“I hope to see you next time you return to Fiore, Mr Cameron,” Tor answered with a smile on his face, returning the businessman’s firm shake before releasing his hand. Tor had been added into the businessman’s security detail, appearing to Alec Cameron as the leader of squad of guards under a company called Vanguard. It was an undercover job that served two purposes, for the Rune Knights to gather intelligence and keep an eye on such influential people that entered the country. With his roguish looks that made it impossible for people to align him with the Rune Knights unless he specifically mentioned it, Tor could confidently say he had done an awesome job.
The goodbyes finally ended when the Cameron family boarded their private ship and left the port. They kept up the pleasantries until the ship finally left their sight and Tor turned around to look at the men standing behind him with a wry smile.
“Good job guys. You can return to the office first,” Tor instructed before releasing the tie knot around his collar and walked away. However, the moment he took his first step towards returning to the Jade Moon Resort, one of the few top resorts on the island, a huge explosion erupted from the center of the resort grounds. Tor’s first reaction was to lower his body as he covered his ears while looking at the mushroom cloud that was rising into the air. After the initial shock of the sudden explosion, Tor immediately kicked into action and ran as fast as he could towards the resort.
As he neared the resort, he was perplexed that he hadn’t seen anyone running outwards from the destroyed resort. By right, the survivors should have been stampeding out of the resort, saving their lives and getting away from the blast zone but this was too weird to believe. The situation was giving him the goosebumps as it seemed more and more out of place, the idea of a terrorist attack never occurring in his mind, until he finally arrived near the resort entrance.
Tor never made it to the entrance, moving too fast to stop himself abruptly and just threw himself to the side into the bushes. With a roll that negated any injuries from the fall, Tor slowly rose from the bushes and looked towards the resort entrance. Armed men were milling about the entrance, guarding it from any entry and exit. Elsewhere, Tor could see men patrolling around the top of the buildings around the perimeter of the resort.
The whole situation was laid out bare for him and everyone else to understand when a booming voice, magically magnified through magic, shouted across the island for all to hear.
“People of Crescent Island! We are the Syndicate! Consider this entire island ours for the taking! We have made our demands to the Magic Council and we are not afraid to use force!”
This was a situation that Tor had never prepared for, and instead of getting his blood pumped up, the Rune Knight despaired instead. He didn’t know if there was any other Rune Knights stationed on the island. He was nothing but a Private, and he was far below the rank to receive any proper instruction and training on how to handle himself during such an event.
The only thing he could think of?
“What would Shane do?” Tor asked himself as he began to calm himself down. Heroics wasn’t his cup of tea, so that meant he wasn’t going to just barge in like an action hero and try to take things into his own hands. And yet, as a Rune Knight and a decent human being, he wouldn’t just walk away from the situation. Tor sighed as he considered Shane’s potential plan. “The man would probably equip his fucking shield and just charge in.”
Lamenting his fate, Tor began to formulate a plan in his mind as he watched the men at the entrance and tried to think of a way to enter the resort stealthily. Memorizing the entire resort plan had been part of his job undercover. For now, he would have to go at this alone and try to get deeper into the resort before he could come up with the next step of his plan.
[Total WC: 841 / 10000]