was panting heavily trying to slow down his still racing heart.
Only minutes ago he had found his former captain Albert Wesker on
the deepest floor of the Umbrella underground lab. There he had not
only uncovered the truth about Wesker’s schemes with which he
wanted to leave Umbrella just to join forces with another crazy
group of people (at least it sounded that way to Chris), oh no.
Wesker had unleashed one of Umbrella’s most dangerous biological
weapons and although it did kill Wesker, it had gone directly after
it’s first bloodshed against Chris.
Luckily he had found a magnum earlier although it had taken him all
six shots to bring the monster to fall. Now it laid face first on
the ground in front of him with Wesker’s body only a few feet
away, also dead.
At the sight of this and the gun Wesker had used Chris remembered
Rebecca and rushed over to where she lay sprawled out on the floor a
few steps behind him. He carefully turned her body around and heard
her starting to cough but gratefully he couldn’t see any blood or
Rebecca coughed again: “I’m okay, nothing serious. It was just
the shock and the impact.”
Chris grinned: “Luckily you’re wearing that bullet-proof west.
Come, let’s get out of here!”
They made their way back to the elevator and up again. A floor
higher Chris remembered a door he hadn’t controlled yet since it
had taken him three mod-disks to open it and right after he had
inserted the third he had went to the elevator.
“Chris”, Rebecca interrupted his thoughts, “I found out where
the Self-Destruct-System is located. And there is still a lot of
that T-Virus in these lab-rooms. I think it would be best to blow
the whole thing up before it leaks out somehow.”
“Great idea! You go and activate the system right now and I’ll
catch up with you later. There’s something I still have to do
before we leave this place.”
“Okay. Take care, Chris!”
“Right!” Chris replied and was already around the corner before
Rebecca could say anything else.
He quickened his pace once he was a few more meters away. Had it
been any other ‘normal’ mission he would have probably headed
straight for the exit (here the heliport) assuming the others were
already there. But this wasn’t just any other mission. The things
he had seen and witnessed today would probably hunt him for the rest
of his life. And he wanted to be sure he had done everything
possible to save more then just one life other than his own.
Especially since he still hadn’t found the one person he had been
looking for the most... Jill.
Since he had rescued her from those terrifying dogs and then had run
with Wesker to the mansion he hadn’t seen her anymore. And now he
was sure that Wesker had had something to do with her sudden
disappearance. He shouldn’t have left her alone with that monster,
should have taken her with him to know she would be save but he had
never imagined in his whole life that their captain would betray
them. He hadn’t even gotten the chance to tell Jill how he really
felt about her. How his heart always skipped a beat when their gazes
crossed each other, when she smiled at him, when he heard her laugh
and how jealous he always felt, when other guys tried to flirt with
her or make a move on her.
But right now he just hoped, hoped with all his heart, that he would
somehow manage to find her before this whole area blew up and bring
her to safety. There was nothing more her wanted then to know she
was save and out of danger, as far away from here as possible and if
it could be, he with her.
Chris stopped to catch his breath again in front of the door that
had been closed only a few minutes before. He straightened his back
and began to open the door, hoping for a miracle.
Jill was in a depressed and angry mood. She was angry at herself for
being so foolish when she should have paid more attention to her
surroundings and be aware of any danger that could be around her.
Never had she thought that her Albert Wesker, her own captain (!),
would betray not her, but all of them. He had unarmed her right
after Chris had gone from the hall into the next room to
investigate. She did not only had to put away her gun, but even give
him her combat-knife , which he had thrown away somewhere shortly
after. With his gun pointed at her back Wesker had lead her to an
underground laboratory of Umbrella hidden behind the mansion.
