Ga-Rei -Zero-: Files of the 4th Division
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Chapter 11: Deployment
Garden, Tokyo Metropolitan Matsuzawa Hospital, Kamikitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuo and Natsuki took the time to visit Ayame and Kiri, the both of them still in the Tokyo Metropolitan Matsuzawa Hospital's garden after having their usual briefing in the Ministry of Defense's 4th Division underground headquarters.
"Ara!" Ayame greeted the twins. "Good to see you both." She moved towards them via wheelchair, gently touching Nobuo's right arm. "Especially you."
"O-of course..." Nobuo stuttered for a few seconds before he greeted the paraplegic woman. "I wanted to stop by here before I head off with nee-san here."
Ayame smiled, glad to see her that ex-subordinate was around. "Kiri's here by the way."
Nobuo nodded. "Okay." He walked off to see her, looking at the the tree. "Kiri-san!"
"Oh my oniichan!" Kiri smiled and went off to hug the masked PDCH operative, still in her child-like state.
"How are you doing?" Nobuo greeted her, reciprocating the hug.
"Good. I'm really good. The hospital's been so kind to me."
"That is good to hear, Kiri-san."
"Are you leaving?" Kiri sadly asked.
Nobuo nodded. "I received orders to be deployed abroad. Got a case that the PDCH needs to take care of." He tried to reassure her. "Don't worry, I'm sure the Ministry of Environment's got things taken care of for things here in Japan."
Kiri smiled and nodded. "I know. I believe in oniichan. So you can do it."
"Take care of yourself." Nobuo hugged Kiri like it'll be the last time that he'll see her again.
"I will oniichan." Kiri gave Nobuo a kiss on his right cheek before he wore his balaclava.
Natsuki went to see Nobuo, saying her goodbyes to Kiri before walking off from the garden, seeing Ayame again for the last time and telling her that the twins needed to leave ASAP.
"I'll see you soon, No-chan." Ayame baded Nobuo goodbye, going with him before seeing him off in the hospital's surface parking lot.
"D-don't call me that!" Nobuo shouted, feeling embarassed.
"It is quite cute." Ayame smiled, clapping her hands together once.
Inside 2009 Dodge Charger R/T, en route to Iruma Air Base, somewhere in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Natsuki and Nobuo were now in a Dodge Charger en route to the JASDF's Iruma Air Base. The younger male Kasuga drove the car en route to the hospital from the MOD first as he appreciated Western-made autos more than Japanese-made autos when Iwahata helped raised him abroad together with Ryo. After all, the MOD purchased a few Chargers among some of the Western-made autos purchased with 4th Division markings to help deploy 4D agents on high-speed operations. The two also noted that some Japanese autos like the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R M were also bought in the mix to be used as high-speed vehicles. Natsuki volunteered to take over driving from the hospital until they got to Iruma.
Nobuo was sleeping as he told Natsuki that he felt a bit tired after waking up so early before he was briefed that he needed to Iruma for further instructions with the rest, including Kudo. Natsuki watched her little brother sleep when she came to a stop light, smiling at him before the light turned green, pressing the gas pedal to move fast. The steering wheel was placed on the right side of the auto since all PDCH ground vehicles had RHD steering for convenience since Japan has vehicles driving on the left side of the street as a rule, although Japanese law isn't that strict on the fact that all vehicles in Japan must have RHD steering. Then again, there are countries that have stated that vehicles in their soil must be permanently either have LHD or RHD steering like Cambodia, Kenya, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Trinidad and Tobago.
"I'll wake you when we're at Iruma, okay?" Natsuki told her twin brother, who was sleeping.
Nobuo somehow nodded even though he was sleeping. He didn't like the fact that he had to wear a seatbelt since it's law but it was getting in the way of him relaxing and all.
It's been a year now since my indoctrination into 4D with Ryo...
Empty Main Water Tank, Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel building, Saitama, Tokyo, Japan
"They're all down..."
Ryo and Nobuo were able to put down the Category Ds or their corpses of the 1st Division used by Yomi to attack them.
"Holy shit!" Masaki was surprised to see the corpses. "Are those the guys from 1st Division?"
"This is bad." Kudo sighed. "We better call this one in with the boss and the MOD ASAP."
While the two SDCD operatives inspected the corpses to see the extent of the damage done to them prior to their undead resurrection, Nobuo heard his mobile phone vibrate.
"Who'd call me at this time?" Nobuo frowned, getting the phone from the interior pocket of his suit jacket. He was stunned to see that Yomi was calling him. Wondering why, he began to open the phone and answer the call.
"How are you doing?" Nobuo frowned even more when he heard Yomi speak to him on the phone.
"Yomi!" The SDCD operator shouted on the phone. "Where the hell are you right now?"
Laughter was heard on the mobile. "Somewhere. I'm not telling you but it'll involve Kagura."
"What?" Nobuo and Ryo had heard of Kagura after their recruitment into the SDCD and the two orphans have met her and spoken to the young girl a few times.
"And after that, I'll come for you." Yomi said in a seductive manner. "But don't worry, I'm not going to kill you because I like you... in some way."
