« on: December 03, 2012, 09:38:32 PM »
Aja went back up to the bridge, she gave Rico a quick rundown of the plan, who had been listening in on coms as usual, but he knew Aja?s recap was more about her looking for holes in the plan. She would leave little to chance now that Hochi and Misty were along.
He had been with her long enough to know, if it came down to a choice, herself or her family, Aja would walk fire for them. She would take the bigger risk, she always did. It both made her the captain the men believed in, and the friend that he had come to admire over the years. For all the pranks, and carefree attitude she put out for the public, he knew that deep down, she would die to protect those she loved.
People had often asked why he continued to follow her after all these years. For him, it was no question, he believed in her. He knew that the jokes, the smile.. it hid someone so committed to preserving innocent lives that she would sacrifice herself. Not many people got a view of that person. He smirked a little thinking of how far she went to hide it. But he knew her, he had seen it over and over. It was never anything she said, it was always in the things she did. The recent injuries she had incurred for Warren were a good example of that. He?d bet the palace that no one had been told why she was up on those damn rat lines in the first place. She did it to save Warren and never said another word about it.
Aja?s thoughts were much different, she was recalling what Dal had on his ship from their last mission. How long it really did take Serena to make bubble wards. Then she remembered that Dal had a mage that could do the same.
She halted. Red Eye Rogan. She slapped a hand to her head. How the hell had she forgotten him? He was a little crazy, but she knew of no other pirate that would love to take part in blowing things up and also be careful enough not to endanger the innocents. Put him side by side with Hochi and bam says the lady.. destruction in it?s absolute glory.
Hochi was on the bridge of the Shadowrunner, he double checked the compass, it was his tenth time in the past thirty minutes. He was nervous, he knew with the numbers that they had, that they couldn?t fail. The plan was solid, get in tranq, load up and get the hell out. Martin walked onto the bridge, and checked a few of the systems, ?all the tranqs are loaded up and ready to go. How far out are we??
Hochi nodded, ?That?s good to hear, I want weapons to stay hot till that island is behind us. I would say about two hours, maybe less if we can coax the engines into it.? Hochi turned from the compass and looked forward through the windows watching the waves of the ocean. He loved being out in the ocean, it calmed him, but this time his nerves couldn?t be calmed.
?You alright Hochi?? Martin looked up from the display.
?I?m fine, just a lot on my mind right now Martin. I?m trying to picture what?s going to happen.?
?You can?t be doing that, your going to get all wound up before anything happens. You need to clear your head Hochi. We are going to get it done this time.?
?Yeah, I know I do. I?m trying to,? he took a deep breath, ?Get someone down in the engine room to get those things pumping faster, now.? Martin nodded before darting off of the bridge. A few minutes later the engines rumbled a bit louder the ship groaned in protest as it gained speed. He watched the skyline, the sooner they got there the better. He hated this wait, the calm before a fight.
He closed his eyes memories flooded into his mind when he and Martin were shanghaied into service of the Welfaal civil war fighting for the future of the Federal Coalition. He was apart of this terrible war for almost six months, in trenches, foxholes. He always hated that wait before a charge, before both sides erupted into a firestorm. The silence always set him on edge, Hochi had learned during the warr, silence was usually followed by something terrible.
?Sir, the engines are running red hot, we can?t push them anymore they won?t be able to stand the heat for any extended period of time..? Martin said as he stepped back onto the bridge bringing Hochi back to reality.
Hochi shook his head, ?Keep them there, it will be fine-?
?But Hochi they are red hot.?
?Don?t worry about it Martin, trust me.? Martin went silent as he looked out the window at the ocean. Martin knew that Hochi knew what he was doing. He trusted the man more than anyone else, he wouldn?t be standing on the Shadowrunner if it wasn?t for Hochi. They had gotten out of so many sticky situations, no matter how grim it looked somehow Hochi was about to pull one out of his hat.
?We just have to wait...we will be upon that island in less than an hour.? Hochi grabbed the ship?s intercom, ?Alright crew, we are about an hour out of port, I want you all to be at your battle stations. If your one of those going on the docks, gear up and get top side. We are going to be moving fast, and I don?t want to be there any longer than we have to.? He put the intercom down grabbing a pair of binoculars he scanned the horizon as they waited.
The crew moved to get into battlestations, about 15 people came on board holding rifles, swords, geared up and ready to go. ?Martin, we are going to get them all back, if not, we will make those slaver bastards pay.? Hochi?s mind went to those that were left behind, about 10 crew he had lost the day he was captured. He had tried to go back but couldn?t succeed against three warships, and the defenses inland. This time they wouldn?t fail, Hochi couldn?t fail.
