Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Threat to the Emperor|
I walked the silent hall to the last door and checked it carefully before using the small devise David had made. It unlocked and I opened one of the doors and stepped into the room. I looked around as I quietly closed the door and put the black lens glasses on. I looked at the random lasers cris crossing the room before stepping over or ducking under them.
At the desk I looked for traps and then I began going through everything. I stopped when I found the encrypted comp screen. It had been in a locked drawer and I touched my comp to it and watched as it was copied. I put everything back like I had found it and left the way I had come. The office belonged to someone thought to be loyal to the empire.
He bought and sold planets and huge corporations. I was checking him out after one of David’s programs picked up selected words during his comm calls. The reason it fell to us was he was also a major supplier of equipment to the emperor’s guards. When I entered the large suite everyone turned and I smiled as I crossed the room.
I handed my comp to David, “the other comp was encrypted. I would copy it again before you try to break it.”
He snorted as he stood and went to his room and I glanced at Paul, “the vehicles?”
He shrugged, “there were a few strange bugs in the systems but I couldn’t tell what they did.”
I looked at Edward and he shrugged, “I didn’t find any bombs in the equipment and the few weapons I checked were good.”
I sat and leaned back as I looked at Takara, “were you able to get close?”
She nodded, “he has very good guards but there were a few holes.”
I gestured, “get some rest.”
I called the general, “did Paul send you the data on the vehicles?”
“Yes but we are not sure what to do. If we remove them it will tip him off and if we don’t...”
I shook my head, “I will have Paul send over new programs he and David have checked. I don’t care if he finds out, strip the programs and pull the data chips that are hardwired.”
I looked at David coming out of his room and disconnected, “that was fast.”
He grinned as he handed me the comp, “from the look it is just detailed instructions for his business.”
I kept waiting and he shrugged, “but there is a random code embedded in the encryption itself. It said something about toppling a giant and stepping in to run things.”
He sighed, “he was playing with words.”
I nodded, “and was it meant for himself?”
He blinked, “oh no, this was sent out to several sources. I am still working on the encryption code that was on the comp before and deleted.”
I sighed and shook my head, “so we still don’t know for sure or have proof.”
He shook his head, “there was something that might be a date but not what it was for.”
I gestured back to his room and he nodded before turning to go back into the room. I sat and leaned back as I thought. I woke to Takara leaning against me and smiled. She shook her head, “you should sleep in a bed.”
I grinned before standing and stretching, “let me shower and change.”
When I came out they were all there and I crossed to take the cup of coffee Paul held out, “okay time to try something else. Paul see if you can determine what the vehicles will do now that we have removed the hardwired chips and the bugs in the program.”
He blinked and then nodded and I looked at Edward, “think of targeting systems and designators.”
He nodded, “each team has identifiers and designators they change randomly and...”
I nodded as I sipped the coffee and looked at Takara, “I want you to shadow him. Stay in the open and make sure his people see you. Watch for someone else shadowing them too and be careful.”
She nodded and I looked at David, “did you recover the old encryption code?”
He nodded, “it was just instructions for moving equipment.”
I frowned, “why encrypt that?”
He shrugged, “they used code words for locations.”
I thought about it, “types of equipment?”
David smiled, “multi emission sound generators.”
I drank my coffee and set the cup down, “Edward, is there a frequency or combination of frequencies that could be used as weapons?”
He nodded, “sonics are very powerful but unless they are aimed like a lance...”
He frowned, “they could be used to subdue or incapacitate the guards.”
I straightened, “did anyone check the security team earbuds?”
They looked at each other and I growled as I pulled out my comm and called the general. David stood and headed towards his room, “have him hook one to a comp.”
I looked at Edward, “we need something to counter a sonic barrage or blast.”
He nodded, “the normal filters...”
He looked at me as if something had occurred to him and then turned to yell, “check the burst filters David!”
He growled as he looked at us, “the normal filters are designed to reduce sonics but if there is a bug they could produce or amplify the sonics. We could jam the freq but the filters might still work which we wouldn’t be able to stop. The only thing I can think of is finding the sound generators and killing them.”
I frowned because the general wasn’t answering. Finally he did, “what now?”
I looked at David standing in his doorway, “we need to check an earbud. If we find what we expect it could cripple or disable all the teams.”
He sighed, “how?”
