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New Hope City, the first and now only technological wonder of Earth. A tourist destination for those living in colonies in space or on other planets, but for the residents of Earth, New Hope is a breeding ground for crime and brutality.
Recently, New Hope has seen a rise in crime and "strange occurrences" in the slums, and the city's police force hasn't been able to get a grip on it. They've doubled their numbers, their funding, implemented a curfew, and even pulled in members of the Syndicate, a mysterious and capable vigilante organization based in the slums. However, despite their best efforts nothing has changed and it seems to be steadily getting worse.
Fearing something worse is on the horizon, the Intergalactic Coalition sent in one of their own from the Galactic Defense Force to investigate undercover, but they promptly disappeared. Now a full-scale investigation is underway, and the Supreme Commander of the Milky Way GDF has brought a team of his best and brightest to New Hope City and he's confident they can put a stop to this once and for all... But things aren't always as they would appear. Only time will tell what truly lurks in the dark of New Hope City.
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[font "tempus sans itc" The female could feel her heart racing inside of her chest. When the two strangers walked away to talk to one another, she couldn't help but wonder what they were talking about. She had been taken into custody for something. She just admitted to killing a man, and now what? When they came back, the cell was opened and she sat there in stunned silence. Were they really letting her out? That was really gutsy on their parts. [b “Just don't kill anyone, please.”] the Booker said. She was slightly surprised at that comment. She just sat there.]
[font "tempus sans itc" What else was she supposed to do. They weren't coming any closer to her, and she wasn't moving from her cot. Her eyes did dart towards the opening though. She could easily take them, but was she really going to do that? They were helping her after all. She took a breath, and her eyes locked on them both. [#C4788E "As long as neither one of you hurt me, I won't kill anyone else"] she said lightly. That was something she would make sure she wouldn't do. She might seem like a monster, but she wasn't.]
[font "tempus sans itc" She stood and wrapped her arms around herself, drawing the cloak she was wearing tightly around her. [#C4788E "If you think there's anything of importance at that bastards house, I'll take you. I won't do anything else though"] she said lightly, her voice low enough that no one else could hear her. She wasn't about to fully trust these people. She didn't know what they really wanted to do with her. She reached up and drew her hood over her head, and walked out of the cell. She felt slightly better, but still on edge.]
[font "tempus sans itc" She had every right to feel like she was. She wanted nothing more than anything to just run away from these two. They had after all gotten her out of that cell. She sighed lightly, as she looked down as she walked. Would she really be able to handle being back at that house? Just thinking about it, made her shudder. The things he did to her, the cries of pain, the screams of terror, feeling like she wasn't going to see the light of day again. That's what was running around in her mind at that moment.]
[font "tempus sans itc" [#C4788E "When we get there, I will not step foot back into that prison. I will stay outside. I want nothing to do with that horrible place"] she told them both. She was going to stand her ground on that one too. Could you blame her? The hell she had been put through. She shook her head lightly, as she led the way. She didn't look up that often, she knew the way by heart. Even though she had been there once. She was going back to the terror, the pain, the blood shed.]
[font "tempus sans itc" About an hour and a half later her feet touched the grass, and she stopped. She lowered her hood, and looked up at the house. Her eyes scanned the area, it was just like she had left it. Would his body still be there? Or would they have gotten it all cleaned up. She cocked her head to the side, and looked over her shoulder. [#C4788E "I did as you asked"] was all she said. She then made her way around the side of the house, avoiding looking into the windows. When she rounded to the back, she stopped.]
[font "tempus sans itc" Her flower garden was still there. The one place she could really control herself. She walked over to the bench in the middle of the small garden, and she sat down. She looked up towards the back door, and she thought she saw someone standing there, and she froze. It was him.. The male that had kept her locked up and made her hurt. She closed her eyes, and took a breath. [#C4788E [i 'You are not real.. you are dead, you aren't there']] she thought to herself. When she opened her eyes, he was gone.]
[font "tempus sans itc" She looked down at the flowers around her, and she reached out and picked a small rose. As she sat there, a couple of rocks rose into the air, and started moving around her in small circles. Like she was protecting herself. She held the rose in her hands, as she let Booker and the female do whatever they needed. She was in her small calm space, and that's all that really mattered to her. She wasn't thinking about the pain, or the terror. She was thinking about happier times.]
