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The last charge of the grey brigade
« on: January 25, 2007, 10:00:07 pm »



Deal.

The 6 of them were seating around a faux wood table playing Texas hold'em, Toshi was dealing, Mike thought that Toshi was cheating but couldn't be sure, Karen and Joe and Bill were awaiting the Mike's bet or check raise.

Who won didn't really matter, they were playing for Coke's and downloaded porn.

things were looking grim at the Sunnydale Military Retirement Home, the manager had called all of the residents together to inform them that the doors would be closing in three weeks, due to budget cutbacks. The fact that teh VA would cut them all lose like that didn't surprise any of the people seated at the table. they all knew that Uncle Sam was a fickle son of a bitch.

It was the fact that the local congressthing had been there last week promising that "we will keep the doors open" of course that was right before the elections.....

They all had met in Karen's room after the announcement, karen was partially paralyzed on her right side, the consequences of a chopper crash in the Gulf, Toshi had a bad back, Mike was there for physical therapy, he had a leg blown off in the last "war to end all wars" Joe had a bad cough, and Bill was borderline psychotic the VA was trying to decide if it was service related.

They had all come to a decision, they had enough of the Govt's broken promises.

Bill would provide the firepower, he had been an ordinance Sgt, Toshi would supply the comms, Karen would fly the chopper, Joe and Mike would be the "muscle" such as it was Tom would be the lookout and scout, he would provide the outside security the plate in his head had stopped bothering Tom, but he was always a littel off his rocker anyway.

After the poker game was over, they met back in Karen's room, being the only female currently in the home, she had relative privacy, the building blue prints were laid out on Karen's bed, Tom was studying the Google Earth image of the area looking for "hides" and Karen was studying the buildings roof looking for landing sites, Bill had slipped out to retrieve his cache of arms, and Toshi was ordering encrypted radios online will speaking in rapid fire Cantonese to his brother in Hong Kong or his sister in Canada.

In two days everything would be lined up, Toshi was ordering a small satphone with video transmission capabilities.
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2007, 11:15:18 pm »



The sun was blistering hot on the tarmac, Karen (USMC ret) was talking to the rental agency owner and getting very angry...

"Yes I can still fly, I have maintained my flight rating even with one bad arm"

"I know that" The rental agent said condesceningly "Your paperwork is all in order, but I am having a hard time believing it, let's face it, you cannot use your right arm very well"

Karen thought about just shooting the smug bastard and being done with it.

Undisclosed location AZ, middle of the desert

Bill lovingly lifted the long olive drab box from the hole, there were four more boxes of various sizes and shapes still in the hole, Tom and Mike were carrying a heavy metal box between them to the rented van.....

Toshi was at the Fedex terminal, in a dress jacket and an open collar, the clerk wanted to see some ID before handing over the heavily insured packages.

Toshi smiled patiently at the man who was speaking pigeoned Japanese to him....

Toshi let him make a fool out of himself for a few more minutes then produced his "Matsushita VP Credentials" complete with readable magnetic strip.

The man looked at the credentials, matched the picture to Toshi, and handed him the electronic clipboard to sign, Toshi took up the clipboard, h\ran his left hand over the screen rapidly like he was wiping it, then "signed".

The heavy ring on his right hand was actually a very powerful magnet, Toshi had ran it over the Boards memory several time effectively ruining it.

Now all they needed was the records of the Security Clearance of the security guards to come back....
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2007, 12:14:10 am »


I've hit the "wall" so to speak, the well is dry, the wallet is empty.

I had planned on this story being a rebuttal to Claire's thoroughly depressing "Almost Sixty now I don't even exist" statement in the Drabble thread. IMO BTP's Harold Krasney is an ideal. Sophia Loren was 67 in "Grumpier Old Men"

I need some metaphysical LSD, or perhaps a good joint, or maybe to do the right thing for all the wrong reasons to blow the cobwebs out of the idea factory.

Maybe if a can catch on of the feral cats that I have been feeding for quite awhile.....

Sorry for wasting folks time with this "book".
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2007, 06:24:44 am »

Padre - I think I can say this for myself and the others who have read this.... you did NOT waste our time with this.  I enjoyed it very much.  If the ideas aren't coming right now, they aren't coming.  Leave it - do some things to rejuvenate your mind and body.  When it's time, come back to it.  Or never come back to it.  That's the beauty of being a writer  :)  or at least one of them.
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2007, 09:04:37 am »


I've hit the "wall" so to speak, the well is dry, the wallet is empty.

