Jessica stared at the computer screen in front of her. There was a wide array of emotions she was feeling; worried, anxious, scared, all of the above. She put on her headset and began typing into the computer, starting up anything her partner's might need.
"Vitals, check. Communication, check. Visuals, check." She thought to herself. She glanced around the communication car. Everyone was working hard, making sure that everything was working and in order. And she was also determined to make sure things go right, so she can rise up and be a promising agent.
"Geek, how are we looking?" asked Jessica.
"We're ready to roll," he replied. Geek's real name is Charles, but since he's so tech-savvy and incredibly smart, everyone just calls him Geek.
"Good," I hope, she thought
"Ok, you guys ready?" asked Johnny, grabbing his gun off the weapons table.
"Yup, we are," said Jammer, standing up.
Johnny and Jammer. Johnny is Jessica's twin brother. Both of them got recruited to join the FBI about a year ago. Both of them had interned for the FBI for two years. They both were also state champion triathletes, and competed in national obstacle courses, that tested strength and endurance greatly. And then there's Jammer. A 6'3", muscular, strong, guy who works hard and doesn't let anybody mess with him or his team.
"Maria, are we ready with the emergency evac and backup if we need it?" asked Johnny.
"Si, senor, we are all ready to go," replied Maria. Maria is from Mexico, and moved here to the United States a few years ago. And, just like Johnny and Jessica, joined the FBI when she was eighteen years old. Now at twenty-one, she is one of the Bureau's best agents.
"Ok guys, just to be clear, were going in quickly and safely to disable the gas lines. There are lots of electrical wires and many people use those wires so lets make sure we do this right. I'm not sure why we were assigned this, but lets go in there and come back safe. We have forty minutes to do this, so lets go," said their leader, Michael.
Michael has been in the FBI longer than anyone else on the team. And at twenty-two, he is tan, muscular, protective, and could totally kick butt. He also absolutely adored Jessica and would do anything and everything for her.
"Johnny be careful please. We don't want anything to happen to you guys," said Jessica worriedly.
"Don't worry Jessica, we'll be fine," said Johnny, reassuringly.
"Ok, good luck guys," she looked over and locked eyes with Michael.
"Thanks JJ, you too," said Jammer, walking past her.
"Thanks Jessica," said Michael, leaning in close to her, "I'll be back," he whispered, and was out the door.
Jessica looked out after him and then closed the door. She headed back to her computer and out her headset back on.
"Test, test. Can you guys hear me?" she asked.
"Loud and clear," answered Jammer.
"Ok good. Now according to the map once you guys get inside make a left and there should be some stairs." Jessica looked up to see if the cameras were working, which they were.
"How are they doing?" asked Maria, coming over to sit next to Jessica.
"They're good they just got into the building," Jessica looked over at Geek, who was typing into his computer, then looking at the screen, then typing and then looking up.
"Geek, what are you doing?" asked Maria with her thick hispanic accent.
"Looking to see if I find any security camera footage of where they are," he answered.
"What for?" asked Jessica.
"Something just doesn't seem right JJ, I don't want them walking into a trap or anything," he said.
Jessica looked at the computer screen. Any traps? What did he mean by that? I know this assignment was pretty strange, but traps? There can't be any traps. Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of her brothers voice.
"Jessica? Jessica are you there?" he asked.
"Yea, I'm here talk to me Johnny."
"Kinda could use some more direction here, we're pretty lost," she could tell by the sound in his voice that he was pretty nervous.
"Uh, you're on the right track, just keep going straight for about another mile."
"How are we doing on time JJ?" asked Michael.
Jessica was almost relieved to hear his voice. She did care for him and wanted him back safe, but was unsure about how she truly felt for him. She turned her head to glance at the clock. It read thirty minutes.
"JJ?," asked Michael.
"Thirty minutes," said Maria, replying for Jessica.
"Thanks Maria," replied Michael, sounding a bit disappointed.
"Perfect. Ten minutes to get there, five to shut it down, and ten minutes to get back, all with five minutes left to spare," said Jammer with pride.
