Chapter 4: Collateral Damage
White smoke coming from the right flank, the M9 lies powerless above the rubbles. Looking down at that unit, Sousuke speaks in the exterior speakers.
After a little while, there was a detonation in the head attached to the M9, blowing off the head part.
In the event that the chest hatch won't be moved, an escape device for emergency. Exposing a narrow escape opening in the head part, from there crawled out the pilot.
although the power system in the abdomen is destroyed, even a badly damaged chest cockpit, there was no major injury.
Standing atop the rubbles, the pilot said removing his head gear.
Age is around his 30's, a man with a tanned side moustache. The pilot suit, is a similar type to what Sousuke wears in <Mythril>.
Sousuke's <Savage> had already used up all of its weapons, but even then living flesh cannot run away from an AS. The man also know this well, did not show any sign of struggle.
"I thought you traveled here in desperation but...I was wrong. So everything was calculated. Being so familiar even with this M9's characteristics...exactly who are you?"
"I will be the one asking questions"
After saying the Sousuke knelt his unit beside the man. That alone is enough to intimidate him.
"I will have you talk about that M9 and your identity. You can't acquire that kind of unit simply with money.
"You think I will honestly talk to you"
"Did you think I would honestly give up?"
The <Savage> suddenly extending it's left hand, grabbing hold of the man.
"Fighting with you has considerably wore my joints out. The grip control is also questionable. Although I don't want to crush you, give up before your ribs are crushed.
The rough five fingers tightly grasping the body. The man struggles with his limbs.
"Hot isn't it. One of the characteristics of the old model RK-91 is it does not carry a cooling system. With continued fierce battles, the heat of the engine and hydraulic system is transmitted into the fingertips. If you weren't wearing that pilot suit, you would be burned. But, even then how many more seconds...."
"alright, alright! I give in! I'll talk just let go!"
Drying the swooping pressure and heat bit by bit, the man waves both his hands shouting. After Sousuke let go, the man fell down the rubbles in his backside, breathing over his shoulder and gasping.
"Dammit...geez, you're a cruel guy"
"You're someone who should have been killed, be thankful that you're alive"
While saying that, Sousuke operates the switch in his units sensor. He is bothered that the chief has not said a single word or communication after his victory. If he planned to have him disappear here, it would not be strange to have new AS attack here, that kind of movement, is not currently present.
"Are there other AS drawing near?"
"No, it's only me"
"It was unthinkable that the M9 would lose to the <Savage>. I also thought that"
"Are you a soldier of <Amalgam>?"
Hearing the question of Sousuke, the man went silent for a while, then raised a sarcastic smile.
"So that's it huh. Well, in this kind of way, I'll be fired immediately. No---this time it would be an execution.
"Are you a soldier of <Mythril>?"
After the name <Mythril> came up, the man had an appearance of surprise.
"Until the other day that is. Wait, Could it be that you're---"
"I was in the West pacific Ocean Fleet. The SRT"
"It's no wonder you're so knowledgeable of the M9---. Tuaha de Ganaan huh. I heard that a tough lady leads it. Also that bastard chief---knowing that we were former comrades, he didn't let me know."
The man with a hard voice narrowed his eyes, and made a small sigh.
"Where were you"
"I'm in the mediteranean sea Fleet. Sergeant George Laplock. from the SRT.
Loplock. It's not that he hasn't interacted with the other fleet members, but he doesn't remember the mans name. However, this is not unnatural. Having 4 fleets and a tactical headquarters, <Mythril> would have a number of members in the SRT. for an unknown face would, there would be many.
the man ask----Laplock.
"Do you know Ben Clouseau? Last year, he was assigned as a first lieutenant there. Before he was assigned in my squad..."
"I know him well. More ever, What happened to the Mideteranian fleet. Why are you piloting the M9 under <Amalgam>? Tell me"
"...... Probably, my whole fleet was completely wiped out. The base in the Aegean sea was attacked, my comrades were most likely killed. I don't even know how many survived.
"Why were you saved?"
Laplock casting down, made a painful expression. It's like having a unspoken face for Sousuke saying "Why are you living in shame".
"I was absent from the base. There was a simple operation with Basque. An Observation Mission using only one M9. After it was over, I returned to Hercules."
Basque was one of the locations in Spain, an area where isolated independent movement and terrorism is not constant.
Hercules is a C-130 transport. It is not an unusual point.
Even for Sousuke's Pacific Ocean fleet, there were many missions like that.
"By the time we noticed the disaster when we returned, the base was already taken over. there was only a small amount of fuel remaining in the transport, we couldn't run away. the only landing runway, is controlled by the enemy. And then we discussed---"
"That's right. I approached them with a deal. This unit"
Glancing at the damaged M9.
"Making use of the M9 and it's tactics---and then there is this and that. <Amalgam> also have information on the M9, in the end it was only the specs. With only opinions of the people who uses it in the field, they themselves have not heard of it.
