[2nd of January, 2741 AD; Helmut Hospital – Reception Room, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Giga District]
After arriving at the hospital, Gale tried to see Isaac, but was denied. Sorin had a feeling that this would be the case, so he waited with her while they tried to figure out what to do next. Meanwhile, Gavin took a look through a newspaper as Law and Henry discussed what Isaac’s condition would mean now. For all that Isaac had done, Sorin had to wonder if he had any remorse now that it was clear Harold and Korbin betrayed him. Sorin wondered if there was a possibility that Isaac would have a change of heart, though Sorin had a feeling it probably meant nothing now. Isaac had done his crimes and no turnabout would undo that fact.
“He’s still responsible,” Gale said. “No matter what happens here tonight, it will be Isaac’s turn to pay for what he’s done.”
“I wonder what General Fercewend is thinking right now,” Sorin said. “Is he really set on siding with Isaac to the very end? Even after all that’s happened tonight?”
“Whatever Isaac has over him, Rohan has to know,” Gale replied. “He has to know what’s going to happen once everything comes to light.”
“There’s little we can do at the moment,” Henry said. “If we’re going to find out anything from Rohan, we’ll have to wait a little longer.”
“Yeah, it’s going to be a while until we see Isaac ourselves,” Law said. “He’s holding on for life with all he’s got. That bastard doesn’t know when to admit his defeat, even when the final call is coming in.”
“Truly this has been an ongoing battle,” Henry said, “But it’ll be over soon enough. Isaac Kunigunde can no longer keep running from the consequences of his actions.”
“Let’s hope so,” Sorin said.
“Excuse me, is there a Mr. Law Power? I’ve got a very important call for him if he’s available.”
Everyone looked over towards the reception desk. Law set his sights on the receptionist behind the desk as she held up the phone. He headed to the desk and picked up the phone. Sorin could only guess that Rain called and wanted to speak with someone, as she had to have gotten the news of Wilson Dezine’s ousting by now. After all, this was important towards Rain’s goal and Sorin wanted to hear what the next step was going to be now.
“Ah, yes, it seems like you’ve picked a good time to call, Your Majesty,” Law said. “I guess the good news reached you rather quickly, didn’t it?”
Gavin stood up and walked over to Sorin, Gale, and Henry. “He’s trying his best to play up this situation, it seems,” he said. “But I suppose we’ll learn soon what Rain plans to do now. I wonder what she plans to do now.”
“She will make the right decision,” Henry said. “The only question now is whether or not Rohan will accept it.”
“If you believe in him, then I suppose I should, too,” Gale said. “All of this happened because of Isaac’s greed. Rohan has to understand that; he just has to.”
The doors to the emergency ward then opened as Fercewend walked out. He took a deep breath and sighed as everyone, save for Law, faced him. Rohan was the only one who could answer their questions and Sorin knew that this was their best chance. Sorin could not afford to let it go to waste. Before he could ask the general anything, Fercewend raised his head.
“If you’re wondering about Isaac, he’s fine,” Fercewend said as he closed his eyes and clenched his fist. “He is doing much better now, though I cannot say the same for his self-esteem.”
“Tell me, Rohan,” Henry said. “We deserve to know.”
Fercewend opened his eyes. “You’re right,” he said. “What happened in the embassy was because of Isaac’s own actions. He has much to answer for as do I; what I can say is that I am aware of what’s going to happen next and once Hasker arrives in Rezar, I will sign my resignation posthaste.”
“You intend on sinking with Isaac all the way?” Gale asked. “Even though he was using you this whole time?”
“I let Isaac get to me,” Fercewend said. “Perhaps I was too naive to think that Isaac would go so far… No, that’s not it.”
“Then what is it?” Gavin asked.
“I let it happen,” Fercewend said. “All this time, I had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind. At first, I thought it was just intrusive thoughts, so I tuned it out. But it was instinct and I should’ve acted.”
“You couldn’t have possibly known,” Henry said. “Hell, I only learned about Isaac’s acts rather recently.”
“That may be the case, but I am one of the most powerful men in Ameci,” Fercewend replied. “People look to me for example and once news breaks out, I am certain that they will no longer hold the military in high regard. How could I possibly show my face in public after this?”
It was a question that Sorin felt no one had an answer to. Henry, though, looked Fercewend directly in the eyes.
“There’s only one thing you can do,” Henry said. “Of course, it’s all up to you, Rohan.”
