Book 1 The Queens of Love and Beauty

Chapter Six

Monday the 7th of May 1990.

Present Day.

Northeastern Siberia.

I had gotten up from the avalanche, and stood. I looked around, then grabbing my radio, placing it next to my mouth.

“Roxy, are you there? I’ve made it to shelter.” Jonah said.

“Jonah? Jonah, if you can hear me, go back. Please don’t try to find me. We need to do this alone.” I said.

Kurtis and I found a campfire just two miles up. There was a very small hut, that we sat in while we got warm again. None of us minded the cold, but we knew our blood would mind it, so we would have to rest for a few minutes.

“Men are scouring the ruins in the mountains. If the artifact is here, we’ll find it.” The leader of Trinity said over the radio. They couldn’t hear me, but we could hear them.

Another voice then came on the radio. “And what of the Remnant?” The mysterious voice said.

“They continue to resist us. But we’ll have the situation in hand soon enough.”

“Good. Trinity has faith in you.”

I looked at Kurtis, who was looking at me. He sat behind me, hugging me lovingly.

He began kissing my neck, his hands around my waist. I turned around, beginning to kiss his lips.

He laid me down, taking off my trousers, then undoing his own, taking out his cock, shoving it inside me. He thrust his cock deep inside me, making me moan.

He began kissing my neck again as he thrust his cock. I began to moan loudly, as he came inside me.

I put my trousers back on then, and he did his up. We then went up the pathway that was to the right of us, walking until we came to a wall, that we had to get up to.

Tuesday the 8th of May 1990.

We came to a cave, a bear coming out, and trying to kill us, but we both took it down with as many bullets as we needed to put into it, then walking inside the cave.

That’s when I changed my outfit, to something that I liked, instead of something I had to wear because people said it would be cold, even though I told them that the cold didn’t bother me.

We came out of the cave to a walkway. We began walking up to the edge, to look down, but a woman fired an arrow near my feet. We both turned, pointing our guns at her. She only had a bow and arrows.

“We’re not your enemies.” I said, putting my gun into its holster, getting Kurtis to do the same with a gesture.

“That remains to be seen.” The red haired girl said.

“How long have the men been here?”

“Days, at most. The invaders took many of my people prisoner. You should leave this place before it’s too late.”

“I can’t do that. I came here for something important.”

“So did they. If I see you again, I’ll put an arrow in your throats.”

“You and I are on the same side. I hope I can prove that to you.”

Off in the distance, a bomb went off. Kurtis and I turned to look at it, and when we looked back the girl was gone.

We then walked down to the place the bomb had gone off, it wasn’t too far, and we got down there on a zip wire. We walked inside, and stopped for a moment, looking around.

There was no one there, so we walked on, and came to a large room, which led to a church, which the leader of Trinity was in. He was talking to someone over a radio. I could just about hear the voice on the radio.

“Your reports have ceased. Trinity’s growing concerned.” The mysterious voice from earlier said.

“We’ve had trouble with the natives. Our communications were offline, but everything is now under control.” The leader said.

“If the situation becomes untenable, we will step in.”

“It won’t. You sent me for a reason. I was chosen for this. I will succeed.”

“See that you do.”

I was too distracted (changing clothes) to sense the people coming up to us. Kurtis was trying to work out a way to kill the leader, but his men came over to us and knocked us both out with a gun to the face.

I woke up tied to a chair, no Kurtis around. I looked up to see Ana tied to the chair opposite me, and thought it curious, but I would play their game for now.

“Roxy! Are you okay? Oh, thank God!” Ana said, sounding concerned.

I pretended I didn’t know that she was on the wrong side all along, and pretended to be innocent to it all. Pretended that I hadn’t seen every move they would make.

“Ana? What - what are you doing here?!” I said, sounding more convincing than she did.

“I don’t know! I can’t remember. What’s happening, Roxy? I’m scared.”

“I’m so sorry. I didn’t think they’d come after you.”

