When I Opened My Eyes, I Was in the Middle of the Battlefield - Chapter 35
When I Opened My Eyes, I Was in the Middle of the Battlefield chapter 35
Me and Rachel sat side by side in the front vehicle, which was called the No. 1 car for the strategy.
It was because I had a good reaction speed, and my marksmanship was the fastest and most accurate, so Rachel knew the situation of each country as well as the main routes of Charlie’s team.
For that reason, seating was easy.
I sat in the passenger seat with the muzzle of my MP7 submachine gun down to take down the enemy, and Rachel got behind the wheel to find the way herself.
Suddenly, the engine sound of the Nissan SUV increased, accelerating, and my body was pushed as if I was hitting the backrest.
While the vehicle quickly entered the big road and ran away.
-Car No. 1, this is Car No. 2.
I heard a voice on the in-ear walkie-talkie calling out to Rachel.
Jake’s voice, heavy and heavy, followed right away.
– Maintain vehicle speed, and communication wind when changing, abnormal.
“Charlie Hana, good reception.”
It was when I answered instead and made eye contact with Rachel to make sure it was received.
“excuse me… … .”
A young woman’s voice came from the back seat.
“Are you okay now?”
When I turned around, a passenger was staring me in the eye and asking.
She wore a light blue hat with the UN logo printed on it, and even though she wore light makeup, her beauty stood out.
I didn’t even have a full name, but I knew who it was.
It was thanks to memorizing the list of subjects to be guarded from when I was in Al Jamash.
My name is Maria Belloa.
One of the working-level investigators was a woman in her late twenties and one of the mestizos of mixed race from Colombia.
He looked at her for a moment and then gave her a light chin.
“Do the belt first.”
“… Ah yes.”
Maria hesitated, then rustled as if pulling on a belt, and then the voice continued.
“Anyway, it’s okay now, right? I can’t seem to hear any gunshots.”
“I don’t know yet. The sound also came from the Camarnia side, so we need to be more careful.”
“I have to go to Camarnia in an hour… How are you talking?”
Continuing to look at the window, I nodded lightly at her words.
“Then say hello. I couldn’t do it because I was in a hurry. what’s your name? I am Maria Belloa.”
“This is Lee Kang-tae.”
“Oh, are you Korean?”
“It’s really nice to see you, because I really like Korea. Especially K-pop. BTS, BLACKPINK, NCT, Itzy… … .”
I glanced back at the chattering words, and it was quite strange.
There were gunshots and explosions, but it seemed that he didn’t really care.
If it weren’t for the hat and vest with the light blue UN logo, it would feel like a group of four men and women going for a drive.
“I don’t know about that.”
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Looking out the front window again, I answered briefly.
The only thing that comes out of Maria’s mouth is when it’s on the news.
I didn’t know it well enough that it was confusing to repeat what I had just recited.
In the meantime, Maria hummed a melody, then raised her voice again.
“Have you never heard this song? You’re famous in Korea, right? no?”
“It will be famous, maybe.”
“Perhaps… All other Koreans say they know, so who is your favorite idol or pop singer?”
“You wouldn’t know even if I told you.”
I looked at the front and the side alternately and spoke briefly, and words quickly flew into the back of my head.
“Tell me. I know Korea pretty well.”
“Jungmin Kim, Jaebeom Lim, Cool, Dohyun Yoon… … .”
“Now, wait a minute. Say it slowly, what’s cool in the middle?”
“What is it, a singer.”
“no… Is your name Cool?”
“Yes, CHARLIE, OSCAR, LIMA.”
“… … .”
Then I wondered if the back seat would be quiet, but a cheerful voice quickly returned, as if I had searched on my cell phone.
“Wow, you’re a singer who debuted 28 years ago. Aren’t you older than your age? Oh right. Lee, how old are you? 25? 26?”
“It is 29.”
“Oh, you look much younger! Then what did you do before that? Were you a soldier?”
“You’re tall and handsome, but have you ever worked as a model?”
“Then it’s popular in the military… … .”
The moment she continued talking.
“Can we talk later?”
Rachel, who was driving, raised her voice.
I sat next to me and behind me without a glance, only checking the front, side mirrors, and rearview mirrors from time to time.
her voice continued.
“Lee is the most important boundary in the lead car. If you talk like that, it will be hard to concentrate.”
“I’m already looking straight ahead… Is it difficult to concentrate?”
Maria, who was answering, turned her head around to ask, so she continued to answer with vigilance.
“No, there is nothing wrong.”
It wasn’t that I liked that a pretty girl was talking to me, there was really nothing to worry about.
Even in the harsh cold of Mt. Songnisan, I had half-hidden in a beat and ate while watching.
Compared to that, sitting in the passenger seat with the heater on and talking and being alert was a piece of cake.
The conversation continued in the back seat.
“Then can we continue talking? Or are you two lovers?”
I looked at Rachel reflexively, still staring straight ahead.
Her ears seemed a bit reddish, perhaps from displeasure or embarrassment, but soon her mouth opened.
“… No, it interferes with my driving.”
“Hmm, I get it.”
It seems like she was going to keep talking, but Maria obediently kept her mouth shut, perhaps having read Rachel’s displeasure.
