Just two weeks after the incident, everyone was fully recovered, injuries and all. Michael had recovered from his second degree burns, which were still visible but fully healed. They had all come to understanding as to why Michael did what he did. They were all at the shooting range, practicing their shots. They were all standing in the line, put their ear covers on, and let the shots fire.
Bang, bang, bang! Gunfires were everywhere. After all their rounds were gone, their targets came towards them. They all had pretty good shots, but they all knew who the best shot was.
"Dang JJ, getting better every time," said Jammer.
"Hey you guys did good too," said Jessica.
"But not as good as you girl. You're still the better shot," said Maria with a smile.
"Yup, thats my sister!" said Johnny, putting an arm around his sister.
Jessica rolled her eyes, "shut up you guys," which got a laugh from everyone.
Just then their Captain entered the shooting range. They all stopped talking and stood straight up facing him.
Michael stepped forward. "Captain," he said.
"At ease, guys. Hopefully you all are having a good time and getting some good practice in."
"Yea we're doing fine. Why did you come down here?" asked Michael.
"I want you guys in my office, in one hour, if you please," said their captain, turning away and walking out.
"Yes, sir," said Michael.
"That was welcoming," said Johnny.
"Well, you guys heard him. Lets get ready to go, c'mon guys," said Michael in an authoritative tone.
An hour later they were all outside their captains office, waiting to be let in. After a while the door opened and their captain greeting them.
"Agents, please come in," said their captain, gesturing them to sit down. "You guys did good on your last mission, thankfully no one was seriously injured," he said.
They all looked at each other and smiled.
"Anyway, you guys are probably wondering why you guys are here. I don't know how to tell you guys this, so I'll tell you guys straight foreword. We unfortunately have to let you guys go...all of you."
They all just looked at each other, confused.
"Like what? Like getting fired" asked Jessica.
"Unfortunately yes," said Captain.
"But why?" asked Johnny.
"You all are a special task force team. There are no other agents like you six. Unfortunately, that means we need to specially fund you all, but we have run out of money, and the first place to start cutting is you guys," explained Captain.
"Then what are we supposed to do now, huh?" asked Johnny.
"That's none of my concern."
"The hell it's not!" screamed Johnny as he stood up, almost knocking his seat over.
"Johnny please!" said Jessica, giving her brother a look that told him he needed to sit down.
"Don't you have a say in this?" asked Geek.
"Of corse I do. But it isn't honored. Just like you have your orders, I have mine," said Captain.
There was a look of disappointment on their faces. They had only been on this force for a year now and they were already being let go. For Jessica and Johnny this was all they knew. It was gonna be very difficult for all of them.
"So what's next?" asked Jammer, with no expression on his face.
"I would like you all in tomorrow at 9:00 am, so that way we can get everything situated. Understood?".
"Yes, sir," they all said.
Their captain glanced over at Michael. "Michael, do you have anything to say".
Michael was just staring at the floor. His arms were crossed and his jaw was clenched. He didn't say anything, and he didn't want to say anything either. he suddenly just got up and left. He made sure to slam the door on his way out.
"Michael!" screamed Jessica.
"Let him go," said Jammer.
"I think it's time you all go," began Captain, "you may leave."
And with that, they got up, and one by one, they all left. Not saying a word, but all feeling the same way.