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Chapter 23 (v.1) - The Tower Of Rain

Submitted: October 06, 2014

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The Tower Of Rain:

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(The Tower Of Rain-An old Tower that's been standing since The Great War Era. Located near the Eastern Swamp, it was a holding place for Prisoners Of War, and Federal Criminals. Now, it is hardly used, since no one on Crisis would dare to cross Diamond.)

Lance—

I caught snippets of the floor as I was dragged by the collar down a metal walkway.

“God damn, this guy is heavy,” a Soldier complained.

I closed my eyes again…

When I opened my eyes once more, it was to see that I was looking right up into a pair of bright lights.

“What of the others?”

“Don’t worry your Highness, they are all alive.”

“Good, their execution must be public. Let Crisis know that Treason is a serious offense.”

Trying to scrape together whatever strength I had remaining, I attempted to move, but found it impossible due to my hands being restrained. I was lying shirtless on a metal bed in some sort of dingy looking room that reminded me of a Dungeon.

“Queen,” said Justine Long. “It seems that our friend has woken up.”

As soon as they realized that I was awake, the metal bed that I was bound to straightened up so that I can look at them both.

“At last,” said Aurora. “Sorry about our rude welcoming, but it was quite difficult to track you all down,” she giggled. “Didn’t want you to get away again.”

“So, how are you feeling?” asked Justine. “You and your friends tied me up once, consider this pay back!”

“Not bad,” I said sarcastically. “Had a nice nap on this bed of yours. It’s too bad that I didn’t have some company.”

They laughed at this remark.

“Justine, make him talk,” said Aurora as she headed for the door. “I must return to Diamond. And don’t screw up like you did with the last Suspect,” Aurora added. “He’s still unconscious.”

“Yes, yes, that was a mistake,” said Justine. “I didn’t realize a geek like him could be so tough.”

“Wire the information to me over the Phone, I have a Dinner Party that I must attend to,” said Aurora as she closed the door, leaving Justine and I alone in the same room.

“Lance Blade,” said Justine as she walked up to me. “Has anyone ever told you that you have a nice body?”

“Yeah,” I said. “Your sister told me the same thing.”

“Sarcasm,” said Justine as she walked over to a table full of torture devices. “Do you know what one of my responsibilities is as Head of the Division of Justice are?”

“The National Interrogator,” I replied.

“Correct!” she yelled as she picked an Electric Rod. “So let’s make this simple Lance. You tell me everything about Atreyu, and I won’t have to shock that lovely little body of yours. You and your friends can live out the rest of your days in The Southern Desert Prison, no execution will be needed.”

“And if I don’t talk?” I asked.

She said nothing as she jabbed the Electric Rod into my chest, sending a painful shockwave all throughout my body.

“I do that!” Justine giggled. “I’ll use any method I think feasible to get you to run your mouth.”

“So that’s how it is huh?” I asked. “Torture.”

“If you wish to call it that,” said Justine. “Now tell me…what is Atreyu after? What does he plan to do with the Birth Stone?”

“Birth Stone?” I asked. "Never heard of it."

“Don’t play dumb!” she yelled as she gave me a shock. "You were given information about it when you were in Special Forces, I know this!"

“I’ve never…heard of a Birth Stone,” I lied. “I don’t know what he’s after.”

“Liar!” yelled Justine as I was shocked again.

“Shocking me won’t make me know something that I don’t,” I breathed.

Justine looked angry, but suddenly regained her composure. She walked off for a moment to a corner before walking back at me with a bucket full of water. She tossed it on me, and I was soon dripping with liquid.

“I can hit you with 10 Million Volts,” said Justine as she picked up her Rod. “Care to stop lying?”

I shook my head as I braced myself for more pain. She pressed a button and a string of electricity streamed from the head of the Electric Rod. Every ounce of liquid on my body evaporated into hot steam. Everywhere on my person stung with searing white hot pain that scorched several parts of my flesh. At this point, I was screaming, because the pain was that intense.

“Oh,” Justine sighed. “This is so…arousing. Watching you squirm in pain like that..oh…I love seeing pain…I love pain.”

“You’re a sick woman,” I groaned.

