The picture slid across the table and a gloved hand stopped it and looked at it, “Quite the beauty I believe.” The voice spoke in a deep voice.
“Yes, well we do need her. Alive.” The other spoke with great emphasize of alive.
“Your plans or their plans?” The deep voice asked.
The other voiced chuckled a little, “If things do not go as planned than mine I believe.”
The deep put the picture down. The light showed his white beard sliding the picture back to him, “A whispered one this advance. I can only imagine what potential she has locked in her.”
The other voice rested his elbows on the table, “Indeed but move quickly and quietly. We just received word that they have already sent someone.”
The deep voice merely sneered, “It matters not. You know I never let my prey escape. An ocelot never does.”
“Please make sure you bring her back and what of that Sousuke brat and the Mithril? They are constantly watching her every move and are sure to be more alert once FOX becomes involved.” The other voice said with slight concern in it.
He merely chuckled, “We have to have patience. She will come willing.” The deep voice left.
“We have a new student coming in now?!” Kaname yelled in surprise.
“That is right.” The President continued, “A transfer student that is coming into your class so show him around the school.”
“Roger.” Sousuke spoke at full attention, “I shall find out his true motives as I interrogate and tor-“
Kaname smacked him across the back of his head, “WE SHOW HIM AROUND NOT TRAMUTIZE HIM!” She yelled.
“In any case,” The president spoke getting there attention back, “Be nice to him and do not do anything over the border.” He chose his words looking exactly at Sousuke and Kaname.
The two left walking side by side heading to class.
Kaname spoke, “So who do you think this guy is?”
Sousuke thought for a second and spoke, “He could very well be a spy trying to close to you and kidnap you. I should take extra measures and set up listening devices in your house along with-“
Kaname sighed as she listened to the war nut continue, ‘Nut would be an understatement with him.’
Entering there class and sitting in there usual seats as the teacher came in.
She spoke and announced, “We have a new student today so please welcome,” She looked at the piece of paper, “Michael Kanzuki.”
Sousuke completely straighten his body in total surprise.
Kaname noticed and leaned over to him, “Sousuke do you know him?” She sounded worried because some of his past acquaintances had tried to kidnap her.
A young man about there age came in with short brown hair along with brown eyes. He raised his hand, “Yo, I’m Michael.” He said casually.
The teacher continued inviting students to ask questions.
Kaname asked one, “Michael is an American name does that mean your family is from there.”
Michael nodded, “A little my dad was from America and my mother from China or Japan I believe. I was never really sure which one.”
Kaname nodded, “Seems normal don’t you think Sousuke?”
Sousuke raised his hand, “I have one.”
Michael shrugged his shoulders, “Shot.”
Sousuke stood up, “You’re in Prague. A sniper is the window above you. There is an alligator behind you and a grizzly bear in front of you. What do you do?”
Everyone looked at him in total shock, wonder and confusion with the question.
Kaname looked completely confused with the question and embarrassed. She held your anger making sure to hit him later.
She leaned over at him, “Sousuke why would-“
“A back somersault and pry off the alligators jaw. You use it as a boomerang to take out the sniper. The grizzly bear will go after the weaker prey.” Michael finished.
Now it was his turn for people to look at him in confusion.
The teacher almost cried knowing she might have another manic like Sousuke.
Kaname slammed her head on the desk pleading to whatever gods were listening that this was a dream, ‘Not another Sousuke. Not another Sousuke.’ She kept repeating over and over again.
Kyoko just took a picture of him.
Sousuke sat down looking satisfied with the answer.
Michael smiled shaking his head and taking his seat.
Class was over and everyone was talking excited about going home. The noises heard were people walking and talking with friends. Plans were made and people parted ways.
Across the school however a familiar smack was heard.
Kaname was shaking Sousuke hard with her fan in her hand, “WHO IS HE? IS HE ANOTHER YOU? GOD HELP YOU HE CAUSES AS MUCH TROUBLE AS YOU?”
Sousuke had seen Kaname mad before but never like this. He was trying to reason with the hysterical blue haired girl, “If you let me explain.” He tried saying as she was shaking him.
“GEEZ WHAT IS NEXT I-“
“Excuse me.” They both turned and saw Michael standing there looking at them.
Kaname let go and approached him, “I’m sorry for the question my idiot friend asked. If you were embarrassed I-“
“So you still know that answer. I thought you would forget.” Sousuke approached Michael merely smiled, “Why should I?”
Kaname stood totally shocked. One, Sousuke was not trying to interrogate or threaten Michael. Second, he was acting normal.
“Chidori, I want you to meet Michael. He is my brother.” Sousuke stated.
Kaname merely looked at him with her jaw dropped and her eyes wide. She straighten and screamed, “NO NOT ANOTHER ONE!!!!”
Michael turned Sousuke, “Is she always this crazy and irrational?”
Before Sousuke could say anything, Kaname smacked him across the face with her fan, “You shut up!” Kaname than noticed something, “But you two do not look alike, how can you be brothers?”
Michael spoke, “We’ve seen a lot of the same battlefields together. We grew up watching each other’s backs in battle. That bond happens when you’re sharing a foxhole.”
Sousuke nodded and extended his hand, “It’s good to see you again.”
Michael took it, “It’s good to see you too Sousuke.”
Kaname only hit both of them with her fan drawing there attention. She was panting and looking at them with an angry look, “Could someone explain to me what is going on?”
“Come over to my place tonight and I will explain everything.” He handed her and Sousuke his address and left.
Kaname sighed in exhaustion, “Is he here to protect me too?”
Sousuke looked at her, “Maybe, I am not sure Chidori.”
Later that night Sousuke and Kaname sat in Michael’s apartment. He was still unpacking so his room was full of boxes. The only thing really unpacked was his clothes and bed.
They ended up ordering out which was Michael’s treat.
Kaname was interested in learning more about Sousuke as a kid, “So you’re telling me, he accidentally threw a grenade at enemies not realizing they were holding a white flag.”
Michael shook his head, “Yea, he just saw them and started screaming, ‘Enemy, enemy’ and threw it. Some of the people were pretty impressed by the distance but were mad considering they wanted peace.”
Kaname laughed a little, “Not much has changed has it.”
Sousuke sat there rigid taking it, “I disagree. They could have been pretending to-“
Michael shook his head, “They talked about it for days.”
“They could have been lying.” Sousuke retorted.
“It was stated by the leader ‘Do not shot’ and he clearly gave it towards you.” Michael responded.
“At least it was not as bad as the bathhouse incident.” Sousuke smirked.
Michael looked at him, “You remember that?” He paled.
Kaname looked confused, “Bathhouse incident?”
“We were in Cambodia,” Sousuke started, “We were in pursuit of enemies along a village path. Our objective was to capture them and bring them back for questioning. Since we were the closest, we pursued.”
Michael turned his head in embarrassment.
“Mister Listening here gave chase and thought it would be a good idea to cut through a bathhouse. The only problem was that he failed to listen to the warnings from the other soldiers and villagers yelling ‘Female bathhouse.’” Sousuke finished.
Kaname started laughing as Michael had his face in his hands face flushed with embarrassment.
“Needless to say we caught our target and had to rescue Michael who was being beaten by the women. You needed what seven stitches along with brace for your arm.”
“Nine stitches and I two black eyes.” He corrected.
Kaname only laughed at them. It was the first time she ever saw Sousuke just calmly talking to someone. No shooting, no explosions no guns. Just a peaceful conversation.
‘I have to say that I’m jealous of that.’ She admitted.
“So you’re with who again?” Sousuke spoke snapping Kaname out of her daze.
“FOXHOUND Special forces.” Michael stated.
“I thought you were with the SAS last time we talked.” Sousuke asked.
Michael shrugged his shoulders, “The head of it, Colonel Campbell saw me with the SAS and wanted me to work for them. Needless to say I accepted.” He sighed, “It was kind of like the old days in a way.”
“So why did you not come to Mithril with me?” Sousuke asked.
Michael got up and took there plates, “I wanted to find my own path like you did. You knew that we could not keep going the same path. We eventually wanted to part ways.” He put the plates in the sink, “Oh I almost forgot, I have something for you two.” He whipped his hands and reached into a box labeled, ‘Tech Gear.’
Kaname grew nervous but was shocked when he pulled out two very small microchip looking devices.
Sousuke looked puzzled as well but Michael answered before they could speak, “Allow me to introduce you to the CODEC.”
The two gave puzzled looks when they heard it. Kaname was even more surprised when Sousuke appeared surprised.
“I thought you knew everything about secret projects?” Kaname asked.
“I know everything in Mithril not in FOXHOUND Chidori.” He stated.
“Allow me to show explain. It is a wireless radio. It requires no wires or any messy connections. The device is totally untraceable and undectable. It has a small cloaking device so no one will see it.” Michael went behind them, “Hold still and do not move. This may sting a little.”
He pulled the chip out and pressed it against the middle of there necks. Sousuke hissed in surprise as Kaname winced a little.
Michael than handed them two small remotes that looked like key chains, “This will allow you to change your frequency and find the person you are looking for. Sousuke go outside and set the frequency to 142.90 using that dial and push the red button.
Sousuke went outside and closed the door.
Kaname sat confused, “What are we-“She heard a ringing in your ear and jumped in surprise, “Do you hear a ringing?” she yelled
Michael spoke, “Its Sousuke. Just either push that green button to accept or just touch the back of it.”
Kaname did so and waited, “Hello?” she asked.
“Chidori can you hear me?”
Kaname eyes widened in surprise, “Its Sousuke I can hear him.”
Michael nodded, “That is the beauty of it. Only you can here it and talk with that person. End the call by pushing the red button again. You can save his frequency by holding the red button.”
Sousuke came back in totally surprised by this new toy, “I must say that FOXHOUND has impressive technology. I wonder what there Arm slaves are like?”
“We don’t do that field. We focus more troop weapons and training in FOXHOUND.”
Kaname sighed as she listened to the two boys talk. She looked at the clock and saw that it was getting late.
The two left and before they left Michael gave them his frequency along with Kaname’s one.
It was a late night as Sousuke walked Kaname home.
“He seems very nice and open.” Kaname said breaking the silence.
“Yea, we were always watching out for each other. It was the only way to survive out there. We could always depend on each other back than and we still do now.” Sousuke stated.
Kaname looked down saddened by this.
“We depend on each other the same way we do Chidori.” Sousuke said.
Kaname looked at him in surprise unable to answer what he just said.
“We depend on each other to survive what ever the enemy throws at us. We fight as if-“
He didn’t finish as Kaname walked past him totally exhausted from the days events.
She stood outside of the elevator to her apartment, “I knew you would say something like that. Going on and on about the enemy and fighting.” She sounded annoyed.
Sousuke spoke to say something.
“Thank you. I’m glad that you trust me as much as him.” The elevator door opened and she entered
Sousuke smiled, “No probably more Chidori.”
She turned as the elevator door closed stopping her from saying anything.
Sousuke started walking when he answered a CODEC call from Kaname, “I’m glad.” She ended the transmission.
Sousuke entered his apartment and received a call from Michael. He answered and sat down.
“She’s prettier than what you told me Sousuke. She can be kind of irrational but someone to keep you in line.” He laughed a little over the radio.
“So are you going to tell me why you are really here? FOXHOUND would not send an operative with your skill for vacationing? And is Chidori involved?” He demanded keeping his voice under control.
Silence was heard.
Michael laughed a little, “Giving you that answer in class was the only way to tell you that something is going on. Your right about one thing Kaname is a target by some powerful people. We are trying to uncover who they are but to no luck.”
“Does Mithril know about this?” Sousuke asked, “Because if not this would be a violation our mission and would be subjected to investigation by the UN.”
“Mithril does know about this OP since they asked me to come and help you. The person who is assigned to kidnap her is an old acquaintance of ours.”
Sousuke faced paled a little, “Is it-“
“No that man is dead you can be sure of that.” Michael assured.
Sousuke sat down taking a sigh of relief.
“It’s Shalashaska.” Michael stated.
Sousuke stood in an instant. His face paling immediately as he felt beats of sweat drip down his face, “Revolver Ocelot.”
“The one and the same. You remember him as well.” Michael’s voice betrayed fear as well.
Sousuke slumped back into his chair, “We have no idea who it is but they know she is a ‘whispered’ am I correct?”
Michael agreed with him, “Whoever it is, this incident could be bigger than anything you or I have faced. Keep on your toes and whatever you do, do not tell Kaname about Ocelot.” He emphasized on don’t.
“She would never sleep if she ever knew who he really was.”
Michael was silent, “I still remember that man in my worst dreams.”
Sousuke grimaced with the thought, “Same.”
“We will finish here but whatever you do, keep an eye out and watch your back. If Ocelot makes his move and we are not ready-“
“He wins.” Sousuke finished ending the transmission.
Sousuke slumped in the chair resting his face in his hands. This night may have been the only time that he was unsure of his own skills, ‘Ocelot, that man again. This time can I really protect her?’
Kaname slept peacefully hugging the Banto doll she had. She was unaware that she was being watched.
Ocelot put the binoculars down since he was a good distance away from her building on the roof. He was already aware of were Sousuke and Michael were staying and plans already made.
Ocelot merely smirked as he headed toward the door, “I get payback for what those two brats did to me.” He smirked and chuckled, “I might just enjoy myself.” He started walking down the stairs and stopped.
“Continue the observations and commit everything to memory.” A stealth cloaked solider in battle armor appeared behind him, “I want to know there every move, where they eat, hang out and who they associate. Leave not the slightest detail.” The solider nodded and reactivated his cloak.
Ocelot took out his trademark Colt and started twirling in, “Please keep me amused gentleman I so hate to have this be easy. I want to make crushing you worthwhile.”