The Hunter

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Soldiers and secret agents of an unknown country in an unknown place

A female agent known as Ri had been quickly running in a strange country. The soldiers of a particular country had been following her. While aiming at Ri, the soldiers were firing directly at her. Unarmed Ri did not have time to look backward. Her mission did not involve carrying a weapon. She was just there to hunt killers and get some vital information. She was not assigned this time to track the killers. But, she could not stop herself from hunting them. That is why she had become a multi-tasker.

Suddenly, she heard the sound of a big blast. She could not hear anything. It felt as if she had become deaf forever. It was all dark everywhere. She could not see anything. Suddenly, she heard the sound of the chopper, and then she saw a rope hanging down from the helicopter. She smiled and grabbed the rope. Her enemies continued shooting blindly in the dark. The other soldier named Lee started to pull the rope up while the rest of the other soldiers continued to fire their weapons to cover them.

In a few minutes, the chopper disappeared, but they were still behind the enemy line. Everybody started to scream at Ri, and they started asking a million questions as she sat down on the chopper. She was trying to catch her breath, so she could not answer anybody. However, the crazy rescue party continued to shout at her. Finally, she yelled back at them, “For heaven’s sake, can you just shut your mouth for a couple of minutes?”. Now, there was no other sound except the buzzing sound of the chopper.

Suddenly, the pilot, who was known as an owl, shouted, “It seems my bird got shot, and I am afraid that it will catch on fire soon.”

The team started to scream back at the pilot, “Seriously, Owl, you are telling us this now. Can you try landing the bird in our ally’s country?”.

Owl did not panic but said, “Sorry now, we need to act wisely and carefully. First, you guys should jump down from the plane, so I can safely land it somewhere. Later, we must get rid of all the evidence.”

All the other soldiers started to yell at Ri, “It is your fault. Why do you need to put your nose where it does not belong? It was the commander’s strict order not to hunt the killers of our society this time. So instead of hunting for those bad people, you were sent to collect some info”.

The second soldier, who was known as a catcher, tried to hand a weapon to Ri and said,  “you keep it. We are still behind the enemy line.”

Ri laughed, “I don’t kill people. That is your job, not mine”.

The third soldier, known as an Eye, told Ri, “Oh seriously, I do not have any plan to die behind the enemy line. I need to raise my four children. I am not f…king suicidal as you are”.

The pilot owl laughed, “Really, eye, you have four children. I thought you were gay”.

Lee laughed hysterically, “Oh, the 5th one is on its way. The eye wants to have 1/2 dozen kids on behalf of everyone.”

Owl saw a safe place to land and advised the team to jump down as soon as possible. The chopper was flying below the radar so that nobody could track it. They had started to secure the perimeter as soon as they jumped down from the plane. Owl landed the chopper a few meters away from the soliders’ landing. He packed all evidence into the bag, which could identify them. The rest of the soldiers came, and they loaded themselves with weapons. They walked away after putting the chopper on fire.

Ri said sadly, “We do not leave anybody behind. Dead or alive, we carry them, but this is a machine, and none of us can carry it. It is okay to burn it”.

Ri asked Catcher, “How did you find me.”

The catcher is a very quiet man who doesn’t talk much. He’s a sniper shooter and told Ri. “another reliable agent in the field has informed us.”

Ri sighed, “I hope he won’t get caught, or his identification won’t be exposed.”

Another soldier named Compass was the funniest in the group and was an excellent tracker.  He could take the team safely out of any unknown country or forest. Compass was not his real name; he was a computer genius and a highly trained agent. Compass told Ri, “You need to walk faster. We need to be in a safe zone before dawn — otherwise, we will be killed here. There will be a live show on the TV and on the internet about us. I doubt that we will have any proper funerals”.

The group always lives in danger. They work together, and sometimes they work solo and choose different paths to complete one mission. They fight and laugh, but they help and protect each other in the end.

Ri growled back at Compass, “Don’t you see I am in a local dress, so I won’t be able to run faster. I did not take a shower for the last four days.”.

Everybody said together, “Oh no, stay away from us. Who knows if bed bugs or lice are crawling on you”.

Lee was a fighter from an Asian country. Lee was not given his real name but was given by the group due to his fighting skills. He could break somebody’s neck with his bare hand. He took some clothes out of his backpack and handed them over to Ri, “use my clothes but make sure that you dry clean them before returning them.”

Suddenly Lee said, “I can see the mountain. Ri, go ahead and change your clothes quickly”.

Ri told her partners, “Okay, my gay guys, turn your back away from me.”

Lee said again, “Hurry up. I could hear something. We need to continue walking”.

Meanwhile, the Catcher tried to contact his command officer, but he could not get any signal.

Lee asked Ri, “why are you always in a hurry to run away. Who hired you for this job?”Ri growled, “Your father did hire me. I don’t want to draw any attention. I will run away if you are caught or killed. I have spent four months in this stupid country and have eaten stupid food and worn these stupid dresses. Sometimes, there was no stupid food for 3-4 days.  I ran out of my tampons. Can I borrow from you? I am carrying vital information. I didn’t do all this to get caught. I don’t intend to get caught because of you guys”.

Owl said, “right, her hormone is talking now. Lee, can you lend your tampons to her?

Lee looked at Owl as he was ready to kill him, “no, because you have already used my tampons.”

Everybody laughed and started to follow Compass. They were cautious. They reached mountains, but they were still behind the enemy line. Suddenly Ri said, “I am dreaming of drinking at least 24 oz of juice. which is made of freshly squeezed orange and carrot mix with a twig of mint and ginger, and with a lot of ice”.

The entire team walked faster, and they were on the top of the mountain before sunset. The catcher secured the parameter and sat away from the team. Ri, Lee, and Owl closed their eyes to get some rest. They always take turns sleeping, so they can watch for any danger. They were on the top of a snow-covered mountain. They did not have any food, but a lot of water was available there. They didn’t know if they were still behind the enemy line. Compass went a little higher on the mountain to inspect the surroundings, but he was very careful so nobody could see him. He looked around with the binoculars, then he came down smiling. He wanted to tease Ri. As he came closer to the team and told Ri, “Ri, wake up. I have good news for you. Take a binocular and look around”. Ri was so tired of walking, so she told compass, “Can you just tell me why you are smiling.” He handed over his binoculars to Ri, “Help yourself.” 

Ri crawled cautiously to the top of the mountain and looked around. She saw the army of two countries. Her eyes stared at the flag. Her hand went up automatically to salute, but right away, she brought her hand down. Many questions came into her mind. She looked around and smiled. She said in her mind, “I have nothing to do with this. Whatever I see there. It doesn’t belong to me anymore”. She came down with a sad facial expression. So far, Compass has contacted the command office.  He told his superior officer, “The package is secured.” He had not seen Ri standing right behind him. Ri asked Compass, “seriously, man, I am a package now.” They were ready to wrestle, but Catcher had rejoined them. They did some brainstorming. They decided to walk a little further where soldiers of another country would not be able to see them. They did not come here to create a problem. They came to get some info to protect innocent people. 

They safely sat in another chopper as it arrived and had flown away while going under the radar. Ri looked backward and looked at the familiar flag with her sad eyes. Finally, after a few hours, the team landed safely at base camp. Ri thanked Owl, Compass, Catcher, Lee, and Eye before she boarded another plane for her final destination. She smiled as she heard, “Ri, see you again. Well done,”.

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