Thursday, July 12, 2007
New Beginning 314
"Uncuff her and send her in." The voice emerged from the guard's opaque visor, aloof and impersonal. Lara, still struggling against the cops as they force-marched her up to the door, found her rage boil over at the sight of the praetorian son-of-a-bitch who'd sold out his race to the aliens. Abruptly, she bent her knees to drop her center of gravity, and the cops' automatic reaction-- hauling her back upright-- supported her as she lifted both feet and mule-kicked the guard. But almost before she moved the man side-stepped, swept the kick aside with one hand, totally impassive. Then he was back to parade rest.
The cops, however, staggered, and the three of them almost landed on the floor.
"You sure you want her loose?" one of the cops asked. Still kicking and twisting, Lara managed to twist free of the other cop for a second. But the smart mouth was going to leave finger marks on her arm. He had a grip like a vice and levered her into submission by shoving her wrists between her shoulder blades hard enough to lift her on her toes.
The guard's lips twitched below the visor, then he turned to lay palm to lock pad. "The Hya Vash can handle her."
The man nodded and gestured for Lara to take a seat. She did, forcing herself to do so calmly, as if she were actually going to do as this chump said. She listened to him, her mind wheeling and dealing, as adept at heading off confrontation as her body.
When the conversation ended, the traitor stood, a malicious smile playing on his lips.
She allowed herself to be led back to her cell. Let them think they had her where they wanted her.
"The Hya Vash?" the doctor said, rubbing his face. "Where the hell did you come up with that?"
His colleague shrugged. "Best I could do on the spur of the moment. What do you think?"
"It was a nice save. Yesterday she thought she was Angelina Jolie; now she apparently thinks she's Lara Fucking Croft! You changed from a movie exec offering her a three-picture deal to someone who - what was it?"
"Sold out his race to aliens!" They both laughed wildly.
"Do you think maybe we're impeding her progress?"
"Probably, but hey, we've gotta do something for fun around here."
Opening: writtenwyrdd.....Continuation: freddie