The Fur?za seemed to throw itself into the air with a mighty roar, as Misty headed in the direction Hochi had specified. Misty herself growled under her breath, resisting the urge to dive-bomb the complex with guns blazing at the onset of her arrival. That wouldn?t do anyone any good, not even her. As she flew on ahead, the Kirn toggled switches and pressed buttons, calling up the freighter?s bank of sensors. While they didn?t work quite as well in an atmosphere as they did out in the black, they?d serve for this.
Soon enough, she located the island and began to circle, high overhead, all the while scanning for everything she could think of. Heat sources, power sources, chemical explosives, metal deposits ? time ticked away, as she began to build a working three-dimensional topographical map of the island, scanned down to the bedrock, filled with as much data as she could muster. It might take a while to send that over the link, but she had the time while waiting for the others to arrive.
Aja called Red Eye while they were underway, a blessing he was in the area, and just happened to be tracking a slaver ship headed for what they both believed was the same port of call.
?Well, this is good news, Red. Lookin fer a little action taday??
?Ya have a blond aboard?? he joked bringing a slight smile to her face as she answered him.
?Not dis time, Red, less ya swing da other way.? she paused letting him groan and grumble a little. ?How abouts we jist blow some stuff up, Aye??
?Second best thing.? he answered, Aja could hear the smile in his voice.
??Bout how long ?fer ya figure dat ship reaches dat port??
?Next hour ?r so.? Red came back.
?Good good.. ?bout da time we be gettin ta dem parts. Keep an eye on ?em??
?They ain?t gettin away, Aja. Count on it.? Red Eye said solemnly. ?Red Eye out.?
?Copy dat.? she hung up with him then clicked back to the coms between the ships. ?Got another invitee ta da party. His name be Red Eye Rogan, he?s trackin another ship ta da same port. His ship flies under da black and yellow. Mist, fer yer scanners, he?ll likely come up friendly... jist heavily armed.? Aja grinned at the com then.
?Sounds good to me as long as he doesn?t blow me up before I blow myself up? Hochi chuckled as he switched to the Shadowrunner?s intercom. ?No one shoots at the heavily armed ship, sails under black and yellow.?
?Right. Additional friendly, black and yellow. I?ll tag him in the working display.? Honestly, Misty welcomed another set of guns on their side. The defenses of the island complex were quite formidable, and Misty didn?t relish the thought of being the only bit of surprise support. While it was true that nothing else on the island looked to be geared against aerial attack, there were a few things she could think of down there that an inventive mind could easily improvise. And if she could think of them, so could anyone else.
Dalton Freeman had heard all the plans, he thought on them for a time then when he was standing aboard the deck of Screamin Knave looking out at the water with Serena, the lovely and talented mage friend of Aja?s, his thoughts turned to a different type of reflection.
Normally, women did not accompany him on such missions, but after the last, Dalton was all too familiar with how useful Serena was. Because of her part in the mission, none of his crew were put in harms way. While he enjoyed a good fight as much as the next guy, he saw value to the way that Aja and Serena planned missions of mercy like this one.
Also, since meeting Serena, he had found her to be enchanting company to be soothing to his battered soul. She had brought him from the dark place he had lived in, into a place where light once again shined. She had been a frequent visitor to Crystal Cove. He found that he looked forward to her visits.
?Dal,? her dulcet voice reached his ears, tugging his attention to her.
?Yes?? he turned a smile her way.
?I wondered where you had gone to just now.? she gave him that soul soothing smile and he returned it easily.
?Oh, just thinking, Serena.?
?About the mission??
?About you actually.? He returned a little quietly. ?How much I?ve come to value your company.?
?Really?? She gave him a warm smile and her hands rested on the side of the vessel, she gave him a sidelong look. ?As I have come to value yours.?
?Once this is all said and done,? Dal started slowly. ?I was hoping to ask you to accompany me for an outing.?
?An outing?? She smiled at the horizon before turning those enchanting blue eyes to him. ?Like a date??
?Yes.? he felt his cheeks go a little warm. ?Very much like a date.?
?I would love to.? she leaned up on her toes and kissed his cheeks before whispering in his ear. ?Took you long enough ta ask me, Sailor.? she gave him a wink as she turned and went to see to her potions she had brought with her.
((Written by Aja, Misty, and Hochi. Thanks for reading!))