This is also a rough draft. Just letting folks see a little bit.
“Hey, Methos…” Talia sent as an alarm started to wail.
“Don’t tell me, Little Miss Perfect, you have the device and am running for your life from the guards.”
“Wow, sure you don’t have psychic abilities?”
“No! I just know you!”
“Well, now that you mention it…”
“I’m with the bike, waiting. From the sounds of the sirens coming our way, I’d say half the police force is inbound.”
“Hope you have a plan for this!”
“Every time you say that, something terrible happens!”
“Don’t ‘oi’ me! You know it’s true!”
Talia approached the end of the hall and the large window that overlooked There’s times when a person needs to do something crazy, an action so out of place that others would find it stunning, to accomplish their goal. This was one of those times, she thought as she leapt.
Glass exploded outwards, the force of her impact sending the shards fling forwards with her, as she burst through and out into the open space beyond. Time seemed to crawl, and then stop for a split second, before gravity won the battle with momentum. The cool wind whipped through Talia’s hair as she fell downwards.
The impact with the sidewalk, while not violent for her, still caused the warrior’s teeth to slam together so hard all the King’s horses and all the King’s men might not have been able to put them back together again. Talia ran her tongue over them and then sighed in relief when they were all there.
Which way to the bike, she thought. Oh, I’m on 12th street, so it’s to my south!
A siren, no multitudes like Methos said, grew closer by the second. If she didn’t make it to the bike, and fast, then there’d be no way to return the device without causing major problems to the time line.
She raced down the sidewalk, the parked cars a blur, as Talia raced towards Methos. While she could easily outrun the police cars, the warrior refused to. What was the point? Every time she’d had to use her body to its fullest potential, it left her shaken and depressed. No one, herself included, wanted to be something other than alive. Just knowing she had the body made Talia sad sometimes. Unlike Methos, Dannae and Crios, she’d never truly bleed if hurt, or be able to lie in the sun and tan.
At this point, she told herself, it didn’t matter. Getting back to the Valiant and returning to their own time did. And if that meant breaking some eggs timeline wise, then so bet it. Not like she couldn’t keep from doing that now anyway.
Methos stood beside the Ducati, her 5’4 frame barely visible behind the motorcycle as Talia raced up. One glace from her shorter sister told Talia all she needed to know. There’d be a major scolding, with a lecture buried in there somewhere, when they got back to the ship.
And it’s not like I don’t deserve it, Talia thought.
“Get on!” Talia snapped before she slammed her foot down on the kick starter.
The twin cylinder motor fired up, it’s silky smooth sound denoting its horsepower output. Talia revved it up three times, allowing the machinery to warm up and get a good flow of oil throughout before throwing it the gas. Rocks sprayed behind them as the rear wheel spun momentarily before grabbing traction, sending the bike forwards.
“Hang on!” She said.
“Talia! I’m going to get you!” Methos said.
Talia took a wide turn, taking care to avoid any large holes in the ground, and before heading west towards the Washington Monument. Dannae hid the ship in the rural areas near Loudon, forcing them to head back towards the museum. Ten, maybe more but Talia didn’t have time to count them all and control the bike, police cars raced along Madison Avenue, keeping pace with them.
“That’s bad,” Talia mumbled as she headed towards 14th street and the interstate beyond.
A swarm of DC police, capital police and FBI vehicles raced northbound on 14th street towards them.
Talia cursed under her breath. “And that’s worse.
Judging from the amount of vehicles in pursuit, Talia’s little cat burglary must’ve been the biggest thing to happen in DC in a long time. Why else, she wondered, would Federal Agents, local and capital police all team up to go after one person? Either that, or things were slow and everyone got bored. And given her experience with capital cities, she doubted that.
Without cracking the throttle, Talia swung the bike hard to the right, letting her foot slide across the yellow rocks in order to keep her balance and then shot across the grass.
The police cars rapidly closed the gap as Talia raced to reach the corner of the mall.
“Are you going to do what I think you are?” Methos yelled into Talia’s ear.
“We’ll be fine!”
“Fine? They’ll have us blocked!”
Methos, of course, had a point but Talia would let hell freeze over before admitting that. One thing twenty thousand years of life with her sisters taught Talia, it was that Methos loved to keep things hanging over your head; particularly if she’d warned you about it earlier. In Methos’ mind, that gave her carte blanche to rub her sisters’ face into it.
The rows of cars closed to within twenty feet of each other.
“Hang on!” Talia said.
“Wait! Are you nuts?”