"With only that the enemy gave their consent?"
Sousuke asked with doubt, Laplock kept silent, looking up at the <Savage's> Optic Sensor.
Dimly---a dim flame, voice rising, trembling.
"---They gave their consent. They also practiced. They also needed an Aggressor. Having being offered that kind of information and situation <Amalgam> employed me."
"What about the others. The transport surrendered didn't it"
"...I don't know. We were separated immediately after surrender, we didn't see each other."
"Is there others from <Mythril> that surrendered?"
"I don't know. But it won't be strange if there is"
"What's <Amalgam's> plan?"
"I also don't know that. Speaking of the surprise attack <Mythril> is being chased into complete annihilation, there is no doubt that the scheme is above the multitude of fleets.
"What is their positioning activity? What is their organizational chart?"
"All I know is that, Bucharest, Tripoli, Corsica, The Crimea, Sri Lanka and Yemen. I don't know the details of the location, but I've seen the camp in the outskirts of Tripoli, somewhere in Ceylon. The others were not splendid establishments. Rather---they are bases can always withdraw and constructed anytime. Someone preparing the equipments, the budget must have come from somewhere. Probably most of the members of <Amalgam>, doesn't know the whole picture. They are always fluid, dispersed the command center of the organization."
"Like the internet"
Originally, the internet, with the united states on the verge of nuclear attack from the Soviets, built a network for the survival of a decentralized chain of command. <Amalgam> makes use of this concept applied to a Terrorist Organization, achieving one's survival.
"that's right. If you take down one another would take it's place, having an accurate picture of all the organization, it is virtually impossible to destroy them. Nobody understands the truth. that's where they're strong."
"However, you can't make a decision. if a pyramid doesn't have a summit...."
"It can't. it's not it. It's just, slow. It's not that I don't grasp what I saw....I think that <Amalgam> is a 'Democratic' organization. Ironically it is mighty. To reach to a conclusion, it takes time.
that is why, Sousuke while in Tokyo, took a leisure time to "guard" Kaname.
If it was a fast decision making facility, there would be a fierce attack following the SANAN incident, it's not strange.
Also for the A21 incident, that's also true for the Pacific Chrysalis issue. And to determine exactly what would be the next hit, there were strange points in both incidents. There were many inefficient aspects.
But, what about looking at it from the risks?
As a result, their operations was stopped by <Mythril>. And the personnel involved in the operations, and highly rare equipment fell into the hands of <Mythril>.
With careful analysis and examination, it is not strange that fatal information was obtained by the enemy organization---even after a considerable amount of time, <Mythril> was not able to grasp the information of <Amalgam>.
That's right. Even after many failures of bold operations, it was not a huge blow to them.
"I only came to Namsak the other day. I was at the Libyan camp until that time. A man called Kurama came, making me---"
"did you say Kurama?"
Sousuke blurted out, Laplock knitted his brows.
"You know him?"
"A little. He's here?"
"Yeah. He's watching the battle right now. there is a mountain in north-north east. that's the [Grandstand] where the VIP guests are--"
At that time, there was a reaction in the infrared sensor.
Direction 348. Distance 3000. Altitude 85 meters.
Most likely the units sent by the Chief. A small attack copter heading this way. the <Savages's> sensor aimed at the target.
Putting into maximum magnification, That helicopter is loaded with Stub wing, Rocket launcher and cannon.
There is no mistake that they have the intention of killing Sousuke. They know very well that he has no means of retaliating with these weapons.
"Looks like the time is up"
Sousuke smacking his lips, raising the engine output of the worn out unit.
"What are you planning?"
"I told you. Time is up"
Sousuke controlling the unit, in the right arm of the exhausted M9, extended his manipulator. grabbing the wrist of the M9 with both hands, gripping in full power.
Mustering the small amount of power in Sousuke's <Savage>, the M9's wrist, forcibly tearing off the interior and exterior armor. Together with the distorting sound of metal, exposes the interior mechanism. Sousuke briskly controlling the <Savage's> manipulators, taking out the wire of the wire gun in the lower part of the M9.
"Hey, wait. That <Savage> doesn't have any more weapons right? how do you plan on fighting against them?"
the enemy heli is drawing near. At full speed in it's forward bent posture. Sousuke made the unit step left, reeling the wire from the M9 swinging it overhead. Like a cowboy in a western film.
At the same time that Sousuke said this the Heli in range fired it's rocket.
A large amount of rocket spread from the lotus like launcher. the <Savage> to the right, and to the right evading the attack. Rockets exploding in the surrounding of the unit.
Finishing from the attack, with the wire in hand, threw an aim towards the heli in the sky.
