Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Recovering a fugitive|
My life began with my older sister. We were sold to a… school when I was still a baby. Even when I slept they used a sleep teacher to make me learn. Everything from chemistry to engineering, by the time I was fourteen I could have been anything; doctor, engineer, chemist, computer programmer… anything.
The fact was we were trained to kill, we were assassins and could use any type of weapon. Even though I was young, they had given me the name Morpheus as my clan name. It came crashing down when I was sixteen. My sister went out for a mission and when she returned the masters stunned her while she was in my room talking to me.
I was confined to my room while she was taken away. It was four days later when the alarms began. When we heard an alarm everyone was supposed to go to their armory and then move to defend the school. I was calm as I rushed to my armory and quickly gathered what I needed. Instead of going to defend the school, I went looking for Samantha.
I headed for the school display room. It was where someone was made to talk in front of the school to show everyone how to torture a person. I was afraid of what I would find. When I pushed open the door and stood looking into the large room my fears were confirmed. From across the room I could see the bloody battered body of my sister hanging from the far wall.
I stepped into the room as another door opened and an outsider stepped in holding an assault rifle. I ignored him as I took another step towards Samantha and another door burst open with three other students. My reactions were swift, I drew and fired three shots before the outsider could even bring his weapon up.
I ignored the falling bodies and the outsider as I crossed to my sister’s body. I put my pistol away and knelt to unlock the first ankle restraint. I moved to the other one and then stood to work on one wrist. My sister fell into my arms as I tried to reach the one remaining restraint. The outsider was suddenly there and reached up to release Samantha.
She dropped and I lowered her to the floor. I knelt beside her and for the first time in a long time I felt tears on my face. I felt the hand on my shoulder, “You aren’t safe kid.”
I snarled and caressed my sister’s dead face before standing, “Stay out of my way outsider.”
I pulled my pistol as I headed for the far door. The next hour was a blur of death as I moved through the school killing. The last was in the master’s quarters and they were guarded with the best students and technology available. After I stepped away from the headless body of the grandmaster I went back to Samantha, I didn’t care what happened to me. It was the Imperial Marshal from before that came for me.
I was the only student left alive and they needed to access the data net for the school. I ignored their techs and moved through the bloody halls until I reached what seemed like a vacant wall. I pressed against the wall and waited ten seconds before reaching to the right and hitting the light switch.
The wall moved back and then sideways. I walked into the small room that held racks of computers on three walls. I sat at the one small station and brought it to life. I glanced back at the marshal that had followed me, “What information do you need?”
He glanced at a tech behind him and he squeezed around him. I let the tech plug a siphon into the main frame and turned away. I went back to my sister to find some stranger putting her in a bag. I almost killed him on the spot when the marshal touched my shoulder, “She’ll be taken care of.”
I glanced at him, “Where? Samantha was all I had.”
He squeezed my shoulder and that was the start of a new life for me. The system government tested me and determined I was educated. Of course I would have to go back through an advanced school to get a good job. The Imperial Marshal from the school was the one to suggest becoming a marshal. The process was hard and I had a one in a million chance to make it through the two year testing program.
I walked into the Canis VI headquarters for the Imperial Marshals. I was carrying my ready bag and wore a nice suit. The weapon scanner screamed and the two guards spun reaching for their weapons. I stood and moved one side of my suit coat to show the badge on my belt, “My ID isn’t in the exempt queue yet.”
The whole lobby had moved away as one guard stepped close to check my credentials. He was also reaching for my weapon and I cleared my throat, “You touch it and I’ll kill you.”
He froze and his partner moved to point his pistol at me, “Your name marshal?”
I smiled thinly, “Morpheus.”
They both froze, I had broken every record at the Marshals Academy and my name was well known. The guard stepped back and his partner turned and input my ID. The scanner turned from red to green and I nodded and started for the far lifts. When I stepped out on the fifteenth floor I knew the system marshals had purposely left my ID out of the planetary marshal lists.
