Chapter 015

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Present – Jack – At the cabin


Son of a bitch! I was in the Command and Control tent when something (no something damn big!) blew up. It rattled the hell out of everything and even shook the ground. As I rush out of the tent I spot a huge fucking smoke cloud that looks like a mushroom. Glen comes up beside me and asks, "What the hell was that?"


I answer, "Like hell if I know!" I pull my weapon around and declare, "But I'm sure as hell going to find out what it was!" Then I head toward the mushroom cloud.


Glen orders, "Well, give me a sitrep after you figure out what it was."


I smile and think, like hell I will - after Jennifer talks to you, you can give me a damn sitrep when you figure out what it was.


Present – Todd, Linus and Masha – In the tunnels


We just begin questioning the prisoner when the ground shakes. I look at Masha and sign, "That couldn't have been an earthquake."


She agrees, "Yes, in this area a tremor is not likely."


Linus adds, "I think it was an explosion."


Masha worries, "My husband is outside. I must see if he has been wounded."


Linus adds, "And I need to find Maria."


I sign, "That's fine, I will start the interrogation and let you two know what I discover when you come back."


They leave and I ask our prisoner the first question. I am shocked at his answer and decided I need to deliver this information to Jens' team immediately…


Present – Liz and Bernie – At the cabin


I'm talking to Mira about the fertility clinic when there's a flash, a loud boom and then a huge blast of wind that blows Bernie and me to the ground. I drop the cell phone and lose the call with Mira.


Bernie says, "Liz, that was a hell of an explosion! The bomb had to be huge."


I reply, "No shit Sherlock! But what the hell was it?"


Bernie points, "Well, there's the dust cloud from it, let's go investigate."


We jump up, run toward the blast area and I can't believe what the fuck I see! Please God, don't let it be!


Bernie says, "Look, that's Matt and Jim lying on top of..."


Present – Jens – In a world of hurt


I'm lying on Maria, being crushed by Matt and Jim and swear, "Get the hell off me! What the hell was that?"


Liz runs up and I barely hear, "Jens, are you okay?"


I complain, "Stop whispering and get these two overgrown monkeys off me."


While I’m trying to move, Jack orders, "What the fuck are you Marines standing around for? Form a perimeter and make sure no one else approaches Jennifer Donaldson!"


I struggle beneath Matt and Jim while Jack continues to talk but I can't understand him so I yell, "Stop whispering and speak the hell up!"


Jack orders, "Jennifer, stop moving and be patient. Matt and Jim are unconscious." He yells, "You, head to the medical plane and bring the doctors…"


Present – Jack – At the blast site


As near as I can figure out, something blew up and damn near killed Jennifer. It sure fucked Matt and Jim up. They're unconscious, are bleeding from the ears and have multiple lacerations on their bodies. I sure don't want to move them until we get a doctor here to do a physical assessment.


Linus runs up and questions, "What the hell happened?"


I answer, "I don't know for sure yet, but there was an explosion that almost killed Jennifer."


He questions, "What about Maria?"


I bend down, look at the pile and say, "I think she's under Jennifer."


We hear a voice…


Present – Maria – Under the pile


I hear Linus and yell, "Did the guys get the bastard?"


He yells, "What bastard?"


Jens yells, "Yeah, what bastard?"


I struggle to move so I can breathe and say, "Some bastard ran toward Jens and wouldn't stop, so Matt and Jim fired at him."


I continue, "Now, can you get me out from under this pile?"


Jack orders, "Maria you and Jennifer have to be patient. It looks like Matt and Jim took the brunt of the blast and we're not moving them until the doctors get here."


Then Glen arrives and orders…


Present – Masha – At the blast site


I arrive at the site of the blast, note that Matt, Jim, Jennifer and Maria are in a large heap on the ground. My Jack has taken command. Then Glen arrives and a slight confrontation ensues between him and Jack. I prepare to intervene when I notice someone in the crowd who catches my attention.


I am able to attract Liz's attention so she approaches me and I request, "Ms. Morgan, please take my son back into the tunnels."


She questions, "Masha, is there something I need to know?"


I smile at her and reply, "If I were you, I would also request Bernie's company."


