[2740 AD; Macro Plaza in front of Iiayine Castle – Deca District]
Panic filled the streets as people ran throughout. The prime minister’s office had been bombed, with multiple people caught in the explosion. Ayanna led Alan away from the wreckage, while the Ahnlikohn soldiers helped Harring. Fercewend barked orders to his soldiers, telling them to find those responsible.
“Go, go, go!” Fercewend commanded. “You guys secure the area, while the rest of you work with the Iiayikohnians to find out who is behind this! That’s an order!”
“Rohan,” Tori said as she ran up to him, “Have you seen Henry?”
“I haven’t,” he replied. “Hold on, stay with me.”
They followed after Ayanna and Alan, looking for the safe point from the danger. Finally, they ended up at the small tent that was propped up for the prime minister’s protection.
“Has the area been secured?” Alan asked.
Fercewend nodded. “I can trust that you will be able to watch over Tori,” he said.
“Are you going out there?” Tori asked.
“I know it’s unconventional, but I cannot let this destruction happen while I’m around,” Fercewend replied. “My soldiers need me out there right now!”
He picked up a gun and sword and left the tent. Ayanna looked to both Tori and Alan, and followed Fercewend out of the tent with her weapons. She ran out, looking around until she found Gavin directing the last few people out of the area. Law and Mina were also there helping out. Ayanna sprinted up to them, making sure not to trip over any debris.
“Mr. Power,” Ayanna said to Gavin, “I have to thank you for your help.”
“You don’t have to thank me,” he said. “We can talk later after we take care of this.”
“Agreed,” Ayanna said. “Why are you two still out here?”
“I can’t just watch as this goes on,” Law replied.
“We’re going to help Gavin out!” Mina exclaimed. “If any of those True Thekohnians are around, I’m going to show them my new ‘Face Breaker’ move!”
“Well, most of them are going to have a weapon of sorts,” Law said. He grinned. “I don’t think they’re going to see what’s coming.”
“What are you three doing?” Gavin asked. “We have to move! Now!”
The four of them moved along, continuing to help the civilians out of the area. Most of them were already escorted out of the plaza, but there were some still hanging around. Ayanna and Gavin led the charge with Law and Mina not too far behind.
“Keep going!” Ayanna said.
They continued to run down the streets, away from the plaza. There were no more explosions, but the screams of other people still echoed throughout. Ayanna evacuated the people from the plaza with Gavin, away from the action. They both looked behind themselves to find that Law and Mina were nowhere to be seen.
Gavin stomped his foot. “Damn it!”
Law had turned back in pursuit of the True Thekohnians. He knew that despite this tragedy, this was his best possible moment to move forward. With the street cleared out, there was little stopping him from dashing towards his enemy.
“Why are we going back?” Mina asked, running right beside him.
Law stopped in his tracks. “Why are you here?”
“I saw you turn around,” she replied. “I thought that you forgot something.”
“No, Mina, I’ve got to do my job here!” Law said. “Although it looks like they’ve decided to greet me a little early.”
They looked ahead as some of the True Thekohnians in Iiayikohnian soldier uniforms stood over. Law counted eight of them, but he was sure that there were more to come unless he did something.
“What do you think we should do, Mina?”
“Why are you asking me?” Mina asked. “We kick their butts, of course!”
“I like the enthusiasm,” Law replied. “But we’re going to have to run first.”
“Just trust me,” he said.
Law and Mina headed into the nearby alleyway as the True Thekohnians pursued them. With the narrow path Law snapped back and eyed the trash can by his side.
“Let me just steal this for a second,” Law said, picking up the metal lid.
Mina backed up behind him as the first assailant charged at Law. Law waved the lid for a moment, and then swung it down onto the man’s head. The man dropped to his knees and rubbed his head, but Mina had other options.
“Take this!” Mina said, delivering the punch to the man’s face. He fell to the ground, knocked out cold from her devastating hit.
The next man yelled, thrusting his arm forward with knife in hand. Law moved to the side and grabbed the man’s arm. His arm locked as Law disarmed him and bashed him over the head with the same lid.
“Thanks for the gift,” Law said as the second man dropped.
He threw the knife at the next man to run in, hitting him in the eye. The third screamed and kneeled down while the fourth began to hesitate and ran away. Law knocked out the man with the wounded eye with a swift kick to the temple. The remaining four looked at one another, with two of them deciding to retreat while the other two stayed.
“Just you two left,” Law commented. “Now we can kick their butts, Mina.”
“You could have left a couple more of them,” Mina said. “But I’ll be glad to show these two my fists.”
She charged at the two remaining members, her fists flying as the two men were caught by surprise. Mina’s first punch hit the first remaining man, sending him flying backwards. The second remaining man was not as lucky as Mina delivered a barrage of punches to his face. He stopped to catch his breath, but Mina had other ideas. She grabbed him by his arm and flung him in the direction of the other man. The force of her throw knocked both of them out, collapsed over one another.
Mina slapped her forehead. “I forgot to say the names of my moves,” she said. “I knew there was something wrong!”
