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Arc 17. Ch.5
“Let us in.”
William was frozen. There, his mother, alive and with a gun pointed at her head. Mabel looked at him, not knowing how he ended up near Washington, and shook her head, mouthing silently, “No.” Something made the soldier who had the gun pointed at her turn away and William chanced it. The reason was because the back of the neck looked different then the rest of the armor. It was a weak looking spot.
He fired and the soldier dropped dead, blood the same bright red as the armor dripped out of the neck. Mabel ducked to the side as the other soldiers got down and began to fire at the wall. William and all the other guards returned it, and William motioned for his mom to run for the gate. She did, getting up and running right at it.
It was opened just enough for her to fit inside and a hand pulled her through, the gate slamming shut again. Mabel looked up and froze at the sight of the first thing she saw inside the walle
[Return to the Zone] - 33/33 - Epilog.
The events of the last few days had also left their mark on Nikolai. He drank more than he used to before and smoked much more than normal.
Dreams tormented him... or memories?
Why did he let himself be made an accomplice to the Zone?
He thought about how it all began when he heard the song in his office.
Why had he started to interfere? Was it really just for saving Ruslan's life back then, or was there more behind it? Was he perhaps just the bait? If so, what was the Zone?
Even though he knew that most thoughts did not dissolve in alcohol, he continued to persistently try.
What if all this had happened only in his head?
Stress, substance abuse, radiation damage...
He also knew the psychological report in his file. He knew that psychotic episodes had been predicted for him, but until now he had assumed that he was only considered a sociopath, hallucinations had never been mentioned.
"You are not real. You're in a tank."
He didn't have to turn
[Return to the Zone] - 29/33 - About Valentine...
Valentine had lived in Bournemouth in the South of England. He had long served in a special unit of the British army and afterwards he had worked for private security companies. This had ultimately led him into the Zone. He did not want to and was not allowed to give details.
How he had met Nikolai, he had already told us.
I learned from him that he had been married and had a son. He was also divorced, which probably connected him with Nikolai.
He told me that his son had given him the name, it had been his favorite character in a computer game, a detective who was actually a robot. The boy had found that very cool.
I then wanted to know how old the boy was, because by chance I knew the game and knew that it was a NC-17 title. Valentine didn't want to betray any more, but he was almost 16. After all.
I also wanted to know whether his assignment was over or whether he actually wanted to stay in the Zone. He only hinted that he was no longer work
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