Chapter 009

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Copyright 2013 Banzai Ben and Amazing Anastasia

 

Present – Linus and Maria – In the tunnels

 

I rush over to Maria as she wakes up and hold her. She smiles at me and says, "Hey handsome, what did I do to deserve this?"

 

I simply reply, "I'm just happy to see you're okay after getting sick from the bad water."

 

She asked, "Did you get sick too?"

 

I describe my whole ordeal with Glen, then I mention Todd's 'Manchurian Candidate' theory and Maria comments…

 

Linus tells me about Todd's theory and I admit, "Linus, I hate to say this but I might agree with Todd. From what I've heard of Glen and compare to what he's like now - that's a hell of a lot of change."

 

Then Jens gets upset…

 

Present – Jens, Liz and Todd – In the tunnels

 

I'm almost in shock with everything I've been told, especially about the Mossad Death squad looking for MY Ben. While my poor overloaded brain tries to process everything I question, "So Liz, what's Samantha doing now?"

 

Liz avoids looking me in the eyes and says, "Jens, you're not going to like this, but she's traveling with Stacy Summers."

 

I smile and hopefully ask, "So, we will soon know where Ben is?"

 

Liz then drops the bombshell, "No, Samantha is refusing to reveal Stacy and her location."

 

I jump up and yell, "What the hell! I thought she worked for us!"

 

Sharik begins to bark, Maria and Linus rush over and Maria asks, "Jens, what the hell is wrong?"

 

I complain, "Samantha has switched sides! She's traveling with that Stacy bitch and won't tell us where she is…"

 

After my outburst, Liz tries to explain, "Jens look, Samantha feels that Stacy is a good source of news and I agree with her on this. As a reporter she feels she can't reveal her source, which is Stacy. We're going to get daily interviews from Sam about Stacy."

 

I sarcastically state, "Oh yeah, this is exactly what we need - interviews with that bitch!"

 

Maria attempts to get me to look at the whole picture, "Jens come on, even if Stacy tries hard not to give us information, she will reveal things we can use."

 

Liz continues, "And we can thank Stacy for discovering the facts about the Mossad death squad and for putting up the reward for their capture."

 

I question, "But why the hell could she figure that out when we couldn't?"

 

Linus says, "Well, she does have virtually unlimited resources and from what I understand her head of security is one of the best. Hell, I even heard they kicked the Mossad's ass to retrieve some guns they had stolen from Stacy…"

 

I am tired of all this bickering! It is easy to see why Stacy Summers was able to do so much in such a short time. I put both fingers in my mouth and let loose with a long and loud whistle. Everyone looks at me and I sign, "There are two or more reasons that Stacy was able to outflank us and get the information on the Mossad. First, her team works exclusively for her and have one primary focus while we have had multiple foci such as too many non-productive arguments such as this one! And second she didn't have the damn drug lord trying to kill her for the past week. Jens, you need to decide what the hell you want us to do: Look for Ben or go after Megan. And now that the TSIFFTS is here you can tap into their communication skills to be more successful."

 

I get ready to reply to Todd when Daddy rushes into the room. Todd, Linus and even Maria move in front of me and aim their weapons at him…

 

Present – Glen – In the tunnels

 

I rush into Jennifer's room and immediately skid to a stop when I notice a bow, a M4 and a pistol aimed at me. I hold up my hands and declare, "Look, I know you all don't trust me and I'm not sure what it will take to make you all trust me again. But I have some important information that Jennifer needs to hear."

 

Jens steps out from behind the wall of weapons and says, "Daddy, sorry about this. They are just trying to keep me safe."

 

I answer, "I know that and if they did this for any other reason, I would kick their butts. Jennifer, I just received a phone call from the mental hospital and someone helped your mother escape from the hospital."

 

Jennifer quivers, begins to collapse and Maria catches her…

 

Present – Jens – In the tunnels

 

I can't believe it! Evelyn escaped from the mental hospital! When it rains it pours…

 

I pull myself together and ask, "How the hell did it happen?"

 

Daddy answers, "I'm not really sure."

 

I stand back up and order, "Linus you're a TSIFFTS member so get access to the remaining trailer they have here and see what they can uncover both about Evelyn's escape and the location of Stacy and Samantha."

 

Maria says, "Jens, whether you like it or not, you're wearing body armor and a helmet. Matt, Jim and I are going to be your armed escorts."

 

Todd signs, "Jennifer, I will use my contacts to see what I can uncover about the situation. What are your plans for Megan?"

 

Daddy interrupts, "Well, we do know that Megan is no longer in Venezuela. And I have a Recon team here and the three left from your team that are in Venezuela to take out the drug lord. You’re welcome to all of them so what else can I do?"