Liz gives me a look which confirms she understands the situation. I hand Ivan to her and instruct him, "Be a good boy and go with Ms. Morgan. Mama is going to be busy."


He hugs Ms. Morgan and says, "Mama be careful, bad men here!"


I am amazed that he deduced the gravity of our situation. Once they are safely away, I advance toward my target…


Present – Glen – At the blast site


One of the men tells me that a suicide bomber tried to kill Jennifer so I high tail it to the blast site. I get there, see a pile of men with Jennifer under the pile and order, "Get those men off my daughter."


Jack says, "Belay that command. I'm in charge here and we're not moving the men until the doctor checks them and okays it."


I bristle, "What the hell do you mean you're in charge!"


Jack stands tall and states, "Jennifer told me I'm in command."


I begin my rant, "The day I take orders…"


Jennifer interrupts, "Daddy, please come close so I can talk to you."


I bend down as Jennifer says, "Daddy, I did put Jack in command because he knows Ben better than any of us. I'm hoping you two can work effectively together."


I'm flabbergasted then Todd runs up…


Present – Todd – At the blast site


I run up to the blast site, take one look at Matt and Jim and realize how lucky they were and then sign, "This is far from being over."


Glens yells, "What the hell are you talking about?"


Jack questions, "Todd what did you find out?"


I sign, "The prisoner told me that there are more suicide bombers and that Jennifer is their main target."


Glen orders, "That does it move those men off my daughter so I can take her out of here."


Jack also orders, "Once again, belay that order, I'm in command here. I don't the fuck care if she is your daughter Glen, we're not moving those men until the doctor clears them."


A man ignores Jack's order and begins to move toward Matt and Jim. I notice something I don't like, run toward him, dive for his legs, knock him to the ground and restrain his arms in a full nelson.


Glen complains, "What the hell did you do that for?"


He's fighting me like hell so I slam his face into the ground multiple times until he's unconscious. Then I roll off him, open up his jacket and we're shocked with what we see…


Present – Jack – At the blast site


Todd takes a man down, renders him unconscious, opens his jacket and son of a bitch! We see four fucking claymore mines strapped to his chest. If he had detonated those, it would have decimated whoever he was aimed toward. Todd restrains the man's arms and begins to disarm the claymore vest.


I look at the crowd gathered around Matt, Jim, Jennifer and Maria, lower my rifle and order, "Everyone move back twenty paces and that includes you Glen. Linus help me cover this crowd. Now, I hope no one gets any strange ideas. If you move toward us we will fire first and ask questions later!"


Linus raises his rifle and everyone steps back. I hear some noise at the edge of the crowd and someone says, "I'm the doctor, let me through."


I order, "Doctor we have possible suicide bombers in our midst; walk in slowly with your coat totally open."


I see his medical bag and state, "And leave your bag where it is until it can be examined."


He complies, slowly approaches and we hear…


Present – Matt and Jim – At the blast site


I swear, "God damn son of a bitch!"


I barely hear Jack, "Are you okay."


I continue, "Fuck no I'm not okay! That fucking fake Marine son of a bitch blew us to hell."


I begin to move but hear, "Don't move until I check you out."


I complain, "I can barely hear you, speak up."


The man says, "I'm a doctor. Now lie still until I can assess your injuries…"


I wake the hell up, begin to sit up and fuck me that hurts like hell. I yell, "Damn son of a bitch!"


I hear Matt, "Jim are you okay?"


I gripe, "Hell no I'm not okay! Did we save Jens?"


I sort of hear a voice below me, "Hell yes you guys saved me! But now you're crushing the hell out of my poor body!"


Another voice adds, "Me too!"


I figure out that we're lying on Jens and Maria and laugh, "Hell Matt, this is the first time I've been on two women at once! Does this qualify as a threesome?"


Matt complains, "Hell, you'd better not mention this to Molly or she will kick my ass."


I tease, "Damn, she's a real ball and chain."


Someone says, "Matt, you're stable and we're going to move you to a stretcher."


Then I hear, "I'm a doctor and I'm going to check you over."


The doctor swears (which is never a good thing), "Dammit, we have some problems."


I begin to question what's going on but then things grow dark…


Present – Masha – At the blast site


I slowly advance upon my intended target, reach into my purse and prepare a syringe. This will be my most dangerous mission and if I make one minor mistake it will cost me and many others our lives.


