Chapter 19: Momentous Victory

The need to go on my knees and kiss the ground overwhelmed me as I smiled wildly at the sight of nature. I never thought that I'd feel so much happiness and relief just by seeing the sun. Fear apparently felt the same way; his normally stiff posture was relaxed, and completely at ease with our newly found safety.

"We made it." I exhaled a sigh of relief.

"We sure did." Fear replied.

As I closed my eyes, I subconsciously spread my arms out, and welcomed the much wanted sunlight. After a nice stretch, I placed my arms back at my side, and opened my eyes. Movement in the corner of my vision caught my attention, and I turned to the source. The movement came from the Assassin who placed his hand over his lower face. His action made me raise an eyebrow. "Looking to see if you've got a zit?" I teased as I gave him a sly look.

Fear raised his own eyebrow, but otherwise did not appear annoyed by my comment. "No, I've just got a rip in my mask. No point of wearing one that shows some skin."

The Assassin swiftly took off his sleek mask to reveal an attractive face that was surprisingly void of scars. He caught me staring and smirked at me as he titled his head in a way that made blond strands of his hair fall over his eyes. "Like what you see Agent Moore?" He said in a teasing tone.

I snorted. "More like I'm surprised that you have such a feminine face. Let me guess, you kept it clean by going to the spa regularly?"

The Assassin glared at me, and I couldn't help but laugh. Not long afterwards, he chuckled as well. For a moment, we both allowed ourselves to enjoy the light atmosphere. As Seeker agents, we both knew just what was at stake and the high cost if we failed. With such a heavy burden on our shoulders, it was quite rare for Seeker agents to find any humor in the present world.

Unfortunately, even the smallest of good things must have come to an end as the Assassin and I had to remain focused on our task at hand.

"We better find the others," Fear said.

I nodded in agreement and was about to step onto the small terrain when a random inquiry popped into my head. "Hey Fear, who's John?" I asked curiously.

The Assassin merely blinked at me and opened his mouth to speak, but was cut off by the sound of static coming through our ear pieces. "..oss … you ther.?" Those were the only syllables that came from the overpowering static.

"Barely, there's too much static. Repeat?" I replied as I covered my ears in an attempt to better hear the message.

"What's your …sition?"

I let out a loud breath in annoyance. "Change the channel, there's too much interference in this one."

I did what I said, and I turned the dial on my ear piece to a supposedly free channel. "Can you repeat please?" I said again.

"Can you hear me now boss?" Came Gizmo's voice.

"Yes!" I exclaimed.

"About bloody time," Gizmo murmured, though the static-free ear piece allowed me to hear his comment. I stifled a chuckle.

"What's your position? Is anyone else with you?" I asked.

"I'm two clicks south of where you are actually. Just climb up the hill and you should see the van parked there. As for who's with me, everyone managed to find me."

It felt like a huge weight had risen from my shoulders as I thanked whatever God that was up there for keeping my team alive.

"Alright." I said. "Fear and I will meet you in about five minutes. See you then." I cut the line and faced the Assassin. "Time to go on an adventure." I said sarcastically.

The Assassin quickly placed a new mask over his face, (why in the hell did he have another mask?!), and placed his dual blades back into his belt. "Lead the way, boss." He replied as he emphasized the last word.

I rolled my eyes, and proceeded to climb up the steep hill.

The tunnel led out to a ditch of sorts which would have been completely easy to miss, unless you were in my situation. It was a pain in the ass climbing up the small hill; the climb consisted of me either tripping forward due to a hole in the ground, or slipping on the wet grass. Needless to say, I was annoyed.

Finally, Fear and I reached the top. I literally jumped onto the pavement, but paid no attention to the Assassin's questioning gaze. I may have been a Seeker agent, but that didn't mean that I couldn't have fun when I could. Fear looked at me like I was a sugar crazed child. Seriously, Assassins could have sure used training in the humor department.

Surely enough, the van was parked on the cement as Gizmo waved at us through the window. I allowed a grin to come across my face, and I sped walk towards the van. The back door slid open, and indeed the others were there, and they all shouted at me in relief.

