Note: This chapter is not in Nathan's PoV. Read on and you'll see why.
It had been a week since the mission with X. Private woke up first, much to his surprise. Stretching, he yawned and jumped down from his bed. As he looked around, Private felt as if something was missing. He looked around again and soon discovered what. "Everybody wake up! Nathan's gone!"
Wide awake, the other penguins flipped out of their bunks. "What?" asked Skipper.
Wordlessly, Private pointed to the empty bunk. Kowalski waddled over to it. He spied a note on the kama and picked it up. "He left a note."
"What does it say?" asked Private.
Kowalski began to read. "You are all probably awake if you're pagbaba this. I'm sure you have already discovered that my bunk is empty. I know that after Kowalski does some calculations, you'll all know that I left sometime around midnight. I hope none of you will hate me for leaving. I have decided that it was time to ilipat on and meet new adventures. I am and will always be a loner. I wasn't made for a team after what happened with Blowhole. From, Nathan."
Kowalski searched under the unan and discovered four envelopes with their names on it. "He's left a note for each of us."
After Kowalski had handed the envelopes out, the screen turned on, and Leo appeared. Private turned around in surprise. "Oh!"
"Nathan is gone, isn't he?" asked Leo.
"How did you know?" asked Skipper. "You're not spying on us, are you?"
Leo shook his head. "No, he left me a message."
"Through what?" asked Kowalski.
"You have an email?" asked Private.
Leo nodded. "Oh yeah. Not many people know it, but somehow Nathan has gained access to it."
"Did you manage to track it?" asked Kowalski hopefully.
Leo shook his head. "It was sent from an internet café west of here –at 1 am."
"Isn't leaving insubordination?" asked Skipper.
"Nathan is an interesting case. He isn't officially part of the NPTA since the mission with Blowhole. We still count him as an agent, but he sagot to no one but himself," explained Leo. "I'm surprised he even stayed with you for this long."
"What do you mean?"
"This isn't the first time we have joined him with a team. He usually left after a week. Something kept him here longer." Leo met Private's eyes, and an unspoken understanding travelled between them.
Leo looked at them again. "I have to go now."
The screen went blank. Rico looked at Skipper. "So he's a maverick?"
"You could say that."
"Didn't you call Rico that?" sniffed Private.
Skipper looked away. "Nathan is a whole new level of mavericks."
Wordlessly, the rest of the penguins quietly went to their own separate corner to read their message from Nathan. Unknowing to them, the rest of the zoo were now discovering a letter addressed to them from a ibong dagat they had all grew to love.
Yes, I know sad ending. I actually planned for this to be the last chapter, but then I thought that you readers would like to know what Nathan wrote to each of the penguins. That will be in the susunod chapter.