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?


10. Chapter 9

Bruce Willis is Lieutenant Gregory Smith


Chapter 9


Nine months later


I’ve been in the army for a year now. It feels like just yesterday I was flying to Greece for training. A lot has changed in a year, both to myself and everyone else.

In the past year, I’ve had over ten missions. I’ve killed at least one person in each and jesus, I feel like a cold blooded murderer no matter how many times Tanya had told me that it wasn’t murder. There was on mission where Tyler made Tanya and I go off by ourselves and it was a lot easier for us to get everything done because we have this weird connection that allows us to follow through each others actions. 

In the past year, I’ve seen so many people die. Hamisi and Asya were so close to getting killed if it wasn’t for Tanya. If those two little kids died, it would’ve been hell for me, Tanya, Sam and Martha. They’re our little angels. 

When I thought of turning 21, I always thought that I would still be touring. This break wasn’t planned, it was a shock when it was announced. I always thought that I would’ve been in Australia or something at this time or making our fourth album. I did not expect to be in the army in Africa. At the age of 21, I’ve seen more things than any other 21 year olds. I’ve toured the world almost three times. I’ve visited every country more than three times. I’ve finished school, i’ve released three albums. I’ve seen at least twenty people die and I’ve killed more people than i care to admit. I’ve seen buildings blow up and I’ve been shot. But that was what was the best thing about it. At the age of 21, I’ve seen a lot more than most people in a lifetime.

I’ve changed a lot. I’m not the same person I was a year ago when I enlisted. I’ve become almost as expressionless as Sam when I first met him. Except, Sam isn’t like that anymore. Ever since Martha and him got together, he’s been a lot more lively. Even Tyler thinks Martha’s good for him and Tyler doesn’t really approve of any relationship. 

Speaking of relationships, Niall’s found himself an Australian girlfriend. I’ve met her through skype. She’s a fan of our music and she knows certain facts but she wasn’t all that crazy. She’s an angel and she’s good for Niall, I could tell. Louis and Eleanor are staying in Thailand for a few months because Eleanor loves the beaches and she absolutely loves Phuket. Harry’s currently in Italy. In the past year, he’s moved from country to country, road tripping by himself but I think at one point Ed Sheeran joined him. Last I checked, Zayn and Perrie were getting ready for the Little Mix Salute tour but I guess they’re on the road now. 

As for me, I’ve non-stopped training. I swear I’ve built more muscle than freaking Tyler. Sam and I train almost everyday, on the days where we’re not needed in the village. Martha and Tanya joins us sometimes but it’s more Tanya than Martha since Martha and Sam end up making out or something. They’re so disgustingly in love that I can rarely look either of them in the eye sometimes.

I haven’t felt love in two years. My last girlfriend was Sophia and we broke up because we just drifted apart. I loved her but sometimes love can’t overcome distance and soon I fell out of love. Now, I can’t even remember what love felt like. Tanya would always make fun of me when I start talking about things like that. She’d say something like, “well, look who’s a hopeless romantic” but then she’d tell me that I would find out what love is soon, that i shouldn’t keep expecting for it to come up randomly. She’s right. I’m in an army, I can’t think about falling in love and expecting it to come out of nowhere. 

Sam was getting transported to Afghanistan in a few days for his last two months in the army. Martha’s been upset about it since she won’t be able to see him until she’s finished serving which isn’t for another two years. But they’ll work it out. They’re sort of a power couple, like nothing can in between them and I know they’ll be able to still be together. Besides Martha’s been cheated on before so there’s no way she’d find someone else and Sam’s a one person kind of guy. He wouldn’t so much as look at another girl. 

“Payne, my office,” Tyler called out from the front. I was in the middle of finishing my lunch but whatever the lieutenant says goes. So I took my food and dumped the rest, following Tyler into his office. I’ve only ever been in there three times in the whole year and nothing ever changes. There’s a bookshelf on the right wall with stacks of papers and so on. There’s a filing cabinet in the back left hand corner and a large mahogany desk right in the middle that’s always so neatly organised with hardly any papers. There were also two black plastic chairs facing each other just in front of his desk for any guest that was brought into his office.

“Yes, sir?” I asked with a salute. Tyler nodded and gestured for my to sit down but all i did was I dropped my hand and remained standing. Tyler sighed and sat down at his chair.

