[2740 AD; True Thekohnians hideout – Nano District]
“Open up!” Wihll demanded. “It’s Wihll!”
The wooden door creaked open as Wihll walked into the dim room. At the table, Silvia sat reading through a book. He crept up to the table, towering over her as he threw down his fist, the loud thud resonating throughout the room.
“Victor!” Silvia blurted.
“Are you deaf, woman?” Wihll asked. “Your friend was so eager to let me in, the very least you could do is say hello to me.”
“That’s more like it,” he said. “You’ve got some explaining to do, Miss Roeik.”
“I do?” Silvia asked. “What could it be?”
Wihll uttered a deep chuckle. “Do you happen to know an Ayanna Ansa?”
“Why-why would you ask that?”
“You don’t need to answer,” he said, “It seems I already know about the sin you’ve committed. You truly are a marvelous woman.”
“I don’t know what you mean…”
“Tell me,” Wihll said, “Why did you decide to join the True Thekohnians?”
“Because I couldn’t stand to watch people getting hurt,” she replied.
“Yes, that’s right,” he said. “Too many of our brothers and sisters have gotten hurt because of the selfishness of the elites. Do you know where I’m going with this?”
“Where?” Silvia asked.
“If you really are devoted to this cause, then you must cut ties with those who pledge allegiance to the elites,” Wihll said. “If we want bloodshed to end, we must first take down the ones responsible.”
“I heard about what happened,” she said. “You… You’ve hurt some people, too.”
“There’s a lot you have yet to learn, Silvia,” Wihll replied. “When you’ve seen the things I have, maybe then you’ll understand why such extreme methods are necessary.”
“If that’s what you believe, then I want out.”
Wihll grinned. He started to laugh again, pounding the table as he did. Once he was finished, he opened his eyes again and brandished his knife.
“Do you fail to understand?” Wihll asked. “You don’t just ‘get out’ of the True Thekohnians. Look at this!”
He opened his coat, revealing the bullet wound he had received from Ayanna a couple of nights ago.
“This is the burden I carry,” he continued. “This is the wound that will stay with me until my death!”
“You mean… the bullet is still inside you?”
“You really are a stupid woman,” Wihll said, closing up his coat. “Why you even were accepted into this group is beyond me. Of course it’s still inside of me!”
Silvia’s hands shook as she tried to reach for a nearby weapon. She spotted a small bottle and picked it up, throwing it at Wihll’s head.
“Was that your attempt to kill me?”
“I just wanted you to be quiet,” she replied.
“You claim to oppose violence, but have no problem with throwing a bottle at me,” Wihll said. “The hypocrisy is rich! You’re as bad as the Iiayikohnians!”
“Just what do you even want!?”
“I just wanted to know if you knew Major Ansa,” Wihll replied.
“Yes I do,” she said. “Are you happy?”
“I’m glowing as bright as a fierce sun,” he answered.
“Please spare her,” Silvia said.
“That is entirely out of the question,” Wihll said. “Our leader has requested that the takedown of the Iiayikohnians must include any and all involved. I would say I’m sorry, but I’m no liar.”
“You are a liar, though!”
“No, I am a hero,” he said. “Though I will admit I do play dirty sometimes. That’s what you have to be when playing a rigged game, Miss Roeik.”
Wihll moved the knife closer to Silvia’s neck, the sharp side being only an inch away from her. Her eyes looked down as he pushed the blade of the knife onto her neck.
“I’m not afraid to cut down anyone in my way,” he said. “If you value your life, you would do your very best to stay out of my way.”
Wihll withdrew his knife, letting Silvia sigh in relief. The door creaked once again as an short, older man with gray and brown hair walked in.
“Victor Wihll! What are you doing?”
“I’m just having a chat with Miss Roeik,” Wihll replied. “What are you doing down here, Mr. Lokke?”
“Have you been paying attention to what’s going on?” Walton Lokke asked.
“Of course I have,” Wihll replied. “You can’t go anywhere with these inferior goons waltzing around!”
“Well, they’re already discussing Maeitakohn,” Lokke said. “Seems like they’re forcing us to play our hand.”
“If that’s the game they want to play, then perhaps we should play it,” Wihll said. “Don’t you think so, Silvia?”
“I… do whatever you want,” she said.
“That’s a vote in my favor,” Wihll said, “So how about it?”
“What do you suggest, then?” Lokke asked.
“If we want to get the head start of Maeitakohn, then we need to hit these assholes where it hurts the most,” Wihll replied.
“Ah, I know what you mean,” Lokke said. “Operation Ablaze.”
“What’s Operation Ablaze?” Silvia asked.
“The grand finale,” Wihll answered. “The be all, end all of the True Thekohnians mission.”
“Clearly put,” Lokke added, “When this plan is enacted, Iiayikohn, and in turn the rest of the Thekohnian Region, will never be the same again.”
“Then I will begin the first course of action,” Wihll said. “It really looks like things are moving much faster than we expected them to.”
“Where are you going?” Lokke asked. “You know that they’ll be looking for you, right?”
“Don’t worry,” Wihll replied. “A couple of soldiers won’t keep me down. I am combat perfected!”
Lokke shook his head. “Whatever,” he said. “Just do what you have to do, and don’t get caught.”
“Believe me,” Wihll said, “Once phase one goes into effect, they will be too busy running around with their heads cut off to try and catch me.”
“Then I will see you later,” Lokke said. “To our leader.”
“To our leader, indeed,” Wihll said.
Wihll left the room, leaving just Silvia and Lokke behind. There was just one place that he had to go to now, and Wihll wanted to get there before the night fell. There would almost certainly be security, but it was a job that Wihll believed he was sent out to accomplish.
To be continued…