[font "tempus sans itc" Times she wished she could fully remember. Those monsters took that from her. She dropped the rose, and she stood. The moment she did, the rocks fell. She walked around the bench and into the woods behind her. She reached up, and took off her cloak. When she did, her scars, and tattoo's were finally showing. She dropped her hood onto the ground, and stood there. [#C4788E [i 'You are safe.. He's not going to hurt you.. No one is going to hurt you ever again']] she thought to herself. She stood there in her black jeans, and white tank top, trying to keep herself from falling into that darkness, that wanted to swallow her whole.]
When the woman spoke about how she killed the man with her mind, Tallulah and Booker looked at each other, a wordless conversation seemingly passing between them before they look back to the figure in the cell when she snapped. Immediately Tallulah took notice of the object that went across the room, and so did Booker, both of them staring at the girl in the cell... Maybe there [i was] something to what the police were saying about 'weird stuff' happening in New Hope City. This girl [i was] connected to the case, the only complication was [i she] didn't know how either.
When the girl and Booker locked eyes, his narrowed. He opened his mouth and Tallulah knew a tirade of regulations, by-laws, and all of that shit were about to get spewed out. But Tallulah couldn't let that happen. It might be safer for everyone if this girl stayed in a cell, but they needed answers, and unlike Booker, Tallulah was always happy to bend some rules if it meant getting results.
[b “We can help you out. Like we said before, we're from the GDF, and we have jurisdiction in this case.”] And since it was on record that this woman was connected, and the coroner's report discounts her murdering the guy, so she wasn't under arrest and was being held for questioning... She could work with this.
Booker looks from the woman and then to Tallulah. [+blue “Can I talk to you for a second?”] And Tallulah holds up a finger at the woman with a smile before stepping a few metres away with her partner. They were out of earshot in this case and still Booker kept his voice levels to a whisper. [+blue “Are you insane? The Commander will never allow this. Plus, it's pretty clear she has some kind of powers [i and] she threatened to kill us.”]
Tallulah chews on that for a second, tapping her chin. [b “Technically she was saying she'd show us her powers. She's just scared, Booker, and I think anyone would be. Waking up in strange places with strange men? [i I've] killed for less.”] And Booker snorts. [b [i “and]..."]
[+blue “Here we go...”]
[b “I was thinking maybe we [i don't] tell the Commander about this.”] She gives him a big fake smile.
[+blue “First of all, the Perseus System was a [i completely] different situation. And secondly, he'd literally kill us himself, including the girl, supposed psychic powers and all. Have you read his file?”]
[b “Uh, yeah, whatever wasn't redacted! He's scary, I get it, but he chose us for this mission because of how effective we are, and how out-of-the-box we think.”]
Booker shoves a finger in Tallulah's face [+blue “[i You] think out of the box, not me. We're partners because you're spontaneous and I rein you in. How could you possibly think springing a super powered murderer is a good idea?”] And she thinks on that for a second.
[b “I don't; its just the only one we have so far. I don't need you to agree, I just need you to back me up. And plus, name one time one of my plans have blown up in my face.”]
[+blue “Tallulah, I keep a list; I can literally show it to you if you're that interested.”] Booker says deadpan, and she had the distinct feeling he was actually serious. She frowns at the notion.
[b “Net it to me, and just fucking back me up please.”] So with that, Tallulah turns back around and walks over to the security force-field, punching in a code. The energy sizzles for a second and then dissipates completely. [b “You're now in our protective custody, free to walk the streets as long as you're with us. Normally we wouldn't do something like this, but I figured you'd be a lot more help and a lot happier on the outside.”]
[+blue “Just don't kill anyone, please.”] Booker injects. [+blue “There's only so much Tallulah can do waving her GDF dick around in people's faces... So, if you could, would you mind taking us back to the man's house you allegedly killed?”] It'd be a good place to start their investigation, she'd give him that.
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The only room was dark and smoky, the only source of light being the wall of computer monitors in front of him. They projected different images, but all amassing in to one large picture as he stared. He was mildly annoyed at this point, his agent proving ineffective to retrieve S-27 upon her escape. When another one of his agents got a hold of her, she killed him and now she was in police custody, a place where his power waned, and continued to do so especially with the GDF getting involved. He was so [i close] he could almost taste the salvation, but every time he got a little closer, he encountered these [i speed bumps].
