The teal Egyptian cotton sheets slid over her bare legs as the sun rose over the mountain-top, streaming into the open doors that led out onto the balcony attached to the back of her and Kaz's bedroom. Shifting onto her elbow, the young assassins eyes drifted over him, taking a moment to marvel at him, at this, at what they were building and to immerse herself in how truly happy and carefree she was for the first time since she had left Kyoto at the age of seventeen.
Doing her best not to disturb his rest she slid out of bed and made her way over to the dresser where she picked up a pair of skinny jeans from the day before and pulled them up her legs. With a disregard for her appearance, she left on her over-sized Boston Police Department sweatshirt and secured her hair on top of her head.
Closing the heavy wooden door gently behind her, she pulled her iPhone from her pants pocket and checked the time. 7:30 AM, as good a time as any to start the day. Her bare feet padded across the cool wooden floor as she descended the circular staircase from their wing of the lodge before traversing the hallways and ending up at the massive wooden kitchen table. Before her were reams of paper and a tablet with more documents, all of which were relevant to her research regarding the fabled Dragon Scroll.
First hearing whispers of this supposedly mythical artifact during her first tenure in Kyoto at the age of seventeen, the curious assassin had picked up her research upon their return and many avenues had proved to be dead ends, but a mere week ago, one had proved to be more than fruitful. From there, she'd continued pursuing leads until she had everything she needed. Sensing the approach of somebody from behind her body tensed before the smell of Kazarian's cologne seeped into her senses, putting her entirely at ease. Stepping up behind her, he rested his hands on her shoulders, kneading gently as he peeked over her shoulder at the papers.
Handing one to him she waited as he read it over and quickly ascertained what it was that she had in store. "You think this actually exists?" Placing the paper down on the table in front of her, he took a seat in the chair kitty corner from her.
"Everything I've seen and heard says that it does. What's to lose trying to figure it out, yeah?" It was time to gather the squad. A group of people, all of whom had been handpicked because of their dark and sometimes disturbing pasts. Cassidy needed incredibly skilled people and people who were willing to push the edge of what others viewed as moral, but at the same time, people who had strong moral compasses and the will and fervor inside of them to be better people. Everybody here fit that description and she was proud to call them her team.
Connecting telepathically with Claire, the woman who over the course of the last year or so had quickly become her best friend and perhaps her closest confidante, Cass requested that she show up downstairs in the ridiculously spacious kitchen (a requirement upon the construction of the base) five minutes before the rest of the team. Quickly sending out a communication to the devices that all members had been equipped with, Cass stretched her arms over her head, cracking her knuckles as she did so. It was time to get things rolling.
Twenty minutes later she sat on the edge of the granite counter, the very picture of relaxed confidence, Cass held in her hand a stack of papers, one for each team member who had been called in for a somewhat impromptu meeting and briefing. The sun was rising in the bay window behind her, illuminating her from the back as Kaz stood next to her, his arms jauntily crossed over his chest as he propped his hip against the counter.
"There's an item known to some as the Dragon Scroll. It's a mystical artifact from ancient Japan. At one point, there were rumored to be thirteen in existence. All have dropped off into being myth and legend, all save for one. All the research that I've conducted says that there is one housed within the cavern system in this very mountain. It's my intent to find it. This'll be our first mission and it should be a run of the mill retrieval operation. That being said, bring your weapons and equipment, we never know what's in store for us, especially when there's a mystical artifact involved. Be ready to go in one hour." With that she dismissed the crew and began gathering up her research and crafting plans and strategies for possible outcomes in her head.