The ride out was quiet. I barely got a nod from Cisco, and a hug from Iris, which was warm and made my heart flutter. I’d barely spent a day with her, and even though I knew that it was very unlikely that we’d be seeing each other from now, I’d miss her. She was probably the most hospitable of the lot.
“Well someone got some love. Feeling giddy?” Flames asked me, smirking. I noted that she was very intuitive and observant, and she had picked up on my emotions after the hug. Of course, the fact that I blushed after hearing this question did not help matters at all.
“- am not judging you, so relax,” she said, finishing her statement with mine. “Iris is nice and hospitable – and a bit clingy, depending on who you ask, so it’s okay to be drawn towards her, especially since the rest of us aren’t exactly the best company – Cisco for example.”
“No, actually you guys have been good company. You especially, if I don’t consider the library incident-“
“It’s better if you don’t get used to it,” the professor chimed in, drawing my attention. Flames went silent and focused on the road. “Cisco is the standard for the kind of person the average Justice agent is towards people. Several close shaves with death, the loss of your partners, and life on the run tend to do that to people. Whatever you see now, take it as preparation for what you’re going to experience in the unit you’re being transported to.”
I was a bit disappointed, and I could not hold back on the questions anymore. “And why do I have to be transported anyway? I’m perfectly comfortable in this city, and you guys seem to have the facilities and abilities to keep me safe while I master this ability of mine. I mean, Flames is more than enough, to begin with. Why do I need to move to some other unit with nasty people in it?”
“Wait till Harmonia hears this,” Flames scoffed, while The Professor laughed,
Harmonia? I asked myself. Someone from my new unit maybe?
“Well, the fact is that Justice as an entity avoids confrontation. Or at least, the heads do. Most of us in other units would like to go toe-to-toe with the SCP Foundation and do a little bit of offense instead of running and hiding all day, but that’s not what the heads of Justice want. They want us to be covert, striking from the shadows and returning to the shadows - that sort of thing.”
“What does that have to do with-“
“Of all the units, the unit involved in the most run-ins and attacks in and on SCP Foundation agents is ours. Why? Because of the presence of our unpredictable wildcard sitting beside you.”
I turned. “Flames?”
She smirked. “Who else could it be? Those higher-ups are a couple of cowards if you ask me. I'm doing the good work; it’s not my fault trouble keeps testing me, but don’t think I’ll back down in the face of a fight.”
The professor laughed, “True, Flames is quite popular in Justice for it. Like a secretly revered goddess or something. They all have to act like they don’t like her actions, but in secret, well – some adore her, some hate her, some love her, and so on.”
Flames laughed. “Flattery will get you everywhere, professor.”
I had no idea how influential or relevant Flames was because she never mentioned it. I only knew how strong she was. I relaxed back in my chair. Would there be any more like her in my new unit, or would there be even stronger people there? Would I even ever reach this level with my power? I sighed and looked on.
Soon we reached the agreed point, and the Professor got off.
“I’ll be standing here until you get out of my range. Then I’ll leave. From there, it’s all up to you Flames. Cisco isn’t around anymore, he’s on a mission, so I can’t help you with monitoring Meek and Mill. I’d tell you to be careful but that would be a waste of time. Just get the job done and come back in one piece, okay?”
“You got it, geezer.”
He smiled and waved us off.
Flames drove for a while before she spoke up. “We’re out of his range now. I expect that we’re going to cross paths with Meek and Mill soon because the security cameras are being monitored. I suggest that you get ready for anything because if it comes to it, I will be going all out.”
As exciting as it sounded, I had my fears. Flames' ability was dangerous, and I knew that the vendetta between these two was personal, but then she dropped her free hand on my lap and I calmed down.
“I’m not gonna hurt you, so chill. Just saying you should stay alert cause things might get nasty real quick.”
I nodded, preparing for a confrontation between two heavyweights.
TO BE CONTINUED.
Thanks for Reading.