They were standing around grinning as I headed towards the far side of the room to the Commander’s office. I dropped my bag on the chair outside the office and knocked. I heard a woman’s voice, “Come!”
I opened the door and walked in. Sitting in the commander’s seat was a fair skinned older woman. In the chair beside her desk was Imperial Marshal Jesop. I smiled, “You missed my graduation Simon.”
He smiled, “I had the commandant send me a recording.”
I looked at the woman as she sat back to look at me, “Ma’am, I’m Morpheus. Central assigned me as a replacement.”
She nodded, “This isn’t like the academy. Marshal Jesop is an old friend and was giving me a little off the record briefing on you.”
I nodded, “The school…”
She smiled and shook her head, “I already know that. He was explaining some personal things, like your penchant for ice cream.”
I grinned and moved to sit in one of the chairs in front of her desk, “it wasn’t something we were allowed to have in the school.”
She smiled and sighed, “I have a problem young man. I only have one marshal I can assign as your training officer. Unfortunately she is headed out to hunt down a fugitive on Sigma II. You will accompany her and stay out of her way. Observe what she does and listen when she tells you something. The life span for a marshal can be very short.”
She touched a comm. button, “Marshal Camdra please come to my office.”
I heard a voice clearly, “She went to dispersing Ma’am.”
Commander Tosin sighed and looked at me as she closed the comm, “very well. Go to dispersing and get with Marshal Camdra. See me when you return.”
I nodded and started to stand when I heard the yell from the outer office. I sighed and reached into my inner coat pocket for a tiny vial, “Why does everyone keep trying to look in my bag?”
Simon grinned, “His pet just bit someone touching his bag.”
I shrugged, “If you’ll excuse me?”
She nodded and waved before looking at Simon, “Pet?”
I closed the door as I stepped into the outer room. The marshals were gathered around one that was holding his hand. They all turned to look at me and I tossed the vial to the wounded man, “Drink it before the poison takes affect.”
I reached for my bag and picked it up before heading to the lifts while the marshals just watched me. I glanced at the floor listing before stepping into the lift. I stepped out on the third floor and followed directions to a small office with a window above a counter. Standing in front of the window was a stunning brunette that was cussing, “Damn it! What do you mean I’m not authorized!”
I walked up behind her and she unconsciously shifted and half turned. I cleared my throat, “Excuse me.”
She turned and I saw the badge on her belt. I smiled, “My name is Morpheus. Commander Tosin assigned me to you.”
She tossed her hands up, “What else can go wrong!”
I grinned and bent to set my bag down, ignoring the small dragon that swarmed out and up my arm. “Perhaps I can help?”
She growled as she gestured to the window, “might as well.”
I stepped up and looked from the android to the form on the counter. I grinned and took out my stylist and started making changes and adding my name to the form. I pushed it across and the android bowed slightly, “The only available ship is the Star Princess. They only have one room, a suite.”
I gestured to the form, “Check my code.”
It looked and then nodded, a packet spat out from the slot in the counter with Marshal Candra’s name and then another with mine. I accept both and turned to hand Marshal Cambra’s to her. She was staring at the small dragon on my shoulder, “What is that… thing?”
I smiled and glanced at my shoulder, “That is Dragon. She is a symbiotic Synth I designed and constructed.”
She looked at me, “android?”
I shook my head, “She’s an organic construct.”
She shook her head, “He brought his pet.”
I didn’t bother to explain and bent to grab my bag. Marshal Camdra glanced in her packet and swore, “We only have an hour before shuttle boarding!”
I shrugged, “I haven’t unpacked.”
She growled as she turned to the door, “Meet me in the lobby!”
I followed her as she walked quickly to the lift. While she headed up to private quarters, I headed down. I glanced around and moved to lean against a wall across from the main entrance. I was still waiting a few minutes later when the golem walked in. Before the alarms started screaming I was moving. I shoved a guard away as he stepped in front of the golem with his weapon drawn, “Don’t shoot!”
