"Hey guys!" Eagle called, his voice echoing and bouncing off the tree's. Inwardly, Alex winced as he turned and headed towards where Eagle had gone. He stood, waiting, eye's trained on the ground as he and Snake neared.
He pointed to the ground, directing their eyes to the heavy footsteps. "He went into the woods, and quickly, by the looks of things."
"You think he saw something?" Snake muttered, looking up at him.
Eagle shrugged, seriously. "Something caught his eye. Should we check it out?"
"No. We can't risk splitting up at this point."
"But we may find something out!" He pointed out, guesturing to the woods. "We don't know if he was even taken, he could just have gotten lost."
"This is Wolf, we're talking about. He doesn't just get lost."
"We dont know what's happened to him!" Eagle fumed, waving his arms in desperation.
Snake sighed. "We can't split up- that's just stupid. Each time we do that, one of us goes missing!" His fists clunched and unclenched, the only sign of his nervousness.
Eagle turned to him, putting his back to the tree's. "What do we do then? Wait in the house? Cower under our beds? We don't even know who we're up against-"
"I thought it was kind of obvious who it was." Alex muttered, his eye's trained on the shadows.
"You can't know for sure." Snake said rubbing his forehead.
"Of course I do. There's no other organisation that could pull this off." He paused. "We should go back inside before deciding what to do."
Snake nodded and headed in, leaving Eagle staring over his shoulder into the tree's. His eye's were unsure when he turned back. "What do we do Cub? We need to search for him. He may not even be gone?"
Alex sighed. "Give it some time, if he's not back soon, you and Snake can go and find him. But you need to finish wiring up the radio- if I'm staying behind I may as well try to contact someone."
Reassured silently, Eagle walked past him, vanishing into the doorway of the house. Alex turned his head to the sky as the rain started again. Why did it alway's fall to him?
"Done!" Eagle shouted, jumping up from the table. Snake sighed with relief, before raising an eyebrow at the imprompt 'radio' in front of them.
"That's what our hopes rely on?"
"Shut up." He muttered, twiddling with the wiring. "It should work."
"I'll kiss you if it works."
He smiled and hit the button on the pulled apart toaster. There was a crackle, before a crackly welsh singing came through. Eagle raised and eyebrow and turned his head, patting his cheek smugly. "If you will."
"You are so gay." Snake muttered before walking out the kitchen. Alex was in the living room, frowning at the letter in his hands he had gotten from Scorpia. Snake jumped onto the couch beside him.
"I don't know why you're worrying. You'll be fine."
"Can't help it. I'm missing something. Something big."
"Aren't we all Cub."
"Yeah." Eagle muttered, walking into the room to sit on the back of the couch. "It's called Wolf- don't worry though. I won't tell our fearless leader you said that."
Snake pushed him off the couch, smirking when he landed with a thud. "That's not what he meant."
"So you don't miss Wolf?" His head appeared over the edge of the couch. "Isn't that lovely."
"Oh shut it." He murmured, reaching beside him and pulling up two bags. "You heading off then?"
Eagle nodded. "The radio's simple enough. I've set it to send a simple SOS out, and hopefully, someone will pick it up. Soon."
Snake pushed himself up off the couch and checked the bag, nodding appreciatively at the contents. "Shouldn't be out there too long."
Alex shrugged. "I'm in no rush. It's not like I'm going anywere."
The two of them turned and walked out the room, and the back door hit home behind them. Alex sighed and leant back against the seat, relaxing. The house was quiet except for the crackling of the radio. Sadly, he looked back at the note he had read and re-read, regretfully ignoring the heavy dread that came with having missed something important.
Eagle paused as there was a crack to his left, and shared a look with Snake.
"What do you think that was?" he mouthed, and was replied to with a shrug. There was another crack, on the other side, and they turned to face it, reaching for the issued knife they both had on them. Again, and again, the crack's came, and with a startling thought, the two realised they were seperate and moving away.
Snake turned to him and nodded, before heading silently off into the shadows, following the sinking sun. Eagle turned the other way, moving quietly.
