Binding Moonlight

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Chapter 14 (v.1) - Chapter 14

Submitted: January 11, 2019

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Tobi set his long-range plasma rifle in the back seat of his Astro and went back inside, Nrekeeka on his heels.

“Are you sure you're up for this?” she asked him for what felt like the hundredth time.

Growling low in his throat, Tobi stopped in his tracks to face her. He grabbed her shoulders and smiled down at her. “For the last time 'Keeka, yes! I'm perfectly fine. I was fine this morning, I was fine this afternoon, and I was fine when you asked me five minutes ago.”

“Yeah, but you'd say so anyway.”

“True, but I swear I'm telling the truth. Now c'mon, we need to get this show on the road!” Patting her shoulder, he continued to his firing range.

Nrekeeka crossed her arms, falling into step beside him. Tobi smirked at the floor. She had been following him around like a lost puppy since yesterday morning, refusing to let him out of her sight. He was glad she was worried about him, but this was getting ridiculous.

Opening his gun cabinet, Tobi tossed a hip holster to Nrekeeka and clipped on his own. He took out two of the charged weapons, slid one into his holster and then leaned over, dropping the other into Nrekeeka's. Removing two more holsters and guns for Theo and Adonis, he locked the cabinet. Carrying the gear upstairs, he and Nrekeeka went back outside and saw the other two waiting at the car.

“I really hope I don't have to use this,” grumbled Theo, accepting the weapon and securing it around his narrow hips.

“Only as a last resort,” Tobi told him. “Adonis and I are the first line of defense if shit gets bad.”

“I want to do this as quickly as possible so there is less chance for things to go wrong,” said Adonis, sliding into the backseat with Theo.

Nrekeeka took a deep breath and tried to hide her shaking as she got into the car. From the driver's seat, Tobi reached over and squeezed her hand before starting the vehicle.

“I can't tell if I'm utterly terrified or overly excited,” he said with a grin and a wink in her direction. Pulling the car up and out of the lot, they sped away from their building.

Nrekeeka stayed quiet as they drove. She was close to getting her sister back, and it scared her. She was so thankful for the help of Theo and Adonis, and even though she hadn't known them long, they were her friends. And today, for her own selfish reasons, she was putting them in danger. Sighing, Nrekeeka shifted in her seat to face the pair in the back seat.

“I know we hired you guys for this reason, but I want to say thank you anyway,” she said to them, cringing inwardly at her awkwardness.

Theo grinned at her. “I can't speak for Adonis, but I'm helping because it's what friends do. I don't take money from my friends, 'Keeka,” he said, glancing at Adonis.

“My pay has been room and board only,” Adonis replied. He turned away, frowning.

Theo rolled his eyes at Adonis and slouched in his seat. “You know it won't kill you to admit she's your friend,” he grumbled. “And if money is so important to you, feel free to take some of mine. All it does is sit in the bank collecting interest anyway.”

“Theo,” Tobi said, glancing at the teen in the rear-view mirror, “if you don't mind my asking, just how rich are you?”

“Obscenely.”

Nrekeeka bit her lip to hide her smile at the expression on Tobi's face. She had never seen his eyes get quite so big before.

“Are we talking millions or billions?”

Theo didn't reply.

“Oh, c'mon! Now you've got me curious!”

Theo huffed, crossing his arms. “Let's just say I could give all of you way more than you'd ever need and still have too much left over,” he said with a pout.

Tobi's jaw dropped. “What the hell did your parent's do?”

“No clue. But like I said, a lot of it is old money. My relatives were rich on Earth, and somehow it persisted through the colonization of Parset and continued to accumulate,” he answered.

Nrekeeka raised her eyebrows. “You must have come from some sort of royalty or something.”

“'Kay guys, we're just about there,” Tobi interrupted as he brought the car around in a graceful arc to land in a shadowy alley. The opposite end of the alley faced the PDHW building. It was perfect cover and the most direct line of sight for Tobi. He hopped over the door of the car and grabbed his rifle case from the back. His face lost all traces of his usual cheerful, good humor.

Kneeling just inside the mouth of the alley where the shadows still covered him, Tobi opened the case. He took out the body of the weapon and attached the barrel and scope. Lying flat on his stomach, he leveled the weapon on the bipod. Taking careful aim, he exhaled slowly and squeezed the trigger. It only took thirty seconds to destroy the cameras on this side of the building.

