|| Luke ||
This is not only a rescue mission for Hazel, this is where it all ends. The feud between SOPRANO and the Hemmings, it ends now. With either me or Thomas dead. But Hazel will get out alive, she won't die tonight.
I rode shotgun as Michael drove at full speed through the night. Thomas really knew how to piss me off, how to make me desperate, how to make me want to kill him. This had always been a personal thing. He made it personal with Matthew and he made it personal with me.
We all parked a block away from Thomas' headquarters. We couldn't let him know that we were here. I grabbed my submachine as I got out. Michael cradled his AK 12 in his hands. He always preferred the AKs. Calum and Ashton always used shotguns.
"Okay," I began as everyone gathered around. "Hector, Ernesto, you stay back and shoot down the guards. If I know Thomas well, he's gonna have the perimeter heavily guarded."
"Claro que si," Hector chuckled and high-fived Ernesto. "Step back and let the professionals handle this." Ernesto and Hector are our best snipers. Don't know where they learned where to shoot, but they never want to tell me. All I know is that their fathers were in the military.
I got information and crept towards the building. Calum, Michael, and Ashton were all beside me. My eyes were focused on the guards that were on top of the roof. Slowly, one by one, they began falling. I knew that Hector and Ernesto were taking care of it. Once all the guards were eliminated, I motioned for the rest of us to hurry up. We wouldn't have long before the other soldiers noticed that the guards were taken down. We had to be quick.
I began running towards the side of the building. I turned to Calum and he nodded before swinging his gun over his head. he searched the side of the building until he found what he was looking for.
"Give me a boost," he said. We all locked out fingers together and made a makeshift step. Calum set one foot on and we pushed him up. He grabbed a hold of the ladder that hung over the side of the building. Slowly, he hoisted himself up and began climbing the ladder.
Calum is the planner, but he's also been studying Thomas' headquarters for over a year. He knows where every camera is, how long we'll have before the others notice we're here and every little secret about it. I saw him disappear over the edge. A moment later, the rest of the ladder came falling down. he had succeeded.
I grabbed onto the rope and began climbing. Once I reached the top, I saw Calum. He was crouched low and examining the bodies. Michael joined me soon after. The sound of static made me jump. Calum lunged for guard's walkie-talkie.
"Peter, how is everything going on up there?" It must've been someone from the inside.
Calum brought the walkie to his face, "Everything is quiet so far. No sign of anything, over." More static. The air seemed to hang tight around us as we waited for the person to respond.
"I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I watered it in fears, Night and morning with my tears: And I sunned it with smiles, And soft deceitful wiles." Static once again.
"What does that mean?" Michael asked.
"Code," I replied. "Be prepared to fight."
"No," Calum stopped, "I know this." He turned the walkie on again, "And it grew both day and night, Till it bore an apple bright. And my foe beheld it shine, And he knew that it was mine. And into my garden stole. When the night had veiled the pole; In the morning glad I see, My foe outstretched beneath the tree."
"Copy that, Peter," Static.
"What was that?" I asked.
"A poem. A poison Tree by William Blake," He replied. Once everyone was on the roof we were ready. Calum kept the walkie with him but he turned the volume down. "We have twenty-five seconds, let's act now."
I nodded, "You know the plan. Michael, Ashton, Calum, Jeremy, Daniel, you guys come with me. The rest of you, you know what to do."
Theo led the group into the headquarters. My team and I stayed behind until they all went inside. All hell broke loose. I heard the gunshots begin once half of the group was in. If everything goes according to planned, we wouldn't have to deal with the soldiers.
I held my gun in my hands as I walked down the stepped steep staircase that led inside. Blood was splattered on the white carpet, as well as the white walls. Nissin was one of the fallen. I took his gun before slipping off his ring and tucking it in my pocket. I looked around the corner and saw a few more men emptying into the room.
Some were leaning against the wooden railing that opened into the bottom level of the room. I didn't know where they were keeping Hazel, and if I had to kill every single man that gets in my way, they I will do so. I did my best to look over the edge without being seen, but there was no such luck.
"Do you think Hemmings bailed?" One of the men asked. My ear suddenly perked up.
