Aurora – Chapter 9 (Part 2)

[5th of December, 2740 AD; Iiayine Street, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Deca District]

 

“So it seems like these men have no intention of backing down,” Rain said. “Thank you for telling me this, Ayanna.”

Ayanna finished explain to Rain everything that had happened in the park and what Korbin had said. From what it appeared, Korbin did not appear to stop his pursuit. What it meant for Rain’s meeting tomorrow, and the subsequent summit, Ayanna still had no idea. She determined it to just be a rogue act by Korbin himself, but given that he still remained with the Ameci military, Ayanna had to wonder if there was something else going on. Something that no one else was aware of that concerned Korbin and his band of men.

“I would advise caution tomorrow, Your Majesty,” Ayanna said. “Whatever Korbin’s doing, I have a feeling that he’s being directed by Foundation to do their bidding for the time being.”

“It would seem that way,” Rain said.

“All this means is that we have to keep going if we want to take these villains down,” Mina replied. “We can’t let Korbin or anyone else get away with their evil acts!”

Gamal rubbed his chin. “Sounds like we may have ourselves an incident if things start to escalate.”

“Surely you or Sir Dustin might have a suggestion,” Rain said.

“I think it’s as the lieutenant general says,” Gamal replied. “Security is the most important thing at this point.”

“It’s pretty obvious,” Dustin said. “They’re willing to attack an esteemed lady like Ansa here, they’re perfectly willing to go after you if their boss so wills it. Better to have some precaution tomorrow morning, I say.”

“Sounds like that’s our best option,” Rain replied. “By the way, where are Gavin and Law?”

“Oh, they said they wanted to head back and help Sorin out,” Mina answered. “I wanted to help, but they said you needed my help more than they did. I just wish I could’ve at least pummeled Korbin for a bit.”

“It’s fine,” Rain said. “Sorin’s probably already finished taking care of him right now, if I had to guess.”

Eva groaned as she lifted her head up. “Sorin? Is he okay?”

“He’s fine!” Mina replied. “How are you doing, Eva? Do you feel better?”

“I’m so tired,” Eva said, resting her head back on the table.

“Looks like she’s asleep,” Rain said. “Now, what are we going to do until they come back?”

“That’s entirely up to you,” Ayanna said. “I think we have to do something about Korbin’s little group, but that’s merely my suggestion.”

Mina fidgeted with her hands. “I really want to help them out, I do,” she said. “But I really want to make sure that Eva’s okay, too…”

“I shouldn’t avoid this any longer, Mina,” Rain said. “As a leader in the Thekohnian Region, I need to send a message.”

She stood up and looked over at Eva, who was in no condition to help. Rain then turned to Dustin, who nodded back in response.

“Meet us back at Drake’s,” Rain told him. “Sir Gamal, I will need your help.”

“Absolutely,” Gamal replied.

“I appreciate your response,” Rain said. “Let’s go!”

With her words, Rain went with Ayanna and Mina to aid the others. Dustin, meanwhile, helped Eva up to her feet and proceeded to help her on the way back to Drake’s house. Rain knew that in this young night that time was essential and did not waste another second as she hurried over to help.

 

*****

 

[5th of December, 2740 AD; in the back alleys of Rezar, Iiayikohn – Deca District]

 

Sorin joined Gavin and Law on their way to chase after Korbin and his group. It was only a hunch, but Sorin decided to lead the other two through the back alleys as their pursuit continued. Despite what he had said earlier, Sorin had to help Jelka out. Wherever she was hiding, Sorin knew that he had to make sure their plans succeeded. That meant that Johan and Jelka’s safety had to be assured. Once he was within the alleys of Rezar’s Deca District, Sorin looked at the forked path before him.

“Just so you know, I still have my skepticism about her,” Gavin told Sorin.

“I know what you’re thinking, Gavin,” Sorin replied. “I’m sure that Jelka would apologize if you gave her the chance.”

“It’s not about that,” Gavin said. “It’s about trust. You act certain that she’ll remain on our side, but can you really be so sure?”

Sorin looked down the path to his right. “Come on,” he said. “I’ll explain everything later.”

