She still hadn’t told him that she was planning to go to Rocedia to meet up with Ash Rinder. She had managed to get onto some people who no doubt got onto some people as well and she had managed to set up a meeting. Hopefully everything was in order because she was set to go tomorrow, but she wasn’t silly enough to met Ash as herself but rather as a girl by the name Alina Zarr who wanted in on the Yallia destruction plan. Information was just as precious as any commodity, it could be traded and sold anywhere and by anyone.
When Keats arrived at Rocedia she made her way up to the bar where she was suppose to meet Ash. Keats had her hair tangled into a long twist that fell over her shoulder. She was dressed in tight leather leggings matched with a loose sloppy joe. She pulled herself up a seat at the bar and ordered herself a drink. She was about halfway through the drink when someone asked her,
“Are you Alina Zarr?”
“Depends, are you Ash Rinder?” Keats asked turning to face a man. There was absolutely no mistaking the fact that it was him, the only Esuoluosen that Keats knew that had become a soldier.
“I am.” He answered.
“Then so am I.” Keats said ordering a drink for him. After a couple hours of discussion Keats found out that they were almost ready to put the attack motion of the plan into action, in a couple of weeks to be exact. She also found out that there was still left overs of the metal that had been stolen from Lriig, the where about of this ‘mysterious’ weapon and how it worked. Just as Keats was about to excuse herself Ash grabbed her wrist,
“But my dear little Tessa, you didn’t think you’d really be able to get away with it did you?” and he kissed her on the cheek, “Lets go shall we.” And he yanked her from her chair and towards the door. Shit, shit, shit, she knew it’d been too good to be true.
“You know you almost had me fooled Tessa, but I’d know those lips anywhere.” Ash said tightening his grip on her. Once they were clear of the bar and far away from anyone he pushed her up against the wall.
“Now, what to do with you?” Ash was more or less talking to himself.
“You know you’re seriously messed up. Why the hell would you side yourself with a bunch of idiotic Ranga’s?” Keats said trying to get out of Ash’s grip.
“Hmmm well truthfully because they pay better and I like their women more, even more than my favourite Junior.” He said stroking Keats’ cheek.
“You really are a sicko.” Keats said absolutely disgusted.
“And you’re an idiot coming here alone.” Keats was silent because she knew that he was right; she thought that she’d be able to handle it alone. He yanked her from the wall and pulled her into the section of the station where the apartments were located. “Now you’ll stay in here like a good little girl while I go finish up with some grown up men’s business.” And he pushed her into a room and locked the door. There was absolutely nothing in the room, completely empty; there wasn’t even a security camera. She sat down in the middle of the room on the floor and managed to access her soldier implant. It was no easy task that was for sure. She used one of the pins that held her hair in place to pick at the microscopic clip that led down into her arm to her soldier implant. She was a fool not to even have any kind of implant enhancer with her.
“Hey, Captain Nix.” Someone said as he rounded a corner. It was Senior Officer Kohlae if he remembered correctly.
“What can I do for you Officer?” Nix said.
“Well I’m looking for Commander Keats; you haven’t seen her have you?” Tegan asked.
“Um, no, not since the other day?” Nix said scratching his head.
“Hmmm, ok then sorry to bother you.” Tegan said with a salute.
“I take it you’ve been up to her room.” Nix called out.
“Yeah and the mess, and the training area, and she’s not over at Iiaxy.” Tegan called back walking back over to Nix. Just then Jason Kohlae came screaming around a corner.
“Whoa up little brother, what’s going on?” Tegan asked as he stopped and saluted the pair of them.
“Um, urgent message from General Nieve,” Jason said pausing to take a breath, “He said it has something to do with Commander Keats.” Nix and Tegan exchanged a look and then began towards the Generals office.
“Did the General say anything else?” Nix asked.
“No sir.” Jason said jogging to keep up with Nix’s large stride.
“Thanks Jase, you can go now.” Tegan said.
“Fat chance sis, she might be your friend, but she’s my Commanding Officer.” Jase said.
“Ok then fair enough.” Tegan said throwing her hands in the air and smiling at her little brother. How on earth could the pair of them be in such a bright mood when they knew what was going on, they didn’t know where Tessa was and now the General wanted to see them about something concerning her. The three of them arrived at the Generals office but both Kohlae’s had to wait outside while Nix went in.
“Afternoon Captain.” The General said.
“Sir, something wrong?” Nix asked.
