Sundown – Chapter 17 (Part 2)

[11th of September, 2740 AD; Inside of Rieder Park, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Out of Town]

 

Gavin peered from behind the tree again, but could not see either prince out in the open. He had to hope that whatever plan that Law had come up with would work, otherwise they would be left to chase down both Amile and Amos Anhle. With a grumble, Gavin turned to Law who was already deep in thought.

“So what, are you going to share with me your great plan?” Gavin asked.

“I will, bro,” Law replied. “I’m thinking about how I can use you to distract them while I sneak up from behind.”

“That’s your great plan,” Gavin said, “Are you sure you know what the word ‘great’ means?”

“I’m still working on it, obviously,” Law said. “There’s no doubt that the chief is thinking about how he and Amos can escape. I just figured that you’d be good at closing off the that lane.”

Gavin looked down at his gun. “No doubt that they’ll be trying to flee,” he said. “Okay, let’s do this.”

“Are you two finished yet?” Amile asked from afar. “It’s been quite a moment since I’ve heard from either of you.”

“Fuck off, asshole!” Gavin replied.

Amile laughed. “Go ahead and try all you want, because you won’t get me for assassinating the prime minister!”

“Why don’t you come over here and fucking say that to face!?” Gavin exclaimed.

“Say, have either of you two seen my dear Amos?” Amile asked.

Gavin was taken aback. “The fuck are you asking us for?”

“Wait, we haven’t really heard from him, have we?” Law wondered. “Behind you, bro!”

Gavin turned around and found Amos standing in front of him. He tried to raise his gun, but Amos caught him by surprise and seized his arm.

“Are you an idiot!?” Gavin asked.

“I got this move from my former retainer,” Amos said. “Let’s see if it actually works!”

He spun around Gavin, whose arm was still in his grasp, and attempted to bend the arm. Gavin felt his grip loosen on his gun as he felt his arm start to go in the opposite direction. The immediate pain caused him to growl in pain as Amos did not let go.

“Lay off my bro, jack!” Law exclaimed.

He directed his punch to Amos’s face, who ended up releasing Gavin from his grasp. Amos turned and saw Law ready to attack again. Amos prepared himself and struck back. However, Law saw the attack coming and threw his second punch. This time his fist connected clearly with Amos’s face once again and sent him reeling.

Law set his eyes on Amos. “This is easier than I thought!”

Amos had no time to react as Law delivered a knockout punch that ended up dropping him to the ground. Gavin finished tending to his aching elbow when he finally set his eyes on the unconscious Ahnle prince before him.

“Thanks for that,” Gavin said.

“No problem,” Law replied. “Are you okay?”

Gavin attempted to flex his arm, leading him to grimace as he lowered it to his side. “It hurts like fuck, but I think I’ll manage,” he said.

“You better hand me your gun, then,” Law said.

“What are you talking about?”

“Look at you,” Law replied, “Firing a gun is the last thing you want to do with that kind of pain going on.”

“Give me more credit than that, Lawrence,” Gavin said. “I didn’t take up this skill just so I could be told I couldn’t do it.”

He moved his gun from his right to his left as a smile formed on his face.

“So you can just shut the fuck up about saying I can’t do it!”

“Guess there’s no convincing you, then,” Law said.

“Amos!” Amile called out. “Where are you? Did you get them?”

Gavin turned back to the direction where Amile was. “He’s taking a long nap,” he replied, “And when we’re done with you, you’ll be fucking wishing this was a dream!”

“What did you just say?” Amile responded. “W-What did you two do to my brother!? Amos!? Amos!”

Law looked down at Amos one last time. “Seems the crown prince’s got the gun on him,” he said. “Better be careful, then.”

“He doesn’t have his ‘good luck’ with him,” Gavin said, “How the hell is he going to find us?”

“Just keep your voice down,” Law replied. Then, he made a small gasp. “Bro, I have a great idea. Here, I’ll whisper it to you so there’ll be no chance that he happens to hear it.”

 

On the other side of the forest, Amile reloaded his gun as he could hear footsteps getting closer. He turned to his left, but no one was there. That was when he heard footsteps coming from behind him, which made turn around in response.

