Still, Shane was exhausted and felt feverish and slightly dizzy. Shane actually dropped down to his knees not only to look for the glasses but to sit down, if only for a minute before he moved on to find Sherry and Steve. Searching through the bodies he had butchered he noticed he was bleeding more than he thought from bites and cuts as he took sitting back on his legs Shane sighed and took a deep breath. It was then he heard the crunch of concrete as he looked up and a tall shadow loomed over him.
The Tyrant stood in the hole in a wall as the light of the room behind her outlined her massive frame. She rasped, “Sssshane!” and began stalking toward him stepping on a zombie’s skull popping it like a grape. Shane got up on one knee as his rage welled up inside, infusing him with adrenaline and energy he didn’t think he had in him. Shane’s eyes flashed red with anger as he looked up at her holding his kukris as he screamed defiantly, “All right bitch! Let’s do this!”
Shane could feel his body starting to shake as the virus was working overly hard inside him to heal his wounds, revitalizing his body as his eyes glowed when he clenched his teeth as the Tyrant charged, her right hook missing Shane by an inch as he rolled out of the way as she bashed into the concrete security wall he was resting in front of.
Suddenly a static voice with a thick Russian accent crackled from the radio pouch on the tyrant’s belt. “Afanasii! Complete your mission!” Afanasii growled, “Sssshane!” As Shane darted towards her and hacked at her with his blade, slashing her jacket but only putting a thin scratch upon her skin under it. Her meaty fist swung and backhanded Shane spiraling him backward through the air until he slammed ass first into a decapitated zombie, crushing its ribcage.
The tyrant turned around to face Shane as her blank eyes narrowed, never losing focus on her target. Shane was wobbly as he got back on his feet, a purple welt already swelling on his left cheek as he gripped his blade handles and gritted his teeth, a pink film of blood covering them as a small trickle of it ran out of his nose and the corners of his mouth.
The tyrant took a slow step towards him and then quickened her pace with each step until she was in a full run towards him. Shane panted readying his kukris as her bull charge got closer the radio on her belt crackled and the same Russian voice yelled, “We need him alive, don’t forget that Afanasii!” Suddenly Shane recognized the voice as the shock of recognition flashed across his face for a brief second before Afanasii’s right arm wound back before unleashing a roundhouse punch that Shane dodged before dashing past her and slicing her stomach as he ran by putting some distance between himself and the tyrant that skidded to a stop before slowly turning around to face Shane again.
Shane yelled at the tyrant, “Nikolai! Can you hear me, old man? Your monsters aren’t going to take me alive you Ruskie fuck! Do you hear me? If you want me, you're going to have to come down here and get me yourself you goddamn pussy, come down here and get me yourself!” Shane couldn’t hide the bitter anger in his voice. This man ruined his life and he would be damned if he was going to let him think he could take him down.
As Shane backed up, Afanasii watched him and started stalking towards him again whispering his name. Shane jerked slightly as his earpiece came to life, with Steve’s voice telling him he and Sherry were heading back down to the harbor, but the Black Queen had set the self-destruct to activate in ten minutes, which would allow them time to get away.
Shane knew he needed to get around this Tyrant and fast. The Black Queen had told him what would happen in the event of a viral outbreak and unless they really hauled ass in the boat down the river there wasn’t going to be any way they could survive this. In order to get down to the harbor, Shane was on the wrong side of the building to make a beeline to it. Thinking fast Shane yelled, “Come on bitch… free shot!” He said as he put his kukris back onto the back of his vest. He winced as he shifted his weight and the pain of his flesh parting from the deep claw and bite wounds sent burning shockwaves of pain through him.
Shane thought to himself, “I have only one shot at this…” and looking around he saw he could make a jump to the roof if he rebounded off a few old wooden crates but he knew the Hunters would be an issue and the zombies, but he didn’t care, Sherry was in danger as he took a few breaths just as Afanasii ran at him allowing him to duck from her swing before running toward the crates.
Shane cursed to himself tripping over a severed leg as he stumbled into a leap that took him to the second crate. He climbed the stacks of crates before jumping up grabbing the edge of the roof. Suddenly he felt a vice grip covered in leather grabbing his left ankle making him scream and kick hard with his right foot planting it on the tyrant’s face repeatedly until her grip slackened allowing him to slip free and pull himself to the roof.
Shane raced across the roof, hopping and leaping over the various pipes, air conditioner units and vents until he reached the other side. Skidding to a stop he saw Steve and Sherry below him hurrying down the stairs towards the boat as a loudspeaker announced, “Attention all personal! The triggering system has now been activated! All personnel is to evacuate to the minimum safe distance immediately.” As the cold female voice mechanically repeated the warning Shane felt glad his friends were okay.
Suddenly behind him, a raspy voice said, “Sssshane!” as Shane spun around seeing Afanasii ripping a heavy industrial air conditioning unit off its mooring and hurled it at him full force. Shane leaped backwards off the roof and grabbed onto a window ledge below the roof as the unit smashed into the part of the roof he was just standing on sending chunks of concrete and metal debris flying over his head as the unit split apart sending its mechanical guts and coolants spilling out before smashing noisily into the ground below him.
Shane growled, “Damn thing won’t leave me alone.” As he dropped down from the ledge into a crouch, he grunted and then sprinted down toward the boat as he shouted, “Steve! Grab some grenades from the forward compartment on the boat!” Sherry gasped at the battered and bloody sight of Shane. She started to hurry towards him but Shane waved her off and screamed, “Run! Don’t worry about me! Get to the boat we have to get the hell out of here!” Sherry was going to run when she saw up on the roof the tall woman in the leather jacket glaring at Shane and she froze. Shane ran towards her and scooped Sherry up into his arms and ran her towards the boat.
