Two agents, one mission, too many problems

"Around the world those with magic or magic potential are being taken and never seen or heard from again and a majority of those missing are young children."

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"Feliciana Carioca-Pistoles, as you are an expert in magic and languages, you are assigned this mission. Agent James Wolfe will be accompanying you as this is your first mission out of the county and you are still under training. You both have three hours to gather any belongings, say goodbye to loved ones, whatever else you need done while away on a mission."

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"For any purchases that are necessary for this mission, use your company card. Remember to keep this operation on a need-to-know basis. Below are a list of countries that have magic users that have not had any reported abduction activity- our bases over there have been informed of your arrival and expect cooperation."

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The blue jay was both excited and nervous for her first huge assignment and she got to travel! However, what made her nervous- borderline terrified in fact was the fact that magic users were involved. Could it be possible that these are the same people that took her? Should she even dare look at the countries? If Italy wasn't listed then she'd know if it was them or not...Right?

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With a nervous gulp, she looked at the list...

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...And saw that her native country was indeed not on the list. 

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Why is this happening? Why does she have to be assigned? Isn't there more qualified magic users that are also agents anywhere else that they could get?!

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Wait...

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Giving the list another look over- shock struck her when she saw the country of Mexico was on the list. 

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"Majority...Are kids..."

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Which meant that adults could also be taken. Which means...

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Her Papai could be in danger! She should warn him! But her orders...

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After having and calming down from one of her episodes, she decided to inform her parents that she and a co-worker would be in the area for business. That was fine, right? No mentioning of the mission whatsoever!

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Taking a cold shower, she finished packing some clothes for any and all weather possibilities before making her way to Headquarters where she and James were to meet before getting on the aircraft. 

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Fortunately years of hiding her feelings behind a cheery disposition became natural to her- unfortunately her superior knew when she was faking it or not. 

    • James Wolfe
      James Wolfe

      James had already prepared everything for the journey, and was sitting in his office, looking through the case file. He'd gone through many cases like these, but it was still very upsetting. Those poor children. He wondered how they were faring now. It frustrated him to know how no one else was able to find or protect them, and wanted to leave the first moment he heard about this, but he knew SHUSH would never let him leave without backup. 

      Speaking of... his backup was taking quite a while, wasn't she? He was already told about her as soon as he received his mission, and wondered if she was a bad choice. 

      He knew he should be patient; she was far more emotional, and this was her first big mission after all. But he refused to coddle her. She had to know that this was her job, and backing out, or panicking, was not an option. 

      Besides, he needed to harden his heart. Acting rashly would not do favours for them both. It would only worsen things. 

      He glanced up as she entered, and frowned slightly. She looked... upset. She trained under him for two months now, he knew when she was pretending and when she wasn't. But who was he to judge? He liked to hide too. He just hid better. Also his mind was made up, and- 

      There was a rattle as he pulled out a bag of boiled sweets and set them in front of Feliciana as he stood. 

      "Don't eat them all at once," he said dryly. 

      She liked candy, didn't she? He got them earlier while packing. 

      • Feliciana Carioca-Pistoles
        Feliciana Carioca-Pistoles

        "Sorry I'm late, Signore!" She apologized, giving him a salute.

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        Normally when in the presence of candy or anything sweet- her onyx eyes would light up and sparkle with delight. Not this time, she merely smiled at him and took the bag. "Grazie."

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        Not even popping one in her mouth, she put the bag in her duffel bag.

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        "Would you mind if our first stop to investigate be Mexico?" She asked, her voice laced with concern.

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        "Looking over the file, I saw that the previous two countries that reported magic user abductees were Canada and here in America, so I figured that Mexico could be their next target."

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        While that wasn't a lie, it wasn't the truth either.

        • James Wolfe
          James Wolfe

          James regarded Feliciana with an unimpressed look on his face. 

          "You want to see your parents, don't you? Well, unfortunately, this is not the time to let your emotions get in the way of our mission. And it will be very irresponsible and unwise to follow your gut feelings, especially when you have no solid proof." 

          He turned to walk out of the office and head down to the airfield. 

          "We are going to investigate LA first. I've pinpointed most of the kidnappings in that location. Once we get more information, we can decide where to head next." 

          • Feliciana Carioca-Pistoles
            Feliciana Carioca-Pistoles

            Feliciana looked down guiltily when he asked her that. While yes that was part of the reason why she wanted to go to Mexico first, it wasn't her only reason.

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            While she wanted to argue that she did indeed have some sort of proof, she wasn't going to deny that going to Los Angeles first was a good point. She had done her research too- hell, she had lost sleep with how much research she's poured into this assignment more than any other to date.

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            If the group behind these kidnappings are the same ones responsible for her own...She wasn't going to risk going to Mexico when there's a chance she can catch them sooner than they can cross the border. She merely nodded her head at his decision and followed him to the airfield.

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            Usually Feliciana would be chatting his ear off just like in the office whenever she could. She did enjoy conversation a bit too much, but this time she engulfed herself in the documents of information they gathered so far, not humming, just pure silence save for whenever she would take huge gulps of her beverage. 

            • James Wolfe
              James Wolfe

              Well, the silence was a bit... disconcerting. At least she was absorbed in the documents, which allowed the wolf agent to look at her from time to time. 

              Finally, after debating with himself, and looking around to make sure no one was watching, his hand came down on her shoulder. 

              "Are you alright?" he asked gently. 

              • Feliciana Carioca-Pistoles
                Feliciana Carioca-Pistoles

                How many times had she looked over the same documents ever since receiving them along with her mission statement yesterday? She had honestly lost count...She had to be certain she didn't miss a single thing- even a small clue could be proof that these people are in the very same organization that had murdered her biological grandparents before taking her. The blue jay was determined to find them and arrest them before they begin those awful experiments she endured on these kids.

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                When James had put his hand on her shoulder, she recoiled from the touch, recovering from it a split second later. "Si, si." She waved her hand dismissively. "I'm fine!" She lied with her usual cheery smile.