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Chapter 6

Posted by Ann Lee on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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"How did you know that it's him?" tanong ko nung sinabi ni Jett ang tungkol kay Nigel Grand.

"He looked at me. Seems like he knows that I'm a Custos."

"But after all these years, how come that they just got him now?" Cliff asked and we went silent.

He's right. He's been hiding from all of us for several years. How did the Nox Organization find him and why isn't he fighting back even if he's strong enough to attack them? After all, he's one of Mom's agents and I know that their team was one of the best.

Nagkatinginan kami ni Cliff at mukhang pareho kami ng iniisip. He opened his laptop and went to our database. When he found Nigel Grand's updated profile, he projected it in front of us.

Nigel Grand
Male
49 years old
CIA agent Class A
Went missing in the Philippines 12 years ago during the Nox Organization case

Walang pagbabago mula nung huli naming tinignan ang profile niya.

"Wait," biglang sabi ni Cliff. "There's a hidden text here." Cliff highlighted the section below Nigel Grand's current status and words suddenly appeared. May pinindot siyang kung anu-ano and then after a few seconds ay napunta siya sa section ng database na hindi ko pa nakikita kahit kailan. Different kinds of codes were written and I think this specific section is encrypted. Cliff used a few minutes to convert all encrypted files into understandable text.

After a while, a folder named Mission Incognito appeared and Cliff immediately opened it.

Mission Incognito Phase 3
Nox Organization members hunt
Team: Magnus
Members:
Lace Andal-Hudson (Captain)
Zeno Heather (Vice Captain)
Ansel Choi (Specialist)
Nigel Grand (Keeper)

04-23-****
After Phase 2, we immediately proceeded to the next phase. However, the Black that was caught by Arken's team escaped and we had no choice but to follow him.

04-30-****
According to the underground community, this Black is called Onyx and he has a high rank inside the organization. We failed to tail him when he reached Asia.

05-03-****
Zeno managed to locate Onyx in Japan but we crossed paths with Shinigamis. We need to plan our next actions.

05-07-****
Due to some complications, Captain Lace insisted to stay for a few days in Japan to observe the Shinigamis since our team who were assigned to observe this tribe was reported to be annihilated. Zeno and Nigel flew to the Philippines and I stayed with Captain Lace.

After that ay naputol na ang logs na nakasulat at tahimik lang kaming tatlo sa loob ng kotse. Ang bilis ng tibok ng puso ko dahil hindi ko akalaing mababasa ko ang ganitong klaseng information. Pero nagulat kami nung biglang nagswerve ang sasakyan.

"Shit!" I cursed as I tried to maintain our speed and course. When I looked at the side mirror, a black car was bumping us from the back while the cars we're following accelerated.

"We're surrounded," sabi ni Cliff habang nakatingin sa likuran. "Nel, just this time," dagdag niya at pagkarinig ko nun ay napangiti ako nang malawak kahit na nasa ganitong sitwasyon kami.

"Don't take back your words, Clifford. I'm really going to do it."

"Just make sure we'll survive."

"Roger!" sigaw ko.

I stepped on the gas.

Napasigaw ako dahil for the first time ay nakapagdrive ako rito sa Pilipinas. Medyo maluwag naman na ang kalsada kaya okay lang, at kahit naman masikip, kaya ko pa rin. After all, my driving skills are second to none.

"Acceleration: 15 m/s2, current velocity: 140 m/s...150...160..." sabi ni Cliff habang nakatingin sa laptop niya. Dahil may program na ang sasakyan namin sa bawat isa ay alam na niya ang features nito. "The car behind us is also accelerating."

"Leave it to me," I said as I step on the pedal. "And Jett. You can do the honor."

"Roger."

As our car accelerated, I swerved to the left, causing it to tilt. Jett sat on the window to balance our weights while holding two guns.

"Fuck off," he whispered as he pulled the triggers. He targeted the wheels of the car behind us and it spun uncontrollably until it hit a post. He also shot one of the cars in front of us and its engine exploded.

"Nigel Grand is in the third car. Lucky. Their cars are one of the advanced models that have security codes," sabi ni Cliff.

"Time to use your animus, guys," I added and they both agreed.

They removed their lenses and their red eyes blazed like rose-colored sunset.

"Unlock system. Password: Umbra," Cliff said in a much lower voice and his retina has changed. Besides mine, his animus is also an advantageous ability in spying. "Scan retina." He can change his DNA structure and other identity markers to someone's as long as he saw them once.

"Target locked." This time, Jett's pupils changed their size according to the distance he needs to cover. I think he’s changed into falcon’s eyes again. After all, those are his favorites.

I maintained our velocity and then all of a sudden, the two remaining cars in front of us both halted. Cliff successfully infiltrated its system. And in that instantaeneous time that I was passing between them, Jett shot in both direction while Cliff swiftly adjusted my seat so that I won’t be in Jett’s line of vision.

Blood splattered on their windows and I stepped on the break after I saw that. Shit. I think I need new tires.

Ngayong nakahinto kami ay doon ko lang narealize na nasa isang mabanging kalsada pala kami. Since gabi na ay hindi ko napansin ang dinadaanan namin pero ‘yung isang sasakyan ng Blacks ay muntikan na palang malaglag. Kinilabutan ako dahil sobrang tahimik ng paligid matapos ang nangyari.

Sabay-sabay kaming bumaba at nakita kong patay na ang drivers ng dalawang kotse nila. Bumukas naman ang pinto ng parehong kotse at may lumabas na dalawang lalaki. Must be Olive’s minions. Napatigil naman ako nung lumabas din si Olive habang hawak si Nigel Grand. A cunning smile formed into his lips.

“Well, well, I guess I shouldn’t have underestimated you, Reds,” he said in mocking tone.

‘What are we going to do?’ Cliff said using his inner voice.

Hindi agad ako nakapagsalita. My eyes were glued to Nigel’s. No. More like he’s trying to get my attention using his own eyes.

‘I thought I saw Lace. You look so much like her.’ I was surprised when his voice reached my head. As far as I know, I only opened a path to Jett and Cliff but he managed to get inside my head.

‘Jett, Cliff, distract him. I need some time,’ I immediately ordered.

‘Roger.’

“So you really knew that we’re Reds the moment you saw us in that hotel,” sabi ni Cliff at ngumiti ulit si Olive.

“Of course. It’s funny how you masked yourself with all the disguise but I still know your kind.”

Ginamit ko naman ang panahon na ‘yun para kausapin si Nigel.

‘We’ve been searching for you, Mr. Nigel Grand,’ I started but his expression and eyes remained grim and dull. ‘I’m from Class S, Pene—’

‘Penelope Hudson.’ Napatigil ako nung sinabi niya ang pangalan ko. ‘I know you. I know you very well.’

‘W-wha...’

‘Seems like this is Captain’s way to tell me that I still have an unfinished fight.’ His lips suddenly trembled. ‘Thank you for finding me,’ and then he smiled which caused all of us, including Olive, to stop. Suddenly, all eyes were on him.

“I’m Nigel Grand of Team Magnus,” sabi niya at biglang kumidlat. Tumindig ang balahibo ko nung sumunod ang kulog.

“I told you not to speak, didn’t I?” sabi naman ni Olive at bigla niyang tinutukan ng baril sa sentido si Nigel. Tinutok rin ni Jett ang baril niya kay Olive.

“Don’t!” sigaw ko at ngumiti sa akin si Olive habang idiniin niya ang dulo ng baril sa ulo ni Nigel.

“I know that you need this person but we found him first,” sabay hatak niya sa buhok ni Nigel. “Never thought that this useless piece of shit is one of them.”

Pagkatapos kong marinig ‘yun ay agad nagpantig ang tenga ko.

“Useless?” sabi ko habang pinipigilan ang galit ko.

“Didn’t you know? This guy can’t use his power anymore.”

“So what?” I should’ve been shocked about what he just said but I chose to ignore it.

“Are you serious, kid? You still want this guy?” Lalo niyang hinatak ang buhok ni Nigel at idiniin ang baril sa kanya.

I was silent for a few seconds as I tried to contain my anger. This guy was with my mother and he’s one of our people. I have to save him.

“Let him go,” I said in a low voice and I saw them flinched.

“Don’t order me around, fucking Red. You’re—”

“I said let him go, lowly humdrum.”

I was about to activate that ability but Nigel suddenly laugh. And when he looked at me, the glint returned on his dull eyes.

“You are really her daughter,” he said and the next thing he did left my mouth wide open.

“What the f—!”

Nigel pulled the trigger on Olive’s gun and his body slumped to the ground.

“No!” I shouted as Cliff and Nel keep me from running to him. “Why! Nigel!”

Why? Why did he do that? What happened? Why did he—

“Don’t worry, child. I’m still alive.”

Napatingin naman agad ako sa likuran namin nung marinig ko ang boses niya at nung nakita ko si Nigel doon ay bigla akong naguluhan. Nilingon ko ulit ang katawan niyang wala nang buhay at bumalik ang tingin ko sa taong nasa likuran namin.

H-How in the world...

“What the hell?” Olive said while looking at the two Nigels.

“My animus has been sealed after my comrades’ death. Must be because of trauma. But after seeing the three of you, I realized that I can’t use my abilities because I was scared.” He looked at us and smiled. “Thank you for returning my power.”

Tumingin siya sa direksyon ni Olive na ngayon ay parang nakakita ng multo.

“Now, let me show you how this useless piece of shit works,” sabi ni Nigel.

Sa sobrang bilis ng pangyayari ay hindi ako nakagalaw. The next thing I saw, Nigel was already in front of Olive, pointing a gun inside his mouth. Olive’s face was a mix of horror and confusion.

“See you in hell.” He pulled the trigger and the sound was masked by the loud thunder. Olive’s motionless body fell to the ground and Nigel looked at us with a cold expression while his face was covered with blood.

We finally got Nigel Grand, and we got to see how scarily strong he is.



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