|Steel Rose Chapter 5
||[Mar. 6th, 2008|11:59 pm]
chloe/jack = chlack!
|||||Those Nights- Skillet||]|
Chloe fought to control her rapidly beating heart as the reality of the situation began to sink in. Oh my god. I have to do this. It's on me. Our most important operation, and I have to lead it.
Jack grew concerned as he watched Chloe struggle with the responsibility that had been suddenly thrust on her. This is not good. He turned to Nina. "Give us a moment."
"Fine." She left to return to the floor. Once she was gone, Jack turned back to Chloe. "Chloe, what's wrong? Are you okay?"
She merely looked at him, her fear showing clearly. "Jack, I..... I don't know if I can do this."
"What are you talking about?"
"Sorensen is the second in command of Steel Rose. If we catch him, we can get to Liddy, and finally take down Steel Rose for good."
"Yeah, I know. We go in and get him. So what's the problem?"
She let out a shaky breath. "I've never lead an operation this big before. Bill was always the one who handled the major operations. But now it's on me. What if I blow it? We might not get another shot at him if I blow this."
Jack put his hand on her shoulder. "Chloe, listen to me. Bill would have known this could happen. Do you think he would have left you in charge if he didn't think you were capable of handling things?"
"No buts, Chloe. There is no one else here who can do this. You have to be the one. And you will. You just need to believe you can. Because I do."
Chloe looked into his eyes, seeing the conviction in them, her doubts slowly fading away. Jack is right. I'm just being stupid. This is on me, and I can't just sit here and whine. I can do this. I need to do this. She looked away for a second, then turned back to him. Jack smiled slightly as he saw the change in her demeanor. The fear and doubt she had been feeling was gone. "Thanks, Jack."
"You're welcome." He opened the door. "Let's go get this guy."
"All right, listen up!"
Jack looked up from the weapon he was checking to see Chloe standing in the entrance to the armory. The rest of his team immediately went silent, their attention totally focused on her. She walked to the center of the room, stopping a few feet from Jack. "Your objective is to apprehend Gustave Sorensen. His current location is Centerfield Industrial Park, 15 miles from here. Agent Bauer" she nodded to Jack "will be the lead operative on the ground. You'll receive further instructions once you've reached the location." She looked each agent in the eye. "This man must be apprehended alive. There is zero room for error. Is that understood?"
"Yes, ma'am" the agents replied.
"Good. Move out." Chloe watched as the teams began to file out. She stopped Jack as he was about to leave. "Jack..... please be careful."
"And please don't go after Nina. I know you don't trust her, but she's one of the best we have."
Jack looked at her. "Don't worry, Chloe- I'm not going to go after her until the job is done."
Chloe looked unconvinced. "Fine." She watched Jack leave, then pulled out her cell phone, attaching a scrambler to the bottom before dialing. "Operations."
"It's Phoenix. Put me through to Buchanan. Priority 1."
"One moment." Chloe began to pace the now empty room.
"This is Buchanan. What's going on, Chloe?"
"Bill, we found Sorensen."
"You found him? Where was he?"
"Centerfield Industrial Park. I've sent 3 teams to apprehend him. Jack's the lead on this one."
"Good." Bill frowned. "Did you send Nina as well?"
Chloe hesitated. ".....Yeah, I did."
"What?" he spat out incredulously. "How could you send the two of them out together? What were you thinking, Chloe?"
She flinched at his tone, but quickly recovered. "I didn't have a choice, Bill. This might be the only chance we get to catch Sorensen, and I was not about to blow it by not sending our best agents to get him."
"With all due respect, Bill, you left me in command. I made a decision that I believed was the right one to make. If something goes wrong, then I'll take the heat for it. But right now I have to get ready for this operation."
"......Fine. It looks like right now we don't have a choice. But I want to be patched in on this."
"I'll take care of it."
"Chloe? This had better work."
"It will." Chloe hung up, tossing her phone down on the table. He still doesn't trust me to lead this place when he's gone. I didn't want to send Nina out with Jack, but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up. She rubbed her eyes wearily. We're going to have to talk when he gets back from Headquarters.
Her phone beeped, and she scooped it up. "Yeah?"
"It's Tony. The teams are almost at the location. We need you out here."
"I'll be right there." Time to go to work.
Kerrison sat back in his seat as the lead vehicle stopped a while away from their target, his eyes squarely on the man sitting in the seat in front of him. "Keep Jack Bauer away from Nina Myers" she says. So not only do I have to do my job and help catch Sorensen, I have to keep Bauer away from Myers in the process. Great. He scowled. What's so special about Jack Bauer, anyway? The way Mr. Buchanan and Ms. O'Brian talked about him, you'd think he was some kind of superman. But what has he done since they brought him in? Nothing that any of us couldn't do.
"Agent Kerrison, are you going to join us?" Jack's voice snapped from outside. Kerrison shook his head to clear it, climbing out of the vehicle quickly, and Jack gave him a glare before continuing. "As I was saying, there's no way we're going to be able to sneak up on him. There aren't any blind spots we could approach from. The best option is going through the south entrance, and hopefully take them by some surprise."
"A frontal assault?"
"That's our best move."
Kerrison glanced at the map. "Maybe not" he remarked, pointing at a section of the map. "There's a sewer line that runs underneath the building. We can send a team through there, take them by surprise."
Jack nodded in agreement. "Good idea." He turned to the rest of the teams. "Teams A and B will storm the northern doors, drawing their attention. Team C will come up through the sewer line and apprehend the target. Agent Kerrison, I want you to lead that team."
