Sundown – Chapter 28 (Part 1)

[16th of September, 2740 AD; base camp just outside of Bel Dale, Maeitakohn]

 

The sun shone bright as Gavin looked on towards the fields below the hill. Not too far off was the camp where the Neu Thekohnian Order was said to be, and with that, Mina’s mother. Gavin pulled out a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at the camp that he, Law, and Eva would have to infiltrate. Henry and his troop appeared ready to move at any moment as Gavin scanned the area.

“See anything, bro?” Law asked.

“I’ve got a good look at General Khadir’s army,” Gavin replied. “Ready to move any moment now, right, Henry Randolph?”

Henry chuckled. “This is a good plan by Karim, I’ll have to admit” he said. “Arrington told me that you used to be the best eyes in the military, which looks like he was right about.”

“Good eyes are the number one trait for a marksman to have,” Gavin said. “It makes even the most improbable of targets a possibility for me. I’d bet you’d like to see, wouldn’t you?”

“I think I’ll pass,” Henry replied.

“Too bad, bro,” Law said. “Henry has no time to feed your ego, it seems.”

“Be quiet,” Gavin replied. “What the fuck is going now?”

He looked through the binoculars again and found a small group of Neu Thekohnians walking out of the building. The Maeitakohnian army got closer as the Neu Thekohnians put up their weapons and began to fight.

“I see them now!” Gavin said.

“Okay, you heard him,” Henry said, “Move out! Make sure there’s no escape for them whatsoever!”

Henry led his troop down the hill. They rushed down towards the camp as Gavin put away his binoculars and put on his sunglasses.

“That’s our cue,” Gavin said.

“Well done,” Eva said. “Now let’s hurry.”

As there was no time to hesitate, Gavin rushed down the hill with Law and Eva following him. Henry’s troop joined in on the attack, which was good enough to distract the guards at the front as Gavin led the other two to sneak past it. Now that they were inside, Gavin took a moment to look around for the entrance to the main building.

“Over there,” Law said.

He pointed to an open door that appeared to be unguarded. Gavin nodded to Law and then to Eva as they decided to dash inside. Only one straightforward path stood in front of them, so Gavin took out his gun and gripped it tightly as he stepped forth to the closed door before him.

“Don’t utter a single word,” Gavin said. “If something happens, cover me.”

With that said, Gavin twisted the doorknob and pushed the door open. The complete silence that followed did nothing at all to dispel Gavin’s suspicions as he peered inside. No one was there, save for one person that was locked in a cell in the corner of the room.

“Is that her?” Gavin asked.

“Do you see someone, bro?”

“Come on,” Gavin said. “Eva, I want you to keep watch out there in the meanwhile.”

“Okay,” Eva said.

Gavin walked inside, letting go of the doorknob as he lowered his gun. As he got closer to the cell, he saw the woman with short, black hair standing there staring at the wall. She turned the moment Gavin and Law walked in and nearly jumped back in shock as the two brothers stood at the other side of the bars.

“Who… who are you two?”

“We’re here to get you out of this place,” Gavin said. “The name’s Gavin Power, marksman extraordinaire.”

“And I’m Law Power, the dashing Power himself,” Law said. “You must be Wilma Brynjarr.”

“How do you know that?” Wilma asked. “You’re not with the Ahnlikohnian army, are you?”

“No, we’re Ameci,” Gavin replied. “Though we are dealing with those Neu Thekohnians out there.”

“So you’ve come to save me, then?”

“That’s what we’re doing,” Law said. “There’s actually a lot we want to talk to you about, but it wouldn’t feel right doing it in this old place.”

“You would know how to unlock this cell,” Wilma said, “That’s what you’re implying, aren’t you?”

Law grinned as he placed his hand on the lock. “There’s two ways to break a lock, my dear,” he said, “The tough way and the hard way. Fortunately for us, I’ve got just the remedy for this sort of thing.”

“What are you talking about?” Gavin asked.

“Put away your gun, bro,” Law replied. “I came prepared for this, because I knew we’d have to deal with a lock or two.”

He reached into the side pocket of his jacket and pulled out a lockpick. A few moments later, Law unlocked the lock with ease and opened the cell door.

“Thank you,” Wilma said.

“You actually came prepared for once?” Gavin asked. “What a total surprise, coming from you.”

“I like to surprise,” Law said. “Now, how are we getting out of here?”

