I'm back! ^^ This time with the start of the sequel to After He Was Gone. At first I couldn't think of a storyline for this, but thanks to Dear4Life's review comment on chapter 4 of the other story, I was able to get an idea for it. I'm not sure how things are going to turn out, but I can guarantee you this story is longer than 4 chapters XD I generally like to finish writing completely before I start posting, but I should be far enough ahead that I can update regularly.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy it~
The Hunt for BK-201
Chapter One – The Transfer
Lying down on her couch with her arms behind her head, Misaki Kirihara sighed. She remembered seeing Li-kun – no, Hei, she mentally corrected herself – doing this when he waited around in the park. She was still the same Misaki, working at the same job, but the biggest difference between then and now was the fact that Hei was missing from her life.
Before, she would have the random encounter with him; not so random now that she thought about it. Now, she only had the bittersweet memory of the couple times he had held her and their kiss in the dark at Shinjuku Gyoen.
Closing her eyes, she could remember like it was just yesterday that he had left her. In actuality, it was really a year since he permanently disappeared from her life. She understood his purpose; she really did, but only in her head.
As the days dragged into weeks and months, her view on the issue shifted. Of course she wanted justice and she would help those she could. But it wasn't enough anymore. Justice didn't heal her heartache. No, if she were to arrest Hei, the only reason would be to cuff him to her side forever.
Sighing again, it was impossible. She didn't know where to start looking and neither did she have the means to. As much as she loved him, she couldn't justify leaving behind all the victims in Japan to chase this empty dream. She only knew two things regarding Hei: he was no longer in Japan as they couldn't track him and that he was still alive, based on the activity of his star. Kanami thought it was due to her stubbornness regarding the capture that she asked, but it was more for her peace of mind.
"Hello?" she answered when she finally realized her phone was ringing.
"Misaki! What have you been doing? I already tried to call you three times."
"Sorry father, I was in the shower," she lied. "What is it?"
"Well, I know this should wait until you come in to work, but I wanted to give you a head's up regarding the issue."
"What is it?"
"I want you to learn English," he answered.
"English? Whatever for?"
"You're being transferred... To America."
"What? How could you do this to me?" she exclaimed in surprise. "I have no authority there."
Misaki quickly sat up after hearing that name.
"We know he's not in Japan. We haven't been able to track him until now, but the CIA has tracked him in their country."
"CIA? Those bastards wouldn't care. They just want all the glory!"
"It's not that simple," her father commented. "This BK-201 isn't like the BK-201 we dealt with here. As I'm sure you know from Ishizaki-san, BK-201 has been extremely active."
"But what does this have to do with me?" she asked in confusion.
"They finally sucked in their pride to ask for help. Normally, we'd have no jurisdiction over there, but they requested assistance from us and MI-6. You're the best we've got and you've been following his case the longest."
"You mean I'm supposed to be the liaison?"
"Yes. You have about a month to learn all that you can before you leave."
"Understood," she replied, trying to keep the excitement from her voice.
"Take care now. I'll tell you all the details later."
Misaki grinned as she put down her phone. Just as she had been griping about the fact that she would never see him again. If she was on his case again, that would increase her chances in catching him. He had always been the one to find her, but now it was her turn to find him. She couldn't believe her luck!
"Have a seat, Misaki."
Misaki glanced around the office, wondering why she had to wait as she was supposed to be briefed on the new mission she was being given. When she had first heard the news, she had been able to fall asleep on a cloud of bliss. She even dreamed of how they would meet again; she was so excited.
"Enter," her father said as there was a knock on the door.
Turning around to see who entered, Misaki was surprised to see the tanned lady, April, enter with the pale little boy, July. Then she remembered that MI-6 had been asked as well. They must be extremely desperate to ask for this much assistance. The only person missing from the picture was November 11.
"Thank you for coming."
The two nodded their head in reply.
"I'm sure you've been briefed already. The reason that I asked you to come is because you'll be working with Misaki again."
"This will be her first time overseas and she doesn't know the language well. I hope it's not too much to ask that you take care of her..."
Everyone looked at July in surprise. Misaki didn't realize that he considered her a friend. The first time she had even heard him say something like that was when they had been searching for November 11. But in a way, she had been close to November 11 and she had helped July. Maybe that was why?
"Yes, we'll do our best together," April replied with a slight smile. "Are we to leave on the same flight?"
"Yes. Thank you very much."
"Not a problem. We'll connect again later, Misaki."
Misaki waited for them to leave before turning back to her father. He actually seemed worried, enough for it to show at work. If it weren't for the prospect of seeing Hei again, she would be nervous as well.
"Dad, I'll be okay," she finally said as she made her way towards his desk. "You know they'll look after me. I'll have my cell phone with me, so you can contact me."
"I... I know you'll be careful. Honestly, I really didn't want you to go... But could you imagine the disaster it would be if I sent Kono or Saito instead?"
"I'll be perfectly fine," she answered, giving his hand a slight squeeze. "I need to get back to work."
Her father nodded his head and Misaki gave him a small smile. How things had changed... If it had been this moment over a year ago, she wouldn't dream of calling him father here. But Hei was the one who had changed that stern and uptight part of her. It was difficult to be stern when she was constantly facing heartache.
"Chief, what was that about?" Saito asked as she returned to the office. "Did we get in trouble?"
"No, not at all. Actually, I have an announcement to make."
The rest of her team turned towards her as they waited to hear what this was about. She took her time looking at each and every member who had spent all this time with her. Even so, she knew there was always the possibility that she wouldn't make it back. That was what had her father so worried.
"I just spoke to the Superintendent. Next month, I'll be leaving for America and you'll be on your own."
The silence that filled the room after her statement was eerie. It seemed like even the clocks had stopped ticking. Suddenly, there was a burst of activity as everyone voiced their disbelief at the same time. Misaki finally had to hold up her hand to silence them.
"But why?" Saito asked, acting as the spokesman for the group.
"They've finally tracked BK-201 in the States. Usually, we wouldn't be able to do anything, but he's out of control and the CIA has specifically requested assistance from us and MI-6. Since this was our case, I'm being sent there to give them all the assistance I can."
"What about us?"
"I'll leave you in charge," Misaki said to Saito. "I trust you. I trust all of you. You'll be okay by yourselves."
"I... When do you leave?"
"The beginning of next month. I'll help as much as I can before I leave... Hey!"
Misaki was startled when Saito began sobbing like a little boy. Otsuka was starting to tear up as well while the other two looked unhappy regarding the news. Even though she had been strict with them, Misaki was glad that they cared about her.
"Come on... Don't cry. I'm not leaving yet and I'll be going with April and July."