When I woke up there were flowers scattered all over a white room. It faintly registered that this was a hospital but I shouldn't be here. I was supposed to be at that god forsaken school. I was supposed to be starting to do that assembly. Faintly my heart monitor sped up. I sat up strait and surveyed my surroundings. Just a normal hospital room. Slowly the knob on the door turned. I reached for my gun out of habit. Not only was it not in the holster where it should have been but it wasn't anywhere in the room. I winced as I moved my arm to search more. My head snapped towards the door when a small gasp came from that direction. A dainty nurse was sitting there with a deep red blush on her face. I looked down at my body. I was wearing boxers so what was she freaking out about? My covers were lumped at the end of the bed so she had a full view of my eight pack... Other than that there was nothing really showing. I mean who hasn't seen legs. I wondered what this girl would do at an Australian beach. The ever famous two piece is sported there for women; a hat and bikini bottoms. Best way to pick up girls there is to sport a one piece; a hat.
Refocusing on the nurse was not really hard to do as she was still standing there; unmoving.
"Can I help you ma'am?" Her blush deepened. How could a nurse be that innocent? I would have thought changing bed pans and shaving places for surgery would have made her a little less I don't know the word for it. Did she get some in high school?
"I- uh- you're not supposed to be awake yet..." I looked at her disbelievingly. Was she going to rape me and got caught in the act or something? I mean 'you're not supposed to be awake yet' what was that?
"Oh sorry. I guess I'll just go back to sleep then." My sarcasm made her shudder a little bit. Shaking my head I decided to figure out how bad my situation was. "Listen lady I need to know some information. How long have I been out? Where is my gun? Where is my phone? When do I get to get out of here?" Before she could open her mouse like mouth to talk in her squeaky little voice again the door opened. This time I didn't even bother looking for my gun. I was surprised when my commanding officer James Barrak opened the door.
"Son that training exercise didn't go well." What training exercise? I just killed my father and was shot at my old school. "This may seem confusing at first but we needed to know how you would react to things back in your home town before we actually sent you n a mission there. We took you into the fake environment while you were asleep. Unfortunately you didn't react the way we were hoping for. That's why you were shot. Don't worry it wasn't a live round but we did tranquilize you. You can run the test until you get it right but Gage; you only have three months to learn how to properly react. Your teammates don't know where you have been and we expect you to not tell them. It is just between you and the agency until the actual mission. Good luck Sergeant." We saluted each other and he turned to leave. I looked down to where all of my injuries should have been. Nothing. What parts were real and what parts were actually just training? I knew that Jenny and I were together but did the training start before or after I 'left' for the mission. I know my family and old friends still think I'm dead... Did they take me out before the morning I left? That would have been an accurate time to do it. I would have been convinced I was going, who was going with me was set in stone, then what- I just go missing from my team? Did they even notice my absents? Of course they did. They were probably given some phony reason by Barrak.
Standing I stood and pushed past the frozen nurse. She hadn't even blinked since he came in. She kind of reminded me of Willa... Willa! She wasn't real. I fell in love with a training exercise fake. Oh my god, I don't even love Jenny anymore. I don't think I do. Throwing on some clothes I ran out the door. I needed to get home right away. Ace was standing there like he was waiting for me.
"Hey there mate. Everyone was really worried when you left on that mission alone. Where the hell was it to? You came back and looked like you had been to see the devil and back. Did you even sleep while you were gone for the week?" For a second I thought about telling him the truth but I knew that would just get me into some trouble.
"Yeah, yeah, I went to Mongolia. I cannot believe Barrak didn't tell you. Was I ever surprised when I got there and you were nowhere to be found. It was horrible. I never want to even hear about Mongolia again." Ace looked amused but there was still a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about lying to him. I had never felt real guilt until now while we were climbing in the car. I couldn't help but smell myself for hospital soap. But I smelled like Axe.