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
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.
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.
“You know, I still cannot tell if those two guards are male or female.”
“Does that actually matter?”
“No, but I just wondered.”
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*.
Lylianna knocked on the door and within a few seconds she could hear a
girl’s voice from beyond the door saying *come in*.
Opening the door and stepping into the room Lylianna was greeted with a
sudden hug from the wildly energetic young doctor.
“It is great to see you again Lily.”
“Yeah… great to see you too Doctor Ruzyuki.”
“Liyuna guess who came to see us,” the girl called out behind her.
Within seconds a black colored wolf made its way over to them and looked
up to Lylianna.
“I still find it hard to believe you keep a live wolf in your room,”
Lylianna said looking to the girl.
“Don’t forget Rina’s other wolf,” she said as she pulled out a small
white fluffy wolf from her left coat pocket.
“Her name is Naikou.”
“Naikou, right. Anyways, I need to talk to you First Lieutenant
“Rina told you just to call her Rina.”
“Maybe if you stop calling me Lily I might start calling you by your
“Fine, what can Rina do for you, Major?”
“I was wondering if it would be possible to create a new type of
Rina had a surprised look upon her face.
“Oh? What kind of aerodynamic utility would Rina have to come up with?”
“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.”
“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.
Both Deadeye and Lylianna seemed a bit confused.
“Wait… you what?”
“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!”
“Bombs huh? That is a fitting name. How would they work exactly?”
“Well, unlike standard grenades that require the pull of a pin and about
five seconds to go BOOM…”
Rina suddenly stood on her chair to emphasize the use of an explosion
“Rina is sorry.”
She sat down in her chair hugging her knees to her chest.
“These bombs explode once they hit the ground from an elevation of at
least ten‑thousand meters.”
“Oh! There is one more thing Rina is working on but it is super secret.”
“And what would that be?”
“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.
Lylianna turned to Deadeye.
“Deadeye, leave us please. Aryia may need something like food or water.”
“Roger that ma’am.”
“You heard nothing here, right?”
“I have no idea what you are talking about Major,” Deadeye said as he
headed for the door.
As Lylianna brushed back Rina’s bangs she gave off an almost seductive
“Now what were you telling me about a secret project?”
\* \* \*
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
“What’s wrong Melissa?”
“I overheard a citizen from the Town of Arsen. They were talking about a
“No! What about my parents? Are they still alive?”
“I have no way of knowing… I am sorry.”
Without thinking Ryliah headed for the door.
“Ryliah, I know how you feel but we can’t do anything right now.”
Melissa tried to hold Ryliah back as best as she could.
“Just watch me!”
“If the Major finds out—”
“I know Melissa… I know… but I cannot sit here while my parents…”
Ryliah quickly left without saying anything else. Aryia was a bit
surprised that Ryliah was so emotional.
“I don’t think I have ever seen her so emotional before.”
“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.”
“What do you mean?”
“There are many things the Major hides. Only someone that truly
understands her can know what she hides.”
“Someone like you?”
Melissa merely smiled.
“Even I don’t know everything about her. There is only one person in the
world that can know her.”
“Who would that be?”
“Who do you think silly?”