“Who...who are they? What do they want?”

“The same thing my father was after.”

“Oh no...Roxy...I told you not to do this. Whatever they want, just give it to them.”

“It’s not that simple. Just hold on. I’ll get us out of here.”

The leader of Trinity then came in, walking up behind Ana and started strangling her with a piece of wire. My acting was amazing then, I pretended to be concerned for her life.

“Talk.” The man said.

“No, you bastard!” I shouted, convincingly pretending to be concerned about her.

“Where is the Divine Source?”

“Please! Just stop! I don’t know where it is!”

He then stopped, Ana looking at him, and the mask was unveiled, her true self free. Showing me that I was right about her all along, I had even warned my father all those years ago. And now...I unveiled my mask to her.

“That’s enough. She doesn’t know.” Ana said, the man now stood beside her, a hand on her shoulder.

“You cunt.” I said to Ana, getting a slap around my face from the leader, which made me look at him with loathing.

“You couldn’t let it go, could you? I knew you’d find your way to this place.”

“What the fuck did you expect?”

“It doesn’t have to be this way. We seek the same thing. We could use someone like you. You want a purpose in your life; we can provide that for you.”

“You’ve got to be fucking kidding. I’ve seen how Trinity operates.”

“Is that a no?”

“It’s a no fucking way. Tell me, Ana. Were you recruited by Trinity before or after you started screwing my father?”

“I loved Marcus. But he was blinded by idealism, and it destroyed him. What would you do with the artifact?” Ana stood then, walking over to me, the leader right beside her. “Show it to the world? Redeem your father’s good name? You’re still so naive...just a frightened little girl trying to walk in her daddy’s shoes.”

I spat in her face then. “You bitch, you never loved my father. You never cared about him. You were just waiting for him to die. You wanted the mansion, you wanted kill gone, so your stupid cult can do whatever they want.”

The leader put his gun to my forehead. “We’re done here.” He said angrily.

“No. Not yet.” Ana said, the leader then putting his gun away. Ana then turned to me. “You and I...we can still be on the same side of history. Think about it, Roxy.”

“Go to hell you stupid bitch.”

The leader untied me, my eyes never leaving Ana, as he escorted me out the room. We walked for five minutes before we came to a line of prison cells.

He threw me inside my own cell, where Kurtis was sat on the bed waiting for me.

I went to shove the leader, but he slammed the cell door shut, and walked away from us.

“Bastard!” I shouted after him.

I then sat down, and tried to work out a way to get the hell out of here, and fast.

“Perhaps that’s all he knows how to be?” A man said, startling me.

“I thought we were alone.” I said.

“So what should I call my new acquaintance?”

“Nothing. I won’t be staying.”

“Konstantin has little patience.” Now I knew his name.

“Nor do I.” I stood, Kurtis just sitting on the bed, staring at me as I went up to the door.

“So I see. Can you get us out of here?” The man said, standing up, coming closer to the bars.

“There’s no us. I don’t even know who you are, or why you’re here. I’m not feeling particularly trusting right now.”

“You won’t get far without me.”

I laughed aloud. “You don’t know how far I’ve come.” I leant against the door, looking at him, seeing how handsome he was. “What do you know about them?”

“A sect. Ancient and secretive. They believe themselves to be doing the work of God.”

“From what I’ve seen, they’re pretty far from holy.”

I then started kicking at the door, Kurtis coming to give me a hand, we both kicked as hard as we could, bringing the door down, walking out of the cell.

“Wait!” The man said, as Kurtis started searching for any weapons, or ammo, finding some ammo on the table. “Let me out. I can help you.”

“I can’t trust you.” I said, knowing his fate before I had even met him, I knew he would die, and I already felt something for him.

“We may not be enemies. I can see that. I suspect you do too.”

“We work better alone.” I was looking in a locker, finding ammo, and a spare radio and the key to the man’s cell, I picked them both up. Kurtis looked at me, his eyes sorry for what he knew I would do.

