Environmental Awareness: standard (rank 1)
The bar was pretty crowded. Hazel had to fight her way to the bartender. "Hey, I'm looking for someone."
'What does he look like?"
Hazel realized she didn't have an answer to that question. Everything snapped into place. The first test: find the operative. Hazel shrugged and looked around to the bar. Her subconscious kept bubbling through with information she picked up about every person.
That man wants to buy me a drink. Hazel swung her head to the person she was thinking about. He turned his head away and glanced back a second later. Hazel was flattered and under other circumstances, she probably would have gone to talk with him. Instead she ignored him and kept looking for people.
That's her, right there, next to the door with the green, spiked mohawk and the nose piercings. Hazel wasn't used to her subconscious relaying information directly into her consciousness. The thoughts felt weirdly intrusive, as though they weren't hers. She looked at the woman near the door. She was wearing a choker and dressed in a way almost specifically to stand out.
Hazel guessed they were going easy on her for her first mission. She went and sat down across from her.
The punk woman looked offended. She set down her drink and leaned forward over the table. "Who the hell are you?"
Hazel panicked on how to apologize for her intrusion into this stranger's life when a hand settled on the stranger's shoulder.
"Don't worry, Sam. It's okay now." Another woman, who apparently knew the punk woman, took her seat across the table from Hazel who sat there with her mouth open wide in shock. The only thing this new woman said by way of explanation was, "Sufficiently shocking stimuli will overwhelm your subconscious. It is your job to control yourself. I hope you've learned your lesson, because your first mission starts now."
"Who are you?"
"My name is Jack. I work for the Iceman and now you do too."
Hazel noticed the wedding ring on Jack's finger. She noticed the bags under Jack's eyes. Her subconscious was picking up details about Jack that she didn't want to know. Hazel forced her focus on to what Jack was saying.
"There's a hidden cellar out in January Docks. The people who live there have something that we want. I need you to take it back."
Reaction Speed: standard (rank 1)
The gun that Jack gave her felt heavy. It was a semi-automatic pistol. A lot bigger than the guns she was used to in the training exercises. She checked the ammunition when it was first handed to her. Jack seemed mildly offended by the lack of trust, but didn’t say anything. The bullets inside were real.
The smell of the South Atlantic Ocean was strong near January Docks. The salty tinge in the air tickled in Hazel's throat. The building was smaller than she’d expected: A humble bungalow that didn’t extended very far backwards. Hazel could hardly believe there was space for more than one room, let alone a treasure cellar. Still, she had been taught to trust the information she was given.
Her subconscious started picking up details about the buildings as she walked toward. She realized that the windows were unbarred and big enough to jump through. That information turned out to be useless however, because the door opened easily.
Hazel was greeted by a bear of a man who stood up from his seat at the other side of the room and walked forward. He held his big, meaty palm out and said, “I’m gonna need to see some identification.”
“My name is Hazel,” she reached for the gun that she had stowed in the back of her jeans, “I’m here to take your treasure.” She whipped the gun forward and leveled it at the brute. He chuckled and pulled out a knife. “What are you doing?”
“There’s no silencer on that gun.”
“So if you shoot me, you’ll be buried in a world a shit.”
Hazel nodded and put the gun back. “Well then, I guess I’ll have to kick your ass the old fashioned way.” Her fists went up to protect her face in the best approximation of a fighting stance she could come up with.
The thug charged with the knife raised over his head. Hazel moved to the left to avoid the stab and hit him three times in the kidneys. The brute grunted slightly, the punches hadn’t done much damage at all. Hazel glanced around the room for some kind of weapon. A ceramic white vase sitting on an end table caught her eye.
She turned back just as the thug throwing a haymaker. Hazel screamed and raised the vase to protect herself. Her eyes shut against the impact. When she opened them again, the thug was struggling to get his arm unstuck from inside the vase. Hazel grabbed on tight and twisted it down. She heard the knife clatter to the bottom of the vase.
She was starting to get tired. Hazel needed a way to end the fight fast. The thug angrily shook his arm, trying to take the vase off. While he was preoccupied, Hazel stepped in close and pushed him over her outstretched leg. The thug’s head bounced off the corner of a table and he was unconscious.
