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?


4. Chapter 3

Chris Hemsworth is Samuel Kennedy. 

Gerard Butler is Tyler Dawson.


Chapter 3


"Payne! Kennedy!" The commanding officer shouted metres from where Tanya and I stood. We both turned to face him with our backs stood up straight. The officer moved forwards with hard, firm steps. He stopped in front of us and we saluted him, keeping our hand on our foreheads. He saluted us back and we dropped our hands. 

"Yes, sir?" We questioned simultaneously. 

"The both of you have been here for four months," he started while pacing in front of us. "We have observed your ability in which to finish an exercise in the limited time frame with seconds to spare. We have observed your acts of team work in which the pair of you work together to complete a mission effectively. We have also observed your capability in which to prepare for a mission in seconds."

Tanya and I stood still, only listening as he listed our skills. I didn't know what to think. I was told that we had to stay at the camp for 6 months to a year. I've also heard that some people are let out early if they had the right skills. 

"And so therefore," he continued, "at 0200 sharp you will report to the centre and you will be taken to the airport. You are both assigned to the infantry in Kenya. Are we clear?"

"Yes, sir!" We saluted. We waited for him to walk away before turning to each other. 

"Oh my god," Tanya gasped. 

"Holy shit," I breathed. 

"I thought we were going to be here for a while," Tanya said as she tightened her ponytail. 

"I did too," I replied as I ran my hand through my nonexistent hair. "What an interesting turn of events."

She nodded in agreement and we silently continued to tie the rope that we were assigned to do. 


I didn't sleep at all that night. I went to bed at eight so I could get at least some rest before leaving but I couldn't. I was excited and nervous and scared. I tossed and turned and I packed and repacked my stuff. In the end I was wide awake by the time it was 2 in the morning. 

I picked up my luggage and retied the shoelaces of my boots and proceeded to leave my cabin. I waited until Tanya walked out with her luggages and together we walked towards the centre where we were that first night.

“I’m nervous,” she whispered as she zipped up her hoodie. 

“Same,” I murmured truthfully.

We stood at the centre for a few minutes in the cold until someone came to pick us up. We carried our luggages to the bus and it drove us towards the Greek airport. Tanya sat quietly on the bus while looking out at the window. The land passed by, leaving the training camp miles behind us.

“What’s the date today?” I asked absentmindedly. 

Tanya looked at me for a second then answered, “11th of August. It’s tuesday.”

I nodded my head. “It’s my birthday in two weeks,” I said.

“Oh, what day?” She asked.

“It’s on the 29th,” I replied then we fell back into a silence. I didn’t know what to say, to be honest. We were both going to Kenya. We were going to be at a real life station with actual missions and a lieutenant and everything.

We arrived at Greek airport and we were immediately ushered to the front of the empty line where we got our tickets. We moved through the terminal together with our bags in our arms and subway in our hands. We waited for a few hours until our 7:00 plane finally arrived at our gate.

I was so anxious. It’s actually happening now. I’m being flown out to a real life infantry in Africa. Tanya and I didn’t speak much unless it was necessary and even then we’d speak quietly as if we would wake up the whole world if we spoke a little louder. But once we were seated on the plane I decided to talk to her.

“Are you okay?” I asked her. I knew she was going to lie and say she was fine but after one look into my eyes, she sighed.

“No,” she answered. “I’ve never been more scared in my whole life.”

I sighed and looked out of the window where the wing lights were blinking in the air. “I am too.”

“What’s going to happen in Kenya?” I didn’t think she was looking for an answer so I didn’t answer her. But then I felt like she should get an answer. So I answered her.

“Everything,” I replied. I actually had no idea what that meant but I said it anyway and she seemed to understand because she nodded her head and continued to stay seated straight with her back right against the seat and her seatbelt pulled tight. I adjusted mine so it wasn’t loose but not too tight and I straightened my slouched back and continued to look out the window.

“Liam,” Tanya called. I turned around to face her but her eyes were closed and for a second I thought that I was imagining that she called my name. But then she spoke again, “What if one of us... you know.”

And I knew exactly what she meant. “That won’t happen,” i promised. “We’ll always have each other’s backs.”

She was silent and then her lips pulled into a smirk and i knew exactly what she was going to say. “You should know that your feelings are one sided. I’m not in love with you.”

I rolled my eyes even though I knew she couldn’t see me. “One day, you’re going to be the one who’s in love with me and I will throw all of your jokes back at you.”

“That’s the most cruel thing anyone could ever do,” she replied. “And if you did, I’d skin you alive.”