"You finally made it!" Predator shouted as he waved his hands wildly.

"I'm so glad you two are ok!" Elvira said, and laughed in relief.

"Glad to see you're not dead," Olsen commented as he smiled at us gently.

I laughed briefly before I answered them. "Oh come on guys. You should know by now that I am immortal." I raised my arms in a godlike way, and bowed slightly.

Fear snorted, but the way his eyes beamed gave away his amusement. The other agents stepped out of the van and walked towards us. Predator clapped Fear on the shoulder, and grinned at him. Elvira came towards me and hugged me, while Olsen stood aside, and watched all of us with a soft expression. I hugged Elvira back, and grinned at the shy, blond agent. Elvira let go of me, and gave me a soft smile when she suddenly noticed the object in question in Fear's arms. "Is that my cloak?" She asked sharply.

I stifled a chuckle as Fear's eyes widened. Hah, and just a few moments earlier he was so confident that Elvira would understand.

Said person gave Fear a look that relayed the message: "I'm going to make a certain part of your anatomy disappear."

Luckily for the Assassin, a very special person made his appearance and interrupted the show down.

"Agent Moore?"

Elvira looked away from Fear and stepped back which allowed me the view of the Guardian as he came towards me. His hood was bent down all the way to his nose which blocked his eyes from me. I was a bit nervous as I didn't know what to expect.

Delta did something not at all like his normal self: he stepped towards me and enveloped me in a tight embrace. I gasped as I was completely shocked by his action. The other agents seemed just as surprised as I was, though they were more discreet about it, and actually gave us space. Bah, what the hell?

I didn't care about the crowd around us, so I allowed myself to lean my head against his shoulder, and pretended that we were simply a regular couple who were enjoying each other's presence. Oh God: a couple? No, that was not possible. Not for us. Nothing like that would ever happen; not with the war going on.

Unwillingly, I forced myself to let my weight off of Delta's inviting warmth. He looked at me, confusion and ….hurt? were evident in his eyes. I smiled at him gently as I assured him that I was not repulsed by the hug. Relieved, he let go of me and I politely took a step back.

I just realized that we were not alone when I quickly looked around me in embarrassment. Olsen was still smiling softly, Elvira was winking at me, Predator gave me the thumbs up while Fear crossed his arms in his signature pose, and smirked at us both. I could feel the blush creep on my face as the air felt way too warm. Delta seemed embarrassed as well, although he was more professional about it, and merely coughed while he looked at the ground in mock interest.

"So, what's our plan now boss?" Fear asked, and enjoyed the way that I tensed up and glared at him.

I mentally pictured myself lighting his mask on fire, but quickly shoved that thought out. "We go back to the hotel and give Pete our reports. He'll definitely want to know what was going on here."

Everyone nodded in agreement; the events that occurred at the lab not at all forgotten by any of us.

"Wait!" Predator exclaimed. "We're not done yet."

He took out the detonator from earlier and pressed the button. A light rumble occurred below our feet, and we all stared at Predator. Said person merely grinned at us, and then threw away the detonator. "Ok, all done now." He said.

If we were in an anime show, I'm pretty sure that giant sweat drops would have formed behind each of our heads and dripped down.

All at once, we made our way back to the van, and secured ourselves in our respected seats. That time though, Delta purposely sat beside me. I looked away quickly to hide my blush, and only turned to face the front when I deemed it safe.

As Gizmo drove us through the busy streets of Rome, I couldn't help but feel victorious in some ways. We blew up that damned laboratory, taking away one of the Phantoms' resources, and we also captured a Phantom agent and found some Intel. Those were huge bonuses for me. Also, it seemed like Delta may have felt the same way for me. If my suspicions weren't enough, then surely the fact that he took my hand and squeezed it gently must have been solid proof. I turned my head to face him, and saw him looking at me, his grey eyes were incredibly bright. I gave him a small smile, and lightly squeezed back. Despite all the difficulties that we would have to face, I knew that my team and I would make it.