Chapter 13:

Top Brass

The Forbidden and the Gifted

[12:47 p.m., August 8th 2048, Shanghai, China. The flashback ends as Shin suddenly awakens in the back of the car, with Yuki yelling at him to wake up. They appear outside of the international terminal at which Martial had tracked Aleksander down]Bookmark here

Yuki: Shin, wake the hell up!Bookmark here

Shin [Opens his eye and sees his door opened]: Huh?Bookmark here

Yuki: You knocked out for the ride, damnit! Come on, we’re here!Bookmark here

Shin: Huh? Where are we?Bookmark here

Yuki: The airport damnit!Bookmark here

Shin [Shakes his head, then realizes]: Oh shit, yeah, yeah, yeah, my bad.Bookmark here

Yuki: You in the right headspace?Bookmark here

Shin: Yeah, yeah, I am. Don’t worry.Bookmark here

Karina [Punches him lightly]: We can’t have ya giving out on us here, y’know?Bookmark here

Shin: I mean, we got the manpower, don’t we?Bookmark here

Karina: Yeah, we do. But still, this guy’s slippery as hell. Tracker or not, we don’t wanna let him get away, you hear?Bookmark here

Shin: Yes madam, yes. [Shakes his head] Eh, well, since when did you take commander from me?Bookmark here

Karina: Drifto assigned me it.Bookmark here

Shin [To Drift]: That so?Bookmark here

Drift [Confused]: Huh? The hell is she talking about?Bookmark here

Shin [To Karina]: So, I take it you’re full of shit.Bookmark here

Karina [Giggles]: Man, shut up, you were knocked out during a mission.Bookmark here

[All four chuckle, and Electra approaches them]Bookmark here

Drift [To Electra]: Anything?Bookmark here

Electra [To group]: Those four and Naomi got the far east wing of the terminal. We should be able to trap the fucker.Bookmark here

Drift: Okay, okay. Bookmark here

Karina [To Drift and Electra]: We should try and push him towards us though, right?Bookmark here

Drift: Why so? We got even numbers…Bookmark here

Karina: You really consider those two kids with Martial numbers? And that girl with us? Really?Bookmark here

Drift: Fair point.Bookmark here

Electra [To Drift]: He’s on the move.Bookmark here

Drift: Where to?Bookmark here

Electra: Towards us.Bookmark here

Karina [To all four]: Let’s get going then.Bookmark here

Shin: Bet.Bookmark here

[The five of them enter the airport from its west entrance, proceeding to move together through large groups of people]Bookmark here

Shin [To Karina]: Tak’s done his end, hasn’t he?Bookmark here

Karina: Of course, he did. Security should’ve got their payment before you took off from Korea, we’ll be good.Bookmark here

Shin: Perfect, perfect.Bookmark here

Yuki: They couldn’t help us?Bookmark here

Karina: We didn’t have any information on the guy we were going after, so they really couldn’t do anything. And now it’s too late to do anything to improve our chances.Bookmark here

Yuki: Yeah, I guess, but what’re we even paying them off for then? They can’t possibly turn a blind eye to a brawl, can they?Bookmark here

Karina: Well, no they can’t. But if one happens, they’ll step in and won’t fatally harm us. Probably just tasers… and then they’ll sweep the whole thing under a rug. Oh yeah, and they’ll delete all the security camera footage of us. Bookmark here

Yuki: Cool, cool. Weird that you can get whatever the hell you want here with a good amount of money, but hey, don’t color me too shocked. Bookmark here

[The five continue to walk past check-in counters until they reach Hall E]Bookmark here

Shin [To the other four]: 2:00.Bookmark here

[All three of them turn their heads to the right and notice the large silhouette of a man walking towards a private lounge]Bookmark here

Yuki: That was quick. Bookmark here

Electra: That should make our job easier, shouldn’t it?Bookmark here

Yuki: I mean, it’s a private lounge. There shouldn’t be many people to worry about. Bookmark here

Electra: Exactly. Less need for intervention.Bookmark here

Karina: Why the hell is there a private lounge before passport control and security?Bookmark here

Electra: I guess European airlines do things differently than what’s normal from around here.Bookmark here

Karina [To Electra]: Yeah, you’d know a lot about that eh half and half?Bookmark here

Electra: Well…Bookmark here

[Karina laughs, as Shin notices something]Bookmark here

Shin: 12:00. It’s the other five.Bookmark here

[They look up and see Naomi and Martial looking directly at them. Shin does a hand gesture, with his hand coming across his chest horizontally twice, before moving the same hand to the left and then pointing it towards them and motioning downwards twice]Bookmark here

