Battletech Mercs Unleashed

Cold as Ice, pt 5

Hotfoot Heartbreaker

09/14/3065 03:48 Location – “The Icebox”, Mule Dropship “Rodeo”, Al’Sur

His primary task complete Joe “Hotfoot” Leeson departed the Infirmary and walked up a series of narrow staircases to the Auxiliary Refrigeration Loop because that is where the brig was, “The Icebox” was an apt nickname; indeed as he neared he could feel the chill. The fact that the Rodeo had a brig was curious enough, if someone acted up on an AFFC ship they were just confined to quarters, there wasn’t an actual brig to lock people up in except on Frontier Guard Furies and those were effectively prison ships.

The Master-at-Arms Hendrick was a bear of a man it was amazing that he even fit through some of the narrow access ways with shoulders that broad. The “reception area” led to three different cells but only one was occupied at this time, Captain Baasch ran a tight ship and the men kept out of trouble. Hendrick opened a dark blue locker and sets of cuffs jangled, he pulled out a set. Joe looked at him, Is that really necessary Hendrick?, Hendrick re-locked the locker’s door Captain’s orders Commander, take it up with him, he took the restraints and knocked on the bulkhead before opening up the access port to apply the cuffs to Lieutenant Ilonka.

Joe could feel the trepidation and took a few deep breaths before opening the door. He could hear the locking mechanism close behind him, it was just the two of them now, no secrets. Mina looked up at him from the plain cot she was sitting on, her Brown eyes stared at him, he couldn’t really tell what she was thinking and all of his preparation for the moment evaporated

Lieutenant, why didn’t you tell us you were sent by Grey to spy on us?, Mina’s eyes narrowed in defiance Don’t Lieutenant me Joe! Use my name!

Dammit Mina, answer the question!

I didn’t want you to treat me any differently! I’ve always been Grey’s girl, even in the Academy; people knew. Do you know how that makes me feel? always being in her shadow. You can’t say that wouldn’t have changed the nature of the unit… of our relationship, knowing that I was her understudy for five years.

Why didn’t you tell us about the Nukes on Marius’ Tears?

I wasn’t even aware of it immediately! Arachne put a defeat device on Raging Bull’s sensor and comm feeds that I didn’t find till later. I confronted her about it and she told me what happened when I threatened to take it to you. However it was so successful, The Marians brought that it was the Word of Blake that attacked them and kicked them out, so we tried to keep it quiet, I thought I would have more time to come up with a better explanation.

Why all the reports and secrets? Is Felicity trying to turn us all into cyborgs like Thane or worse?

Thane is dead Joe! He sacrificed himself so Felicity could escape Shervanis; and NO there is no plot to turn you into cyborgs or whatever wild conspiracies you can think up.

Why did Grey send, Joe pointed to her accusingly, You to spy on us Mina?

I’m sorry that you feel so betrayed Joe, I really am… I wanted to tell you but wasn’t sure how you would react or really how to explain it. Spy is perhaps to strong a word, I watched, waited, did my job, and occasionally sent some reports to Felicity. It is not as if she doesn’t trust you, she just thought you might need some help so I volunteered for the job. In fact she has pulled every bit of her personal capital to ensure this mission is a success. If she distrusted or doubted you even a little bit would she have risked so much?

Why didn’t you tell me you were going on the Warawi raid Mina? or that you knew how to operate Blackbird’s Command Console? That wasn’t part of the plan.

I was scared alright! I’ve never been in Battlemech combat before. She seemed sincere, he could see her eyes light up, I got out my old uniform trying to work up the courage but it wasn’t enough. I went to Arachne and Lieutenant Inderpol and then you came and I just had to do it. I didn’t want to lose you…, She trembled a little bit, I love you.

Bullshit! how do I know that wasn’t some con,

Mina looked hurt and began to cry, How can you say that?

Joe was unmoved, I don’t know if I believe you Mina

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