Beeman’s Niece is the seventy-first chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on March 11, 2016.
“I’ve got you now, Fisk,” I said.
We were playing a racing video game that Zack lent to me. Fisk and I were fighting for 1st place. I managed to keep it, even though he was tailgating me. But in the end, he won.
“Rematch?” I asked.
Just as we were about to restart, my mom came into the room.
“Zak, Dr. Beeman’s here, and he brought someone along with him,” she said.
“Oh, really?” I asked. “Who?”
“He has a niece?”
“I know. Come and meet her.”
We went off to visit Dr. Beeman and his niece.
“Hey, Dr. B,” I greeted when I entered our landing area and spotted him. “What’s up?”
“Let’s cut the chit-chat, shall we?” he replied, then gestured to the girl standing next to him.
She looked to be about my age, maybe a little younger.
She had blond hair, blue eyes, and dressed like she was about to go hiking with a brown backpack on her back. She was pretty.
“Haircut, this is my niece, Amber.” Beeman introduced. “Amber, this is Haircut.”
Amber laughed. “Can you ever call someone by their real name? Haircut isn’t your name, right?”
I shook my head and extended my hand to her. “No. It’s Zak, actually.”
She shook my hand. “Nice to meet you, Zak. I’ve heard a lot about you.”
“Yeah, and I’ve heard nothing about you.”
“I like to keep my personal life personal,” Beeman said.
“Yes, you do, Uncle Arthur,” Amber said.
“Hey, umm, I’ve got a video game set up,” I said. “Do you want to play it?”
“What game is it?”
“A game where you race racecars.”
Fisk and I set up a third controller for Amber and we started racing. She beat us the first race.
“I love racing,” she said. “Especially with cars.”
I smirked. “I do, too. So what did your uncle tell you about me?”
“A lot of things, and not necessarily in a good way. One in particular, Kur.”
“Yeah. But I think he and the other Secret Scientists were unreasonable about that. It was crazy, especially for my uncle with me . . .” She faltered. “Anyway, do you mind if I ask to see your powers?”
“Uh, sure. Fisk?”
He frowned, but nodded reluctantly.
I activated my powers and got in control of Fisk.
“That is so cool,” Amber said. “Can you do anything else?”
“Uh, not really,” I replied.
“Oh. Well, that’s still cool.”
Amber gasped. “Wow. A komodo dragon.”
I hadn’t noticed that Komodo came into the room.
Amber went toward him and looked him over. “Hi, Komodo. I can see how healthy you are. You take very good care of him, Zak.”
“Thanks,” I said. “But I’d say he takes care of himself most of the time.”
“Ah. So you’re an independent komodo dragon. How mature of you.”
Komodo seemed to like her.
“You know, Zak,” Amber said. “You’re really lucky to have a family like this. A mom and a dad and these awesome pets.”
“Uh, thanks,” I said. “But I’m sure your family is just as cool.”
She smiled half-heartedly, her expression half pained. “Kind of. Yeah.”
I wanted to ask her about her family, but it was obvious that it wasn’t a good subject for her, so I didn’t ask. Instead, I decided to change the subject.
“Hey, you want to race again?” I asked.
“I’ll just beat you again, and you know it,” Amber said. “Do you maybe have a combat game?”
I placed it in the machine and we played it.
She beat me every time, but I killed her a few times. A while later, she had to go home.
“Can I come back tomorrow, Uncle Arthur?” Amber asked.
“No,” he replied. “You’ve spent enough time with him as it is.”
“Yes. And you and I both know that I don’t really have to ask for your permission to do what I want. I can do it on my own.”
“You promised you wouldn’t do that again.”
“You made me promise not to do that, and my mom too, but you don’t know that I crossed my fingers behind my back when I promised that as a psyche. Oh! Now you know.”
Doyle and I laughed.
“Umm, what are you talking about?” I asked.
“It’s none of your business,” Beeman said.
“Maybe he can help,” Amber said.
“You won’t get help from him. All he’ll do is cause trouble.”
“No, he won’t. I know I just met him, but I learned that he’s not at all the way you described him to me.”
“Enough, Amber. We’re leaving. Now.”
“Fine. Goodbye, Zak. I enjoyed spending today with you. I’ll see you tomorrow?”
“Ok,” I said.
“No, you won’t,” Beeman said.
“You’re not my father,” Amber told him. “And even if you were, good luck stopping me. Bye, Zak.”
She gave me a kiss on the cheek and left the room.
Beeman sighed. “Teenagers.”
He followed after her.
“You didn’t tell her about Sarah, did you?” Doyle asked me.
I shook my head. “No. I know I should have, though.”
“She’s getting attached to you,” Mom said.
“I know, and I know it’s bad. But do you guys know anything about what they were talking about?”
My parents shook their heads.
“Dr. Beeman told us that she can be a troublemaker,” Dad said. “But not exactly a bad one. We didn’t even know she existed until today.”
“Maybe I can talk to her about it tomorrow,” I said.
“You can try.”
I was going to whether they let me or not.
The next day, Amber came over early.
