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Re: Story of fiction and fantasy and science fiction

Postby LostNFound » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:47 pm

Cassie and Jaclyn were the first ones to head back to the farm. They drove on the state route 36 to the Road 10 turnoff and headed north. Cassie could see the sheriff cars sitting on road 0 as she passed through the 4way. The Womack farm was just up the road from that intersection and she knew the sheriff cars were there just waiting for Heinrick Limorish to show up with more of his minions. She had caught some mention of the physical eviction today through the Haverstock boys mind thoughts. It wasn’t very clear because those boy’s minds were full of trash all the time it seemed. She turned onto the drive and stopped. She told her mother to get everybody into the house area in preparation for what was coming. She heard he mother tell her that they had already begun preparing because her father had sent word ahead while he was dealing with Heinrick to get the paperwork taken care of. She put the truck in gear and headed up the long drive to the feed barn where she and Jaclyn and some of the men began to unload it. Carl, Ammon and Danny turned on the Road 10 just as Cassie was turning onto the drive and rolled through the intersection not long after. Danny told them what was being said at the house and he could read the minds of the deputies as they drove by them. “Those people are going to come in force to evict the Womack’s and they mean to do physical harm to anyone up here.” Ammon spoke as he looked out toward the south. “I wonder it Garth has any weapons we can use. There is a bunch of people down there in some trees and I think they are going to come up here from the east so we might have to go and take care of them.” Danny smiled and said “well I can tell you that Tamara, Alisha and Alice have taken care of their transportation so they will have to walk through the fields. And they don’t have any ammunition in their weapons. In fact none of the sheriff deputies have any ammunition either, they have been disarmed in that respect and they don’t know it yet.” They all three smiled as Carl pulled the empty milk truck in to the big barn at the end where the big stainless steel vats and tanks were located.

Bobby and Tom were the next ones to drive up the 10 and through the intersection. The deputies that were in their cars with some of the hired hands from the YE had watched all three trucks pass through. Hymme cursed out loud and spit a wad of tobacco out the window. “Damnit, those people were supposed to be taken care of in town but here they all are. Something doesn’t seem right.” He picked up his radio and called Sheriff Buchanan. The static on the other end was deafening but he tried anyway. “Buck, hey Buck where the hell are you? Over. Static was all he got, he tried again but the same static made him grit his teeth. “Damnit all to hell this is peculiar.” Ralph was sitting in the passenger seat and Jose’ Rosterian was on the back. He reached up and grabbed Hymme’s shoulder just as the big rig came rumbling through the cross section. Hymme stared with an open mouth as the dust blew in his open window and made him choke. Damnit, Damnit, that was Garth and he is supposed to be locked up.” He pulled out his tobacco can and took a big wad and stuffed it into his lower mouth. He picked up the radio again and heard the sheriff calling him. “Hymme stop that damn truck we can’t let him get back to the house. We are just turning onto the 10 Damnit you better had set a road block up there.” Hymme swallowed the plug of tobacco and stuck his head out the window while he puked it up. When he straightened up he hit the gas pedal and the car spun out. He turned it onto the 10 and proceeded to follow the big rig. The others that were sitting with him spun out and followed. The dust was thick and he couldn’t see a damn thing. When he reached the driveway to the Womack’s he slammed his brakes and almost smashed into the big rig that was turned sideways and blocking the driveway completely. The tractor was stuck in the mud on one side while the tanker trailers were stuck in the mud on the other side. “What the hell” he said as he climbed out of his car and the others slammed into his rear and pushed the car into the undercarriage of the first tanker trailer. He swore up and down and screamed at the other deputies. They all began to crawl out of their cars. The sheriff pulled up and had to stop a few cars back. The other deputies slammed into his car and knocked Buck and Heinrick into the dash. Everyone was cursing now and then Butch and his toadies slammed into one of the deputy cars at the rear. The scene had become like one of those old time pile ups on the speedways that used to run like the stock car races. There was a good sized crowd of sheriff deputies and other minions of Heinrick standing on the road surface examining the chaos that had just occurred.

Garth and Chance were the last ones to arrive and when they saw the deputies at the cross roads Garth had stomped on the gas pedal and the big rig went through the crossing doing about 60 miles an hour. He down shifted to bring it to a stop at the driveway and he and Chance got out and levitated the truck to set in its crossway position. No one could drive up the driveway and they couldn’t get around it without getting stuck in the mud bogs on each side. Garth and Chance then levitated up to the house and met with the other folks that were preparing to defend themselves. Heinrick Limorish had finally declared war on the Womack’s and meant to either drag them off their private property so he could take it or kill them all so he could take it. Either way the man had finally gone stark raving mad and drug all his minions into hell with him at this point. All the men had found Garth’s Magazine full of weapons that had been stashed long ago, and were arming themselves for the coming battle. The girls were watching all the activity and finally told them that they had made all the ammunition disappear from the people down at the entrance. They had made the motors disappear from the cars of the Limorish boys that were hiding to the south. This battle was pretty lopsided at the moment and those people down there are going to have to walk up here if they want to do anything. Alisha stepped forward and said “this fight is really between the Limorish fellow and Garth, it always has been and these two men must end this battle. I can tell you that better than half the people of Saint Francis are going to come out here and there is a lawful Judge who is willing to stand up to these very nasty criminals.

