Two days passed before Matthews plan was ready to be executed. It started out fairly simply. Three teams would be sent out to complete targeted attacks on government intelligence buildings. Using the chaos as cover, the 1-stars would overtake the national broadcast and Matthew would be on every screen across the nation. Once that happened Matthew would speak to the people whilst the government tracked him down. After that, the plan depended on what happened to Matthew once they tracked the broadcast.
As the first of the three strike-teams left Matthew made his way to the safe-house med-bay. A tall doctor stood at the entrance, having expected Matthews arrival.
“We finished the weapon this morning as requested sir. You will only have one shot and it must enter his blood stream or the drug will not take. If you want it to have any effect though, it must be done publicly. Nothing will change if this happens in private. Before the news spreads our window will have passed.” Matthew nodded at the doctor’s advice and asked to see the weapon.
The doctor led him to a table with a few rebooted monitors on top of it showing schematics Matthew couldn’t read. The doctor handed Matthew a thin metal pen and showed him how it worked.
The pen was a shell holding a poison. Matthew would have to stab the point into the flesh of his target and press the cap to release the toxin. As Matthew headed towards the door the doctor called out and gave him one last piece of advice.
“It is imperative that you break the skin. If you don’t the poison will be useless and you will be in more danger than if you were simply captured.”
Preparations for Matthew’s plan were well underway by the next time the council convened. Weapons were being collected and people were being trained for battle. Matthew knew that when the plan was executed, regardless of the result, there was a chance that the army would react violently and attack the 1-stars and Matthew was making sure that they would not be caught unawares. Contingency plans were being made for every possible scenario and every possible outcome was being calculated. The hope was that if they prepared enough, they would be able to catch the army unawares and survive an assault long enough for the dust to settle after the assassination attempt.
As for the assassination, ideas were flying between the council members. By now they had all accepted that the assassination attempt would become a reality and they were determined to make sure that the best plan was made. Ideas ranged from trying to steal a bomb from the government and planting it by the president’s office, to sending in a spy to infiltrate the president’s council and isolating him from his security team so that someone could kill him.
The plan that they settled on was long and complicated. Each step had to be done exactly on time and according to plan or the assassination would fail. First, groups of 1-stars would be sent around the city where they would simultaneously launch attacks on government buildings around the city. With the army spread out to stop the attacks Matthew and a specialised team would start a prison break to save Kiara and any 1-stars that had been captured throughout the revolution. At this point the plan could take various paths depending on how the president reacted. They needed some way to find out where he was at any time. Matthew knew there was only one way they could get close enough to the president in time.
“I’m going to give myself up.”
So Matthew’s plan is falling into place and Kiara might soon get rescued, but will it happen soon enough? Will Kiara’s meeting with Altair get in the way of Matthew’s plan in any way?
The room exploded in bursts of shock and outrage as the council members stood up screaming. Their faces red as they each began shouting to be heard. The once collected council now acted more like a group squabbling children than respected political advisors. Matthew slammed his hands onto the table between them and the room fell deathly silent once more.
“I know this seems crazy, but it is our only option. We don’t have the manpower or the resources to take down the government if all we are doing is trying to limit their supplies. Guards are being posted at every important storage facility around the country as we speak and even if we were somehow able to get past them, another storage facility would be built and filled within a few weeks. We can’t cripple them from the bottom. We have to take out their leaders and let the rest of the government spin out of control.” The council was divided by the end of Matthew’s argument. Some agreed with him that killing the president would be the quickest and most direct way to ensure their revolutionary plans became successful. Most council members however, still believed Matthew’s idea to be ridiculous. A council member who had not been convinced by Matthew’s viewpoint stood, faced Matthew, and spoke.
“Each day people join our cause across the nation. Soon our numbers will be equal to those the national army has. Surely when this happens we will be able to overpower the government without resorting to such drastic and dangerous methods. Think about it. If we fail to kill him, the president will stop entertaining our revolts and send all of his troops to destroy us.” The council members turned to Matthew again, wondering if he had any plans to ensure their success or if their chances of failure were as high as they feared.
“I know that there is a lot at stake if we aren’t successful, but It is only a matter of time before president Payne’s patience wears thin. He could send his armies to our doors any day to kill us and the day he stops finding amusement in our revolting, he will. We have lost so many people to the revolution already and each day it continues we lose more. Brothers, sisters, friends, neighbours, parents, children, everyone has lost someone to the fighting. Is it not worth it to try? If it means a possible end to the deaths and fighting, do we not owe it to our people to do it?”
Hey! So the last few days have been a bit hectic so my posting schedule wasn’t possible but everything should be back to normal and I should be able to post something every day again. Anyways, how do you guys think Matthew plans to have the President killed? The next post will be from Kiara’s P.O.V. so if you haven’t read punishment be sure to do so!
Matthew didn’t know who to trust. Altair had been the person to open his eyes to the governments oppression of the 1-stars and now Altair was working with the government. Each person that Matthew spoke to could be another government spy and Matthew had no way of knowing where each person’s loyalty was with certainty. The few people that he spoke to was his council, made up of seven 1-stars hand-picked by Kiara. If nothing else, he trusted her to know who he could trust. Even so, he was wary of the information he shared with them.
The distrust he showed the 1-stars was detrimental to the revolution and many raids in the past few days had been unsuccessful as a result. When information reached Matthew, he was reluctant to share it with his council. Each time he decided to include someone else in his planning he remembered seeing Kiara being led out of the granary by soldiers, Altair close behind. Matthew knew that he needed to trust his advisors or the revolution would fail. Reluctantly, he called a council meeting.
When Matthew walked into the makeshift meeting room he saw his council sitting around a table on mismatched and worn-out chairs. They each wore matching expressions: a mixture of trepidation and hope. They wondered if Matthew would finally heed their council. Matthew say in the empty chair at the head of the table and looked at each councilmember’s face. A thick silence stretched across the room as the council waited with bated breath for Matthew to speak.
“The last few days have dealt powerful blows against our people and our cause. We are losing too much by raiding and attacking insignificant government buildings. It’s time to increase our resistance. Make sure that people around the nation know of the revolution. We are going to need as much support as possible if this is going to work.”
“I’m sorry Matthew, but I’m not sure I understand, what is it you are planning to do?
“We are going to kill president Payne.”
So they are planning to assassinate the president! How do they plan on doing this? What is happening with Kiara at the moment and will she escape captivity somehow? So this story gets longer and more elaborate the more I think about it and I’m not sure when it will end anymore… but I hope that you’re all enjoying it! If you haven’t then follow the blog to get update notifications! Next post will be up tomorrow!