The sun was setting as Hanna followed Hans through Evercity.
“What do you know about Emily that I don’t?” Hanna asked trying to spark a conversation.
“What do you know about her?” Hans said coldly.
“Well...she likes being with people, she likes fighting Autos, she’s quiet, bold, and tough.” Hanna stopped.
“Anything else?” Hans raised a eyebrow.
“I haven’t known her that long. Only several months.” Hanna said.
“Ah. Well there’s a lot you don’t know about her. She sensitive, Your right about her being tough. I takes a lot to get her to cry. She is also quiet, yes, she stands up for herself and other people and would make a good lawyer, but what made you think she was social? She’s never been social. But she’s changed since I last saw her. Maybe that changed as well.” Hans sighed. It was a sad, empty sigh, like we had lost something valuable. They walked in silence. Night was settling in and it was dark when they reached the Old Mount. The moon was behind causing it to send a long dark shadow across the land. Everything looked eerie. A waterfall ran down the side of the mountain. The wind blew cold. “Stay here.” Hans said abruptly.
“What? I can help you!” Hanna said starting to follow Hans. Hans didn’t say anything, he just kept walking. “Emily!” She shouted.
“Be quiet!” Hans snapped, “Did you hear that?” His voice softened.
“Hear what?” Hanna asked.
“Something from where the river starts, near the top of the mountain,” Hans looked up, “Ahk! I can’t see very much. The moons behide it. But I can see a shadow of something. Or someone.”
Location: The Old Mount
“I see light!” Shadowfire pointed to a patch of fading light near the riverbank.
“Yes! Help me.” Grace carefully picked Emily up. “She very light.” Grace seemed surprised.
“She did apparently have a robotic leg which would probably be heavy.” Shadowfire said, “Now let’s go.” They ran toward the light.
“Yikes! That’s a big waterfall. We must be on the opposite side of the mountain.” Grace said looking at a gap in the rock where the water ran down. “What can we do?”
“Shout.” Shadowfire said. “Like this: HELP! WHERE STUCK AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN WITH AN INJURED PERSON CALLED EMILY PURPLEBOTTLE!” She stopped and looked at Grace. “See?”
Grace stared at her. “Um okay?” They called as loud as they could. “Stop for a sec and see if we’ll get an answer.” Grace and Shadowfire went silent.
At the bottom of the mountain...
“Did you hear that!? Someone at the top of the mountain had Emily!” Hans turned to Hanna.
“Yeah! I did. We have to get up there. But how?” Hanna asked.
“Um...I know! Ask Julian if he can fly the Copper Petal up there. While you go get him, I’ll try to climb to the top and see what’s going on up there.” Hans said. Hanna reluctantly walked away. “Hurry!” Hans shouted. He started to run up the narrow mountain path.
After a while he came to a cliff and started to climb. The waterfall fell down the mountain 20 feet to his right. After what seemed like forever, because he had been a lieutenant in Lucky’s army, he had no experience climbing, he could see the top of the cliff in the darkness. He started to move closer to the waterfall. “Is someone up there?” He shouted. A face appeared at the top of the cliff. Someone murmured something he couldn’t hear then a second face appeared.
“Are you here to help us?” A female voice said.
“Yes! Do you have a rope?” Hans asked, still climbing up the cliff, but slower. More murmuring.
“Yes! Hold on.”
Hans was very close to the waterfall now, soaked to the skin, and barely able to hold on to the slippery rocks. A rope was lowerd down to him. As he grabbed for it he lost his footing and fell.....onto a wooden floor. He groaned then saw Hanna leaning over him.
“Are you okay?” She asked.
“Maybe.” Hans said, looking around.
“It’s a yes or no question, Hans.” She grinned as she handed him his hat that had been laying on the deck.
He was on the Copper Petal with Julian at the wheel! “Haha! Just in time!” Hans exclaimed. He jumped from the Copper Petal to the cliff. “Hello ladies.” He tipped his hat. “Do you have Emily with you?”
“Yes.” Said the first one. “Just inside the cave. I’ll show you. By the way, I’m Grace.” Hans nodded and looked inside the cave.
“Emily.” He whispered. Then he shook himself and picked her up.
“We were going to take her to Aethasia hospital,” The second girl said. Hans looked at her. “I’m Shadow.” Hans nodded again and they all climbed onto the Copper Petal.
