Little British Girl...

- Decide where you belong -

In a world split into two zones, north and south live separately. The sole-superpower, America in the north, and every other country lives in the south. Trespassing is punishable by death.
When Elia, a British citizen, wakes up in the northern zone she is forced to trust local cop Daniel to keep her safe. With no memory of how Elia came to the north, and no recollection of why, she and Daniel decide to try and figure it all out. But along the way secrets are uncovered, allies are made, and Elia begins to play dangerous games, with tragic costs.

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36. Chapter 36

Thinking on his feet, I feel a tug on my arm as Daniel pulls me with him outside the fire exit, Luci darting out after us. I’m them pulled to the ground so I sit with my back and ears to the door, as we all listen in.

“It’s probably nothing, but you know what he’s like- paranoid.” I hear a man’s voice as he moves towards the fire exit.

“Yeah, I’d call him an idiot if I didn’t know any better.” A different man replies. I can hear the footsteps getting closer and closer, my heart beating faster and faster. I squeeze Daniel’s hand so hard I’m scared I might bruise it.

“Right, now where did he say he left them?”

“Behind the lost property box, on the right hand side close to the centre.”

They’re talking about the blueprints.

I realise. The same blueprints Luci is currently holding in her hand. I look to Daniel, and I can see he’s thinking the same thing. What will happen when they realise they’re missing?

“Max, is that them? Oh, it is! Guys, hey, did you get them?” All three of us raise our fingers to our lips to hush an excited Annabeth, running alongside Max as they job over to us. Luci points stiffly to the door behind us, hoping that they’ll get the message. Thankfully, they do, taking a seat down beside us, quiet as mice.

“Richard...they’re gone.” One of the men realises.

“What? They can’t be! Are you sure? Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place?”

“No, I’m sure of it, someone must have taken them.”

“Maybe they’re still around? Check the perimeter! We’re really in for it if we can’t find those blueprints…”

My heart skips a beat as I hear the door struggling to open behind me, I feel Annabeth grab me, lunging me behind a nearby bin, and as I was still holding onto Daniel, he is thrusted in too. Luci and Max look at each other, trying to figure out what to do next. Luci’s expression changes from shocked and afraid, to confident and determined. She chucks the blueprints to Daniel, and pushes Max against the wall.

“Wha-?”

“Public displays of affection make people uncomfortable.” Luci states, and, simultaneously to the door opening and a man stepping outside, she leans in and kisses him. The man looks to his right and jumps a bit when he sees what is going on, so much so that I have to cover my mouth to stop myself from laughing.

“Oh, erm...uh- excuse me ma’am, have you seen anyone come out here holding anything suspicious?” Luci breaks from the kiss, painting an annoyed expression on her face.

“No, we just got here- now if you excuse us…” She leans in for another kiss, and the man quickly retreats back inside. Once he’s safely gone and out of earshot, we all get out from behind the bin and sigh in relief. Luci makes a move to walk over to us three, but Max grabs her arm and pulls her close, kissing her cheek softly.

“It’s about damn time I had that kiss.” He smiles, embracing her in a hug. A part of me wants to run over there and tell them how long I’ve been waiting for them to finally get together, but even I know that would ruin their moment. So instead, I just stand still and grin, resting my head on Daniel’s shoulder.

All five of us turn around and begin to walk out into the street, ready to get back to the hotel, call Grace, and save the resistance once and for all.

“What do you think is going to happen next?” I whisper to Daniel.

“We’ll call Grace and she’ll cancel code twelve, simple.” He shrugs, but that’s not what I meant.

“No- I mean after that, what will happen next to us? Where will we go? The north? The south?” Where do I belong?

“I told you already before the mission- we’ll find someplace quiet, away from all of this. Just you and me, together.” Daniel reminds me. I look up into his blue eyes, feeling my heart ache with desire.

“You really meant that?” I check, “At the time I wasn’t sure if that was just you trying to motivate me or not-”

“Of course I meant it,” Daniel interrupts me, “and I still do.” I look right into his eyes, and I know that he is telling the truth. He actually wants us to run away together, away from all of this. I wrap my arms around him (yet again), inhaling his scent as my head rests on his chest. I belonged everywhere, and so I belonged nowhere...but now I see it, now I know- I belong with Daniel. Where ever he is, that is where I belong, and I won’t let anybody tell me otherwise ever again.

“Darn it, my gun!” Luci cries out from behind us, forcing Max’s hand off her shoulder as she searches through her stuff looking for it, ruining my moment with Daniel.

“What’s wrong?” Annabeth asks, walking over to her.

“I must have left my gun outside the basement.” Luci grumbles, shoving her backpack to the ground in frustration.

“Does it really matter that much? I’m sure the resistance will give you a new one.” Max tries to comfort her, picking up the backpack and slinging it over his shoulder.

It has my fingerprints all over it.” Luci spells it out for us, “If Xander finds out it was us who stole the blueprints, and they’re not just lost somewhere, then he’ll close down the tunnels and we won’t have a new base. I need to get that gun.” We all stand in silence for a moment, unsure of how to react. Luci’s right of course, we need the gun, otherwise we might as well not even have the blueprints- we’ll have failed, and after we came so close…

“Right then, I guess we’re all going back in there.” Max stands tall, remaining optimistic.

“We can’t all go back in, that would be far too risky.” Annabeth shakes her head.

“Well I’m going.” Max remains firm. I look up at Daniel, is it worth risking that life with him for? Can I really be that selfless?

“I’m coming too.” I sigh.

“Well if you’re going, then so am I.” Daniel decides.

“Four is still too many…” Annabeth trails off.

“Exactly.” Luci snaps, agreeing with Annabeth and getting all of our attention, “It was my mistake, and I have to fix it...alone.

“What? No...no never, I won’t let y-”

“Max it’s too risky for you to come too.” Luci cuts him off, placing her hand on the left side of his chest, “I’ll be careful I promise, but if anything happened to you because of me I’d-well I’d...you just can’t come, okay? I’ll be fine though. You all head back to the hotel, and I’ll see you there in an hour. Simple.”

Then she drops her hand and walks away, somehow managing to resist the urge to look over her shoulder before she ventures back inside, leaving the four of us to go back to the hotel and wait anxiously for her return. It’s odd, when I first met Luci I thought she was a bit of a snarky brat, but since then I’ve seen her vulnerable, and she’s almost like a sister to me...if something happens to here in there, then I probably wouldn’t run away with Daniel, I’d march right back up to my father and make him pay.

Just probably…

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