I had planned on this story being a rebuttal to Claire's thoroughly depressing "Almost Sixty now I don't even exist" statement in the Drabble thread. IMO BTP's Harold Krasney is an ideal. Sophia Loren was 67 in "Grumpier Old Men"

I agree with Dare, padre29! It was a great beginning. Definitely not a waste. And if the mental caffeine ever kicks in again on this idea, I'd love to read a rebuttal to my "invisible woman" drabble. (Sophia Loren is a special case; a glorious exception who proves the rule.)

That's the hardest damn thing about creativity. It comes in fits and starts. Two months of sterility and hair-pulling are followed by two weeks of manic creative frenzy. Then those are followed by ... ARRRRGH!!!!

Besides, some ideas are meant to be tried then put aside -- for a week, a decade, or forever. Doesn't mean the ideas weren't worth exploring. Give yourself a break. "Let go and let flow."

BTW, the "invisible woman" drabble didn't mean I think 60 or 70 or 80 year olds can't kick righteous ass. In fact, I've long been looking forward to the day I can be a fearless "little old lady in tennis shoes," not having to worry about what anybody else in the whole damn world thinks. It's just the sad, true state of the world that, at a certain point (40? 50? 60?) we non-Sophia women become sexual non-persons in the eyes of men.
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2007, 11:07:20 am »

It's just the sad, true state of the world that, at a certain point (40? 50? 60?) we non-Sophia women become sexual non-persons in the eyes of men.

.... and somewhere along about the same time, men do far more talking, thinking, reminiscing and pretending about sexual relationships than actually having them.  In both cases, the sexuality becomes secondary to the fuller relationship - in healthy, mature humans anyway.

At 52, I made a great marriage with a young 49-year-old. A year later mom and Bob married at 78.  It as a real kick in the pants for us to spend time with them as we all enjoy how similar our relationships are.  Everybody is just thrilled with what they have gained and have.  Real prizes come along when they do.  It is wrong to think there is some age-point where that can no longer happen to males or females.  And trust me, the sexual part is still significant and wonderful in both the old-folk marriages mentioned...it is just no longer 95% of the value.
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2007, 07:56:28 pm »



Claire I could point to the 67 year old woman who just had a child... :laugh:

And maybe an aside, I have been re reading "I am not a number" and I have to say there is fodder for some great stories in there, or at least plot devices. Is it plagiarism to use the facts in that book to create fictional stories?

For example, a TIPS operator who is really a mole who creates havoc by......

Would stuff like that have to accredited to the original author or need the author's permission to use a fact and create a fictional story?

Inquiring minds want to know....
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2007, 08:14:49 pm »

And maybe an aside, I have been re reading "I am not a number" and I have to say there is fodder for some great stories in there, or at least plot devices. Is it plagiarism to use the facts in that book to create fictional stories?

Oh, go for it. By all means. It's always fair game to be inspired by reality or by somebody else's work. Unless you're directly quoting or outright borrowing portions of a work, you don't need anybody's permission or even to give any credit. I'd consider it an honor if you were inspired by anything in IANAN.
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2007, 08:03:47 pm »


The apartment that they had found to rent was a shithole, easily a third world dump, Karen laughed and told Toshi 'Geez, I bet we even have hot and cold running coachroaches, the fridge doesn't work, and it is worth your life to throw the third breaker switch in the power box, the insulation is frayed, and you can see the char marks on the wall.

All in all Karen said with a smile, I like it.

Mike simply grunted and said "I've lived in worse places than this, you hsould have seen the quarters I shared with four other guys out at Ft Lewis"

There were 5 sets of gear and clothing on the floor, being shaken out, batteries were checked and rechecked, clips were disassembled and reassembled and  bullets had been checked for burrs.

Toshi was showing Karen a long tube with curved handle on one end, there was two prongs on the bottom of the shaft, and space enough for 8 lithium batteries inside the tube.

Okay Karen, one more time, this is the switch, this is the rubber housing, you have 8 charges..

Joe was looking over Bill's uniform, and Mike was looking over Bill's uniform, he noticed that a button was missing from the shirt collar, that would be corrected imediately, all in all though, everything looked just fine.

