By Dave Eber
To Be Number One
The meditation chamber was dark and silent. Illumination came from a weakly glowing rack of lights set into the wall. The only furniture was a massive, swiveling chair set in the center of the room.
"You summoned me?"
The chair turned with a muffled hiss. Rhys Engel regarded the woman standing before him. She was tall, lithe, and powerful. Her hair was the color of midnight, and tiny lights seemed to flicker behind her eyes.
"Have you read Dr. Oram's report on the monkey scientist and his device?"
"As you instructed."
"Good. I have a task for you now. I need you to go to Hong Kong, 2002 juncture. There's something I need you to retrieve, something that has been lost for a very long time. Something very important."
The corner of Kallisti's mouth curled upward into a smile.
"When do I depart?"