He dashed down the open path as Gavin and Law followed after him.

“Don’t get too hung up on it, bro,” Law said. “I’m sure I can persuade Jelka if I need to…”

Gavin sighed. “This isn’t some sort of game, dumbass,” he replied. “Give me a fucking break already!”

Continuing down the alleyway, Sorin soon found Jelka standing by herself. Nobody else waited for him through the middle of the alley as Jelka turned to face Sorin. Still, Sorin knew that he and Jelka could not afford to have their guards down just in case there was a surprise. Gavin stopped right next to Sorin while Law decided to stand behind them.

“Why did you bring those two along?” Jelka asked.

“You should tell me what’s going on,” Sorin said. “I think it’s about time that we told them what we’re doing.”

“Did Johan tell you yet?” Jelka asked.

Sorin raised his eyebrows. “Tell me what?”

An agonizing, exasperated guffaw boomed through the brick walls of the alleyway. Sorin turned around, but found only Gavin and Law behind him. They looked to the other side where Jelka stood and found the source of the cackle. At the other end stood Korbin, Bradley, and Erik, along with a few other Ameci soldiers. At least, Sorin thought they were soldiers because of their uniforms. He looked back in the other direction, towards the left path, and found more soldiers at the other end.

“So you’ve made your choice, Sorin!” Korbin exclaimed with his arms open. “Did you think that I haven’t bolstered the wings of the Blood Ravens? Fuck no! We’re only just beginning!”

“You’re really going to do this?” Sorin asked. “You’re going to cause trouble even though it’s only going to go poorly for you. Is that what you want to do, Korbin?”

“You could’ve made this easy,” Bradley said. “All you had to do was tell us where Johan Kuu was hiding, but you didn’t. Now it’s time for you to pay the price!”

“I would never tell you that,” Sorin replied. “Not then, not now.”

“Don’t you remember what I told you?” Bradley asked. “You’re disrupting the order that’s been set in place. The queen of Thekohn; Johan Kuu; even you; all of you are trying to topple a dormant beast. You were warned, Sorin Wilk, and now you’ll have to pay for the consequences.”

“Why don’t you eat shit?” Gavin asked.

Bradley tilted his head back slightly. “Excuse me?”

“You’re talking out of ass like we somehow give a shit,” Gavin said. “Those threats aren’t going to work on us, you know.”

“Please don’t tell me that you forgot that you’re being surrounded,” Bradley said. “There’s only one thing that we really want right now, and you’re not even that important enough for me to consider.”

“I’ll take care of them, Bradley,” Korbin said. “Erik and you just gotta peck out that lowly worm and I’ll deal with Sorin Wilk myself!”

Korbin took a single step forward as the barbed wires of electricity formed from out his arm. His left hand remained clenched as Jelka drew her sword. But before anyone could proceed, a single voice rang out from above.

“Just what the hell is going on out here?” Reiss asked.

Korbin stopped himself and looked up. Sorin did the same and found General Reiss, along with Ayanna, Rain, and Mina. They had arrived just in time before anything could happen, much to Sorin’s relief.

“Son of a bitch, it’s that damn general,” Korbin said.

“I’ll ask you once again, since it seems that you can’t be arsed to answer my question,” Reiss said. “What is going on out here?”

“I think it’s better if I answer that, sir,” Ayanna replied.

After a brief explanation from Ayanna, Reiss began to understand what had happened. He then asked Korbin and his group to evacuate the area as soon as they could, no questions asked.

“Like fuck I’m going to do that!” Korbin exclaimed.

“You’d better leave this issue to the Iiayikohnian military,” Reiss said. “I would advise you go now before you force to play my hand.”

“Come down and say that to my goddamn face, old man,” Korbin replied. “I will finish my job here, I will!”

“Korb, remember what was said before we got here,” Bradley told him. “We can’t afford to fail that mission!”

Korbin grumbled. “Fine, Bradley,” he said. “But don’t think that this is the end, Sorin! I’ll be sure to pay you and Johan Kuu back real soon!”

