"Well that was fun." The girl said as she collapsed against a wall.
"If you guys ever join the resistance you don't have to do the final test you have my ok. Plus you two saved my life practically. The name's Crimzen, Crimzen Conners, you?" She asked.
"Ally, Ally Brightsteen" Ally said with her head up high.
"Desire." Dessum said and Crimzen looked confused like she had heard the name before.
"Desire?" Crimzen questioned.
"Heart, Desire Heart, but just call me Dessum." Dessum drawled out not liking where this was going.
"I've heard of you. You keep saying saying the right anthem right?"
"Ya, sure I guess" Dessum questioned.
"We've been looking for you!" Crimzen said.
"What?" Dessum said
"Come with me, both of you!" Crimzen eagerly half shouted as she grabbed Ally and Dessum's hand and ran somewhere that only Crimzen seemed to know.
I didn't know it yet but we were heading to a resistance hiding spot. The only people that knew this was there was the members and the recruiters. But it would be my first time going and then my wanting to end this war was getting stronger every minute in this place of security.
"Who is it?" a voice rang from inside a door.
"The enemy of my enemy is my best friend and will stay till the end."
Crimzen whispered then the person opened the door. "I have guests."
"Are you sure Crimz?" The person said through the peep-hole.
"Absolutely, besides they saved my life in the last mission."Crimzen said proudly.
"Oh, come in." The man said as he opened the door completely. Dessum was amazed at the place. It was a lot different than the dark alley outside. The place was vibrant and alive from people talking to people playing cards. Some were teaching kids and others were giving therapy of all sorts.
"Whoa, it's a whole city over here." Ally whispered, she was just as amazed as Dessum.
“I know right?" Dessum answered.
"Ah Crimzen, there you are I heard word that you were back. Your team made it back without you we started to think the worst." A man said he was tall and surprisingly a little chubby. He was wearing a red long sleeve shirt and jeans. His boots came to half his calf and he was wearing knee guards for some reason. His red hair was nicely cut but ruffled like he just rolled out of bed.
"Oh quit it Leon, you know darn well we failed." Crimzen snapped.
"Not exactly." He said.
"What do you mean? I got to talk to the head and if he hears what I have to say I'm going to get an earful." Crimzen droned not liking what was next.
"No you won't." Leon sassed.
"What do you mean no?" Crimzen questioned
"I'll talk to them." Leon proudly chimed.
Crimzen took a raspy breath. "You mean it? But I was head of my group. And it is the leader’s judgment that affects what happens."
"Ya I mean it little read fury." Lean said and Crimzen just smiled and Leon walked away.
"Always looking out for me ever since." Crimzen whispered then she turned her attention back to Dessum and Ally. "Well either way I better get to the war room. Make yourself at home." She said then she walked off.
Dessum couldn't believe what she was seeing. A place of harmony and life. Every place was peaceful, except for a few of course, a few people not getting along with each other, but all the same.
Then they went into a dark hallway and a little girl came up to them.
"You new? If you are then the bathrooms are just to your left. Other than that I wouldn't go down that way if I was you. There is adult stuff there." She said then she ran back to the other kids that were playing around the corner. Then the next thing Dessum knows Ally is halfway down the hallway.
"Ally, where are you going?" Dessum asked.
"Following the voices, listen." Ally was right, as soon as they stopped talking they heard voices. They followed the voices to what looked like a strategy room. There were nine people, including Crimzen and Leon, one looked like a technician while another was paralyzed.
The room was dimmed but enough to see the map that hung on the wall in front of the long crescent table.
"So your report Crimz? "The girl next to two empty chairs said.
"Yes of course, three dead, I saved my group but we only completed half the mission. Also I brought guests they saved me." Crimzen rambled.
"Oh?" The technician questioned.
"Well I wouldn't say that." Ally said as she stepped into the room.
"It was mainly teamwork.”
"And you are?” the man next to the man in the wheelchair asked
"Ally and that's Desire." Ally said as Dessum slowly crept into the room
"Miss Desire heart I am pleased to see you again. You may not remember me I am Taylor. The disabled person said as he wheeled himself over to the girls. Trust me, I looked a lot different than when you met me as a tot. You look almost exactly like your father. Let me introduce you to the group. The man right next to me is Michel, then there's Sunlight to the right you've already met Crimz and Leon between them and the last one is Izzy." He said.
Dessum noticed the empty chair, she was wondering who sat there but before she could speak Ally chimed in. "Who sat in the chair next to Izzy?"
"His name is Leroy he got arrested last month during a government bank mission. The only way out of the mess he was in was to surrender." Taylor said
"Oh," Dessum sighed.
Nobody noticed except for Leon, that Crimzen was silent for a while.
"Hey, Crimz, you look like you are in deep thought, what's up" Leon asked and Crimzen snapped out of her daydream.
"I was thinking, that Ally and Dessum could help us with the final strike." Dessum felt like someone just put an ice cube down her back. “A true mission? I'm not ready. I don't care if it might be recruitment."
"But Crimzen, that's suicide for those two! Besides they.."
"They have proved their worth. They saved me. If it wasn't for them I would probably be in jail or dead." Crimzen explained.
"Did we have a choice?" Dessum thought. she could tell that Ally was enjoying this. She looked at Leon sternly. Then a siren went off. " Bombs." Crimzen mouthed. "They are trying to find us again."
"Everyone to the safe bunkers!" Leon called as they entered the main room.
"Go, go, go! This is not a drill this time people!" Crimzen called as a mass dash came to a little hole that Dessum guessed went down to the cellar.
Crimzen was trying to direct traffic when she yelled orders at Dessum, "Ally you say with Leon and help him and the teachers with the little kids! Dessum, go down to the lookout points at the old Wag, and see if Doc needs help."
"But the old Wag is almost on the other side of town!" Dessum called
"I know give me a min, I'm going with you." Crimzen said as she cut though the flow of people to the bunker .
The girls stepped outside. Dessum couldn't believe what she was seeing, planes were flying overhead, she only found herself hiding from plains once and they were already in the basement, but this really different. Meanwhile smoke and screams were in the air.
Crying rang in Dessum's ears as she ran through the streets. But Crimzen didn't seemed bothered by this.
Then something caught Dessum's eye, a small child, about seven, in a pink, blood stained dress, lying in the middle of a broken, black top road. Her breathing was rapid as Dessum walked up.
Right then, time stood still for Dessum. The noise seemed to disappear, All Dessum could only see and hear was that small child fading into forever sleep. Soon the trance was broken by Crimzen saying,
"Come on!" as she dragged Dessum away. Dessum could tell that the child had finally died.