I decided to play a game with her first before I talked to her. We played hide-and-seek banners in the green house. She won that. Then we hung out in the living room.
“My uncle also neglected to tell me how fun you are and how cute you look,” Amber said.
I blushed. “Uh, thanks. But, Amber, I need to tell you something.”
“What is it?”
“Zak?” a voice interrupted.
We turned to see my girlfriend watching me with her arms crossed.
“Oh. Hi, Sarah,” I said, quickly moving toward her and away from Amber.
“Hi,” Sarah said, staring at Amber. “Who’s your new friend?”
“Uh, this is Amber. Beeman’s niece. Amber, this is my girlfriend, Sarah.”
“Oh,” Amber said, looking kind of disappointed. Then she smiled. “Hello, Sarah.”
“Hi,” she said. She looked at her suspiciously. “Zak, why is she—wait. Did you say she was Beeman’s niece?”
“Yes, I am,” Amber said. “You’re surprised, aren’t you?”
“I’d be more surprised if you were his daughter.”
“So would I, considering my mom is his sister.”
“Wow. I kind of feel sorry for you.”
“Why? You don’t like him?”
“Not one bit.”
“Is it because of what he and the other Secret Scientists were trying to do to Zak when he was Kur?”
“Mostly, yes. But I hated him way before then.”
“Yeah, he’s hard to deal with. But he’s never mentioned you before.”
“He hasn’t?” I asked.
Amber shook her head. “No. What’s your name, Sarah?”
“Hollinger . . .” Amber grabbed her backpack, pulled out an electronic pad, and typed some things into to. A moment later, she looked at Sarah. “Your mom is Raylee Hollinger?”
Sarah nodded. “Yes.”
“And you’re a professional singer?”
“Yes. I’m guessing you’ve never heard my songs before?”
“Would you like me to give you a copy of my albums?”
“That would be awesome.”
Sarah summoned them to her hands and gave them to her.
“Thanks,” Amber said.
She took them, not looking surprised at all that Sarah had powers, and Sarah noticed it too. But she and Amber regarded each other with cold looks. I was worried that they would attack each other, so I tried to stand between them without making it look obvious.
“So, uh, how long have you guys been a couple?” Amber asked.
“About three years,” I replied.
She glared at me. “Three years?”
“You look mad,” Sarah said.
“That’s because I am. But not at you.”
“My uncle. I really wish he introduced me to the Saturdays sooner.”
“That’s none of your business.”
“We’ll see about that.”
“Sarah,” I said.
She looked at me.
Be nice, I mouthed to her.
Why? she asked me through telepathy.
Because there’s no reason for you not to be.
That’s what you think.
What do you mean?
Sarah sighed. “Let’s go talk in private.”
“Fine,” I said. “We’ll be right back, Amber.”
“Ok,” she said.
Sarah grabbed my arm hard and pulled me into the next room.
“Ow,” I said.
“Sorry,” she said, though her glare kind of told me she wasn’t. “Zak, what do you know about her?”
“Uh, nothing, really. I just met her yesterday. Why? Do you know her?”
“No.” She didn’t sound sure. “But she’s not entirely human.”
“What do you mean?”
“I feel a strong power surging from her, and I wouldn’t feel anything if she was one-hundred-percent mortal.”
“Oh. What do you think she is? An Immortal?”
“Maybe. But I’m not sure. You need to be careful.”
“I am. But I doubt she’ll hurt me.”
“You never know. And you just met her, right?”
“Yes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be nice to her.”
“I will once she tells us who she is.”
“Zak, I’m just being careful for both our sakes.”
“You can be careful and nice at the same time.”
Sarah crossed her arms and stared at me.
“Please, Sarah,” I pleaded. “For me?”
She sighed. “Fine.”
I kissed her. “Thank you.”
We went back to the living room where Amber was playing the combat video game.
“Hey, guys,” she said. “Wanna play?”
“Sure,” I replied. “Sarah?”
She was glaring at Amber.
I nudged her.
“Ok,” she said. “I’ll play against you first.”
“Ok,” Amber said, and handed her a controller.
She yanked it out of her hand.
They chose characters and fought. I’m happy to say, for once, that I never got a turn. They played for hours. Sarah was never really a sore loser until now, because every time Amber beat her, she’d get madder and madder and call rematch. Amber did too. They took turns winning and losing, but never gave up until I finally turned the game off. Sarah was mad at me for that and, as a result, went home. Amber went home a little while later too, saying she’d come back tomorrow.
I sighed. I have a new friend that my girlfriend does not like and was going out of control of herself because of it.
What should I do?
Yep. This typical, stupid drama. I had to do something, and I liked this idea. By the way, do you guys remember Amber? This was not the first chapter she appeared in. The idea about her being Beeman's niece, though, I actually got from another fanfiction I read on here, except I don't think her name was Amber, and she had a twin brother.
Oh, and do you remember that time-skip I mentioned last chapter? Sarah and Zak are now 14. I skipped past their 13th year. I did have one idea for it a long time ago, but I got rid of it and instead skipped it.
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