All the folks standing around the yard listened to this little girl. They knew what she was capable of and they agreed that there shouldn’t be any blood shed here today but rather a justice that had been a long time coming. Garth and Elizabeth both knew Alisha was right. Chance and Cassie knew that this had to end and the city of Saint Francis needed to be healed from this criminal that ran rough shod over the people for far too long. Garth stepped out of the crowd and walked to where he could see the crowd of deputies and other minions of Heinrick. He could see the big dust cloud coming up from the south and understood it was the people of Saint Francis that were coming out to stand up for themselves finally but they had to witness what was going to transpire between Heinrick and Garth. Garth began to walk down the driveway knowing he was going to fight the one and only man that had taken over this county and had gotten away with it for so long now it was almost unknown how he managed to do it in the first place. He reached the halfway mark of the driveway and figured Heinrick would be able to hear him from this point. The mass movement of vehicles had finally come to a halt and the people had begun to come and arrest the deputies and any of the minions that stood with Heinrick and had caused pain and death to the good people all in the name of power and money. He watched the people chase down some of those that tried to run and carry them off. He noticed 4 school busses pull up and the people were taking the prisoners and putting them in the busses. In all the arrests and fights to capture, no one touched Heinrick who stood with the sheriff until three armed men came and took him away and left Heinrick standing by himself.

South of the farm house, a group of armed men came upon the Limorish boys and the few farm hands they had with them and arrested them. The oldest boy tried to run but slipped on a wet cow patty and fell on his back. When he hit the ground he broke his neck and died instantly. The others were taken to the busses and handcuffed. Butch Krieger and the 4 men that were with him had seen what was coming and tried to drive across a field to escape to county road 0. They were the only ones with guns that had bullets of all the criminals. Their car got stuck in a mud bog at which point they got out and started running for some cover and the ensuing gun battle left them dead. One good town folk was shot and killed but he saved two others in the process. South of State route 36 on the YE farm the main house had caught fire and was burning in a giant conflagration. Two of the big barns had also started burning and the animals were running into the big pastures to get away. The horse barn was left wide open and the horses began to escape. As the big barns burned the embers caught the big hay barn and the horse barn on fire and it seemed that most of the buildings on the farm began to burn. The embers found their way into the giant silos and the wheat dust and corn dust began to explode. Anybody that was still on the farm found vehicles and any mode of transportation and abandoned the farm to burn to the ground.. It seemed as if the YE was doomed to be cleaned off the face of the earth. In the town of Saint Francis, The people that didn’t go out to arrest the deputies and other criminals began to round up the minions of Heinrick Limorish that worked in all his stores and banks and at the big Grange. The city was experiencing a cleansing. There were those that did escape and drove toward Wichita and Kansas City never to be seen again.

Garth stood in the driveway and yelled at Heinrick. “WHY DON’T YOU COME UP HERE HEINRICK AND WE CAN SETTLE OUR DIFFERENCES ONCE AND FOR ALL.” The people were standing around watching and waiting now that they had taken the others into custody. They would never let Heinrick run away but they wanted to see what Garth, who had been wronged in so many ways, was going to do. Heinrick was enraged beyond belief. His Psychopathic mind had become calm and he was plotting to kill Garth now. He didn’t have a gun or he would have just shot him and taken his chances with the people. However he did have a knife and it was hidden at the moment. He figured if he got close enough he would stick Garth and then cut his fool head off. He was so deranged now that he though about cutting the man’s heart out and eating it. He wasn’t sure why the people didn’t touch him but that didn’t seem to matter to him now. His motor reflexes finally kicked in and he ran over to the truck and ducked under the hitch between the trailers and with deliberation walked toward Garth. He did not take his eyes of the man and as he walked he pulled the knife out that was hiding at his back under his jacket.

Garth could read Heinrick’s mind as he walked toward him. Garth had to flinch at the ugly, evil thoughts of this mans’ mind and heart. Heinrick had been corrupted from a very young age and had embellished his evil life. Garth watched as Heinrick took out his knife and began to walk faster. The thoughts of the man gave Garth the idea of a perfect place to send the man as he closed in. Heinrick had closed to about 10 yards from Garth and stopped. He could see a smile on the man’s face and it infuriated him. He had wanted to kill this man and his family ever since his first wife had died by the hands of a bunch of hoodlums. He blamed her death on Elizabeth Womack and that spilled over onto the entire family. Garth could see the uncertainty in the man’s mind and all the hate that had eaten his soul away through the years. The man was a savage and so he should die by the hand of savagery. “Are you ready to meet your destiny Heinrick?” Heinrick was confused with that statement at first and then thought that his destiny was to kill Garth in a vile and bloody way. He began to yell as he ran at Garth.

He swung the knife in a big arc and twisted sideways as he fell to the ground. The five almost naked men with long dark hair danced around him. The sun was hot and the sky was a deep blue dotted with heavy rain clouds scattered across the horizon. Looking up he had to squint his eyes and then one of the men stomped on his forearm and his hand opened. The man bent down and took the knife from his open hand. His mind was confused; he did not know where he was and who these men were. He looked around but all he could see was the ground and tall grass. The men grabbed him and began to drag him. He struggled as his head bounced off of rocks and other earthen debris. His back was scraped raw and finally he was dragged into a clearing of sand and rock. There were a few scrubby trees that looked dead to him. The sand was hot and he could feel the heat of the midday sun burning his skin. The men ripped his clothing off and he could see two of them pounding some limbs or something into the ground. He was roughly picked up and laid down on a mound of some sort and the men tied his wrists to the stakes they had pounded into the ground. His legs were tied down next so he was lying on his back with his arms outstretched and his legs stretched apart pinned to the ground and he was naked now. His mind was buzzing with unknowns and fear. The men stood around him and began to reach down and slice his skin with their knives. They didn’t cut deep, just enough to make the blood well up. The cuts were crisscrossed across his chest and stomach, across his arms and legs and the men stood up and looked at him. He was on fire with all the cuts but he refused to yell or cry with the pain. He began to or thought he understood what these men were doing until he began to feel his skin tingle with something crawling on him. He was able to raise his head and look at his body. He started screaming then. The men had tied him across a large fire ant pile and the little beasties where swarming for the moisture now. The men had set up a campfire a few yards away and watched as he screamed and screamed while the ants ate his body. Heinrick lived for two days while the ants feasted on his body. The pain was a slow burn to his existence until he finally gave up his corporeal body to the ants. No where is it known that a man was eaten by ants on the plains of Kansas during the year of 1841,

