Chapter 002

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Flashback – Tatiana – Fighting

 

It was fortunate Ben fell to the ground just as the BTR-80 fired, otherwise he could have been shot. But after falling he didn't move so I wasn't sure that my first assumption was correct. My greatest desire was to run to him and make sure he wasn't wounded again or perish the thought, dead. Masha cautioned, "Tatiana, you can not follow your heart here. We must depart this area before the Spetsnaz capture us."

 

I swore, "Tвойу мат1 !" However, I knew she was right!

 

1 Tvoyu mat – Russian mat for 'fuck your mother'.

 

Masha stated, "Tatiana, swearing won't help! Now discard your weapon and follow me."

 

Masha was correct since the Spetsnaz were already exiting the BTR-80. We left our weapons, jumped up and dashed away before we were abducted. Once our distance from the park was sufficient we both slipped back into character, then I stated…

 

Flashback – Major M – At the hospital

 

Son of a bitch! The doctors in the ER were too interested in the news to take care of the abrasions on my face. Yeah, the news showed that Sgt. Blaine, the Spetsnaz and even a couple of old Russian women had a hell of a firefight with what I assumed was the truck load of the Chechen bastards who captured me. I was shocked when Sgt. Blaine jumped up (I didn't think he could walk yet!) and ran toward the truck firing an AK with each arm. I understood enough of the reports to determine that Sgt. Blaine was being called the 'New Rambo' when fuck; it was really the BTR-80 that blew the hell out of the Chechens.

 

He was on the ground, not moving and they speculated he had been injured again. I watched, then something which reminded me of my plan happened. I returned to Sgt. Blaine's room, found a couple bottles of vodka, took the cap off one, had a long slug and pulled out my wallet (which the stupid Chechens didn't take). I liberated something I had borrowed, made a few phone calls to implement my plan, leaned back in a chair and realized this whole damn room smelled like foul shit and determined there was no way I was staying here.

 

I grabbed the bottle of damn good vodka and looked for a place to rest that didn't stink…

 

Flashback – Jack and Colonel Maggie – After the battle

 

The machine guns on the BTR-80 made short damn work of the Chechen's but Banzai was down. Once the lieutenant opened the doors, Maggie ordered, "Jack we've got to see what's wrong with Sgt. Blaine. If he's been injured again the Old Man is going to send all of us to Thule."

 

I thought it might not be me but realized it would probably be the Colonel and the pain in the ass Major. This wouldn't necessarily be bad news for me! We began to run toward Banzai when we were surprised to see…

 

Flashback – Glen

 

Damn it to hell! It looked like Sgt. Blaine was down again. I was concerned with the news but then my aide interrupted, "Sir it's the SECNAV for you on line one."

 

With all that had happened in Russia, I wasn't sure if he was going to have my ass for breakfast or congratulate me. I answered, "Yes Sir!"

 

He laughed and I realized things were okay, "Glen, that was a hell of a plan you had for your Sgts. in Russia. We love that they are calling Sgt. Blaine a new Rambo. By the way how is he?"

 

I answered, "Sir, I'm not sure right now."

 

Then he dropped the anvil when he stated, "However, that damn Major was embarrassing as hell. First he got his ass kicked on international television, then he somehow got taken hostage. The only redeeming fact in his favor was that he escaped. You really need to take care of him."

 

I replied, "Yes Sir, I agree the Major has been a huge disappointment. I plan on recalling him and the Colonel as soon as we determine Sgt. Blaine's status."

 

The SECNAV had to be watching the same report I was because he questioned, "Who's that with Sgt. Blaine?"

 

I looked and I sure as hell didn't know…

 

Flashback – Jens

 

I sat on the edge of my seat - My Ben was still lying on the ground and not moving. If he died, well I didn't know what I would do.

 

Then she ran up to My Ben! Rats, that female dog Russian nurse spy! I was soooo angry and needed to do something more severe to her so she would get the hint that Ben was M-I-N-E. Then something good and shocking finally happened and I almost laughed my rear off…

 

Flashback – Tatiana and Masha – Escaping from the battlefield

 

I grabbed Masha's arm and stated, "Masha, I can not leave Ben without help. I am changing back into my nurse's uniform and will render aid.

 

Masha started to complain, then wisely said, "Tatiana if that is what you must do then you must do it. I will fabricate a cover story to explain why you were close to the battle…"

 

Tatiana was not thinking logically, I replied, "Любо́вь зла́, полю́бишь и козла́."

 

Lyoobóv' zlá, polyoóbish' i kozlá – Love is blind. Literally: love is evil, you will love even a goat!

