.09 Before: Freelancers/SlumsMature

Kayli was expecting a delivery today. The shorters were to come by today and Kayli needed them even though the flaw still hadn’t been solved. She needed to get them on the robots by the end of the week. Or else all that work would be so waste.

It had been an uneventful week. After the attack, Lady Elyn seemed to have disappeared, and Kayli saw no more traces of her. The riddle she had recovered made no more sense than it had before she recovered the few pieces from the ruins. She was somewhat upset that her trip seemed to have gone to waste.

Kayli still needed to figure out what she was to do with her alliance with the slums, because there was an issues: if the domes go, the slums have to go to.

The two world had almost a balancing effect on each other. Without one, the other would go overboard and thus self-destruct. Kayli wouldn’t allow that, not to mention that to be honest, the people of the slums were definitely not civilized enough.

There were the freelancers of course, but without the slums and the domes, they wouldn’t really be called freelancers anymore. Kayli preferred the name “The Third World”. It sounded grand of some sorts and Kayli realized that if she were to create the Third World, she would have to get rid of the slums and the domes and all of their inhabitants. And she meant all.

There was a knock on the door and Kayli looked up expectantly for her delivery.

It was Kyle.

“Oh.” The somewhat excited smile on her face disappeared. “Hi.”

“You don’t like you want to see us.” Kyle stared at her flatly.

“Oh, no, I was just waiting for a shipment and thought you were them.”

Kyle snorted.

“May we then?” He asked, gesturing to a seat. Kayli nodded. Kyle walked over with Sarah and sat down.

“So, what are you here for?” Kayli finally asked after a moment of awkward silence fell upon them.

“We need a plan.”

“Isn’t that obvious.” Kayli rolled her eyes.

“We got the people to do it now.”

“You mean us? Because I don’t remember ever agreeing to help you guys.”

“No, we don’t mean you.”

“Then who?”

“Sarah just got crowned queen.”

“What? Since when?” Kayli stopped in surprise. Sarah? Just now? She... Kayli clenched her hand beneath her desk. That meant a powerful ally. And a deadly ally.

“Since a couple hours ago.”

“Oh.” Kayli’s face fell a little. “And you want my help because?”

“Because of the robots.”

Kayli froze up. How did he know? Wasn’t this suppose to be top secret?

“Where did you learn that from?” She asked, suspiciously.

Kyle only laughed

“I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re probably wondering how this information got to me? Well, I’ll tell you right now. You haven’t learned a single thing since Jordan. I heard them. Discussed loudly.”

“What?” Kayli couldn’t believe her ears. Discussed loudly?

“I know what you’re thinking. You’re not the only one who plays mind games.” Kyle’s voice was now ice cold and a harsh reality washed over Kayli.

They know and they knew the whole time.

Kayli was glad that she was sitting right now. She wanted to stagger backwards and just fall down.

“And you’re still here because...” Kayli didn’t need to ask to know the answer. But it was still good to confirm something for once.

“You know. We both hate them.”

Kayli nodded. She sighed and leaned backwards.

“You have a plan?”

“I do have a plan.”

“Continue then.”

The End

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