Sunday, October 15, 2017

On the Run Part 16



"Commander, I hope you understand that this information is restricted."
"Restricted to who?"
"Let's just say it's very sensitive and leave it at that. Now, as to your report. It's very thorough and has been corroborated by your subordinates' debriefing as well. You appear to have conducted yourself with your usual professionalism. In fact, you are to be commended. Given the unique nature of the threat, and the fact that the targets were acquired, at great cost, I would say your contributions here will not go unnoticed."
"Thank you, sir," said Andreas. "Might I ask...?"
"Yes?"
"The targets, sir. My information is that they are currently under observation, but I lost eight people bringing them in. My team . Can I ask why they are running around free when I had shoot to kill orders if they resisted?"
"Commander, under the circumstances I can sympathize with your concerns. All I can say is that steps are being taken, and that your apprehension of the targets was a matter of utmost significance."
"If I may be frank..."
"Of course."
"Why was I sent after them? Surely whoever made that decision knew that I had history with Eric. History that could complicate the mission."

"Commander, you're well regarded. Professional, efficient. We know that when you're assigned to a task, it gets done. However, there are lines that are not to be crossed. Information that you are not privy too. I need your discretion on this one. Do I make myself clear?"
"Yes," Andreas said. "You most certainly do. May I inquire about my next assignment?"
"Enjoy your down time, Commander. Given the political situation I feel that you've earned a bit of a respite from the field. You are not being sidelined. Just letting things die down a bit, you understand."
"Understood."
"Is there anything else?"
"Yes, sir. Corporal Gillian, sir. I would like to request her inclusion on any team..."
"Noted. She has requested the same. We don't penalize success. Is that all?"
"Yes, sir." Andreas rose. "Thank you, sir."

Andreas could feel the man's eyes on him as he was leaving.
"Commander."
He turned. "Yes, sir?"
"Why did you go into the PreCursor ruins when you had already acquired the targets?"
"I felt it was important to assess the threat, given that I was losing men and it didn't appear to be a biological agent."
"Did you suspect it was psi- related?"
"Yes, sir. Corporal Gillian mentioned it as a possibility."
"I see. You do realize, don't you, that you were not authorized to make a judgment call? Your remit was to bring the targets home, full stop. You disobeyed orders."
"Yes, sir. That is correct. To be honest, I'm surprised this wasn't raised during my initial reports. I expected disciplinary action, sir."
"Yes, well under the circumstances, your foray was swept under the rug. The targets had everyone's attention, and no one wants to publicize what else happened on Eridanus 4. Be thankful for that, Commander."
Andreas nodded.
"Commander, I have your back on this. If you continue to ask questions, my ability to protect you will be substantially curtailed. You understand this?"
"I understand."
"Very well. Dismissed. And Andreas... be careful."

He'd been nursing his drink for a half hour before she arrived. She took the seat next to him, ordered a beer.
"Boss."
"Gill." They clinked glasses and sat in silence for a while.
"Anything?" she finally asked.
"No," he sighed, sliding his glass over for a refill. "No one's talking."
"Not surprised," she replied. "It was a mess from the get-go."
"They just want it to go away."
"So let it. Be a good soldier. Move on."

"I'm sorry about Riggs," Gillian said after a while.
"Yeah. Me too." He looked at her finally. "You know, the only reason we got out of there was you."
"No,"she said. "You're the reason- you kept us cool and functioning. Well, okay it was both of us," she laughed. "Hard to break up a good team." The silence got a little uncomfortable then, until Gillian broke it again.
"How are you feeling? Did they do a psi-scan?"
"I'm clear. They ran a full battery. No trace of lingering influence. But who knows? We don't even know what that thing was."
"Some kind of telempath, from what I can tell. It could influence our emotions, not just invade our thoughts. That was what was so insidious about it." She shuddered. "I even felt its influence a little bit. It's amazing really that Riggs held on as long as he did."
He shrugged. "It didn't matter at the end."
"It mattered." She put her hand on his arm. "He got us out too."
He looked at her then. "To Riggs, then." Raised his glass.
She raised her beer. "To Riggs."

