Ximena was active in the relatively short time she was present at ERB. She made sure that her voice was heard at every major political decision, and she made sure that she was on good terms with those who had power. At first, this isolated her from the majority of the community, but after a few weeks, the perfect opportunity for her to ascend arose.
Patts, a disgruntled community moderator, decided that he was finished, and he was soon to leave. Ximena, by chance, was taking a morning stroll, and she happened to run into him.
"Ohai Patts," she greeted. "Where are you headed off to at such an early hour?"
"I'm leaving, and I'm not coming back this time. I'm done with this place," Patts said in a dejected tone.
Ximena, realizing that Patts held a position, decided to pounce on the opportunity.
"Well Patts, I'm really sad to hear that. You were such an effective moderator, and a good friend. Who will take your position?" she asked.
"I don't care who really," he sighed.
"I don't want to sound pushy, but, maybe I should do it. After all, I'm always active, and you know me well," she offered.
Patts shrugged. "What the hell? Why not? You have my blessing. Go lead, or whatever."
And with that, Patts left, leaving Ximena with a very large grin on her smug face.
"Well, that was easier than I thought," she said to herself. "I can't wait to tell the others."
Back at the residence of the Four☆Stars, Ximena shared the news of what transpired with the other members.
"And just like that, he gave me his moderator position. I'm moving up guys, and soon, I'll have the power to end Negative Four's war, and to save Evol's life," she said happily.
"Ximena, don't take this the wrong way," Lucidus began. "I'm very happy that you've managed to include yourself in ERB so soon, but, I fear that you may have other ambitions. Try to keep your focus on our original plan, please."
Ximena shot Lucidus a dirty look, but he was unfazed. Negative Four shared a similar concern.
"Yeah Xim, keep in mind that this isn't the first time that you've tried to be under total control of a situation. I like you, but, none of this crazy power struggle shit, okay?" Negative said.
"Ok guys, I won't go crazy with this position," Ximena sighed.
"Besides, you technically don't have the position yet," Evol intervened. "You need to be sworn in by someone in a higher position, and there is bound to be some resistance."
Once again, Evol caught Ximena by surprise. She had not considered that, and she then realized that her ascension would be no easy journey.
However, the thought of having obstacles to overcome only augmented her desire for success.
|The Short Stories of Avatar XIII|
|Desolation • Neo☆Star • The Search • The Star☆Clan • No Love • Retribution • Consequences|
|Four Stars era|
|Horizon • Sweat • Gamemaster • A Peaceful Place • The Question • The Plan • La Femme Fatale • Negative's War • The New 13 • Ascension • Ximena's Regime • The Revolution • Enemy of the State|
|Four become One|