“Good question,” Gavin said. “Well, I think I might have an idea…”

As he said that, a loud, rumbling noise echoed through the walls of the building. Gavin jerked his head toward the direction of the door out and saw Eva standing there.

“What the hell!?” Gavin asked. “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me…”

“An explosion,” Eva said. “We’ve got to get her out of here right now!”

“You’ve got that right,” Gavin said. “Lawrence, it’s your time to shine again. Get Wilma Brynjarr out of here and we’ll secure your exit!”

“That sounds like a good plan to me,” Law replied. “You’ve got no problem with that, do you?”

“I don’t really have much of a choice,” Wilma said. “You seem trustworthy enough, so I’ll go with you.”

“Great,” Gavin said. “Now let’s get out of here already!”

Gavin lead the way with his gun out and pointed forward while Eva unsheathed her sword and walked to the left of Gavin. Another few steps to the exit, another explosion rang out.

“Where is that coming from?” Aron asked from the distance.

“Over there!” Henry exclaimed. “Take cover!”

“They’re close by,” Eva said. “It would be a good thing if we don’t run into them right now.”

Outside the building, all could be seen as more Neu Thekohnians showed up from atop the hill where Gavin and the others were. Gavin looked and saw Jelka leading the charge as she and the rest of the Neu Thekohnians ran down the hill to where the battle took place. Meanwhile, Henry and his troop entered the camp and took cover behind the gates.

“Damn it, there’s been an ambush!” Henry exclaimed as he reloaded his gun. “We’ll have to regroup!”

“What about the Maeitakohnian army?” Aron asked.

“I’m hoping that they’re thinking the same thing,” Henry replied. “General Khadir is a smart man; he’s going to want to pull back.”

Henry turned and noticed Gavin.

“Wait, you’re still here?” Henry asked.

“Well, we’re trying to get out of here, too,” Gavin said. “Looks like they intentionally undermanned this place so they could catch us off guard with the higher ground.”

“I should have seen this coming,” Henry said. “We haven’t lost any men so far, but they’re not going to let us get out of here alive.”

“Do you have a plan?” Eva asked.

“There’s an escape plan,” Henry replied. “Speaking of which…”

“That’s my cue,” Law said. “Wilma and I are going to try to get out of here, but with how it looks, the odds aren’t favorable.”

“Has that ever stopped you before?” Gavin asked.

Law laughed. “I never back down from a challenge if there’s even the slightest chance of winning,” he said. “Wilma, you can run, right?”

“Yes, I can do that,” she answered.

“Great,” Law said.

“The meeting point is over at the river,” Henry said. “Of course, that involves getting past the hill where they’re attacking from.”

“You don’t worry about that,” Law interrupted. “I already know that I can get there. You guys just have to create a diversion while I go and escort Madame Brynjarr to safety.”

“Did you two forget that I’m the commander here?” Henry asked. “Just kidding, I like your plan. Okay, let’s do this!”

Henry led his troop out onto the field while Gavin looked to Law.

“Her life is in your hands now,” Gavin said. “I don’t think I have to say this, but I trust that you can get to the meeting point unharmed.”

“As do I with you, bro,” Law replied. “See you there.”

With that, Gavin and Eva followed after Henry’s troop as Law lead Wilma away from the action. Gavin pulled out his gun while Eva took out her sword as they took care to keep their guards up. The Neu Thekohnian Order still had their position on the higher ground, but Gavin was determined to go through their attack in order to confront their leader.

“Eva, over there!” Gavin said.

Eva looked over toward Henry’s troop battling with several of the Neu Thekohnians. “They’re handling them quite well,” she said. “There’s still some more at the top of the hill, though.”

“Guarding the leader, I assume,” Gavin replied. “Time to fucking do this.”

He charged forth as the five men guarding the top of the hill had their swords drawn. Gavin fired his gun at one of the men, hitting him in the shoulder. He was about to react, but Gavin kicked the man on the chest, knocking him to the ground and his blade to the side. The other men tried to attack, but Eva was quick enough to cut through two of the men with her blade, dropping them to the ground with two precise, successive slashes. Gavin fired his gun at one of the two men remaining, striking him in the neck as he let go of his sword and fell down.

“You! Drop your weapon now!” Gavin commanded to the remaining man.

All the man could do was comply as he put down his blade. As he tried to run away, Jelka struck him hard in the back of his head with the hilt of her sword.

“You did well to get here,” Jelka said, “But I believe you’re well too late.”

