THE WHITE HOUSE
Xavior Trout and Hal Brognola were both
summoned to the president's office on this fine September morning
both men wondered who the other was. The president entered the
room and asked them both to sit down. He handed them both folders
and started. "Gentlemen we have a situation here these satellite
Photo's were taken above Vietnam yesterday at those co-ordinates.
These were given to me last night by the head of the CIA. We
need to get those boy's home immediately." Both men answered
yes Sir. Then Brognola spoke "Sir who is this man?"
"Well Hal meet xavior Trout he runs a group that is every
bit as good as phoenix force. So I suggest the two of you go
some place and figure this out. By the way your teams will be
working together on this. Both men were not pleased by the latest
turn of events but decided to work together on it.
THE SENSITIVE OPERATIONS GROUP OFFICES
AT THE JUSTICE DEPT.
Both Trout and Brognola both went around
each other in circles in how to work this out Brognola did not
want to put his people at the Farm in danger and Trout wanted
to keep his assets safe as well. The two men could only come
up with one solution they both agreed on and that was an intermediary
from Brognola's group to meet with Trout's team leader and to
set up a meeting with his counterpart.
Trout made the arrangements for Matt
Shepherd to come to Washington and to meet with the women who
was Brognola's mission controller.
THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL
Matt Shepherd had not been to Washington
quite awhile. The meeting place arranged by Trout and his counterpart
from the Justice department was very strange he was told too
come alone and unarmed. But he was not alone he felt completely
comfortable as long as Benny Ray was watching him from a Snipers
scope and he was in communication with him.
Matt was dressed in a business suit
and he was still waiting to be contacted by this mystery woman
with no name. It was approaching 10:00 am the time set for this
meeting. Most of the team had insisted on his bringing Margo
with him but he thought that would be a bad idea.
He then saw a honey blonde with long
hair dressed in a conservative business suit. He thought the
women belonged on the cover of a magazine. She walked up to him
and asked. "Are you Mathew Shepherd?" "Yes I am
know who are you?" "Well Major it's not polite to answer
a question with a question." "It is in my line of work."
"Barbara Price." "Well Miss Price what can I do
for you." "Where you briefed on the situation in Vietnam?"
"Yes Trout briefed me on the situation." "Are
you alone no. Did you think I would come alone and unarmed?"
"I had hoped but I was told by my team commander that you
would have someone watching." "I also believe you have
someone watching as well. What do you say we call of the dogs
and get to this meeting?
Matt produced a Comm and spoke "Benny
Ray come on in from the cold." "Alright boss."
Price did the same thing but her man was a hell of a lot closer.
"Major I'd like you to meet Carl Lyons." "Mr Lyons.
Lyons looked at the man so where's yours?" "Well Mr.
Lyons he's on his way give him a few minutes he has more ground
to cover than you did." They waited five minutes and were
quickly joined by Benny Ray Riddle. "May I introduce my
#2 Benny Ray Riddle" pleasantries were done very quickly.
Lyons looked the man up and down and said "Oh great another
redneck." Benny Ray did not like hearing that. He inched
closer to Lyons and spoke in his slow southern drawl. "Look
I never took that crap in the Marines and I'm not about to from
you. Got it mister." "Crystal clear." They then
walked to their meeting at the pentagon with Trout's counterpart
and this other team leader.
TROUT'S OFFICE AT THE PENTAGON
The four visitors entered Trout's office
Matt and Benny Ray noticed two men they had never seen before
one was a man in his mid 50's and the other had a certain way
about him. Trout got up and shook hands with Matt and Benny Ray.
He then handed Matt two plain vanilla envelopes one contained
dossier on the men he would be working with and the other contained
all information they would need. He also introduced Hal Brognola
and David McCarter. McCarter stepped forward and took a good
look at the two men who stood before him. "Major Shepherd
I have no problem with you or Mister Riddle but there are two
members of your team I do object to." "Well McCarter
I already know one of them and that would be Margo." "Correct
no bloody way will I bring a women in to work with what is a
man's job. The other is CJ Yates the man is a drunk." Matt
walked over to face the man who was most certainly English and
probably former SAS. "Look I can vouch for anyone in my
team. Now what I want from you is to send all reliable Intel
to my Intelligence officer at this email address do you understand
me. And I will meet with you in three days. Are we clear."