Another shock hit me, and I was screaming aloud again.

“Scream more Lance,” she yelled. “More! More!”

“Stop…it!” I screamed as I was shocked.

To my surprise, she stopped, and I went limp on the bed, barely having enough strength to breathe properly.

“There’s so much pleasure in pain,” Justine said. “I’m starting to get wet from all of this!”

“What kind of masochistic bastard are you?” I asked.

“Oh Lance, I want to hurt too!” she yelled.

Justine turned the Electric Rod on herself and jabbed it into her own chest.

“What the hell?” I muttered.

“YES!” she screamed. “Oh that’s so good! Pain is beautiful! Let’s share it together!”

She shocked me again, but this time, she repeatedly jabbed at me with it in a stop and go fashion so that she could shock herself.

“Damn it,” I panted.

My heart was going to stop if she kept this up any longer…

***

I was sitting in my Cell by myself, looking at the door that shut in front of me.

“Huh?” I said as I looked over to the corner. “I’ve got a roommate huh?”

There was a man who was in his thirties sitting in the corner, battered and beaten, looking as physically wounded as I was. He seemed to be alive, but he was barely breathing…

Hard to say, but I’d been through worse in Special Forces, so there was no way an amateur Interrogator like Justine Long could get me to talk.

Even if she was fucked up in the head…

Immediately, I began to scout my surroundings.

There was one Guard on Patrol in front of my cell, walking back and forth and looking at me from time to time. There were no Security Cameras. A couple of Rats were scurrying about too. I lay myself flat against the bed so that the Guard couldn’t see me before sticking my tongue into the hole where my lower left Wisdom Tooth used to be.

In one swoop, I pried the small Radio I kept in there.

Even if I was retired from Special Forces, it doesn’t mean I didn’t prepare for Hostage Situations like this. I always had a contingency when it came to War…

I spat it out of my mouth and into my palm.

The Radio was no bigger than a Marble, but it was wireless, and best of all, because it would directly stimulate the bones of the inner ear, only I could hear it. The tricky part was dialing a Frequency and getting it into my ear before the person on the other end could pick up.

The only person I could think to call was Trinity.

I hope she was okay…

It rung for a few seconds, but to my relief, she picked up.

“H-hello?” she whispered nervously.

“You have no idea how good it is to hear your voice Trin,” I said with a smile on my face.

“L-Lan!” Trinity exclaimed. “Are you okay?”

The smile on my face disappeared immediately.

“I’ve been better,” I said.

“What did they do to you?” she asked fearfully.

“There are something’s that I can tolerate from people,” I started. “And then there are other things people do to me that make me sick to my stomach.”

“Oh Lan,” Trinity said in a tone that indicated she was starting to cry. “Why would they do this?”

“Because people in Diamond are sick bastards,” I said roughly. “But enough about that, where are you?”

“In a Cell with Amberlin somewhere,” she replied. “I’m sorry, we couldn’t beat Stross. He got the jump on us when we least expected it.”

“What about the others?” I asked. “Hunter, Jackson, and Lucifer? What about Rose?”

“I heard they didn’t get Lucifer,” Trinity said. “But Rose and Jackson and Hunter…they got caught too, and are down the hall from us. What about Millicent? Is she okay?”

I closed my eyes.

“They’ve got her,” I said.

“Oh Lan,” Trinity said. “How could this happen? What made Diamond so aggressive all of a sudden?”

“I don’t know,” I answered. “But I am gonna find out. They’ve crossed the line this time. I know this is an evil World and everything, but this is just disgusting. Locking us up in Cells, treating us like we're animals-who do they think they are?”

“I know,” said Trinity.

“How did you hide your Cell-Pad from them anyways?” I asked.

“Millicent showed me a few tricks from her Stripper days that I’m…not too proud of saying that I know how to pull off,” Trinity answered awkwardly.

“Heh,” I laughed. “I guess it’s just like they say. Women DO have more hiding places than men.”

Trinity laughed as well.

“So what do we do?” she asked me afterwards.

“I’m busting out of here the soonest I can,” I said. “Justine tired herself out, so she’s resting for a bit, but if she goes at me again, she’s going to kill me.”