“I know the layout, I know the land.”

“I’m a fast learner.”

“I’ve no doubt of that...maybe I can offer you something more valuable. I know what you’re all after.”

I walked over to the cell hesitantly. Kurtis keeping an eye on me all the while, as I opened the cell door, letting the man out. I gave him the radio then.

“Thank you. I’m Jacob.” Jacob said.

“Roxy.” I said.

I started to walk off, Jacob staying behind for a moment, before following behind me.

“We have to move. The guards will be coming through on rounds any moment.” Jacob said as we walked down some stairs, walking up the passageway.

“Do you know the way out?” I asked, as we walked.

“Yes...I’ve had some time to study this place.”

“How long were you in that cell?”

“Long enough to learn that Konstantin won’t stop until he’s found what he’s looking for.”

“The Divine Source? Is it here?”

Jacob laughed. “Trust must go both ways, Roxy.”

We then came to a small room, with a projector in the middle of it with nothing on it. The three of us looked at it for a moment.

We looked around for bullets for my gun. We found two rounds just lying around, then we left the room through a door, walking up some stairs.

“Our best chance of escape is to make our way to the old train yard. My village is in a valley on the other side of the mountain, we’ll be safe there.” Jacob said, as we walked to the top of the stairs.

I jumped through a whole in the wall, and jumped down to the other side, looking at the helicopter which was dropping men into the small place below.

Jacob joined me, watching with me. We watched them for a good five minutes before we said anything.

“Stay here. I’ll take care of this.” I said, then jumping off the building we were on top of.

There was five men, I took out three of them with my gun, and Kurtis took out two of them with his gun. We then went into a window, where Jacob was knelt.

“I have patrols headed to all the major dig, here...and here.” Konstantin said just below us, a few men and Ana with him.

“What about these installations?” Ana asked.

“I can send smaller groups - a few sharpshooters and scouts.”

“Do it. We have a lot of ground to cover and Trinity wants the artifact found as soon as possible.”

“We aren’t getting anything on satellite. Too much interference. Constant cloud’s as if this place doesn’t exist. This is the place...I can feel it.”

“The Soviet records are quite convincing. I cannot wait to leave this frozen hell.”

“Then I have good news. Reconnaissance from the scouts. The natives have a settlement on the other side of the mountain.”

“Soon. You will have your day.”

“We both will. Just as long as you don’t lose focus again.”

“What do you mean?”

“You’re sentimental about her...the Knight girl. I can tell because she’s still alive. We can’t afford to dwell on the past.”

“You doubt me? You know what I’ve given to Trinity. What I’ve sacrificed! What I face-” Ana was shouting, then started to cough violently.

“Life has not been kind to either of us. But I swore I’d always protect you.”

“Now who’s being sentimental?”

“I promise you, all of this will be worth it in the end. With the Divine Source, you will live. But more importantly, you will live in a world cleansed of sin.”

“Send your men to this settlement. Find out what they know.”

“Konstantin, you’re needed in the holding cells.” A man said over the radio.

“We’re in this together, sister. Remember.” Konstantin said, everyone then leaving the room.

I then jumped down, and took a look at the maps on the table, and other things that were lying there on the table. I read one of the things that caught my eye out loud.

“Mankind shall be judged, the non-believers turned to ash and swept away. And the pure of faith will be raised up and eternal.” I recited.

The alarms went off then. I signaled Kurtis to take Jacob and leave, myself jumping down into waist high water. I walked until I came to ankle deep snow.

I walked then until I came to Jacob and Kurtis, two miles away from where I was. I knelt behind a small wall, and watched as Jacob killed a man with a knife, stabbing his attacker in the heart.

I walked up to Jacob, smiling happily. Kurtis came over, giving me a sentimental hug, then stood next to me.

“Thanks for getting me out of that place.” Jacob said.

We ran over a bridge as a helicopter came in sight. We stopped at the end, which had broken away.

