Chapter 2 (Arrival of a new face)
As soon as it was revealed that Lydia was missing, Mayor got an anonymous call again.
“Well, well Mr. Mayor, why do I feel like you don’t care about anyone except yourself?” someone with a familiar voice spoke. Then the call was disconnected.
“We need to go to the Defense Department. Let’s go there”, Mayor expressed.
As Mayor and his people were heading to the Defense Department, reporter Diane Smith weighed in.
“You couldn’t save your own daughter from Arrow, what can the Gothamians expect from you Mr. Mayor?” she asked.
“I am here to protect Gotham any how; thank you”, replied Mayor.
Then, he hurried to his vehicle.
“We will be watching how, you are welcome”; exclaimed Smith.
All the way long, Mayor couldn’t stop thinking about Lydia. He was worried that Arrow would do something harmful to her. He was filled with chaos and the result it could bring was disastrous for the Gotham city.
On reaching the Security and Defense Department, Mayor met the new head of the department, Spencer Hasting.
“Hello there Mr. Mayor. I am Spencer Hasting, the new head”, greeted Hasting.
“I have no time for greets now, Mr. Hasting. I am concerned with the security of the city. It would be gratefulness of yours if you can elaborate the plan now”, expressed Mayor.
“Okay sire! We have set up surveillance cameras all over the city and extended our control rooms. The shoot on sight order is spread throughout and we have sent our top snipers to keep an eye on Arrow. The civilians are requested to inform the control panels whenever they see or encounter with Arrow”, explained Hasting.
“May I say something on this matter?”, said someone loudly from the corridor.
Everybody turned around. It was a woman.
“This is not a discussion about music or hippies. I wonder how a woman covered with tattoos and wearing sunglasses in a considerably dark room can be of any help to us”, mocked Hasting.
“Oh, I wonder even deeper how a person, whose hair has turned ash grey and has got a stomach as big as the one made by a corrupt politician by leeching the bodies of civilians, can be the Head of the Security and Defense Department”, bashed the woman.
“Who let you in woman?” cried Hasting.
“Looks doesn’t matter Mr. Hasting. We deal with our brains on here and I guess tattoos are not able to cover our brains and for further information about myself, I am the new weapon specialist you had called. Right, sir?” she said looking towards the Mayor.
Showing her identity card, “Aria Strand, officer at the Crime Bureau to be more precise”.
“Oh Miss Strand, I am glad you’ve arrived so soon”, said Mayor.
“I am just one call away for any help I can do for you, sir”, Aria expressed.
“Mr. Hasting, she is the weapon specialist I have called to support your team. I expect your full co-operation with her. Trust me, she won’t disappoint your team”, said the Mayor and he left.
“And yeah, remember looks can be deceiving”, added Aria.
“Mr. Hasting, I have a better suggestion than shoot on site order because most presumably Arrow can’t be that foolish to wander around without bullet proof suit. We can’t underestimate Arrow in any matter. So, I suggest you to change the shoot on sight order to laser shooting. That would be more effective right now. Arrow would obviously expect us to use bullets but we will counteract his expectation”, explained Aria.
“Really? Do you think it’s a better way to deal with problem we are facing now? Miss Strand, you’d better not advise us what’s better regarding this matter. What do you know anyway? You are just an amateur. I have been working here for a long time now. We have far more excellent specialists to work for us”, cried Hasting.
“Yeah, I know Mr. Hasting that you are under a lot of pressure right now and whatever statements you made about me about being an amateur and unexperienced are also true. But Mr. Strand, I am personally concerned with Lydia’s well-being. You may not know the fact that I am her best friend. We have remained best friends for more than a decade now and I care about Lydia as much as Mr. Mayor does about her”, Aria stated.
“I don’t know about how bad you feel to get constantly pressed by someone for accomplishing something but believe me, when a person you really love and care about gets into a dangerous situation, it really feels bad. Being her best friend, I can’t remain unconcerned about her”, she added.
“Okay, whatever. Do you have a better plan?”, asked Hasting.
“Yeah, I already suggested you to use plasma instead of bullets. And.. “
Aria was suddenly interrupted when one of the members of the Defense Department came rushing.
“Sir, there has been a massive bomb attack in the city and more than thousand have lost their lives in there”, he said.
“Who did it? Any information? Is it Arrow?”, asked Hasting.
“Watching the security footage, it is found to be a suicide bomber but we are not sure about who he was led by, sir”, explained the officer.
“It is none other than Arrow, I am sure about it”, Hasting said.
“We cannot jump to conclusions this soon, Mr. Hasting”, spoke Aria.
“Arrow is the only suspect after series of all these distortions he has caused”, expressed Hasting.
“Show me the security footage now”, ordered Aria.
(After watching the security footage time and again)
“Look at this person Mr. Hasting”, said Aria.
After magnifying the view of the video,
“Mr. Hasting, watch this person carefully. He is acting weird. He is not blinking his eyes. He just arrived there like his actions have been controlled by someone. His movements show that he was brainwashed”, disclosed Aria.
“Extract picture of that suicide bomber and send it to every investigation department in Gotham to find out who he was”, ordered Mr. Hasting.
(After waiting for an hour, one of the officers entered with the information.)
“Sir, his name was David Wilkinson. His wife reported a missing complaint about him two days ago”, he exclaimed.
“And we have noticed something strange sir”, he added.
“What is it?”, asked Hasting.
“Within a period of two days, people have placed more than 500 missing complaints”, he expressed.
“What? Why did not you inform me earlier?”, shouted Hasting.
“It’s because we were already pre-occupied by the investigation of Mr. Mayor’s daughter’s abduction and Arrow”, he answered.
“Where is this city actually heading to?”, Aria mumbled.
“Mr. Hasting, we really need to act quickly to save Gotham. My intuition says that someone is catering people and hijacking their brain. I think we will be dealing with something very bad soon, may be Arrow or someone more evil, very, very evil”, Aria said.