The people had watched as Heinrick ran at Garth and then disappeared. They did not know what had happened to Heinrick but they knew that his rein of terror was over. They all began to gather themselves back to their cars and trucks. It wasn’t long before all the people had left and the dust cleared. Garth was still standing on the driveway when Elizabeth came to him and hugged him. Chance took Cassie and Danny down to the big rig and levitated it up and straightened it out on the drive. Chance climbed up and started the truck and slowly drove it toward the parking place next to one of the big silos. Garth and Elizabeth had walked back to the big house and heard the people talking in the back yard. They went around and found everybody busy setting up the tables and grills for a good early diner. The bunk houses had been cleaned and set up for living and the construction supplies would help to patch and repair some things but it would have to be many trips into the lumber yard before they could get all the work done to repair the barns and the big house. The farm was going to become a thriving producer for the folks of Saint Francis and the surrounding towns in the County not to mention shipping to other cities.

Tamara, Alisha and Alice sat around the big fire pit and talked with Danny, Chance and Cassie. Jaclyn was sitting close to Chance and shyly took his hand. Chance felt her warmth and spoke into her mind. He was pleasantly surprised when she answered him in the mind and they both stood up and excused themselves as Chance said he wanted to show the swimming pond to Jaclyn. Both of them walked off as the others smiled and continued to talk. The girls had asked Danny to go with them to destroy the weapons. Danny had made up his mind to help them but he wanted to come back to the farm after they were done. He said that he had something to do here that was incomplete and after he helped the girls he would be able to complete his journey here. They sat around the big fire and talked about other things that were happening in the world when Garth and Elizabeth walked over from the big table and thanked the girls for saving their farm and the town of Saint Francis. Alisha told them that is was all the people that saved themselves from the evil wicked man that had controlled them for so long. “It is the people of Saint Francis and you and these folks from the underground that have brought about the healing of this place. All we did was bring you together in our quest to save this world from a very bad timeline. It was later in the evening when everybody had completed the chores and were sitting around the big fire pit that the girls finally took Danny and said farewell. The disappeared in a swirling action and the farm and big family started to settle into a wonderful place. Down at the only base that was operational for the Emperor outside of Carlsbad New Mexico a General sat at his lonely desk with a big bottle of whiskey and contemplated his attack on the Nation of Texas just a mere 14 hours in time.

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Re: Story of fiction and fantasy and science fiction

Postby LostNFound » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:09 am

68 RED BLUFF LAKE

Captain Wyatt Harper looked through his infrared binoculars at the old interstate highway 285 gate that had been erected on the border when Texas seceded from the US. He was looking to see if any activity was happening. It was close to 2200 hours and the sun had set a few hours earlier. He and a squad of 10 men and their machines had been concealed in the large stand of juniper trees almost due east of the road. The border was only ½ mile from their position to the North and to their east was the big Red Bluff Lake and beyond that were the old abandoned oil and gas fields. The border had been very quiet for days or weeks now and it was nerve racking. He had received the INTEL about the invasions north on the Panhandle and how they had failed. The big base that was close to Carlsbad had gone quiet also and it was now two days past the invasion of the three places to the north. Oscar had told him that Amarillo was safe as well as Farwell. Captain Johnson had reported that the snake fort had been completely destroyed and they picked up some deserters from the Emperor’s army. This Carlsbad base gave him the willies because there was quite a bit of armor plus a large amount of soldiers stationed there. His sorties to the base with his men had shown that the Choppers had been dwindled down as well as the man power but there were still a good amount of tanks and Humvee’s and those damn Howitzers. There were two roads that came from Carlsbad and that base sat almost at the v where they connected to Carlsbad. Lieutenant Shawn Morgan had 10 men with him and was watching the other road that came down. They both had big gates and the border fence that was almost 15 feet high in most places could only be gotten through by blasting it or tunneling under it. He and his men had a secret passage through the fence wall that they had created a few years back. It was prudent for them to do it to be able to make their sorties to watch the base.

Today felt different to him and his men as something was electric in the air. Lieutenant Morgan had radioed him and told him that the three men he had sent up to the base the night before radioed and said the fields where the choppers and tanks were parked was lit up and ground crews were busy doing refueling and mechanical work. They had seen special trucks on the fields that looked like they had ordinance and it was being transferred to the choppers and tanks and even to the howitzers. This activity was telling that something was going to happen and soon. Wyatt had been told by Oscar that they could expect some help from the northern areas. He was glad to here about Michael, Susanna and Daniel and his wife Theresa. Those people had special powers that he and his men had been told they could receive in time. With the time counting down for a sure invasion from the sick General that commanded the base he wished he and his men had those special powers right now. As far as he knew these folks were already at the fort.

