Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: General’s Adjutant|
I walked into the large room and ignored the hiss from several officers. I was in civilian clothes and civilians were not allowed in this room. I crossed to the small group of senior officers and general Peters. He turned and came to attention with the other admirals before saluting me. I sighed as I returned their salutes, “Reporting as ordered Sir.”
He grinned, “Sorry to pull you away from your first real vacation captain but my adjutant had an emergency.”
I shrugged, “It happens sir.”
He turned to the admirals, “We were discussing Zanax.”
I nodded and stepped back as they went back to their talk. A half hour later I was walking beside him towards the senior officers quarters. He glanced at me, “Your bags were sent ahead. I had them placed in your quarters. Get with Senior Sergeant Penelope and look at our schedule. We will be leaving in a couple of days.”
I nodded, “yes sir.”
This was going to be a long boring tour of duty. Senior Sergeant Penelope was a grisled older man with a sense of humor. I spent the next two days arranging appointments for the general and making sure everything he needed was taken care of. Mostly I wore my Class C uniform so I would be comfortable. Of course most junior captains don’t have ten combat strips or nine wound strips.
We left three days later on a civilian transport heading to Zanax and the alien alliance council. I spent the trip learning my duties and helping the general with the brief he was to give. Zanax was one of the few worlds where many alien cultures blended together. No armed warships were allowed in the system, that didn’t mean none were there. Almost every race had a ship cruising around just outside.
The general had been adamant about me wearing my dress uniform. Penelope had quite a few shoot me awards so I didn’t feel to bad. I was wearing my Swift in the small of my back and carrying spare magazines as well as a new jewel hilted force knife on my left thigh, (a gift from my trainees when they graduated).
I followed the general into the huge building called the Alliance Reception Hall. The huge room almost swirled with color and life. Penelope slipped away as the general began making rounds and greeting people. I followed and stayed at his shoulder the whole time. Mostly the aliens ignored me but a few stared after their adjutant whispered something to them.
A large lizard being from Denta stepped in front of me and smiled. I calmly looked at all the shark’s teeth and waited. It shifted and growled, “exalted warrior, my clan welcomes you and invites you to battle for mates with us.”
I grinned, showing my teeth, “Worthy warrior I thank you for your offer but your males are not for such as I. Perhaps we can arrange a private battle for other stakes?”
The general chuckled and turned back to the ambassador he was talking to. The warrior growled and then slapped my shoulder, “Come to Changa’s arena after the tenth hour. If you best my warriors I will have a new assault weapon made for you.”
The general turned and I saw his interest. I bowed my head, “I will come.”
It grinned again and nodded before stalking off. The general murmured something to the ambassador before stepping back, “I hope you know what you are doing.”
I smiled as I glanced around, “I grew up with scientist parents. My teacher in unarmed combat was the mother of twelve girls.”
I looked at the general, “She was Dentian. They were there because the mate she won was a very good and well known scientist.”
He grinned and then laughed, “sounds like old home week.”
I laughed as another ambassador stopped to talk. The arena was almost crowded with a lot of males in the stands watching. I wore a battle dress uniform with no weapons. Every female turned as I entered and walked straight to the center of what they called the battlefield. That was like shouting, “I am the best and will take any that wish to face me.”
There were growls as several started for me. I bowed to the first as she stopped, “thank you for the honor.”
She shifted and growled. She wasn’t wearing her translator but I understood and smiled before shifting and changing my stance. She lunged quickly and my left hand struck across my body to slap her clawed hand to the side. I spun and kicked back and down into her thigh above the knee.
When I returned to face her, she was rolling back to her feet. I grinned and stretched, “I really miss Momma Trasel.”
The warrior grinned before rushing me. I let her come and the went straight back and flipped her using my feet. I used the momentum to roll back to my feet and turned to face her. She was coming to her feet again as another female growled and came closer, “Me now!”
It was a growl that the other female almost ignored. For two hours I slipped, twisted, threw, hit, kicked and finally the females stopped offering combat. I straightened and bowed, “thank you worthy warriors.”
The thick warrior from the reception moved through the other females. She smiled, “Trasel said you would still be very good.”
I smiled, “I miss her, she taught me well even if I am a soft skin.”
She nodded, “She just won another mate and is planning a third hatching.”
I grinned, “give her my affection when next you see her.”
She smiled and looked at the other females, “This worthless soft skin the others look up to is my clan sib by adoption.”
