Man Down

“More have just arrived!” Gavin called out over the gunshots. “It’s getting pretty heated out here!”

“Just hold them off until Jack brings the car around!” Geoff ordered through the comms. “Don’t move from your position!”

Jack was running late with the getaway vehicle. Of course, there was a festival that had to block off every street between her and the others. When had a heist ever gone perfectly?

Ray watched from the roof, scanning the horizon for Jack and providing protection when necessary to those below.

“How’s it looking up there, Ray?” Ryan asked, throwing grenades from his balcony position. “Any sign?”

“Not yet,” he answered, “But on the plus side, no one else is approaching.” Ray scanned around to double check his statement, and that’s when he saw it. Gavin, firing off caps at two figures in front of him, oblivious to one sneaking behind.

“Vav!” he yelled to warn him, but before the could the gun went off.

Hearing Ray’s shout, Ryan swiveled to face the direction of Gavin. Oh fuck…

He lept over the terrace railing and onto the ground below, running toward the fallen form as fast as he could. Oh fuck, oh fuck.

“Geoff,” Ray called out. “Gavin got hit. He went down. We need a way out.”

Geoff froze. Luckily, Michael, who had previously been yelling directions to Jack over the comms, answered. “If you can make it across the street, there’s an alley that goes between the middle of the block. It’s a service road, but narrow enough so cars can’t follow. Jack can meet you over there, we can find another escape. Can you carry him?”

Ryan, taking out the thugs Gavin was preoccupied with, made it over to the lad. Even now there was too much blood. He turned pale at the sight.

“Ryan, can you carry him?”

“I-” Ryan stammered, he didn’t know where the bullet hit and was cautious to move him. “I guess so. We don’t have a lot of other options.” Scooping Gavin up, he called out, “Ray?”

“I got you, buddy,” the sniper answered, providing cover. “Just make sure he’s okay. It’s Monopoly night and he’s not getting out of it because of one stupid bullet.”