Amidst his pondering, a red light began to flash on his holographic keyboard. Perfect, more speed bumps... He presses the button, and his screen transitions to that of the mask of his top agent. When it appeared that the GDF was going to be involved, he had sent them to gather intelligence and they learned that Ulysses Pendragon had graced them with his presence. That complicated matters, but they could make it work. For now, he just wanted to know why [i Yokai] was contacting them after their first assessment of the situation.
[b [+silver “Speak.”]] He commands.
[+red “Two of the agents have released S-27 in to their custody. They plan on visiting Alder's safe house. Please advise.”]
He leans back in his chair a little bit, thinking on the matter... Things really couldn't get much worse could they? Especially with the GDF sniffing around where they didn't belong. So, with that in mind... [b [+silver “Deal with it as you see fit, but no harm must come to S-27. You have ways of dealing with her powers, but use extreme caution; she is unpredictable and so are her comrades.”]]
There's a small silence before the Oni nods their head and the screen goes dark... He would have S-27 again, even if it costed him everything and everyone. She was the key.
[font "tempus sans itc" The female was sitting in the holding cell, wishing she was anywhere but here right now. The items she had been using around her, all fell to the floor when she heard foot falls. Her eyes darted over towards the force field, and she titled her head to the side a little bit. When two people came into eyesight and started talking, she leaned her back against the wall, and she started playing with her fingers. She let the two speak, before looking them both over. [#C4788E "You don't scare me"] she whispered lightly. Then the man was mentioned.]
[font "tempus sans itc" When the male spoke about how the man died, a small smile passed over her lips. [#C4788E "I did kill him, and I know how I killed him too. I didn't have to touch him. All I had to do was break down the walls around his mind, and I made him see things. Things that weren't really there, and then the noise started. It started in both of our minds, but as mine got quieter his got louder. He couldn't take it anymore, and the moment happened so quickly, I didn't know what really happened."]]
[font "tempus sans itc" [#C4788E "Something seemed to have broken inside of his head, because all of a sudden blood was coming out of his eyes, his mouth, nose, and ears. The sight was amazing. If you'd like I can do it again, and you'll be able to see what I am talking about. But the victim won't be someone else, it will be one of you"] she cooed lightly. She titled her head to the side wondering what the two were really thinking. Did they really think someone like her could have done this?]
[font "tempus sans itc" Then again she had admitted to killing the man, and how she had done it. It was a total rush. She wanted to do it again, and again, and again. She knew it wouldn't happen though and she licked her lips lightly. [#C4788E "Honestly, I don't know what else to tell you. Everything's happened so quickly that I can't even wrap my head around it. I woke up in a strange place, and then I killed that man, and now I'm here. I don't even know who the fuck you two are"] she snapped. The moment she did, one of her objects flew across the room.]
[font "tempus sans itc" She took a deep breath trying to calm herself down. She couldn't get too worked up, but she was. She locked eyes with the male, and she stood slowly. [#C4788E "I can show you other things too. I can move things with my mind, as you can tell. That's about it though. I don't know what else I can do. All I know is I want out of here, and I want out of here now. So help a girl out will ya?"] she asked them both. She then looked towards the female.]
[font "tempus sans itc" She didn't know if she should trust either of them. She shrugged a bit, as she moved back to her spot. She sat back down, put her hands back into her lap, and let what she had told them sink in. She didn't know what else they wanted from her. What else was she supposed to do? Tell them something she didn't know? She sighed lightly as she slowly started digging her nails into the palm of her hand. [#C4788E "Tell me, what else do you want from me?"] she asked, letting the question hang in the air between the three of them.]
The defenders of the galaxy stood steadfast at the top of the ramp, leering over the police officers standing at the bottom. And honestly, Tallulah couldn't help but feel like it was a little much. Once all were assembled, one pf the more decorated officers cleared his throat, “Glad to have you, Pendragon. I'm Chief Smithson and welcome to Earth.” and even after the police Chief welcomed them, the group stood there for a second or two longer than necessary before the Supreme Commander began gesturing.
