The city was bustling with the sounds of disgruntled workers and concerned citizens. The announcement that morning on increased taxes for middle class and upper class citizens had not gone over with the expected support the governmental interns had worked furiously to predict for their latest projection. Democracy had become merely a word used to silence the ignorant and uneducated, losing its power as the politicians who were elected bent and twisted the words and thoughts of the people, using their position as a personal platform to sustain individual wealth.
Eva walked toward the rally, her black heels resounding on the well-worn concrete as her eyes scanned the nearby buildings. Watchdog had assured her moments ago that the vicinity was free from snipers or those that might wish to take her life from an undisclosed location. The only threat would be those that stood before her, looking seemingly harmless. She smoothed her black pencil skirt with her right hand, the feel of her glock on her hip giving her some small sense of comfort. She wanted Robert there, but knew that the team was knee deep in an adventure of their own this afternoon.
A tap on the shoulder caused her to turn and a smile touched her pretty red lips. “Dr. Kramer, what a pleasant surprise.” She reached in and shook the blonde’s hand, a professional welcome amongst colleagues, nothing special unless you knew the derivative relationship.
Allison responded warmly, her handshake firm, her eyes telling Eva that she was in the crowd and ready if her leader should need her. “I wouldn’t miss this for the world. I suppose I should wish you luck, but that feels a bit unnecessary when you have truth on your side.”
Eva chuckled and tucked her long black hair behind her ear. “That is correct. Let’s have lunch once this is done and catch up a bit.”
Allison agreed and moved out into the crowd, her sunglasses and head wrapping covering the majority of her face while still looking elegant and feminine. She couldn’t allow her identity to be splashed about the six o’clock news, though she desired so much for it to be. Hiding in the shadows was most unpleasant and almost diminished her drive to assist FIST, but she remained focused on the end result and not the necessary sacrifices of the journey.
Eva walked on stage, no papers in her hands and head held high. She needed no prompting to speak to these people as she was one of them. Her platform was coated in the need for change and bathed in the promise of a brighter future where people were part of the equation again. She felt perfectly calm as she stepped up and looked across the crowd, her eyes glittering with excitement as the people before her lifted up a rally cry. They knew what the Sons of Liberty stood for and hungered greatly for a taste of the change to come.
“It was Aristotle who said, democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. But I would ask you today… this day to search yourselves and tell me, if based on the actions promulgated earlier this morning by the congress you elected, do you believe in the façade of absolute equality?” She paused as the silence rushed in. “Because Sons of Liberty sure as hell doesn’t.”
The crowd exploded as Eva paused, her eyes meeting Allison’s as she winked, a smile playing on the blondes mouth. Nothing like getting a group of pissed off citizens mobilized with words and ready to put up a fight. This was going to be good, as it always was.