“You’re one of the greatest officers here,” he started. I was confused as to where this was going but I listened anyway. “Even though you’ve only been here for a year and most of the unit have been here for longer, you’re still one of the best. That’s why I’ve made a decision for you to join Officer Erikson to Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, you’ll have more experience than you do here. Also, they need more help there, so the more the better.”

I was shocked. I had no idea what to feel about it. I expected to stay in Kenya for a long time, for as long as my territorial years which is three years. I did not expect to be transported to Afghanistan for my last two years. 

But that wasn’t the only thing on my mind. I was also thinking about Tanya. How could I leave her here? Tanya and I we’re supposed to be a team. I mean, sure, Sam and I can work together well but Tanya and i have the best team work than any other person in the unit. But this is my career, well my three-year career and i have to think about that. I can’t just give up an opportunity like this. Besides, I don’t even think i have a choice.

“Yes, sir,” I replied. 

“So you and Erikson will be leaving in two days. I’ll have Kenneth drive you to the airport,” he paused for a bit then said, “I know you must be thinking about Kennedy-”

I cut him off. “What?” I asked him, confused. How the hell did he know I was thinking about Tanya?

“Look, Liam, I know how you and Tanya are the best of friends and you promised to protect each other while you’re both out here. I’m sorry that I’m breaking that promise but this is for your career here,” he said. “I’ll try to get Tanya out there but I’m telling you now, Lieutenant Gregory Smith has his unit full and i can’t guarantee a spot for her there.”

I didn’t reply for a while after that but after a few seconds I just said, “thanks, sir.” Honestly, I didn’t expect him to try and help Tanya and I to keep our promise and I sure as hell never knew that he knew about that. Most people just know that me and Tanya are best friends and best friends are usually protective no matter what. The only people who knew about that promise was the both of us.

“Well, that’s all. I’ll give your goodbye in two days,” Tyler dismissed and I saluted him to which he saluted back then I walked out of his office. Once I walked to the dining area, i was met with Tanya and the sickening love up couple.

“What was that about?” Tanya asked. I turned around to check if Tyler was behind me but he wasn’t. 

“Tyler’s transporting me to Afghanistan with Sam in two days,” I told them, dropping the bomb without a build up or anything. I thought it was best to just come out with it without stalling. Tanya’s jaw dropped and so did Marsha’s. Sam had his usual expressionless face but I knew that he was wishing I wasn’t leaving Kenya either. Not because he didn’t like me but it was because he made me promise to take her of Marsha when he left. But there was nothing either of us could do. No matter how much I wanted to stay to take her of the girls, I couldn’t refuse an offer that the lieutenant asked off me.

“Seriously,” Tanya breathed and I nodded. “Well, there goes our guys,” Tanya huffed to Marsha then walked out of the room. I stared after her, I wasn’t expecting her to be that upset over this. I turned to face Marsha, till confused about Tanya’s reaction.

“Don’t mind her. She’s going to be upset about this because you’re her best friend and she loves you and she doesn’t want you to leave,” Marsha reassured but I just shrugged in answer. Marsha gave me a hug before going after Tanya so then it was just Sam and I.

“I didn’t expect that to happen,” Sam stated and I nodded in agreement.

“Well, I guess we’re leaving in two days,” I said.

“I’m going to miss them,” he said.

“Same,” I replied.


Those two days flew by fast and before i knew it, i was getting ready to leave the Kenya base with Sam. It wasn’t a tearful goodbye. Sure, Marsha almost burst into tears but she had to act strong. Tanya acted close off but I finally managed to convince her to lighten up and to enjoy our last two days.

“I’m going to miss you heaps, Liam,” Tanya said just as I dropped my bag in the back of the jeep.

“I’m going to miss you too,” I told her as I gave her a tight hug. She squeezed me slightly before letting go.

“Hopefully, we’ll see each other again,” she said and I nodded. I hope Tyler could send her to Afghanistan but I knew it wasn’t that likely.

“Don’t find another best friend,” I joked and she rolled her eyes.

“Of course I won’t. It would be unfair to you especially knowing that you’re in love with me,” she replied with a sad smile.

“I’m surprisingly going to miss that,” I told her with a matching sad smile.

“I’m going to miss saying that,” she replied. 

“I knew it, you’re the one who’s actually in love with me,” I teased as I poked her side. She stuck her tongue out at me and I pinched her nose.

“I definitely won’t be missing that,” she said with her nose scrunched.

“Of course you will,” I countered and she sighed.