And, for some reason, an uncomfortable silence continued.
Until you reach Camarnia.
* * *
The three UN vehicles came to a slow halt.
Built in front of the Caspian Sea, it was the parking lot in front of the only luxury hotel in Camarnia.
As the arched front door opened, the hotel manager came out as if he had been waiting.
“A warm welcome! Dear UN investigation team, I will take good care of you so that there is no inconvenience. Now, let’s go straight to the room and unpack. I will guide you this way.”
It was a very polite and bright welcome.
However, Maria, the working-level investigator who moved her steps, did not look very good.
It wasn’t because the hotel facilities were bad or because it was inconvenient.
The problem was that it was too good.
Of course, if it was built by a private company, it wouldn’t matter whether it was good or bad, but this wasn’t the case.
national money went in.
Not just a little, but a lot.
I don’t know if the national economy is strong, but Camarnia was a developing country comparable to the poorest country.
I shouldn’t have paid to build a hotel on the way. That’s because there will be a lot of people dying of starvation and disease.
Simply put, luxury paid for with blood.
It was luxurious enough to be foreign compared to the surroundings.
‘Reduce the size of the design, and use the remaining money to help the poor… … .’
I flinched as I moved while looking at the expensive decorations inside the hotel.
Not just her, everyone flinched.
Fighting, shouting, shouting—!
It was because the gunshots along with the explosion made the hotel tremble like vibrations.
“… … !”
Jake’s eyes lit up.
It didn’t sound like it was right in front of me, but it wasn’t from far away either.
That means it may not be safe here either.
It was time for Marcus and Jose, who were at the rear, to look back at the back of the open hallway as a reflex.
The manager smiled bitterly as if trying to unravel the situation.
“hahahaha… It sounds a bit loud, but it’s not that dangerous, so don’t worry too much. It’s a common occurrence a few times a month. And the police station is just 50 meters from here, and the fire station is about 300 meters away, so our hotel is very safe… … .”
Until we reached the room, the manager continued to chatter as if trying to cover up the sound of gunfire.
“If anything happens, please contact me right away. We did our best… … .”
“How are the room conditions?”
Jake asked while cutting off the lengthy words, and the manager looked at me for a moment and then said.
“There are no other guests on the floor you are on except for the guests.”
“That’s good, what about below?”
“There are three teams below. These are rooms 605, 607, and 611… Other than that, it’s personal information… … .”
“That’s all right, could you check the hotel plan?”
“yes? A blueprint?”
“I need to go to the administration office… … .”
“Then let’s go down together.”
Jake seemed to be moving, then looked back at the remaining people behind him.
“Let’s go in two by two and search the room.”
After Marcus gave a firm answer, Charlie’s team stood on the left and right sides of the door like machines.
Seeing that, Jake turned to the manager.
“Let’s go to the administration office.”
The manager hesitated in reply, and Jake moved on. At the same time, other team members entered the two facing rooms and began searching inside.
So far everything went smoothly.
* * *
After searching the room, the UN investigation team is divided into men and women and sorts out their belongings.
My colleagues and I also unpacked our military backpacks.
And Rachel and Marcus, who will be sharing the same room, saw my luggage and said a word.
Words like, “Have you moved or not?”
It was worth it.
The duration of the operation was only 9 days, because I brought more than full military gear.
From clothes to change into, daily necessities and various types of food such as canned food, and various military equipment that can be sent as baggage.
On the other hand, what Marcus and Rachel brought was less than half of mine.
But I couldn’t help it.
Because staying at this luxury hotel ends in 9 days, but that doesn’t mean leaving after 9 days.
‘There will be an additional mission… … .’
The main story was like that.
As traces of Sergei were discovered here, Jake and Rachel would not be able to leave, and the rest of the team was also planning to stay together.
maybe about 2 months or more.
Of course, military equipment or additional materials are supported through G&G Corp or other organizations, but there are limits to that as well.
Even the UN OCHA investigation team was driving in because the airport flight was stopped.
I’d rather bring them all.
As I was cleaning up my luggage, Jake’s voice came over the receiver along with the sound of a chiik.
-Car No. 1, Car No. 3. Here is the 2nd car. Please answer if you are ready to go out.
“This is Car No. 3, I will finish it in 3 minutes.”
– good reception. Cover the MP7 with a coat so that it is not exposed in the hallway, 3 minutes before departure.
“Three minutes before departure, check.”
While Marcus answered, he hurriedly finished.
I put on a long jet-black coat to cover my weapons and tactical vest, and I even wore sunglasses to hide my gaze.
“Ow, Lee! How nice?”
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Likewise, Marcus, who was wearing a coat, looked at me and gave me a thumbs up.
After saying that the first glimpse of Rachel isn’t bad either.
“Okay, then let’s go.”
Marcus, the deputy team leader, led the way, followed behind, repositioning the guns in the coat, unbuttoning all the buttons, and holding one hand gently at the hem of the coat.
For the purpose of immediately removing the cloth and grabbing the gun.
As it was in Al Jamash, it was because they were going to shoot today from the first day.
And it was going to be real.
On the first day, I concentrated on patting the scarred shoulder.
Today, I had to go out to the middle of the battlefield.
Obviously, things weren’t going to go very smoothly.