesDoor opened and chief Clark came in, with some document in hand . “you two had a fight again?””Uncle Clark, yeah we did . He actually spillled some vital details of the relic sight and now the americans are actually demanding half of the piece of the pie” he said in bitter tone . Chief Clark sighed, he was someone who had seen the brothers as they grow up, they were close in their childhood days . Frederic being the typical big brother, caring and protective of his brothers . It was harmonious till Frederic was seen having high talent in business, having the family paying him more attention, rendering his brothers neglected, which resulted in them drifting apart from each other . He knew Frederic might be cold to his brothers now, but deep inside there we’re still a part of him that cared for his brothers . He didn’t continued more in the subject, he took a sit and handed the documents in his hands . “Here are the list of people we’ll be sending to the site . You know that I could have just send it to you, there was no need to personally to go here””I know, I just felt like it, it was boring at my office anyway . ” He lazily said as he opened the document and started flipping through the papers, checking each every profile and background,Frederic eyebrows arched up when he saw Kiel’s profile ‘Kiel . . . he has the same name’Intrigued he carefully checked his background ‘was taken to the orphanage in spain when he was 5 years old . . . it was 43 years ago… the same year… the same age… . . could it be?’Frederic was tapping his fingers as he had a frown on his face, deep in thought . Chief Clark seeing this was curious, he looked at the profile in Fred’s hands and asked, intrigued “oh? Kiel? He’s a hardworking guy, he cold but he’s good guy, there’s nothing special about him . Why are you interested in him?’Frederic only looked at his uncle before pointing at Kiel’s paper . “make some preparations and take some of your best men protect him as he goes to the site, he must be kid we’ve been looking for””kid? you mean… him? Its been along time, we don’t even know his whereabouts, and now you’re saying he’s been working for us for almost 30 years, he was just under our noses for all this time? How sure are you?” Chief Clark in surprise as he also pointed his finger at Kiel’s profile”I’m 90% sure he’s the one we been looking for” his face brimming with confindent”You’re that confident? fine we will go with your decision . if your right then that’s good,” Chief Clark said with a frown on his forehead”there’s no harm even if I’m wrong””I see, I should start the preparations, and inform the fam-“”No, don’t let’s keep it between just the two us, more people knowing , the more complex the situation becomes, . Have him under surveillance, report to me if any suspicious character got close with him . ” It wouldn’t harm to be cautious, with such an opportunity opening to him, he would make sure to accomplish it perfectly as he could . “Then I won’t dally on anymore and start preparing, I’ll notify you when everything is in place” Chief Clark hurriedly stood up to make the necessary arrangement . He knew how important this opportunity is for them, if Frederic was right, then they would be more confident in unearthing the site . Seeing his uncle leave, he stood up and look out the windows of the room . The sky was dimming as the night wa nearing, and lights opening from the windows of the facility, Frederic felt that this was gonna be another long night . ‘there’s no such coincidence’ chuckling as thought those words . He fished out his phone from his pocket and started making his own preparations, he had a lot of things to do . With Kiel, coming into the situation, he had to make sure that everything is within in his palms . ‘you won’t escape this time’ his face painted with wide cold smile . . . . At the same time,Kiel suddenly felt a chill behind his back ‘don’t tell me there’s ghost in here and I’m being haunted, why would there be ghost on a grocery store’ In truth, Kiel has been having this feeling that he was being watch ever since he got out from the facility . He started looking around, seeing nobody suspicious, he continued with his grocery shopping . He took out a list, written the list were the things he needed to buy . ‘let’s see… tomatoes… garlic . . and the main ingredient, chicken’ seeing he was almost done, Kiel hurried as he was getting hungry . He proceeded to buy what was needed . As he was about to go to the cashier, the feeling of being watched, he looked back and saw a shadow of a person around the corner of the isle . Intrigued he checked who it was . He was surprised once he got to the end of the isle, it was someone he knew, it was Jake . “Hey… you’re also here! How long have been in here” he approached jake . “oh hey! yeah… for quite some time now . I see you’re almost done doing your grocery, so what’re you gonna cook this time?”Curry, I’ve been craving for some lately, anyway, that’s rare…””what rare?””You . . doing grocery, you never liked doing this kind of stuff, it was you’re wife who I always see here . ” Kiel was curious as he knew Jake, he never liked doing grocery as he was lazy, always saying it was boring and tiring . What confused him more was that the basket he was holding was empty as contrary to what he said . He continued “you haven’t decided?””huh decided on what?””you’re basket, it’s empty, so simply assumed you haven’t decided what to buy yet””a-ah, this . . ummm yeah I haven’t decided””I see how about curry? Wasn’t that you’re favorite””you’re right I guess I’ll go for curry today, so see you I gotta go and finish this as soon as I can so I can finally go home . ” Jake waved his goodbye as he disappeared from Kiel’s sight . ‘hmm . That feeling finally disappeared… strange, oh well, at least it’s gone” Kiel didn’t bother anymore and paid for his grocery and went home .Inside a conference room in the facility . Two middle aged men in suits were quarrelling . One was seated in middle front of the table while was one was standing escorted by his men . Big brother, you should understand, Im only doing this for the preservation of the family . Said by the one who was standing . This mans name was Jason Stanford, one of the shareholder of the Corporation Kiel works for . And the person whos sitting, the one he called big brother, is Frederic Stanford, the current CEO . understand? UNDERSTAND!? Oh I understand everything, you actually divulged one of the heavily guarded secret of the family to outsiders! This a crime within the family! Frederic said in anger and frustration, his younger brother actually betrayed the family for some interest the america has offered . He knew with his brothers personality, he was selfish, he only cared about his interests, not the familys . He banged his hands on the table sending papers flying, he repirmandingly shouted DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUVE DONE!?!? Chill, brother, I know treason within the family is a serious issue . But me? how could I do that? Collaborating with the USA could benefit our interest, Im only doing this for the family Jayson lazily said, him and his brother had always been in bad terms since their teenagers years . Benefits!? Dont make me laugh, Jayson . We both know how they do things . They wouldnt allow another power coexisting with them at the top, theyre one of those whos the most eager to see the Stanfords fall Frederic was someone who didnt trust anyone, not even people from his family . The only people he trust were his parents and his second uncle . This was one of the reason why he was able to make the Stanford Corp . stand on top, its influence and power almost standing in par of those major countries . He continued, Youre following the same footsteps as your third brother, Rudeus! an idiot, mongrel, treating everything as a joke, without caring for the consequences for every action he make! Their third brother, Rudeus, was someone he hated so much . Due to an incident years ago which almost made their family crippled . Rudeus actually tried to buy some uranium grade warheads from some unknown russian agent, which resulted in their family accused of war crime . They were able to avoid the case, but with major loses . dont compare me to that fool! he was too naïve for believing the russians . What kind of country who would sell uranium grade warheads, this time I made necessary preparations and made a mutual agreement with those US pig heads . Russians or americans, theyre people of the same skin! being to fustrated, Frederic calmed himself before asking a question hes been wanting to ask . what did they want? 50-50% each, we divide whats inside the relic site F*ck, like hell I would allow that! Sooner or later they would want more! this nothing more than formalities . Ive decided, from now on youve do not have any more authority that has anything to do with the relic sight . Go leave this facility! . F*ck you! You dont have any authority within the family to remove me from this project I dont, but the family does Frederic may not have enough authority as he isnt the family head yet, but he was confident as almost all of the elders are on his side . This was one of the main reasons why Jayson drifted more from the family, and tried seeking help from other powers . He was insignificant within the family, as he wasnt as talented as his big brother . This wont end, Fred! I tell you, THIS WONT END LIKE THIS!!! Jayson couldnt retort and could only seethe in anger as he left the room, heavily slamming the door . Fred sighed why do I have such idiotic brothers, It would have been better if they think things much more *knock*knock* come in he said as he tidied up his clothes Door opened and chief Clark came in, with some document in hand . you two had a fight again? Uncle Clark, yeah we did . He actually spillled some vital details of the relic sight and now the americans are actually demanding half of the piece of the pie he said in bitter tone . Chief Clark sighed, he was someone who had seen the brothers as they grow up, they were close in their childhood days . Frederic being the typical big brother, caring and protective of his brothers . It was harmonious till Frederic was seen having high talent in business, having the family paying him more attention, rendering his brothers neglected, which resulted in them drifting apart from each other . He knew Frederic might be cold to his brothers now, but deep inside there were still a part of him that cared for his brothers . He didnt continued more in the subject, he took a sit and handed the documents in his hands . Here are the list of people well be sending to the site . You know that I could have just send it to you, there was no need to personally to go here I know, I just felt like it, it was boring at my office anyway . He lazily said as he opened the document and started flipping through the papers, checking each every profile and background, Frederic eyebrows arched up when he saw Kiels profile Kiel . he has the same name Intrigued he carefully checked his background was taken to the orphanage in spain when he was 5 years old . it was 43 years ago… the same year… the same age… could it be? Frederic was tapping his fingers as he had a frown on his face, deep in thought . Chief Clark seeing this was curious, he looked at the profile in Freds hands and asked, intrigued oh? Kiel? Hes a hardworking guy, he cold but hes good guy, theres nothing special about him . Why are you interested in him? Frederic only looked at his uncle before pointing at Kiels paper . make some preparations and take some of your best men protect him as he goes to the site, he must be kid weve been looking for kid? you mean… him? Its been along time, we dont even know his whereabouts, and now youre saying hes been working for us for almost 30 years, he was just under our noses for all this time? How sure are you? Chief Clark in surprise as he also pointed his finger at Kiels profile Im 90% sure hes the one we been looking for his face brimming with confindent Youre that confident? fine we will go with your decision . if your right then thats good, Chief Clark said with a frown on his forehead theres no harm even if Im wrong I see, I should start the preparations, and inform the fam- No, dont lets keep it between just the two us, more people knowing , the more complex the situation becomes, . Have him under surveillance, report to me if any suspicious character got close with him . It wouldnt harm to be cautious, with such an opportunity opening to him, he would make sure to accomplish it perfectly as he could . Then I wont dally on anymore and start preparing, Ill notify you when everything is in place Chief Clark hurriedly stood up to make the necessary arrangement . He knew how important this opportunity is for them, if Frederic was right, then they would be more confident in unearthing the site . Seeing his uncle leave, he stood up and look out the windows of the room . The sky was dimming as the night wa nearing, and lights opening from the windows of the facility, Frederic felt that this was gonna be another long night . theres no such coincidence chuckling as thought those words . He fished out his phone from his pocket and started making his own preparations, he had a lot of things to do . With Kiel, coming into the situation, he had to make sure that everything is within in his palms . you wont escape this time his face painted with wide cold smile At the same time, Kiel suddenly felt a chill behind his back dont tell me theres ghost in here and Im being haunted, why would there be ghost on a grocery store In truth, Kiel has been having this feeling that he was being watch ever since he got out from the facility . He started looking around, seeing nobody suspicious, he continued with his grocery shopping . He took out a list, written the list were the things he needed to buy . lets see… tomatoes… garlic and the main ingredient, chicken seeing he was almost done, Kiel hurried as he was getting hungry . He proceeded to buy what was needed . As he was about to go to the cashier, the feeling of being watched, he looked back and saw a shadow of a person around the corner of the isle . Intrigued he checked who it was . He was surprised once he got to the end of the isle, it was someone he knew, it was Jake . Hey… youre also here! How long have been in here he approached jake . oh hey! yeah… for quite some time now . I see youre almost done doing your grocery, so whatre you gonna cook this time? Curry, Ive been craving for some lately, anyway, thats rare… what rare? You doing grocery, you never liked doing this kind of stuff, it was youre wife who I always see here . Kiel was curious as he knew Jake, he never liked doing grocery as he was lazy, always saying it was boring and tiring . What confused him more was that the basket he was holding was empty as contrary to what he said . He continued you havent decided? huh decided on what? youre basket, its empty, so simply assumed you havent decided what to buy yet a-ah, this ummm yeah I havent decided I see how about curry? Wasnt that youre favorite youre right I guess Ill go for curry today, so see you I gotta go and finish this as soon as I can so I can finally go home . Jake waved his goodbye as he disappeared from Kiels sight . hmm . That feeling finally disappeared… strange, oh well, at least its gone Kiel didnt bother anymore and paid for his grocery and went home .