As soon as he set Sherry down on the deck he saw Steve fishing several grenades out of the compartment at the front of the boat. Shane looked around in a panic as he saw the Tyrant leap down from the roof and land on the ground in a crouch, a hard thud in front of the main entrance of the building. As Shane looked back at the boat he noticed the emptiness of the main cabin and yelled, “Where’s Babu?” Suddenly the mute boat captain popped up from below decks and gave a small wave as Shane said quickly, “Get the boat started we have to get out of here now. Full speed and go with the current we gotta put distance between us and this place as fast as possible!”
Babu nodded and started as Sherry looked at Shane with increasing worry. Suddenly Steve yelled, “I got ‘em!” as he hurried to Shane who watched as the Tyrant slowly stalked towards the steps and started walking down them. Sherry watched the tyrant and felt her heart sink instantly, the memories in her mind flashing images of the bald gray skinned giant in the green trench coat chasing her as the angel in the red vest defended her from it.
The bizarre flashback lasted a second before Sherry was jolted back into reality. It was that moment that Steve knew what to do with the frag grenade, when the boat jerked forward he nearly dropped it as he pulled the pin and threw it at Afanasii with him shouting, “Get down!” as everyone did so just as the grenades detonated drowning out the Tyrant screaming Shane’s name as she was blasted backward by the shrapnel and shockwave slamming her against the concrete stairs with a sickening crack.
Shane smiled at the smoldering Tyrant sprawled across the steps like a broken rag doll and said to Sherry, “They don’t make them like they used to.” Sherry smiled at him as he held her in his arms. Sherry’s shy smile barely hid her worry for Shane as she wiped the blood from his wounds. Her fingers brushed over the wounds as they knitted together leaving nothing but the stain of his blood on the pink scars that were left behind.
Sherry’s worry disappeared watching Shane’s tissue regenerate and recover quickly which made her smile. Shane looked down at Sherry lovingly and kissed her passionately which made her blush. Steve chuckled but he suddenly felt empty and got this nagging feeling that he was so close to having a kiss like that once with a girl that seemed to dance at the edge of his memories once but he lost that chance and it made him feel a dreadful sadness that went as quick as it came. Steve was glad his friend, his boss, was happy.
But the happiness was short-lived when they heard Babu let loose a wet rattling coughing fit which drew everyone’s attention. They had never heard the man make a sound, ever and suddenly they noticed the coughing fit that seemed to shake Babu’s entire body. The normally swarthy man looked very pale and they could see the beads of sweat pouring off his head and staining his shirt.
Shane was concerned and let go of Sherry approaching the man as he asked, “Are you okay Babu?” Sherry, her face once again etched with worry walked toward the pilot house of the boar but Babu held up a hand waving her away and shaking his head “no” at her. Shane asked, “Babu, did you get bit?” as Babu frowned sadly and nodded rolling up his sleeve and showing a bloody bandage on his forearm making Sherry look back at Shane who instantly said, “Sherry, we can’t go back to the facility to get the antivirus. The self-destruct system is counting down and we’d be fighting the current to get back there… we’d all get caught in the blast… I’m sorry.”
Shane turned towards Babu as if to say he was sorry but Babu shook his head “no” in a stern manner, almost as if he were angry Shane felt sorry for him. Babu continued the fast pace of the boat as he grabbed a clipboard and weakly scribbled a lengthy message on it in pencil, and then handed the clipboard to Steve who was standing nearby.
Steve read the note aloud, “I’ll distract the men in the helicopters while the three of you run to the airfield. I will pull close to the shore where you can leap off. It has been an honor working for you all.” Steve looked at Babu, his eyes welling up as his voice cracked saying, “Babu… I’m so sorry…” Babu nodded and patted Steve on the shoulder before turning around and pointed towards the shore as they neared it, nearly scraping the side of the muddy land.
Shane and Sherry leaped off the boat as Steve looked back once more sadly as Babu pointed towards the shore again. Steve leaped and hit the ground in a crouch before turning around and seeing Babu gun the engines and take off down the river. Babu turned and waved to them before he disappeared around a bend in the river.
Shane patted Steve on the shoulder, “Come on we better hurry; I think we have five minutes left before this place is history.” Steve nodded as Shane picked up Sherry and the trio took off at superhuman speeds. Sherry gripped Shane tight as the men ran through the jungle which was now lousy with zombies and an occasional Hunter or two.
Sherry screamed when they were nearly pounced on by a particularly agile one that came leaping out of a tree, missing Shane’s head by inches as it swiped at him. Shane held her tighter as he dodged the B.O.W. that hit its face into a tree trunk hard knocking it senseless. As Steve ran by the dazed creature his boot heel connected to its skull smashing it into the ground with a wet crack and popping noise.
Steve ran past another and despite the fact it was in no real danger of touching them he set it and a nearby zombie on fire with his hand making it shriek, that unearthly cry made Shane yell over his shoulder, “Hurry it up kid, we ain’t got time to fuck around!”
The countdown was nearly at the two-minute mark when they finally arrived at the hidden airfield. Long thought abandoned the airfield was used as a backup escape route in case anything went wrong with the river route they would usually use. A jet black helicopter was waiting for them underneath camouflage netting to hide it from the air. The pilot and co-pilot had already pulled the tarp off and were doing their walk around check of the aircraft as the Shane and Steve skidded to a stop in front of them and the helicopter.
