We start where we left off. Antoine, Jiang, and 4 knights are in a tunnel. Antoine is guiding them, with a lantern in one hand and a map in the other.
Jiang: How far now?
Antoine: According to the map, we should be...
Suddenly, the tunnel shakes as dirt and dust falls from the ceiling.
Knight: What was that?
Jiang: You don't think...
Antoine: Yes...we'rr directly below the tracks. Which explains the the extra support here. Come, we must be close to the exit.
They all continue to go deeper till they reach a stone staircase.
Antone: Alright...(sets the lantern hanging on a hook and drops then map)...wait for me to give the signal.
Antoine then climbs up the staircase, till he reaches two doors. He pushes one door open and peers out. He sees crates of explosives, rifles and pistols, and ammunition.
Antoine: Okay, you can come up
He pushes both doors open and comes out. Everyone comes up, one-by-one.
Jiang: This must be a warehouse...one with weapons.
Antoine: Fortune smiles upon us. Now you four, start setting up the explosives.
Knight: What about you boss?
Antoine: Jiang and i will take care of the defenses and ,if possible, their leader. Just make sure you stay quiet and run when you light them.
Jiang: Do not light them till you see the signal. Doing that will cause more chaos before they can recover.
Knight: Got it, alright boys, we got work to do.
The knights start grabbing the boxes of explosives and gather around the entrance. Antoine and Jiang exit the warehouse through the door. Then they run to the side of a box car.
Jiang: Okay, what should we do first?
Antoine: We will need a vantage point to identify the area and start our sabotage. Over there...(pointing at a clock tower)...that tower is perfect.
Jiang: Then what are we waiting?
The two of them then make their way to the clock tower, avoiding the patrols of the "Cultists" (men wearing red suits and black coats) by hiding among the boxcars.
Adrien (echo): Man, look at them go.
Marinette (echo): The way move...it's almost like...
Adrien (echo): Ladybug and Chat Noir?
Marinette (echo): How did you know?
Adrien (echo): Lucky guess.
The two then pass by watchtowers set up above the tracks. Then they reach the tower.
Jiang: What now? We can't climb it or go it without being spotted.
Antoine: I have something, but i need to ask you something.
Jiang: What is it?
Antoine: Hold on tight.
Antoine grabs Jiang and raises his arm straight in to the air, then pulls his wrist back. A grappling hook is fired from his wrist and attaches to the roof of the tower. The two are then pulled as Antoine jumps along the wall and Jiang hanging tight. Then they are sent flying into the air before landing on the roof.
Jiang: (panting) Any more...surpirses you...have for me?
Antoine: A few, but why ruin the surprise?
Suddenly, they here a screech. They look up, seeing a Eagle flying around the tower before landing on it's spire.
Antoine: An eagle...a symbol of our order... symbol of peace and freedom.
Jiang: You know what this means? Luck is truly with us.
Antoine: Then let us enjoy her company while the night is young.
The two then walk pass the spire as the eagle flies away. The kneel as they observe the yard below them.
Jiang: Their is so many of them. Their must be hundreds.
Antoine: We have to hurry. (reaching into his coat, pulling out a pocket watch and opens it) We only have 15 minutes.
Jiang: Look...(pointing a line of trains, where "cultists are loading them up)...their loading supplies onto those trains. They must have ammunitions on them.
Antoine: I can try to destroy them, maybe set them on fire or blow them up.
Jiang: Either way works, but look over their...(pointing at a building next to the tracks)...that must be their base of operations.
Antoine: My guess is that you will try to infiltrate it? Maybe get intelligence?
Jiang: If Wren is in there, i want to know what she is planning.
Antoine: Okay then cause we only have...(looking into at his watch)...10 minutes.
Jiang: The let us not anymore waste time.
Adrien (echo): Looks like we'll be separated again.
Marinette (echo): Yeah...
The two then jump down the tower and into a stack of hay. Jiang pops out and runs to the building. Antoine then pops out and runs behind a caboose. He peers out before ducking back as a guard passes by. He then makes his way towards the train, avoiding the patrols. He then arrives at one and sneaks into the back of the car, ducking behind a crate as guards have a conversation
1st Cultist: Know when we are heading out?
2nd Cultitst: In the morning, the lady wants all everything and everyone ready. Come on, the others will need help with the next batch.
The guards then leave. Antoine then pops out, looking around the cargo.
Antoine: Hmmm...what's this?
He grabs a metal container and opens it.
Antoine: Oil? This could work.
He turns around, seeing coils of rope hanged on the wall. He grabs it and ties to coils together. He then feeds the rope into the container till it was wet and slippery. He then took it and place one end on a crate of blasting powder. He then runs through the other trains, laying the rope among the other ammunitions and flammable materials. He then runs back to the caboose and places the rope on the ground.
Antoine: (looking back at the tower) 1 minute left...
He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a match. He lights, but just before he set the rope on fire...
???: Hey! Stop right there!
A 9 minutes earlier...
Jiang runs to the side of the building. A guard comes out through the door. She quickly runs inside before the door closes. She makes her way down into a office area, but ducks behind a desk.
???: Are the preparations made?
Jiang reaches into her robes and pull out a knife. She stabs the desk, making a hole, and peeks through it. She sees a Chinese women (wearing black Chinese robes with red stitching, stiched sole shoes, and black socks) accompanied by a cultists.
Jiang: (whispering) Li Wren....
Cultist: Yes, ma'am. The trains are being loaded up. They'll be ready to depart shortly.
Li: What about my private escort?
Cultist: Your train is supplied and your guard has been assigned. The "cargo" has been loaded, as you requested.
Li: Good, the attack on Paris will serve as our get away. By the time those foolish agents realize what happened, it will be too late.
Jiang: (whispering) What? So the attack...
Marinette (echo):...is nothing more than a distraction!
Li and the cultist exit the room as Jiang makes her way to the door. She opens it and runs onto the yard, towards the tower
???: Hey! Stop right there!
Jiang stops and turns around, seeing guards running towards her. She continues running to the tower, being chased.
The guards stop and turns, seeing Antoine holding the lit match.
Antoine: Your boys are about to have bigger problems.
Antoine drops the match, landing on and igniting the rope. Jiang runs into him and holds onto him. Antoine raises his arm straight in to the air, then pulls his wrist back. A grappling hook is fired from his wrist and attaches to the roof of the tower. The two are then pulled up as the guards follow the rope. They are then launched into the air and lands on the roof.
Jiang: The attack it's just a distraction! Their plan is to...
Antoine: Tell me later, we don't have much time. Here...(reaching into his pocket and pulling another match).
Adrien (echo): Marinette, what's going on? What did Jiang mean?
Marinette (echo): She'll explain everthing, but not now.
Jiang pulls out her rocket and plants it on the roof. She then lights the match and lights the rocket.
Antoine: (looking down at the trains) GET DOWN!!!
Antoine tackles Jiang, pushing down on to the roof as the rocket flies into the air.
The rocket explodes as a loud bang is heard, echoing around across the sky.
*BOOM* *BOOM* *BOOM*
Several explosions are heard as the trains explode, causing a destructive force. The force causes the adjacent cars to be blown off-rail. The caboose is derailed and crashes through the tower.
Antoine: HANG OOOONNNN!!!
The tower starts to lean, falling towards the tracks and onto the wreckage as the fire erupts into a blazing inferno.
Marinette (echo): OH MY GOSH!!!
Adrien (echo): Talk about "Shock and Awe".
Marinette (echo): Did you think they survived?
Adrien (echo): Maybe, we'll find out soon enough.
I hoped you liked it. The first shot has been fired. Find out how things escalate in Chapter 21: Warpath.