The Worst Part of War.
Captain Kyle Brown and Lieutenant
Eric “Riggs” Rogers were on a training flight with four other F-16’s one fine
day in March. They were both extremely good pilots, and with 39 years of flying
between them, they were also the most experienced pilots on the base. They had
both served their country on several war and peacekeeping missions, and were
once again preparing for battle.
country, the United States of Seabrook, had been an ally with the Republic of
Geneva for a long time. So when the Republic of Geneva received information
that a universally feared terrorist group, the A.C.A., or Association of
Communist Activities, had mobilized troops against them, their first move was
to alert the U.S. of Seabrook.
The A.C.A. was an organization that reeked havoc on all
countries with a Christian government. Bible reading in public schools,
national days of prayer, and the public proclamation of the goodness of God
were all things that their evil leader, who went by the name of Lucaso Stottoi,
could not stand. Although no one actually knew Lucaso’s real name, he struck
fear into the hearts of all his enemies.
Isaac Stinger was the first informed by Admiral Carins, who had received the
call from Geneva, and he was also the first to recommend to Admiral Carins,
that they should support their closest ally and friends as best they could.
“Admiral, Ma’am, we need to ready the troops for battle!”
“Prepare the Air Force for combat!”
“Really, we mustn’t get carried away with…”
“Place the Navy on alert! Alert the Special Forces that
they may be called for service! Do you think we need to start recruiting?”
“I hardly think…”
“Maybe we should alert national defense…”
“General, when you’ve quite…”
“And we really should call out the nuclear warheads, just
“I doubt that will be…”
“ We need to make every possible arrangement. We mustn’t
allow the A.C.A. to come anywhere near Geneva!”
“General, will you quit…”
“ And maybe we should…”
“GENERAL! Will you quit interrupting me?!”
“Yes, Ma’am, sorry Ma’am.” said Stinger quickly.
“Thank you. We need to discuss this with our intelligence
officers. Then we will decide what action is best with our leading strategist.
Until then, you have the go ahead to begin training missions with our current
forces. You will not, however, recruit a single person unless I tell you
differently. Am I being understood?”
And with that, after tripping over the rubbish bin,
General Isaac Stinger left Admiral Carins’ office.
* * * * * * * * * * *
James Bruiser received orders to initiate a training flight to see who the most
reliable and the most competent pilots were in his crew.
When asked if he thought his pilots could handle the
rigorous training, he answered typically with one of his most commonly used
“She’ll be right.”
He made the preparations overnight and his men, along with
their personalized F-16’s, began take-off at 7:00 a.m. They were well and truly
on their way by 7:15, and were approaching their targets by 7:30.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Julie King was enjoying a relaxing cup of coffee when she received orders from
the General to ready her ground platoons for combat.
“That’d be right,” she grumbled. “All work and no play.
I’m tellin’ ya’, I wish I’d never joined this organization. If it weren’t for
the long service leave comin’ up, I’d have left long ago. I hear there’ll be
some good retirement packages next year…” and she kept rambling on all the way
to her office.
Like Bruiser, she also worked overnight to prepare a
training course for the battalions to work with. She was quietly confident that
her men and women could adequately show their readiness for combat, but that
confidence was about to be tested.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Kyle and Lieutenant Riggs found themselves on the same squadron, as always.
They were to fly into the Valley of Ircula, where they were to locate and
destroy an unmanned missile launcher, which had been planted by order of Admiral
Carins. They were then to continue through the valley until they came to Eagon
Bay, where they would find an abandoned destroyer. They were to lock onto the
destroyer with their missiles, but were ordered not to fire, because it was to
be used for the ground troops in training.
when they got to the valley, they ran into some trouble. There were children
playing on the missile launcher that the squadron was supposed to destroy.
Captain Kyle was the highest-ranking officer in his squadron, so he had to make
a decision quick smart.
“This is Knight One. Knights, hold your fire. I repeat,
Knights, hold your fire.”
“ What’s the story, Capt’n?” Riggs was about to fire when
Kyle gave the order. “I had it all lined up nice.”
“Are you blind? There’s kids down there!”
“Oh yeah… I hadn’t noticed them.”
“You mean you got a lock on the launcher without even
seeing the kids? Man, you really should have your eyes checked. Knights, circle
“You watch what you say about my eyes, bucko!”
“Listen, Riggs, this isn’t our bunk back at base, you
know. Out here, I am your superior officer.”
“Okay, I’ll take that as a warning, then, shall I, Sir?”
“You better lose that lip, too, soldier. Command, this is
Knight One. Command, Knight One. We have a problem with one of the targets and
are unable to deploy. Do you copy.”
“Knight One, this is Commander Bruiser. What’s the
“He is!” Riggs cut in.
“Riggs! Shut up!”
“I repeat, Knight One, this is the Commander. Do you
“Command, this is Knight One. Sorry about that, Sir, I had
a problem with my headset.”
“What seems to be the problem, Knight One?”
“There’s a bunch of kids playing on the…uh… oh no! Who
fired that missile?”
“Knight One, What’s happening up there?”
“Riggs, Did you see who fired that missile?”
“Who fired that flaming missile?!”
“Knight One, this is the Commander. What the heck’s going
“Command, this is Knight One. A missile has been deployed,
and it has destroyed the launcher… along with half a dozen children playing on
“Bugg…uh…I mean…good grief!!”
“Knight One, this is Knight Three. I’m picking up some
sort of craft on radar.”
“Knight One, this is Knight Five. I have confirmation for
that last report, Sir.”