The females around us growled and I laughed, “Did you think a soft skin not trained by one of your best, could face you?”
They laughed and I bowed, “I have duties.”
They all bowed and I turned to leave. Over the next two days all the delegates slowly arrived. We were heading into the conclave when the first explosion occurred. I pushed the general through the door, “Seal it!”
I spun and pulled my pistol. The crowd of aliens was running as I headed toward the explosion. I had to zig zag to avoid the aliens and then I was in the clear and almost wished I wasn’t. A company of armored soldiers were heading towards the conclave. From the armor I knew they were another reptilian species called Helos. I rolled aside as bullets tore through where I had been.
I aimed as I walked towards the corner of a building and shot the soldier through the head. I was using solid core slugs and the big 14mm round punched straight through the armored head. I picked my targets and killed three more before reaching the corner. I moved around it as bullets ripped the corner apart. I continued for several feet and backed out into the street away from the building.
The corner exploded and a block slammed into my left shoulder numbing it. Four soldiers run through the smoke and debris and I calmly shot each through their helmets as if I was on a range. I stepped into a doorway and kicked the door open before spinning to shoot two more soldiers that appeared.
I went through the door and into the shop before running towards the door to the side. These shops had doors on each side so I yanked it open and stepped out into the doorway. The soldiers were moving closer more cautiously. I took a moment and then started on the left and went to the right as I fired until the magazine was empty.
I backed into the shop and turned to run for the far door as I changed magazines. The front of the shop exploded and bullets ripped into it. I was already out of the line of fire but a ricochet slammed into my right calf. I staggered as I went through the door and turned to move along the side of the building.
More explosions were coming from inside as I stepped out onto the main street. A dozen soldiers were standing in the open firing into the store. I took them like targets on the range and just went down the line. Bullets reached for me as three more soldiers came out of the smoke. I took a grazing hit on my upper right arm but shot each through the chest before turning to move back down the street.
I stopped at another doorway into another shop and turned. I shot two soldiers and an officer before ducking into the door. I moved straight across as the front door exploded. I kicked the far door open and trotted to the corner. It was a long shot but I took the company commander and another officer before ducking back.
I moved across the street as I changed magazines. I took a breath and headed for the main street. I walked out and started straight across as I aimed and fired into the group of soldiers around their fallen commander. I took another grazing hit through my left thigh as I reached the corner of a building.
I dropped the empty magazine and slammed my last spare in. I stepped out as I started walking towards the soldiers and began firing. It was like time had slowed, I picked targets that were aiming at me. When the Swift locked open, I holstered it as I pulled the fancy force knife.
I sliced out and there was the scream of torn metal as it ripped through the armored throat of a soldier. I grabbed it and spun as bullets reached for me and hit the armor. I dove and rolled before coming to my feet and brushing a rifle barrel aside and stabbing into a soldier. I shifted around it in time for more bullets to hit it.
I was glad they were using smaller caliber ammo as I pushed the staggering soldier forward. I followed and moved around the other side as it collided with another soldier. I stabbed into the helmet before moving along beside it and lifting his arm. The rifle fired as I pulled back and sprayed the area behind me.
I pushed down as I dove to the side towards an armored body. I rolled after grabbing the heavy grenade launcher and came up to fire into another group of soldiers closing on me. The round exploded on a officer’s chest and threw the others away like rag dolls. I stood and moved towards the fallen soldiers.
Dentian soldiers were suddenly moving past me and firing into any soldier that even twitched. I stopped and looked around, most of the armored soldiers were down or running. I turned to walk towards the conclave when my knees buckled, I staggered and a large Dentian soldier grabbed me.
I glanced up and nodded before slowly straightening and growling, “thank you sister.”
She nodded before letting me go. It was a long walk to the conclave and more alien soldiers began appearing. I sat on the steps in front of the locked conclave doors and a moment later an alien Tristel medic knelt beside me.
For once there was little arguing during the conclave that started back up the next morning. A week later we were boarding our shuttle when my adopted sister stepped in front of the general. She growled, “I am glad our paths have crossed once more brother. Our mother will be very proud that her daughterson has brought such honor to our family.”
I smiled, “It is what she has taught us.”
She smiled and nodded before holding out a long slim case, “use it well.”
I accepted the case and gripped her hand, her long, sharp claws touching my arm, “Fare well and may you ever find worthy opponents.”
She grinned, “And you.”
I nodded and she stepped aside.
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