“I think the people who told us the information tricked us into going public” Jake sighed as he walked behind the huntsman and I.
“What?” The huntsman asked.
“They gave us the hunts lair location, but they only mentioned the building, when we got there and attacked, we attacked civilians” Jake continued. “It took a while for us to work out that the lair was in the basement. We acted like we did cause… we thought Haley was down here.” Jake sighed again, It was clear he was still unhappy about leaving Lao Shi behind.
“Why would the hunts clan want dragons to go public?” the hunts master asked.
“Maybe to spread fear in the publics eyes” I answered. “Think about it, if the hunts clan can get the creatures to accidentally attack the building in public site, it will demonise them, the public will fear and hate them. I believe that’s what the master hunts master wants.”
“You think the master hunts master is behind this?” the hunts master replied surprised.
I stumbled on something in the dark, but caught my balance and kept walking again.
“I’ve had my doubts about this new master huntsman ever since he gained power.” I continued. “Have you noticed how the aim of the hunts clan has slowly changed? For generations the hunts clan was an underground organisation who’s purpose was solely to hunt down and destroy magical creatures. But things started changing when he gained power. We began spreading throughout the world, we became even more institutionalised, more politics, more beaurocracy. We became less focused on the destruction of magical creatures, sometimes we even got the aid of dark ones to help us. So much has changed since the old master hunts master passed away 2 years ago. One of my first cases was on one that was investigating that the old Master Huntsman died of suspicious causes. After 2 Months the case files we were all taken off the case and the case files were locked away. We were warned to keep away from them and never even look at them. A while later I then came across some intelligence. It seemed to be a plan by the Magical creatures to attack congress. You would think that such a plot would be huge enough for me to investigate, but no, once again they told me it was nothing and instructed me not to look any further. I never though much of those 2 events, but now, I’m certain something big is going on.”
“Interesting” The hunts master replied. “But why on earth would the magical creatures want to attack congress?”
“Don’t ask me” I replied. “As I said they took it away from me and told me not to look at it again.”
By now we had walked into the portal room.
“All our portals to central park were on the top few floors” The hunts master said. “I had to shut them down. The closest portal to central park is now that one” He said pointing at one close by. “That one leads to our kennels where we starve and mistreat and train our dogs of war.” The hunts master growled. “So be careful, if any escaped during the magical creature rampage, they could be very dangerous, especially to you dragon” The hunts master said to Jake.
“Hah I’m ready to take on war dogs” Jake replied, sounding a little better.
The hunts master the dragon and I stood before the portal. “Well I guess its time to enter” The hunts master said heading into the portal. The dragon soon followed after. ‘I hope there are no dogs’ I thought to myself as I walked into the mist that made up portal. Too my relieve it was light on the other side, and to my greater relief the hallway was lined with caged dogs, whose lips were pursed letting out a barrage of growls and barks. It was a hunts clan policy to inject the dogs with rabies. Yeah I know the hunts clan were fairly mean to their animals, but it always seemed to be for the good cause of ridding the world of magical creatures. The cages were all shut and locked. No dogs were out.
I looked at the dogs as I slowly walked past them. I saw their looks of hate in their eyes. They had scars, bits of ear torn off, it looked like they had the works done to them. I imagined myself caged up with them, It would seem a greater horror then being faced with the magical creature. It seemed I now thought of these dogs of more of a vicious terror then magical creatures now. Then we walked past the puppy enclosure, where the newborns were kept. The site saddened me, all the little puppies were running about, playing innocent, happy, nothing like their terrifying folks. I had to think, If those dogs were more terrible then magical creatures, what about those who turned them this way. ‘That’s it’ I thought. After today, I am resigning my commission from the hunts clan. If its not enough that they tried to kill me, I have seen the monstrous side of the hunts clan, in may ways. This was the reason I avoided field work. Now the dragon Jake didn’t seem so bad. I looked at the hunts master. He seemed that couldn’t care less. To him, they were just tools, life was just a tool, magical creatures were just a big painted moving target. For the first time that ever at that moment, I felt a feeling that I had not ever felt, not even when I just foud out that the hunts clan had tried to kill me or that they killed my wife and took my children. I felt a burning hate towards the huntsclan…
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We emerged from the kennels just a few blocks away from central park.
“She said the car is parked somewhere along park drive” The hunts master said “But where?”
“Stay human, dragon, we don’t want attention drawn to ourselves.” The hunts master ordered.
Jake looked up to the hunts master who was wearing a cloak a cape and a dragon skull cap. “We certainly don’t want any attention do we?” He asked in response.
