Chasing Tomorrow ~ Original Group Story
It is the year 3000. A Cold War broke out in the United States, and the world is far from peaceful. But one special group of fighters are destined to save everyone. Immaculate training. Deadliest weapons. Super-high technology. Envied by their teammates, feared by their enemies, name known all around the world. They are the Trackers, a select elite squad of highly-trained fighters whose mission is to find the enemy's top secret files, and end the war for tomorrow.
Kaitlin Moira Finn ~ A New Plan
"We have received an anonymous call on our tip line informing us that David Ashe will be passing by Waterfall Mountain tonight. Since he is the new General, all of you, as the Trackers, have been assigned to assassinate him in hopes that his death will make our enemy more vulnerable." He watched Aryan as he said the last part, and apparently she reacted just as he thought she would. She turned and ran out, but Henry didn't stop her.
"Oh no," Kevin said quietly and turned as if he was going to follow her, but Henry grabbed his arm before he could move. Henry shook his head in disapproval, as if he was telling him to let her be, and Kevin nodded to show he understood the orders.
"You have 6 hours to prepare for the battle and chose who goes in which position."
The eight of us who were remaining chimed in together. "Yes sir," we all said monotonously, the worry for Aryan filling the air like smoke from a fire.
"You are dismissed," he said. He waited in the weapons room as we, the Trackers, filed out and began to mentally prepare ourselves for the new task.
I decided to start a countdown in my head. T-minus 6 hours until we "launch" I thought to myself. I walked to my room and sat down in the chair by the window. I could see a mountain in the distance, but it wasn't any mountain. It was Waterfall Mountain, where the Trackers will assassinate David Ashe, new general and Aryan's ex-boyfriend.
I leaned back in my chair and closed my eyes so I could listen to the sounds around me. I could hear Makani and Ciara in the next room, and I guessed Makani was still trying to comfort Ciara about losing the code book because there were prominent pauses and sniffles as Ciara spoke. In another room, I could hear Kevin and Frank having a hushed conversation probably about Aryan. I couldn't hear Harmony or Nadia, so I figured they were both still giving each other the silent treatment after the scene about Kevin earlier.
I opened my eyes again and watched the majestic mountain in the distance, imagining if it would still look the same with the blood of our enemy splattered on the side of it.
It's T-minus 5 hours until we leave for our mission, and I decided to wander around the building so I wouldn't have to sit in one spot for the remaining amount of time. Since the Trackers are the top team, our ID cards gain us access to almost every part in the building. I used this to my advantage in my explorations. I surveyed almost every nook and cranny of the place, from the halls of the other soldiers where I once stayed to the weapons room in an attempt to decide which weapons would be the best for our job.
At one point, I passed by the training room and heard crying. I peered through the open door to find Aryan, sitting against the far wall all by herself, her head in her hands. I slowly moved towards her, hoping not to startle her.
"Aryan?" I kept my voice quiet.
She continued to cry. I sat down next to her. I had never had a boyfriend before so I had no idea how she felt, but I decided I should try and help her.
"Do you want to talk about it?"
She looked up at me, her eyes red and puffy as tears still rolled down her cheeks. "I guess I should," she whispered. Her voice was hoarse, and she seemed embarrassed that I found her like this.
"I'm here to listen whenever you're ready," I told her, smiling slightly in hopes that I looked reassuring.
She took a deep breath and looked at me. "I know it shouldn't be like this but..." she paused, but then pulled herself together again. "I...I think I still have feelings for David."
I stared at her in shock, astounded by this. "Didn't he hurt you though?"
Aryan nods. "He did, but he still was my boyfriend and I don't know if I can handle being the one to..." she paused again, attempting to regain her composure.
"You don't have to be the one," I said softly. "One of us could do it. We're all trained to do these things, so maybe it would be best if you let the team take care of it." I hesitated for a moment before I leaned in and gave her a hug. "It'll be ok, Aryan."
"Thank you Kaitlin," she said, her voice barely audible as a result of the crying. "Maybe it will."