Yuki: Eh? Why’re you using our gestures with them? You think they know?Bookmark here

Shin: Do you need glasses? Look who’s looking at us.Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks towards them]: Oh, Naomi’s in the front. Alright, alright, my bad.Bookmark here

Electra: What’d you even signal?Bookmark here

Yuki: Huh? How the hell do you not know Elec?Bookmark here

Electra: Oh no, I probably know, I just wasn’t paying attention. I was keeping my eye on the rat.Bookmark here

Yuki: Oh. [Pauses] Well, he just signaled for them to wait one second and then follow us to the same location that we’re going to. Bookmark here

Electra: Ah, okay. [To Shin] Should we get going then?Bookmark here

Shin: Yeah. [Looks towards the lounge] Where the hell’d he go?Bookmark here

Electra: Don’t worry, don’t worry, he just went inside.Bookmark here

Shin: He got buzzed through that quickly?Bookmark here

Electra: Guess so.Bookmark here

Shin: Shit, we gotta get there quick.Bookmark here

[The group picks up their pace as they move towards the lounge]Bookmark here

Karina: Why the hurry?Bookmark here

Shin: You don’t know the shit that’s in this airport, do you?Bookmark here

Karina: Well…Bookmark here

Shin: None of us told Tak to get us blueprints of the damn place, so that’s on us. So, we don’t know what  staircases or whatnot are in this damn place.Bookmark here

Karina: You really think he knows he’s being tracked down though?Bookmark here

Shin: I doubt a guy of his caliber would be stupid enough to be at ease in a foreign country – that much I’ll say at least.Bookmark here

Karina: Shit, yeah. Bookmark here

[They approach the lounge, and Karina looks behind them to see Martial, Naomi and the others following behind, as were instructed]Bookmark here

Yuki [To Shin]: What do you wanna do?Bookmark here

Shin: We go in, obviously.Bookmark here

Yuki: No, no, what if this guy’s in on what he’s doing?Bookmark here

Shin: Did you forget? We paid off the whole security already. He could’ve paid em off too, but they aren’t in a position to reject us.Bookmark here

Yuki: Okay, go talk to him. [She motions to the Security guard posted in front of the lounge]Bookmark here

Shin: With pleasure, m’lady.Bookmark here

[He approaches the security guard, who stares at him intently]Bookmark here

Security: LOT Polish and British Airways first class passengers beyond this point sir. Do you have your boarding pass?Bookmark here

Shin: No, I don’t. Hell, I haven’t even checked in as yet. I thought I could do it here, couldn’t I?Bookmark here

Security [Scowls]: Sir, your gold passport is required for that.Bookmark here

Shin [Looks at him and cocks a smile]: I ain’t carrying a gold. What’re you gonna do about that?Bookmark here

Karina [Behind, to Yuki]: Why’d you send him?Bookmark here

Yuki: I didn’t think he was this much of an idiot!Bookmark here

Karina: Well, now you know, don’t ya?Bookmark here

Security: Sir, I will call my men to escort you out of this terminal, and we can take you to custody. This is private property and a private lounge on the airport premises. We have jurisdiction.Bookmark here

Shin: You’re security though, aren’t you?Bookmark here

Security [Glares at him]: Yes, I am. I have the right…Bookmark here

Shin: Takuya Kurou, eh?Bookmark here

Security [His glare becomes increasingly confused]: How do you…Bookmark here

Shin: Karina, what’s the figure?Bookmark here

Karina [From behind]: 188000 American Dollars. Am I wrong, mister security?Bookmark here

Security [Bewildered]: Who the hell are you?Bookmark here

Shin: We’re the guys that that money’s for, from Takuya in Japan, with love. Now, you can’t deny a buying customer access, can you? Gold or not?Bookmark here

Security: How many of you?Bookmark here

Karina: 10 total.Bookmark here

Security: Ten!Bookmark here

Shin [Smiles]: Is there a problem, my good sir?Bookmark here

Security [Looks at him]: No, there isn’t. Go right ahead.Bookmark here

[The other five trail Yuki, Shin, Electra, Drift and Karina by a minute, but they too are buzzed through by the security guard. The ten then meet up, and Shin looks at Martial]Bookmark here

Shin [To Martial]: Well, your two siblings…Bookmark here

Ryouchi: I’m his cousin, not his sibling damnit.Bookmark here

Shin: Yeah, yeah, whatever, you two and Yoshino, y’all should stay at the back. We don’t know where this bastard could be. And he’s dangerous as hell. We have enough manpower, but we don’t want casualties, got it?Bookmark here

