“Say that again…” Brammers asked Maggie.
“Lupus has resigned – it’s in the latest edition of the Voice of the Resistance. And I just called in at his office, and he confirmed it to me in person. He also requested a meeting with you and Garyu69 at 23:00 NST in the prime bore he said…but I don’t know where the prime bore is.”
Garyu69 and Brammers looked at each other. They was amongst the few people in Fallen Angels who knew where the prime bore was.
“23:00 that's 10 minutes away. We better get going. Everyone here, get to the bottom of this dam mystery. Call in anyone from the other departments to help if needed.”
Garyu69 and Brammers left the apartment, and took the lift down to sector 1. The lift door opened and they stepped out. There was a few Twilight Guardian sleeping on the floor. Brammers looked at them for a brief second before opening the door to the connecting corridor between the main corridors of Sector 1 and 2A to 2C entrances. They waited for the door to close behind them. Instead of going straight on they took a right into another section that lead to the deepest sections of Sector 1. Brammers and Garyu69 passed through 3 more doors before they approached they final door and opened it.
The two runners stepped into the bottom of the long shaft of Techhaven sector 1 which lead to the surface. It had long ladders running up to the top and no gravlift. The entrance at the top had been sealed since City Admin had set up their scanning station outside Techhaven to keep an eye on the Fallen Angels.
“I just hope I don’t have to climb up to the top today.” Brammers said looking up to the top.”
“Not today…a voice came up from above Brammers and Garyu69. Come up to the 2nd platform.”
Brammers and Garyu69 obliged and climbed the ladders to the 2nd level.
“I bet none of you know why Thomas Cooper and his 62 followers choose to bore a shaft at this point in the mountains.”
Brammers and Garyu69 looked at each other. “No sir”, replied Garu69.
“Well for a start the ores in this part of the mountain are very unique. It seems that scanning signals cannot penetrate from the outside into this area, yet any scanning equipment located in here can scan the outside world, and not be detected. The perfect natural cloak, except we don’t do anything like that now. It was used for a while in the early days of Techhaven against Crahn.”
Brammers and Garyu69 sat down on the ledge of the 2nd level.
“The Fallen Angels Science Council knew this, so they sealed the door at the top, for…lets just say safety reasons.”
Brammers started to get a little impatient. “Sir, I’ve had a long day…and not the best of days. My store has been blown up, Miss Merlins is missing in the most bizarre circumstances, and now I hear you have resigned. Why Sir did you resign?”
Lupus stood up. “Lets face it Brammers, the Angels are in a very difficult position. City Admin have never liked us being friends with Twilight Guardian, but as least they have accepted it. Yours and Zane Shadowfall's work in making Techhaven as safe to all visitors has paid off. However, the incident with Dome of York bombing the Canyons has changed things. The Angels felt obliged to help the Guardians, which was the correct thing to do. After all how many times have they helped us when Tangent or Black Dragon wanted to storm this place.”
Brammers nodded in agreement “That's true...until City Admin decided take advantage of the situation when we were moving them all from the canyons. City Admin and the Angels did engage a few times.”
Garyu69 shook his header. “Although their excuse for attempting to control both of the Tech Haven entrances, just doesn’t wash with me. Like hello City Admin, the Dome nuked the Canyons, doesn't their listening devices tell them that most of the guardian want to take on the Dome....not City Admin?”
Brammers though for a second and he knew Garyu69 was right “I quite agree, I could see the logic of them controlling the south entrance, but the north, I would expect those NE2250 scout units to be out there.”
“I would agree, something is fishy there.”, Lupus said. “Now as for the relations between Dome of York and the Angels, they are not good either since we, again... help Twilight Guardian fight against their enemy to steak the blueprints from their lab and destroy it.”
Brammers and Garyu69 wasn’t going to argue with point Lupus made.
“So we now have a problem.”, Lupus continued.”The relations between Dome of York and City Admin to the Angels is very frail, because we sided with the Guardians. As you know, its split the faction down the middle. One half saying we shouldn't be involved and the other saying we have a duty to help the guardians. Both have valid arguments, and all these arguments got a lot louder when we had the bomb blueprints.”
“I've been listening to both sides as well. Trust me it's been driving me around the wall, but all this doesn't explain your resignation. Or does it?”, asked Brammers.
