The lights in the elevator came back on full, and the emergency lighting went out, as the power relays were restored to the building. Drick checked the internal chronometer for the encounter. It was running at just a little over three minutes since Drick had entered through the doors above. The clubs alarm systems would have informed the local judiciary station of an issue at the venue, but Drick was monitoring their response and they were still four minutes away. Far more interesting would be private security. If they were lucky Drickâ€™s team had maybe ninety seconds before outside help arrived. That was not a lot of time to get away but it was possible.
â€œYouâ€™re a dead person, you know that?â€ the target spat into Drickâ€™s visor, they were visibly shaking with anger.
Drick cocked their head to one side, â€œit is most likely someone is going to kill me, that is certain. But you will not be the one to do it.â€
â€œYou think killing me is going to achieve anything?â€ they snarled and laughed.
â€œThen surrender. You are a dead person. But if you give yourself and your companions up I will make it quick for you. I may even just cripple those who are helping you.â€
â€œThatâ€™s not going to happen. As you already indicated I am a dead person and quick or slow it has the same outcome, so why would I consider any offer you present.â€ Drick plugged a hard-wired jack into the elevatorâ€™s interface which was a direct link to the system command pad. This gave Drick an uninterruptible connection and allowed Rodero access using Drickâ€™s internal uplink.
The minute that the security had been triggered, this entire section was transferred to a special security system. It wasnâ€™t easily accessible to the other systems in the club and almost unbreachable except via a direct route such as this.
â€œThen what is your big plan? Doesnâ€™t matter if you hack lifts and doors, you are not getting out of this shaft.â€
â€œYouâ€™ll discover. Letâ€™s just say that since I am marked for termination that maybe I intend to take the fight and bring down as much of the opposition as possible. I am an extremely resourceful individual and I have a lot of influence to bear.â€
â€œThen use it wisely and save yourself if you can.â€
â€œNo. I also want to know as much as possible.â€
â€œWell you will not get anything from me.â€
â€œI never said I needed anything from you. All that you know is already in my possession.â€
â€œI sincerely doubt that.â€
The elevator jerked into sudden life and continued its descent to the garage level. The man suddenly laughed. â€œYou realise thatâ€™s my private garage. I have at least twenty of my best people down there. When the doors open they will riddle you with shots.â€
â€œFair enough,â€ said Drick. As the elevator slowed Drick made sure to move the target to one side so Drick could face the doorway alone, â€œdonâ€™t want you to get hurt.â€
â€œYouâ€™re brave, I have to give you that. Dumb as lizard cack, but brave.â€
The doors opened slowly and Drick turned the visor to stare at the man, â€œthere were eleven guards in your private garage,â€ Drick said as they stepped out and nodded at Boomer, â€œsilence and wrap that piece of shit for me will you.â€
â€œGladly,â€ said Boomer firing a jet of paralysing darts right into the targetâ€™s neck and chest.