Rebellion on Aquore, Chapter 4: The Mysterious Masked Rescuer Part 2

John walked through the shadowed streets of Hope’s Landing and pulled his jacket tighter against the cold wind that filled the town. He was uncomfortable being out alone in the deserted streets at night, especially after what had taken place the night before at the pedestal. No telling what the Enforcers might do to anyone they caught outside tonight. He crossed the dirt street and knocked on Obediah’s door.

Obediah opened the door and stuck his head out, a welcoming smile on his face. “John, the weather is fine this evening, is it not?”

John nodded. “Yes, the glow of Ludecai is beautiful.”

Obediah opened the door wider. “Please, come in brother.”

John walked inside of the house, and once Obediah had closed the door he turned and looked at Obediah. “What is going on here? Who called this meeting?”

Obediah smiled. “I did, Tyler asked me to call everyone together.”

John grunted. “Sounds like the mission was as success at least. I’m going to tear Tyler a new one! He put the entire rebellion, no the entire planet at risk with the way they carried that out.”

Obediah frowned. “You’ve heard about the disturbance at the Pedestal too then? From what I understand they weren’t the ones that caused that, although his team made their share of blunders, but that will all be explained at the meeting. Why don’t you go into the basement with everyone else? There’s only a few more stragglers I’m waiting for and then I’ll come down and join you.”

John nodded and walked down the stairs into the basement, and he was shocked to see the room was filled with people, some he recognized as family members of those who went on the rescue attempt, but were not members of the rebellion themselves. Tyler was chatting with his young wife, a woman by the name of Helen, and John prowled over to him. He grabbed Tyler by the shoulder, and Tyler jumped in shock. A smile crossed Tyler’s face and he clapped John on the back. “John, it’s good to see you again!”

John grunted. “What were you thinking with that stunt your group pulled? Destroying the Pedestal was not part of the plan. Do you have any idea the danger you have put everyone in with your little show?”

Tyler frowned, “Woah, settle down, John. That wasn’t us. Walter drew the guards’ attention, and we all were caught except for Matthew.”

“Are you trying to tell me that Matthew did all of that by himself?”

Matthew walked up behind John. “I did no such thing! Once I saw the others were caught and I wasn’t going to be able to do anything to help, I ran out of there as fast as I could! I ran into young Tarren actually, and after he found out what had happened he said he was going to find some help, and told me to go home.”

John threw his hands up. “Now you’re telling me that Tarren did all this? Will someone just explain to me what happened last night?”

Tyler cleared his throat. “Like I said, we were captured last night, and the questioner had me strapped to a table and he was, how would you say, enticing me to talk with a knife. I heard a lot of crashing around from up above us, but the questioner just kept going. After that, the masked man rushed downstairs, freed us, destroyed everything, and led us out through an old mining tunnel. After that he brought us back to Hopes Landing, had us gather up our families and told us to hide here until we could safely get ourselves and our families off planet. Does anyone know who he is? We all want to thank him.”

The room was filled with quiet murmurs as everyone asked the people around them if they knew anything about the masked man. John searched the room until he found Tarren whispering with a group of people. “What about you, Tarren? Matthew says that you were going to get some help, who did you go to?”

Panic filled Tarren’s face momentarily, but then his face smoothed over. “I went to Scott’s home to seek help, but he turned me away. The guy’s a major creep, I can’t believe we work with him.”

John raised his eyebrow. “Was he the only one that you went to for help last night?”

Tarren shrugged. “I didn’t know who else to turn to. I was hoping to have another emergency meeting to get some more help for them. I thought Matthew must have talked with either you or Obediah and that’s what this meeting was about.”

John scratched his head. “Maybe Scott had a change of heart, but if that’s the case, that gives us all the more reason not to trust this masked fellow. If he’s working for Scott, that’s all good and fine, but until we know for sure, we all need to keep our distance. We don’t know what he wants.”

Tyler growled, “It’s pretty obvious what he wants, he wants an Aquore where the people are free! He was disgusted by the cages and torture devices! I think we should ally ourselves with this masked stranger!”

Shouts of agreement filled the basement, most loudly from those who had been freed the night before. John had to raise his voice to be heard over the crowd. “We keep our distance for now! You don’t get a say in it any longer, Tyler. You and your family get to leave this mess he’s made behind! The rest of us are going to have to try and survive the retribution from the Pedestal. You thought taxes were bad before? Now the government has to rebuild the Pedestal. You thought the Enforcers were brutal before? Think of how rough they’re going to be with anyone who steps out of line until this masked man is caught! We need to lay low until this all blows over, and hope that we make it through the next couple of months alive!”

The room grew silent as what John said sunk in, and many of the excited faces were now filled with terror. Tarren’s face took on a determined look. “You’re wrong, John.” Ever eye in the room turned and focused on Tarren. “Not about the government striking back against the people, I think you are completely right about that. The rebellion can’t go into hiding, we have been given a great opportunity to come into the open. Think of the support we can get from the people when the government’s oppression gets worse! We could grow the rebellion to numbers we’ve only dreamed about! With the help of this masked man, we could finally kick the government off of this rock and let the people rule themselves. The guards weren’t able to harm him at all! It was almost as if they were just more statues in his way!”

Tarren’s speech was met by more cheers, but they were more hesitant. John looked at Tarren suspiciously. “How do you know the guard’s weren’t able to hurt him?”
Tarren’s eye’s filled with panic, and he looked around the room. “Um, I heard some of the Enforcers talking about it in the marketplace today.”

John nodded his head. “Uh-uh, are you sure there isn’t anything else you would like to tell us about, Tarren?”

“Only that we need to strike now, while the government is trying to recover!”

Shouts of affirmation filled the room, and John waited for them to calm down. “The guards will be most prepared right now for an attack. If we do this now, we risk getting all these people, and everyone else on this planet killed. How many more orphans are you looking to make, Tarren?”

The room dropped to silence, and then slowly turned into people murmuring amongst themselves. Tarren looked around the room for support, and when he found none, he sighed. “You may be right, John; but I think we need to at least look for the masked man and figure out what he has planned.”

John nodded. “I agree. If we can get him to meet with us and work with us, we might be able to convince him that attacks like the one last night are only going to put the people in danger.” John waited a moment for any more discussion on the matter before turning back to Tyler. “Did the masked man let you in on how he plans on getting you off planet?”

Tyler frowned. “No, he just told us that we needed to as soon as possible.”

John sighed. “Alright, does anyone have any suggestions or ideas for how we can pull this one off?”

Thank you for checking out my story, if you liked this and want to see more of it, come back on Friday when I will publish part three, and check out the other stories I’m working on writing, here: Tales of the Imagination, check out my facebook page to connect with me and give me some feedback: Facebook, and follow me on Twitter here: @EJBorchardt. Please like, comment, and tell your friends if you like what you’ve read. Also, if you enjoy reading my stories, and you enjoy drawing, I’m looking for pictures of my characters. If you want to send me your fan art, I promise to include it with some of my posts! I look forward to seeing that art!

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