Chapter 6:

With eyes closed

BRO: Battle Royale Online

That’s bad! We have to leave and quickly! We may have recovered, but we are clearly at a disadvantage in this position! The banks offer no protection and our only shelter, the underground, can quickly turn into a death trap if we are forced to take refuge there! Think!Bookmark here

Scanning the map for potential shelter, I noticed two red dots. Two more red dots. Enemies! They must have been only a few meters from our position and seemed to be heading straight for us. No doubt they had seen us.Bookmark here

Soon, their voices rang out, "Cuckoo!"Bookmark here

"Come out of hiding! We promise you that your death will be quick!"Bookmark here

The worst had just happened: we were trapped. We could either try to go deeper into the underground and risk never coming out, or we could force our way out and fight in this disadvantageous position. In either case, our chances of survival were slim.Bookmark here

Pressing myself against the curved wall, I pulled the girl closer to me.Bookmark here

"Tell me, do you feel like shooting?"Bookmark here

She shook her head.Bookmark here

Ahh, I'm really dragging a burden! That's why I didn't want us to be spotted by the radar, as it is I can't fight to the fullest if I have to protect her!Bookmark here

Above our heads, a thud sounded, the echo of which was lost in the tunnel. After this heavy impact, lighter tinkling sounds followed. Footsteps. One of them had surely climbed up the metal shaft. As for the other one, he could not be found.Bookmark here

Suddenly, a face appeared.Bookmark here

"Hey! So you were there!"Bookmark here

Damn, they have been fast.Bookmark here

With the point of his weapon, a light machine gun, he waved us out. Bookmark here

"Be nice and come out of hiding."Bookmark here

He wasn't shooting. Not yet. I had never understood what kind of twisted pleasure these people took in playing with their victims before shooting them. From my point of view, it was an unnecessary risk, as I always neutralized my target without waiting. But judging by his toothy grin, the man facing us was enjoying the situation.Bookmark here

"Hurry up!" he suddenly barked.Bookmark here

The girl flinched, pretending to get up. I grabbed her bandaged hand and ordered her not to move. She turned around abruptly, looking discomfited. Her lips seemed to be trying to whisper something.Bookmark here

In the darkness of the tunnel, the man must not have been able to see us clearly. So we had a little room to maneuver. But any reckless action could mean the end of the game.Bookmark here

Not here. I won't lose here! Not so soon!Bookmark here

Above our heads, the metallic tinkling stopped a few centimeters from the ledge. Our opponents were in place, it was our turn to move.Bookmark here

The man with the machine gun came closer. With his gun drawn, he was about to enter the tunnel.Bookmark here

"No tricks! If I see any movement, I shoot! Do we have a deal?"Bookmark here

As the man lifted his foot, ready to step over the metal ledge, I exclaimed, "Wait! You've won, we surrender!"Bookmark here

The man froze. His smile widened.Bookmark here

"Good. First, you're going to throw your weapons at my feet. And then you're going to walk out of here slowly."Bookmark here

Carefully, I stood up, ready to comply. Rin watched me do so, speechless. I threw down the assault rifle I had obtained the day before, followed by my favorite handgun.Bookmark here

Picking up the rifle, the man exclaimed, "Wow, that's dangerous!"Bookmark here

Grabbing the weapon with both hands, he placed it horizontally in front of him. After a deep breath, he gave it a violent knee blow. The weapon bent in two with a terrible creaking sound.Bookmark here

After such a feat, the man had to be specialized in strength. Hand-to-hand combat was going to be difficult.Bookmark here

With an air of satisfaction, he looked at his work, certain that he had impressed anyone who had seen him. With a sweeping gesture, he prepared to throw the gun as far as he could, once again displaying his strength.Bookmark here

I chose this moment of imbalance to act. Brutally, I pushed the girl onto the armed man. Surprised, she let out a small high-pitched scream before collapsing on my target. The man lost his already precarious balance and dropped his weapon to catch the falling mass. At the same time, I leaped out of my hiding place.Bookmark here

I threw myself with my back to the ground, sliding down the concrete, one arm raised to the sky. On the roof of the shaft, the second man was confused when suddenly he found himself facing a shadow sliding across the floor, a silver glint between its fingers. A sharp pain suddenly ripped through his chest. Lowering his eyes, he discovered the handle of a knife firmly embedded in his chest. Without a sound, he collapsed.Bookmark here

In front of the tunnel, the other man was still struggling. Quickly, I got up. With one arm, I retrieved my diversion, while with the other I pushed the staggering man to the ground. On both sides, faces showed only surprise and panic, still trying to assimilate what had just happened in the last few seconds. Without giving them time, I drew my teammate's pistol, still strapped to her belt, and shot the man on the ground.Bookmark here

That's it! That's how you make a kill. Not by taking your time like some kind of disturbed sadist.Bookmark here

Two beeps sounded in the dim morning light.Bookmark here

The girl's eyes were still glazing over, still not realizing what had just happened.Bookmark here

