I plan to go on recon in the morning to explore the site where the Mages are which put up the barrier to block out the sun. And of course Bucky insists on tagging along. First I told Buck that I am going to treat him like an adult and no longer give him orders. He reacts like a pathetic puppy which I just beat with a rolled up newspaper! Arg! He wants to be treated like an adult and when I do he acts like a child.
I told him that Ben was the one who imposed his restriction to going out of the HQ and he would need to ask Ben. F—K! And I get roped back in. Blah blah and I end up with Bucky going with me under my responsibility.
To Bucky’s credit he, and Becca, do a decent job. Becca even brought a transport pad with her that smart bitch. I am still mildly annoyed she almost took my eye out with a knife this morning though.
I am annoyed at Ben though. This morning he did one of those “Officer Lectures” to me about how I do not plan ahead. Yes I don’t exactly plan ahead, how can I? They call me in to think fast and furious in the moment. I get called in to defuse an IED which is not one one-zero-five round which could individually level two city blocks, but six of the damn things. I have no idea what the trigger is, if it is proximity, timer or remote. I have only one option, solve the problem by any means necessary. The brass back in their safe bunkers with all their plans have no idea what decisions I have to make in the field every split second.
I am probably sounding belligerently arrogant at this moment. But for Ben, who lost his entire team, to lecture me after I saved as many of his team as I could… Well, he is the CO and I will respect him as such. His troops seem to follow him well and I know I have a very askew view of him. As he probably does of us visitors. Damn it Buck!
As for the future, I wish I had some intel. I have next to none and this does worry me. I must assume they have heavy magical defenses. I should also assume that we have less than 30 seconds from an alarm to the target mages being taken away. I don’t know what it is from but I am liking that one quote Bucky likes to say “Take off and nuke the site from orbit.”
As for extensive planning… Well as they say, the best laid plans go out the window once the first bullet is fired.