The support crew that had been waiting a safe distance behind them within the craft began to move and haul out equipment. It was mostly computers, holographic projectors, crates full of office essentials, and other electrical equipment they thought they would need during their stay on planet. The crew moved down and passed the police with a practised grace, a few of the officers following beside them to tell them where they could set up.
The movement of the support crew and some of the officers created another moment where Pendragon and Chief Smithson were staring at one another in tense silence. [i 'More theatrics.'] Tallulah thought, fighting the urge to roll her eyes. Pendragon was capable of keeping this up all day, and Tallulah was starting to get restless herself because of this invisible dick measuring contest; it wasn't exactly the most effective use of her time. Apparently their commander [i really] wasn't a fan of Earth.
[+purple “That's [i Supreme Commander] Pendragon, Chief Smithson.”] He finally says before beginning to march down the ramp and stops a respectable distance away from the Chief, still scowling. He looks briefly over the officer's shoulder to some of the remaining officers before his gaze moves back. [+purple “Lieutenant Tatum, Lieutenant Decarlo, since you are our senior Patrollers I would like you to acquaint yourself with the woman. It appears she's still in lock-up, so go see if she knows anything useful.”]
[b “Of [+blue course,] Supreme [+blue Commander.”]] They say in unison, straightening a bit more.
[+purple “Lieutenant Kennedy, Ensign Rikova, brief the officer's made available to us on what we're doing. The rest of you set up with Support, and make it snappy,”] The Supreme Commander begins walking towards the roof entrance in to the building. [+purple I don't want to be on this eyesore of a planet any longer than I need to be.”] And everyone sort of looks at each other before they begin moving systematically. Booker and Tallulah share a brief nod as everyone splits up to do their duties, leaving the senior Patrollers to see this woman in lock-up.
A few of the police officers were still around, probably divided in to however many of them per Patroller for support, but she didn't really pay them much attention. Instead, Tallulah and Booker made their way inside, her partner taking lead, pulling up a map on his holographic wrist computer. He'd no doubt downloaded the schematics once they got in range, which was just a very [i Booker] thing to do.
The two descend in towards the bowels of the large Police Headquarters. Inside was like some kind of hospital with all the white walls, bright burning lights, and someone you couldn't understand talking over the intercom. Honestly, she was sort of impressed by what the Earthlings had despite how the Commander trashed them in the impromptu briefing. Tallulah herself was from a sort of backwater planet called Asirius, a mineral mining planet, so maybe her standards were a little low. Technology was so readily available here unlike her planet where it was only used for specific purposes at all times. That was probably one of her biggest hurdles when she joined the Patroller Academy, but luckily she met Booker who came from the tech-giant of Sanction XII... Man, how long has that been now?
The holding area was dark and damp, full of empty rooms with energy fields acting as the cell doors. Despite the size of the facility, it seemed like they didn't house many criminals, or at the very least not today. Only one of the cells was occupied, and the two Patrollers were directed to it. Inside was what appeared to be a young woman, and apparently someone who might be involved in these 'strange occurrences' in New Hope City. The two briefly look at each other before looking back to the woman.
[b “I'm Lieutenant Tallulah Tatum and this is Lieutenant Booker Decarlo,”] She motions to her partner. [b “We're Patrollers from the Milky Way's division of the Galactic Defense Force and we're here to investigate what's been happening in New Hope City. We were told you might be the only one who knows anything about what's been going on, being literally the only lead they've been able to get, but they still can't tell us why you're [i actually] connected to all this.”] It was hard to believe that whatever airy shit the cops were talking about were all connected to this girl. The agent that went missing spoke about some kind of arms deal, underworld gangs, and the Syndicate. Their next stop after this was supposedly to make contact with one of the members of the vigilante group.
Booker then moves a little closer to the energy field to look at the woman. [+blue “In your file it also says you claimed to have killed a man, but the coroner's report says he died of a violent aneurysm. Do you know anything about that? It seems to have the police spooked, especially considering quote 'weird things have been happening' unquote.”]