An explosion somewhere within the jungle shook the trees in the distance drawing everyone’s attention briefly before Shane asked the pilot, “Is this thing ready to fly?”
The pilot nodded, “Yes sir, just a last minute check. Can never be too careful.” as he hopped inside the cockpit door, the co-pilot started flipping switches starting the engine as Steve got into the gunner seat in the rear and helped Sherry into the helicopter. Shane sighed looking back at the jungle as zombies began shuffling out of the edged of the jungle. Shane sighed as he got inside the helicopter and closed the sliding rear door.
Nikolai killed these people for nothing and had forced Shane to leave the home that his father, Albert, had given him. As the helicopter rose into the air Shane couldn’t take his eyes off the shambling creatures that seemed to be wandering after them, their arms outstretched and clawing at the empty air.
Shane was going to see Nikolai pay for every single life he took today and for everything he had forced Shane to destroy. The Co-Pilot turned around and handed Shane a small box. Opening it he saw a new pair of gold sunglasses. Frowning Shane put the sunglasses on and then put his radio headset on and looked back out the window. His anger was interrupted by Sherry grabbing hold of his hand as the helicopter started speeding away from the airfield and farther and farther away from the facility he once called home. Shane turned towards Sherry who gripped his hand tighter, which made him smile slightly.
The Co-Pilot turned back around to Shane and handed him a PDA as he spoke, “Sir? We have reports from units Zulu and Romeo.” Shane took the PDA and looked at it as the files chimed onto the screen just as a blinding flash lit up the interior of the helicopter as the sound of the explosion reached them seconds later, as the shockwave rocked the helicopter forward making Sherry cling to Shane’s arm tightly. A few warning alarms blared within the cabin but the pilot and co-pilot flicked a few switches, checked gauges and then gave Shane a thumbs-up.
Steve looked out the gunner’s seat door and watched as the giant mushroom cloud in the distance rose like an angry orange and black god ascending to the heavens. The jungle they had just run through was reduced to flaming debris and nothingness. Steve was in shock at the size of the blast radius that seemed to go on for miles and miles the edge of which ended a few miles behind where the helicopter was now flying. What wasn’t immediately vaporized in the blast was now on fire, acres and acres of the jungle were in flames making it look like a literal hell on earth.
Shane read Zulu’s report from Germany, things were going smoothly and they had activated the old mansion-like laboratory in Dunkelwald, Germany. Black Queen was making full use of the facilities already and would be fully operational by the time Shane arrived. This report made Shane smile knowing that they would at the very least have a good home now that he hoped wouldn’t be discovered by Nikolai.
Shane then read the Romeo report that detailed an old Umbrella lab that had been abandoned since the early 1970’s. The road leading to it has become overgrown with foliage from the surrounding forest making it next to impossible to tell there had once been a road there. Only a trained guide would be able to lead them to the lab which is still largely intact and surprisingly suffered very little plant damage over the passage of time. There had been some movement detected within the outer facility but according to the report it’s believed to have been caused by wildlife that managed to get inside the outer building itself and not the lower levels which are still hidden and locked. All the coordinates for both facilities had now been uploaded to the PDA.
This made Shane smile inside; he’d finally be able to get some of the old testing reports from the old computers as well as samples that would have been preserved in cold storage. Even Umbrella’s long-abandoned facilities Umbrella had power in the labs. They were always tapped into whatever power supply was nearby but in a way, so they would never be noticed by anyone at the local power company.
Shane’s eyes soon fell onto Sherry who had snuggled up against him and fell asleep holding onto his arm. Shane let her sleep since he knew when she woke up he would have to tell her he was going to Canada while she and Steve headed to Germany. He knew if something went bad he would be better suited to handle things by himself rather than drag the poor girl into it and have to worry about her the entire mission. Just like his father, he would have to handle this alone.
It had been a few hours since the old facility was destroyed. As Shane’s group arrived at an airport a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean their objectives were clear on what they were to do but Shane didn’t want to leave just yet. They were all exhausted, especially Shane since he overworked himself once again to stay alive. Albert Wesker told him things would be much easier but at the same time harder, but unlike Shane, Wesker was gone so he didn’t have to worry about being hunted down by a crazy, old Russian who believed that one belonged to him.
After getting into the car, Shane held Sherry close as she slept on his lap while Steve dropped on the passenger seat and was about to pass out from exhaustion. They weren’t leaving the airport area just moving themselves to a small warehouse that had beds within so the three could rest and recuperate before the journey ahead. Shane felt relieved that they weren’t followed but he hated having to part with Sherry for the few days he would be gone.
Shane understood now why Albert never fell in love with anyone. The risk to them was too great and it was too painful to be away from someone, even though he thought he understood Albert’s motivations to be alone he also thought that maybe the reason he ultimately failed was that he was alone in the end with no friends or family to come to his rescue. Shane still felt pangs of guilt for not being there in the end but he learned from his father’s mistakes. Shane’s marriage to Sherry was new, this was supposed to be the honeymoon phase of their relationship and instead of spending it in bliss they were forced to run for their lives.
Despite this or maybe because of these events Shane’s resolve became stronger and his bond to Sherry strengthened by their trials. He stroked her hair while she slept Shane vowed to take care of Sherry just as strongly as she took care of him. Shane was determined to keep her safe and enjoy their new home in Germany. To do so he would need to run a few tests first.