“Command, this is Knight One. We have discovered an unidentified
craft of some sort. We are assuming that he is the one who fired that missile.”
“Knight One, this is Bruiser. What exactly are you
“Hold on a second, Sir. Knights, what do we do? I’m all
for chasing this guy down and finding out what his game is. Riggs?”
“I’m with you, there, Capt’n.”
“Knights Three, Four, Five and Six, what do you say?”
“Knight 3, let’s go.”
“Knight 4, I’m all for it.”
“Knight 5, yeah, me too.”
There was a moments pause.
“Sir, I’m all for blowin’ that so-and-so out of the sky!”
“Command, Knight One. Requesting permission to
“Knight One, this is Command. I can’t authorize this
course of action. The order has to come from the Admiral.”
“Look, give us permission, or we’ll go anyway.”
“Knight One, you are out of line. You know that I have to
clear this with the Admiral.”
“We’re running out of time. He’s getting away!”
“Knight One, I cannot give clearance without…”
“Commander, this is Knight Two. Why don’t you take that
headset and jam it right up your…”
“Capt’n, you can sit here and argue with that bonehead all
day if you want. I’m going after that guy.”
“HEY!!” Commander Bruiser was not happy.
“Command, this is Knight One. We’re going anyway. Tell the
Admiral to expect our resignations. Knight One out.”
“Knight One, this is Command. I strongly recommend that
“Okay… done. I’m still going.”
“You are way out of line, all of you. I’m not gonna lose
my job because you lot are too pig headed to listen to me. Complete the
mission, and get your fat rears back here! That’s an ORDER!!”
“We are completing the mission. It’s just that now we have
a moving target.”
“Knight One, this is Command…”
“Can it, Commander. We’re going anyway. Let’s move Riggs.
And with that, they stopped circling over what was the
unmanned missile launcher and began pursuing the unknown bandit.
It was a
fair while before they got within shooting range of the intruder, and even
then, Captain Kyle ordered them to hold.
“I want to know who he is and where he’s from.”
“Allrighty, Capt’n, let’s have some fun!” Riggs started
some fancy flying while he sang the theme song from the Road Runner cartoons.
“Road Runner,… Cyotee’s after you,… Road Runner,… if he
catches you you’re through,…”
“Riggs, what are you doing? Remember, he’s armed.”
“She’ll be right, mate. Besides, I haven’t done this for
years. It’ll be good to get the practice.”
“You know, sometimes I think that guy has got kangaroos
loose in the top paddock.” When Kyle said this he tapped his temple for
emphasis, even though he was the only one who could see.
They flew behind the intruder, steadily pulling him in,
and eventually were able to make out some numbers on the plane’s side. Kyle,
who had been straining his eyes since the intruder came into view, was the
first to see the flag painted on the side of the tail.
“Good Heavens! It’s a T.C.A. F-111!” (T.C.A. =Terrorists
and Criminals Association)
Riggs stopped his frilly flying and quit singing the Road
“Oh, sugar,” he said.
“Bit nervous over there, are we Riggs?”
“No, I just realized that I forgot sugar when I went
shopping yesterday. I knew I forgot something, I just couldn’t put my finger on
“Honestly, Riggs, sometimes I worry about you.”
“Why, thanks, Capt’n!”
“Right, Knights break formation! Let’s see if we can take
this dropkick back to base for questioning.”
Knights 3 and 4 broke to the left, Knights 5 and 6 broke
to the right, and Kyle and Riggs decreased their altitude a touch.
“Let’s take that sucker by surprise, shall we Riggs?”
“We shall indeed, Capt’n!”
They flew on for a few minutes, gradually closing on the
F-111, When there was an unwelcome call over the radio. It was Knight 3, and he
“Knight 1, from Knight 3, do you read?”
“What’s the problem, Knight 3?”
“We’ve got two F-111’s on our six, sir. Blast!! They’ve
locked on us, Sir!”
“Evasive maneuvers! All Knights, evasive maneuvers!”
And with that, Knight 3 was blown out of the sky like a
duck in hunting season.
“Command, this is Knight 1. Command, Knight 1. We are
under attack! I repeat. We are under attack!”
“Knight 1, this is Command. I told you not to go! Now you
won’t even get back to give the
Admiral your resignation! Bugg… I mean…Good Grief!!!”
“I’ll be back in a minnie, Capt’n!”
With that, Riggs was gone.
“Hey! Just where the heck does he think he’s going?”
“Knight 1, this is Knight 4. Should we fall back?”
“No, you’ll be an easier target. Try to shake him over
this way and I’ll have a go at him.”
“Knight 1, this is Knight 6. We have 3 more F-111’s on
radar behind that mountain. I dare say that’s where Riggs got to.”
“Knight 1, this is Knight 4. Having a little trouble
shaking him, Sir.”
“Knight 4, this is Knight 2. I’m coming up on your 3.”
“Riggs! Where’d you get to?” Kyle was relieved that Riggs
was back to help Knight 4.
“I thought I saw a supermarket back there. It was just a
mini-store. I was going to drop in and get some sugar. But that’s not
“Knight 2, this is Knight 4. What do you want me to do?”
“Bay-turn left and drop fast. I’ll take him from there.”
“Are you sure, Riggs? I mean, remember what happened last
time you tried this?”
“Ready, Knight 4? Not yet… almost… nearly… NOW!!!”
Knight 4 did as Riggs told him to. He turned left really
suddenly and dropped 50 feet immediately.
“Knight 2, Fox 3.” (“Fox 3” was the code for firing a
“Riggs! He’s turning on you!”
