I trudged into the base, surrounded by my equally downtrodden team. The Soldier was grumbling excessively about our loss and Adrien muttered words in French, each one muffled by the smouldering cigarette at his lips.
It had been a rough and weary battle; the RED Sniper had been making it hard for me to get a shot in. And judging by what words I could make out of the Soldier's grumbling, he had also had some trouble with my counterpart.
"LADIES THAT WAS PATHETIC!" bellowed the Soldier suddenly, causing me along with the rest of the team to jump at our Soldier's outburst. "SPY! YOU SHOULD HAVE DISARMED THAT SNIPER AS SOON AS THE MATCH BEGAN!" he continued to roar at Adrien, who continued to take leisurely drags from his cigarette.
"Well, I'd like to see you do better, mon ami. He had that foul fire creature constantly spy checking - what did you expect?" came Adrien's bored reply, as he exhaled a wispy plume of grey smoke.
Adrien's laid back and indifferent reply seemed to only infuriate the Soldier further, causing him to begin yelling at Adrien, swinging his arms wildly. I took this as the perfect time to slip away from the group and hopefully escape the wrath of the Soldier. Walking quickly away from the rapidly dispatching group, I felt a strong tug on my sleeve, pulling me around the corner.
"Ethan, I need your help," pleaded Klaus, who was still holding firm to my sleeve, his eyes wide with worry. "Sure thing, mate, what's the matter?" I asked, disturbed by the desperation in his voice.
"Nat is missing. She made me promise not to tell anyone, but she wanted to remove the beta blockers," the worn Medic croaked sadly, watching me with pained eyes. I felt coldness spike my veins.
"Beta Blockers?" I asked, my brain struggling to take in what the Medic was saying. Klaus then launched into a brief story of Nat's old team and how they were massacred by the RED Spy, causing the beta blockers to be given to Nat due to her becoming traumatised.
"So this means she remembers everything now?" I asked, sensing time was short. The Medic nodded, a torn look on his face. "Yes" he breathed defeatedly, still watching me with wide eyes. I remembered then what the Spy had said before he killed me.
Quickly I grabbed Klaus by his shoulders. "When did you realise she was missing?" I pressed, an idea forming in my head.
"Only a few moments ago, I came running to find someone..." the Medic replied before I cut him off. "Don't tell anyone else, ok? I'll get her back!" I called as I released his shoulders and ran for my nest.
Scrambling up the ladder to my nest, I grabbed hold of my Sniper rifle and began to scan the vast wasteland and edges of the RED base for any movement that the Spy's cloak couldn't hide. I didn't have to look far, however.
I could see the RED Spy. He stood in front of the opposing base, a sleeping maskless Natalie in his arms. He held her tightly, an arm looped under her legs and an arm curled round her waist. Nat's face was buried into the crook of his neck, her hair flowing freely over his arm.
In front of the RED Spy was his team's Sniper, who seemed to be looking at Natalie intently, before they turned and disappeared into the depths of their base.
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