Please don't rate this chapter - I didn't write it, babyrhinos did, I don't want to take the credit.
After Mia vaguely gave us an idea of where we were, she had two guards take us to our room. Yeah, that's right. The same room. How awkward is that? Luckily, there were two beds. Gave me some elbow room.
I jumped onto the bed just as the guards slammed the door shut, and locked it behind them.
Ruby stared at the ground, shaking.
I sighed and moved to sit beside her. "It's going to be okay, Ruby." I put my hand on her shoulder as I plopped down beside her.
She looked at me, tears in her eyes. "How do you know?! How could you possibly know something like that?! When you woke up that morning - the day that we, you know - did you know that you would end up here?! In a nuthouse like this?!"
I reached my other arm around her and hugged her tightly. "No, Ruby, I didn't. But I know it's going to be okay."
"How?" she asked, the anger and volume in her voice receding.
I reached up and raised her chin with my hand. "I don't know what will happen to me. But I do know that you'll get out of this alive. Somehow, I'm going to help you escape from here. You'll get home."
"How can you promise me something like that?"
"Because I promise that I won't let anything happen to you. I promise you that at even the hint of danger, I will protect you to the very end."
She shifted her gaze to the ground, but said nothing.
I stood and started for my bed. "We should get some rest. I have a feeling we're in for a serious training session tomorrow."
Ruby grabbed his arm. "Wait."
I turned, just in time to be met with a kiss on the cheek.
"Thank you," she whispered.
I brushed away a lock of hair that covered her eye. "You're welcome."
The next day was most certainly not what I expected. When we awoke, we were immediately rushed into a room - a closet - with battle armor hanging along the walls. We were given an all black outfit, with a mask that resembled that of a ninja of some sort.
We were then taken into a room with a plaque on the door that read "Briefing Room". When we entered, they seated us at the foot of a table, and then told us to wait. So we did.
Eventually, a man wearing a black suit walked in, carrying a briefcase. He set it down on the table and looked at us. "Knight, Bevans?"
We looked at each other, then back at him. We nodded.
"Here's the situation," the man said, turning to a white TV that sat behind him. Suddenly, a map flickered onto the screen. He pointed at an X marker. "This, is Fuzhou, the capital and one of the largest cities in Fujian Province, People's Republic of China. Also the home to a very evil man named Chzman Hzzeck. He's been supplying nuclear weapons to terrorists and other bad organizations. We don't expect you to be able to pronounce his name, so we just call him Bald Baddy."
I smiled at that.
"Anyway, your mission is most certainly not simple. Here's how it works. You are going to be poising as a newly-wed couple who is on their honey moon. You, Jackson Knight, are Lenny Port. Ruby, you are Julie Port."
"Are we old enough to pretend to be newly-weds?" Ruby asked.
"You are older than you look sweetheart," the man replied.
I smiled. Yes, you are.
"The rest is a little confusing. We're going to fly you to Fuzhou. Then, you are going to go outside the airport and get in a limo. There will be a limo driver holding up your name on a sign. Go with him. Remember, during this entire mission, starting once you board the plane, you are no longer Jackson Knight and Ruby Bevans. You are Lenny and Julie Port. Understood?"
"Yes, sir," we said in unison.
"Assume that no one you meet knows your identity, because most do not. And if any discover your real names, you must kill them. Understood?"
My jaw dropped.
"It sounds harsh, but if you have to choose between one life and millions, you choose the one."
I picked my jaw up off the floor and nodded slowly.
"Then, comes the fun part. The limo driver drops you off at the hotel. You go up to your room after showing your fake ID to the woman at the desk. Then, go up to your room."
"You said there would be fun. Where's the fun?"
The man smirked. "The room is bugged by Chzman. He knows you're coming, but we know he knows, and have thus set up a trap. There will be bugs everywhere, so you must play your parts perfectly."
I frowned. "I'm not following."
"You are newly-weds on your honeymoon, in a hotel room. Think about it."
My eyes widened and I looked at Ruby. She was staring back at me.
"Oh don't act so horrified. We did some tests on you a while back and know that you both find each other very attractive and are even interested in each other romantically. So cool it."
We diverted our gaze and said nothing. I turned red.
"So, get naked, make out, but no sex. This is, after all, a mission and if you are having sex you'll lose track of what you're supposed to be doing."
My embarrassment shot through the roof.
"Make your way slowly into the closet, where there are no bugs, but still say nothing. Microphones will still be able to hear you, so keep making out and groaning each other's names."
I was so embarrassed I thought I may pass out.
"Then, Chzman will send up his men to kill you. There are guns on the top of the closet. Grab them and prepare yourselves while still making out."
"Enough with the making out!" I said angrily.
The man shrugged. "A job's a job, right?"
I sat back in my chair.
"Anyway, when they throw open the door, take care of them and quickily take their ID cards. Hold onto these. Then, run down into the lobby---"
"NAKED!?" Ruby exclaimed.
"Of course not," the man said, irritated. "Put on your clothes on your way out."
Ruby sighed in relief.
"Once you get outside, jump into the white van."
"And then we go home?"
"Not that easy boy."
"This van is Chzman's. He will have blown up our first white van before we had a chance to get it there. When you get in, shoot the pilots, and make a run for the airport. There will be a man there that will help you on your way."
"The rest is simple. Sit back and relax on your way back home. Most importantly, though, don't lose that man's ID card."
We nodded again dumbly. Simple then.
"That'll be all. They'll take you to prepare you." He motioned to some guards.
Just as one grabbed my arm, he threw up his hand.
"Oh, one last thing. Your room is bugged, so we know that you, Jackson, are planning on helping Ruby escape. Well, I'm afraid to tell you that we have planted a chip in both of you. Any signs of mutiny, or abandoning the mission that we assign you, will result in a powerful but silent shock that will kill you instantly. Are we understood?"
I looked at Ruby and then back at the man. "Yes, sir."
"Good," the man said. "Now get on your way, and be quick about it."