Fiddlestix and Deacon have finally calmed down enough to talk professionally about their mutual problem with the cyber warriors. She asks him if they are under surveillance and he assures her, they are. They’re sitting quietly, with a blue light flashing on their necks.
“Oh, shit. Why didn’t you tell me this before?”
“Why, Hannah, what’s wrong?”
“They’re recharging, getting new orders. It’s a satellite uplink straight from the commander’s office. Take me there now.”
“Now, Deacon. I’m not kidding!” She rose, marching for the door.
He followed her, his long legs eating up the distance between them. Suddenly all business again, he said, “Follow me.”
“My man, Kazinski. We’ll need him.”
Deacon spoke into his communication set. “Deacon to Jasper. Find the man Kazinski. We need him. Hannah and I are on our way to the north gate. Meet us there.”
Jasper wasted no time explaining that Kaz wasn’t going to be happy being interrupted when he was in Betsy’s company. He knew Deacon wouldn’t care. They’d both been interrupted often enough when an emergency came up.
Deacon led Fiddlestix to a vehicle depot. Vaulting into a Jeep, he rammed it into gear and took off at top speed. He drove quickly to the north gate. Jasper, Kaz and Harmony pulled up only minutes behind them. To men in their position, uninterrupted sex was a luxury. Deacon dashed over to a small alcove off the main hallway. Inside there was a sophisticated surveillance set up. Striding to the screen, he zoomed in on the cyber soldiers. Something weird caught Fiddlestix’ eye as she watched the screen.
“It’s a loop,” she gasped. “They’ve circumvented your security system. They could be anywhere!” Knocking Deacon aside with her hip, she tapped some commands into the computer. The loop ended and they saw the hallway was empty.
“Damnation!” Deacon bellowed. “Find them.” He told his men. “Find them now.”
Jasper brought Kaz up moments later. Wasting no time, Fiddlestix held out her hand to him.
“I’ll find ’em for you, Master Sergeant.” He plugged into the console quickly.
Under Kaz’s magic touch, red blips appeared on his screen. The life signs of the cybered men appeared. Breathing slowly, trying to keep calm, Kaz held the scanner for her to see.
Fiddlestix went pale. Some of the men were coming down the branching hallways, not more than half a mile from their location.
Deacon blanched. “What now, Hannah-Belle?”
“Now we gear up and fight, Deacon.” Using hand signals, she directed her men to follow her.
Deacon removed the cyber damper from her arm and handed them weapons. He and his men armed themselves and followed. Fortunately, the Shine Clan used a system of signals close to their own. They were able to communicate without speaking. As they moved forward, Fiddlestix told Kaz to key in the fail safe codes for the warriors. He knew to initiate the codes when each soldier came in range. Fiddlestix hoped to take out Pete Livingston. He would be well guarded. The cyber teams took preservation of their handler very seriously.
Unwilling to let them come to her, Fiddlestix made her way down the corridor, seeking the nearest warrior. By the scanner, he looked to be in a side room. What the room was or why he was there, she didn’t know. Turning off her communicator, she indicated Deacon should do the same.
“What’s in that room?” She pointed to Kaz’ scanner.
Deacon sighed heavily. “It’s a computer sub station. From there they can tap into anything they want. Life support runs through there, power, water, blast doors. Everything.”
“Why was it left unguarded?”
“It wasn’t.” Deacon looked sad. “It was well protected.”
“We cry later,” she whispered, taking his hand firmly.
His eyes met hers with a grim determination. His mouth was set in a defiant line as he nodded. Together, they went quietly to the sub station room. Dead and dying littered the hall. Forcing himself not to look at them, Deacon led her to the doorway.
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