“Well yes to put it simply. Commander Keats hasn’t returned and she should’ve by now.” The General said.
“Returned? From where? I didn’t know she’d been sent anywhere.” Nix said confused.
“Well she was able to set up a meeting with Ash Rinder and she assured me that she’d be fine by herself and that it wouldn’t take long, but unfortunately she hasn’t returned in the time frame she set herself which is very unusual, especially for her.” The General explained. Nix stood in silence for a minute,
“All due respect sir although the Commander is a very capable soldier she shouldn’t have gone alone.”
“I understand Captain and it is poor leadership on my behalf, but now under these circumstances there is a rescue team in the cruiser bay getting ready to head out, perhaps you will be able to assist them.” The General suggested.
“Yes sir.” Nix said and turned to leave.
“Report as soon as you hear anything Captain.” The General said as Nix left the room.
“Well Captain?” Jase asked as they began heading towards the cruiser bay.
“Well in short she’s missing and they’re sending out a rescue squad.” Nix said.
“I’m gonna blast that idiot woman when she gets back,” Tegan said and Nix nodded his head in agreement, “Let me guess something to do with Ash.” Again Nix nodded. When they got to the cruiser bay they met Lieutenant Major B. Taine and his four man squad – Lieutenant Baye, Lieutenant Keys, Captain Amaro and Officer Peters.
“Captain Nix I presume,” A tall, very muscular black man said and then introduced himself, “Lieutenant Major Taine but BT is preferred.”
“Major,” Nix said shaking BT’s hand, “Any idea on what’s happening?”
“Well we’ve managed to track a very similar signal to the Commanders soldier implants to Rocedia so that’s where we’re going, if you’re ready.” And BT nodded his head towards the ship.
“Yes sir,” Nix said, “See you guys soon, and we’ll bring her back.” He said to Tegan and Jase as they stood behind him. They six burley men got into a cruiser and they were away.
“There’s more to the Captain and the Commander isn’t there.” Jase said.
“You know what; I think you may be right.” Tegan said in agreement.
Keats had been locked in the room for hours and now she was sprawled out on her back. Ash the bastard had stripped her of any weapons she’d had hidden even the one that had been hidden in her bra. There was nothing she could do; she had been an idiot to think she would be able to have handled this by herself. But if she was right the interference she’d caused by fiddling with her implants should’ve relayed a signal out into the universe somewhere and hopefully the General had sent someone to look for her because she hadn’t gotten back when she was suppose to have been back. Stupid bloody pants she’d worn so uncomfortable and impractical not that it mattered anyway since she was locked up with nowhere to go.
They arrived at Rocedia and decided to split up into two man cells. Nix and BT went together. They scouted out the station first and found no sign of either Rinder or Keats.
“What was the frequency that the Commanders implants came over?” Nix asked BT and he punched it into his comm. And began searching for it, he found it pretty quickly pin pointing a position on the west side of the station where the apartments were located. They re-grouped and headed over there.
“Keep an eye out for an Esuoluosen soldier.” BT told his team and they all exchanged an ‘are you serious’ look, Nix could understand why it wasn’t often you came across and Esuoluosen Soldier, they were more the farming type. They must’ve been in the most secluded part of the station as there wasn’t a single soul around.
“Over this way guys.” Nix said signalling them all down am empty corridor.
Keats had rolled over onto her stomach and was trying to think of something constructive to try and help her own sorry ass outta this place, but she had nothing.
“Commander Keats.” She sat up; she was hearing things now, great, just what she needed.
“Keats.” Maybe she wasn’t hearing things.
“Tessa.” It sounded strangely like Nix. She stood up and made her way over to the locked door and tapped on it.
“Tessa is that you?” it was Nix.
“Nix?” she said, “Is that really you?”
“Yeah course it is, who else would come looking for you, you fool.” Nix said relaxing just a little bit. BT had set up a couple of the men up to keep an eye on either end of the corridor while he and Nix tried to figure out a way to unlock the door. It had several different access codes streamed into it.
“I think the first one is 557467.” Keats said from her side of the door. Nix and BT shrugged and gave it a go; it clicked signalling the opening of one lock.
“Know anymore?” BT asked.
“The last one is 78996547, but I don’t know the other five in between, c’mon Nix this is suppose to be your area of expertise.” Keats said though it came out a little more hysterically than she would’ve liked.
