Sundown – Chapter 13 (Part 2)

On the other side of the door, Ayanna saw the two princes of Ahnlikohn off as they left her office. Now that that encounter was over with, Ayanna had something else to worry about: the meeting with temporary prime minister Wilson Dezine. Little could be done to calm the numerous nervous thoughts racing through her mind as she paced throughout her office. Ayanna could only hope that at the absolute worst, a mere warning would be issued.

“It’s not like you to wander around without cause,” General Reiss said.

“General Reiss!” Ayanna exclaimed. “You’re not already up there?”

“I wanted to see how you’re handling the news,” Reiss answered. “Believe me when I say that I am just as nervous as you are, Ansa. Not just for my sake, but the rest of Iiayikohn as well.”

“The fact that we’ve got no clue who assassinated the prime minister is troubling,” she said. “It will take a lot of effort on our part to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

“I know that Alan did not go down without a fight,” Reiss said. “He was a warrior through and through, struggling to the end. The preliminary autopsy said as much and that, to me, is a big clue in and of itself.”

“It’s true that we have that information,” Ayanna replied.

She remembered the scene was it was when she first found his body. After the initial investigation, there was also another bullet wound discovered in Alan’s abdomen that had been obscured by the dirt underneath. There had to be an explanation as to what happened between Alan and his attacker, Ayanna thought to herself.

“It’s not going to do us any good to keep standing here, however,” Reiss said. “Eventually we’re going to have to face Dezine and hear him out.”

“I know that, sir,” Ayanna said.

“Whatever may happen, know that this is a united force,” Reiss continued. “Stand tall, hand in hand with your fellow Iiayi. That’s the motto.”


Reiss laughed. “Glad to hear that,” he said. “Let’s get going.”

“Very well,” Ayanna replied.

Ayanna followed Reiss up the stairs and headed straight for the office that had belonged to Alan. Given the circumstances, Dezine occupied the room as he sat behind the large desk. Reiss walked in first and took a seat. Ayanna slowly went in and took the second seat right next to him. They both looked at the older, silver haired man as he laid the paper he was reading down on the surface of the desk.

“You’re two minutes early,” Dezine said. “Is there so little for both of you to do right now?”

“We only wish to speak with you so we can find a solution,” Reiss replied. “I know that you’re particular about meetings…”

“Excuse me, but a man has just been assassinated,” Dezine interrupted. “I don’t think people are ready to talk about solutions right now.”

“The civilians might not be, but that’s what we’re supposed to do, sir,” Ayanna said. “People are looking to us as we speak in order to make sure such a heinous act doesn’t happen again.”

“Lieutenant general, tell me something,” Dezine said, “If your job is to ensure the safety of the prime minister, why then do you try to tell me how to do my job?”

“I’m sorry?” Ayanna asked.

“The Iiayikohnian military is supposed to be the strongest force in all the land,” Dezine replied. “Strong enough to prevent any attack on our soil, but given what has happened over the past few months I’m not so sure that statement rings true anymore.”

“I know we’ve had attacks in the past, but we’ve dealt with the ones responsible,” Ayanna said. “Just like five months ago, we will find the assassin and make sure they get the justice they deserve.”

“She’s correct,” Reiss said. “Those who decide to attack us don’t get the chance to get away with it.”

“But was that not due to the help of both the Ameci and Ahnle militaries?” Dezine asked. “Alan had his hand in making sure that a joint effort would be made to stop the True Thekohnians, but I would think that a stronger, more efficient military would not have the need for such assistance.”

“With all due respect, Prime Minister, I disagree,” Reiss said. “It was in the interest of all three of our nations that the threat must be stopped. Had there been no unity, we wouldn’t even be talking here today.”

“You say unity, but I see it as overreliance,” Dezine said. “There is a lot to be said about this incident and it starts with both of you.”

“I understand,” Ayanna said. “Both of us will strive to better leaders for our troops starting right now.”

“Is that what you think?” Dezine asked. “You were just promoted only a few months ago, weren’t you?”

“That’s true, but…”

“Swift punishments are to be expected from me today,” Dezine said. “It may be unfortunate, but you are clearly not ready to handle the job.”

“Hold on a moment,” Reiss intervened. “Ayanna Ansa was not to blame for the prime minister’s assassination. If you are looking to punish someone, punish me.”

“You wish to stick up for her?” Dezine asked. “After all that’s happened?”

“If it weren’t for my ignorance, then Alan Berry would still be alive,” Reiss answered. “That falls on me, sir, and I am ready to accept any punishment so Ansa will not suffer.”

Ayanna looked at Reiss. “General…”

“Did I not tell you earlier?” Reiss asked. “I am willing to do what it takes. After all, it’s a united force, is it not?”

“It is,” Ayanna replied. “Thank you so much.”

Reiss grinned. “All I can expect from my troops is that they follow your example,” he said. “You should be able to lead them, regardless of what happens.”

“Well, it’s quite a passionate display you’ve put on here, Roderick,” Dezine said. “As befitting a general, I’d say. Very well, then.”

Dezine pulled out a notebook and pen and placed it on his desk. He opened it up and began to write. All Reiss and Ayanna could do was watch as Dezine’s movements crossed from one side of the page to the other. Finally he stopped and put the pen aside.

“Both of you will keep your jobs,” he said, “However, it is not without severity. Starting now, Lieutenant General Ansa, you will be serving a two week suspension. As for you, General Reiss, I will see to it that your power is severely reduced in the near future.”

“My arse it will be!” Reiss said. “If you’re going to suspend someone, suspend me, damn it!”

“And what good would that do?” Dezine asked. “Examples still need to be made. Be happy that it’s only two weeks, or I might just change my mind entirely.”

“You can’t be serious,” Ayanna said.

“People are expecting a lot out of me now that I’m the leader,” Dezine replied. “Right now, I can’t afford to have the general of the military out of work, but I cannot say the same of you.”

“That’s nonsense!” Ayanna said. “You can’t just ignore the general’s wishes like that!”

Reiss shook his head. “I’m sorry, Ayanna.”

“General Reiss?”

“I did all I could,” he replied, “But it looks like we’ve got no choice.”

Ayanna sighed. “Understood.”

“If that’s all, then leave,” Dezine said. “I’ve got an important call coming in later and I don’t want to miss it.”

“Okay,” Reiss said.

“Be glad with the deal you got,” Dezine replied, “And hope that I don’t change my mind later.”

Ayanna and Reiss hurried out of the office. Out in the hall, Ayanna looked to Reiss, his fist clenched as he pounded the railing. He did this two more times until Ayanna stepped in and stopped him.

“General, you don’t need to take it out for my sake,” she said.

“I’m sorry, but when I see my soldiers taking the brunt for me, I can’t help it,” Reiss said. “Be it on the battlefield or behind closed doors, I do what I can to make sure that they don’t lose. I’m sorry for failing you.”

“It hurts to lose work for what happened, but I don’t want you to worry about me,” Ayanna replied. “I will try to make everything right, general, I swear.”

Reiss lifted his head and chuckled. “I knew I made the right choice in choosing you to succeed me.”

“Thank you, again,” she said.

“You’ve got those friends of yours, don’t you?” Reiss asked. “I know I’ve seen that energetic girl pal around with you from time to time.”

“Well, yes, but she’s out of the city right now,” Ayanna replied, “But there is Lawrence and Gavin Power.”

“Ah, I do remember distinctly hearing about Mr. Gavin Power’s heroic deed,” he said. “If he’s eager to find out who assassinated Alan, then perhaps it’s best to seek out his help.”

“I have a feeling that he and Law might have already gotten the head start,” she said. “Since they are with Eva Bellamy, I’m certain that they have their own plan.”

“Had no idea that Miss Bellamy was here.”

“Yes, she caused a small scene earlier but I was able to calm her down.”

“Alan was quite a figure in her life, you know,” Reiss said. “Almost like a father I’d say. Fitting, since he was the leader of the Swords of Eight.”

“It’s up to us now,” Ayanna said. “For Alan’s sake.”

“Look, Ansa, it may be a tough road ahead, but if there’s one thing I know it’s that you’ll be leading that lot to find the killer,” Reiss replied. “Hell, if it weren’t for my restrictions, I’d be working the other soldiers on this too!”

“I’ll catch up with those three,” she said.

“Then I will see you later,” Reiss said. “One last thing: if it’s not too much to ask, I’d like to meet you later tonight at your place.”


Ayanna headed off in search of Gavin and the others. She had to find the three before the day was over, at least if she wanted to help them. Perhaps they had already found a lead to work with. All the more reason to catch up with them, Ayanna thought as she exited the building. There was one place that they could be as Ayanna turned to the direction of the largest hotel in Rezar.




[10th of September, 2740 AD; Quiet Falcon Train Station, Helm, Ahnlikohn]


The train rolled to a stop into the station of Helm as Sorin and the others waited for the doors to open. What felt like several minutes, with Sorin looking around and Rain peering at the door, was only a few seconds as the doors parted open and people began to finally exit the train. Sorin and his group were the last few people to exit the train. As the group exited off onto the platform, they decided to head out of the station and out onto the exterior.

“This is Helm?” Mina asked. “It’s so pretty!”

Within the city were many lush trees growing on either side of the streets, with buildings going down all the way to the end of the street. Though the size of the city did not rival Rezar, it appeared to be lively nonetheless. Some crowds were already surrounding one of the closer destinations, the theater, which was not too far off from the train station.

“It actually looks very peaceful,” Sorin said.

“This is considered to be one of the nicest places to visit in the spring,” Rain said. “It’s not too cold, nor too warm. They even have their own little celebration around the turn of the season.”

Gale adjusted her glasses. “Looks like we should come back here around then,” she said. “You know, when we have the free time.”

“That would be nice,” Rain replied. “Especially if I end up getting to spend that time with you, Mina.”

“Of course… Of course!” Mina said. “Um, Noa, you… you haven’t spoken up at all since we got here. Are you okay?”

Noa had his sights set on a man clad in a green cloak. “He’s looking at us,” he said. “What does he want?”

Sorin looked over at the cloaked man. “Hey you!”

The cloaked man walked up to the group and laughed. There was an unsettling feeling at the bottom of Sorin’s stomach as he hovered his hand over the grip of his sword.

“I don’t wish to fight… at least not right now,” Wihll said. He pulled back the hood of his cloak and revealed his face.

“It’s you!” Mina exclaimed. She rushed up to Wihll and punched him in the face, but Sorin intervened before she could deal more damage.

“Hold on, Mina!” Sorin said.

“Why should I?” Mina asked. “He’s the villain that messed with us and Iiayikohn!”

“I know that,” Sorin replied, “But I don’t think he wants to cause us trouble.”

Wihll coughed as he tended to the side of his face. “I remember now,” he said. “Seems that that girl holds the same contempt for me now that she did in the past.”

“You’re right that I do!” Mina answered. “How could we ever forget the horrible things you did to us, Victor Wihll?”

“And you were the one who organized the attack on the prime minister’s office, weren’t you?” Gale asked.

“I knew this was a mistake,” Wihll said. He looked over at Mina, who was still being held back by Sorin. “Fine, then do to me as you wish. I’ve got little to lose, so are you going to be the one to end my life here?”

“No, I’m going to get you back to prison where you belong!” Mina said.

“If that’s your answer, then you truly are naive,” Wihll replied. “This dedication you and your friends have to ‘heroism’ is sickening if not ridiculous.”

Rain stepped forward. “Victor, is it? Mind if I ask you a question?”

“Go ahead.”

“How did you escape from prison?” Rain asked. “Furthermore, how did you manage to get here of all places?”

“I’d like to say that some very generous people helped me out,” Wihll replied. “To think they’d help someone like me… Hah! It’s only because of them that I realized that I had to be here!”

“So whoever told you to come here knew that we were coming,” Sorin said as he let Mina go. “Who was it?”

“Do you really think I’m going to tell you that?” Wihll asked. “Besides, it’s not like I know his name.”

“We don’t care how you got here,” Mina said, “Just explain yourself!”

Wihll put his hood back up. “That’s not going to happen,” he said. “I’ve got somewhere I need to be, after all.”

Sorin unsheathed his sword and pointed it at Wihll. “Not another move.”

“Or what? You’ll take me in?” Wihll asked.

