Posted by PURPLEYHAN STORIES on Saturday, January 7, 2017
“Jett, your coordinates?” Cliff asked and I sped up.
“Passing through the tunnel, five kilometer away from there,” sagot naman niya. That means there’s a 2 km-distance between us.
The road to Nigel’s hideout isn’t a problem since only few vehicles travel this way. I stopped the car in the middle of the road and prepared our plans while waiting for them. Cliff opened his two laptops and connected them to some networks. After a few seconds, cctv footage along the highway were projected to one of his computers while the other one just displayed a black screen. On the other hand, I held my dagger and changed into Spider’s appearance.
“Nel, 1.2 kilometers,” Cliff warned. “They’re here.”
Just as he said, three black Fords raced along the highway and two guys leaned outside the cars with their guns aimed at us.
“Cliff, do the honors,” I said and he heaved a sigh. He left his laptops on the backseat and reached for his guns.
“I should’ve been the driver,” he grumbled as I start the engine.
I stepped on the pedals and rushed toward the cars. Cliff leaned outside the window and pointed his two guns at the guy in the first car. The Black fired a shot and I swerved the wheel to the right, allowing Cliff to have a better aim at his target. He pulled the trigger.
The guy on the window yelped, blood trickling down his shoulder, and Cliff fired another one, disarming the guy. He fell from the car but the driver didn’t mind. The two cars followed and showered us with bullets, but those two were faster.
A black Porsche 911 stopped in the middle of the road, several meters behind the three cars, and standing on top of it was Jett. With his beloved rifle, he gunned down the bullets fired by the Blacks before and they ricocheted away from us, while Cliff shot the driver in each car, causing the cars to crash to each other.
The cars exploded simultaneously and only two guys managed to get out alive. One of them was Dim. He looked and grinned at me, as if the explosion was nothing.
“Still keeping that facade, Red?” sabi niya at bigla namang nag-collapse ang kasama niya sa tabi niya.
“Hah. Seems like you don’t hate Spider,” I said, taunting him with a menacing smile. “I taught I might piss you off,” I added and his expression turned dark.
“Where is he?” tanong niya.
“I am here,” sagot ko naman habang nakangisi.
“I see.” Suddenly, he pulled a gun out of his coat and aimed at me. At the same time, Cliff and Jett both pointed their guns at him as well.
“I don’t think you have the right to do that,” I said, sneering.
“You think so?”
Without notice, another car came racing toward us. Jett, who was positioned just before the approaching car, turned around and aimed at it.
“You’re underestimating us,” Dim added while pointing a pistol at me. I smiled in return and reverted to my original appearance.
“Well clearly, you’re doing the same thing.” Just after I said that, he went rigid for a second and the next thing he knew, blood started to leak through his black coat. Jett had shot Dim backhandedly without even moving an inch from his spot, while Cliff fired a bullet at the charging car, and one of its tires exploded.
‘You hit a long range quite cleanly. That’s a first,’ Jett commented.
‘You know that that’s not my range. You should’ve taken that instead of Dim,’ sagot naman ni Cliff.
‘Sorry. I got carried away.’
Dim clutched his wound while kneeling on the ground. Cliff, along with Jett, marched toward the unmoving car, carefully observing the movement inside it. I, on the other hand, looked at Dim who was glaring at me but I smirked in return.
“You see, Reds aren’t just some kind of spies,” I said, pointing my dagger at his neck. “You should’ve killed me when I was still inside your base.”
He suddenly clenched the gun on his hand but I was faster. I slashed his arm and he screamed, clutching both of his wounds and he ended up crumpling on the ground. I was about to say something but a scream of pain silenced me. Jett was grasping his shoulder, but what surprised me was Ink.
“You disappointed me,” he said while looking at our direction. Saka ko narealize na meron siyang arm sword at iyon ang dahilan kung bakit nagkagano’n si Jett. Bigla naman niyang sinugod si Cliff pero agad niyang nailabas ang armas niya—a starknife. Ink’s sword crashed into his knife and deflected it with force.
