That night you dove again, spending time on your cooking skills with Delilah, while Tamajiki and Praetorian prepared for their guard mission.
“Come on,” Praetorian said to him, “let’s go to the meeting point, they want to discuss things about the move…”
“Now?” Tamajiki asked.
“Yep. Things happen last minute so that their plans can’t get intercepted,” Praetorian said, picking up and few things before leading the way out of the house, “if the plans are known for a long time there’s a high risk of someone else, either, finding out about it, or people from the inside messing it up.”
Tamajiki nodded. “So that’s why it’s been so hard to catch them.”
Following Praetorian from the house, they set off to a higher level to meet those in charge of the next operation.
Back in the kitchen, you were getting better and better at making different pastries and breads and grinned as another perfect bread roll appeared from the industrial looking oven then.
“We need you,” Delilah said as she walked down to your area of the room.
“For?” you asked, looking up.
“A mission,” she replied, “the higher ups are meeting today and they want food so let’s go.
“Oh!” you quickly put your cooking utensils down, “now?”
“Yes. Things often happen last minute,” she replied, beckoning you to follow her.
Excitedly, you wiped your hands on your apron and followed her out of the room.
You weren’t exactly sure if the meeting place was on the same level or not, as Delilah had taken you through the labyrinth of the building but you were pretty sure it was a different level as those from the level were dressed slightly differently.
Entering through the back door of the kitchen there, Delilah led you in and you started working while looking around a little.
“What’s the meeting about?” you asked her.
“Dunno,” she shrugged as she worked.
“Mmm,” you hummed.
You could hear people talking outside the kitchen window and stopped a few times to listen but couldn’t make out what anyone was saying so decided to focus on your task at hand instead.
Unbeknownst to you, Tamajiki and Praetorian had passed the kitchen window and has been ushered into a room filled with other guards who were excitedly milling around.
Praetorian introduced him to a few of the other members and Tamajiki greeted them but was also looking around for any other pieces of information that he could use- so far, no luck, as the room was fairly empty.
“Guards,” a voice called from the front of the room, “come next door.”
Tamajiki and Praetorian followed the group through to the next room and there was food laid out on a long table for everyone to share.
“Eat,” the person who had called everyone in early, beckoned.
Everyone started picking the morsels off the table but Tamajiki stood back and observed the others who were standing around and not eating, they seemed to be part of the organizing group.
After everyone had eaten a bit, 5 men walked in, flanked by guards.
“Greetings,” the leader said as he walked in.
Tamajiki looked above his head to read his username:
“Is that meaning he is the Supreme commander? The leader of the blue businessmen?”
He eyed the man and then looked at Praetorian.
“Is he the leader of the blue businessmen?” he asked softly.
“No, but he is close to the man in charge,” Praetorian replied softly as well, “no one has met the person in charge.”
“That’s the same thing that Y/N told me…” Tamajiki thought with a slight scowl on his face, “why has no one met the person at the top, is it because the person running the operation keeps telling everyone it’s someone else so that he doesn’t get targeted by those who want to see him gone? That’s very smart.”
“Thank you all for coming,” Supreme said, smiling around at the group of guards.
“He has a very strong accent,” Tamajiki thought to himself.
“We will push off in a few hours. As is our rule, no one leaves this building until we’re ready to leave and in chat messaging is forbidden.”
“Smart. This man must know that that there would be people trying to intercept the mission so he’s preventing any outside interference…”
“We will be moving rare items,” Supreme said, “that’s all you need to know for now. There is a possibility that we might meet players along the way who will want to rob us so stay alert but we aren’t expecting any other problems.”
The guards around Tamajiki smirked and chuckled amongst themselves, obviously sounding excited about the prospect of having to fight others off… Praetorian stayed quiet.
Supreme and his team then turned and left, leaving the group of guards to continue eating.
It looked like a free event but each of the doors in the room had been blocked off by other guards so that even if you wanted to leave, there’s no way you could.
Tamajiki glanced around again at the guards, noting all of them had either slave emblems or a Blue Businessmen tattoo.
“So this is one of the core groups of players. Possibly the same group who were on the boat that sunk just off from our honeymoon destination,” he thought, looking at some of the people there and taking note of some of the player names should he need to recall any of them at a later time.
Soon, the end door to the room opened and the guards were called through to accompany large containers that were being pulled and pushed by lower leveled players, hauling them out to a ship.
“Which level is this?” Tamajiki thought, noting it was a fisherman style level that had oceans out to the horizons as he walked through the doors to outside, “I always thought you had to use the teleport pads to get from level to level but it appears that you can also get to higher levels through secret links in buildings, and, I’m assuming, through oceans? Because this is definitely not the honeymoon level but maybe the oceans on each level are connected?”
Tamajiki watched as the lower level players loaded the boxes aboard the ship.
A number of them seemed to not be enjoying the work they were being made to do and a few times the guards handled them roughly which made Tamajiki’s blood boil.
“I don’t like this at all,” he thought with a scowl on his face.
As he had his back to dock he heard a voice that made his heart almost stop and he spun around just in time to see you being forced into a cage that was aboard the ship.