I looked at David, “he used encryption to have multi emission sound generators moved somewhere. If we are right and they are used, the earbuds could become a sonic lance.”
The general growled, “damn. Okay I will have an earbud there in ten minutes and have the teams remove most of the ones they are wearing until we are sure they are safe.”
I grinned at a thought, “look in the sergeant major’s cache storage. In the back corner is a crate of the old Williamson micro earbuds.”
I heard him chuckle, “I’ll ask the sergeant major to bring them out of retirement.”
I disconnected and looked at Edward, “you and David check the earbud when it gets here.”
He nodded and I stood to go finish dressing. After I was done and headed out to see an old friend. When I walked into the small office it had vid monitors on all the walls and a small man at a desk with earphones on. I tossed a metal onto the desk and his hand came down to cover it but that was the only reaction.
It was a couple of minutes before he pulled the ear phones off and turned his head to look at me. His eyes were solid white with sparkling colors appearing and disappearing. He leaned back, “you are dead. If you weren’t you would have told me.”
I smiled, “you got the coin.”
He blinked and then smiled, “cryptic.”
I grinned, “isn’t that what you do?”
He laughed, “yeah.”
I sighed, “do you know Albert Palmer?”
He nodded, “I have done work for him.”
I leaned on the desk, “encryption work?”
He frowned, “not recently.”
He turned to a small set of shelves and felt each before pulling out a small data stick. He tossed it to me and I caught it. He grinned, “he wanted me to find audio sites around many of the imperial residences.”
I sucked in a breath and he chuckled, “they took my eyes not my mind.”
I looked at him as he touched a key, “the locations I gave him were in places that had specific sonic buffers and comm jammers.”
I smiled, “If I were you I would start locking my door.”
He straightened, “he going to try something?”
I turned, “we think he has placed multi emission sound generators and plans to use them to remove the emperor’s guards.”
He hissed, “multi emission sound generators might break through the sonic buffers. I would check those sites first.”
I held up the data stick, “not if we destroy them first.”
I left and connected the data stick to my comp before calling David. He was almost bouncing, “we were right. The earbuds were set up to create a lance that would kill anyone wearing it.”
I nodded as I drove, “I put a data stick in my comp with locations. Tell Edward and have Takara go with him to the locations. If the sound generators are there they are to destroy them. I want everything you have, public and private on Palmer. I don’t care if you have to melt his comp to slag. I want to know who else knows and is involved.”
I disconnected and called the general as I pulled into the large building complex. I parked and got out when he answered, “well?”
I started towards the side door into the next office complex, “the earbuds were designed to create a sonic lance to kill the person wearing it. I have confirmed through another source that he has placed sound generators. When I know who else is involved we will remove the threat.”
“I will let the emperor know.”
I disconnected as I went through the door and ignored the weapon scanner as it began screaming. The two guards looked at me with huge eyes as I started for the lift and pulled my weapon, “if you are here when I come down you will be going to prison.”
They looked at each other before holding up their hands. I knew as soon as I stepped into the lift they would be making a call. I turned and shot the vid in the corner before jumping to knock the ceiling hatch open. I caught the edge and pulled myself up and in. I held the edge as I leaned over the open hatch.
When the lift reached the floor, rounds began shredding it before the doors even began to open. I waited and then rolled through the hatch and spun as I dropped and brought my weapon up and fired. I hit the first three in the chest and the next two in the head. I moved out of the lift as I shot the last one in the throat.
I started down the hall as sirens began screaming and workers came out into the hall. This was a tactic to distract an attacker. The problem was I was trained to ignore distractions and take out the threats. I shot two more guards as they appeared out of the crowd of workers. I shot the side access panel on the set of huge double doors before I reached them.
I turned to the right and went through a side door and down a hall. By shooting the door panel I had sealed the doors. At the end of the hall I kicked a door open and shot the two men waiting for me as they tried to fire. I changed the magazine as I turned and moved to the only other door into the room beside the private lift.
I went through quickly and turned to head back towards the offices behind the double doors. If they had delayed evacuating Palmer I had just sealed his fate. I kicked the next door open and several men began shooting through it. I shifted to one side and leaned out when there was a pause.
I shot one man rushing across the room in the head and another through the side as he dove towards a desk. I moved back as the last two began shooting again and finally moved through the doorway when they paused. I shot one in the chest as he stood to shoot at me and the other as he leaned away from the chair he was hiding behind.
