Chapter 25: One night.
Gerard had just woken up when Alexander knocked on his door. He was barely awake and couldnt find his glasses, so he decided to just go for the door.
By the look of it, he had ran all the way up to Gerard's room, but he seemed to have something on his mind, judging by his proud smile.
'' What is it, Alexander? I...*yawwwwwn* can barely see you. I'm so tired. ''
'' Gerard...great news....The couple talked after a long interrogation session. I know where their base is. ''
Gerard suddenly seem to sprung to life and his eagerness became very palpable.
'' Tell me. ''
'' It IS the Navy base. I double-checked...It's true. ''
'' Splendid. Go tell Jennie right now. She needs to know about this. ''
'' I will. Things are beginning to go our way, son. ''
'' Indeed. Our Heilige Lanze shall prevail. Tuco will soon be nothing but a memory. Now...go. ''
Alexander then quickly walked away and Gerard found himself smiling as he had gone. Finally, he could make his move.
It took them an hour to bring everything together, but in the plaza, alot of people had come down to hear what was going to happen.
Gerard then began to speak towards the crowd:
'' We now know where Red Sun is. Me and Alexander have decided to send out a small group to check their place out, the Navy Base...and then come back. Jennie will be in charge. ''
Jennie then went forth and took over from Gerard.
'' I want a volunteer. I'm already taking Billy with me, as he has talents necessary for such a mission as this. I need one more however. A group of three that can move in and out quickly is better than bringing a whole 10-man squad with us. ''
Billy met eyes with Lucille for a brief moment, and he quickly looked away. Even for a moment, she had felt all of his anger shoot through her with that one glare and she felt like she shouldnt be here. But she also felt like she should do this. She wanted to help.
'' As I said...I want 1 more person to bring along. Anyone here willing to do it? Raise your hands if you oblige. ''
Negan was about to raise his hand when Lucille put it down and answered:
'' I...I can go. I... ''
She herself was then quickly silenced by Jeremy coming forth.
'' No...I'll go. Lucille wouldnt be able to handle going there. ''
'' Why not? ''
'' I'll tell you why, Negan. She suffers from Thalassophobia. She starts to panic near large bodies of water....It's....stuff happend when she was young, and she's never gotten over her fear. She cant swim, much less be anywhere near it. Right, Lucille? ''
'' Dad....I CAN handle myself. I...''
'' Lucille. Dont act like I'm an idiot. You know you cant handle being close to water. I have seen how you react...how you lose your cool. It's one of the few things that can make you panic. That shit will get you killed during a mission such as this. ''
'' So....I will go. Red Sun is dangerous. I wouldnt let her go head-on into their base...not..not now. I'm not letting my daughter nor my grandchild go through such a risk. And I'am the best mechanic here. If the car goes out, you'll need me. ''
Jennie widend her eye in surprise at his words and the others looked on in confusion as well. Jennie then sighed and let them speak, not willing to break up their conversation.
'' Dad....You dont have to worry....I ca..I'm not afraid. ''
'' Lucille. First of all, I told you to dont treat me like i'm stupid. You started sweating nervously at the damn mention of the river. You are NOT going. That's fucking it. I wont hear you saying otherwise. If it goes to shit? One bullet, and you and my grandchild are dead. I cant take that. I wont let that fucking happen. ''
Lucille was gettig more and more frustrated and it seemed as if she was going to punch her father.
'' Dad....I..I cant let you...Just fucking dont go. Jesus fucking christ, listen to me! ''
'' *sigh* You know me, Lucille. You cant make me think otherwise. You have my stubborness, and I'am proud of that, but you should know that stubborness gets even greater with age. I'am 30 years older than you, honey. I'm going. That's the end of it...Besides....I got Jennie and mister Knife-happy with me. I trust them to know what they are doing. And if you are a leader....you need to know to put trust in people. Trust that we'll be safe, and we'll be. ''
Michelle then suddenly raised her hand up, which surprised everyone.
