Rebellion on Aquore, Chapter 7: Working Together Part 3

Obediah’s basement was filled with anxious chatter from the members of the rebellion as they waited for the meeting to begin. Obediah made his way down the stairs and over to where John was leaning against the wall. “That’s everyone as far as I can tell.”

John nodded and made his way over to the table that he used as a stage at these meetings. He said is a loud, deep baritone voice, “Thank you all for coming, I have a lot to talk about tonight.”

One of the men in the crowd called out, “What is this all about, John? I didn’t expect the rebellion to be doing anything until this Masked Man was captured.” Many in the crowd nodded their heads and shouted their agreement.

“I have spoken with Scott and he feels that the rebellion needs to use what the Masked Man started to our advantage, and finally bring the government down. In order to do that, Scott and I have met with the Masked Man, and we have decided that we will aid him in his future attacks.”

Angry shouts of disagreement filled the room with complaints ranging from the danger of getting involved with the Masked Man to them bringing about the destruction of their planet. John fought to get the crowd under control, but they continued to shout over them. Finally Matthew whistled and the crowd grew quiet enough to hear what he had to say. “I think it would be wise to avoid making such a ruckus before the Enforcers overhear it and want to know what we are up to. I also think it would be wise to listen to what John has to say before we dismiss it outright. We’ve trusted him to lead us so far.”

John bowed his head. “Thank you, Matthew. I think we have all felt the effects of the Masked Man’s attacks, either through the rise in the price of everything or being out of work because of the damage he did to the mines. While they are troubling for us, they are a sign of how much his attacks have hurt the government. They are weakened, and the more attacks that there are, the more they are going to be hurting. If we can do enough attacks on the various mining sites across the planet, it will force the government to increase the security on them. It will weaken their defenses on the Pedestal to the point where we’ll be able to finally stage an attack and take the government down. I won’t force anyone to take part in these attacks; many of you have family and they come first. I understand that, but I welcome any that are willing to join with us in our attack. Are there any volunteers?”

The room was silent as everyone looked around to see who was going to volunteer. After about thirty seconds a young man named Thomas raised his hand, hesitantly, and Tristan, who was standing next to him raised his. Slowly other hands raised up around the room until twenty men and women had volunteered. John nodded his head. “Thank you all for your courage. When we look back on this night, you will all be remembered as the heroes that helped to change this planet.” John looked around at the volunteers and frowned. He fixed his gaze on Tarren and looked at him suspiciously. “You don’t want to fight against the Enforcers, Tarren? This seems like the type of thing you have been calling for since you joined the rebellion.”

Tarren shook his head. “The actions of the Masked Man haven’t brought about anything good. Because of him the orphanage no longer can get two day old bread from Obediah, and we can’t afford to buy it either. I thought that taking the fight to the government was a good idea, but if this is the result, then I don’t feel it’s worth it. Not only that, but if we are caught, the damage that me being there could do to the children is unthinkable. I am going to sit this one out.”
John smiled. “It seems that you thought this through quite well. It would seem that you are maturing, Tarren.” He turned his focus back onto the volunteers. “Our first attack will be tomorrow, at one of Scott Daley’s mining sites. He wants us to meet him there just after sun down to help remove any suspicion from him.”

Obediah’s eyes opened wide. “He’s going to be there for one of the attacks? That is very unlike him. Usually he wants to keep his involvement to advising.”

John shrugged. “It seemed strange to me as well. He says he wants to monitor the attack on his site to make sure we don’t do more damage than we need to. Before we break up this meeting is there anything else that anyone would like to discuss?”

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The members of the rebellion tightly gripped their shovels, picks, and wrenches as they nervously waited outside of the mining site with Scott. Scott whispered to John, “Where is he? You did leave the ribbon for him to find, didn’t you?”

John nodded his head. “Of course I did. Maybe he didn’t see it, or perhaps someone took it down before he had a chance to retrieve it.”

Tarren appeared out of the night wearing the mask and cloak that had earned him the title of the Masked Man, and John and Scott jumped a little. Scott hissed. “You’re late!”

Tarren shrugged. “I’m sorry, I ran into an Enforcer patrol on my way over and it took forever for them to leave so I could continue on.”

John’s eyes opened wide in panic. “An Enforcer patrol! Did they see you?”

Tarren shook his head. “No, I was careful not to be seen. Let’s do this so that we can get out of here.”