 

Todd signs, "Jennifer, Glen needs to start vetting the 'Marines' that are here to help. Until we can ascertain they are really Marines you are in possible danger."

 

Daddy agrees, "Yes Jennifer he's right and I will setup interviews with the officers and then have them interview their men. But what are you going to do?"

 

I smile at Daddy and say, "I need to get out and thank all the 'Marines' that came to help me and start getting some contractors here to look at refurbishing the cabin."

 

Just then the door bursts open…

 

Present – Jack and Masha – In the medical plane

 

The antibiotic is working and I'm feeling a whole lot better. I look at Masha and suggest, "how about we get out of this damn medical plane."

 

Ivan agrees, "Hospital bad! Gapa, better we go!"

 

Before we leave I need to be assured Jack isn't going to seek retribution on Glen so I question, "Jack what are your feelings toward General Donaldson?"

 

Ivan blurts out, "General is poopy head!"

 

We begin to laugh so Ivan repeats, "Poopy head!"

 

Jack answers, "Well, Ivan is right. He is a poopy head and Masha you're right I haven't forgiven him yet, but I do need to forgive him. Until then I think the best thing to do is avoid him."

 

I know my husband and for him to admit his feeling on this is a major victory. I suggest a course of action, "Shall we find Jennifer and determine how things are going?"

 

Jack grins at me, "In other words, you want to keep me busy while you do the things you do when you're not being a soccer mom."

 

I smile at my husband and answer, "Sometimes you are too smart."

 

We leave the medical plane and head toward the tunnels…

 

Present – Zarika and Yasmeen – In the medical plane

 

Yasmeen falls asleep after pushing the button and taking more pain medication and a nice doctor offers to change my cast. We walk to a different part of the airplane and he asks, "How did your arm get broken?"

 

I answer, "I was shot the day the army attacked the cabin."

 

He states, "Didn't you hide inside the cabin?"

 

I proudly reply, "No sir, I was fighting with the rest of my friends."

 

He continues, "Who taught you how to fight?"

 

I smile and say, "My future husband, Ben Blaine."

 

He provides information about my cast, "Well we'd better x-ray your arm first before we take the old cast off. I want to see what we are dealing with."

 

He covers me with a very heavy lead robe, walks behind a barrier, there's a noise then he walks back out and says, "I thought Jennifer Donaldson was going to marry Ben Blaine?"

 

I answer, "Ben Blaine is betrothed to me and Yasmeen."

 

He looks at the x-ray and advises, "Well, it's not healed enough yet to remove this cast. Why don't I get a nurse and see if she can help you clean this one."

 

I ask, "Might I wait with Yasmeen for the nurse?"

 

He answers, "Sure, I will send her over to you."

 

I go back to Yasmeen's bed, see she is peacefully sleeping and I wonder about her comments on having babies…

 

Present – Mira, Alexi and Ira– At the fertility clinic

 

We ex-filtrated the doctor’s office after making certain Irinka is slumbering peacefully. After a transverse to the fertility clinic's main storage area, we find the storage technician and demand, "We want all of the male procreation component in storage location Alpha Bravo twenty-three transferred into a storage vessel."

 

He begins to complain but I raise a short sword and explain his limited choices, "Do this or forfeit your life."

 

Alexi observes as he begins to make the component transfer then states, "Mira, he is not accessing the correct sample."

 

I glance at Alexi and question, "Are you capable of operating the equipment?"

 

He affirms his ability so I strike the technician with the flat side of my short sword, rendering him unconscious with a promise of excruciating pain upon his awakening.

 

Alexi makes the desired transfer, then we proceed to obtain all the embryos which were created using my Ben's male procreation component and we dispose of them.

 

The task is almost complete when a security guard enters the room with a pistol and demands, "Freeze or I will fire…"

 

Present – Ben – On the road

 

The truck stops, I wake up and notice we are in the parking lot of a Ranger station. Gus comments, "Seems like you had a pretty good nap."

 

I yawn and agree, "Yeah, it was better than most."

 

Gus continues, "Well come on, let's get you some supplies."

 

I grab my pack, follow him into the Ranger station and get the surprise of my life. The Rangers begin to thank me for saving Bob's Country Bunker and helping to fight the damn Mexicans and forcing them back across the border. I think, great this is all I need, more 'hero' worship. I now wish like hell I never had told Gus about helping Bob.

 

The commander motions to me and asks, "Son, you have a minute or two to talk?"

 

I reply, "Yes sir." And we head into his office.

 

He walks behind his desk, motions to his chair and says, "Take a load off."

 

I wonder what the hell he wants, but sit down and wait. He smiles at me and says, "You know the mistake Rex made with you has haunted him his whole career. But it sure as hell helped to turn him into the Ranger he is now."

 

I think about my response and reply, "I understand because it did the same thing for my life."

 

He adds, "I heard what you did for the truckers and what you did in Austin, and Gus told me about you saving Bob's Country Bunker."

 

I interrupt, "Yeah, but now I regret telling him."

 

The commander chuckles, "Well Ben, what I'm trying to say is we could sure use someone like you as a Ranger."

 

It surprises the hell out of me! I fidget in the chair and say, "Well sir, I'm honored but I'm going to have to decline."

 

He smiles and says, "Yeah, I didn't think you'd take the offer. Now we need to get serious: You have a Mossad death squad looking for you."

 

I explode, "Hell I never did anything in Israel or to the Mossad so I sure don't understand why they want me!"

 

He explains, "Apparently, if Samantha Stevens has her facts straight, they think if they capture you they can use you as bait to capture a couple of women named Miranda and Irina Sedankina. By the way, Samantha has now teamed up with a friend of yours, Stacy Summers. You just made it out of Austin in time because you no sooner left than they rolled into town."

 

I began to think and suddenly the idea of a Mossad death squad answered a lot of troubling questions. I knew the twins had a hell of a run in with the Mossad but to hear about Stacy was unsettling.

 

I question, "I thought Stacy went back East, and I hope the Mossad leaves her alone."

 

The commander laughs, "Hell, she's got a talented team working for her, they even kicked the Mossad's ass."

 

That made me feel better so I say, "Well, thanks for letting Gus take me to the border."

 

The commander gets serious and says, "With everyone and their brother looking for you down here and raising hell and all the hell you've raised down here yourself, I figure we're better off having you out of the state."

 

I finally realized it wasn't the Rangers being nice getting me out of Texas, it was more like I was being thrown out of the state…

 

Present – Samantha and Stacy – On the road

 

Samantha says, "Sure doctor, Stacy needs a prenatal examination."

 

I think, this is just great - I'm not even sure I want this baby and now I'm going to waste time getting examined.

 

Samantha says, "I will wait outside for you."

 

I change into a damn hospital gown (men certainly must have designed these so they could see our asses) the doctor comes in and begins the examination – I wince in pain because it hurts like hell. The doctor looks up at me and says, "The bastard that raped you did more than just rape you. He must have used a tree branch or something inside of you since that's the only way I can explain all the damage I see."

 

I can tell there's more so I question, "Well, exactly what does this mean?"

 

He shakes his head, "You can certainly have this baby but I'm not sure I would recommend that you have a natural delivery, it would be better if you had a cesarean."

 

Now I know why the hell I hurt so badly when Ben fixed me up. I worry and ask, "What about having sex again?"

 

He says, "Well, after the baby is delivered we can give you some estrogen cream that will help restore the elasticity to you vagina walls. But whoever your lover is, they will need to be very patient because it might take months of manual massages with the cream before actual sex is possible."

 

My mind races: I have a real problem - if I keep the baby I will be down for lord only knows how long from the C-section. Even though I hate the thought, I make up my mind. I ask, "Doctor what about an abortion?"

 

He counsels, "Ms. I never recommend aborting a baby."

 

I interrupt, "Doctor I hate the thought of doing this, but I really cannot afford the down time from the C-section. Even though I was raped, I had every intention of having this baby until what you just told me. I understand the conflict and I have the resources to deal with any mental issues it might create."

 

The doctor says, "Well Ms. you are in control of your own health. We can do the abortion immediately for you but I recommend you stay here in my office for three hours after the procedure.

 

I ask, "Please send Samantha in here."

 

Samantha comes in, I tell her everything making sure to emphasize how hard it is to give up this baby. She hugs me, we both cry together and I say, "I think I need you to interview me about this."

 

She questions, "Stacy are you sure?"

 

I reply, "Yes. I've told America I was going to have this baby and I've changed my mind so I need to explain it to them and see how many people I offend."

 

Samantha says, "Let me go get Bill and the camera."

 

I cover myself with a sheet and try to be brave…

 

Present – Jens – In the tunnels

 

The door bursts open, Maria, Linus, Liz, Todd and even Daddy spin and train their weapons on Hammer and someone he's dragged into the room.

 

Hammer roughly throws him to the floor, kicks him and says, "If thes dobber is a Marine. Aam a feckin' Chinese aviatur."

 

We glare at him then Linus breaks the tension, "Do you know where the term 'Fucking Chinese Aviator' came from?"

 

We all groan because we know one of Linus' jokes is coming…

 

Present – Inga, Byron and Thom – It's raining hell on the drug lord

 

I am most troubled by the information that Jennifer Donaldson's mother escaped from the mental hospital. She was a very real threat to Jennifer… I had a possible idea and sent an e-mail to Masha describing my assumptions.

