Excerpt 2 – From Chapter 26: The Time Distortion Device
Rylie paced back and forth down the corridors of the Crisis Response Academy, a look of worry across his face.
Raemund exited Peltron’s office and leaned up against the wall, watching Rylie. “So, what are you going to do?” Raemund gently questioned.
Rylie stopped pacing, placed his hands in his pockets, and turned towards Raemund. “What would you do?”
“I’m going to be a father really soon,” Raemund acknowledged. “My family has always come before my duty.”
“Then you know what I have to do.”
“You’re going with us,” Raemund concluded.
“You’re not going,” Rylie shook his head.
“I have to go,” Raemund argued. “Vai is still trapped there. My team is there. Reece is there.”
“I don’t know how long we’ll be gone,” Rylie patted Raemund on the shoulder. “And Roz is due soon. You’re having twins, as if one isn’t hard enough. You know you need to stay here.”
Raemund hesitated. “I want to help.”
“You have. You’ve done plenty, Rae. I got it from here. You need to be there when they’re born.”
Raemund nodded. “After you get Reece… Make sure Vai’s alright.”
“I’ll bring home your brother,” Rylie promised. “You have my word.” Raemund nodded and went back inside Peltron’s office.
Rylie paced throughout the lobby. He had overheard the plan to use the Fusion World Machine to activate the orb but wasn’t sure how they would transport artillery and equipment. The door to the lobby swung open and a man in a black suit and sunglasses walked in. He lifted the sunglasses up onto his hairline and approached Rylie, extending his hand.
Rylie couldn’t believe it. “Vice President Montiaiga?”
“Captain Mulloway, I hope you’re doing well.”
“I’m as well as I can be, Sir. Are you here on behalf of President Larneld? Stevyn and Raemund are in the office if you need to speak to them.”
“Actually,” Montiaiga interrupted, “I’m here to speak to you.” He paused. “I heard what happened with your daughter. And President Larneld is discontinuing missions. That’s rough.” He folded his arms over his chest and let out a chuckle. “Did you know something of value disappeared from the National Archives last night? Because I just found out about it early this morning.”
Rylie shook his head. “I wouldn’t know anything about that.”
“I wasn’t accusing you of anything,” Montiaiga smiled. “If that’s what you think.” He let out a sigh. “Anyway, I just wanted to say, it’s a tough break, what happened with your daughter. You work hard all your life for your rank, you try to provide for your girl, and then this happens. Everybody deserves a break sometimes.”
He walked back towards the doors to the lobby, as if to leave, and then stopped and turned around. “Speaking of which, the MPs at the harbor have been working very hard lately. I’m taking them out for drinks a half an hour before their shift ends, and before the night shift shows up.” He looked back at Rylie. “The men and women on your ship are loyal to you, not to Larneld. They’ll follow you wherever you ask them to go. Do what you need to do.”
Joseph Lewis Tamone lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Despite getting a degree in Environmental Engineering, Joseph has always found an escape in his quirky imagination that lent its way to his passion for writing. Joseph is an avid animal lover and history buff. When he is not writing, he enjoys escaping into the world of video games, nature, and most importantly, reading and researching. He lives in Delaware with his lovely wife, Erica, and their house full of animals.