Avalon City, New Avalon
7 April 3065.
The sniper laid out of the roof, looking out over the park
at the distant target. The target would be arriving in 5 minuets at the other
side of the park, 1km away. Through the rifle sights, the door of the place
seemed only 10 meters way. The mini-radio in her ear changed from a public
station to the security team covering the target. The microcomputer broke the
encryption as easily as a hammer breaking a glass window.
“The Rose is approaching the garden. ETA 5 minuets”
crackled the tinny voice.
The sniper took a moment to think about the weapon in her
hands. No larger than a Zeus heavy rifle, it was probably the most advanced
weapon on the planet. A series of tinny electro-magnets accelerated a
nickel-iron pellet 1cm across to 6 times the speed of sound. The speed/distance
ratio workout out so that by the time anyone heard the suppressed sonic boom,
the target would be dead, their head shattered.
Within 5 seconds of seeing the target do down, the sniper
would be off the roof. Within as many minuets, she would be in a fast car
heading for a rendezvous with an even faster shuttle on the outskirts of the
“Eagle’s Eye 1 to Eagle’s Talon, come in”
the radio in her ear wisped.
“Eagle’s Eye 1, this is Eagle’s Talon, I read you,
over” her hushed voice barely above the sound of the wind.
“Eagle’s Eye 2 reports that target has rounded the
last corner and is approaching the palace. We are go for take-down at this time.”
“Roger Eagle’s Eye 1, Eagle’s Talon copies.” She
tightened her grip on the rifle, pulling it tight against her body. In two
minuets her target would be in her sights. Within 2 minuets and 2.5 seconds, her
target would be dead.
The first car of the motorcade passed in front of the
“The Rose has arrived at the garden, all gardeners
stand by” The futile attempts of the security team trying to defend her
target almost made her smile. Almost.
The hover limo carrying the target pulled up right in the
middle of the sights. A security guard got out first, had a look round, and
ushered to the occupant of the car that it was safe.
Katherine ‘Katrina’ Steiner-Davion stepped out onto the
wide concise at the bottom of the steps leading up to the Royal Palace. The
sniper centered the rifle sights between Katherine’s eyes and took a deep
breath, then started to pull the trigger.
“Eagle’s Talon this is Eagle’s Eye 1: Abort! I say