I stood still and looked straight into the golem’s face, “Gentle being, this is the new corporate building for the Eternal Faith Church. How may I light your way?”
It froze and a few seconds later, “This is the headquarters for the Imperial Marshals.”
I bowed slightly, “I’m sorry to inform you but the Imperial Marshals were killed in an explosion. This is now the home of the Eternal Faith Church.”
I could see guards and other marshals appearing and ignored them. The golem turned back to the door, “I will seek elsewhere.”
Dragon slipped down my body to follow the golem as I walked behind it. It was several meters outside the door when Dragon swarmed up its back and bit at the base of the neck. Dragon dove towards the door and spread her wings. I caught her as I watched the golem stand frozen.
I ignored Dragon as she climbed back to my shoulder and turned to the guards, “Notify hazardous disposal that a golem is locked in stasis outside the doors. Tell them I want a data dump before they destroy it. Have them send Commander Tosin a copy of the data.”
I walked back to where I had dropped my bag as guards and marshals moved to check the golem. A small bright eyed marshal glanced at me as he came back in, “How did you do that?”
I smiled, “I have studied golem logic circuits. When it thought its target location was wrong, it went out to contact its controller and verify. The address and ID of the controller will be at the top of its program queue. As for putting it in stasis, that was Dragon.”
I glanced at my shoulder and he looked at the miniature dragon and then back at me, “But…”
I started for the door as I saw Marshal Camdra appear. The crowd outside cleared a path for us and we waved a transport down. Marshal Camdra almost ignored me as we checked in and headed towards the slide that whisked us out to the boarding shuttle. After that it was a short flight up to the starliner and then we were checking in with the ship purser who frowned at our weapons when the ship scanners went off.
We followed a steward to our suite and thanked her before going in. Camdra looked around as she stood by the wide bed. I set my bag on the comfortable looking couch and Dragon stuck her head out. I put my hand on the couch, “My nest.”
Dragon swarmed out of the bag and then started walking down the couch and jumped to the back to walk back. She lay down and put her head on her front paws. I pulled a small compact device from my bag and began checking the room as Marshal Cambra cleared her throat, “What are you doing?”
I glanced at her as the detector vibrated in my hand, “Checking for listening devices.”
She snorted, “They wouldn’t dare…”
I gestured to a wall display and held up one finger. She blinked and her face got a set look as she started for the display I had pointed to. I moved on and continued to check the large room. I pointed out three more devices before reaching the bed. I stopped at a large metal ball on one side of the head board. I looked at the device in my hand and changed a setting. I looked at Cambra and pulled a finger across my throat.
She was removing the last listening device and nodded as I set the detector on the bed and pulled a small case from inside my jacket. It only took a minute and then I was holding a three centimeter jell sphere. I glanced at Cambra as she stopped next to me, “I think we are going to have a talk with the captain.”
I shrugged, “This is actually pretty common on starliners. The monitors for the listening devices are set to alert if they detect certain words or groups of words. The gas is to overcome anyone they think threatens the ship.”
She looked at me, “How do you know all that?”
I grinned as I headed to the couch, “The school I grew up in was on Hades.”
I glanced back when she didn’t say anything, she didn’t seem to recognize the name. I sat and Dragon stood and hopped down into my lap. I scratched under her jaw and looked at Cambra, “The school was built by assassins to train assassins. Almost from birth we were taught everything they could think of. It wasn’t just weapons work or a martial art. While in the Marshal’s Academy I tested for and received advanced degrees in chemistry, engineering, computer programming and sciences. I also have advanced degrees in bioengineering, micro biology, bio chemistry and bio computer engineering.”
She looked stunned and then looked at Dragon. Her eyes narrowed, “It isn’t a pet.”
I shook my head, “She is alive but she is much more than people think.”
Cambra grinned, “Teaches me to suck eggs.”
She sighed and sat beside me, “Okay, we are headed to Sigma II. The fugitive is Paul Ton Helibrandt, sentenced to public death for the murder of three thousand people. He has a cult following that managed to kill the execution guards and free him. Sigma II is mostly an agro world with small communities. Intel thinks Helibrandt is hiding in or around a community named Posidin. It’s actually an ocean side community of some size.”
