The call to battle isn’t the Administrator’s voice crackling over the intercom, but the shattering of a window in the battlements. A baseball rolls down the stairs and lands in the sand. Across the moat, the RED Scout whoops.
The intercom clicks on.
“Because RED took a head start, they will be penalized. BLU starts at nine. RED spawn doors
remain closed until nine ten.”
The RED Soldier snatches the bat out of the young man’s hands, and when he protests, she holds it far above his head.
“You’ll get this back when we’re let out.”
The morning battle passes quietly, RED pulling ahead of BLU just before lunch. Ani bats the Spy’s head in on the bridge, throws his arms back, and screams to the battlements. “Send your Scout out already! I’m tired of killin’ the snake.”
Gavin catches the Soldier coming out of respawn.
“Hold up, mate. You seen the Scout this morning?”
An ancient city famous for its rock-carved architecture and water-conduit system. May have been built up to 2,300 years ago.