All the soldiers happily agreed to this plan and there wasn’t one dissenter in the crowd.
Brad, Xander, and Gordon couldn’t keep the smug looks off their faces.
Not much later, Levi arrived at the hotel with his invitation in hand. When Sylas saw him, she immediately got up to greet him, but she was overtaken by Brad and the other two.
“Garrison, you’re finally here! It’s been ages!”
The trio leaned in and hugged Levi to give the others the impression that they were all very close.
“Everyone, listen up! Let me introduce you to someone who used to be in our squad, Levi Garrison!”
“He’s none other than the person who stole the special class merit from us!” Brad then turned to Levi and gave him a joking smack on his back. “We’re still holding that against you by the way, you little rascal!”
The trio was smiling and looking as if they were joking, but Levi still caught the flash of resentment in their eyes.
“I heard that you’re working as a security guard now?” asked Gordon as he patted Levi on the shoulders hard.
“Out of all the veterans, it looks like you’re the one who’s doing the worst now. Why are you working as a security guard? The least you could do is find a job as a bodyguard or something.”
“That’s right! We’ve got a female soldier who’s doing very well. That’s her over there — Sylas,” said Xerxes as he pointed over to Sylas. “She’s working as a bodyguard, and she has an annual salary of ten million. Her boss even threw in a house and a car for her!”
Sylas stood up and gave Levi a sheepish grin. Never in a million years would she have thought that they were Levi’s comrades.
“Garrison, you’re an embarrassment to us in Northern Region!” snickered Brad.
Levi remained silent, but his gaze had traveled to the bunch of military medals laid out on the table. A look of awkwardness flashed across the trio’s faces when they noticed where Levi was looking. Naturally, they knew those military medals belonged solely to Levi, and that they had nothing to do with them at all.
But they weren’t going to cave in so easily. “Are you jealous? If you had been a little braver and fought alongside us, then you would’ve gotten your own medals too! Besides, you’re just working as a meager security guard even after you swiped our special class merit. On the other hand, we are just short of that one merit, otherwise, we would’ve received all the military achievements. It is really such a shame!”
The other soldiers also started to chime in. “Comrade, that’s not very loyal of you. You shouldn’t have stolen their credit, especially since you were from the same squad,” one sneered.
Levi scoffed in response. “I was the one who put in the work so of course, I deserve the medal. What did that get to do with them?”
“You deserve it? How ridiculous! Who’s going to believe that?”
“I certainly don’t!”
Clearly none of them believed Levi.
“They were awarded so many military medals throughout their careers, that also show that they have the ability to be awarded the special class merit too. But look at you, were you awarded any other medals apart from that one medal?” snorted another.
Brad was sneering at Levi too. “That’s right! You don’t have any other medals other than that one special class merit, do you?”
“Are you guys sure you want to compare military medals with me?” smirked Levi.