I nodded and sat thinking, “And his followers are the citizens of the community.”
She nodded, “They wanted me to lead an assault team in.”
I shrugged, “By the time you cleared every building he would be gone.”
She nodded, “I was thinking it might work out if I went in covertly.”
I shook my head, “They would know the moment you stepped off the transport.”
She looked at me, “You have a better idea?”
I grinned, “Yes. We don’t bother hiding and just go in together. The followers and Helibrandt aren’t going to panic or feel threatened.”
She shook her head, “Yeah, they’ll just shoot us.”
I grinned, “No. They will try to shoot us and when they do, we will have them.”
She looked at me and I smiled, “I will take whoever they send and they will give us Helibrandt.”
She snorted, “His followers would rather die.”
I stood as I felt the faint vibration of the ship as it began to move. I looked back as I placed Dragon on my shoulder, “And when I tell them we are going to kill every follower in public?”
She jerked, “What?”
I headed for the door, “We need to get to the jump rooms.”
She stood to follow me, “The emperor and the royals aren’t going to kill all those people.”
I didn’t say anything as I led the way to the center of the ship. The crewman directing us across the walkway and followed us in as we headed to two seats. I relaxed and let Dragon climb down into my lap, “I didn’t say we would do it. I said we would make whoever tries to kill us think that was what we were going to do.”
She smiled and reached over to scratch Dragon under her chin before looking at me, “That’s not bad.”
We relaxed as the crew began coming in and then the captain walked in calmly and sat in the fancy seat in front. A few minutes later I felt as if I was being turned inside out. When it stopped I glanced around and stood to help Marshal Camdra up.
I looked around the room again and many people were vomiting or looking comatose. The crew were just starting to rise and Camdra glanced at me, “How the hell can that not effect you?”
I smiled as I cradled a dazed Dragon and headed towards the door, “Training.”
I walked through the quiet ship until I found the lounge and went into the serving room to pour a glass of juice. I left and walking to the large display that showed the stars outside the ship. I settled into a comfortable chair and leaned back as Dragon seemed to sigh and start crooning. It was several minutes before the crew member that served the lounge came in.
She took one look at me and froze. I was looking out the window but saw her take a breath and start walking nearer. She cleared her throat, “Excuse me sir. Pets are not allowed in the lounge areas.”
I looked at her and smiled, “Dragon isn’t a pet.”
She looked at Dragon who was looking back, “ah…”
I smiled, “My name is Marshal Morpheus. Dragon is a symbiotic Synth. I designed her to help me when I work.”
Her eyes widened when she heard I was a Marshal. She blushed, “Is there anything I can get you Marshal?”
I shook my head, “I was just admiring the view.”
She smiled and turned away. It wasn’t long before some of the other passengers began arriving. As it began getting noisier I stood, lifting Dragon to my shoulder. I was almost to the passageway when a large breaded man stepped in front of me, “I don’t like marshals.”
I looked at him amused, “I don’t like rude people.”
He blinked and then grinned slightly, “What if I break a few of your bones?”
I grinned, “What if I paralyze you?”
He laughed and struck, his fist moving through where my head had been as I shifted sideways. Before he could pull it back my hand snapped out to grab it, pull and twist. Dragon hissed as the man looked up from the floor and grinned, “Damn you’re fast.”
He rolled to his feet and bowed slightly, “It’s good to see you again youngster.”
I waved away the four crewmen that had suddenly appeared and headed towards us, “I thought you were still on Bishop?”
I held my hand out and he clasped it, “I was, but Imperial Auditors never stay in one place to long.”
I nodded as I turned to the hallway, “So you have business on Sigma II?”
He shook his head, “It’s just a stop over.”
He glanced at me as we walked, “I checked and you still haven’t touched the funds you received from the school’s accounts.”
I shrugged, “I guess I just haven’t needed them yet.”
