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Giest #2 : The Rising Son (2 of 3): Blood, Sweat, Beers!
by Christopher Crowe (crowe@lit.org)
Copyright All rights reserved.

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Cover: Giest and his crew standing at a bar, Kode hunched over a computer and the others in various aspects of conversation.
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"Get in" Kode yelled.

"Let me guess, you always wanted to say that"

"Strom, you know me man, I'm a sucker for a cheesy line." Kode said smiling.

"Take a look at this, you think you can work your magic on it?" Strom asked.

"I think so, lets get to the bar and I'll work on it there"

"Lets roll." Strom said with a grin.

"Funny" Kode laughed.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"Hey, Giest come here a sec." Doberman said.

"Got something?"

"Yeah, but not what you might think. I've noticed this a couple of times now. Very faint. Someone's following us. He's managed to stay out of my range most of the time, but he's slipped up just enough for me to catch a faint scent."

"Yeah, I've noticed him already. In fact, he's been following me for a few months now. Hasn't ever approached me or anything. I don't know how long he followed me before I spotted him. I don't' know what his game is, but I don't think it has anything to do with this. Still, Now that I've got you here, you want to introduce ourselves?" Giest asked.

"Heh, Why not? See that building over there." Doberman pointed to his left.

"Yeah, perfect, Lets go."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Chase ducked into a hall way. Her long braided hair whipped about. Her costume, much like Giest's, was very practical. It was a black body suit, almost like a swimsuit, except for the armor of course. The legs and arms underneath the body piece were red and she had black markings on her shoulders. The gloves and boots were black to match. The mask, also modeled after Giest's, had one red stripe over the left eye from top to bottom. Sarah was the youngest of the group, but by know means were her skills any less than the others. Giest is her idol and mentor. He found her when she was 12 years old living on the streets and took her in. She's 17 now and a very deadly young lady. Her staff was designed by Giest and holds much of her arsenal. The two guards were close now, she would wait until they passed. "No need to engage an enemy when you can avoid them entirely" Giest always preached. This time was no exception. The two guards made it down the hall, and Chase quickly made her way down the now empty corridor. Avoiding cameras and guards, she quickly made her way to her goal. The computer terminal in this building has high level clearance, and getting this program in so that Kode can get in will help speed things up. "Hurry Sarah, guards will be here any second" She said to herself. "Come on, come on" She said with impatience. "Got it." She exclaimed. Might as well go out the roof, its closer. She made her way to the top and out on the roof. No guards up here. Coast is clear. She wished Giest was here, he could always find the fast way down. Of course, he's been known to just jump off the side. Chase made her way from roof top to roof top until she was sure she was clear. I guess It's time to head to the bar.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Doberman is a tall man, but he spends most of his time with his nose to the ground, almost literally. Doberman was created when Cryogen was doing genetic templating. They crossed him with all sorts of canines. His suit is light tan on dark brown. The main body of the suit is light tan. The shoulders are dark brown, as are the gloves and boots. Stripes on the legs and arms are also dark brown. His mask covers his head and face entirely. The eyes are circled with black and the hood has pointed ears on it. Giest on the other hand, though not quite as tall as Doberman, is a contrast to most of the team. Wearing almost solid black. Various weapons and gadgets hang in a variety of useful locations on his suit. The eyes on his suit are sold white, trimmed in black, and a green stripe over the left eye. He also has a few green markings on his suit. Some on the backs of his hands, legs and shoulders. Doberman and Giest have been working together for a while now. Neither needs to give the other much direction once a plan is set in motion. As the shadowing figure makes his way into the building after the two team mates they were ready for him.

Doberman leaps for the his mid section, but he vastly under estimates his speed. He leaps slightly over him and places his hands on Doberman's back, pushing him to the ground and acting as a spring board the man does a front flip and lands on his feet. Giest was waiting for him and shoots a bolo like device towards the shadow's feet. The figure leaps, his white cape sweeping behind him. It was a deliberate miss, now the airborne man would be much less maneuverable as Giest lunged to take him down. He connected with the mysterious figure and they both rolled and hit the ground. They were there less than a second before both were on their feet, Giest already starting to make his next move, Doberman now behind the shadow like figure.

"Stop, Please" The stranger exclaimed, his hand held out.