His mind was so lost in thought about what to do that he hadn’t realized they were within the warehouse until one of his men told him that they had arrived. Steve was already out of the vehicle and inside the room. Steve had quickly passed out on his bed holding a pillow close as he slipped into his dreams. Shane was happy seeing him sleeping as he laid Sherry down on the bed they would be sharing together. Making sure they were safe he left the room and looked to his men giving them orders, one was to head to the airfield and get the two jets ready and fully checked for the trips to Germany and Canada, the second was to acquire Shane some new clothes since the ones he wore were falling apart quite literally, and the third was to find him a guide in Canada that knew the way to the laboratory.
Once things were set and orders were given, he returned into the room and stripped out of his tattered clothing, thankfully none of his holsters were damaged nor the weapons. The kukris would require a good sanitary cleaning due to the T-virus infected blood staining them. Furthermore, he wanted a hot shower to clean off his blood mixed with that of the B.O.W.s he had killed, a smiled spread on his face as he looked at his skin where the claws, rotten teeth and nails tore at him and saw that there was nothing but new skin, pink scar tissue where his wounds once were. Shane just loved being able to regenerate.
Standing up wearing his boxer shorts, he moved his clothing into a biohazard bag and his weapons with their holsters onto a table while he looked for a way to wash up only to groan not seeing anything he could use. A thought crossed his mind of using one of the water containers outside but this could infect others, which he didn’t want to have. Grumbling Shane spotted a large container of disinfecting wipes. Hating the antiseptic smell of them, Shane had a sour look on his face as he used most of the wipes in the container to clean his body off, filling a second biohazard bag in the process.
Shane’s skin felt dried out and weird but he knew that he had to disinfect his body and his blades at least before going to sleep. Still, Shane knew to be safe they would all need to use that decontamination shower once it arrived. Slowly a yawn escaped his lips as he soon joined Sherry on the bed, kissing the side of her neck gently before groaning getting up as his phone chimed, it rested on the table with the rest of the items he had on himself.
Checking the screen, he saw Black Queen looking at him, removing the new sunglasses he blinked before stating, “How are things going?” before letting out a small yawn as Black Queen soon showed him live footage of the damage the explosion had done to the jungle and where his home once was, there he saw the helicopters circling the area like vultures while there were men in biohazard suits wandering about.
Shane whispered, “What the hell are they looking for…?” as Black Queen soon came back onto the screen. “Find out all that you can on what they are doing and what’s going on, they must have someone in the sky watching them and I trust that you’ll find them.” He said as Black Queen nodded before the screen went black as he looked at the time on the phone making him groan seeing it was getting late before sending a text to one of his biohazard crew to come to the airport with a decontamination van with a shower so he could get washed and sanitize his weapons. “Best not spread the infection.” He whispered before setting it down and stretched, slowly he looked over at Sherry and Steve as he smiled thinking of how well they’ve been for the past few months and soon Shane groaned not having his journal with him.
Nikolai shook his head as he looked at Afanasii through a glass window as she was lying down on an operating table, his lab techs working diligently and delicately on repairing her. He was impressed with how well she had performed and he knew how close she was to completing her mission from the live video data he had collected. The fact that Shane had survived such a beating before facing her again made him wonder how to catch the young man off guard considering the powers he gained from the virus Albert Wesker had given him, regardless…still he needed to focus on his girl. The shrapnel damage wasn’t as severe as he expected but the bullet damage that was concentrated on her chest was considerable as he watched the surgeon collect round after round from her body.
Nikolai was glad the old girl didn't mutate, that would be the last thing he would need her to do now with all things considering. The tyrant class BOW always became more and more difficult to control as they mutated from damage. He had seen that first hand in Raccoon City.
The combat data that he acquired was perfect, Shane had grown from the last time he saw the boy, weak and helpless, struggling in vain on that table. A grim smile etched Nikolai’s face remembering that night clearly, more clearly than Shane could ever remember. It was hard to imagine that was how Albert Wesker once looked while working for Umbrella… Nikolai could only chuckle in silence seeing such fear and panic in Shane’s eyes before they put him under light anesthesia. The boy had to be partially awake for the process and knowing that Shane probably heard everything being done to him but couldn’t stop it made Nikolai chuckle.
Nikolai was so lost in thought he didn’t realize Gennedy was standing next to him until he spoke, “Comrade, they’ll be finished within the hour.” which drew the older Russian’s attention to him as he snapped out of his daydreaming, if he had been startled Nikolai didn’t let it show. Gennedy paused a moment before continuing, “The abandoned Umbrella hospital facility has been found. I highly recommend insertion from the air. The area is overgrown and extremely remote, typical of an Umbrella facility but the weather patterns in the area will make it somewhat difficult but not impossible.”
Nikolai nodded as Gennedy continued his report, “The area’s population abandoned the area once the local lumber mill went out of business. We’ve found that there is still a logging trail less than a mile from the road that once led to the hospital which can be used as a secondary escape route if the need arises to leave by ground.”
Nikolai crossed his arms across his chest as Gennedy continued, “As you deduced, there is still power being supplied to the abandoned facilities lower levels from a hydroelectric plant several miles away. Our initial scans show that there are no humans in the area so the operation will be completely unnoticed.”
Gennedy fixed his gaze on to the sedated Afanasii. “The storm front moving into the area will be the perfect cover for the operation and it will mask our presence from the boy when he arrives. With that much snow and ambient noise from the surrounding forest baffling his sense he won’t know we are there until it’s too late.” With his report finished Gennedy crossing his arms behind his back as he watched the Tyrant resting below and waited for his commander’s response to his report.
