Ch 1 - I Will Kill Him
“Get in there, cut the red cord and make sure you don’t leave the chip behind. You’ll have forty seconds after cutting the cord to get as far away from there as you possibly can before it blows up,” the voice told me.
I fixed the strap on my thigh before checking my guns. With them firmly in place, I drew my swords before heading into the building. I knew that they were already waiting for me, so being stealthy wasn’t necessary.
I walked in only to be shot at. I managed to duck in time, hiding behind one of the walls. I quickly grabbed my mirror and used it to scope how many people were shooting at me. I managed to see eight before the mirror was shot out of my hand.
The shooting ceased before the leader, Vlankoff, spoke up. “Did he really think that I would make this easy for him? If he wants the chip, he’ll have to send in his best team.”
“I guess that’s why he sent me.”
I stepped out from behind the wall in the shooting resumed, except this time I was ready for them. I shot a whole lot of them while managing to not get myself shot at. I was wearing protective gear of the highest technology anyway. When they realized that they weren’t getting anywhere with bullets, they decided to engage me in a fight.
I could feel the familiar adrenaline flowing through my veins before I fought them back. The sound of bones breaking is simply music to my ears, and breaking bones is probably one of my most favourite things to do.
Slowly but surely Vlankoff’s men decreased in numbers. I’m not stupid, so I know that he’d only brought a part of his team and that he still had other people hidden somewhere in the world. Still, I did a pretty kickass job, even if I say so myself.
“Well, what do we have here?” I asked him when it was just him, three of his men and I left. You could see the undying loyalty mixed with fear in the buffoons’ faces.
“It’s not possible,” Vlankoff said in disbelief.
“I wish I cared enough to know what you were referring to, but I’ve got shit to do, so hand me the chip and I’ll think about letting you keep your arm,” I said as I withdrew both my sword and a dagger from my hip.
“I’m not giving you the chip,” he spat.
I shrugged. “Fine with me.”
The three men moved to attack me, and I flung the dagger at the cords, effectively cutting the red one. It snapped and I watched as Vlankoff made a move for the exit. I quickly dealt with his men before running after him.
I knew I wouldn’t catch him from where I was, so I quickly climbed onto the crates before making a run for it. Just as he was reaching the door, I jumped off and landed in a roll outside. Vlankoff screamed out in pain behind me, but I had no time to even look back.
I only had a few seconds, and even then I knew that I would be affected by the impact of the explosion. As I predicted, it went off just before I reached my bike, thus flinging me over the damn contraption.
I landed painfully, but thankfully I didn’t break any bones. I got up, coughing as I turned to see the burning building. I wasn’t even sure whether or not Vlankoff made it far enough or not. I was only sure of the one body part of his that did.
I reached for the clenched fist of the arm I cut off and opened it to find the case the chip is supposed to be in. I took the case and threw the arm aside since I had no use for it. I needed to inspect the chip inside.
Just as I was opening the case, my telecoms were reached. “Did you get it?”
“Affirmative,” I replied, staring at the magnificent creation.
“Good work Element. Bring it through and the details of your next mission will be ready for you when you arrive,” I was instructed before the comms went dead.
I headed over to my bike which was also thankfully okay, before heading out for my two-hour long journey back to the base. I hadn’t slept in three days because of this damn chip, but I would admit that now that I had it, I felt good.
Impressing my superiors is vital because they made me who I am, so I have to show my appreciation for that by doing everything they ask of me, and by doing it well. I guess that’s why I’m their most important asset.
I was cruising on the highway when it felt like I was being followed. To confirm my suspicions, I sped up a little and noticed that the cars that I thought were following me also sped up, which meant someone already knew that I had the chip.
I tapped into my comms without losing focus. “What is it Element?”
“I’m being followed,” I informed.
“Stat?” I was asked.
I looked back briefly. “An SUV and two cars.”
“Any motorcycles?” the questioning continued.
I was about to say no when three motorcycles appeared from behind the SUV. “Three just popped up.”
“Alright! We’re sending in reinforcements. Stay on track and stay alive,” I was instructed.
With my new instructions, and my new friends, I knew I had to step on it. At best I’d be able to lose the cars and the SUV, but the bikes would definitely be a problem. I whizzed in between the cars and I could still hear the bikes following me.
And that’s when I heard it.
The distinct sound of one of our drones hovered in the air above me before it started shooting. Since they’re my enemies, I don’t care whether or not they live, so I wasn’t concerned enough to turn around and check what was going on.
I heard a crash before there was a loud screech, and I could only imagine that one of the vehicles had crashed. There was now movement on the road as the civilians began to realize that something was happening around them.
The bikes were persistent, and I’d just passed the halfway mark to my destination. I obviously couldn’t let them get to me or know about my destination, so I obviously had to throw them off of me and my course.
I took an exit without really knowing where it would take me. I just knew that I had to shake these people off. Without thinking twice about it, I pulled out my gun and managed to turn and shoot at two of the people. They went down, their bikes coming apart as they flew onto the side of the road.
The third person was clearly not going to be that easy to shake off, so I didn’t bother. Instead, I kept my eyes on the road as information appeared on the screen in my helmet. A route was being calculated for me, which only meant I was being led to reinforcements.
With my destination locked in, I went to the highest speed and floored it. Unexpectedly, the person following me also followed suit. I was sure that they’d give up, but they seemed to have some kind of persistency that I’ve only ever seen in myself.
Nonetheless, I knew that I needed to get to where I was being led. He’d be waiting for me, so I’d be able to at least get off of this bike while he dealt with this pest. What I didn’t expect was the sudden jerk my bike experienced before coming to a halt, simultaneously flinging me off of it.
I landed painfully once more, this time popping my shoulder out of place. I hissed in pain and managed to look around me to find that I was in a dark street. When I heard the bike slow down, I knew I had to get up or I would die.
I jumped up and popped my shoulder back into place as I watched the person come towards me. Just like me, they were dressed in all black, and from their form, it wasn’t all that hard to tell that it was a guy. He walked until he was a few steps away from me.
“Hand over the chip,” he demanded, a voice modulator masking his real voice.
If that’s how he wants to play.
My helmet activated my own voice modulator. “Come and get it.”
He didn’t waste any time in charging at me, but I was ready for him. I’ve been trained to fight through pain, so I’d even forgotten about the pain in my shoulder. Instead I was focused on the fight. Everything about it was making my brain tingle, but I would never be able to tell you why.
All I knew for sure was that this person knows how to fight.
When he was still alive after five minutes, I realized that I’d perhaps met my match, but I also didn’t have the patience for him, so I drew my swords. He grabbed the baton on his hip before our fight went to the next level.
He was about to hit my injured shoulder when an arrow was shot at him.
“Sorry I’m late babe. I got a bit held up,” he told me. There was blood on his shirt and he didn’t have his helmet on.
“You’re risking your identity,” I told him, the voice modulator still on.
The other guy had just taken the arrow out of his shoulder and was about to attack me when he was shot with another arrow, this time in the chest. “Looks like you needed my help.”
“I was fine!” I snapped.
“Sure thing! Let’s go!” he said.
I looked down at the other guy who was trying to pull the other arrow out of his chest. “Aren’t you going to finish him off?”
“I used the titanium arrows. He’s as good as dead. Now let’s get you back to base so that you can deliver that chip before we’re the ones doing the dying,” he said urgently as we heard the cars and motorcycles approaching.
I followed him and we hopped into his car before heading out. It didn’t look like we were being followed, so I assumed that the people decided that it was better to tend to their comrade than come after us.
“How come you were this side?” I asked him as I reached to play with his hair. I’d taken off my helmet so it was my normal voice.
