"Message received. Beginning decent."
*Lear jet lands and taxis to 7D and proceeds to slot 8A.*
"This is Captain Patton Scott, jet is secure in Antropodolis International Airport slot 8 alpha. I am beginning our refuel and aircraft check for special flight 666b return to Vapula Prolex Interregional Spaceport. I need 2 hours to complete our preflight and file itinerary. Advise his excellency, Ahan Shetty, I have landed."
"Ashoy airtraffic control, Demonos flight 666b fueled and ready for takeoff to Vapula Prolex Interregional Spaceport. I will remain stationary awaiting Ahan Shetty and possibly his entourage. Come back airtraffic controller."
*Ahan Shetty arrives in a black Limo. Greets Captain Scott*
*addressing the media*
"This tour is going to be historical. It was kind of Lady Vera to invite me to the Principality. I am very excited to be touring Lazarus. I am looking forward to making new diplomatic ties with my fellow counterparts during my visit and signing some important trade agreements. I am keen on creating new strategic alliances that will make Ashoy a global partner. God bless Ashoy! God bless Lazarus!"
*Enters the Lear Jet
"Demonos flight 666, permission granted to take of from runway 6-9 Foxtrot. Taxi via 4-2 Victor. Ashoyian F-35s will escort you. Have a happy and safe journey. Over"
"Demonos flight 666b. Weather report on your request- Clear skies with light winds of velocity 2 knots N-E. Temperature 95 F. Humidity level 43%. Runway 6-9 foxtrot is clear for takeoff. Fly at an altitude of 12,000 feet and maintain speed of 270 knots. Cruise at an altitude of 35,000 feet after approval.Over"
Have yall heard about that explosion in Labanon yet? It happened this morning. They dont know what caused it yet but trust me it was massive. As in small nuclear bomb massive. Blew out every window in Beirut and set fires all across the city.
Heres a link to some footage of the blast. May god have mercy on those poor peoples souls.
*aboard the Lear jet the Speaker of the Vapula Prolex meets Ahan Shetty*
"Your excellency, I was sent in advance by my Lady Vera who will meet you on the tarmac of the Spaceport. She is very eager to meet you. She sent me to discuss your speech before the GeneralProtectorateMinistrty. She knows that you wish to address the Ashoy diaspora. The Principality extends to you our priviledge for your visit."
*the Lear jet is now joined by Ashoy F-35s on either side. More come and follow in a tight formation.*
"But where are my manners? I am Dr. Leanne St. John, you can call me Leanne, if you wish."
*she puts out her hand for a handshake with Ahan Shetty*
Nah, just the thought of sleeping is weird
His Immensity just squashed a big, black spider that was scurrying around in His bedroom. He did so by throwing a copy of a thick novel at it.
Throwing thick novels at things is a good solution. Except when you try to throw a thick novel at your computer to speed it up. It tends to work the other way.
*Ahan Shetty steps onto the tarmac. A detachment of elite forces from The Demonos Defense Agency are in formation and a red carpet leads to Lady Vera in front of a 1950 Cadillac Fleetwood Limosine. The tarmac of the Demonos Interregional Spaceport expands into the horizon on either side. Rockets are on their pads in the distance.*
"Welcome to Demonos, your excellency, we are Lady Vera. What would you like to do first?"
*Gives Lady Vera a handshake*
''I would like to take some rest. I shall explore Vapula Prolex at night. After all, Vapula Prolex is renowned for its nightlife!
*Lady Vera pulls Ahan Shetty into the limousine cabin.*
"Driver," commands Lady Vera to a shadowy figure at the wheel, "Let us take Mr. Shetty to his hotel"
*The limo is switched on to reveal that the sound coming from under the hood was not the familiar internal combustion engine the vehicle was made for. The engine instead made a deep whining noise as power seem to be felt feeding the wheels by vibrating cables.*
"You'll need to forgive me, the royal 'we' stuff, I drop when with foreign dignitaries like this. Demonos is like this, your excellency, we take the beauty of the old design and then make it better."
*Lady Vera slides the curtains on the limo now. This makes the passenger cabin dark. Above their heads a video screen casts a light, the screen displays an overcast sky. The nano-crystals inside the screen give it such depth as mistakably real.*
"Your excellency, I am not a fan of the sun so it suits me if you wish to dispense with pleasant illusions of power. Perhaps unfortunate, streets are not now lined with demon parades. The sun in Demonos is perhaps like the moon of other places. I suggest you sleep during the day and rest. Here,"
*Lady Vera takes Ahan's hand and places a small silver device with a red button.*
"Before you ask, what I just gave you is a PearNote,"
*she touches the smooth silver of the device and it begins to vibrate sending out light pulses that create a small square screen.*
"Listen and watch."
*Lady Vera opens a small purse with a much smaller device than she had given Shetty*
"Call Head Stewart"
*a small pill leaped out of the side and she placed this pill directly into her ear.*
Her voice now became lower, almost a mumble. "Call his excellency when I hang up." Her voice now returned to Ahan present as compared to the previous mumble. "Hang up," she said aloud.
*she takes the pill out of her ear, crushes it, rolls down the window and tosses out the little pill*
"Hold down the read button on the side for six seconds when you panic; say like a guy has a gun shooting up the place, maybe someone is trying to hurt you; you have six seconds to fend for yourself. Depending on where you are, a detachment of shadows will fall on you location. Let me explain, The Shadows are a part of the Stewards of Demonos. You will never see them, hear them, or even sense them coming until they are right in front of you. That's a special feature on the phone you'll see few others with; that red button"
*Just then a call comes in on the Pear and a pill slides halfway out of the side*
"Answer it if you want, it's just a test call. Push the pill back in to reject the call. That devices will connect to me. Just tell it to call Lady Vera."
*The vibrations of the car lower as they approach the Valuxia.*
"We're here," she knocks on the window inside the cabin that separates the driver and passengers of the limo, "What's your name?"
"Dante, my Lady."
"Dante, you will trade out this limo for something more practical, have you been with us long?"
"4 months my'lady."
"Who gave you this big job? You will be his excellency's driver while he is here after you drop me off at The Prolex. We have some business to attend to while his excellency rests."
*she taps on the running board above the glass and it slides up. The limo becomes dead silent.*
"We're here. Tell them who you are, they'll be expecting you. Welcome to Demonos."