here is chapter 9. it's mostly a flashback.
Chapter 9: Soldiers Tale
*We're at an Army base in Iraq. We can see four soldiers get in to the back of a humvee and it leaves the base in a convoy with two other humvee's and a tank. The screen zooms in on the four soldiers riding in the back. there are three guys and one girl in the back. The girl is Emma. In the background we can hear rock music playing from the humvee's radio.*
One of the male soldiers taps the others shoulder and points to Emma.
"Hey dude she's pretty hot and I heard she's single." He said.
"I wouldn't f**k with her man. She's one of the best the Army has." The other said.
Emma was looking out to the horizon her M4 at the ready in case anything happened.
"Are you serious she's a Ranger?!" the first said.
"That's what I heard anyways. She's also the commanding officer in this convoy so I wouldn't go and piss her off." The second said.
The first guy didn't say anything and decided it was worth a shot. He moved over to Emma so she could hear him.
"So LT what's up?" he asked.
Emma was a first lieutenant. Much to her superiors dismay she told them she would rather be in the field then doing boring ass paper work all day. They agreed and let her go out in the field. After all she was an Army Ranger and knew what she was doing.
"Nothing just watching the horizon. These patrols are so f***ing boring sometimes." Emma said.
"No s**t we haven't seen any action in weeks." The soldier said.
Emma was quiet before turning to the soldier and saying, "So why did you really come over here?"
The soldier saw her ranger patch on her chest. It said, "Mess with the best die like the rest."
He gulped. So it was true! He thought. This woman was an Army Ranger and apparently one of the best ones. He decided against his earlier idea and sat back down.
"Nothing. Just striking up a conversation to pass the time." He said.
Emma looked back to the horizon her customized M4 Ready for anything.
The other soldier tapped his shoulder and whispered to him, "Chicken s**t."
He just shrugged and told him, "Well why don't you go give it a try."
He did just that and went over to Emma. After a few minutes we hear a slap followed by him being cussed out. He came back over and sat down holding his cheek. The other two laughed.
"See what happens man!" One of them said.
Emma was smiling. He was charming she would give him that but he took it to far with the compliments so she put him in his place.
"All right you three quiet down and stay frosty. There's been talk of ambushes up in these hills and I really don't want to deal with dead soldiers today." Emma told them.
"Yes, ma'am." All three of them said and readied themselves. It was another five minutes before they got to the hills. Besides the vehicles humming it was dead quiet.
"I don't like this." One of them said.
"Man your always complaining about..." The other couldn't finish his sentence as an IED went off next to their Humvee sending them flying. After landing Emma quickly surveyed her surroundings. The Humvee was a mess of metal and was on fire. Two of the soldiers had been blown to bits in the explosion. The other was against a rock holding his leg. Emma couldn't hear anything and then her hearing came back to the sound of gunfire, explosions, yelling, and the tank firing it's 50. On the hills where multiple tangos firing down on them. Surprisingly the blast hadn't hurt Emma except for a few scrapes from the landing.
Emma made her way over to the hurt soldier and dragged him behind one of the other humvee's.
"God it hurts f**k!" The guy said.
His leg was bleeding a lot. Emma tore part of her suit and wrapped it up and handed him his M4.
"Come on soldier on your feet. Army strong remember?" She told him.
He took his M4 and got up. He used the humvee as cover as he returned fire at the tangos. Emma got inside the Humvee and manned the mounted 240b. She unloaded on the hill side. Tangos where dropping but they kept coming.
F**k this. Emma thought. She ducked down in to the Humvee and grabbed the radio.
"Breaker one-nine I need fast movers on coordinates Alpha 6 charlie 12 foxtrot 3. I need them fast!" She yelled in to the radio and got back on the 240b.
"That's a negative patrol 5. All air traffic is currently to far out to lend any assistance. You're on your own." The radio operator said and the radio went off.
"That's just f***ing perfect." Emma yelled, "So much for the f***ing air force."
She kept firing until she was out. She hopped out of the humvee and tried to figure out what they could do. She noticed a small village to her left and some buildings. She got on her radio.
"All right listen up! We're going to us the tank as cover to move to those buildings and set up a choke point. Make these b***ards come after us. On my count we do it. Hooyah?" She said in to the radio.
There was a mixture of voices in the radio all saying HOOYAH meaning they agreed.
