A piece of flash fiction inspired by Chuck Wendig’s apple season challenge; take three uncommon apple varieties and use their names as characters, places etc. My choice of apples……..can you figure them out?
Castle of Light
The operative, Nova Spy, scaled the cliff with feline deftness. Her lithe body was encased in a skin hugging black leather body suit; a wide webbing belt held all the tools required for her purpose.
As she reached the summit the rain, blown by a gale, stung her eyes and her shoulder length hair thrashed her face. She cursed Oliver for calling this mission at short notice. Hunched close to the ground she wiped the hair and water from her eyes and then viewed the target. Lord Lambone’s castle loomed menacingly into the night sky, glowing in the subdued light of a half-moon.
“Nova to O, I’ve reached the top.” She spoke into a two-way radio.
“Received,” said Oliver.
She looked around with the darting eyes of a hunted animal and moved towards the nearest wall, trying to picture where Lambone may be hiding.
“He’ll pay!” she whispered.
Oliver viewed her movements via the feed from a high-resolution camera housed in a pod beneath his ship. He maintained at a discrete distance high above the castle and relaxed, watching the proceedings from a comfortable chair while sipping his favourite Ganymede brandy. He should have stormed the place with particle beam guns and plasma canons but Nova would have non of it, too easy. She wanted to take the traditional approach, so becoming of the Pleiadian race he thought; damned hybrids! Nevertheless he admired her performance so far. Once she had recovered the missing portion of the Nagami Sigil, a portal to higher dimensions, they would be off this rock holding untold power throughout the galaxy. He smiled to himself and felt a stirring between his legs as he zoomed in on her curvaceous body.
Nova climbed the three storey high wall without difficulty, aided by the bio-adhesive pads on her feet and hands, a throw-back to the days when her race lived high in the trees on Gantes. She leapt over the parapet and moved towards a lit window, peering inside at the sumptuous decor and furniture. Lord Lambone lived alone, a butler and housekeeper were the only other residents; he would be unable to resist once he saw her.
“Entering the residence now,” she told Oliver.
“I see you. Work quickly.”
“Maintain radio silence from here on.”
Nova slid through the nearest door with her gun raised and panned it across the room. It was empty but she could hear music playing further into the castle; she ventured forth and moved through the corridors and rooms like a shadow. She was calm and focussed but there was an inner excitement at the thought of what would be when this night was over; a new life, freedom.
Despite her stealth she heard a sound behind her, and then a voice she knew so well.
“Turn around, slowly,” it said.
She obeyed but kept her gun raised, swinging it sharply around to point straight at the head of her stalker.
“Nova Spy. It’s been a long time,” he said, pointing his own gun at her.
“Lord Lambone. Indeed it has.”
Lambone stood with confidence, holding a semi automatic, old fashioned ballistic pistol. How quaint she thought. But her mind diverted to his physique, clearly displayed through his casual clothes, and to the smooth, deep voice emanating from the attractive face. The old longing arose within her.
“You have the package?” he said.
He began to lower his weapon and smiled, “I’ve missed you.”
Her heart began to race, “I’ve missed you too my Lord.”
She dropped her gun and ran into his arms, wrapping her legs around him. He kissed her mouth, his tongue playing with hers; she knew how he loved to feel the forked tip of hers in his mouth. They both sighed in ecstasy.
“What now?” she said.
“We deal with Oliver.”
They walked out onto the battlements hand in hand and looked up to the sky.
Oliver saw them on his monitor, sat bolt upright and grasped the microphone.
“What the hell is going on Nova?”
“I’m staying here Oliver.”
“Take the missing piece and get yourself back to the ship now!” he commanded.
“No go, Oliver. This is where I belong.”
“I’ll blast you both to hell and recover it myself! I have the other piece.”
Oliver turned and open the secure locker by the control console to find it empty. Nova’s voice came over the radio again.
“Looking for this?” she said.
He stared in disbelief at the monitor, she was holding both parts of the Sigil, raised high in each hand as if to taunt him.
Lambone spoke, “I know you can hear me Commander Oliver. It’s all over, your plans have failed, light has overcome darkness as written in the Book of Kell. Fate, my friend.”
“Traitor!” Oliver screamed, and began to arm the ships weaponry.
Nova tuned to Lambone, “all prepared?”
“Locked on and ready to fire.”
“Then do it.”
Two missiles erupted from the centre of the castle, accelerating to Mach 2 within three seconds. Oliver saw the flash, but it was too late, his rage evaporated along with the ship and his body.
“We’d better get this to a safe place, away from all future evil,” said Lord Lambone, taking the Sigil from her hands. “We came so close, it would have been the end.”
“I love you Simon,” she said.
He kissed her again “when did you know?”
“Ten years ago. When you rescued me from the ruins of Tauric, after the War of the Knights.”
“Why so long?”
Her eyes dropped to the ground, “I cannot say.” Though in her heart she knew. She looked up again, straight into Simon’s deep blue eyes “But was the wait worth it?”
He smiled, “yes! I’ve longed for this time, and always knew it would come.”
He never saw the burnt, but legible, scrap of paper float down from the sky which she crushed beneath her foot.
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