With the secure thought in his head that she wouldn’t make it out
of here again – which he had voiced out aloud a couple of times
– Wesker had told her all about the work he had once done for
Umbrella, his secret research on the so called T-Virus and their
“success” they had archived with it. But he had grown weary of
it all and after some time of considering he had founded the Special
Tactics and Rescue Service – short STARS. For him, the Teams had
just been fun. He had used them as his guni-pigs when the order had
come to take a look at the damage that had been afflicted with the
breakout of the T-Virus in the mansion.
After telling her about all the horrors that would await any
survivors of both teams and what would probably await her when he
had thought of something, Wesker had shoved her into a small cell
with a single dirty ragged bed to one side and she was still
currently sitting in it after hours of prodding.
Her thoughts drifted away wondering if anyone of her teammates was
still alive. She had small hope for any of her own team, but much
less for Bravo-Team. Who would be able to survive such a horrifying
place without being wounded badly or going insane. She had seen how
those dogs had killed and ripped apart Joseph right before her very
eyes and the shots she had fired at them hadn’t stopped them.
But the worst thing for Jill was, that she hadn’t a clue what had
happened to Chris. Sweet loving Chris always there to make you
smile, calm and collected and yet funny and charming. It had felt
like a thousand butterflies flying around in her stomach and beating
widely against her heart when she had met him the first time. It
hadn’t been any different since then, the feelings inside of her
had rather increased with time. Even in her dreams she had seen
Chris more then once and Jill had to admit to herself, that she had
loved every one of them, even the ahem more adult like ones. And she
had never ever said a word about her feelings to him. Maybe she had
given a few signs here and there secretly without noticing, but she
had always told herself she would never have a chance with charming
Chris Redfield; Jill just had to take a look around. Nearly every
girl Chris walked by or talked with fell head over heels in love
with him or wouldn’t mind going to bed with him. She had always
and did still despise such girls who flapped their eyelashes with
glee at every attractive guy, hiding their true selves behind tons
of make up and such, flickering their hair alluringly. It nearly
made her want to puke.
But now it really didn’t matter anymore, there probably was no way
to escape, yet find Chris.
Jill was about to give up any chance of coming out of here alive
when she heard the door opening slowly. She didn’t bother to look
up since the only one who had come to her cell during the hours she
had been sitting in this damn hole had been that traitor Wesker. She
didn’t want to imagine what he wanted o do to her, but his eyes
and the tone in his voice the last time she had seen him had made it
clear what he wanted from her.
Still caught up in those horrifying thoughts Jill’s heart skipped
a beat when she suddenly heard a very different voice from the one
she had expected.
“Jill?” The voice said in disbelieve, the gentleness in it clear
Barely wanting to hope Jill lifted her head. Her breath caught in
her throat and her eyes went wide, not knowing if it was just a
dream or not. In the door stood not Wesker, not at all. There,
directly in front of her stood Chris – Chris Redfield. The one
person she had never thought she would see again, but had wanted to
see so badly.
Without wasting another moment, and before her mind could register,
what her body did and her heart wanted, Jill jumped up from the bed
and ran over to the man who had been on her mind for the last few
hours. She threw her arms around his neck and kissed him fully on
the lips. She felt him stumble back a step in astonishment before
catching himself and responding. Her heart sang as he drew his arms
around her and kissed her back, bodies pressed tightly together. As
if on cue they both deepened the kiss, the world around them
forgotten. In that moment it was just the two of them and no one
They finally parted after some time due to the lack of oxygen. Just
then Jill’s mind had fully registered what she had done only
moments ago. A huge blush started to appear on her cheeks. Not
wanting to meet Chris’s gaze the only way that came to her mind to
avoid it was to burry her head in the crook of his neck, blushing
even more. She felt his arms tighten around her again. Taking a deep
breath to stop her heart from beating so widely, Jill inhaling his
sweaty scent. She felt his cheek coming to rest on her hair, his
breath tickling her ear.
“Wow...” was all Chris seemed able to breath out, the husky note
in his voice sending shivers down Jill’s spine.
This must be heaven.