The M9's wire gun, it is a special equipment that allows the unit that weights 10 tons to manuever mountains and urban areas. Shooting at a vertical cliff as an anchor, the unit is capable of running up. Even though only having a mere 10 millimeter in diameter, it is made of tough Metal fiber and Carbon fiber, up to 10 times the weight of the unit in an instant--- in other words its toughness can bear a load more than 100 tons.
With the wire, traversing straight above into the enemy Heli's rotor, coils around it like an animal.
What comes next is simple.
Gripping the base of the wire, pulling strongly with full force, collapsing the enemy heli from altitude at once, crashing on the ground and explodes.
"Are you alive"
Abandoning the wire, with the call of Sousuke, Laplock crawls out from the wreckage of the M9. Seeming to have a shock after the point-blank explosion, step uncertain.
"although I have mountains of question, there is no time. you are---"
Sousuke smacking his lips.
Rather than the M9, this damaged old model <Savage> has no more room take this man. To begin with, this overheating unit, would not be able to carry Laplock.
"---enough, do what you like. Run away to anywhere"
the man is more and more surprised.
"Run away? Me? You don't understand. why would---"
"I don't have time to mind you, like I said"
"Wait. Could it be that your alone? you don't have any friends coming?"
Suspicious of the words, Sousuke answers briefly.
"I don't have comrades. I'm alone"
"What did you say? then, why are you fighting in a place like this"
"I have something to pay <Amalgam>, I'm also in the same circumstance as you. while being away from the base, my comrades were massacred.
Checks the condition of the unit.
Oil pressure is going down. A decent cooling system just came to a standstill. Nevertheless, it was better than being naked. After catching up to the enemy's tail, he can't just let go.
"An important thing was stolen. I'm definitely going to take it back from them."
"Hey hey. You're fighting them just because of only that reason!? Are you serious!?"
"...only that reason?"
the units generator output is rising. Cutting off the oil pressure in the left arm, it saves some time in operation, says Sousuke.
"for me that is enough reason. No matter what, I will recover it in any means. that's what I vowed."
That's right. vowed.
in that classroom.
Turning around toward the direction of where the chief is, from the back of the departing <Savage> standing on top of a mountain of rubble, Laplock shouts.
"I don't understand! Your just a mercenary aren't you. when the wind blows you also change employer. Wasn't our style to follow the best terms!?"
somehow, the words of Laplock was bitter. Not to Sousuke, but to someone far away--- no, rather to say it to himself, that's how his voice was.
"That's right. In the life of migratory birds, that is essential.
"I'm no longer a mercenary. I'm just a man."
After uttering that, Sousuke moved his unit.
Laplock falling on his knees calling out for something, that a bad state external microphone was not able to pick up.
Michel Lemon who saved Ash and the maintenance crew, cleaning up the corpse of the killed corrupt policemen, immediately his "men" started to move.
"What exactly are you people?"
Inside the van traveling on the unfinished road, Ash inquired. the other maintenance crew, together with several men of Lemon, was sent back from the outskirts of Munamera Village.
"I think it would be better if you don't know about the penetration."
Lemon replied, offended.
Not being able to keep silent he opened up, Ash have the continued patience to wait but---He notice that Lemon does not and raise his voice.
"I don't understand. Explain it to me. How did you escape the detention cell? Are you some kind of spy? Were you keeping quiet from us all that time?"
"It's true that I deceived you but that's beside the point."
"With that manner of speaking, there's no way that I can understand!?"
Then Lemon wrinkles his eyebrows, with some difficulty bending his lips.
"When I met you guys, it was really a coincidence. No matter how strong any team would be alright. As long as there is a connection to the Arena in Namsak. that's why when Nami gathered the funds, I thought of finding another connection that is suitable to handle. At any rate---excuse me but, you guys are too weak. until that hits, your just on the category of a general plans. It's just---"
"On that day, when Sousuke came I changed my mind. His knowledge of AS and others, there are others but---it's his demeanor drew me. He's young but he's accustomed to fighting. I understood immediately. I knew."
After muttering that, Lemon's facial expression become gloom, which was sombre. The kind that is similar to when he ordered his men to kill the corrupt policemen.
"that's why let your body flow with the current. that's what I think. In any case, it is not half hearted to get close to that organization. But it's impossible, i didn't think that his goal was similar to ours."
In the enigmatic words of Lemon, ash could only turn his head.
"I can't understand at all. after all, where are you guys from?"
Lemon gave a bitter smile.
"An information department from a certain country. my country is being pulled by the line by <Amalgam> and <Mythril>"
"I really don't understand, Musshu"
Ash grumbles, then Lemon finally smiled.
Using every trick to continue, the weariness of the unit is almost at its limits. Many warning lamp is flickering inside the cockpit. It's just like the decorative lives in a Christmas Tree.
Before reaching the "Grandstand" over the mountains that Laplock told him, his units hydraulics, temperature needle has reached over its limits. Repairing the damaged parts, losing oil---to a human it is like loosing blood---resupplying, it can still work some more, but this is not that time.