He sighed, “I know you don’t want them son and I know why. Your sister gave her life so you wouldn’t have to be a killer. No matter what else they taught you, they also gave you a gift. Those funds are as much from your sister as from anyone else.”
I looked at him and sighed, “I know you mean well but…”
He touched my shoulder, “Use it when you need it. Just don’t ignore it because of what they did to Samantha.”
I nodded and took a breath before looking at him, “Want to meet my training officer?”
He smiled, “How about at dinner? Say, fifth hour?”
I nodded and watched him walk off. Richard was one of the few people that knew I was worth millions, not that I ever intended to touch the money. I turned and headed back to our suite. Camdra looked up when I came in, “Got lost?”
I smiled, “Met an acquaintance.”
She nodded and looked back at the data pad she had been studying, “Perhaps it won’t be as hard as I thought.”
I looked at her as Dragon leaped off my shoulder to fly towards the couch and her nest. I moved to the chair beside hers, “What were you thinking?”
She tapped a part of the map she had been studying, “This is the only compound not identified by the community. We go in under stealth and monitor it.”
I nodded, “Sounds good. But we’ll need sat look downs before trying to get close. Are we sure his followers haven’t breached security around the planetary net?”
She nodded, “That was confirmed before he was sentenced.”
I sat back, “Dragon can do a check inside if we have to do an entry.”
Camdra looked at the tiny dragon and her eyebrows went up, “Just what can she do?”
I smiled as I looked at Dragon, “She can do recon, sending whatever she sees to me or recording it… She can do much more. She can send a specific stasis pulse through her bite and well, she can do a lot of things. She can smell most organic and inorganic poisons.”
Camdra looked at me and nodded, “That’s useful.”
I nodded, “Her bite will silence any guards for up the six hours.”
She grinned, “Very useful.”
I looked at the map and smiled, “Actually I prefer doing things this way. Any chance you can send a star comm. to request sat monitoring until we get there?”
Camdra grinned, “I have ten minutes reserved in the communication center.”
I nodded and sat back, “My acquaintance would like to meet you. His name is Richard Centanal, he’s an Imperial Auditor.”
Camdra looked at me, “Most people in government avoid Auditors.”
I smiled, “They called him in to get a handle on the… school financial records. They wanted the names of people that paid them and I was the only one around to access the system.”
She nodded, “Makes sense. What time?”
I stood to walk to the couch and lay down, “fifth hour.”
It was a long two weeks trip which was made bearable by watching Marshal Camdra and Richard. Almost from the first instant there was something that drew them together. When we boarded the shuttle down to Sigma II, I stopped at the assistant purser and dropped the listening devices and jell sphere of poison into his hand. His eyes snapped to my face and I shrugged, “We’re Imperial Marshals.”
The ride down to the planet went smoothly and we exited with the crowd only to turn into a restricted section at the port and walk through a scanner that began flashing red. Camdra barely paused before touching her badge to the ID scanner to quiet it. The guards relaxed as I moved my jacket so they saw mine. We walked into a room with lots of monitors and three people, two women and an older man.
Camdra cleared her throat, “I’m Marshal Camdra. Do you have the sat recordings I requested?”
The old man nodded and stood to pull a compact sat comm. down from a shelf, “You can return the sat comm. when you leave planet. I programmed it for the sat you wanted for real time observation. The recordings are by date and time code.”
Camdra nodded and bowed slightly, “Thank you.”
He actually smiled, “Just don’t let that bastard get away. My niece was one of his victims.”
She smiled as she held the sat comm. out to me, “You know the marshals always get their man.”
I opened my bag and Dragon swarmed up my arm as I slipped the sat comm. into the bag in her place. The man stared at her and then grinned, “Anyone with a dragon will get the job done.”
I smiled and turned to the door. Camdra caught up a few steps down the hall and we kept walking in silence. Outside the port building we stepped onto a slide belt that whisked us out towards the transportation area. When we reached the end of the slide we stepped off to walk to towards a hovering vehicle.
