I was in the ancient warehouse practicing with one of two old replica crossbow pistols. I am a architect and this whole area was scheduled to be destroyed so more huge sky buildings could be built. The crossbows only had a light pull so they were not considered deadly weapons. I had three dozen of the small bolts and was aiming across the empty space.
When I heard the yelling I crossed to the broken window and looked out to see three men facing another. I blinked and pulled my comm and started to take pictures in case they vandalized something. One pulled a pistol and shot a man several times in the body. Another man looked around and saw me before jerking a compact weapon out and firing at the window.
I fell back with a tearing, burning pain ripping through my chest, left shoulder and upper left arm. I fell to the floor and crawled away from the window as more bullets exploded through it and the wall beside it. I fumbled for the crossbow and looked around for somewhere to hide. I looked at the door as the firing stopped and lifted the crossbow pistol.
It was moments before the man came through the door holding the weapon. I aimed at his head and squeezed the trigger. Normally the bolt would not have penetrated the skull but this time it struck the man's left eye and went through his brain. He went straight back and down as I struggled to pull the string back and put another bolt in place.
No one else came in as I finally pointed the crossbow at the door. It was a few minutes before I heard police sirens outside. What followed was doctors and a hospital followed by police detectives with a thousand questions. When I identified the man that had killed the other, they had looked at each other.
His name was Dagger Sinter and he was the biggest criminal boss in the city. Four hours later I was in a small apartment in a sky building with two of six marshals and two dozen cameras watching everything and everywhere. The man I had identified was the boss of a large gang.
They had brought everything I had on me in the warehouse and bought a couple of changes of clothes. The pain meds made me really groggy and after everything I needed to get clean. I sealed the bandages before fumbling through a shower. I managed to get dressed as two other marshals came to relieve the ones with me.
A stunning brunette stepped into my room as I tried to slip the mocs on, "Mr Silver?"
I looked up and she smiled before kneeling, "let me."
She slipped the mocs on and I heard one of the others through the door say, "who is that?"
A second later an explosion ripped the front door off and shook the apartment. The woman pushed me towards a corner of the room, "stay there!"
I heard automatic shots like in the warehouse and looked around as the woman pulled a pistol and aimed at the bedroom door. My pack was on the bed and I opened it to pull out the second crossbow pistol. I slowly cocked it and fished in the pack for a bolt before putting it in. I shifted and held it up as the shooting stopped.
A few moments later the door shattered and the woman marshal twisted away. I aimed as she started to turn back and a man stepped in with a gun pointed towards her. I fired straight through his temple and he dropped. The marshal fired into another man that had been behind the first as I cocked the crossbow and put another bolt in.
It was a minute before she moved to the door and then a shot sounded and she went back and down. I took three steps and looked out as I aimed. The man was just standing from the other room across the hall and taking a step. I squeezed the trigger and the bolt flashed across the hall and into his throat.
I turned to kneel beside the marshal as she gasped and took her pistol before looking at the door. Another men stepped in and started to lift what looked like a extremely large bore gun. I did not even lift the pistol as I fired three times and struck him in the stomach and chest. The woman grabbed my hand and I looked at her as she sat up, "you are alive."
She pulled her gun out of my hand as she gasped, "they hit my vest."
I helped her up and hesitated before going to each of the men to pull their weapons away. I also grabbed any spare ammo as I tried to watch the end of the hall with the marshal pointing her gun. I moved back into my room to shove everything into my pack. I cocked the crossbow and slipped another bolt into place before struggling to put the pack on.
I moved to the door and looked at the marshal before taking a step. She reached out to grab my shoulder, "stay here."
I looked at her, "they found me with you marshals protecting me. I am not staying where they can find me."
I pulled away and she cursed as she followed. I peeked around the hall corner and knelt to check the marshal on the floor. I did not feel a pulse and moved across to kneel beside another. He was dead too and just one look told me the third was also dead. I moved to the shattered front door and looked out before stepping out.
The marshal followed as she used her comm and I went past the lift and down to a utility room. I hesitated and then pulled my pocket knife to pry the scan plate cover off. I unplugged and changed a couple of fiber wires and the door slid aside. I replaced the wires and closed the plate before I stepped in as the marshal followed, "what the hell are you doing?"
I looked back as I crossed to what looked like a large closet door, "most people do not even know building maintenance has their own lifts."
I opened the closet door and touched the call button, "this is on a separate maintenance monitoring system so anyone watching will not know we are using it unless they are watching the maintenance feed."
I stepped in and she followed as the lift dropped all the way down into the sub basement. I led the way out with her trying to move around me. I let her and she opened the door and looked around before starting towards the stairs. I cleared my throat and she stopped to look at me. I tilted my head the other way and started down the wide plasticrete hallway.
At a door that said electrical I remembered and used a general city maintenance code and the door slid aside. I went in and started down the stairs with large pipes on one side. The marshal caught up, "what the hell is this?"
I smiled, "this is how the building gets power and water."
She looked around as I stopped at the four way intersection and used a power grid comp. I pulled up the city grid map and followed a route from us to the city central police building. I shut it down and turned to start walking. I glanced at her a few minutes later, "I am Tye."
She glanced at me, "Marshal Jinn Diamond."
I smiled, "I hope you are a good Jinn."
She smiled, "good enough."
It was not long before the adrenalin wore off and I felt the pain return as if I had never taken any pain meds. It was a good thing we were not that far from the police building. At every other major intersection I stopped to check the city grid map. I was glad when we got to the police building and led the way up the stairs to the sub basement hallway.
I went down to the utility room and used the general maintenance code to open the door. I crossed to a building maintenance comp and accessed the central data net to enter a password and user code. I shut it off and grinned as I headed to the lift. This time I used the password and user code to override the lift so it was not monitored.
I started it up and we went all the way to the top floor before it stopped. I restored the normal lift operation and led Jinn out. I caught her as she headed towards the door and nodded to a ladder on the wall. I moved to the ladder, "wait for me to turn the lights on up there."
I hesitated as I anticipated the pain this was going to cause. I used a snap to hold the crossbow and reached up with my right hand as I stepped onto the first rung. I used my feet and not my arms to climb up and paused at the ceiling hatch. I reached up to push the open pad and it slid open. I climbed up and carefully stepped out of the hatch before feeling to the right.
I touched the panel and a dim light came on. I glanced down at Jinn, "come up."
I waited until she was up and knelt to touch the close pad. I stood and looked around before starting off, "each sky building has four sections with maintenance lifts. This would be considered the attic, the clearance is only two and a half meters."
Jinn cleared her throat, "what are we doing here?"
I turned a corner and touched an open button and a door slid aside, "we need someplace to hide."
I reached in and touched the light switch, "this is our bathroom."
She looked in and then took a step, "you are kidding?"
I stepped in and grinned at the huge shower and sink as well as a regular toilet, "the showers were for emergencies."
She looked at me and bit her lip, "close the door."
I blinked, "why?"
She sighed, "I need to pee and you are not leaving my sight."
I grinned and closed the door before turning to face the door, "go ahead."
She giggled, "turn around Tye."
I turned and watched as she undid and pushed her pants down before sitting on the toilet. She even spread her legs as she looked at me and started to pee. Her trimmed pussy was beautiful and I finally shook myself before walking to the cabinet across from the toilet. I opened it and grinned when I found a plastic wrapped roll of toilet paper.
I turned and handed it to her. She accepted it and looked past me, "is that a towel?"
I nodded as I looked at her pussy and she opened the toilet paper, "strip."
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