09/13/3065 01:08 Location – Mule Dropship “Rodeo”, Al’Sur
Samira, Corporal Hermes and his Squad, the three critically injured Jaguars, and Kat were met with a 6×6 utility vehicle at the pad. They loaded the stretchers up and drove them through one of the smaller access ramps where the Drs. Westcastle and their assistants took over. Samira updated them on any change of condition during the short helicopter ride up here and followed behind. As the injured were prepped for surgery Samira grabbed and spun around Hermes, If they lose Jakk, shoot the girl. She is too much a risk, the Corporal looked stunned, this was completely out of character for Sam. He continued on while she excused herself saying she was getting more supplies before heading back to As’Sab.
Strike Commander Joe Leeson and Vanguard Commander Markus Brant met with the slightly injured but now Senior Point Leader Pike and Mechwarrior Murayama in the Command Post. Where is Mina Joe? she should be here for this. Mina had still been in his bed when he woke up but he hadn’t seen her since, I don’t know maybe she is talking to one of the other point leaders at the Aid Station? Markus didn’t seem convinced, I don’t like this, she keeps going missing, you and her need to have a serious talk about this. Keying his mic, Gatekeeper this is Tack, find Lieutenant Illonka and bring her to the Command Post right away
Sergeant Leon Reinholdt received the message at the forward aid station where his men were standing guard. Pointing to a pair of his squad, You and You with me, we are looking for the Lieutenant, everyone else stay here and keep watch, the camp was not large but it was in a state of disarray and confusion. Most of the Mechwarriors were out on patrol making sure the Jaguars weren’t followed or on show of force patrols to remind the locals to behave. Leon asked around, Mina was good at not being detected, but one of the techs said she had been seen near the Medic’s tent.
The trio approached the tent that Specialist Samira and Chief Medic Holmes shared, it was easy to spot and marked appropriately with Ares Convention Markings. The forward aid station and command post were on the other side of the base where everyone else was. Leon signaled to the others to fan out and search, he walked in without knocking, she was already in Al’Sur so there should be no harm.
However, he saw a shape still in her bed and rushed over placing his rifle on the ground. Rolling her over, it was Sam, he tried to rouse her but was met with groaning instead. Keying the radio on his shoulder, Nest this is Gatekeeper, patch me in to Rodeo right now!
Mule Class “Rodeo” Bridge
Captain/Ops Director Abram Baasch answered the phone Director this is Gatekeeper, lock down the medical section right now, secure Ravinia’s quarters, and detain Samira. We have a security breach. Abram looked over to his Master at Arms beckoning him to come over, Hendrick, I need you to take three men, secure Ravinia, and detain Specialist Samira then escort her to the brig. I am silently locking down frames F-eight through F-Twelve from here. Use the intercom when you get there and I’ll open it. Try not to worry everyone else and don’t tell Corporal Hermes. Hendrick grabbed three of the brawnier DEXTRAN hands and headed downstairs grabbing matte-black impact armor, cuffs, and clubs from the armory putting them over their yellow jumpsuits. Some of the other crew exchanged quick looks and moved on to their regular duties.
Ravinia’s Quarters, eight minutes before
Ravinia woke with a start, hands covered her mouth and wrapped around her neck, she struggled vainly and her eyes snapped into focus. Lieutenant Jasmina Ilonka was on top of her and mouthing “Don’t scream” Ravi tried to fight but found her right hand was zip tied to the bunk’s rail, not tightly but she was outmatched. She went slack and Mina leaned in menacingly close, I have some questions for you and you are going to give me answers, understand?
Ravinia meekly agreed, Good, good, wouldn’t want to have to use these, Mina grabbed a pair of drugs from a belt pouch that were a common method of suicide when mixed and showed them to her before leaning in again, You mentioned to Alina that I move like the Jaguar Watch Captain right?, a peeped yes escaped Ravi’s lips, she was more terrified now then she was in the scavenger base, That was a curious choice of words, almost like you knew the Jaguar’s Watch Captain. Did you know the Jaguar’s Watch Captain?, Mina was almost cheek to cheek, Ravi’s collar was pulled against her neck, yes, I knew him., Mina’s hair fell down grazing across Ravi’s face, how did you know him Ravi, you are going to have to start talking or this will be much more painful, she felt a crushing pain as Mina began squeezing the life out of her, Alright, Alright, he came to me the day the others were killed, Dillon Nova told me that he would spare me if I did something for him., Mina released some of the serpentine pressure on her but not all, What did you do for him?, Ravi inhaled sharply, He told me to link up with the rebels, that he was going to severely injure Rakeem but he needed him to live long enough to pass a message to the Titanfellers, Mina put some of the pressure back on, What was in this message Ravi?, struggling for breath Ravi could barely speak, the plans for the defense of Coolwater, please stop!, Mina continued the pressure, you’re still leaving something out! hurry up while you still have breath, panicked Ravi breathed the words more than spoke them, he wanted me to get inside the Titanfellers and mark their commander with a tracker so they could kill him, Mina released the pressure again and Ravi coughed, yet here you are, why is that? Rakeem and his men have been captured or killed yet you didn’t., Ravi’s face was red, I couldn’t do it… I hid until I was picked up in the morning by the scavengers., Mina’s face was also red but with rage, do you still have the transmitter Ravi! Why did the Watch Captain betray his SaKhan!
Hendrick and the other three Dextran crew went to Ravinia’s bunk first, Abram had been very explicit about that. It was locked with a master key, one of the others keyed the nearby intercomm, Captain, we need a bridge override for Bunk F-sixteen. The door’s light flashed green and the men charged in to find Samira in full guard position mounting Ravinia with her hands around her throat. Grab her!, Hendrick was first to get in there breaking the choke by striking Sam’s elbows with his club, Ravi coughed and struggled but she was tied up.
Two others grabbed Sam prying her legs off the supine woman. Sam kicked out trying to prevent being taken to ground striking the impact armor hard with her combat boots and unbalancing the attacker but he held firm. The doorman had the cuffs out and shackled her legs, Hendrick rolled her onto her stomach but just dodged taking the back of Sam’s head into his face. Sam/Mina was struggling trying to break the hold but Hendrick grabbed her arms roughly pulling them behind her back eliciting a whine while another cuffed her. They strung a chain between the two sets of cuffs and two men lifted her up. Watch her head, this one’s a fighter. Take her to the brig
Hendrick pulled out his utility knife to cut the wire tie that held Ravinia to the bunk. He handed her off to another to take her to the infirmary to make sure she was alright.
Lieutenant Jasmina Illonka was thoroughly searched and thrown into the Rodeo’s brig, Hendrick locked her cuffs through a ring in the cell sticking her in a tight seiza position to prevent her escaping. She had a lot things to answer too but Hendrick wasn’t going to be the one asking questions his part in this was done.