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23 October 2019 @ 08:46 am
_Professor_ part 48  


Rael was halfway back from the practice field when she felt the magic surge ahead.

That had better be the goons subduing Eshy and Adse.

The muffled pops of gunfire. More magic.

Rael bolted for the office building. A limp form to the side . . . Ice! People running from the building. She dodged them, slipped through the doors, pulling up shields. She jumped over a prone form in black body armor. Slowed at the corner for a quick glance.

“Shit!” Bodies everywhere, half in body armor, She ran down the hall . . . a body lying across the threshold of her office.


She vaulted over it and through the double doors.

Two goons trying to get the house door open . . . “They’ve braced it . . .”

She turned for the window. Threw herself at the shield. Felt it, fell through it.

Hit the roof. Stopped her skid, scrambled up to the attic window, reached mentally to trip the latch and shoved it open. A distance woman’s scream. Cursing. Wiggled through, caught her weight on her hands and tried to land quietly. Slipped done the steep narrow stairs and cracked the door to peek through . . .

“. . . don’t have time for a fucking hostage, you fucking Purple amateurs!”

Through the door, she could see Eshy wrestling with Jess who was holding him away as he grabbed for Exzy, as she held the baby away. A limp form on the hallway floor.


Rael threw herself out the door and leaped for the man. He saw her coming and shoved Jess at her. Broke loose and ran.

Rael caught Jess. “Get up to the attic, be ready to get out the window.” A touch to Exzy’s head. Then she stepped across her mother and Pushed.

Eshy flew down the hallway, rammed someone coming up the stairs and tumbled them both out of sight.

Rael rushed for the stairs, behind her, a high voice, “Mummum’s going to beat up the Bad Guys.”

Damn Right! She pulled power and stiffened her shields.

Deflected a slice to the side. Adse and Eshy supporting each other at the base of the stairs, both gathering power. She absorbed Eshy’s hasty fireball, bounced Adse’s slice off to the side, went flying at a push.

They threw themselves around the corner as she threw a stun that ought to have knocked out half the neighborhood.

Dammit they’ve both got good shields.

Time to get nasty.

She pulled power, rolled out a spell net and popped around the corner.

Hit from the back, and knocked flat, she twisted . . . Erdu? With a shield? Gathering power for a follow on?

She scrambled over the sofa jammed between the office door and the opposite wall. She spotted Adse and Eshy running through the front door. She threw the net and shoved power into it. Staggered over to the window and into the heat and light. She sucked it all in, and turned to hunt down . . . Erdu?

What the hell is Erdu doing in this mess?

He didn’t go upstairs did he!

She threw a hard push at the couch from a low angle, sending it flying down the hall and falling to pieces as it intercepted a slice.
Rael threw power into her shields and charged, leaping over the biggest piece of the couch, quick scan of kitchen, into the backroom, the door open . . . backyard empty, gate open, garage door opening and her car zooming out . . . Rael threw herself back inside.

The interior goons charged through the door. Rael bounced off an armored chest. “Two went out the front door, one just stole my car. How many more are there?”

“That’s it, so far as I know.”

“Excellent.” Rael trotted up the stairs, pulling out her comm and dialing an old number. “Hey, Veo, has my car still got auto stop on it?”

Laughter. “Rael! Letting someone . . . yes, I can turn it off.”

“Turn it off right now.” Rael hit the last stairs, spotted her mother propped on an elbow and heaved a breath of relief. “Can you get me a location?” She turned the comm so the goon on her heels could hear the numbers she rattled off. He turned and bolted back down stairs.

The house shivered. Creaked.

What did all those slices cut!

“Stay right there, just a minute, Mom.” Rael stepped over her and opened the door to the attic stairs. “Jess? Exzy? It’s safe to come down now.”

matapampamuphoff on October 23rd, 2019 01:48 pm (UTC)
And now my brain has locked up, trying to decide if I want them to get outside, steal Kyol's car . . . and is Rael going to chase them down in her little car or borrow Arno's . . . or . . .
matapampamuphoff on October 23rd, 2019 01:49 pm (UTC)
Hostage situation. Erdu grabs Ryol? Demands a gate to ??? Arno opens one to ???