As soon as Tobi gave a thumbs up, Adonis took off sprinting across the street. Morphing on the run, his body turned into swirling red and orange flame. He slipped through the chain link fence just as he had done before. Changing back, he pulled a small disc from his pocket. Working fast, he popped the cover off of the keypad by the gate and slid the disc into the nearly invisible slot hidden behind the wires. He punched a code into the number plate, overriding the programming. The keypad beeped at him and he punched the enter key before removing the disc and replacing the cover. The gate opened, and the others joined him in the yard. Together, they crossed the property to the entrance and Adonis repeated the procedure on the keypad for the door.

Tobi pulled his pistol from his holster and inhaled deeply. He waved them inside.

Nrekeeka followed Tobi, Theo behind her, and Adonis bringing up the rear as they ran down the empty corridor. Tobi stopped them when they came to a corner, and pressed himself against the wall, peeking out into the open area at the center of the building. Adonis pointed to the far hall and Tobi nodded for him to go first, taking up his spot at the back of the line.

It took Adonis a few seconds to open the door, but once they were inside, they got to work.

Three large displays took up the wall space, with a long bay of control panels on the floor beneath. Upstairs on the balcony, another bay of panels blinked sluggishly.

Adonis moved across the room to a central console and started typing at the keypads. Nrekeeka, Tobi, and Theo stood around him while he worked. He typed furiously for a few seconds and slipped the disc into a slot under the panel. He did some more typing and plugged a thumb drive into the panel.

“Whoever maintains this system knows what they are doing. My access program was killed instantly,” Adonis said as he typed.

“Shit. How long will it take without it?” Tobi asked.

“Hard to say.”

“Shit,” Tobi repeated. The word barely left his lips before the balcony door opened and two men entered the room. A half second later two more people entered through the main door. Tobi raised his arm, aiming his pistol at the men on the balcony.

“Stamos,” growled Nrekeeka, training her weapon on him as well. Adonis stopped working to help Theo cover the other two.

“It seems unfair that you know my name, but I haven't a clue who you are,” commented Stamos, tapping his finger against his chin while he pointed his pistol at Nrekeeka lazily.

“Nrekeeka Seldon,” she hissed, turning toward the other two. She recognized them immediately, and they recognized her as well.

“Oh yes! Of course. I wish I could say it was a pleasure to meet you Miss Seldon, but I'd be lying if I did. Why would you risk time in a Federal prison just to come torment my employees some more?” Raising his eyebrows, he gazed at her with half-lidded eyes, boredom dripping from his voice.

“You know who I am, and exactly why we're here!” Nrekeeka shouted, taking a step forward.

“Do I?” Stamos asked, eyes wide. “I think you should put down your weapons. My people have permission to kill you if you so much as blink.”

“I'm pretty sure I can put a bullet between your eyes faster than they can move,” retorted Tobi, eyes shifting from Stamos to the man covered in scars. He couldn't decide who posed the greater threat.

As they stood there, motionless, something on the computer monitor started blinking. Adonis saw the light reflect off Robyn's glasses. He held his breath for a moment, eyes taking in everyone in the room. When he moved, all hell broke loose.

As he turned toward the computer, the blue-haired man yelled down to him and disappeared with a crack. A split second later, he reappeared behind Adonis, wisps of blue and gray smoke swirling around him. There was another crack, louder, as Adonis formed what appeared to be a barrier around himself. It shoved the blue-haired man backward. Startled, Adonis glanced up from the computer and saw the red shimmer surrounding him. His adrenaline was high, but this was not something he had ever been able to do in the past. He would have to explore the new-found ability when they were out of danger.

Stamos fired at Adonis, but the shield deflected the plasma cartridge.

As the blue haired man regained his footing, Theo lunged for him but touched only air as the man vanished again. Reappearing behind Nrekeeka, he grabbed a fistful of her hair.

“What do you want me to do with her?” he asked, holding Tobi's gaze as he spoke to Robyn. His voice was flat, but his green eyes didn't hold any malice.

Everyone was moving now. The girl ran to one of the other computer consoles and started typing in time with Adonis. The scarred man yanked on Theo's arm, spinning him around, twisting and pinning the limb behind his back. Tobi and Robyn held each other's gaze for a brief second before Tobi pulled the trigger. The round grazed Robyn's cheek before he could duck out of the way, but Tobi was quick and fired again as Robyn hit the ground. The second shot grazed his arm and burned through the fabric of his shirt sleeve.

“You little—” Robyn rolled to his feet and fired his own weapon. His aim was off, and he missed Tobi by a few inches. The projectile sped past its intended target and struck Max. She collapsed soundlessly against the console before her. Blood seeped outward from the hole in her back, an inch to the right of her spine. Her legs gave out and she slid to the floor, the control panel streaked with red.


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