'' I..I'm going as well. I grew up in DC. I know some shortcuts we can take...and I'am the best map-reader in our entire shin-dig. Is it alright...Jennie? I know you only wanted 3....but I can help. I really can. ''
Jennie nodded towards her and looked back at Lucille who was reluctant to say what she was about to say to her father.
'' I...Fine. Go. But you better fucking come back. ''
He hugged her and whispered to her:
'' I will, honey. Daddy will be safe. Just trust me. ''
Lucille wanted to believe his words, but something wouldnt let her. She did her best to hide it however, and even Negan believed Jeremy had actually convinced her completely.
During the rest of the day, not much happend. People were mostly relaxing or doing their usual chores.
Nicole on the other hand was just about done as the evening began to come down over Paradise.
She felt a tap on her shoulder and she heard a whispere:
'' Honey....I need to tell you something. ''
Jeremy's sudden appearance startled her, causing her to jump in fright.
'' Jesus, Jeremy....You cant just sneak up on me like that. You scared me half to death. ''
'' Sorry...I..I just wanted to let you know....I've been sent out to spy on Red Sun and their base...alongside Jennie and.... ''
He almost said '' The man who attacked me '' but he decided to ust say his name and Michelle's, to not worry Nicole.
'' Why? Why are YOU going? ''
'' Because I'm capable, and I wasn't going to let Lucille go. She offered to go at first, and no fucking way was I gonna let that happen. ''
'' I...Jesus, Jeremy. You dont need to do this. Anyone can go. You dont need to. ''
'' No. I'm going. I'm going to help protect our home...and my family. I cant do that sitting around working on trucks all day long. For once...I feel like I need to do my part. ''
She suddenly shouted at him, her calm and stoic tone finally being broken.
'' You DO your part EVERYDAY! You do nothing but work. Keep the vehicles in tip-top shape...and you help with anything that needs fixing. You have DONE your part already...I'm not going to let you go out there....I....I worry enough about you HERE already. Dont go. Please. ''
'' I will be back before you know it. Nicole...I have to do this. I haven't been there for my daughter too much already. I couldnt protect her when she needed it the most. I will keep her safe now. I will keep YOU safe. I wont repeat the mistakes I've done...I wont lose Lucille like I lost Claudia, Abby and...''
'' ....Maria. I...fuck. Okay, fine. Go. I cant win this argument....You are so fucking bullheaded....If you are this set on doing this....do it. But promise me you'll come back. I cant lose you. You mean too much for me. ''
He hugged her and told her calmly:
'' You'll wont. I will be back before you know it. I promised Lucille...and I promise you. ''
She could hear the honesty in his words and she believed him.
'' Can...I sleep in your room tonight? ''
Jennie stood in his doorway, and Billy looked up from his pillow. He yawned and nodded at her.
'' You already know you can. Come on in. I cant really sleep myself anyhow. I'm thinking about tomorrow. It'll be....dangerous. ''
'' I know...but let's not worry ourselves too much. Come on...lie down and just relax. We will need sleep if we are gonna be at 100 % tomorrow. ''
She laid down beside him and looked away towards the wall. Billy then heard a soft sound, which he couldnt place what it was.
'' Jennie...what's wrong? ''
She turned around and she didnt speak, but she looked him right in the eye, and she then let her hand go towards his boxers, and they slowly went beneath them. She grabbed onto what was beneath as as she pulled the boxers to his knees. Billy sat up and was about to tell her to stop when:
'' Jennie...you shouldn't....what are you... ''
She pushed him down and stradled him, and she released her hold of his now hardend member. He looked up towards her and noticed that under her thick black hair, she was crying. By the sound of her voice, he couldnt tell if she was happy, sad or afraid. In truth, it might've been all three.