“There’s five of us,” he replied. “You’re already aware of what Mina can do and I know for a fact that Rain here will not sit idly by.”

Noa raised his hand up. “And… and me, too!”

“Seems I’m shit out of luck now,” Wihll muttered.

“There’s little use in resisting right now,” Rain said. “Come now, let’s get to a more quiet area, then we can alert the proper authorities about Wihll here.”

“You’re so sure of that, princess?” Wihll asked. “Fine, I’ll play your little game, Your Highness.”

“She never told you who she was!” Mina said.

“Regardless of how little you think of me, I do happen to know who this woman is,” Wihll said. “My opinion matters even less, but even so, I don’t think highly of the Thedam family. Not after what happened to my hometown and my country fifteen years ago.”

“Do you mind explaining?” Rain asked. “I have a bad feeling of what you’re speaking of, but please go on.”

“Are you sure, Rain? He might just be lying,” Gale said.

“He… he deserves to be heard out,” she answered.

Sorin put away his sword. “As long as we find a better place to talk.”

“I agree,” Rain said. “You don’t mind at all, do you?”

Wihll laughed. “I’ve got no choice in the matter,” he replied. “Then again, your bespectacled friend might also be right in that I may just choose to lie.”

“Mr. Victor Wihll, right?” Noa asked. “This incident you’re talking about… It wouldn’t happen to be Kals Dale, would it?”

“That’s right,” Wihll said. “How exactly do you know about that?”

“Because that incident is very important to me, too,” Noa replied. “It was when I lost my entire family.”


To be continued…


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Sundown – Chapter 10 (Part 2)

[9th of September, 2740 AD; Drake Rask’s house, Rezar, Iiayikohn]


Later that night, after Ayanna went home and Rain returned to the hotel, everyone else settled back over at Drake’s house for the night. Johan opted to stay over for the night before he had to go on his next mission. While the others were inside, Sorin decided to walk outside with his friend and observe the clear sky and stars above.

“Do you remember that time when we were at the beach?” Johan asked.

“Yeah, I do,” Sorin replied. “It was twelve years ago, if I recall.”

Johan looked up to the sky. “I think I remember what I told you that day,” he said. “Something about how I wanted to make an impact in the world.”

“I believe you did say that, yes,” Sorin said.

“Sorin, I’ve never told you this, but you deserve to know since you’re my friend,” Johan said, “About three weeks after that day, my father went on a very important mission with the Ameci military. Unfortunately, things did not well for my father or most of the men on that mission.”

He walked up to a nearby tree and placed his hand on the trunk as Sorin turned to him.

“Only two men survived what was reported to be an ambush,” Johan continued. “I think you should know who I’m talking about.”

“I’m sorry,” Sorin said.

“It left my mother devastated, to say the least,” Johan said. “How could any god take a great man from this world, Sorin?”

“Johan, I understand how you feel.”

“Our wounds cut deep, buddy,” Johan said, “Which is why I wonder why we continue to believe in the lies people tell us.”

“What do you mean?”

“Can you tell me what happened five months ago?” Johan asked. “Tell me about what happened when you saw the president of Maeitakohn.”

“He took his own life,” Sorin replied.

“That’s funny,” Johan said. “From what I’ve heard, he was killed by none other than Rysol Wilk. In cold blood, no less.”

“But that isn’t true,” Sorin said.

“You know the story better than I do,” Johan said, “Which is why I believe you. This is what I’m talking about: people lie because the real truth is much more complicated.”

“So they lied to protect Rhodes?” Sorin asked.

“General Fercewend is regarded as a great man, but even he has flaws,” Johan said. “He feels pain like the rest of us and, yes, even lies to protect the truth from coming out.”

“I suppose he has his reasons,” Sorin said.

“What would have happened if things went the other way?”

“If the general told the truth?”

“It’s what I wonder to myself,” Johan said. “Needless to say, Rhodes was not well liked across the land. So why go to all the trouble?”

“Maybe it has to do with what I’ve learned,” Sorin replied.

He informed Johan about what he and the others found out at the archives. Johan listened with intent, nodding along as Sorin recapped all the details about the True Thekohnians and the battle of Bel. Namely, the complete lack of details that surrounded Walton Lokke and his involvement in the True Thekohnians.

“These lies are still pervasive in this country, it seems,” Johan said. “All because a select few want to control the information and the people have no idea what is going on.”

“What do you think?”

“I think that my mission is just getting started,” Johan replied. “There may be a point to what Gavin said after all. That isn’t to say that I’m going to stoop to their level, though.”

“You won’t fight, then,” Sorin said. “But how will you fulfill your mission?”

“In a world full of lies, somebody has to tell the truth,” Johan said. “Words are more powerful than you can imagine.”

“Maybe you’re right,” Sorin said.

“Tell me something,” Johan said, “Do you have any idea who might be targeting the King of Thekohn?”

“That’s still something we’re trying to figure out,” Sorin replied.

“But you believe that there’s someone out there trying to do him in,” Johan said. “I can tell you believe in Princess Rain and what she has to say, so it’s safe to assume that what she is saying is indeed true.”

“You don’t doubt her?”

“Of course not,” Johan replied. “Any friend of yours is someone I can trust, just because they know a great guy like you.”

Sorin chuckled. “Thanks.”

“You know that you’re my best friend, right?” Johan asked. “No matter what happens going forward, I hope you’ll never forget that.”

“Don’t worry, I won’t,” Sorin replied. “Things may have changed over the years, but I know for sure that our friendship hasn’t.”

“Knowing that makes it that much easier to sleep tonight,” Johan said. “You really are one of a kind, Sorin.”




[10th of September, 2740 AD; Ayanna Ansa’s house, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Tera District]


Ayanna rushed to the phone as it rang and picked it up. Whoever was calling in the early morning had to be important, she thought. She just had to ask them why.

“Hello?” Ayanna asked. “This better be important.”

“Lieutenant general, this is Dierk. Um, it’s very important!”

“Tell me what’s going on,” she said. “Is there an emergency?”

“You’re correct, ma’am!” Dierk replied. “There’s been an awful tragedy! The prime minister, he…”

Dierk trailed off into the silence. Ayanna’s grip tightened on the phone as she took a deep breath and exhaled.

“Don’t hold yourself back, soldier,” she said, “Just say it.”

“Prime Minister Alan Berry has been assassinated!” Dierk exclaimed. “We found him outside in the Nano Dictrict about an hour ago!”

Ayanna took a sea by the table as she placed a hand on her forehead. “Are you certain of this? Please, this isn’t time for a joke.”

“It’s… it’s not a joke,” Dierk said. “Just come here to the scene and see for yourself, ma’am.”

“Give me thirty minutes,” Ayanna said. “I’ll see you there, Dierk.”

“Thank you, ma’am,” Dierk replied. “Goodbye for now.”


Ayanna hung up the phone and got up so she could put on her uniform. She desperately hoped that the news of the prime minister’s assassination was not true, but Ayanna had to see it for herself. A potential devastation loomed around the corner and there was no time to waste as the future of Iiayikohn and its people were at stake.


[10th of September, 2740 AD; Iiayine River, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Nano District]


Ayanna arrived at the scene moments before the break of dawn as she saw several officers and soldiers crowding around at the edge of the river. Above all else, she had to confirm what Dierk told her. He was leaning on the truck parked by the curb, his face buried into his arm. With the worst assumed, Ayanna made her way through the crowd of officers and saw the unbelievable sight for herself.

“No… Why did this happen?” Ayanna asked.

With his body facing face down, Alan Berry was lifeless. His clothes were soaked all over as Ayanna scanned for anything that appeared abnormal. For her, however, Alan’s death was abnormal. It was something that should not have happened, because the Alan that Ayanna knew would not have gone out this way. Not without a fight.

Ayanna turned to Dierk. “Do you have any idea who did this?”

“We’re still gathering information, ma’am,” Dierk answered. “It’s just hard to do considering.”

“Does the general know yet?”

“Not yet,” Dierk said.

“Then I want you to call him,” Ayanna said. “Have him inform the vice prime minister of the news. We’ll need to act fast.”

“Got it,” Dierk replied. “I still can’t believe this happened.”

“Go ahead and go on,” Ayanna said, “The prime minister wouldn’t have wanted you to hang your head in a time of crisis.”

Dierk’s eyes sprung up. “Thank you! I’ll be sure not to let him down!”

He dashed off in search for the phone as Ayanna looked back at Alan’s corpse. The sight was still beyond belief, especially after what Alan had told Ayanna the last time she saw him.

“How could anyone do this to you?”

She set her view on a single bullet hole on the back of Alan’s shoulder. It could not have been as simple as that, Ayanna thought. Alan was a fighter; there was no chance that he would have gone down to a single bullet. There was still so much that Ayanna had wanted to say to him, but now those words no longer mattered. All that mattered now was finding the person responsible and bringing them to justice.

“I promise you, sir,” Ayanna said as she rubbed her eye, “Whoever did this, I will see to it that they receive their retribution.”

She stood up and looked around at the other officers, who stood in silence as they all were trying not to break down.

“Listen up,” she said. “There are some things I need for every one of you to do. Iiayikohn’s future depends on you.”




[10th of September, 2740 AD; On the deck of the Ameci Atlas – Amthe Ocean]


“Are you okay, miss?”

The sailor called out to Eva Bellamy, who looked out to the moonlit ocean. Her hands gripped the railings as the wind had a gentle feel upon her face.

“I’m fine,” she replied.

As the sailor walked away, Eva turned over to the empty deck of the ship. She remembered what she had said to Kirk the day before she left about how she felt bored at home and wanted to go back over to Iiayikohn once more. He had no problem with her leaving on her own, but had concern over if this trip was really what she wanted. Eva had no idea but needed to see for herself.

“I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” she said to him, “But I need to do this, Kirk.”

“I understand,” Kirk said. “Take as much time as you need.”

That was the encouragement needed for Eva to set off on her journey. One bag was all that she needed, but Eva had no idea how long she would stay abroad. She had brought along her sword, too, but saw no use for it. Still, it did provide her some sense of security for her travels. At least, that was what she told herself.

“No fighting,” she said. “It’s just going to be a normal visit. Just a normal visit, that’s all.”

Eva thought to herself what she could do once she was in Iiayikohn. She could pay a visit to Sorin, or perhaps even see Mina and how she was doing. Still, though, Eva wondered if either of them would even want to see her now.

“Don’t start doubting yourself… Don’t start doubting yourself…”

She walked over to the other side of the deck where a vacant table sat and took a seat. There had to be something Eva could do to distract herself from her thoughts until the ship made landfall in the morning, but alas there was nothing that to direct Eva’s attention away.

“At least, maybe I’ll be able to speak with Alan and the others again,” Eva said. “It’s been too long since I last saw him…”

She reclined in the chair and began to rest her eye. The sound of the ocean was finally beginning to calm Eva’s nerves as she thought about meeting with everyone once more. Getting to see the looks on their faces made it certain for Eva that everything was to going to be okay. Morning could not come soon enough.


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Sundown – Chapter 8 (Part 2)

For a trip that had been made on short notice, Brook Rio Thedam gathered together a small travelling bag full of clothes for his voyage to Iiayikohn. When he had received the phone call from his sister yesterday, Brook was just getting back from Jiaikohn and setting his trophy in the main hall of Thedam Castle. At first Brook was reluctant, but was convinced by Rain after she said she needed his help. Seeing as she had been so nice, he thought, how could Brook refuse?

He sat by the window and read through a book detailing the long history of the Thekohnian Region. History had been a favorite subject of Brook’s, going from the Great Thekohnian Wars that happened over a hundred years ago all the way to the current events. Perhaps it was a chance to even meet with the prime minister himself, Brook thought.

“Attention, this is your conductor speaking,” the voice spoke over the speakers. “We’re arriving in Rezar right now. Please be sure to gather all your belongings and exit to the left once we have stopped.”

“Looks like I’ll have to resume this later,” Brook said as he closed his book.

With the train in a stationary position, Brook stood up to pick up his bag and step off. However, he was distracted by a small commotion on the other side as a young boy called out to a man that had begun to run out of the train with a large case in his arms.

