The next morning, the captain called a meeting for all the S.T.A.R. teams. Once they were all gathered in the lounge, he began.
"Agents, I have called you in here because we have another lead. We got a tip from an anonymous source about the location of the vampires. We need to come up with a game plan to get these bloodsuckers, for good," he looked out over the small group. "Does anyone have any suggestions?"
One of the agents stood up, clearing his throat. "Well, we could storm the place and take them by surprise. That way, they wouldn't know what hit them."
"That would only give them free range," Jorden argued. "If you think about it, vampires work at night, and they are very quick. Since there are probably more of them then us, they would surround us and that would be the end of it."
Alex glared at Jorden, mainly because he had not wanted the other man to join them. He did not see Jorden as an agent, and he did not like the guy's switching attitudes, on top of that.
The captain pointed at Jorden, who had remained seated. "While the idea of storming would normally be a good idea, Agent Daken has a good point, also. Vampires are creatures of habit, and they will not stop just because the group is larger. Unless we storm them during the day, we would be offering ourselves as a feast. We have already seen what they can do with just a minor bite to the arm. I would hate to see that become a neck."
"What do you suggest, then, captain?" Alex asked, leaning back on the couch he shared with Bailey and Will.
"Well, Agent Mathias, it would probably be a good idea to split into two teams. We would leave the fully functioning teams together, and mix the remaining members of team B into the other two," the captain addressed the entire group. "This way, we can make two different approaches, by sending one team into the forefront, and the other will stay back to attack with the silver bullets once the vampires have been drawn out."
"Sir, why are we not using powers?" One of the members of team A asked.
"That is a good question, but it has a simple answer. Unfortunately, vampires are not effected by supernatural powers," the captain smiled. "You can use your powers to surprise them and avoid them, but the only thing that is going to catch them is speed and precision."
Alex closed his eyes momentarily. He knew where this was leading. The captain had spoken to him a few days ago about using Bailey to catch the vampires. While he agreed with it working, he still did not like the idea of his lover going up against something that could kill him.
"Sir, since Agent Daken has experience with vampires, and has already been catching them for us, why don't we just wait until night, and let him continue what he has been doing already?" the leader of team A asked, smiling at his girlfriend, who was his second.
"That had crossed my mind, but it would take too long. While he has been successful in bringing in two vampires for us, it has taken time," the captain glanced at Jorden. "The government is already on my case about this, and if we don't do something, they are going to step in with their people, and take the vampires out forcefully. With their lack of knowledge, they would probably be devoured."
Alex grinned at his brother and Bailey. "It sounded like he was talking about a cat, when he mentioned Jorden."
Will smiled. "Technically, he is," he whispered.
Bailey tapped him on the arm, motioning to Jorden, who was staring at them. The young man looked even more catlike now, with his green eyes shining in the dim lighting. His pale skin only added to the illusion. Bailey had to admit that, while the other man was very abrupt, he was also intriguing.
Jorden turned away from them, looking back at the captain.
"So, agents, I think it would be a good idea to take a bit from all suggestions. I will discuss this with the chief, and get back to you guys this afternoon," the captain smiled at the group. "Thank you for your input. You are all dismissed." He stepped down from the podium, approaching Alex's team.
Alex smiled at him, standing up. "Yes, sir? Did you need something?"
The captain smiled back. "Not from you, Alex. I just wanted to thank Agent Lewis again for the blood he donated," he turned to Bailey. "You saved Agent Benson's life. He is doing much better, and is expected to make a full recovery. Thank you, Bailey."
Bailey blushed. It had been a little bit difficult for him to step into a lab again, but it had been worth it. "Thank you, sir. I'm glad it helped."
Alex put his arm around Bailey, smiling at the captain. He was still waiting to hear back from the headquarters about his relationship, and seeing the two agents together earlier had brought the subject back to the surface. He was thinking about emailing them and asking what their decision was.
Jorden glanced at Alex, then slipped out quietly while they were still speaking. There were too many people in the room, and he was feeling claustrophobic.
Running out past the courtyard, he bolted over the fence easily and climbed one of the trees that had been planted on the base. He felt completely out of place, since he was not a mutant like the other agents. Like Alex had almost pointed out earlier, he was a test subject for a weapon. That was the only reason he had been created in the test tube. All the other agents he had met had been born with their special abilities, whereas his had been planted inside him. He wasn't even fully human.
Leaning back against the tree, Jorden thought about the situation. He was not used to working with other people, and the close contact was making him uncomfortable. He had not meant to upset Alex earlier, but he had been correct when telling him he did not want to be on a team. He had always seen life as unfair, where the people with authority made all your decisions for you, where you did not have any room to object.
Jorden lay there, dozing off, until he heard footsteps on the grass. Opening his eyes quickly, he looked down to see who was there. When he did, he found Bailey staring up at him.
"Hey, Jorden," Bailey smiled at him. "It looks comfortable up there, and I would join you if I could climb as well as you. Unfortunately, my climbing skills are shit, when it comes to trees."
Jorden grinned down at him. "That's surprising, since you have an athletic body." Jumping down from the tree, he smiled again. He liked Bailey's attitude. "Hi, I don't think we really met. My name is Jorden Daken, as you know. Bailey, right?" He held out his hand to the taller man.
Bailey smiled, shaking it firmly. "Bailey Lewis. It's nice to officially meet you. You're from D.C., right?"
Jorden nodded. "Yeah." He had been created in one of the S.T.A.R. labs in Washington, D.C. He had never met his donor parents, and had been raised in the compound. "What brought you here, Bailey?"
"Well, it's kinda odd," Bailey grinned. "I was kidnapped by a mutant fanatic group, and drugged. When I escaped, Alex found me on the side of the road." When he noticed Jorden's wide eyed expression, he laughed softly. "I'm not kidding. It's true."
"Oh, I believe it," Jorden pushed his light blond hair away from his eye. "I'll believe anything, after what I've seen in the past. So, where are you from?"
"New Hampshire," Bailey answered quietly. "I was here in New York for school, when I got kidnapped. I don't think I will ever move back."
Jorden nodded. He didn't really know what it was like to have a choice in what he did. "That's good. It's a nice place to be," he sighed. "We had better be getting back in, I guess. We still need to meet with the others and figure out what we're going to do about the vamps."
"Yeah, we should," Bailey offered a half smile. "It was nice talking to you."
"Yeah, you too," Jorden let the other man go in front of him, watching him leave. He was beginning to think this team may not be so bad, after all.