'' I.....I'm not your wife. I'll never be Marguerite. I'll never be that great love of your life. I realise that. I realise you'll never let the memory of her go...and I realise...that you'd much rather have her back than me in your bed. I realise that...and I dont hold none of it against you. ''
'' I know a proper relationship between us is....far away....maybe even years away. But...I do not ask to be your wife...or girlfriend...All I want...is one night. I'am afraid of tomorrow....and I dont want to go towards hell's gates with regrets. So...that is why I...why I hope you'd be okay with....being with me...for this one night. I need to do this. If I dont...I'm gonna regret it so much in whatever damn afterlife there is. ''
'' Jennie...I... ''
'' It's too soon..isn't it? I'm...Fuck. What the fuck am I even doing.... ''
'' I...I dont want to force you into something you aren't ready for....I..I just....just..let's just get back to sleep. Forget I did this. ''
He reached up and kissed her suddenly, which caused her to push him back down and his only response was a smile, which made her completely dumbstruck. She'd expected a ''No'' and an stoic face...not this.
'' Jennie...You are right...I cant forget Marguerite....but when I see you...I do not see her. I see YOU. Never think anything other than that. You aren't her...and you dont need to try to. I...I will give you this one night. Seeing you torn up like this...hurts me. ''
She was utterly speechless and and whilst she tried to, she wasn't sure how to respond.
'' But if we are gonna do this...I...I want you as you are. I dont want you hiding under a sad face....nor...this. ''
He untied her eyepatch with his hands and laid it on the bedrest and he brushed aside her hair, so he could see all of her face. Her scars shone a light red in the light of the reading lamp, and her brown eye shone like dark gold.
'' When with me...You dont need that anymore. Honestly...It doesnt look good on you. You look beautiful when you aren't hiding yourself. ''
'' I...oh...You aren't kidding me, are you? Oh my god...It's actually gonna happen? ''
She hid her blushing cheeks under her hands, but Billy moved them away and he then moved his hands to the clasp on Jennie's bra.
'' Why would I joke about this? ''
Billy took off her bra, and Jennie seemed to be blushing even heavier when his hands gently touched her breats, his smile suddenly vanished as she then suddenly moved backwards a bit.
'' I...I...You aren't...Is there something you dont like? I..I can put my bra back on...if you feel better that way. ''
Billy shook his head and his smile returned.
'' I just blanked out for a second...besides...If I WAS uncomfortable about any part of you...would I be like this? ''
He led her hand towards his groin and she grabbed onto him again. Somehow, he seemed even harder than before.
'' I think this answers my question for me...besides...I told you I want you as you are. You do not need to cover any part of yourself from me. You are beautiful, Jennie.
He then took one of her breasts in his strong hand and he gently bit her nipple. The suddeness made her whimper, and her grasp on him tightend.
'' Now...Lie down, Jennie. Tell me what I should do. Whatever you want to do...I'm up for it. ''
She put her free hand up towards his face.
'' No...L-Let me begin. It was MY idea. Sit on the side of the bed. ''
He did as she said, and she went down to her knees on the floor on the right to the bed. She put her hair behind her ears and shook her head.
'' It's..it's been a long time since i've did this.....so, I might be a bit rusty...Just...lie down...and let me try. ''
Her lips then wrapped around him and as she began to pleasure Billy, he couldnt keep himself from moaning for long. She ofcourse couldnt speak back to him, but his moans was enough for her to know to speed up. It only took a few minutes before he grabbed onto her shoulders:
'' Hnn...Hngh...You...Jenn...Jennie...Oh god...St.. ''
He managed to spit it out and she listend before he wouldv'e reached his finish.
'' Stop. Please. It's too early. ''
She stopped and looked up at him, and she stood back up and removed her panties. She took a deep breath and moved up onto the bed and then his stomach.
'' Tell me if I should slow down or anything, alright? ''
'' I will. ''
She then let out a light whimper as he entered her. As she got used to the feeling, her hips began to move in an quick rhythm.
It didnt take a long time before her moaning echoed throughout the room and Billy grabbed her hand in an attempt to make her stop.
'' Let's try to not make any noise...We dont wanna wake people up. ''
She put her hand over his mouth and she looked flustered and annoyed. Billy wasn't sure why.