“Somebody help!” The boy’s father pointed to the burly man rushing into the station. Brook sighed as he stepped off of the train and followed after the man. Though the crowd proved to be quite abundant, Brook was able to catch up with the man and tap him on the shoulder.

“Excuse me,” Brook said.

The man frowned. “What do ya want?”

“That case isn’t yours, is it?”

The man dropped the case to the ground as he shoved Brook away. “That’s none of your business, you son of a bitch!”

Brook clenched his fist. “I was going to have to settle this peacefully,” he said in a calm tone. “Guess that’s out of the question now.”

“I’m going to break your face, pretty boy!”

The man charged at Brook with his fist raised, but Brook was able to move to the side and grabbed his arm. With only a moment to react, Brook punched the man in the face and knocked him to the ground. A guard came running to the man on the ground as Brook picked up the large case.

“This is yours, isn’t it?” Brook asked as he handed the case back to the father. “A rather large instrument, I may guess?”

“Thank you, young man,” the father said. “Wait a minute, aren’t you Brook Rio Thedam?”

“It seems like you’re well informed,” Brook replied. “I just happened to passing by, so please pay me no mind.”

He walked away from the two as Ayanna came running up to him.

“Your Highness,” Ayanna said. She introduced herself to him as he shook her hand.

“Glad to meet you,” Brook said. “I’m sorry you had to see that.”

“They’re taking care of it now,” Ayanna replied. “Come now, we have somewhere to we need to be.”




Back at the prime minister’s office, Brook was escorted by Ayanna to the Questioning Chambers. Gavin, Law, and Gale sat at the other end of the table as Brook took a seat.

“I knew there was something bothering me about you,” Brook said to Gavin. “If only I had known who I was dealing with, then perhaps things would have gone differently back in Jiaikohn.”

Gavin scowled. “The hell is that supposed to mean?”

“Had I known that I had been facing off against the prominent junior lieutenant of the Ameci military, then perhaps I might have pulled a few strings to face you,” Brook replied.

There was a prolonged silence in the room as Brook grinned.

“But seeing as I’m not type to make humorous remarks, it’s to be expected that that one flies over your heads,” he said.

“So, as I was saying to you earlier,” Ayanna said, “It appears that Princess Rain is in need of your help and these three are a part of it.”

“Do tell,” Brook said.

Law smirked as he put his hands together. “Sadly, your dear sister isn’t here to tell you, so I suppose I’ll be the one to drop the news,” he said. “You see, she has been quite taken with myself. The other day, even, she asked to hold my hand as we walked to the local confectionery.”

Brook looked over to Ayanna. “Are you serious?”

“Law, you told me this was important,” Ayanna said.

“It was,” he replied, “Which is why what I said just now was a joke.”

Everybody else in the room groaned as Law chuckled.

“Hey, if our royal prince here can wisecrack with us, then why not I?”

“Let me take over, then, since you don’t seem at all interested in leading the conversation,” Gale said. “We’ve been doing some research with your sister yesterday and have come across some startling information.”

“Or rather, the lack of information,” Law said, “But that’s the far from the point we’re trying to make here.”

“Then what is it?” Brook asked.

“You can tell me, right, kid?” Law asked. “Your sister mentioned to us a potential assassination attempt on the king. Surely this is common knowledge to the entire royal family?”

Brook sighed. “It’s nothing surprising,” he said. “Anyone with enough power will be sought after. However, most of them just peter out or are apprehended before the damage can be done.”

“I’m going to be level with you, Brook,” Law said, “Rain is an exceptional lady and the second most beautiful woman that I know. Clearly, though, there’s something more than meets the eye on this whole thing, isn’t there?”

“If you’re asking me, then I do not know,” Brook answered.

“No turmoil or anything of that sort?” Law asked.

“Things at the castle have been quiet,” he said. “The queen has been completely busy with her duties in my father’s absence, however.”

“Absence?” Gavin asked. “Let me guess, Your Highness: the king’s gone missing, hasn’t he?”

“It seems like I’ve spoken too much,” Brook replied.

“I promise that we’ll keep it a secret,” Gale said. “You would agree, wouldn’t you?”

“If it’s important to whatever it is my sister is doing, then I suppose I have no choice,” Brook replied. “Late last month, my father became deeply ill. From what I’ve heard from the doctors, though, it is treatable.”

“Ah, finally, we hear something that’s intriguing,” Law said. “Nobody else knows about this, am I right?”

“Only within the family and our advisors,” Brook said.

“That’s a key word there, wouldn’t you agree, Gale?” Law asked.

Gale pushed up her glasses. “Why are you asking me?”

“I feel like there’s one question you’re not asking here, Law,” Ayanna said. “Namely, what do you want the prince to do about this?”

“This kid’s a valuable asset to us,” Law replied. “Whatever happens to the king, it will be considerably damaging to the royal family, regardless of who is next in line.”

“I think you’re being a bit over dramatic,” Ayanna replied.

Law leaned in. “How so?”

“You’re acting under the assumption that the king is already under attack,” she said. “That’s very dangerous conjecture.”

“Nothing’s escaping this room, right,” Law said. “Bro, come on, back me up here.”

“Don’t ask me,” Gavin replied. “You’re the one who brought it up.”

Law took a deep breath and sighed as he stood up. “It seems like I’m just going to have to do things myself, then,” he said as he walked around the table. “A man gets a taste of power, so what does he do? He sets out to satiate that hunger by doing whatever it takes to fill his gluttonous gut with that authority. If we’re dealing with such a person, then we will need to advance our investigation.”

“Even you should realize it’s not that simple,” Ayanna said.

Gavin shook his head and scoffed. “He’s not exactly the kind of person to see the problems introduced by his reasoning,” he said. “Still, though, it isn’t like he’s wrong, either.”

“I know there’s no chance in hell that the Iiayikohnian government will get involved,” Law said. “This is a purely internal matter for the kingdom, yet it also carries a lot of weight for everyone else. Even Ameci and Elemci would have to be affected.”

“Maybe Ameci would, but their neighbor hardly has anything to do with it,” Ayanna replied. “Anyway, it’s nothing that I feel is too concerning. Your Highness, are you quite satisfied?”

Brook eyed at Law. “I do not know what it is my sister said to you, but what I would like to say is that I want little to do with it,” he said. “I was on my way home in order to prepare for the summit in Glora when I was sidetracked.”

“I would like to apologize,” Ayanna said. “It seems like these three were mistaken by what the princess had said.”

“You really don’t need to apologize to me,” he said. “I packed well enough to go from here to Ahnlikohn right away.”

“Do you not want to see your sister before you leave?” Gale asked.

“Well, I was expecting to run into her, but it seems like she’s off on her own adventures,” he said. “I knew she had this streak in her, which was why she was so excited about this trip in first place. There will be another chance for us to reunite before the Thekohnian Festival begins, that much I am sure of.”

“Really? What’s the festival like?” Gale wondered.

“If it interests you that much, then feel free to come,” Brook said.

“The Thekohnian Festival is one of the most well known events throughout the region,” Ayanna added. “Lots of people come far and wide to see the dancers, singers, and everyone else that comes to celebrate this vast land.”

“So we’d be good to see it in person sometime, you think?” Law asked. “You really should just try and catch that break around then.”

“I’ll think about it,” Ayanna replied. “As for you, Your Highness, I’d be glad to escort you to the train station.”

“Honestly, it seems like a hassle,” Gavin said. “You could have just declined and not have to go through all that nonsense again.”

Brook stood up as he headed for the door. “It doesn’t bother me that much,” he said. “What does bother me, though, was what I heard from Rain.”

Gale got out of her chair. “Did she tell you something we haven’t heard?”

“Ask her for yourself,” Brook replied. “Other than that, I must take my leave right now.”

“I will see you guys later,” Ayanna said. “Please try not to get into any trouble, Law.”

Ayanna walked out of the room with Brook as Gavin stood up out of his chair. He turned to Gale, who was thinking to herself. Law, meanwhile, was trying not to laugh.

“Do you think we screwed up?” Gale asked.

“I doubt it,” Gavin replied. “The princess probably thought that there was little chance that her brother would be able to supply any information to us.”

“We have to speak to Rain,” Gale said. “I wonder where she and Mina are right now.”

“That is something I’d like to know, too,” Law said. “What possible things are they saying about me out of my earshot?”

“You know, calling Brook here was your idea,” Gale replied. “I was certain that you’d have some sort of brilliant deduction, but honestly it all felt like a waste of time.”

“Sometimes a broken clock is just that,” Gavin said.

“Come on, bro, I can’t just let that slide,” Law said, “And you, Gale… If it wasn’t for the fact that you’re cute, I’d be pretty mad at what you just said.”

“Sometimes it’s just best to know when to shut up,” Gavin said. “Besides, we all know you’re just going to forget this happened once we meet with Mina and Rain again.”

“Oh fine,” Law said.

“No, it’s not fine,” Gale responded. “I feel like we’ve let Rain down…”

Gavin sighed. “Let’s just get out here,” he said. “We’re just wasting more time if we don’t catch up with the other two soon.”

“I suppose we should,” Law said. “Best to get the girls before they go off on some wacky adventure without us. I mean, we’re already down Sorin, so it’ll be just you and me, bro!”

Gavin rolled his eyes. “Gale, you shouldn’t feel bad about this,” he said. “Just move past it and we’ll go.”




[9th of September, 2740 AD; Iiayine Prison, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Giga District]


“Are you enjoying this view?” Alan asked to Silvia.

Inside the courtyard, Alan took Silvia over to the large watchtower at the edge of the prison. There was a good view of most of the city and ocean as Silvia looked over everything.

“It was a long climb,” she replied. “Are you okay, Prime Minister?”

Alan chuckled. “If there’s any problem, I know my guards will look after me,” he said. “Besides, it’s not like I’m that old anyway.”

“I won’t question it, then,” Silvia said. “Why did you want to speak with me of all people?”

“The other day, a mysterious person came to visit you,” Alan replied. “There’s something that has been bothering me about this information, and I would like to hear it from you.”

“What is that?” Silvia asked.

“I cannot help but feel that this person sought you out because of a connection you still may have with the True Thekohnians,” Alan said.

“There has been no contact from them,” Silvia replied. “Nor do I wish to be a part of them anymore. All I’ve heard from the person who visited me was that they were setting forth a new order for the Thekohnian Region.”

“I see,” Alan said. “It’s not in this country’s interest, but they’re hiding in Ahnlikohn, aren’t they?”

Alan had spoken with both General Fercewend and President Hasker prior to today, both men stating there was some business that the Ameci military had in the city of Glora. Two different matters that Ameci had to deal with, in fact. The first one was one Alan had already known about and was preparing for already, while the other was a mission for the Ameci military. He knew nothing beyond that, but felt that there was something happening there that could affect relations between the countries.

“Yes, that is what I’ve heard,” Silvia answered.

“Perhaps there’s some truth to what you’ve heard, then,” Alan said. “If only I had time to figure it out…”

The time would have to wait, however, as a sudden commotion broke out below. Alan turned his head and looked down to the courtyard; both of his guards were firing at two masked assailants who did not appear to be occupants of this prison.

“What’s going on!?” Silvia asked.

“Just wait,” Alan said.

He looked to see one of his guards getting attacked by one of the assailants, while the other assailant disarmed the other guard and shot him. Alan knew that there was only one reason why these attackers were here, and it was because he was in the prison.

“Silvia, I want you to stay here,” Alan said.

“You can’t be serious,” Silvia said.

“These two, they’re not after you,” he said. “I’m going to try and buy myself some time. There’s a phone on the wall over there. Use it.”

“But they’ll kill you,” she said. “Is your life as the prime minister not important?”

“Silvia, there’s only one thing I consider important,” Alan replied, “And that is the safety and well-being of the people of this country–no–this entire world.”

Silvia frowned. “But how are you going to hold them back?”

“That doesn’t matter,” he said. “Just call the offices. Tell them there’s an emergency at the Iiayine Prison.”

Silva had no time to respond as Alan dashed down the spiral staircase. He was determined to hold back these two assailants, who had already gotten the better of his guards. Alan knew he was heading into an unfavorable situation, but he had to keep Silvia safe. After all, she knew what that mysterious person told her, and there was a chance that there was more information she could give.

“I guess I’ll have to do it,” Silvia said.