“WARNING! THE SELF-DESTRUCT-SYTEM HAS BEEN ACTIVEATED! ALL
PERSONAL MUST BE EVACUATED EMMIDEATLY! WARNING! ...” A female
voice suddenly pulled them back to reality, blaring on and on in her
monotone voice over the loudspeaker. Chris remembered what Rebecca
had said to him and why they had separated again. He to find Jill
and she to activate the system that would finally reduce everything
in the mansion and around to ashes. He pulled Jill slightly away
from him and looked into her eyes, a trace of fear over the sudden
change in the situation evident in them. Chris had to remember for a
split second the electric like feeling of her lips on his before
“Listen, we have to get out of here. Rebecca has already set the
Self-Destruct-System. So let’s hurry before everything here blows
Jill nodded. “Okay! Let’s go!”
The helicopter of the STARS Alpha-Team flew through the clear sky as
the sun slowly started to rise over the horizon. The four survivors
of the mansion all sat in the copter, glad that the nightmare was
finally over and they all made it out alive and save. Behind them
the house and the laboratories exploded and Chris watched it happen
through the small window.
His gaze drifted over his other teammates, who had made it with him.
Rebecca was lying peacefully on the floor, sleeping. She deserved
some rest since he had never seen someone be so brave and collected
on the first mission; especially when something totally unsuspected
like that happened.
Even Barry, who they had happened to stumble upon when they had fled
to the heliport, was snoring soundly in a sitting position near
Rebecca; arms crossed and chin on his chest.
Jill sat beside Chris, not saying anything. He felt her head coming
to rest on his shoulder letting out a deep sigh. He smiled gently
down at her and took her hand in his squeezing it softly. She turned
her head slightly to look into his eyes. Jill’s heart skipped a
beat when she saw his eyes, so full of concern and gentleness
directly directed at her.
God, how could someone evoke such emotions inside of her with just a
single glance and smile?
She nearly didn’t notice as Chris began to speak: “Do you
remember our last conversation before we flew of to look for the
Bravo Team? And do you know what I asked you?”
Jill furrowed her eyebrows in concentration until she remembered
after a few seconds.
“You asked if you could tell me something really important when we
came back if I’m not mistaken... Why?”
Chris grinned slightly and leaned in a little closer his breath
tickling Jill’s ear. She was sure her heart would melt then and
there. Jesus, since that kiss only a couple of minutes ago her
feelings for him had increased tenfold – if that were even
possible – and she would have already collapsed if she didn’t
sit already since her legs felt like Jell-O. A blush started to
spread across her cheeks once again but her eyes never left
“Do you want me to tell you now?”
Jill only managed to nod a little, mouth dry and hands almost
sweating, trying desperately to not just kiss him senseless then and
there. As if reading her thoughts Chris moved his head even closer
to hers, their lips only inches apart from each other. Jill was sure
by now that her heart would burst from the rapid pounding. She
couldn’t keep her eyes away from his; so many emotions sparkled in
them and she couldn’t even begin to describe them fully. And the
next few words he said to her turned her world totally upside down:
“I’ve wanted to tell you this already for some time now but
there never really was a chance to tell you this one thing. Jill, I
And he kissed her. To shocked to do anything else Jill closed her
eyes and returned the kiss, sweet as honey. She was slightly aware
of his arms slowly rapping around her waist and hers going around
his neck, hands playing with his hair. She didn’t even complain
when she felt herself being lifted little by little into Chris’s
lap, but rather welcomed it, letting out a soft sigh.
After some time they broke the kiss due to the lack of oxygen. Their
eyes met once again and Jill could see in them the love shining for
her as clear as the stars in the sky.
“I love you, too.” Jill said in barely more than a whisper.
Chris kissed the tip of her nose and leaned his forehead against
Jill buried her head in the crook of his neck.
“Just don’t let go Chris. Don’t let go. That’s all I ask
Chris hugged Jill’s form tightly to his.
“Never, I’ll never let go; ever again.”