The Blacklist AU | Liz and Ressler leave the FBI to work for Red in order to catch Berlin and Tom.
His jacket is long gone, lost in the floor of some russian mobster’s club. His sleeves are rolled up to his elbows, the first three buttons of his now bloody shirt are missing, gun hidden in the back of his trousers. He has a nasty cut on his left eyebrow, a swollen cheek and probably a broken lip, but he’s still alive.
When Ressler opens the door of the suite the first thing he sees is Dembe and Red playing chess.
"You have got to be fucking kidding me."
"Oh, Donald," says Red cheerfully without taking his eyes off the game. "What took you so long?"
"You left me with a bunch of Bratva guys, just after you took half of their money, because you said you need to take care of an important matter. What the hell is so important about chess!?"
"Take a breath, agent Ressler." Donald clench his teeth. He’s not an agent, not anymore, Red has to stop calling him that. "We had a lead, but it’s far gone by now. We were waiting for you."
"You have a lead?"
"I was speaking with Max," says Liz coming from the next room with a tablet in hand. "They saw Berlin a few days ago in… What the hell happened to you?" she asks him as soon as she raises her eyes from the tablet and focus her glance on Ressler.
~ Extract from Gone rogue