[font "tempus sans itc" The light shining into the room made the male look towards the table. Seeing the woman there, made his heart pound inside of his chest. Maybe this wasn't a good idea on his part. The woman he had come across was dirty, and she wasn't all the way there. She had been stabbed more than once, her body was pretty much broken, and he felt like he had to do something to help her. He wasn't about to leave her there in the woods alone. Not with everything that's been going on with the world.]
[font "tempus sans itc" He had taken her home, and made sure she was well hidden. He helped put her back together. He bathed her, and he helped get her comfortable. There had been times she did start stirring, and he wondered if she was waking up. Even with her being asleep, there's something there. Something dark, she had somehow managed to move a couple of things with her mind. He knew it was her, because of the way her eyes moved behind her closed lids. The way her fingers twitched as well. There was something special about the woman.]
[font "tempus sans itc" He just wished she would wake up, and maybe then he would be able to get some information out of her. That was wishful thinking though. So one night while he was making dinner, he walked into the room to check on her, and was surprised to see her eyes were open, and scanning the room around her. He walked over to the table, and he looked down at her. [b "Are you alright?"] he asked her. The woman's eyes moved towards the sound of his voice, and he shuddered lightly when she finally looked at him.]
[font "tempus sans itc" [b "Do you know where you are? At least the city you are in?"] he asked her. He didn't know if he should move towards her, but she just looked at him. She then took a breath, and started to speak softly. [#C4788E "New Hope City"] she breathed out. The male nodded lightly. [b "That you are darling. Do you know what happened to you? Do you remember anything at all?"] he asked her. The woman shook her head, and looked away from him. He knew that was to be expected. He didn't expect anything from her.]
[font "tempus sans itc" That's when he got a huge headache all of a sudden. That and it felt like there was a lot of screaming in his head. His hands flew to the sides of his head, and he cried out. The woman looked towards him, and a small smirk tugged on the corners of her lips. She was the one inside of his head. Then she reached out and spoke in his mind. [#C4788E [i 'My name is Mackenzie Dayton, and I'm about to take over this fucking place. You are nothing but a tool in this plan.']]]
[font "tempus sans itc" [#C4788E [i 'You aren't going to last much longer, and I'll be glad when you are no longer around']] She then grew silent, and blood started running down the male's eyes. She wasn't letting up that easily either. She bit the inside of her cheek, as she untied herself from the table. Her mind was spinning, and she felt like she couldn't really do anything really. Watching the male struggling with whatever was going on in his mind, pleased her to no end. She finished untying herself, and she sat up. She swung her legs over the edge of the table.]
[font "tempus sans itc" She pushed herself up to her feet, and she tilted her head to the side. The male looked up at her though red eyes. [b "Please... Don't kill me..."] he begged. The woman just shook her head, and she finished the job. She didn't realize how strong she really was. When the male stopped moving, and pretty soon was sitting still, she felt slightly better. She licked her lips and looked around the room. She then looked down at herself, and realized she was naked. She shook her head and looked at the dead body on the floor.]
[font "tempus sans itc" [#C4788E "Stupid man"] she muttered lightly. She then headed to the stairs on wobbly legs. She slowly climbed the stairs, and the smell of food hit her nose. She was kind of hungry, but first she needed clothes. She walked around the house, and found the man's room. He was nameless, and would stay that way. She walked into his room, and she found some clothes. She then pulled them on, and found a cloak hanging in the closet as well. She reached out and grabbed it, holding it in her hands. The fabric was amazing.]
[font "tempus sans itc" She then walked into the bathroom, and looked at herself in the mirror. She looked different. She felt different too. She shook her head lightly, as she finished getting dressed, and pulled the cloak around her shoulders. She then went back to the kitchen and started to eat the food the male left behind. That's when the door flew open, and people were storming into the house. That didn't seem to bother her in the least. She licked her fingers, a small smile passing over her lips. [#C4788E "Took you long enough"] she cooed lightly.]
[font "tempus sans itc" The cops looked her up and down, and then they were tackling her to the ground. They knew she was dangerous, and that's why they weren't about to let anything happen. She wasn't in the mood to fuck with them anyway. She went willingly, and they cuffed her hands behind her back. They dragged her to her feet, and led her to a car. They helped her get into the back, and shut the door behind her. She looked out the window, and looked towards a tree. She stared at it, and it slowly started moving.]
