Chapter 79

Calm


Vynette’s POV

Vynette & Jett Cloudgazing 1I lay down next to Jett and peered up into the clear, cool night sky. The Calm had arrived, and it gave us an opportunity to venture outside during the Hot Summer.

Vynette & Jett Cloudgazing 2Jett has led me to a secluded open-top cavern deep within the mountain range that was my home, Helsia Deep. He needed to remain hidden from the general population, so as to maintain the ruse of his execution.

Jett & Vynette 1I don’t know what it is about him, but he makes me forget about the horrors I witnessed at the Water Palace, and the loss of my best friend, another Helsian lost to the ravages of war.

Vynette & Jett Cloudgazing 3Vynette & Jett Cloudgazing 4He asks me about Keth all the time. Talking about him seems to help, and somehow Jett knows this. Keth was there for me when I lost my sister, the darkest moment in my life. And now Jett is here for me now.

I turn my head and examine his face. His brown eyes sparkled as he marvelled in the crystal clear sky, a faint tint of red the only hint that it was a Hot Summer. He is quite handsome… For a Xaabosian, and he seems like a good man.

Jett & Vynette 3 Jett & Vynette 4I just find it so easy to talk to him. A dashing smile appears to be permanently plastered onto his dorky face, coupled with an salvo of lame jokes, and bizarre insults. Not that they insult me of course, as they are said in good nature, and I give as good as I get.

Vynette & Jett Cloudgazing 5

Vynette & Jett Cloudgazing 6Tonight, we are enjoying each others silent company. Words are not needed tonight. They would just get in the way of a perfect evening.

Jett & Vynette 2There is only one thing that could make this night even better. But that is madness, I could never allow that to happen. And besides when this is all over, and his cousin has been brought to justice, he will be the Xaabosian Emperor, and I will still be a Helsian pilot.

Vynette & Jett Cloudgazing 7Oh Keth… I pray to the ancestors that you made it out alright. But I saw the flames as I flew away like a coward, I know the truth. I will remember you, forever my friend.


Sage’s POV

Sage WorkoutDeath, murder, routine, credits, upgrades. That is all that I cared about. Add revenge to that list, and I am complete. Except I’m not. I can feel it deep within, a sense that I have lost my way. Everything that I have done before no longer matters, I need a new direction, a new purpose, a new target.

Sage Workout 2 Sage Workout 3Weeks I have been down here trying to plan for the Calm, and the disposal of those two bounty hunters. Now that it has arrived I no longer feel the desire for revenge.

Sage Workout 4 Sage Workout 5Working out always helps to clear my head. Yet today, everything seems to be a muddle. Emotion is for the weak, and yet I am allowing it to take control of me. Why?

Sage Workout 6 Sage Workout 8How did I become like this? What drove me to become this… Monster? I can no longer remember what made me choose this path. I have been alive for centuries, prolonging my life through implants and all manner of transplants and transfusions. But is this truly living?

Sage Workout 7 Sage Workout 9What is my purpose? – To kill. – Why? – Because I’m good at it. – I don’t want to kill any more. – But what I want is irrelevant. I need to finish this. – I could just walk away? – No! That is a sign of weakness! – Piss on weakness!!!

Sage Scanning DatabaseIt is almost time. I jump onto the computer one last time, checking to see if there have been any last minute changes. I spot something interesting, and navigate my way into the data.

Sage Scanning Database 2 Sage Scanning Database 3Is that… No, it couldn’t be!

Sage Scanning Database 4This could change everything. Is this going to be my new purpose?

Sage Scanning Database 5I have a decision to make now. Either I follow through with my assassinations, and plan for revenge, or I abandon it all, and roll the dice.

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9 thoughts on “Chapter 79”

  1. Ooh, Sage is complex too! So okay, she’s not totally the consummate professional I thought her to be, but hey, that’s fine when her profession is, well, killing. And now she’s looking for a new purpose… interesting!

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    1. I think up until the Shaela fight she was the consummate professional. That fight has shaken her, and while I don’t think it’s the reason she’s looking for a new purpose, it’s probably the spark to what was something she’d probably considered for a long time.

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