The Rise of Outcasts
“Nicolo, take it to the secondary gate.” Fina said out of nowhere.
“Trey just told me through this device. The security there had never been tight so they already took care of it. And don't worry about their reinforcement as they have already frozen the security cameras."
"Really? That's not an easy stunt to pull."
"Jacob might have a bigger hand in executing this plan."
"Yeah! That's all and good but that area is still dangerous. It will be quite difficult to get down from that cliff."
“Don’t worry about that.”
They pulled this plan out relatively well. I was expecting way more trouble than this. Even the fallen ones would be alive if it wasn't for Giovanni. Screw that man, came at the wrong moment. How did he know about our plan? The timing was way too perfect. My head was starting to hurt. Guess no point in overthinking when we got no lead.
A few minutes later, we were in front of the secondary gate. I don't even know why this gate exists as hardly anyone has ever used it. Around that rusty gate, were laying 5 dead bodies and right in front of us, was a dead end. Not exactly a dead end since there was a way to cross that massive hole, filled with nothing but metal junk. On the left side of the gate, was a narrow path that led to the road that was connected with the central gate. We couldn't use that because we would have been spotted by the guards of the central gate.
“Now what, Fina?”
I took a look at Fina. She seemed really irritated for some reason.
“I need to use this gear again to get us down and I hate it. Carrying you make my arms scream in pain.”
"HAHAHAHA! Then, let me use them."
“Spare me. I don’t want to die just yet.”
Fina was looking down, trying to figure out what was the best way to jump.
Just then, we heard a faint voice.
We saw a shadowy figure on the mainland.
“IT’S ANGELO! JUST JUMP AS FAR AS YOU CAN.”
It was Angelo screaming.
“That’s it. Nicolo, grab the bike and ride it through the gate with full speed.”
"What? Are you crazy? That is way too dangerous."
“Just do as I say.” Fina was getting more and more irritated.
I grabbed the bike and did as Fina instructed. The next moment, we were flying… or more like falling. We already covered a quarter of the distance with the bike.
Then, Fina grabbed me and jumped from the bike and used that to cover the rest of the distance. Unfortunately, we were still at some distance from the mainland. Fina was out of energy to fly any further. Just then, a net came flying, grabbed us and threw us onto the mainland. That was Angelo's doing. He used some kind of net device to save our butts.
"EEghh my arms." Fina was holding her arms while crying in pain.
Dismissing that, both of us gave a tight hug.
"Jerks. Can't you see I am in extreme pain right now…? Sniff."
I did that on purpose… but I guess that was a bad idea. I quickly lifted Fina from the ground and turned towards Angelo.
“Where is your ride?”
Due to an unexpected event, Fina's cheeks flushed. This is how you cool down her anger and irritation.
Angelo pointed towards a car on the side.
We sat on the back seat; Angelo handled the steering.
“Straight to X-99 Delta.”
We were going through the wasteland. The atmosphere at night gave off a really creepy vibe. I checked my wristwatch and it was currently 1:00 AM. I really was sleeping at the moment. Fina was already out cold as her head was resting on my shoulders. I leaned onto the seat and took a quick nap.
“Nicolo, they aren’t allowing us to enter with the car.”
Angelo's voice woke me up.
Crap, I forgot about this.
"Hey, mister, how much do you need to let us in with the car?" I asked the gatekeeper.
"Are you bribing me kid?" The gatekeeper spoke in an angry tone.
"Oh, come on old man, just take the money and let us in. We are already tired." I put a bundle of notes onto his hand. The geezer definitely wasn't expecting this much money so he opened the doors and let us in without saying anything.
We drove through the empty streets and entered a certain alley. That alley led us to the back of a small house. I carried Fina as she was still sleeping soundlessly while Angelo opened the doors for us.
There were two rooms: a kitchen and a toilet for us. This was one of the meeting places with Valentino. He said to use this place in any case of emergency. There was a stack of canned foods that were not yet expired. I put Fina in one of the rooms and went back to check on the cans.
"They are not that good." Angelo complains while eating.
“This is all we got for now, just bear with it tonight.”
"By the way, where are you going to sleep? In my room or the open?"
"In Fina's room, of course." I said with a serious expression.
"Heh." Angelo stared at me as his hand stopped in the middle of eating.
"Your constant sleep talking will not help me rest at all and I am too tired to get any rest on the floor in an open area. I like to get some rest on a comfy bed."
"But Fina's room only has one bed."
"Enough. I will do as I said. You shouldn't have any problem since she is my fiancée."
I stood up as I was already done eating. I went to the toilet and then, straight to the bed.
Fina was sleeping with no concern for her surroundings. I was too tired for any romantic stuff so I just went to sleep right away.
When I woke up, Fina was not there. I came out to see them waiting for me outside, all dressed up.
"Hurry up and get changed. We are eating outside. That canned food is trash." Fina said.
I got changed and went outside. On the way, Fina asked a concerning question…
“You didn’t do anything weird to me?” Fina glared at me.
“I didn’t have any energy to do anything at all.”
“I asked him to sleep with me but he insisted to sleep in your room.” Angelo butted in our conversion.
"Keep your mouth shut, Angelo. We have already discussed the reasoning."
Just like that, we arrived at a decent hotel, had breakfast and then, got back to the house. To our surprise, Valentino was waiting there. He must have guessed I would choose this place to rest.
"It seems like you all have rested and eaten well. We shouldn't waste time, let's go back to the hideout."
On our way to Opus, I asked Valentino to arrange a meeting with all 4 heads of the district.
“It will be no problem; Lady Magnum was really eager to meet you.”
I looked outside. Opus was in our sight.
The meeting with the 4 heads, might end up being quite a troublesome one. Sigh