Chapter 26 - Civil War?

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***** "Get Fleet-Comm active," I ordered.

"Are you sure you don't want a break?" Fleet Admiral Harper asked.

"Just get it on," I sniffed, avoiding eye contact to hide my swollen eyes. The fleet admiral sighed and nodded.

"What do you have in mind?" Daniel asked.

"To be honest, I don't know," I sighed.

"Sir, Fleet-Comm is ready to use," an officer stated.

"Are all captains online?" I asked.

"Affirmative," he replied.

"Let's get this show on the-"

"Lucania Lee!" a voice screamed, interrupting my sentence. It was Atlas, who had just barged into the bridge, all furious and worked up.

"What?" I asked, slightly irritated.

"Lucania, you son of a bitch!" he snarled as he rushed towards me. The former Alpha Squadron damage tanker suddenly grabbed me by my collar, lifting me off the ground.

"Atlas, what are you doing? Why are you mad?" Daniel exclaimed.

"Me? I'm beating this brat to death!" Atlas shrieked.

"Why?" Alice asked.

"Shit..." Emilia muttered.

"This asshole was making out with Lindsey behind my back! He was trying to steal her!" Atlas snarled.

"What!?" Ruri exclaimed. "Luca, did you actually do that?"

Before I could respond, Atlas threw me onto the floor with such strength that it caused the flooring to crack upon my impact.

"Shit!" a guard exclaimed as they took out their weapons.

"Don't move kid!" a guard yelled as he got closer to Atlas.

"Fuck off," Atlas snarled as he punched the guard in the face, causing the poor man to fall down unconsciously.

"What the fuck are you even thinking!" Daniel yelled as he aimed his weapon at Atlas.

"Calm down guys!" Lindsey shouted as she entered the bridge.

"Stop!" Emilia wailed. As Atlas was distracted, I slowly stood up, my back still aching in pain from that hit.

"Perfect timing!" Atlas exclaimed, kicking me down onto the ground. "Tell everyone about how Luca was sexually harassing you!"

"Urgh!" I grunted in pain as I fell onto the floor again.

"Officer, delay the meeting with the other captains," Joseph ordered.

"Sir, you have to stop them!" the fleet admiral exclaimed.

"Well, that's gonna be hard," Joseph groaned.

"We cannot embarrass the UNSC in front of the other factions!" Harper insisted.

"Do you want to try?" Joseph growled.

"But-"

"How about this," Joseph interrupted the admiral. "Go handle whoever appears on the screen while I try to fix this mess up?"

"Yes, commander," the admiral mumbled.

"Now, what am I going to do...?" Joseph muttered, cold sweat dripping down from his forehead.

"Guys, we have to calm down," Emilia warned.

"How can I calm down when this guy tried to steal my girlfriend," Atlas protested.

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