Kerrison merely looked at him. Not good. Gotta think fast. "Sir, I think we'd have a better chance of success if you lead the 3rd team."
Jack glared at him. "I don't want any arguments, Agent Kerrison. I gave you an order."
"He's right, Jack" Nina replied. Jack turned to glare at her. "Come on, you have more experience in covert entry than the rest of us. It makes sense for you to do this."
".......All right. I will lead Team C. Now get ready." Jack watched the teams leave the staging area to get into position before switching on his comm unit. "Homebase, this is Bauer. Do you copy?"
"You're coming in loud and clear, Jack" Chloe answered, turning to her lead tactical. "Charlie, do you have the link to Headquarters up yet?"
"Yes, ma'am. We've patched them in."
"Good. Jack, how soon can you launch?"
"Let me know when you're ready to move in." Chloe switched to a secondary channel. "Bill, do you copy?"
"I'm here. General Walton's on the line as well."
Oh, great. It's bad enough Bill's on this, but the general as well? Jack, you had better not blow this. "Okay. You should be patched in on comm."
"All right. Have the teams move in as soon as possible."
"They already know to do that, Bill" Chloe snapped.
"Watch your tone, O'Brian" Walton barked out.
Oh, crap. Bad move there, Chloe. "Yes, general" she replied, her tone more civil. "I've already given them orders to move in quickly. With any luck, we should take them by surprise."
"This is Bauer" Jack's voice sounded. "Teams are in position. Two hostiles guarding the main entrance. Charges are set."
"Confirmed. Jack, move in now."
"Teams A and B, move in now." He waited as the first 2 teams opened fire on their target. Just a few more seconds.
"This is Myers. We're pinned down, taking heavy fire. Jack, if you're going to do something, do it now."
Jack signaled to the agent on his right, who hit the trigger. He was thrown back as the grate exploded. "Move."
Jack leaned up against the wall as a group of hostiles passed his position. This place is like a maze.
"What's your status, Jack?" Chloe asked.
"Still no sign of Sorensen. I'm about 3 feet from the central control unit." He checked around for any more hostiles. "It's clear. Moving in now." He slowly inched towards the door, opening it cautiously and stepping in.
"Don't move." Jack heard the click of a gun, and he put his hands up. "Now slowly, put your weapon down, and turn around." He did as he was ordered.
"You should have stayed out of this, Jack."
Jack stared at the figure in disgust. "Christopher."
Henderson smirked. "That's right. I have to say I'm surprised to see you doing Prime Directive's dirty work."
"I don't have time for this. Where's Sorensen?"
"You mean you haven't figured it out? You're looking at him."
Jack's eyes darted towards the weapon Henderson was holding. "Don't even think about it. Back up against the wall." Jack slowly backed up until he was pressed against the back wall.
"Christopher, why are you doing this?"
"I'm trying to protect this country."
"How? By killing innocent civilians? How many people have lost their lives because of what you've done?"
"There's always casualties in war, Jack, and this is war." Henderson looked him over. "Like I told you, I'm surprised to see you even functioning. Last I heard, you were a sniveling wreck."
"Shut up" Jack growled.
"They really must have done a number on you, if you're working for them after what happened to your girlfriend."
"You son of a bitch!" Jack's outburst caused Henderson to step back. "Chloe gave her life to stop what you were doing!"
"And what good did that do?" The former agent smirked at Jack. "She's still alive, isn't she?"
"What are you talking about?"
"O'Brian. She's still alive. The accident 3 years ago was just a ruse, wasn't it?"
"How dare you" Jack snapped.
"Drop the act, Jack. Prime Directive's stunt might have fooled Jonathan, but it won't work on me. Besides, you won't live long enough to spoil what's coming next." Henderson advanced on Jack, stopping a foot away. Jack, seeing no options, merely stared at his former mentor.
"Don't worry. You'll see your girlfriend soon enough. Now it's time for you to die, Jack."
"Dammit!" Chloe yelled out as the comm feed was lost. "Charlie, get that feed back up now!"
"I'm trying, Ms. O'Brian!" Hawkins answered, her fingers flying over her keyboard. "They're jamming our feed somehow. I can't get anything."
"Boost the signal. Maybe we can break through."
"We're already at full capacity. We turn it up any further, we could blow the main processor."
"Do it, Charlie! That's an order!"
Tony put his hand on her arm. "Chloe, you need to calm down. Losing control is not going to help the situation."
Chloe shook him off. "I am not losing control, Tony."
"Look, Chloe, I know how you feel. But Jack can take care of himself."
"This is not about Jack! We have over 3 dozen agents out there, and we just lost our link to them!"
"Chloe, what the hell's going on?" Bill called out from the secondary channel. "What happened?"
"We lost our comm feed, Bill. We're trying to get it back up."
"You lost it? How the hell could you let that happen, O'Brian?" Walton barked out.
"It doesn't matter how it happened, general" Tony replied.
"I didn't ask for your opinion, Almeida."
"Tony, stay out of this" Chloe hissed. "We're doing the best we can here, general."
"Don't give me excuses. Get that comm feed up now, O'Brian!"
Chloe marched over to Hawkins' station, moving the startled analyst aside. She began typing rapidly. "Come on, come on..... there we go."
"...... soon enough. Now it's time for you to die, Jack." Two gunshots were heard before the feed was cut off.