War Cry

*unbelievably slow updates* One Direction is put onto a three year break. All of the guys have decided what to do with their lives in the meantime. Liam Payne chose to go into the army. He was glad to meet his best friend, she was nice and funny and someone so easily to get along with. She made his army experience a lot more enjoyable. But what if another band member finds her just as enjoyable as he does? Would he be jealous? Or would he be happy for her?

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3. Chapter 2

Chapter 2

 

I didn’t receive the email until the next week on a tuesday. During that week, from friday through to tuesday, I spent the days talking to Tanya. The boys have called at least once during those five days. Tanya and I have met up a few times as well. I always insisted on meeting her sister but she said she didn’t want to because what if we never saw each other again. I teased her of being a pessimist often ever since then.

My phone rang at noon. By that time I was in the gym getting ready for the training camp that no doubt would kill my body if I had no preparations. I stopped biking on the machine and wiped the sweat off my forehead as I picked up my phone and answered it.

“Hello?” I asked.

“Did you get it?” Tanya asked with no signs of greeting me. I rolled my eyes at how straightforward she is. She didn’t believe in stalling or anything, she was always straight to the point.

“The email? Yeah, I did,” I replied.

“When do you have to go?” She questioned as I took a drink of water.

“Um, this weekend,” I answered, ‘what about you?”

“Same as you,” she responded.

“You excited?” 

“More like nervous. I’ve never done anything like this. What if I’m not fully ready yet? What if I get kicked out? What if I don’t even pass the damn training camp? So many things could go wrong. What if-” I cut her off.

“Stop being such a pessimist, Tanya,” I sighed, “you’ll do as good as the next person. I’m sure you’ll be an amazing soldier.

“You’re so in love with me, aren’t you?” She joked and i laughed. Whenever I said something nice or complimenting to her she’d always say something about me being in love with her. I’m not, I promise. She’s a great friend and so she deserves a great friend as well.

“I’ll meet you at Heathrow on friday night?” I questioned just as I grabbed my towel and headed to the showers.

“Yeah, later pig!” She farewelled. She says the sweetest things to me.

 

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I had everything packed and ready to go. I didn’t bring much just a few bottles, some clothes, several shoes and a book or two. I wasn’t exactly sure what to bring so it took me a while to pack everything. 

“Liam, ready to go?” Niall asked from the door. Niall decided to stay until I went. He was supposed to leave on thursday but he said he could wait one more day until I left as well. Most of his apartment was packed up for Australia but it still held its homy presence.

I nodded my head to him and texted Tanya, letting her know that we would be at Heathrow in a few minutes.

The drive down was silent. I guess the reality of me going into the army was finally sinking to the both of us. The driver parked at the dropoff area just outside the terminal and Niall and I got off. We grabbed our luggage. I only had two large duffel bags, the poor guy had about four. He put them all on a trolley after we said goodbye to our driver.

“So...” Niall said awkwardly. 

“I guess this is it,” I told him. I had no idea what to say. I wasn’t going to see him, or any of the other boys, for another three years. 

“Yeah,” He replied. I gave him a hug. I’m going to miss him and his happy-go-lucky personality. 

“Have fun in Australia. Keep a kangaroo for me,” I joked, knowing full well that you can’t keep a kangaroo. He rolled his eyes.

“Good luck. Don’t die,” He joked but I could see in his eyes that he really was hoping I wouldn’t die. I was hoping as well.

“Bye,” I said one last time and he nodded, walking in the opposite direction.

I was about to walk about to the front desk before a voice called out my name. I turned to find Tanya standing a few metres away. She hurriedly walked to me, wrestling with the two  large duffel bags she had in her hands as well as her bag. Her black and white converses silently tapped on the floor, her legs were covered in black leggings and she wore a navy blue hoodie. I pulled the sleeves of my black long sleeves up to my elbow before she arrived to where I was standing.

“Hey,” I greeted.

“Hello,” she replied. Together we walked to the desk then got on the plane at 8:45.

It was just past 12 at night when arrived in Greece in which the training camp was at. I never understood why a certain army camp was always in another country. But as we drove in a bus along with other people to the outskirts of the city and plain land of grass, I realised how different this place was compared to London. It was rocky and there were many hills with zip lines going down the valley. There was tall grass to the waist and old buildings.

Tanya and I got off the bus with our heavy luggage as we looked in the dark starry night. I could see a large hall where people were walking in and out. The pair of us along with seven other people were ushered to the middle of the units where there were dim lights focused on the middle. A man in a black shirt with camo pants and combat boots walked to where our group was. He had his hands on his hips and his stance was strong. The expression on his face was enough to make you cower in fear.

