The Rise of Outcasts
I was getting more and more anxious as the clock kept ticking.
“Hey Fina, come with me for a second.” Risa asked me to tag along.
Trey was waiting for us outside.
"Yo Fina! Long time no see."
“Yea, you look exactly the same as I saw you last time.”
"HAHAHAHAHA! But why are you here?"
“Risa dragged me here.”
Trey looked towards her with confusion.
“Nicolo was having a rough time with her sister lately, so I decided to give them some space and time to talk since this will probably be his last chance."
"Makes sense. Well, you being here is not an issue. I will give you an overview of how we will attack. You need to be prepared if our plan somehow fails."
I nodded. Nicolo is not here so I needed to be prepared in his stead.
We followed him onto the top of a certain building. We could clearly see the Lavister Hall from up here.
"As you can see, Lavister Hall consists of 3 sections. The ballroom, where everyone is currently at, while the other 2 are at the back and we know, basically, nothing about them. All I know is that there are multiple portions in those 2 sections which makes them look like a maze, due to which, it's incredibly difficult to steal Nox.”
“Can’t we attack from the front gate when they display Nox?”
"They believe the walls are unbreachable but we do have a mechanism to destroy that front door but it's more dangerous to attack from the front. That door is our exit."
Trey then pointed towards the four towers that surrounded the hall.
"Those towers are guarded by snipers. And not only that, there are hidden snipers as well, in case any of the 4 snipers is shot down. It will not be difficult for them to pinpoint our location."
"This is looking more and more difficult." Risa gave off a nervous smile.
"Yes! Now, this is what we are planning to do. Dividing our forces into two and infiltrate from two different directions while bombing up the place. An information broker told me the location of Nox but I have a feeling that it's a trap. That's why I am splitting up the forces. Whoever spots the weapon will inform the others and everyone will retreat immediately."
“What about the one who spotted the weapon?”
"Don't worry, he will find his way out. As for the snipers, we have prepared some baits. Some of our men will die, but it will help us take out the rest of them as well."
Sacrificing our men? I honestly didn't like the sound of that but it was not like we had any other chance. Sigh.
"Now, get going. The ceremony will start at any moment. Also, Fina, take these.”
“What are these?”
"A horizontal manoeuvring gear that will help you escape, along with Nicolo, through the roof in case of emergency. And this, for the communication. As soon as the Nox appears, inform me through this device and we will start our attack on the hall. Although snipers will be taken down before that, I want to throw them out of the loop.”
“I see, but escaping through the roof?”
"Yes. Don't worry, we will be there. Just put them below your shoes. When you activate them, they will release an intense pressure, throwing you in the air. Turn the dial in the clockwise direction and it will help you get down from a high place by reducing the pressure.
I was staring at those weird flat things.
"You aren't coming, Risa?"
"There is no need. My parents completely ignored my existence so I might as well not go back. It will also be difficult to leave the place again."
“I feel you on that.” I gave a smile.
My parents were in this ceremony and the only thing they cared about was me being the fiancée of Nicolo. I had hated them for a long time now, they were more disgusting than animals.I hoped I never get to see them again after this day.
As I was entering the garden that surrounded the hall, I heard four gunshots simultaneously.
One of the guards quickly covered me.
“This is dangerous, Miss Fina. Hurry.” He escorted me inside the hall.
Apparently, what happened was Trey's men sniped the four towers at the same time. That gave off their position to the hidden ones and as a result, all 4 of Trey's men got shot down. But this is exactly what he wanted, the hidden ones revealed their positions and got killed by his men hiding around the area besides those 4. There were probably more hiding but they won't make the same mistake again. That took care of the snipers for the time being.
After that, Valentino took charge of invading the other 2 sections while Trey dealt with the panicking guards at the front door.
I could no longer hear the gunshots in the hall.
Now what? Nicolo's father was up there speaking to his guests. Speaking of Nicolo, where was he? After searching for a while, I spotted him coming down from the stairs, holding Sophia's hand and he seemed to have noticed me as well. I see, they sorted things out. I was glad.
“Where did you run off to?” He asked.
Sophia is right there… Should I speak about our plan or change the subject?
I was getting a bit hesitant.
"Don't worry, I already told her. She is fine with waiting for our return." Nicolo must have figured out my concern.
"Is that so?" That was good to hear. I was worried about Sophia but I guess Nicolo handled things on his own quite well.
After a pause, I gave him a brief overview of my discussion with Trey.
"Now, get going. Sophia, come with me." I grabbed Sophia's hand and disappeared from Nicolo's sight.
"Where are we going, Miss Fina?" Sophia asked innocently.
"I think this is fine." I took her to a place where we could talk without interference.
I kneeled to match Sophia's height, put my hand on her shoulder and said "I am sorry."
“What are you saying?” she was obviously confused.
"I am sorry that I didn't tell you any of this, I am sorry that we have to leave you behind, I am sorry for getting back on my words, I am sorry for…" before I knew it, tears were coming out from my eyes.
Sophia then grabbed my head and hugged me. She was shedding tears as well.
"Don't worry about me, Miss Fina. I will be fine, knowing both of you will come for me someday.”
Those words were heartrending. I hugged her tightly.
"I promise we will come back. Just endure a bit more."
We would definitely come back one day and free her from that cage and everyone else as well.
"Also, one more thing. Drop the formality and just call me Fina."
"Sure. I will wait for you, Fina." She said with a smile.
Just then I realized the ceremony was already over. I was so caught up in the moment that I didn't notice. I wiped my tears and went towards the stage. My eyes met with Nicolo and he gave a nod. That was the signal. I went towards the balcony and used the device to contact Trey.
"Understood." He said.
I chose to stay on the upper floor and observe things from there. I already instructed Sophia to hide somewhere safe. Then, explosions could be heard one after another. The front door went flying and someone broke through the glass wall along with the wall.
Just then, something unexpected happened. A beam of red light cut the guy with the orb in half, the other two on the front gate were missing their heads as well.
"Fina, be on guard. This was not within our expectations. That red light was from a weapon called Relta Red. A special weapon that only some in the military possess." said Trey.
"It means Giovanni might be here."
His suspicion came true. Giovanni entered with his men.
"Listen, Fina. I will use a stun gun to freeze his men for a few seconds. When that happens, grab Nicolo and the orb and fly to the roof."
“Why not stun Giovanni?”
“It will not work on him. I will give you a signal so you need to pick up the speed.”
HUH! What was this commotion? It looked like Nicolo was arguing with his father. Even in a situation like… honestly, what do I do with this man? I was palming my face.
“Fina. GO!” I heard Trey’s voice and went downstairs.
"Enough with this, Nicolo." At least, restrain yourself in a situation like this.
I grabbed him and the ball while activating the device on my shoes. The next moment, it threw us in the air. There was a hole that was just made. My arms were screaming in pain but we somehow made it onto the top.
Valentino and Trey were waiting for us on the top. After handing over the orb to Trey, I grabbed Nicolo, did the same thing one more time but to go down.
Nicolo grabbed the bike, I sat behind and we started moving.
“Are you alright?”
"Yea, just my arms hurt. You are really heavy."
“I will let this slide for once.” Nicolo let out a slight laugh.
I leaned forward onto Nicolo's back and rested my head there. I was really tired. I didn't want any commotion at the central exit.