She reached over to the phone and picked it up. It rang only one time as the person on the other end picked up. This was a duty that the prime minister entrusted to her, Silvia thought. Despite all of her past misdeeds, she could feel that Alan saw her for more than that. She would have to make it up to him, somehow, if both of them were to make it out alive.


To be continued…


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Sundown – Chapter 8 (Part 1)

[9th of September, 2740 AD; on the road to Glora – Ahnlikohn]


Sorin sat in the back seat with Henry, who was looking over the map of Ahnlikohn. Outside the window, the truck passed by more and more trees as it began to ascend up the sloped road past the town of Aesker.

“So where exactly is Johan being held?” Sorin asked.

“There’s an abandoned warehouse just outside Glora,” Henry replied. “Somewhere within that building, intel is sure that that’s where he’s being held.”

“I see.”

Sorin stared out of the window, going through his thoughts as he wondered what exactly would happen once they got there. He had barely any experience in battle, but here was a situation where he wanted to fight. Johan had written him in the past, but recently, communication had ceased between the two. Hopefully the reunion would not bring up any ill will, Sorin thought.

“You’re thinking about him, aren’t you?” Henry asked.

“It’s hard not to,” Sorin said. “I knew Johan as a peaceful guy, but even I knew that he had his reasons for joining the military.”

“Whatever they are, they seem to have been a positive effect for us,” Henry said. “He’s offered us some very valuable intel in the past, so it’s imperative to the Ameci military that we rescue him.”

“Don’t disagree with you there,” Sorin replied. “Hopefully there’ll be no need to draw our weapons once we get there.”

“We can only hope, Sorin,” Henry said.

Sorin felt as if there was nothing left in that conversation, so he decided to ask Henry about something else. “How is my father doing? Are he and Eva doing well?”

“Tori and I have been keeping in touch with them,” Henry replied. “Kirk is faring well, but it seems like he’s still trying to figure out how to make an impact back in Admorse.”

“I guess.”

“As for Eva, I think she seemed to be bored the last time I saw her,” Henry said. “Maybe it’s just because things have been peaceful over the past few months, but perhaps she’s expecting something from your father.”

“What do you mean she’s bored?” Sorin asked.

“I don’t think I’d be comfortable saying why,” Henry said. “Mostly because I don’t want to feel like I’m disrespecting her privacy.”

“Honestly, if it’s something you don’t want to discuss, then that’s fine,” Sorin said, “But if you’re bringing that up, then I deserve to know.”

Henry shrugged. “I mean, it’s just something that I feel like she wants to keep a secret,” he said. “That feeling she had is something I knew all too well the past few years.”

“I wish you’d just say it,” Sorin replied. “Eva was my mentor for a while, so it’s okay to tell me what it is. Don’t just leave me in the dark.”

Henry did not answer.

“You’re really going to do this?” Sorin asked.

“Sorry, but I can’t just go and say it,” Henry said. “Ask her for yourself, that’s all I’m going to say to you.”

“Fine, then I guess I’ll just have to do that, then,” Sorin said.

Perhaps it was better that way, Sorin thought. He probably did not need to have these thoughts going through his head during the mission, anyway. Besides, Sorin knew that he’d meet with Eva again sometime in the future. If only there were some other way to pass the time before the squad ended up in Glora.


[9th of September, 2740 AD; Abandoned Manufacturing Complex, Glora, Ahnlikohn]


A gentle wind blew through as he stepped between the large trees, his mission clear as he carried a large bag on his back. There was only one problem, though: he had no idea what his target looked like. The tall man with black, neck length hair knelt down and set his bag on the ground.

“Okay, Noa,” he said, “This isn’t your first target you had to take out… So why the hell does it feel like I have butterflies in my stomach!?”

Noa Mzade’s hands shook as he slowly unzipped the bag to reveal all the parts to a sniper rifle. He was considered the very best in assembling his weapon amongst those in the Maeitakohnian military, but despite that, Noa had a difficult time speaking with others. This was most apparent whenever he had to speak with women, but Noa always felt inferior amongst some of the other men in the army. That was part of the reason why he was glad that he specialized in sniping, since he didn’t have to engage in close combat like the others.

“Damn it!”

The stand of the rifle slipped out of Noa’s hand and dropped to the ground, bouncing its way near a bush. In his shock, Noa leaned over, reaching for the part as he heard someone begin to talk.

“Gotta be quiet…”

Noa crouched down as he heard the footsteps coming closer. There was not a sound from him as he looked up to see the leader of the Neu Thekohnian Order, Jelka Arne, walking by. Her presence left Noa petrified with his eyes wide open and breath held until she walked away. As soon as she was gone, Noa clutched his chest and resumed his breathing.

“That was too close!” Noa said. He slapped himself on the head as he started to put his rifle together. “Why!? Why can’t you just keep your cool around women, you moron!?”

Despite his self-doubt, Noa continued to assemble his rifle in wait for his target to show up. What he did not know, however, was that his target had already passed by him only a few moments ago. Whatever it was, though, Noa now had to wait for his target to appear again.




[9th of September, 2740 AD; New Prime Minister’s Office, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Deca District]


Alan Berry stood in the Greater Library on the second floor when Ayanna entered the room. She held a large envelope as Alan turned to greet her.

“I assume that’s for me?” Alan asked.

“You told me to pick it up this morning,” Ayanna said, “And as you’ve requested, prime minister, I’ve made sure to analyze the contents firsthand.”

“Very good, Ansa,” he said as Ayanna handed the envelope to him. “You know, I had no idea how you would react to this demand of mine.”

“I have absolutely no problem with this,” Ayanna replied. “I just want to know one thing, sir.”

“And what’s that?”

“Well, it’s something that’s been bugging me this morning,” she said. “Are we certain that we should be trusting of the words said by someone we don’t even know?”

“Ayanna, it is my opinion that any sort of information concerning potential threats should be taken seriously,” Alan replied. “If by chance that something turns out to be true and we don’t take it seriously, it would make us appear unwise and ill-prepared.”

“I know that’s true, but are you sure you should be doing this by yourself?” Ayanna asked. “You never know what could happen…”

“Please don’t concern yourself with that thought,” he said. “Besides, I am travelling with two guards and the place I am going to is highly secure. There’s little to no chance of trouble occuring.”

Ayanna sighed. “Hopefully you’re right.”

“I may not be the young warrior I was in the old days, but I’m just as sharp as I ever was,” Alan said. “Honestly, you needn’t worry about me.”

“Then it will be none of my concern,” Ayanna said. “You also called me over here for another, did you not?”

“Correct,” Alan replied. “It appears that the prince of Thekohn is arriving here this afternoon. I want you to head over to the train station and help escort him over here.”

“Understood,” she said. “Do you happen to know why the prince is coming here today?”

“That I do not know,” Alan said. “We just received the call this morning from the prince and that was it.”

“Sounds odd,” Ayanna said, “But I assume that the call was for real, so I will question it no further than that.”

“I will see you later, then,” Alan replied. “Take care.”

Ayanna nodded. “As should you,” she said. “Goodbye.”

She left the library and headed downstairs as her task was now clear. There was little time to waste as she had to greet Brook Rio Thedam and inform him of what was happening. What business he had in Iiayikohn, however, was something that Ayanna would have to ask the young man herself. Once she stepped out of the building, Law, Gavin, and Gale were there to greet her.

“What are you doing here?” Ayanna asked. “Aren’t you with the princess?”

“Nah, she’s with Mina,” Law answered. “Who am I to interrupt a passionate interaction between two young, beautiful women?”

“You would, though,” Gale said.

“Yeah, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Gavin said. “That would be exactly the thing you’d do.”

“Okay, you know you two don’t have to gang up on me like that,” Law said. “Besides, we’re here for another reason.”

“I’m busy, Law,” Ayanna said.

“Well, of course you are,” he said. “You have to meet the prince of Thekohn, right?”

“How do you know that?” Ayanna asked.

“Come on,” Law said, “You don’t have to think to hard about why the prince is coming here, do you?”

Ayanna shook her head. “Don’t tell me…”

“Shouldn’t be too surprised,” Law said. “Rain was the one who called Brook over here, so of course we knew.”

“That feels a little too convenient,” Ayanna said.

“It’s the truth,” Gale replied.

“Yeah, so, we’re here because we want to also want to greet Mr. Brook himself,” Law said. “Surely you don’t have a problem with that?”

“I don’t,” Ayanna replied, “But if you’re going to do this, I think it’d only be fair if I knew beforehand.”

Law walked up to Ayanna and placed his hand on hers. “My love, I am a man you trust to keep promises,” he said, “So of course I will remember that for the next time.”

He lifted her hand up and kissed it as Ayanna looked off to the side.

“I told you that these kinds of things embarrass me,” she said. “I don’t mind it in private, but…”

“You really are blushing, though,” Law said. “If only I were able to take a portrait!”

Ayanna pulled back her hand. “That’s enough,” she replied. “Very well, let’s go to the train station.”

Ayanna led the way as Law walked alongside Gale while Gavin walked behind the two of them.

“Do you ever get tired of being so audacious?” Gale asked.

“Hey, if I ain’t living life to the fullest, then what will my life mean in the end?” Law replied. “She would never say it, but Ayanna likes these kinds of grand displays I want to put on.”

“That’s not what I’m talking about, though,” Gale said.

“Well, tell me, then,” Law said, “You and Sorin get along pretty well, don’t you? Close enough to where you’re comfortable sharing your deepest secrets with him, right?”


“You can shelve that line of thought, bro,” Law replied. “Gale, you’re quite concerned about Sorin’s safety, aren’t you?”

“Of course,” Gale replied. “Why are you asking me this?”

“Because I know exactly how far Sorin is willing to go,” Law answered. “We both happen to be men of passion, though where I love to put on my extravagant and flashy style, Sorin just wants to keep things simple.”

Neither Gale nor Gavin had a response. It did not matter, though, since they arrived at the train station. There seemed to be a small crowd gathered around the entrance as the people learned through local rumors that the prince would be arriving in Rezar.

“Looks like we’ve been beaten to the punch,” Law said.

“It’s not much of a surprise,” Ayanna said. “The prince has been getting a lot of attention through the news outlets lately.”

Law looked at Gavin. “I wonder why.”

“Shut up,” Gavin replied.

“You can get us to meet with the prince, can’t you?” Gale asked.

“That’s not going to be a problem with me,” Ayanna replied. “You three might do best to stay here, though.”

“I’d do anything for you,” Law said.

“I know you would,” Ayanna said.

She walked into the train station while the other three decided to stay outside as the crowd continued to grow. The train was about to arrive soon, so Ayanna stood in wait.


To be continued…


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Sundown – Chapter 4 (Part 2)

Because of Ayanna’s position, she was able to secure a room necessary for the prisoner. Ayanna brought Mina along with her, mainly because she knew that there was no way the prisoner was going to try and escape. The two women sat on one side of the table while they waited for the prisoner to arrive.

“You know this person?” Mina asked.

“I do,” Ayanna replied. “We used to be friends, though she ended up falling into the clutches of the True Thekohnians.”

“I had no idea,” she said. “You’re not scared?”

“There’s no reason to be,” Ayanna said. “I doubt that she’s going to hold a grudge against me.”

The door opened and revealed a guard, who escorted the red haired prisoner into the room. She took a seat on the opposite side of Ayanna and Mina, and looked into Ayanna’s eyes.

“It’s been some time, Silvia,” Ayanna said.

“It really has,” Silvia replied. “I know it’s an inconvenience, but thank you for taking some time out of your schedule to visit me. “

Ayanna smiled. “It’s hardly an inconvenience,” she said. “I still think of you as a friend, even after all you’ve done.”

“You’re such a good person,” Silvia said. “I guess that I was right to make that request.”

“Right,” Ayanna replied, “About that request: what exactly did you want to tell me about the True Thekohnians?”

“Well, to be fair, it wasn’t my idea,” Silvia said, “I was visited by a stranger early this morning who gave me the information.”

“A stranger?” Ayanna asked. “Usually the guards are on watch during the night… How did this person sneak through?”

“No clue,” Silvia replied. “But that’s not important. You wanted to know more about the remaining True Thekohnians, right?”

“That’s correct,” Mina said. “We’re all looking for those villains, wherever they may be!”