An elder man stepped out from another and nodded. He wore the uniform of the planetary constables with braid that told us this was a senior official. Camdra bowed slightly as I pulled a small compact device and began checking the vehicle. The man frowned but she captured his attention, “Standard procedure for a recovery marshal.”
He hesitated and then smiled, “I understand, trust no one and nothing.”
I stopped beside Camdra and nodded, “Clean.”
She nodded to the vehicle and handed her kit bag to me. I took it and opened a back door and put both bags inside. I glanced at Dragon, “guard.”
She rubbed her face against my neck and dropped to the seat before I closed the door. I turned as Camdra got a briefing on several followers of Helibrandt that had been arrested. I glanced at an approaching man and then spun and brought my pistol up. Even as the hidden pistol appeared from behind his leg I was firing.
I didn’t want him dead so I shot him in both shoulders and then in each hip. While Camdra pushed the police officer away and drew her weapon I moved forward. I knelt next to the man, “Who sent you?”
He cussed and tried to spit before glaring at me. I sighed and pulled a narrow tube from inside my jacket and touched his temple, “Who sent you?”
His answer was a monotone, “disciple Helibrandt.”
I looked at Camdra, “It looks like he expected us.”
She nodded and then shrugged, “Let the local Leos have him.”
I nodded and stood, putting the tube and my pistol away. Camdra looked at the officer as we walked towards the vehicle, “He’s all yours.”
I slid into the passenger seat as Camdra lifted the car and spun it before heading away from the direction we needed to go. I reached back to my bag and pulled the sat comm. out. I started watching the recordings on fast forward.
I finally sat back, “This is the community armory and safe house. They have two roving patrols, one inside and one outside. The fence is touch sensitive and set to kill. I count at least twelve cameras on separate circuits. The sat also picked up a laser grid inside the perimeter and tremor plates.”
Camdra shook her head, “It isn’t going to be easy.”
I grinned, “The good news is Dragon can kill the inner perimeter security and cameras.”
Camdra smiled as she glanced at Dragon, “you’re gorgeous Dragon.”
Dragon purred as she put her head on my lap. I scratched behind her ear, “The armory isn’t listed with the planetary constables.”
She nodded as she changed direction, “Its fair game then.”
I sighed, “How do you want to take out the guards?”
She looked at me before turning back to what she was doing, “We’ll try stunning them, but if that doesn’t work…”
I nodded and she looked at me, “Does having to kill bother you?”
I sighed and relaxed as I set the sat comm. to real time, “It isn’t that it bothers me. My sister gave her life so that I wouldn’t become an assassin…”
Camdra nodded, “So you feel a debt to not kill unless you have to.”
I looked at her and finally nodded, “Yes.”
She smiled, “Good. Killing because it is easier is not the way marshals work.”
I nodded and started watching the sat comm. while petting Dragon. It was six hours before Camdra stopped. She had been low to the ground and using ridges to keep us from being seen. She settled the car to the ground behind a screen of thick brush. I glanced up and nodded, “I’ll watch for Helibrandt if you want to get some rest.”
She grinned and stretched before crawling into the back. Dragon surprised me when she lifted her head and looked back before turning to crawl after her. I grinned, “Traitor.”
Over the next two days we took turns watching but didn’t see Helibrandt. When he finally came out Camdra hissed and I glanced towards her as I warmed a cup of water for tea. She grinned, “He’s there.”
I turned the warmer off and moved towards Camdra, “It will be dark in a couple of hours.”
She nodded, “He went into the safe house with a few other nasty looking characters.”
I opened a door and stepped up before starting to strip. Camdra looked at me with an eyebrow raised but I ignored her as I started pulling the dark suit out of my bag. Next was a variety of weapons and equipment. I finally climbed into the car behind the wheel. She nodded and handed me the sat comm. before moving into the back to get ready.
