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"Legacy of Armaros: The Flight of a Fallen Thief"

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A young thief named Armar Deandre discovers his extraordinary lineage and descends from the ancient Fallen Angel, Armaros. As he falls from a rooftop, he defies gravity with newfound powers, gliding through the skies and realizing his true destiny as a descendant of a mythical being.
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There was a clamour in the stairwell behind him, more guards ascending, more reasons to fear. But I had my own reason for staying, for confronting him. He pointed at my pocket, ‘that coin has been in the family for generations!’ he seethed. ‘yeah about that…” I spun around, there was a sudden silence as I stepped off the roof and as I began to fall, I smiled.

There was no panic as I fell rapidly toward the unforgiving pavement. Instead, there was serenity. Because I knew — for the first time since I could remember — I was exactly where I was supposed to be. My name is Armar Deandre and my life went from bad to worse… or so it seemed. But as I stepped off the edge, the coin began to warm in my pocket. And then, an impossible thing happened. My fall slowed and I began to glide.

Terror turned into amazement, the world seemed to slow as I soared over the city. I felt the wind rush against me, felt the cold nipping at my cheeks and the coin burn against my leg. Without realizing it, I laughed. I was free. All the walls, the restrictions, the guilt had been stripped off as I took to the skies.

Everyone on the streets below me watched retreating in fear, their eyes shone with horror and disbelief. And that made me chuckle. What they saw was an impossibility, a freak occurrence. They saw an ordinary boy defying the laws of physics. A thief turned into some sort of...superbeing. But I knew what they didn't. My name.

My full name had a legacy, a lineage coursing through every letter, every syllable. I wasn't just Armar, I was Armaros Deandre, and that was something extraordinary. I was not just a thief. I was not just the enemy of authority. I was not just the troublemaker of the city, the orphaned boy who stole from the wrong people.

I was a descendant of Armaros, the ancient Fallen Angel who had taught mankind to manipulate the elements. I never believed the stories, the tales that were supposedly my heritage, told by the woman who had adopted me, before she too, became a fallen angel, her light snuffed out far too soon by those who disagreed with her, led by the man who was "the boss".

His voice echoed in my head ‘Did you really think that you could get away with this?’. Oh how I wish he were here to see this. But you see, in hindsight, I’m starting to think my life didn’t go from bad to worse… it just became more… interesting.

This story was generated by user joshua71 with assistance by one of OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model; prompts used to help generate the story are shown below.

Images were generated with OpenAI's AI system, DALL·E 2, or uploaded by the user.

