A/N: So this was originally supposed to be uploaded yesterday but I couldn't because reasons. Sorry.

Also, for those people telling me to update quicker...I will be uploading every 2 weeks, because I can't update quicker than that. Sorry.

Also, this chapter is pretty short. Sorry.

Alsoooo, Black Ops 2 is pretty cool. I'm not sorry.

Oh! Please read authors note at the end! It's pretty important!


Disclaimer: I obviously don't own Call of Duty or the characters except Natalie, Alex, Manuel, Allison, Madison, and Liz-in-a-teacup owns Lieben.

Warning: This story might/will contain romance, humor, angst, hurt/comfort, sexual content, strong language, light yaoi (boy x boy), blood, gore, and mentions of rape.

You have been warned!

OoO- Same time, just switching POV.

XxX-Later on that day or time has passed by.

•Hate Isn't Far From Love•

Chapter 9: Protect her

"Sorry about that, guys, I don't know what happened to the connection." Both the guys looked much more frustrated, the girls trying to put up a bad poker face.

"New partner?" Alex crossed his arms.

"Uhh, well...yeah, I mean-"

"Since when?" Manuel interrupted.

"Since yesterday night-"

"What's his name?"

"Well it's-"

"It better not be that ghost guy." Manuel crossed his arms too. I bit my lip.

"What would happen if I said it was him?"

"Then he won't be living for much longer." Alex said simply.

"I see..." Both of them looked at me carefully.

"Natalie, you're not..." Alex trailed off; I gave them a sheepish smile. They both groaned, Alex pinching the bridge of his nose and Manuel running his hands down his face.

"Out of all the guys you can pick, why do you go for him?" Manuel asked.

Madison snorted. "You should see what he did to her neck." Both Allison and I face palmed, Madison gasped and covered her mouth with both of her hands. The guys looked at the girls questioningly then back at me.

"Uncover your neck." Alex glared.

"Sorry." Madison mouthed. I sighed and uncovered my neck. The guys looked like they were about to flip a table while the girls looked amused.

"How did you two know?" The girls put up that bad poker face again.

"We talked to her yesterday; you two were gone at that time." The guys exchanged looks then turned back to me.

"I want to meet him," Alex said.

"Now." Manuel finished.

"I can't bring him in now, he's busy."

"Okay, when are you coming over again?" Alex asked.

"I don't know, it could be months, or even years!"

"Well then, next time he's not busy, bring him to webcam." Manuel said.

"I don't know, he's a really busy man-"

"I'm sure he's not busy the twenty-four hours of the day every day." Alex interrupted. I fidgeted with my hands.

"Well no, but-"

"Good! We look forward to your next webcam request with your new...partner," Alex faked enthusiasm.

"Now, if you'll excuse us, we have some discussing to do." Manuel said as he turned to look at the girls.

"Okay, bye guys." I felt sorry for the girls. Alex gave me a small smile before clicking off.


The thought of Ghost and my guys in the same room...just, no. World War III would happen. I mean, with Ghost's personality and with Alex and Manuel's over protectiveness (especially Alex), the world would blow up.

I kind of think the world does want to blow up though. I told Ghost about it over dinner. His response?

"I'd like to meet them too."

Of course, Roach and Soap hearing our conversation, Soap mentioned he was going to allow us out of base since the upcoming days would be slow days. Roach mentioned he wanted to meet my friends too, and obviously, Soap would go because of Roach. So, what am I doing right now, you ask? Getting out of the car, the car that's parked outside my house, the house where the four most strangest people that I know live in. I put my hands on my stomach and whimpered.

"What's wrong? Are you feeling okay?" Ghost asked as I closed the car door behind me.

"Yeah I'm fine." I assured him. Roach let out a wolf whistle.

"Nice house, Kiddo."

"Thanks." I smiled, I turned to Ghost.

"There's just a few things I need to say before we go in..."

"Natalie!" The girls exclaimed.

"Hello, my loves." I laughed.

"I thought we agreed that next time we webcamed he was going to be with you." Alex said.

"Yes, about that, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind if I bring him and two other friends to the house instead."

"Of course not! We would be delighted to have guests over." All four of them had mischievous grins on. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea...

"Just, please guys, please behave. Please get the rooms ready, we'll be there around night-time." They're smiles didn't falter in the slightest.

"Okay, what is it?"

"First things first. Ghost, you're going to have to take the sunglasses and the balaclava off."

"What?!" Soap and Roach chuckled.

"It's just that-it would be better, trust me."