"Alright mate not a problem." Matt and Benny Ray then
left to brief the rest of the team.
STONY MAN FARM
The flight back to stony man farm was
a relatively short one by helicopter the occupants got out and
were greeted by the rest of Able Team and Phoenix force. "Yakov
wants everyone inside for a mission brief." Came from Gary
Manning. They all entered the war room and took their seats but
they noticed one empty chair. "So Where's Mack?" Well
he couldn't be reached besides he's probably still busy with
that bunch in South America." Was the reply from Katz? He
briefed everyone on what was going on. "Excuse me but how
does this other group fit in." asked Lyons. "Well Carl
they're all professionals especially the one you asked questions
about but got no answers too. The Bear ran his name through the
Pentagon Database. Benny Ray Riddle ex-marine scout/sniper he
prefers the Remington 700 and is a category 1 sniper. Carl give
this guy a large berth. He is one of the best."
Barbara Price walked over to the Bears
work station and handed him the email address from earlier that
day "Aaron all the Intel you have collected in the past
24 hours send everything to this email address." Kurtzman
looked over the email address and checked it against his own
address book and he got a match. "Barb your not going to
believe this but I already have it." "Come again."
"Ok three years ago I had to break into a top level security
area of the CIA and the next day I received an email from someone
saying good work. We've been friends since now I want to know
who this person is." "Well Aaron all this stuff was
to be sent to a Margo Vincent." "Well it's a start."
He then started sending photo's and a copy of Katz's plan along
with a personal message. His work was done fairly quickly.
THE SILVER STAR HOTEL
Margo was downstairs going through the
info that one of her email buddies had sent to her and she was
beginning to wonder just who the hell he was. Benny Ray and Matt
came down the stairs Benny Ray put his rifle away. "So how'd
it go?" "You know this whole thing is getting strange."
"No kidding boss. I thought we were the only group like
this but I guess I was wrong." "Margo want to find
CJ and Chance." She picked up the phone and dialed their
pagers and they both reported in about twenty minutes later.
Matt briefed them on the situation then handed everything over
two Margo who was able to give everyone more of an idea of what
was going on.
"Alright folks questions only one
person spoke up and that was Benny Ray. "Boss how about
weapons?" "You and Margo will be getting us those in
Bangkok and the rest of us will meet you there in two days you
both leave tonight. Oh Benny Ray please remember nothing to exotic
Vietnam is a political powder keg." Alright boss."
It took them no time to pack and they
were off to secure weapons and other Intel they may need.
24 HOURS LATER THE SHRIMP DECK
David McCarter sat back and watched
the young ladies on the beach and thought no wonder he picked
this place for meet great scenery. He took a sip of his beer
and waited for Major Shepherd to appear. He sincerely hoped the
man came by himself. He remembered how the presence of a sniper
had put Carl Lyons the leader of Able Team on immediate alert
he did not like the fact that the man was watching and had possibly
put his crosshairs on him.
Matt Shepherd observed David McCarter
from the bar while he talked to the bartender named Cathy explaining
how he couldn't spend the day with her on her day off. Because
of business. She understood and took a rain check. He noticed
the weapon under McCarters shirttail and was glad he had his
own weapon this time since Benny Ray was out of town. He then
walked over to the man and sat down.
"Nice to see you again McCarter."
"Why did you pick a place like this?" "Well to
put you at ease a little bit." A waitress walked over to
Matt and asked if he needed anything. He asked for a beer. The
waitress returned with his beer and also slipped him her name
and number on the napkin. "Mate does this happen a lot here?"
"Nope not that often." "Has your team been briefed?"
"Yes and Benny Ray and Margo are in Bangkok making arrangements
for our gear as we speak." "Alright my men are in route
right now and should be at their hotel this evening our weapons
are being handled by diplomatic pouch." "Your plan
calls for two pilots Chance is good to go and can fly just about
everything." "Sounds like Jack." "We got
two Blackhawks waiting for us in Thailand. "How are you
and your people going to get into Vietnam?"" Halo jump
early in the morning. And yours?" "Where flying in."
"Interesting but how?" "McCarter this is the golden
triangle it won't be a problem. The two men shook hands and went
their separate ways.
Benny Ray was getting very nervous riding
in the car Margo had rented and only his knife for protection.
