The Love of Family Makes Us Stronger
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07.02.2013 , 07:56 AM |
Here is another part copied over from the SFC thread. I did a little editing on this one though, hopefully making it flow a little better.
Love and Hate
Lieutenant Jorgan and Fuse were the only ones in the Command Center when Sergeant Lauren entered with the data she’d downloaded after killing the three separatist leaders. Fuse noticed that she was studying them carefully as she walked in and figured she was wondering if they’d been listening in while she was talking with her sister. Fuse was careful to keep his expression normal. He’d been the only one in the room when the topic of sex came up. He was a little ashamed at himself for listening, but he had wanted to know more about the pretty Sergeant. She seemed like a nice girl for the most part, a little shy like he was, but no pushover as clearly indicated in the way she handled Mirru. He even liked hearing her lighthearted banter with her sister. It really troubled him that she thought so little of her appearance. He thought she was beautiful and was smitten from the moment he saw her walk into the Command Center this morning. He found himself wondering what she thought of him, then sadly realized that it didn’t matter.
“Welcome back, Sergeant,” he told her, “Nice job at Mannett Point!”
“Thank you, sir!” she replied, saluting.
“Do you have the data for me, Sergeant?” Lieutenant Jorgan growled at her.
“Yes, sir.” Mallay replied and handed the data over to him.
Egotistical jerk….too good to compliment a lowly rookie,
I really can’t wait until we finish on Ord Mantell and I can get away from Lieutenant Jerkface for good!
“By the way, Gearbox returned earlier and had your duffle bag. Unfortunately, your trunk was destroyed.” Fuse told her, “He took it to the room you will be staying in. Sorry about your trunk.”
“Thanks, sir. I have enough clothing and toiletries in my duffle to get me through a couple of days. Hopefully, we'll be done with our mission by then and I'll have time to shop for more things.” She sighed, “I'll miss my cannon though.”
Fuse spoke up again, “Oh, and I almost forgot, we sent some stuff over to Viidu’s warehouse for your sister.” He looked a little embarrassed as he went on, “From what we overheard from your armor cam earlier today, we figured that she might need a change of clothes and some toiletries.”
“Thank you so much, sir! That was very thoughtful of you!” Mallay smiled at him, “I know she'll appreciate it and want to thank you herself!”
Fuse felt his heart skip a beat when she smiled at him. “Actually, Lieutenant Jorgan is the one who found the stuff and knew where to send it. I just came up with the idea.” He admitted.
Mallay stared at Jorgan, not even trying to hide her surprise, “Uh…thank you, sir. That was nice of you.”
“You’re welcome, Sergeant.” Jorgan muttered, heading for the door, “I'm going to bed. Sergeant, your room is down the hall from mine, so if you want, I can show you the way now.”
“Thank you, sir.” Mallay replied, then turned to Fuse and smiled, “Good night, and thank you again for thinking of my sister.”
Fuse bade her good night watched her follow Lieutenant Jorgan out of the room.
If only things were different,
he thought sadly.
The next morning, Mallay went into HQ to find Needles and Jorgan waiting for her. Needles explained that there was a man and wife who had fallen ill with what seemed to be radiation sickness. Since they were day laborers, the only way they would have been exposed to enough radiation to cause the sickness was if they had been handling the stolen ZR-57. Needles described their symptoms with disturbing reverence, as if he were enjoying what they were going through. The thought of that made a chill run down Mallay's spine,
I really don't want this man touching me.....ever!
“I want you to go talk to them, Sergeant. Get them to tell you where they took the bomb.” Needles instructed, “Their illness is very painful and we didn’t have the right meds to cure them, only to stop it from worsening. If you could find the correct ingredients, you could offer them a cure for illness in exchange for their information.”
“Do we know where these ingredients are, sir? Mallay asked him.
“A storage building was recently raided by scavangers. Most likely the scavangers will still have the stuff we need. They have a camp west of Oradam Village.” Lieutenant Jorgan explained, “We've known about their camp for some time, but haven’t had the manpower to clear them out.”
“Once you have the cure, take it to Zak’s house in Oradam Village.” Needles told her.
“Nothing fancy on this, rookie,” Jorgan barked, enjoying the murderous glare she gave him, “just get to the camp, retrieve the ingredients for the cure, take it to Zak in Oradam Village, and find out where they took the ZR-57! Think you can handle that?”
“Yes, sir!” Mallay replied and quickly left before her rising temper got the better of her.
Stars, I would just love to kick him in the junk, just once…. ok, maybe more than once!
Mallay set out for the scavenger camp. She found herself missing her sister and hoped that she was doing alright. She smiled and wondered if she tried to seduce Corso. Hopefully, she would run into Bella later.
She located the camp rather quickly, took her anger at Jorgan out on the scavengers, and found what she needed for the cure. She wanted this assignment over quickly so she could join her squad in finally recovering the stolen bomb. She was also eager to actually feel like part of Havoc Squad. So far, she hadn’t really gotten the chance to work with any of them, just the brief rendezvous with Wraith on Mannett Point. This bothered her a little. She could handle herself just fine, but how was she going to learn to work with them if she was sent out alone all of the time?
it could be worse…..they could've stuck me with Lieutenant Buttnugget!
Mallay made her way through Oradam Village and went into Zak’s house. She found Zak and his wife, Jallar, upstairs. They looked awful, and Mallay felt bad for using the cure to get information from them. However, she had her orders.
Mallay told them that she was here with a cure for their illness, but they would need to help her first. She explained that they had radiation sickness from handling the stolen bomb. Zak didn’t know anything about the bomb, but admitted that they both got sick soon after helping to move a large crate for the Separatists. He said that he never saw what was inside the crate and the Separatists didn’t tell them, but that had to be what she was looking for. Despite his wife’s protests, Zak told Mallay that they took the crate to the Separatists main stronghold, located inside the volcano.
“Thank you for telling me this,” Mallay told Zak as she administered the cure to him and Jallar, “You should start noticing improvement within the next hour. Take it easy for a few days if you can. This might be a good time to reconsider who you work for.”
Zak thanked her for finding the cure and assured her that they would be rethinking their involvement with the Separatists. Mallay heard her Holo, and left the room to answer it. It was Lieutenant Jorgan telling her he had put out the call and Havoc was assembling at HQ. She quickly signed off and headed out for Fort Garnik.
The Love of Family Makes Us Stronger
~~The Lauren Girls' Saga
Driven By the Bonds of Family
~~The Vleska/Tarenz Legacy
~~~SFC Prompt Archive and Story Index~~~