"I'd rather not-"

"Please?" I slid my arms around his neck. He thought for a second before mumbling a "fine" and took them off. I stepped back and watched as he walked back to the car to leave his balaclava and sunglasses, grumbling under his breath the whole time. Soap was trying to stifle his laughing while Roach let out a fake gasp, probably because he's never seen Ghost's face before.

"What would you like me to call you in front of her friends?" Roach smirked.

"Simon." Roach frowned.

"Is that your first or last name?"

"It doesn't matter, bug, now piss off." Soap glared at Ghost then looked at me.

"What's the second thing?" I took a deep breath.

"My friends are pretty strange, well mostly the two girls, the two guys will most likely be all serious since I told them I'm with you." Ghost raised an eyebrow.

"They don't want you to be with anyone?"

"No, it's just that they're really over protective about the girls and me, they'll just question the hell out of you is all. So, please behave and whatever you do, don't provoke them." He snorted.

"Fine, at this rate, I can't wait until I meet your parents either." I flinched, my...parents.

"Uhh, yeah. So I guess that's it."

"So basically Ghost is the one who should be worried, meaning Roach and I will be fine?" Soap asked.

"Hmm, yeah, that's pretty much right, yes." Soap and Roach started laughing again, Ghost growled.

"Don't worry; it's just for three days." I assured him and gave him a quick peck on the lips. I patted his arm and turned back around to look at the house.

"Are you guys ready?"

"Yeah, we're good." Roach said as all three of them pulled their bags out of the trunk.

"Okay, l-let's go." The pain in my stomach doubled. We walked up to the front door and rang the doorbell. Shuffling was heard from the inside, giggling from the girls, and a deep 'I'll get it' from Alex. I mean, what's the worst that can happen? I'm sure they'll get along perfectly, I'm just overreacting. The door opened and there he was, Alex. His dark hair was a bit longer, his bangs swept to the side as usual, almost covering his left eye, giving us a warm smile, but those cold green eyes didn't match his smile.

"I'm glad you're all finally here, please, come inside." He stepped aside and opened the door wide.

"Hey, Alex." I lean in and give him a kiss on the cheek, a sound came from behind, most likely, Ghost. I went off to greet the girls and Manuel, hearing Alex doing the same to my guys. The girls rushed to greet the guys and offered to take their bags up to the rooms. Which is good! Everything is going good so far.

"Come in and take a seat, make yourselves at home." I said, Alex and Manuel eyeing my guys carefully, but keeping the smile. The girls came rushing down the stairs.

"Please have a seat," Allison gestured towards the sofas.

"Is there anything we can get you?" The girls were way too sweet.

"Some water, soda, wine or any alcohol in particular?" Madison asked. Ghost, Soap, and Roach looked at each other.

"No, we're okay, thank you though." Soap smiled sweetly. I cleared my throat.

"Yes well, guys, I would like you to meet Simon, John, and Gary," I gestured towards my subordinates. "And I would like for you guys to meet my friends, Alex, Manuel, Allison, and Madison." Smiles and handshakes went around. Now the hard part is coming, having to formally introduce Ghost as my partner. I opened my mouth to announce it but Allison started talking.

"Would you guys like to go out to the backyard instead? It's kind of hot in here."

"Yeah, that'd be great." Roach smiled. Alex and Manuel lead the way, making small talk and laughing here and there.

"You think it's Gary?" I heard Madison whisper behind me.

"Don't think so, he looks too nice...I think it's Simon."

"What? No~ ,it's John. I mean, the mohawk and the scar-total badass. Not to mention how good-looking he is, I mean, look at those muscles." Madison giggled.

"True, but if you pay close attention to Simon, he has this...dangerous vibe, plus, those eyes...you can tell there's this whole story behind them, and he isn't bad-looking either, look at that body." A story behind those cold blue eyes...that makes sense.

"I bet twenty on John."

"Twenty on Simon. You're on." I rolled my eyes but laughed a little. Madison is going to owe Allison.

"Here we are, are you sure there isn't anything we can get you? Something to eat or drink?" Madison asked. Soap laughed.

"We ate before we got here, thank you." Alex looked at me as if expecting something. I cleared my throat.

"Umm, actually there's something I need to say..." everyone turned to look at me. "I didn't introduce Simon like I should have," I stood next to him, intertwining my hand with his, I felt him squeeze my hand lightly. "I would like you to meet Simon, my boyfriend." Alex's eyes went dark, Manuel crossed his arms, Madison's face dropped, and Allison smirked at Madison.

"Manuel-girls, would you mind giving John and Gary a tour of the house and show them where they'll be staying? I'd like to speak to...Simon alone." The pain in my stomach returned.

"Sure thing, bro." Soap and Roach looked at each other than back at Ghost. Ghost gave them a nod. The girls got on either side of Soap and Roach and led them back inside the house. I turned around to walk back inside with Manuel when I got stopped.