 

She ran into a doorway, shed her old grandmother's disguise and already had her nurse's uniform underneath. As she ran back to the battlefield I said a silent prayer that the Spetsnaz did not over react and 'accidentally' shoot her…

 

I ran as fast as I could back to the battlefield. I was concerned the Spetsnaz would either accidentally shoot me or they would provide inferior care to Ben. Thank God they realized I was a nurse from my uniform and didn't shoot me. I kneeled beside Ben, quickly checked his vital signs and thanked God he was still breathing and didn't appear to be wounded. But why was he unconscious?

 

I gave him a big hug and then…

 

Flashback – Ben – After his mission

 

I was disoriented as I slowly woke up. The last thing I remembered was he… Took on the whole damn truck full of Chechens… What the hell? Someone was restraining me… The damn bastards must have captured me!

 

I decided I would fix their little red wagon and pretended to still be unconscious as I readied myself. I swung my right arm, it connected with a resounding smack and I heard, "Ben what the hell did you do that for? Then crying?"

 

I opened my eyes and fuck no! I'd just clocked the hell out of Tatiana.

 

I began to apologize…

 

Flashback – Jack and Colonel Maggie – After the battle

 

We were running up to Banzai and Tatiana when Banzai woke up and smacked the hell out of Tatiana. Maggie demanded, "What the hell did he do that for?"

 

I answered, "Well, what she didn't know but just found out is when Banzai is unconscious, you have to be careful when he wakes up. If he feels threatened or restrained at all he will lash out."

 

Then Colonel Maggie asked and I wondered if it really had been that smart to mention the fact to her.

 

I asked Jack, "You make it sound like Ben does this all the time. Is this true?"

 

We approached Ben and we heard, "Sorry Tatiana, I thought you were the Chechen bastards."

 

She cried, "Ben, I will not tolerate being hit by a man."

 

Jack explained, "Tatiana, Banzai has a strange way of waking up sometimes."

 

I looked at Jack and ordered, "Sgt. Reynolds you never answered my question. Get to it!"

 

He tried to play innocent, "What question was that?"

 

I yelled, "Don't pull that bullshit on me! I know better than that! Tell me, how often does Sgt. Blaine lose consciousness like he just did?"

 

Sgt. Blaine interrupted, "Jack, what the hell did you say?"

 

Tatiana added to the confusion, "He was unconscious for a time in the hospital."

 

Flashback – Ben – After his mission

 

I sure as hell didn't like where this conversation headed since the last thing I wanted to try to explain was 'him' or my dreams - at least not to a fucking bird Colonel. For once it was great to see a bunch of reporters as they interrupted!

 

One asked, "Sgt. Blaine how does it feel to be a hero again and to be compared to Rambo?"

 

I teased them with my reply, "I didn't think I looked like Stallone, he's one ugly grunt."

 

They all laughed and the reporter countered, "Sgt. Blaine you don't look like him. We were referring to your actions in defeating the Chechen separatists."

 

I was shocked the reporter called them separatists but then I realized the reporter was from CCCN.1 So I answered, "First get your terminology right - they are terrorists. If you don't believe me look at what they did to this town. I'm done answering questions from you!"

 

[1] CCCN from book 1 Escaped, a play on CCCR - SSSR in Russian. Sojus Sowjetskich Sozialistitscheskich Respublik, the old name of the Soviet Union. The letter C in English is the Letter S in Russian and the P is R.

 

Another reporter asked, "Sgt. Blaine, can you stand up for us?"

 

I looked at him and apologized, "Sorry, but my legs are not working right now."

 

He added, "But we saw you running toward the Chechen terrorists earlier."

 

Tatiana interrupted, "Ben's surgery was a success and he will walk again. However he has spinal shock right now and can not feel his legs. Sometimes a patient's adrenaline surge allows them to perform things they normally couldn't do."

 

The reporter questioned Tatiana, "Nurse, how did you get that big bruise on your face?"

 

I turned, looked at her and she had a hell of a black eye that was my fault! I felt like shit…

 

Flashback – Jens

 

I danced around the room and yelled, "Whoooo Hoooo! My Ben punched the female dog Russian nurse spy!"

 

Mom walked into the room and demanded, "Jennifer why are you making so much noise, you woke me up!"

 

I stopped dancing and apologized, "Sorry mother, I promise to be quieter, now I'm going back to my room."

 

She stopped me and asked, "Why aren't you in school today?"

 

Rats and double Rats! I was busted…

 

Flashback – Tatiana – After his mission

 

The reporter asked how I got the bruise on my face and I stated, "Sometimes when patients injured in a violent action regain consciousness they regain awareness while in a combative mode."

 

The reporter which Ben didn't like demanded, "Sgt. Blaine do you make a habit out of hitting women?"

