“Okay my turn to ask some questions number one, why are you all here and number two who sent you?” Major Leroux looked at Michael and shifted his gaze at the entire party. Daniel was the first to speak and said “we are here to destroy any projects that the ARMY is or has created, that is detrimental to the human and animal species. Quite a few of these bases have been destroyed as of recently and we intend to make sure that all of them will be destroyed or at least shut down.” Oscar looked at him and shook his head in acknowledgement. “I have heard of some of these bases being taken out but mostly up in the northern tear states. The incident at the base in Georgia is still sketchy but we are investigating the details as we speak.” Susanna spoke this time and said, “Would you like the low down from the horses mouth so to speak Major?” Oscar looked at her and actually sat down. He then offered all of them to have a sit down and asked for some coffee to be brought.
After they all got comfortable and the coffee arrived, the Major asked Susanna to proceed with her story. Ketchin scooted back over to Nancy and lay at her feet as the story proceeded. Susanna told of all the things that happened with Michael and Daniel and Theresa filling in spots that Susanna had forgotten about. She told the Major and the other men in the room all about the General and the Colonel and how things had progressed. She hesitated long enough to let Daniel tell about his part and how he came to be with the team. After they had told of the incidents and even brought the base at Tallahassee into the telling. The Major was very quiet for a short period while everyone sipped there coffee and ate some pastries that had been brought in. Oscar then looked at all of them and rested his eyes on Theresa. He said “my second question has not been answered yet so I am going to ask you young lady because I remember you from somewhere but it has slipped my mind for now so maybe you can fill in some blanks.”
Theresa knew this man from the secret base in Wyoming and how he had been kind to her when she first came there. He was an ensign in control of a small platoon of guards at the time and she did not converse with him much but even so he was a kind man. She looked at him deeply into his eyes and tried to speak into his mind but he was not open yet and so could not hear her. She then spoke and asked if he had ever been stationed in Wyoming. Oscar’s eyes lit up and his face grew a big surprise on it. “Now I remember where I had met you.” You came to that base with those other scientists. I remember when we were all called to that other base how that Major and the lieutenant destroyed the experiments and took all the other scientists away except that one that appeared to have committed suicide.” Theresa thought it would be better if she did not tell Oscar how and why that man had chosen to die. She did tell him what happened to the scientists and the two officers that destroyed the base and why. “So those two officers and the scientists are still alive I presume?” Theresa told him, “yes they are all still alive and Major Ballard is the one that sent us here.”
Oscar stood up so quick that his chair fell backwards. Ketchin stood up also and moved closer to Nancy as Oscar said in a louder voice than usual. “I knew it, I just knew it, the Major and that lieutenant was responsible for the destruction. The ARMY is still looking for all of them and has even put people on Mars and the Moon bases hoping to find them.” Oscar began pacing around and silently talking to himself. He finally came to a stop and said “That Major was a brilliant inventor and the stuff he took with him would have allowed the ARMY to control the world. I was so relieved when we all got back and everything was destroyed and nothing remained. It was a brilliant move on Major Ballard’s part to create the false flag that he did to empty that base. Can you tell us where they are located?” Theresa heard the mind speak of the team all at once telling her to not give that information until Bill gave the go ahead. The questions this man had asked and his enthusiasm gave them all cause for alarm at the moment.
Theresa reached into Oscars mind once again and penetrated the barrier that kept him locked up. He had lived a childhood of complete misery. His mother had died from some cancerous disease when he was just 4 years old and his father was in the ARMY so he was away most of the time. When his mother had died his father came home for about a week just to bury her and make arrangements for him to live with the Grandparents. His Father was a Colonel in the ground forces or infantry and had command over a small battalion of men that were fighting in the Asian theater at the time. After he had come home and buried Oscar’s mother he went back to his JOB and Oscar never saw him again. A few months later, Grandpa Joe received a box in the mail and it had his fathers name on it. Grandpa and Grandma were his mother’s parents and their last name was Leroux. Grandpa took the box and had shown Oscar what was in it. Oscar was locked up in his mind by then and he really never knew his father so the contents of the box meant nothing to him. Grandpa took it and went to the northwest corner of the property and buried the box in a deep hole. That became the end of Oscar’s given name at birth which was Richard and his knew name of Oscar and he took the Grandparents last name.
