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Copyright 2012 Banzai Ben and Amazing Anastasia


Flashback – Major M – Undisclosed location


The chopper finally landed and the base (pain in the) Rear Admiral was there to meet us. We snapped to attention, he looked at us and ordered, "At ease Sgts." They relaxed and he left me standing at attention.


He questioned, "Are those the documents from the Captain?"


Sgt. Reynolds handed them to him and replied, "Yes Sir!"


He looked them over, then looked at us and ordered, "Major, Sgt. Reynolds and Sgt. Blaine we need to have a little discussion about this in my office."


He turned and we followed him. I looked at the Sgts. and they looked as confused as I felt. We entered his office, he looked at his aide and ordered, "I don't want to be disturbed." He looked at the Sgts., glared at me and gruffly ordered, "Take a seat."


We sat, he read the papers again, glared more at me and questioned, "Major do you have any idea what these papers say?"


I honestly replied, "No Sir!"


He looked at the Sgts. and continued, "What about the both of you?"


Sgt. Reynolds answered, "No Sir!"


He slid one set of papers to me and one set to the Sgts. I started reading. OH SHIT!


Flashback – Jack – Undisclosed location


I was shocked! The top set was documentation for awarding Banzai and me the Navy Cross for saving the Major and his men. I flipped to the next set and fought back a laugh - it was a severe reprimand for Major M concerning the way he treated us on the sub. I flipped to the final set and about shit my pants! They were transfer requests for Banzai and I to the Navy with a recommendation for the Seals.


Banzai was getting antsy, so I gave him a hand signal to cool it…


Flashback – Ben – Undisclosed location


SHIT! What the hell! I don't want to join the Navy even if I become a Seal. I like the Marines. I like being Recon. And I sure as hell don't want to lose Jack as my spotter. I want to say something, but I notice as Jack gives me the hand signal to keep quiet. Yeah I'll keep quiet until I think he's going to sell us down the river. If that happens, I don't care about consequences - I'm going to raise hell!


Flashback – Major M – Undisclosed location


I couldn't fucking believe it! That damn sub Captain was a dead man if I ever got the chance. I looked at the Rear Admiral, but he grinned at me and questioned, "Well Major what do you have to say."


I prepared myself and answered, "Permission to speak freely, Sir?"


He answered, "Within reason. But you need to know that I totally trust the Captain."


Shit this wasn't going to be easy! I got ready to say something when Sgt. Reynolds interrupted, "Sir! Seeing as this concerns Sgt. Blaine and myself might I say something first?"


The Rear Admiral directed his gaze towards Sgt. Reynolds and answered, "Speak freely Sgt."


Flashback – Jack – Undisclosed location


SHIT! There was no way in hell I was going to trust the Major to handle this! Banzai and I would end up in the Navy and I sure as hell didn't want to become a Seal - those fuckers worked too fucking hard and were too fucking crazy. I had a chance to figure this out so I spoke up, "Sirs, I do feel that what the Captain witnessed was clouded by the fact the Major had been incapacitated and wasn't in total command of his faculties."


The Rear Admiral looked at the Major and questioned, "Major is that true?"


Major M lied through his teeth, "Sir! My team had been repeatedly rendered unconscious with some sort of stun device, that's why the L.Cpl. is currently in your infirmary. I would agree with the Sgts. analysis of the situation. I was not in total control of my faculties when I was giving the Sgts. a ration."


The Rear Admiral looked at all of us and asked, "Sgt. Blaine do you agree with this?"


I worried that Banzai was going to fuck things up so I began sending him hand signals like crazy - which he promptly ignored…


Flashback – Ben – Undisclosed location


This was going to work out great! Jack was being a pain in the ass mother hen, but I was going to make sure that we were taken care of. I replied, "Sir! I would agree with Sgt. Reynolds and Major M however there are a few other things I'd like to mention for the record."


Flashback – Major M – Undisclosed location


I just relaxed because Sgt. Reynolds had covered my ass (but I wondered what in the hell it was going to cost me). Then what the hell! Sgt. Blaine had other fucking things to mention?