Sergeant Jesse Bradford sat with half of his squad in the small grove of Junipers located about 600 yards from the border and where the old highway 18 had once came into Texas from New Mexico. The landscape was dotted with the old abandoned oil pump rigs and Juniper trees. This was smack dab in the middle of the old oil and gas fields that stretched up into the Southeastern desert of New Mexico. He was in charge of a 12 man squad to cover this old road bed and as much of the border to the east and west as he could. Six of his men were running along the border at the moment to the west. They had seen some activity along the border fence as of late. It wasn’t something that was too noticeable but he and his men where very aware of the small groups of men that seemed to be walking along the fence. The old 18 highway had been scraped up and bulldozed into heaps of asphalt. It could not be traveled on by any vehicle and had been that way shortly after Texas seceded from the UNITED STATES. The fence out here could be crossed but it would take some doing because of the razor wire that was strung along its base and top. The fence had only been built a mere 8 feet in this barren area so the razor wire was a must. There was no gate at the road bed and the fence ran across it. The team had spotted two squads of soldiers wondering along the other side within the last two days. They had watched them as they split up and walked in different direction. Jesse and his men had 4 dune buggies outfitted with the .50 cal heavy machine guns and 4 military dirt bikes. If someone tried to come across the fence they would be hard pressed to stop them depending how many there were and what kind of vehicles they might be bringing. Jesse radioed the sightings in to the fort and was told to keep a close eye on them. Captain Harper and Lieutenant Morgan had both reported in about activity up at the base and since the invasions had happened just 2 days prior they could be on the verge of an invasion down here at any moment.

Michael sat in the big lounge area of the main headquarters building of the Mentone fort. He took another sip of his coffee and looked out the big window at the choppers. Daniel and Samuel had just come in and were fetching their coffee. “Heard anything from Ian yet?” Samuel asked Daniel as both men walked over and sat down. “No when we left the rangers up north he said he would catch up to us after he took care of some other business. The young lad does get around. I suspect he may have gone to see about our girls, but couldn’t tell for sure.” “Well it has been two days and I am a bit worried.” Michael had to smile; he knew Ian could do anything and go anywhere in time and space so he wasn’t going to worry about him but he sure had Susanna and for that matter Mary and Theresa on his mind. All three of them had left yesterday to go and ride with Nancy. Susanna told him that they would be riding up around the Red Bluff Lake. Nancy had become a scout to help the squads of men keep an eye on the border. She and a few others rode their horses to different areas from the Lake to the western line of the panhandle. They would spend nights out there and then report back what they observed. They knew the rangers and the soldiers that patrolled the border and Nancy’s dogs were the best. She had known that the choppers of the Emperor would fly sorties over the border at times and their cloaks were no match for the dogs who would let her know when one was in the air. Samuel and Daniel both had similar concerns he was sure but those three women were just as powerful as Ian and he suspected that Nancy was also. They all knew that Kevin and Kristyl had helped up at the Farwell skirmish and were now over at Houston helping Sam out. They would be going north and east to give INTEL on the movements of the Emperor’s troops.

Michael stood up and moved to the coffee pot. He looked at the chronometer on the wall and noticed it was almost 2200 hours. He poured the coffee and Oscar walked in. Oscar walked over to the coffee pot and poured his cup full. Both men walked to the big window. Oscar turned to all three men and said nonchalantly, “are your choppers ready gentlemen? I am ordering my flight crews to get in the air by 0200 hours. I think we need to be off ground or in another place by that time. The INTEL I received earlier today is that the Carlsbad base is on full alert and they were preparing their birds and armor to possibly move out. My feeling is that crazy General up there is going to attack and very soon. With the failed invasions up north that insane bastard is hot mad by now and he has wanted to take this fort back for a long time.

Nancy had led the small party of women into an open cavern that was carved into the side of the cliff along the creek that ran into the Red bluff lake from the north. She had found this place a while back and it was shielded from the day and night time skies. They could build a good campfire and cook their food and have a safe place to stay for the night. They could also use this as a base of operations when they rode to the border that was only a mile north. The 5 women and their horses came up from the southeast and dropped into the canyon by a narrow path at the northern end of the big lake where it took a big s shaped turn to the west and eventually switched back to the North into New Mexico. The forests were quite thick around the top of the canyon as well as down in the bottom so anyone could move around without being seen. It had been 6 months since Nancy was last here. She knew there was a team of men over at the old state route 18 as well as further to the west around the old interstate highway 285. She had volunteered to patrol the border from the beginning of the Red Bluff Lake to the east where the other men took over. She and Rosa Henshaw would usually ride together and sometimes a couple of other women would join them. These outings lasted sometimes, up to a month and Sherman her husband always worried about her but he was the sheriff and had to cover the entire county of Loving with the few deputies he had, so his time was spent away just as much as hers but they always came to together somewhere.

The path from the creek banks led up a winding course through trees and brush, until it finally leveled out into the cavern entrance. Nancy led the way with her horse ShadowBoxer while Ketchin and Elsie her two dogs had ran ahead. The opening was huge and the boulders lay in scattered patterns at the front and down the bank. The climb to the leveled area was some 50 feet in elevation so they could look out over the lower trees and see the other side of the canyon as well view the upper creek and the lower creek. The party disappeared over the edge and into the deeper recesses of the cavern. The Sun had fallen below the top rim of the west side of the canyon and it was quite shady and almost dark inside the cavern when Nancy finally came to a wide area that was level. She hopped down from ShadowBoxer and Rosa did the same for her horse who she called Juniper. Susanna, Theresa and Mary were behind them and as they came up they could see that this was a camp site with a big fire pit and plenty of wood stocked up in a big stacked row. There were logs lying around the fire pit and it looked like someone had built a small shack further in. The two pack horses were led over to a corral of some sort and tied up. Nancy spoke up “This will be our base of operations for the next few days, so you all might as well get comfortable. The shack has sleeping gear for all of us and there is some stocked up foods in there. Sherman comes up every so often and keeps the place stocked and who ever comes and uses it usually restocks it before they leave. That small corral back there is where we can leave the horses.” The women hopped off the horses and led them back toward the corral. They discovered that there was feed for them in another enclosed shack to the corral. There was tack in the shack also. Susanna had checked it all out and said “wow Nancy, how often do you come here, this place looks like it could be lived in kinda like the rangers up north?”