Law stepped out of the alleyway. “Seems like you did right to me,” he said. “Now, where the hell are the rest of them…”
It was then that he spotted Wihll moving down the street with Silvia in his grasp. Law stretched his arms and began to follow after him.
“Wait up!” Mina said.
The pounding footsteps Law produced were enough to catch Wihll’s attention. He turned around, with Silvia jerked around to the side. He saw Law stand before him, Mina right behind him, and cracked open a wide smile.
“Ah, I remember you,” Wihll said. “You swooped in to save that worthless woman the other night. Why does that sound so familiar to me?”
“Law!” Silvia said.
“You mind explaining me what this was for?” Law asked. “Your boys didn’t do a very good job of telling us.”
“Why should I tell anything to some inferior Ameci?” Wihll asked.
“I don’t think I’ve told you anything about me,” Law said. “How would you know that I am Ameci?”
“Call it a hunch,” Wihll replied. “It’s a shame that Ansa isn’t here, especially with this girl here.”
“Certainly a candidate for gentleman of the year,” Law mocked.
“Like I give a shit about your thoughts,” Wihll said, throwing Silvia aside. “I have no use for dead weight at this point, especially when it interferes with my mission.”
Mina growled as her fists shook. “Coward! You caused destruction in my home,” she said, “You are the worst of all villains!”
“I was wondering when you were going to speak up,” Wihll said. “But it seems that you’re sorely mistaken. This is not the work of a villain, but the foundation for a new dawn!”
“Shut up!” Mina said. She stepped closer towards Wihll.
“Go ahead and come at me,” Wihll said. “But if you do, just know that it’ll be her blood on your hands, girl.”
Wihll took his pistol out and pointed it at Silvia. She lay there, frozen on the ground as Mina locked up as well. Laughter erupted from Wihll’s mouth as he withdrew his gun.
“Ah, that’s what I thought,” he said. “You’re just another hypocrite.”
“You’re really going to leave, aren’t you?” Law asked. “That’s a bit of a shame, isn’t it?”
“I already told you I have no time for inferior people like you,” Wihll said. “Besides, I don’t need this woman for my next move. If you really want her so bad, be my guest.”
“Wait, I can’t stay here!” Silvia said.
“Until next time,” Wihll said, “Is what I’d say if I cared about you two, but I don’t intend on coming back here for a while.”
Wihll departed, running away from Law and Mina. Silvia dropped her face into her hands as Ayanna and Gavin arrived.
“Lawrence, would you explain to me the meaning of this?” Gavin asked.
Law rolled his eyes. “Seems like you’re out of the loop,” he said. “Perhaps Mina can tell you.”
“You’re not going anywhere!” Gavin said.
“Well, that’s unfortunate,” Law said. “After what that blond man said, I was going to pursue him.”
“What did Wihll say?” Ayanna asked. She soon spotted Silvia on the ground. “Silvia!”
Silvia looked up at Ayanna, tears in her eyes. “Ayanna…”
“Seems I don’t know what goes on in that man’s head,” Law said. “Looks like we’re fortunate enough to have a reunion, though.”
Ayanna held Silvia close to her, the redhead resting her head on Ayanna’s shoulder. “Do you know where Wihll is going?”
“He didn’t tell me,” Silvia replied.
“I have an idea,” Law said. “Ayanna, take Silvia with you. Mina, try to keep up.”
Law made his way after Wihll as Mina ran with him. Ayanna and Silvia stood up and headed back towards the direction of the safe point in the Deca District. Soon, a group of Iiayikohnian soldiers arrived to apprehend some of the remaining True Thekohnians laying on the ground. As they did, an exhausted Gavin arrived to see that he was already too late.
[2740 AD; The Markets of the Deci District]
After the scatter, Sorin, Gale, and Eva were searching for Kirk in the back street of the markets. It was uncertain whether or not he would be here, but the three of them had to find out. Kirk had been missing ever since the explosions went off, something that had baffled Sorin.
“You think that he’d be easy to spot,” Eva said. “Just what are you doing, Kirk?”
“It’s surprisingly safe here,” Gale said.
“It looks like most of the commotion has died down, fortunately,” Eva said. “Many of these True Thekohnians have either been arrested or they’ve already left.”
“Are we not concerned about that?” Sorin asked.
“We can’t do much about it,” Eva replied. “I’m just hoping that Alan is safe.”
They moved through the empty market, with no sight or sound of Kirk present. Sorin moved out of the markets and onto the street, and that was when he saw him. His back facing Sorin, the man with long black hair was face to face with a member of the Iiayikohnian army.
“Father?” Sorin asked.
The man drew a long blade with what looked to be a set of saw teeth in the middle. He screamed as he rushed the soldier, who stood unable to move. With a deft swing of the sword, the man cut the soldier down to the floor.
“Sorin, what are you doing?” Eva asked, arriving by his side. “Gale, stand back!”
Gale stood on the sidewalk as the man turned around. Despite his poise, it became obvious to both Sorin and Eva that he was not Kirk. His long hair and an unkempt beard covered his face, while gloves were on his hands. He took one look at Sorin and dropped down to his knee. A rattling wail emitted from him as he clutched his head with his free hand.