“Some of them have been running around the country, which have lead to bounties being placed,” Ayanna replied. “I already know a couple of people who’ve already made some headway in capturing some of the remaining members.”

“Really?” Silvia asked. “I guess that’s not too surprising, but from what I’ve heard, there’s already an organization that’s popped up in Ahnlikohn calling themselves the True Thekohnians.”

“This is news to me,” Ayanna said. “I assume that this mysterious person told you about this, am I correct?”

“Well, yes, that was what I was told,” Silvia replied. “Apparently, they’ve even captured an Ameci soldier as well.”

“Are you serious?” Ayanna asked.

“This is what I’ve heard,” Silvia said. “I just thought that it was of importance to you because of the connection Ameci has with this country. There’s no reason for me to lie.”

Ayanna took a deep breath and exhaled. “I believe you,” she said. “Do you have any information on this soldier?”

“Only that they serve in the Ameci military,” Silvia answered.

“Darn it!” Mina said. “If Gavin was here, he’d probably know who it might be.”

“I highly doubt that,” Ayanna said. “We have no idea what this soldier looks like; besides, Gavin’s not a part of their military anymore.”

Mina closed her eyes and sighed. “Then what are we supposed to do?”

“Well, what we can do is head back to the prime minister’s office,” Ayanna replied. “It seems that our business is done here, Silvia. It was nice to see you again.”

“Oh, wait,” Silvia said, “There’s something else I need to say.”

“What is it?”

“Not to you, Ayanna,” Silvia replied. “Your name’s Mina, right?”

Mina sparked up as soon as she heard her name. “Yes! What did you want to say, Silvia?”

“So this is just what that stranger told me, but apparently your mother is still alive,” Silvia said. “I guess they expected you to be here, somehow.”

“That’s quite odd,” Ayanna said.

“Are you really sure?” Mina asked. “Wait, is this person related to me!?”

“No,” Silvia replied. “They just told me that if I saw you that I should inform you about your mother.”

“No way!”

“That and her name is Wilma Brynjarr,” Silvia continued. “I have no idea how useful this information will be to you, but I hope that it is.”

Mina sat there with her mouth open as she had no idea what to say. “I… I should thank you,” she said, reaching out to shake Silvia’s hand.

“Honestly, this was very informative,” Ayanna said. “You really haven’t changed at all, have you?”

“I know that society will continue to look down upon me,” Silvia said, “But that doesn’t matter. As long as you can find it in your heart to forgive me, that’s the only thing I care about.”

“Don’t worry, I forgive you,” Ayanna said. She rubbed her eye as she continued to look at Silvia. “Damn it all, this is so embarrassing…”

“That’s all I wanted to hear,” Silvia replied. “And Mina, I really hope you can reunite with your mother.”

“Thanks!” Mina said. “I mean, thanks again, obviously!”

“Of course,” Silvia said. “Hope you both fare well out there.”




On the way back to the prime minister’s office, Ayanna could only think about what Silvia said. Never did she think that the True Thekohnians would be organized once more, nor did she think it was possible for them to be in the neighboring Ahnlikohn. It was something that she would have to talk with Alan about, that much was certain.

“I’ve been wondering,” Mina said, “Just what kind of person is my mother like? Do you think she’s heroic like me?”

“That’s not something I can answer for you,” Ayanna replied. “For all we know, that might just be a lie.”

“You think Silvia was lying?”

“Not her, but the person she spoke to,” Ayanna said. “Actually, forget what I said. I bet that your mother is still alive out there.”

Mina smiled. “I wonder where she is,” she said.

Ayanna pulled up to the parking space. “We’ll have to figure that out some other time,” she said. “Right now, we have other matters to attend to. Come on.”

They stepped out of the car and walked to the building. Ayanna opened the door and allowed Mina to walk in first. As they stepped inside, it appeared that the conference had ended as soldiers and representatives from many countries were walking around.

“Geez, it’s so crowded here,” Mina said. “How the heck would anybody get anything done here?”

“Just ignore it and follow me,” Ayanna said.

They moved through, making sure not to bump into anyone, and entered Alan’s office. Ayanna saw that he was already speaking with someone as she and Mina stood by the door.

“I must say that you are a very well spoken woman, Your Highness,” Alan said. “Of course, that’s no surprise considering who your mentor is.”

“Thank you, Prime Minister,” Rain replied. “Sir Lauren’s told me many stories about you, so actually meeting you is quite the honor.”

“If anyone should be honored, it should be me,” he said. “Merton’s a man with high regard throughout all the region and I’m glad to see that his daughter is no different.”

Alan stopped as he then noticed Ayanna and Mina standing there.

“It’s not like you to come in speechless, Ayanna,” he said. “Please, it’s only appropriate that you two introduce yourselves to the Thedam princess.”

Ayanna gasped. “You mean me, sir?”

“You’re the lieutenant general, right?” Rain asked. She stood up out of her chair and greeted Ayanna with a firm handshake. “My name is Rain Zano Thedam, princess of the Royal Family of Thekohn.”

“It’s an honor to be in your presence,” Ayanna said as she bowed.

“Alan’s praise is well deserved, it seems,” Rain said. “And who may you be?”

Mina pumped her fist into the air. “I’m glad you asked, Your Highness,” she said. “I’m Mighty Mina! Villains tremble at the sight of my powerful fist!”

“Mina, please,” Ayanna said. “It’s a member of the royal family, so you should show a little more respect.”

Rain giggled. “Oh, you shouldn’t be so serious, Miss Ansa,” she said. “I, for one, found that quite charming.”

“That girl is indeed quirky,” Alan said. “A good heart, but odd all the same.”

“Sometimes, a good heart is all you need,” Rain said. “Perhaps I could learn a lot from you, Mighty Mina.”

“You think so?” Mina asked as she shook Rain’s hand. “I don’t know what to say… what’s this feeling that I have?”

“The way you blush is admirable,” Rain said, “And I believe that the word you’re looking for is ‘pride,’ which is befitting for a hero like you.”

Ayanna looked over at Alan. “So I have arrived with some information,” she said. “I had no idea you were going to be speaking in private with the princess, however. Perhaps I should come back after?”

“No, it’s completely fine,” Alan replied. “You don’t mind, do you, Your Highness?”

“I can step out for a moment,” Rain answered, “But I wonder if it’s okay to continue my chat with Mighty Mina. Do you mind?”

Alan laughed. “Go ahead,” he said. “Talk with her to your heart’s content.”

“Very good,” Rain replied. “Shall we?”

Mina stepped out with Rain into the hallway. It was much less crowded now, but that was not where Rain wanted to talk.

“There’s a small room down the hall here,” she said. “I found it when I stepped out during the conference.”

“Okay,” Mina replied.

They wandered down the hallway until they made it to the room that Rain was talking about. It had only a couple of chairs and a small lamp on a table, but Rain did not seem to mind. She invited Mina inside and left the door ajar as she turned on the lamp.

“Do you want to sit down?” Rain asked.

“I’m so excited, I don’t think I can!” Mina said. “What did you want to talk to me about?”

“Oh, a lot of things,” she said, “But I want to talk with you because I feel like this is something I cannot talk with the prime minister about.”

“Wait, me?”

“Yes, Mina, I mean you,” Rain replied. “You just happen to be one of the people I’m looking for, so this is appropriate for you.”

“This is so amazing,” Mina said. “I can’t believe you would ask me for help. I mean, of course I’ll help because I’m the hero of Rezar, but still it’s all so crazy to hear it from a princess!”

“You have a determination and desire to help that no one else has,” Rain said. “It was your group who helped defeat the leader of the True Thekohnians and stopped Llewellyn Rhodes’s regime, so to meet you in person must be fate.”

“Aw, it’s just something a hero like me should do,” Mina said.

“Really, on behalf of the Royal Family of Thekohn, I thank you,” Rain said as she took Mina’s hand into hers. “Which is why I have a request for you and your partners.”

Mina raised her eyebrows. “What is that?”

“I need your group to help me,” Rain replied. “Right now, my father has been overcome with an illness. I’m worried because there was rumor that I heard that someone is planning to assassinate him.”

“Your father?” Mina asked. “The king?”

“Indeed. What I’m asking for is your help in finding the assassin,” Rain said. “I don’t have enough clues to go on, nor do I have any idea who it might be; however, I feel that if I asked for help from you and your partners, we can find out who is planning out this attack.”

“I would love to help,” Mina said, “That is, if my friends weren’t out of the country right now.”

Rain looked off to the side. “Oh, I see…”

“But please don’t be disappointed!” Mina exclaimed. “I’m sure they’ll be back soon! I know that they will!”

“No, don’t get the wrong idea,” she said. “I’m still hopeful that we can put a stop to this… In fact, I’m perfectly willing to wait until they come back.”

“Of course, of course!”

Rain smiled. “You really are so full of energy,” she said.

“I get that a lot,” Mina replied. “Right now, I just want to do a backflip but I can’t because of this room…”

Rain covered her mouth as she tried not to laugh. “Personally I’d love to see that. Maybe later, you can demonstrate to me your backflip?”

“Yeah, yeah, I can do it!”

“Then I will look forward to it,” Rain said. “After all, you will promise to help me, right?”

“Sure,” Mina answered.

“Thank you.”

Rain reached out her arms and hugged Mina, who had no other choice but to return the favor. For Mina, she liked Rain’s appreciation for her ability as a hero, but also because Rain was such an important person. To have the princess of the Royal Kingdom of Thekohn embracing her was quite an honor. Perhaps that was what Ayanna was talking about earlier, Mina thought.




[5th of September, 2740 AD; on the train to Jiaikohn]


Through the southbound route past Bel, Law observed the barren land slowly turn into greenery once more. He and Gavin were only a couple of hours away from Kun, the major city and capital of Jiaikohn. They had a major task at hand, which both brothers knew that they needed to gain some information about the True Thekohnians.

“This pamphlet is quite informative,” Law said. “Bro, did you know that Khun is considered the fashion capital of the world?”

“Why do you think I care?” Gavin asked.

He was deep in thought about hunting down this bounty; not for Rysol Wilk, but for the person that put up the bounty. If Law was correct, and that was a big if, then there would be a large reward waiting for them when they arrived back in Rezar.

“Come on, you’re not the least bit curious?” Law asked. “Then again, this is you I’m talking to after all.”

“I’m just focused,” Gavin said.

“Are you worried that we might bump into them?”

“You know I’m not concerned about him, or her,” Gavin replied. “No, it’s different. It’s just this gun, you know?”

Gavin gestured over to the shiny, silver gun that was in the holster on his side. He had received it from Ayanna the night before, as well as a generous amount of ammunition. Not that he needed that many bullets, anyway. Still, he was grateful towards her for taking that risk and handing him a weapon he knew all too well.

“Been awhile since I’ve held a gun,” Gavin said. “This one’s quite a beauty, too.”

“I admit that it’s pretty nice,” Law said. “It’s almost as if you’re more into that gun than you would be with a person.”

Gavin scoffed. “Your imagination is running wild again.”

“Well, bro, it’s not like I care,” he said. “We’re just travellers right now, but once we step off that train we’ll be on the case.”

“Seems that way.”

Law turned back to the pamphlet in his hand. “Wow, they even have a sharpshooting tournament going on,” he said. “Looks like it’s tomorrow.”


“Oh, I thought that you would be interested, bro,” Law replied. “It’s your forte, isn’t it?”

“I’ve no time for a distraction like that,” Gavin said. “Even if it does sound tempting.”

“It’s just a thought,” Law said. “You know: we catch the guy and after that you can show off how good you are.”

Gavin adjusted his sunglasses. “Lawrence, you’re really trying to make this happen, aren’t you?”

“Totally up to you.”

Instead of a response, Gavin just laughed. He’d have to see for himself what this tournament was all about. He might not have had a gun for the past six months, but Gavin still managed to keep his eyes sharp during that time. Training with Mina helped with that. The urge to show off was high, but Gavin knew there was something he and Law needed to do first.