I carefully observe my target, realize there is one huge problem I will need to solve but I do need to complete this mission. I pull the syringe out of my purse, jam it into the base of his neck and inject the poison deep into his brain stem. Its effects are instantaneous so he begins to crumple to the ground. I wrap my hand around his hand and call, "Jack, I need assistance immediately!"


Present – Jack – At the blast site


Son of a bitch, Masha is here somewhere and needs me but finding here in this crowd is going to be a problem because my hearing isn't what it used to be. I shout a reply, "Masha keep talking so I can locate you."


She states, "Jack I have eliminated another suicide bomber but this man has a deadman switch in his hand."


I swear, when it rains it pours! I begin to work my way toward her voice when I see something that makes my blood run cold…


Present – Alexi, Mira and Ira – At the cabin


We make excellent time in this extremely nice vehicle. We are on the dirt road to the cabin and I question, "My sisters, might it be possible for me to retain this vehicle?"


Mira replies, "Alexi, I do not see any reason why you could not keep this vehicle."


Ira adds with a chuckle, "It is not like the previous owner requires it any longer."


We pull past the gate and see many vehicles. Ira dryly remarks, "I would say that the Marines have arrived."


Mira adds, "Yes, it would appear that we might not be needed all the after."


I correct, "You mean after all." Then I add a question, "What is that large throng of people doing?"


My sisters simultaneously command, "Alexi, halt the vehicle and prepare for battle."


I begin to halt the vehicle but my sisters have already exfiltrated. Once it stops I also exfiltrate and rejoin them. I am shocked at what they both say…


Present – Zarika – In the medical plane


I watch a large group of people and hear someone say, "Jennifer Donaldson has been injured and might die."


I decide that I must rush to Yasmeen and tell her the news. I reach the medical aircraft and run to Yasmeen's bed. She is asleep so I carefully wake her.


She smiles at me and I say, "Yasmeen, the Jennifer lady has been injured and might die."


Yasmeen says, "Zarika, if that was to happen then it would free our Ben."


We begin to celebrate when a new lady walks up and asks, "I am looking for a Zarika and Yasmeen Blaine."


I smile at the lady and reply, "I am Zarika and this is Yasmeen."


What she tells us next frightens both of us…


Present – Ben – On the road


Yeah, the fucking bastards changed tactics! Instead of waiting for a truck to enter there trap, they were now chasing the last vehicle in the convoy trying to damage it so they could stop it and take the cargo.


I climbed into the bed of the truck but Wojtek thought I wanted to play. I complained, "Not now, dammit!"


I set my rifle on top of the cab and began firing at the vehicles chasing the last truck in the convoy. Gus did a hell of a job holding his truck still but it still took me several shots to take out the tires on the chase vehicles. It was unfortunate the drivers didn't lose control and crash, but they did manage a controlled stop. With their chase ended, we and the whole damn convoy stopped.


I jumped out of the bed of the truck and opened my door while Gus said, "Damn, that was some fine shooting."


I complained, "Like hell! It took me way too many shots to take out the tires."


We continued to watch and what happened next wasn't pretty! The truckers had their own sense of justice and the bastards in the pirate vehicles had crossed the line. When the truckers were done they walked back toward us. One of them pointed and said, "Damn, it's him!"


I looked at Gus, jumped into my seat and said, "Let's get the hell out of here!"


He floored it and we were headed toward the border again…


Present –Stacy and Samantha – On the road


I look at myself in the mirror and realize that I need to diet and exercise if I'm going to lose the weight I gained when I was preggers. I get dressed and fight the depression that's trying to creep in and overwhelm me - I sure hope Bill finds a shrink for me soon.


I head outside and notice Samantha is already changed and is talking with Bill. I walk up and glumly say, "Okay let's get going."


Samantha smiles and says, "Okay Bill, you jump in the truck while Stacy and I run."


I give her a dirty look and demand, "What's this all about? Are you insinuating I'm fat?"


Sam laughs, "Oh hell no! I'm the one that's fat and I thought it would be a good idea if you kept me company."


Bill agreed, "I think it's a great idea. In fact the whole team could stand some exercise." He orders, "Everyone, other than today's assigned drivers, out of the trucks for morning PT."