He smiled. “I found out that you’d gone after the chip earlier, so I wanted to make sure that you were ok.”
“Aaaaw, you actually care,” I teased.
“Of course I care Elle. You were gone from me for a very long time,” he reminded.
I sighed. “I know love, but I’m back now.”
“And I’m never letting go of you again,” he said before kissing my hand.
We drove in a comfortable silence for the rest of the way before we reached the base. The guards let us in before we drove up the long driveway to the building. It was as busy as any other day as we watched people training and weapons and the likes being moved around.
“He’s not here, but he did say that you should leave the package here,” he informed me.
“Is he avoiding me?” I asked in confusion.
He looked conflicted. “He’s not avoiding you. He’s just not sure if you’re ready to see him yet.”
“You do know that I’m not buying that bullshit excuse right?” I pointed out.
“I know you don’t but it’s the best I can give you right now without risking both our lives,” he argued.
“There’s a lot being hidden from me,” I commented.
He looked at me blankly and I already knew what he was going to say. “You were gone.”
He killed any opportunity for argument as he left the car, slamming the door behind him. I don’t even know how to handle his ever changing emotions, and the worst part is not knowing whether I ever did.
After a heavy sigh, I left the car and followed him in. Everyone I passed by either had fear or respect in their eyes as I walked by them. I didn’t say a single thing to anyone as I headed towards the drop-off sector.
I arrived to be met by the team that I assume would be taking the chip apart. I took the case out of my pocket and once I’d handed it over, some random guy started clapping, and before I knew it, the whole room was applauding me for a successful mission.
“Someone’s a superstar,” my best friend teased behind me.
I turned to face her. “Don’t even get me started.”
“I’m guessing you’d like to see yourself out of here?” she asked.
I nodded. “Well let’s go then. Carter’s waiting for us in the car.”
“Carter? Let’s? Where are the two of you going?” I asked as I followed her out.
“We get to tag along on your next fun mission,” she informed me, handing me a file. I guess I’d look over it in the jet.
“What about Izzy?” I asked.
“He’s got his own mission and if I’m correct, then the two of you need a time out. He didn’t look too happy,” she replied.
“I don’t know what to do anymore. It’s been three months already and he still can’t let go of the fact that I was gone,” I complained.
“Well, love, you just need to give him his space and enjoy yourself on our fun mission,” my other best friend told me.
I beamed before ambushing him in a hug. “Carter! Where have you been?”
“I’ve only been gone for a week Elle. Do you hate Winter’s company that much?” he joked.
“I resent that,” she said, deadpan.
“This has nothing to do with Winter. I just wanted to know where you’d gone,” I said, smacking his arm.
“Ow! I’m here and I’m joining you on your fun mission. Shouldn’t that be enough to get me off the hook?” he asked.
“Not by a long shot! Why do you both keep insisting that this mission is going to be fun?” I asked curiously.
“We’re going to college!”
Before I could ask any questions, I was put into the car and our driver was instructed to take us to the airport. They wouldn’t tell me anything and Winter had taken the folder back. She just told me that I’d find out everything after we land.
Once we were settled in the air, it didn’t take long before they both fell asleep. I on the other hand, looked over the both of them like the creep I am. I wouldn’t have made it this far without the both of them.
Winter is a model worthy beauty. She’s tall and toned in all the right places. Her long and straight black hair reaches all the way down to her waist. She comes from Asian and Philippines descent, so she’s got that exotic and alluring thing about her also.
Carter on the other hand is what I’d like to refer to as a cutie. I mean he’s just too adorable in my eyes, though I guess girls would consider him to be a hottie of sorts. With his blonde, almost ginger hair, toned body with nice muscles and dark eyes, he’s been known to charm the pants off of any and every woman he’s come across.
Except Winter and I.
I on the other hand have bright blue eyes. I’m fit and I have a nicely styled bob. I recently dyed it red. I seem to have some kind of obsession with the colour as of late. I’m considerably short, but that’s what I love about myself because my enemies always underestimate me because of my height.
