I wrapped things up with Alden, Grady and myself could not get out of there fast enough. We hopped in our zip and we were off. I really had no idea if this was going to work, or if the stunt I just pulled was the dumbest move I could have made. We will just have to cross that bridge when we get to it.
“Ez, what was that? What were you thinking?” Grady sounded like he wasn’t doing so hot. I don’t blame him, Grady was truly a gentle soul.
“Bub, I’m sorry, but that was the only thing that came to me. We had no other moves to make.” Grady didn’t seem to like my response to well.
“The only thing that came to you is to beat up a guy and threaten his family? Tell me you weren’t serious, were you Ez?”
“Look that was all a bluff. I would never hurt Alden’s family. You know that Grady. This is not how I wanted to go about this, but we had no other option. You gotta trust me here.” It looked like Grady was relieved just a tiny bit to hear this.
“I guess you are right Ez. To be honest, I just don’t like seeing you get like that.” There was genuine concern in Grady’s voice.
“That’s what I like about you bub, in a planet full of selfish, uncaring people, someone like you is refreshing. Now let’s get home and lay low.” I’m glad Grady could see I wasn’t a completely awful person.
We got back to Murry’s a little on the late side. There were still a decent amount of patrons around for how late it was. Boy, was I looking forward to a couple drinks and then bed. Murry caught my gaze and gave me a slight head nod, signaling for Grady and myself to come on over.
I explained everything to Murry in vivid detail. While telling our tales, Murry had a few smokes, and drinks and laughs were being had by everyone. That’s the thing I loved about good old Murry. He was totally a judge free person. You could tell him practically anything, and he could still see you as a good guy. So long as you treated him with respect, he did the same.
Soon enough it was time to close up shop. Grady and myself helped Murry clean up a bit and lock up. This was the least I could do for Murry for letting me sleep in his storage room. Murry said his goodbyes and retreated to his apartment upstairs.
I hollered at Grady. “Hey bub you should sleep in my room tonight, I don’t want you out there alone till we get that ship.”
Grady looked relieved. “Can’t say no to that, wasn’t looking forward to going out there alone tonight. Thanks Ez.”
We began walking through the door to the storage room, when I turned to switch the lights on. “Don’t thank me Grady, thank Murry in the morn…“
Grady let out an extremely loud yell. My heart just about exploded, it startled me so bad.
I turned around, only to see Emry waiting for us, gun in hand.
“Good evening, boys.” Said Emry with a pleased, devilish look in her eyes.
Hopefully Emry couldn’t hear the gulp noise I made with my throat. “Emry, how nice to see you randomly show up at my house.”
“So this must be the associate you were speaking about?” Emry looked towards Grady. She seemed far too amused for my liking.
“Yes, right. Grady, meet Emry. Emry meet Grady.” As I looked over at Grady, it appeared like he had seen a ghost. Good old reliable Grady.
Grady’s voice was shaking a tiny bit. “Nice to meet you Emry.”
Emry looked very amused. Poor Grady. He was the nicest guy in the world. Unfortunately for him, in this type of life, that’s not going to do you any favors. If anything, it was going to get him killed one day.
Emry gave Grady a nod, and immediately turned her attention back to myself. “Little change of plan here fellas. I’m going to need those codes now. You do have them, don’t you?”
As I looked down at her hand cannon I said, “How about you put away the gun, and then we talk business.”
“Of course.” Emry holstered her weapon with a grin on her face.
“Now what’s with the dramatic appearance, and change of plans?” I definitely had a different tone with Emry this go around.
“It seems like your Intel about the freighter being done by the end of the week is incorrect. Rocco’s Shop is ahead of schedule. The freighter will be done the day after tomorrow. Bright and early. I’m here because I need to know now if you have the codes, and if they are legit. You do have them don’t you?”
“Of course I do Emry. I’m a man of my word.” Time to give up the goods.
Emry smiled. “Clearly. How did you manage to get the codes?”
“That’s my and Grady’s business. All you need to know is that they are legit.”
“We will find out soon enough. Now the codes please.” Emry face became slightly more serious.
I reached into my jacket pocket for Eldan’s transmitter and began saying, “Alright here you go. These were not…”
As I was holding Eldan’s transmitter in my hand, the next thing I knew it was gone. Something snatched it out of my hand. I looked towards the ground and saw the transmitter on its way towards Emry. Maybe I was finally going crazy and was seeing things.
The transmitter made its way to Emry’s feet, with something carrying it there. Emry picked up the transmitter, and then a small dark figure ran its way up to Emry’s shoulder.
On Emry’s shoulder sat what looked like to be a robotic person. The little thing’s metal body was a mixture of black and dark grey. The little guy was so tiny it was probably only about six or seven inches tall, max.
“Ugh, what the hell is that thing Emry?”
“Boys, meet E.P.”
To be continued…