 

I was also glad to be included on the ground team to eliminate the drug lord; it will provide the perfect retribution for what happened to my team…

 

The driver stops the van, I and two Recon jump out with the fifties. I look at Thom and stage mother him, "Be careful and don't do something stupid." Then we hauled ass to set up along the ridge that overlooks the drug lord's jungle compound. One of the Recons drops and signals to stop, we freeze and he whispers, "This trail is wired."

 

I think, great this is all we need. He gets on the headset and warns the van that it's going to take us longer to get setup…

 

Shit, it sounds like Byron and the other guys ran into some problems, if the ridge is wired that means we can expect more of this shit. I key my mic and say, "Guys, this isn't good. If he's wired the ridge then he's probably wired or mined the road."

 

One of them asks, "What makes you think that?"

 

I reply, "Because that's what I would do if I was him. Look I think we need to ditch the van and proceed the rest of the way on foot."

 

Byron keys in, "I think you guys should listen to Thom, he has a sixth sense about things like this."

 

The team lead says, "I agree, stop the van."

 

Unfortunately the command comes too late…

 

Present – Linus – In the tunnels

 

Everyone groans and I question, "What the hell is wrong?"

 

Maria says, "Come on honey, now is not the time for one of your lame jokes."

 

Glen says, "I for one would like to hear this joke."

 

That was all the encouragement I needed so I start," Aviators come from a secret society formed around a thousand years ago. They are warriors, and here is the proof.

 

A little known fact is the origin of the word "aviator." In the immortal words of Johnny Carson, 'I did not know that.' Phu Khen (pronounced Foo Ken ), 1169-??? is considered by some to be the most under-recognized military officer in history. Many have never heard of his contributions to modern military warfare. The mission of this secret society is to bring honor to the name of Phu Khen.

A Khen was a subordinate to a Khan in the military structure of the Mongol hordes. Khan is Turkish for leader. Most know of the great Genghis Khan, but little has been written of his chain of command.

Khen is also of Turkish origin, although there is not a word in English that adequately conveys the meaning. Roughly translated, it means 'One who will do the impossible while appearing unprepared and complaining constantly.' Phu Khen was one of ten Khens that headed the divisions, or groups of hordes as they were known, of the Mongol Army serving under Genghis Khan. His abilities came to light during the Mongols' raids on the Turkistan city of Bohicaroo .

Bohicans were fierce warriors and the city was well fortified. The entire city was protected by huge walls and the hordes were at a standoff with the Bohicans. Bohicaroo was well stocked and it would have been difficult to wait them out. Genghis Khan assembled his Khens
and ordered each of them to develop a plan for penetrating the defenses of Bohicaroo.

Operation Achieve Victory, 'AV', was born. All 10 divisions of Khens submitted their plan. After reviewing AV plans 1 through 7 and finding them unworkable or ridiculous, Genghis Khan was understandably upset.

It was with much perspiration that Phu Khen submitted his idea, which came to be known as AV 8. Upon seeing AV 8, Genghis was convinced this was the perfect plan and gave immediate approval. The plan was beautifully simple. Phu Khen would arm his hordes to the teeth, load them into catapults and hurl them over the wall. The losses were expected to be high, but hey, hordes were cheap. Those that survived the flight would engage the enemy in combat. Those that did not? Well, surely their flailing bodies would cause some damage.

The plan worked and the Bohicans were defeated. Only one of the Bohicans was left standing. He would become known as 'The Last of The Bohicans.' From that day on, whenever the Mongol Army encountered an insurmountable enemy, Genghis Khan would give the order 'Send some of the Phu Khen AV 8ers.'

This is believed, though not by anyone outside the secret society, to be the true origin of the word Aviator.

Phu Khen's AV8ers were understandably an unruly mob, not likely to be sociably acceptable. Many were heavy drinkers and insomniacs. However, when nothing else would do, you could always count on an AV8er. A Phu Khen Aviator. Denied, perhaps rightfully so, his place in history, Phu Khen has been, nonetheless, immortalized in prose.

You hear mystical references, often hushed whispers, of "those Phu Khen Aviators." Do not let these things bother you. As with any secret society, they go largely misunderstood, prohibited by our apathy from explaining themselves.

They are expected to always live down to the reputation of the Phu Khen Aviator, a reputation cultivated for centuries, undaunted by scorn or ridicule, unhindered by progress. So they drink up, be crude, sleep late, urinate in public and get the job done.

There was a loud groan and Glen lamented, "Why the hell did I ask to hear that joke!"

 

Maria replied, "I tried to warn you."

 

Jen says, "I'm not sure what was worse: The drugged water or the joke. Now Hammer want makes you think this man isn't a Marine?"

 

Hammer replies…

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