“Hey don’t worry you’ll be outta there in no time.” Nix reassured her and plugged in to the system at the login just outside the door and began about his business. They only had one more code to crack when one of the other men signalled to BT to let him no that someone was on there way, and a second later they confirmed that it was Ash.
“What the bloody hell is going on here?!” Ash exclaimed as he rounded the corner and was confronted by two men with guns.
“Ah Captain Rinder how nice of you to finally join us.” BT said approaching Rinder trying to stall him so Nix could crack the final code.
“And you are?” Ash asked.
“Lieutenant Major B. Taine.”
“And what do you think you’re doing trying to crack into my treasure trove over there.” Ash nodded to where Nix was at the door.
“Not much just having a bit of a dig around to see what things we might be able to discover.” BT shrugged his men’s guns aimed at Ash.
“Well perhaps your other two men up there should’ve been better prepared.” Ash nodded towards the other end of the corridor, but neither BT nor the other men turned to look. Nix cracked the lock and the door burst open. He threw a gun to Keats and she saw Ash in his little confrontation and the other men being held captive at the other end. She could see that BT had Ash under control for the minute so she went to the other end, Nix by her side.
“And what the hell do you propose to do?” Nix hissed in Keats’ ear. She just shrugged, “I’m working on it.” Her gun held up aiming at the burley men who had hold of the other burley men on her side.
“Now, now gentlemen we wouldn’t want anything silly to happen would we.” Keats said stopping about seven meters away from them. She saw that one of their men had a small knife she readied her finger on her trigger and gave the ok to her man. All of a sudden her end of the corridor burst to life. One guy dropped on his knee because he’d been stabbed and Keats had managed to get a shot on the other man as he’d been distracted for a split second and he dropped to the ground, now nothing more than a useless heap of flesh. The man that had been stabbed and was now bleeding profusely and was in an arm lock by their own two men. Keats turned around and aimed her gun at Ash’s head and slowly walked down that end of the corridor.
“Well, well Tessa seems you’ve improved very much since we were last together.” Ash said his two men behind him sniggering. With her quick aim and a precision shot she got on of the idiots standing behind Ash, the other one now looked like he needed a new pair of pants.
“Didn’t think a girl could aim like that did you sweetie.” Keats said in a rather sickly sweet kind of voice again to the man behind Ash.
“Very impressive Tessie, maybe you should come and join me.” Ash suggested, he actually sounded serious.
“Fat chance honey.” Keats said whacking Ash hard over the head with the barrel of her gun making him slump down to the ground on his knees in pain.
“You bitch.” Ash spat at her feet. She hit him again knocking him unconscious. By now they had aroused the attention of the stations local security.
“What the bloody hell is going on here?!” exclaimed a security man.
“I’m Commander Keats from Yallia; this is an official investigation so there is no need to worry.” Keats began speaking to the security officers.
“Um Commander,” Nix interrupted, “General Nieve has just patched through and has said for the local authorities to take Captain Rinder and his thugs into custody until he can organise a transport vessel for him back to Yallia.”
“Are you serious?” Keats asked Nix quietly so no one else could hear her. Nix shrugged and nodded.
“Well you heard the man,” Keats said talking to the security officers; she grabbed Ash by the ankles and began dragging him, “Show me the way.” And the security officers did. They locked Ash’s unconscious self up in a one man cell with his buddies across the way.
“Well sorry for any complications we may have caused you.” BT said thanking the security officers for taking Rinder into custody until transport was organised. The seven of them all returned back to their own cruiser and were soon on the way back to Yallia.
“Why couldn’t we have just brought them back with us?” Keats asked infuriated. Nix just looked at her,
“Cause you probably would’ve killed him before we made it back to Yallia.” The other men sniggered. Keats glared at them and they fell silent instantly. She sighed,
“But thanks guys for coming to get me.” And she rubbed her temples.
“You are a real idiot.” Nix said sitting back in his chair and folding his arms across his chest.
“Save the lecture for someone who gives a shit Nix, I’m really not in the mood.” Keats snapped.
“I can clearly see that,” Nix said calmly and again the other men dared to let out a little snigger, “What’s with the get up?”
Keats pulled at the sleeve of the baggy shirt, “What this? Never mind.”
“Ok then won’t ask anymore questions.” Nix said getting up from his seat and going up to the control room, Keats eyed him out and then lent back in her chair and shot another threatening glance in the direction of the other soldiers. Her arm was really starting to irritate her where she’d fiddled around with her implant; hopefully she hadn’t screwed it around to much.