Tomorrow morning everything would be put into motion with the arrival of Robert P. Knuts, the ranking (literally) member of the committee that was to oversee the "modernization" of the VA.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2007, 08:16:37 pm »

Karen woke up first, she had to start putting on her prosthesis, first she put on the elastic band that would secure it to her stump were her knee used to be, then she had to align the leg, then she had to take a few steps to make certain that everything was aligned.

She turned the coffee kettle on in one of the few outlets that worked in the place, by this time Mike set breakfast on the flimsy card table that served as their "kitchen table" Orange Juice and Doughnuts and fruit and cold cuts with bread and cheese.

Joe and Bill had their uniforms in dry cleaning bags, they filled up their coffee mugs and each grabbed some chow and headed out the door, they had to catch the train into the city and then walk to their destination, the Metro Garage and Inspection station. By this time everyone was up and eating, the duo checked their watches and their cell phones to make sure that their times matched the Grey Brigades time, and that their cell phones were on and working and accepting calls, they called one another and everything worked and was synchronized.

Toshi was online checking his trading account, everything was fine.

Alright, Mike said, we each know what we are supposed to do, do your job and everything will work out fine, the secondary rendezvous point is old Football stadium, primary is the harbor as we have discussed.

Good luck.

It was 6:00 am when Joe and Bill left the apartment, Mike had the van idling and Toshi had his motorcycle warming up as well
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2007, 08:35:11 pm »



The Hon Knuts plane landed on time, at a private airport outside the city, from their he would be taken by limousine to his campaign Headquarters, then he would walk to the waterfountain downtown and give a speech on the need to "Reduce the effects of Planetary Climate Change" by taxing everything with a combustion engine including lawnmowers and chainsaws.

As the landing ramp was pulled away the limousine pulled right up onto the tarmac and his bodyguard held open the door, as Knuts got into the vehicle (it had a V-16 engine, no pollution control and was heavily armored he justified the pollution by intimating that he played to important an part in fighting for Environmental Causes, and he more than made up for the pollution by raising money to plant trees in the Gobi Desert)

Knuts knew that several big donors to his campaign were going to be on hand at his speech, he also knew that the industrial magnet Sharpe would watch him from his office high up in the Sharp Tower, Sharp would finally have to give up center stage Knuts thought, and he relished the thought. Knuts hated the fact that he had to walk to the fountain, his girth was noteworthy, but his polling had indicated that walking would connect him to the people that he was about to propose a tax increase be implemented against.

Knuts decided that not walking would make him look like a hippocrite....

A video camera recorded the whole scene on the tarmac, normally the arrival of Knuts wouldn't raise an eyebrow over at  the Safe City monitoring site, but today, the feed was being beemed to a laptop that was sitting on the gas tank of a Yamaha 3500 GS, Tish picked up his cell phone and called a familiar voice said

"Bartles and James trading company"

"Do you still distill the rotten egg kind?'

Toshi hung up, and mike laughed as he drove Karen towards a parking deck downtown, she had lighted make up mirror in front of her face, she had applied the bushy eyebrows and added the facial putty, she was now making sure the wig fit correctly.

Mike said "That was Toshi, the Hon Mr. Knuts has arrived, he also let me know that there were no major accidents on the road into the downtown area"
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2007, 08:50:33 pm »


Mike and Bill now dressed in neatly pressed "Metro Emergency Services Uniforms" approached the window at the front fence of the Metro Garage:

Joe rapped on the glass with his clipboard jarring the overweight man awake, he looked comical as he frantically tried to stand up but the chair that he was sitting on rolled out from under him dropping him to one knee, standing quickly he tersly said

"What the hell do you want!"

Joe looked down at his clipboard and said "We are here to pick up the #8 rig, one meat wagon went down on the way to the corners last night and we have to drive the #8 over to the labs to replace it"

Stew, the man's name tag looked at a clipboard on his desk, then looked up at Bill and Joe and said

"I'll buzz you in, #8 is over on the right hand lot, the keys are under the floor mat"

As the buzzer went off Stew asked desperately

"Hey you got a smoke?"

Joe fished out a marlboro red and handed it to him

"Thanks, I'll open the gate when I see you pull up

"Don't mention it" Joe said.

Number 8, a bright red ambulance made by the Reading Company was heading downtown in the flow of traffic.