Nobuo was furious, hearing that Yomi will head for Kagura now that the corpses of the 1st Division soldiers turned corpses were foiled by him and Ryo with help from Kudo's squad.
Inside 2009 Dodge Charger R/T, en route to Iruma Air Base, somewhere in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Natsuki parked the Charger on the side when she noticed that her younger brother was screaming and all in his sleep, shouting Yomi's name. Thankfully for her, Nobuo was able to wake up from hearing Natsuki's shouting.
"I'm up, I'm up!"
Natsuki looked at her masked brother with a worried look. "What's with you? You had me worried sick."
"Sorry." Nobuo sighed and leaned back on his seat. "It's from a year ago."
"You mean that rogue SDCD operative?" Natsuki asked.
Nobuo nodded. "I'd rather not talk about it."
"Okay." Natsuki got the Charger's gear stick back from Parking to Drive. "But I'm your sister and I want to be here for you, Nobuo."
"Yeah, yeah I know." Nobuo sighed, yawning before he took off his balaclava to rub his eyes. Natsuki glanced at him from the side while driving the Charger. She knew that he didn't want to talk about what happened to Yomi after she turned rogue, but he was the only family she got and she wanted him to open up even if they weren't on duty.
"Dammit." Nobuo rubbed his eyes again before he donned his balaclava. Natsuki sighed again, concentrating on her driving.
It'll be a while before the both of them could get to Iruma.
Main Entrance, Iruma Air Base, Sayama City, Sayama, Japan
The Charger arrived at the outskirts of Iruma, being stopped by JASDF Military Police officers of the Iruma Air Police Group. Natsuki and Nobuo showed their 4th Division IDs issued by the MOD should their identification be needed.
"All right, you can get in." The MP officer told Natsuki, already knowing their MOD status. He told the other MPs to get the barricades out of the way. The MP showed Natsuki where she can park the sedan.
"Thanks." Natsuki thanked the officer before driving the Charger inside the base.
Parking Lot, Iruma Air Base, Sayama City, Sayama, Japan
Natsuki parked the Charger next to the 2009 Chrysler Grand Voyager LX van previously used in the Ogawa Mansion op. Kudo, Masaki, Toru and Ryo were waiting outside.
"Yo." Masaki greeted the Kasuga twins when they got out of the Charger.
"I will suggest that Junko-san's not here?" Nobuo asked.
"She's got some university stuff to take care of." Toru replied. "So she's not coming for this op."
"But who's going to be responsible for any anti-paranormal op here?"
"No worries." Kudo tried to reassure the young PDCH operative. "The Ministry of Environment made a deal with the Ministry of Defense that they'll take the lead in case teams like us are deployed overseas. Of course I won't lie that it made some of the MOD officials pissed."
"Not my problem." Nobuo snorted. "So where to?"
"I'll explain on the way." Kudo told him. "Come on. Mami's waiting and all of our gear's on the C-130H already waiting in the runway courtesy of Komaki's 401st."
"Well what are we waiting for?" Ryo told the others. "Let's get out of here."
Natsuki went to lock the Charger electronically before walking with the other 1st Platoon squad members towards the C-130H on the runway.
C-130H Ramp, Runway, Iruma Air Base, Sayama City, Sayama, Japan
Mami greeted the 1st Platoon after they arrived, waiting for them while the C-130H was refueling with the pilots already inside.
"Kudo-san." Mami greeted by smiling at him. "The pilots have reported in and the plane's almost done refueling."
"Alright. Better not make them impatient." Kudo smirked after he was greeted by the young lady.
"So what's the plan?" Ryo asked. "Aside from the fact that stopovers are imminent."
"We'll have a stopover at Kadena to refuel the plane in Okinawa before we leave Japanese territory." Masaki explained to Ryo. "Afterwards, we should be fine until the plane gets to Diego Garcia for a second refueling. From there, we'll head to Africa and land in either Ethiopia or Dijobuti for another refuel, depending on the next course of action."
"Next course of action?" Nobuo heard as he walked with the others inside the C-130H. "That's interesting."
"We'll receive our orders soon on where we're going to be deployed." Toru told Nobuo. "From what I heard, it's suppose to be an anti-monster thing out there in West Africa."
The group got inside the C-130H before the rear ramp was closed.
"Hopefully it's for Japanese interests." Ryo sighed after being the last person to get in.
"Will you be fine?" Mami asked Ryo after getting a seat next to him before she attached her seatbelt on.
"I think so." Ryo told Mami as the C-130H was now beginning to get taxied. "Isn't this why the MOD's deploying us abroad?"
"All I know is we're going to do the country a big favor and kick ass." Nobuo told Ryo, stretching from his seat.
"Now that's something I'd like to hear." Masaki chuckled from his seat across Nobuo's.
"Here goes." Kudo told the squad as the C-130H was now taking off from the runway of Iruma. The squad relaxed in their seats as they felt the plane take off and head towards the direction of Okinawa, going southwest.
PS - Hope you guys enjoyed this one. This time, it's done for good. XP Need some time off to do my essay that's about to be due in a few weeks. Although I may sneak in a one shot or two if I can squeeze in some time.
Then again, I'm not too sure. But we'll sure before I permanently wind up writing stuff like this for good.