Family Ties 2: Forever

Chapter 10

Harry was lying on his bunk wearing his combat trousers and a t-shirt. He'd taken off his belt for comfort while he read his book. He was slightly annoyed that he'd nearly finished it as he'd come on the operation thinking he wouldn't even get to start it. The mission didn't seem to be going anywhere so far. That was bad. Now he had his unit leader falling apart on him. It had been a horrible sight to see his fearless, composed unit leader and friend in pieces on the bathroom floor the day before. His other team mates, Cobra and Tiger were playing a game of cards on the bedside table they'd moved. They were playing quietly only speaking when needing to. They weren't the closest of friends though Harry did not know why; it didn't matter anyway because they all worked quickly and efficiently when the time came to it. Suddenly Alex had barged in and started to undress hastily into civilian clothes, telling them he had a job for Major Duncan. Harry thought it strange as it was very rare for them to do jobs on their own, especially without the unit's back up. They hadn't even been told that one of them might be doing a job on their own. The conversation earlier struck him unexpectedly and he remembered about his past with Scorpia and MI6. Perhaps he was going to see them. Alex grabbed his car keys and then looked at Harry for a mere millisecond and instantly Harry's thoughts were confirmed. He left.

"Wonder where he's going?" Tiger said quietly. Harry joined in with the response of wonder.

It was over half an hour before Harry started speaking. "Have you noticed Alex acting odd recently?" He asked, he put his book down on the floor next to the bed, dog-earing the page as he did so.

"No." Craig replied.

"A little. I saw him run off the bathroom yesterday. He didn't look too good." David told him.

"Yeah. He was feeling a bit off, must've been the breakfast." Harry lied. "I need to ask you something." He said finally. Both men looked up from their card game, placing the cards face down on the table. Craig twisted round so that he was looking at Harry who was sat on the edge of the bed with his elbows resting on his knees. "I know he's supposed to be our unit leader and everything but we need to help him a little, he's suffering from the effects of this mission. He asked me to protect him from his urge for vengeance this morning, but I can't do that on my own,"

"What do you mean?" David cut in.

"I don't know, but can you do that?"

"Of course, why wouldn't we look out for each other, that is what a team is for isn't it?" David smiled.

"Yeah." Harry absentmindedly scratched his forehead with the nail on his thumb before standing up and walking towards the window. He opened the window a crack and let the evening air cool him.


Alex thanked Mrs. Jones for the files and made to leave the room.

"So, how is it, Alex?" She asked, kindly.

"How's what?" He questioned, even though he knew exactly what she meant. He tuned round to face her. She inclined her head slightly and raised her eyebrows, clearly not happy with his response. "It's fine." His classic response.

"Glad to know you're doing ok." She said and then resumed typing on her computer that was to the right of her desk. Alex found his chance to escape from the dreaded room. He shut the door quietly and headed for the lift.

He looked at his watch as he left the building. He still had another three hours and it would only take him an hour to get back to the base. Getting in his car, he sighed and turned the key in the ignition.

Alex noticed that the roads were a little quieter as he started making his way towards Chelsea.

Sorry about the short chapter once again :( the next chapter is over 900 words an the one after is 1,300 :) They're getting longer :)

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