Jade smiled as everyone boarded and took their seats. It was going to be an interesting trip.
The engines roared to life as the shuttle took off towards the city.
Jade looked at Aul and sang. “I’m going to get things stirred up at the local haunts, distract the locals from evening thinking about there being an investigation going on. You two start with this…” She handed Aul a data pat with a couple leads on it. She nodded towards Aexod, “Think I might take Aexod to start at a couple other bars, and we will meet up with you.”
Aexod wasn’t so sure he wanted to head off to basically start bar fights, but if the distraction helped to get their investigations off and running, he was game to start a few fights…maybe he would even make a bet on them.
Aul and Sang looked at each other, grabbing Darius and looking at the data pad. Aul watched Jade and Axeod leaving, wondering what it would look like to see the predatory woman starting a fight in a bar. He smirked, wondering how long she would play cat and mouse with them, until someone inevitably died. “Try not to get into too much trouble!” He laughed after them. Jade waved over her shoulder at him while Aexod gave a more crude gesture.
Jade thought about the question as she took a sip of the dark brown liquid. It burned as it slid down her throat, and smelled almost as bad as it tasted, but it warmed her from the inside. The bar wasn’t overly crowded, but each corner had someone talking about the mayoral race. Seemed you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing someone mention it, even if it was simply how they would change this slogan, or have different colours on posters. But the man to her side had come right out and asked her who she was planning to vote for. Not that she would be voting, she had already chosen her side, and was helping the Traveller to gain footing in the election.
But as the team started their investigation, she still wondered why had she backed the Traveller? Why not choose the likely local, who had gained hearts the moment she announced her running?
Jade licked her top lip slowly, swirling the foul liquid in its glass. At first she had chosen the Traveller due
to the way he had talked, like he had wisdom behind his words, a sense of purpose. Where Maya appeared more like a rebel, like the kind who would cry out for change, but really be looking to rekindle the past she had lost.
“Well, darl’n, who you gonna vote for?”
The bar tender glanced at her as a flash of black darkened her purple irises. Her hand was itching to ignite her sabre. The mans drinking slur sending annoying chills down her spine. But she couldn’t, she had to keep their involvement a secret as possible. “And who do you think I should vote for?” Jade grinned at the bartender who nodded at her, glad
there wasn’t going to be a fight in his bar, at least not yet.
The man finished his drink, putting the glass down on the counter with a loud clunk and pointing at it for a refill. “That pretty young thing, I plan on voting for her.”
Jade scoffed, rolling her eyes. “Why is that?”
“Cause she says she’s the voice of us people’s.” The man put a hand on his chest, as though he were the one that people would be voting for. Reminded her of a sporting event, or rancor fighting pit. Creatures cheering, and the ones who had been cheering the victor screaming louder as though they had won the game, or the fight, personally.
Jade muttered into her glass, “oh please.”
“Listen, see, that other guy, the the the…oh what’s his name? Meh it doesn’t matter. He is just in a cloak, hiding away. And you can tell it’s a dude, of some sort by the way he talks…” the man took another drink, finishing it off in one go then demanding another. “But that that Maya…hmmm…ug what is that other other other, you know, the guy in the hooded thing…what’s his name?”
“For the love of spice!” Jade couldn’t help it, the darkness slowly taking over inside of her took control. She spun around, her arm knocking the man back on his chair, causing him to fall backwards in it. Jumping up off her own chair she placed a foot square on his chest, causing the man to cough from having the wind knocked out of him. The bar went suddenly quiet around her. “The Traveller. The other candidate is the traveller!” She ground the toe of her boot into his chest. “And you wouldn’t know a good candidate if they kicked you in the ass.” A couple people started cheering, she guessed they were on the Travellers side. “You just care about how your mayor fits into tight clothing! Not about how they will change Kel Rasha, or make things better for those who fight to keep it a place people like you can live in!!” Jade grabbed her drink and tossed back the rest of the liquid. The heat from it drowning out the darkness that was possessing her.
Placing her glass on the counter she stepped up on the man with one foot and walked over him. People in the bar started to either cheer, or argue amongst their tables. She grinned as she left the bar, feeling the bartenders glare as she did. Her work there was done. She had made a point. Gotten the Travellers name on the lips of more residents. Though it was just a local bar, there was no doubt the talk would spread quickly.
But as she walked out the door, meeting Aexod on the walkway, the two heading out to meet up with Aul and Sang, she couldn’t help but wonder why she still was defending the Traveller. Perhaps it was the darkness in his mystery that called to her own darkness. Whatever it was, time would soon tell her if she had chosen right.