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Kiel wondered in his mind as he walked his way to the chief’s office . ‘hmm? Could it be because of the person who’s coming right now? I don’t have any connection with any higher ups, or maybe because of some grudge I didn’t know… nahhh . Impossible, I never offended anyone, looks like things won’t be simple’He woke up from his mulling since he have arrived in front of the desk of the assistant . he knocked on the desk as the assistant had her back facing him, busy with paperworks,Hearing someone knocking on her desk, she looked back and saw Kiel . “Ah! Sir . Kiel, you’re here, please wait a moment as I inform the chief” she said as she picked up the telephone on the side of the her desk . “Chief Clark, Mr . Kiel has arrived . . . … yes… . … . I will” She stood up as she put the phone down . “Please follow me Mr . Kiel” She politely gestured as she walked ahead . Turn after turn, they finally arrived at the chief’s office . She knocked “Chief Clark, Mr Kiel is here”Advertisement“Come in” seconds later a thick low voice came from the door . The assistant hearing this opened the door . She bowed and gestured Kiel to come in . ‘Nothing would go wrong anyways . ‘ Kiel took a breath as he took all his worries to the back of his head . He entered the room, the first thing that caught his attention was the orderliness of the room, files and documents were all piled up neatly in the side of the room . The room was sparkly clean, with barely any dust . He looked ahead and saw a man with thick build, wearing a soldier’s uniform . Kiel couldn’t see his face, as his back was facing him, busy pouring himself with some whiskey . But he could tell that he was someone of age, with how white his hair was . “Take a seat, Mr . Kiel” he gestured as he poured his drink down to his throatKiel hearing this obediently took a sit . This man was a high ranking soldier, so of course, he was a bit reserved . Even though his face was full of wrinkles, his eyes weren’t muddled, on the contrary it was filled with wisdom, it was sharp like an eyes of a hawk . His face brimming with thick vigor, as one would expect from a soldier . He waited for the chief to finish his drink and initiating the conversation . Seconds later the chief finished his drink, he let out a satisfied smile as he put down the glass . He stared at Kiel for sometime seemingly thinking of something . Kiel being stared at suddenly became tense ‘what with this? Did he call me here just for him stare at . F*ck, don’t tell me this old goat suddenly became crazy and developed some weird fetish, please no I have a wife!'”Don’t be tense, relax . ” The old goat smiled, He continued “I called you here as I have been ordered to pick some of the best workers we have in this facility . And yes you’re one of those that were picked””Picked? Picked for what?” Kiel was confused as he was picked for something he didn’t even know about . Heck he didn’t even know a thing, not even the smallest details . “Yes, the employees who were picked will be sent a research facility newly built by the company in the Philippines, in a region in Mindanao to be precise . Don’t worry, at most you’ll only be working there for months if not maybe up to 2 years maximum . But of course along with, you’ll get a higher salary, and better benefits, you could also bring your family there if you want to . “The offer was tempting but he hesitated, the offer was high, but being suddenly sent overseas… . How would he explain this to his family, they might not accept it . Seeing Kiel hesitate, the chief said “You can’t reject it, it came from the highest order, meaning, from the CEO himself””What!? How come? could you just picked another one to replace me?” Kiel surprised, it came from the highest order? This thing must be something serious . But how can he decided without talking with his family first . “I know but the company is short in highly capable workers such as you, they value this project higher than anything right now . I know it sudden but nothing could be done, I can’t find another one within the facility” even the chief himself was helpless with the current situation . “then how about they hire more worker, with the company’s prestige, I’m sure a lot of highly skilled workers would come flocking in” He worked for the Stanford Corp . A leading technological company in the world market . With the military field as it’s main field, it’s influence was on a world scale, Kiel wasn’t wrong on his conjecture, a lot of people especially in his field, wanted to work for this company but with the high standards, they could only dream and look for a different company . “No, we can’t, this project is highly classified only given to the company’s most valued and loyal employees, like you . You’ve been working for the company for almost 30 years, and have excellent performance through out those years . ” The chief was right, thinking about it, he had been working for them for a long time now . From different projects to different facilities, It wouldn’t be logical if he wasn’t valued by the company despite all the hard work he contributed . Kiel let out a sigh . ‘I guess I don’t have much choice . , ahhh… they wouldn’t be happy about this . Its good thing it’s just 2 years . He didn’t really have any choice, he could only hide his irritated mood . “Since I can’t deny, could I know the details?””Good” the chief also knew he didn’t have much choice . He continued, his face becoming serious “The reason why we need people like you is because of a discovery, a discovery that could lead mankind to further heights!””A discovery” Kiel was surprised, with his current bad mood he started exagerating in his mind ‘all of this just for a discovery? Motherf*cker, no one knows weather this discovery would be a good thing or a bad thing . What if this discovery could cause some calamity or something . ‘”mm” nodding his head the chief continued, He himself was also excited about the project “In a region of Mindanao, among the mountains, a group of explorers from our company has made the discovery, from the reports they sent, it was deemed as a relic site, and what’s more is that it seems to have come from alien origins!”Kiel was hearing this, was surprised yet again . ‘seriously an alien origin? What if a alien insect started jumping up on our faces and impregnate us with their eggs? F*cking serious man! I’m a man, I’m a man, I ain’t supposed to get pregnant! This shit ain’t funny! ‘ and seemingly again Kiel exaggerated in his mind”Isn’t this dangerous?” Kiel couldn’t help himself and asked . He started getting concerned due to his exaggerating . The chief pondered for a moment before answering with I-don’t-care expression “Of course there are, it was also written in the report that there were traps installed inside the site . But you don’t have to worry as I’m sure they would have already disabled or removed the traps by the time you got there”, Kiel seeing his expression, wasn’t a bit assured and started cursing in his mind, again . ‘F*ck you! What’s with that face?Is my life that insignificant?! At least hide it, for f*cks sake! Don’t tell me, after this project I’ll be going home in separate pieces!? OH F*ck this! I don’t care anymore'”When will I’ll be sent to the Philippines?””Your flight would be in three days, of course everything is covered by the company, so you wouldn’t have to worry about anything . ” The chief assured as he took out something from his desk’s drawer, it was two pieces of paper, he continued “The final thing you have to do is sign here” it was a contract . “I’ll have to renew my contract? There’s still a long time before my contract expires” Kiel was confused as he just signed another contract with the company . “Of course, this contract is different . Stated here is that you aren’t allowed to disclose anything or anyone’s information even to your closest kin, This project is highly classified” the chief said as he pointed his finger on a phrase written in the contract . ‘oh well, here goes, I hope nothing goes wrong, I’m still young . . . . . yeah nevermind’ He picked up the pen beside the contract and signed it . “And that’s it, you may go, the assistant would give you the flight tickets and further details would be given to you as you arrive at the site . Now you may go” the chief waved his hands as he was chasing out a fly, and continued pouring himself a drink . Kiel’s eyelids twitch seeing this ‘Hmph, just drink and let’s see how long your body last, seriously man! Slow down with the alcohol!’ he didn’t bother anymore and went out of the office . He sighed as he got out of the door . ‘sigh . . an new job huh?, a goddamn job . ‘Kiel wondered in his mind as he walked his way to the chiefs office . hmm? Could it be because of the person whos coming right now? I dont have any connection with any higher ups, or maybe because of some grudge I didnt know… nahhh . Impossible, I never offended anyone, looks like things wont be simple He woke up from his mulling since he have arrived in front of the desk of the assistant . he knocked on the desk as the assistant had her back facing him, busy with paperworks, Hearing someone knocking on her desk, she looked back and saw Kiel . Ah! Sir . Kiel, youre here, please wait a moment as I inform the chief she said as she picked up the telephone on the side of the her desk . Chief Clark, Mr . Kiel has arrived . … yes… . … . I will She stood up as she put the phone down . Please follow me Mr . Kiel She politely gestured as she walked ahead . Turn after turn, they finally arrived at the chiefs office . She knocked Chief Clark, Mr Kiel is here Come in seconds later a thick low voice came from the door . The assistant hearing this opened the door . She bowed and gestured Kiel to come in . Nothing would go wrong anyways . Kiel took a breath as he took all his worries to the back of his head . He entered the room, the first thing that caught his attention was the orderliness of the room, files and documents were all piled up neatly in the side of the room . The room was sparkly clean, with barely any dust . He looked ahead and saw a man with thick build, wearing a soldiers uniform . Kiel couldnt see his face, as his back was facing him, busy pouring himself with some whiskey . But he could tell that he was someone of age, with how white his hair was . Take a seat, Mr . Kiel he gestured as he poured his drink down to his throat Kiel hearing this obediently took a sit . This man was a high ranking soldier, so of course, he was a bit reserved . Even though his face was full of wrinkles, his eyes werent muddled, on the contrary it was filled with wisdom, it was sharp like an eyes of a hawk . His face brimming with thick vigor, as one would expect from a soldier . He waited for the chief to finish his drink and initiating the conversation . Seconds later the chief finished his drink, he let out a satisfied smile as he put down the glass . He stared at Kiel for sometime seemingly thinking of something . Kiel being stared at suddenly became tense what with this? Did he call me here just for him stare at . F*ck, dont tell me this old goat suddenly became crazy and developed some weird fetish, please no I have a wife! Dont be tense, relax . The old goat smiled, He continued I called you here as I have been ordered to pick some of the best workers we have in this facility . And yes youre one of those that were picked Picked? Picked for what? Kiel was confused as he was picked for something he didnt even know about . Heck he didnt even know a thing, not even the smallest details Yes, the employees who were picked will be sent a research facility newly built by the company in the Philippines, in a region in Mindanao to be precise . Dont worry, at most youll only be working there for months if not maybe up to 2 years maximum . But of course along with, youll get a higher salary, and better benefits, you could also bring your family there if you want to . The offer was tempting but he hesitated, the offer was high, but being suddenly sent overseas… . How would he explain this to his family, they might not accept it . Seeing Kiel hesitate, the chief said You cant reject it, it came from the highest order, meaning, from the CEO himself What!? How come? could you just picked another one to replace me? Kiel surprised, it came from the highest order? This thing must be something serious . But how can he decided without talking with his family first . I know but the company is short in highly capable workers such as you, they value this project higher than anything right now . I know it sudden but nothing could be done, I cant find another one within the facility even the chief himself was helpless with the current situation . then how about they hire more worker, with the companys prestige, Im sure a lot of highly skilled workers would come flocking in He worked for the Stanford Corp . A leading technological company in the world market . With the military field as its main field, its influence was on a world scale, Kiel wasnt wrong on his conjecture, a lot of people especially in his field, wanted to work for this company but with the high standards, they could only dream and look for a different company . No, we cant, this project is highly classified only given to the companys most valued and loyal employees, like you . Youve been working for the company for almost 30 years, and have excellent performance through out those years . The chief was right, thinking about it, he had been working for them for a long time now . From different projects to different facilities, It wouldnt be logical if he wasnt valued by the company despite all the hard work he contributed . Kiel let out a sigh . I guess I dont have much choice . , ahhh… they wouldnt be happy about this . Its good thing its just 2 years . He didnt really have any choice, he could only hide his irritated mood . Since I cant deny, could I know the details? Good the chief also knew he didnt have much choice . He continued, his face becoming serious The reason why we need people like you is because of a discovery, a discovery that could lead mankind to further heights! A discovery Kiel was surprised, with his current bad mood he started exagerating in his mind all of this just for a discovery? Motherf*cker, no one knows weather this discovery would be a good thing or a bad thing . What if this discovery could cause some calamity or something . mm nodding his head the chief continued, He himself was also excited about the project In a region of Mindanao, among the mountains, a group of explorers from our company has made the discovery, from the reports they sent, it was deemed as a relic site, and whats more is that it seems to have come from alien origins! Kiel was hearing this, was surprised yet again . seriously an alien origin? What if a alien insect started jumping up on our faces and impregnate us with their eggs? F*cking serious man! Im a man, Im a man, I aint supposed to get pregnant! This shit aint funny! and seemingly again Kiel exaggerated in his mind Isnt this dangerous? Kiel couldnt help himself and asked . He started getting concerned due to his exaggerating . The chief pondered for a moment before answering with I-dont-care expression Of course there are, it was also written in the report that there were traps installed inside the site . But you dont have to worry as Im sure they would have already disabled or removed the traps by the time you got there, Kiel seeing his expression, wasnt a bit assured and started cursing in his mind, again . F*ck you! Whats with that face?Is my life that insignificant?! At least hide it, for f*cks sake! Dont tell me, after this project Ill be going home in separate pieces!? OH F*ck this! I dont care anymore When will Ill be sent to the Philippines? Your flight would be in three days, of course everything is covered by the company, so you wouldnt have to worry about anything . The chief assured as he took out something from his desks drawer, it was two pieces of paper, he continued The final thing you have to do is sign here it was a contract . Ill have to renew my contract? Theres still a long time before my contract expires Kiel was confused as he just signed another contract with the company . Of course, this contract is different . Stated here is that you arent allowed to disclose anything or anyones information even to your closest kin, This project is highly classified the chief said as he pointed his finger on a phrase written in the contract . oh well, here goes, I hope nothing goes wrong, Im still young . yeah nevermind He picked up the pen beside the contract and signed it . And thats it, you may go, the assistant would give you the flight tickets and further details would be given to you as you arrive at the site . Now you may go the chief waved his hands as he was chasing out a fly, and continued pouring himself a drink . Kiels eyelids twitch seeing this Hmph, just drink and lets see how long your body last, seriously man! Slow down with the alcohol! he didnt bother anymore and went out of the office . He sighed as he got out of the door . sigh an new job huh?, a goddamn job .