“The missile’s jammed!”
At this point, Kyle bay-turned and locked on himself.
“He’s locking onto me!” cried Riggs.
“Knight 1, Fox 3!”
Kyle fired, and sent the F-111to the ground in a burning
“What’s with this cheap F-16 junk?!” Riggs was fuming.
“Talk about dejavous!! Thanks for your help there, Capt’n!”
“Ah, don’t mention it. It’s all part of the service. Here
at Kyle’s Guided Tours, we like to insure against all kinds of…”
“This is Knight 5. I hate to interrupt, fellas, but there
are still two enemy aircraft trying to kill us. What do we do? I’ve got an
F-111 on my 9, telling me to surrender, or they will destroy me. What do I do?
I’ve never been in a situation like this before.”
“This is Knight 1. What’s your name Knight 5?”
“Daniel Whitworth, Sir, why?”
“Daniel, this is Riggs. It was nice knowing you.”
“Riggs! Don’t mind him, Daniel. You keep flying. Ignore
the enemy, and wait for an opportunity to mulch him. Leave the rest to us.”
“Knight 5, this is Knight 6. I’m coming up on your 6. I
should have a clear shot in a few seconds. Make sure you get out of the way
when I say.”
“Too right I will!!”
“Take your time, Knight 6. Don’t rush it,” warned Kyle.
“Knight 5, move!”
Daniel dove and turned. The F-111 attempted to follow, but
Knight 6 was too quick for him.
“Knight 6, Fox 3!”
His bird was away, and dead on target. The F-111 pilot had
no chance, and before he knew it, he was ash.
“Top shooting, Knight 6! What’s your name?”
“My name is Andrew Vallen Jr. Pleased to meet you guys.
What do we do about the rest of these idiots?”
“I dunno, Andrew. Look, that jerk we were following is
going to join the other 3. We’ve taken out 2 of them, but lost one of our own.
What do you reckon, Riggs?”
“Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty accurate analysis of the
“No, I mean what do you think we ought to do?”
“That’s a bit of a dumb question, isn’t it, Sir? You should
know me well enough to know what I would do.”
“Yeah… I know… You’d go to all-out nuclear war! That’s
what you’d do!”
“Got it in one, Capt’n!”
“Sir, this is Daniel. The only reason they took down one
of our birds is because we weren’t expecting the other two blighters to show
up. We know these other 3 are there, now, and I think we’d be cowards if we
didn’t take up the challenge.”
“I’m with you, there, Daniel.” said Andrew. “These guys
attacked us on our own soil. If we let them get away, then they’ll think that
they can do it again. And I don’t like the idea of half a dozen cocky T.C.A.
pilots killing innocent Seebrookans simply because they want to.”
“So what are you saying, guys? You want to blow the lot of
“YEP!!!” Riggs was adamant.
“No, Sir. Riggs may want to, but we want to dispose of the
other three and escort this, ahem, stranger,
back to base and have him pay the price for what he’s done. After all, there’s
five of us, and only four of them.”
“Here, here. Well said, Andrew. I was just about to make
the suggestion myself.” said Daniel, “Let’s have this loser jailed for life!!”
“Okay, boys. If that’s what you want, that’s what we’ll
do. Knights, return to formation. Let’s teach these murderers a lesson that
they’ll never forget!”
“YES, SIR!!!” came the united reply.
Commander James Bruiser was having trouble with one of his squadrons, Commander
Julie King was also having some trouble with one of her battalions. It seemed
that the destroyer in Eagon Bay had attracted international interest, as well.
The destroyer was missing.
“Commander King, this is Field Officer Steven Van Sing. We
have a slight complication down here, ma’am. The destroyer’s not here.”
“Field Officer, this is Commander King. Could you repeat
that last statement?”
“The destroyer is gone, ma’am. It’s not here.”
“Of course it’s there. Where else would it be? It has to
be there. Take another look.”
“But ma’am, it’s not…”
“In case you didn’t realize it, Van Sing, that was a
direct order. You must comply, or I’ll have you court marshaled.”
Field Officer Van Sing let out a low grumble and mumbled
under his breath something about how Commander King would order him to cut a
pineapple from a pear tree if she had the chance.
“Nope, it’s still not here, ma’am. What do we do?”
“FIND THE BLASTED THING!!!”
“Yes, Ma’am! Right away, Ma’am!”
What the flip’s
going on out there? thought the Commander. She had heard about the planes,
and now she had run into the same sort of dilemma. Things were not looking
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Admiral on deck!”
Immediately, all personnel dropped what they were doing,
including the computer technicians who were upgrading the computers in the
building ( three monitors were
smashed, and five keyboards fell down the stairs.), and stood to attention.
“As you were,” said Admiral Carins, rolling her eyes.
“General, are you sure he said 9:00?”
“Positive, ma’am. The greatest strategist that ever lived
said he would meet us on level 2 of the Royal Computer Art Gallery at 9:00
sharp.” General Stinger had a habit of forgetting minor details, like a.m.
or p.m., and this was a classic example.
“You’re sure he said 9:00 tonight though, aren’t you.”
“I knew it! Once again you’ve shown us all just how
incompetent you really are! I don’t know how you made it to General in the
“Uh, excuse me, ma’am…” asked a stranger, tapping her on
“What do you want?! Can’t you see I’m in the middle of
yelling at someone?!”
“Uh, well, you see, it’s like this…I’m Robert Kourner,
ma’am, and I have been waiting here for 12 hours to discuss the recent turn of
events with Admiral Carins. I assume you are Admiral Carins?”