I chuckled. “You wouldn’t because you’d be in love with me.”

She elbowed me hard in the ribs and I groaned involuntarily. “Ow,” I protested.

She opened her eyes and gave me a mischievous grin, her brown eyes twinkling. “You’re forgetting that I’m stronger than you.”

I scoffed. “Yeah, right.”

“Alright, bet on,” she challenged. My eyes widened. She never backs down on a bet, I know her. And she’d put everything she’s got into that bet to win. We’re already even on our strength and i know with this push, she’d beat me in a heartbeat.

But my pride didn’t let me stand down. “Game on.”

“But since you’re in love with me, I’ll make it easy for you,” she smirked.

“I didn’t say anything nice to you...?” I said in a question.

“Yeah but you have an undying love, remember?” She winked.

“Not really,” I chuckled and she rolled her eyes at me.

“Yeah, okay. Now shut up, i’m going to sleep,” and she closed her eyes then minutes later she started to lightly snore.


“Tanya,” I sang as I shook her shoulder. “Tanya, Tanya...”

“You have now arrived in Kenya. Time at the moment is 1:48 pm...” The pilot started to say just as everyone started to stand up and retrieve their bags from the overhead.

“Tanya I swear to god,” I started to say but then she jolted awake and sat straight up.

“What? What?” She asked, disoriented, as she looked around trying to make sense of her surroundings. I watched her with a small smile on my lips when she finally realised we were on the plane about to get off. When she turned to me, she narrowed her eyes and glared at the smile i had. “Don’t you look at me like that.”

“I can’t help it,” I smirked, trying to keep the laughter in me.

“Shut up, Liam,” she growled as she unbuckled herself and stood up to grab our bags. Once she got hers out she gently put them down onto her seat but when she grabbed mine, she threw the heavy bags at my chest. I narrowly caught them but they still hurt.

“Ow,” I protested and she smiled sickly sweetly.

“Sorry, I have a terrible aim,” she replied and I rolled my eyes earning a throw of her bag at my already sore chest.

We walked through the airport together, weaving through the many people who were on the same flight as us, all the while annoying the hell out of each other. I kept stepping on the heels of her shoes whenever she walked and each time her shoes would slip off. I can’t help but snicker whenever she huffed and tried to walk faster. She’d always stop randomly in front of me and it really pisses me off when someone does that so I’d always growl at her until she moved. 

“Liam Payne, Tanya Kennedy,” a man in army gear asked. He had cropped blonde hair with bright blue eyes. 

“Yes?” We replied simultaneously.

“My name is Samuel Erikson but please call me Sam. I’m taking to the both of you to the infantry,” he told us and we both nodded. We followed him through the half empty airport and into a large black jeep.

It was a long drive to the infantry. It was near a small village halfway between Nairobi and the coastline. We didn’t talk much. Sam had an intimidating presence and he had very short and curt answers. He’d been in the infantry for five years and he was supposed to be in for 6 years and four months. He’s 27 years old and he doesn’t have anyone back in England. He originally was born in Sheffield but he moved to Nottingham when he was 22 which was roughly the same time he decided to sign up for the army.

Once we arrived at the base, Sam immediately told us to report to Lieutenant Tyler Dawson. He wasn’t hard to spot, his uniform was slightly different to those of the others. He was tall, about a foot taller than me. He looked to be in his thirties he had dark hair underneath his hat and grey eyes. Tanya and I brought our hands to our foreheads and saluted him. He saluted us back and we dropped our hands.

“I’ve heard many great things about the pair of you,” he began in a calm and low tone. I could see a platoon of about thirty other soldiers around. “Your commanding officer informed me of your teamwork, your abilities and your skills. Payne, I have learnt of your determination to complete any task handed to you and Kennedy, I have learnt of your hard work and articulate plans of completing missions. I think the pair of you will be excellent for our platoon.”

“Thank you, sir,” I replied and Tanya nodded in agreement.

“Officer Erikson will show you to your cabins,” he commanded and Sam came forward again. He led us to a long building. Inside the walls were lined up with bunk beds. He showed us where the toilets were and training equipment. He told us the protocol and what to do in an emergency. Then when he was done he let us stay at our beds with our uniform and combat items at the foot of our bed.

“I’m not that nervous anymore,” Tanya said. She was seated on the floor while I was laying on the bottom bunk.

“Neither am I,” I agreed.






Not entirely sure of what I feel about for this chapter... But i hope you enjoyed it.


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