“Damn those two,” he said. “Will you show yourselves already!?”

“You should show yourself first, you fucking coward!” Gavin exclaimed.

“I get it,” Amile replied. “You’re coming in from the left, aren’t you? And that other man: he’s coming from my right, isn’t he?”

“That is very perceptive of you, prince,” Law said. “I had no doubts that your hearing was well beyond that of an average person, but you’re forgetting one thing.”

Amile turned around again. “And what would that be?”

“When it’s two against one, you stand no chance,” Law answered. “If you’re confident about where I am, I invite you to shoot me.”

“Quiet yourself with this balderdash!” Amile said.

He pointed his gun in the direction where he believed Law to be, but it ended up missing Law by several feet. Law took his chance and rushed Amile, who tried to fire again. This time it missed Law by a few inches as he rolled to the left of the prince and landed on his knees. As he looked up, Law saw the barrel of Amile’s gun pointing at him in the face.

“You missed,” Law said.

“What the hell are you looking to accomplish with whatever you just did?” Amile asked. “I could hear you just fine and you still haven’t taken my gun. What a waste of time!”

“I wouldn’t be so sure,” Law said. “Care to tell him, bro?”

Gavin had been standing to the right of Amile. Law had distracted him long enough for Gavin to close in and have his gun ready. As he cocked his gun, Amile could only stand still.

“Drop your weapon,” Gavin said. “Otherwise, I can’t say this will end well for you.”

“You… I can’t believe you,” Amile replied.

Law hurried to his feet and snatched the gun out of Amile’s hand. “I think at this point, you have a lot to explain.”

“How can I explain?” Amile asked.

As Gavin and Law had Amile in their capture, Eva entered the park and rushed into the forest. She had her sword drawn and quickly went over to where the others were.

“Are you two okay?” Eva asked. “Where’s the other prince?”

“We’re doing fine,” Gavin said.

“And Amos is busy taking a nap on the ground over there,” Law said as he pointed to the other side. “But that’s enough of that.”

Eva turned her sights on Amile. “This man’s the assassin, right?”

“There’s no point in denying it,” Law said.

“Okay, it was me,” Amile replied. “I killed the prime minister… but you have to understand!”

“The only thing I understand is that you wanted him dead,” Eva said as she pointed her blade at Amile. “Any reason you have for wanting to kill a good man and friend of mine is deplorable!”

“It wasn’t up to me, I swear!” Amile said.

“You’re the one who killed Alan!” Eva said. “I should just kill you right now for all of the pain and suffering that you’ve caused!”

Amile got down to his knees. “Please, don’t kill me,” he pleaded, “Just have mercy and let me explain!”

Eva continued to have her sword trained on Amile as the blade got closer to his neck. Even though he could not see the sword, Amile gulped as he felt the edge of the blade against his neck.

“Eva, I think it’s best if we hear him out,” Law said.

“You’d rather let him walk away with his life?” Eva asked. “After what he’s done?”

“I’m not suggesting that,” Law replied. “You managed to call the authorities, right? There’s no way he’s going anywhere, so I think we should figure out what the hell he’s talking about.”

“And I have a feeling that this dumbass might have some information,” Gavin said. “Information that could prove useful.”

Eva took a look at Amile, and then to Law. “Very well,” she said as she withdrew her sword. “Start talking, and if I think you’re lying, I will change my mind.”

“O-Okay,” Amile said.

“Better do it now,” Law said. “I’ve got no doubt that those officers are coming here soon.”

“Well, I’m telling the truth that I did not carry out this plan on my own,” Amile replied. “I was asked to do it because I didn’t, Jelka Arne would my mother.”

“Was Jelka the one who demanded your cooperation?” Law asked.

“Yes, you’re right,” Amile answered. “He called me out a few days ago after sending a letter to me.”

Gavin put away his gun. “You’ve never met Jelka Arne in person before, have you?”

“No, not at all,” Amile said. “My brother hasn’t, either.”

“Then it’s not a surprise that you don’t know that Jelka Arne is a woman,” Gavin said. “That’s more than enough to tell me that you weren’t contacted by the Neu Thekohnian Order.”

