((So sorry that took so long.))
Integra stopped in her tracks, glaring up irritably at Walter. One hand had already begun reaching for her cigars, which she always kept in an inner pocket of her jacket.
"Yes, what is it?" she asked, her tone a bit more snappish than usual. Talking to Alucard did that to her sometimes.
Ignoring his masters tone of voice, he replied, "The Queens motorcade was attacked. The local news channels have the reports playing on repeat. Something must be done, Lady Integra."
Walter smoothly turned on his heel and started walking back towards the main floor, knowing Integra would not be long in following.
Had Integra been a less-composed sort of person, her mouth probably would have fallen open. Thankfully, years of practice had stopped that sort of thing. She stood still for a few moments before quickly stepping after Walter. If Alucard wanted to come, it was his own choice.
"Any leads?" she asked, fishing around in her pocket for that elusive cigar. "We can't waste another minute in this, Walter."
Calmly climbing up the slightly musty steps, Walter glanced behind him. He couldn't show his own distress or surprise in the matter. He had to remain a stoic source of stability.
"We can immediately rule out the Vatican's Section XIII assassins. They would not be foolish enough to attack the Queen in broad daylight. Also the middle eastern empires would not be foolish enough to attack a country in which they had ambassadors. At this point, there are no real leads." Walter paused, "And it will please you to know that the Queen is uninjured, and has returned to the saftey of the palace."
He reached the top of the stairway and opened the door, holding it for his master, who was only a few seconds behind him.
"You must take the initiative, Sir Hellsing. For, as you said, we can not afford to waste time. What are your orders?"
She lit the cigar as she ascended the steep stairway, nodding in response to Walter's explanation. This had shaken her up quite a bit, especially when you considered that her own organization had been attacked only very recently.
"You're absolutely right, Walter," she said in response to his second comment. "Alucard," she looked over her shoulder at him. "I need you to find out who is responsible for this and where they are at the moment while we organize our forces." She turned back to Walter. "Get the mercenaries together and inform the Police Girl of this." Integra sighed irritably at the mention of Seras. "She may not be of much use but she has to know what's going on in case we end up doing battle at night."
Although Walter had addressed him directly, Sir Hellsing had taken the focus of the conversation. Which didn't bother him. The Midian had been eavesdropping anyway, as usual. The keywords had pricked his attention: Queen, attacked, assassins, battle, Section XIII.
He didn't move from his chair, but listened nevertheless as the Hellsing head and her loyal retainer exited his basement. But as his master turned at the top of the stair and gave him orders, his toothy grin spread and he leered wonderfully. Red eyes flamed briefly. "Yes, Master," he replied and simply faded from their view.
Although not normally used for intelligence gathering, Alucard did have a few tricks that would expedite things greatly in this matter. While most operatives would have to prowl the streets of London searching for scant clues, the vampire simply decided to skip the middlemen per se, and go directly to the source.
The Vampire Alucard was off to Buckingham Palace, to meet with Queen Elizabeth, ruler of all England. What joyous fun.
"As you wish, Sir Hellsing."
Walter knew where the mercenaries were at the moment, and headed for the upstairs conference room. He also needed to find Seras, but considering how the Flying Geese's leader had an eye for her, he most likely knew where she was, if she was not with him already.
Walter paused on the steps and turned back to the Lady Hellsing, "I will bring them to your office when I find them. Then you can give out your orders specifically. Oh, and Alucard, I have a present for you when you have the chance."
Continuing up the stairs and opened the door to the conference room. "Sir Pip, the Lady Integra requires your presence."
Integra nodded to the both of them before setting off in the direction of her office. Alucard had his orders and they were specific enough for him not to go off on a killing spree or anything.
She lit the cigar that had been hanging from her fingertips and inhaled deeply, blowing out a cloud of smoke as she stepped into her office. Attacks on the Queen simply weren't tolerated.
Pip flipped the television set off. Someone had the nerve to attack the Queen. He figured that they’d want him and his Wild Geese to go and gather information. So long as he was still getting paid, he didn’t care what he was doing. He flicked his lighter open and lit a cigarette. This wasn’t the worst job he’d had. And so long as he was getting paid, he’d work for this Hellsing Organization.
He could hear someone outside the door. It was either one of his men or the butler, Walter. He had already provoked Seras enough for the night, so he doubted that she’d be looking for him again.
“Sir Pip, the Lady Integra requires your presence.”
Pip raised an eyebrow at Walter. Sir Pip? That was a first. He’d never get used to the bourgeois way this place was run. He stood up and put his cigarette out in the ashtray.
“So how many men am I going to have to wake up?” Pip asked
Seeing that the Captain had just turned off the TV, he assumed that he had seen the news broadcast, and deemed no explanation necessary.
"Integra will inform you of the mission at hand, and will most likely leave that decision to you. Have you seen the girl, Seras?"
As much as the police girl may be helpless, she could still come in handy in a pinch. And anyway, his master had instructed him to inform her, and he would be sure to do so.
Pip couldn't help a grin. "Probably moping in her room." Not that he had anything to do with that of course.
"Sir Integra in her office?" he asked slipping out the door past Walter.
"Yes she is, and Seras is not in her room." Walter replied "I suppose it might be better for her not to get involved in this anyway..."
Walter walked towards Integras office, and opened the door to let Pip in. He could already see the Lady uneasily sitting behind her desk. Hopefully this problem could be solved with all haste.