Jacoby put Elsa down and pulled out his starter pistols. Automatons were aiming loaded guns at him. “Remain silent and come with us or you will be tased.” An Automaton said in its mechanical voice. Another automaton held a taser. Jacoby froze and put his hands up. The Automaton with the taser came forward. Jacoby pointed his pistol toward to and shot. It fell to the ground. The other Automaton jumped forward but Jacoby shot that one too. Suddenly there was a clank behide him. Jacoby slowly turned. A man behind him held the taser. Jacoby gulped.
“Sorry. But it has to be done.” The man said and fired the taser.
Jacoby fell to the ground, unconscious. The man grab Jacoby’s watch and pocketed it. “Take him to my office.” He said and walked off.
Location: Lucas’ Workshop
“What am I going to do?” Ariella paced back and forth in front of Lucas. “I can’t leave them! They’ll be captured! Probably have been captured.”
“Sprockets and springs!” Lucas exclaimed. “Don’t look at me! I don’t even know that your talken ‘bout.” He turned back to his invention and screwed a metal plate in.
“What are you working on?” Ariella asked and stopped pacing.
“Secret.” Lucas said flatly. Ariella nodded and started to pace again. “That’s very annoying!” He said, his back to her. “Your making to much noise. Go solve your problem someplace else.”
“Your right,” Ariella agreed. “I should solve my problem but...I’m stress paralysed.” She sighed and sunk down on a crate.
“That’s not a thing.” Lucas said, hammering at his machine.
“It must be!” Ariella through up her hands. “I’m outta her.” She walked out and not looking where she was going, collided with a urchin. “Watch where your going!” Ariella snapped.
“Oy! leave me alone.” She said.
“Sorry. Can you help me?” Ariella said, getting over her bad temper. The urchin frowned.
“With what? By the way, it’s Skybie.”
“I’m looking for my friend, Jacoby Elderfun.” Ariella explained.
“Oh yes! I’ve heard of him from Alexander.” She said excitedly.
“Your part of the resistance?” Ariella asked, surprised.
“Oh yes! Emily Purplebottle told me.” Skybie said.
“You know Emily?” Ariella asked, surprised.
“Well...I don’t really know her. I just bumped into her in the Grotto.” Skybie explained.
“Did she tell you what she was doing?” Ariella asked. Skybie shook her head. “Okay. This is what I want you to do.”
“How long does it take for taser affects to wear off?” A irritated voice said.
“I don’t know, Otterquill. Just be patient. Look I think he’s coming to now.”
Jacoby eyes flew open. Two men sat behide a deck in front of him. One leaned forward and opened his mouth but Jacoby interrupted.
“What are you doing?! I demand my legal rights!” He shouted and grabbed for his pistol but found out he was tied to a chair.
However did I miss that? He thought.
“I am Jonah Claude and this is Spector Otterquill,” The man chuckled. “You are here for interrogation for-“
“Interrogation! What! Why? I don’t think you-“
“Be quiet!” Jonah shouted. “First off: Why are you here?” He raised a eyebrow. Jacoby rolled his eyes they thought, Why does the name ‘Claude sound so familiar? It’s almost like-Emily! Emily Claude! This must be her long lost father!
“I’m not talking.” He said.
“Maybe we should move him to a torcher chamber?” Otterquill whispered. Jonah held up his hand.
“That won’t be necessary.” He said, then narrowed his eyes. “Okay. Since you won’t talk will you at least say your name?” Jacoby kept his mouth closed. Jonah sighed and but his head in his hands. “Were you trying to break Elsa Overhurt out?” He asked suddenly, lifting his head.
“No.” Jacoby snapped. Jonah look at Jacoby suspiciously.
“They why were you in her cell? I have a long list of every prisoner in the Fogworks with dates. The last person to be brought was Elsa and that cell had Ariella Newheart in it. She was brought in to—Ariella...she was not there!” He shouted the last two words the turned to Otterquill. “Have 3 groups of 2 comb the Fogworks for her. Now!” Otterquill dashed out. Jacoby’s eyes got big. Jonah looked at him. “You know her?” Jacoby gulped.
“You won’t find her.” He said.
“How are you so sure?” Jonah gave him a sideways glance.
“I-um-I’m not talking.” Jacoby glared at Jonah.
Fogworks: Room 493...