She had told him to relax a bit and that she knew where she was
going. She parked the car outside of a bar called the pussycat.
"Margo you're kidding right." "No My old friend
Charles sells out of the back room. Besides you've been in worse
places I bet." "That's not the issue here." "I
know. But I can take care of myself." They both got out
of the car the guy at the door gave Margo a big smile. But he
gave Benny Ray an evil smile. As they walked in. Margo walked
to the bar and asked for Charles. He pointed to the back of the
room. The man recognized Margo and motioned for her to sit.
Then Benny Ray moved to sit and was
grabbed by a big Asian. Benny Ray quickly turned the tables on
the man and was about to dislocate his shoulder.
"Margo I take it he is your associate
and not your bodyguard?" "That's right Charles."
"Could you call him off good help is so hard to find these
day's." "Sure. Benny Ray let the man go please."
He released the hold he had on the man but relieved him of the
.38 special he wore on his hip. He then joined Margo and sat
down. "Margo I can assume this is not a social call but
rather a professional one." "Yes how could you tell?"
"Your friend smells like a hitman." She looked at Benny
Ray and laughed. "Close amigo." "Then shall we
go into my office." They followed him into the back and
found themselves in a genuine arms are us.
Benny Ray handed the man CJ's list of
needs plus other things that an infantry soldier may need. He
pulled down a crate marked C4 and clamors. "This it."
"Not quite Charles." He looked at Benny Ray "So
what can I get for you." "Let's try handguns all 45acp
three glock 21's and two HK USP'S three hundred rounds per weapon.
Three Ak-47's five hundred rounds per weapon." "Anything
else." "Yeah a Sniper rifle." "Oh hear we
go again." Exclaimed Margo. He handed him a Dragonov SVD
he checked it and gave it back. This happened with just about
every rifle he tried except for the last one. He handed Benny
Ray a Romak-3 chambered for 7.62X54R "Very nice I'll take
it three hundred rounds of ammo. I also need one subgun."
I only have one he took down an M3 grease gun. Benny Ray handled
it "Ok amigo and one thousand rounds of ammo." Margo
handed Charles his money and his man started loading their things
into the cars trunk. "Can I get you anything else."
"Yes an intro to a pilot who won't mind flying into Vietnam?"
The man left and returned with a man
named Travis. "You folks interested in going into Nam?"
"You got it amigo." Benny Ray pulled out a map and
showed him the area in question. "Boy your crazy that's
Lee Tangs country. Not much there but opium and mosquito's."
"No problem amigo. I'll call you when my friends get into
town." "How many?" "Four" The man then
explained his price and Margo doubled his normal fee. He gave
them his number and he was off. Then Benny Ray and Margo left.
Phoenix Force made it through customs
without any hassles they were with out McCarter who would be
arriving in the morning with able team. As soon as they made
it through a little man holding a bright shiny case was waiting
for them. Manning walked upto the man gave him his name and asked.
"This for us?" "Yes sir. Happy hunting."
"Thank you." He returned to the group "Hawkins
when we get to the hotel you're on weapons detail." "Why
is it I always get to clean the guns?" "Because your
good at it buddy." Came the reply from Calvin James. They
then walked to the parking lot where Rafael Encizo was waiting
with a rented van to bring them to their Hotel.
THE RISING SUN HOTEL
Benny Ray was hard at work stripping
and cleaning weapons and Margo had called room service for their
evening meal. Benny Ray loaded each pistol after cleaning it.
He then started on the rifles and did the same then he came To
the Sniper rifle since it was a modified SVD he had no problems
in cleaning it and loading it. He then started loading his tactical
vest and loading it with things he would need.
"Benny Ray have you ever heard
of these guy's where working with?" "Nope they must
be as secret as we are because I have never heard of this group
before in my life. I'll tell you one thing this guy Lyons has
a definite chip on his shoulder big time." "How's that?"
"I don't think he likes folks from the south much and he's
probably a dam Yankee." He then started to eat his meal
but he still wondered who these guys were.
Benny Ray went to the bar and got a
warm beer. He really hated the orient and always getting warm
beer he then bumped into an old friend. "TJ what are you
doing here? ´"Riddle oh man Carl was not kidding."
