|Conflicting Alliances (standard:action, 3427 words)|
|Author: Stewart Knight||Added: Mar 28 2001||Views/Reads: 2916/1340||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Team on the Falkland Islands engage an Argentinean insurgency unit. Only survivor of insurgency unit is American mercenary An abridged backstory chapter from The Meek Shall. A novel dealing with so|
Conflicting Alliances The Regiment had almost completed a tour of the Falkland Islands. While the regiment had not been directly involved in the conflict, being sent as relief, some action had been seen by some reconnaissance units working in small four man teams on outlying islands and settlements. Dave Mitchell, Dinger Bell, Arthur Hayes and Roy Kemp were of one of these teams. Dave as junior NCO was in command. They had been involved in skirmishes with Argentinean insurgency units on two occasions and in one action had taken prisoner an American mercenary who had been the only survivor of a four man Argentinean team. “What do we do with him Dave?” asked Kemp, a spotty faced Liverpudlian. He indicated the very scared and cowering mercenary. “I suppose we call a cassy-vac and have him and his mates carted out,” Dave replied, not sure what exactly to do, “if he was an Argie, we should just waste him and carry on to the next settlement." Dinger was angry. ”He's a fucking Yank, he's supposed to be on our side, I say we fucking kill him anyway, he's a traitor." “I’d be the one in the shit if we got caught, being IC the unit,” Dave reasoned. “None of us would say anything. Look, if we call in a chopper to bring him in we'll all be debriefed and have to go back to Kelly's Garden. I was looking forward to getting my feet up for a few days out at the settlement, that's out the fucking window if we go back,” Dinger said. The team had been on a settlement recce that should have involved patrolling an outlying area of the barren Islands. In reality, the teams found a warm settlement, preferably with the minimum of occupants, and proceeded to consume all the decent food and beer, doing the minimum of patrol work, although a guard was always placed in a strategic position and in radio contact. “He won't have an easy time when the Monkeys get hold of him,” Dave said, referring to the Military police, ”besides, loads of fucking brownie points for me." “Yeah, and fuck up our little holiday,” said a very large and lanky soldier, Arthur Hayes. He was usually very quiet, but Dave had seen him angry, it was considered generally that Arthur was a man not to be trifled with. “We don't fucking just kill him!” Dinger stated angrily. “Let's take a vote,” Dave suggested, succumbing to the holiday notion. “I can pay for you to get me to Stanley, safely,” the American announced suddenly in a Texan drawl, emphasising the last word. On the verge of tears, he looked incongruous in full battle dress and camouflage cream. All four pairs of eyes looked at the American. “What can you pay? We'll take anything you have anyway,” Dave said, looking avariciously towards his companions. “I have cheques, I can write them out and sign them. I have money, and travellers cheques." Before Dave could say otherwise, Kemp began rifling through the Americans pockets. Dave did not try to stop Kemp’s search but looked disapproving. Dave asked, ”Where?” He knew Kemp would find nothing and this was confirmed. “There's fuckall on him!” Kemp said and kicked the American. Click here to read the rest of this story (372 more lines)
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