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p dir="ltr""Can I speak to you for a sec...outside." I said./p
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p dir="ltr"We went outside and looked at him with daggers in my eyes./p
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p dir="ltr""What are you doing here?"/p
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p dir="ltr"br / Giovanni backed up./p
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p dir="ltr""Woah, I thought you'd be happy to see me of all people." He said crossing his arms./p
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p dir="ltr""Yeah but not like this. Not here!" I said. "And you didn't answer my question. What're you doing here?"/p
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p dir="ltr""I couldn't stand being safe at home while my baby brother was overseas fighting a war. So I enlisted." He shrugged. "Also no offense but you look terrible."/p
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p dir="ltr"I wiped of my face and sighed. "Yep we've been here for days. We barely pushed them back. Germans are holed up inside the Kremlin as we speak. Gova (pronounced joh-vah) I take it this is your first mission?"/p
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p dir="ltr""Yeah I haven't seen much combat at all." he sighed./p
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p dir="ltr""Listen, this is gonna be full fledged combat. People are gonna die. It's kill or be killed." I warned./p
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p dir="ltr"Before I could continue Stephan barged in from the tent. /p
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p dir="ltr""Veccio buddy we gotta lock and load, we're gettin ready to move ou-." Before he could finish his sentence a nearby tank exploded in a fiery ball./p
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p dir="ltr""Shit! We gotta roll!" Stephan said before returning back inside the tent./p
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p dir="ltr""We gotta move stick close!" I told Giovanni as I ran to get Elizavet./p
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p dir="ltr"I found her standing next to a few tanks barking orders. Once she noticed me she nodded and ran over to me./p
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p dir="ltr""Germans are trying to push us back. Scouts spotted several German platoons moving into position." She said. /p
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p dir="ltr"Stephan ran past us. "C'mon you guys!"/p
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p dir="ltr"We joined up with him and the others as Anatolis men and the German Wehrmacht began clashing at the front gates of the Kremlin. Anatoli shouted encouraging speeches from a megaphone while his men charged past him. /p
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p dir="ltr""Alright boys. This is it. One last push." Graham said as he climbed onto a tank. /p
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p dir="ltr"Above Kester and his fellow pilots duked it out with the Luftwaffe while we pushed towards the front gates. Elizavet led us to a group of sappers placing explosives onto the wall. Once all the charges were set they backed up and waited until Elizavet gave a thumbs up. They blew the charges destroyed the wall and sending blocks of concrete everywhere./p
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p dir="ltr""Nows our chance!" Giovanni said. "Let's move."/p
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p dir="ltr""Not so fast." Elizavet chimed in. She raised her arm and motioned towards the opening in the wall. Behind us two tanks fired several shells into the opening. "Now we go." /p
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p dir="ltr"We all rushed past the ruined wall and opened fire catching the Germans off guard. Stephan and Giovanni sat behind cover and picked them off while me and Elizavet went pillbox to pillbox clearing them out. We ran to the last pillbox but were stopped when it exploded. We both fell as the shockwave took our footing. I checked my surroundings and saw a t-34 driving over the destroyed pillbox. /p
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p dir="ltr""Haha sorry comrade. I did not see you." Came Anatolis voice. /p
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p dir="ltr"I grabbed Elizavet who was still dazed and dragged her to cover. She rubbed the side of her head. /p
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p dir="ltr""Blyad, that hurt bad."/p
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p dir="ltr""Need a medic?" I asked./p
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p dir="ltr"She shook her head. "Nyet we need to keep moving." /p
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p dir="ltr"We joined up with the rest of the force as we pushed our way inside the Kremlin. /p
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p dir="ltr""Veccio take some men and start clearing the second floor." Graham ordered./p
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p dir="ltr""On it! Stephan, Elizavet, Gova, and Fennell on me! Let's move!." /p
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p dir="ltr"We ran up the stairs and began sweeping room to room searching for any Germans holed up inside. Most of the rooms were empty except for the stray German soldier here and there. The last room had large black double doors. /p
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p dir="ltr""On my mark." I said and wedged a grenade into the door handle. /p
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p dir="ltr"I pulled the pin and got to cover as the fuse gave way to the explosion. The doors groaned and fell over with a powerful thud. We all filed into the dark room weapons drawn. The room was pitch except for the sunlight that made it through the openings in the ceiling. Suddenly I heard a thud coming from a closet. I motioned for Elizavet to come with as I checked it out. Elizavet kept her weapon trained on the door as I cautiously reached for the handle. I grabbed amd slowly began to open it when a German soldier burst out of closet and slammed his shoulder into my chest throwing me to the ground. I tried to get up but he hit me across the face with his pistol. Elizavet ran up and slammed her knee into his jaw. He tried to crawl away when Elizavet curb stomped him. She kneeled next me./p
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p dir="ltr""Oh no! Veccio what do he do to you?."/p
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p dir="ltr""I'm gonna ok." I groaned. "Got me good."/p
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p dir="ltr"Everyone ran over looking for the source of the noise./p
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p dir="ltr""What happened." Asked Fennell./p