"You make it sound so easy Jammer," said Geek.
They continued walking; passing doors, stairs, and a bunch of debris. It was a pretty nasty place to be. Michael was up at the lead, Johnny was in the middle, and Jammer had the rear. They were the ones who usually got down and dirty when it comes to missions. They always got the job done, and did it well.
"How are we doing on time?" asked Michael.
"It's only been five minutes," said Jessica.
Suddenly, red lights came on, followed by a loud alarm. Everyone jumped. Michael, Johnny, and Jammer pulled out their guns, making sure no one was coming.
Jessica sat up in her seat, "What,s going on?"
"I don't know, an alarm just came on," shouted Michael over the alarm.
"Geek, what's happening?" asked Maria.
"I don't know, I can't find anything to indicate what would've set the alarm,"
And things were just about to get worse. Suddenly Johnny's screen went blank, then Michael's, and then Jammer's.
"Are you guys still with me? Johnny? Jammer? Michael?" shouted Jessica. She was getting really worried. She started typing into the computer, trying anything in order too get the video footage up and running.
"Uh, Jessica..." said Geek shakily.
"What Geek?" shouted Jessica.
Geek pointed at the screen he was looking at. Jessica got up and looked over. She couldn't believe what she saw. Right next to the gas line he partners had to shut off, was a bomb. Jessica was completely in shock.
"The time on the bomb reads just under fifteen minutes,, said Maria putting a hand on Jessica's shoulder.
At that point, Jessica had enough, She took her headset off and threw it on the ground. She went over to the weapons table and got a gun and checked if it was loaded.
"JJ what are you doing?" asked Geek.
"I'm going after them," answered Jessica.
"No you're not JJ you're staying here," said Maria pulling her back.
"Yea I don't know if you heard me but there is a bomb that's gonna go off in like thirteen minutes. You cant risk yourself going down there," said Geek.
"That's my brother down there guys! I'm not gonna sit back and watch him die knowing that I could've done something!" she shouted, with tears welling up in her eyes " Don't ask me to do that."
Suddenly the computer made a noise and visuals came back. Then they all heard a familiar voice
"Hello? Anyone? Jessica?" shouted Johnny.
"Yea we're here Johnny you guys alright?" asked Jessica.
"Yea we're good here," answered Johnny
Jessica breathed a sigh of relief. "Look, I don't know how to tell this to you guys, but you're in for a surprise..."
Johnny, Jammer, and Michael all looked at each other in confusion.
"What do you mean?" asked Michael.
It was Jessica's, Geek's, and Maria's turn to look at each other, only this look was a look of worry
"Jessica what's going on?" demanded Michael.
"There's a bomb down there," she managed to get out.
Michael froze. There were no words to describe the emotions he was feeling.
"And..." he asked.
Jessica sighed "And it'll go off in under ten minutes."
"You have got to be kidding me! How come you didn't say anything earlier?" shouted Jammer.
"Hey, don't yell at her it's not her fault!" shouted Michael equally as loud as he shoved Jammer away.
"I would've but we lost communication with you guys if you remember," said Jessica as flatly as possible.
"Don't worry about it JJ, we just gotta now figure out what we're gonna do about all this," said Michael reassuringly.
"Well I got nothing, and your little girlfriend isn't helping at all either!" screamed a very frustrated Jammer.
"Woah,cool it Jammer, c'mon man," said Geek, looking over at Jessica.
"Jammer listen to me,I'm just as frustrated as you, but we are working against the clock here, we gotta figure out what to do," began Jessica, looking at Jammer through the video monitor. "What do we do Michael?"
Michael took a slight pause. "We leave."
"WHAT?" they all screamed at once.
"Our lives are in danger, we gotta go," he said.
"Michael thousands of other people's lives are gonna be in danger if we don't turn that gas off," said Maria.
Michael thought for a second. Fuck, she's right. Finally Michael came to a decision. It wasn't gonna be easy, but it was the right thing to do.
"Geek, how long will it take to evacuate the area?" asked Michael.
