Title: Striking in the West
Characters: Hardison, Eliot, Parker.
Word Count: 5,500
Spoilers: If you know anything about the show, you're golden.
Warnings: A bit of violence, but nothing too harrowing
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun.
Summary: When Nate and Sophie are kidnapped, Hardison has to step far outside his comfort zone.
Notes: Written for the fic-a-thon over at 36_stratagems. Thanks to ultranos_fic for inventing and running the community and also for graciously giving me a short extension. Special thanks to celtic_flicka for the thorough and speedy beta. All mistakes are my own.
6. Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west. In any battle the element of surprise can provide an overwhelming advantage. Even when face to face with an enemy, surprise can still be employed by attacking where he least expects it. To do this you must create an expectation in the enemy's mind through the use of a feint.
Hardison often thought that their work had no happy middle ground. They were either doing awesome, getting everything they needed and watching all their pieces fall into place. Or they were standing by helplessly while a vanload of thugs drove off with somebody. Which was damn funny when it happened to that fake psychic. It was a lot less funny when it happened to Nate and Sophie.