To be continued…


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Sundown – Chapter 4 (Part 1)

[5th of September, 2740 AD; Iiayikohn High Security Prison, Aesker, Iiayikohn]


The cold, stiff bed only helped keep Victor Wihll up as sleep was impossible for him. He could only think about what would happen to the remaining True Thekohnians and his goal. To be honest, he had no idea what his goal was anymore. Wihll struggled to remember most of his past motivations, but there was one particular memory that stood out to him: Gavin Power. A man that had bested him in combat on what Wihll thought was a lucky shot, or at least that was what he thought.

He arrived at the prison severely injured, the only reason for his survival being the dedication of the doctors that operated on him. The pain of the shards of glass being removed from his body felt just as clear as they did back then. If only they allowed him to die, but no, they needed him to talk. The Iiayikohnian government needed Victor Wihll to tell them all that he knew about the True Thekohnians. It was laughable, he thought, because why would he want to talk to them about that? Even if they used excessive force, Wihll still would not talk. He was used to the pain by now.

Wihll stood up from his bed and looked in the mirror. The ray of moonlight was the only thing illuminating the cell as Wihll could only look upon the scars of his scruffy face. He was about to go back to bed when a strange, shadowy figure approached the bars.

“Victor Wihll, is it?”

Wihll turned to the person on the other side. His eyes were covered by a mask, while the rest of the man’s head was covered by a hood connecting to a long, green cloak. It took a lot for Wihll not to laugh, partly due to the pain but mostly due to how ridiculous it all seemed.

“I didn’t think I’d have any company,” Wihll said. “Especially not at this time of night.”

“You know how things are here,” the masked man said. “I only have a few minutes before the guards notice what’s going on.”

“Really?” Wihll asked. “Who the hell do you think you are?”

“I’m just an observer,” he replied. “I do come with a message, however. Do you care to hear it?”

“Don’t care.”

“Ah, well, that’s too bad because I’m going to say it anyway,” the man replied, “Tell me, Victor, what is your game of choice?”

Wihll was caught off guard. “What are you talking about?”

“A lot of people love card games, like poker,” the man said. “I love a good game of poker, but I’m also an enthusiast of chess. There’s just something about that game that I really like.”

“It doesn’t matter,” Wihll said, “Because I didn’t have the privilege of growing up playing games.”

“That’s right,” the man said as he placed his hand above his mask, “You never lived a normal life after what happened to your town. Believe me when I say that I completely sympathize with you.”

Wihll laughed. “You can say whatever you want,” he said, “Because I think you’re full of shit.”

“Well, it doesn’t matter,” the man said. “This game has only just begun, after all. You just happen to be caught up in a very, how shall we say, touchy situation, you know?”

“Look at me,” Wihll said. “A man scarred and in shackles… Even I know my time on this earth is growing shorter by the day.”

“Is that so?”

“Once the government finds that I’m of no use to them, they’ll waste no time preparing the noose,” he said. “I bet that they’ll even use my death to set an example to all the rest.”

“Honestly, I don’t think that,” the man replied. “You have the potential to really make an impact in this game. As long as you can realize that potential, then I’m sure that hope exists for you yet.”

“You’re a fucking riot, you know that?”

“Am I, Victor? We both have goals we want to achieve very much,” the man said. “Of course, my goal is a vastly different from what yours is, but I think that our goals can coexist in this game.”

“Keep talking about your ‘games,’ Mr. Mask,” Wihll said. “I don’t intend to fall into your trap, whatever that may be.”

The masked man chuckled. “Mr. Mask… I kind of like that,” he said. “I will take your comments into consideration, though. After all, I may not be able to change your mind but I can get you moving in the right direction.”

“Fuck off.”

“Thank you,” he replied. “Well, I guess should head off. There’s somewhere I need to be right now and I can’t afford to have things go awry this early on.”

“Wait a minute,” Wihll said.

“Then again, I’m sure even if things were to fuck up somehow, I’ll find a way to rebound.”

“Hold on a second,” Wihll repeated.

“Oh, you still want to talk? I guess I can take one more question.”

“Why did you come here?”

“I came only for you, Victor,” the man answered. “After all, your game isn’t over yet. You might be in check, but that doesn’t mean you’re in checkmate.”

With that, the man walked away from Wihll’s cell. After that conversation, Victor Wihll was just as confused as he was at the beginning. Who was this man that paid him a visit? Why him, of all people? And even if Wihll could do anything, how could he from his cell? There were too many questions and not enough answers, nor was there enough time to figure it all out. Wihll’s execution was not that far off once everything was done regarding interrogations. All he could do now was wait.


[5th of September, 2740 AD; New Prime Minister’s Office, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Deca District]


Members of the Iiayikohnian military rushed throughout the building as Ayanna walked down the hall. An important conference was to be held between multiple nations and she had to make sure that the prime minister, Alan Berry, was prepared. She opened the door to his office and found him hanging up the phone on his desk.

“Prime Minister, sir, are you ready?” Ayanna asked.

“Is this not the look of a man who was born ready?” Alan said. “Come now, Ayanna, you shouldn’t have to worry about me so much.”

“I know that, sir,” she said.

“Truthfully, it’s a lot on my plate,” he said, “But this is where I am expected to shine.”

“There’s no doubt about that,” Ayanna replied.

“Well, should you ever consider a career in politics, that is something you can remember for later,” Alan said. “Anyway, enough about me, let’s talk about what you should be doing today.”

“What is it?”

“There’s a special request from the nearby prison,” he replied. “It seems that one of the prisoners wants to talk with you.”

“I’m not sure if you’re joking, sir,” Ayanna said.

“They requested you by name specifically,” Alan said. “From what I’ve heard, they want to talk with you about the True Thekohnians.”

“I’ll go,” she replied. “There’s only one person that I know who probably wants to see me. She would be delighted to see me, anyway.”

“So it’s settled, then,” Alan said. “I should expect to see you back here soon, preferably before the end of the conference.”

Ayanna nodded. “This shouldn’t take long.”

“Good,” he said. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I have quite a cast of characters that I need to meet.”

Alan stood up and walked past Ayanna, leaving her by herself in his office. With no other business being there, she left as well. She had to make a stop at the prison on the other side of the city, but first she had somebody she had to deal with: Mina. The moment Ayanna stepped outside of the building, Mina was there to greet her.

“There you are!” Mina exclaimed. “These guards aren’t listening to me at all!”

“This place is highly guarded for a reason,” Ayanna said. “That said, what are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be at work?”

“Nope. Today’s my day off, so I’ve decided to pay you a visit!”

“And just when they decided to leave, too,” Ayanna replied. “God, I’m going to be dealing with quite a handful today, aren’t I?”

Mina leaned in towards Ayanna. “What’s going on?”

“I suppose that it’s okay if you tag along,” she replied. “It’s just a brief visit to the prison, that’s all.”

“Wow, so you’ll be heading to the Iiayine Prison?” Mina asked. “That must be where the very worst villains reside, isn’t it?”

“Mina, it’s not… No, it’s fine,” Ayanna said. “Come on, I don’t want to waste any more time.”

Ayanna headed off for her vehicle with Mina following after her. There were questions that Ayanna had for this person who requested to see her and she assumed that they would have a lot of questions for her as well. As she drove past one of the buses coming from Ahnlikohn, Ayanna wondered how exactly her conversation with that friend of hers would go.


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Chapter 13 – Part 2

[2740 AD; Rhodes Plaza in the Callitris District – Bel, Maeitakohn]


Kirk and Henry hustled up the steps of the plaza, trying not to slip on the slick surface standing before them. The rain showed no sign of stopping anytime soon, as the two men tried to find a place to hide.

“Why didn’t you do it, Henry?” Kirk asked. “You should have done it when you had the chance!”

“I’m not going to kill him just because you asked me to,” Henry replied as he spotted a nearby tunnel. “Over there!”

He led Kirk over to the tunnel below, away from their pursuers. With the rain continuing, the tunnel provided them not only a temporary hiding place but a place to dry off as well.

“This only makes things more complicated,” Kirk said. “I guess I expected too much from you.”


“Why are you apologizing?” Kirk asked. “We’re not done yet, not by any means. I still have someone I need to find.”

“It’s been many years, Kirk,” Henry said, “You think Rysol’s still alive and in this country? Even now?”

“He and Sorin are the only real family I have left,” Kirk replied. “I have to try… I have to keep moving. Wasn’t that your motto?”

“It was,” Henry replied. “If that’s the case, then I want to help you find him. It’s the least that I could do.”

“Oh, don’t give me your pity,” Kirk said. “Not from you of all people.”

“I’m not pitying you,” Henry said, “If anyone should be pitied, it’s me. I’m offering you my help.”

Kirk closed his eyes and took a deep breath. Then, he reached out a hand to Henry. “If that’s the case,” he said, “Then I suppose I can accept your help… At least until we find Rysol.”

“Thank you,” Henry said.

“This is only temporary,” Kirk said. “After we’re done here, I’m done with you.”

Henry shook Kirk’s hand. “I understand,” he said. “So what exactly makes you think that Rysol is here?”

“It’s a hunch,” Kirk answered. “That sounds preposterous, I know, but everything I’ve done up to this point in searching for him has led me here. Perhaps it’s because the gods above are telling me to come here?”

“I can’t say I know exactly what you’re feeling,” Henry said, “But I’m willing to believe you.”

“I don’t need you to believe in me,” Kirk responded. “I just need to believe that I can face Sorin again once I’ve found Rysol.”

“Well, that part I can relate,” Henry said. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to stop raining anytime soon, is it?”

“Seems like we have two options,” Kirk said, “Either wait until they find us, or we make a break for it.”

Kirk placed a hand on his chin and closed his eyes. Henry peered out of the tunnel once more, seeing a couple members of the True Thekohnians run through the plaza above. They splashed their way across the area, their footsteps emphasizing that they were getting closer. Kirk opened his eyes and let out a short sigh as he looked over to Henry.

“Looks like our choice has been made for us,” Kirk said. “We have to keep going.”

Henry looked deeper into the tunnel. It was dark and neither of them had any idea where it would lead them. Still, with enemy footsteps getting louder and splashing harder, Henry nodded to Kirk, who nodded back. They continued deeper into the narrow path, unsure of where it would lead them.

“Place your hand on the wall, Henry,” Kirk said. “You can still hear me, right?”

“Of course I can,” Henry answered.

He felt the cold surface of the wall beside him as he kept walking. Kirk was still ahead of him, or at least Henry assumed that he was still leading. As they moved forward, Henry took one more look behind him and saw a small light at the end that appeared to be getting larger.

“I think someone’s coming,” Henry said.

“That’s unfortunate,” Kirk said. “We’ve hit a dead end.”

“What do you mean?”

“Here,” Kirk said as he tapped the barrier before him. It was a solid knock that informed the both of them that they had reached the end of the line. The light at the other end was continuing to grow as the footsteps starting to get even louder.

Henry turned to Kirk. “Is there an exit?”

“What are you talking about?” Kirk asked. “Do you not feel the wall before you? We’re at a dead end here.”

“That’s bullshit,” Henry said. “I don’t believe that you’d give up like this. There has to be an exit here.”

Henry got on the floor and proceeded to feel out the wet ground, searching for any sort of cover or hatch that would lead them out of the dead end. He ran his hands all over the floor until he found a small gap in the ground, leading him to find a cover into the sewer.

“I’ve found something,” Henry said, “A manhole cover. Let’s go!”

“Certainly isn’t the best option,” Kirk said, “But I’ll take it. Open it up.”

Henry lifted off the manhole and placed it to the side. Kirk was the first to climb down, with Henry following after him. Henry then placed the lid back on and joined up with Kirk once more. They went forward into the sewer, looking for a way to find Rysol in the city.


[2740 AD; war room in the Ameci Embassy – Rezar, Iiayikohn]


Fercewend looked at the map laid out upon the table. Multiple coins were placed throughout the map, representing the military units from each country. There was an additional coin on the map as well, but this one had a red mark on it to represent the True Thekohnians. General Reiss and General Anker were also plotting on the map too, but were providing their own methods to their own respective armies via telephone. Fercewend thought to himself about what he’d do if Gavin Power did not succeed, but kept that thought away for now as he focused on the current method of attack. Looking at the phone before him, Rohan picked it up and began to dial. After one ring, the other end picked up and began to speak.

“This is Aaron Arrington,” the voice on the other end said, “The junior lieutenant of the Ameci Army and leader of troop 35. Who is this?”