“Well I was getting to that bit...I had an idea which ultimately lead to my resignation.”
Garyu69 tapped his finger on the ledge. “And your idea was?”
“Quite simply, let the faction split in two.”
Garyu69 and Brammers looked at each other wondering if they had really heard Lupus correctly.” WHAT?”, they both exclaimed.
Lupus repeated his last statement slowly. “Split the faction in two.”, he waited for Brammers and Garyu69 to absorb the big idea, before carrying on. “What we would have is Fallen Angels on one side like yourselves, and the non-fighting traders on the other side.”
Garyu69 shook his head. Something wasn’t adding up. “Ok last time I checked, Fallen Angels are free minds. People don’t resign over ideas even if they are bad ideas…And if you ask me this does sound like a bad idea.”
Lupus smiled a little. “I’m still a free mind and I didn't resign over the idea. Well quite simply the Fallen Angels Science Council approved of the idea, and needed to appoint a faction leader. This is where I stepped in, and obviously I can't have two jobs in two different factions. So I said I would lead the new faction.”
Lupus, Garyu69 and Brammers debated the merits and the problems of actually creating a new faction would bring, to both Tech Haven and the rest of the world. At first Brammers wasn’t too keen on the idea, but after a while he realised that Lupus and the Fallen Angels Science Council was set on the idea and there was very little he could do to change it.
After about thirty minutes, everyone had agreed their had made their points, right or wrong, and it was now the time to accept that there was going to be a new faction.
“Well”, Brammers concluded, “It’s going to be interesting this new faction, but we can continue this another day. Time for me to call it a night.”
Garyu69 got up first, as he was keen to also call it a night.
Lupus got up and smiled. “Be Safe you two”
“Keep a free mind”, Brammers replied.
“Form a society” Lupus replied.
“I think you just did Lupus....Oh what are you going to call the new faction?”, grinned Garyu69.
"I'm still working on that.", replied Lupus.
Brammers got up and started the short decent down to the bottom of the shaft. Garyu6969 and Brammers left the long shaft and headed back to the main corridors of Techhaven Sector 1.
“Hmm you fancy a drink at Leroy’s Bar”, asked Garyu69.
“No not tonight…much I would like to. I really need to see Tricia. I’ve been neglecting her with this crisis.” Brammers began to smile a little.
Garyu69 knew Tricia was one special girl to Brammers. He also wondered how Brammers managed the endless juggle of keeping Phoenix going, running the Fallen Angels Faction, and also keeping the one he loved happy as well. One night Brammers while a little drunk admitted that if he had to choose one of the three, he would choose Tricia anyday. Garyu69 remembered something else. He thought he would mentioned it to Brammers now, but decided against it.
“Hmm….on 2nd thoughts I think I will turn in as well.”
“Ok then Be Safe Mr Garyu69” replied Brammers
Garyu69 headed of in the direction of entrance 1A while Brammers headed off towards Entrance 2C to Tricia’s apartment.
Garyu69 got to entrance 1A, and typed in his password to his apartment. The lift moved up slowly to the level of his apartment, and stopped. The door open and he stepped out into the lobby of his apartment. He pressed the buzzer and the doors opened. He walked over to the drinks cabinet and got out a bottle of Jack.
He opened the bottle took a swig and sat down. He looked at his terminal on the other side of the room, and saw the display. “You have 1 new message waiting” it said in bright blue.
Garyu69 was a little surprised, as the blast at the Phoenix store blew most of the communication lines to Techhaven Sector 1. He knew that the technicians were working flat out to restore communications to sector 1, but he wasn’t expecting his to be working so soon. Perhaps he was one of the lucky ones to have his link restored, or maybe it wasn’t damaged in the first place.
Garyu69 though he better check the email just in case. He got up from his seat and walked over to the terminal, and pressed a key to open the new email. The display changed and started to display the contents.
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From: Lisa Merlins
Garyu69 hope he wasn’t going to be reading Lisa’s final message. Then he looked at the next line.
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Garyu69 looked again at the time. It still read “Sent: 23:15NST”. That meant Lisa had sent the message in the last 30 minutes, while he was meeting Lupus. Garyu69 hoped no-one in eXo was playing a very cruel joke on him. He scrolled down to the body of the message and immediately was puzzled.
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Character set not found: Raw data stream.
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End of Steam.
Garyu69 went to open a commlink.