"You're with that other group?" "Have been for
a couple of years now. If Carl gave you a hard time it's probably
my fault." "No problem amigo. It'll be just like the
gulf." "Now that was a fun war wasn't it."
Benny Ray said his good byes after one
drink and Hawkins started talking to a woman at the bar and was
on his third beer when the rest of his team filed in. For dinner
Matt, CJ and Chance all came on the
same flight and all made it through customs with out a hitch
It was early morning they were all tired and hungry from the
long flight. They decided Due to the hour that Benny Ray was
probably at Breakfast and Margo was still sleeping. CJ rented
a vehicle. "Well major where too?" "Let's get
some breakfast CJ and then we'll get too the hotel." "Yes
major." The man nodding in agreement.
ARMY BASE OUTSIDE OF BANGKOCK
A Lear jet landed and five men disembarked.
Four of the men got into a car and left. While the other stayed
behind and started outfitting the two blackhawks for war just
in case more fire power was needed. This took the man about two
hours he then checked out an old transport plane to make sure
everything would be in order for tomorrows jump. The pilot was
very pleased with what he found. Chutes already packed and loaded
with all the other gear they needed. He then walked into the
hanger and sat by a radio and checked out the bunk. He needed
rest and that's what he was going to get.
Matt and the others ran into Benny Ray
at a restaurant they picked at random. They all walked over to
where Benny Ray was sitting and ordered breakfast. "Nice
flight boss?" "It was alright." "Did you
and Margo pick up our supplies?" "Got everything for
our trip in one place." "Sounds good." Benny Ray
then started eating his breakfast and downing his coffee. "You
know boss someone should teach these folks how to cook. The food
is awful I'd rather have MRE'S. Than this slop." "Come
on Benny Ray it can't be that bad." "Well major if
it's like the food in Singapore it could be worse. Everyone looked
at CJ and told him to shut up. Their breakfast came everyone
ate and headed to the hotel to get some rest.
Able team and McCarter also got to their
hotel and got settled in."You know Carl this place does
not change much from year to year. "No kidding." He
told Schwartz. They noticed the women who was definitely American
making a phone call. "Well guys who wants to bet I get lucky?"
"I'll take that bet." Came from Lyons. Blacanales walked
over to the women picked up a map. And started a conversation
with her after she hung up the phone. The woman was able to turn
the tables on him very quickly. He just walked away and he handed
Lyons fifty dollars American. "I don't believe it I just
don't believe it." "Pol whats wrong." Asked Schawrtz.
"Well she's the one going in with those other guys tomorrow."
They all took another look and could not believe that this was
part of a highly trained group of professional operators.
Both teams used the day to rest up and
to get rid of any tension they had for tomorrow they'd find themselves
in the bush where some of them have been before and others who
thought they'd never get here.
AIRFIELD SOUTH OF BANGKOCK
Matt, Margo, CJ and Benny Ray got out
of their vehicle dressed in Tiger stripe camo and paint and all
decked out for war. Travis was by his chopper and waiting. He
knew what he was being paid to drop this bunch of into Lee Tang's
part of the Delta triangle.
Travis saw each person for what they
were the three men all had to be spec ops types by their bearing
and the way each of them carried their rucksacks to their weapons.
But he could not figure out the women's role in this affair was
but she seemed tough enough to handle it.
LEE TANGS COUNTRY
Lee Tangs part of Vietnam was at the
end of Vietnam which still had lots of Jungle and opium fields
and was bordered by Laos and Cambodia and was a good three days
trek in country Matt and Benny Ray marked it on their maps just
in case. Their pilot dropped them of in a clearing and took off.