Sousuke stopped the unit, opened the cockpit hatch and got out.
From the lock in the cockpit side, he took out his favorite pistol and magazine getting down into the ground. An australian made Clock 19. Using a separate route to enter a country just to days ago, he was finally able to be reunited.
the feeling of insufficient heat is undeniable. If necessary, he would have to deal with one man then two. Then after, it would be a good to take the weapon of the enemy.
The mountain where the "Grandstand", is a stereotypical forest shrouded with broadleaf tree. Sousuke within the darkness, races in the thick trees, turning from the east bank. at first he was in a difficult situation with pitch black field of vision, but the eyes grow accustomed to the darkness.
How many sentry will he run into, Sousuke heads close to the highway in the east side mountain.
the map of the neighborhood has been hit into his head. the vegetation and the others, since he has experience fighting in South East Asia a few years ago, he was familiar.
Advancing in the darkness, he saw a concrete gate installed in the slope of the mountain. the gate is enclosed in four corners with a barbed wire, illuminated by a strong light. There were also a suitable number of guards. Not far from this gate, getting closer to Sousuke's <Savage>, pilots are loitering the neighborhood but, it was not unreasonable.
If he leaves it alone, with himself hiding in the thicket, he might be discovered by the lookout.
(Well, what now)
Sousuke loosing interest in attacking the enemy camp, there was a new movement in front of the gate.
With an appearance of being busy, in front of the gate coming out from the patrol car of Namsak city, 2 policemen and 1 girl got off.
then from the inside of the gate, the targeted man appeared. a private army surrounding the two men. One is the chief---the other one was him!
That's right, it's Kurama.
a tall solid figure. Even with the sweltering climate of Southeast Asia, he wears a black coat.
Kurama glancing at Nami, firmly grasping the girl, thrusting an automatic pistol in her jaw.
"Sagara! Are you watching? If you are then you understand!"
The loud voice resounding. Had guess that he was lurking nearby.
"Come out and throw away your weapon! If you don't I'll kill her! I'll give you 10 seconds!"
Nami's small form---her shoulders shaking uneasily, in the thicket around the gate, there was an extensive nervousness.
The atmosphere of the tropics late night, was humid and heavy, no wind was blowing in the many trees. Countless insects and reptiles, nocturnal birds and small animals conceal their breaths, looking down on Sousuke crouching in the dim light. Many unemotional eyes. it is no different from the sensor of the AS, the functioning eye that gathers exterior information, silently staring at the back of Sousuke. Like some cold fate reaching unto him.
There is the private army of the chief surrounding Nami. It's not a number you can take out in an instant.
If it's that Kurama, he's serious. it's not just some bluff. besides---why. What a bad premonition.
What now. A first time for these feelings. Actually---actually---he feels like something bad will happen. something he cannot recover from.
7 more seconds. Only 7 more seconds.
If he moves out of this thicket now, what will happen? will he forcibly shoot to kill. kurama is not a forgiving man.
One second, delaying the acceleration of one second. One second feels like one minute, next it feels like one day, before lone a week, becoming a month.
If he goes out, Nami might not be saved. He was originally a human who has nothing to do with this. but, there is no mistake that he will be killed. the details up to here, he already has the reason to do so.
He has been passing through a suitable amount of bloodshed. Nevertheless survived somehow. Suddenly being stuck with this place.
There is no reason for Nami to die here. nothing to blame, a girl who has nothing to do with the battle of <Mythril> and <Amalgam>, is going to die in a place like this. but, he can't think about dying in here. What would happen if he dies. Who will save Kaname. that Leonard, and the other <Amalgam>, who should pay for the sins?
dying in here, that conclusion is not permitted. do what you can, bring all that you have---technical skill, experience, physical strength, knowledge, everything---use that to strike the world, take back Chidori Kaname from those people. after that, die in a blaze.
that's why, you cannot die here.
That's the same for Nami. Her hometown destroyed---to be able to go back to the peaceful school, Nami who is fighting hard with the scrap like <Savage>. If he tried a little harder, nami would have made her dream so much closer to reality. For her, she cannot accept that everything ends here.
To him and the girl which one is Kurama coercing. In either case the battle cannot be changed, either case the countdown cannot be reversed.
On the contrary to that hesitation, Sousuke from some time ago, was groping for that third choice. To end up with him and Nami not being dead. A bright way of doing it. Looking up at every possibility, scrutinizing at high speed.
Can't. Can't go out.
Is there no other way. to the very least, he has three more seconds to think. Kurama's countdown has a possibility of being just a bluff. If he were hiding his breath until the last minute, that guy might think "he's not here afterall, it was a misunderstanding", and might pass the chance to kill Nami. No, that's not it. If talking about that guys limits, if he declared he will shoot then he will surely shoot. He won't think of changing his mind in front of the people surrounding him.