"You stay here, Natalie." Alex said. Manuel gave me a soft smile before walking back inside.

"So you're Ghost?" Alex said. Ghost's eyes narrowed slightly. He didn't know that my friends knew they're call signs.

"Yes, I am." Oh why did I have to stay?

"Okay, then I'll just warn you now. If you hurt her again-in any way, you'll regret it dearly." He hissed.

"Hurt her? What do you mean?" Ghost tried to act innocently. Crossing his arms.

"Don't try acting dumb with me, as if you don't know." Alex was losing his temper very quickly. Ghost's blue eyes darkened.

"Enlighten me, will you?" He said in a low voice. He was clearly trying to provoke him.

"How about putting her through physical and emotional abuse?" There was a hint of confusion in Ghost's face before realization came in. He looked at me, I looked at the ground.

"Maybe I should go-"

"Stay." They both said at the same time. I bit my lip and stayed put.

"That was in the past. She's with me now, I won't hurt her, I'll protect her-" Alex took a step closer.

"Protect her?! Please, I grew up with her, I know every single thing about her! I've protected her my whole life!" Alex was raising his voice, obviously pist. Ghost took a step closer too.

"All her life? You are sorely mistaken, you stopped protecting her the second she joined the army! Because you sure as hell didn't protect her the times she went out to war now did you?!"

"Oh, and you did?!" They were yelling now and I'm fucking scared as hell, a fight isn't too far from happening.

"Guys, please stop-" I was completely ignored.

"No, but I'm with her now and I'll go everywhere she goes! When we go back to base and have to go do missions," his voice lowered. "I'll be doing what you can no longer do, protect her."

"You son of a bitch!"

"No-" But I'm too late, Alex launched at Ghost. If I try to separate them I'll probably get hit in the progress.

"Alex!" I turned around and saw everyone running out of the house. Manuel instantly tried to pull off Alex while Soap and Roach tried to pull off Ghost. After some time, they succeeded to pull them apart.

"I'll fucking kill you!" Alex yelled and spit out blood.

"I'd like to see you try!" Ghost yelled back, the left side of his face reddening, where a bruise will most likely appear. Manuel tried to drag him back inside the house but Alex was resisting. The girls and I tried to push him inside, I looked back to see Soap and Roach still holding him back. I caught Ghost looking at me;betrayal was clear in his angry eyes. I turned back to Alex then turned to see Madison looking at me.

"Go with him, we'll take care of Alex." She said, I nodded and let him go. I stepped back as I watched them try to drag him back inside. I jogged up to Ghost and placed my hands on his face.

"Ghost," But he was looking at me, he was looking back at Alex. "Ghost!" He looked at Alex a second longer before looking at me. "Please, calm down!" He stopped struggling; Soap and Roach let him go.

"Coming here was a fucking bad idea." He hissed.

"I know but-"

"We're leaving first thing in the morning." He growled and stormed off, I sighed.

"It's not your fault, mate." Soap threw an arm around my shoulders.

"Yeah, just let him cool off, Kiddo." I bit my lip.

"I need to go check up on Alex." I murmured. Soap nodded and let me go.

"Go with your friends, we'll try to cool Ghost down." I nodded and jogged back inside the house, cursing was heard along with Allison and Madison angrily telling him something. I went upstairs and saw the bathroom door in one of the halls open. I walked inside and saw Manuel holding back Alex, Madison holding an ice pack to his jaw, and Allison patting his bottom lip with a cotton ball.

"Are you okay? " Alex looked up at me.

"Yeah, I'm fine."

"Good, I just wanted to say that I'm leaving in the morning."

"Natalie..." Madison murmured.

"No, it's for the best."


Alex went to his room and didn't come out for the rest of the night. Manuel, the girls, and I kept apologizing to Ghost, Soap, and Roach. That night, the girls and I slept in one room and the guys had a room of their own, even though I didn't sleep since we stayed up talking all night. We were at the door at exactly six in the morning. The girls and Manuel came down, but no Alex. We said or goodbyes and the girls kept apologizing for ruining our trip, the bags were back in the car and the next thing I knew, we were driving away. I looked back and saw the girls waving goodbye with the saddest expressions. The whole ride back to the base was quiet.

A/N: Sorry it was short but hey! I'll make up for it! How? Well...the rating on this fanfic will go up on the next chapter. M. For obvious reasons. For which I have to ask. What would you guys like for it to be? Little flash backs of what happened? (Something that isn't too detailed) or a whole scean? (Something obviously detailed) Please tell me in a review or pm! Okay? Okay. (: