Chapter 17:


Beyond the Borders Volume 1

Aryia stared at the ceiling slowly feeling as if her mind was going
crazy. It had been one week since the Knights had had returned from the
front lines. Ryliah and Melissa were busy getting food together while
Deadeye and Lylianna had headed off onto the military base in the city’s
capital.Bookmark here

The military base — known as Area 666 — was hidden deep underground and
only known to a few people. As Lylianna and Deadeye approached the
entrance two guards dressed in black and red <abbr>BDU</abbr>s and black
masks stopped them. They did not speak as they checked the two of them
for weapons and any other devices.Bookmark here

Once they finished the two guards allowed Lylianna and Deadeye to enter
the base. After passing through the large metal door and down the stairs
Deadeye looked to Lylianna.Bookmark here

“You know, I still cannot tell if those two guards are male or female.”Bookmark here

“Does that actually matter?”Bookmark here

“No, but I just wondered.”Bookmark here

The two of them made their way down into a large main room that was made
of pure vyellum plating. Men and women — most of black or brown hair —
in white coats were seen working on many different experiments. Lylianna
and Deadeye continued walking until they came to metal door with a sign
labeled *Doctor Rina Ruzyuki*.Bookmark here

Lylianna knocked on the door and within a few seconds she could hear a
girl’s voice from beyond the door saying *come in*.Bookmark here

Opening the door and stepping into the room Lylianna was greeted with a
sudden hug from the wildly energetic young doctor.Bookmark here

“It is great to see you again Lily.”Bookmark here

“Yeah… great to see you too Doctor Ruzyuki.”Bookmark here

“Liyuna guess who came to see us,” the girl called out behind her.Bookmark here

Within seconds a black colored wolf made its way over to them and looked
up to Lylianna.Bookmark here

“I still find it hard to believe you keep a live wolf in your room,”
Lylianna said looking to the girl.Bookmark here

“Don’t forget Rina’s other wolf,” she said as she pulled out a small
white fluffy wolf from her left coat pocket.Bookmark here

“Right…”Bookmark here

“Her name is Naikou.”Bookmark here

“Naikou, right. Anyways, I need to talk to you First Lieutenant
Ruzyuki.”Bookmark here

“Rina told you just to call her Rina.”Bookmark here

“Maybe if you stop calling me Lily I might start calling you by your
first name.”Bookmark here

“Fine, what can Rina do for you, Major?”Bookmark here

“I was wondering if it would be possible to create a new type of
aircraft.”Bookmark here

Rina had a surprised look upon her face.Bookmark here

“Oh? What kind of aerodynamic utility would Rina have to come up with?”Bookmark here

“I was thinking of an airplane that could fly about as high as the
planes we have now — although if there was a way to increase the
altitude that would be great — but instead of dropping off supplies and
people what if they dropped grenades or rather something like grenades.”Bookmark here

“Oh wow! That actually sounds like what Rina is working on right now!”
she said as she revolved happily on the ball of her foot.Bookmark here

Both Deadeye and Lylianna seemed a bit confused.Bookmark here

“Wait… you what?”Bookmark here

“Yeah! Rina was asked by the Emperor to make an aerodynamic craft to
soar through the atmosphere and drop things that would be called bombs!”Bookmark here

“Bombs huh? That is a fitting name. How would they work exactly?”Bookmark here

“Well, unlike standard grenades that require the pull of a pin and about
five seconds to go BOOM…”Bookmark here

Rina suddenly stood on her chair to emphasize the use of an explosion
going off.Bookmark here

“Rina…”Bookmark here

“Rina is sorry.”Bookmark here

She sat down in her chair hugging her knees to her chest.Bookmark here

“These bombs explode once they hit the ground from an elevation of at
least ten‑thousand meters.”Bookmark here

“I see.”Bookmark here

“Oh! There is one more thing Rina is working on but it is super secret.”Bookmark here

“And what would that be?”Bookmark here

“It is a secret silly. If Rina told you the secret then it would not be
a secret. But maybe Rina could tell you if you kissed her,” she said
with a wink.Bookmark here

Lylianna turned to Deadeye.Bookmark here

“Deadeye, leave us please. Aryia may need something like food or water.”Bookmark here

“Roger that ma’am.”Bookmark here

“And Deadeye…”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

“You heard nothing here, right?”Bookmark here

“I have no idea what you are talking about Major,” Deadeye said as he
headed for the door.Bookmark here

As Lylianna brushed back Rina’s bangs she gave off an almost seductive
aura.Bookmark here

“Now what were you telling me about a secret project?”Bookmark here

\* \* \*Bookmark here

Aryia laid in her bed as Ryliah handed her some tea that she had made.
All was calm until Melissa rushed into the room. She looked as if she
had seen something frightening. Both Ryliah and Aryia seemed a bit
confused.Bookmark here

“Ryliah…”Bookmark here

“What’s wrong Melissa?”Bookmark here

“I overheard a citizen from the Town of Arsen. They were talking about a
large fire.”Bookmark here

“No! What about my parents? Are they still alive?”Bookmark here

“I have no way of knowing… I am sorry.”Bookmark here

Without thinking Ryliah headed for the door.Bookmark here

“Ryliah, I know how you feel but we can’t do anything right now.”Bookmark here

Melissa tried to hold Ryliah back as best as she could.Bookmark here

“Just watch me!”Bookmark here

“If the Major finds out—”Bookmark here

“I know Melissa… I know… but I cannot sit here while my parents…”Bookmark here

Ryliah quickly left without saying anything else. Aryia was a bit
surprised that Ryliah was so emotional.Bookmark here

“I don’t think I have ever seen her so emotional before.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, it is rare but she can be emotional sometimes. Unlike you, she
bottles in her emotions until they finally explode. In some respects she
is like the Major… only, not as great at hiding it.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“There are many things the Major hides. Only someone that truly
understands her can know what she hides.”Bookmark here

“Someone like you?”Bookmark here

Melissa merely smiled.Bookmark here

“Even I don’t know everything about her. There is only one person in the
world that can know her.”Bookmark here

“Who would that be?”Bookmark here

Melissa giggled.Bookmark here

“Who do you think silly?”Bookmark here

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