Flashback – Jack – Undisclosed location


Fuck me! Banzai's going to screw things up. I sent him more hand signals but he ignored them.


The Rear Admiral said, "Sgt. Blaine, you and Sgt. Reynolds have a hell of a reputation with the Navy and you have the freedom to tell me anything."


Banzai opened his mouth and said, "Sir! I wasn't born yesterday and I know with the nature of our mission there is no way we can receive the Navy Cross. However the mission was vital for our country and we gladly performed it to the best of our abilities even with the minimal support from our commanding officer."


The Rear Admiral glared at the Major and questioned, "Would you care to elaborate?"


Banzai answered, "Yes Sir I would. Initially our mission was strictly recon, but as with most missions, the parameters changed and we were asked to eliminate targets of opportunity. While I do feel the Major had an exit strategy in place for the recon mission, he did not have a new one in place when the mission changed…"


Flashback – Major M – Undisclosed location


Son of a bitch, Sgt. Blaine is fucking with me! The Rear Admiral looked at me and questioned, "Major is Sgt. Blaine telling the truth?"


I responded, "Sir, our initial exit strategy was to use helicopters to remove both the Sgts. from the area. However the introduction of an unknown vehicle removed that option from the table."


The Rear Admiral questioned, "Major just what sort of vehicle could change those plans?"


I hated to tell him, but I needed to save my bacon so I answered, "Sir we were never able to fully identify it but we do know that by itself it destroyed four Hind helicopters and assisted in destroying a convoy, two Migs and another four Hinds. The General sent me and my team to the country to obtain further information on the vehicle. We were lucky that our SOS was answered by your submarine otherwise we probably would have been killed."


He leaned back, thought for a moment and asked, "Major who would have killed you."


Damn it all, once again I had to give him more information than I wanted too. I complied, "Sir there were two foreign agents operating in the country. They had made us their primary target."


He looked skeptical and asked, "Two foreign agents against three Marines? I find it hard to believe that they were a threat…"


Flashback – Ben – Undisclosed location


I had my fun with the Major, but it was time to save his ass. I interrupted, "Sir I might be able to provide some information on this subject."


The Rear Admiral looked at me, smiled and said, "Well Sgt., tell me about it."


I answered, "Sir they are probably the two most deadly agents in the world and the Major is lucky to have escaped from them. Sgt. Reynolds and I spent most of our time avoiding them until your submarine showed up to rescue us."


He smiled and asked, "Sgt. Blaine and Sgt. Reynolds, do you two want to join the Navy and become Seals?"


I looked at Jack and answered, "Sir, not to be disrespectful but Jack and I really love what we do in the Marines. Yes being a Seal would be a great honor for the both of us, but then our missions would change. We like working for the Major. When he's in full control of his faculties he's an exemplary commander. If I may be so bold I'd like to make a suggestion."


The Rear Admiral smiled, "Sgt. I really like you, you speak the truth. Suggest away."


I smile and say, "Sir, I would like to suggest that you do not submit the paperwork, especially the reprimand for our commanding officer for at least one month. This will give Sgt. Reynolds and I time to discuss if we really would like to transfer to the Navy."


He smiled and I couldn't believe what he said next…


Flashback – Major M – Undisclosed location


Dammit! The Rear Admiral said, "Sgt. I will do you one better than that. I will make sure to hold on to this for one year." Then he gives me a shit eating grin and continues, "…just in case you have any issues whatsoever. Now since everyone is satisfied (I really wasn't but he didn't give a fuck) you are all dismissed."


We stood, saluted and left the office.


I got outside looked at the Sgts. and said, "What the hell just happened?"


Sgt. Blaine boldly stated, "I would simply call it provision of job security."


I was pissed as hell but didn't dare do anything about it…


Flashback – Jack – Undisclosed location


Holy SHIT! Banzai pulled a rabbit out of his hat and we had the fucking Major over more than a barrel, he was over a fucking chasm that would swallow his ass whole and leave nothing. Damn did I ever train him well!


I looked at the Major and questioned, "So I heard something about Russia?"


He looked at me and I wondered if I'd fucked up…