I eventually also fell asleep, especially since I had no idea where we were going. I didn’t bother trying to get the folder from Winter because the girl will harm you if you bother her in her sleep, so I saw it safe to just let it go.
I was woken up hours later and had to get the kink out of my neck first before moving. We left the jet and we were met by the bright morning sun. By the looks of things, we were in the States. We headed over to the SUV waiting for us.
“Will you let me look at the folder now?” I questioned.
“Nope! You need to get showered and changed first. When you have this much blood on you, people are bound to start asking questions. In fact, take off your top,” Carter told me.
I moved to take it off. “You know Carter you should’ve just told me that you want into my pants. I would’ve stripped for you in seconds.”
He smirked. “Don’t flatter yourself love. You’d know if I wanted you.”
“Holy shit Elle! What the hell happened?” she asked, referring to my bruised upper body since I’d taken off the protective gear and only had my sports bra on.
“Even with the high levels of tech, there’s only so many bullets those things can shield me from,” I replied.
Carter skimmed his hand across my shoulder. “And what about this?”
“Some asshole almost got me. He rigged my bike and sent me flying. I dislocated my shoulder,” I said angrily.
“Why the extra spice?” Winter asked.
“I’ve never fought anyone like him before. We passed by the five-minute mark before Izzy arrived and shot the guy with arrows,” I explained.
“Five minutes? That’s never happened to you before,” Carter noted.
I rolled my eyes at him. “Thank you Captain Obvious.”
“Did Izzy see your wounds? I can’t imagine he took it well,” Winter commented.
“He didn’t. I took off the gear in the car, but he was focused on driving. I don’t think he would expect me to be injured in the first place,” I pointed out.
“True,” Winter agreed.
Carter moved to take off his t-shirt just as the car slowed down. “Put this on.”
“And what will you wear?” I asked as I put his t-shirt on.
“This is America. I think I’ll be fine without a shirt,” he joked before leaving the car.
The three of us are British, so his joke makes sense.
“What are we doing at Harvard of all places?” I asked once I was outside.
“This is the location of our fun mission,” Winter replied.
I raised an eyebrow. “For how long?”
“Indefinitely,” they both replied.
Once again, before I could question anything, they were taking off. For people who I’m pretty sure have never been here before, they sure knew where to go. I guess it makes sense though since we all have to know our location like the back of our hands before a mission.
Something these twits seem to have forgotten about.
“This is your room and you’ll obviously share it with Winter. My room is in the building across from this one,” Carter informed me.
“Got it! Now, do I finally find out what the hell it is that we’re doing here?” I asked.
Winter handed me the folder. “To be honest, we don’t know either. We just asked to tag along because we found out that you’re going to college.”
“I’m going on an assassination mission?” I asked, surprised. I’ve never really had one of those before.
“What?” the both of them said.
“Yeah! It says here that I’m to get close to the target and then assassinate him once I’ve retrieved the required information from him. It says that he’s a part of Cypher and he’s the captain of the varsity football team here,” I told them as I read the information.
“What’s his name?” Winter asked.
I didn’t miss the wary look they shared between each other when I looked up.
“Are you sure that’s what it says?” Carter asked me unsurely.
I nodded, handing them the folder. “It says Izzy and the big boss both signed off on it.”
“I wonder why,” Winter mumbled, but I heard her.
What’s that about?
“Do you know what he looks like?” Carter asked me.
“Is there a photo? I only read the description,” I replied. He took the photo out and handed it over to me.
Oh my ovaries!
Do normal people look like this? I mean I’ve always thought that Izzy was the hottest guy I knew, but looking at a photo of this Six person had my heart doing somersaults. He is beyond gorgeous with those amber eyes. That’s all I would really need to fall in love with him.