 

Ben became upset and stated, "You're lucky I can't get up or I would kick your sorry ass out of this country. This interview is over!"

 

Flashback – Colonel Maggie and Jack – After the battle

 

My phone rang, I looked and it was Glen. I answered, "Yes Sir!"

 

He ordered, "What the hell are you doing over there? I can't believe that you let Sgt. Blaine end the interview. If you don't want to spend all winter locked up in Thule sharing the same room with the Major you'd better do something constructive."

 

I called Jack over and said, "Look we need to get the interview going again, do you have any ideas?"

 

Jack said…

 

I looked at Maggie and said, "We need to get the fucking CCCN reporters out of here since they always screw the pooch and get Banzai upset."

 

Maggie asked, "Do you have any ideas?"

 

I looked around and said, "Yeah I have one, but you might not like it."

 

Maggie ordered, "Look, I don't know what the fuck the idea is but it's better than what will happen to me if we don't restart the interview."

 

I walked over to my Spetsnaz team, whispered a few things and… I love it when a plan comes together…

 

Flashback – Glen

 

What the hell! It's a fucking three ring circus over there! Four FSB agents walk up and begin arresting the damn news team from CCCN. They yelled about being Americans and having rights, but it didn't matter.

 

The SECNAV was still on the phone with me and complained, "Glen what the hell is going on?"

 

I started to reply when Sgt. Reynolds walked up to Banzai and stated, "Now that the fake reporters are gone, I'm sure Banzai would be happy to continue with the questions."

 

The nurse stated, "And for the record, it was my fault that Ben struck me."

 

Sgt. Blaine complained, "Like hell it was! I should have known it was you hugging me when I woke up. It's all my fault."

 

This was beginning to sound like a damn fucking soap opera when thank God Sgt. Reynolds said, "Now what was the last question? Oh yeah, it was about Banzai being able to walk; Tatiana could you explain that again?"

 

Damn, Jack really saved my Colonel’s ass! It was too bad he had that fiancé, otherwise he might make a good distraction for the night. But that was okay because the young Russian lieutenant was still interested in me…

 

Flashback – Ben – After his mission

 

Jack needed a good ass kicking! I thought this fucking interview was over, shit it was worse than being shot by the fucking Chechens. Thank God something happened and the fucking CCCN reporters were taken away. I hated those bastards because all they were interested in was sensationalizing a story – they always gave me shit!

 

Tatiana explained again about the spinal shock, when she was done she advised, "I haven't done a neurological assessment of Ben's lower extremities, perhaps you would like to watch?"

 

The reporters were unanimous in their desire to watch. Tatiana pulled my boots off, rolled up my pants legs as high as she could and ordered, "Ben, close your eyes."

 

I started to complain when she smiled at me and asked, "Please Ben, close your eyes and tell me what you feel."

 

Damn! I hated it when she asked me nicely to do something, but I complied.

 

I didn't feel anything until…

 

Flashback – Tatiana – Neuro assessment

 

I began to test Ben's legs with a sterile needle, I started at the feet and worked up his legs. On his right leg, I reached mid-calf Ben jumped and yelled, "Cукин син!"

 

Cукин син - sookin syn – Son of a bitch

 

I fought back a giggle because that was certainly more of an American term than Russian. I tested his left leg and reached the knee before Ben had a reaction.

 

One of the reporters questioned, "What do the results tell you? It certainly looks bad to us."

 

I smiled at the camera and replied, "This actually produced very positive results. After the surgery he had no feeling at all in his legs."

 

The next reporter asked Ben…

 

Flashback – Ben – After his mission

 

The reporter asked me, "Sgt. Blaine…"

 

I interrupted, "Please call me Ben."

 

They continued, "Ben, what prompted you to act so foolishly and risk your life while you were so disabled. The Chechens could have killed you."

 

I looked down at the ground, then I looked in the camera and stated, "You guys did - the reporters! When I saw on my television what the Chechens were doing to this town and knowing it was because of me, I couldn't sit and let them continue.  They had already killed many civilians and it was going to continue."

 

Another reporter asked, "Aren't you afraid of the Chechens?"

 

I laughed, "Hell no! They are cowards who kill civilians."

 

The next reporter surprised me, "Ben, how do you feel about the Major escaping?"

 

I had worried about him so I questioned, "Wait, has the Major escaped?"

 

The news reporter confirmed, "Yes, he said he overpowered the one guard they left and killed him."

 

This didn't sound quite right to me, but I replied, "Well, that's great news to me since he is my commanding officer and a Marine."

 

The Colonel walked up and corrected me, "That's not quite correct. I am Sgt. Blaine's commanding officer now and while I'd like to keep this interview going, let's get Sgt. Blain back to the hospital where he can be cleaned up. If you would like to come to the hospital at 1600 hours we can continue this interview then."