“Why, yes. What gave me away? Was it my commanding
stature? Or maybe my authorative composure? The unmatchable, and undeniable
mind you, sense of POWER that surrounds me?”
“Your visitor’s name-tag, ma’am.”
“Oh…right.” she glanced down at it accusingly. “Well, now
we’re here, let’s talk.”
The Admiral and the strategist Robert talked for hours on
the best course of action based on their most recent information from their
intelligence officers. All General Stinger managed to do was interrupt.
“What if we…”
* * * * * * * * * * *
Commander Alison Bane was ordered to patrol the sea border with all 5 fleets
under her command in the hopes of finding the missing destroyer. She was
startled by a radio transmission that made her expect the worst.
“Commander Bane, this is First Officer Davina Davis. We,
uh, we’ve got, uh…”
“Come on… out with it!”
“You know that missing destroyer reported by Field Officer
“Well, I think we’re picking it up on radar, ma’am. It’s
about a kilometer out of the bay to the east. And it’s armed.”
“I said we’re…”
“I know what you said! I’ll be there in 2 minutes!”
Sure enough, the case of the missing destroyer was now
solved. It had been manned overnight, armed overnight, and fueled overnight. In
fact, it seemed as if the thieves knew exactly when and where to find it. And
to Commander Bane, that seemed to be a bit too much to simply be a stroke of
On her way
down up to the bridge, she called Commander King on her mobile (she always
carried it with her).
“King? This is Bane… Yeah, pretty good. How’s things your
end?… That’s good. Listen, I’ve got information regarding that missing
destroyer of yours… Yeah, just showed up out of nowhere. It’s about a kilometer
out of the bay to the east… Uh huh… Yes, yes, I understand how upset you are
about the incompetence of your team, I have the same problem, but remember that
they couldn’t see very far to the east because the sun was over there… Well, if
the sun’s there, it affects your vision. Haven’t you ever driven directly into
the sun?… Well, there you go. Anyway, we’re going to give chase to that floating
wreck before it sinks… No, even if it is the A.C.A., I doubt that old clunker
would make it past the Geneva Border. You know how far away that border is…
Yeah, there’s a lot of water in 5000 kilometers… Righto, I’ll see you on
Monday… Yep, Home Group’s still on. Gotta go… Bye!”
With that, Commander Bane hung up. She walked into the
“I thought I said not to lock this door?!”
Davis rushed over and opened the door.
“Sorry ma’am. We weren’t sure what was going on, so we
took precautions. You did want us to chase that destroyer, didn’t you…”
“Yes. Are we?”
“Yes, ma’am. Time to interception, 15 minutes.”
“Really? Is it moving that slowly?”
“Actually, ma’am, it’s not moving at all.”
“I heard you! You don’t have to repeat yourself all the
“And don’t interrupt me when I’m talking to you!!”
Davis sighed. “Yes, ma’am.”
“Good. Call me when you have visual.”
“But we already have visual. See that gray blob on the
water over there, ma’am?”
“Well, that’s them.”
“Sitting a little low in the water, aren’t they?”
“Now that you mention it, ma’am, it does look a little
low. Why do you reckon that is?”
“Really, must I think of everything around here? It’s
obvious that wreck is taking on water! Captain,”
“Yes, ma’am” the captain wheeled around to face his
“Can’t this ship go any faster?”
“I’m afraid not, ma’am.”
“Pity. I want prisoners.”
“Well, the waters around here are pretty warm, ma’am. They
should be right until we can get to them.”
“All the same, lower the chase boat and get a load for me.
I have questions, and they have answers.”
“Is that wise, Ma’am?” Davis didn’t like the way things
were panning out.
“Of course it’s wise. Why the heck wouldn’t it be?”
“Oh, no reason Ma’am, just the minor fact that THEY ARE
“There’s no need to take on that tone of voice, Davis!”
“No, Ma’am. Of course not, Ma’am.”
“Seeing as you’re so concerned about it, you can go with
them, just to make sure my officers are okay.”
“Uh…” Davis didn’t like the sound of that.
“Let me know when they get here, Captain.”
Commander Bane turned, and walked straight into the door,
“WHO SHUT THIS DOOR?!!!!”
* * * * * * * * * * *
Special Armed Forces had been ordered
to await further instructions. The number one crew of the entire Special Forces
branch was the C.C.A., the Conclusion of Criminal Activity. And the head of
this crew was S.A.F. Commander Alan
Greene. He had trained these men and women from recruitment, and he was pleased
with the results he was seeing. Only last month, his team had successfully
infiltrated a known serial bomber’s organization, and the killer was quickly
brought to justice. But this was far more serious than a petty bomber.
On his crew of specially trained
individuals (because they can’t work together) was Technical Adviser Peter
“Floppy” Gray, Risk Assessor Stephen “Cra-Z” Gawood, Negotiator Whitney “Lucky”
Jackson, Weapons Technician Samantha “Trigger” Smith, Communications Expert Rod
“Static” Bower, Intelligence Officer Kellie “Wats-dis-do” Banonn, and
Information Accumulator Amanda “Snuff” Stellar. The group’s nickname was,
fittingly, “the Impossibles.” These guys knew their stuff, and they were ready
to get cracking.
people! Are we…” Commander Greene never got the chance to finish his sentence,
for at that moment, Smith started screaming her head off at Banonn.
are you talking about? It’s perfectly safe.”
say that about a grenade with the pin missing!! That gun’s loaded, and knowing
you, someone’s bound to get hurt if you
pick it up.”
