This post is part of an ongoing story set in the pulp-era world of Hollow Earth Expedition. If you are new to this series, I suggest starting at the beginning of the story.
Before Celeste could say anything, the man in the gray suit drew a pistol. She may not have known much about guns, but her time on the set of “A Spy Among Us” had taught her to recognize it as one of those sleek German numbers with a thin barrel and a slanting handle.
“You haff made an unfortunate discovery, Fraulein,” said the man, his accented voice low and menacing.
The sound of a shot ripped through the desert air and she clutched her hands to her chest, certain that the bullet had pierced her heart. When she dared to open her eyes for a look, she found no blood on her fingers. As she watched, the man in the gray suit slumped to the ground, the gun slipping from his limp grasp.
“You alright, ma’am?”
She looked over to see a man with a smoking revolver. He was one of the engineers, and he wore blue jeans, a checkered shirt, and a black cowboy hat.
“Name’s Clem,” he said, tipping his hat towards her. “Looks like you got yourself a Nazi problem.”
“Thank you, Thank you!” she gushed, throwing her arms around him. “I owe you my life.”
“I don’t reckon you do,” he said, gently pushing her away. As he did, Celeste saw that he had a small tattoo on his right hand, in the fleshy spot between his thumb and his fingers. It depicted an eye inside a triangle.
“You see, ma’am,” he said as he nudged the body of the fallen man with the toe of his leather boot. “This here Nazi was out to put a stop to the drilling machine because his organization doesn’t want the competition. My organization, on the other hand, wants to make sure it gets to where it’s going.”
“You’re a hero,” she said.
“No, ma’am, I don’t think you understand me yet. I want this drilling machine gone early, before the press arrives to discover it’s anything other than a hoax. And when I say it goes, I mean it goes with everyone. Including you.”
Celeste realized that his revolver was now trained on her.
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