Martial [Laughs]: Yeah, yeah, I think I can do that.Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks in front of them]: Uh…Bookmark here

Naomi: What is it Yukes?Bookmark here

Yuki [Points in front of them]: Ain’t that him?Bookmark here

Naomi: Who?Bookmark here

Yuki: The dude sitting on the couches, admiring the view.Bookmark here

[The shot pans to a large man sitting down, drinking a cup of coffee and watching aircraft landings on the far runway]Bookmark here

Naomi [To Martial]: Your tracker?Bookmark here

Martial [Looks at his phone]: Yup, that’s him alright. What a weirdo, haha.Bookmark here

Yuki [To Shin and Drift]: You think he’s looking for a fight?Bookmark here

Shin: You bet he is.Bookmark here

Yuki: I guess me and you two brutes [points to Electra and Drift] should be up front then eh?Bookmark here

Drift: I guess.Bookmark here

Martial: Hey, hey, what about me?Bookmark here

Shin [To Martial]: Those three are our best fighters. I know it makes sense to overwhelm him but putting all ten of us in would allow him to pick off the weaker ones one by one and would put those three into tougher positions. They’re the vanguard or fighters, me, you, and Karina are the main and your siblings, Naomi and Ashe are the rear.Bookmark here

Martial [Shrugs]: Alright. As long as it works out. [Pauses] I do want to punch him though.Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks to Shin, then nods at Drift and Electra]: Let’s go.Bookmark here

[The three of them walk forward with Yuki in the middle, and Aleksander takes a sip of his coffee before placing it back down on the table next to him]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Ah, my warmest welcomes to all of you. What a greeting. [Looks at Martial] I knew your bitch-ass had put something on me. [Laughs] Oh well.Bookmark here

Yuki [To Drift and Electra]: You two ready?Bookmark here

Drift: Yeah.Bookmark here

Electra: Yeah.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Ah, only sending three at me. That’s cute. Didn’t you see what happened last time? I got away, you shitters. Don’t underestimate me damnit!Bookmark here

[He grabs the half empty coffee cup from the table and shatters it on the ground]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Come at me then!Bookmark here

[Yuki holds her hand forward and motions once horizontally across her chest. Drift and Electra move from behind her – on opposite sides – towards Aleksander]Bookmark here

Drift: Elec!Bookmark here

Electra: Don’t need to remind me Wil!Bookmark here

[Drift ducks and kicks at Aleksander’s legs, which he dodges, kicking Drift in the chest – as he turns his head, he’s met with a punch squarely to his face from Electra’s right. It sends him backwards, but he maintains his footing]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Ah, you can hit, eh?Bookmark here

Drift [To Electra]: You saving your power for when you’re knocked out, dumbass? Fuckin’ go get ‘er damnit!Bookmark here

Electra [Thinking]: Well, I’m trying man!Bookmark here

[Aleksander closes towards Drift, who ducks under his heavy upward swing]Bookmark here

Drift [To Aleksander]: You’re slow, eh?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Ya think? Bookmark here

[Aleksander dodges the punch from Electra behind him, moving his head slightly to the right, before grabbing Electra’s arm and judo throwing him over himself into Drift. The two are sent flying into the wall]Bookmark here

Yuki [Yells]: Guys!Bookmark here

Drift [Getting up; to Electra]: Can you stand?Bookmark here

Electra [Nodding]: Yeah, yeah, I can.Bookmark here

Drift: You gotta hit him with more power man.Bookmark here

Electra: Dawg I’m trying, I really am.Bookmark here

Drift [Whispers]: Go right. I’ll handle it this time. Bookmark here

[The two stand up and Electra cracks his neck, as Drift runs towards Aleksander at full speed]Bookmark here

Electra: Eh????Bookmark here

Aleksander [To Drift]: Oh, so you’re coming at me head-on?Bookmark here

Drift: Bring it, damn it.Bookmark here

[Aleksander throws the first punch which Drift dodges to the left]Bookmark here

Drift: Move faster than that old geezer!Bookmark here

[Drift kicks at Aleksander’s right knee, connecting with a huge impact that forces Aleksander to stumble and grimace. Aleksander kicks the same leg that had just taken impact towards Drift’s head with incredible speed, but Drift blocks with his right, metallicized arm]Bookmark here

