Friday, 21 January 2011

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“Sorry dear, but that will not be possible,  until help comes I am stuck like this.  So, don’t worry yourself,  I’ll be fine for the time being” was the strange reply.  The old woman chatted with the nurse about some of the other children she taught at the same time as the nurse asking where they were now.  The conversation was interrupted by thunder and a loud rumbling sound.  “Ah, here they are.  Linda use your page to have those two boys who brought me here go one to the main entrance and one to the emergency entrance and escort those boys who have just arrived here” the old woman commanded.

“I can’t “ she stammered and was interrupted by a harsh voice barking “Freeze”  she turned around to find a figure in a special force’s assault suit standing in a corner of the room holding a weapon pointed at directly at her.  “Rogue, don’t be nasty.  If you check you will find she has a military implant, She is Lieutenant Linda Miles, Army Medical Corps, currently on the reserve list” the old woman snapped sharply and smiled at the armoured figure.  “Pleased to see you too Angel.  If the Lieutenant is a reserve she will have to be recalled if we need her” was the armoured figures reply.  “The team is on the way in, I came ahead as scout, can you give details to relay” it’s voice continued.  “Yes, massive systems failure, I was hit by something at 08:04am this morning,  type of weapon unknown.  Torso armour locked into present configuration, weapons system under control but not for much longer.  Command system says the nano is fighting itself.  If the system can be replaced within four days I will be OK, if not the suite will go critical by 09:30 am today” the old woman reported in what the nurse recognised as a military fashion.

The armoured figure seemed not to move for a few seconds, but that didn’t reassured the nurse she knew about special forces troops,  their identities were a guarded secret.  the armour they wore hid their sex and face as well as distort their voices so as you could not tell if they were male or female.  They also tended to use code names so as anyone who met them could not tell who was inside the armour.  She knew if she made any sudden move this soldier would shoot her.  The fact that Miss Williams knew both this figure and that she was currently on the Military Reserve, meant that it was more than possible Miss Williams was special forces herself.   The fact that both of them used codenames indicated this possibility.

“OK Angel, the boys are bringing a med unit in” the figure said in a more pleasant tone.  “Lieutenant, you should be getting orders shortly recalling you.  I would suggest that whatever has taken place in this room or is about to, be treated as top secret.  Do you understand” it continued  “I certainly do!” the nurse replied in a military manner.  “Good, until you get a formal recall order, I Major Rogue do hereby recall you under the emergency powers act 150,  I suggest that you check your implant for the act and verify I have the right” the armoured figure said formally.  The nurse tried to access what she thought was an inactive implant and found to her surprise that it was on line,  quickly she requested the act the special forces major had quoted.  There it was an act that allowed serving officers to recall reserve forces to active combat service.  The act dated back some two hundred years to a war long forgotten by most people.  “Sir I have validated your recall authority and await further orders” she announced.

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The doctor decided to check one of the remote detectors that scanned for implants and could download medical data in an emergency.  Looking at the detectors screen he found it blank, checking it over he found that the power was on but there was no information.  Pressing a number of buttons that should have brought up a user interface he got nothing, puzzled he tried accessing other functions and received the same response, he used his pager to call maintenance and asked if they could check it out.  After completing his call he left the room and made his way to the main hospital walkway and caught a riser to the upper floors of the hospital.

The riser floated up its shaft until it reached the floor he wanted where he stepped out and walked to up the walkway to an office marked D Staines Hospital Legate, where he knocked and entered.  “Hi, Donald, I’ve just seen Miss Williams she said to give you her regards and tell you not to worry about her, you will get any instructions I think are needed at the right time” he said once the door had closed behind him to the fair haired occupant of the room who was dressed in a smart business suite.  “Hello Peter, I thought you would have been here earlier.  Speaking for the hospital I am afraid that we will not be allowed to treat Miss Williams here, there are some specialists on their way here, who will take over the case.” said the fair headed man briskly.  “ The Governor’s office has already commed twice, once to ask about Miss Williams and once with the information about the specialists,  there are some legal problems which mean that these people are the only ones that can handle the medical case, and that neither you or I can do anything about them.  So please don’t ask what they are just accept the facts” he continued.

Thunder and a loud rumbling sound suddenly shattered the quite, the man the doctor called Donald moved to the window and looked out.  The doctor intrigued by his friends comments and this noisy interruption walked over and joined him, what he saw outside amazed him. “That’s a viper class assault and recovery craft.  There only used by the special forces” he said excitedly.  “Oh, really” his friend replied quietly  “I think we had better get down there and quickly before they come looking for us.  Don’t you think” he continued in a business tone turning and striding towards the door.

“Donald, just what’s going on. Why are the special forces here” the doctor asked plaintively as he hurried to catch up.  “Sorry Peter, but I think they are the people who are taking over the case” was the apologetic reply.  The doctor’s mind reeled under the impact of even more impossible information.  Why were the special forces involved,  could the Governor’s office have sent them.  If so why, how come an old school teacher had friends in high places,  just what was going on.

On the lower floor the subject of the doctors speculation had been quietly transported to a private room by the two orderlies and accompanied by a nurse.  She had been lifted onto a bed and the orderlies then returned to their duties once they had left the room the nurse closed the door.  “ Miss Williams, I will help you undress and get you into a hospital gown, or if you want you can do it yourself” she said pleasantly.  “It’s young Linda Miles isn’t it” the patient asked, when she received an affirmation to her query she spoke once more “I thought so I taught you and your mother, how is she these days”  the nurse was polite in her reply that her mother had moved off planet five years before and her last message home was to say she was quite well.  The nurse then repeated her statement about the hospital gown.