I was leaning on a wall, patching my leg up and calming down after what happened. I looked shaken, not being used to that feeling of blood lust. Fisher walked up and helped me wrap my leg up. "You alright?" He asked. "You looked like a different man out there."
I nod slowly. "I'll be fine. Something just snapped in me. It felt like I could hunt anything down. It brought me joy to end these men's lives, Fisher. That wasn't me."
He sighed as he finished up my bandages. "Sounds like this war is affecting you more than you realize. You have to chill, Dopeman."
"I can't. I won't let Kyle down. I can't let you or Sera down. We have to end this war quickly."
"You know that's not gonna happen. They've been at it for quite a while. Who knows when the war is gonna stop?"
I stand, testing my leg. I can walk a little better now. "Maybe. I'll need to help get info from that guy. Thanks, Fisher."
Fisher smiles and taps my shoulder. "No problem, handsome. Stay safe."
I walk in the room to see the scientist bloody, panting. Kyle punches him with his human hand.
The scientist spits out blood. "Amerikanischer Hund!"
I walk up next to Kyle. He sighs. "He's not talking. He's been speaking in nothing but German for the past twenty minutes."
I look at him and shake my head. "Can he even speak English?"
"Yeah. He's just being difficult, is that right, Becker?"
Becker laughs, then suddenly snaps his attention to me. "Dopeman?"
I scoff. Guess I've finally shed that old nickname. "Yeah, why? You're gonna finally speak my language?"
He frowns. "You've been the topic all the NRF conversations after the Last Chance fight."
"You say this like you aren't a part of that group."
Becker shakes his head, looking at me with his eye that wasn't beaten shut. "No. They just enlisted my services."
"And what are these services?" I ask.
"I'll say... If that dog promises me freedom from whatever crimes their little group has me on."
I turn to Kyle. He rolls his eyes and nods, agreeing. "Deal. Now tell us what you know."
"I assume you speak of the Angel Waste. Angel Waste was a German creation. We had planned to drop it on the American populace. I was one of the lead scientists on the project." Becker smiled like he was proud of his actions. "The material is so unstable, so dynamic. It's almost like it's supernatural! It's just science!"
"Whatever. What do you mean by dynamic? You can't get rid of it?"
"Not at all. It was made to assimilate with any and everything designed to destroy it. If you tried to burn it, the waste forms into the fire. And when you fools tried to blow it up it transformed into the bomb!"
I scratch my chin, taking in the information. "And then it mixed into the sky because the rain and lighting were attempting to get rid of it."
"Correct! Such a perfect design!" He starts laughing like a mad man. Kyle gets upset and punches him with his metal arm, knocking Becker out. "He was annoying me."
"So what now?" I ask.
"I had orders before we head back to Nevada, but I'll let you rest, you need it."
I agree. I'm exhausted. "Thanks, Tann. I'll see you later."
I decide to walk out of the factory and sit next to a wall on the far side of the entrance. I closed my eyes, hearing the lighting strike the ground, but I was unfazed. I was too tired to care about anything. I don't know how much more my body can take. I feel the pain, the discomfort. I just had to keep it pushing. For my team. Sera finds me in my moment. She sits next to me silently. I lie my head on her shoulder. I didn't even say anything and she could tell I was in pain. "No matter what, Dopeman. I will take of you."
It was there I saw Dani again. She looked at me and tilted her head.
"Why are you looking at me?" She said
"Dani..." I started to feel the tears in my eyes. I shook my head.
"I need you to let me go. Say it to her. I know you want to say it."
I opened my eyes to look at Sera. "I like you, Sera."
She smiles and kissed me. "I like you too, Dopeman."
We then took a nap, in harmony.
That is until I hear a massive explosion, Snapping me awake. I was still confused, we slept so hard we ignored the strong winds and the sudden thunder. I helped Sera up and ran to see NRF rushing up, shooting everyone. I wanted to find Fisher and Kyle, but Sera was too exposed. A guy had his gun trained at her, going to fire. I quickly ran to take the bullet in the upper chest, thankfully missing vital organs. I pulled out my SMG and killed him. All I could hear is the thunder and wind, I was too shocked to hear Sera screaming my name as she dragged me to safety. Through sheer will, I picked myself up and grit my teeth. Sera looked shocked. "Dopeman!"
"Let's-Gah! Let's go!" I lean on Sera's arm and walk over to the exit of the factory, avoiding the losing battle. By the time we headed outside, the sandstorm started. The storm was bad, I could hardly see in front of me. We barely see the surviving group, grouping up to retreat. As we reached it, the NRF notice, having them shoot at us. At the same time, lighting struck the middle of the group, causing us to go flying due to the blast. I was tumbling down a hill, hitting my head, knocking me out when I was done.