TEIS’S DILEMMA CHAPTER 8 PART 2

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TEIS”S DILEMMA PART THREE

FROM PART TWO

Summoning his courage, the very courage that once made him the most brutal and feared Warlord, Teis stood defiantly and leaned forwarded on his console.  “Proctor, is it not Lord Tabir’s responsibility to report to you on such matters?  Is he not the one who oversees all operations within this sector?” Teis’s temper grew.  “HE was the one that should have notified you concerning the escape and the fate of the HK’s, not I, Proctor!  NOT I.”

 

Unfazed by Teis’s outburst, Salazar’s reply was a cold sneer.  “Tell me, Teis, how did two mules terminate six stalkers?  Yes, tell me, Chief Analyzer.  Explain this to me Teis.  How is such a thing possible?”

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Eyes locked on Salazar’s weathered face, Teis moved behind his grav chair and in a gloating manner spoke: “The Alliance had to make a second clandestine drop several kilometers from the firefight with weapons powerful enough to kill my stalkers.  Since the Verifiers confirmed fourteen kills, I must conclude that Lord Tabir would have notified you regarding the standard autopsies of the twelve mules retrieved by the stalkers.  He had asked my opinion which I gave freely.  I respectively reminded Lord Tabir that it was his duty to notify you, Proctor, which, by the accusatory nature of your questions, he has not.  I had no plan to engage my pod, but since there was a sense of urgency to retrieve the mules killed in the firefight, the six stalkers that did not return must have locked on a viable scent trail leading from the carnage.  Now they are presumed dead, terminated by the very mules they tracked!”  Extreme frustration showed on Teis’s face as he returned to his chair.  “As I stated earlier, the logictates indicate there was a second clandestine drop with weapons powerful enough to destroy my stalkers!”

 

“Then why did not Lord Tabir order you to send the Verifiers to track the mules, Teis?  It seems like a simple solution to your problem, does it not?”

 

“I did not have that option, Proctor.  By direct order from Lord Ganath, our compliment of Verifiers was sent to the Amazon complex at Brasilia along with my remaining stalkers to help quell a native insurgency.  The same is true of our Columbian and Ecuadorian complexes: all Verifiers and ninety percent of their combined HK’s are now on their way to Brasilia.  All that remains at my disposal are ten human trackers.  Even if I were to engage the trackers, without the verifiers resupplying them, they would last, two maybe three standard days at best before they would have to break off the search and return.  I cannot stress the seriousness of the situation, Proctor.  We must have the New Buenos Aires Complex send help immediately.  All I require are three Verifiers and one stalker pod.”

 

A dour look covered Salazar’s face.  “Are you issuing orders, Chief Analyzer?  Lord Tabir said you could be difficult to work with, that you had a sharp tongue.”

 

“No, M’Lord.  I was merely suggesting the sooner my complex has the resources to pursue the mules, the sooner we will have our answers.”

 

Salazar leaned back into his chair.  “Hmmm, odd, for a moment I thought your tone sounded . . . commanding . . . Chief Analyzer, but perhaps I was mistaken due to the low-grade interference on our transmission ban, yes?”

 

Be very careful, Teis thought looking into Salazar’s eyes.  “Proctor Salazar I assure you I do not have such intentions.  I merely wish to protect us both.  I deeply apologize if my zeal to serve was interpreted as insubordinate.”

 

A wicked smile formed on Salazar’s face.  A glib tongue you have Teis.  I’ll give you that.  “Noted, Chief Analyzer.”  He motioned with his left hand.  “Please, continue.”

 

“This transmission is time-locked, Proctor.  Should no action be taken, Lord Tabir might question our logic concerning this matter.”

 

“Hmph,” Salazar grinned.  “You’re a bastard, Teis, but our bastard and a thorough one at that.  I will contact New Buenos Aires personally.  A pod of twenty stalkers will be sent within thirty-six standard hours, but there will be no Verifiers, save one.  I want the mission’s progress monitored with a silent feed to me.  Salazar, End Of Line.”

 

Teis watched the screen turn black.  He smiled.  “Twenty stalkers the mules will not anticipate.  They cannot know of the insurrection at Brasilia.  I have you now you semen-eating bastards; a little later than anticipated, but have you I will.”


Author Notes

9 Comments for “TEIS’S DILEMMA CHAPTER 8 PART 2”

Raymond Tobaygo

says:

Good afternoon, Michaela

Thank you for the input as it is appreciated. In error had placed the reply under the wrong person, so Mea Culpa for the delay.

The conflict is between the Alliance and its allies and the Snow Kingdom an d it’s allies.

The term snow is slang for cocaine. The Snow Kingdom’s power is the from narcotics , which in 2357 helps the Kingdom and its allies control more than half the worlds population.

Alliance operatives Colonel Castille Tasca, from the Tara Humara region of what was old Mexico and Sergeant Rambika Maseru from the Sudd Region in Southern Sudan, are the protagonist. Teis is one of the major antagonist from the Kingdom. I hope this helps.

Take care and stay safe,

Ray

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Tim Hillebrant

says:

A determined man is hard to stop. I think Teis fits this description. I like that he’s not afraid to throw someone under the bus to get what he needs. Makes for a believable, 3 dimensional character.

Great segment here, Ray. I loved the intensity and high strung feel of it.

Tim

says:

And Teis comes out a winner, for now, anyway. He was quite successful in getting what he wanted, but the tables could’ve turned either way. I don’t think Lord Tabir will be too happy with the blame shared on his behalf. Teis better be sure his plan will work. You created intensity and a band-aid solution to the problem here. This gives Teis more time, but I have the feeling he will fail, again. Very nice work!

Nit:
The section with the inner dialogue inserted amongst the dialogue in quotations, is a little confusing.

-(“)Proctor Salazar I assure you I do not have such intentions. I merely wish to protect us both. I deeply apologize if my zeal to serve was interpreted as insubordinate.”

Write On!
Becky

Raymond Tobaygo

says:

Good afternoon, Becky

Thank you for your input as it’s appreciated.

The sentence you mention I can see the confusion, I forgot the ” before Proctor. Teis thoughts preceded the dialogue. I should have had Teis do something after his thoughts which would have helped avert the confusion.

Be very careful, Teis thought as he studied Salazars face the . (“)Proctor Salazar I assure you I do not have such intentions. I merely wish to protect us both. I deeply apologize if my zeal to serve was interpreted as insubordinate.”

Again, thanks.

Take care stay safe,

Ray

Raymond Tobaygo

says:

Good afternoon, Michaela

Thank you for the input as it is appreciated.

The conflict is between the Alliance and its allies and the Snow Kingdom an d it’s allies.

The term snow is slang for cocaine. The Snow Kingdom’s power is the from narcotics , which in 2357 helps the Kingdom and its allies control more than half the worlds population.

Alliance operatives Colonel Castille Tasca, from the Tara Humara region of what was old Mexico and Sergeant Rambika Maseru from the Sudd Region in Southern Sudan, are the protagonist. Teis is one of the major antagonist from the Kingdom. I hope this helps.

Take care and stay safe,

Ray

says:

A some kind of malfunction seems to have caused the problem with the termination of the six stalkers, huh. Teis remains determined though. I wonder what his next move is. Just to shed a little shine, who is the enemy and hero of this story? I’m thinking it’s Teis though. Great job with this piece, Ray.

Michaela

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