What would be the best course. Is there no way. There must be some other---
He can't. He has to go out.
If he does he would have extended the 2 second delay. there is no way to escape from the dilema of waiting, buying time. That's right, must go out----
"no, I've changed my mood"
Kurama didn't call for "1". in exchange he thrust Nami casually, aimed at her back and mercilessly fired.
Most probably a 45 caliber. Knowing with the gunshot.
and continuing with 3 more shots.
All hit, Nami's small body trembling bit by bit at the shot. inside the searchlights, red liquids were splashed. From what can be seen, it is obvious Kurama didn't miss the vitals.
Nami's facial expression mostly can't be seen.
Not even staggering. Being blown off not even exagerated. The girl is just, like a puppet controlled by a string falling in place.
Taking his breath no sound escaped, having lived a long time as a soldier training and being accustomed, only because of that. Automatic reaction. Like being unable to make a disadvantageous tactical move should anything happening, it was created but the function of his body and mind.
Why did he shoot.
Why didn't you even say "1".
I planned on showing up. Like you wished, i planned to come out from here. Even then, this shouldn't be happening. don't you're rules even have a minimum?
Body being burned with overwhelming fury, that tied to his self control and his determination. Those two conflicting, Souske's body is like a small explosion right now.
"I can feel it! You anger!"
The "chief" and the private who was dumbfounded by the sudden events--- standing in the midst of the corrupt police men armed with carbine gun, hands raised slowly, Kurama called.
"Good killing instinct! You are close by after all. The killing intent intended for me is brimming in every corner of this dense thicket. You understand right. that's right, isn't this the life? Like the atmosphere trembling, Sagara Sousuke!"
How dare you.
An automatic pistol at hand--- with the muzzle of the Glock 19, from the shadow of the leaf headed without a sound towards Kurama. The distance is roughly around 100 meters. There are barbed wire in the range.
Shall he kill that guy now?
It would be better if it was a rifle, this is a short pistol. It will not hit in 100 meters. A pistol is such a weapon. Even if he aimed, he still won't know if the wounds from 9 millimeter would be fatal at this distance. Moreover, Kurama purposely wore a black coat in the middle of such a sweltering climate, it is like the same bulletproof vest from a previous confrontation.
There is no significance in shooting. He won't be killed.
And then the enemy would react from the gunshot here, sending a number of soldiers. Knowing the position and direction, even for Sousuke he could not run from that number of people. Probably together with around 10 person, that would be over. That is why Sousuke did not move during the countdown.
"Do you want to kill me!?"
Kurama raising his voice again.
"Why don't you come here right away? No need to hesitate. do want you want. If you are going to demonstrate your splendid self control, that would be fine. Why don't you get affection from the no good bystanders in this good for nothing country your whole life. Just...let me tell you this. If you leave me alone, I will give the treatment to that important woman of yours!"
it's no other, it's about Chidori Kaname. Kurama knows that.
"That's right, I know her whereabouts! Coming out from here and there, I'm getting irritated from your interruptions. I'm going back to that place, I feel like I want to FUCK that woman. Leonard---that affectionate boy, in place of that worthless Gauron! I'm going to force it like this pathetic girl over here! How about it, Sagara Sousuke!?"
all of it are provocation. He knows that.
Kurama is not a normal hoodlum. He is a refined cold hearted professional. All of this, is his tactics to loss the tranquility, nothing more than that. This to expand the search perimeter to discover the surrounding.
Shooting Nami, referencing kaname, inside of Sousuke's heart is shaking.
Kurama sounded a sigh through his nose.
"....well, he's not coming out huh. Then just watch. I'm a harsh man, remember that."
stretched down on the damp ground, aiming at the motionless Nami, Kurama drove a bullet.
At the time that Sousuke who has lost discretion stood up, there was shooting in the other direction from where he is at, attacking at Kurama. And there are a number of them.
Gunshot from Assult Rifles and Sub Machine gun. There are 8 men in the thicket, no, theres more than that.
a number of policemen surrounding Kurama fell down from the bullets of the raid, also a few searchlight were sniped. In the circumference of the gate wrapped in darkness, the enemy in chaos shouts, screaming, firing in a haphazard way. A grenade flying from somewhere, aimed at the parked patrol car, scattering a flashing explosion.
Where are they from?
No, this is not the time to think that. anyhow, take advantage of this opportunity. Take down Kurama immediately.
Sousuke flew out from the thicket, running past the slowly developing broadleaf tree.
Before the fence, the private army of the Chief with Carbine gun in hand was present. trembling from the sudden raid, looking in the wrong direction. Just under the distance of 5 meters close, the enemy noticed.
There was no chance to retaliate. Sousuke steadily aims.
Without stopping, did not hesitate to shoot.