“And what do you suggest?” Fercewend asked.
“You learn from your mistakes,” Henry replied. “You do that and make sure that the next general is held up to the standard that you held yourself up to. That’s what you can do in the future, my friend.”
“I understand completely,” Fercewend said. “But I can’t walk away from the truth. I’m sure you realize that, Henry.”
“Whatever it takes, I’ll help you,” Henry said. “I’m sure it would be much appreciated by everyone if we all work together to make sure someone like Isaac never has that much influence in our government again.”
“That would be for the best,” Fercewend said, reaching out his hand to Henry. “As much as it will be painful, it is a necessary step if we’re to move Ameci towards the future.”
Henry then went and shook Fercewend’s hand. “Indeed, it would be great for all of us.”
“So, what’s the other news?” Sorin asked Fercewend. “You know, what of Isaac and his self-esteem?”
“Ah, yes, that too must be important to you, Sorin,” Fercewend said, pulling his hand back. “Though Isaac is alive and well, the injury to his spinal cord was enough to render him paralyzed below the waist.”
Gale looked away from Fercewend. “Knowing him, he’d rather have died from that gunshot,” she said. “But instead, he’ll have to answer for what he did and he can’t get out of it now.”
“Any information from him would be valuable,” Henry said. “Even the smallest thing would help us get closer to stopping Harold Mars.”
“It all circles back to that asshole, doesn’t it,” Gavin said. “Sorin, this may be a bad time to disclose this, but I think you should know the truth.”
“Are you sure about this?” Henry asked Gavin.
“I already said I was going to be the one to tell him,” Gavin replied. “And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
“What do you have to tell me?” Sorin asked.
“It’s about Rysol,” Gavin said. “More importantly, it’s about where we found his body.”
Sorin had a bad feeling about what Gavin was going to say next. “His… His body? What do you mean?”
“We don’t know everything about what happened, but I can say for certain that Rysol is dead,” Gavin said, placing his hand on the bridge of his sunglasses. “I can only assume that he died because he was getting close to the truth.”
“I see,” Sorin said.
He wished that Gavin was wrong but knew that he would have no reason to lie to him about Rysol. Despite the fact that Gavin had no way of confirming it himself, Sorin had to believe what was being said. And the person responsible for Rysol’s death had to be Harold. Sorin just knew it.
“I’m very sorry,” Henry said. “But what we do know is that when we found out about Rysol, he was already underneath what I can only assume was Harold’s hideout.”
“Where was this?” Fercewend asked. “Perhaps there is a chance yet that we can corner this man and seize him before it’s too late.”
“Unfortunately, that isn’t possible,” Henry replied.
Henry explained to Fercewend about the condition of Harold’s hideout and where they went. He also explained what he knew about Harold and the actions he took, as well as what he did to Kirk. Sorin could only listen, his words escaping him as Henry continued to go over what had already taken place. Fercewend just nodded on until Henry finished. Then, at that moment, Law rejoined the group. With Henry done, Gale then went over everything that had happened in Glora, from meeting with Queen Amelia to the encounter with Crawford Bradley. As Gale finished, Fercewend sighed as he looked over at Sorin.
“I must apologize,” Fercewend said. “You were innocent the entire time and I was wrong to treat you unfairly when we last met. I suppose that there was a bit of truth to what Casper said, after all…”
“What Casper said?” Henry asked.
“Isaac had a plan,” Fercewend said. “From what Casper said, it seems as if he and Isaac plotted to poison President Hasker.”
“I knew it,” Gale said. “It was his plan all along… Isaac wanted power and needed someone to take the fall if it were to come up.”
“In the end, though, it looks as if Isaac fell the hardest,” Law said. “A sad, sad tale of a man who wanted it all but in the end gets nothing for his efforts. Well, it would be sad if Isaac weren’t such a vile sack of crap.”
“You may say that, but perhaps in some way, he can learn from his crimes,” Fercewend said. “Even if it were only a margin of minuscule proportions, I want to believe.”
“Even after all this, you still believe in him?” Gale asked. “Even though you know what Isaac has done?”
“I didn’t say it was absolute,” Fercewend replied. “But if there is a chance, then maybe there is a chance he sees the error of his ways.”
Law delivered a small laugh. “The chance that happens is next to little, cue ball,” he said. “Isaac went down his path with the intention of leaving everybody else out to dry. Did you think you’d be exempt?”
