Country: International Waters
Region: Enroute to Africa(Atlantic Ocean)
Location: SOPS Boeing 747(Lounge area)
Time: 5:35 am (New York)/11:35 am(Capetown Africa)
Diana wasn't hopeful when she saw the look in Dr. Adams' eyes when she
left the lounge. Not unpacking much had been a good thing, she
thought, since this was going to be a short mission for her. The only
thing she would miss was walking into the lounge as the doctor left.
Kade looked at the doctor and smiled with a slight nod. Then he sat
down across from Diana, giving her a curious look as he looked into
her green eyes. "You wanted to talk?" he asked in a soft tone of
voice. "I'm willing to listen, unless you have talked enough about
things with Dr. Adams. We can always do this another time."
Diana noticed Jesse Roberts entering the lounge, a person she didn't
want to meet at that moment. She led Kade upstairs to the smaller
lounge, where she had seen Roberts working out. There she sat down,
and Kade sat across from her.
"No, Kade," Diana answered. "Dr. Adams is right. I need to talk this
out" Then she smiled, "or else I am going to be out on my ear." Then
she paused for a moment, pondering how to approach this. She was about
to tell a total stranger what had brought her to this team, tell him
about a life she hadn't even told her therapist.
When Diana finally spoke, her voice was serious, as was the look in
her green eyes. "My parents were murdered, and I spent two years
tracking down their killers. While I was tracking down the killers, I
learned to disguise myself."
Kade leaned in closer to her with his hands together and his arms on
his thighs. "What happened? Did you find your parents' killers?"
Kade was concerned. He was blown back by this kind of thing from a
Diana nodded. "I found the killers, took care of all of them. I had my
Baretta pointed at his head, but I couldn't kill him. I turned him
over to Scotland Yard." She sighed again and continued, "I found
justice, but I didn't feel better about it. I was not happy with what
I had become, and my parents were still dead."
She paused again, then she finished, "Maybe that is why I am here, to
find justice for others, those who can't find it themselves."
"Well, it takes a mighty person to track down their parent's killers,"
Kade said staring into her green eyes, which captured him completely.
"It takes someone mightier to not kill them. You did what was
right." Kade paused. "You're starting to sound like some kind of
super hero," he smiled.
Diana blushed. "I am not a superhero, Kade, and I never intended to
gain a reputation as a mistress of disguise. It just happened."
"Well, Miss Diana, if it had never happened, then I don't think you
would be here," Kade said with a lighter tone. "And that's something
I can't imagine."
Diana sensed he knew where Kade was going with his lighter tone, and
she had to stop it before she got into more trouble. "It was
definitely something I never planned," she answered, smiling but with
a serious look in her eyes. Then the smile disappeared, "And it was
something that didn't help me deal with my emotions."
"What emotions are you talking about?" Kade asked wondering what she
meant. "Anger? hatred?"
Diana shook her head. "Those I left three months ago when I turned the
leader over to Scotland Yard," she replied. She hesitated a moment,
then she made a statement she should have made to Dr. Adams, "No, I
never really mourned my parents."
"Well, I never mourned my father," Kade said with the most solemn
expression on his face. He paused and thought back on the day he
found out about the life his father lived.
Diana was surprised, realizing her instincts had been right. She had
sensed an understanding from him from the start and it turned out to
be right. She wondered what kind of life Kade's father led, but she
couldn't pry. She had put her life out in the open--to everyone--but
she couldn't insist on Kade doing the same thing.
"I am sorry, Kade," she said, but now she knew he understood what she
was going through. He could be a good person to talk to, but for now
she had to maintain a professional rapport with Kade Williams.
She looked up when she heard the captain's announcement, "Ah, this is
Captain Kurk. I just wanted to let you fine folks know that we're on
approach to the airstrip near Johannesburg. We'll be touching down in
less than 15 minutes, so everyone please pack up and secure your
things and proceed to the upstairs crash cabin."
Diana stood up, "Thank you for listening to me, Kade," she said.
Kade stood up showing along with her out of respect. He smiled at
her. "You're welcome. Anytime you need an ear or guidance, I'm here
Diana let Kade lead the way down the stairs, then they separated so
they could pack up. They met each other again in the crash room, where
everyone was finding a seat for the landing. She looked at the
handsome mercenary, hoping she wasn't kicked off the team. Then she
would probably never see Kade Williams again.