Arg! Brain over revving!
matapampamuphoff on October 23rd, 2019 07:41 pm (UTC)
Added a little more . . .
(Anonymous) on October 23rd, 2019 11:27 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2019 12:11 am (UTC)
The suspence has me on the edge of my chair. Love it.

Slipped done the steep narrow stairs
mbarkermbarker on October 24th, 2019 01:21 am (UTC)
If we're doing those... a distant woman's scream
(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2019 03:28 am (UTC)
So Jess hasn't even been on the job five minutes & she's putting herself on the line to keep her charge from being abducted.

Assuming this event makes the news in the Montevideo Enclave (which it probably will since it in involves Rael & Kyol), will there be backlash/humiliation for the couple who just fired her?
(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2019 04:11 am (UTC)
I hope it doesn't put her off the job.
(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2019 04:27 am (UTC)
Well she worked Raod & Ox while Ox was working his way up from Chief of Police, so she's probably used to her charges being targets, & having to deal with security precautions.

But at the same time, yeah, "Nanny" is (presumably) not "Bodyguard", which is why I thought she might be perceived as having gone "above & beyond", still, yeah I hope she hangs around to.

Of course after this there's also the potential problem (& story?) of working just exactly who provides security for Exzy, 'cos while Xen can obviously pay for it, The One Empire may want a hand in (& Directorate guards?) protection of the child of a high profile Warrior & Grand-daughter of a Prophet, the Fallen may want guards (& spies) in the household of the heir to a Land Grant Holder, & everyone who relies on Disco to keep the Earths, Empires, & Helaos at bay will probably want Disco to provide guards to keep Xen from undue pressure (plus I can see Warmonger Earth trying to pressure their Disco personnel into inserting spies as Disco's contribution).
(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2019 06:21 am (UTC)
Judging from how young and often Exzy goes sneaking off on adventures, no one provides security beyond Mom and Dad. Which is likely enough, between Dancer/Presidential Guard and Soldier/Spy/Royal Guard. The problem here was just that neither was home.

Still, at some point they move to Embassy, because that's where Exzy got in trouble with schoolmates, and this could be the precipitating incident. Living there with the general collection of Telie-descended sorts from multiple worlds might be more secure in the ways that matter for this particular family.

(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2019 07:01 am (UTC)
Well yeah, but there's potential conflict in them saying No and making it stick.

Probably not enough for Pam to be compelled to make an entire story of it, but maybe enough to appear in this or a sequel.
ekuah on October 24th, 2019 09:12 am (UTC)
"no one provides security beyond Mom and Dad"
I second this thought.
Just imagine turning the protection of Exzy into a political circus. Where different vested interests and lobby groups try to place an asset into Rael's household.

Or imagine trying to turn Exzy's 'good night story' into something like 'Louis XIV morning ceremony' (aka Levee) where dozen of sycophants were 'helping' the king to get out of bed.

My guess would be that Rael would 'put her foot down' so hard that it would show up on seismographs around the globe.
matapampamuphoff on October 24th, 2019 01:08 pm (UTC)
Rael swallowed hard. "No. He will not be so protected he can't live. He will have as close to a normal childhood as we can manage." her mind boggled briefly at the concept of her life being anyone's standard for "normal," let alone Xen's. "And that requires not being smothered in security."

Ox looked exasperated. "We already have a trio of guards assigned to Ryol and Arno, and keeping completely in the background. I'll add another, to keep an eye on your house while you and Xen are both absent."

"Right. Have all four of them drop by this evening, so we can all recognize them, and Jess and the kids won't think they're being stalked."
(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2019 05:39 am (UTC)
Not just that. If Xen lost his cool over a threat to Exzy, the results would be very scary.

Live in warrior trainee is desirable. Perhaps Ice? Tee Hee.