At Bradley’s request, Korbin left with the other Blood Ravens, leaving Sorin and his group in the alleyway. Still, one question remained on everybody’s mind now that Korbin had left: what was to be done about Jelka Arne? Sorin knew he owed his friends an explanation, which he would have to provide sooner rather than later.

“Come on, Sorin,” Law said. “I know you’d like to tell us about everything, but this is too dreary a place to do it!”

 

*****

 

[5th of December, 2740 AD; Drake Rask’s house, Rezar, Iiayikohn]

 

The endless late night sky provided nothing for Sorin. He stared for what felt like forever, yet all he could do was think about what happened afterwards. The moment Korbin and his gang left, Ayanna had taken Jelka in. Though she told him that Jelka would be okay, Sorin knew that he had a lot to say. Above all else, he had to find a way to get to Rysol and Jelka was one of the few people who could help with that goal. There was no telling where Johan was now, so Sorin could not call him. Unsure of what would happen to Jelka next, Sorin turned around to head back to the house but saw Rain by herself out on the patio.

“Are you okay?” Rain asked.

“I’m okay,” Sorin replied as he made his way onto the patio. “I’m just thinking about earlier, that’s all.”

“It’s about Jelka, isn’t it,” Rain said. “Whatever reason you had to keep a secret from us, I’m sure it’s understandable, but General Reiss felt it necessary to have her taken in for the time being.”

“Just tell me you’ll do something about it,” Sorin said.

“I will do my best in the morning,” she replied. “I would advise for Jelka to get out of Iiayikohn, though. As long as Mr. Mars is around, there’s no telling what might happen.”

“I think I know just the place that she can go,” Sorin said.

“That’s good to hear,” Rain said. “I want to be able to have this summit without any interference and that will probably mean that you might have to remain lying low for the time being.”

Sorin had considered that thought. With Korbin roaming around, as well as Foundation off in the distance, Sorin knew that standing out was a bad idea. He wanted to help Rysol, truly he did, but Sorin knew how important the summit was as well. It just reminded him that all he really could do at the moment was rely on both Johan and Jelka, though one of them was currently incarcerated and the other was off in Maeitakohn.

“We know that they’re going to act soon,” Rain continued. “In fact, I’m not surprised that they sent a warning to me. But since we have no idea what Isaac Kunigunde has planned, we can only wait for the summit.”

“I know,” Sorin said.

A brief silence followed. Sorin had no idea what he could say next to Rain, as the only thing he could do was to take in the break between words. Then, Rain took it upon herself to break that silence.

“That’s why you wanted to keep Johan’s presence a secret,” Rain said. “I’m right, aren’t I?”

“He had to buy some time,” Sorin said, explaining most of what he knew to Rain. “In fact, I think that Johan knew people would find out he was still alive sooner rather than later. Even now, while he’s down in Maeitakohn, Johan never intended to hide himself for too long.”

“I see,” Rain replied. “His interests do happen to interfere with mine, if only slightly. I was intent on talking with President Mahrk before the summit, but with his resignation, I’ll have to change my plans accordingly.”

“You’ve got no problem with talking to Khadir, though,” Sorin said.

“That is true,” Rain said, “But it’s much different as the queen than when I was a princess.”

Sorin knew that she had a point. “And Ahnlikohn?”

“Times have been rough for the Ahnle family,” Rain answered. “There’s still much debate on who the chancellor will be; from what I’ve gathered, Harring’s on his way out, but no successor has been discussed.”

“Johan did say that Queen Amelia is looking to boot Harring,” Sorin said. “I wonder what could have happened?”

“We’ll have to find out,” Rain said. She yawned as she covered her mouth. “I guess I should head up to bed now. I can’t keep Mina waiting for too long, plus I’ve got important business with the prime minister, you know?”

“Of course,” Sorin replied. “I’ll see you in the morning.”

With Rain heading inside, Sorin decided to do the same. Instead of heading upstairs, however, Sorin decided to make a call. He had promised Johan a call before he went to sleep and did not want to forget. There was only one place that Johan could be at this time of night, so Sorin decided to take a chance and called up the Green Fir Hotel in Bel.

 

To be continued…

 

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