Stars and Stripes

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Chapter 24 - Steven Rogers

After a car ride and a quick change, we got onto a Quinjet with the STRIKE team and headed out. Agent Rumlow started to debrief us.

"Target is a mobile satellite launch platform, the Lemurian Star. They were setting up their last payload when pirates took them, 93 minutes ago."

"How many pirates?" I ask in my monotone business voice.

"25," Rumlow says. "Top mercs, lead by this guy." He pulls up a photo on the screen. "George Batroc. This guy's got a rep for maximum casualties."

"Alright. I'm going to sweep the deck and find Batroc. Rach, you kill the engines and wait for instructions. Rumlow you sweep the left. Find the hostages, get 'em to life pods, get 'em out. Let's move." I say.

"Alight, STRIKE. You heard the Cap, gear up." Rumlow says as I walk out of the group to go secure radios.

"Secure channel seven." I say into my wrist com.

"Seven secure. Hey, are you doing anything fun Saturday night?" Rachel asks. I get my hopes up a little that she might be asking to have dinner together.

"Well, all the guys in my barber shop quartet are dead, so no, not really." I say with a slight smirk. She chuckles.

"Coming up on the drop zone Cap." The pilot says. I hit the button to open the door.

"You know, if you ask Kristen out from statistics, she'd probably say yes." she says. I put my shield on my arm, masking my disappointment that the date wasn't with her. But she's told me this before. She feels like I would be in too much danger if she dated me. Because of the whole David thing. And I have to respect that.

"That's why I don't ask." I say.

"Too shy, or too scared?" she asks.

"Too busy!" I say, before jumping out of the plane.

Once I get on deck, I start taking out guys left and right. Seriously, these pirates are not good in a fight. After a while, I am on the main deck and I have a gun pointed to my head.

"Don't move! Don't move!" A pirate says in French. Then I hear another gunshot. I cringe away thinking that I was shot but when I don't feel any pain, I turn around. Rumlow stands there, taking off of his parachute.

"Thanks." I say.

"Yeah, I seemed pretty helpful for that one." He says with a smirk. I offer a slight chuckle. Then I see Rachel land. She takes off her parachute in one swoop and catches up to me.

"What about that nurse that lives across the hall from us? She seems pretty nice."

"Secure the engine room, then find me a date. Plus she might think we are dating since we live together." I say.

"I'm multitasking and who cares?" She asks. I chuckle an start to find Batroc.

I run around, knocking out pirates, trying to find Batroc. I finally find him.

"STRIKE is in position Cap."

"On my mark. 1, 2,.." I then throw my shield through the pilot booth. And Batroc is on the move.

"Stark missed the ronde vouz point Captain." Rumlow says.

"Rach," I say into my wrist com, "Batroc is on the move. Circle around to Rumlow and protect the hostages." I say. Nothing. "Rach?" No answer. Then someone kicks me from behind. Batroc. After awhile of fighting he pauses.

"I thought you were more than just a shield." He says in French. I sigh, attach my shield to its hook on my back, take off my helmet and toss it to the ground.

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