“What?” Trinity exclaimed.

“She gets off on all this,” I explained. “Making people suffer, watching them in pain. The more you hurt, the better she feels. She won’t be able to hold herself back next time, she WILL kill me if I step foot in that room again.”

“You’ve gotta get out of there!” Trinity yelled.

“I know,” I said. “It’s just—

“Just what?” Trinity said.

“The pain,” I breathed. “It hurts too much to move… to breathe…to even think.”

“Lan,” Trinity cried.

“There’s this guy next to me in my Cell,” I said, trying to change the subject a little.

“Who is he?” Trinity asked

“I dunno…wait, he has a Name-Tag on. It reads: Hugo Tech.”

“Hugo Tech,” Trinity muttered. “Wait a minute, he works for the Science Department!”

“Now that you mention it, his name is familiar,” I continued. “He was in competition with Jackson Olt to be the Head of the Science Department. What’s he doing here?”

“I dunno,” said Trinity. “Oh crap!"

“What’s happening?” I asked frantically.

“Lance, Justine is coming for us!” she yelled.

“Trinity, whatever you do, don’t talk!” I instructed. “All of our lives are riding on this!”

“I’ll try,” she said. “Lan, I’m scared.”

“Don’t worry Trin, I believe in you,” I said reassuringly…

There was a short scuffle on the other end, a heartbreaking scream from Trinity, then silence.

I was contemplating hanging up, but I heard the Cell-Pad get picked up.

“Lance, are you there?” Amberlin asked.

“Amberlin,” I said. “It’s good to hear you’re alright.”

“Are you kidding me? I’ve been in stickier situations!” she boasted.

“At least you still have your sarcasm,” I joked.

“Listen, Lance, I’ve been thinking,” Amberlin started. “Why don’t we tell Diamond what we know?”

“What did you just say?” I asked.

“Think about it,” she said. “Let them deal with Atreyu, and we save our own asses! Or better yet, now bear with me-we can help each other get at Atreyu.”

“Amberlin,” I began. “You have no idea how these people operate. The second they get what they need, they’ll kill us all, no matter what they tell us. I heard Aurora talking about a Public Execution when they thought I was still asleep. No matter what way we slice it, they’re going to kill us when this is all said and done.”

“Damn,” Amberlin hissed. “Well, then I’ll use Plan B.”

“What’s Plan B?” I asked.

“I bust outta here!” she boasted.

“I was just about to ask you to,” I said with a smirk. “But make sure Trinity comes back first.”

“Gotcha,” said Amberlin. “Jackson, Hunter, and Rose are down the hall, but Lucifer didn’t get caught.”

“He’s smart enough not to come in guns blazing,” I said. “He’ll come when the time is right, but I need you to get Trinity, Jackson, Rose, and Hunter out of there when you can. I’ll take care of Millicent.”

“Alright,” Amberlin said. “Rose and I have been using the Rats to communicate, I’ll let her know when to get ready for me.”

“Be careful,” I said.

“You too…”

***

“Wow, you’re a living legend aren’t you?” asked a voice from my left.

I looked over and saw that Hugo had finally woken up.

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(Hugo Tech)

“Mr. Tech,” I began. “Are you alright?”

“Not bad,” Hugo said as he shifted himself uncomfortably on the floor. “I just wish I had a last smoke before I got caught. A swig of whiskey don't sound too bad either.”

I smirked.

“You’re tougher than you look,” I said. “My name is Lance.”

“Oh I know who you are already,” said Hugo. “Lance Blade, Ex-Special Forces right? I helped develop some of the gear you used when you were an Agent. I made that Sword you wield, The Black Blade. I originally crafted it for Seth when he first became an Agent. Well, refurbished, I should say. She was in a bad shape before I fixed her up.”

“I didn’t know that,” I said. “Small World isn’t it? It’s nice to meet you Mr. Tech.”

“Mr. Tech is my Father,” Hugo laughed. “Just call me Hugo.”

“Alright Hugo,” I began. “Soon as I can, I’m busting out of here. It wouldn’t sit right on my conscience leaving you here by yourself, so I’ll help you get out of here.”