I'm amazed because the guys don't even grumble, plus they bring their weapons with them. I look around and ask, "Where are my rifle and pistols."


Bill grins, "Now that's more like it!" He walks up to my truck hands me a western belt with my pistols on it accompanied by the golden rifle Ben gave me."


Sam says, "Gee, I guess I'm the only one without a gun."


I correct her statement, "Samantha, there are weapons and we can certainly fix that problem. Bill please get her some weapons…"


Wow, once again Stacy is so nice to me! Bill brings me a tactical looking holster and helps fit it to my body (this is much better than what the fucking Mossad ever gave me!). Then he hands me a rifle and questions, "Are you familiar with the operation of these weapons?"


I state, "Well a pistol is a pistol but I haven't used rifles very much."


Stacy says, "Wrong answer. Drop and give me five."


I look at her and ask, "What?"


Stacy clarifies, "Samantha, not all pistols are the same so you need training on this pistol. Now every time you give me a wrong answer, you need to give me five pushups."


I grumble, "I bet Ben never made you do this."


Stacy laughs, "Yeah your right, I never got off that easy so make it ten pushups."


I begin to grumble and Stacy interrupts, "Are you trying for fifteen?"


I drop to the ground, put my knees on the ground do one and say, "That's one."


Stacy interrupts, "Like hell that's one! Those are girl pushups and I want real pushups."


I think about grumbling more but decide that Stacy will tell me to do fifteen so I barely manage ten men's pushups.


Then I stand up and question, "Are you happy?"


Stacy smiles and says, "Actually I am. Now let's go over the operation of your pistol and rifle…"


Teaching Samantha reminds me of the time I spent with Ben and has put me in a great mood. I finish with the weapons training then I order, "Okay hold your rifle in high-ready position and let's run."


Samantha questions, "What's high ready position."


I remember how Ben took extra time showing me all the rifle ready positions so I instruct Samantha the way Ben instructed me. I finish as Samantha says, "Wow Stacy, you know so much about guns – I mean weapons."


I smile and say, "Thanks to Ben. Now let's go for a little run." We take off at a slow trot then I hear Patches and Bo complaining. I laugh and yell, "Don't worry you two, your time is coming later today."


It does feel good to be working out again. I can't wait until we find Ben and we can work out together again…


Wow Stacy had a much different time with Ben than I did with the stupid fucking Mossad! She actually learned things from them when I… I realize what they did and begin to swear, "Those bastards!"


Stacy smiles and asks, "Let me guess, you must be thinking about the Mossad?"


I reply, "That's right. I just figured out they really didn't teach me anything, they just used me. And the worst of all was my bastard polygamist ex-husband Frank. I was just a sex toy for him."


Stacy questions, "So, do you want to get even?"


I reply, "Hell yes I do!"


Stacy laughs and starts to tell me her plan, I like the hell out of it…


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


Hells Bells! I hate being outgunned! Usually Betsy is the biggest devil dog gun on the block, but not when the bastards roll out an anti-aircraft gun. I order the other two snipers, "You guys keep going, I have an idea."


They keep running as I drop down in a good position, range the hell out of the things I saw and switch magazines…


I'm concerned that we can't reach Byron and the other snipers but the team leader keeps us double timing toward the drug lords compound. Then I hear the familiar crack of a fifty as it flies past followed by a fucking explosion!!!


After the large explosion the team leader signals for us to stop and drop so we all do that. He questions, "What the hell was that."


Byron replies, "I was just taking out a particularly annoying anti-aircraft gun. See you guys later, I have to move."


Yeah, they might have had a bigger gun than Betsy, but they sure as hell didn't have better sense. They pulled the AA gun right next to the fuel tanks. So I switched to incendiary rounds, put one into the tanks and that was it for the damn AA gun. The problem was the incendiary round left a flaming trail all the way back to my position and now they were firing toward me with their little pop guns. So I reported in and then caught up to the other snipers. We took new positions and gave them some more hell…


The team leader signaled for us to follow and we did. That is Thom and I followed a short distance behind the others. I didn't trust this drug lord. He had someone in charge of his security who was very good and I knew we would find more traps before we reached the compound…