"I mean you no harm" He added as he placed his hands at his side and lowered his head.

Doberman was moving forward, about to take him down.

"Wait, Dobe, let this play out." Giest said.

"Who are you? Why have you been following me"

"My name isn't important, but the information I have is. All the same though, my people call me Monarch."

The man standing before the Giest and Doberman removed the Cowl on his white cape revealing a white, solid face mask. Only the eyes were black and a glowing mark between the eyes on the forehead. The suit was solid black, but the gloves, gun harness, gauntlets, shoulderpads, kneepads and boots where white. He had many strings, pouches and gadgets hanging from his suit, all in easy to reach locations, Much like his own costume, Nathan thought.

"Monarch? As in the leader of Legion?" Doberman asked

"One and the same." Monarch replied.

"So what's your business with me? A thief and I have no company to keep." Giest said.

"I believe we do, much more than you might think. You and I are connected in ways that most will find hard to fathom." He said while reaching into a pouch, pulling out a small cloth wrapping that was tied neatly. "This is my gift to you. It may bring you some insight, but more likely, questions. It may seem to answer many of your questions, only to turn new ones that are even darker." He extended his hand to give it to Giest.

"What.. What is this." Giest asked.

"Discs, pictures, and information. Your past." Monarch said.

Doberman was standing by Giest at this time, both men looking at the package.

"I'll be in touch" echoed throughout the building.

When Giest and Doberman looked up, there was nothing but a breeze.

"Damn, I've lost his scent. He's got to be as fast as you" Doberman said.

"Shaddup. No one is as fast as me. Look, we still didn't find anything we can use, lets head back to the bar.

"Yeah, I could use a beer."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"You getting anywhere with that thing Kode?" Asked Strom.

"I'd do a lot better if you weren't asking me that every five minutes. Go have a beer and quit pacing around like a nervous school girl."

Strom popped him on the back of the head.

"I'll show you nervous school girl you twerp." Strom said smiling.

"Hey guys" Jade said interrupting the two fellas.

"Jade, back already?, Find anything?" Strom asked.

"Nada, Zip. Nobody's heard anything." The girl said.

"How about you guys?" She added.

"Well, Kode's working on this little card I found. Hopefully we will know something soon." Strom replied.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"Mr. Parker. She's complete. Both the original and the clone have been successfully templated, 12 hours ahead of schedule." Keller said.

"Excellent. And what of Twists plan?"

"Putting it in motion now. The clone is being placed and the setup is almost done. Giest should be close to finding out who kidnapped her and in about 24 hours this should all be over." Keller answered.

"Good work Keller. What about Twist. What should we do with him. He's far to intelligent to allow him the free reign he has now."

"Well Mr. Parker, leave that psychotic to me. As long as he thinks he's got the upper hand, we can use him. The minute he becomes a problem, I'll have him removed from the equation."

"Fine. That will be all"

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Back at the bar.

"I've got it! I've got it!" Kode exclaimed.

"Look at this Strom. This guys were government. Or maybe ex government. But look, all Kode keys have a signature on them that Identifies the system they were designed for. When Chase gets back, I'll be able to get into the database and Find out where this key goes! Hot damn I'm good!"

"Excellent. I wonder how Giest is doing?" Strom Asked

"Hey Caleb, Cross, You guys seen Chase?" Kode asked

"Not me, I just got in, walked in right after Caleb did." Cross said

"Last I heard from her was she was on her way, I guess that was about.."

"20 mins ago" Chase interrupted.

"Here's your disk back Kode" She added.

"Do your thing boy, do it quick" Strom said.

"I'll have it in a sec. Hold on to your panties."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

About an hour later.

"How's it coming" Giest asked, putting his hand on Kode's shoulder.

"I'll have it in about an hour, hour and a half tops." Kode said

"Okay, keep working." Giest turned to the rest of the group.

"Go home, you all did a great job. Get some rest, get your gear and get back here before sun up. We are going to take them at dawn." Giest said.

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Next Issue, Giest and the others find Cierra alive, but unconscious and seriously exhausted. And find out what Monarch gave to Giest! Be there next issue for Reunion!
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Giest Vol. 1 #2 : The Rising Son ( 2 of 3 ) : Blood, Sweat, Beers! by Christopher Crowe (Crowebiashi) crowe@lit.org


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