A elderly woman stepped from a van with handicap plates and entered the elevator, her gait was slow and she had to walk with a cane, leaning heavily on it to make up for her unsteady stride, she had a bad right leg, or so it would seem....

The van pulled out of the garage and headed for the small commuter airport, it would be a 15 minute drive...

A Yamah GSX 3500 pulled to the end of the block a rider was working on a small laptop as a black limousine pulled down the block and dropped two men off, one a huge man with eyes everywhere, and the other a tall man but very fat,  there were newspaper cameramen snapping pictures from a respectful distance, after all this was a important man, not some cheap tart that was covered paparazzi style...

An old woman stepped out of the garage on the corner and slowly made her way down the sidewalk. She was walking very slowly, with her right leg out at an '45 degree angle...
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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2007, 09:27:04 pm »



Karen was cursing a blue blazes into her ear piece, Toshi could her every word of it, her leg was killing her as were her hips, it took all of Karen's strength not to walk normally...

A throng of young people and some older ones as well had gathered around Knuts, a few had copies of his book "Hothouse Earth" hoping that he would autograph one, a old woman stood at the back of the crowd waving a copy of his book in one hand and holding herself up with the other she was saying

"Alphonso Knuts, I was your third grade teacher Ms. Georgston"

Knuts heard that and he pushed his way through the 8 or 9 people and with a smile as slick as salad oil he said "

Emma Gerogston, I hardly recognize you"

Toshi pinged Bill and Joe and the ambulance pulled around the corner and was half a block away when Karen lifted her cane and placed the tip of it on Knuts custom leather (From China) loafer, she pushed the button and Knuts dropped like he was pole axed Knut's body Guard pulled a fully automatic Glock from under his jacket and started to scream something while trying to pivot both left and right, he never finished as Karen brushed her cane against his shin and he dropped....

A middle aged woman screamed "Call 911 Call 911"

Bill and Joe were slowly coming down the block when a cameraman hopped on the rails of the vehicle shouting

"Get over here quick! It's Knuts he has collapsed"

Joe quickly put the ambulance in park and headed toward the growing throng to people and reporters he said in a command voice:

"Step aside, give him room, I'm a medic"

Bill had opened theback doors of the ambulance and removed one of the wheeled gurneys, and rolled it over to the side walk, there were tears and whimpers meeting him as he approached the crowd a small pathway had been made so they could pull Knuts out of the crowd, quickly and efficiently they strapped him onto the gurney, and wheeled him onto the ambulance, a Reporter tried to climb inside of the vehicle but Bill pushed him back out and yelled

"It could be a stroke! We don't have the room for you"

Joe had climbed through the cab and pulled the ambulance down the street with sirens on "Full" they were ten minutes down the road and heading to the airport with their sirens "off" just one more EMS vehicle going about it's boring business.

In the excitement, no one thought about the Body Guard still on the sidewalk, Karen had ducked into a restaurant and had changed clothes into the ones that Yoshi had with him, she bagged her wig and put on a motorcycle helmet and gotten on the back of the Yamaha wearing jeans and a leather jacket, she didn't have time to take off the make up, but her clothes and wig were bagged and with her as Yoshi headed into the rush of oncoming police cruisers and firetrucks and the Ambulance that had been dispatched once a land line had been found, Yoshi's "laptop" had actually been a cell phone jammer..

Mike had reached the airport and had started the chopper when the Ambulance arrived, about 15 minutes later Toshi and Karen arrived, Karen went to Mike's van and removed the make up, she had the helicopter keys in her pocket, herself mike and Joe would be leaving, the Ambulance had been parked in a unused maintenance building and Toshi had jetted away on his motorcycle, headed to a local university to access his trading account, he was expecting a large wire transfer from the Knuts campaign war chest via Nigeria in about twenty minutes



Karen lifted the chopper off of the helipad then Karen banked the chopper towards the downtown area, the Hon Knuts was starting to wake up from his tasered slumber, the wind was rushing into the back half of the helicopter, they were about 4,000 feet above the ground and circling the water fountain area, a massive crowd of people had gathered and there were newscast vehciles giving live reports in perfect English with perfect smiles

Joe looked at Knuts and said "Well Knuts, have you ever taken flying lessons......?"
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Re: The last charge of the grey brigade
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2007, 08:14:04 am »

Anything that helps you (and makes others) think is never a waste of time.
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