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Deep in the night, somewhere among mountain, trees where lush and so was the plants, one would see animals from sizes big and small roaming around, it was supposed to be peaceful but it wasn’t . Among the forest was a massive mansion, it seems to be grandly and exquisitely built if it wasn’t burning from a sea of fire . Red lights illuminated the forest as the fire burned, one could hear screaming and gunshots inside . In rooms inside, a crying woman, even though tears stained her face, it only made her a lot beautiful . despair could be seen in her eyes, but a faint light of hope yet remained . She was carrying a crying newborn baby and a child beside her, hugging her, deeply afraid and confused . They were being held by a man who seems to be her husband . With blood flowing from his forehead; anger, pain, Countless complex emotions flashed by his dim eyes . There were men at door, they were the guards of mansion armed with rifle guns, their clothes stained with blood and dust . Exchanging bullets with the enemy . The leader among the group shouted to the couple . “Hurry up headmaster! We won’t be able to hold on!”The headmaster went daze for a moment before he seemingly came to a decision, he looked at his wife and gave her long loving kiss on her lips for one last time, he looked at his two sons, one who was only 5 years old, named Kiel, and the other one, a newborn, who was named Izakel . It pained him a lot to realize that his newborn son would never feel the love of a father . he knew in his heart that he wouldn’t come out alive from situation . He kneeled in front of his son, Kiel . Taking out a pendant of a roaring lion head that was made out of expensive jade from his clothes and wore it on his son’s neck . “My son, wear this pendant of mine, this will be the key that would lead you to all the answers you’ll be looking for in the future . Consider it as my advance gift to you, for your birthday next week, treasure it buddy” he gave him a long fatherly hug . He stood up went to the guard, stretching his arm “give me a gun”The guard surprised by the words spoken by his headmaster, he looked at his squad leader with an expression of asking for help before replying in a panic “B-But, s-sir you can’t, it’s our duty to serve you to th- . . . “”Give him the gun, boy” Squad leader intevined”b-b-but sir! . . . “”I said just give it to him!” the squad leader was named Arnold, he has been the head of guards for the headmaster’s family for a long time . He was one of the people who knew Leo the most, he knew that once he made a decision, he would always see it to the end, he was stubborn like his late father . Leo was given a rifle, he stared at it before taking a deep breath . He looked at his wife and softly spoke “Take the kids to the passage Lara, leave now!”Lara stood up, crying and panicking, she came running to her husband and tightly held his arm, not letting go . “AND YOU’RE GONNA STAY!!?? NO! don’t! don’t do this! we can escape, we need you Leo, please, please don’t . “AdvertisementLeo gently caressed his wife face “Just go, don’t worry about me . I’ll be right behind you . I won’t leave you guys alone . ” He shifted his gaze to the Arnold, he ordered “escort my family to safety”She lowered her face and started crying more, moments later, she looked up and looked at Leo with hesitation . She hugged him tight before pulling herself out of his arms . She went to a wall, pulled down a candle holder, It made a clicking and clanking sounds . Seconds later, the wall next to it started going up revealing a narrow passage . She went inside with Arnold following from behind . before they could get far . A sound was heard that made their heart jolt . They stiffly turned their heads to the origin of the noise . What they saw was a black helicopter, gazing at them like a ferocious predator eyeing it’s next meal . Leo hurriedly looked at his wife, shouting;”RUNNNNN!”Lara, awakened from Leo’s shout, moved her feet, but before she could make a step . Swooshing sound was heard as fire came of the helicopter’s rocket pad, shooting out a bunch of missiles . Arnold with his fast reaction, held Lara and her two sons to shield the incoming blast . Bright fiery red reflected Kiel’s pupils, along with the deafening booming sound that rendered his ears ringing . And the next thing he knew, darkness shrouded him . . . . . “Kiel! Kiel! Kiel!”He was woken by a voice, calling his name . His face was pale, and was covered in sweat . “Kiel . . . “He heard his name again, he looked beside him, it was his wife, Amy, tightly holding his hand, worried . She says . “Is everything alright Kiel? did that nightmare came back? how come? it’s been a long time since the last time . “He held his wife’s hands and assured her . “don’t worry honey, I’m alright . that nightmare would definitely go away . Go back to sleep, I’ll just freshen up myself”He stood up and went to the bathroom . He stared at himself in the mirror, even though his face was pale, he still looked handsome . Finely shaped brows, sharp eyes and a chiseled jaw line . Kiel was turning 48 years old, even though, he looked quite young despite his age . ‘How come i’ve dreamt of that again? this must be from stress . ‘He washed his face to cool himself up, and calmed his rapidly beating heart before going back to his bedroom . He looked at the clock on the wall, it was 3:13 am in the middle of night . He shifted his to his wife who was fast asleep, he gently fixed her blanket and went laid down beside her to continue sleeping,Tumbling from side and to side, trying his best to fall asleep . He looked at the clock again, it’s only been 5 minutes . He couldn’t sleep, thinking about the nightmare he had . ‘SIgh . I can’t sleep . . . . . I guess I’ll just whoop myself up with some breakfast’ coming to a decision, he headed to the kitchen downstairs . He prepared a simple breakfast, two eggs paired with a bacon and a cup of rice . He savored the smell before he ate slowly to let more time pass . ‘ahh . . nothings better than good food . ‘*footsteps*Kiel was busy eating when he heard footsteps, he was about to turn around, when his vision went black”Guess who?” He heard a low girly voice, still , he knew who it was . “Pumpkinnnnnn, why’re you awake? You should sleep some more, you have school later . It’s not proper to sleep at your first day . I don’t want to get called so early in this school year” Kiel chuckling as he scolded, he looked at his daughter, Aya . “Arlight, arlight dad I get it, hihihi . I just got out of the toilet when I smelled something from the kitchen, I followed it and here I saw you . ” Aya said as she put her face closer to the food and hungrily savored the tasty fragrance it gave . “What? Want me to cook you some? Go do it yourself, you know girls at your age should start learning about home chores, and that includes cooking . How can you be a good wife if you can’t cook” WIth a wide smile, he teased . “Why should I cook when there’s you? And what good wife? I’m still 15 years old, you want me to marry early? You don’t want me anymore? please cook some for me daddy . ” Aya held his father’s sleeve as she stared with sad and teary eyes . “Seriously you… alright, alright . You’re mother should start teaching you how to cook” Kiel knew he couldn’t resist when her daughter stares at him like that, he had always spoiled her as she was their only child . With sleeves up, he started making another dish, it was his daughter’s favorite, pancakes! He made sure to make it tastier for his daughter, . “You guys… why wasn’t I invited? Come on, me to! So what’s the menu? Pancakes? Ohhh . I love that, make me some too!” His wife came in, joining the fun . “Sure sure, anything for my dear wife, the more the merrier!” Kiel chuckled,Time passed as they laughed and enjoyed eating together . “Oh! Its almost 5:00 a . m, you guys should get dressed too . ” He exclaimed as he looked as his watch . He usually go to work early as to avoid getting stuck in traffic due to rush hour . The other two was surprised when they heard the time for a moment before looking at the clock, realizing they were about to be late, they started preparing with their mouths full of food . Kiel, seeing this chuckled, he too started to get dressed . . . . Kiel arrive at his work . It was a research facility, where all the inventions of the company he is working for, are made and researched . As he got near the guard post, he was stopped by a group of soldiers . The leader among the group approached window and knocked . Kiel had the windows go down and took out his Id, on it was his name, Kiel Davis, Chief Mechanical . Kiel graduated college from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, since he had always been fascinated by concepts of engines or anything that has gears in it, reading and learning about them was the only hobby he got during his childhood . He was an introvert back then, not having any friends . The only people he was close with was the caretaker in the orphanage , who he treated as his own mother . While the other soldiers move around Kiel’s car with devices in their hands, infrared laser lights could be seen coming out of these devices, scanning the car for anything suspicious . The squad leader also took out a device, but it was smaller . It was used for scanning Ids, just to make sure they weren’t fake . Seconds later, a beeping sound was heard from the device . A word “Passed” in green color was shown on the screen of the device, indicating that the Id was legitimate . “Good morning, Mr . Davis, here’s your Id” said the leader as he gave the Id back to Kiel,”thank you . There’s seems to be a lot of guards stationed right now” Kiel asked in curiosity . He looked around the vicinity . He had already noticed it since he arrived, more soldiers could be seen more from any vicinity of the facility . “Oh that . It was an order from the higher-ups, someone with great status seems to be coming to this facility” Kiel was surprised, as they rarely get any visitor . ‘hmm… it must be some investors, checking the projects progress’While Kiel was still mulling over the reason, one of the soldier approached the the leader and gave him a thumbs up, indicating clearance . “OK, mr . Kiel, you’re good to go” the leader gestured to the person inside the the post and had the barrier lifted up . ‘It’s really tighter than usual’ He thought as more soldiers could be seen guarding inside, he drove his car to his parking slot, before making his way to the locker room . he got to his locker and started changing . “Hey . . you’ve seen the guards?” he heard as he was changing into his mechanic uniform . It was his long time friend, Jake . They have been friends since college, he was one of the few people he was on close terms . “Hey, yeah I’ve seen, the head guard back in the outpost said someone important is coming here . I wonder who’s that person is . ” Kiel said in curiosity . “yeah… I also wonder, it would be great if it was a beauty, ” Jake said as his eyebrows were jumping up and down”haha . . women has always been the only thing you got in your mind, seriously we’re already nearing our 50’s” Kiel laughingly retorted, since way back then even in college, women was the only thing he had in his mind . Either he was asleep or busy chasing after women, though he was always flatly rejected, this guy didn’t the have phrase “giving up” in his dictionary, which Kiel admire . “so what? 50? Heck I’m still energetic as bull, just don’t tell my wife, hahaha” He laughed as he joked,Kiel was about to reply when he felt someone called him from behind . He looked behind to find one of his coworker . “Sir . Kiel, Chief Clark seems to be looking for you, he wants you to come and report to his office . “”Chief Clark? I see, I’ll go see him right now, I’ll see you later Jake . ” Kiel waved his goodbye and headed off . ‘hmm . I wonder why the chief had me called?’Deep in the night, somewhere among mountain, trees where lush and so was the plants, one would see animals from sizes big and small roaming around, it was supposed to be peaceful but it wasnt . Among the forest was a massive mansion, it seems to be grandly and exquisitely built if it wasnt burning from a sea of fire . Red lights illuminated the forest as the fire burned, one could hear screaming and gunshots inside . In rooms inside, a crying woman, even though tears stained her face, it only made her a lot beautiful . despair could be seen in her eyes, but a faint light of hope yet remained . She was carrying a crying newborn baby and a child beside her, hugging her, deeply afraid and confused . They were being held by a man who seems to be her husband . With blood flowing from his forehead; anger, pain, Countless complex emotions flashed by his dim eyes . There were men at door, they were the guards of mansion armed with rifle guns, their clothes stained with blood and dust . Exchanging bullets with the enemy . The leader among the group shouted to the couple . Hurry up headmaster! We wont be able to hold on! The headmaster went daze for a moment before he seemingly came to a decision, he looked at his wife and gave her long loving kiss on her lips for one last time, he looked at his two sons, one who was only 5 years old, named Kiel, and the other one, a newborn, who was named Izakel . It pained him a lot to realize that his newborn son would never feel the love of a father . he knew in his heart that he wouldnt come out alive from situation . He kneeled in front of his son, Kiel . Taking out a pendant of a roaring lion head that was made out of expensive jade from his clothes and wore it on his sons neck . My son, wear this pendant of mine, this will be the key that would lead you to all the answers youll be looking for in the future . Consider it as my advance gift to you, for your birthday next week, treasure it buddy he gave him a long fatherly hug . He stood up went to the guard, stretching his arm give me a gun The guard surprised by the words spoken by his headmaster, he looked at his squad leader with an expression of asking for help before replying in a panic B-But, s-sir you cant, its our duty to serve you to th- . Give him the gun, boy Squad leader intevined b-b-but sir! . I said just give it to him! the squad leader was named Arnold, he has been the head of guards for the headmasters family for a long time . He was one of the people who knew Leo the most, he knew that once he made a decision, he would always see it to the end, he was stubborn like his late father . Leo was given a rifle, he stared at it before taking a deep breath . He looked at his wife and softly spoke Take the kids to the passage Lara, leave now! Lara stood up, crying and panicking, she came running to her husband and tightly held his arm, not letting go . AND YOURE GONNA STAY!!?? NO! dont! dont do this! we can escape, we need you Leo, please, please dont . . Leo gently caressed his wife face Just go, dont worry about me . Ill be right behind you . I wont leave you guys alone . He shifted his gaze to the Arnold, he ordered escort my family to safety She lowered her face and started crying more, moments later, she looked up and looked at Leo with hesitation . She hugged him tight before pulling herself out of his arms . She went to a wall, pulled down a candle holder, It made a clicking and clanking sounds . Seconds later, the wall next to it started going up revealing a narrow passage . She went inside with Arnold following from behind . before they could get far . A sound was heard that made their heart jolt . They stiffly turned their heads to the origin of the noise . What they saw was a black helicopter, gazing at them like a ferocious predator eyeing its next meal . Leo hurriedly looked at his