Nancy and Rosa were busy removing the packs from the two horses that they used as pack animals when they heard a sound like rocks rolling down the path. Nancy pulled her .45 auto from its holster and motioned for everyone to be quiet. She and Rosa both moved away from the camp sight and almost disappeared into the darkness of the cavern. Rosa had also taken her MP8 from its scabbard and both women were lost to sight very quickly. Theresa and Mary both reached out with their minds while Susanna stood with the horses and calmed them. It was clear that something or someone was coming up the path toward them. Theresa was preparing to disappear and had told Mary and Susanna to do the same and they would deal with whoever might be coming. They were not afraid but the speed and agility they saw Nancy and Rosa move was impressive to say the least. The sound of the creek below was all they could hear now so they sat still watching the crest of the path. The mind thoughts that Theresa and Mary picked up were confusing but they could tell that some men were silently making their way up the path and the slope. Theresa realized from their thoughts that these men had come here on horses and had left them up the canyon a few hundred yards. In fact she read from a man that seemed to be a leader that there was at least one man still with the horses. Whoever was coming was very close to the top and would be entering the level area of the cavern any minute. She gave the word and all three of them became invisible and levitated.

Captain Mica Isazi had taken 5 Texas Rangers with him after the Farwell incident and made their way through the New Mexico eastern side and crossed the border into Texas above the Red Bluff Lake. They had scouted the Carlsbad base before making their way to the border. The situation did not look good because they saw the preparedness going on. Mica had wondered why this base had not attacked on the 7th of May like the others and that was a big concern for him. He decided to get to the fort outside of Mentone and warn Major Oscar Leroux about the immanent attack coming. They had witnessed small squads of the Emperor’s army moving south and spreading out. Mica got out ahead of them and knew that whoever was commanding that base was dividing his troops into small groups to invade as many areas as possible into Texas. That was a bad sign. He did not know exactly how many troops Oscar had and where they were but it was a sure bet that those soldiers from the base were going to penetrate Texas and play gorilla war. He was sure the Armor would come in from anyone of the three roads and possible on all three of them. The commander of the base was Wiley and sneaky to boot. Splitting his soldiers and armor up like this was going to make it real hard on the Texans. He also knew that the county below the border was big and did not have much population. This could mean that the fort North of Mentone could be placed under siege. If that place was lost it would be a real bad moment for the Texans because that is a back door right over to San Antonio and straight into Houston.

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Re: Story of fiction and fantasy and science fiction

Postby LostNFound » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:14 am

Mica and his men had been camped just below the border in the beginning of a canyon that a creek ran through. They had stayed close to the border to gather as much INTEL as they could before heading south. Their trip from Farwell was a hard push and they managed to make it to the base by the early morning of the 8th. They spent around 4 hours watching the base and had to remain in cover, until the following nightfall when they watched the first telltale signs of preparedness. The night of the 8th was when they moved out and headed south. That is when the saw the small squads of men beginning to move toward the east and west and south. They crossed the border before sunrise of the 9th and found a good camp to sortie from. Mica was more concerned about the Red Bluff Lake Reservoir because it stretched up into New Mexico and a small group of men could raft themselves down into Texas. He had thought about stationing his men on that snaky water course and watch for anyone that tried to raft it while he made his way to the Mentone fort. They had spread out as best they could during the daytime of the 9th and reported back to the camp just as the sun was beginning to set in the west. Two men had told him that some men indeed had entered a raft and were slowly paddling their way down that reservoir. There was another squad of men moving along the fence looking for a way to cross. They didn’t know what was happening further to the east or the west but it was a sure bet that those small squads would be making their way toward the fort when they crossed the border. This was turning out to be a full border length invasion of small teams or least from the Carlsbad Caverns to the western side of the Panhandle border.

Mica was getting ready to head to the Mentone fort and send his men to the west and east when they heard the quiet talking and horses snorting down the canyon. This was not good. They were thinking that some of those troops had already made it into Texas and were behind them already. Mica told Iver Engles to stay with the horses and took the others and made their way to where the noise had come from. The men had reached a path that seemed to wind up a sloping bank and disappear into a big open cavern. Mica motioned for his men to spread out and climb up the slope. It was littered with boulders, brush and juniper trees he notices as he began to climb the path. They all had their weapons at the ready when Randle Jeffers slipped on some loose rocks and they rolled down the bank. All the men froze and waited for any sign of people to show themselves or shout out. The silence made them all think that they might have been heard or at least something had been heard from the disturbance. The creek was almost quiet itself but still gave off a sound of water flowing over a rock bed. They all waited for a few minutes then began to move slowly again toward the top.

Nancy had been taught through all her time with law enforcement how to react to sounds such as they just heard. She pulled her 1911 .45 semi-auto pistol and motioned to Rosa to do the same. She moved her hand in the direction of the slope and took off silently like a panther stalking its prey. Rosa pulled the MP8 from her saddle scabbard and quietly pulled the primer latch back and let it quietly move back as it shoved the first round into the chamber. She moved off to the other side of the cavern from where Nancy had gone. They both had practiced these moves many, many times and were seasoned. She knew that the three women that had come with them were very special and would be able to take care of themselves. In fact she would not be surprise if Nancy mind spoke to her sister. The dogs were very quiet and had known something or someone was coming. They had come and stood next to Nancy who then spoke to them in the mind and told them to move to a position where they could attack if need be. Both of them silently disappeared into the darkness that was permeating the cavern. Nancy moved to the far northern edge of the cavern and dropped down into a lower area that allowed her to move to the outer bank. She peered around a big outcrop of rock and studied the slope in front of the cavern. The moon had not risen yet but the fast fading light of the day was enough for her to see the five figures moving slowly up the slope. They were very good because she couldn’t hear them move now and they appeared to be moving without a rhythm to their footsteps. This confused her for a moment because that is how the rangers moved stealthily. Rosa had done the same thing on the southern side. She watched, as the closest man moved slowly up the bank.