“D-damn . . . y-you . . .” Napatingin naman ako kay Dim na mukhang unti-unti nang nawawalan ng malay. I thought he was talking to me but I didn’t expect to hear Ink’s name.
“This won’t be our last encounter, Reds,” sabi naman ni Ink at saka siya sumakay muli sa kotse para tumakas.
“I won’t allow you to run away,” Cliff said while pulling out his shrunk car from his coat. He was about to click the button but his watch suddenly blinked. Napatingin naman siya sa akin at tumango naman ako. Sinagot niya ang tawag at galing iyon kay Kiyoko.
“Come back here immediately,” sabi niya kaya napakunot ang noo ko. Pagtingin ko ay wala nang malay si Dim kaya naman nagmadali ako sa direksyon nina Cliff at Jett.
“Why? What happened?” Cliff asked while assisting Jett. Pagdating ko ro’n ay tinulungan ko rin siya at mukhang malalim ang sugat niya sa balikat.
“Nigel thinks the Blacks have located this place and if that’s the case, we need to get out of here.” Pagkarinig namin no’n ay nagkatinginan kaming tatlo.
“We’re coming,” sabi ko naman.
After that, I ran to my car and started the engine. Tinulungan ni Cliff si Jett at binuhat niya rin si Dim papunta sa kotse. Damn. My car’s interior has been painted red.
Mabilis kong pinatakbo ang sasakyan habang pinipigilan ni Cliff ang pagdugo ng sugat ni Jett. We don’t have any first aid kid here so I increased our speed. After a few minutes, we finally reached Nigel’s hideout.
We immediately got out of car and Cliff carried Jett to the basement while I stayed here to guard Dim. Naalala ko tuloy ang nangyari kanina. Ink managed to escape and that means the Blacks will be informed about us. However, we have Spider and Dim, and with them, we can also know some of their secrets.
Binalikan naman kami ni Cliff at habang buhat niya si Dim ay pumunta kami sa basement. Naabutan namin si Kiyoko na ginagamot ang sugat ni Jett habang si Nigel naman ay may tinitignan sa main computer at may dalawang maleta sa gilid niya.
“What’s the situation?” I asked while approaching Nigel.
“Bad,” he replied. “Nox probably knows this place by now.”
“They attached two trackers to him. We found one a while ago and when you left, we found another one inside his mouth.”
“What?!” I looked at Spider who was still unconscious and tied on the chair. “Then, are they going to attack us?”
“I have no idea but we have to be careful. I obtained a lot of information about organizations and even about the three tribes that’s why staying here is dangerous.”
That’s true. He holds a lot of researches about some stuff and if Nox discovers them, it’ll create chaos.
Pinagpahinga muna kami nina Nigel dahil sa dami ng nangyari ngayong araw. At midnight, we’re going to move out since he already found a new place.
“Hey.” Napatingin naman ako kay Cliff habang dala niya ang laptop niya papunta sa direksyon ko.
“Look,” he said while pointing at the screen and I furrowed my brows. Those codes again.
“And? What are they saying?” I asked since I can’t understand it.
“The deal between Hyacinth and Pitch, probably a Nox member, is going to happen.”
“Wait, what are the details?”
“They’re going to meet at Nightfall at the hour of the Ox,” sagot naman ni Cliff at bigla akong napaisip.
“Nightfall? You mean . . .”
“Yes. The underground trading place.”
Nightfall is the common term for all underground trading places around the world, and it has been targeted by large agencies such as FBI and CIA but they can’t pinpoint its exact location for each country. They just know that it’s a place where transactions between underground parties or organizations happen. On the other hand, our CIA—Custos Intelligence Association—knows some of them but only the Executives and Dad have the information since they usually handle Class S+ missions.
“Excuse me.” Napatigil naman kami sa pag-iisip dahil biglang pumunta si Kiyoko sa amin.
“Yes?” I asked and I still get dizzy every time I look at her mismatched eyes.
“Nigel and I got some valuable information from those drittes but we can’t let them stay with us,” she said while looking at Spider and Dim.