“Shit, I’d give you all the Credits to my name if you got me out of here,” Hugo said.

I was about to get to work, about to start trying to find a way out of the Cell when the lights suddenly started to flicker. The Guard on post readied his weapon and looked around frantically, before his body was suddenly decapitated from its lower half, delivered to death so quickly that he couldn’t even scream.

Then the entrance to the Cell was obliterated, blasted from its hinges by a force of energy. With its destruction, it revealed to me a person that had saved my life once before.

It was him…

It was The Shroud…

He stood there, looking at me with those scary, shining blue eyes through that Skull Mask of his, his Sword clenched in his hand. As I blinked, he was standing in front of me, reaching for my throat.

His speed was so remarkable that he caught me off guard, and was holding my up in the air with one hand around my neck.

“Who…are you?” I asked.

“I am a man like you,” he said in an amplified voice. “I am no one."

The pressure around my neck grew, making it harder and harder to breathe.

Was he going to kill me?

The answer to that question would probably be yes, as was indicated by the fact that he was raising his Sword up and pointing its sharp edge towards my neck. However, he glanced over into the corner and saw Hugo staring at him with wide eyes.

Almost as fast as the impulse to kill me came, it faded as he dropped me onto the ground, disappearing in a swirl of wind soon afterwards.

“Most fascinating,” Hugo said as he struggled to his feet. “He appeared as if out of nowhere. Did you know him?”

“He saved my life not too long ago,” I replied as I too get up to my feet. “But I don’t know who he is. He seems…strangely familiar though.”

Without another word, I walked over to Hugo, threw his arm over my shoulder, and limped out of the Cell.

“Ow-ow-ouch,” Hugo groaned as he hopped up and down to keep pace with me. “This hurts like a son of a bitch.”

"How's your leg?" I asked him.

"She broke it," Hugo gasped.

"Looks like you're about even now, when she was finished with me she was so out of breath she couldn't even stand," I explained.

"Ha, you're a funny guy," Hugo said with a cough.

“She had some fun with you alright,” I said.

“She’s insane,” Hugo said. “I tell you, she loved every minute of it.”

“Don’t worry about her, one day she’ll pay,” I said. “But for now, we’re getting out of here.”

“Agreed,” he grunted.

“The problem is, I haven’t thought very far ahead,” I said.

“I know where we can go,” said Hugo. “I have a Hover-Mobile parked up on the Top-Floor.”

“Hover-Mobile?” I asked. “They’re that cutting edge new Hover Car right?”

“Yup, I invented them,” he said. “We can use my Hover-Mobile to get the hell away from here.”

 “Wait, I have friends,” I said. “Friends that I have to save that are locked up here too.”

“How many of ‘em are there?” Hugo asked me.

“Uh…six,” I answered. “But there’s another one of us that didn’t get caught so it really should be seven.”

“It’ll be a little bit of a squeeze but we’ll manage,” said Hugo. “Just get me to it and I’ll take care of everything—

“LAAAAANCE!” I heard someone yell.

“I turned around and saw Amberlin, Jackson, Trinity, Hunter, and Rose running towards me, guards led by Justine on their tail.

“Trinity sucker punched Justine but we’ve gotta move!” Amberlin yelled.

“I’ll punish you all!” Justine yelled. “I’LL PUNISH YOU ALL!”

“Oh no,” I groaned as I turned around and began to hobble in the opposite direction.

“I got him,” said Hunter as he hoisted Hugo up and threw him over his shoulder.

“Thanks big guy,” I thanked Hunter.

“Be careful man,” said Hugo. “I bruise like a banana!”

We all ran down the hall and burst out of the door and onto the rainy staircase that enveloped the outside of the Tower like a snake.

“Up, up, up!” yelled Amberlin.

Trinity, however, shoved a chair she brought outside under the door handle to slow our pursuers down.

“You brought Mr. Tech?” Trinity asked me.

“No, no, no, it’s Hugo,” Hugo said.

“You all go on ahead,” I said. “I have to get Millicent back!”

“She is held two floors below,” said a voice from behind of us.

We turned around to see Lucifer floating down to us, holding all of our gear and weapons.