Nancy felt something different about these men but her survival sense was on full alert at the moment. She had made her way down the slope and waited for the man that was closest to her position to walk past. When he got about 5 feet from her she stood quietly and moved to his back. She stuck the pistol against the back of his head and whispered to him to keep moving but make no sudden moves. Ira Green froze and then kept moving as instructed. Whoever had come up from behind had a weapon stuck on the base of his scull and he sure wasn’t going to try a defensive move on this crazy slope of rock and bush. The person took his weapon and pushed him. He moved slowly toward the top and thought that once he was on a level surface perhaps he could overtake whoever was behind him. On the far southern side Rosa had waited for the man to pass her position and then came up from behind and stuck the barrel of the MP8 into the man’s back. She was careful to watch for a strike from the man. The silencer on the barrel would not completely muffle the sound but the man would not hear it when his stomach blew out. She did not want to shoot this man but she would not hesitate if he moved to strike her. She whispered for him to drop his weapon carefully and he did. This surprised her but she nudged him to keep moving. She would come back later and retrieve the weapon but for now she and this man were going to the top and into the cavern.

The path was a switchback so Mica cut straight up and crossed it. He could barely see Randle and Chris who were on each side of him, Ira was on the far north side while Warren was on the far south side and it was too dark now to see either one of them. He figured Randle and Chris could at least see or hear them. It was getting harder to see where he was stepping when he finally reached the top and the ground leveled. He stopped and waited for a few minutes to give his men the synchronicity to reach the top. The cavern, was pitch black and it was going to be very touchy to move into it. None of them knew who was in here or how many so this was a gamble at best. Mica was thinking about the mission and getting word to the fort about the tactics being played out but if there were already soldiers inside the border this could get very touchy and if he and his men were captured or killed the fort was going to be overrun by the sneaky gorilla play that was coming. The few minutes were up and he began to move slowly. He drug out his pin light and narrowed the beam so it would only shine directly in front of him. This was a dangerous move and he knew that a bullet could whiz into him at any moment. He figured the others would be doing the same and he was looking deeply into the darkness to see any sign of a weapon or hear any noise that would alert him. He planned to hit the ground immediately if any of those factors did alert him. Little did he know there were two dogs watching him and every step he took?

Susanna was in mind communication with Nancy who told her that she was bringing a man to the center camp and she had talked with Rosa and she was doing the same. Theresa and Mary were watching the two men on either side of the man in the middle who was being watch by Ketchin and Elsie. They all could see perfectly clear in the dark and it looked funny to them as these men stumbled into the cavern using some sort of little pin light to try and see without giving their positions away. All five women had scanned the men’s minds and knew they were not the Emperor’s minions but rather Texas Rangers from up north. Nancy had to laugh in her mind as did Rosa and soon all of them were giggling as the men were brought forward and the others stumbled their way toward the camp sight. The dogs were told to just watch and wait and it wasn’t long before the three men found their way into the big flat camp sight and shined their lights on the fire pit. Nancy pushed the man named Ira out of the deeper dark and Susanna was told to turn the lanterns on that were hanging close by the fire pit. Rosa pushed the man called Warren into the light then and all five men stood in amazement at the women who suddenly appeared from nowhere.

Mica had only been to the fort once but he had met Sheriff Alexander and his wife Nancy while he was there. He holstered his weapon and told Chris and Randle to do the same. “Hello Nancy, I should have known that you would be up here by now.” Nancy holstered her weapon and stepped out from behind Ira “Well Mica, what brings you and your men to Red Bluff Lake in such dangerous times? I thought you were up around Amarillo these days?” Rosa touched Warren and moved around him with her weapon still at the ready. She walked to her horse and replaced the rifle into its scabbard. The smile on her face gave her away and Warren sat down on one of the logs with a smile on his face also. Before Mica could answer, Susanna walked up and said “How about one of you go and fetch your other man and bring those horses up here?” Mica turned to Warren and motioned for him to go and get Iver and the horses. Rosa came over then and said “I will go with you and on our way we can fetch your side arm that is lying on the ground.” She smiled at the man as he stood up and took her hand. The two walked off into the dark and Nancy said “Let’s get the camp fire started first and get some food cooking and you can tell us about your venture.” Mica motioned for his men to get the fire started and help with the cooking. He and his men had been living on cold food for the last few days and it would be a welcome relief to eat a hot meal and perhaps get some welcome rest for a few hours. He still needed to relay the INTEL and that was a high priority. Ketchin and Elsie both walked into the light and the fire was lit. The four men looked at each other and knew they had been bested and Randle was the first to pet the dogs because he was a dog lover of known quality by his men. He had his own dogs back at the Amarillo base and missed them. Kitchen and Elsie both could sense his heart and moved to him.

Iver Engles stood close to the horses and was wound tight. It was dark now and the team had left around 30 minutes earlier. He was listening to the north and the south now. He knew there were at least two squads of the emperor’s soldiers moving along the border fence and a raft full of them floating down the reservoir toward the big lake. There was no fence on the reservoir so those men were going to enter Texas without a barrier to stop them. His senses were at their most heightened state when he heard the twig snap. The horses seemed to be restless. He pulled his sidearm out and moved to a big clump of brush by scooting under the horses. He slid into the brush and lay on his belly. The moon had risen and he could see the open areas well but the trees and brush made dark areas. He was hardly breathing when the horses started to dance around and snort. Two figures ran out from the trees and straight at the horses. The two muffled bangs of a pistol dropped both figures on the ground. There were two more shots fired from the dark off to his south. He belly crawled to the next clump of brush and was able to get up without being seen. Whoever was in the trees was shooting toward the south and then saw another figure drop in the trees. Iver did not know how many people were out there but it was clear that one or maybe more of his team had come back. Whoever was in the trees were not friendly and that was obvious.

