I've started working on re-writing the WWII AU so that it's real. No one tell Em, I don't want her to get her hopes up.
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With all of the national delegates convening in one place to discuss the growing alien crisis, the district had anticipated some sort of terrorist attack. Attempts had been made to create safe lighting zones with gas lamps erected in the streets. They were meant to help people get out of the city more safely in case of a technological attack. They made the men uneasy. The men were used to diffused electric and halogen glows that set a person's features in stone, not the mercurial shadow play that cast a person's demons across their skin as the light flickered with the fuel.
Heeden stepped out the front door of the hotel like she was leaving a bar and tilted her hat back, giving the signal to the boys hiding in the dark room across the street. With any luck it would be at least fifteen minutes before someone discovered the dead men upstairs. She lit a cigarette and pushed off the porch, expecting to see her men armed and in the alley in less than five.
Behind her, a familiar voice shot out of the shadows. "Still inflicting your bad habits on young men, I see," Aed said.
"If you're here to save them, you're too late," she sad.
"I don't suppose it matters whether you're talking about my superiors or the lost boys you've collected over the last year."
"No boy was ever more lost than you. Did the army ever give you a working compass?"
"My compass works fine," he said. "But it's hard to read, when access to a True North has been obscured."
"Fuck with the planet, it fucks back." She could see the glint of the guns across from her, waiting for her order. She took three quick sips of the cigarette, giving a signal with the burning tip to hold on. She stood stone still as his boots slapped across the concrete behind her.
"Did you bring him?" Aed whispered into her ear and wrapped his fingers around her hip. "Did we come all this way just so he could save you from me again? Does he know that this time you really need it?"