“Lucifer!” Amberlin yelled excitedly. “You’re back!”

“I was awaiting the proper moment to return,” said Lucifer. “You must make haste Lance. With your escape, I fear they may execute her right now.”

We got to work on getting our gear packed together. I sheathed my Katana in its holster and strapped it to my right hip, where it always was.

“You know, Lucifer,” Amberlin started. “Where did you keep all of this stuff?”

“You don’t want to know,” Lucifer said with a straight face.

“You’re right,” Amberlin gulped. “I don’t.”

“Alright, Lucifer, you stick with these guys. Get them to the Hugo’s Hover-Mobile on the roof. Millicent and I will catch up to you,” I said.

“Hurry Lance, these louts aint messin’ about,” said Jackson as he holstered his four Pistols. “I think we really pissed ‘em off this time!”

“Don’t worry, I will,” I said…

***

Trinity—

I didn’t want to let Lance go, but he was the only one of us who could save Millicent, so I had no choice. The last of us began running up the stairs, which was just in time because our enemies were pounding on the barricaded door harder and harder with each passing second.

“How many more floors do we have to go up?” Amberlin grunted as we continued to run upwards.

“About another twenty floors,” said Hugo, who was still slung over Hunter’s shoulder.

“Bloody stairs again!” yelled Jackson.

“Trinity, do you have a problem with the guys being behind of you this time?” asked Amberlin.

“I trust them enough to not look up my skirt,” I replied.

“Too late lass,” said Jackson. “I must confess, your hindquarters are amongst the finest in Crisis.”

“You pervert!” I yelled.

“I’m glad it’s not me,” said Amberlin. “Wait…I’m not sure if it takes away from my sexuality or adds to it.”

For a more minutes, we ran up the stairs, until we finally get to the rain pattered rooftop, where Hugo’s Silver Hover-Mobile was sitting.

“The Sherona,” Hugo sighed. “Thought I’d never see her again.”

Hunter set him down in front of The Sherona, and Hugo rustled in his pockets for the keys.

“There you are!” someone yelled from behind of us.

We turned around and saw Justine flanked by three Soldiers running up to us.

“We’ve got company!” yelled Amberlin.

“Hugo, how long before this thing is ready to Fly?” I asked him as I pulled on my brown gloves.

“Ugh,” Hugo muttered as he popped the top. “She hasn’t ran for over a month, so the battery might be dead. If that’s the case, we might have to push start her.”

“Cool,” Hunter said as he drew his Pistol.

“I mean off the edge,” said Hugo.

“What?!” I exclaimed.

“We push her, she restarts, then the Alternator recharges the battery, but she has to be in the air for it to work,” Hugo explained. “You guys gotta cover me while I re-connect the wiring!”

“Right,” said Jackson. “We owe these assholes a good arse-kicking!”

Justine drew an Electric-Rod and stood at the ready to fight.

The Soldiers took position and made to fire, but Jackson, being the quick draw expert that he was, he managed to shoot all three of them before they could even shoot, he aimed his fourth Pistol at Justine and fired, but she was quick enough deflect the shot.

That’s right, she was good enough of a fighter to block a bullet. I guess she could see the shock in our eyes because a devilish smirk played on her face.

“Surprised?” she asked. “All of the Heads, no matter what Department, can put up quite a fight,” Justine boasted. “You all don’t stand a chance!”

Justine leapt forward and made a wild swung at my head. I rolled underneath of her attack, got around her back, and struck her in the back of the head with my elbow. She swung the Rod wildly behind of her, and just from pure muscle memory, I reached my hand out to block it, and was struck with a jolt of electricity.

It singed my fingers and left me open for a counterattack, which Justine delivered in the form of a kick. I was, however, swift enough to grab her around the ankle, hoist her up in the air to flip over, and kick her in the chest as she came around. She flew so far that she went of the edge.

This didn’t kill her though, because she grabbed the metal edge with her fingers. But this was more than enough to give me enough time to let Hugo finish with his repair job.

“Okay, good,” said Hugo. “Now is the scary part. We have to push her off the edge, that’s the only way to get the battery restarted.”

“I’ll push,” I said as I got around the back. “Everyone get inside!”

