Getting back up
Mission: Chapter 10: Brakes on a Train
A low moan echoed in the room next to the vault. Daenelia sat up with her head in her hands. She looked to the left and right of her and saw Shanen unconscious on the floor, and Ashrieda opening her eyes, while laying still.
"What happened?" Ashrieda asked in a calm voice.
"Shanen...," Daenelia said. She noticed another man on the floor. "Who...? Oh, the assistant. Ana?"
Ashrieda stood up and held out a hand to Daenelia, who gladly took it. The room was not just shaking, it was spinning as well.
"Ana. She is a crafty one," Ashrieda said with a hint of approval in het voice. Daenelia nodded. "Reminds me of me, when I was younger," she said with a painful wink.
"I wonder where she will go," Ashrieda knelt down to check on Shanen. Daenelia noticed that Mrs. Peacock's purse was open.
"Sjaarda," she said in an alarmed voice, "Where are the tickets?" The tactician grabbed the purse and rummaged through it. "Gone!" She stood up and looked at the captain.
Daenelia looked grim. "She'll probably head towards the Peacock carriage, then. She must have guessed who and what we are."
"How?" Ashrieda asked genuinely puzzled. But Daenelia was already out the room. Ana, a notorious thief, was headed towards her treasures. She had to make sure they were safe!
"Captain!" Ashrieda bellowed, before realising there were people in the other rooms around the vault. She quickly shut the door and attended Shanen and the assistant. “Dammit,” she swore, startling the assistant to attention.
“Madam, let me--” the man started, but she shooed him away. “My husband’s still sick,” she said, cradling Shanen protectively. “Go get help.”
The assistant looked very confused, but nonetheless rushed to do what he was told.
“Hey!” she hissed, helping Shanen to his feet. “We gotta get out of here.” She could have used the assistant’s help, she thought ruefully, but the last thing they needed was for any of the workers to find out who they were.