The Lost Twins 8. Break and enterThe Lost Twins 8. Break and enter by Pacific-Time
After a quickie dinner on noodles in a hole in the wall joint across the street from the Himawari ryokan, Athena had about an hour to get ready. The sun had almost set and she needed to be at Unicorn when it was just dark enough to sneak past any security that may come in her way there. After pulling her long, blond hair back into a neat bum back in her neck, she threw on a pair of black jeans and a ditto cotton turtleneck top. Then she strapped gun holsters to her sides and placed her dual Glock 22's in their place.
In Athena's opinion the simplicity of the Glock pistol design contributed to its reliability, as it contained a relatively small number of components, nearly half as many as the typical handgun, making maintenance and repair easy in any harsh environment. It had early on become her weapon of choise.
Before donning her leather jacket, long enough to conceal the guns, she put a knife and a cotton balaklava in her deep inner pocket. Finally she tugged on a pair of dark finger
The Lost Twins 7. JapanThe Lost Twins 7. Japan by Pacific-Time
A/N Himawari means sunflower, a Ryokan is a traditional Japanese hotel.
The last time Athena visited Japan was more than a year ago. Back then it had been business as well, however quite a different business, relating to the re-build after the tsunami disaster in 2011, which one of her companies had been involved in. It sure felt like another time and another world, before Zeus had decided to pull her into his life again. And before Artemis and her mystery brother Apollo had entered her life. (Well, Apollo hadn't exactly 'entered' her life yet, but he was the reason for her to be here now.)
The taxi pulled up to the Himawari Ryokan where Athena always stayed when in Tokyo. After gathering her bags, Athena paid the driver and got out of the car, noting that a light rain was falling, wetting the sidewalk and her hair. The glowing red and gold Japanese characters above the entrance read himawari and it was surrounded by said flowers in elegantly stylized forms, a kind of Japanese v
The Lost Twins 6. IntermezzoThe Lost Twins 6. Intermezzo by Pacific-Time
The Dolomites Mountains, Northern Italy.
They struck without warning. In the early morning light ten armed commandos, considered to be the elite of their taskforce, broke through the locked iron gates and filed into the fenced off area. With astonishing ease, the commander in charge of communications disabled the alarm and took station by the door. As he was doing this, a second dark clad figure sprinted up the stairs and secreted himself behind the potted plants on the landing. By this, the man gained a full and commanding view of the reception area below.
After that the rest of the twelve people unit split into two teams and began their objective to immobilize the occupants of the outlying buildings. Each brigadier had a floor plan in a clear pouch on the sleeve of their uniform. The commandos drew their Glock 22's and released the safety catches. They ran their fingers over the spare ammo in their belts, each magazine carrying 13.40 S&W cartridges, and they all carried ten e