Just one shot. Drive an accurate headshot. There is no excuse at this distance. The falling enemy continues to step up, inserting the glock in the back of his belt, he takes up the Carbine gun and magazine. Confirming that the first bullet has entered the chamber, he changed the selector from Full auto to Semi auto.
The gate's surrounding is now a melting pot of confusion. Gunfire and bellows were mixed, with cloud of dust from impact, the black flames from the burning patrol car and the dim light visibility got worse.
Falling in the shot skillfully with 2 rapid shots.
One who was desperate not knowing where the attack was coming from, and the other who saw Sousuke in an instant died. Passing beside the 2 dead bodies rolling on the ground, Sousuke noticed. The first one that was killed, was the man who hit him the the police station's interrogation room. His name unknown. And won't know from now on.
A handy shelter---The in the shade of the obliquely slant Patrol Car full of bullets, Sousuke investigates again the surrounding situation.
It seems that the attackers have complete dominance. Not only because it was a surprise attack. The attackers compared to the corrupt policemen, they win in terms of training and tactics. In front of the opened space at the gate where Kurama and the others were standing, they were steadily prepared and established a "Killing Zone". From the unit in a semi-circle formation, then concentrated their attack in that area, in a short amount of time, obliterating the enemy forces into smithereens. A standard raid and ambush.
you can't be careless. Still not knowing whether the attacking forces are allies or enemies, if Sousuke were to enter the plaza where Kurama went to earlier, there is no mistake that he will become a target without mercy.
Thus, the flurry of gunfire in the middle of the danger zone, he became composed. He took the remaining bullets in the gun he took from the enemy and finished him in the head, watching the surrounding 360 degrees, the power and movement of each forces, reading accurately the positional relationship and tactics. the violent emotions from earlier were no longer present.
And then---Sousuke himself was surprised. Coming out from the thicket untl coming here he was not thinking at Nami. Bearing a fatal wound, she was left behind in the middle of war with flurry of bullets.
He cannot see Kurama from here.
On top of him not being an amateur, he guessed that they would be completely overwhelmed in the first attack. Turning the place where he was into a place of massacre. As long as he is alive, inside the gate, escaping through a rough tunnel drilled into the mountain, it is possible---
He can hear the roar of the engine and tire screeching. Getting away in the rough tunnel, possibly---
In front of his eyes, over the thick black smoke one patrol car started to run. Narrowly, he saw the back of the head of a large built man in the driver seat. In the passenger seat is the Chief.
Sousuke smacks his lips. Kurama was aiming for the tunnel, running away in the opposite direction. Finding an operational car, escapes this dangerous area with full force.
Shifting his body, quickly put the bonnet on top of his carbine gun and changed the selector, aiming at kurama's patrol car fiercely hurling in full auto. Pushing on to the jumping gun barrel, pulling the trigger without mercy.
Turning the Muzzle flashes, the enemy car was splashed with sparks, with the glass of the rear window breaking. Even then the patrol car did not stop, but continued to accelerate.
The bullets were consumed just like that. The figure of the patrol car 's rear getting smaller.
The shrubs in the highway were obstacles. Difficult to aim. the car looking the size of a fist, not looks more like the size of a thumb. removing the magazine in the pocket of his buttocks he reloads. And then shot all the bullets. Rifle bullets that was spit out of the muzzle, relentlessly sending it to the patrol car. But even then the target is too far.
Reloads the last magazine. the car continues to drive, become like the size of a grain, heading for the hill---
It's already useless. Sousuke moans softly, fingers still on the trigger, he finally orders it to "stop".
The patrol car that Kurama and the chief rode, they can no longer be reached.
Standing by helplessly.
Feeling resentment at himself for letting the enemy escape, with the shadow of the car hidden, Sousuke thinks of his next move. should he escape, or should he remain.
In the field of Vision of a hesitant Sousuke, there came a shadow. it is not one of the chief's men. Even has a different uniform. aiming the gun suddenly, the opponent faces with the palms up.
that person, it was Michel Lemon who was supposed to be in the dirty jail in Namsak.
The battle ended shortly thereafter.
The number of patrol car that continues to burn, there are still black smoke still spewing in the area. All of the private army of the chief were either dead or ran away. There were no one still moving in the slaughter area.
The attackers can be seen confirming their spoils of war in the forest. searching with precaution, carefully covering.
In the black uniform, there was a tactical vest full of pockets. if necessary a bullet proof plate can also be inserted. Balaclava cap, a Passive infra-red vision goggles hangs. No, rather than goggles, it is a large sunglass.
Having an abundant of equipments, their movements as well, they have the characteristics of a well trained military organization.
The guns were dangling randomly at their shoulder, their posture is straight, and have a unique characteristics in walking. Lowest unit is a two man team. guarding each direction, without negligence, proceeding with organic cooperation. Watching over the ally's back, striking the companions shoulder. Even when confirming the dead bodies of the enemy on the ground, they do not approach casually. Especially when both hands of the corpse can not be seen.
