“Crap” Gary exclaimed as he pushed Gail to the floor, rolling his large frame over her as gunshots rang out shattering the window they had been standing near just moments earlier. He winced as Gail let out an “oooomph” hitting the floor hard.
“Sorry” he muttered. