(Again, y u do dis to me? ;A;)
There was no denying it. Even a blind man could see that Umbrella was on a steadfast decline to oblivion.
There were soldiers who were cowardice jumped ship immediately when the heat was starting to intensify against the corporation. Then there were those who were loyal from the start. When the company went down, they would make sure that it would go down in the most dignified manner it could.
The majority of the Umbrella Security Service members stayed with the company. This included the two highly revered members HUNK and Lone Wolf. They didn’t speak much on what was happening. They were too busy being dispatched on separate missions.
Now that Umbrella was practically on its death bed, this period enabled them to reflect more so on what direction each individual was going to head in. Lone Wolf made it clear that he was going to just freelance every now and then. There wasn’t going to be any more companies like Umbrella. He had heard of one that tried to recruit. Called themselves “Neo-Umbrella”. Cute. Lone Wolf wasn’t going to even entertain the notion of serving some group of imitators. He was positive that HUNK wouldn’t do the same. After all, he was the pinnacle of what loyalty is and what it meant to the subordinates of the U.S.S.
Then came the whispers. Nothing serious at first, the subject of Neo-Umbrella was brought up at an increasing rate by different soldiers. Small talk. Only worthy of an eye roll at best. From the small talk to something of a more noteworthy concern, there were some active recruiters.
Neo-Umbrella was becoming aggressive in approach. It should have been estimated since Umbrella was the same in nature.
As days passed, Lone Wolf kept a keen sense of hearing about him when it came what soldiers were saying. Some were accepting offers, others declined. They didn’t matter. What mattered were the key players’ decisions. The lower ranked soldiers who openly shared their new commitment with their peers would talk about how nothing has changed in terms of expectations but under hushed tones they would disclose who else joined their ranks. Surprising with some of the decisions but still nothing on HUNK. No news was good news.
That was until his time came.
Lone Wolf was finishing up in the locker room when the sounds of two soldiers entering the same room halted him. They were already in the midst of conversation.
“Did you hear? The Alpha leader decided to join.”
“So I heard.”
“You don’t know exactly?”
“Well…Okay, okay. Ya got me. I don’t know for sure but he was spending a hell of a lot of time with some lady…”
Lone Wolf’s brow furrowed as he left the vicinity of the two grunts. He didn’t want to hear anymore. If he was willing to spend time on another issue, he was going to dedicate to it. All of the years of working with him gave Lone Wolf the insight.
The thought of losing someone like him to vultures like them was nerve-breaking.
In a couple of days passing, Lone Wolf found himself in HUNK’s office. Everything seemed in order as usual as the two were at opposite ends. Although there was this unsettling feeling that would soon come to pass.
There he was sitting at his desk, shuffling papers and not giving a damn. Typical HUNK.
“Seems like jobs aren’t paying as good as they used to. On top of that, they’re becoming rare.” Lone Wolf spoke out of the blue. Whenever, the two were together, the pilot was the one starting the conversation.
“I don’t hear you agreeing with me. I guess being the golden boy does have its advantages.”
“Command simply wants success. Why take a chance with someone else when they know I am more than capable of completing the task at hand?”
“Perhaps they would want someone who’s loyal?”
That’d do it. HUNK settled his papers aside for a moment. Questioning his loyalty was a big no-no for subordinates. “What the hell are you talking about pilot?”
“You heard me. Maybe Command would want a loyal operative. Not someone who’s on the fence like you are.”
“Lone Wolf, I’ve put up with you for the longest and you know me better than that.”
“Do I?” Lone Wolf’s head tilted slightly to compliment his amusement. “All these years I’ve worked with you yet I don’t even think I’ve scratched the surface when it comes to ‘knowing you’.”
“I say this because there was talk about you actually taking the Neo-Umbrella bait.”
“You’re going by hearsay? You’re going to have to do better than that to see if I’d betray Umbrella.”
