Necessary Betrayal - Part 1 "Sacrifice"
Episode 3 - The Future That Was
Location: Resistance Camp Theta, Somewhere in the Himalayas, Earth
Timeline: Mid 2416 (Alpha)
[Previously in The Wooden Horse]
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Standing up, the Bolian walked over to his desk and came back with a PADD in hand. "According to intel," Said Bolanus as he handed the PADD to Hsina. "The insurgents have a base in the Himalayan basin. I would like you to take a special ops team and stamp it out."
"Thats what I do" Hsina replied.
"Good to hear. But you should know that Lee's daughter, Lieutenant Terri Lee, escaped capture a few days ago, and all signs indicate that she has joined with the rebels. We don't know where she is, but we will catch up to her sooner or later. When the time comes, I hope her being your old captain's daughter would not be a distraction."
"I liked Korra, no bullshit with her, but Terri isn't a problem. I won't kill her, but I will take her out of the fight. If she is with the rebels in Nepal, she will be the only survivor. If thats a problem, send someone else."
"Do whatever is necessary."
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The cool and crisp air, the glistering stars in the open night sky, everything was so quiet and calm, even serene. It would be easy to forget that there was a full scale civil war brewing and that she was in the very middle of it, but Nami could not forget. She was back on Earth to fight a war, not for vacation.
In fact, she hadn't had a real vacation since she graduated from the Academy all those years ago. Even during the mandatory shore leaves, she always found something important to do, something to keep her mind focused and occupied. The universe might not be heartless - Oliver had shown her that ever since the Bunker Hill rescued her from the slavers - but it was still cruel, even without the war, and in such a cruel universe she would never allow herself to relax and forget that peace and tranquility were mere exceptions that proved the rule, the rule of violence, of aggression, of survival at any cost. She must always be prepared.
Taking in one last view of the alluring, but deceptive serenity around her, Nami was ready to return to her makeshift subterranean quarters for the night when her communicator alerted her to an incoming transmission. Once glance of the frequency display, she knew rest would have to wait a little longer.
A few minutes later, she walked inside the Madeira and put the runabout on security lock-down to shield any communication from prying ears. Turning on the encrypted channel, she gave a simple nod to the woman on the holographic display.
"Brigadier Amman, what can I do for you?"
Hsina was dressed in arctic fatigues, and from what could be seen on the viewer, was inside of a small, candlelit cave. An old-fashioned rifle of some kind was slung over her shoulder, while goggles were up on her forehead, ready to slide down to protect against the howling wind that could be heard even over the comm channel despite Hsina being deep inside the cave.
"You have an hour to escape quietly. Leave behind enough Intel to look convincing, and make sure Terri isn't home when I come knocking."
Nami raised an eyebrow at the unexpected news. She understood what Amman was doing, but the short notice was ticking her off. "You are raiding the camp, and you are only giving . . ." Shaking her head, she decided to just drop the matter. There were more important things to worry about. "Yes, ma'am. Everything will be ready when you get here."
"How many fighters inside?"
"55, give and take a few."
"That many, damn. Can't be helped, just you and Terri, I don't have to remind you how important it is that I have surprise."
"Understood." Said Nami. "I assume you have earned Bolanus' trust?"
"He trusts me to an extent, taking out this base will seal it."
Nami nodded. These were good people here in Camp Theta, fighting for a cause they believed in - even if she herself might have doubts. But in war even the good must be sacrificed sometimes, and this was one of those times.
"We should keep this from the Admiral for now. He would not approve of the massacre of an entire resistance camp, even if to gain Bolanus' trust. It's better if we spare him the . . . . . . worry. We don't want him to be distracted from what's important."
The commander was worried about him, Hsina could tell. "Probably best that way" she replied as she looked over her shoulder and gave some cryptic hand signal to someone standing out of the camera's view.
"58 minutes Commander, you'd best get busy."
"Yes, ma'am." Nami gave another nod before terminating the transmission. Immediately her fingers flied over the control panels. "Madeira, execute Program Hades Subroutine Lethe."
"Aye aye, Commander." Acknowledged the runabout's virtual intelligence.
Nami calmly waited out the few seconds it took for the VI to execute the subroutine, one designed to erase certain critical files from the camp's computer servers, but leave intact enough files that were important enough to earn Hsina Bolanus' trust but not critical enough to inflict any serious damage on the resistance.
"Subroutine Lethe completed."
Nami spun in her chair as she considered how to bring Terri, Alenis, and Gustave out of the camp without arousing anyone's suspicion. A few quiet moments passed before her eyes landed on the weapons storage by the runabout's exit. "Madeira, prepare for launch and set a course for Camp Penthesilea."
"And beam one Type 4 stun grenade to the following coordinates. Set detonation with two seconds delay"
[To be continued . . .]
Commander Nami Ishikawa
(NPC - Oliver)
Brigadier General Hsina Amman
Unified Special Operations Command