“It’s something I’m going to have to ask him,” Fercewend said.
“Guess that’s not going to change your mind,” Law said. “Fine then, there’s no point in asking you anything if it’s not going to yield results.”
“General Rohan Fercewend? Can you come with me?”
Fercewend turned around and looked at the entrance to the patient ward. A nurse was standing by the doors as Fercewend hurried over to her and went through to the patient ward. Law shrugged as he faced the others.
“I guess we’re about to find out for ourselves if we’re going to see Isaac,” Law said. “I’m not going to lie to you, Gale: it’s going to be a bit cathartic to stand over that bastard while he lies in bed. Actually, what I meant to say was that I’m going to enjoy this a lot.”
“Go ahead,” Gale said. “Isaac could stand to be humbled at this point.”
“Well, I’m glad we agree on something,” Law said. “It’s only a matter of time now until the clock strikes zero for him, anyway.”
“So, what did Rain say?” Gavin asked.
“Oh, I’m happy you brought that up,” Law replied. “I was worried for a second that we were just going to let that whole point go to waste.”
“I wasn’t going to forget, dumbass,” Gavin said. “Now what did she say?”
“Right, well, she learned the news about Isaac and now she’s ready for the next step,” Law said. “She was rather happy about it, too. Mina’s gonna be pretty excited to go back to Her Majesty after this is all over, I bet.”
“The next step,” Henry said. “Hasker’s going to have a lot to deal with. I’m not at all jealous of him, to be honest.”
“Someone has to clean the mess,” Sorin said.
“And it’s crucial for Hasker, too,” Henry said. “Well, whatever happens for Ameci now is going to fall on him, like it or not.”
“You still have your plans of running for office, don’t you?” Gavin asked. “Is there anything you could do?”
Henry shook his head. “It’s only for mayor of Admorse,” he replied. “Though it could be helpful in the long run…”
“Whatever you decide to do, I can only hope you hold those ideals as time goes on,” Gavin said. “The world needs people like you to believe in, and this is a good time to start doing the right thing.”
“I’ll do my best,” Henry said.
“Anyway, we’ve still got the matter of what needs to be done here,” Law said. “Rain says she’s going to leave it up to General Reiss to decide who will be the next prime minister, but part of me thinks that he may want to take the job for himself.”
“You really believe that Reiss wants to be prime minister of Iiayikohn?” Sorin asked.
“It’s only a hunch, but Ayanna was thinking the same thing,” Law replied. “If she believes he can be a good leader, then hell, I can certainly believe in the man. He was pretty helpful to us, after all.”
“If that’s to be believed, then I for one welcome it,” Henry said. “I cannot think of a better person to lead this country than him.”
“Well, we’ll have to find out for ourselves,” Gale said. “But for now, let’s go and see if we can speak to Isaac.”
Everyone agreed as they turned towards the entrance to the ward. Sorin followed after the group, but as he did, the front doors to the hospital opened up. He looked back and saw Johan entering. The others stopped as Johan rushed to the group.
“I knew I would find you guys here,” Johan said. “I guess that makes me pretty lucky, doesn’t it?”
“Johan, what is it now?” Sorin asked.
“You should be the one to explain to me, buddy,” Johan replied. “Though I gotta guess there’s a good reason you’re here right now.”
“Leave it to the genius to figure it out,” Gavin said. “I guess you’ve already figured out what happened, haven’t you?”
“Gavin, Gavin, please, I’m just one guy,” Johan said. “A lot’s happened in the span of a couple of hours and I’m just trying to piece things together. That’s the most logical way to go about it, I say.”
“Let’s just get to the point,” Sorin said.
He explained to Johan about what happened to Isaac and what his current condition was at the moment.
“Just as I thought,” Johan said.
“You got anything you want to add, or what?” Gavin asked. “We don’t have that much time, I imagine.”
“You’d be right about that,” Johan replied. “Harold’s the one that’s behind everything, even Isaac. It would help us immensely if we shook our adversary for some clues about Harold.”
“That’s why we’re here,” Gale said.
“This must bring you some joy, I bet,” Law said. “The two guys that’ve been after your head have been taken down and now you’re ready to waltz in there like you just kicked their asses.”
“The only thing that’s going to bring me joy now is to stop Harold Mars,” Johan replied. “He’s close by, but we’ve still got a lot to learn about him. Isaac’s going to help us fill in the blanks whether he wants to or not.”
To be continued…