It was T-minus 2 hours until we had to leave for the mission, and Kevin called everyone into the weapons room for a meeting. Henry had other things to do, so Kevin and Frank decided it would be best if all of us met and made a plan even if it was without him. All of us, including Aryan who still seemed distant, gathered around the table in the center of the space. Ciara had a large paper in front of her and a pen in her hand so we could plan our tactics.
"Ok, since Henry pretty much left all of the planning to us, we need to start with figuring out who goes in which position," Kevin began. "There need to be at least four of us who are positioned for the assassination, so let's start with that."
After some arguing, voting, and shouting we came up with who would end up in which position, including those who would be the back up on the wings. Kevin, Nadia, Harmony, and I would be the four on front. I wasn't quite sure how that would end up because Nadia and Harmony seemed to hate both each other and me for some reason. Makani, Elcalytia, Frank, and Ciara agreed to be the back up; however, we still had Aryan. She still looked miserable with her red eyes and tear streaked cheeks, but she definitely looked more composed than she was when I had seen her earlier. Frank and Kevin glanced at each other before both locking eyes with Aryan.
"We think it would be best if you didn't come with us," Frank said.
"I think I am perfectly capable of being in the back up," Aryan said, her words still filled with some uncertainty.
"Aryan, we know he hurt you, and we think it would be best if you stayed so the situation doesn't get any worse," said Kevin.
She looked as if she was about to fight back, but she sighed and gave in. "Fine, I'll stay here."
T-minus 1 hour I thought as I got ready to leave. I had my Trackers uniform on which fit snug against my body; the black vinyl material shined in the light as if it was made to blend in with the night sky. I slipped on my favorite pair of worn, black combat boots and laced them tightly. As a finishing touch, I slid on my black finger-less gloves which were perfect for gripping weapons. I always practiced with them, so their worn shape matched the one of my hands. I walked into the weapons room, where I found Kevin and Harmony. They talked up a storm about the book Kevin had apparently just finished reading. Even though it was annoying, it relieved the tension so I didn't mind it as much.
"Hey Kaitlin. Are you ready for the mission?" Kevin asked with a kind smile on his face.
I nodded, smiling slightly back at him before I turned my attention back to the wall of weapons. I could feel Harmony's glare locked on me, as if she thought she could burn me with some sort of laser vision, while I grabbed a couple daggers from the wall and slipped them into place on my uniform. One clicked into a case when I slid it up my right sleeve, the other had a place on my belt. Then I slipped a Beretta into my right boot and then grabbed a sniper from the wall to my right. I figured that it would be a better choice for an assassination. The others, minus Aryan, walked in as I grabbed some extra ammo and stuck in my pockets. Nadia glared at Harmony, who was still deep in conversation with Kevin, Makani rambled on to Elcalytia cheerfully about being able to go on another mission, and Frank helped Ciara chose some weapons. The scene seemed tense, but there wasn't much anyone could do about it.
T-minus 5 minutes left until we had to leave. I felt really bad leaving Aryan behind, but it would be better for her not to be there. We piled into two different vans. The plan was one van, with me, Kevin, Harmony, and Nadia, would go one direction towards the mountain, and the others, Makani, Elcalytia, Frank, and Ciara, would go the other way. I sat in the back of the van with Harmony and Nadia while Kevin drove us to the mountain.
If anything was worse than dying, it would be being trapped in the back of a van with two jealous girls, both almost 2 years older than you. They ignored each other, and me, the entire ride. Their glares seemed as if they would've cut through diamond and the annoyance in their voice whenever they were forced to speak to each other was just as deadly itself.
Despite the fact that I was nervous for the mission, I was glad when the ride was over. We parked the van a pretty long distance away from the mountain, so we had to hike through a forested area for at least a mile to reach our destination. I stayed next to Kevin in an attempt to escape the wrath of Harmony and Nadia.
When we finally reached our target place, the four of us quietly climbed up the rock face next to the path that David would be taking and waited in the shadows. We spread ourselves out along the ledge, but we made sure we could still see each other. We waited, but no one seemed to show up. The four of us made eye contact as if to say "he should be here already".
What if this is wrong? Is it a trap? All I know is that my countdown to the time we left might have been the countdown to the journey to death.