He scooted around the brush and darted behind a tree just as a round blew some bark from the trunk. He hit the ground and peered over a downed trunk of tree to see three more figures standing behind the trees to the west of his position. This could be those troops in the raft I saw in the reservoir he thought and crawled his way along the trunk. The automatic rifle fire emanated from the trees toward the south and it clearly gave away the position of the man that was firing his AR25. He fired one round from his pistol and the man jerked backward as his weapon kept firing into the sky. The next thing that happened was all hell breaking loose as the automatic rounds from another man’s rifle ripped across the top of the trunk and blew wood slivers and bark over the top of his head. The horses had broken loose from their rope and ran off toward the north Iver had buried his head under the tree trunk and then the noise stopped. The echo of gun fire reverberated off the canyon walls for a few minutes it seemed and all went quiet. Iver peered up over the trunk and didn’t see anyone standing in the trees. He knew he would have to get the horses but not until whoever had shot up the place was dead or ran off. He kept looking and then Warren stepped out from the trees and called his name. “Iver, are you alright?” He stood up then and said “yeah” as he dusted off the pieces of tree trunk and moss. “What the hell, who are those guys?” “They got the markings of the Emperor’s soldiers so they must have crossed the border. There were 6 of them and they are dead.” Iver shook his head and then shook himself just as another person came walking up the path way with the horses. “Come gentlemen, if those men are from the base up north, no telling how many more could be in the area, help me with the horses and let’s get back to the camp Warren.”

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Iver was confused for a moment but his instinct took over and he grabbed the reins of two of the horses. The woman had brought all six of them back herself and that was a wondrous thing in his eyes. He could see a tall dark haired woman, slim in figure and dressed in military camo gear. He could see she had a side arm strapped to her left thigh as she walked by with the horses following her without any reins. Warren had gathered up the weapons he could carry and began to place them into the saddle bags and pack sacks. He had already drug the bodies to a big clump of brush and made sure they were out of sight. “No time to bury these boys so let’s get going.” They began to walk south into the canyon deeper. Rosa walked for a minute and finally turned and told Iver her name and how they were part of the militia of Texas. Warren was all smiles with this woman, Iver could see so they had met further down the canyon. He figured this would be a good story when ever they had time to talk They ran into Mica and the others as they approached the path that led up to the cavern and all of them climbed up into the cavern.

The fire was made small and a big piece of sheet metal that had somehow made its way into the back of the tack room structure was placed on poles and places over the fire. This caused the light to keep from reflecting onto the cavern ceiling. The lanterns were turned down low so their reflections would not attract any attention. The 5 women and 6 men sat around the fire and ate a good hot meal. There was plenty of coffee and as the men finished eating they made there way to the edge of the slope and found places where they could keep a good watch. They had decided to switch off every two hours so each of them could get a few hours of rest. Rosa had told them what had happened when they went to gather the horses and Iver figured the men that had attacked him were the ones that they had spotted rowing down the reservoir earlier. They knew of the other two squads of soldiers that were moving along the border fence and at some time those men would find a way over or under the fence. Mica was drinking his coffee and had stood up and moved in a circular motion. “I really need to get down to the fort and tell Major Leroux about the strategy of this invasion. We all know now that whoever is in charge of that base plans to send his troops in small groups all along the border so it is sure some of them are going to get through. His armor and those choppers he has are going to come down one or perhaps two of the roads, hell he may split them up and come down all three roads.”

Nancy had heard what Mica was saying and spoke up. “Listen Mica, we have squads of men posted at each of those roadways and the fence will have to be blasted or run through which I have no doubt they will do. We have quicker ways to notify Oscar and his force as well as the militia throughout the county.” Theresa knew there was a radio in the packs but rather than alert the enemy, which she had no doubt they would be monitoring any kind of radio messages, she stepped forward and looking at Nancy for just a brief moment, she reached out and touched Mica. She and Mica both disappeared and the men all stood up quickly. Ira was the first to say “What the hell! What just happened and where did those two go?” Susanna and Mary both stifled their giggles as Nancy began to explain. “Do not worry Ira, Theresa has taken Mica to the fort and I suspect they will return shortly so relax.” “But, how did she….” “Sit down and I will tell you all a story. Randle and Chris will learn later after their watch is over.” Nancy told them how Theresa, Susanna and Mary could do the things they did and how it all had come about. She told them how her and Rosa could speak telepathically and could levitate and were still learning how to open their minds to other gifts, as they were called. Mary and Susanna showed them some of the special gifts they had come to have by opening locked doors in their hearts and minds.

Oscar, Michael, Daniel and Samuel sat in the big lounge discussing battle tactics for the oncoming invasion that they all knew could and would happen at any time. They talked about what had happened up North and how those missions had failed for the Emperor. They were all a little baffled that the base across the border had not yet invaded. Daniel stood to get another cup of coffee when Theresa and a man appeared in the room. Daniel was relieved and rushed to his wife. Oscar stood up and exclaimed, “Mica, how in the divine creation are you doing and what brings you here?” Mica smiled and was confused as to how he got here also but he walked over to the couches and sat down. “You got trouble brewing on the north border Oscar and it is happening as we speak.” “Perhaps we had best be hearing about it so we can alert our forces up there if they already haven’t seen what is coming.” Daniel and Theresa walked over and Theresa handed a cup of coffee to Mica while she sat down with Daniel. Mica had been so anxious to get the INTEL to Oscar, how he just showed up at the fort did not register to him until Theresa handed him a cup of coffee. One moment he was standing around a campfire with 5 women and his men and the next he was in the main lounge at the fort with Oscar and three men and the woman who had reached out and touched him.