“What are you talking about?” Gavin asked. “We’ve already rescued the hostage, Eva and I tore these fools some new assholes, and the Ameci and Maeita troops have the advantage as we speak!”

Jelka laughed as she sheathed her sword. “Oh, but don’t you see? Why was it so easy for you to rescue that woman? Why would we even set up this pathetic display for seemingly no reason?”

“Don’t mess around with us,” Eva said. “Just say what you’re going to say already.”

“You’ve noticed it, haven’t you?” Jelka asked. “This whole setup was so we could lead a bigger attack on the Royal Kingdom of Thekohn!”

Gavin pointed his gun at Jelka. “The fuck are you talking about?”

“How would you even do that?” Eva asked. “There’s no way you would have enough people to even lead two separate attacks in one day, much less in a week.”

“Maybe so, but we’ve got a new friend for that,” Jelka said. “A man that you may know quite well, I’ll add.”

“Tell us now, damn it!” Gavin said.

“If you want to know, you’ll have to head to the kingdom yourself,” Jelka said. “That said, I’m not going to give myself up so easily now…”

Before Gavin even had a chance to respond, Jelka charged at him with her blade drawn. She almost landed a hit on him, but Eva jumped in with her sword raised up to defend the attack.

“Not while I’m still here,” Eva said.

Jelka laughed again. “Well, it wasn’t like I was planning on killing you,” she said. “No, I was asked not to kill anyone while I’m here. Not while there’s still fun to be had.”

She delivered a sweeping kick to Eva, which knocked her off of her footing. Gavin tried to aim his gun at her, but Jelka used her free hand to punch him in the stomach. It was all that she needed to catch him off guard as she ran off in the opposite direction.

“God fucking damn it all, she got away,” Gavin said.

“She’s faster than I expected,” Eva said. “I should’ve finished her while I had the chance, damn it.”

“We need to meet up with Lawrence,” Gavin said. “As much as this sucks, it’s better to let her run for now. We’ve got bigger issues to deal with right now.”

Eva sighed. “I guess so.”

Gavin looked down the hill. “Seems they’ve wrapped things up down there, too,” he said. “We’ll have to report to them what we learned.”

 

*****

 

With the rescue a success, Gavin and Eva were able to reunite with Law back at the meeting point. He was able to lead Wilma Brynjarr back to the point as Henry and his troop arrived alongside the Maeitakohnian one. As all groups were now reunited, Henry turned to Gavin.

“So we’ve got another impending attack up north, then,” Henry said. “All of this to divert attention from what’s going to happen in Thekohn.”

“We’re certainly not in a good place right now,” Gavin said.

“What are you talking about?” Law asked. “We rescued her, didn’t we?”

“I know that, you fool,” Gavin replied, “But now we have a different problem that we’re not going to be able to handle.”

“Bradley’s troop should be around there right now,” Henry said.

“But is that going to be enough, Henry?” Aron asked. “We could still try to go there and see what we can do, right?”

“It’s not at my liberty to say,” Henry answered. “I’d have to speak with the general about it.”

“Screw that,” Law said. “If there are people in jeopardy, then we need to hurry already. Not just sit here doing nothing, junior lieutenant.”

“You really want to push it that way, don’t you, Law Power,” Henry said. “Shit, it looks like we have no choice.”

“How long will it take for us to go from here to the kingdom?” Gavin asked.

“If we’re lucky, we’d make it in just over two and a half hours,” Henry said. “Of course, I’d be rude if I didn’t go and thank General Khadir for helping us, so I’ll have to see him off first.”

“Then go do that,” Gavin said. “As for us, I think it’s time for us three to go on our way. You’ll be able to watch over Wilma Brynjarr, won’t you?”

Henry nodded. “I think we can arrange for her to go back to the embassy in Rezar,” he said. “I’m still a little surprised that she’d be all the way out here of places.”

“Well, we can talk about that on the way there,” Wilma said. “Thank you all for rescuing me, by the way.”

“You want someone to thank, thank them,” Henry said as he looked over to Gavin, Law, and Eva. “I just brought the firepower, that’s all.”

“I promise to you, Madame Brynjarr, that we’ll meet again,” Law said. “I’ll be sure to bring you a pleasant surprise when we get back.”

“Thank you,” Wilma replied.

“You want to stay around for much longer?” Gavin asked to Law. “We’re getting out of here now.”

“Right, right, bro, just don’t start the car without me,” Law said. “Looks like you’re really going to have to step on the gas if we’re gonna make to the kingdom quickly.”

 

To be continued…

 

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