Part of the serial story The Queen’s Triumph
Sorry this is a little bit later than usual, but it’s because I voted early today! I put on real pants (and a mask!) and left the house and everything. Check with your local officials to see if early voting is an option in your area and beat the rush on election day!
Despite my fears that everything would change with a declaration in the open, Valentin did not try to prevent me from visiting Sawya. Instead, he sent me off with a solemn request to be careful and a lingering kiss.
Eddie and I swept through the intervening blocks with swift efficiency. I wore my cloak with the black side out so that we passed unnoticed. I would reverse it once we arrived in Block 1. Eddie wore unrelenting black from head to toe. His clothes were so dark they seemed to absorb all of the surrounding light and I wasn’t sure exactly what he had on, except that it fit close to his body.
The entrance Eddie had found was in Block 8, which was diagonally adjacent to Block 1. The two blocks barely touched, and even directly adjacent blocks were only supposed to be accessible through the airlocks, but thanks to a network of service hallways, ventilation shafts, and illegal modifications, a path had opened.
I had no doubt that it remained open because of Sawya’s influence.
Eddie slipped into a narrow opening between the back of a building and the wall of Block 8. He fiddled with a tall grate for a second, and then it silently swung open on well-oiled hinges. “After you,” he whispered. “Stop four steps in.”
I did as he asked and he followed me in, closing the grate behind us. The tunnel was dark, but thanks to my specialty contact lenses, I could see well enough, if only in shades of greenish gray.
Eddie passed me with a light touch on my arm. “Follow me and step where I step. Don’t touch anything.”
It took us nearly forty minutes to travel a couple of hundred meters. Eddie disabled the traps and alarms in front of us and then enabled them behind us. We could’ve left the path open—Sawya would’ve closed it soon enough—but it was all part of the entertainment.
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