A/N Yay, the next chappie up. So sorry about the wait, my muse went on a long undeserved vacation. You know what else happened my USB with all my fanfiction work has disappeared, so when I finally got inspiration I had to start again. You know what?! The worlds HATE this chapter! Not only did I find my USB, but as I was almost finished this chapter my computer spazzed out, and I had to start AGAIN!! ARGGGGGHHH! Relena moments in this chapter.
Disclaimer: Don't own anything belonging to Square-Soft/Enix. Nor am I making any money from this, if I did I'd be sued for all the pretty pennies I did get, plus more which I can't afford to lose, so there now you can't sue me... hopefully.
As Elena left the Shin-Ra building she wondered why Rufus had let her join his elite Turks. After all 'dangerous' as a job description was definitely an understatement.
The question of why Rufus allowed his precious little sister join the Turks had also entered Reno's mind. After all, Gun as well as many of remaining Turks had also died in the Sector Seven incident hours earlier. Reno cursed. Not only had the failed to capture the Cetra, but they had killed thousands of innocent people when they were forced to retreat due to the chocobo haired ex-soldier.
Flashback a few hours with Rufus
The President of the Electric Company massaged his temples. To say that the day had been a disaster would be an understatement. First of his Turks had been beaten by AVALANCHE. Secondly the number of his Turks had been reduced to three, Gun and the other Turks had been crushed by the Plate in Sector Seven, and third and finally thousands of people had died in the attempted capture of the Cetra Aerith. Rufus scowled, most of his Turks were now dead after facing AVALANCHE, and with Reno in the infirmary for such an extended amount of time, he would need to recruit a new Turk.
Sighing Rufus looked at his desk and immediately noticed a report from Tseng. Rufus smiled he could always rely on the leader of the Turks. What did surprise Rufus though was that Tseng had put a file for a new Turk Recruit on his desk.
Rufus was very surprised that Tseng could have found a possible new recruit so fast. 'I wonder how Tseng could have found a possible Turk so quickly, after all the fight with AVALANCHE happened less than eighteen hours ago. Tseng is quick and efficient at his job, but this is more than I could expect'. Rufus thought distractedly as he massaged his temples in hope of alleviating his headache.
Rufus looked at the file skipping over the name, as he there was a good chance that the recruit was not up to par with the high standards that all Turks needed. He looked at the results from the tests which all recruits took.
Weapons: Uses a number of fire arms and blades as well as other weapons, though favours pistols, knives and hand guns. Uses Materia well, particularly 'Cure' and 'Summons'.
Abilities: Fantastic hack. Recruit was able to access extremely sensitive information from Shi-Ra files, using a computer which was not connected to the net work. Good with disguises, has a vast knowledge of poisons and antidotes. The Recruit is very fit and has both stamina and endurance.
Weaknesses: Talks too much, and may leak information unintentionally.
Rufus was impressed, he once again wondered how Tseng was able to find such an impressive person so quickly; despite the Recruit's weakness, the file was impressive. Rufus sighed in annoyance, deciding that it would be best to sign his approval of the new recruit so he could leave after a very stressful day. Rufus signed where the file needed his approval, and gave the file to his secretary. The secretary made a copy for the President, before going to give the original file to the Turk Leader.
It wasn't until that Rufus was in his car, and more than halfway home that he realized that he didn't know the new recruits name, looked at the file and frowned. Rufus shook his head mentally. There was no way Tseng would even consider that. Curses filled the night when Rufus found a photo of the new recruit within the file had had been given a copy of, there bold as brass was a picture of his dear half sister.
The weeks flew by, and Rufus was still simmering. Elena was proving to be a very adept Turk. The young blonde made only a few beginners mistakes, which was mainly the leaking of information (which was even terribly important). Rufus was gritting his teeth at the lack of reason to fire her (therefore keeping her safe). Rufus regretted not reading the complete file, before signing it.
Reno had long since returned, and teased Elena mercilessly about her "screw ups" as he called them, much to Elena's annoyance. Elena did try hard to keep information to herself, but she just couldn't seem to keep her mouth shut especially around AVALANCHE. Surprisingly the she and Reno seemed to get closer.
After a particularly difficult mission, in which Elena managed to keep her mouth shut and didn't make any "screw ups" Reno announced that they should celebrate by going to one of the many local bars.
Tseng shook his head as Elena glared at her co-worker as he practically danced around the staff room. Rude said expressionlessly "Reno is always looking for reasons to drink". Elena rolled her eyes and nodded. "Fine, but I get to pick the bar. I pick the Moogle Tavern" she said.
"Whatever, yo. You commen' boss?" Reno asked Tseng, who shook his head. Reno shrugged, grabbed Elena's arm and practically dragged her from the building, while Rude followed behind at his own pace. "C'mon hurry up Rude" Reno said as he dragged poor Elena towards the nominated bar. Elena suddenly had a foreboding feeling.