[font "tempus sans itc" So she did have some type of powers. A little bit later a man and woman climbed into the car, started it up, and took her to the police station. She leaned back and licked her lips. [#C4788E "You do know, there's a body in the basement. I killed him. He deserved it though"] she said, a small laugh escaping her lips. The woman looked at her, and radioed the other's at the house. Mackenzie made herself comfortable and didn't say anything else. What more was she supposed to say anyway? She gave them information.]
[font "tempus sans itc" Thirty minutes later, she was being locked in a cell, and she rolled her eyes. [#C4788E "No one is safe"] she muttered lightly. She sat on the hard bed, her back against the wall, and the small objects that were in the room, she lifted them with her mind, and let them swirl around her head, and around the room. Her eyes seemed to change colors, and she waited. For what, she didn't really know. All she knew was, someone was coming for her, and it might not be a pretty sight. She licked her lips, and played with her fingers, sitting there in silence.]
“Prepare for FTL travel.” An automated voice sounded throughout the frigate. The stars that sat still in space soon became beams of lights that cascaded around the ship like horizontal rainfall. The lights of stars, nebula's, and other interstellar clouds formed in to a kaleidoscope of colours as the ship blasted through space at faster than light speeds. It was one of those things where if you've seen it once, you've seen it a thousand times, but it still never ceased to amaze her.
[+purple “Lieutenant Tatum.”] A voice said and she quickly looked from one of the port windows and back to the present. She was in the Command Bridge, dominated by computers and engineers manning them. At the helm were two pilots flying the sophisticated machine. But the most important of all of the stations here, was the one she was standing in.
The centre of the Command Bridge dropped down a few steps and a large holographic table and star chart stood between those who were present. Tallulah's gaze levelled on the man directly across from her. An older man with thick black hair and a beard to match. He was uniformed much like she was, but decorated with many metals and an immaculate sword on his hip. His uniform also had long decorative leather tassets to denote rank. [b “Supreme Commander Pendragon.”] She says with a slight nod. The Commander grunts in affirmation before continuing with the task at hand.
[+purple “I'm assuming everyone read the briefing files for our mission.”] He addressed the small unit. There were six of them in total that were 'active Patrollers' for this mission. Pendragon moves his hand and the surface of the table in between them comes to life, casting images of a solar system. With a few more gestures, one of the planets is selected and then zoomed in on, and then zoomed in on again to show a holographic layout of their target: New Hope City. A technological giant on the planet and a bustling metropolis despite the world's dwindling population. [+purple “None of you have been to Earth before, and the documents you read won't do it justice when I say this; Earth is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, a place left long ago because of its lack of resources and population support.”]
[+blue “That's an interesting way to put it.”] The man next to Tallulah says and she promptly kicks his ankle. They both exchange looks and the man tries not to grin which makes Tallulah grin despite trying to choke it down. He could always get to her.
[+purple “Do I need to separate you two, Lieutenant Tatum? Lieutenant Decarlo?”]
[+blue “Sir, no, sir.”] Decarlo says and straightens alongside Tallulah. The Supreme Commander eyes them for a moment, with his signature low growl.
Tallulah Tatum and Booker Decarlo weren't exactly trouble makers. On the contrary; they were Commander Pendragon's first picks on this mission. The two had a long history together, first meeting in the Patroller Academy and then having the miracle of being assigned the same company once out on Patrol. Tallulah was a crack-shot with anything with a stock and a strong tactician. On the flipside, Booker was exceptional in close-quarters combat and an equally gifted tactician. The two worked extraordinarily well together, their teamwork being commended on several assignments they went on together and why they continue to be kept in the same company. They were family at this point. And other than him and the Supreme Commander, Tallulah wasn't familiar with the other three that were here, but she was sure she would get to know them eventually. Booker and Tallulah went over the briefing together and it seemed like it was going to be a long one.
[+purple “As I was saying: we had no leads until now, the NHPD coming in to contact with a group known as 'the Syndicate'. Not much is known about the Syndicate other than their status as an organized vigilante group and that they're based out in the slums. They're the ones who came in to contact wit our lead, a woman who is supposedly in possession of strange abilities, and could be the link to all the unusual activity in the slums.”] Right. Something fishy was happening on Earth, and they sent another agent to investigate and they went missing. This was the GDF's response; a specialized team of Patrollers. [+purple “We're currently on our way to meet with the Chief of the NHPD and this woman in their custody, and for the time being that is all I have to say. Dismissed.”] And just like that, everyone began to move back to their stations. Except Tallulah. It took a moment for Commander Pendragon to notice her as he was staring intently at a holographic tablet in his hands. His eyes narrow when he sees she had not heeded his orders.
