*** PROLOGUE ***
Sarah is in the secret underground room, facing her two sisters: JoAnna and Sophia.
"At this time both Lebedev and Voronin families are after us. If we don't join them, they will come after us and our families.", Sarah's expression was grave. "We are too big of a threat for them to leave us alone."
"What do you have in mind?", Sophia's shaky voice betrayed how anxious she is.
"Lebedev family is more interested in having us join. I will join them and take over. With those forces under my command, Voronin family will be given a choice, join us or we annihilate them… but I can't do this alone. I hope that you will take this risk and join me." Sarah reluctantly looked at both of her sisters trying to find a clue what they think.
JoAnna and Sophia glanced at each other and faced Sarah. "You can count on us.", they responded in unison.
Sarah looked at them gratefully. "We need to take command of all their forces and remove elders from power. This operation is extremely dangerous. I know that you have families to think about. Talk about this with your husbands before making the decision."
"We will talk with them." JoAnna confirmed. "I'm confident that they will want to be part of this. The fact is that we are all in the same danger. With six of us working together, we are unbeatable."
Sarah lowered her head and bit her lip.
JoAnna realized that she said too much… it can't be six of them when one is missing.
"Any news of Aiden?", Sophia asked in a quiet voice.
Sarah shook her head in response. Her eyes swelled, full of tears that threatened to roll down her cheeks. She pressed her eyelids tightly, suppressing the tears. She looked at her sisters, "Make the calls you need, and let's start. I'm sure that we will find out something about Aiden as soon as we integrate into forces of Lebedev family."
*** END PROLOGUE ***
It was a calm winter night, only light wind was rustling bare branches on campus of Tesla Technical University. The night was cold, causing deserted streets of campus. Students are in their rooms in the dorms, getting ready to sleep. Usually there was always some gathering or party, but exams are approaching, that is why students are focusing on studying in order to score well during exams.
On third floor of girls dormitory, under a dim light, three computer screens are filled with code, flickering occasionaly. Sarah Hill is at her computer, her fingers flying over the keyboard. Her expression is focused and eyes full of excitement.
Sarah Hill is a top student at the University. Since elementary school, she is skipping grades and acing exams. Professors at the University and few professionals in software development who looked at her work, call her a prodigy, and have high expectations for her in the future.
Earlier that day, Sarah found out that TargetSecurity company completed their new encryption and is offering monetary prize for finding vulnerabilities with the encryption. Sarah has her mind set on winning the top prize. Companies in such events will provide a price range for the prize, and amount will depend on how serious is the issue found. Of course, as usual, Sarah is going for top prize. Her confidence is high, and she has a good record to support it. She is stripping off layer after layer of encryption, and can almost feel her goal.
Sarah's phone started ringing, and she glanced at it. It's her father, Edward Hill. He is a director of software engineering in his company Orion Enterprise. After his oldest daughter, Sarah's sister, Sophia took over as a CEO of Orion Enterprise, Edward stepped down as a CEO and took on a role that gives him more enjoyment. He started the company with software development, and over years with support from his wife, Stella, it expanded into different areas. But his passion was always software. He is happy that his youngest daughter, Sarah, also has passion for software development.
Edward believes that if people are capable, they will be able to provide for themselves, and if they are not capable, they will be only wasting money, no matter how much they have. That is why he provides Sarah with funds enough to cover basic expenses related to education and living, and if she needs more than that, she should earn it herself, if she is capable.
Sarah was not happy about the timing of the call. She was so close to snatch her prize. With a frown she stopped her typing and picked up her phone:
[Edward]: Hello, sweetie pie, how are you?
[Sarah]: I'm fine, why are you calling?
[Edward]: Uhhh…. you don't sound happy. Can't I call you to hear how are you doing?
[Sarah]: You never call just to hear how I'm doing. Can you get to the point? I'm busy right now.
[Edward]: Fine... I want to remind you that next week exams are starting. Are you keeping this in mind? Are you getting ready?
[Sarah]: Ohhh.... hmmm... of course I know that, and I'm getting ready...
[Edward]: You don't sound very convincing. Are you sure? You remember that last semester you skipped on exams because you were gaming few days straight? I'm just concerned that this will happen again.
[Sarah]: Do you need to remind me of that again? I'm telling you that I remember, and I'm preparing to ace my exams, as usual.
[Edward]: OK. If you say so...
[Sarah]: Anything else?
[Edward]: Nothing else really. Have a good night. Talk to you soon...
[Sarah]: Good night.
Huh, Sarah actually did forget about the exams, good thing he called to remind her. It's not a problem to prepare for exams with only few days notice since she has an excellent memory and is a very fast reader. Her analytical skills are also amazing, and all that makes it a great set of skills to pass the exams with top scores. Sarah set a reminder for herself, so that she does not forget (again) to go and check location and schedule for exams she plans to take.
With that thought, her focus got back on her computer screens... back to cracking that encryption. At the next moment, Sarah saw a notification that contributor "omega" found a crucial flaw and will be getting top prize. There was a thank you note for all current participants and the event ended.
Sarah is looking at her screen in disbelief... 'How is this possible? I was so close to cracking this and getting the top prize!' This was one of the top prizes in last few months, and who knows when next event will be open to earn such a hefty amount. Of course, it's not only about the money, it's bragging rights as well. No one really knows that it's her operating under alias Sigma, but she knows. And she enjoys when 'Sigma' stands proudly on the top at every event she participates in, when online forums buzz discussing the results and have wild guesses who the person behind that alias is.
'Uh, omega? Who are you? I will find you and teach you a lesson for snaching this prize from me!'.
Calm winter night was not so calm any more, at least not from Sarah's perspective. Her emotions stirred and she started her search for information on this mysterious "omega" person. Her initial search yielded no results, which got her even more frustrated. She turned off her computer and jumped in her bed, trying to calm down and get some sleep with thought that morning is always smarter than evening.
~Tesla Technical University, men's dorm~
Window on fourth floor is dimly lit with only light from a screen of a laptop. Young man, in early 20-ies, with long black hair, was looking at the screen with a content smile on his face which revealed his perfect white teeth. His long black hair is reaching half way down his back, framing his perfect masculine face and dark eyes. His long and slender fingers are suspended above keyboard without moving, while he read the message:
Thank you for your contribution in this event. Amount of $10.000,00 will be transfered to your account within next 3 hours. We hope to have more opportunities for collaboration in the future. With respect, management of TargetSecurity'.
He took a minute to enjoy reading the message few times before dismissing the dialog with message. Young man closed his laptop, revealing it's silver case with black symbol for "omega". He paused for a second and traced the black symbol with his index finger, before keeping the laptop in the drawer, away from any prying eyes.
He is not aware that on the same campus, Sarah noticed his online presence and is coming up with plans to find out who he is.
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