Aleksander [Laughs]: Oh, so you’ve got a prosthetic, eh? Poor chap.Bookmark here

Drift: Don’t look down on me!Bookmark here

[He rushes towards Aleksander, closing the gap again and dodging two separate punches from Aleksander. He upper cuts Aleksander with the same right arm, knocking out one of Aleksander’s teeth. Aleksander cracks his head back into position and cracks his knuckles before staring down Drift]Bookmark here

Aleksander: That hand packs a punch, eh? You’re not so weak after all…Bookmark here

Drift: Shut up, you piece of shit.Bookmark here

[Drift attempts to kick Aleksander’s right knee again, but Aleksander dodges and gains a small distance between them. He then rushes back towards Drift with incredible speed, and the two trade hard blows, with Aleksander connecting a few more times, and dodging most of Drift’s right punches. After a short while, Aleksander knees Drift in the gut, sending Drift crashing into the wall coughing up blood]Bookmark here

Karina [Runs towards Drift]: Drift!Bookmark here

Shin [Tries to grab her]: Karina, wait!Bookmark here

Aleksander [Mutters to himself]: I’ll finish him later. I lost track of the other bas – Bookmark here

[Electra appears from behind him with his leg raised to Aleksander’s shoulder height, and he kicks him with a loud impact that sends Aleksander off his feet, pushing him backwards and into a table which is destroyed upon impact]Bookmark here

Shin [To Electra]: That got him?Bookmark here

Electra: That was all my strength, so I think it did?Bookmark here

Shin: Aye, okay!Bookmark here

Naomi [Looks behind Electra]: Elec!Bookmark here

Electra: What, Mi?Bookmark here

Naomi: Behind you!Bookmark here

Electra [Turns his head slowly, fearfully]: Ain’t no way…Bookmark here

Aleksander [Towering behind him]: Good kick bastard… I felt that one for sure.Bookmark here

[Aleksander punches him in the back, causing Electra to gag]Bookmark here

Aleksander: You’re strong-willed… I like ya! Maybe not as strong as the other guy though, but you’re a toughie!Bookmark here

Electra: Shut up you goddamn bastard.Bookmark here

[Aleksander tries to punch Electra again, but Electra moves himself and dodges the first punch]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Ooo, good reaction time too, I like it.Bookmark here

[He fakes a right before upper-cutting with his left and connecting with Electra’s jaw, but Electra continues to stand upright]Bookmark here

Electra: Fuck off mate.Bookmark here

Aleksander [Cackles]: Or what? Bookmark here

[Electra lowers his head and bull-rushes toward Aleksander]Bookmark here

Aleksander [Laughs]: Eh?? What’s this? Ha!Bookmark here

[Aleksander tries to dodge the oncoming Electra, but Electra’s left hand grabs onto Aleksander by his waist and continues running, essentially football tackling him]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Eh? What’s this man? You all out of ide – Bookmark here

[Electra’s free right hand punches Aleksander in the side and Aleksander visibly grimaces and his expression turns to anger]Bookmark here

Aleksander: You bitch! What kind of horseshit is this?Bookmark here

Electra [Unhands him]: Nothing’s fair in a street fair, you shithead. This is what a football player can do to someone, y’hear?Bookmark here

[As soon as he unhands him, he lets out a flying right kick to Aleksander’s abdomen, which connects and winds Aleksander, leaving him gasping for breath]Bookmark here

Electra: You ready to call it quits, you shithead? Bookmark here

Aleksander: Ha, like hell I am. Bookmark here

[Electra dashes towards him and punches him in the stomach, with Aleksander unable to dodge]Bookmark here

Electra: I could keep doing this, ya shithead. Screw off.Bookmark here

Aleksander [Moves backwards]: Keep on going, won’t ya?Bookmark here

Electra: I will, thank you very much. Bookmark here

[He punches the grimacing Aleksander in the stomach again, who continues to take a defensive stance and move backwards]Bookmark here

Aleksander [Thinking]: Come on mate, come on. Bookmark here

Electra: Give in, you damn asshole.Bookmark here

Aleksander [Thinking]: You really are an idiot.Bookmark here

Aleksander [To Electra]: What? You’re telling me that’s all you got?Bookmark here

Electra: You’re the one who’s in pain! You’re really trying to shit-talk me in this position? Guess I gotta punch even harder then…Bookmark here

Aleksander: Bingo.Bookmark here

[He reaches into his left pant pocket with his left hand and pulls out a small rock, which he throws upwards above Electra, who looks up and sees a dangling chandelier above him]Bookmark here