Later that night
Elena sighed in frustration she had lost the coin toss with Rude so now she was left to drive a drunk Reno from the bar. Remembering the saying "that every cloud has a silver lining" Elena tried to find one. Suddenly her face lit up in a wicked smile.
Reno groaned as he woke from his alcohol induced sleep. "How's the hangover?" came a smug voice. Reno looked up, eyes still blurry from sleep to see a smirking Elena leaning against the opened door. "Whadda ya doin' in my house" Reno asked grumpily. Elena raised an eyebrow and queried "Your house?" her smirk widened. Reno successfully focused on his surroundings, and blanched. "Shit!" he swore. He wasn't at home. He was in his office.
"Why the hell did you bring me here?" Reno demanded. Elena gave him a sweet smile "The last time you got hung-over Tseng made me cover you by doing your paperwork, while you stayed at home. I can't have that happen again can I?" she asked sweetly, she continued before Reno could answer "So this time I made sure that you made it into work. You were even early for once" still smirking Elena turned around to leave.
As Elena left the doorway she called shoulder "Have fun". Reno moaned as he looked at his pile of paper work. It was well over a foot in height. Reno let his head fall onto his desk with a loud "thump" his life sucked. He had a mountain of paperwork, and a hangover. He really shouldn't have played all those games of Solitar yesterday.
As Tseng arrived at the Shin-Ra building, he was prepared to use everything in his power to get Elena to once again cover for Reno's drunk ass, and do his paperwork. What he wasn't prepared for was to see the alcohol induced unconscious Reno at his desk. Tseng sighed mentally he should have known something was up when he had seen an abnormally cheerful Elena getting coffee from the staffroom. As Tseng sat down at his desk, he had a feeling that today would be a REALLY long day. The fact that Reno was hung-over and was at work was the main cause of this feeling. Tseng could also feel an impending headache.
Reno scowled as he looked at what seemed to be an impossible amount of paper work. He would do anything to get out of doing that paper work today. He heard a knock as his door, looking up he saw Elena with a manila folder her hands. "It's your lucky day we've got a mission together" Elena said simply. "Where's Rude?" Reno asked Elena shrugged.
Reno was surprised he hadn't been on a mission alone with Elena before, sure he had been on mission with her as well as either Tseng or Rude, but that was different. Shrugging mentally Reno leapt from his seat, grabbing the folder from Elena as he exited the room, hangover forgotten. Elena rolled her eyes as she followed her co-worker.
The mission was simple. Collect 1,000,000 gil debt from a gambling tavern owner. Drop gil at headquarters, check out a rumoured anti-Shin-Ra hot house, call it a day. Simple.
The first part of the mission was completed without a hitch. After Reno and Elena persuaded (cough beat up cough) the gambling tavern owner's goons... bodyguards, the owner coughed up the money, realizing that it would be smarter, and less painful to simply pay the debt. After the Turks dropped of the money at the Shin-Ra building they headed towards the anti-Shin-Ra associated building.
The moment Reno entered the empty building he was suspicious, the machines in the building were collecting dust, and for a supposed working business it was very suspicious. It was hard to print business cards if the printers were collecting dust. Reno and Elena slipped into the building unnoticed.
The fact that the building was deserted on what should have been a normal working day was also not right. The building should have been bustling with activity, yet it was emptier than Reno's tie drawer. Navigating their way through the building Reno found a room which was disorganised compared to the rest of the building.
"Rookie, see if you can find anything on the computers" Reno said as he began going through the papers which were strewn across the desk. Elena nodded and started to work her magic with the computer. Frowning Reno realised he had found a copy of the tunnels which ran under the Shin-Ra building.
Making sure that everything was placed back in the exact same place he found them, Reno began to go through the drawers. A gasp immediately brought his attention to his co-worker; Reno quickly made his way over to Elena and looked over her shoulder at the computer screen.
Elena quickly hacked into the computer. A few minutes later she couldn't help but gasp aloud, on the screen were detailed plans on a planned kidnap attempt of Rufus Shinra. "Damn. They mean business" Reno said grimly. The attack was planned a few nights time. "Make copies" Reno said to Elena. "Already done Sir" Elena replied. Reno nodded his head "Let's get out of here Lena. Oh and it's 'Reno' not 'Sir' 'kay" he said.
His usual smirk back in place as they got into the car and headed back to report to Tseng, Reno said "Do ya reckon we'll get a pay rise?" Elena didn't even bother answering.
On the night of the attack
Elena waited nervously in anticipation. When they ad given the information to Tseng, the Turk Leader had immediately started planing on how to best defeat their enemies, while keeping as many alive as possible for interrogation. The plans had been sketch about numbers.
Tseng of course had upped the security and surveillance. In fact Rufus was helping out with the operation by relating information from the surveillance room. "Elena are you ready? The Intruders have entered the building" Rufus said in his cold calm voice. "Ready Sir" she replied, both of them had an unspoken agreement to treat each other as boss and employee when they were in the same building.
Nine cloaked figures crept into Shin-Ra head quarters, thinking that they were unnoticed.
