Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 8: Strategic ReevaluationCaelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 8: Strategic Reevaluation by ~khronosabre
With a tremendous bang, the double doors to the bank were thrown open as Finn and Corra kicked them in together. The dramatic entry wasn't actually necessary, even for a good old-fashioned bank robbery, but Corra simply couldn't help herself: it felt just like the movies.
"Everybody down!" she yelled, raising guns in each hand.
"Don't move," added Finn, "and no one gets hurt - "
Shrill screams flew around the room as Finn jumped up on the bank teller's counter, swinging his rifle. Patrons dropped to the floor in fear, but of course it wasn't like Finn and Corra were going to hurt anybody - they were just running low on money, was all, so they'd made a quick stop on the planet Ariana. It was one of Synechdan's wealthiest, most affluent places in its cluster, and it boasted giant sprawling mansions with perfectly manicured lawns, the best restaurants and theaters … The people who lived here probably vacationed on Vescent and lived lives of pure, hedonistic luxury
Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 7: Safe DistanceCaelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 7: Safe Distance by ~khronosabre
Cyrus didn't particularly like begging. But he wasn't above it.
Grimacing with desperation, he gripped the surface of the clerk's counter, trying to catch the eye of the mechanic shop owner who had his back turned to him. "My ship's not that big," he was saying, keeping his voice casual but convincing - Fiearius was always so much better at this smooth-talking shit than he was. "It's a small cargo vessel. I just need a place to store it for a few days."
The gray-haired mechanic grunted, seized a tool box and hauled it away. "That's what docks are for, kid."
"No, that's just it." Cyrus quickly weaved around the counter to follow after him. "I need a place hidden, to store the ship for a week or so. It won't cause trouble. I promise. It would just be better if, ah, a certain military base couldn't see it. If you catch my drift."
The mechanic started to hang wrenches on the wall, but then he threw Cyrus a dull look of agreement. "Fine. Whatever. You pay, you park in my hangar, I don't jud
Caelum Lex Pt 2 Chapter 6: BreakthroughCaelum Lex Pt 2 Chapter 6: Breakthrough by ~khronosabre
It was not a conversation Corra wanted to have, but it had to be done. She had to do it, no matter how badly it hurt. She had to. With heavy dread sitting on her shoulders, she knocked on the hatch to Cyrus' room and slowly tilted it open.
Across the room, Cyrus was hunched over a screen, and she found herself staring at the back of his neck for a few seconds before saying, "Hey. You busy?"
He seemed rather involved in whatever it was he was doing and Cyrus was not the kind of man who enjoyed being interrupted. But to her surprise, Cyrus spun around in his chair and actually smiled at her, a sight that actually made her heart lift. She couldn't remember the last time she'd seen the overworked and overtired Dionysian's temporary captain in a cheerful mood.
"Nah, just doing a bit of freelance," he explained shortly, gesturing at the console before him which displayed the blueprint of a ship she did not recognize. For the moment, she forgot her troubles.
"Freelance?" Corra asked curiously