Electra [Thinking]: Oh shit. Am I going to die? That’s a lot of glass that’s gonna hit me. Oh shit. He got me, didn’t he. Those punches probably don’t even hurt. Oh shit. I’m gonna die. I’m really gonna die eh?Bookmark here

Naomi [Yells]: Elec!Bookmark here

[The chandelier shatters before, and Electra screams as it lands. The glass litters the floor and Aleksander stands up as dust begins to clear]Bookmark here

Aleksander: So that’s those two dead or soon to be dead. Now to deal with the girl that was in the middle of them. She looked pretty tough, but probably wasn’t like them. And then the rest – I’ll kill that stupid brat and his friends first, and then the rest.Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks at him]: When you’re talking about the girl in the middle of them, you’re talking about me, aren’t ya?Bookmark here

[The dust clears, and she’s seen standing in front of him]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Eh? How’d you get here so fast?Bookmark here

[He looks behind her, and sees Electra, who’s right leg was pelted with glass shards, but otherwise escaped unscathed from the chandelier impact]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Oh… I see how it is. You’re quick, aren’t you? You could’ve been seriously injured from that right? You don’t want that.Bookmark here

Yuki: I mean you’re the one who made that happen. Shouldn’t it be your fault?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Oh shit, you caught me, didn’t you?Bookmark here

Yuki: I did.Bookmark here

Aleksander: But I don’t wanna beat up a girl… that’s rude as hell, y’know. You should’ve just let me have your friend, then you could’ve run off and left me with that bastard kid.Bookmark here

[He glares across the room at Martial]Bookmark here

Martial: Yahoo!Bookmark here

Aleksander: I’ll kill you, stupid brat.Bookmark here

Martial [Laughs condescendingly]: Yup, yup, I’m so scared man! Bookmark here

Aleksander [To Yuki]: So where were we?Bookmark here

Yuki: Oh, you don’t want to fight me cause I’m a girl and you’d rather not hurt me.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Yeah. You all call me a shithead, but I think I’ve got redeeming qualities.Bookmark here

Shin [Yells]: Weren’t you in this country to do some human trafficking? The fucking girl’s right here, y’know? Don’t lie on your own grave, it’s not a good omen.Bookmark here

Aleksander [To Shin]: My grave? Ha! Those two were your toughest fighters, and while they put up a fight, they’re in no position to fight.Bookmark here

[The scene pans to Karina tending to Drift who looks to be grimacing in pain, and Electra, who can’t move his right leg and is trying to collect himself]Bookmark here

Shin: Oh, really eh?Bookmark here

Aleksander: What are you gonna do? Are you gonna come fight me? Bookmark here

Shin [Laughs]: No.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Eh? Then – Bookmark here

[Yuki roundhouse kicks Aleksander in the stomach, and he coughs out blood immediately as he’s pushed backwards by the impact]Bookmark here

Aleksander [Thinking]: Was that the girl? No w – Bookmark here

[Before he can collect his thoughts, Yuki quickly closes the gap on Aleksander, punching him in the head twice before kneeing him in the stomach, causing him to cough up even more blood]Bookmark here

Aleksander [Thinking]: What’s going on? Those two couldn’t have damaged me this much! Sure I’m tired but – Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks at him straight in the eyes]: Huh? You talked a lot? You’re not gonna put up a fight man? Awww, that’s a shame!Bookmark here

Aleksander [Thinking]: No, no. Focus. Focus. You can beat the shit out of her. She got the jump because you were talking that to the other bastard.Bookmark here

[He regains his stance, and focuses on Yuki, and throws a hard right punch towards her head. The punch appears to connect, but no impact is heard]Bookmark here

Yuki [From below him]: You really are slow, eh?Bookmark here

[She ducked the punch, and then punches Aleksander in the gut twice again, causing him to fall backwards and try to create distance between them, which Yuki doesn’t allow, as she hops towards him gracefully]Bookmark here

Yuki: Where you going man? You scared? You tired? But you were talking so much before! Don’t worry, I’m not sadistic like Shinzo, I’ll only beat the brakes off you, that’s all!Bookmark here

Aleksander [Thinking]: This girl’s fucking crazy! What the he – Bookmark here

[Yuki punches him in the gut, then jumps up and elbows him in the head, causing him to drop downwards. As he falls, he punches Yuki twice quickly in the abdomen, with her wincing at the second impact, but she quickly recovers and kicks him again]Bookmark here

Shin [Thinking]: You moron. You underestimated her from the start and thought you needed to deal with the two engages only. They wore you out, and she’s no damn slouch. There’s a reason she’s the last person you’re facing – she’s the toughest out of all of us. Bookmark here