“This is the general,” Fercewend replied. “What is your current position?”

“We’re located just outside of Bel,” Aron said. “It’s been raining for a while now, and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.”

“Have you come in contact with Power?”

“I can’t say that we have,” Aron replied. “Are you expecting me to meet him, sir?”

“I don’t expect you to,” Fercewend said, “But if you do, then you two can work together. Just a forewarning: he is not alone.”

“Understood,” Aron said. “Is there anything else I should know or anything else that you want to know?”

“There is one thing,” Fercewend answered, “If there is no response from Power within the next two hours, then I want you and the rest of the troops to advance.”

“I will inform the others, then,” Aron said. “Sir?”

“What is it, Arrington?”

“I’m glad to serve under you, sir,” Aron replied. “It is the highest of honors for me and I’m grateful for it.”

“Your comments are appreciated, lieutenant,” Fercewend said.

“Thank you!” Aron said. “We will make sure not to let you down, sir!”

“Good to hear,” Fercewend said.

He said his goodbye to Aron and hung up the phone as Isaac walked in. Isaac appeared to be in high spirits, with a large smile on his face as he took a seat next to Rohan.

“Things are going well, aren’t they?” Isaac asked.

“They’re going as planned,” Fercewend replied. “At least for now, anyway. What are you doing here?”

“I’m just checking up on you, cousin. Is that so wrong?”

“Not at all,” Fercewend replied, “However, we are handling many lives here as I speak. Entering Bel is a tall task at this point, given the circumstances.”

“That it is,” Isaac said. “Perhaps we can do a little early celebration for all your hard work?”

Fercewend declined. “We have a job to do still,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to jeopardize this situation by prematurely celebrating before we have won.”

At that moment, Alan, Gale, and Tori walked into the room.

“Reiss, how are how are things going so far?” Alan asked.

“So far, so good,” Reiss replied.

“Good,” Alan said. “Rohan, I take it you’ve been handling things on your end as well?”

“Everything is going as we’ve planned it,” Fercewend replied.

“Excuse me, prime minister,” Isaac said, “But I was under the impression that this room was for handling this important event. Why are you bringing unrelated and unnecessary parties into this room?”

“That question could be asked of you, Mr. Kunigunde,” Alan replied.

“Should I go?” Gale asked.

“Stay,” Alan answered. “You are a related party in all of this. Would you not agree, Isaac?”

“I suppose that my say in the matter means nothing,” he replied. “If I were of a higher position, you would do well to listen to me.”

“Of course your opinion matters,” Fercewend said. “You have been an encouraging, if not helpful, voice during my stay here. The same can be said of the rest of you in this room.”

“Thank you,” Tori said.

“You are welcome, Tori,” Fercewend replied. “As for Henry, I am sure that he is okay. We will hopefully find him soon.”

“It’s good to hear you say that, Rohan,” Gale said. “Along with what you told me earlier… Thanks.”

“Should there be any other problem, Gale, then let me know,” Fercewend said. “I may not be able to answer all your questions, but do not hesitate to talk to me at any time during any of this.”

Isaac turned away, scoffing as he focused on the map. Alan took a seat next to Reiss while Gale sat down with Tori at the other end of the room. Unease still prevailed as the thought of what to do next remained in Fercewend’s mind. There was no time to make up a bad decision, because if there was a mistake, then everybody would be paying for it. Not just Rohan Fercewend.


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Chapter 12 – Part 2

After Gale explained what happened this morning, Gavin took a deep breath. He had his hand placed on his forehead as he sighed again.

“If I had to guess, the True Thekohnians were behind his death,” Gavin said.

“Why do you say that?” Sorin asked.

“They’ve already killed so many,” Gavin replied. “Belkley would just be another casualty to them.”

“That’s not right,” Gale said, “He’s more than just a casualty. He was like a son to Eva!”

“Do you think they care?” Gavin asked. “Groups like the True Thekohnians will do whatever it takes to reach their goal.”

“Sorry, Gale, but bro’s right for once,” Law said. He moved forward in his crutches. “You’re looking at someone lucky enough to survive. They don’t really care about the past of those they kill.”

“I know that,” Gale said. “I just don’t think it’s fair at all to him.”

“I agree that it’s not fair, Gale,” Law said. “I would know firsthand about that, but we can’t just let them get away with it.”

“We’re the heroes!” Mina said. “It’s our job to stop villains, and these villains will pay for what they’ve done!”

“She’s obviously fired up,” Gavin said. “The True Thekohnians need to be stopped, for everyone’s sake… And I’m going to be the one to stop Victor Wihll, Sorin Wilk.”

“You can do that,” Sorin said. “As long as I’m able to meet Rysol again.”

“Just you watch,” Gavin told Sorin, “Wihll is going to suffer for what he did. I can assure you of that.”

“Anyway,” Law said, “The lovely Ayanna is awaiting you guys upstairs.”

“That’s why we were waiting,” Mina said. “Let’s go!”

“Are you not going with us, Lawrence?” Sorin asked.

“You want me to risk going up those stairs with these?” Law asked, gesturing with the crutches he was holding. “I’m gonna just sit here and wait for Eva to arrive… Maybe get some one on one with her.”

“In a public place like this!?” Gavin asked. “That’s illegal, Lawrence!”

“Damn, I didn’t think your mind would go that way, bro,” Law said. “I was just talking about getting to know her.”

“I’m sure you did,” Gavin said. “Disgusting.”

Law laughed. “Whatever you say,” he said.

Gavin shook his head. “Fine, we’ll go,” he replied, looking over to Sorin and Gale. “Come on. You too, Mina.”

Mina leapt out of her seat. “Yay!”


Upstairs, soldiers from Ameci, Ahnlikohn, and Iiayikohn walked around as the meeting room’s door was ajar. Gavin walked in, with Sorin, Gale, and Mina right behind him, and greeted the generals. Rohan, General Anker of Ahnlikohn, and General Reiss of Iiayikohn all sat at the end of the room while Ayanna sat next to Reiss.

“Take a seat,” Reiss said.

Gavin sat down. “Thank you, sir.”

“It’s nice to see you, Gale,” Fercewend said. “I’m sorry you had to be wrapped up in this.”

“It’s okay, Rohan,” she said, taking her seat. “This affects us all, so I want to hear everything today.”

“Very well,” he said. “The other two, I assume, are friends?”

Sorin sat down. “Nice to meet you all,” he said. “I’m… Sorin Wilk. Kirk’s son.”

“Ah, so you’re the young one, aren’t you?” Anker asked. “Kirk did mention he had two sons… It seems like it was the right call inviting them over, Major Ansa.”

“Thank you,” Ayanna said. “Although I thought that one of the Swords of Eight was going to be here as well…”

“She’s coming,” Sorin said.

“Anyway, what about you, young lady?” Fercewend asked.

Mina stared at Fercewend. “I know who you are,” she said. “You’re the strongest man in the world!”

Fercewend smiled. “I haven’t been referred to that in a while,” he said. “It seems that some people here still hold me to that title.”

“Of course!” Mina replied. “People talk about your heroism all the time, including me!”

“I’m absolutely flattered,” Fercewend said. “Let’s move onto business, shall we?”

“Right,” Ayanna said. “You were talking earlier about how to approach Bel, General Reiss. I do like this plan you’ve laid out.”

“There’s something that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, Ansa,” Reiss said. “What exactly are they supposed to be doing?”

“Well, it was Power’s idea,” Ayanna said. “It seems that he wants to lead a small group of people into Maeitakohn to stop the True Thekohnian leader before we can move in.”

“This is the first I’m hearing of this,” Fercewend said. “Lieutenant, what exactly are you doing?”

“General,” Gavin said. “I know it’s unprecedented for us, but I can trust Mr. Wilk and Ms. Rask to hold their own.”

“Are you sure about that?” Fercewend asked.

“My own brother has testified about Rask’s strength,” Gavin replied. “Besides, she wants this all to end just as much as we do.”

“Your brother… he’s here?”

“Yes, sir,” Gavin said. “I’m aware of what he did, but it isn’t important at all right now.”

“There are bigger problems right now than him,” Fercewend said. “Gale, for the love of god, you’re not going with him, are you?”

“I can’t,” she answered. “As much as I would like to, I can’t. I’m staying here.”

Fercewend let out a sigh. “And you, Sorin?”

“I think I can handle myself,” he replied.

“If you are that confident,” Fercewend said, “Then I suppose I am able to trust the son of Kirk Wilk. What say you, Rask?”

“It’s Mina,” she said. “Mighty Mina, to be precise!”

“There’s another,” Gavin said. “A former Swords of Eight… Eva Bellamy.”

“Is that so?” Fercewend asked. He grinned. “Then maybe I shouldn’t be so worried after all.”

Gavin adjusted his sunglasses. “That’s a go, then?”

“If it is Bellamy, then I can give the go ahead,” Fercewend said.

“Fercewend, you are okay with it?” Anker asked. “Because I still have doubt in my mind that this will go well.”

“Have you doubted me during my speech?” Fercewend asked. “How about when I led my men multiple times to victory?”

Anker leaned. “But is Bellamy not the youngest of that entire group?”

“Ask the prime minister,” Fercewend replied. “He can attest that she can lead this group. So can I.”

Anker nodded. “Then I will take your word for it,” he said, “But if this mission fails, we will not hesitate to send our troops in.”

“Lieutenant, you will assure that this mission will not fail,” Fercewend said.

“My aim is true,” Gavin said, “And I never miss. Not now, not ever.”

“Good to hear,” Fercewend said.

“And I assume that is all, is it not, Power?” Ayanna asked.

“You know it,” Gavin replied.

“Then let me escort you all out,” she said. “If you would, General Reiss.”

“Go ahead,” Reiss said.

Ayanna proceeded to leave the room with Gavin, Sorin, Mina, and Gale when Fercewend spoke up.

“Gale,” he said, “Do you think you could stay for a moment longer?”

“What for?”

“It’s something… important,” Fercewend answered.

“I see,” Gale said. “Alright. Sorin…”

Sorin tilted his head. “Yes, Gale?”

“You’re going to go to Maeitakohn after this, right?” Gale asked.

“I think so,” he replied.

“There’s something I need to tell you first,” Gale said. “You see, I… I wish you all good luck.”

“We don’t need luck,” Gavin said. “Unlike Lawrence, I don’t rely on nonexistent things like that. Our success is going to be because of pure skill and determination!”

Mina pumped her fist. “Yeah! We’re a skilled team!”

“I think we’ll be fine, Gale,” Sorin said. “I will see you again.”

“Okay,” she said. “I’ll see you soon!”

They gave their goodbyes to Gale as Ayanna led them back downstairs. As they entered to lobby, Law and Eva were talking to each other. Gavin walked up to Law, who was still sitting down.

“Oh, hey, bro,” Law said.

“Don’t tell me,” Gavin said, “I see what’s going on.”

Law rolled his eyes. “Come on, man,” he said. “You’d think I’d do that given what she’s been through today?”

“It was actually a nice conversation, Law,” Eva said. “Thank you.”

“You’re very welcome,” Law replied.

“So we’re ready to go, then?” Eva asked.

Sorin gave her a nod. “General Fercewend seems to have no problem with it,” he said. “Oh, and I guess he wanted to see Gale, too.”

“I’m glad to hear that Rohan’s enthusiastic,” Eva said. “So, how are we going to head out?”

“I’ve taken the liberty of obtaining a car,” Gavin answered. “By that I mean that the Iiayikohnian military was nice enough to offer it.”

Law smirked. “That means it’s a beater,” he said. “I guess it should be good enough to make the trip, though.”

“So how long does it usually take to get to Maeitakohn?” Sorin asked.

“It’s a little over 160 kilometers to Bel,” Eva replied.

“That’s it?” Gavin asked. “Why the hell aren’t we on the road, then?”

“Do you not want to say goodbye, first?” Ayanna asked.

“Hey, I don’t plan on saying goodbye,” Gavin said, “Because I know that I’m going to be back.”

“Let’s hope you keep that promise, then,” Ayanna said. “I would hate having to break the news here to your brother if things went wrong.”

“You’re never going to have to worry about that,” Gavin replied. “Anyway, Sorin, you have a license, right?”

“Yeah, why?” Sorin asked.