Emma grabbed the soldier next to her and they made their way to behind the tank. There was a group of soldiers already there. Once they got there she told him to go in her radio and the tank started to move towards the village. They arrived in the village and they took cover among the buildings. The terrorist made their way down the hills yelling in their language. We can hear, "Allah Akbar!" Some of them where running towards the group no weapons in hand but had bombs strapped to their chests.
"Take out those bombers!" Emma yelled.
They all started firing at the group coming from the hills. They dropped them all. One even went off prematurely taking a few of his brothers with him. After the group there was silence.
"You think it's over?" One of the soldiers asked Emma.
We hear a low thump noise followed by others. After a couple of seconds we can hear a high pitched screech as a mortar hits inside the town.
"F**k! Mortars! Everybody off the roofs and inside now!" Emma yelled.
They all got inside the houses finding the lowest level. We can hear the impacts from outside. It continued on for a couple of minutes before it stopped.
"Now is it over?" One of the soldiers asked.
"Far from it." Emma told him.
Over the hills came even more terrorists. Some of them where carrying RPG's. They fired at the village. multiple rockets impacted the buildings around the village tossing rubble every where. The tank fired at them but the relentless barrage of rpg's disabled it.
"We're dead in the water here!" We can hear the tank operator yell.
Emma looked outside. Then she heard helicopters blades. A group of Apaches had showed up from the base. They unleashed hell on the terrorist killing the rest of them.
"Bought time the fly boys got here." Emma said followed by yells of approval from other soldiers.
"How many did you think we lost?" One of the soldiers asked her.
"To many but I'm sure the scumbag terrorists lost a lot more. Going to be a lot of praise Allah tonight." Emma told him.
They all laughed.
*Back in present time*
"Life was good when I was in the Army. That was until a week later when a mission went horrible wrong and I was stuck for 2 years in a place I hated." Emma said.
*Flashback to a week later. Emma has received word of her brothers birth by now and has sent a picture back to her parents. They are in a city. It is dark outside. They're other rangers with her. They are standing outside a building that has been known to harbor terrorists. She is the CO again followed by a 2nd LT who's name was Bamboza."*
"All right we've had reports that Saddam Hussein is here and we are to take him in. Bamboza I want you to take Bravo group and go left of the building to the front door. I'll take Alpha group right and to the back. We'll meet in the middle." Em told them.
"Roger that. All right Bravo lets move." Bamboza said and they moved off.
Alpha group following Em went to the back door. They took up positions on both sides of the door. One of the soldiers kicked the door down and moved it. It was very dark and you could hardly see a thing. Emma noticed something on the ground but before she could warn the point man he had stepped over it. Turns out it was a motion sensor. All the lights came on in the building revealing the center of the room. There where mounted MG's facing both them and Bamboza's group. They opened fired.
"s**t!!" Emma yelled and dove to cover to her right. The rest weren't so lucky. Without any where to go they where mowed down by the MG's. The same thing happened to Bamboza's group. We can hear the terrorists laughing as they stopped firing. They began speaking their language to each other. Emma could make out there where two survivors and the word hostages.
"Bamboza are you there?" Emma whispered in to her radio.
There was static at first then he whispered back, "Ya. I hate to admit it but we're f***ed."
"Tell me about it. We better think of something fast or we're going to be on the block." Emma told him.
She then heard the terrorists yelling in their language at Bamboza. They had found him.
"All right all right f**k take it easy." We can hear Bamboza say over the radio.
One of the terrorist turned the corner looking at Emma. He was surprised when she grabbed his gun and took him as a shield. She moved up to the center of the room. Two terrorists where to her right. They didn't have their guns in their hands figuring the last two Army soldiers would be easy. She wasted no time and dropped them. This caused more yelling as two more terrorists came around the gun placements. One was holding Bamboza hostage. Emma dropped the one on the left which had her with a stand off with the terrorists holding Bamboza.
"Let him go or your friend gets it!" Emma yelled at him.
He said something in his language and pointed his gun at Bamboza's head.
Why didn't he just light this guy up? Emma thought. then she realized who she had hostage. It was one of Saddam's sons.
"Let him go or sonny boy here gets it!" Emma yelled at him.
Again the terrorist said something in his language. He seemed a little scared but he knew this was a stand off with no end. Then he smiled and let Bamboza go.
What the hell? Emma thought. She was about ready to shoot him when she heard clapping from above. She looked up and around the room was dozen of terrorists pointing AK's at her. The person clapping was Saddam.
