Nerve was sitting on the edge of the couch, Iris was still asleep, it was past noon but she had no heart to wake her up.
She knew the things that had to be done., every one of her blades in front of her while the bundle of papers were still on the table under the same stupid note left by their handler.
She refused to let her go, refused to let her emotions to go free. Refused to accept she was afraid.
The soft click of the lock, the faint smell of aftershave, pine and sandalwood and she was smiling brightly, excited and happy.
"you're back!!" And was on his arms, Cole stunned didn't move at first, then wrapped his arms around her
"I don't know if I'm happy for this... or should I feel ofended?" teased "I'm the ghost, guardian, I'm the one supposed to be invisible, more than you all" she giggled, a sound so weird made Cole's heart broke.
"I'm relieved I don't have to deal with the paperwork..." and moving to his side so both could walk inside "did you killed her?"
"I scared her enough to have a couple days to get things straight, another kill will send someone even more dangerous over us..."
Stem had a meeting withthe very chief of her institution, a man so high in Government ranks that you could only assume there was nobody else on top of that
"Some stupid people think this is a stand of some kind, those agents must die Subsecretary... is that clear?"
"Yes sir, I am taking care of that personally, this time there will be no mistakes."
"I can asure there will be no mistakes Stem, I'm sending two teams of my people"
"with all due respet sir, ten man..."
"I've won wars with less than that, this kids you're fighting can't be worse than an entire army" and after a sigh of frustration that was more than unsettling "okay I'm sending 20... I guess they deserve some fun..." after a few minutes of brownosing Mrs. Stem let go of her phone
Stem was on the car, dressed in a dark suit and bulletproof vest, they were about to enter the house the HEARTS were hiding in.
"whenever you're ready ma'am..." said a huge guy, looking at her with more respect than what you'll expect.
And she ordered them to move.
Cole had a mole in the secretary now, he said, and they were recruiting help from those who used to hire them to get things done.
so by the time he got the phone call thelliong him that White Srarks (special black ops forces) were coming the girls were already getting in the car to go tohsi apartment.
They sat to see Stem and the 20 men getting in the house the bombs were ready, Iris wanted to be there, but without backup... her siblings ordered her to stay put and wait.
They were once more piled up on one bed, the girls tried to stay on their own places, but around 2 am when Nerve started guard, Cole had a nightmare and Iris couldn't let him alone.
The silencer wanted some coffee and was getting in the kitchen when a click called her to the window, a shadow under it made her go back to the room.
"Nerve..." she moaned "Make me breakfast..." Nerve opened her eyes and looked at her.
"Make yourself breakfast imp..."
"Cole... send her to the kitchen now..." said getting the small glass marbles he had on a giant glass on his nightstand he mumbled for her to stop "what if there are monsters out the window?"
her hand moved to the floor where Nerve's belt with her throwing blades were.
"tell you what..." she said getting up and grabbing her shirt, the one with the thousand pockets all of them full of knives "I'll chop you something, but you have to help... Brrr.... it's so fucking cold" Cole was bitting his bottom lip "move Cole, we need more hands"
"How many hands?" he said watching them move and grabbing their ear pieces.
"like a thousand?" said Iris and them three moved to the hallway, as if it were their rutine, the halway had no window it was perfect for them, they ducked next to the wall, Cole opened a closet and pulled a couple vests.
"get this" he ordered giving them to the girls
"you...?" asked Nerve he ignored her
"Iris move to the very back, get in the closet, there's a passage, you'll be on the vent, there are several holes for you." gave her a 9mm "Nerve... all the way Guardian, all the way.." she smiled, he bent down and kissed the girl's head, turned to do the same with Iris when the crash of a window called them "Be safe kid" caressed Iris cheek and moved away from them talking openly "What the fuck girl did you...?" and the first shot sounded Iris gasped before moving inside the closet as ordered.
Nerve fastened her vest and kicked the closet door close while getting up, moved to where Cole went and pursing her lips moved, inmediatly screams of pain started, more shots, some of them from somwhere over their heads.
Cole was hurt against a wall his bloody chest heaving while he tried to move. "Stay brother, stay..." she mumbled landing next to him, the attacker backed out when four more were gutted in few seconds "I'm not gonna fail you, I'm the fucking guardian Cole, and I'll keep you safe this time..."
Three hours latter, the siege was broken and they fled. they had somewhere to go that night.
Cole D Heart were set on a small space, wearing hs best suit, and the shades he loved so much. not one tear were shed for him, not because he weren't important, but because the calussed souls who put him to rest next to his Surrogated family, those who took him in, and made him one of their own, couldn't let the tears come, not yet.
He was set next to his brother, the one who shared endless nights watching games and eating pop corn.
both gir5ls had tears in their eyes but both were now convinced that they had to be brave.