« Okay! Game time boys! »
Captain Kirk decided to give us one last speech before our arrival in Iraq. He tried his best to boost our morale to get us ready to capture the fields from the Chinese Army already posted there.
I was waiting by the door, already armed alongside Marco.
Suddenly, Zayne came behind us two to give us one last hug before our fight.
« Guys, whatever you do, don’t die »
I could feel his heart beating fast agaisn’t my shoulder blades and the sound of his teeth grinning
A few moments later, we arrived at the coast and we’re thrown right into the war
I could see thousands of Chinese soldiers already firing at us
« Shields! » Captain Kirk screamed at the top of his lungs
In a matter of seconds, you could see limbs and heads flying even though most of the soldiers we’re already taking shelter under their shields.
That was it. I was at war.
Screams, cries, prayers, soldiers asking for help, gunshots and grenades resonating on top of all this noise.
That was hell.
« Fight soldiers! »
« I need more men on the right! »
« Fire! »
« I need some backup! »
Zayne woke me up from my mental breakdown by touching my shoulder while i was laid back on my shield.
« We need to go! Let’s help on the right! »
I accompanied him and a couple other soldiers including Marco and Arthur closely following me.
We entered an abandonned building searching for a spot to start an assault but it was empty
Walking carefully, our unit was searching dor ennemies.
A scream froze our blood in an instant
Shots came from every angles and i could see everybody around me get harmed by Chinese fire.
We tried to return fire back but there was way too many soldiers around us.
We we’re trapped.
Searching for someone to shoot, i fell into a strong eye contact with a enemy posted behind me.
He was already aiming at me.
I didn’t have time to move.
I was gonna die.
Then, Zayne pushed me away and took a bullet to his leg in consequence. He managed to kill the enemy soldier right after.
I was too in shock to say a word.
Zayne then proceeded to take cover behind a wall and bandage his leg that had been shot
While doing so, his walkie-talkie started playing someone’s voice
« We need backup on the second floor! I report alot of casualties and injuries! »
Zayne got up on his injured leg and ran upstairs to assist.
I then tried to follow him but he stopped me.
« It’s safer if you stay here » he said.
I did as he said and stayed back, helpless and crying with my head between my hands because of the overwhelming situation.
Then i heard a noise.
« Don’t come guys, retreat, we’re done here, we won’t survive thi-»
A sound of vomit interrupted the soldier’s speech.
It was Marco.
I immediately gripped my assault rifle and followed upstairs.
All i could see was.
A sea of blood, with my partners swimming in it.
I tried to search for Marco’s body but tripped on something.
When i turned my head to see what it was.
I was witness of the most horrible thing i could see.
Zayne’s severed head.
I froze infront of this sight and threw up all i could before crawling on the red floor to search for Marco, moving multiple soldiers body just to find it lying there almost lifeless
« Marco! » i said, while gripping his body.
« Caleb...that’s you? »
I couldn’t bring myself to identify.
I could only gobble up tears and try to stop his bleeding.
I could still save him.
I was about to save him.
Then i will save Zayne as well and we’ll go live somewhere far away from civilisation and war and find women, have children and maybe make a little business together.
Yes, that’s the plan.
« Stop it, I’m already good as dead. » he said while giggling
« I just want to know, is Caleb safe? »
« Yes he is. » i replied
« Hahaha...that bastard...what luck...i’m so glad he didn’t have to see me in this state »
He coughed blood again.
« I don’t have much time left...just do me a favor...please tell Caleb that i died like a hero »
« I will. » i replied while at my limit.
Then, he smiled and released all his muscles before losing all life he had.
Then, i stood up and walked calmly and exited the building to join the base posted at the coast.