“Are you ok Elle? You look a little pale,” Winter commented, a knowing tone in her voice.
“I’m fine. Why would you think there’s something wrong?” I quickly defended.
“Probably because you’re so jumpy and you were basically drooling over the guy you’re supposed to kill,” Carter taunted.
“He’s a target. Getting close to him shouldn’t be that hard,” I said.
“Are you sure about that?” Winter asked.
I narrowed my eyes at her. “Are you doubting my skills? Because it sounds like you are.”
“Just be careful Elle. That’s all we want,” Carter said seriously.
“You have nothing to worry about. I have Izzy, so it’s not like I’m going to fall for this guy,” I defended.
“Alright! Don’t be so defensive about it. We’re just looking out for you,” Winter pointed out.
“Sorry! I’m just nervous I guess. I’ve never had to assassinate anyone before. What if I get attached to him or the mission?” I asked.
“You’re a lot stronger than you give yourself credit for Elle. Always remember that,” Carter said strongly.
I moved to hug them. “Thanks guys.”
“Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to get my room checked out and find out who I’m rooming with,” Carter said as he got up.
“I still need to arrange our clothes and stuff,” Winter added.
“And that leaves me to…” I trailed off.
“Get us coffee,” the dweebs simultaneously replied, making me laugh.
“Why am I even friends with you people?” I said dramatically.
“Because your ass would’ve been shark food had you never met us,” Carter reminded.
And it was true.
I met the two of them when a mission of mine had gone south. It was only my second mission and my enemy had managed to inject me with a paralysis drug before hauling me into shark infested waters. These two had witnessed the whole thing and they got to me just as a shark was headed my way.
“Yeah, yeah! Am I getting the normal orders?” I asked.
“Please and thank you,” they replied.
I shook my head at them and headed out with Carter after Winter gave me some money. Carter headed in another direction, leaving me to find a campus café by myself. Luckily for me, the signs were already around to direct me without me having to engage any civilians.
I was about to head inside a café I found, when someone bumped into me. We knocked into each other quite hard, but I probably felt it more because she knocked into my injured shoulder. I hissed before looking at the Latina before me. When she took me in, her eyes bulged.
“Oh my God!” she said.
Before I even had the chance to say anything, she’d bolted from the café. The last time I saw anyone run that fast, Carter had just discovered that Winter was about to eat his last, and very expensive piece of desert from Romania.
Brushing the encounter off, I got our coffees and headed back to our room. When I arrived, Winter was just getting off of the phone and she basically jumped up at the sight of her latte. Carter walked in just seconds after, grabbing his decaf before going to sit on one of the beds.
“So, I didn’t get to meet him, but guess who fate decided to put me in a room with?” he said deviously.
“Six?” I asked in hope.
Hope of what, I wasn’t sure.
“The one and only! Apparently he was last seen in the morning with some friends of his, so I’ll probably get to meet him later,” he replied.
“Well this is a good thing for me, I mean for my mission,” I said, quickly correcting myself.
Not that they let me get away with my mistake if their paedophilic looks were anything to go by.
“Stop staring at me like that,” I snapped.
“You so like him!” Winter teased.
“And all from a picture! Man, this guy’s game is on another level,” Carter added in the same tone.
“I do not like him,” I denied.
Winter looked highly amused. “Uh huh, sure!”
“How many kids do you think they’re going to have? Something tells me that six is thee lucky number,” Carter said thoughtfully.
“Would the two of you shut up?” I whined.
“Do you think he’s a white picket fence kind of guy?” Winter asked Carter.
Carter chuckled. “Nah! He strikes me as the kind of guy who just wants whatever she’ll want, so it’s up to Elle really.”
“I see them being a dog kind of couple,” Winter added to this madness.
“I’m going to kill him,” I said lowly.
“What?” they both said, looking more shocked than they really should.
“In three months from now, I, Element, will kill the Cypher Agent who goes by the name of Six.”