Hero Inside

Chapter 12

Annie kept holding Auggie in one arm, while using her other hand to apply pressure to the wound. He was losing blood, fast. She was losing him and the man who shot him was smiling. She glared up at Greer as he put his phone back in his pocket and looked down at her. The dirty cop, Racine, and her partner, the fat man, walked over to them; guns ready should Annie give them more trouble.

Greer was the first to speak as he said, "Miss. Walker, I must say that I am impressed that you were able to escape and get this far dragging your blind boyfriend along. Most people care only about themselves. You could have gotten away if you had left him behind."

Annie kept looking at Auggie with tears in her eyes as she responded, "That's the difference between you and me. I care about what happens to my friends. Eventually, Richert will leave you behind one day in order to save himself; just as you would do to him."

"Unfortunately for you, that day is not today," Evan replied. "We need to go now, before your friends in the helicopters find you."

"I believe that you have something that belongs to me," Racine said as she bent down to take her phone which Annie had stolen from her.

She and her partner pulled Annie to her feet causing Auggie to fall all the way to the ground. As Greer pulled Annie in front of him with his gun pointed at her back and started to lead her away, the other two followed behind them, while leaving Auggie alone. Annie knew that if she didn't do something, Auggie would die very quickly, but there was no way of fighting off three armed men.

Suddenly, there was a shot fired from behind them that hit the tree by which they stood. Annie, Greer, Racine, and her partner all looked back and saw a group of heavily armed men running toward them.

One of them shouted, "Everyone, put your weapons down and raise your hands or we will open fire. Do it now!"

Racine and the fat guy quickly ducked for cover and began to shoot back at the agents as they continued to run toward them. Each of them dodged the bullets being fired at them, using the trees for cover. Greer knew that he was outnumbered and pulled Annie once again if front of him as he began to fire too, while moving backwards.

However, Annie used this distraction to knock the gun from his hand. She elbowed him in the stomach and swung around, using her knee to hit him in his crotch. She finally disarmed him by using her arm to spin him around and wrapped it around his neck. She then pushed him to the ground and held him in place; pointing his gun in his face

Annie grabbed him by the throat and said, "That blind guy, as you keep calling him, was the one who taught me that move. I want nothing more than to kill you, but I will leave you for my friends. The CIA has their own ways of dealing with scumbags like you."

Annie stood up and shot the fat thug in the back of his shoulder, which was enough of a distraction for the other agents to take care of him and Racine. They managed to take them both down alive as they ran up to them and cuffed their arms behind their backs. One of the men quickly called for a medical copter to come and then made a call to Langley, informing Joan of the situation.

"I need some help, please!" Annie cried as she ran back to Auggie, who was now barely conscious.

"We'll get him to the hospital right away, Miss. Walker," one of the agents replied as he ran over to her and Auggie with a medical kit in his arms and began to tend to the bullet wound in Auggie's abdomen as best as he could.

Annie took a hold of Auggie's hand and put her other hand on his face as she quietly whispered to him saying, "You can't die on me, Auggie. You're too young and you're also a hero. The CIA doesn't acknowledge dead heroes very well. You need to be alive for that. You wouldn't want to miss out on the big party that is going to be in your honor, do you?"

Even though he was in a lot of pain, Auggie laughed as he turned his head toward the sound of Annie's voice and answered, "No, I wouldn't want to miss that. Seeing the look on everyone's jealous faces who work for Arthur Campbell would be priceless."

He closed his eyes and arched his back in pain as the agent bandaging his wound placed more pressure on the wound to try to stop the bleeding and Annie replied, "Don't try to talk. Just take it easy and allow Agent Jenkins patch you up until we get you to the hospital."

Five of the other agents who came to their rescue, guided the prisoners back to the helicopter, which they had landed nearby, while the rest of them stayed behind and waited for the medical copter to come for Auggie and Annie. They tried to get Annie to move back, but she refused to leave Auggie's side.

The agent who made the call to Joan handed the phone over to Annie, who took it reluctantly. She didn't want to talk to Joan or anyone else right now, but knew that she needed to take the call.

Annie spoke first saying, "Joan, I'm all right, but Auggie; he isn't. I tried to get him out of danger, but he ended up saving me. He took a bullet that was meant for me."

Joan sighed and slowly answered, "Annie, this is not your fault. I know how you must be feeling right now, but I need you to calm down and listen to me. I need you to lead a few of the agents to find Don Richert. You did a good job with capturing Evan Greer and the others working for the man, but we want Richert. Auggie will be taken care of."

"No offense, Joan, but I can't leave him alone," Annie replied. "I won't leave him alone. I owe him. Right now, Richert is waiting for Greer to bring me back to a cabin that is a few miles north of where we are now. It won't be hard for the agents to find."

"Do you think that you could convince Greer to flip on his boss for perhaps some leniency in his sentence," Joan asked? "Perhaps if we pull the death penalty off the table, he may be willing to negotiate and lead our agents to Richert himself. That way, you can stay with Auggie."

"I shouldn't have a problem with that," Annie responded.

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