As soon as I asked the question, they started laying out their plans. Inis na napailing lang si Justin, pero hindi na siya nag-komento. Si Xander naman, ayun. At home na at home. Aakalain mong myembro din siya ng "law group" kuno na 'yon.
Hindi pa nagtatagal, nagtatalo-talo na naman 'yung tatlo. Si Dos naman, tahimik na nakikinig at mahinahon na nagbibigay ng opinyon. The worst was Senator Cortez. Napaka-close minded niya. Kaya marahil naisip kanina ni Justin na maaari ngang sarilinin ng grupo 'yung itim na bato.
Huh. And I began to wonder bakit mainit ang dugo niya sa senador.
Naramdaman kong may tumapik sa akin kaya't nilingon ko ang katabi kong si Alexander. Mataman siyang nakatingin sa akin habang nakakunot ang noo.
"Ang lalim ng iniisip mo, ah." Aniya na ikinagulat ko.
Nasa kabilang dulo kami ng mahabang mesa, medyo malayo sa mga nagtatalo-talo. Marami pang bakanteng upuan kaya't nakapagtataka rin na tumabi siya sa akin. Eh, si Justin ng
"Mga bampira rin ba?" Tanong ko kay Xander."No. And they're waiting for someone." He said, boring his eyes on me.With that look in his eyes, I already knew the answer, but I still asked. "Who?""Ikaw."Napapalatak ako. Pinagsiklop ko ang mga braso ko sa ibabaw ng aking sikmura at sumandal din sa dingding. Tsaka ko na-realize, hindi pa pala ako naliligo. Haayyy..."My life sucks." Himutok ko na lang. Hindi pa rin maka-get over ang utak ko sa nangyari sa amin sa kuta ng kulto, nadagdagan na naman ng panibagong alalahanin.May naghihintay nang sasakyan sa labas ng building pagbaba namin. Iyon ang nagdala sa amin patungo sa District Zero.Pagdating naman doon, dumiretso na kami sa conference room kung saan namin naabutan ang ilang miyembro ng The Furies liban kina Agent Three, Dos, Agustin at Yu. Naroon din ang kapatid kong mukhang tumanda ng sampung taon sa loob lamang ng ilang araw. Saglit kaming nagpalitan ng tingin. No smiles.
Agent Zero's office was in the last floor of the building. It was anything I expected, wide and white. Aakalain mong nasa langit ka na kapag tumapak ka sa opisina niya.She offered us to sit, pero walang umupo sa amin. We were too agitated to sit. A trip to her office was another lost of our precious time, but we just couldn't argue with her, could we? Kahit pa nga hindi buo ang tiwala namin sa kanya bilang mukhang may kinalaman din siya sa mga nangyayari bilang si Helena Soriano.Agent Zero leaned on her table and looked directly at me. "I believe you already know where the diamond is.""I do." Walang gatol kong sagot. Ramdam kong pinagtinginan ako nina Justin at Alexander."Good. Then we have nothing to worry about. Kailangan mo lang makuha 'yon."I smirked and shook my head. Ridiculous. "No."Lumukot ang mukha niya, hindi na naitago ang pagkadismaya. "You're being stubborn. Your family's lives are at stake! Bakit ayaw mong makipag-c
Pinuri ko sa isip ang galing ng Gemini sa paghahanap ng ginamit naming mapa ng lugar. The place was accurately the same as the one on the map they obtained from some 'resources'.There were three buildings: one was the main building that formerly housed the offices. Nasa gitna iyon ng lugar. Beside it on the eastern part was the second laboratory. Nasa west ang unang lab. Sabi ni Alexander, maaaring nasa isa sa dalawang laboratory ang mga 'hostages'.I was being objective to focus more on the mission. Mukhang ganun din ang ginawa ng kapatid ko.Anyway, the first team (the Gemini, Agents 67 and 91) entered the main building; Xander and his group on the west lab; and kaming apat sa east lab. The teenagers played their part as well. They divided themselves into smaller groups of three and dispersed. Then the hunt began.Justin led our team while I brought the rear as we penetrated the east lab. There was no noise except for the slight sound our steps m