I pulled a small sphere as I crossed to the other door. I changed magazines and shot the lock and tossed the sphere when the door began to open. Bullets ripped through the door as I stood to one side and waited. A moment later I heard them panicking and coughing and choking. I gave it another few moments before I took a breath, kicked the door open and walked through.
I shot the two men that lifted weapons and continued to walk towards Palmer as he gagged and choked. I shot the three other men with him before grabbing him by the hair and yanking him up. I headed out of the room and shoved him ahead of me. I shoved and pushed him all the way to the private lift.
I slammed him into the wall and put the barrel of my pistol between his eyes, “who else is involved traitor?”
He coughed and tried to move, “you need a...”
I slugged him with the weapon, “hard or easy.”
I pulled my comm and made a call before shooting him in one foot, “names.”
He screamed and fell as I waited and then shot his other foot, “names.”
I shot him twice more before he began giving me what I wanted. When he was done I shot him between the eyes and took the lift down to the hidden exit. The four names he gave me were all mega rich merchants. I walked through the underground tunnel that would have been his escape. It came out in the bottom stairwell of a parking structure.
I returned to my vehicle and glanced at the crowd at the next building before I drove away. I called David as I was driving, “have you been running the names?”
“Yeah. They were all on Palmer’s encryption list. Paul wanted me to tell you one, Nolen Duelly made all the internal parts for the vehicles.”
I thought and then almost cursed, “the parts but not the electronics or the programing. Tell him to ground all vehicles and have the vehicles transported away from the imperial family. Contact Edward and Takara, give them the list. Before the men are terminated they need answers about what they have done. I want all weapon and explosive scanners the guards used checked, especially if they are new.”
I sighed, “tell Paul to find new vehicles. I don’t care if he has to take them off the street or out of mothballs in a museum. I want you to keep digging everything you can from the four men. Lock them out and melt their comps if you have to. I am going to see Duelly now and will call the general.”
After I disconnected I called the general. When he answered he sounded irritated, “what now?”
I turned in at a large plant parking structure, “keep the family away from all vehicles. Palmer had a few others helping him. One made parts that went into the vehicles and now I am thinking your new scanners may have a fault.”
He growled, “damn it. What are we going...”
I climbed out of my vehicle, “Paul will find what you need. This is a level one threat. Get the family behind protection until we finish. Use the old third tier vault, it hasn’t been upgraded in awhile so it should be safe.”
I disconnected and made my way out of the structure. I looked at the huge plant and waited for a small crowd to go through the access point before slipping in with them. I broke away once we were inside and headed for the main office building. I went around to a authorized personal only door and used the devise David had made for me.
I opened the door and turned to go into a set of stairs. I went all the way to the top floor before jamming the door and walking out. I glanced around and saw the building directory. I looked it over and began walking towards the other end of the building. When I reached the huge set of offices there was a secretary and two guards.
I smiled as I walked towards the secretary. Just before I reached her I pulled my weapon and turned to shoot the two guards. They went down as I headed for the large double doors and shot each once more in the head. I kicked the doors open and shot one of the two guards three times, twice in the body and once between the eyes.
The second man had yanked Duelly down behind the desk and knelt. As he aimed his pistol at me over the desk I emptied mine into his head. I changed the magazine as I walked to the desk and jerked back when Duelly pointed a pistol and fired. It barely missed as I shot him twice in the shoulder.
He yelled and screamed as I moved quickly and yanked him up, “traitor you will tell me what I want or suffer.”
He stiffened, “I want my...”
I shot him in the foot, “I don’t care what you want. Tell me the names of the other traitors.”
He was screaming and didn’t answer so I shot him in the leg, “names!”
That was enough and he started talking and telling me who, what, where, when, how and why. I didn’t care about the why and shot him between the eyes before I walked out. Of course the secretary was gone and all the offices were empty. I crossed the building and used the stairs to go down.
I could hear alarms ringing through the whole building as I walked out the door where I had entered the building. All the names he had given me were the same. I checked and headed to the next on the list. By the time we were done the ultra rich were screaming, at least until we let the word leak of defective scanners and vehicles designed to kill.
Four stupid councilors thought it was a ploy and used the trigger while inside the vehicles to prove a point. It made a point all right and no one brought the subject up after that.
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