They left soon thereafter, but not before discussing next steps.
"Andreas, I know this feels unresolved, but you need to let this go. Whatever Eric's involvement is, it's his issue, not yours."
"It cost my team."
"I know. It could cost more."
He looked at her. "So just let it go?"
"For now- yes. That doesn't mean we forget. It means we bide our time and down the line- who knows?"
"Yeah, well maybe so- normally I'd agree. Not this time."
"Why?"
"Someone's been playing a game with us. Maybe I'll join the game."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sunday Post #216


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It's been hanging on in the 70's here all week. Pretty nice for mid- October. The Frightfall readathon is in full swing- I'm doing pretty good- and I've been doing a lot of writing. Well not a lot, but when you were doing none and now you're doing some, that seems like a lot! And... that was kind of a tortured sentence. Anyway...the flash fiction I did for a lark seems to have morphed into a more or less weekly story. Part 16 of On The Run will be up Monday, and for those who were asking for more Andreas/ Gillian- you're in luck. :) 

The Star Wars trailer debuted this week, and I'm afraid I was... underwehelmed? Am I alone on this? Reaction on Twitter seemed positive, so again just like with The Force Awakens I may be on the outlier with this movie. It just feels like - the same story again? I don't know. 

Last week I reviewed The Shark Club (one of my faves of the year) and finished up Everything but the Truth. It was okay but kinda slow?  

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PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

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NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

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The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is out. I'm a little underwhelmed?




Stranger Things 2 looks awesome  



This was kinda cool- I'm not sure I was looking for ambient prehistoric sounds lol but I liked it! 


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I'm taking a break from SF/ fantasy art this week.  

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Riverdale S2E1 A Kiss Before Dying

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So Riverdale is back! After the cliffhanger last season - with Archie's dad being shot in Pop's Diner- the question for me was would the shooting set the tone for the new season? Much like the first season, we start off with a crime that appears murkier and more complicated by the end of the episode. Was Fred's shooter just a random robber, or was there a more sinister motive? Does someone in Riverdale want Fred dead?  

Spoilers for this episode.

We pick up right after the shooting, with Archie rushing his dad to the emergency room. We then check in with Archie's closest friends as they all get the call, letting them know about the shooting. They all rush to his side of course, and the waiting game begins. Will Fred pull through? And will sheriff Keller get a lead? The show lays down some interesting conjecture about what might have happened, with Veronica openly suggesting to her mother that she suspects her involvement. And while that's a tough thing for a mom to hear, her reaction is decidedly cold. Are we going to see a different Hermione Lodge this season? It sure looks like it.

Nice to see Alice Cooper and we get an early taste of her snark as she has a breakfast conversation with Betty- including some mother/ daughter talk about the night before. She's happy to hear that things between Betty and Jughead didn't go too far, and we get some of her best lines right off the bat. She of course is no fan of her daughter dating the son of the Serpents leader.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Especially when there's a snake curled up in its limbs.

And this gem of an exchange when Jughead calls Betty.

If that's Snake Plissken, I want him blocked.
It's Archie, Betty replies.
Block him too.

Seriously, Alice gets the best lines on this show (after Cheryl of course).

Speaking of Cheryl, she shows up at the hospital while Fred is in surgery, with her mother being admitted for third degree burns and smoke inhalation. Apparently Penelope did not come out of the fire unscathed. The creepy thing is Cheryl lays down the law when they're alone in her mom's room, telling Penelope that things are going to be different now. Better. And that Cheryl's in charge. She even kinks her mom's oxygen tube briefly, cutting off the air supply, just to get the point across.  

 I kind of like a more sinister Cheryl? I mean they need to take her character somewhere- why not? And even as Veronica lays the groundwork for a possible Lodge involvement in Fred's shooting (which I think is a red herring), we also get Jughead surmising that maybe the shooting was a hit. As a new Serpent he gets his dad's right hand guy to ask around, only to be shocked when that asking around results in them working a guy over for info. Welcome to the Serpents Jug!  

Random Thoughts

How tacky is it that Veronica gets in the shower with Archie when he goes home to change and wash the blood off after the shooting? Seriously, they have time for sex? 

 Jughead eats a burger!