I remind you that it wasn’t me who
put those three guys in hospital. What was it you said? Something like ‘This
landmine won’t hurt us. I deactivated it myself!’ One of those poor fellows has
no feet, for crying out loud!!”
at least I didn’t send one battalion east, one west, and one north when they
were supposed to be going south!”
at least I didn’t…”
“ENOUGH!!!” Commander Greene had run out of patience.
supposed to be the best Special Forces crew around. I’ve trained you as well as
I can. You have all learned more about your positions than anyone else in this
entire facility. But there is still one thing that you don’t seem to be able to
understand. Maybe it’s too complicated for you. Maybe you do understand, but
don’t want to put it to practice. For the 165,843rd time, and
counting, if you cannot get along with your teammates here, how will you be
able to trust them in a tight situation? If you get into a spot of bother on
the battlefield, or in a special assignment, who’ll back you up if you won’t
back anyone else up? Do you understand?”
want you all to be ready to embark in a flash if need be. Do I make myself clear?”
that, he left them to get themselves together.
OFF MY FOOT!!!”
MY GUN! GET YOUR OWN!!”
* * * * * * * * * * *
his private quarters, Commander Greene knelt by his bed, praying.
give me patience to work with that lot. Help me to shape them to be more like
You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” He rose,
feeling much better than he had, and he went to pick up his diary, when
he received a call on his mobile (he always carried his as well).
yes, Admiral, Ma’am, I am free to talk…Well, what sort of mission did you have
in mind?… Yes, Ma’am, the C.C.A. are on stand-by… Tonight? Isn’t that a little…
No, Ma’am, I wasn’t arguing, I… Yes, Ma’am, I’m sure they could handle… Yes,
Ma’am. I’ll let them know… Goodbye, Ma’am.” he hung up.
* * * * * * * * * * *
hours later, back at her office, Admiral Carins had received some new
Ma’am!” Stinger came screaming out of his office. “Have you heard?”
it is. I have been praying for some time that Lucaso Stottoi would have a
change of heart. He’s been saved for over 3 weeks now.”
mean you didn’t know?”
“Then why did you come into my office so excited?” Admiral Carins was confused.
jus heard that they put Sardine Sandwiches back on the menu in the mess hall!
Isn’t that fantastic?!”
Carins wrinkled her nose. “Yeah… great.” was all she could say.
said Stinger suddenly, “If Stottoi is a Christian, then why would he have mobilized
it one of his cohorts? A sidekick? A dropkick?” he chuckled at his own joke.
Admiral Carins just put her head in her hands. “Give me strength…” she
he had an apprentice…” Stinger was still going on.
there were no A.C.A. troops mobilized against Geneva. It was all a put-on by
the T.C.A. to make us stop bombing them, and that’s all.”
but that doesn’t explain how one of our birds was shot down this morning.”
of our planes has been shot down?!” asked Admiral Carins incredulously.
that too. I was talking about that poacher that shot a pelican this morning.
How do you explain that?”
thing I can’t explain is why I made you General in the first place. Tell me
about the plane that was shot down this morning.”
told her all about it, right down to Riggs verbally abusing Commander Bruiser.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Captain Kyle and his squadron, minus
the one who had been shot down, continued to chase the intruder aircraft. The F
111 had joined up with the other three, and they were preparing to engage in
battle when another of Commander James Bruiser’s flight teams came to help
Kyle’s mob out.
1, this is Captain William Samuels. How y’all doin’?”
Great to see you! Boy are you a sight for sore eyes! How’d you find out about
Carins thought you might need some assistance. So Bruiser got on the blower to
find your position, and here we are. And I must say, we never looked better.”
debatable.” cut in Riggs.
mean the Admiral knows about us?” Kyle was trembling.
only does she know about you, she supports you.”
where were you when we got sent out here?”
squadron and I were sent on an extensive raid on the T.C.A. headquarters. They
wanted us out, so they ‘leaked information’ to the Republic of Geneva that the
A.C.A. had moved against them.”
know that much, you idiot!” Daniel was never any good with any sort of
some respect, soldier!” Kyle was red as a beet.
he’s right.” put in Riggs.
you also know that Lucaso Stottoi has been a Christian for 3 weeks?”
every one of Kyle’s men was dumbfounded.
mean to say,’ said Andrew dryly, “that we’ve been out here wetting our pants
said Daniel in disgust, “a good man has lost his life for no reason?”
wouldn’t say that,” said Will, “He lost his life in the line of duty. Who was
don’t know yet, Will. But we are about to avenge his death, and that of those
kids? Never mind, we’ll sort this out later. My guys are ready to rumble if
bet mine are, Will!”
let’s do this.”
two squadrons split and went around both sides of the mountain.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Davis was half way between the sinking
destroyer and their own aircraft carrier. She was not happy.
should I be out here looking after this bunch of loosers? I’m going to have
some serious words with Commander Bane when I get back on board, don’t you
worry.” She knew for a fact that she didn’t have the stomach to confront a
superior officer, but just saying that she would made her feel a lot better.
Pretty soon, they came up to the first survivor.
Don’t move!” Davis barked as she pointed her submachine gun at the person
floundering around in the water.
shoot! Please don’t shoot!”
what are you doing out here?!”
“I’m waiting for my daughter to pull me out of the water before I drown.”
it turned out, Davis’ mother, Trish, had moved the ship because it was blocking
her view of the bay. An old, retired war veteran who had captained the very
same destroyer 40 years before, in the Battle for Polystyrene Coffee Cups, had
might have told the navy, Mum!”
sorry, dear, but I thought that you’d all be so busy with all the other things
that you have to do. I obviously wasn’t thinking.”
