Altair sat across from Kiara in the dimly lit room, separated only by an old wooden table. He sat still, held in place by Kiara’s fierce glare. Both of them waited for the other to speak, unwilling to be the first to bend. Eventually Altair spoke, fed up with the prolonged silence.
“Why did you ask to speak with me?” Kiara took a moment to continue staring at him, collecting her thoughts.
“You were once a 1-star were you not? Before your time as a government lackey?” Despite his irritation at her wording he nodded. Kiara hummed in acknowledgement before continuing.
“Why then, if I may ask, would you aid in the capture of the figurehead of a revolution aiming to give rights to the group you were once a part of?” Kiara’s voice was low and dangerous. Both of them knew she could not do anything to Altair without being punished but Altair knew exactly how much danger he would have been in were they not being watched.
“Ms. Westwood, I can assure you that my actions had nothing to do with my allegiances to my fellow 1-stars, or with Matthew. I have never wanted to put him in any danger. The be truthful I owe him a great deal, he helped me out of a tough situation. Had it been up to me his fate would be a more peaceful one. Sadly, the cards were never in my hand and like many around us, I am simply following the rules in a game that others play.” A look of realisation appeared upon Kiara’s face as Altair spoke.
“You were one of the 1-stars Matthew gave a job to, weren’t you?” she could see by the look that he gave her that she was right and continued speaking.
“What then, could have driven you to betray someone who had risked so much to help you?” Altair looked conflicted before sighing and answering Kiara’s question.
“They have my family.”
Freezing would be an understatement to how Kiara felt. Three hours had passed since she had been doused in water and left in cold stone room. The only marker of time would be the visit she received every hour where she was asked about Matthews whereabouts. Each time she replied that she wouldn’t tell them anything. The smirk she received as the door was closed let her know how much her suffering entertained the government workers.
Kiara was sure that the fourth hour was coming up based on how much time she thought had passed but she wasn’t sure if she could trust her own judgement anymore. Her thoughts and movements were becoming more sluggish with each passing moments and her skin began taking on a dangerous blue hue. She wanted nothing more than to close her eyes and let sleep overtake her but a small part of her kept shouting for her to fight her sudden fatigue and survive for a little bit more until they saved her to torture another day.
She was beginning to fear that she would lose the battle with her body when the door opened again. The woman who had led her torture sessions previously walked in. She stood in front of Kiara and spoke slowly, as if knowing that Kiara needed more time than usual to understand what she was being told.
“I hear hypothermia is quite a peaceful way to die. Certainly, not the fastest but quite painless. You don’t even feel death nearing, only a tiredness slowly creeping closer with each passing second. At one point your mind begins drifting, you can no longer control your thoughts. I wonder how well you’ll keep your secrets when this happens. When you start seeing talking birds and your loved ones make appearances, will you let anything slip? I guess you’ll find out soon. If you wake up tomorrow we’ve saved you. If not, you will have told us the information we want. Of course, we could bring you back just for the fun, but you’ll never know if that’s the case.” Despite her clouded mind, Kiara knew that the lady was telling the truth, and Kiara knew that she wouldn’t be able to keep the secret of Matthew’s location for long under these circumstances, but she might be able to delay the reveal. With a glare, Kiara spat out her reply at the lady.
“Fine I’ll tell you, but I will only speak to the 1-star who betrayed us.”
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“Stop shooting.” Kiara told them as she picked up Paul’s gun and slotted it through the gap in the boxes. With a small push, she sent the gun across the floor towards the soldiers. Their second gun soon followed.
“Move the boxes.” The group looked at her strangely but followed her orders. She stepped between the boxes with her arms raised and spoke to the soldiers.
“My name is Kiara Westwood, I am the leader of this task force. You asked for Matthew, but he never joined us on this mission. He deemed it too dangerous with the recent rise in government security after our recent raids. Take me prisoner in his place if you wish, but spare my team.”
“Do you reckon she’s telling the truth?” One of the soldiers asked to the others. A wiry man stepped out from between them. Kiara recognised him as a 1-star who had recently joined the cause and was staying in their warehouse.
“She’s Matthew’s second in command. I doubt that they would both be on a mission, especially with the increased government security. I think she’s telling the truth, but she might be just as valuable to us as Matthew. She’s his link to the 1-stars. He doesn’t know enough about how they are run or how to control them without her.” Kiara ground her teeth with each piece of information the 1-star shared with the soldiers. When he finished a guard at the front signalled to her and three guards stepped up to restrain her. Kiara followed them, calm and unresisting. When they were down the hall four gunshots sounded. Tears sprang into her eyes, but she didn’t turn. She didn’t look back. She knew her team was dead.
Matthew nearly broke down when he saw Kiara being led out. He had run from the window and hidden in a forested area by the granary, unable to leave his team and Kiara behind. He couldn’t escape without knowing his team’s fate. He watched as the soldiers poured out, hoping that the rest of his team would be with them. His hope was lost as the last soldier left the building. He watched the soldiers climb into their trucks and prepare to leave. Suddenly, his heart rate shot up and a silent gasp flew from his mouth when he saw someone who he recognised talking with the last group of soldiers. A single name left his lips.
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