Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Dirty little war|
I walked out of the shuttle tube and onto Fifth Regiments station with a smile. I ignored the bosan’s pipes as I pulled the float behind me and crossed to the senior sergeant next to the hatch. I returned his salute and handed him my orders chit. He looked at my medals but kept quiet as he check me in.
I walked into Recon company headquarters and crossed to sergeant Golden. She was bent over a screen and looked like she wanted to hit it. I chuckled, “Patients sergeant.”
She glanced up, “yes sir... PENDRAGON!”
She stood grinning, “We heard you were coming back to finish training.”
I laughed and gestured to the company commander’s hatch, “I need to report.”
She nodded and gestured to the float, “Leave it and I’ll make sure it gets to your quarters.”
I crossed and knocked on the hatch and heard the, “Come!”
I walked in and crossed to salute a young looking junior captain, “Lieutenant JG England reporting in sir.”
He sat back and looked at his top sergeant, “We were expecting you.”
He looked over my uniform carefully, “At first I thought you were a glory hound but after talking to the top sergeant and a couple of others I wasn’t sure. I am prepared to give you the benefit of doubt. You will be taking the Scout Recon platoon since I understand you have trained with them.”
I nodded, “I have sir.”
He nodded, “Get with your platoon sergeant. There will be an officers meeting at seventeen hundred.”
He gestured and I turned and left. Golden was waiting with a corporal and grinned as she led me out, “I’m in the sniper recon platoon now.”
I glanced at her and smiled, “what’s the gossip?”
She snorted, “We’re heading out on the Granger for regimental sweeps.”
I nodded since I had heard a rumor, “It’s routine.”
Golden grinned, “Routine can kill you... sir.”
I grinned and stopped with her as she nodded to a small platoon office. She looked into my eyes, “See you tonight?”
I looked around and bent to kiss her softly, “Since you aren’t one of mine.”
She grinned and caressed my face before walking back towards the company HQ. The senior sergeant grinned when I walked in and stripped my jacket off before hanging it up, “What do you want me to do sergeant?”
He slid half the paperwork on his desk across, “You can start here sir.”
I nodded as I crossed to pick it up and move to the next desk, “I would like to meet the squad and team leaders after lunch.”
A month later we were several systems away getting ready to board a stealth shuttle. My platoon was doing a training mission on Adam and would be there living off the planet for a few weeks. Everything seemed normal all the way through the drop. It was only an hour after the drop that second squad, bravo team reported the rogue world regiment.
It was surrounding the only city on the planet and had both atmosphere plasma generators and heavy weapons. I sent out the platoon recall and then sent a burst encrypted report to the stealth shuttle. I had second squad, bravo team maintain surveillance on the regiment while I briefed my platoon.
We were just going to set up observation points when bravo team reported in. The regiment was preparing to move into the city. I looked into the distance and sighed before turning to my people, “Third squad split into two man teams and destroy the plasma generators. Each one has a power coil and a plasma reactor. Take those out and they are just a piece of junk.”
The squad leader nodded and I looked at the first squad leader, “First squad will go after the heavy weapons.”
She nodded and I smiled at my last squad leader, “We are going after the regiment C and C.”
Sergeant Melrose grinned, “sounds like fun.”
I glanced at my platoon sergeant, “You take the team here and hit their communication center and I will link up with bravo to take the command center.”
I looked at my people, “don’t let them pin you down, shoot and move. Once the generators and heavy weapons are taken out, pull back to our secondary rally point.”
I looked at them and nodded to senior sergeant Tracy, “Let’s do it.”
I moved quickly as the platoon broke up and began to move. It took a half hour to get with bravo team and brief them. I keyed my radio and everyone struck. The reaction platoon guarding the officers wasn’t expecting us and died before they could react. I struck straight through and into the heart killing several junior officers.
Two senior sergeants and a top sergeant were suddenly firing and two of my men went down wounded. Third squad reported in mission successful and then minutes later the platoon sergeant reported in. The senior officers were using an armored tank to protect them as they tried to call for reenforcements.
I fired six rounds from Thumper into the tank before moving. I knew the crew in the tank were still operational but it would be a couple of minutes before they could recover. I landed on the tank and killed the three sergeants before pointing my M14 at the officers, “Surrender or die!”
They threw down their weapons and the rest of my team moved in. I moved to the hatch of the tank as it cracked open and yanked it up as I drew my Swift, “Drop it!”
I moved the men out of the tank and glanced at the fire team, “Get them out of here!”
A single look showed a couple of companies heading towards us. I dropped into the tank and checked the controls. The old crew must have been very new and inexperienced. I switched on the auto loader and selected anti personal before rotating the guns. I started firing as I traversed the barrel. The tank finally shook with an explosion as someone got a rocket off.
It was only a glancing blow and I blew the men away that had fired at the tank. Second squad finally reported mission complete and I was thinking of leaving. A check of my platoon tracker showed Bravo team still to close and I went back to stopping the soldiers here before they could follow. The tank rang with an explosion and I glanced back at smoke that began filling it.
I saw more men attacking and went back to firing as the smoke inside grew heavier. Another explosion rocked the tank and I glanced back to see fire. I fired into several groups of men and used a plastic tie to lock the triggers back before climbing out of the seat. I pulled the belly escape hatch up and dropped down. I crawled towards the back of the tank with fire and flames licking at my back.
I rushed away from the tank and had barely gotten clear when it exploded. I was tossed forward like a rag doll and rolled to my feet after I hit the ground. I moved behind equipment and continued away. It took awhile to reach the secondary rally point. I walked in and started counting bodies as I headed towards the platoon sergeant and he was grinning, “All present and accounted for sir.”
I nodded and looked at the prisoners, “They say anything?”
He shook his head and I walked to the rogue world commander. He was glaring at me, “We have the planet now and you can’t do anything about it.”
I smiled, “Actually, you only have a small piece. We destroyed your plasma generators and your heavy weapons. I also sent a call out to my regiment and they should be here in a few days.”
His face had gone white and he turned away. I turned to the platoon sergeant and walked away, “Do we have anything on their individual comms?”
He nodded, “second squad is monitoring their chatter.”
I grinned, “why don’t you ask if they want to surrender now before the regiment gets here?”
He grinned and headed towards the perimeter. When the regiment hit the planet four days later the rogue world soldiers were formed up in ranks without weapons. For my actions I was promoted to Lieutenant.
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