...so, I'm just gonna go ahead and post the story. It's not finished by any means, so it will be updated regularly. The songs are meant to be listened to after each section. Enjoy for now.
I walk across the room, my bare feet touching the cold floor with every step. I stare out the window, wondering what to do next.
"What's wrong?", asks Brandi from the bed.
"Just got a message from Krinq, we're apparently back in business..."
"What?! NO?! I thought we put a stop to this years ago?!"
"He says we're still in his favor, and if we don't do what he says, we could lose everything!"
"I'm not doing this, we've been through enough! Tell him we're done!"
"I wish I could Brandi! Do you want to lose everything!?"
"At least we'll have each other! You know how close you came to death last time! Twice! "
I turn my head, and stare back out the window. Little did she know, I'd been going on missions for months. Apparently she had no clue, or else this outburst would not have been so defensive. I did not want to be having this argument at 3 in the morning, but the briefing is Saturday, and she is necessary for the mission. If I had not gotten her to go, I would have had my head pounded into the ground by those guards. *shudder* Their images still haunt me. I've stood up to a lot of 'villains' in the past, but those guards were inhuman. Something about them is just not right.
"We need the money..."
"You heard me, we need that money!"
"How much?" She seemed skeptical.
"Forty grand. Each."
She turned away and pondered on the situation for several minutes before answering. She had to do it, if she didn't, I was dead. I didn't tell her cause I didn't want to force her to do it.
"Just this once, right?"
"Positive." No, I wasn't.
"When's the briefing?"
"Saturday, eight o'clock."
She rolled over, and let out a grunt. I felt a heavy weight being lifted off my chest. I stood at the window and watched her sleep for the rest of the night, thinking of what the briefing would tell.... Escape The Fate ::: The Guillotine (Lyrics) - YouTube
The air is cold as I shift the gears, driving through the desert on this January morning. I look over at Brandi, she's sleeping. I look at the clock and see the numbers. 4:57 AM
"Brandi, wake up. We're almost there."
She jolts, reaching for the knife at her side.
"Woah! Watch it!"
"Sorry, just another.....another dream."
"It'll be fine, don't worry."
"I don't know if I can do this again, I really don't."
"You just need to calm down..."
"Why are you taking this so lightly? You seem like everything's gonna be fine. You were the one that wanted to stop working for him. And years later, the second we get a call, you're not angry, or even scared? What's wrong with you?!"
I glance over at her, my eyes meet hers. I can tell she's putting the pieces together. She turns away from me in disgust.
"You son of a bitch..."
"I had too!"
She looks back at me, tears swell up in her eyes.
"Look, I'm fine now aren't I-"
"That's not the point!"
Anger built up inside me. Not towards her, but towards Krinq. Fat motherfucker...
I spot the sign, 'do not cross, dangers await.' I always thought it was cheesy as hell, but I know any normal family on vacation would turn around immediately at the sight of it. The sensors pop up out of the sand and scan the car. Krinq's voice comes on.
"Aaah, so good to see you again, Ziik. And good to see you Brandi."
He had that tone in his voice, the one we had both learned to hate. Brandi cast a glance at me, with a look of sickness on her face. I turned to talk, but she beat me too it.
"Just let us in, I wanna get this over with as soon as possible."
I looked over at her, thinking she'd be dead the second she got done speaking.
He had a sound of annoyance in his voice, like he wanted to kill us both. He couldn't, he needed us now more than ever, and he couldn't waste us over a smartass remark. I didn't look down on Brandi for being so hateful towards him. He pushed us pretty damn far before we'd said enough last time. If he does it again, he's gonna have to watch his ass...
The ground in front of us opens, a blue glow emits from the hole. The platform comes into view, and I pull up. Another scan of the under side of the car, then it begins to lower. I turn and see Brandi twirling her knife in her fingers, her eyes as red as ever. A sure sign of anger that I hadn't seen from her in years.... Within Temptation - Murder - YouTube
The guards led us to the doors of Krinq's office. The smell of cigars hit me in the face the second the door opened. It took all I had not to run in and stab that fat fuck in the face. I just looked over at Ziik, he glances at me and whispers.
"Trust me, it's fine."
I didn't believe him. This mission was just an attempt to wipe both of us out. I don't know how Ziik didn't see it. As we walked forward, the memories came rushing back...
"How're we doin, huh!? It's so good to see you two together again. I just knew you'd be up for another job after all these years."
He had a cheerful tone in his voice. It almost sounded genuine. But I knew he was faking.
Ziik stepped forward and shook his hand.
"We're doin alright."
He smiled, that same smile he uses every time we greet Krinq after a long mission.
"That's wonderful, and how about you Brandi? I understand you've been on break for quit some time?"
"Yes, yes I have..."
He stands in silence, dumbfounded.
"Well, alright then... Take a seat, please."
"How about some refreshments?"
I didn't want anything from this fucker.
I look over at Ziik in shock. He looks back and rubs his neck. I knew what it meant, I just didn't want to confide. Krinq looks at us for a second before turning around and leaning towards on of the guards.
"Go fetch us some drinks, will ya?"
The guard glances at us, his eyes glowing from his hood, before stalking off.
"Again, it's really great to have you two comin in together. Ya see, these kids today, they just don't know how to get work done properly. This is a very serious job that I needed done by professionals, if ya know what I mean?"
Ziik sort of half chuckles. I continue to sit, staring coldly into Krinq's eyes until I notice the stitches on his neck. Curiosity got the best of me, and I asked...
"What happened to your neck?"
I put a little hint of fake concern in there. He looks at me with a shocked look on his face.
"Just a childhood accident. Nothin much."
"Hhhhm, I never noticed it until now..."
"Yeah, god damn bikes and all- Oh, there you are!"
The guard was back. He set down a tray with three cups and a pitcher full of red liquid. He always offered us drinks, but they were always blue. I can see many changes have taken place here since we were doing business. Krinq leans forward and pours a fair amount into each cup. He takes one, gestures us to take one, and gulps his down.
"Aaah, good stuff."
We lean forward at the same time and reach for the same glass. We look into each others eyes, the experience taking us back. Krinq notices.
"Look at you two, just like the good ol' days..."
Ziik grabs the other glass, and leans back. I do the same. We take a sip and put the glasses back down. Krinq grabs a remote and clicks a button. A screen drops down behind him, showing a a holographic map of Japan.
"Now, down to business."
He zooms in, showing a familiar city. Zooming in further, he comes to a very familiar building. No. I recognized that building and I'll be damned if I'm going back. The one mission we never completed. Our screams of pain still resonate in my brain. I shut my eyes and turn away. The horrible visions pour in.
I lay on the ground, unable to move from exhaustion. The rain pounds on my back, each drop feeling like a bullet. I see my own blood flowing in front of me. I am barely able to pick up my head to see Ziik laying in front of me, unconscious. I hear a whooping sound, like that of a helicopter. My vision fades in and out. I hear foot steps running towards us.....
I wake up, and realize where I am. Panting uncontrollably, I grab my drink and gulp it down. Krinq shows leans forward.
"What's wrong? Do you need something?"
I stand up, knocking over the chair, and storm off out of the room.... Dead By April - Lost - YouTube