Aleksander [Gasping for breath]: I’ve gotta do it. Bookmark here

Yuki: Eh? Do what?Bookmark here

[Aleksander clenches his fist tightly as he’s on his knees, and with incredible speed – that Yuki can’t even dodge – he lands his hardest punch to her chest, knocking her backwards and causing her to cough violently]Bookmark here

Shin: Eh? Yuki? Eh???Bookmark here

Aleksander [Stands slowly, still gasping for breath, and starts laughing]: Did I really do it? Did I really?Bookmark here

[A shadow appears in front of him, which walks towards him, clenching it’s stomach]Bookmark here

Aleksander [His laughter turns to horror]: No way. That’s everything I’ve got. No. [He falls down] No. What the hell is wrong with you?Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks at him and smiles lightly]: That did hurt, I’ll tell you that. Thankfully the other two wore you down so you could only throw that one, and one isn’t gonna beat me.Bookmark here

Aleksander [Looks terrified]: No, no, no. Youmonster! Stay away Goddamnit! That should’ve ruptured your kidneys and intestines! What the hell!?Bookmark here

Shin [Walks toward her and smiles, then walks in front of her and towers over Aleksander]: There’s a reason she’s the stronger out of us, don’t you think, you god-damn bastard?Bookmark here

Martial: Hahahaha! You ain’t shit Aleks! Ha! Bookmark here

Aleksander: Shut the fuck up, brat. [He coughs violently]Bookmark here

Shin [To Aleksander]: Woah, woah, that ain’t any way to speak to someone who’s superior to you, now, is it?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Screw off. Just kill me.Bookmark here

Shin: Hell no. We need information, you damn lackey. We know you’re up the food chain. Give us the damn information.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Hell no. Kill me. I ain’t gonna talk kid.Bookmark here

Shin: Fine then. Guess I got no choice. [He looks behind him] Yukes?Bookmark here

Yuki: You want me to?Bookmark here

Shin: He’s scared of you, it seems.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Hold on, what the hell are you gonna…Bookmark here

[Yuki springs behind him and knees him in the back, causing him to cough and fall to the floor]Bookmark here

Aleksander: What? Torture? You aren’t going to get shit from – Bookmark here

[Karina and Martial walk over and step on his wrists, pinning him down with Yuki on his back. As they step and press down, he yells out]Bookmark here

Shin: You wanna give? We’ll kill ya quicker if you talk, y’know.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Hell nah. You’re not getting – [He screeches in agony]Bookmark here

[Yuki twists his left arm, the one that Martial’s stepping on, and twists it over one full rotation before stopping and looking him in the eye and smiling]Bookmark here

Aleksander: You wicked bit – Bookmark here

[She continues to twist the same arm and a bone can be heard popping, while muscles can be heard tearing. Aleksander continues to scream in agony]Bookmark here

Shin [To Yuki]: Wow. I didn’t know you could do that.Bookmark here

Yuki: Your sadistic ass seems to be enjoying this, eh?Bookmark here

Shin: Can’t lie, it’s plenty pleasurable. Bookmark here

Yuki: You’re sick. I’m only doing this because you want me to.Bookmark here

Shin: But would I really be me if I didn’t enjoy another bastard's suffering?Bookmark here

Yuki [Laughs]: You really wouldn’t.Bookmark here

[Yuki continues to twist his arm and goes for a third revolution, and more ripping can be heard. Aleksander continues to scream in pain, as Yuki goes for a fourth revolution and gets about halfway before Aleksander finally taps out and she lets go of the arm, which limply falls to the side, and Martial steps on it once again]Bookmark here

Shin: Aw man! Tough guy really tapped out! Would ya look at that!Bookmark here

Yuki: I’d rather that! This’s probably really painful.Bookmark here

Shin [Looks at Aleksander maniacally]: So, you’re tapping out aren’t ya? That’s tough. Thought you’d really be dumb enough to ride or die for a bunch of human-trafficking shits. You’d be a dumbass, cause you’re dead either way.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Shut up. You don’t know anything about Dreadknight eh?Bookmark here

Shin: Ah, so it is you morons. [Grabs him by the scruff of his collar and looks him dead in the eyes] So, you know Katarov then eh?Bookmark here

Aleksander: You know Katarov? My good buddy Katarov? The Katarov that I started this shit with way back and then brought in a bunch of people and tossed me to the side? That Katarov? Yeah man. I know him.Bookmark here