"what's the meaning of this?"
Sousuke inquired, Lemon saying with a melancholic voice.
"Leave the for later"
Walking to the completely controlled plaza in front of the gate, they immediately saw Nami.
Black blood spreading over the unfinished pavement.
In there the she sinks.
They have seen this scene a number of times, but Sousuke feels like the invisible reaper gripping on the heart.
running through the cold feelings of the muscles, he felt goosebumps all over his body.
the girl was not moving.
no longer emitting an anguish voice.
Without tears, even without blinking, if only the grudge and blame could he shown towards a glance. No words remain could be said.
the bullet shot by Kurama, towards her vitals---heart and lung, also the big injury in the large arteries. if the supply of blood to the brain is cut off, consciousness would be lost in a matter of seconds, the then would lose the functions of the body forever. the head was a hollow point isn't it. with the impact of a large diameter bullet, she would have lost her consciousness instantly. At least, that was wished for.
He can't think of any compensation.
everything was decided at that instant.
In that one second.
the one second that Sousuke hesitated.
"How could this be"
Lemon murmuring with a trembled voice.
"How could this be"
Lemon repeated, kneeling beside her, let out a pharyngeal weep. Putting the gun on top of the mud, embracing the girl who lost her strength, shaking the shoulders. Not before long the trembling spread to the arms, head and foot, his whole body shivering.
Sousuke could not let out a sound.
simply standing there exhausted, turning around with simple words in his brain staring vacantly.
One more second.
Why didn't I get out.
Why didn't I hurry.
Even though she did nothing wrong.
I let her die.
If he did not move.
If he did not more.
One more second.
What would others do.
I got her involved.
Brought upon yourself.
I got her involved.
I let her die.
Just like Lemon, if would be good if his whole body could tremble and cry. At most, if only he could let the 35 kilo weight of the gun in his hand fall to the ground.
what would be an appropriate reaction for a time like this---no, what would be the natural reaction to come out. he knows the symbolism, but he didn't know the true feelings.
Ash of the maintenance crew appeared from somewhere, crying, swearing at him.
Your not human. Why didn't you help her. Did you only use her. This good girl. You are the scum of the humans. Say something. Don't you feel anything.
Even then Sousuke was completely expressionless, standing exhausted in that place.
An operational car filled with bullet holes, Kurama heads to the south with a bending and warped road.
South---towards the town areas of Namsak.
Both headlights broken, the road at night were not illuminated, but he didn't mind and let the car fly. because the cracked windshield is distorting his field of vision, he carelessly hit his fist to break it.
the fragments flying into the passenger seat, the Chief let out a groan.
"Exactly what happened?"
unable to hide his bewilderment, the chief raises his voice. flat out wind blowing in the car, with the muffler lost, his voice did not reach.
"My private army---My private army was annihilated! It was the associates of that Sagara right!?"
"You're a little mistaken"
On the right shoulder, taking out the metal plate from his bullet proof coat, kurama said.
"If he has more colleagues, then he would have been trying to buy time cleverly. The response was also slow, there was no cooperation."
"Then who are they"
"I still don't know. They're also not the remains of <Mythril>?
"I can't believe it. Wasn't it a trap from the start? I was manipulated by your mistaken information, something like that---"
Excited, Kurama grabbed violently at the collar of the chief who was accusing him.
"You don't even have a guarantee"
Telling him with a deathly voice.
"Well, we didn't talk elaborately on that. Whether what those people are, or how they are connected to Sagara, we will find that out soon. It's not a problem. the problem of what happened there, is just simple. it's really simple. After all---"
Increasingly tightening the grip on the throat and neck, the chief let out a muffled scream.
"Uh...h..hard to breath"
"---after all. the policemen that were following you, are are amateur group inferior to a watch dog. allowing the enemy to get that close.
"I'm, I'm sorry, Musshu. But...."
"Listen carefully. I'm pissed. I can't stomach that brat in front of my eyes, even the destruction of the M9 was not fun. Even about shooting the woman. If it were like the perverted bastard as you are, getting aroused from something like that, a civilized person like me is different. I'm annoyed."
"But then---- I don't know. Why did you have to shoot that girl. that, wasteful method---"
"that was enough. If that would piss him off. I'm different from a idiot villain from cheap looking police drama. If I say "kill" I will firmly kill. and I have no sense of duty to seriously adhere to the ten count. that's right, life is short. that's that I wanted that guy to know.
"that guy will definitely chase after me. He will be tightening up and kill me. and he purposely worked hard to look for me."
"Are you going to run, they already made preparations when you return to the city. If you stay with me, will they come. Then smash them when they come. I will need your cooperation. Do you understand?"
the chief who was not able to let a sound out, can only nod.
somewhat slacking the fingers, Kurama let the chief go. the chief cough a little, glaring at him. No longer able to hide his hatred.