About a half- hour later they heard
an airplane and then saw five parachutes open. They all had their
weapons at the ready especially Benny Ray. Phoenix Force had
made it safely to the ground. And ditched their equipment McCarter
and Matt went over the plan and Benny Ray and Hawkins were on
point. Followed by the rest with CJ and Manning taking up the
rear. They checked the GPS for the co-ordinates that were on
the satellite photo's they had seen. It took them five hours
to reach them. Hawkins and Benny Ray came back and told them
what they had found. "Boss it looks like this Lee Tang is
using these guys as slave labor I think I can reach one of them
if I go alone." "Do it." McCarter protested while
Benny Ray took the ghillie suit out of his pack. "Look Shepherd
this is crazy." "No you look my man is the best at
his craft know let him do his job." Hawkins came over and
backed Matt up and told his leader the man could be a ghost if
he had to be. Finally McCarter gave in but Benny Ray was already
Benny Ray made his way very quietly
in the high green field clearing just to the edge of the Jungle
he was able to move himself into position where he could easily
pick off the guards. Who were stationed around in 300 hundred-yard
intervals. He counted roughly sixty men. Who was either American
or maybe even Australian? He decided to move closer but they
needed Intel so he needed to take on of the prisoners now. He
found just such a person who barely fell over him. He had risen
up to put his hand around the man's mouth and hauled him down
to the ground. Put his fingers to his lips so that the man would
be quiet. And spoke into the COM link. "Major I'm on my
way back with a guest." "Roger that." Came his
reply and they headed back into the jungle.
SMALL CLEARING IN THE JUNGLE
Benny Ray and his visitor rejoined the
others. The man was Caucasian but spoke rapid fire Vietnamese.
"Boss I think most of them are probably like this."
"Yeah he's either been here to long or forgot his English
or he was beaten so much and forced to speak Vietnamese."
The phoenix Force warriors seemed to agree with him on this point.
Margo walked over to the man and started
speaking Vietnamese to him and she was able to get quite a bit
of information out of him. Regarding the guards and how long
he has been here. Plus who was in charge and where the camp was.
Margo then explained everything to Matt and McCarter. They both
thought that the guards had to be neutralized to get the choppers
to come in and get them and the prisoners. Matt told Benny Ray
to let them know when he gets back into position to take out
as many guards as he can and then to get on a chopper to get
evacuated with everyone else. Benny Ray then just disappeared
back into the jungle.
Benny Ray moved very slowly and put
himself in a position in the middle of the field. He knew it
would not be long before the prisoner he took would be missed.
Benny Ray set up his gear very quietly and then spoke into his
com link. "Boss all set." "Roger came back as
McCarter and his men all came out of
the jungle and advanced forward. Five yards apart Matt and the
others emerged. They also started walking forward toward the
Opium field. Matt spoke into the com link "Benny Ray you
can start taking them out at your discretion."
Benny Ray had his targets already lined
up and started taking them out very methodically. Before Phoenix
Force could get into the opium field Benny Ray had taken care
of most of the guards. McCarter made a call on a different frequency
for both of the choppers. They appeared a short time later. When
they landed the gunners in the doors opened up with M60'S to
take care of the rest of the guards. The prisoners all boarded
Grimaldi's Chopper with out being told. Benny Ray also loaded
himself on this chopper like he was ordered to do. The two teams
met at Chances Chopper. "McCarter we better check out those
hootches a half mile up the road?" "Your right mate."
He looked at two of his men and they took off. As the others
boarded the chopper.
Hawkins and James found the place to
have two men here plus guards Hawkins took care of the guards
with strafing fire from his AK-47. He covered James as he got
the attention of the other men and was able to get them out of
there. They each helped their man get to the Chopper.
Matt saw the men struggling with the
sick men. He then hopped out of the chopper to give them a hand
He heard the firing of rifles as half a dozen guards came their
way in all directions. Matt suddenly went down with the men in
the chopper McCarter ordered Chance to get them the hell out
of here. Chance told him not with out the Major. Rafael Encizo
got next to chance and pointed his gun at him and spoke. "Amigo
he's probably dead. Chance looked at the weapon being pointed
at him and did as ordered.
AIRFIELD SOUTH OF BANGKOCK
Benny Ray watched as Chances chopper
landed he saw all of Phoenix Force and the one Able team Warrior
gets off the chopper. He then noticed Margo whom seemed pissed
and giving someone a mouth full along with Chance and CJ but
noticed that Matt was not present. He calmly walked over ignoring
his teammates and was confronted by the big man called Lyons.
"Look friend your CO is probably
dead we saw him go down. There was nothing we could do. Benny
Ray withdrew his knife and made a slice in his own vest and produced
a steel insert. And spoke in a slow southern drawl. "Look
amigo we were all wearing vests with trauma plates. He probably
had the wind knocked out of him." "So you say he's
still alive. If that's the case he's probably be dead by the
time you can get to him." "Either way amigo everyone
comes home." Surrounded by the rest of the team they walk
off to get in touch with Trout.