“I shall not reveal myself dragon, besides a dragon would bring us more attention then someone that people deemed a freak”
Although the huntsman still wore his hunts clan attire, it seemed that very few people seemed interested in him as they were either hurrying to get to their respective places of work, busy being cranky, stuck in a traffic jam or absorbed by the media coverage of the creature attack in New York. We walked slowly down the footpaths of the street, towards central park. It was no longer raining or cloudy like it was this morning, the sky had changed also, it was now very blue and looking up amongst the skyscrapers, not a cloud could be seen even thought the view of the sky was quite inhibited.
I looked around me as we walked. I wanted to try to spot to see if I could see anyone following us, to see who may be watching us. It could very well have been the case that I may have had a tracking device on me, or maybe even the hunts masters new staff he got as a gift from the head office. Hey as far as I knew a tracking device could have even implanted on the dragon. As we walked past the TV screens in the shop windows all had the press conference from the president running over and over again on them. It was big news but it seemed that the president overplayed it a bit.
“How are we going to do this guys?” I asked.
“What do you mean?” the hunts master replied.
“If they want us dead, they are just going to kill us, and their captives when we get there” I continued. “We gotta think of something.”
The hunts master fell silent.
Rose had very little better to do. The woman who had introduced herself as Lavenderpaw was speaking very loudly and could just be heard. She pressed her ear against the cold metal door and eavesdropped on what was being said.
“Don’t you guys have any sense of morals?” Rose heard Lavenderpaw ask.
“What has to be done, has to be done” Someone that Rose couldn’t make out replied.
“What so are we going to just kill them?” Lavenderpaw replied.
“First we lure them here to get their family members. The car we have given them has a tracking device and a bomb rigged to it. Once they arrive here we will detonate it in the blast proof garage, less mess to clean up, then we kill the rest of the family.”
“This is sickening” She heard Lavenderpaw reply.
Rose stood there dumbfounded for a few seconds, then snapped back to reality.
“Haley we have to escape from here.” She said. “They are using us as a trap to lure Jake, uncle and someone else. Then they will silence us for good. We have to get out of here.”
Haley looked at her in fear. “How can we do that?” She asked.
“You have to think of your brother.” Rose replied. “You must be brave for him, show them all that your not to scared to take on a scary challenge.”
“But I’m still only in training” Haley complained.
“Trust me, there is no better training then fighting for your life in battle” Rose replied.
“So.. So how do we get out?” Haley asked.
“Well we can’t use the Door” Rose replied. “Its to big and thick, there has to be another way out” Rose said.
“How about we trick the guards to come in, then knock them out when they do?” Haley asked.
“Nope, too easy to predict, besides its been done in nearly every single move, they would see it coming.”
Haley used her dragon vision to look around the room. There seemed to be nothing. “There’s no way of escape” Haley replied.
“Then I see one thing left to do” Rose sighed.
“W..What do you mean?” Haley asked scared by roses sudden change in tone.
“You don’t have to go through with this if you don’t want to Rose replied. But the only way I can see that we can save them is if we are no longer anything in which they can use to attract them. Therefore, as we cannot escape I propose that I do the last thing I can do to remove myself” Rose replied.
Rose reached into her pocket and pulled out a pill. “We were given these in case of capture and potential interrogation” Rose said.
“W..What is it? What are you going to do.” Haley asked.
“What I can do to save them” Rose replied. She looked at the pill in her hand. “Its cyanide.”
The hunts master suddenly got a bad feeling about something, he couldn’t quite tell what it was, but he knew something was wrong.
“What if..” He started “What if rose somehow knew that she was being used as bait?” the hunts master asked out aloud. “What if she knew, and she used her standard issue pill?”
“What standard issue pill?” Jake asked.
“It’s a pill that hunts clan is issued which terminates their life when taken, its to be used if the hunts clan may be put at risk due to capture” The hunts master replied a little sad.
“Then she’d be the smartest girl in the world.” I replied a small smile on my face.
“Sure id be saved” The hunts master replied coldly “But you obviously don’t care that Rose would be dead” he growled.
I just smiled. “Last year our lead chemist was working on a batch of cyanide pills when he made a clerical error. I don’t know the exact details, something along the lines of he didn’t balance his equations correctly. Anyway upon creation of these pills, he found out that they worked much like the potion that gives dragons the appearance of death. But this works on hunts clan. We felt that this could be very useful so we secretly exchanged our current batched for the pill known as the E780B Pill. See if Rose takes the pill, they think she’s dead then disposes of her body. 10 Minutes after taking the pill, she regains full consciousness. We kept it a secret cause we thought if the hunts clan members didn’t know, our opponents wouldn’t know either.”
“So she will be alright?” the hunts master asked?
“She sure will” I replied.
The huntsman fell silent for a couple of seconds. “We still have to hurry, if we want to save them though” the huntsman said as he pointed to central park which was just across the road.
Haley shrieked very loudly as rose fell forward, limp, all vital signs had left her body. Seconds later she heard the sound of someone frantically trying to open the locks which held the door shut. Then Lavenderpaw burst open.