wife, shouting; RUNNNNN! Lara, awakened from Leos shout, moved her feet, but before she could make a step . Swooshing sound was heard as fire came of the helicopters rocket pad, shooting out a bunch of missiles . Arnold with his fast reaction, held Lara and her two sons to shield the incoming blast . Bright fiery red reflected Kiels pupils, along with the deafening booming sound that rendered his ears ringing . And the next thing he knew, darkness shrouded him . Kiel! Kiel! Kiel! He was woken by a voice, calling his name . His face was pale, and was covered in sweat . Kiel . He heard his name again, he looked beside him, it was his wife, Amy, tightly holding his hand, worried . She says . Is everything alright Kiel? did that nightmare came back? how come? its been a long time since the last time . He held his wifes hands and assured her . dont worry honey, Im alright . that nightmare would definitely go away . Go back to sleep, Ill just freshen up myself He stood up and went to the bathroom . He stared at himself in the mirror, even though his face was pale, he still looked handsome . Finely shaped brows, sharp eyes and a chiseled jaw line . Kiel was turning 48 years old, even though, he looked quite young despite his age . How come ive dreamt of that again? this must be from stress . He washed his face to cool himself up, and calmed his rapidly beating heart before going back to his bedroom . He looked at the clock on the wall, it was 3:13 am in the middle of night . He shifted his to his wife who was fast asleep, he gently fixed her blanket and went laid down beside her to continue sleeping, Tumbling from side and to side, trying his best to fall asleep . He looked at the clock again, its only been 5 minutes . He couldnt sleep, thinking about the nightmare he had . SIgh . I cant sleep . I guess Ill just whoop myself up with some breakfast coming to a decision, he headed to the kitchen downstairs . He prepared a simple breakfast, two eggs paired with a bacon and a cup of rice . He savored the smell before he ate slowly to let more time pass . ahh nothings better than good food . *footsteps* Kiel was busy eating when he heard footsteps, he was about to turn around, when his vision went black Guess who? He heard a low girly voice, still , he knew who it was . Pumpkinnnnnn, whyre you awake? You should sleep some more, you have school later . Its not proper to sleep at your first day . I dont want to get called so early in this school year Kiel chuckling as he scolded, he looked at his daughter, Aya . Arlight, arlight dad I get it, hihihi . I just got out of the toilet when I smelled something from the kitchen, I followed it and here I saw you . Aya said as she put her face closer to the food and hungrily savored the tasty fragrance it gave . What? Want me to cook you some? Go do it yourself, you know girls at your age should start learning about home chores, and that includes cooking . How can you be a good wife if you cant cook WIth a wide smile, he teased . Why should I cook when theres you? And what good wife? Im still 15 years old, you want me to marry early? You dont want me anymore? please cook some for me daddy . Aya held his fathers sleeve as she stared with sad and teary eyes . Seriously you… alright, alright . Youre mother should start teaching you how to cook Kiel knew he couldnt resist when her daughter stares at him like that, he had always spoiled her as she was their only child . With sleeves up, he started making another dish, it was his daughters favorite, pancakes! He made sure to make it tastier for his daughter, . You guys… why wasnt I invited? Come on, me to! So whats the menu? Pancakes? Ohhh . I love that, make me some too! His wife came in, joining the fun . Sure sure, anything for my dear wife, the more the merrier! Kiel chuckled, Time passed as they laughed and enjoyed eating together . Oh! Its almost 5:00 a . m, you guys should get dressed too . He exclaimed as he looked as his watch . He usually go to work early as to avoid getting stuck in traffic due to rush hour . The other two was surprised when they heard the time for a moment before looking at the clock, realizing they were about to be late, they started preparing with their mouths full of food . Kiel, seeing this chuckled, he too started to get dressed Kiel arrive at his work . It was a research facility, where all the inventions of the company he is working for, are made and researched . As he got near the guard post, he was stopped by a group of soldiers . The leader among the group approached window and knocked . Kiel had the windows go down and took out his Id, on it was his name, Kiel Davis, Chief Mechanical . Kiel graduated college from Harvard with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, since he had always been fascinated by concepts of engines or anything that has gears in it, reading and learning about them was the only hobby he got during his childhood . He was an introvert back then, not having any friends . The only people he was close with was the caretaker in the orphanage , who he treated as his own mother . While the other soldiers move around Kiels car with devices in their hands, infrared laser lights could be seen coming out of these devices, scanning the car for anything suspicious . The squad leader also took out a device, but it was smaller . It was used for scanning Ids, just to make sure they werent fake . Seconds later, a beeping sound was heard from the device . A word Passed in green color was shown on the screen of the device, indicating that the Id was legitimate . Good morning, Mr . Davis, heres your Id said the leader as he gave the Id back to Kiel, thank you . Theres seems to be a lot of guards stationed right now Kiel asked in curiosity . He looked around the vicinity . He had already noticed it since he arrived, more soldiers could be seen more from any vicinity of the facility . Oh that . It was an order from the higher-ups, someone with great status seems to be coming to this facility Kiel was surprised, as they rarely get any visitor . hmm… it must be some investors, checking the projects progress While Kiel was still mulling over the reason, one of the soldier approached the the leader and gave him a thumbs up, indicating clearance . OK, mr . Kiel, youre good to go the leader gestured to the person inside the the post and had the barrier lifted up . Its really tighter than usual He thought as more soldiers could be seen guarding inside, he drove his car to his parking slot, before making his way to the locker room . he got to his locker and started changing . Hey youve seen the guards? he heard as he was changing into his mechanic uniform . It was his long time friend, Jake . They have been friends since college, he was one of the few people he was on close terms . Hey, yeah Ive seen, the head guard back in the outpost said someone important is coming here . I wonder whos that person is . Kiel said in curiosity . yeah… I also wonder, it would be great if it was a beauty, Jake said as his eyebrows were jumping up and down haha women has always been the only thing you got in your mind, seriously were already nearing our 50s Kiel laughingly retorted, since way back then even in college, women was the only thing he had in his mind . Either he was asleep or busy chasing after women, though he was always flatly rejected, this guy didnt the have phrase giving up in his dictionary, which Kiel admire . so what? 50? Heck Im still energetic as bull, just dont tell my wife, hahaha He laughed as he joked, Kiel was about to reply when he felt someone called him from behind . He looked behind to find one of his coworker . Sir . Kiel, Chief Clark seems to be looking for you, he wants you to come and report to his office . Chief Clark? I see, Ill go see him right now, Ill see you later Jake . Kiel waved his goodbye and headed off . hmm . I wonder why the chief had me called?

