I got busy yesterday and neglected to post this. Here you go.
Mike headed out of the trailer, pausing in the short corridor to listen to an open radio that was broadcasting the sounds of a firefight. The E6 from earlier spotted him and directed him toward the exit.
“What’s going on there?” Mike asked while retrieving his sidearm and AR.
“Can’t tell you.” The E-6 smelled of fear as he slammed the door in Mike’s face. Mike hesitated in the warm fall evening. Should he go tell Crispin that Eric Faraday was near and going under the name of Shane Delaney or should he keep that information to himself? A true friend would keep it to himself … or tell you that he was a secret agent. Mike needed to work out that dilemma first.
He passed a squad of Army soldiers walking with such a purpose that one of them had the temerity to brush shoulders with Mike. He glanced over his shoulder as they leveled their rifles at the National Guardsmen before the trailer. The young weekend warriors relented quickly. Mike kept walking, hardly flinching when he heard gunfire from within the trailer a moment later. He counted three shots. One for each MP he’d seen and probably one for the E6. That should be enough to bring the rest to heel. Most of the soldiers had surrendered their weapons upon entry.
In a world gone mad, it made a great deal of sense that professional soldiers would take the place of weekend warriors. Shooting them seemed counterproductive, but he could understand needing to gain control over the situation. He hoped K. Lawson had not fought and so survived, but Mike already couldn’t remember his first name, so he knew it wouldn’t matter to his life in the least. What would matter more was the lesson he’d just learned. He’d never relinquish his weapons again. This may not be Miristan, but the same rules apply now. The military is not on our side here.
Objects in View by Lela Markham will publish October 4 on Amazon. It is currently available for preorder and anyone wanting an Advanced Reader Copy to post a review can contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. Objects in View is Book 2 of Transformation Project. Life As We Knew It is also available on Amazon.