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?
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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“Where is Matthew Sinclair?” These words woke Kiara every day since her capture followed by some punishment for her lack of cooperation. Today they had opted for dousing her in cold water. Kiara did not know how they managed to move her each morning but assumed that they had used a muted version of the sedative that kept her unconscious when she was first brought in.
“How should I know?” Her answer remained the same every day and she had no idea why they thought getting wet would make her change her answer. Yesterday she had been hooked up to 6 clamps attached to different sized batteries. Each unsatisfying answer made a flip switch and a wave of searing pain would shoot through Kiara. If she could go through that without breaking Matthew’s trust, then being wet would be easy.
“Humans are so fragile did you know?” As Kiara was pulled out of the tub the lady who had first interrogated Kiara spoke. Seeing that Kiara wasn’t going to respond the lady continued.
“We can’t survive in conditions beyond our bodies’ comfort zones for long. If we push ourselves too hard we might pass out. If we don’t have enough to eat we might die. There are a number of reasons why our bodies might shut down. We might have had too little to drink, or not slept enough. It might even be for reasons as simple as being too hot or cold.” At this point one of the two men who had submerged Kiara in the water opened a window. A cold breeze whispered gently across Kiara’s damp skin. Goosebumps rose and her pulse quickened as she realised what they planned to do.
“It is so funny how large an impact something as simple as turning down a person’s body temperature can have.” The lady moved closer to Kiara and whispered into her ear.
“In a few hours, when you are begging for sleep and the death that will surely come with it I will decide whether to grant your wish. Who knows, maybe I will flip a coin to decide. Regardless of how it is done I want you to remember this in a few hours and realise how little I care about whether you live or die, and how insignificant I find your pitiful life.”
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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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Kiara turned away from the window and called the others to her side.
“Matthew needs time if he’s going to escape the soldiers. Take the metal boxes against the wall there and build a barricade. Leave space for us to shoot through though.” The group sprang into action as Kiara continued thinking of a plan.
“Good, they know we are here but they might not know how many of us there are. When they come here do whatever it takes to make them think that there are many of us. I know we only have two guns but the rest of us can still help. Throw things, make noise, anything to slow them down.” The group settled in behind the makeshift barricade and collected any loose items to throw over the boxes. Moments later the footsteps of soldiers neared.
“It’s unlikely that we’ll get out of this unharmed, so I wanted to say that it has been an honour to work with you. Even though we might fall, our people will survive and the revolution will continue.” With grim expressions, the group turned to the approaching soldiers and lifted their weapons. Gunshots sounded moments later and two soldiers fell to the ground, dead. A yell was heard signalling their location and the Kiara knew that they wouldn’t have long before bullets from dozens of guns rained down on them.
The next wave of soldiers arrived, more prepared than the previous soldiers. Though the group continued shooting at the soldiers and throwing bricks, rocks, and even shoes at them the soldiers remained undeterred, waiting for the group to run out of ammunition. Occasionally the soldiers would shoot back at the group but most shots hit the boxes. Kiara knew that their luck was bound to run out though and was proven right when she heard a pained grunt beside her. She turned in time to see Paul fall onto the ground, his gun lying next to him, lifeless eyes staring at the ceiling. Kiara choked on a sob and looked at the remainder of her group.
So Matthew has been given a chance to escape but he’ll have to leave Kiara behind to do so. Will he leave or try to rescue them? Will Kiara and what remains of her team survive or will they join Paul in death? So I’ve been editing the second part of yesterday’s post and 300 turned to 700 words so I’ve split it again. A big reveal will happen in the next instalment so be sure to follow the blog to be notified when it’s up! Also, if you have any ideas for the story be sure to comment them! I will read them and try to incorporate them into the story!