"Good job little girl you and your soldiers found my hideout." Saddam said in his best English.
All the terrorists laughed. They didn't know much English but they could tell by the way he said it he was being sarcastic.
"F**k." Emma said. She still had his son hostage so that would have to be a bargaining chip. She put the gun to his head.
"Oh I wouldn't do that. You see the minute you pull that trigger I snap my fingers and you'll be riddled with bullets. Now let him go before I snap my fingers anyways." Saddam said.
Emma let a grunt of anger out and let the man go. He hastily ran up the steps to his fathers side. They spoke to each other in their language then Saddam said, "It seems my boy wants to put a show on with you two as the guests. One of you will die but which one?" Saddam said.
Emma and Bamboza looked at each other. The terrorist had setup filming equipment around the room. One of them walked over and placed a pistol in the center of the room between them and backed off.
Oh no not this.... Emma thought. Bamboza had the same look as she did. One of them was going to die. The problem was one of them had to finish the other off.
Saddam laughed then said, "Begin!"
Emma wasted no time and ran for the pistol. Bamboza did the same. They both reached it at the same time and looked at each other. They both had their hands on it. Emma's hand was on it first and she lifted the pistol up and aimed it at Bamboza. She was shaking badly and had tears in her eye.
"I'm sorry..." Emma told him.
Bamboza ripped his dog tags off and handed them to Emma then said, "It's ok Em you got to it first. Hell even if I got to it first I was going to give it to you anyways. Tell my family I love them would you. They live in Stilwater near the church." He smiled at her then said, "I don't think I could of beat you anyways if we where going to fight for it."
Emma was crying and still shaking badly. She couldn't do it.
"I can't pull the trigger..." She told him in tears.
"You have to or they'll kill us both. Be strong Em. Remember Rangers lead the way." He told her. He grabbed both of her hands around the pistol grip and closed his eyes.
Emma stood there for the longest time then said, "I'm sorry......" she then pulled the trigger. The gunshot rang through the room. Bamboza fell to the floor. She dropped the pistol and fell to her knees crying in to her hands. Saddam came down the stairway clapping.
"That was interesting to say the least. It seems we're not much different you and I." He told her.
Emma stopped crying then said in anger, "I'll never be like you. You're a waste of a f***ing human being. Some day you'll get yours. Maybe not today but some day." She then yelled in anger and tackled him. She beat the s**t out of him until she was hit on the back of the head and knocked out. She woke up just barely and had a bag over her head. Somebody was speaking a different language. She heard her name. She was tied up to a chair so she surmised that she was being recorded as a prisoner of war. The bag was removed and she had guessed correctly.
One of the terrorists came over and he had jumper cables connected to a generator. They where going to torture her. He connected the jumper cables to her breasts and turned the generator on. The pain was unbearable. She yelled from it uncontrollable. After he turned the generator off she was crying. He turned it back on and the pain lapsed over her again. It was the most excruciating thing she had ever felt in her life. after 10 minutes they stopped and dragged her over to a jail cell and threw her in.
*Present time. We hear Emma talking. We can tell she is crying when she talks.*
"They kept me in that cell for two years! They barely fed me anything and they continued to torture me with different methods. Luckily since they thought of me as an infidel none of them did any sexual things which I am thankful for."
*Flash back. Two years after incarceration. We see Emma in the jail. She is very thin and looks like a mess. The jail cell opens up and in walks a delta force member.*
"We've got a live one in here!" He yelled.
He came over and helped Emma up. She couldn't even walk she was so weak. He placed her on a stretcher. Her hand which is dangling off the stretcher we can see Bamboza's dog tags. The screen fades to black.
*the screen comes back to present time. Emma is looking at her hand. In it is Bamboza's dog tags. She is crying a lot.*
"I spent the next couple of months in rehab to build myself back up and get over that mess but I never really did. I still carry that pain with me every where I go." She told the gang in tears.
" I then came to Stilwater looking for Bamboza's family when the thing on the street corner happened and here I am today." She told them still crying.
It's raining outside and thundering. Nobody said a word when she was done. They didn't know what to say. What could they possible say to help her feel better? They didn't know. The screen fades to black.
-----End chapter 9-----
No words can describe that kind of guilt or sadness....... Well hopefully everything brightens up in chapter 10! Oh and a new character appears :) If you're wondering who check out Forbidden Love and my little bit on my character in that story. Also read destroyers story it's really good.