Hey, howdy, hey! I'm sorry! I couldn't wait any longer for this new story!!! AHHHH! LOL. It's a new Alex Rider story! Yeah! If you haven't read OPERATION: BIG BANG, you may not understand this…so read that one first, please!! Okay so here's chapter one!!!!

Disclaimer: I do NOT own Alex Rider or any of Anthony Horowitz's stuff. I do, however, own Cat, Heather, and Ivan. Some of the "henchmen" in this story I own, but some of the bad guys are still Horowitz's!! Thanks!

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Alex bounced impatiently on the couch, his hair bouncing along with him as well. Today was the day! Today was the day he was to go to America to visit his new girlfriend, Cat…and he was so excited. A little too excited for Jack's taste.

"Jack, come on!" Alex yelled impatiently up the stairs. "We're going to miss our flight!"

"I'm coming! I'm coming!" she yelled back down. A crash came from upstairs and had Alex rushing upstairs to see what the problem was. Jack sat on the floor, her suitcase on top of her. Alex couldn't help but laugh at the poor American girl. He extended a strong hand and lifted her up off the ground.

"Jack, you know you can't bring that heavy of a suitcase, don't you?" he giggled.

"It's not that heavy." she defended. "I just tripped over myself." she finished, blushing. Alex stifled a snicker.

"Shut-up." Jack glared at him. She stared up at him wickedly. Alex looked at her in confusion. "Or I just might cancel the trip." she threatened.

"You wouldn't dare!" he laughed.

"Or would I?" she said trying to keep the smirk off her face.

"You need help?"

"Sure."

Alex rolled his eyes and picked up the suitcase off the ground. Alex dashed down the stairs and grabbed his own bags before sprinting out the door. Jack blinked in amazement. That kid was fast. Probably all the training.

Jack sighed at that thought. She really hated that Alex had gotten mixed up in that world. She really did feel bad for him. He would never be able to live a normal life and she knew it. The innocent little boy she had known for years was gone and replaced with a hardened agent. Every time she looked into his eyes, she saw a seriousness in his eyes that no sixteen year old should have. She sighed once more and stepped out the door.

"Jack, come on!" Alex beckoned. He was already in the car and strapped in. Jack rolled her eyes. She slipped into the car and put her own seat belt on.

"Ooops." she smiled. Alex looked at her suspiciously. "I left the keys in the house."

"Jack!" Alex whined.

"I'm just kidding!" she giggled as she took the keys out her pocket. Alex glared at her and lightly poked her ribs. Jack laughed and started the ignition. They were on their way.

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A figure sat in front of a large computer displaying several screens. All the screens were focused on his work and the training sessions going on, except for one screen. That camera was somewhere else entirely, and that's where the figure had directed all his attention.

A young teenaged boy was on the middle screen. The figure's agent had been sent to the house to keep an eye on the boy. A smile came to the man's face as he saw how happy the boy was. Something very exciting must be happening today. The figure leaned forward and zoomed in on the teenager.

He almost laughed at how innocent the child looked on the hidden camera, but he knew different. The figure leaned forward and grabbed a cell phone from his desk. Without taking his eyes off the figure, he dialed in a memorized number. The phone rang once before being answered.

"Watch Dog hear." came the gruff voice.

"Ah, yes, what have you found out about the boy?" came the thickly accented voice.

"He's going somewhere today. Tennessee in the US, I believe."

The gave a grunt and nodded. "Very well, follow them there, and don't let that boy out of your sights."

"Yes, sir."

The figure clicked the phone shut and motioned for the guard behind him. The man obediently came.

"Ready for a trip?"

"A trip?" said the man. "I guess so. Why?"

The figure looked at the screen and smiled. The man nodded in understanding.

"That's why. Where are we going, sir?"

The man looked up from his chair and smiled.

"Tennessee."

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Alex sighed as the plane glided along the air. He hated being in the air, but he guessed it was alright seeing as he was soon to be with Cat again. He smiled at the thought. She was always on his mind now. Always.

"Alex?" Jack asked. "Why are you smiling?"

Jack almost laughed as Alex put down the spy novel. How ironic was that? Alex stared up at her.

"Just thinking about something."

"Cat?"

Alex laughed. "That obvious?"

"You always seem different when she's mentioned or around." she stated.

"How so?" he asked, mildly curious.

"I dunno. More--" she paused and tried to think of a good word. She shrugged her shoulders. "You seem more innocent around her. Like you used to be before all that stuff happened."

Alex glanced at her curiously and nodded in agreement.

"I guess so." he smiled as he nestled back into his seat and began reading again. Jack smiled at the young boy and picked up her own book. This was going to be a good trip.

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Cat waited impatiently at the gate. Alex should be here by now! She sat back down and smoothed out her sun dress. She had worn it just for Alex. He had liked it when she had worn it in a picture she had sent him.

"You nervous?" Heather asked. Cat jumped and turned around to see her caretaker smiling at her.

"A little." she squeaked. Heather giggled.

"You crack me up when it comes to that boy."

"I know. I just really like him."

"And I'm sure he feels the same for you."

Cat turned to face her caretaker and say something else, but her eyes were covered. She brought her hands up and grasped the ones over her eyes. She ripped them off and turned to face Alex. She gave a small yelp and threw her arms around him.

"Hullo, Cat. How are you?"

"Better now that you're here." she giggled. She released his neck and kissed his lips. She laughed as his cheeks turned crimson.

"Well, that was a surprise." he smiled. Cat ran over to Jack and gave her a big hug.

"Thanks for bringing him!" she smiled.

"No problem. He needed a break anyway."

Cat smiled and returned back to Alex. He took hold of her hand and surveyed the airport. He'd never been to Tennessee before, and he was anxious to see it.

"I like that dress." he commented as they began to walk out of the airport.

"Glad you do. So do I." she joked. Alex stepped forwards and opened the door for the three ladies. When he walked outside he smiled. It was a beautiful day outside. He looked over at Cat who was smiling. She took his hand again and lead him to the car.

"Welcome to Tennessee, Alex."

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Two men walked out of the airport a few seconds after Alex. One of them surveyed the boy while another man pulled out a black cell from his pocket. He dialed in a number and let it ring. After a few seconds, someone picked up.

"Yes?" came the accented voice of their boss. The agent swallowed is nervousness down.

"We have the boy in our sights. What do we do now?" he asked.

"Wait for me. Do not move in. I repeat, 'Do not move in.'"

"Yes, sir."

"All I want you to do is follow him. I will be arriving in a few hours anyway."

Chills ran down the agents spine.

"You're coming here? I thought you didn't handle busin-" he was cut off by a sharp hand on the back of his head. The other agent glared at him.

"Er-sorry, sir."

The man on the other end laughed. "I understand." He became serious again. "I want to handle this one myself. Understand?"

"Yes, sir."

The line went dead. The younger agent closed the phone and gulped. If their boss was on his way here, he would hate to be in that kid's shoes…

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Creepy, creepy. Who's keeping tabs on Alex?? Well, okay, before you guys say anything, this isn't the exciting chapter yet. It's going to get there pretty soon, but I had to set it up first! Thanks for reading, and please review!