We saw no other way out, so we jumped into the sea below. I had been hit by an arrow before hitting the water, and had hit my head on a near metal pole, knocking me out.

When I woke up we were in a cave, all three of us. Kurtis over in the corner pretending to be asleep, but he wasn’t. Jacob handed me a warm liquid, which I drank eagerly. I noticed the bandage around my leg.

“You could have left me in that river. You could have just let me die.” I said.

“Would you have left me?” Jacob asked.

“I’d have thought about it.”

“What makes you think I didn’t? So what makes you risk so much to come here?”

“The Divine Source.”

“I know what you’re looking for. But I want to know why.”

“When I was young, it was just my father and I. He was an archaeologist. In his last years, he was obsessed with myths about immortality. Of course, no one believed him...including me. Our last conversation was a fight. He...he took his own life. I thought I’d come to terms with it, but...”

“Something else happened.”

“And I saw something that I thought was impossible. It changed everything. I realized my father was right. He died alone and broken. But he died for something.”

“So you believe the Divine Source is real?”

“I honestly don’t know. But if there is any truth to it, I have to find out. needs to be researched and studied. It could make a difference to the world. It’s not something to be hidden away.”

“A difference is not always for the best. Would you wish Trinity to have the secret to immortality?”

“Of course not.”

“Then I would ask you not to abandon your quest, but to altar its path. Join me and my people. Help us repel Konstantin and Trinity.”

“And after that’s done?”

“Then you leave our valley untouched, but knowing that you’ve done the right thing.”

“No, I’m sorry. I can’t do that.”

“Can’t or won’t?”

“I’ll fight Trinity with you but my goal remains the same. If I give up now...”

“You’d feel like you’d be letting him down?”

“Not just him. I need answers, Jacob. I need to understand. I want to know why my father died for this.”

“I understand.” Jacob changed the subject. “Kurtis said you two have a little girl waiting at home for you. How old is she?”

“We have two daughters, Jasmine and Mustelka. Jasmine is five, and with my butler in Los Angeles, California, the other is two. Mustelka is with her grandmother in Poland. How old is your child?”

“You know I have a child?”

“I can sense you’re a father!”

“Her name is Sophia, named for her mother. She’s eighteen now.”

“Thankfully none of my children are at that age. I have six children, four without Kurtis. They were just men I thought I loved, but didn’t. I had twins, twice. Nattie and Mel are eight, and Brie and Steph are seven.”

“Lucky for you. Sophia can be a handful. She’s too much like me, and not enough like her mother.”

“What happened to her mother?”

“She died two years after Sophia was born. She had cancer, and we did not have the medicines we have manufactured these past few years. I miss her, but...I don’t at the same time. I loved her, yes, but this world was not meant for her.”

“I’m sorry...I didn’t know.”

“You’re fine. I don’t mind talking about it. Its been sixteen years now, I don’t really think about her much anymore. Only when Sophia brings her up.”

“My mother died when I was little...when I was nine...we were on a plane to Nepal, crashed...a storm had come out of nowhere, and sent us down. I managed to survive, but...she pulled Excalibur out of a dais and she just...disappeared in front of my eyes. My father once believed that she had gone to Avalon.”

“Do you believe she is there?”

“I don’t know anymore. I used to when I was a child, but I grew out of hoping for my mother to come back.”

“So how did you meet Kurtis?”

“My father and his used to go on a lot of archaeological digs together, and on one of those digs, they had brought us both along. We got on like a house on fire. We were such terrors together.”

“Are you two married?”

“No. I’ve never been married...but...not him. He’s not asked. And I’m afraid to.”

“What’s the deal with you two then?”

“We’re a couple, but he lets me fuck whomever I want. And when I want. So long as I’m happy he doesn’t care.”

Jacob then lent over and began to kiss me. One thing led to another, and the next thing we knew, we were laying naked, myself half on Jacob as I fell asleep.

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