Chapter Twenty

I smiled slightly as I gazed out the window at the city beyond. The tall skyscrapers rose up, spearing towards the bright blue sky. I sighed, gathering my thoughts. I heard Sark chuckle behind me as he walked over. "They're on their way up." He told me.

He slid his arms around me and kissed the top of my head. "You'll be fine, Syd." He reassured me. "And I'll be right here with you."

I nodded and sighed, reluctantly moving out of his arms. "Thanks, Julian." I said. "It seems kind of silly for me to be nervous. But I am."

"You'll be fine." He repeated.

"Ma'am, your guests have arrived." Came a voice over my intercom.

I walked over to the head of the large table that took up the centre of the room, before sitting down in the chair at its head. I smoothed down the skirt of my black business suit the calm the end of my nerves, as Sark sat down beside me on my right. I pressed the button on the intercom. "Send them in." I said.

As I watched, five people entered the room and took seats around the table. My new task force: Will, Charlie, Dad, Marshall and Carrie. "Thank you all for coming." I said. "I assume you all know why you're here?"

"Yes." Will smiled. "Ma'am."

"Then you understand we are a covert branch of the CIA, with limited contact because of that. Our job is to take down new threats to national security from both the inside and the outside." I said. "And that Sark is to be considered as much of a leader as me."

Everyone around the table nodded, and Sark looked amused.

"Good." I smiled, flicking a button to display a picture on the projector screen behind me. "Our new enemy calls themselves the Circle. They are taking advantage of the recent gaps made by the destruction of the Covenant to solidify their standing. It's our job to stop them."

"Behind you is a picture of the brains behind the Circle. Marcus Bryant." I continued. "Along with help of four other trusted operatives, he runs the whole organisation. He is our target. Any questions?"

"When do we start?" Charlie asked.

"Right now." I said. "Let's get to work."

Author's Note: There, it's finished. What did you think? I'd love to hear from you! And thanks to all my loyal readers. You guys rock! I hope you like how it ended.