Time and motion caught up to Mica, He sat his coffee down on the center table and stood up suddenly. He turned around and looked at everyone and out the window at the field that was lit up showing the choppers being charged and loaded with ordinance. His confusion resurfaced and he finally looked directly at Theresa and said “how did you do that or what did you do, I don’t remember anything other than sitting around the campfire and talking to all of you or the others anyway. Where are my men?” Theresa smiled and said “your men are fine; they are still at the campsite with Nancy, Mary and Susanna and Rosa. Mary and Susanna are going to make those dead soldiers disappear. I will take you back when we are done here. Everybody is needed up along that border now.” Oscar stood up with Mica and told him that they had already had suspicion of the General that ran the base up around Carlsbad and his plans to invade. “We got word yesterday from a small team that the base was preparing for something. Your Intel about small groups of men coming across the border in various places is news though and that info must be relayed as best it can to our men along the border. I am sending the choppers into the air around 0200 hours and the tanks and howitzers are preparing to move out also. You think that mad man is going to split up his armor and artillery?” “Yes Oscar, from what we saw it looked like they were being split into three groups so we figured they may be going to use all three roads to invade. We could see at least two tanks and maybe two or three Howitzers in each group. That base used to have a lot more armor if I am not mistaken?” Oscar moved away from the window and went back to the chairs and couches. Mica followed him and sat down. He was still very confused as to how he got here and how Theresa planned to get him back. He picked up his cup of coffee and tasted it. Cold coffee was never his cup of tea so he sat it back down and let his mind rove back to the base up north.

“How many choppers did you and your men count?” Mica turned his attention back to Oscar and thought for a moment. Theresa picked up his cup of coffee and walked over to the coffee machine. She dumped the cold fluid into a small sink and refilled the cup with steaming hot coffee and walked it back and handed it to Mica. Mica took it from her and said thanks. He looked at Oscar who was looking at him and said, “We counted 5 in the one place we could see but there could be more. That is a pretty good size base although it looked deserted when we first got there. Damn Oscar, did you just say there is a General running that base?” “Yes, General Sanchez, the same one that has been trying to get this fort back since we took it from him the first time.” Mica took a sip of his coffee and looked at Theresa. “How quick can you get me back? We need to get back now. That damn crazy man will be moving his assets and probably has already got them on the move. He is a very devious psychopath.” He turned back to Oscar and said. “How soon can you get your heavy armor up to the border where those roads are blocked? Damn if I would have known this earlier I would have known why those armor movements were split and the small squads spread out across the border. Oscar, we were up there yesterday. I think that man has already sent his heavy armor and more troops on those roads and they could be close to the border by now. How many men do you have?”

Master Sergeant Mitch McConnell walked through the double doors. Three lieutenants had walked in behind him. They all stopped close to where Oscar and Mica were standing and the three men and the woman was sitting. Mitch gave a nod to Michael, Daniel and Theresa but he had not met the third man before. Samuel and Mary had come to the base while Mitch was on recon so he had not had a chance to meet them yet. Oscar had become anxious with Mica’s Intel and his alarm about the General and the possible movement of troops and artillery. This all was a surprise and he was getting ready to get everyone at the fort into battle stations. “What news have you received Mitch?” was all he could say at the moment. Mitch spoke with urgency in his voice. “It is time to move Oscar. I just got a cryptic message from Captain Wyatt that says there are a couple of tanks and some howitzers plus a number of those Humvee’s gathering at the other side of the 285 gate. He also said that Lieutenant Morgan sent a cryptic message that the same thing is happening over at the 180 gate. We haven’t heard from Sergeant Bradford yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of that stuff shows up over there also. We did get a cryptic message from Nancy Alexander about some troops coming across the border around the Red Bluff Lake and they are waiting for orders. She has contacted Sherman who hopefully is gathering the folks in the county to be ready and they could already be heading up there. Sheriff Andrew Jackson over in Odessa County has been alerted and he is gathering his militia as we speak.”

Mica listened to the report and spoke to Theresa. “You gotta get me back, there ain’t enough at that cavern to keep those damn rovers from coming in and it is going to get real hot now.” Mitch did not know the Texas Ranger but he did know where Nancy was by her message. “You got men up there at the lake?” Mica turned and said “Yes and there are 4 women and all their horses also. I and this Lady here” he motioned to Theresa, “came from there and we really need to get back.” Oscar walked to the wall and pressed a big red button, the sirens that begin to ring out was very loud and they all could see people running out to vehicles and armor. “Okay Gentlemen and lady, we are going to the border. Michael, you and Daniel should get in the air, Samuel you need a co-pilot?” He turned to Mitch and asked, “You want to be Samuels co-pilot? His wife is up at that cavern so get with him and you boys get in the air. I will be with Captain Travis in one of the other choppers. It is going to take a couple of hours for our drivers to get the tanks and howitzers up there and the Humvee’s are all ready, we got around 7 of the LAV-25’s so we need to split them up as well as the tanks and howitzers. We only got two tanks so they should go up to the 285 and the 180.” He looked at the three lieutenants that had come in with Mitch and gave them orders to get the men and artillery split and headed north. “Oscar we got three tanks one just came in from San Antonio earlier today and we also go another howitzer with it oh and we got a small platoon of men with all of that. Seems Sam picked up some support and thought we might need them.” Oscar smiled and looked at the three lieutenants who had smiles also. “Get them all on the move, Send a tank to each road and lets get our butts in gear people, damn that bastard has caught me with my pants down.” He turned and looked at Theresa just as she touched Mica and both of them disappeared.


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