Nikolai took a deep intake of breath and said, “Good, good, continue to monitor the boy’s movements for now. The operation will proceed as planned.” Nikolai unfolded his arms calmly and fixed his jacket as he continued, “ Canada … how long has it been since I was last there?” He wondered to himself before tapping his boot against the tiled floor softly. Nikolai went over his objectives again in his head knowing this would be a lot easier thanks to his girl.
If the facility was on lock-down like the others he had been too there was a possibility the test subjects inside were still active and possibly loose in the lower levels. Umbrella and Spencer, in particular, didn’t exactly care about outbreaks after he became a fugitive so the labs that were “off the books” tended to be in disarray after his downfall. Still, Nikolai wouldn’t need to worry about B.O.W.s ever getting close to him with his own outmatching anything the labs could have. None of the tyrant facilities remained after the Sheena Island incident so he wouldn’t have to worry about being outmatched. Still even without her Nikolai knew he had the skills to survive whatever they came across. Another lesson Raccoon City taught him those many years ago.
A few hours later
Shane smiled having been washed and in a new fresh pair of clothing, he looked at himself in the mirror before flexing and smiled as his eyes soon looked to Sherry who was walking up behind him and wrapped her arms around his waist as she rested her head on the right side of his chest making him smile softly at his wife. She looked so happy to be with him, but sometimes Shane found himself wondering if it was her own will or that of Albert Wesker’s programming, but the way Sherry looked at him, it had to be true. She cared for him greatly and would do anything to keep him safe and alive, and so he had to keep her safe, for their future.
He was not like his father; he could never replace the man, the great man, the king. Shane knew he was the king now and Sherry was his queen, but he had to do things to keep the world controlled, or at least, tame it as much as he could. But he wasn’t sure if he should carry out his father’s plans of using Uroboros and find the chosen ones, or find something else that was more tamed but he knew it could take years to do so but what was he going to do? A sigh left him as Sherry looked at him confused but hugged him more which made him smile at her before turning around to look at her as she looked up at him softly.
She smiled more as she held his hands and kissed them before rubbing her face against them as she spoke, “Shane, please don’t be worried, you’ll find out what to do. Just continue what he asked you to do.” She told before looking into his gold and crimson eyes as another sigh left him as he knelt down to her level.
“I’m not like him, Sherry, I know I have to do this to make his legacy strong and pure, but I know I must start out by taking control of the black market so that I can be sure I know where all of the stolen virus samples are, you remembered the last time the t-virus got loose.” He said brushing some hair from her face. “I’m still new with this, Dad’s men are helping me as is the documents he left me, I’m a young man adjusting to the world but I’m learning fast and I know that I must take control and keep us protected and I promise that I will Sherry. I will get all that we need, have all the samples that Umbrella had developed all over the world, that’s why I must go to Canada. There’s a hospital there that’s been abandoned but Dad was certain that there were some new virus samples up there and I have to get those before anyone else decides to try it.” He told as Sherry shook her head.
“But what if someone already took them and the trip wasn’t worth it?” She asked before frowning. “I’m worried it might be a trap Shane, that man, Nikolai, is still after you. What if he knows you’re going to Canada ?” She asked as Shane huffed making her gaze stronger. “I’m serious Shane, you may be like your father but I’m worried about that….that monster woman.”
“I’ll be alright sweetie, I’ve learned that she’s being controlled so maybe I can find a way to break the connection but if not, I’ll shoot her in the head when given the chance.” He said smiling softly before nodding. “Trust me, I’ll be alright. She’s after me but if I manage to get out of her line of vision, she won’t be after me.”
“Shane, she’s like that monster that was after me, it won’t stop hunting you.” She said frowning as she looked away as her eyes started to water; it was a nightmare that she remembered, her monster father coming after her. Shane frowned too and soon embraced her lovingly before kissing her head. “I don’t want to lose you, Shane, I’ll be lost if you died.” She told hugging him back as she cried against his vest. “I don’t want you to die, I need you. We all need you.”
Steve was chuckling as he was watched the two before speaking up, “Aww.” He teased as Shane looked at him instantly as Steve continued. “Yeah man, we need you, after all, boss man, without you, how do you expect to keep the business going? Don’t make me come along to make sure you’re ass ain’t handed to you.”
“Shut up Steve,” Shane said smiling kissing Sherry on the head before looking at her. “I have to get going, have to keep on schedule otherwise we can have mistakes to happen.” He said walking over to the bed and grabbed his sunglasses before looking at the two. “When you both reach Dunkelwald in Germany, get our facility up and running again, make sure you have the Cleaners go in first to sweep out any infected or B.O.W.s in case some have survived within. Once so, have it purified so to destroy the infection within. Once I've returned, we continue with the experiments with Uroboros.” He said looking at the two seriously as he checked his watch. “We have to get moving, we’ll be late.” He ordered before walking over to Sherry and kissed her again. “I love you.” He said as she smiled at him.
“I love you too Shane, please be careful.” She told kissing him again before letting him go watching him vanish outside of the room as she sighed and looked at Steve before smiling. “We better get going, we have a job to do and I expect you to not make any jokes about Shane while we’re there.”
“Hey, if I find a dead Hunter, I’m going to keep it and startle the shit out of him, it’s going to be so hysterical!” He said before the two left the building.
