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.