“I’ve seen him before,” Eva said. “I just know it.”
The man pulled at his hair. “Go away! I… You don’t…!”
Sorin took out his sword and positioned himself. “Who are you?”
“You… The swordsman,” the man said. “I… I’m the… end…”
“The end?” Sorin asked.
“Kirk… He’s been looking…”
“How do you know my father?”
“You’re… Sorin? No! That’s impossible!”
The man raised his sword. Sorin was uncertain what he was going to do next.
“Look out!” Eva exclaimed.
She moved in front of Sorin, taking out her sword and defending the oncoming assault from the long haired man. He backed off as both Eva and Sorin put up their guards.
“I’ll ask again,” Sorin repeated, “Who are you?”
“No way,” Sorin said.
“Sorin, you don’t believe him, do you?” Gale asked.
“How should I know?” Sorin asked. “I want to know for myself.”
“Believe me… if you want,” Rysol said. “Just know that this is the end…”
Eva swung her sword at Rysol again, but this time he blocked it with his hand. She tried to move her sword, but he had a good handle on it as he attempted to strike with his sword. Sorin was quick to defend Eva this time, blocking Rysol’s attack.
“I don’t want to fight you!” Sorin said. “Please, put down your sword!”
Rysol gritted his teeth. He let go of Eva’s blade and backed off, withdrawing his sword in the process. Sorin withdrew his own sword, too, as did Eva.
“Have you seen him?” Sorin asked.
“I don’t know… who you’re talking about,” Rysol said.
“Why did you decide to stop attacking us?” Eva asked.
“Gah! Stop asking…!” Rysol exclaimed. “I can’t be here! Not when… they’ll kill everyone…”
“Just tell me one thing,” Sorin said, “You really haven’t seen… my father?”
“No… I have not seen him,” Rysol said. “I have to stop them… The True Thekohnians…”
With that, Rysol turned around and left. His exit left Sorin, Gale, and Eva with more questions than answers. They had no time to react, though, as Ameci soldiers moved through the markets.
“Let’s go, you two,” Eva said. “We have to go back!”
[2740 AD; Macro Plaza – Deca District – Safe Point Tent]
“You do realize that what you’ve done is unforgivable,” Ayanna said.
“I know,” Silvia replied. “I’ll tell you everything you need to know.”
Ayanna sat opposite of Silvia at the small table, while Alan and Tori watched. Outside, things appeared to be calming down as the plaza was secured. Still, the True Thekohnians has made their presence known.
“Start at the beginning,” Ayanna said. “Why did you join them?”
“Because I didn’t know,” Silvia replied. “I heard all of the rumors, but when I joined, they said they wanted to change this world.”
“What do you know about their leader?” Alan asked.
“I’ve never met them,” Silvia said.
Alan groaned. “This is unfortunate,” he said. “Major Ansa, have other members been taken in yet?”
“From what I’ve heard, yes,” Ayanna answered. “We’ll have many more to question after this.”
“I’m going to make this blunt,” Alan said, “I don’t think that Miss Roeik is very reliable. There may be a past connection between you two, but we need to work fast.”
“I’m aware, prime minister,” Ayanna said. “Silvia, I can’t do my job if you don’t tell us information we need to know. Please, if there’s anything, share it with us.”
Silvia sighed. “There is one thing,” she said. “It has to do with Lokke.”
Alan leaned in. “Explain.”
“He and Wihll were talking a couple days ago,” she said. “They said they had a plan that was the be all, end all of the True Thekohnians mission.”
“Surely this can’t be their plan,” Alan said. “Ansa, ask her how Lokke was able to communicate with Wihll.”
“He broke out,” Silvia said, “Or rather, someone helped him out.”
“Who?” Alan asked. “Answer me now, damn it!”
Silvia shook her head. “I can’t answer something I don’t know,” she said. “If I had to guess, maybe it was the leader. They would have to have some influence to help break Lokke out without it being an incident.”
“Alan, maybe we should think about it differently,” Tori said.
“What do you mean?” Alan asked.
“We’re going nowhere with this line of questioning,” Ayanna said. “Let me ask this, then: do you know what they’re planning for Maeitakohn, Silvia?”
“I don’t know,” she replied. Then, she gasped. “This was the distraction! Wihll orchestrated this attack to cause a distraction away from Maeitakohn!”
“I figured as much,” Alan said, “But it seems like they wanted to have us running around while they planned their next move.”
As he finished, in walked Fercewend with Gale, Sorin, and Eva. They were all tired from running and took seats in the tent.
“This has become quite a crowd, it seems,” Alan said. “You certainly arrived at the right time, haven’t you?”
“Did I miss anything?” Fercewend asked.
“I can help you catch up, Rohan,” Tori said.
“Thank you. The area is safe now,” Fercewend said. “Unfortunately, I cannot say the same of the people that were caught in the blast.”
“Let’s move this conversation to the embassy, then,” Alan said. “It’ll beat sitting here in this tent.”
“That sounds like a good idea,” Fercewend said. “Let’s go, everyone.”
To be continued…