The other scoffed, "We have his girl. I ain't even thinking he gon' leave 'er behind."
"She's cute," The one who asked the question said.
"Damn right," The other laughed, "Maybe we can convince the don to share 'er. Ya now, once he's done with 'er."
My blood was boiling violently as I heard the last comment. I was about to act impulsively and begin shooting with no regard, but Calum stopped me. He shook his head, "We must stick to the plan." I nodded and cooled myself down. "You'll be able to get your vengeance on them. More importantly, you'll get your revenge on Thomas."
"Fine," I swallowed my pride and kept my mouth shut.
Calum checked the time, "Okay, if I'm correct-"
"Hey!" We all spun around and saw a guard staring directly at us. "They're inside!"
"Shit," Calum mumbled as he lifted his gun and began to shoot. We all looked for some kind of barrier to shield us from the bullets that were being shot at us. I dove behind the staircase. "So much for being quiet!" Calum shouted over the noise.
"C'mon let's go before more come!" I said and crept out from behind the staircase and quickly maneuvered my way around the fallen bodies. I looked over the railing and saw it opened into the living room. I cursed quietly and continued to walk towards the other side. I had my gun out in front of me. Calum was close behind.
"Go, go go! On top," Someone shouted. I turned to see that three more guards emerged from an open door.
"Go, we'll take care of them!" Michael shouted.
Calum and I made a run towards the door. We ran down the stairs just as we heard gunshots firing once again. I allowed Calum to lead the way.
"This should lead to the basement, maybe Hazel's in there," Calum said. The single light bulb provided little light, but enough to see where we were going. The sound of something heavy being banged against metal made me raise my gun.
"Shit," Calum murmured.
"Did you just run into the door?" I tried to contain my laughter.
"Shut up," Calum replied as he slowly opened the door. After carefully scanning the surroundings he spoke up, "All clear." He opened the door a little more and we both slipped into the cold room. It was almost identical to the room where he kept Hazel in LA. Where I first met her.
There were barriers scattered around the room. I looked around one of them and saw Hazel. My heart crawled in my throat as her head hung. I nearly lunged towards her but the sound of clapping stopped me. Thomas appeared out of the shadows. He was strapped in his gear and had a smug smile on his face.
"Luke, so nice of you to join us," He started.
I was breathing heavily, "If you did something to her, I swear I'll kill you."
He walked around Hazel's chair, "I could never do that." He lifted her head and lightly tapped her cheek. "Wake up, Hazel."
She stirred awake and lifted her head. Her eyes were glazing over but she looked at her surroundings. I locked eyes with her, "Luke?"
"I'm right here, Hazel. I'm getting you out of here," I said from across the room.
"Where?" She looked at Thomas and tried to jerk away.
"Don't fret, sweetheart," Thomas said. He turned to me, "You think it was going to be this easy? You come here, take down a few of my men, kill me and take her?" He chuckled, "No way." As if on cue, nearly a dozen men appeared from the top balcony of the room. They all had guns pointed at us.
"Shit," Calum mumbled.
"Luke run!" Hazel shouted just as mayhem began. Calum and I dove for the nearest barricade. I reloaded my gun and quickly stood up before shooting out a few bullets to the men that were firing at us. I saw Thomas taking Hazel away. She was trying to fight him off, but it wasn't enough. He threw her over his shoulder and walked out of the room.
"He took her," I said.
"Go get her," Calum said as he sat back down.
"And leave you alone?" I scoffed. "No way."
"Luke, I've seen the way you look at her. I know you have feelings for her. Now stop trying to save my ass, you know I can do this," He looked at me.
"You'll be killed," I insisted.
He laughed, "Me? Killed? Nah, man. Trust me, brother. I can do this. You're in love with Hazel. I know you are. I'm not about to stand around while you watch her get taken away. Go now, go get your girl."
I looked at him one last time and nodded, "Good luck."
"I'll see you soon."
I got up and ran towards the nearest door. Bullets flew past me. I burst through the door and the last thing I saw was Calum pulling out a second gun, "Come and get me!" He shouted. The door closed and bullets were being shot once again.