Davis was spitting chips. “Just wait until the Admiral hears about this!”
put down her gun and ordered that the other bloke be found. They found him
sitting in the only part of the ship still above the water… the bathroom.
are you doing in here?” demanded Davis.
the captain always goes down with his ship.” he said slowly, “It was taking a
while, and my bladder isn’t what it used to be…”
that’s enough.” Davis cut in. Things just kept getting better. First she gets
sent as the only armed soldier into a potentially dangerous situation. Then she
finds her mother guilty of the theft of a navy vessel. Now she is confined to a
15-foot rubber chase boat with a senior citizen and his weak bladder. What a
I can’t wait to see what Commander Bane says about this.” she mumbled to
herself. Her mother was saying something about how this proves once again that
a ship is no place for a woman.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Officer Stephen Van Sing had heard that the destroyer had been located. He and
his battalion had been walking along the beach when they were confronted by a group
of T.C.A. soldiers. Unfortunately for the T.C.A. guys, Van Sing’s boys and
girls had guns, but they only had knives. Van Sing had them handcuffed, and was
on his way back to the truck when one of them said something unusual.
had better for to let us go,” the man said with a thick accent. It was obvious
that English wasn’t his natural tongue.
I only just met you, and I’m looking forward to chatting with you in the
interview room real soon.”
us go, or I have you…er…how do you say…er…destroyed. I have bomb in backpack. I
will explode it.”
doubt that,” said Van Sing, “but we better have a look anyway.”
only thing in here is a water bottle, Sir.”
then, the foreigner put his hand down the back of his pants.
RID OF IT!!!” screamed Van Sing. The officer obeyed. He threw the water bottle
as hard as he could. It landed in the army’s purpose-built, all-terrain truck.
all of Van Sing’s men dove for cover. The foreigner pulled his hand out of his
pants and said, “Silly is me. Me left detonator at home.”
Sing was furious. He stood up and thumped the foreigner in the face, twice.
you try anything like that again, I’ll deck you!!!”
then, the truck exploded. Everyone dove for cover.
I remember!” said the foreigner after the dust had settled; “I give detonator
to you Andre.”
And I use it.”
you little…”WHACK! Van Sing clobbered him, too.
Daniel Henderson walked up behind Van Sing.
I…” he never got to finish, because Van Sing wheeled around… and CLUNK! Broke
* * * * * * * * * * *
“SAF Commander Greene, if you are in the
compound, we have an urgent message for you. I repeat. Commander Greene, if you
are still in the compound, we urgently need to talk to you.”
Greene was still in the SAF compound, but only because his crew could not agree
about a single thing. They argued about everything, from weapons selection, to
the seating arrangements in their bus. They were supposed to have left half an
hour before the announcement, but Stellar refused point blank to sit next to
not sitting next to that creep! He’s a nut!”
do as you’re told, young lady.” growled Commander Greene.
Absolutely. I don’t have a problem with that, so long as you don’t tell me to
sit next to that jerk!”
absolutely right, sir.” commented Gawood, “I don’t want to sit next to her,
and Stellar! You are both out of order and should be punished. However, seeing
as we are 30 minutes late already, I haven’t the time to…”
was when the message was conveyed over the loudspeaker.
be back in a minute. Bower, swap places with Gawood.”
Stellar was fuming. “Anyone but him!!!”
Greene entered the administration office.
people, what’s this urgent message?”
sir, we don’t know. Admiral Carins is on the phone. She wouldn’t hang up until
we could tell her for sure that you weren’t here.”
picked up the phone.
Yes, Ma’am, we were just leaving… He what?… Oh, well that’s good news… Yes,
Ma’am, I’ve been praying for Stottoi for a while, too… So the mission is off
then?… Right… Yes, Ma’am, I’ll let them know… Good bye, Ma’am.”
hung up and headed out to the loading bay where the rest of the crew was
you please get off my parachute…” said Peter Gray to Stephan Gawood.
it’s not your parachute. It’s mine!”
I’ll show you what’s yours!”
right, hot-shot! Bring it on!”
gonna hit you so hard your great grandfather is gonna get dizzy!”
on, then, wildcard! I’ll show you what’s what around here!”
two of them began pushing each other around.
call ME a wildcard, you prehistoric FREAK!” yelled Gray, giving Gawood a shove
that sent him sprawling.
recovered his feet in a flash.
only thing prehistoric around here are your computer skills, Gray!” he punched
Gray in the mouth.
fell back against the bus.
it, Gawood. That is it! Now you’re gonna DIE!!!”
one’s gonna die around here!” came a voice from behind them.
and Gawood wheeled around to see their commander standing with his arms and
eyebrows crossed. He was not happy.
let out a low moan, and all Gawood said was “Oh…nuts!”
boys are in big trouble.” said Commander Greene. “But we’ll deal with that
later. Right now I want you all to go to the debriefing room. Dismissed.”
what about the mission?” asked Jackson.
said DISMISSED!” boomed Greene.
SIR!!” came the united reply.
* * * * * * * * * * *
have visual.” said Kyle as they rounded the mountain.
certainly do.” said Riggs. “That Visual Basic stuff that Mr. Duff taught us way
back in school has really helped a lot in designing…”
I wasn’t talking about that! I meant that we can see the enemy aircraft.”
right… that. Yes, uh… I mean… affirmative. We’ve got visual all right. Copy
that Capt’n! Reading you loud and clear.”
he always like this?” asked William.
most of the time. Sometimes he’s worse.”
heard that!” said Riggs.