Scott nodded his head. “I agree. There is only one guard on duty tonight, but he doesn’t know anything about tonight’s attack. Make sure that you attract his attention so that he sees you before you knock him out. Whistle once you’ve done that and we’ll get to work.”

Tarren watched the site for movement and finally picked out the form of a man walking around. He vanished into the night and after a few seconds Scott heard a hollow thud followed by a deep grunt and a whistle. Scott motioned to the members of the rebellion and said, “Go ahead, the coast is clear.”

The members of the rebellion got up from their hiding places and spread across the mining site, placing small explosives on every piece of equipment that they came across. They put half a dozen of the explosives into a mining cart and pushed it into the mine. Once John activated the detonator, nothing of value should remain at this site.

Scott felt a hollow pain in his chest as he thought about all the equipment and resources they were about to destroy that his scientists had spent time and his money to develop. He wanted to run out there and tell them to stop, that this was crazy, but he knew that this was a sacrifice that was worth every penny. The fact that he made sure that all of this equipment was covered by his insurance policy certainly helped too.

The members of the Rebellion made their way back over to where Scott was watching the progress, and once everyone was off of the site, Tarren punched the supports that framed the mine until they collapsed and the tunnel was sealed off. He made his way over to where the rest of the rebellion was gathered and nodded to John. “Everything is ready, go ahead and do it.”

John pulled out a small radio device and pressed a button on it, and the mining site erupted into a giant fireball and a rain of scrap metal. Scott shook his head and blinked back tears. “You did good work tonight, team. Let’s get out of here before anyone comes to investigate that explosion. We’ll tell you what the next target is at the meeting in a couple of days.”

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Larry Craig, the guard that had been on duty the night of the attack stood before the senate in the Pedestal the next day. “I heard something behind me, and I turned and there was the Masked Man. I reached for my cudgel but he knocked me out before I could grab it.”

A senator looked at Larry with curiosity. “You’re certain it was the Masked Man? It sounds like you only saw him for a moment before he attacked you.”

Larry nodded his head. “Yes, it was him. He had on a brown hood and an iron mask over his face. Who else could it have been?”

The senator nodded his head. “It certainly sounds like him. Can you remember anything else that happened that night?”

Larry shook his head. “I’m afraid not. He knocked me out and when I woke up everything was destroyed, all the equipment, the mine, everything. I sure hope that you will find whoever is behind this.”

The senator replied, “We most certainly will look into this, Mr. Craig. You have given us much to discuss, if you will give us some privacy?” An Enforcer approached Larry and lead him out of the room. The senator waited until the door clicked shut before he turned his attention on his fellow representatives. “Does anyone else find it suspicious that the Masked Man attacked a privately owned mining site after two attacks on government property and persons?”

Another of the representatives nodded his head in agreement. “It does seem a bit odd, but perhaps he is a fool that doesn’t know the difference between the privately owned site and the ones under our control.”

A senator snorted in reply. “Better for us that he knew exactly what he was doing then he be a fool. If he is a fool, there will be no way to predict what he will do next.”

Another of the senators nodded his head in agreement. “Yes, I believe that the location of the attack was intentional as well, perhaps to remove any suspicion from Mr. Daley. I suggest that we send someone undercover to investigate his business and find out if there is anything nefarious going on.”

A senator held up his hand. “I second the motion and suggest Private Jonathan. He is an experienced soldier and after his recent demotion it would make sense if he was to leave the Enforcers out of frustration.”

A senator from the back row said, “Agreed, he would be an excellent choice. I believe we should send some others to get an official statement from Mr. Daley. I would like to see his reaction to all of this to see if he will give anything away. Can we all agree that we need to increase the guards we set on the other mining sites?”

Troy stood up. “I second the motion, we don’t know where the Masked Man is going to strike next, but we have to do everything we can to see that he is captured and pays for his crimes.”

Thank you for checking out my story, if you liked this and want to see more like it, come back on Monday when I will publish part one of chapter 11 of The Super Morpher, come back tomorrow when I will have all of chapter 7 for you, and Sunday for an update video on what happened previously in The Super Morpher, and a glimpse of what is going to happen in chapter 11. Check out the other stories I’m working on writing, here: Tales of the Imagination, check out my facebook page 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, and don’t forget to check out my newly published book, The Kids on the Case: Our First Case. You can buy a copy of your own here:The Kids on the Case: Our First Case.

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