At the Agreste Manor, in the study, Jiang is sitting down, behind desk, reading a book. Meanwhile, Antoine is standing in front of the window, with both hands behind his back. Then, the door opens and Aujeán comes in.
Aujeán: Their here.
Antoine: How many?
Aujeán: A full house.
Jiang: (closing the book) Then what are we waiting?
She puts the book on the desk as Antoine grabs his cane and a map of france off the table. Antoinebthen rolls it up and follows Aujeán and Jiang out. They walk to the stairs, seeing the interior full of men dressed in blue and white suits, engaging in their own conversations. Dorothy is seen, pushing a cart carrying snacks through the crowd and offering them.
Aujeán: ALRIGHT, PIPE DOWN!
The conersations die down as the Knights all turn, facing towards the them.
Antoine: Okay, listen up. I called you boys here because we know where the "Cult" is and how were going to beat them.
The three of them walk down the stairs.
Antoine: Someone bring a table over here.
The crowd clears the way as two knights bring a table in front of Antoine. He puts the map on the table and unrolls it. Everyone then gather around the table.
Antoine: According to our intelligence, we found out that the "Cult" was using a secret tunnel to get in and out of the city. The tunnel leads to a their stronghold, a train yard that serves as their staging ground for the assault.
Jiang: From our interrogations, we learned that the entrance to the tunnel can be found in a pub called "Le Renard Irve", located here (pointing at the map) in the 7éme.
Aujeán: For phase one, I will lead my men to raid the place on account of harboring criminals. Once we cleared the place, some of you boys will stay behind and make sure the pub is secured. Anyone seen entering the pub after given a warning must be either detained or eliminated.
Antoine: For phase two, Jiang and I will lead a team through the tunnel and to the enemy stronghold. Their we divide into two teams with separate objectives. One will sabotage their defenses and ammunition storage, thus making them defenseless and weak. The second will destroy the tunnel, cutting of the escape route. While this is happening, you boys will have 45 minutes to head out and gather reinforcements and arms for our checkpoints
Jiang: For our final phase, we will launch an attack on the train yard. Once the thirty minutes end, we will give you a signal to attack. Once the fighting starts, we must make sure that none of them escape. Take precautions by first blocking the roads leading out of their base. Second, you will do anything you can to disable trains before they are operational. They may try to dig out the tunnel as an act of desperation and final escape, so secure it if they do. Now, any questions
Knight: What's the signal?
Jiang: This...(pulling out a Chinese firework rocket).
Aujeán: Since when did you have that?
Jiang: I felt that we would need one.
Antoine: Okay, you all know the plan and your roles. If everything goes our way, not only will do we stop their plans, but we will drive them out of France. Tonight...we finish this!
All the Knights go to an uproar as they all shout in both agreement.
Antoine: Alright...MOVE OUT!!!
They all start to run, rushing out of the door. Aujeàn and Jiang follow them out.
Antoine: (walking to the door) Dorothy, we'll be gone for a while. Lock all the doors and windows after we leave. Then go to the study and stay there till we come back.
Dorothy: Yes, father.
Antoine runs out the door and to the street where a line of carriages wait, with Knights getting in/on them. The carriages begin to move as Antoine runs to the side of one. It's door opens as Jiang comes out and extends her arm to Antoine. He grabs as she pulls him in and closes the door.
Adrien (echo): If things weren't interesting before, they are now.
Marinette (echo): I just hope that nothing bad happens to them.
2 hours later....
In an alleyway, 10 Knights are waiting along with Antoine and Jiang.
Jiang: How long is this going take?
Antoine: Be patient, he maybe an agent, but he's also a man of the law.
At that moment, a knight stops by the alley.
Knight: It's done.
Then they all get out, on to the street and to the pub.
Antoine: How did it go?
Knight: Normally, police breaks in, everyone tries to run out the door or jumping through the window.
Jiang: Was there any resistance?
Knight: At first, they tried to fight with knives and broken bottles, but were put down.
Then they stop in front of a pub, seeing broken glass on the streets, a broken window and door. Antoine walks forward.
He looks down, moving his boot; revealing a sign reading "Le Renard Irve", now snapped into two pieces.
Antoine: I feel sorry for the man who owned this place, but he allowed the "Cult" to make a way in and out of the city.
They all walk inside, seeing tables and chairs either knocked over and broken. Then they look to the bar, seeing Aujeán drinking a bottle of wine.
Antoine: You shouldn't be drinking, your still on duty.
Aujeán: (turning around) My men can handle everything without me. Besides, why should good wine go to waste?
Antoine: (laughing)....you haven't change at all.
Aujeán: The owner said something of a trap door in the cellar. The cellar is through that door (pointing at a door, right next to the shelves and barrels). I'll stay here and hold down the fort.
Jiang: Alright, Phase one is complete, now for phase two. You 4 (poiting at a group of Knights) are with us. The rest of you head out, tell the others to move in, then gather our forces for the attack.
Antoine: You boys have 45 minutes, plenty of time to do so. Now...GO!
Jiang, Antoine, and the 4 Knights go through the door as the rest of them runs out the door. Jiang and company walk down a stair case into a room filled with barrels and shelves holding wine.
Antoine: Spread out. Look at the barrels, there should be a clue or something.
Jiang: If this place is like the one at the mansion, then we should find something. But don't forget about the shelves.
They all spread out, examining the barrels and shelves for a fee minutes.
Knight: Hey boss! I think found something!
They all walks towards him, meeting in front of a large barrel lying on it's side.
Antoine: What is it?
Knight: There's something strange about this one. I felt something coming from it.
Jiang steps forward, starting to put her hands around then lid. She then steps back.
Jiang: He is right. I can feel air coming out of it...cold air.
Antoine: Alright, allow me...
Antoine steps forward, drawing his sword. He then sticks it into the barrel and tries to pry off the lid. It then comes off as a rush of cold air is felt. They all look into the barrel, seeing nothing but darkness.
Jiang: No, look...
They see a dim light in the darkness.
Jiang: Come, we'rr losing time.
Jiang crawls into the barrel and towards the light.
Antoine: Well? What are you waiting for? Follow her.
They all crawled in, one-by-one, following Jiang to the light, till she stops
Knight: What is it?
Jiang: The light....
Jiang crawls to the light, finding herself inside of a underground tunnel, with a lantern hanging against the wall
Antoine: (echoing) Anything?
Jiang: Yes, we found it...we found the tunnel.
Then they all come out, one-by-one, into the tunnel.
Antoine: This place reminds of the catacombs. Wait...
Antoine: This place...we are in the catacombs.
Knights: But how? Didn't we already search there?
Antoine: Yes, but parts of it caved in...or so we thought. They must have blocked off access to this part so that they can come and go as they please
Jiang: Clever...but Ironic as it will be part of their downfall. Hmm...
Jiang looks at the ground and kneels. She wipes away some dirt, revealing a piece of paper. She then picks up.
Antoine: What is it?
Jiang: (standing back up and unfolds it) It appears to be a map, but the writing is faded.
Antoine: Let me see... (grabbing and examining it) i can read it, but some parts will be hard to understand. Come, i will guide us.
Antoine grabs the lantern and walks deep into the dark tunnel, with Jiang and others following him into the darkness.
Marinette (echo): Looks like we are getting close to the end.
Adrien (echo): Yeah, but...
Marinette (echo): Something wrong...
Adrien (echo): I think i'm have a feeling of Deja Vu, but...eh, maybe it's just an effect.
Marinette (echo): After what we've seen, i wouldn't be surprised.
I hope you liked it. A battle is coming. Find out how in Chapter 20: Cloak and Dagger