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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Science Fantasy Short Story {Reaper: Chapter One Part Two}

In the future, where man has traveled to the stars and beyond. There exists guilds with special abilities. Two such guilds are the guild of assassins and the guild of mages. Their laws prevent them from working together. Reaper is the story of two members of the guild, who ignored their laws and who fight for the greater good.
Genre: Science Fantasy Romance
 
“Techno-witch,” he said.
“Whatever, I need you, because Kiyah said that you were the best and I want to mount a rescue mission.”
“Rescuing what?”
“A person. A dualpath, being held by the Kainians.”
“Dualpath?” He placed his hand on the identity reader. The door slid open and Zion walked through. “Seems to me that someone with telepathy and telekinesis could save themselves...or at the very least not get caught.”
She followed him through, ran in front of him and stopped. “Would you please look at me when you talk to me?”
“Sure.” He sat down in a recliner.
She narrowed her eyes. “I would need to go past Kainian lines. And I—I have a bounty on my head. The Kainian wants my head and the Union of Planets does not care. I can’t even go anywhere near the neutral zone.”
“I have enemies too. Wouldn’t be smart to go traveling anywhere with someone as high profiled as you. Kiyah always said that it was better to fight in the shadows so you could live in the light.”
“I know. I was rash when I was younger. But the rumors are that you have gone there multiple times. Your fellow assassins—“
“I am not an assassin. I am a weapon specialist, and I haven’t gone recently. The vacation spots are terrible.”
“But you do go there. Look, I just need you to help me get in and help me get out. I will deal with our foes.”
“Right. So how strong of a Kainian have you fought? Some of them can move so fast that you won’t see them coming. How would you fight one that could move faster than you could say a spell? I imagine that is why you had old Kiyah sniping. To get them before they get to you.”
“I have fought a few of them. But none so powerful, I imagine if I had to, I would use a prepared spell. How would you fight one that could move faster than you could draw your weapon?” She raised an eyebrow.
“I would draw it faster.” He chuckled. “In most cases you avoid the more powerful ones in any way you can. Preparation? Well if you have seen some of the Kainians I have seen than you know there are some things that you cannot prepare for,” he said. “Remove your hood.”
“What?”
He said nothing.
She removed it, revealing a smooth head. “Better?”
“Are you human?”
“Yes. Are you?”
“You tell me. Since you and Kiyah obviously talked.”
“You still don’t trust me.”
“And I never will.”
She sighed. “You are mostly human. Your father was a pure human. And your mother was half-human, half-chloroman. He said that you hated your green hair, growing up so you use to shave it bald.”
Zion rubbed his chin. “Apparently he grew talkative in his old age.” He formed a finger pyramid in front of his chest. ”It is rare to see a human Tek Nok.” He leaned forward. “In fact, I am certain that they don’t let human females into the mage’s guild. So what was so special about you?”
She looked down and turned away. Facing the door, she folded her arms. I was one of a few survivors of Colony-81.”
“The colony that the media said provoked the Kainians? Nearly started a war?”
“Yes, but we were miners. We weren’t capable of provoking anyone. They killed my family and everyone on the rock. The Tek Nok found me, took me in and made me Tek Nok.”
“But the process of becoming Tek Nok, it could have killed you.”
“That was a risk, I was willing to take.”
Zion chuckled. “I will take you, but only for payment. I don’t do anything foolish unless there is something to gain.”
“I don’t have money. And contrary to popular belief, we don’t just conjure up credits with a wave of our hand.”
“Well,” he said. “Surely you have something to offer.”
Her eyes narrowed. “I am not that type of woman.”
“And I am not that type of man. I am referring to a spell or something. Something useful.”
“Oh.” She straightened. “Well of course. I knew that…uhm I have all types of spells. What would you like? I can help your crops grow.”
“I don’t need your help to do what the Universe will do for me.” He stood up and walked around. “There is one toy that a warrior at the guild had and no matter how hard I tried to figure out how to make one. I just couldn’t.” He circled around her. “I couldn’t figure out how he made it until I heard that a Techno-wizard blew him away and took it.”
“What was it?”
“A tesseract bag.”
“No way. I can’t give you anything like that; the council will have my head. That is exposing our secrets, a crime punishable by death.”
“We are walking into death’s garden and you are worried about being sentenced to death?” He stopped. “Where are we walking too?”
She turned around. “I see this will be time consuming.” She settled down on the floor, crossing her legs and planting her elbows on her knees. “He is located on the Pein penalty colony.”
“Pein? Maximum security. He will be guarded by high level Kainians. I will probably need the tesseract bag to complete the mission. Call your witch boss and tell him or her that if they want me to do this, I will need that bag. I help you with your little jail break. I get my bag. No harm. No foul.”
“This doesn’t have anything to do with the guild. This is a covert armada. We work under hidden layers and in the dark crevices of the universe, preparing for an inevitable war with the Kainians.”
“Really? I guess the old man was senile too.”
“What?”
“You guys are preparing for a war that may never happen. You don’t see that as a bit odd?”
“No. You haven’t witness what I witness.” She scoffed. “Are you going to help me or not?”
“I said I will help you. And I want that bag. This isn’t just about payment, I don’t go anywhere unprepared.”
“And I am telling you, sometimes you don’t have the tools you need, and all you can do is improvise. That is what Kiyah taught me.”
“He taught me that too. But I never listened.”
Bomba pinched her nose. “All right. I think I can get you a Tesseract bag. But I will have it sanctioned by the guild.”
“That could take forever.”
“I am in good standing with them, but I must warn you. If the guild approves it, they will probably booby trap it to prevent exposure of any of our secrets.”
“I expect no less.”
End of Part Two of Chapter One.
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