Knight 1, this is Eagle 1. We have visual also.”
come they get to be eagles and we’re only knights?” asked Riggs.
that, Eagle 1, let’s get ready to party!”
forget” said Riggs, “We have to take that one on the far left back with us.”
you are, Riggs. He’s a marked man. As for the rest of them, it’s every man for
himself. Breaking Formation! Moving in!”
4 on your six, Knight 1.”
5 on your 3, Knight 1.”
5 on your 9, Knight 1.”
the Knights and Eagles went to battle stations, but there was always someone
looking out for someone else.
is your missile still jammed?”
“Yeah, but it’s just that one, Capt’n.”
could present a problem. You’d better fall back until we’ve finished.”
sorry Riggs, but it’s just not safe for you up front. Eagle 1 will take your
Capt’n, I want to be where the action is! And if it weren’t for me, we wouldn’t
be here in the first place!”
Riggs. I just don’t know haw to express my gratitude.” said Kyle sarcastically.
Riggs. Stay back. And that’s an order!”
Sir.” grumbled Riggs.
Riggs didn’t have to worry about missing out on the action, because the action
was going to come to him.
had been keeping a watchful eye on Kyle’s plane. So closely had he been
watching, it in fact, that an enemy plane had snuck behind his own plane
without him noticing it. One minute, he was watching Kyle’s tail. The next
minute, all he could here was William screaming, “RIGGS!! He’s on your tail!!
dove to the left. Out of the corner of his eye he saw the enemy plane dive
need help!” yelled Kyle. He couldn’t go, he was busy fending off an F-111
himself. “Someone give him a hand!”
2, I’m on it.” with that, Eagle 2 dove away to help Riggs.
was having the time of his life.
and get me!!” he screamed at the enemy plane. The enemy pilot fired a missile.
Riggs dove into a valley, and the missile hit a tree and exploded.
on!! Try aiming next time!!” scoffed Riggs looking back. He looked to the front
and saw a waterfall right in front of him. “WOAH!!!” He pulled up and narrowly
missed an overhanging rock. “HA!! I’m unbeatable today!!” he shouted. The enemy
pilot fired again. Riggs dove back out of the valley. The missile hit a rock
and turned it into dust.
YEAH!!!” Riggs was hysterical. And there is little wonder why. His enemy had
only one missile left, having fired 2 at Riggs already, and using one before
hand, missing his target, again.
on, idiot! Try and make this one count!” Riggs felt invincible. He bay-turned
and found himself facing his opponent. The gap between them was closing fast.
The enemy pilot fired his last missile without bothering to lock onto Riggs’
plane (he was very impatient). Riggs dove to the right at the last minute and
skillfully avoided the missile. The missile hit some rocks and Riggs’ plane was
sprayed with loose particles. These particles bounced around the jammed
missile, and knocked the obstruction, a tree branch (Riggs was a low flyer),
I’m armed!! All right you sorry looking defenseless, senseless, brainless,
toothless, toeless, uh… thingamajig… I’m gonna blow you from here to kingdom
come!!” He fired… and missed.
Alright… this time I got ya!” He locked on, and just as he went to fire, the
enemy plane exploded.
What’s going on here?!!” He screamed incredulously.
this is Eagle 2. Kyle said you might need some help. I couldn’t help but notice
your situation, so I eliminated the enemy.”
need to thank me, Riggs. I was jus doing my job.”
don’t worry. I won’t thank you. But I’ll kill Kyle!!”
Eagle 2 was confused. “What do you mean?”
Riggs was gone. Eagle 2 rejoined the others. By the time Riggs got back to the
rest of the group, the enemy was eliminated, and they were escorting the
original intruder back to their compound.
for stopping by, Will. You and your boys were a great help.”
right, mate. It’s always a pleasure to destroy enemy aircraft with you!!”
two captains laughed, and they all chatted merrily until they got back to the
this is Knight 1. Come in.”
1, this is Command. We read you loud and clear.”
have the blighter that killed those kids. Requesting permission to land and
1, you know I can’t authorize this course of action without the Admiral’s
go-ahead… What?… Oh!!”
was a muffled voice from the other end. It was almost as if Commander Bruiser
was talking with someone else.
Ma’am. Okay, Knight 1, you have permission to land on runway 3. Do you copy?”
read you loud and clear, Command.”
when you land, Admiral Carins would like to have a word with you all. Including
the Navy and the Marines. Do you copy?”
Crumbs.” mumbled Riggs.
up, Riggs? The Admiral got you nervous?”
I’ve just got crumbs down my shirt from my lunch, that’s all.”
we didn’t have lunch before we left. Heck, we didn’t even have breakfast before we left.”
didn’t say it was today’s lunch.”
the aircraft landed without any trouble from the enemy plane. He was arrested
and taken to prison, pending court.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Bane! You are needed on the bridge!”
“That’d be right. Can’t manage a thing without good old
Commander Bane.” she muttered sarcastically to herself. “Nobody can handle
anything around here like the Commander. ‘Commander Bane! We need you to help
clean the toilets!!’ ‘Commander Bane, do this, we need you for that!’ It never
stops!” She rounded the last corner and slammed into a door that had
absentmindedly been left open. “AARRGGHH!! WHO LEFT THIS DOOR OPEN?!!” she
screamed at the top of her voice. No one answered. (Would you?!) She slammed
the door shut and walked onto the Bridge.
the problem now?!” she yelled.
are receiving the chase boat now, Ma’am. You said to call you when they got
yes.” Bane had calmed down considerably. “How many prisoners has Davis brought
me? Ten? Twenty?”