Shane took a seat as he opened the laptop that was before him as he looked over the charts and lab results again as he felt the jet starting to move before he looked at the men in the jet with him, advisors. He had them picked to help him with things, course, he made sure that if they were to betray them he a few methods to deal with them: 1: Kill them slowly and their family, 2: Torture them for their contacts before capturing their contacts and using them for experiments, 3: All out bloodshed, 4: Using them all for experiments.
But sometimes Shane felt it was a bit strict but he had to consider his family’s business, he was the heir to all that once belonged to Umbrella and he wondered if it also included TriCell, but from what he learned about Albert Wesker, he sold himself. “Was that how he made money fast?” Shane wondered before looking at the reports now as he felt the jet taking off as he sighed before looking outside as the lands of Africa was starting to vanish and the ocean soon came into view as well as thick white clouds as he soon looked at the computer screen but his eyes were looking at the advisors who were tending to their own laptops doing business and making more deals, course Shane tapped a few keys as he started monitoring their actions and smiled faintly seeing them doing their work, he had to chuckle which drew their attention as he thought, “Dare mess with a Wesker, you’ll meet your end.” before he went back to work reading the reports of the agents.
Things were going smoothly according to the reports, the transportation of Uroboros to Germany went smoothly and without trouble, and the samples going into cold storage in Alaska arrived also without incident and this relieved Shane greatly as he started typing up the next few orders.
Recon, testing, gathering subjects, the usual but sometimes Shane felt he was missing something considering Wesker did this smoothly, course he had Jill to ensure things worked and Excella too since she worked for TriCell. Shane swallowed slightly thinking of Excella now, she had plans too but he missed how she got him into some ‘fashion sense’ and took his virginity too, God he missed her sometimes, she was the closest woman he got close to enough he wanted to call her ‘Mom’.
Leaning back against his seat, Shane looked out the window and thought, “Dad did all of this by himself, unlimited funds, loyal men, labs spread all over the world, he was indeed King, but I’m not king since he’s gone…but I still miss him..” He saw the sky starting to darken and snow starting to fall making him close his eyes as he continued thinking, “Dad, watch over me and guide me, your training for me was cut short because of that bastard and the BSAA. Please help me through all of this...”
Slowly he took his sunglasses off and looked at them and looked at his reflection before looking out at the dark clouds, he was slowly adjusting to not having to wear them but he was still a bit paranoid of losing his vision even though he was fully healed, inside out and outside in. Slowly he looked over at the others with his gold and crimson eyes, he studied them over carefully before looking back at the laptop, he was getting worried about Sherry and Steve now, thus he slipped his sunglasses on again over his eyes, he grabbed his cell phone before getting up from his seat and moved to a more private spot in the small jet lounge as he spoke, “Black Queen.” as she instantly appeared on the screen as he continued, “Status report on Sherry and Steve.”
She acknowledged him with live satellite feed of them still in flight as she spoke, “They will be arriving at their destination in approximately 2.5 hours, once landed, armed escort will proceed to the town Dunkelwald, where they will be taken to your new home that your father had set up in case of an emergency.” She told on her cool voice as Shane nodded while she added, “Once you have landed, you’ll be escorted to the small town of Ashfield, there you will meet your guide. You should arrive at the abandoned hospital in roughly two hours; there your guide will wait for you outside of the gates.” She told as Shane nodded and she continued, “Your equipment is in the back compartment of the jet, with the coldness in the location of the hospital and with weather reports, you will have to dress warmly since it is snowing, a blizzard will be coming in once you reach it, I highly advise that you take shelter inside immediately. Your guide will give you supplies for the night.” She told.
“Will he stay there to escort me back?” He asked as she nodded to him. “Good, I don’t want to get lost out there in the cold.” He told before looking around the small room he was in. “That is all, for now, Black Queen, contact me with updates on Sherry and Steve and also reports from the men in the field.” He ordered before putting the phone back onto his belt as he looked for something to eat, he was content finding chicken noodle soup and crackers, plus he grabbed some grape juice before sitting down in the small room to eat his meal. “Best not get the papers messy.” He chuckled savoring another bite of the soup remembering the one night he got it before while later that night he and Excella had made out in the bathroom. He smiled thinking about before swallowing as he continued his meal as a speaker announced “Landing in 15 minutes.” As he hurried to eat, this jet was faster than he thought, course it was something his father had made in order to get to places faster.
Finishing up his hearty meal, Shane returned to his seat and buckled up before looking at the men with him, he hoped they continued with their objectives before he fixed his gaze on Wesker’s market statistics on the laptop and smiled seeing their funding is still going up and up, he just hoped there wouldn’t be another serious viral outbreak again but then again, it wouldn’t be blamed on him, but terrorists or even his father, shaking his head Shane looked outside as he saw the airport and relaxed for the landing, if something happened, he should be able to survive if he had to jump, he had to consider his father survived such a fall before and that was when Jill Valentine tackled him out of a window down off a cliff.
He was jolted out of memories feeling the jet touching down and he smiled inside knowing he was now closer to returning to Sherry and Steve, once they were stopped and escorted to the private hanger, Shane stood up and looked out the window seeing his gear being taken out and loaded into the SUV, he waited till the advisors were off before heading to the steps and stood up looking down at the group of men waiting for them, he saw fear, gladness, respect, honor, for the new king, even though he didn’t even know them but knew they were businessmen and there were guards as well. Apparently, there was going to be a brief meeting on the trip to Ashfield.