Many times over the long years they spent fighting the Great War, Talia’s sisters claimed that she was crazy. Each time she’d vocally protest their accusation and the argument would run in circles for hours. In reality, though, she agreed with them. No one but a mad woman would’ve been able to create some of the battle plans that she drew up to stop the Dragus’ advance.
However, Talia thought as the wind raced through her hair, it didn’t matter in the end. Many times, despite the failure of her plans, she brought the four of them home safe and sound. No one, not even Methos, could argue that fact.
“I think we can make it!” Talia snapped as they approached the road.
“There you go thinking again! That’s dangerous!”
“Shut up,” Talia said as they jumped the curb and then reached 14th street.
Traffic was lighter then when they’d scouted the place during the afternoon. Most of the government workers had gone home for the day, leaving the residents, those who came to the town to eat and party, and the politicians being wined and dined by lobbyists all who remained.
Which still was a hell of a lot of cars.
Weaving in and out of traffic, and sometimes running between the cars in either lane, became the norm as they raced northwards. Behind them, the authorities refused to give up on their pursuit, which surprised Talia. They were willing to risk a potentially fatal accident over what, to them, was just a harmless golden egg?
And Methos calls me crazy, Talia thought.
Four, blue Ford Taurus’, their flashing lights gave a circuslike feel to the intersection, entertaining the now no longer moving pedestrians on the sidewalks. They’d lived in DC enough to know that such an action either meant a VIP was coming or something bad happened. And while the first was boring as hell, the second gave them a few moments of freedom from their mundane lives, so they watched with joy.
To Talia, though, it was a poor attempt at blocking their advance. If this had been back on Gahlza, the two of them would’ve already been stopped and in custody. Of course, she thought, the humans would be weak and sloppy at their criminal justice. If just fit with everything else she’d learned about the younger race.
Horns blared and cars skidded to a stop as Talia cut across the flow of traffic and then accelerated again. It didn’t take her long to realize this wasn’t going to work in the long term. All indications said that whoever called the shots decided to mobilize every law enforcement, local and federal, unit in the District in order to capture them. And Ducati, or no Ducati, the dragnet would eventually catch up the them.
She cut to the right, then took a jog left before accelerating again. Behind them, the police piled up for a moment before the turned into the entrance, half of them turned right, and then continued the chase.
“Do you know where we are!” Methos shouted to be heard over the wind.
“Well, genius, we’re on the Ellipse! They’ll pin us in now!”
“That’s all you can say? I should smack you!”
“I’d wreck the bike!”
“Got a point there, damn it.”
Multicolored lights off to the right caught Talia’s attention. Methos was right of course. The road they were on just looped around the park, leaving the two of them facing the onslaught of police.
Unless I change the rules,” Talia thought.
One thing about living in DC is that one gets used to having streets either closed off or barricades of some sort being placed at certain places to shut off vehicular traffic. While they, for the most part, gave residents a feeling of security, there were times that they became a royal pain. To the police chasing Talia, this was a day where the latter proved to be correct.
A small opening in a concrete jersey wall, just big enough for a person to walk through, lead towards a small concrete security hut and then to an open road behind it. Somewhere in that direction was the White House; the one place in the city she wanted to avoid because the Secret Service and other agencies would have the ability to log her time spent there and not have it disappear over the next eight hundred years.
And I’d prefer to not let the humans know I’m playing with their past, she thought.
“Don’t you do it!” Methos said as Talia slowed down.
“Got to. No choice.”
“Talia Genia DeZahna! I swear I’m going to kill you when we get back to the ship!”
“Where are we headed?” Talia said she made the left turn and started to accelerate towards a guard who’d stepped out of the shack.
Wisely, or foolishly to his superiors, he stepped aside and let the two women flash by.
“Where are we?” Talia said as the police stopped at the end of the road.
“Uh, I don’t think you want to know, sis.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
For the first time since the chase started, Talia took a moment to see where she’d driven to. One glance was all it took for her to see why they police had stopped chasing. Spotlights were trained on a white building that humans everywhere, even as flung out as their colonies were in the future, recognized.
The White House.
And to make matters worse, they were racing up the south lawn towards the President’s home. No doubt the Secret Service was on high alert and racing to find a way to intercept her and Methos before they could enter the building. Thankfully, Talia thought, the agents didn’t need to worry about that.
“Uhm,” Talia said, “I see what you mean.”
“You’d better get us out of this if you know what’s good for you!”
“I’m working on it!” Talia snapped as she swung the bike to the right and then shot up the sidewalk the marked the eastern edge of the White House complex.
“Cut across the north lawn!”
“What? Wait! You just said that was bad!”