[2740 AD; prime minister’s office – Deca District]
Alan had anticipated for this day as he donned on his blue cape. It would be the first time he would meet Fercewend the General, as well as Isaac Kunigunde. As he left his office, Ayanna was waiting for him outside.
“Sir,” Ayanna greeted, “You’re heading down, I assume?”
“Yes, Major Ansa,” Alan replied. “I take it you’re not coming with me.”
“As much as I would love to attend, I can’t,” she answered. “There’s someone I have to meet regarding the True Thekohnians.”
“Alright then,” he said. “Report back to me later.”
“I’ll be sure to do that, sir,” Ayanna said.
“Right,” he replied.
Going downstairs, Alan was greeted by a group of Ameci soldiers. He stood as the doors opened to reveal the general in all his glory. It was a grand entrance as soldiers stood on either side of the door, Fercewend marching down the front hall up to Alan. Behind him, Isaac was wandering right behind him.
“It’s nice to meet you again, Prime Minister,” Fercewend said.
“Good meeting you too, General,” Alan replied. “And good day to you as well, Isaac.”
Isaac laughed. “I feel so honored,” he said. “It’s not every day that I get to meet powerful men such as yourself.”
“Flattery was always something you were good at,” Alan said. “It seems you’re as good as ever. Now, General Fercewend, let’s discuss at the Majesty Hall. Chancellor Harring will be arriving shortly.”
Alan started to walk with Fercewend, but Isaac stepped in front of them.
“Excuse me,” he said, “But is there no way that I am able to join?”
“I’m sorry,” Alan replied, “I simply cannot allow that. You are, however, free to enjoy the sights around the area. I’ve arranged a personal escort to attend with you.”
“I see,” Isaac said.
“Please, Isaac, it would do you well,” Fercewend said. “I will relay to you anything you wish to hear later.”
“Alright,” Isaac replied. “I will be back. Hopefully you fellows will come to a plan soon enough.”
Isaac left as Alan and Fercewend headed to the Majesty Hall. They passed through a large set of double doors with statues on either side. With both doors splitting open the entrance to the hall, Alan stepped inside with Fercewend close behind him. There sat a single large table in the middle of the room with twenty chairs sitting at it.
“It must be good to have him out of your hair, isn’t it?” Alan asked Fercewend. “No offense to you, of course.”
“None taken,” Fercewend said. “Shaving my head is a personal choice. Also, Isaac can be a bit overbearing, so I understand.”
“Something we can agree on,” Alan said, “And by that I mean about Isaac. I could never think about doing away with my hair.”
“It’s not for everyone,” Fercewend replied. “It would be quite odd to come home one day and find my wife doing an imitation of yours truly.”
“Hah, it’s nice to see your quick wit at work once more,” Alan said, “But enough of that. We must wait for the chancellor of Ahnlikohn to arrive, after all.”
The feeling was the same as it was the last time Ayanna was in the Questioning Chambers. She would be meeting with someone once again to talk about the True Thekohnians. Once again, Ayanna watched the door open as Law walked into the room.
“Oh no,” she said to herself.
“Ah, I knew I’d cross paths with you once again!” Law exclaimed. “I guess the stars aligned themselves for this very moment to happen.”
“Are you here to talk about the True Thekonians, or are you under the delusion that this is some sort of date?”
“I’m here because of you,” Law replied. “It’s not like I have nothing to do.”
“I feel as if that’s precisely why you came here today,” Ayanna said. “Please, if there’s anything you have that’s the least bit useful, then tell me. Otherwise, I will have you thrown out.”
“Ayanna, we both know that if you want information, you’re going to have to give me something,” Law said.
“Okay, I’m going to throw you out.”
“No, no, no, not like that,” he said. “What kind of guy do you take me for? Of course, I’ll forgive your mistake, as long as you can tell me about Silvia.”
“I can’t believe you,” Ayanna said. “I’m just going to forget that even happened… Okay, I’ll tell you about Silvia, then.”