“This is a camp for both genders,” He voiced loudly. “We have units for women and for men. You get assigned to one cabin and one cabin only. You are not allowed to move from cabin to cabin in the dead of night. I don’t care if you want to get in the pants of another women, you will not do it under my watch. Men and women are put into the same training exercises. If you find it too hard then tough luck, you’re both doing it so don’t be a pansy. I do not care about names, I do not care about appearances as long as you listen to me and do as I say.”

After his long lecture where he shouted into the night, we were all assigned to our cabins. Tanya was put into a cabin behind me with four other women who looked just as nice as she was. I was put with five other men with large arms and a triangle back that almost made me a little insecure. But then I realised that they’ve been here longer than i have and i knew I was going to bulk up soon enough.

 

The exercises here was so hard it almost made me want to drop out. It always took me forever to get through the many obstacles and the men behind me were always shouting to go faster. We rarely got any breaks or sympathy from the commanding officers. The pressure of the camp was so great that I almost always skipped dinner to get through the obstacles better and faster.

No one knew that I hardly ever ate dinner because I was practicing but one night Tanya followed me and silently watched as I got through the obstacles always timing myself.

“You’re going to hurt yourself, you know,” her voice caught me off guard. I was in the middle of climbing a set of ropes to get to the top. I lost my footing and dangled in the air with my arms on the rope above. I growled and hauled my feet up on the rope.

“I’m practicing,” I snapped climbing up as fast as a squirrel on a tree.

“But you’re going to hurt yourself,” she repeated. I rolled my eyes to the dark night. 

“I’m fine,” I told her as i reached the top.

“This is how you do it,” she called out to me. She moved up gracefully, her feet never missing a step and in a matter of seconds she was up the top with me.

“Show off,” I muttered.

“What’s this all about, Liam?” She whispered. I turned to look at her but she wasn’t looking at me. She was looking at the endless dark blanket of stars in the sky. I looked up to the twinkling rocks at a loss of words.

“I don’t know,” I mumbled but just as I said those three words, I knew exactly what it was about.

“Look, I’ve known you for almost a month and I know that whenever you say ‘I don’t know’ it means that you have all of the answers in your head and you just don’t want to say it because you’re scared that it might be a stupid answer. So, i’ll ask again. What’s this all about?” She never once looked at me. She spoke out to the sky.

“I feel like I have to be better. I feel like whenever I try to do an obstacle and do it in the quickest time possible that it’s not fast enough for everyone else and they’re all just staring at me thinking, ‘why the hell did this guys sign up’. And I don’t want that. I want to please them. I want to do everything right,” I answered truthfully.

“Well, you’re stupid,” she said after a moment’s silence. I rolled my eyes. Trust her to ruin the moment. “You’ve spent a good five years of your life doing nothing but still pleasing people. No matter what you do, thousands and thousands of girls would praise you for doing it ‘perfectly’. But you can't do anything perfectly, no one can. You’ll always make mistakes. So now that you’re here, with the thousands and thousands of girls miles away from you, you feel like you can never please anyone. But that’s the thing, Liam, you can’t always please anyone so you have to always please yourself. So if you can climb up here in 45 seconds, then that’s good enough. Only a handful of people can get up here faster. Don’t beat yourself down, you’re doing so great.”

I took everything she said in. I guess I was so used to people praising me for doing nothing perfectly that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to work hard to please people. “I guess you’re right,” I said after a while. “You’re the best.”

“You’re definitely in love with me,” she confirmed with a sly grin on her lips. I lightly pushed her shoulder.

“I bet you’re the one who’s actually in love with me,” I enunciated with a proud grin. She rolled her eyes.

“Keep telling yourself that, pig,” She laughed. 

We spent the next four months teaming up together and helping each other through everything they threw at us. We worked together on the attack mission in which we had to scrape through the long grass on our stomachs with guns in our hands and heavy packs to get to the other side unharmed and unseen. We worked together when we had to burst into a building full of traps of tripwire and laser alarm systems and automatic gun sensors. 

Through everything, Tanya and I stuck together like two peas in a pod. Many people commended us for team work claiming it’s an important attribute when working in an army because being in an army isn’t about independence it’s about working as a team.

 

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A/N

 

I’m not entirely sure about this chapter, to be quite honest..... 

 

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-Winona

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