"There are nine of them" Rufus said coolly to into his head set. Elena tensed as she readied for the fight. Elena assumed that they would have really good fighting skills if there were only nine of them. The object of this assignment was to neutralise, not kill the targets.
Elena tensed as she heard booted footsteps com closer to her. Jumping up on a nearby desk, Elena decided to use the element of surprise to her advantage. A pair black cloaked figure rushed into the room. Elena jumped onto them from behind, knocking them over. Still using the element of surprise Elena had rendered one unconscious before they realised what happened.
The second cloaked figure quickly recovered. The unknown person grabbed a summon materia "Baham-" the figure started to yell. Scared, Elena quickly drew her pistol. Before the summon was finished, Elena shot the person in the head. There was no way she could fight Bahamut (sp?) on her own. Dropping to her hands and knees, the young woman retched; this had been the first person she had killed. Tseng and Rufus had been determined to keep her from killing anyone as long as possible. She had secretly been glad; she didn't know how she could handle killing anyone.
Getting to her feet Elena saw yet another black cloaked figure had entered the room, freezing when they noticed the Turk. The figure immediately recovered and drew a western double bladed sword. Rushing at Elena, the figure made as if to stab the Turk, Elena dodged the strikes but had no time re-draw her gun. Seeing an opening Elena backhanded the cloaked person.
The said person landed in a crumpled heap on the floor. The sword flying through the air landed tip first in to the desk. The hood fell, to reveal long sapphire blue hair and grey eyes. "Krystal?" Elena asked stunned. The blue haired young woman said nothing.
Taking advantage of Elena's shock, Krystal pulled a dagger from her belt before throwing it at the stunned Turk. Elena wasn't quick enough to dodge the knife as it cut through the air and embedded itself in her right shoulder, forcing a cry of pain from her lips. Before Elena could recover Krystal had grabbed her by the throat and had thrown her against the wall, knocking her headset to the ground.
Dazed and bleeding heavily, Elena could only watch in morbid fascination as Krystal pulled the sword from the desk and approached her. Elena subtly reached for her gun, watching as the steel eyed woman raised the sword. Reacting on instinct Elena quickly pulled out her gun and shot her 'friend' below the right collar bone.
The woman's eyes widen in surprise and shock. "Elena how could you?" she asked sounding betrayed. Elena silently raised her gun again, before she could fire Krystal ran from the room. Moments later Elena heard running footsteps approaching, clutching her gun tighter Elena prepared herself to fire if needed.
The Turks, their leader, and Rufus had heard Elena's cry of pain though the headsets. Tseng froze before saying calmly into the mouthpiece "Elena are you okay?" "…" "Elena do you can you hear me?" "…" Tseng cursed, either Elena had suddenly taken a leaf out of Rude's book, or she was in trouble, Tseng would bet it was the latter.
Mentally thinking of where each Turk should be, Tseng frowned ever so slightly Reno should be the closest. Tseng hoped that Reno hadn't decided to go independent and remove his head set. "Reno" Tseng said coolly. "Yo" the reply came. "Go check on Elena I think she may be in trouble" Tseng ordered. "Fuck! Damn Rookie!" the senior Turk cursed. Tseng didn't bother replying.
Reno ran towards where Elena should have been he had heard her cry of pain. It was an unspoken rule; the Turks looked after each other, even if endangered each others lives the Turks stuck together. Running into the room, the first thing Reno saw was two of the people who had invaded the building. Reno was relieved to see that Elena was most definitely alive as she lowered the gun she had been aiming at him.
"Laney, you alright" Reno asked as he approached the newest addition to the Turks. Elena grimaced "I've been better, but I live" she replied. "C'mon, let's get you patched up" Reno said gruffly. Elena staggered to her feet and watched the room spin, she paled maybe she had lost more blood than she had thought.
Reno seemed to have the same though, as he picked her up, bridal style, being careful of the dagger which was till in her shoulder and carried her towards the infirmary. Elena blushed as he did picked her up.
"Why didn't you chase her?" Elena asked suddenly. "Huh?" said distracted. "I know you say her escaping, you came after just she ran" Elena pressed. Reno grunted, "I heard you get, hurt" he said. Elena frowned. Rolling his eyes, Reno grinned at her "Us Turks stick together" he said. Elena rolled her eyes but blushed again at the same time.
In the infirmary Reno watched as Elena got patched up from the earlier scuffle. "Elena?" Reno asked. The blonde looked at him questioningly. "You know how I said that the Turks stick together?" Elena nodded. "I promise I'll always protect you" Reno stated blushing softly as he kicked the ground.
Elena gave him a sad smile, "Don't make promises you can't keep. You can't always protect me. We won't always be on the same mission" she replied sadly, as she turned away from him.
Reno watched to his pretty co-worker walk away, he knew she was right. 'That maybe true, but I WILL protect you whenever I can' he silently swore.
A/N Whew, three attempts later and it's finally finished. Wow that was long for my standards. This chapter nearly killed me… twice. So please, please, PLEASE read and review. It would be really appreciated.