It was eight in the evening by the time Dukk had cleared the ID Gateway.
He used his nav to get the directions to JL’S Sanctuary, the bar where he was to meet Wallace as instructed by the mystery man.
There were a few options. He chose the option that involved more walking.
For a haulier, walking under full gravity was something to be treasured. Dukk was no different. Feeling the weight of his body reminded him of his past. It gave him a sense of belonging somewhere.
His commute would involve a Hyperloop journey from the VG station near the centre of the Citadel. That would bring him to the middle ring. From there he would have a forty five minute walk to the port area.
He was looking forward to refamiliarizing himself with the layout.
In the port area, Marr and Luna had arrived at JL’s Sanctuary.
JL’s Sanctuary was a popular bar and restaurant, with plenty of tables as well as seating along the bar.
Luna hung back a little as Marr headed off to find the owner.
He had already seen them. He tracked Marr’s approach, and was standing ready at the bar when she got there. He smiled.
“Need a drink or something to eat?” he asked.
“Maybe, but first I have a question.”
“If one was thinking on embarking on a new adventure and getting off this planet, who would one talk to?” Marr asked.
The publican laughed.
“You two look like keepers to me,” he said nodding over at Luna who was trying to look inconspicuous near the door.
“And you, look a bit old to be changing direction. You’d be better off sticking with what you know,” he retorted.
“Thank you, for your advice, but I think I am clear in my head as to what is best for me,” Marr responded with a smirk.
“Well, if you are clear, then who am I to get in your way. And If you want adventure away from this rock, get yourselves on a rig, that will certainly achieve all your aims! Captains come here often looking for contracts and crew. Take a seat, get some refreshments and I’ll let you know if I see any captains,” the owner instructed as he signalled to a server to find them a table.
“Thank you,” Marr replied as she and Luna followed the server to a table.
The Hyperloop journey had been fast and clinical.
Before descending to ground level, Dukk stopped briefly to gaze up into the night sky. The city lights made it hard to see many stars, but the Southern Cross was there as clear as day. Seeing it from space was a far more spectacular experience, however Dukk liked to gaze up at it and imagine how most that went before him would have seen it.
Dukk had enjoyed the walk across to the outer ring. He had enjoyed exploring the narrow streets as he made his way to the pubs near the port.
It was a warm night. A little humid, but clear. Ideal walking conditions.
It all looked familiar. He wasn’t sure if that was his memory of the last time they hauled a load out of here. Or, if simply that Citadels mostly looked the same.
The nav comms informed Dukk that he was nearly at his destination. The nav suggested that JL’s Sanctuary was at the end of the street he was now entering.
Half way down the long and narrow street, Dukk noticed a drinks stand. There were a few people queuing to buy a beverage.
At that moment the street lights went out and immediately two men were at his side.
One covered his mouth as they hustled him through a door that opened in the building opposite the drinks stand.
The door shut behind them. Within, was a dimly lit room. It looked like a small pub, with a bar, a few chairs, and the odd table.
At one of the tables sat a man. The low light made it hard to make out any distinguishable features.
Dukk’s escort shuffled him towards the table and sat him at a chair opposite the man.
The man waved his hand over Dukk’s bracelet and Dukk noticed a faint green glow. The man also had a faint green glow coming from his wrist. It was just as was his experience with the mystery man in Kuedia. Only then did the goons release him and uncover Dukk’s mouth
“Hello Dukk, welcome to Utopiam, you can call me Wallace,” said the man as he reached over and switched on a lamp.
(to be continued...)
[Rule of Twelve, Double Take, Chapter 5 - The first meeting (Passage 2 of 5)]
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Rule of Twelve, Double Take - Ch15 (Passage 5/5)
“Hi,” came Luna’s voice as she bounced into the suit locker.
Dukk turned around.
“Are you alright? You are all flushed?”
“Yes, I am fine. I was practicing some yoga in zero-G. I lost track of time. Quite challenging and not what I expected.” Luna replied.
“Yoga?” Marr mouthed silently at Luna from behind Dukk.
Luna smiled cheekily.
Marr held her hands up and looked away as if to say ‘I don't want to know’.
Dukk laughed. He’d been an apprentice too once. He knew what was on his mind the first time he was in zero-g. And, he could tell an intentional lie.
“Are you sure you want to try this now? I can go alone and you can get back to your ‘yoga’?” Dukk asked in gest emphasising the last word.
“Nope, I’m good. Let’s do this.”
Thirty five minutes later, Luna stood at the port outer doorway. She was in awe.
Dukk and Luna had completed the same process Bazzer and Marr had done earlier. Marr, with ...
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