“You’re right Leader…I didn’t go by that alone. I also did some research. Turns out you’ve agreed to their terms. You signed on the dotted line and the whole nine yards. I’ve seen your new little contract. You start in three months. The supposed ‘be-all-end-all’ date of the Umbrella Corporation.”
HUNK’s gaze fixated on the pilot as he rose from the chair. “…”
“Now don’t be mad if I did my homework. I just wanted to be prepared.” A light smile was on Lone Wolf’s face. But that would soon fade as he continued. “I expected better from you Sir.”
“Your expectations were never significant to me pilot.” HUNK stopped as he was a foot and a half away from Lone Wolf.
Weird how one baseless sentence got under the pilot’s skin. He laughed it off briefly but was immensely annoyed that his leader would say such a thing. It was like he was just another stepping stone for the Alpha leader and nothing more.
“My…Leader…” The pilot mumbled. His hand was shaking as it was reaching towards his side. The hand was rested on the combat knife handle. A quick motion and the knife was unsheathed. “My Leader never talks to me like that!”
Eyeing the piece of steel, HUNK was getting agitated. Guess he was going to have to kick Lone Wolf’s ass once again.
“Get over yourself pilot. Your leader doesn’t give a shit about you. Now put the knife away before you really piss me off.”
“I’m not going to let you degrade yourself by selling out. You deserve better.” The knife was now at eyelevel. Lone Wolf began to advance towards his superior. HUNK got into a defensive position.
Not even thinking about the first strike, Lone Wolf swatted at the air. HUNK instinctively evaded.
“And you call yourself loyal. Operatives looked up to you. Still look up to you and you’re going to jump ship.”
“I hate to say this, but it’s what your attitude is right now, people like you that are attributing to this company’s failure. You don’t care about anyone but yourself!”
“That’s the spoils of war pilot. Survival is your responsibility. I’m sick of having to repeat myself over for you hard of hearing types.”
The more he spoke the more he was belittling those who believed in him. HUNK would try to get a hold on him to disarm him. All those years working with him, studying his moves allowed Lone Wolf to have equal ground when it came to fighting him.
“Sure, I’m hard of hearing but I’m a better listener than you’ll ever be.” Griping the knife handle tighter than usual. “You don’t know…You don’t know how much I wanted to be on good terms with you. You didn’t even give me the time of day outside of being professional.”
“That’s how a job works. We don’t need to make pretend anything else but a professional relationship.”
“I look up to you! You’re like family to me! Hell, you are my family!” Lone Wolf snarled with the knife wielding hand trembling uncontrollably. Maybe he’d listen for once. Maybe…
“What the hell are you talking about—?”
Before HUNK knew it, a knife was planted deep in his side. Looking down to see the knife handle in his side, he tried to push Lone Wolf off of him but the pilot was persistent in keeping the knife firmly in his side.
“You are my family…” Lone Wolf said once more. “I won’t let you do this to me and to yourself. You are a highly revered captain and captains go down with ships. Not jump them.” Lone Wolf could feel hands tearing into his forearm in hopes of easing off the knife.
No. No getting out of this one. The pilot violently twists the knife embedded in HUNK’s side.
“I’m sorry but you deserve better. I hope you can find it in you to forgive me…”
With that he pulls out the knife from his leader’s body. A critical wound that made Mr. Death crumple to the floor with blood gushing out of the wound. The pilot looked onward as his Leader took his final breaths.
It was a pitiful sight to see. HUNK all hunched over bleeding profusely while the pilot simply watched him bleed to death. Oh how he wanted things to be much different. How he wanted a friendship with the guy but it seems that Lone Wolf couldn’t keep that together. But one thing’s for sure.
He would be damned if he were to lose HUNK to someone like them, even if it meant taking him out before he were to align with Neo Umbrella. It was a heartache that would have inevitably happened.
All Lone Wolf did was turn his back against the corpse who was formerly known as his leader and make his exit from Umbrella.
See you in the next life…Mr. Death.