Moss smothered his footsteps, the bark on the tree's softer than it should have been. He slowed, coming to a stop, only to realise that there was silence. He paused, turning each way, looking for any sign of movement in the tree's. The wind rustled the branches quietly, and he paused.
He never felt the hit that knocked him out.
Snake knelt by the river, eye's narrowed on the heavy boot print set into the mud. It wasn't the first he'd seen, as he'd followed the cracking noise before he'd lost it. It was then that he'd notice the silence. It was heavy, crushing, as the lack of noise dragged everything down. There was no life, and with the thought, Snake turned his hed skyward as if to prove that he wasn't imagining things.
Straightening, he turned to follow the water. The tree's thickened as he moved further in, trying to ignore the heavy silence. It was because of the lack of noise that he heard the footstep.
Swiftly he turned, eye's widening as he saw the two men behind him. They both had guns, pointed in his direction, stock still.
One man stepped forward, brandishing it. "You're going to turn around and carry on walking."
Snake paused, eyeing up his options and turning them down as they passed through his head. "Why would I do that?"
"Because I have your friends, and if you want to see them again, you're going to follow my instructions to the letter."
Snake turned around and cursed himself. Of course they shouldn't have split up.
Alex's eye's flickered to the clock on the wall as he sat on the chair, fingers drumming against the table. He knew that for Snake and Eagle, it probably hadn't been that long, but to him, each minute felt like an eternity. And it had been three hours already.
With a sigh, he pushed himself up, keeping one ear on the radio on the wood, grabbing the jacket he had brought down and slinging it on, taking the torch off the side and heading out into the woods himself in search for the two team members that were left.
Eagle sat up, rubbing his head and gazing around the room, landing on the two men talking quietly infront of him. "Who the hell are you?"
The two paused their conversation, turning sharply to him as he broke the silence. They were identical, down to the silver watches glistening in the bright light and their dark beady eye's. They stared at Eagle for a minute, before turning back.
The man on the left spoke, taking a picture out of his pocket. "We took the wrong guy."
"It would appear so." His twin replied, looking over the top of the picture.
"Should we put him back?"
"Probably best." He put the photo back into his pocket and rolled up his sleeve.
Eagle stood shakily, swallowing heavily but hiding his fear. "Well, it was nice meeting you anyway."
"Where is he!" A fist connected to his face, sending him rocking backwards in the chair.
"I don't know!" Snake shouted, ignoring the blood running into his mouth from his split lip. He'd been asked the same thing for three hours since he'd been dragged in, and he was getting tired of whatever game they were playing.
The man before him growled, half in shadow. "Don't be ridiculous! Where is he? Where did he go!"
"I don't know!"
He struck him again, and Snake spat to the side to clear his mouth. The man looked at him with distaste, turning and walking out the room. "Put him with the others."
Snake didn't stare as he was untied and pulled from the seat, letting them lead him down the corridor. The door they pushed him through was a dull metal with the lock set into the door. He stumbled and fell, landing on Fox with a thump.
Fox grinned from under him. "I didn't know you felt that way about me there Snake."
The man growled and pushed him hard, lifting himself off him as the door slammed closed. Wolf took in his sight carefully.
"What happened to you?"
"Eagle's gone." He muttered, looking round the dingy room carefully. "But they didn't take him."
Wolf didn't reply, frowning instead. Fox ran his hand through his hair. "You think there was a third party?"
"I don't know. I didn't even know he was gone." He sighed and sat down, leaning against the wall. "How did you get taken?"
Wolf pulled a small dart from his pocket. "Don't know what the hell was is it, but God does it give you a head ache."
Fox snorted. "You probably just hit your head on the way down."
He smiled, shrugging. The silence settled over them again. Fox sighed and rubbed his arms a little.
"Anyone else feeling sorry for Cub since he's now stuck alone with Eagle?"
(A/N) Well then? Who took Eagle do you think? Ha ha well, I hope your enjoying this :D R&R