 

I had gotten tired and for once was glad the brass interfered. But I hated the fact there was going to be more interview…

 

Flashback – Major M – At the hospital

 

I listened to the interview with Sgt. Blaine which further depressed me. I grabbed a second bottle of vodka and searched the hospital until I found the perfect room to tie one on and sleep it off. I polished off the first bottle and was well into the second bottle when…

 

Flashback – Masha – At the hospital

 

I wanted to go to Jack on the battlefield. However, I knew that explaining my presence would be difficult. So instead I decided that I would wait at the hospital. When I got to the hospital I was shocked at what I saw…

 

Flashback – Safia, Ira and Mira– in Israel

 

I had almost learned how to drive this fire truck when Ira ordered, "Safia, stop the vehicle immediately!"

 

I stopped the vehicle and questioned, "What's going on?"

 

Mira informed me, "We will traverse the remaining distance on foot."

 

Ira added, "Besides, your operation of this vehicle is not only inferior, it's frightening."

 

I complained, "Shove it up your ass! I would like to see either of you do a better job?"

 

Ira replied, "Shove it up your ass until your ass is all assed up."

 

Mira added, "And then you can kiss and bite our asses."

 

I threatened, "I will kick and bitch slap your asses!"

 

They both laughed and Ira answered, "That little one is not likely. Now shall we recover your sister." We then walked toward the house.

 

Mira questioned, "Ira, did you notice Safia connected kick ass and bitch slap together?"

 

Ira stated, "I was aware of her synthesis however I do not think it would be proper to say that we 'bitch slap'."

 

Mira postulated, "So then kick ass could mean we are good but also that we could physically kick ass."

 

Ira added, "So bitch slap must only mean the physical act of kicking ass."

 

I smacked my forehead and attempted an explanation, "A bitch slap means that you are not worthy of a full man sized punch."

 

Mira was incredulous, "Safia, this makes less sense than ever! Because we kick ass, therefore we must be able to handle a man sized punch."

 

I was going to explain when we reached the house but Ira ordered, "Little one, go and ring the auditory guest arrival device."

 

I requested confirmation, "You want me to ring the doorbell?"

 

Mira replied, "Safia, that is correct, now do it or we will bitch slap you."

 

I walked up, rang the doorbell but couldn't believe what happened next…

 

Flashback – Ben – Trip back to the hospital

 

After they loaded me into the BTR-80 I looked around and said, "Thanks guys for showing up when you did because you really saved me. And the smoke grenades really helped."

 

The lieutenant replied, "No, we should thank you for helping us to remove the Chechen threat."

 

I had my head on Tatiana's lap and began to work my hand around to do something interesting when…

 

Flashback – Tatiana – Trip back to the hospital

 

I couldn't believe it Ben was trying to get his hand between my leg and up my dress. I clamped my legs shut which successfully blocked his maneuver. I had been watching the medics working on someone in the back of the BTR and offered assistance, "Do you need any help."

 

The man they were working on raised up and yelled, "No! Not her! Let me out of here!"

 

Jack questioned, "Tatiana how do you know this man?"

 

I realized it was the proprietor from the internet café so I crafted a lie, "Occasionally I would stop by his internet café to use the computers."

 

He began to fight, then Ben tickled me and, Tвойу мат! Ben got his hand between my legs and was… Well, he was bothering me.

 

Flashback – Colonel Maggie – Trip back to the hospital

 

I was damn sure that Sgt. Blaine had worked his hand between Tatiana's legs and was giving her a good time which I could tell embarrassed her. So I questioned, "Sgt. Blaine what do you think you're doing?"

 

He looked at me, I winked at him and motioned that he needed to cut it out. I noticed his hand appeared again and Tatiana relaxed…

 

It was my turn to ask her the hard question, I asked, "Tatiana, how was it that you were so close to the attack by the Chechens?"

 

Flashback – Jens

 

My mother asked me, "Jennifer why aren't you in school?"

 

I lied, "Mother I didn't feel well this morning."

 

She continued to badger me, "Well you sure seem to feel well enough to wake me the hell up. Get ready because I'm talking you to school."

 

Rats! I really didn't want to go because school was boring and all the kids were older than me. I started to walk upstairs, the doorbell rang mother ordered, "Jennifer get the door first." I wanted to tell her to make up her darn mind but wisely kept my mouth shut.

 

I answered the door, it was a delivery person and he asked, "Jennifer Donaldson?"

 

I smiled and said, "That's me."

 

He placed a big box in my hand and had me sign an electronic machine. I closed the door, turned around, mother saw what I had in my arms and she went on the warpath…

 

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