Chapter 29:Race against time
Honors and his partisans wait behind an alley leading into the square, armed and ready.
I wait in an alley on the other side of the square, my peacekeeper uniform on and the communicator safe in my pocket. It is the most valuable thing on me, as getting it to the Headpeacekeeper Staff in the Acropolis is literally a matter of life and death.
I give the signal.
Honos and his partisans storm out of the alleyway with guns blazing, assaulting the rebels around the square. Woefully outnumbered, the partisans retreat back after having killed three Rebs.
Ignoring the gunfire around me, I sneak through the square.
One minute passes. I am in the square.
Three minutes pass. I am half way across.
Seven minutes pass. I made it.
Now I run. I run around the train station and up to the railroad where the brush and trees will not impede me.
Then I sprint.
Behind me, Honos and his partisans are being either killed or routed. Their fight will appear to the rebels as simply a minor skirmish.
While they may not get more than a shallow grave if they are killed, I will always remember their sacrifice.
I sprint up the mountain, ignoring the bleeding in my shoes ignoring the chafing caused by my armor, and ignoring the burning in my lungs.
All I can think about is that I have only a few hours to reach the tunnel.
I sprint continually, completely aware of the seriousness of my mission. I do not allow myself to slow down even for a second, as that will cause a chain reaction that will result in my feinting. I see the tunnel, but it is still too far in the distance.
I'll never make it.
No! I can not think like that!
I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.
I am a Peacekeeper, I can do this. I fought in District 8, District 4, and in my home district. I have survived attempts to kill me from probably hundreds of people.
I can do anything.
With all my remaining endurance, I make the last push despite the protest of my feet and my lungs.
I just need to hold out a little longer.
Finally, I reach the tunnel.
The guards, recognizing that I am a peacekeeper, do not shoot me.
"You look exhausted. Take it easy."
"I can't I have to-"
"You're not going to do anything without some rest first."
"THERES NO TIME! If you don't get me to the Headpeacekeeper than every single person in the Acropolis is going to die."
This catches their attention, and they take me to the Headpeacekeeper Staff.