'' S...Shut the fuck up, Billy. Dont ruin this. I've been waiting for this moment for a while now...and damn it if I'm gonna care about waking any fucking body up. Got it? Keep your eyes on the fucking prize. ''
She waited for him to answer, but instead he put his hands on her waist. Despite her muscular physique and firm shapes, her skin was soft. He took in very inch of her with his eyes and he smiled.
'' Why yes, madam. Shall we pick this up where we left off...or do you want to do something...different? ''
She leaned down and kissed him as she bit his lower lip gently.
'' Just shut up and keep fucking me already. No more talk. ''
They kept going and they lost track of time and space. All that they could see of think of was eachother. In the moment they shared. Nothing else mattered. Not the war. Not all of the death. Not the memories of loved ones. They only saw eachother in their passion. All that they could hear was the other's pleasure.
Billy then began to breathe heavier and his expression went from a smile to a much more strained one.
'' I..I'm......I can't...Jennie...I'm gonn...KUHH! ''
She arched her back in the final moment of their ecstasy and let out an shrill moan of pleasure as it had finally finished. She rolled off him and lied down next to him, taking a deep breath and exhaling in relief. Her hair was even more out of control than usual, but she didnt have a shred of sadness on her, and her stonefaced demeanor was gone. All Billy could see was her one eye glimmering in the darkness, and a contempt smile that warmed him as much as it did her.
'' That was....great...Thank you. I....It was just as I hoped it'd be. ''
'' It was a pleasure. I...I'm glad we did this. I'am glad...I let you convince me. ''
'' I didn't thought you'd actually change your mind...But I'm glad you did. I havent felt this peaceful and glad to be alive since....since Emilio. And that was many many years ago now. ''
She laid her head down on his chest and she felt relaxed. His chest was sticky from sweat, but she didnt mind as she wrapped her arms around him and looked up at him.
'' Billy...Whatever happens....I am glad we did this. Hopefully....we'll be able to share many more nights in the future....as...as more than friends. But it'll have to wait. We will decide where we'll go...once it is all over...right? ''
Billy then wrapped his arms under hers, binding them both in an warm hug that neitheer would let go off.
'' Yes. I promise. Once it is over...I will have made my decision. ''
They then fell asleep in eachother's embrace, happy.
It was early in the morning when Michelle knocked on their door.
Jennie who was still halfasleep at this point went and opened the door wearing her bed cover around her. Jennie opened to see that Michelle had Jeremy and Alexader with her as well, both who looked just as barely awake as Jennie and Billy was. She on the other side looked to be spry and not at all exhausted.
'' Come on now, get your asses out of bed. We are going. Put some clothes on and we'll be seeing you at the entrance. ''
They then left Billy and Jennie to get dressed and it took them bout 10 minutes to get down to the entrance.
The others had already started walking towards a Dodge Ram pickup by the street to the right of the plaza.
Michelle stopped Jennie at the door whilst Billy walked away. She chuckled as Jennie wondered what the problem was.
'' So how was it? ''
'' What was what? I dont know what you are talking about? ''
'' Jennie...Did you forget my room is like...wall-to-wall with Billy's? Kinda hard to sleep when all I hear for 2 hours is you and Billy groaning and moaning. ''
Jennie tried to keep a straight face, but her face was turning red so much nothing she could do would hide it.
'' Oh...uh...I... ''
Michelle waved her hand and chuckled. She seemed to enjoy seeing Jennie embarassed.
'' It's okay. I got some sleep afterall and I feel good. Just...next time...keep it the fuck down. I could hear your bed creaking, and the beds in the hotel aren't made of creaking material if you know what I mean, so whatever you guys did...mustv'e been really special. Dont worry though...I wont tell nobody....well...nobody who didn't hear. And I guess that might've been like....3 people in the entire hotel. So 3 people wont hear nothing about this, kay? You got my word on that. ''
'' Th...thanks...I guess. ''
'' I mean...you guys look cute together. I can see that you are good for eachother. It's also great to see Billy in such a good mood...and it's also great seeing that he's not torn up about Marguerite all the time. But seriously, fucking cutie's you are. If we put the fact that both of you aren't very attractive at all, you are like cuddly-wubbly. ''
She made a grimace towards Jennie by pushing her cheecks towards her face, pouting her lips.