We immediately ran to the main building where Xander said they found the hostages (I was still trying to be objective). Nadatnan namin siya sa isang silid na nakaambang sa likuran ng main building kung nasaan ang tambakan ng mga lumang laboratory and hospital equipment."Where are they?" Bungad ni Dominic. Lalapit sana siya sa bintanang kinaroroonan ni Xander, pero pinigilan ko siya. Baka masira niya ang diskarte ng The Hunter."Andoon sila sa gitna ng tambak ng mga sirang gamit." Sagot naman nito nang hindi inaalis ang tingin sa telescopic scope ng sniper rifle niya. "Strapped on an operating table with wires connecting to heart monitors and bags of IV fluid injected to each of them. They're alive, but unconscious."So they were treated like the man we saw in a laboratory on the third building. Anong gagawin sa kanila?"Thank you. I got a picture." Sabi ko at pumihit patungo sa pinto."Saan ka pupunta?" Pigil sa akin ni Justin."I'll
I revved up my black Maserati at the same time the song "My Immortal" reached crescendo. The music kept me alert while driving. Mula kasi noong insidente sa lumang laboratory, madalas na akong mawala sa sarili. It wasn't remote viewing. Hindi na nga gumana 'yon mula ng gabing ‘yun, eh. I just...felt lost.It had been two weeks since that night. Apat na araw akong walang malay at nasa ospital. Sa loob ng apat na araw na 'yon, ang daming nangyari. My stepfather was brought to jail for homicide. Umamin siyang sangkot siya at si Raphael sa pagkamatay ng mga magulang ko. Kinupkop daw niya ako out of guilt at araw-araw niya raw pinagbabayaran ang kasalanang iyon. My stepmother didn't bear the news well. Mabuti na lang, nasa ospital pa siya kaya't nabantayan siya ng mga doktor nang malaman ang balita.Raphael was dead. He was cremated two days after para maiwasan na ring pagkainteresan siya ng mga bampira. Although malabong bumalik agad si Jacques Havillard sa ban
I revved up my black Ducati and raced past the red sports car. Ang tagal na mula nang maranasan ko muli ang ganoon—speeding up along a traffic-free province road, with the fresh morning air fanning away my denim jacket along with the dark part of my soul. Ni hindi ako nag-aalala kung mahuli akong nag-o-overspeeding as long as I was feeling good.I heard the frantic beeping of the car’s driver, but I only smirked and let him know I didn’t care. Then I felt my phone vibrate inside my jean’s pocket. I sighed and slowed down a bit. I reached for a button on my helmet and pressed it. The internal speaker and microphone of my helmet activated and I heard a mad voice of a madman.“What the hell do you think you’re doing?!”I clenched my teeth. What the hell?! May balak pa yata siyang bingihin ako.“Don’t shout at me! I’m not deaf and for your information, I’m driving!” I shouted back.
Our organization spoke for its name. It was literally underground.Napapalibutan ng mataas na pader ang headquarters just like the other headquarters in different parts of the country. We gave our passwords before we reached the main and only building which was five kilometres away from the gate. Before they could enter, agents from other headquarters were provided a password through a cryptic message which only the members of the organization could decipher.Apollo parked in front of a huge white mansion. For an outsider’s eyes, it would look like a vacation house of a rich family, but we knew better. I parked my motorcycle next to the sports car. There were other cars too, pero walang ibang motor. Ako lang talaga siguro ang mahilig gumamit ng motor sa trabaho.Sinalubong kami ng dalawang security guards. They were both wearing black t-shirts and black fitted pants na bumabakat sa malalaki nilang katawan. Each had a pistol tucked in their belts.
We don’t yet know what kind of monster the killer or killers are, but we are sure it isn’t human.I stared blankly on the dark horizon before me while my mind drifted off to the far corner of imagination. The case was by far the most ridiculous thing that would ever happen to me.Hindi ko maitatangging naexcite ako ng ibigay nila ang kaso sa amin. Unang beses ko kasi iyon na hahawak ng isang kasong coded Black.All cases the organization handled were sorted according to how dangerous the case was and how much time it required. It was sorted in four colors: White, Grey, Brown and Black. White coded cases were the easiest. Three days was the longest timeframe for those cases to be solved. It also needed only one agent to solve it. Grey coded were the cases that required a week or two. Often it involved one or two agents. Sometimes it required a team. The brown coded ones were the cases which remain unresolved for the long period of time.