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Prompt: Hey, My name is Armaros Deandre but you can call me Armar and I’m fourteen. This is the story of how my life went from bad to worse… I had to get out of this city for once and for all, I was done with New York, I was done dealing with people around me blaming me every time something went wrong so I left. I hate stealing in general but to the people who have been making my life a living hell ever since I can remember and I decided to make a one time exception just for them. I ran up the stairs past the lounge and took a right turn right through the double doors into the office. My eyes were sharpened in the darkness and every tiny little noise made me jump. I could feel the vibrations through the floor and hear the pounding of my heart in my ears. I slowly opened the bottom drawer and pulled the box where all the money was kept. I pulled the paperclip out of my pocket and bent it into the perfect shape. I turned the clip left and right and the lock made a soft click as it opened. I grabbed the black and silver coin in it, locked it and put it away hastily shutting the drawer. I froze, someone was turning the door handle. I knew I had seconds to hide so I dove behind the thick black curtains by the windows. The door opened and three people walked in talking and having a heated debate. Only too late did I realize that I left the paperclip on the desk with the chair four feet away from where it started. The guy in the black suit noticed it and frowned, instinctively he opened the bottom drawer and pulled out his key. It opened and he froze… One of the security guards that walked in with him coughed and asked “Is everything okay sir?” The “boss” looked up and raised his voice 'NO everything is not okay’ and chucked the little black money box at the wall ‘LOCK DOWN THE BUILDING, NO ONE LEAVES UNLESS I SAY SO!” The security guards ran out the doors and yelled in their comms “LOCK DOWN THE BUILDING NOW!” The boss overturned his desk and stormed out the door slamming it shut behind him. I quietly moved out of my hiding place and for the first time I noticed an envelope on the floor right by my foot so I did the only thing I should not have done, I picked it up and opened it, I frowned. I had dyslexia and ADHD. I couldn't read this but still I looked at the paper, the words were written in some of the language but somehow I recognized some of the words and phrases like, “Suspects nothing’ and ‘Armaros” I froze… No one and I mean no one knew my full name except me, so what was it doing on this letter? I wanted to get out of that building as fast as possible so I balled the letter up, shoved it in my pocket and ran. I pushed past security guards and other kids but I didn’t care, I just wanted to put as much distance between me and my room as possible in as little time I could. I was almost to the doors when I saw them. The guards standing in front of the doors with the ‘boss’ smiling cruelly trying to hide his fury that ‘someone’ was able to sneak into his office without getting caught by the guards or the cameras. I looked for another way out but every door that led outside was blocked by two guards and or had an active camera watching the exit. There was no way out… except for one way but I hated it, but it was the only way. I turned and bolted towards the stairs as fast as I possibly could and then I looked back towards them… That was a mistake. My eyes met with Mr. ‘Infuriated Boss Guy’ and he yelled something, he knew I was the thief. I ran through the door and slammed it shut behind me with the final view of dozens of guards running towards me. I bolted up the stairs and without looking back… I stumbled through the roof door of the building and ran to the edge and stopped. I was twenty-three stories above the road with no way down. I turned around to see ‘the boss’ smiling cruelly at me with ten guards on each side of him. ‘Did you really think that you could get away with this?’ I responded with ‘uh maybe…’ he laughed ‘end of the line, give it back now.’ I faked a puzzled and clueless ‘Give what back?’ he growled, ‘the coin, Now!’

Response: There was a clamour in the stairwell behind him, more guards ascending, more reasons to fear. But I had my own reason for staying, for confronting him. He pointed at my pocket, ‘that coin has been in the family for generations!’ he seethed. ‘yeah about that…” I spun around, there was a sudden silence as I stepped off the roof and as I began to fall, I smiled. There was no panic as I fell rapidly toward the unforgiving pavement. Instead, there was serenity. Because I knew — for the first time since I could remember — I was exactly where I was supposed to be. My name is Armar Deandre and my life went from bad to worse… or so it seemed. But as I stepped off the edge, the coin began to warm in my pocket. And then, an impossible thing happened. My fall slowed and I began to glide. Terror turned into amazement, the world seemed to slow as I soared over the city. I felt the wind rush against me, felt the cold nipping at my cheeks and the coin burn against my leg. Without realizing it, I laughed. I was free. All the walls, the restrictions, the guilt had been stripped off as I took to the skies. Everyone on the streets below me watched retreating in fear, their eyes shone with horror and disbelief. And that made me chuckle. What they saw was an impossibility, a freak occurrence. They saw an ordinary boy defying the laws of physics. A thief turned into some sort of...superbeing. But I knew what they didn't. My name. My full name had a legacy, a lineage coursing through every letter, every syllable. I wasn't just Armar, I was Armaros Deandre, and that was something extraordinary. I was not just a thief. I was not just the enemy of authority. I was not just the troublemaker of the city, the orphaned boy who stole from the wrong people. I was a descendant of Armaros, the ancient Fallen Angel who had taught mankind to manipulate the elements. I never believed the stories, the tales that were supposedly my heritage, told by the woman who had adopted me, before she too, became a fallen angel, her light snuffed out far too soon by those who disagreed with her, led by the man who was "the boss". His voice echoed in my head ‘Did you really think that you could get away with this?’. Oh how I wish he were here to see this. But you see, in hindsight, I’m starting to think my life didn’t go from bad to worse… it just became more… interesting.

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