Orders...

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Sitting here enjoying our cold rancid coffee Thechn'e and I talk without talking, we have been around each other for so long our body language says enough. I can tell by how he is setting that he feels bad for almost getting us killed last night, it's not like him to have forgotten to grab extra mags on his way to night watch. this is what worries me Thechn'e is (in my opinion) the most skilled and deadly soldier here on the lines. he does not make simple mistakes, something is getting to him. I lean over and put my hand on his short stubby hair and ruff it up with my hand to tell him it's alright, he looks at me and shakes his head then gets up and walks out of the bunker. after a short time I get up and follow him outside, the sun is high in the sky now and the day is warming. up I walk down to our trench and find him running a boot string through his rifle to clean it, I look at him and laughingly say "Thechn'e you have to shoot your rifle before you have to clean it". he looks up at me and we laugh for a good minute together. I walk to the opposite side of the trench and sit down and light a cigarette and close my eyes. I slowly drift off to another world for a few minutes then I hear a loud voice, which wakes me up. our commanding officer is there, He isn't really a bad guy but he is young and has something to prove to us older guys, so he is a little hard. "Stand up Renov" he exclaimed as I got to my feet. Thechn'e chimes in "Yes Sir!" as do I. the officer is looking directly at me so i straighten up a little (i look like hammered hell by this point 3 days almost no sleep haven't eaten in 2, haven't showered in god knows when) he says "Renov, Thechn'e we've got orders, 4 miles down the line they broke through last night not by much we closed the hole but we are missing 4 of our boys." "are they KIA," I ask "no they are MIA," He says. (This is unusual the creatures always kill never take prisoners) Thechn'e chimes back in "so let me guess you need us two peckerwoods to go down there and cross the lines, figure out where our boys are" "EXACTLY" says my CO as he points at me. I ask "Why us Sir? Why not a Special unit? those guys are trained for crossing the lines not us!"  "I know," he says "but they asked for you guys by name" "don't know why didn't ask but you two are headed west!" "My hell!" exclaims Thechn'e  "how could we be better suited than those guys" "they carry AK's". "Oh, that reminds me" my CO says "I've got two AKM's with your names on em, both in pretty rough shape but they will get you out of a pinch". "And what happens to or Rifles we have now?" I ask, "They stay with you," he says "Well hell free guns lets do this!" Thechn'e Says. I guess we are going west...... 

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