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Copyright 2012 Banzai Ben and Amazing Anastasia 


Flashback – Ben – Beslan


I was outside the school and someone was dragging me while they were being fired upon. I tried to rise to help but - Son of a Bitch, my legs didn't work… They somehow got me away from harm's way and then it seemed like I was surrounded by a million yelling Russians - for a moment I thought they were going to finish the job the terrorists started.… I couldn't see, but I heard Yuri and he scolded me, "Ben you must have a death wish."


I hoarsely questioned, "My hostages?" 


He answered, "All are safe my crazy American friend."


I laughed, "At least I'm not a crazy Ivan." Then, as it all came crashing down I slowly…


Flashback – Major M – Undisclosed base


A report came in from the school that one brave soldier infiltrated the school and saved a large group of hostages but was seriously injured. They showed his picture as he was taken away by helicopter and I swore it was… Sgt. Blaine!!!


What the fuck! He wasn't supposed to be in direct action. If it was him, then this automatically became an international incident and I was seriously fucked! I sent a scathing e-mail to Sgt. Reynolds which demanded that he immediately tell me what the fuck was going on! Yeah the Old Man would have my ass if this was an international incident!


Flashback – Jack – In Moscow


After drinking the new shit that Masha gave me, I immediately started to feel better. With the hell that was going on in Beslan I questioned, "Masha can you tell me what's going on?"


She looked at me, got a tear in her eye and quietly informed me, "Jack, from the reports I have received, your partner Ben has been severely wounded."


What the hell! I could tell there was more so I sat upright in bed and ordered, "Masha you'd better tell me everything!"


She shook her head as she continued, "Jack he was shot many times rescuing a large number of hostages. They are airlifting him to the nearest trauma hospital but from what I understand, he might not survive."


I jumped out of bed, which attracted the nurses and demanded, "I need to get to Ben immediately and then I need a computer."


But then I ran into a thing about hospitals and doctors: If they didn't know what you had and were treating you as being quarantined, then they weren't inclined to let you walk right out the door.


Flashback – Masha – In Moscow


My Jack was a man on a mission and I had to provide interference for him. He tried to leave the hospital and of course they wouldn't let him because they were concerned he would infect all of Moscow.


I had some confidential conversations with the nurses and doctors while Jack was busy getting dressed. However I did sneak some looks at his wonderful body as he dressed. As I finally convinced them to let Jack leave, he was dressed, he grabbed my hand and questioned, "Where the hell are they taking Ben?"


I stopped in the hallway and answered, "Jack, I might be able to call someone and find out."


He ordered, "Well Masha, call them because I need to get to wherever the fuck he is."


I pulled out my cell phone and started to make some calls when Jack's phone rang…


Flashback – Major M – Undisclosed base


I was tired of waiting for second hand information so I grabbed the bull by the horns and called Sgt. Reynolds directly. Thank God, he answered the phone on the third ring. I demanded, "I thought the hell you were sick so why are you now answering your phone?"


He responded, "I am or was but with Banzai being wounded, I need to get my ass to where he's being taken."


Shit then it was true! Sgt. Blaine was wounded and I was up shit creek without a paddle. My warped mind came up with a possible idea to save my ass then ordered, "Well, you make sure you keep me in the fucking loop this time!"


Then I hung up the phone and began to work my plan for developing a scapegoat…


Flashback – Masha – In Moscow


I could tell it was Jack's superior on the phone, the Major. He gave Jack a majorly bad time and I realized this was another problem which required that I provide a solution. I held Jack's hand and promised, "Jack, we will get you to where they are taking Ben and we will also take care of your Major."


We exited the hospital, hailed a taxi and proceeded to the airport. I accessed my phone and called to see if there was any more news of the Sedankina twins… I also called and had my compatriot prepare plane tickets for us and even contacted my acquaintance in Beslan who just happened to be a nurse and was on the flight with Ben…


I did not care for the information she relayed to me…


Flashback – Ira and Mira – in Israel


My sister and the street urchin had saved my life (well at least my honor) - I would be in debt to both of them. However the location which we abode was not comfortable. I looked at my sister and suggested, "Mira, perhaps we could procure a better domicile?"


Mira replied, "Irinka, for now it is advisable to rest."


The street urchin added, "Yes, the streets are swarming with many Israeli troops! It would not be wise to join them."


I tried to make myself more comfortable, but knew the task was beyond my means.


My sister Ira considers this place less appropriate than even I. I traversed to the window, stealthily occulated the surroundings and determined that Safia was correct. There were a plethora of troops clogging the streets. I questioned, "Safia what is to keep the troops from entering this building?"


She responded, "Well, they have not in the past."


I did not like the answer so I prepared our weapons…


Flashback – Jens


Yes! From Ben's Major's computer I retrieved a document that he worked on… I cried a little because Ben had not only been wounded when he wasn't supposed to be in combat, the Major planned to… No! Not only could I not believe it! I had to stop it!!!


Flashback – Masha – In Moscow


Jack read my face like a book and questioned, "Masha what is wrong."


I couldn't lie to Jack and replied, "My love, I talked to a nurse that is a friend of mine who is with your Ben. He is not expected to survive."


I watched as determination crossed his face and he declared, "Banzai is a Marine! And it takes more than a few gunshots to kill a Marine! Can't this damn taxi go any faster?"


Alas Moscow traffic is terrible! We arrived at Domodevo airport, were met at the curb with the tickets, rushed in and caught our flight - even though I was certain we would be too late…