Officials queried over ABCC resignations

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash says she was unaware the deputy commissioner of the building watchdog had quit over concerns with the former head Nigel Hadgkiss.

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Australian Building and Construction Commissioner deputy commissioner Anthony Southall QC tendered his resignation on October 15, but it was not publicly known until Monday when it broke in the media.

Mr Hadgkiss resigned from his role as ABCC boss last month, having admitted to recklessly misrepresenting union rights on ABCC posters and in handbooks.

Media reports on Monday quoted Mr Southall as saying he had no knowledge of the gravity of Mr Hadgkiss’ conduct until reading a court judgment, as the pair had not discussed it.

He found it “untenable to continue in the role” and wanted to “totally dissociate himself from the conduct of Mr Hadgkiss”.

Senator Cash told a Senate hearing on Monday she had been aware of Mr Southall’s resignation since October 15 but did not see a requirement to publicly disclose it.

Asked about the media reports on the reasons for the resignation, she said: “They were not the reasons given in the resignation provided to myself.”

The same committee also heard Mr Hadgkiss had decided to resign after receiving a phone call from Australian Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd said he had made the call after meeting with Senator Cash on September 12.

He said Senator Cash had told him the government was of the view Mr Hadgkiss’ position was no longer tenable.

“I later conveyed to Mr Hadgkiss the government’s position that he consider tendering his resignation,” Mr Lloyd said.

Mr Lloyd said Mr Hadgkiss’ initial response was one of “surprise”, but after several more phone calls the decision was made to quit.

Prisoner who tortured Daniel Morcombe’s killer said ‘he had it coming’

A Queensland prisoner who scalded schoolboy Daniel Morcombe’s killer with a bucket of boiling water has been sentenced to three years’ jail.