Once down on the ground he was greeted with handshakes and introductions from all over the world, the United Kingdom, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, and North Korea, the rest of the world was going to meet him eventually. He couldn’t believe how popular Albert Wesker was let alone have all these men know about Shane and knew he was the new king, that he was the god. He felt a bit honored and a bit unsure of himself about the business but he was thankful that Black Queen was going to be helping him through this.
The meeting started a moment after he got into the SUV, thankfully Black Queen was there waiting for them all on the screen as Shane sat in the middle of the group as she nodded to all of them before bringing up the latest statistics as Shane listened to the men talking about what they would be needing and the new things they were willing to have him use to improve, but Shane wasn’t used to this and he looked at the screen as Black Queen’s camera read his body movements, his facial movements, and his eyes too and knew she had to help him. “We will accept a few samples; shipments can be handled easily and without issues.” She spoke as Shane nodded.
“We will test the new samples, if we get something, we will gladly sell them back to you,” Shane added as he hoped he said it correctly as the men were soon speaking to each other as Shane continued. “If you have issues with it, I can do business elsewhere and guarantee that you all will not be doing business with me again and I will have you all killed so I have no leaks.” He said coolly as the men looked at him before they all nodded to him as the business continued on now with the selling of B.O.W.s, Shane felt sick inside with this.
“B.O.W.s will cost you a bit more.” He told seriously. “A businessman of my standards needs to keep the business open.” And with that he listened to the men talking and looking at him but he didn’t care, he had to keep the business open, the selling standards his father had set up was easy to follow, buying a Tyrant class B.O.W. cost a lot more than everything else since it took a while to make one but with time and money, it would be done in a snap, with some minor side effects to none whatsoever.
The meeting lasted all the way to Ashfield and Shane shook their hands and smiled at the success of the business deals, money payments to the bank accounts in Sweden and others worldwide would be once again filled with more money, all of which Shane had inherited from Albert Wesker.
“It was a pleasure doing business,” Shane said to them before returning to the SUV and sat down inside rubbing his arms, outside it was snowing steadily and he wasn’t properly wearing clothing for this, sure his combat attire was good for it but he still got cold.
“Let’s move to the hotel that we have occupied so I can get ready for my trip.” He ordered looking back outside and smiled, he missed seeing snow and he sighed in content watching it falling all around them, upon arriving at their destination, Shane moved inside and was escorted to the room where his equipment and clothing were waiting for him. Getting changed into a dark navy blue Navy pea coat and back into his black jeans, he smiled getting his boots on and fixed the blue scarf around his neck, as cold as it was outside, he would need the extra garment so not to freeze again the blistering cold.
Shane thought of wearing a hat but he was certain that he would be fine once he went inside the hospital, grabbing his black winter gloves he fixed his sunglasses again even though he knew he wouldn't need them at this time of the day and with the winter clouds blocking out the sun, he wouldn’t need to worry about going blind, but for now, he wasn’t going to scare his guide.
Grabbing his guns, he slipped them into their holsters hidden under the coat before he looked at the kukris, he would have to leave them behind… “I don’t have to, the guide can carry them.” He said to himself and smiled. “Never know, might need them to cut branches to start a fire.” He told himself as he collected the twin blades and left the room as he handed them to one of his men.
“I want you to put them in the gear my guide will be carrying, with all things considered, if we get snowed out there, I best have them.” He told as the man nodded and left as Shane fixed his scarf once again, rotating his shoulders Shane went back downstairs and raised a brow. There was a dark-skinned man in a winter attire and fur hat that Shane had seen in a movie once with two old fishermen and it seemed to be out of place on the man who was fixing his pants and shirt before looking over at Shane with such green eyes that they seemed like they were taken from a computer image, plus the man appeared to have been needing a shave.
The man was looking Shane over as well and chuckled before walking over and held out his hand to him giving a half smile, “I’m Alex Key, the Key to finding things in the woods.” He chuckled with a light French accent that Shane found interesting as he shook Alex’s hand firmly. “You’re no fool, but I can tell you that you’re anxious for the trip, your boys already have gone through the gear five times already, what are they expecting, a Christmas card?” He asked chuckling as Shane smiled and chuckled too, this man was lively and ready to joke, if he had met Albert Wesker, he would have been silenced quickly.
“Nice to meet you, Alex, the men are doing a routine procedure to ensure my safety and that we are prepared to head to the hospital,” Shane told as he motioned to walk outside and Alex followed rubbing his chin. “Have you been to the old hospital lost in the woods?” Shane continued as Alex nodded.
“I’ve been there once, but you can’t get in unless you’re an animal, the old wall and fencing blocks a lot of trespassers from entering it, plus I’ve heard stories about the place, when I found it on my hike, I high tailed it out of there after checking the walls, place gives me the creeps and not the good kind,” Alex told shaking his head. “Sometimes I wonder if the place is haunted, some kids go up there and say they see something in the windows or saw a quick image in the woods, but we told kids to stop going up there since someone spotted large cats up in that area and they’re scary as hell up close and personal!” He exclaimed as Shane looked at him and a Raccoon City memory flashed in his mind of the infected zoo animals and the lioness that nearly killed him, Alex was looking at him confused. “You alright man? You kinda went pale there.”
Shane took a breath and nodded simply to Alex before looking at him as he said, “Did anyone draw it out or take pictures of these large cats?” He asked before fixing his blue scarf as Alex adjusted his hat and shrugged slightly as Shane studied him carefully. “I take that’s a no?”