Shin: So you started this shit eh? What luck. So, you probably know about Ichigo, the Japanese guy that Katarov killed with his bare hands.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Oh, the moron on the train! Him? Ha!Bookmark here

Shin [Looks at him intently]: You met him?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Met? I talked to his rose-colored ass. Friggin moron. Thought the world was peach colored and lovely. He put up a fight sure, but Katarov beat the brakes off him. Who’s he any – Bookmark here

[Shin punches Aleksander squarely in the face, dislocating his nose]Bookmark here

Shin: Don’t disrespect my brother like that. Asshat.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Oh, he was your brother? Oh, oh! I see the resemblance, both in terms of looks and being a useless piece of shit! I see!Bookmark here

[Shin punches him again, and Naomi restrains him]Bookmark here

Naomi [To Shin]: Keep your cool, we need the information Shinzo. Please, Shinzo.Bookmark here

Shin [Looks at Naomi and breathes in deeply]: You’re right. [He looks at Yuki] Twist his other arm once Yuki.Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks at Aleksander]: This one’s deserved for talking shit about Ichigo.Bookmark here

[She twists the arm hard, and he screams again in pain and then stops]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Okay, okay, screw off. I’ll stop being pissing you off. Shit. What do you wanna know about that guy Katarov?Bookmark here

Shin: What do I wanna know? What do I not wanna know, you piece of shit? Gimme everything, you loathsome rat.Bookmark here

Aleksander [Laughs]: Quite the vocabulary you got there, eh? Jesus. Bookmark here

Shin: Shut up.Bookmark here

[The door which they entered opens, and Ryouchi/Ashe turn around]Bookmark here

Ryouchi: Who’s there?Bookmark here

Security: We got an issue. [He looks up and sees Yuki, Martial and Karina on top of Aleksander, and the room in a mess] Oh. There’re issues here too, but I heard everything died down, so I guess it’s alright. Well, we need to turn this place around pronto.Bookmark here

Ashe: Why?Bookmark here

Security: Chinese finance minister and his entourage are arriving in 20 minutes.Bookmark here

Ashe: Huh?Bookmark here

Ryouchi: Aren’t there any other lounges in this damn airport?Bookmark here

Security: I was just notified about this – they requested this when they began, and we can’t turn against government officials, even if we’re on your payroll. That’s why I’m tellin y’all now. Get your shit done – killing, integration, whatever y’all are doing – and get out in the next five minutes so we can turn this place around for them. Ya hear?Bookmark here

Ryouchi [To Shin]: You hear that?Bookmark here

Shin: Tsk. [Pauses] Fine. I’ll get this done. Bookmark here

[The door closes]Bookmark here

Aleksander: You only got five minutes? So, I don’t gotta say shit then eh – Bookmark here

[Yuki twists his other arm twice over, leading to him screaming in pain]Bookmark here

Shin: If you can hold off, go ahead mate. Bookmark here

Aleksander [Trying to catch his breath]: Fine, fine, I’ll talk.Bookmark here

Martial: That’s more like it, eh kiddo?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Shut it.Bookmark here

Shin [Interjects]: So… why the hell did Katarov want her eh? [He points to Ashe]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Who? [He turns his head and sees Ashe] Oh, the girl, right, right. We were gonna sell her off.Bookmark here

Shin: To who?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Confidential – Bookmark here

Shin [Slaps him]: Shut up. Tell me.Bookmark here

Aleksander: That’s all I know mate! I told my lackeys the same shit, except that I actually had information, but I didn’t. I just know that we’re selling her off somewhere.Bookmark here

Shin: Katarov’s idea?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Him and someone else.Bookmark here

Shin: Who?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Beats me. Sounded like a Japanese name when I heard it though, but Kat hasn’t told me.Bookmark here

Shin: Hell, then what exactly do you know?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Not much about the shit that’s been going on recently. Y’know, I’d be a lot more willing to eat your punches and shit for the next five minutes if I had more of a reason to, eh? I’m dead either way, so I’d rather go out without having my limbs twisted inside out.Bookmark here

Shin: But you started this shit with Kat, didn’t ya?Bookmark here

Aleksander: You could say that. Me, Kat and a couple others started this shit. After me and him – well, mostly him – killed your brother, we gained even more repertoire in an already perilous group of states who were looking for a savior. That’s what Kat looked like, and for the first bit, he was their savior – hell, he was our savior too. Bookmark here

Shin: And yet he left you in the dirt I presume? That’s why you’re willing to talk eh?Bookmark here