I watched a few more people arrive before Camdra came back and then we sat waiting for it to get dark. I lifted the car and slowly headed towards the compound we had been watching. A quarter mile before we reached it I set the car down. We got out and Dragon took flight, I had patiently explained to her several times while we watched so she knew where she was going and what she had to do.
If I concentrated I could see through her eyes. As it was, it was as if there was a vague shadow as she sent what she saw to me. By the time we reached the perimeter fence it was down and so were the cameras. We went to the ground and waited for the outside patrol. I shot one in the throat with a high density stunner, the light armor he wore didn’t cover his throat.
Camdra moved to the fence and watched as I used a black arc torch to cut through the fence. I glanced at Camdra when I got an image from Dragon and whispered, “Dragon says the other guard is coming around to your left.”
She nodded as I went back to work, a moment later I heard her stunner. I pulled the cut fence apart and slipped in. Camdra followed and we headed toward the side door we had chosen to use. She went to one side while I stopped in front of it, I nodded and she hit the open button. As the door slid open I moved through it and to one side with my stunner up and ready.
Camdra followed me in and took the other side of the hall. We started checking rooms and a few minutes later I found the tunnel entrance. We looked at each other and then Dragon was there with a warning and we were running. We cleared the fence and dropped to the ground before the building suddenly exploded in a sheet of searing flame.
Camdra was cussing as she rose from the ground. I rose off Dragon and turned to face the distant community. I started walking and a moment later Camdra caught up, “What are you doing? Everyone will be after us now.”
I glanced at her, “They’ll be moving him from the closest house. He won’t be staying in this community. If we don’t take him now it may take weeks before we find him again.”
She nodded, “True, but what about…”
I looked at her calmly, “They just tried to kill two marshals.”
Camdra’s face hardened, “True.”
I could hear the distant sirens as I neared the large house. Two men turned at our approach and reached for weapons, I didn’t slow as I drew and fired. Camdra’s shot echoed mine and both men crumpled to the ground dead. Dragon was at the door as we came up and spit acid towards the lock.
She leaped and flew off as the area around the lock hissed and started smoking. Camdra only paused before kicking the door in. I followed her in and fired at three men that jumped to their feet. Camdra’s stunner buzzed quieting as two dead men fell and then Helibrandt fell on top of them. I holstered my pistol and crossed to Helibrandt before kneeling and yanking him up and over my shoulder.
Camdra led the way out and headed towards our car. The siren behind us closed but headed for the burning compound. Camdra opened the back door and I placed Helibrandt in before rolling him onto his stomach. I searched him while she slid in behind the controls. I used a restraint drug to keep him unconscious before securing his wrists and ankles.
I slid into the car as Dragon dropped out of the dark night and onto my lap. Camdra didn’t even wait for me to finish closing the door before lifting and spinning the car. Our return to the port was as indirect as it was leaving it. The tall building we came to was brightly light and the blue white sun of Sigma II was just coming up. When Camdra stopped the vehicle I stepped out with my weapon drawn.
She followed and then moved to the back door and used a neutralizer to bring Helibrandt around. She released his ankles and yanked him out of the car. He opened his mouth to snarl and she slugged him, “Shut up dead man.”
He was surprised as she nodded and I led her towards the front entrance. I walked through the doors and the weapon scanner screamed before I placed my badge on the reader. Several constables were scrambling around and relaxed until they saw our prisoner. The floor plans in all central constable buildings are the same and I led the way to the lifts.
I turned sideways to grab Helibrandt by the hair as I stepped into the lift, “You move and I will shot you through the spine.”
His eyes were wide as he nodded hesitantly. Camdra slipped in on his other side and the lift sped skyward. I shoved him out when the lift stopped on the marshals prisoner floor. Camdra walked swiftly ahead of us as I holstered my weapon and started pushing Helibrandt. We went through a small waiting area and then into a hallway.
Camdra waited beside an empty chamber and I pushed Helibrandt against the wall before she expertly used a clothes zipper to cut his clothing off. She grabbed him by the hair and pulled him back before shoving him through the doorway. The doorway flashed and then a red tinged haze sprang up blocking the door. She turned, “Put the jumpsuit on dead man.”