With a smirk I snapped her out of her slumber, "So is it still not 'master' enough for you?"Bookmark here

She didn't answer.Bookmark here

Obviously, she is too impressed to do so!Bookmark here

Not daring to disturb her too much, I gently put her pistol back in its holster. Bookmark here

Even though we were in a bad position at the beginning of the confrontation and I had been forced to improvise, in the end, I was rather happy with the result of the fight. My plan had gone smoothly and I had managed to take down both my opponents in a rather classy manner. In the end, I was much more satisfied with this fight than the previous one.Bookmark here

Pulling myself out of my thoughts, I turned my attention back to my victims. I approached the light machine gun with which we had been held at gunpoint a short time ago and then grabbed it limply.Bookmark here

Huh! You talk about a machine gun, this weapon is not worth a dime! To shoot with this gun is to take the risk that it explodes in your face at any moment!Bookmark here

Disappointed, I put it back on the ground. With a look of regret in my eyes, I looked around for the beautiful rapid-fire rifle that I had not even had a chance to use. It was lying at the foot of the body, the barrel twisted at an angle clearly unnatural for a weapon of that caliber.Bookmark here

Farewell, beautiful unknown rifle...Bookmark here

Well, I still had one more corpse to examine, hopefully, it had a good weapon. Going around the tunnel, I approached the second skull icon.Bookmark here

Bingo! A sniper rifle!Bookmark here

The weapon, black from end to end, seemed to be in perfect condition. I took hold of it carefully. It was heavy. Pleasantly heavy.Bookmark here

The magazine was full and the scope was not even scratched. I had found a gem! It wasn't an epic weapon, but this high-class sniper rifle could be a great asset. Satisfied with my find, I returned to my partner.Bookmark here

I found her sitting against the edge of the duct, her pistol in her hands.Bookmark here

"So, how are you? What did you think of my plan?"Bookmark here

For the second time in two days, she held me at gunpoint.Bookmark here

Oh no, not again!Bookmark here

"Never. Again."Bookmark here

That was also the second time...Bookmark here

"Okay, I apologize. Maybe I shouldn't have used you as a distraction and a meat shield."Bookmark here

"'Maybe'? Are you kidding me?"Bookmark here

"If you won't make any effort to help me but still insist on accompanying me, I'll find a way to make you useful. Whether you like it or not."Bookmark here

"You should reconsider your definition of the word 'team'. We had an agreement, I remind you! The least you can do is let me know what your plans are, don't you think?"Bookmark here

She had a point, I had agreed to make her my partner, now it would be time to treat her as such.Bookmark here

But first things first…Bookmark here

"Can you at least fire your gun?"Bookmark here

She hesitated for a few seconds, then nodded.Bookmark here

"Well, go ahead, I'm watching you! If you can shoot, I promise not to treat you like cannon fodder anymore, but like a real teammate, an equal."Bookmark here

Satisfied with the deal, she nodded again.Bookmark here

"I’m not even asking you to aim at a target, just to shoot. That will be enough. We'll just have to hope that in a real situation, your instincts will prevail."Bookmark here

A slight smile spread across her lips, she had regained confidence. Slowly, she held her hands out in front of her, the gun straight towards the opposite bank. With a still slightly shaky gesture, she cocked the bolt, then took a deep breath. She closed her eyes and exhaled slowly. Opening her eyes again, she took another deep breath.Bookmark here

As she was about to repeat this little trick, I stopped her, "Go ahead and shoot!"Bookmark here

Suddenly, the shot went off.Bookmark here

A cloud of dust rose to my feet.Bookmark here

She fired with her eyes closed! She almost shot me!Bookmark here

Not taking the recoil into account whatsoever, she now held the gun above her head. Her face tensed in a mixture of surprise and fear, her eyes completely closed. When she opened them again, she stared at the small cloud of dust billowing at my feet.Bookmark here

At first, her face dropped into an expression of pure astonishment, and then, seeing my livid face, she burst out laughing.Bookmark here

To use her favorite expression, I hit her with a, "Never. Again."Bookmark here

At these words, she laughed even more.Bookmark here

"You should see your face!"Bookmark here

Slowly, her euphoria overcame me. Soon we were two idiots laughing out loud, next to a foul-smelling stream, in the middle of a battlefield.Bookmark here

Once the fun was over, I sat down next to her, also leaning against the edge of the pipe. I took two vitamin bars from my pocket and handed her one. She gave a weak "Thank you" still interspersed with giggles, and then moved her uninjured hand closer. As she reached for the cereal bar, I pulled my hand back.Bookmark here

"You promise not to shoot me again?"Bookmark here

With a mischievous look on her face, she answered with a cheery "Yes". I wasn't convinced, but it will do for now.Bookmark here

"So I'm counting on you, partner."Bookmark here

With that, she smiled broadly. She quickly accepted the food I handed her, then gobbled it up in one bite.Bookmark here

She replied with a wink, "Of course! Partner."Bookmark here

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