2 Captain Yu
August 16, 20XX
Thursday, 10:30 am
Over the Pacific
She felt the stinging pain behind her head, radiating down to her shoulders. She shifted her position to ease the pain but she found herself sitting on a chair in the middle of the room, hands tied behind her and legs bound to the chair.
The bulb overhead was flickering like it's going to die soon. Although her eyes were half closed, she could sense there were people behind her. There was a voice speaking in a heavy accented Eastern language she recognized very well. Not only did she study to speak this but she spent months perusing through hundreds of dossiers in this difficult Arabic language making her fluent on it.
"She's awake." the man reported.
"Good." A gruff voice spoke.
What's happening? She asked herself.
Then she remembered being questioned earlier and when she refused to answer, a man hit her with a gun and she passed put. They've been circling to the same question for what she thought—a day for she noticed that night had fallen from the darkness she saw outside the window above the dingy room.
She'd been passing out frequently—probably due to injury she suffered yesterday or was it two days ago—and she hated it.
'I need to pull myself together.
A minute later, she raised her head to the right and found a man pointing his gun to an injured soldier on the floor. The soldier was clutching his injured leg and was leaning on the wall of the dimly lit room.
The man spoke again and this time, he was questioning her. "Tell me where he is. If not I will shoot your friend."
When she kept her mouth closed, the man pulled the trigger and shot the soldier. His sudden loud wail echoed in the room startling her. At the same time, someone removed the rope that binds her and pulled her on the other side before plunging her head into the water, drowning her.
She woke up gasping for air and her heart was palpitating. After a few breathing exercises, it was back to normal.
Every time she closes her eyes, these nightmares would come back and the vivid recollection reminded her much of what happened two weeks ago.
Her right shoulder blades throbs—though healed—from the gunshot wound she'd received that night.
The buzzing sound from the engines made her look around and she realized they have arrived to the base.
The Director warmly greeted the person who was escorted out from the plane by two soldiers as he accepts their salute. Flanking with him is Military General Sun Wukong and Assistant Director Spielding. He extended his hand to the tall woman in the center.
The woman nodded in respect, her usual indifference demeanor was emanating as she shook his hand.
Noticing her eyes looking behind them, the Director released her.
Without delay, he spoke in his stern voice "See you at 0900 for debriefing."
"Yes sir" she gave a quick ceremony and walked away.
They watched her as she closed the distance to the Hummer.
At this moment, they were thinking the same thing.
Will she be able to forget?
At a distance, Lieutenant General Xu Xiaoping watched the tall woman heading towards him. That once little girl has become a fine woman. Gone are the pigtails and locks and has long been replaced with shoulder length hair. The silky white skin was a bit tanned after staying out the sun for too long. Yet, it did not diminish the natural beauty she inherited from her parents, Li Bailan and David Lacroix.
As she stepped closer to the waiting car, the 50 year old high ranking officer fidgeted trying to mask his worries with a warm smile. Getting a phone call one morning from her superiors, informing him that she has gone MIA nearly gave him a heart attack.
The risk you take when you commit yourself to protect the country is high. However, Captain Yu Injin is one of the best leader under him. In terms of achievements and merits, she is qualified to be promoted as Colonel yet this 27 year old woman seemed to be uninterested at all.
She stood in ceremony as he greeted her. "Captain Yu."
There was a short cognition from him.
Five minutes later, they were sitting inside the Hummer. His two adjutants were in front.
As they were leaving the Airbase, he glanced at the captain as she leaned on her right side and crossed her arms. The fatigue in her eyes can no longer be hidden and the pain when she winces.
"Let's go to the hospital first." He offered.
Shaking her head, she replied:
"No, I'm okay. There were doctors on the plane and they've patched the wound on my back. I just need to sleep."
Though reluctant, the general no longer pressed. He knows that no amount of prodding can change her mind.
"Let's return to my place first. My wife is waiting for us."
His wife, Mrs Xu is like a mother to all her husband's subordinates.
She just nodded closing those brown eyes that always seemed to glint with mischief.
The quietness went on for another 20 minutes before she announced, "I volunteered for military investigation for 6 months."
He spoke no words for minutes before his confused voice sounded.
"There was no order from the top for that."
In her opinion, the man was trying to stop her but her decision is resolute. The three people meeting her today confirmed her suspicions. But has no plans in telling her mentor.
"Do you think they will let me go? Three of my men died."
"Politically speaking, no. With your impeccable records, scrutiny is inevitable. You know very well how they feel threatened of your existence so they will take advantage of this to smear on you."
Her decisiveness is one of the few characters he admired about her but at times like this, it becomes a disadvantage.
He paused before he continued to speak: "But still, wait for the order Captain. Don't be rash."
"Sorry sir. A decision has been made. I got the confirmation by e-mail from the higher ups before I boarded the aircraft."
The man sighed in dismay to Commander's decision. He was with him this morning yet he made no mention of this decision at all.
"What are you going to do while waiting for the result?"
It took a longer silence before the question was answered with a lazy voice.
"Who knows? Perhaps traveling."
But she has other plans. With that thought, a sinister smile crossed her lips.