Hi everyone! Today we continue with part sixteen of Book 4. Two more parts till Book 5. Hope you enjoy!
The Professor watched in amazement as his beloved Dr. Zu slowly disappeared. The integration of the alien material he had procured from Groom Lake had worked out even better than he had hoped. It had taken the better part of a month to reverse engineer the suit that a mystery benefactor had left at his front door, but it had been worth it.
Dr. Zu had finished pulling on her skin-tight suit, and now her head was the only visible part of her body. She smiled at the Professor as her face seemingly floated in midair. “Oh, I like this!” as she walked over to the Professor and pressed her invisible body against him. “We are going to have some fun with these” she whispered with an evil yet strangely seductive grin. The Professor held her close and kissed her floating face, “Yes my dear. That we shall!” he chuckled as he handed her the mask he had created for her. Dr. Zu pulled the mask over her head and vanished from sight.
The Professor turned his gaze from where his wife had been and peered out the window of his warehouse overlooking Upper New York Bay. The ships had been piling up for nearly two months in the bay and the massive array of container vessels, reefer vessels and tankers sat idle with nowhere to dock and no way to turn around and head back out of the narrows in search of a safe harbor. Most of the crews had abandoned their posts weeks ago, and the pungent smell of gasoline, oil and rotting meat filled the air as one by one the ships expended there fuel stores and their generators failed. The vessels that had made it to dock at Red Hook Terminal before New York fell still sat at the pier, plundered and stripped of anything of value by the thousands of people fleeing the city.
Almost in the middle of the bay sat the lone ship that still showed signs of life. The Zen Dawn was a Chinese container vessel that was once considered the largest of her class and the fully loaded ship cast an ominous shadow over the dwarfed Statue of Liberty. She was a Triad ship, and the new base of operations for the feared criminal conglomerate. Along with hundreds of containers of traditional wares, the Zen Dawn held hundreds more filled with Triad contra ban; guns, drugs, cars, and money.
“Well, my dear if we are going to rid ourselves of any competition to become the proud new owners of a dilapidated New York I suggest we start in our own backyard. Round up our merry band of ner-do-wells and get them suited up. Let’s take our new toys out for a little test run shall we?” The Professor turned back to look in the direction of where Dr. Zu had been, but she was already gone judging from her maniacal laughter wafting down the hall as she ran off.
Li Wei sat on the bow of the Zen dawn and watched with no more than a casual curiosity an empty fishing boat drift past the front of the ship and disappear from his line of sight. He hated guarding the ship, and his mind immediately returned to daydreams of fast cars and dry land.
The Hooligan quickly grabbed the grappling hook and rope ladder from under one of the seats on the fishing boat and shot it into the anchor-windlass window with a precision that amazed even himself.
“Well come on ya gits! Up the ladder and over the forecastle we go mates” the Hooligan whispered to the invisible crew.
The Professor’s plan to take the Zen Dawn was brilliant in its simplicity. Suzie would board first and take out the two guards on the bow silently as the remaining members of her death squad clambered aboard. She and Karl would then head to the back of the ship on the port side killing anyone in their path. The Hooligan and Dr. Zu would do the same on the starboard side. The Has was tasked with clearing the top of the containers with a little help from Lady T. Once that was done he was to climb the exterior wall of the Chartroom and take the Bridge. The Triad would never see them coming, literally.
Lady T was just settling into her sniper perch atop the warehouse when the Professor joined her to watch his masterpiece unfold.
Li Wei felt a presence behind him and looked over his shoulder. He saw nothing and was about to return to his daydreams when a syringe materialized out of thin air and slammed into his jugular vein then disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. His fellow guard heard his body fall heavily onto the ship’s deck and turned just in time to see the syringe reappear and thrust itself into his heart. No one saw a thing.
Karl, Suzie, The Hooligan and Dr. Zu cleared the sides of the ship silently and with extreme brutality. Each dead and dying guard was thrown into the polluted waters of Upper New York Bay. The Has raced across the top of the containers and adeptly shoved the fallen Triad protectors down the cracks between them. Lady T continued to fire silent bringers of death from her perch. One more fell; one more disappeared between the cracks. With the top of the containers now cleared the Has ambled up the wall of the Chartroom and reached the Bridge.
Wang Fang stood at the wheel peering out the window at the ship something wasn’t right. Just as his uneasy feeling turned into the realization that all of the guards had somehow vanished the front window of the Bridge shattered and an unseen claw ripped four gaping wounds in his chest, and he sank to the floor. His two companions were gripped by the unseen hands and with strength beyond comprehension were thrown out of the shattered window and fell to their deaths on the ship deck below.
Dr. Zu and the Hooligan entered the hallway leading to the Captain’s Quarters, and the last thing the guards saw before they died was two throwing stars appear as if from nowhere and lodge themselves in their skulls. Dr. Zu opened the door to find Zhang Wei fast asleep. Being the leader of the Triad apparently had its privileges. She took off her mask and looked at The Hooligan with excited eyes, “Leave me with this one. I want to have my fun” and closed the door.
The Professor stood up and smiled at his brilliance. “Lady T, go get your Party Crasher and take care of those reefer vessels in the harbor their stench is getting in the way of the sweet smell of success.”
(To be continued…)
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