"Musshu. this treatment is getting too far---! I contributed for the organization, managing Namsak. and then, like this---"
"Sorry. Your high pitched voice was getting on my nerves. And then---"
After saying that Kurama searches his coat pocket, opens the cigarette case he took out. In the case in aa clean carrot stick cut into quadrilateral.
One stick being preserved, he held it in his mouth like a cigarette.
"---speaking to a man who stopped smoking, it would be better to be careful. Because as you can imagine he is very irritated."
How do you chase him from here, you don't surely know.
Kurama would get far away from Namsak, he might run into a place where you can't reach. But if you were late in the pursuit for even one second, the possibility would be enlarged exponentially.
In order for Sousuke to chase Kurama with the car, the remaining car in the area is not enough. since this is the outskirts of Munamera, the road towards Namsak, would continue like a snake having a stomach ache. It wouldn't be far for a straight line but, if you take the actual road, the distance would be three times more.
Another effective means, he needs to make use of an emergency repair of the badly damaged <Savage>. If it would be the AS he won't need to take the road. Disregarding the bending and warped road, crossing immediately the steep terrain, even considering the amount of time for repair it is still effective.
Without time explaining to each other their identities, Sousuke brought the plan to Lemon, Lemon approves.
Sousuke returned with the <Savage> that he left from the forest, quuickly bringing that unit to the front gate. Lemon and the others have already made the preparations, proceeding with the emergency repair of the unit. Ash of the maintenance crew who was there, did not help.
Speaking of the repairs, the damaged hydraulic system was applied a forced taping, pouring the unknown oil from inside the tunnel, they pour in the similar diesel to the fuel tank. If this were another AS, this would not work.
And also found only one weapon. It was brought in from the tunnel. showing an appearance of a new kind of HEAT Hammer. That only would be very good.
But the <savage> who was damaged by the battle with the M9, it is not possible to get it back to the best condition. More than changing the parts, it should purchase a new fuselage the soonest.
But then, Lemon and the others gave a surprising loud voice.
"Can it move with just only that?"
"If for a little"
Sousuke replied with a dark voice. If it were in a different circumstance, the <Savage> by all means is tough, hanging a few minutes of lecture. No, It's not himself. Even the girl whose the owner of this unit, she would explain with pride this units strength.
But she's not here anymore.
The emergency repairs were finished.
Sousuke with little words, ascending the military unit, gets on the cockpit.
Starting up the electronic system. using the remaining standby energy to restart the engine. Check the hydraulics and drive system. Test the optical sensor. Firearms control is.... like I know.
The noise from the suspicious communication system, Lemon voice came out.
"Let me tell you this. I'm definitely a guy from the intelligence agency. but by meeting you and Nami by chance, it was unexpectedly fun.
Kneeling on the side of the girl, Lemon whose whole body is shivering. Sousuke knows at least that was not an act.
then, what about him that stood there silently?
"After that...you are a soldier of <Mythril>"
"Former <Mythril>. Right now I'm not"
He continued to operate the unit. Closing the cockpit block. Lock. glaring at the hydraulics, connects the drive system.
"all of you, are the agent of DGSE. You colleagues are similar to the 29 SA. Isn't that right."
DGSE. French Foreign Security Directorate. 29 SA is the 29th Mobile Bureau. The DGSE is known for their special forces. They were also on the streets of Namsak finding anything related to <Amalgam>, and attempts to infiltrate them.
"I'm surprised. You knew that much"
"It's a guess. And then, whatever."
Sousuke feels desperation inside.
Having heard, Ash and the others were ordered by the chief to be killed, Lemon and the others save them. This is unexpected from Sousuke, it was a mistake. the chief and Kurama targeting Sousuke was natural and he can stop it but, he did not think that it would make it to a point that Ash and the others were being dealt with.
He was not able to see the big picture of the enemy. It is true that you can't stand the elaborate operation and plans but, to Sousuke that was naive perspective, resulting in pain. If Lemon were not to intervene, Not only Nami but Ash would also be dead.
If he was alone, he thought he could deal with it, working for the safety of his co-workers. In other words, didn't he get attached to catching up with <Amalgam> and got impatient.
Then blaming the unbearing regret in his heart, Sousuke couldn't stop. It's like some supreme motive, not a strong will that pushes him. Right now he is not even thinking about the name of the girl he is searching for. he can't even remember that smile.
But, he does not know what else to do.
If he stops here, he feels that he would disappear without knowing anything at all.
He has to go after Kurama.
Capturing him, torturing, to take information.
What does he expect to hear, what would be useful now, Sousuke right now is not thinking of anything.
Connection complete. carefully raising the output of the engine, slowly the unit stands up. Probably, This white <Savage> that Nami loved as the [Crossbow], standing up like this, would be the last.
Sousuke murmurs with a dim fire of sadness and gloom embracing his heart.