The rest of them piled into the Hover-Mobile, but Hugo didn’t shut the door.

“Now Trinity,” said Hugo. “When you push it over the edge, do not let go! Hang on with everything you’ve got, alright?”

“Got it!” I yelled as I gave him a thumb up.

“Wait!” Justine yelled. “You can’t just leave me here!”

Without listening to her, I started to push the Hover-Mobile towards the edge of the roof.

“We’re gonna do this,” I said to myself. “Guys, get ready!”

With a shove containing all of my strength, the Hover-Mobile was sent flying over the edge, but not with me behind of it.

“TRINITY!” Hunter roared.

I stepped back a little, and made a running start towards the edge. With all my might, I leapt off the edge and dived down.

The lights on the Hover-Mobile didn’t turn on, and now, both the Hover-Mobile, and myself, were falling down through the air for hundreds of feet towards the ground…

***

Lance—

The path to Millicent’s Cell was clear because all of Security was coordinating their efforts to get to the roof. I ran down the hall towards her, watching her figure through the bars.

“Millicent,” I gasped.

“Lance?” she said as she got up and ran to the Cell Door.

“Stand back, I’m getting you out of there!” I commanded.

She did as I asked and stepped aside as I pulled my sleeve and clenched my fist into a tight knot, taking a deep breath as I did so. My left hand was illuminated in an aura of blue energy. I thrust my left hand forward and released the energy in the form of a blast wave that obliterated the door to metal ashes.

“Lance, are you alright?” Millicent asked as she ran towards me.

“I’m fine, how are you?” I asked her.

She pulled me in for a kiss before responding.

“Better, now that you’re here,” she said while smiling.

“That’s good,” I said as I smiled as well. “And uh…about what you said to me last night—

“Yeah?” she asked excitedly.

“I think I love you too…Millicent,” I said slowly.

“Lance,” she cried.

“But we can talk about our feelings later,” I said. “Our friends need us!”

I grabbed her by the hand and blasted a hole in the wall large enough to jump out of. I looked outside and saw the Hover-Mobile circling around the Tower, looking for a sign of us.

“Over here!” I yelled.

The Hover-Mobile made for us, but that’s when things turned sour…

Because for us, no matter where we went, things always went sour…

Two fighter jets appeared from the skies, and began to open fire on the Hover-Mobile. We had no hope of getting out as of now, because that Hover-Mobile couldn’t out maneuver a jet, nor did it have any firepower to it.

“Millicent,” I said as I looked over to her. “We’re gonna have to jump.”

“What?” she asked me.

“Trust me,” I said as I held her hand tighter in mines.

She looked up into my eyes, and I could see the world reflected back to me in hers. I watched locks of her pink hair ripple in the wind in front of her face as she stared at me.

“I will,” she said as she hugged me around the middle.

I held her closer to me, turned my back to the edge, and let myself fall backwards. The two of us fell through the air, soaring towards the ground, going lower and lower. From the outside, it would appear that there was no hope, but I raised my fingers to my mouth and sent out a loud whistle.

In a rush of supernatural speed, our friend the Blue Dragon burst from the clouds and soared underneath of our path to catch us.

“You came!” Millicent yelled as she held on to him.

He roared in response while going upwards.

“He’s been following us,” I said. “I noticed him from afar, but he’s always been keeping a close eye on us wherever we went.”

The Blue Dragon soared up higher into the air, towards the circling jets that were trying their best to land a shot on the Hover-Mobile. The Blue Dragon inhaled deeply and his mouth erupted into blue flames that engulfed one of the jets. It blew up after seconds and went spiraling down to the ground. The other jet noticed this, and instead, turned its attention to us.

But I wasn’t going to let my friend here have to do all the work. I drew my Sword and made an incredible leap towards the jet. I landed on its nose and plunged my Sword through the window and into the chest of the pilot. I then jumped off and over the side, turned around in mid-air and blasted a bolt of lightning at it, blowing that one up as well.

I then turned around and fell through the air once more, and the Blue Dragon flew underneath of me to catch me another time.

With our enemies neutralized, the Blue Dragon and the Hover-Mobile flew with us into the sky…together…


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