The Commander’s temper had flared again. “Why only two?!”
there was only two on board the destroyer, Ma’am.”
people armed an entire destroyer? That’s impossible! That’s absurd!”
Ma’am, the ship wasn’t…”
know it wasn’t armed when we put it in the bay! Do you think I’m stupid?!”
not what I was saying Ma’am. They didn’t actually arm the ship. It was a… a
malfunction… on our end.” He hung his head, embarrassed.
MALFUNCTION?!! I don’t put up with your incompetence so that you can feed me
some story about a ...” she didn’t finish. Her phone rang. It was Admiral
Oh, hello, Ma’am… yes… really?… Uh, yes Ma’am, I’m bringing them on board for questioning
right now… Yes, Ma’am, I’ll let you know what they say…Yes, Ma’am, I’m looking
forward to hearing what they have to say, too… OK… Goodbye, Ma’am.” She hung
up. “I’ll be in the interrogation room.” she said to the Captain. “Send Davis
and the prisoners down as soon as they are on board.”
took her mother and the other bloke down to the interrogation room, as ordered.
She knocked on the door and waited. And waited. And waited.
knocked again. Still no reply. She gently opened the door. There, leaning
against the wall, fast asleep, was Commander Bane. Davis muffled a giggle, and
was about to walk out when Bane shouted in her sleep, “Prisoners!! I want
MA’AM!!” Davis didn’t realize that her Commander was still asleep. She rushed
out, grabbed her mother and the war veteran, and rushed back into the room.
they are, Ma’am!!” She yelled.
the… DAVIS!!! What do you think you’re doing?!! How dare you wake me up in my
own quarter…” Bane looked around her. This wasn’t her quarters at all. This was
the interrogation room.
am I doing in here?! WHAT’S GOING ON?!!!”
You requested that I meet you here with the prisoners!”
Oh…yeah. Well, where are they? And WHAT ON EARTH IS YOUR MOTHER DOING HERE?!!!”
Ma’am, she’s the one who stole the boat.”
stole the boat…”
know she stole the boat! Do you think I’m deaf?!”
you definitely don’t have any trouble talking,” mumbled Davis.
Ma’am. What do I do with her? Lock her up?”
we’ll talk with her later. Now that we know that our borders are safe, we can
go back to port. See to it. I have to call the Admiral.”
Ma’am.” Davis didn’t move.
jump to it woman!! Chop-Chop!!”
MA’AM!!” with that Davis was gone.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Commander Alison Bane’s navy came back to port, and the crew of all her vessels
joined James Bruiser’s air force to listen to the Admiral. Commander Alan
Greene’s Special Armed Forces were on their way, and the only group not
accounted for was one of Commander Julie King’s ground platoons, led by Field
Officer Steven Van Sing.
* * * * * * * * * * *
this is Field Officer Van Sing. Do you copy?”
this is Field Officer Steven Van Sing. Please Acknowledge.”
boys, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve lost radio contact with the base.”
see! I say it better for you to let us go. But you a bunch of cowboys so you
up!!” Van Sing was getting fed up with this guy jabbering on and on and on… he
just never stopped!
“I tell you that you are doing wrong. Now you die on dirt track with us!!”
bet on it…” said Van Sing. He reached into his pocket… and pulled out a mobile
he said defiantly, waving it under the foreigner’s nose. “HA HA!! At least I
have the brains to have a back up plan!!” He turned the phone on. He dialed
Commander King’s number. “ Watch and weep!!” he said as he pressed ‘send’. But,
to his horror, just as he got the phone to his ear, it let out three beeps, and
then died. The battery was flat!
“NOOOOO!!!!” Van Sing fell to the ground and began to kick and punch the dirt.
“How could I have forgotten to charge this up last night?” He stood up and
rushed to the foreigner. “You little…” He began to strangle the foreigner. As
he did, Daniel Henderson walked up to him and handed him his beeper. Van Sing
dropped the bloke and kissed Henderson. “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!” he
said as he sent a message to Commander King. Henderson couldn’t say anything.
He had a broken jaw, remember?
45 minutes, a helicopter had picked them up and they were headed for the base.
However, even with all this holdup, they still made it to where everyone was
assembled before Alan Greene’s SAF
platoon. They never got anywhere on time.
* * * * * * * * * * *
on!! We’re gonna be late!!” moaned Jackson.
are you talking about?! We ARE late already!” snapped Bower.
complaining! We’re only five minutes away!!” said Bannon
said that 2 hours ago!” complained Stellar.
she’s right this time!” said Commander Greene.
said that 2 hours ago, too!!” said Smith.
enough, though, they finally rounded the corner and arrived at the base. For
anyone else, it would have been a fifteen-minute-trip. But Gawood had been
driving, and, well, he didn’t know his way around very well. When he pulled out
of the SAF compound, he had turned left instead of going right, and it just
went downhill from there. But, alas, 2 hours and 5 minutes later, they finally
arrived and Admiral Carins could finally talk with all of them together.
told them how proud she was of their ability to handle the situation, and
praised them for doing what they knew to be right in spite of the odds. She let
them know how much she appreciated their efforts, and that they should all be
commended for their outstanding work. “But most of all,” she said, “I know that
if a time arises where you have to defend freedom and justice, you will not let
your country down. Congratulations again on a successful mission and God bless
you all. Dismissed!”
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