“We can take them to our main base in the West,” I suggested but that will take some time and we need some agents to do the job.
“Right?” sabi naman niya habang nakangiti. Did she just read my thoughts? “That’s why I have a suggestion.”
“What is it?” tanong naman ni Cliff.
“I can bring them to Shima.” My body tensed up after hearing that.
“S-Shima? You mean . . . the Island?”
Almost all Erityians know Shima, the once undisclosed and top secret island of executioners if not for that incident fifteen years ago. They said that Erityians who were deemed as sinful and dishonorable according to their respective tribe’s principle, are brought to the Executioner’s Island, or simply The Island or Shima.
“But they are humdrums,” I said in response and she smiled at me.
“That island also houses villainous humdrums.”
“How did you know that?”
“Because the executioners in Shima are Senshins.”
Nagulat naman ako sa sinabi niya. There were rumors about that since that incident was caused by a Senshin, though they didn’t confirm anything.
“Do you know its location?” tanong naman ni Cliff.
“No, but I can ask for information,” she responded.
“Does that mean you’re . . .” My voice trailed off because she looked at me with her longing eyes.
“Yes. Maybe it’s time for me to go home.”
When midnight came, all of us started to move. Nigel, along with his luggage and other stuff, used Cliff’s car for relocation. Jett decided to accompany Kiyoko, together with Spider and Dim, to Tantei High since he’s still injured. On the other hand, Cliff and I are going to Nightfall using my bloody car.
“Jett, contact us immediately when you arrive at Nigel’s new camp,” I reminded him and he nodded.
“Be careful, especially with that East,” Kiyoko said and I just nodded even though I didn’t fully understand what she meant. After that, our cars parted ways.
I called Naia, who wasn’t answering my calls for a while which was weird since she always answers our calls, and finally, she picked it up.
“God, Naia, what happened to you?” salubong ko sa kanya at may narinig akong engines sa background. “Where are you, by the way?”
“Sorry, I’m quite busy right now. Anyway, I received your mail and your Dad told me the location.”
“Wait, Dad?!” I was taken aback by her response and I can’t believe Dad gave her the information. He didn’t even want to open that topic with me! “That’s unfair!”
“Shut up, Nel, you’re too loud.” Napatigil naman ako dahil mukhang iritado ang boses niya. Maging si Cliff ay natakot dahil umayos siya ng upo. “Of course, he gave it to me since I am your Keeper. I sent you a copy of the map. Wait for my call before meeting that guy, okay?” She didn’t wait for my response and just ended the call. Naia is really frightening when she’s in a bad mood.
Pinacheck ko naman kay Cliff ang sinend ni Naia at inopen niya ang map sa laptop niya.
“So Nightfall is there, huh?” sabi ko dahil hindi ko inexpect na ‘yon ang Nightfall sa Pilipinas.
“Step on it,” Cliff ordered while looking at the time but when he realized what he just said, it was too late.
At least, we arrived earlier than the expected time.
“D-damn it,” sabay hawak niya sa ulo niya pagkalabas ng kotse. Hindi pa rin sila masanay ni Jett sa driving skills ko. Poor guys.
We’re already wearing our disguises when we entered the place. The Nightfall of the Philippines is actually a casino and I can see a lot of Filipino celebrities and politicians, but what caught my eyes were some foreigners roaming around the place.
‘Hey. Look at that guy. And that woman,’ I said while looking at them.
‘Yeah. They’re representatives from their respective countries. I knew it. It’s not just that Hyacinth,’ sagot naman ni Cliff habang sinusundan ng tingin ang ilan.
Patuloy lang kaming naglakad nang biglang may nahagip ang mata ko. I just saw someone with green eyes.
‘Did you see that?’ Cliff asked and I’m sure he was talking about that guy.
‘Yeah. Is he a Senshin? Or a Shinigami?’
‘I don’t know but he looks like an Asian,’ he said and I suddenly realized something.
She said something about East, a country’s representative, and now I realized why. He’s Japan’s representative, one of the East Asia’s countries.
‘He’s a Shinigami,’ I said and we followed him.