Chapter 3- Going "Home"

A/N: So, here's another new chapter. For those of you wondering, "He's updating much faster than normal, what's up with that?" I give you two reasons. One, I just got a laptop, so now I don't have to depend on my parents signing me into their desktop. Second, I've finished the first four chapters, so now all I have to do in between posts is type them up. Also, I've gotten exactly... zero reviews on the last chapter in three DAYS. What's up with that? Was it that terrible? Anywho, on with the chapter.

Disclaimer: I don't own Halo. Just the plot and any OC's who may or may not appear.

Planet Reach- Temporary UNSC base

Kat and I sat in the back while Jun drove. Over a private comm. channel, Kat said, "Did you mean what you said back there?"

"Of course," I scoffed. " Why would I say something, if it wasn't the truth?"

"I don't know, Alex. It's just... you and Jun didn't really get along before, and I don't want you to hurt him. Underneath his tough sniper exterior, he is a really nice guy," she explained.

"I know," I replied, shrugging. "But I guess that I was just happy to see another living member of Noble. Oh yeah! Um,I... thought you would like to have these."

"Oh," was all Kat said in reply. After a few minutes of silnece, Kat closed the connection.

Soon after that, Jun opened another private channel to talk to me. He said, "Come to my room tonight, after you and Kat go to bed. I need to talk to you then."

"Why?" I questioned him, but I recieved no answer. A few seconds later, that connection was closed, too.

Two hours of silent driving later, we arrived at the UNSC encampment. As we rode in, a group gathered, impeding our progress.

"Two more Spartans?"

"Do you think we have a chance now?"

"Aren't they from Noble Team?" were all things I heard.

We reached the garage fifteen minutes later. We hopped out, and were greeted by the Collonel Holland and three marine guards.

"Damn good to see you two," he said. "I heard from Halsey that Carter and Emile are MIA, and you were too, as far as we knew."

"Almost, but not quite," I replied. I heard a quiet hiss as Kat sealed her helmet. Jun cocked her head, indicating that he had heard it too. I clicked the team comm. once a status quiry, and a green light flashed, indicating that she was okay, ut I got the feeling that she wasn't.

Collonel Holland continued talking for several minutes, but I wasn't paying attention anymore, worried about Kat. Then he dissmissed us, and had the guards escort us o our sleeing quarters.

Later, I exited my room and crossed the hallway to Kat's. I knocked on the door three times and heard a quiet "come in," in response.

"Hey," I said.

"Hey." She looked up from the piece of armor she was repairing, the left shoulder, and stood up.

Damn, she looks good out of armor, I thought, but then I noticed that her eyes were red and her face was blotchy, probably from crying. I saw that she held Carter's dog tags in her left hand.

"You really miss him, don't you?" I asked, and pulled her in to a hug.

"Yeah..." she sighed. "He was probably my first friend, before you. We survived so much together, and now... he's gone, when we need him most."

"I... gah, I'm no good at this... just, I'm here for you, if you need it," I said, taking her left hand and covering it with my own. She looked up at me and smiled.

"Thanks, Alex," she replied. "I'm glad you came."

"Anytime, Kat," I said. "I'll always be here for you."

She held my gaze, and stnding on her tiptoes, gave me a quick kess on the lips and pushing me out of the door, saying, "Now, get out. I have something to do, and I don't want to show you yet." Then she shut the door, and I managed to catch a glimpse of the smirk on her face before it closed.

"What the...?" I asked the shut door, before I shrugged my shoulders and made my way to Jun's room, which was several doors down. When I reached his door, I knocked on it three times, just like at Kat's, and the door opened. He nodded and ushered me in.

"Look, I'm not going to lie to you," Jun said abrubtly. "I've liked Kat for a long time. If you break her heart, I will kill you -hyper lethal or not- because I value her happiness more than my own. As long as she's happy with you, I'll support you fully."

"Wow, Jun," I sighed, leaning against a wall. "I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but that was not what I expected. But, I swear to God,I won't break her heart of my own volition, and if I do, I'll let you kill me."

"Good," Jun said, almost smiling for once. "Now, I'd like to know how the hell you survived." And so I began explaining.

Three hours later, I slipped out of the room and headed back to my own. I had started to yawn at the end, and now I was about to fall asleep standing up. I hadn't realised how much the small amount of sleep I had gotten over the last few weeks had affected me.

As soon as I reached my room, I pushed my door open and stumbled into my room. I collapsed onto the bed and fell asleep.

I woke up in a bed much larger than my own. I felt completely satisfied, although I wasn't sure why.

I sat up and decided to leave the room. Almost immediately, I knew something was wrong. I felt slower, like I felt just after getting out of my armor.

I moved forward and cautiously opened the door. The room I was in opened up to a small landing and a set of stairs. I heard the sizzling of bacon and inhaled deeply. I felt strangely at piece here, in this strange house, more so than anywhere else I'd ever been.

"Alex? Are you finally awake?" said a person whose voice sounded identical to Kat's, but wasn't Kat, because she couldn't possibly be here.

"Um," I started hesitantly. "Yes?"

"Good! I figured bacon would wake you up," the person replied. "Why don't you come down and get some. I made sausage and eggs, too. Your favorite."

My stomach rumbled loudly in response to the description and the smell of good food.

"Coming!" I half yelled. I hadn't realised how hungry I was. Abandoning what I knew to be common sense, I walked around the banister and quickly descended the stairs.

It was at this point that I realised that I was dreaming. Kat was in the kitchen, making food.

"Good morning, sleepy-head," she said. "I take it you slept well?" Since this was a dream, I decided to roll with the punches, so to speak. I walked up to her, and grabbed her waist.

"I don't know…" I started, then pulled her into me and gave her a passionate kiss. Somehow, I knew exactly what to do, and less than a minute later, Kat was a mess, breathing hard and sweating. "What do you think?"

"I-I think… I think I need to finish our breakfast," Kat replied, smirking. "You should go wash your hands before I'm done."

"Yes ma'am," I said, as she pushed me away. I gave her a lazy salute and sauntered to the bathroom. As I washed my hands, I heard a scream. I ran out of the bathroom, and froze when I saw to men assaulting Kat.

"Alex!" she screamed again. I tried to run to her, to help her, but I was moving too slow. I tried to yell, but my voice was a mere whisper. One of the men heard me though, and turned to look at me. He had a surprised look on his face, but then he brought up his gun, a needle rifle, and shot me once in the chest.

I cried out in pain and fell back, then screamed more as the needle detonated. The man suddenly morphed into a skirmisher and shot Kat too. Weakly, I cried out, before it all went dark.

A/N: So, how was it? Are you enjoying the fast updates? Did you like the chapter? If you did, PLEASE review. I'd like this story to get more than five reviews, even if it doesn't get as many as my other multi-chapter fic. Also, I'm not updating again until I get AT LEAST one more review.

-Archangel's Blade

P.S: If you notice any missing letters or punctuation, it's because this laptop is a hand-me-down and the keyboard doesn't always register that I've typed something.