“Those that saw them don’t like talking about it… some of the older folks call those Grimalkin, grey cats. What I was told, they’re nasty creatures…” Alex told rubbing his hands together before fixing his fur hat. “Brr… glad I brought warmers...” He chuckled before heading over to his bag once Shane’s men were out of the way before he tossed something to Shane that looked like a regular washcloth but upon further inspection, he found it was sewn shut and had something inside. “Give it a squeeze, it’ll keep warm to hot, up to ten hours, we should be back before then but it’ll keep you warm. This cold can be deadly if you don’t get prepared, you should wear a hat too.” Alex told as Shane slipped the cloth bag into his coat after squeezing it.
Sealing up his coat he looked at Alex getting the hiking pack onto his back before shaking his head, “I’ll be alright, we shouldn’t be too long, and once we’re there we will be taking shelter inside and can get warmed up. All we’ll be doing is taking shelter before I go see what I can find.” He spoke as Alex nodded.
“Lead the way.” He said to the man as they started walking as the snow continued to fall around them and Shane found himself shivering slightly from the cold, how long has it been since he last seen it snow? Was it nine years? “God, I really am behind...” He whispered watching the snow as they entered the woods following a small hiking trail along a stream that was half frozen, this left Shane wandering his thoughts as he followed Alex, a small green glow stick on the backpack kept Shane alerted to where the man was.
His thoughts were of Albert Wesker’s plans if he had succeeded, would the world have been cold like the world that was around him? Or would it be lively and the people renewed? Shane found himself wondering if he should unleash Uroboros onto the world to get it over with or let the world continue to spiral out of control. He was slowly catching up with things but he learned how crueler the world had become in just nine years, humans were getting out of control, the evil in the world keeps growing while the good is dwindling and becoming rarer to even see or hear about, on the news there is rarely any good news to be seen, chaos is what the world was falling into.
Taking a chilly breath he climbed over a fallen tree and moved around a bush as he continued thinking. If he unleashed Uroboros, he would have to deal with it before gathering up all the survivors and declare that the world has been reborn and that he would guide them, and Shane shook his head at Wesker’s idea of being a god, any that opposed him would be punished, that was for certain.
Alex paused and Shane did too as he looked around carefully with his eyes as he listened carefully, there were no dangers, his senses didn’t find anything and so he looked at Alex, the poor man was tense having to lead him to the hospital. He felt sorry having to drag him into this but finding the place was harder than one would think, the old road to it was gone, aerial entrance was almost impossible with any storm about to come in, but what annoyed Shane the most was that he was having a hard time keeping his senses straight, the falling snow and the sounds of the forest got him on edge, he would have to rely on his line of vision.
The falling snow felt so enchanting to him, it actually made him feel at peace as they started moving again as Alex pointed at a few manmade objects that were overtaken by nature, a pile of bricks, a water pipe, hell, they even found a car that was being consumed by a tree. Shane smiled at how amazing nature was at taking back what was hers.
Shane lost track of time since the snow was amazing for him and Alex kept silent, a few times they got spooked when a deer would suddenly run or would run past them but they haven’t encountered anything dangerous and Shane sighed as Alex looked back handing him some fresh jerky, the spicy meat strips were delicious as Shane smiled and thanked him while munching on the meat as he soon noticed that their trail was actually an old road that soon forked left and right, Alex told him that this was the old roads leading to it, nodding Shane continued to follow him on the left path which revealed a long destroyed bridge and metal pipe, Alex jumped across the four-foot stream and almost slipped in the snow but caught himself.
“I’m good.” He said finally breaking the long silence as he looked at Shane while holding out his hand to help Shane across if he was to slip, not wanting to be rude to the nice gesture, Shane gripped Alex’s wrist and jumped across with ease. “Alright.” Alex said nodding as he continued, “We’re getting close…brr…just ten more minutes if we don’t get attacked by the Grimalkin, I certainly don’t want to fool around...” He said grabbing a pistol out from his pants that Shane hadn’t noticed when they first met.
“Best to be ready you know,” Alex told him as Shane nodded in agreement as they continued following the road, that’s when Alex found something strange as they were drawing closer. “Hold up...” He said softly shining his flashlight on the snow seeing blood as Shane walked over to see it. “Hmm, something must have gotten attack here…” Alex whispered as Shane looked around carefully as he listened.
“Let’s keep moving,” Shane ordered nudging Alex along before quickening their pace, at long last Shane saw the stone wall covered in moss and snow, he looked at how tall it was before looking at where it leads, and right now they were at a corner of the compound. “Where can we get in at?” He asked as Alex was taking his pack off.
“We can’t get in that easy, the front gate is somewhere and I have no idea where, hell, I don’t even know which corner of this place is, possibly front. I’ll give you a boost.” He said moving next to the wall before they both paused hearing something, it was an annoying sound of loud gurgled squeaks and hisses. “Shit, come on!” Alex snapped at Shane as he held his hands together to give Shane a boost up, Shane didn’t want that, he wanted to throw Alex up and over but hurried as he climbed and Alex pushing up. “Get over!” Alex grunted as Shane climbed up onto the top and reached down to help Alex up but was giving the bag first.
“Hurry Alex,” Shane said spying movement coming from the far right drawing his attention from something horrifying. There were about six large rats bearing down on Alex. Shane saw their red eyes shimmering in Alex’s flashlight, revealing more of their bodies! Long sharp claws on their feet, oversized teeth in their snapping mouths, bald patches of infected skin, but there was something else that made Alex react with horror, the rat’s spines and tail were out of the skin of the foul creatures and were solid looking.