Aleksander: It’s what your brother said – as stupid as he was, he said one thing: holding that much power can change someone in unthinkable ways.Bookmark here

Martial: Oh, boo hoo, you should’ve been the second in command, not whoever else he appointed, oh boo hoo! Why should we care man? [Laughs] You’re just a lackey for him.Bookmark here

Shin [To Martial]: Wait. [He turns back to Aleksander] So, are you a lackey then?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Me? A lackey? Hell no. I’m still considered top brass – hell, you think a lackey could’ve taken out two of your guys by themselves? We aren’t Gods, you realize?Bookmark here

Shin: Yeah, yeah, I get that, whatever. But then why do you hate Katarov?Bookmark here

Aleksander: When did I say I hate him? I don’t hate the guy. We go back way longer than anyone else he knows – he always was a friend. But he found people that he trusted more in more prominent roles at Dreadknight – nothing personal, but it’s a business and he’s the savior. Nothing I could do. I always aligned with his ideas and all that, don’t get me wrong, but we drifted apart. You could say he turned his back on me, or maybe that’s just me being a petty piece of shit. Either way, I don’t hate the guy – far from it – but I know my own worth, and I ain’t getting tortured like that just to save face.Bookmark here

Shin: What about now? Where’s Katarov? Where’s the head of this?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Petersburg. If you wanna go find him and fight him, you’ll find him there.Bookmark here

Shin [Looks at Karina]: That’s where we sent them, eh?Bookmark here

Karina: I don’t know when they’ll get out of London, but yeah, we sent them there for sure. Bookmark here

Shin: Good, good. [Looks at Aleksander again] So, you got no clue why y’all had to pick this one girl for your trafficking eh?Bookmark here

Aleksander: I didn’t say that. Bookmark here

Shin: So then talk… why’d you go for her?Bookmark here

Aleksander: Whoever the buyer is, they’re gonna be paying a ransom for her, so that’s always nice. But the even bigger thing was that Kat wanted something to do with her folks. I don’t know the details, but there was something lurking there for him besides just her.Bookmark here

Shin: Interesting. [Turns around] Ashe, you hear that?Bookmark here

Ashe: Yeah.Bookmark here

Shin: Got anything to say?Bookmark here

Ashe: No, not really. I know my dad’s a tough guy and he’d come to help me, but I don’t know what he has to do with them… maybe because he lived in Europe before? I don’t know.Bookmark here

Aleksander [Thinking]: I guess she herself doesn’t know who Oskar, her own father, is. Ha. Whatever, I told them that much, I can spare Kat those details at least. Bookmark here

Shin: Well shit. Well, I mean, I don’t think you’ll have to worry too much about your folks since you’re with us and not them, so they can’t use ya as a bargaining chip. So that idea should be dead.Bookmark here

Aleksander: I think so, I think so.Bookmark here

Security [Opens the door]: You got one minute left guys before we need y’all out.Bookmark here

Martial [To the guard]: Yeah, yeah don’t worry boss, just leave, we’ll be out of here. Bookmark here

Shin [To Aleksander]: You heard him then eh? You got off pretty lightly. Let me ask you one more thing though.Bookmark here

Aleksander: Shoot.Bookmark here

Shin: Why’d you and Katarov create Dreadknight? You say you’re a founder – then why?Bookmark here

Aleksander: You really wanna get personal, eh?Bookmark here

Shin: Your friend killed my brother, bitch. I don’t think anything’s more personal than that mate. Bookmark here

Aleksander [Sighs]: Fair, fair. [Pauses] If you want the long answer – we wanted to do things right in those war-torn, corrupted states. And so far, we’ve changed things around for the better. Boosted economies, given people livelihoods, axed a ton of those old farts in charge and changed regimes entirely. Sure, Katarov may be a bastard, but he’s done a lot of right on that side of things. Bookmark here

Shin: Then what’s the short answer?Bookmark here

Aleksander [Smirks]: We wanted to change our world, just like you guys – but we wanted to have fun mate. You can’t have fun being idle, you know that?Bookmark here

Shin: You’re a twisted mother fucker, all the way to the end, eh? [Martial hands him the gun that Drift had been carrying – Karina brought it over to him]Bookmark here

Aleksander: Don’t worry mate, you’re in the business on a revenge tour. You aren’t far behind me.Bookmark here

Shin: Damn piece of shit. [He loads the gun in Aleksander’s mouth] We’ll kill your buddy next man. You can count on that. [The sound of the gun firing can be heard]Bookmark here

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