I followed her as she headed the other way down the hall. We walked into an open area with chairs and couches and I grinned as she continued on towards the showers. I set my bag down and walked to open a window and closed it after Dragon sped through.
I walked to a chair facing the hallway and sat down, “Computer? I am Marshal Morpheus, Marshal Camdra is my training officer. Our prisoner is Paul Ton Helibrandt, notify the planetary constables he is back in custody and awaiting an execution date.”
I relaxed as a wet Dragon sped back from the showers a few minutes later and dropped onto the arm of the chair. I bent and opened my bag before pulling her towel out and dried her. Camdra appeared looking clean and refreshed a few minutes later. She nodded to the hall, “Did you log us in?”
I nodded as I stood, “Yes. No response from anyone yet.”
I picked up my bag and headed towards the showers. I washed quickly and ran my dirty clothing through the cleaner slot. I put a new suit on and folded the other before putting it away in the bag. I walked into the lounge area to see Camdra scribing our fugitive report with Dragon draped over her lap.
She looked up when I dropped my bag beside hers on a couch, “They scheduled his execution for seventy two hours. Planetary Militia just dropped in on Posidin and surprised a few people getting ready to attack this building.”
I shrugged as I sat beside her, “Dumb. Everyone knows a marshal’s prisoner is dead if they try to take him by force.”
She grinned, “Another lesson kid, people don’t believe what their told.”
I nodded and looked at the hallway, “You want the first watch?”
Camdra shook her head, “Go get some rest. I activated the auto defenses.”
I stood and headed for a semi dark cubicle to one side of the hallway. Inside was a narrow bed and table. I lay back and let myself relax. I woke to a pinging alarm and rolled off the bed with my weapon in my hand. When I stepped out of the cubicle Camdra was just stepping from another. She was on the other side of the hallway and nodded as I moved to the corner and turned to point my weapon down the hall.
She echoed my move and we looked down the hall to the far waiting area. Standing frozen were two uniformed constables. Camdra moved down one side as I turned and moved quickly to a far door. I touched a plate beside the door and shook my head at the four man team frozen on the landing.
I pressed a yellow button and they jerked and spasmed as electricity flooded their bodies. I turned and walked back to the waiting area where Camdra had the two men on the floor in restraints, “There was a four man team on the emergency stairs.”
She nodded, “These two think we don’t have the authority to detain anyone or do our jobs.”
I smiled, “Followers?”
She nodded again, “I think it’s time to call the emperor and request a suppression and mediation team.”
The men jerked and she grabbed one and started dragging him to the lift. I grabbed the other and followed her. It was two hours later while we were drinking tea and relaxing when the holo table chime sounded. Camdra glanced aside and smiled, “Yes, commissioner?”
The grey haired man looking back smiled, “Camdra, I should have known. The Emperor is sending the team. He said to tell you, he owes you and your… trainee, a bottle of his best brandy.”
Camdra grinned, “Tell his nibs he still owns me one from last time.”
The commissioner smiled, “I’ll be sure to remind him. Now for your prisoner, we have talked to the governor and the execution has been moved up to midnight.”
She smiled, “Standard pickup?”
He nodded and Camdra nodded back, “Thank you sir.”
He smiled and then looked past her at me, “Marshal Morpheus, his majesty wishes you to know you are doing a good job.”
I smiled, “Thank you.”
He disappeared and Camdra sighed, “six hours and he becomes their problem.”
Six hours later I was standing beside Camdra with Helibrandt in front of us. The lift pinged and four constables stepped out. One was the senior official that had met us at the port. He smiled, “thank you Marshal Camdra.”
She pushed Helibrandt towards them, “If he tries to escape, just shoot him.”
They all grinned as they pushed him into the lift. I sighed and turned to head back to the lounge, “Want me to check dispersing for a transportation time?”
She nodded, “I’ll finish the paperwork.”
Twelve hours later we were lifting off planet in a shuttle.
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