Law reclined in his chair as he placed his feet on the table. “Ah, to finally make some progress,” he said. “Let me have it.”
“Silvia was a colleague of mine,” Ayanna explained. “Going up through the ranks, she and I were promising soldiers in the army.”
“Intriguing,” Law said. “What happened?”
“Let’s just say that the last mission we had together didn’t go so well,” Ayanna replied. “But I suppose that it was my fault that the situation even happened in the first place.”
“Well, sounds like I’ve heard all I needed to know,” Law answered.
“I wasn’t quite done, Mr. Power,” she said.
“Hey, save it for our date later tonight,” he said. “Anyway, I’m ready to share what I’ve got.”
“Fine,” Ayanna uttered. “Tell me what you’ve ‘found out’ about the True Thekohnians.”
Law dropped his feet to the floor and leaned forward, his hands resting the table. “Now we’re talking,” he said. “Okay, so get this: you’ve been paying attention to the conflict in Maeitakohn?”
“Well, it seems like there are some rumblings of a civil war breaking out,” he replied. “The people are quite dissatisfied with Rhodes as the leader, and they’re turning to other groups for help.”
“Are you insinuating that the True Thekohnians are one of these groups?” Ayanna asked.
“I can’t say that they are,” Law answered. “To say that would be reckless of me, and as we both know I am a careful man.”
“It seems you and I have differing opinions about what is and isn’t ‘careful,’ Mr. Power,” she said, “But please go on.”
“Certainly,” he said. “Since this is a delicate issue for the surrounding countries, Ameci and Iiayikohn are choosing to wait and see what happens before taking a side. Can’t blame them. If you’re going to get your hands dirty, you would want to know who you’re doing it for, right?”
“What’s your point?”
“Well, if you want to know, you and I have a lot more in common than you think,” Law said. “Namely, I too have lost someone to the True Thekohnians. Although I can’t say it was the same way. That’s not the point, though.”
“My point is that if there’s an opening for them, they will use the conflict for their own purposes,” he continued. “The game is almost over here: it’s the fourth quarter and there’s less than a minute on the clock. The ball is in your hands, so what will you do?”
“That’s not a decision I can make, you know,” she said.
“Yeah, I get that,” Law said. “It’s easy when you’re the spectator. You can just yell at the players to pass the ball or go to the basket, but ultimately they are at the behest of the coach. Do you trust your coach, Ayanna?”
“If you’re asking me about the prime minister, then yes,” she replied, “I can trust him to make the right decision.”
“That makes two of us,” Law said. “I’ve heard the stories. Even for me, I’m quite jealous.”
“Is that all, then?”
“Just one more thing, my lovely Ayanna,” Law replied. “I saw some of those Ameci soldiers arriving here earlier. Are you guys throwing a party?”
“No, there’s no party,” Ayanna denied. “It’s a very important meeting with the general.”
“Ah, so they brought the cue ball over, huh?” Law asked. “It seems weird that President Hawk isn’t coming, don’t you think?”
“That’s really not something I can answer.”
“Perhaps there’s unrest in the nest,” he said. “Then again, it’s none of my business why the Ameci president chose not to come. I don’t have much intention of going back there, anyway.”
“Come on, you don’t want to know why I don’t want to go back?” Law asked. “It’s a very interesting story. It’s almost as interesting as the time I got shot for winning a game of poker!”
“Perhaps if I have some time cleared up in my busy schedule, I will consider listening to your story,” Ayanna replied.
“So that’s a yes?”
“It’s a stern ‘maybe,’ Mr. Power.”
“Well, it’s better than ‘no,’ so I have that going for me,” he said. “Still, it is a shame that our time has to end so soon.”
Ayanna smiled. “I already gave you a maybe,” she said, “So if you really don’t want me to change that to a ‘no,’ I would suggest that you leave and let me do my work.”
“I can honor that,” Law said. “After all, we all know the universal code of honor when it comes to these sorts of things…”
“Are you done?”