[+purple “Something on your mind, Tallulah?”] Good, he used her first name. He wasn't pissed off at her then.
[b “Everything you said was in the written briefing, including actual details about the assignment. You were basically just trash talking Earth.”]
[+purple “I wanted to make sure you all were perfectly aware of how treacherous Earth can be. I can't write my personal opinions in an official document.”] He tells her and Tallulah nods at that. [+purple “Now go back to your station; we will be arriving in New Hope City shortly.”] And with that, the Supreme Commander goes back to his tablet and Tallulah heads back to her station to wait.
In the mean time, Tallulah headed to 'her station', which was actually lower-engineer deck mess hall B , and her and Booker went over the briefing again armed with Pendragon's opinion about Earth. If it was as treacherous as he said, then the Patroller who went missing could've hit any number of snags. It was unfortunate that they didn't get any specific information about what the undercover operative was looking in to, but from the pieces they had that he had before he went missing, it looked like he didn't know either. Lots of mention of the underground, an arms deal, and some gangs. There must have been some codes he was trying to decipher too, because there were strange circular markings, a triangular one, a crescent, and an Oni. [b “Dude was weird.”] Tallulah comments.
“Approaching Earth's defensive grid.” Rang over the intercoms and the frigate exited warp-speed, the cornucopia of colours faded back to the black and white of normal space. However, this time instead of far off stars being in sight, this time it was a big globe of blue and green. It was sort of mesmerizing. The place where humanity began. She had only ever seen pictures or holograms of Earth, and it was a lot bigger than she had expected it to be.
However, she didn't get to admire the view for long as the spacecraft plunged in to Earth's atmosphere and ripped through the sky in to New Hope City. It was night time here, but the closer you got to the city, the brighter it got with all of the lights and large buildings. The place was a metropolis, bigger than some countries on the planet she was from, and Tallulah was suddenly struck with how much ground they were going to have to cover for this assignment with just six people... And the NHPD and their vigilantes. She had almost forgotten about them.
The ship descends on to a large platform that was part of the NHPD headquarters. The building itself was large enough to hold an army, heavily fortified and lit up like most of the city. However, something that she had noticed now that she was on the ground and closer, everything seemed to have a level or dirt layer over it, probably due to pollution and overpopulation.
The Patroller team lines up behind their Supreme Commander in the cargo bay as the bay doors descends in to a ramp, the welcoming committee waiting at the bottom for them. She thought they were going to start moving when the ramp fully extended, but the Commander just stood there, staring down his nose at the crew waiting for them at the end. He just stared down at them, his face in its permanent scowl as he looked over the members of the police. [+purple “Bring me to the Chief and the woman.”] He tells them.
Watching as the GDF Command Frigate cut through the clouds and descended to the landing pad, the shadows stirred in anticipation. The space between buildings was dark, but did not provide a proper view to the arrival of the esteemed Supreme Commander Pendragon. So the shadows stirred once again before a figure darted from them and scaled the building, unseen by the authorities and invisible to their technology. Speed brought them to the top of the building and skill made sure they were unseen by all.
And it looks like hard work paid off, because the bay doors of the frigate opened and lowered, revealing the Supreme Commander of the Milky Way Galactic Defense Force. The sword on his hip drew their attention and made them very aware of the katana that lay at the ready upon their back. Pendragon was known to be a legendary soldier, and his swordsmanship skills were supposedly unmatched in the galaxy, and it made them itch to test that claim. But now was not the time. There were other things that needed attending.
[+red “They have arrived.”] The voice was modulated, but understandable and spoken in to a wrist communicator. [+red “The Supreme Commander is with them, but we will continue as planned. I will return shortly.”]
One of the officers turns his head over to the darkened part of rooftop, thinking he might have heard something. However, he sees nothing, just darkened shadows and unoccupied space... It must have been their imagination.
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