Caelum Lex Part 2 Bonus: Post-JobTEN YEARS AGO
“What d’ya think would happen?” Fiearius asked.
Dez glanced at him sidelong. “If we used the main elevator?” His eyes trailed down to the gun hanging on Fiearius’ hip, the blood that caked his hands and splattered over his arms, the dark circle that was starting to form around his eye as Fiearius grinned mischievously. “Looking like that?”
“Yeah,” Fiearius chimed. “What would happen if we used the main one instead of this shitty old thing?” He gestured around them at the cold metallic walls of the freight elevator that was currently taking them up to the fifteenth floor of Society Headquarters. The elevator that, as Internal agents fresh off a job, with a fresh coat of blood and a fresh set of injuries, they were temporarily restricted to in order to keep them out of the sights of other departments. And perhaps for good reason.
“I think we’d incite a pan
Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 25: Blackwater
"This isn't right," said Leta sharply, brushing sweaty hair from her forehead with her wrist. Her legs ached as she trekked up a sloped dirt path. Fiearius was ahead, pushing heavy branches out of their way as they headed deeper into the jungle. The trees were so thick that it was actually dim beneath the canopy of leaves, but it was also oppressively humid. Leta's sticky clothes clung to her, and her throat was dry when she called, "Fiear, we're going the wrong way again. We're supposed to - "
"Take the lower path, avoid the long-range cameras," Fiearius snapped. "Yeah, I'm aware."
Fiearius had never been near this jungle, but that did not prevent him from acting like he had mapped it all out himself - even when Leta was certain they were headed straight toward danger, straight to where a group of Society guards were stationed. They had hiked six hours the day before and stayed the night in a small tent, taking shifts on staying awake to keep watch - although Leta had only been asleep
Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 24: Communication
" ... And then, out of nowhere, all of Quin's people showed up and scared away the gang. Can you believe that?" Addy was saying. "Everyone was swarming the ship!"
Cyrus let out a laugh of disbelief. Even through the console speaker in the wall, he could hear the excitement in Addy's voice and it made him grin to himself as he lay on his back in bed, arms folded under his head. They'd been on the call for nearly an hour as she recalled the latest chain of events on the Beacon.
"Gods, that sounds terrifying," Cyrus said. "Is everyone okay?"
"Everyone's fine. Well, except Finn. He has a concussion but he says he's okay to fly the ship." Addy laughed. "Should I be worried?"
"I'm - sure it'll be fine. Where are you headed anyway?"
"On our way to Relara. We've got another job with that Callahan guy. How about the Dionysian? What's going on over there?"
Cyrus scratched his messy hair. "Heck if I know. Fiear's been locked in the bridge for the past day or two planning something. Called us all
Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 23: Rescue
The air knocked cleanly from Finn's lungs as his chest collided with the cold metal floor of the basement. Groaning, he tried to lift his aching head - he had to get back on his feet, he had to get back on his feet right now - but as soon as he pushed his palms to the floor to jump up like a prizefighter, weight pushed him back down.
One of Mica's henchmen crushed his foot into his wrist. Another stepped on the small of his back and another (or was it the same one? Were they all on him now? He couldn't tell.), reached and gripped the back of his hair, pushing his head down into the ground.
Laughing, the man lifted Finn's head, as if to help him up, and then shoved it down again sharply with a thud of metal.
He tasted blood in his mouth. Rusty and bitter.
Grimacing, Finn turned his head to the side, scraping his forehead against the floor. In the haze of the dark room, he squinted, glimpsing the figure of Mica pacing the perimeter of the room, back and forth, as if he were nervous. But