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p dir="ltr""Damn Kraut was hiding in the closet and jumped out at me. Elizavet took care of him though."/p
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p dir="ltr""Oh man. He messed you up." Giovanni added kneeling next to me. /p
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p dir="ltr"Suddenly the crack of a gunshot filled the room. Elizavet screamed in pain. She fell over to the side whimpering. The German soldier stood behind her the barrel of his Luger exhaling smoke. Giovanni turned to fire but was met with a bullet to the shoulder. He spun around and hit the floor. Stephan and Pvt. Fennell ran to cover as two more Germans entered the room and opened fire on them. The German who shot Giovanni and Elizavet walked over to me and placed the pistol up to my head the heat searing my skin./p
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p dir="ltr""Russische Schweine." He snarled. /p
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p dir="ltr"He pulled the hammer back and squeezed the trigger. /p
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p dir="ltr"emClick/em /p
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p dir="ltr"His eyes grew wide and he began to fish cor a new magazine when a large hand emerged from the shadows and grabbed him by the shoulder. He froze and began to tremble. A ray of sunlight shone through the ceiling and illuminated a face, Viktors face. For the first time he showed true emotion and that was hatred. For the soldier and for the entire germam race for all his suffering. But, he was about to return the favor. His grip tightened and the German was dragged into the shadows kicking and shouting for mercy./p
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p dir="ltr""Nein! Nein! Es tut mir leid, bitte! Bitte!" /p
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p dir="ltr"The other two Germans looked around for their comrade which gave Stephan and Fennell a chance to take them out. Stephan noticed Giovanni and ran over to him. I kneeled next to Elizavet and took her in my arms. /p
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p dir="ltr""Fennell watch the door! Anymore Krauts show up blow their damn head off!" Yelled Stephan./p
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p dir="ltr"Fennell reloaded and nodded. "With pleasure!"/p
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p dir="ltr""Elizavet! Talk to me!" I said holding her. "Shit! Shit!"/p
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p dir="ltr""Medic!" I yelled at the top of my lungs. "Medic! We need a Medic here!"/p
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p dir="ltr"Viktor emerged covered a bloody sickle in his hand. /p
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p dir="ltr""I get doktor." He muttered and ran off. /p
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p dir="ltr"Elizavet looked up at me tears welling up under her eyes. /p
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p dir="ltr""Vecc-io." she said whimpered. "I can't move."/p
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p dir="ltr""You don't need to." I said brushing her hair out of her face. "Just hold on Viktors getting help."/p
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p dir="ltr"She raised her eyebrows. "Vi-Viktor? I ne...ver got to say hi."/p
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p dir="ltr""Don't worry emAmore/em you'll get to say hi soon just hold on." I begged taking her hand into mine. "Plus I think I owe you a date." I laughed tears streaming down my face./p
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p dir="ltr""A date?" She smiled./p
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p dir="ltr""Yeah. I'll take you back home you can see the big city, meet my family."/p
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p dir="ltr"Giovanni crouched next to me. "Y-yeah and you can meet our mom and sisters. And I know nonna is gonna love having you around."/p
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p dir="ltr"Elizavet smiled her lips trembling. "I...I would like that very much." /p
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p dir="ltr"Her eyes began to close and her grip on my hand weakened. I held onto her hand and put it to my chest./p
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p dir="ltr""N-no Elizavet you gotta stay awake! Viktors coming with the medic I can hear his big footsteps comin' down the hallway."/p
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p dir="ltr"She opened her eyes and placed a hand on my face. "You look so sad. Where's that smile I love so much?"/p
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p dir="ltr"I cracked the biggest smile I could. Hoping /p
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p dir="ltr""There it is." She smiled./p
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p dir="ltr"She kissed me holding tightly onto my hand. I could taste the blood in her mouth but I didn't pay it any mind. /p
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p dir="ltr"She broke away her stormy blue eyes becoming distant. "You know what is strange?" /p
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p dir="ltr""What?" I replied./p
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p dir="ltr""The gunshot...it doesn't even hurt." /p
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p dir="ltr"I stood frozen in shock and confusion as she kissed me once more before I felt her grip went limp. I clutched her hand to my chest and broke down./p
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p dir="ltr""No please! Elizavet don't! MEDIC! MEDIC!" /p
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p dir="ltr"Stephan, Fennell, and Giovanni encircled us their heads bowed. /p
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p dir="ltr"Viktor came running in and looked around. He ran over to me and Elizavet and fell to his knees. He sat there stroking her hair. Tears falling down his cheeks/p
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p dir="ltr""YA privedu tebya domoy." He said solemly./p
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p dir="ltr""No." I growled./p
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p dir="ltr"I picked Elizavet up and began making my way to the rest of the force. /p
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p dir="ltr"Giovanni came running up behind me./p
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p dir="ltr""Veccio she's...she's gone. Theres nothing you can do."/p
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p dir="ltr""Are you a doctor!? If your not gonna help stay outta the way!" I snapped. "I'm getting her to a medic...even if its the last thing I do."/p
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