“But I happened to see a couple members on the way here,” Eva said.

“So can you explain that?” Gavin asked Amile.

“I’m not exactly sure, but this man did say that he was part of the NTO and he had people who would kill the queen at a moment’s notice,” Amile said. “I don’t know what to say, bud, but it’s like that.”

Law crossed his arms. “Why the prime minister, then?”

“I’ve already told you,” Amile replied, “He was going to have my mother killed if I didn’t cooperate!”

“That may be your reason, but what was this man’s reason for hiring you?” Gavin asked. “Why did he want Alan Berry dead?”

“If I had an answer for that, I’d tell you,” Amile replied.

“I have my doubts,” Eva said. “Are you certain that you were just being blackmailed and you have no idea whatsoever?”

“Please, just don’t get hasty!” Amile exclaimed.

“What about the Neu Thekohnian Order?” Law asked. “Those guys that Eva ran into… were they working with you?”

“He said that he’d lend some help should things come to the worst,” Amile replied. “I haven’t heard from them, though.”

“You don’t have to worry about that,” Eva said. “I’ve already taken care of them myself.”

Amile whimpered. “J-Just don’t take care of me!”

“I’ve got one more question, prince,” Law said, “Why did you come here, even after all you’ve done?”

“I was asked to,” Amile said, “By that man, no less.”

“And you don’t know who it is?” Law asked.

“No, not at all,” Amile answered. “Just please, if you’re going to punish someone, then punish me! Leave Amos out of this; he was only following my orders!”

Gavin turned to Eva. “What do you think?”

“He was the one who ended up killing Alan, after all,” Eva replied, “Though it seems that he was just acting out on behalf of someone else. He’s just a pawn for whoever the real mastermind of this killing is.”

“You’ll spare me?” Amile asked.

“We will, but I can’t say you’ll be as lucky once you’re in captivity,” Law replied. “Start preparing your lines, because the Iiayikohnian government is going to be asking a lot more questions than we just did.”

“It seems like we’ve got this taken care of,” Gavin said. “I assume the officers will be arriving soon?”

“I called just before I made my way here,” Eva replied, “They should be here any time now.”

 

*****

 

After the Iiayi officers arrived, Gavin explained to them that Prince Amile confessed to his involvement in assassinating the prime minister. Once they had arrested the prince and his brother, the officers left the park and took the two princes down to the jail. With that out of the way, Law decided that the three of them should see what Ayanna had been up to so far. Of all the places he thought to look, Law decided that she might still be at her house. Gavin and Eva at his side, they made their way to her house and to the front door.

“Are you there?” Law asked as he knocked the door.

There was no response, so he decided to knock again. This time, Ayanna did respond and opened the door to Law’s mischievous smile.

“You’re back so soon,” she said. “I heard from the general about what happened.”

“I’m pretty sure he’s impressed,” Law replied.

“Honestly, I can’t even believe it,” Ayanna said. “This wasn’t a mistake, was it? You truly caught the ones responsible for Alan’s death?”

“He told us so himself,” Gavin said. “That bastard did the deed apparently because he was instructed to do it.”

“Since I’m still suspended, I’ll have to hear about it later,” Ayanna replied. “It seems that you did a good job, though, so I’m sure that you’ll want to talk with General Reiss when you get the chance.”

“Why? What’s he got to say to us?” Law asked.

“That’s just something you’ll have to ask him,” Ayanna said. “There’s another pressing concern, though.”

Gavin raised an eyebrow. “What are you talking about?”

Ayanna took out a letter and opened it. “I received this just a few minutes before you got here,” she said. “You’ve managed to come at a good time.”

“Okay, now I want to know,” Eva said.

“A missing convict has been spotted in Helm,” Ayanna replied. “Her name is Silvia Roeik and apparently she has been taken hostage by the Neu Thekohnian Order. We have to act fast.”

“Hold on,” Law said. “When did you get this letter? Who sent it?”

“There’s no time to explain,” Ayanna said. “We need to hurry.”

 

To be continued…

 

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