Chapter 34: Intruder
When she arrived at Headquarters, she parked her car and started walking toward the door, noticing deep tire marks in the gravel as she reached the porch. She looked at the door and saw that it had been kicked in. She quickly changed to Dark Vengeance and pulled out her Crystal Gun.
She lightly pushed the door open, but it fell off its hinges. She looked up and saw two arrows in the wall. She walked over to them and pulled one out. A Rainbow Crystal tip, she thought. Then, she heard a crash coming from down stairs. She dropped the arrow and walked up stairs to the elevator.
The doors opened and she walked inside. As the doors closed behind her, Dark Vengeance noticed something red on the wall. She got closer and realized it’s blood. What is going on?, she sighed.
She quickly turned toward the doors as they opened, and then stepped out of the elevator.
“Oh my goodness.” The room was trashed: tables upside down, glass on the floor, papers everywhere. “Hello?” She cautiously walked across the room. Then, Drake walked out of the computer room.
“You can put that away.” He nodded at the gun. “He’s gone…now.”
Dark Vengeance put the gun away. “Deactivate: Dark Vengeance.” She transformed back into Rebbeca and walked over to Drake. “What happened?”
“Sky. That’s what happened.”
“How did he find us?”
“Danny must have told.”
“Who all was here when it happened?”
“Just me and Abigail.”
“Is she okay?”
“Now. He shot her with two arrows.”
“So, she was the target?”
“Not exactly. You should see this.”
They walked into the computer room and found that it looked worse than the main room: monitors smashed, computers ripped apart, wires everywhere.
“He took the hard drives?”
“And the backups, and the backups of the backups,” Drake replied.
“So, the hard drives were the target, and Abby just got in his way.”
“But why didn’t he kill her?”
“Maybe Retsacnal wants her alive.”
“Do the others know?”
“Yeah, they’re on their way.”
“Good.” She looked around the room. “Can you salvage anything?”
“No, it’s all trash.”
“Do you have your laptop with you?”
“I need you to look up an address.”
“Okay.” Drake took the paper from her and got his laptop. “Where’d you get this?”
“As in Roads?”
“Let me guess. She wants in?”
“Yeah, and she said Danny was telling Whitney everything.”
“Our names, our weaknesses, you name it…he gave them everything,” she said, angrily.
“So, he was two-timing us.”
“Drake, now is not the time for ‘I told you so’.”
“Did you tell Danny about the backups at your house?” Drake asked. Rebbeca closed her eyes and mumbled something under her breath.
“I’ll be back.” She ran out of the room.
A few minutes later, she arrived at her house. Rebbeca ran to the front door and swung it open. The house looked like nothing had been touched. The door’s kicked in, she thought, as she ran upstairs to her dad’s office. She went straight to where they hid the memory stick.
She hadn’t been in her dad’s office in weeks, but she didn’t remember it looking like this: trashed, just like Headquarters. It’s gone, she thought. Then, she heard a floor board creek down the hall. Sounds like I’m not alone.
“Activate: Dark Vengeance,” she whispered, transforming into Dark Vengeance. She slowly walked to the door post. She saw an arrow poke around the corner. Dark Vengeance quickly pushed the arrow away and the second she saw his face, she flung her fist forward and knocked him off his feet. She stepped over his legs and kicked his bow down the stairs.
Then, she stared closely at his costume: a pure black, head to toe suit, with a white belt and eyes. “You must be Bandit.” She reached into his pocket and pulled out her memory stick. “What is it you want with this?”
He got to his knees and stood up. “Just following orders. Sorry, it took us so long to meet.”
“What do you want, Sky?”
“So much for secret identities. But don’t worry. He double crossed us, too. I didn’t know he had it in him…to double cross all of us, I mean.”
“What are you talking about?”
“He played all of us. Don’t worry, he’ll pay for it.”
“What do you want?”
“I came for the memory stick, and I’m not leaving without it.” He pulled an arrow out of his quiver and threw it at her. She moved to the side, but not fast enough, because the arrow slit her arm. Dark Vengeance grabbed her arm and looked up to see Bandit running toward her.
He jabbed an arrow through her cape and into the wall, and punched her on the left side of her face. Dark Vengeance threw her knee as hard as she could, between his legs, dropping his knees to the floor. Then, she kicked him in the side of the head, sending him tumbling down the stairs. She turned to the arrow in her cape, pulled it out, and looked down the stairs.
Bandit found his bow and had an arrow pointed at her. “Give me the chip!”
“Over my dead body,” Dark Vengeance replied, staring at him.
“That can be arranged.” Bandit let go of the string, and watched as the arrow flew through Dark Vengeance’s left arm. As she hit the deck, they heard police sirens outside. Bandit shot two arrows through the sliding glass door and then jumped through what remained.
Dark Vengeance rolled onto her back.
“Up here.” She calmed down when she saw Sam. “Deactivate: Dark Vengeance.” She changed back as Sam put his gun away.
“Bandit was here.”
Sam took off his coat, and wrapped it around the arrow hole in her arm. She winced.
“Where did he go?”
“I don’t know. Why are you here?”
“After I pulled in the driveway at Headquarters, Drake came out and told me what happened. So, I turned around and headed straight here.” He helped her up. “How are you going to explain this one to the doctors?”
Sam picked her up. “My guess is that you have a lot of cover stories, am I right?” He carried her down the stairs and to his car. Rebbeca replied with a smile, as he helped her into his car. Sam walked around the car and got in the driver’s seat.
“We’re going to the hospital,” Sam started the car. “Notice how that was a statement and not a question.”
“That’s fine. I was going to tell you to go there anyway.”
“Yeah, well Drake told me about your hospital phobia.”
They pulled out of the driveway.
Rebbeca rolled her eyes and ignored him. “Can’t we get there any faster?”
“Oh, right.” He turned on the sirens and sped up to eighty miles an hour. “Sorry, your current situation slipped my mind.”
“I’m just glad you showed up when you did. I know Bandit would have finished me off.”
“I’m just doing my job.”
“Yeah, well why don’t you do your job a little faster?” Rebbeca joked. He smiled.