“Hey everyone!” Otterquill burst into a room with about 12 Automatons in it. They all turned to look at him. “Boss wants you to comb the Fogworks for girl called Ariella Newheart. We think she’s escaped.” He pointed to 6 Automatons. “Split up into groups of 2 and come back to Lieutenant Jonah’s office in 1 hour.”
“You heard him.” A pacifier officer said. “Let’s go.” They hurried out of the room and down the hall. “Where are we going to get 6 combs from?” One asked.
“Not sure what he meant.” Said another.
“Don’t be so thick!” Otterquill yelled down the hall. “Combing something means a quick search.” All the automatons look at him then at each other.
“Okay. Let’s go.” The Pacific officer led them off.
Location: No Mans Landing
“Here we are.” Julian landed the Copper Petal and everyone stepped off.
“Look! The hospital’s open!” Shadowfire exclaimed. A woman met them at the door.
“Hello! I’m Kelli Oldenline. Won’t you please come in?”
“Thanks.” Hans said as he rushed in. “This is a emergency.”
“Oh yes. Come this way.” They walked into another room. “Lay her on his bed and I’ll get a doctor.” Said Kelli. “Now please wait in the waiting room.” They silently walked to the waiting room and sat down. Kelli walked out and down the hall and came to a door. She knocked. The door opened. “Cinnar. Come with me.” They went to room where Emily was.
“Why, it’s Emily!” Cinnar exclaimed.
“You know her?” Asked Kelli.
“Yes. She worked her for a little bit. Hmmm, she’s not seriously injured but I’ll have to replace her robotic leg. I’ll have Lucas make one.” Cinnar said. Kelli nodded and walked out.
“I’ll tell him.” She said as she walked out.
“Thanks! And make it quick.” Cinnar asked her. Kelli said she would and went off down the hall. Cinnar looked at Emily.
“I can’t revive her till I’ve put the robotic leg on and have Aether in it.” Cinnar told Hans in the front room.
“I see. How long with that take?” He asked.
“Not long. I think Lucas has a small stash, Kelli’s gone to get one.”
Just then Kelli walked in. “I got it.” She said holding up a paper bag.
“Thanks, Kelli. I’ll do that now. Won’t be long!” Cinnar and Kelli walked out. Soon Cinnar had it on and was about to tell Hans, Hanna, Shadowfire, and Grace. “Kelli, put Aether in this slot here and make sure she revives. I’ll be right back.” Cinnar pointed to a slot in the robotic leg.
“Sure.” Kelli said and watched Cinnar leave. As soon as she was gone, Kelli pulled a small bottle of fog out of her pocket and poured some into the slot. She closed it and waited. After a few seconds Emily’s eyes fluttered open. Kelli smirked. “Won’t Lukcy be pleased?” She said out loud and smirked.
I strange feeling came over me as I opened my eyes and sat up.
“Won’t lucky be pleased?” I turned and looked at the person who had spoke. She smirked at me. “Hi. I’m Kelli Oldenline.” She said.
I blinked. Something wasn’t right. I felt...how did I feel? Everything seemed so unclear. My mind was blank. I could remember only that I had fallen into a cavern and nothing else.
“Um-I-um-er-who are you again?” I stuttered.
“Kelli Oldenline. And thank Lucky your awake!” She said.
“W-w-what?” I mumbled.
“Lucky is good. Fog...good. The Empire...is good.” Kelli said.
“Um...yes. Yes! Your right?” I wasn’t sure what was going on but I willing to believe anything I heard at that moment. I felt strong again and I wanted to know where here was. “Where am I?” I asked.
“That doesn’t matter. You don’t want to be here it’s bad because they use Aether and Aether is poison,” Kelli asked and grabbed my wrist and pulled me off the bed. “Come with me and we’ll get out of here.” I agree with her and willingly followed. “Stop!” Kelli said suddenly. She pushed me into a hall and we watched to people go by, a man and a woman. The women looked like a doctor and the man and a blue mask, hat, and suit. Both looked familiar...Kelli pulled me down the hall and out to a door. She opened it and then pulled a small mask and some clothes out of a small satchel and handed them to me. “Put these on then we’ll get out of here.” I went in and changed. I came out in a City Runner and City Explorer mask. “There. Now no will recognise you.” I raised my eyebrows. Whatever does she mean?