- by Abigail Shannon Chua
Wesley Methodist School Melaka

It all started at boarding school. I was sent to boarding school at the age of 13 in the hope that I would excel in my studies. But I was quiet and always got bullied by older kids. Only one person stood up for me: Sam Berenson. We became best friends and later, we went to the same university and graduated with honours. We were recruited into a spy agency and soon rose to the rank of spies.

One day, we were assigned a covert operation - to retrieve a special hard drive containing information of the agency's agents which was stolen by rebels a couple of weeks ago. We packed our bags and were soon on our way to the drop site.

The helicopter dropped us off at the drop zone and we parachuted down into the compound. Some rebel soldiers were patrolling around the compound. We slipped past them and headed towards the safe, where the hard drive was located. I connected the decryption device to the safe lock and proceeded to unlocking the safe.

"Let's just grab the hard drive and get out of here," I whispered to Sam. He nodded and drew his gun as a precaution. After unlocking the safe, I grabbed the hard drive just before rebels stormed into the room.

"Hands on your heads," they yelled and we did as told. The rebel leader approached us.

"Give back the hard drive," he hissed at me.

I hesitated. Suddenly, Sam pointed his gun at me and said, "Do as he says."

"What do you think you're doing?" I hissed at him, very much surprised.

"The rebels offer better perks then the agency does. Besides, it won't be around much longer once we eliminate all its agents," he grinned at me. He yanked the hard drive from me and handed it over to the rebel leader, who put it back into the safe.

"Kill him," the rebel leader instructed but Sam said, "No. Let me do it." He dragged me out of the compound and to the extraction zone. "Forgive me, William," he said and shot me in the stomach. I fell onto the dirt as he walked off into the night. I fumbled for my radio and said, "Agent down. Need help," before blacking out.

The next thing I knew, I was in the sick bay with my boss next to me. "We're getting ready for a full assault by the rebels. Agent Berenson defected to them," he said.

"I know," I said, pointing to my bandages.

"Our field agents have been compromised. Most were taken down by Berenson himself," he started just as an agent burst into the room.

"They've started the attack," he panted and both of them quickly left the room. I heard gunshots coming from the hallway and I painfully stood up and grabbed my jacket. I stumbled into the hallway where many agents were shooting at the rebels. Many rebels fell but so did the agents. I staggered past many bodies before I heard a voice saying, "Kill the rogue agent. He has no further use to us," and I heard a gunshot.

I hid as the rebels came round the corner and when they came near, I shot them down. I went to where Sam lay and tried to help him up. "After what I did, you came back for me," he mumbled. "That's what friends are for," I said and he placed his hand on my shoulder. "They've planted a bomb which is bound to blow any minute in the basement. Disable it," he choked and he closed his eyes. I laid him down gently and went down to the basement. I disabled the bomb and after hours of bloodshed, we finally won.

Even though Sam betrayed us, he was given a decent burial. I laid my hand on the coffin and said, "Rest in peace now, my friend." Then, I left.