He grew up on the small farm with his Grandma and Grandpa until he was 15 and they both passed away within a few weeks of each other. The farm was confiscated by the bank and he was taken to a state facility to be raised until he turned 17. He was there for 2 two days and snuck out a window and never looked back. He lied about his age to get into the ARMY. Theresa had read all of his history and his pain that blocked his thoughts. She also discovered that he was not a bad fellow but just wanted to help the people. He had his run-ins with the Emperors people and the ARMY upper echelon. He was just being exuberant with the discovery of Major Ballard and his continued existence. He had celebrated for months about what had happened and had been transferred to this assignment shortly afterward. His promotion in rank came suddenly and he found himself in charge of this assignment in a short amount of time. He had been told what the emperor was up to and that it would be an invasion into a foreign country so he had to keep a low profile. Theresa soon found out all of the details of his life to this point and slowly and easily began to open his mind.
As Oscar began to calm himself he turned and asked Michael a very pointed question. “We need access to your Chopper; can you provide that to us?” Michael looked at him and said “I thought the hatch was left open and you should have been inside by now. I do not know what has caused you to not do that.” Michael was so thankful that he had printed the chopper to respond to their commands only and that it had shut itself up after they had been taken. Major Leroux looked at him with skepticism but moved right ahead. “The only way we could and can find that bird is with our dogs because they can see it and we can not. We even broke the code of the dispance cloak but the one you have around the bird is far superior to what the military is using today. I would suppose that is a new invention of Major Ballard, am I right?” Michael just looked at him and shrugged his shoulders. “I am baffled as to why you can not get into the cabin.” The Major looked perplexed but said “okay we will let that drop for now but maybe when we get to know each other better you can tell us all about those things. I think for now we need talk about what is going to happen and how you all are going to be involved in it. I will tell you that there is another base like this up on the western border of the Panhandle and they do have the silo’s loaded and ready to fire.”
Sherman and his two deputies had sat on the side and listened to the preceding conversation and even thought for a moment that he was going to have to calm Oscar down himself. He was distracted by the beautiful blond haired woman that Ketchin had taken a liking to. She was about his age if he was a good judge of that sort of thing and he could not take his eyes from her very long. She had looked up and caught him starring at her a few times now and had even smiled at him. He found her so striking that it was all he could do to keep from looking at her continually. She looked like a twin sister of the other blond haired woman but a bit older and perhaps more mature. That was just his influenced opinion but she was just so beautiful. She caught him starring once and looked at him with deep blue eyes. The smile on her face made him blush and he had to look at one of his deputies and say something to him. The deputy reached over and said Huh what did you say chief? He told him to shush and turned back to the conversation. The woman was patting Ketchin and whispering to him. He was so infatuated with her he wished he could be the dog at that moment.
Susanna had caught the deep feeling emanating from Nancy and when she looked at her she was starring at the sheriff. When she looked at the sheriff he was looking at one of his deputies. She looked back at the Major as he was talking and did a quick look back at the sheriff and he was starring at Nancy again. She had caught him doing that quite often since they had been in the office. She knew her sister quite well and could feel the emotions from her on a continuous basis since they were both just a few years old. Nancy was a few years older but they did appear to be twin sisters. Susanna could feel something between the two and it was a very good feeling. It was as if two souls had just found each other again. Oscar stopped talking for a few minutes and then told everyone that they would all go to the mess hall and get some dinner.
When all the people stood up to leave, Ketchin stood up and bumped next to Nancy. Sergeant McConnell gave a sharp command for him to come but Ketchin did not want to move. Mitch looked at him and walked over to attach his cord to the dog’s collar. When he got close enough to do that he spoke to Nancy and said “looks like you have made a friend for life here Miss”, Nancy told him that her name was Nancy so he said “Nancy, this dog has taken to you very much and he does not want to leave you. It appears that he would rather die first.” Nancy bent down and while scratching and petting Ketchin she spoke very quietly to him. He whimpered a little and moved to Mitch and let him attach the cord. Nancy had stood back up and said to the Sergeant “Will you allow him to sit with me after dinner then?” Mitch said he would and they all left to eat.