“Someone has to drive,” Gavin answered. “I’m right handed, so being in the passenger seat would be beneficial to me if I need to start shooting.”

Sorin scratched his head. “What about you, Eva?”

“You should know why I can’t drive,” she replied.

“And I don’t even have a license!” Mina commented. “That means it’s up to you to drive us to Maeitakohn!”

“I guess I have to, then,” Sorin said. “Where’s the car, Gavin?”

“It’s close,” he replied. “Let’s get moving. If we’re going to have to catch up to Victor Wihll, then we mustn’t waste any more time, Sorin Wilk!”

“You really don’t have to use my full name,” Sorin said.

“Whatever,” he said. “We will be back, Lawrence!”

“See you later, Law!” Mina said. “We’re going to kick some butt!”

“One last thing, bro,” Law said. “When you see Wihll, be sure to tell him that I said hello.”

“I’ll be sure to,” Gavin said, “By putting a bullet in his head.”

“Looks like I don’t need to worry, then,” Law said.
Gavin left the building with Sorin, as Mina followed behind them. Eva turned back to face Law one last time.

“I need to thank you once again, Law,” she said.

“Sometimes it’s good just to talk to someone,” he said. “If you ever want to talk again, let me know.”

Eva smiled. “I will.”

She left to rejoin Gavin’s group, as Ayanna sat down next to Law.

“So what did you two actually talk about?” Ayanna asked.

“That’s a secret,” he replied. “I promised her I wouldn’t tell, and a guy like me respect’s a lady’s right to privacy.”

“Sometimes you surprise me, Law Power,” she said.

“Well, I’m just going to take that as a compliment,” Law said. “Say, do you have any siblings?”

“I do,” Ayanna replied. “I’m the oldest of six.”

“A trendsetter, then.”

“That’s an odd way to put it,” she said. “Anyway, four brothers and a sister. Actually, you might have heard of my parents, or at least know about their business.”

“It’s funny, but I don’t,” Law responded.

“Have you not heard of Ansa Farms?”

“Can’t say that I have,” he said. “Then again, I am always willing to see new places.”

“After this is all said and done, maybe I will take you,” Ayanna said. “I was going to tell Mina about it since she loves food, but I suppose you deserve to go just as well. I can even take your brother along as well.”

“I’ll make a reminder of it,” Law said. He reached into his pocket but found nothing. “Ah, that’s right, I gave my diary to my bro.”

“You needn’t worry about it,” Ayanna said. “When that time comes, I will remind you.”

“It’s just as well,” he said. “Perhaps he needs that book more than I do at this point.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“Oh, nothing,” Law replied. “Just saying.”


To be continued…


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Chapter 10 – Part 1

[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?”

“…sol… Rysol…”

“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…”

“Take this!”

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.”


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Chapter 9 – Part 3

[2740 AD; Macro Plaza in front of Iiayine Castle – Deca District]


The morning sun shined as security was lined up from side to side, citizens gathering in the plaza to watch the speeches that would be given today. Kirk’s group arrived early, running into Gavin, Law, and Mina who were already there.

“Why are you out here?” Sorin asked Gavin. “Shouldn’t you be with the Ameci army?”

“I suppose you of all people wouldn’t understand,” Gavin replied. “I do things my way. Besides, being here would be advantageous.”

Law tilted his head towards Sorin. “All these soldiers, you honestly don’t think that there’ll be at least one assassination attempt?”

“I’m sorry,” Gavin said. “None of you had the chance to meet. As much as it pains me to say it, that’s my brother.”

“You’re Lawrence?” Gale asked.

“Well, last time I checked,” Law replied. He gazed into Gale’s eyes for a split second. “It’s nice to meet you, but I would suggest waiting a couple more years before we can do anything serious.”

Gavin raised his hand and brought it down, slapping the back of Law’s head. “Show some restraint for once!”

“I am, bro,” Law said. “I was letting this girl down gently.”

“It’s Gale,” she said. “And I’m 18…”

“18, huh?” Law asked. “If we’re doing the math, one and eight make nine. Nine flipped over is six, which happens to be my lucky number. Do you want to know why, Gale?”

“Don’t answer that, Gale,” Gavin said. “You will only want to hit him afterwards.”

“Okay,” she said.

Law shook his head. “You really know how to piss on my fun, don’t you?”

“Anyway, perhaps it’s my turn,” Sorin said. He put on a smile and his hand forward. “I’m Sorin… That’s my father Kirk and his friend Eva.”

“Sonny and Kurt, is it?” Law asked. “Well, it doesn’t matter. I want to know her story.”

Eva pointed at herself. “Me?”

“You seem so elegant, even though you don’t dress that way,” Law said. “And there is certainly a story behind that eyepatch. Maybe after the speech you can tell me while we walk in the park.”

Eva looked over at Kirk, as Kirk just scratched his head. “Sorry to disappoint you, young man, but no,” she said.

“If it’s Kurt there, I can take him,” he replied.

“Can you hit him again, Gavin?” Kirk asked. “At least until he starts calling me by my name.”

Gavin cracked his knuckles. “My pleasure.”

“Bro, wait!” Law said. Gavin’s hand hung in the air as Law started to laugh.

“They certainly are brothers, aren’t they, Sorin?” Gale asked.

“It really seems like it,” Sorin said.

Gale then frowned and sighed. “I just got what Lawrence meant by his lucky number,” she said.

“What did he mean?” Sorin asked.

“You don’t know?” Gale asked.

“I’m not really a numbers guy,” he replied.

“Maybe I’ll show you later,” she said, and then muttered to herself, “Although I guess I’d be learning, too.”

“You two!” Gavin said. “Are you going to just have a conversation to yourselves?”

“Why not?” Gale asked.

“Maybe because I’m not done introducing people yet,” he answered. He turned to Mina.

Mina smiled. “You didn’t forget me!”

“Unlike loverboy over there, I actually try to remember people,” Gavin said. “Go on, introduce yourself!”

“Okay! Hi, my name’s Mina,” she said with a giggle. “I’m this city’s hero and every villain’s worst nightmare!”

Sorin shook her hand and was surprised by how much force she had put into her handshake. “N-nice meeting you, Mina,” he said. “Go easy with Gale, okay?”

Gale waved her hand at Mina. “Hello,” she said. “You actually fight bad guys?”

“Of course!” Mina replied, fists clenched. “I even beat Law here!”

“How many times do I have to say it? That was a draw,” Law said. “And you even said it yourself: I’m not a villain!”

“Then maybe you would like to have a rematch?” Mina asked.

“Oh no, I can’t possibly do that,” Law said.

“Are you scared?” Mina asked. “I thought that you were fearless because you believed in luck.”

Law scoffed. “I can’t just make my luck work like it’s an on/off switch,” he said. “Certainly not when it comes to the ladies.”

“Wow, that’s the first thing you’ve said all day that’s made sense,” Kirk remarked.

“Are you speaking to me, Kurt?” Law asked. “I didn’t expect you to be the one dropping the dry wit.”

“Oh no, I was just giving you a compliment,” Kirk insisted.

“That’s too bad for you, then,” Law said. “If Eva there had said what you said, I would already be on one knee.”

“And I would tell you ‘no’ yet again,” Eva said. “Learn to take a rejection when you see it.”

“Oof, clipping the wings before the bird gets fly,” Law said.

“Drop it,” Gavin demanded.

“Fine,” Law said. “I guess I’ll shut up.”

Law wandered off to the side, leaving Gavin to turn back to the rest of the group. Many more people arrived into the plaza as the Ahnlikohnian soldiers made their way to the stage.

“Looks like things are about to go underway,” Gavin said.

“Maybe I can talk to Alan,” Kirk said.

“Good luck with that,” Gavin said. “I spoke with major Ansa before you got here and she said that he’s under maximum security right now.”

“I’m certain that he’d be okay if I talked to him before the speech,” Kirk replied. He moved up into the crowd, excusing his way through the groups of people that were forming.

“What are you doing!?” Eva asked. “You can’t be serious!”

It was too late, though, as Kirk soon was closing in on the stage.

“You stubborn man,” she growled. “Sometimes it’s like you just want me to be angry at you.”

“Is he going to be okay?” Sorin asked.

“They’ll probably just kick him out,” Gavin replied.

“Why would he go by himself, though?” Gale asked. “I thought that we were all in this together…”

Before anyone could answer, the sound of microphone feedback filled the air. It was time. The Chancellor of Ahnlikohn had taken the stage, making his way up to the podium. The big moment was about to begin.


Up on stage the chancellor spoke with a calm, reassuring tone to the people of Iiayikohn. Fercewend and Alan watched with Henry and Tori as the chancellor began to wind down his speech.

“Harring knows how to put people at ease, doesn’t he,” Fercewend said.

“It works with his people,” Alan said. “Why not go with what works?”

Fercewend chuckled. “I have to admit that I am shaking,” he said. “I’ve spoken before my men many times, but I’ve never had to address an entire country before.”

“Consider it a learning experience, Rohan,” Alan replied. “I have no doubt that you’d make a good leader some day.”

“To hear you say that is an honor,” Fercewend said. “Though perhaps you are just trying to reassure me.”

“Rohan, you know I would never tell a lie,” he said. “I know that Henry can attest to that.”

Henry nodded. “I’m surprised to even be here,” he said. “It takes a lot of leadership to do that.”

“I agree,” Tori said.

“Well, I guess if you’re all saying it, it must be true,” Fercewend said as a roaring applause broke out. “Looks like I’m up next.”

“Good luck,” Henry said.

“Thanks, Henry.”

Fercewend approached the podium, grabbing both sides as he looked at the mass of people standing before him. They applauded him as he thanked them for being there. As the applause began to die down, Fercewend cleared his throat and began to speak.

“A great man once said to me: ‘In the times of darkness, that is when the sun burns the hardest.’ That man happened to be my mentor, Albert Atlas,” he said. “Currently, we are in a similar moment with Maeitakohn…”


Wihll placed the last bomb at the base of the interior, wiping his forehead as he watched outside the window. Fercewend’s speech appeared to be coming to a close as cheers were muffled by the glass.

“Our glory will be realized soon enough,” he said. “Silvia, what the hell do you think you’re doing!?”

Silvia looked out of the window. “We’re doing the right thing…”

“Are you listening to me?” Wihll asked, grabbing her by the wrist.

“Let me go!”

“I know a traitor when I see one,” he said. “Do you know what happened to the last person to betray me?”

“I… don’t know,” she answered.

“I put a knife in his back!” Wihll exclaimed. “That is, if I see him again, but you’re welcome to be his replacement if you want…”

“No, don’t,” she uttered. “I’ll do what you say.”

“Do you think I buy that bullshit? I know you’re going to try something funny, so I’m not going to let you go.”

Silvia walked with Wihll as they proceeded to leave the building, the bombs ready to go off. What was going to happen next, Wihll was sure that no one was going to forget it.


“People of Iiayikohn,” Alan began, “I speak to you today because as the prime minister, I am the extension of yourselves. You all are the reason why I stand here right now, speaking to you.”

Henry clapped his hands as he spotted Kirk moving through the crowd. He appeared to be in a chase, so Henry scanned the crowd as he saw the person that was being chased. It was then that Henry realized who the gray and brown haired man was and leaned forward, ready to leap out of his seat.

“The path to Maeitakohn and it’s prosperity is a tough one,” Alan said, “But as a united front, all of us, be it Iiayikohnian, Ameci, Ahnlikohnian, Maeitakohnian, or any of the other countries in the Thekohnian Region, will stand together regardless of who is threatening us!”

Cheers erupted as flashes of light filled the air. Glass began to break as explosions boomed throughout. The cheers soon turned to awe, and then to screams as people began to realize what was happening.

“The prime minister!” Ayanna exclaimed.

She rushed to the stage and met with Alan. A couple of other Iiayikohnian soldiers were there, too, and helped escort him, Fercewend and Harring out of the area. Tori started to look around, but Henry was nowhere to be seen. Gunshots rang out as Gavin tried to direct the people away from the scene. Eva yelled to Sorin and Gale, while Law and Mina moved along with Gavin. Despite everyone’s efforts, however, it was clear that the damage was already done. Chaos filled the streets as the True Thekohnians got what they wanted.


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