“Hah, looks like I am,” he replied. “That’s okay. See you later!”
Law sprinted out of the room as Ayanna followed. She had to go check on how things were going in the Majesty Hall with Alan. There was also what Law had said, too, although Ayanna had to consider where he had even gotten that information in the first place. Still, there was indeed little time and Ayanna would have to find out what the next step would be.
[2740 AD; Rezar, Iiayikohn – Drake Rask’s house]
On the edge of the city sat a single house with a moderate amount of land around it. Drake Rask got up from his bed, looking out onto his property, and began getting ready to go to work. Once he got his clothes on, he headed over to Mina’s room and knocked on the door twice.
“Mina, get up,” he said.
Mina’s eyes opened as the sunlight greeted her, which caused her to shut her eyes due to how bright it was. She then fell out of her bed and onto the floor below. It was a welcome shock to her system as she sprung up to her feet and looked around.
“Oh, there’s no one here,” she said. “That’s too bad, because I really feel like kicking someone’s butt today…”
“I can hear you, Mina,” Drake said through the door. “Start getting ready. I’m going to go make breakfast.”
“Breakfast?” Mina asked. “Okay, well now I have to get ready!”
Mina rushed to get herself ready, hopping into the shower and cleaning herself off. After that, Mina rushed back to her room and got dressed. Her usual “training gear” was the outfit of choice today. It was all topped off with a new pair of steel-toed shoes that Drake had given her yesterday. She eyed herself in the mirror and felt like she was ready to take on any evildoer that crosses her path.
“Look out, villains, because Mighty Mina is ready for you!” Mina declared.
“Mina, breakfast’s ready whenever you are!”
Mina slammed open the door and hopped downstairs, landing feet first in front of the kitchen. She saw the bounty of food placed upon the table as Drake took a seat, to which Mina soon followed as well. She began piling food onto her plate as Drake attempted to get her attention.
“Mina, I don’t know how I can start this,” he said, “So I guess I will get this out of the way: there is something important I need to tell you.”
“Hmm?” Mina asked. She had already started to eat as there was food already in her mouth.
“Swallow your food first,” Drake said. “Mina, I have not been completely honest with you. Namely, what happened to your family.”
“But you’re my family, right?”
“I don’t mean like what we have,” he said, “But your blood family. Have you not known for this long, Mina?”
“I mean, I do, but…”
“This is important,” Drake said. “You and I are not related.”
“What!?” Mina exclaimed. “Not at all!?”
“How do you explain your strength, then?” Drake asked. “One look at myself should tell you I’m no warrior. You, on the other hand, have had quite a history since you were young.”
“What are you saying, uncle?”
“Mina, please,” he said, “Call me Drake. I took you under my wing and even let you work. Looking back, I feel guilty that I even asked you to help me.”
“Don’t,” she said.
“I’m having a hard time just conveying what I want to say,” he said.
“Uncle, I… I just can’t drop that!” Mina said. “We’re family. No silly rules like bloodlines should have to tell us that!”
Drake beamed. “I know that,” he said, “I just want you to find your purpose in life. You shouldn’t be holed up worked for me; you need to get out there and see the world!”
“Are you sure?”
“It’s the last thing I ask of you,” Drake replied. “I want you to gain some experience. You have too much potential to have it all go to waste.”
“Where should I start, then?” Mina asked.
“I can’t tell you that,” he said. “You’re clever enough, though. I bet you’ll figure it out. After all, you have me to take inspiration from!”
“Oh, uncle,” she said, “Of course I will! I’m the hero this world needs! I’m every villains worst nightmare! I’m Mighty Mina!”
“Great,” Drake said. “Glad to hear that. Now let’s finish this breakfast before it gets cold.”
“I’m already ahead of you!” Mina said.
The two of them proceeded to finish off their breakfast and headed right to work afterwards. With a newfound desire to find her purpose, Mina was ready to take on the world.
To be continued…