Chapter 43 The gust front

“Ben, wake up now, you have to see this,” cried out Celeste. Ben's eyes snap open and he sits up. The cabin vid is on and an infrared image of the armory is showing two tractors pulling up. One of several men jumps off the trailer, talks to the guard and both enter. The large door slowly opens and the tractor with a trailer pulls in. “That's Davin's carriage outside. Those men are all armed with slug throwers,” said Celeste. “Let's move to the salon. We would have to be up soon anyway and I could use a cafe,” said Ben.

As Ben refilled his cup the tractor and trailer pulled out of the armory and the large door closed. “Can we get a better look at what's loaded on the trailer?” “Yes, give me a moment Ben.” The view resumes as the micro drone settles noiselessly on the edge of the armory roof looking downward. “That's a big crate on the back of the trailer, you don't think...?” “I'm not sure Ben. I'm blinking and loudly squawking Ungar's tablet for his opinion.” Both tractors fired up and start to leave. “I'm deploying a drone now and will I try to follow them.”

Lora and Elena warily head off to the warehouse in the dark. “Celeste? We're going to the warehouse. Is my path clear of troopers?” asked Lora whispering. “I'm here Lora, I don't see any troopers near you and if I do I'll warn you. I have turned off all the trooper's stun guns.”

Lora tiptoes up the steps, turns the doorknob and it's locked. Shaking her head she backs down the steps and with relief finds the hammer and chisel where she left them. Centering the chisel on the lock she gives it a whack and is startled at the noise it makes. The hammer swings a second time even harder and the sound reverberates down the street. With the next strike the chisel sinks into the lock. “Lora, a trooper has apparently heard the noise and is headed your way. Hurry,” said Celeste. Lora takes her hammer in both hands and swings as hard as she can. The door loudly bangs open. “Lora, use your tablets for light and both of you get your stunners right now.”

Lora lifts up her shift, pulls her tablet out from her underclothes and turns it on. With hearts pounding fast they both run up the stairs and frantically shove boxes aside to get at their bags. Both grab a stunner and turn towards the stairs hiding them behind their backs. Heavy boots clump on the floor downstairs. “Whoever is up there come down here right now.” Lora hollers back, “Come and get us stupid. Are you afraid of a couple of women? We're naked and waiting for you.”

“A couple of whores with big mouths deserve what they get, and I'll enjoy giving it to both of you.” Heavy boots hit the stair treads and a sweating ill-looking trooper appears at the top of the stairs with his stunner pointed at them. “He's fat, stupid and ugly,” taunts Elena. “You whores lied to me. You're not naked, but you both will be in a  minute.” The trooper's finger clamps down on the trigger and nothing happens. Both women bring their arms out from behind their back and point their stunners at the surprised trooper. The triggers are pulled and the trooper's face goes slack as he slowly falls backward tumbling down the stairs. “Let's get the ties and practice on this dolt,” said Elena.

“That's quite the bump he got on his head. It's improved his appearance,” said Lora grinning. “We need to roll him over on his stomach like the picture showed.” They heave the unconscious trooper over.  Lora pulls an arm behind him and puts a tie on his wrist. Roughly she pulls the other arm around, slides another tie under the first and then around the other wrist pulling it snug. Looking at Elena's handiwork on his feet Lora says, “It's easier than I thought. The others can see how well it works when they get here. This brute isn't going anyplace fast today.”

Ungar's bleary-eyed face appears on the vid. “I take it my services are needed at this early hour Captain,” “Thank you, Ungar, would you please watch this and tell me what you see?” As the vid played, Ungar's face became concerned. “I regret to tell Captain you but that is one of the mining atomic explosives, and the other carriage is Davin's. Do you know where he went?” “No, he disappeared from the camera view. I'm looking for him as we speak. If you look at your tablet, you will see a new icon. This opens into views of the city. Today is the day the Elder's will fall. Lynn's tablet can do the same. If you both see anything that will help us, reach out to me. I must go now.”

Lim and Mora walk in and stare at the trussed up trooper who is coming around. His eyes open and he starts to struggle. Glaring at the women a stream of profanity spews out of his mouth. Lora looks around for a rag and then looks at her nearly floor-length black shift. “Screw the Oneness stuff, I can't fight wearing this piece of crap.” She grabs the hem and tears it up the side. Then she rips it off sideways so the shift is now above her knees. “That's better,” she exclaims. She picks up the remnant of the shift and shoves as much as will fit into the trooper's mouth. The sounds of other shifts being ripped echoes the sentiment.

“Let's bring the bags down and add the hammers and chisels. The others will be here shortly,” said Lora. As the last bag is moved downstairs Dona, Yana, and Holi show up and gawk at the shifts and more ripping is done. Holi turns to the group, “How this look?” “It's really short Holi,” said Dona. “I know,” she smirks. “I'm a pleasure girl and I know how to be a distraction.” Jans, Colini, and then Tami show up. Lora looks at the group. “Pick a staff women and be fearsome. Let's go open the other warehouses and show the world what we can do.”