'' Jebby and Bibby, sibbing ihn ah twee. K-w-i-s-s-i-... ''
Jennie flipped her off and Michelle only laughed in good will in return.
'' Oh fuck you, bitch. ''
'' Love you too. ''
Michelle then began to walk towards the pickup where the others were waiting, but Jennie told her to stop.
'' Michelle...why are you coming with us? I didnt expect you to come forth like that yesterday. I..I wanna know why. ''
'' Not much to it..Edward would've done it. I merely want to help like he would've helped. ''
'' That....and...well...we got off to an rocky start, me..you...Gerard...but I'm kinda getting fond of this place..and you guys. I want to help keep this place safe. Now...let's not keep the guys waiting. They are probably thinking we are getting our makeup done by the time we're taking. ''
They then both finally walked together towards the entrance of the street that Red Sun had attacked from the first time. The others were waiting impatiently by the pickup, but they quickly made it over.
Jeremy was talking with Alexander by the side, making sure everything was as it should
'' Alexander...You'll keep tabs on things here...right? Promise me you'll keep Lucille..Nicole...everyone...safe. Promise me. ''
Alexander nodded at Jeremy and told them everything would be a-okay on this side.
'' If anything goes wrong, contact us on that radio, okay? ''
Alexander looked at the radio in his belt and nodded again.
'' Ofcourse. There is one in the glovebox of the pickup....dont tinker with it though. Take it out when you have gotten halfway. Then I'll mark out the time, and I can assess how long it'll take if we were to attack full-on. ''
'' We will. Stay safe. ''
Jeremy quickly went up in the drivers seat and the others got in right after him.
'' I could say the same for all ya'll. Now...get moving. You'll want to get there quickly and then even quicker back here. If they find you...just go. Dontr try to fight. Just...get back here. ''
Jeremy then waved goodbye to him as he turned the key around.
'' Okay. See you later...Alexander. ''
Jeremy then pressed on the gas and like hat, they were moving, and in a few minutes, Alexander couldnt see the truck anymore.
Alexander then went inside the empty apartment building right next to him and closed the door behind him once he found an unlocked apartment.
He then began tinkering with the radio until he found the right frequence.
'' This is Moon. Are you hearing me, Rojo? ''
There was static, but soon, a man's voice began to speak out of the radio.
* You dont need to use your codename with me...friend. And...Call me by my actual name. *
'' Very well....Tuco. ''
* That's better. Is it all going as you planned? *
'' They are moving. Tuco....Is everyone in position? ''
* Yes. Not yet...but they will be. Cain and Jaime...and their best troops. I have told them to be covering the streets you told me. Whoever you sent out...wont be coming back. Who are they, might I ask? *
'' Jennie herself...Billy...some tough guy from this new group...some young girl...and Jeremy. Our best mechanic...it might not sound like much...but they will be good hostages. ''
* Hostages? I never said I intended to keep hostages. *
'' ALIVE. Just...Just try to catch them alive, okay? They'll be more worth to you alive than dead. ''
* I cant promise that, but I promise to try, Cain and the others will get the heads-up as soon as i quit this call....but know this...You will be rewarded greatly for this no matter if they live or die. *
'' So my reward is still... ''
Tuco didnt spoke for a few moments, making Alexander unsure, but when he did speak, Alexander's expression quickly changed.
* Yes...I will give you what Gerard wouldnt. I will give you...Alexandria. *
Alexander smiled. They had victory in their hands, and now was the time to start grabbing for it. The sun would be covered in blood before this is over, Alexander thought to himself.
End of chapter 25.