China. Caught between a bug and a dead place. I’m used to killing Migou, but the Rapine Storm can’t be a joke with how little we hear about it. The Yukon is fucking ugly, but the news paints us as well on our way to kicking the bugs back to their hive ship. Ain’t that bright and shiny. I am far too intelligent to think the stories out of here aren’t just as polished to mirror brightness. I’m going to be pissed if I get shot up before higher decides we have a need to know the real situation. Who am I kidding, I’m an armour-clad mushroom. Lesson one after graduation is we still won’t have “Need to Know” for half of our after-action reports.
The first base wasn’t too bad.
Of course, that figures because we were changing planes. They let Cassiel wake up, but kept him under lock-down. That was not going to sweeten his mood. The last leg was combat load/combat drop. It was good to be back in the pod. I don’t think anyone noticed my disengaging the lock-out, but I don’t think we’re going to have time to work through a full-blown Cassiel sulk, not to mention “dead-stick” combat drops suck.
Good news is “home” is more than a couple pre-fab shacks and a "mecha-by-numbers’ maintainence bay.
Bad news is that it’s a remote bunker complex on the ass end of bum fuck China. They may feed us “the sharp point of the spear” all the way through training, but it’s a fucking long shaft they’re giving us. Seriously, who the fuck did I piss off this bad?! With any luck the rest of my gear will catch up to me by next month. The support crew were not expecting the Auphan, especially when he “yawned”. I really hope that kid didn’t hurt himself too bad when he fell out on the flightline. Have to admit though, those mandibles are impressive.
They should be glad for the armouring too. I know what’s underneath.
Should have guessed though. I’m the only Engel in the unit. And one of two Nazadi, both of whom are brand new, in the unit. The CO seems solid. The rest of the pilots didn’t seem too bad, except for Carter. Kid’s got a chip on his shoulder and shock-prod up his arse. Apparantly, he lost a close buddy on their last all-up op. Non-recoverable. Reports suggest the Migou broke through on his sector. Up until then, he looked sharp. I’d give the kid the benefit of the doubt, except he’s cocky as sin and terrified I’m taking his place. If he can’t get his head back in the game, I probably am.
I need to go for a run.
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