Stand and Bear Witness [Wang Ba][Saga] Jan 15, 2020 4:45:14 GMT -4
Post by Sonya Chernova on Jan 15, 2020 4:45:14 GMT -4
The mountains were cold that morning. The mists rising up high above the peaks and lingering in a way that left a chill on the skin; regardless of how well you protected yourself. Every moment spent outside was a quiet hell. Every breath burned, every step ached, every flutter of eyes felt like a sheer burden of effort. Bitter cold did not even begin to accurately describe it. Yet this was the perfect time for a demonstration. Out here, deep in the forests, away from the prying eyes of the government. A small facility that once belonged to a small telecommunications corporation had fallen into the hands of ASTA and by extension, Ishtar. For it was not Sonya Chernova that was out here peddling her wares.
The White Queen leaned against the railing of the catwalk that hung over the main area within the structure. It had once been a series of offices and labs but had been long since converted into what amounted to a warehouse where weapons and hardware could be demonstrated for interested buyers. Away from prying eyes.
A chime rang in her ear, the small earpiece that had been built into her new rebreather was a receiver for the communication network that she had been developing for her company. The voice on the other end sounded calm, almost bored, as he detailed her on his ETA and the status of the passengers. It seemed like Wang Ba was eager to see just how far she'd come in such a short time. A cruel smile crossed her lips; she very much doubted that. Wang Ba was a man who understood himself and profits more than anything else. He did not care for her success unless it benefitted him. That said, she respected his capacity to set aside his own ego when it was necessary.
Ishtar crossed her hands behind her back as the main door opened revealing the winter world outside. It opened just high enough for the humvee caravan to enter and come to a stop. Doors opening and slamming while men in uniforms and fatigues moved into position. One in particular opening the door for Wang Ba.
It was at this point that Ishtar began to move. A small foot-by-foot plank of white light forming off the side of the catwalk. She stepped onto it, and then onto the next one that formed beneath her foot and a few inches lower. She descended this way, walking on light, arms stretched out wide on either side.
"Wang Ba! My dear friend it's so good to see you! Welcome to my new playhouse! What do you think?" She called down to him through her rebreather, stepping closer and closer on those glowing planks of light.
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