Marksman: standard (rank 1)
The cellar was bigger than the building above had intimated. Hazel descended into a tunnel curving away to where she couldn’t see the ending. The walls were sandstone and the floor was dirt. She started walking slowly, keeping her gun at the ready.
She heard some footsteps pounding down the hallway. Details about the person flooded in from just the sound of his feet. He was wearing boots. His left leg was hurt, not bad enough to stop him from running, but just bad enough to make his gait uneven. He weighed about 200 pounds. Hazel extrapolated from his weight to find his height. As he rounded the corner, Hazel put a bullet right between his eyes. He hadn’t even had a chance to see her. Hazel stepped over his body as she continued.
In the next room, there were three men in the next room. One was facing the door and talking to the other two. She shot the one facing her first before gunning down the other two. Three bullets, three bodies - it was easy, just like training with rubber bullets.
Piercing Weapon: standard (rank 1)
- Ranged Attack
The tunnel ended with a rusted metal ladder leading up through a trap door. Hazel placed the gun in the back of her pants before starting to climb up. She pushed open the trap door and poked her head out. On the far side of the room was a safe door built into the wall. It was pretty obvious that The Iceman’s treasure was in there, but there should be some security around here. She turned her feet so that she could swivel around on the ladder and look at the whole room. Her head turned just in time to meet a boot slamming into her face.
For a second everything was dark. Hazel was scared she had lost consciousness, but as her vision started to blur back in, she realized the darkness was just a temporary effect of having her nose broken. Someone grabbed her feet and dragged her to the center of the room. The uneven cobblestone floor chafed against her back. The pistol slipped out from the back of her pants near the trap door. Hazel pretended to let her head loll around uselessly as she bumped against irregularities in the floor, but in fact she was gathering details about where everyone in the room was. She glanced up at the ceiling and almost laughed out loud.
The chandelier was really quite dirty.
Tactician: superior (rank 2)
There were three targets in the room two of whom were behind some form of cover. The blonde woman, Sally, was 35 degrees to the left and there was a black man eighty degrees to the right. Each one looked like a pretty good shot. Their skill level was an unknown variable in her plan. Hazel estimated.
Another man, presumably the ringleader from his posture and the way he referenced the other two gloated over Hazel’s body. Her pistol was about twice her height away from her. He wasn’t holding his gun right. He barely held it by his fingertips as though he was afraid of its power. Hazel was sure if she could catch him off guard, she could take it. She knew how, she’d been trained.
She wiggled her arms and legs to make sure she wasn’t particularly incapacitated. Blood flowed down from her nose and leaked across her cheeks into her hair where it dried in clumps. Otherwise, she felt all in all pretty fine.
And then she waited and watched for her chance as the boss gestured with his pistol. At the height of his speech, Hazel shot up from the floor. Every one of her muscles engaged at the same time, just as she’d been trained. She quickly grabbed the pistol and wrenched it from his hand. His mouth opened in shock as the woman he’d just defeated shot up from the floor. Hazel waited a half second for the two lackeys to take aim and then continued erupting upward, leaving the floor and grabbing hold of an arm of the chandelier with her free hand and both thighs. The lackeys’ bullets whizzed under her, shredding through the boss.
Hazel barely had time to celebrate however; she knew that the lackeys would eventually re-align their shots. This was where the variables started coming into the skirmish. The chandelier spun with the force of Hazel’s. After a tenth of a second, Hazel fired a bullet up through the center of the chandelier. Glass shattered and the chandelier detached from the ceiling and with it Hazel fell towards her gun on the floor. Hazel was pleasantly surprised to see both lackeys flinch at the sound of the gunshot. She had overestimated them.
When Hazel hit the floor, she grabbed the pistol as fast as she could and rolled out of the glass debris. Shards embedded themselves in her legs through her jeans. She raised both pistols above her head with her arms crossed and fired both simultaneously. Hazel glanced left and right. Both of the lackeys fell to the ground. The plan worked. Hazel brushed shards of glass out of her clothing and proceeded toward the safe.
It took her a while to crack the code, but once she did, the safe swung open easily. She stepped inside and picked up a box about the size of a loaf of bread and snapped open the latched on the side. Hazel opened the box and her mouth dropped open.
“The Iceman wanted that?”