"Um, I'm not sure. We only have about seven minuted left, and if the people move fast we might be able to get them out," answered Geek.
"Get on it Geek! JJ, Maria help him out," ordered Michael.
Michael looked over and Jammer and Johnny. He then began to start sprinting back towards the entrance. While they were running back Maria, Geek and JJ were working on getting everybody out of the buildings near by. Geek was also on the phone working on getting an emergency evacuation of the area. They were all working hard on getting everybody out.
Maria and Jessica entered a nearby building and ordered everybody out.
"Why? What's going on?" asked a lady.
"Nothing to worry about, just need everybody to leave calmly and quickly," said Jessica.
While they were clearing everybody out, Michael stopped running in his tracks. When he stopped, he looked down, as if in deep thought. HE stood there and then began to turn around and run back. Johnny turned around and noticed Michael starting to run back.
"Michael what the hell are you doing? You're the one who said we need to go back!" shouted Johnny.
"Keep going and don't look back! Keep going!" he screamed back at them.
"We'll we're not letting you go alone," said Jammer.
Michael tone became threatening. He leaned in and pulled them close. "Keep going, don't look back. That's an order," he said shoving them both back.
Once Johnny and Jammer reached the surface they were met by a very frantic Jessica.
"Where's Michael?" she asked, not even acknowledging her brothers arrival.
"He ran back to turn off the gas," said Johnny.
Jessica just stared at him blankly.
"We tried to stop him, but he ordered us to go back," explained Jammer.
Jessica just ran back to the communications car, and out on her headset.
"Michael?" she asked.
"Don't try and stop me Jessica, I need to do this," he shouted.
"Michael this is suicide, what if you don't make it back?" she asked.
"Don't talk like that JJ, I'll make it out."
"You have just under five minutes, Michael, please!" Jessica was becoming desperate.
He began sprinting towards the gas, running hard and fast so he can get there, shut it down, and head back.
"Michael? Michael? Johnny, Jammer do something!"
"What's going on?" asked Geek as he entered the car.
"Michael's gone back," breathed Jessica.
"Michael, buddy, listen to me. You still got time to get back here,"
"Is everyone out Geek?" asked Michael as he arrived at the gas.
"The last few are leaving as we speak," answered Geek.
"Good, good work guys," said Michael, fixing on working on the gas.
"You have four minutes Michael," said Geek.
Michael began working fast on the gas tank. Pressing buttons to turn things off, cutting wires so everything is disconnected. He was working really fast.
"Michael you have two minutes," said Geek.
"Michael get out of there! You're running out of time!" pleaded Jessica.
He was done. He stood up and looked at his work. He began running back and just hoping that he would make it.
"Thirty seconds Michael,"
Jessica closed her eyes, please god make it.
He kept running, harder and faster.
"Ten, nine, eight, seven..."
They all had worried looks on their face. Johnny and Jammer were waiting outside just in case something happened; good or bad.
"Three, two, one..."
The sound was like no other. The ground shook, the car shook, everything. Everyone was knocked onto the floor and stuff fell from the selves above them. There was smoke, fire, heat and debris. When it subsided a bit, Johnny and Jammer came inside.
"Where's Michael?" asked Maria. They didn't say anything.
Jessica got up and began shouting into the headset. "Michael! Michael can you hear me?" She began trying to get the system to work so she could try and see him through his, or any, of the cameras. Nothing, absolutely nothing.
"Let it go JJ, he's gone," said Johnny, putting a hand on his sister's shoulder.
"No!" she screamed as she ran towards the door. As she opened it, she gasped at the figure standing in front of her. It was Michael. he was all bloody and torn up. He was bleeding from a gash on his head, and he also had a really bad one on his arm, and he was panting pretty hard too, looking like he was gonna pass out.
They stared at each other for a bit. Then Michael began to fall forward, but Jessica was right there to catch him.
"Woah there Michael, it's ok I got you," said Jessica reassuringly.
It took him a while to respond, but when he did, he said "See, I told you I'll be back."