“What happened?” Lavenderpaw cried out but Haley just slowly backed into a corner. “Ah Damnit” She called again as she swiftly moved over to inspect the limp body.
“Damn, she has foamy saliva around her mouth” Lavenderpaw sighed. “It was a cyanide suicide.”
She pulled a walkie talkie from her pocket and ordered some of the guards to come in quickly. Seconds later they came running in.
“This one is dead” Lavenderpaw instructed. “It may be hard in the future to convince them that she is alive if they do decide to check up on her, but we must remain strong” She ordered. “If they call we use the young dragon girl there as proof, if they ask for Rose, just mention that she is unavailable. There is little else we can do. Somebody go and get a garbage bag, place her in and throw her in the ‘special’ trash. There is little else we can do with her now.”
Lavenderpaw sighed as she looked at the dead girl. ‘I hope nothing else happens today’ she thought to herself.
The three of them walked along Park Avenue looking for the car that was parked along the sidewalk. It was a quiet day in the park, well many people were scared off by the fear of a strange creature attack and the park was one of the places that was on high alert due to the fact that there was plenty of bush around and they could have possibly even come from somewhere in the park. They walked on in silence 3 unlikely allies, the good, the bad and the ugly (well I didn’t find the dragon all that appealing). Every now and then a car would pass and some would honk at us. Somewhere out the master hunts master was out there plotting our deaths. I still wasn’t totally over the death of my wife but I knew if I wanted to save my twins I would have to put past events behind me, no matter how harsh they felt. Looking on the woes of the past would not help me shape the path to a brighter future. I guess I was fairly tough for an office worker after all I wasn’t totally a push over, I knew there would be time for mourning later. Now I had to focus on the task at hand, retrieve the captives.
“There it is” The hunts master called pointing to a black Ford parked along the footpath next to the road just around a bend. We approached it carefully looking around for any signs of anyone watching us. There were a few more people here, those that still dared to brave the dangers of central park or those who just didn’t care. We walked along to the side of the black car. The hunts master cautiously opened the door. The door light came on and a little beep to indicate the door was open, but nothing else bad happened. He gathered Jake and I around, then hit the recall button. The phone rang 3 times then was answered by Lavenderpaw.
“Ok here’s what your going to do” Lavenderpaw ordered. Drive the car to the Manhunters garage at 33 32nd street and wait for the door to open. When you get in you shall receive further instructions from us.”
“How Do I know that the captives are still alive?” The huntsman asked.
“Listen to this” Lavenderpaw replied. The phone went silent for a second, then they heard a voice. “Help Me Jake!!” Haley shouted into the receiver. With that Lavenderpaw started talking again. “theirs your proof” She replied.
“What about Rose?” the huntsmaster growled.
“Shes.. Unavailable right now. Do what we say and it will all be alright” Lavenderpaw said, hanging up the phone.
“She has got to be kidding me” The hunts master said. “The Manhunters garage is a blast garage we use to lure our targets who may be driving rigged cars. We blow them up in the garage, free from any annoyances, clean and unseen” The hunts master said.
“So if we drive this car in there that is probably rigged, we shall be blown up when we enter?” I asked.
“Yep, its probably rigged with a bomb and a tracking device” The hunts master replied.
“Man I’m gonna hate myself for doing this” I sighed. I had to buy us time. I was now quite certain from Lavenderpaws refusal to put Rose on the phone that she had taken the pill and they thought she was dead. But at the same time, I had to make it look like I was following the directions without deviating. I walked up to the car and searched underneath the seat for the key. Upon finding it, I took it out and looked around me. I knew what I was going to do would be a very terrible thing that I would not live down for the rest of my life. I took the key to the nearest guy.
“What are you doing?” The hunts master asked.
“Hey I’m from118.1 Zed Radio, How would you like to win a car?” I asked him.
“What… Why would I win a car?”
“Just answer this question.” I replied. Who is the current President of the united states?” I asked.
“uh president Jordan?” he replied.
“Correct” replied. You have won yourself a new black ford..”
“But I don’t want a new car” he replied.
“Well that’s ok, drive it to the garage at 32 32nd street to go and claim a wonderful prize of equal value to the car then.”
“Uh alright then” he said taking the key. “Where is it?”
“Theres a street directory in the car” I instructed.
“Ok Then” he said as he walked towards the car and got in.
“That’s a dangerous game your playing” The huntsman whispered at me as we watched the man get in.
“Well when the car blows up they will think that its us who are dead.” I told him back. “They will probably execute the hostages soon after. So we have to act fast. We will have the advantage in the fact that they will think that we are still dead.”
“Ok, I hope you know what you are doing” The huntsman said.
“I hope so as well” I replied. I did feel really bad for the guy I had just conned though.
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