Arlee Bird: Tossing it Out
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"Y," the second last letter of the A-Z Challenge and as previously posted throughout the challenge, I have another excerpt from "Forces of Mist."
“Yeah, and you expect her to lead our team?” Roberts stood with an exasperated look upon his face. Clearly, he was not happy to be part of her team.
“Sarah, have you heard any of my instructions so far?” Walker asked.
“Sorry sir, I was just lost in thought.” she answered.
“Great and you’ve chosen her to lead us!” Roberts almost yelled his retort.
“Roberts, stand down, that is an order! My decision is final, Sarah is perfect for this task and she is my choice to lead this team!” Walker injected.
Jennings stood off to the side of the other three and silently watched them as Roberts argued his disgust in the Commander’s decision. He had worked with Sarah in the past and had no qualms about the decision.
Roberts looked towards him, hoping to find support, but he made no effort to voice his opinion.
“So, with this resolved, you will be on your way immediately! I want a report on where you have set up camp and of any alien activity you encounter by nightfall tomorrow evening. Ensure you only use the wireless when necessary to contact headquarters, do not waste the battery for any insignificant reports.” Walker looked all three of them directly in the eyes, while giving his last order.
The men headed to their vehicle, leaving Sarah standing alone with the Commander.
“Sarah, be careful of Roberts, don’t press him unnecessarily. That man is a walking time bomb, but his skills will be valuable to this mission.”
“Yes sir.” she answered, a little stiffly,
“By the way, if Jackson shows up, make sure that Roberts and Jennings are not aware of his liaison with our command. He is a valuable asset and it is of great importance his identity is not compromised.” Walker laid a gentle hand on Sarah’s shoulder, then lent forward and gave her a quick fatherly hug. “Take care and come back safely."
Sarah turned picked up Spank and walked over to her old faithful truck, settled the rest of her supplies into the vehicle, started the engine and led the small patrol out through the tunnel.