“Yeah,” she lamely agreed.

We stayed quiet for a while as we waited for Sam to finish his goodbyes with Marsha. Once they were done kissing, Marsha gave me a big hug while Tanya did the same with Sam.

“I’ll miss you, Li,” Marsha said once she pulled away.

“I’ll miss you too,” I told her. Then Tyler approached us with Kenneth behind him. All four of us saluted him once he was in front of us. He handed Sam and I our papers with our flight details and all.

“Good luck in Afghanistan,” he told us and we both thanked him then he shook our hands and walked away. Then Kenneth got into the jeep and Sam and I followed with our last goodbyes to the girls. 

When we arrived at Afghanistan, it was pretty hot especially in our fatigues. Once we arrived, a man picked us up who introduced himself as Ed Herondale. He was just coming back from his break that people who are in the army for ten years get to have. He drove us to the base in Afghanistan that was just outside Kabul. Once we arrived at the base we were introduced to Lieutenant Gregory Smith.

He had an intimidating look with his bald head and his thin lips. He had a crease between his eyebrows as if he had a permanent frown on his face. Even with a smile that I would only assume was supposed to be welcoming, made him look frightening. But nonetheless, I saluted him as well as Sam and he saluted us back.

“Welcome to Afghanistan, boys,” he greeted and we nodded.


Two months later


“Well, this is my last day in the army,” Sam announced as he dropped into the chair beside me with a corona in his hand.

“Are you going to come back?” I asked him.

He shook his head. “I’m going to wait until Marsha’s out and then I’ll decide from there.”

“You know,” I said, “when I first met you, you never spoke much and not once did you smile when you picked me and Tanya up from the airport. And I remember you telling me that having no one was best for you.”

He chuckled as he brought the corona in his hand to his lips. “Yeah, I remember. But then I started talking to Marsha and I realised how lonely my life actually was.”

“Two more years to go, right?” I reminded him since a sad look started to creep onto his face. 

“Yeah,” he nodded, taking another swig. I did the same thing with my own beer, letting the bitter taste go down my throat. “What about you? It’s been two months since we left Kenya. Do you miss Tanya?”

I nodded, not even going to deny it. “Of course I miss Tanya. She’s my best friend.”

Sam sighed. “Have you ever thought of yourself being, I don’t know, more than friends with her?”

“Oh no,” I groaned, “not you too.”

Sam looked at me questioningly. “What?”

“Your girlfriend’s corrupted you. Tanya and I are just friends, nothing more, nothing less,” I exaggerated before taking a drink.

Sam rolled his eyes. “I know. I was just asking if you ever thought of being more than friends.”

I shrugged. “I don’t see it happening at all, honestly.”

He nodded then we went quiet. He then downed his drink before getting up, saying that his flight was early tomorrow and I let him go. 

Sam left the next day. It wasn’t a sad goodbye at all, we just shook hands and he left. Then the realisation that I was alone in the unit, hit me. I only knew a hand full of people but I don’t really talk to them. Sam and I kept to ourselves a lot in the past two months. If it weren’t for Tanya back in Kenya, I wouldn’t have actually became friends with Sam or Marsha. Even back in England, I wouldn’t have as many friends as I did now if it weren’t for the boys.

It wasn’t until three days after Sam left, that his replacement as coming. I overheard Gregory and Ed talking about it but I didn’t think much of it. Not until, they actually came and got out of the car. I wasn’t part of the welcoming committee so I stayed in the back until all introductions between the newcomer and Gregory were done. Then people parted to let them through which was when I recognised the newcomer. A wide grin spread across my face as well as theirs.

“Liam!” She exclaimed then she walked up to me and gave me a hug.

“Hey, Tan,” I grinned. “How did you get here?”

“Gregory asked for a replacement for Sam and Tyler sent me,” she explained and I couldn’t help but silently thank Tyler for keeping his word.

“Well, welcome to Afghanistan,” I said although there was absolutely nothing around us but dirt. “Man, I’ve missed you.” I said, wrapping an arm around her shoulder as I led her through to the bunks.

“Of course you have. You’re in love with me, remember?” She grinned up at me and I rolled my eyes.

“Shut up, Kennedy,” I said, pulling my arm away. She stuck her tongue out at me so I pinched her nose. 







Well, I’ve started to finish planning this story and jesus, I’m loving it. I can’t wait for you guys to read what I’ve got planned!! :))


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