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Adam Paul Davidson, 31, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court on Monday to torturing Brett Peter Cowan at the Wolston Correctional Centre on August 5, 2016.

Judge Ian Dearden sentenced Davidson to three years’ jail but with time already served he will be released on parole in late November.

The court heard Davidson plotted and watched Cowan’s movements for a month to find the best way to harm the high-profile sex offender.

Prosecutor Mark Whitbread said Davidson got the idea to use boiling water after he saw another inmate with horrific scars and wearing a burn suit after a similar attack.

“He would love that scarring to be on Cowan,” Mr Whitbread said.

The court heard Davidson poured a mop bucket over Cowan’s head while the then 46-year-old was playing cards with other inmates.

Daniel Morcombe disappeared in December 2003, aged 13, while going Christmas shopping. AAP

He then struck Cowan in the head with the bucket three to four times.

Cowan received superficial burns to 15 per cent of his body and was treated in hospital to prevent infection.

Davidson told investigators he attacked Cowan “for a little bit of retribution” and he wanted him “to feel the pain like someone like Daniel Morcombe has felt”.

“I did it. Only me no one else was involved. He had it coming, he’s a f***king grub,” Davidson said.

Judge Dearden said every person was entitled to be treated respectfully, no matter how appalling the crimes they had committed.

“We are all precious human beings, it doesn’t matter who we are,” Judge Dearden said.

“You have no entitlement to act as a vigilante.”

Cowan, 48, is serving a life sentence for abducting and murdering Daniel on the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.

The 13-year-old’s remains were found in August 2011 after an elaborate police operation prompted Cowan to confess and lead undercover officers to where he dumped Daniel’s body.

Refugees refuse to leave Manus centre

More than 600 asylum seekers and refugees are refusing to leave the Manus Island immigration detention centre ahead of its closure next week.

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Authorities are planning to axe food services, access to drinking water, medical treatment, education programs, electricity and sewerage from Tuesday week.

Alternative accommodation and services will be provided to refugees while they wait for resettlement in a third country.

There are also 156 people whose bid for asylum has been rejected.

A Senate committee on Monday heard that 606 people still at the centre, and required to leave by the closure deadline, were refusing to move out.

It’s unclear what the status of these asylum seekers and refugees are in the detention process.

Asked if they would be removed by force, Immigration Department secretary Michael Pezzullo said that was a matter for the Papua New Guinean government.

Mr Pezzullo suggested the ordinary laws of trespass may apply because PNG was planning to reoccupy the former military facility.

“They don’t have a human right to trespass on a naval base,” he told senators.

Greens senator Nick McKim said the Australian government was risking a human rights disaster and loss of life by not making any security arrangements for people who chose to stay at the centre.

Senator McKim pointed out PNG navy personnel had previously fired shots at the centre and some refugees had been attacked with machetes in nearby Lorengau.

Mr Pezzullo rejected claims people were too scared to leave the centre, saying refugees now come and go as they please.

Counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists will continue to be available to refugees at the East Lorengau transit centre.

All service providers and Australian personnel will leave by the closure date.

The cost of transition arrangements for Australia has been estimated at between $150 million and $250 million for the next 12 months.

Meanwhile, the department has revealed two refugees and an ineligible asylum seeker on Manus Island have taken up the offer to transfer to Nauru.

The hearing was told the Nauru government had shown interest for a long time in taking more refugees from Manus.

Labor senator Kim Carr pointed out Nauru charges about $10,000 for a refugee visa.

The department officials admitted refugees in Australia for medical treatment were precluded from applying for resettlement in the US.

The hearing was told 40 people in that situation had expressed an interest in going to the US.

The US has agreed to resettle up to 1250 people and so far about 50 have travelled to America.

Julie Bishop hammered over expenses claim to Thor: Ragnarok movie premiere

Labor has queried $1.

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2 million in expenses claimed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop including a trip to the Sydney premiere of the new Disney-Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok.

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching told a Senate committee on Monday the minister had spent the $1.2 million in a “variety of ways”, including attending a polo match and the movie premiere.

She asked Attorney-General George Brandis whether the spending met the ministerial standards code, which called for frontbenchers to “refrain from wasteful and extravagant spend of public money”.

Senator Brandis said Ms Bishop was “one of the most experienced and most respected ministers in the Australian government”.

“(She) is well aware of the standards and is always observant of them,” Senator Brandis said.

Thor: Ragnarok was primarily filmed in Queensland, featuring Melbourne-born actor Chris Hemsworth.

At the movie premiere on October 15, Ms Bishop was quoted as saying: “It does add a great deal to the Australian economy and it will raise our profile overseas as a sophisticated, creative nation.”

Senator Brandis told the committee, after seeking advice, the minister had attended not only in her official capacity but launched the premiere and gave a speech.

In any case, the minister was already in Sydney having returned from an official trip to South Korea and was due to travel to Canberra the following day for a parliament session.

The government provided $47.25 million to attract Thor: Ragnarok and another film produced by Sir Ridley Scott.

It was estimated the films would bring more than $300 million in investment and provide over 3000 jobs.

Senator Kitching said it appeared ministerial standards were applied in different ways to different ministers, citing the case of former minister Sussan Ley quitting over an “error of judgment” about a trip to the Gold Coast.

Senator Brandis rejected the suggestion.

Vic MP to poll public on euthanasia bill

A Victorian upper house MP might listen to his constituents more than his heart when it comes time to vote on the state’s controversial assisted dying laws.

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The Labor government’s bill is bound for the further scrutiny in the Legislative Council after passing the lower house 47-37 on Friday, following more than 24 hours of debate over 141 unsuccessful amendments.

Western District MP James Purcell said it’s important for him to represent community views even though he supports the legislation.

“I have started consulting with local constituents and medical professionals regarding this legislation and am now asking the broader community if they believe people who are terminally ill should have the right to die,” he said in statement on Monday.

“It is important that I take into consideration both sides of this incredibly sensitive issue before casting my vote.”

Mr Purcell’s statement comes as two other upper house MPs reportedly decided against supporting the bill.

The Australian says Liberal Georgie Crozier and Nationals Luke O’Sullivan shifted their support for the bill after interventions from former prime ministers Paul Keating and Tony Abbott.

“I’ve got huge concerns with the bill and won’t be supporting it,” Ms Crozier told the newspaper.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he has “reservations” about the bill.

Mr Keating, a Labor heavyweight, said its passage through the lower house was “truly a sad moment for the whole country”.

He also labelled it “deeply regressive legislation”.

If the bill passes by the end of 2017, an 18-month implementation period means the scheme could be in place by mid-2019.

It would not be the first time euthanasia legislation has been enacted in Australia, with the Northern Territory approving laws in the mid-1990s which were later repealed.

Victoria’s parliament sits again on October 31.