Wil’s assembling his team. What might seem like rejects and misfits to some commanders, well, they seem right up Wil’s alley. The big question is, once they come together, can they work as a team? Things could be pretty interesting…..
Walter Bennett was in the brig again. How many times was it now? He’d forgotten and he didn’t much care. Same charge as before: Insubordination and failure to follow orders.
He knew the guards by name and had beaten them all so often at poker, they refused to play him anymore. He was reading on his bunk when one of the guards came to the cell door.
“Hey, Walt! Someone here to see you!”
“So? Tell him to go the hell away, I’m busy.”
“Not a he, it’s a she and well worth looking at. But if you want me to tell her to go….”
“A woman?” Walter’s eyes brightened.
“Yeah, man. Cute little redhead, sweet tits, tight ass. You want I should tell her to go?”
“Hell no!” He smoothed his tousled dark blond hair, his green eyes sparkling with interest. “Show me,” he demanded, following the guard to an interview room.
He was ushered into the room and the guard left, locking the door behind him. The woman stood gazing out the barred window, wistful expression on her pretty face. She was a knockout! About five foot six, compact build, nice rack and an ass so tight he could bounce a quarter off it! Clearing his throat, he saluted as she turned around.
“Corporal Bennett reporting as ordered, Ma’am.”
“Corporal?” She checked a computer file on the table. “Says here your last offense got you busted to Private again.”
“Oh, yeah,” he said, reaching in his pocket for a smoke. “Forgot about that.” He pulled a chair out, flopped into it and tipped back.
Penny eyed him with curiosity. “Where in the regs does it say you act like that in the presence of an officer?”
“Sorry, the guys are kinda casual around here.” He rose again. “Please, have a seat, Ma’am.” He clicked his heels together and bowed as she took her seat across from him.
“You can sit,” Penny said as she scanned the file screens.
Bennett sat carefully, not as causally as before. He leaned over the table, hands folded, trying to see what was on the screen.
“Quite a checkered career, Private.”
Bennett snorted rudely, then caught her look of reprimand. Clearing his throat, he formed a more appropriate reply. “Yes, Ma’am. Seems I have a little problem with authority.”
“That before or after they gave you the juice?”
He looked genuinely puzzled. “Juice, Master Sargent?”
Penny rolled her eyes. “The ‘bug’ juice,” she gestured vaguely, drawing his attention to the electronic surveillance.
Taking her meaning, he inclined his head slightly. “That would be somewhat before, but the juice exacerbated the problem.”
“You’re being given a chance to atone for past misdeeds, Bennett. You’re needed for a special mission.”
“I’m getting out? Hot damn! Want to go for a drink? I’m buying!”
“Wait a second, Marine. Nothing in this life is free. You have to earn your freedom.”
“Can’t just let me out cause of my good looks?”
She chuckled at the fleeting thought that Bennett looked like a baboon.
“Not bloody likely. Your talents, such as they are,” she grimaced, “are needed on a mission. I have your orders. Pack it up, Marine.”
“You bet!” He hopped around the table, reaching for her to kiss her when he found himself flat on his back with her heel in his armpit and his hand in a very painful Aikido hold.
“Touch me again, squid, and I’ll take your arm off.”
He stood with difficulty, and was too flustered to salute as he left the room. Penny contacted Wil on her secure comlink by which he had been monitoring the interview.
“What do you think, Penny? Useable?”
“I may have to break his arm before I get him back there, but he’ll do.”
“Excellent! Got another special assignment for you when you get back.”
“Oh, another armed escort?”
“No, ma’am, this one is of a more personal nature. VanLipsig out.”
Penny smiled secretively as she walked briskly out to collect Bennett.
Back on Greyling’s ship, Wil allowed himself a small, contented smile. Things were coming together. They still had several days before the lunatic started to kill the royal family and he had finally found a woman who understood him. He had a fleeting feeling of doubt. Life was too good, what was going to go horribly wrong?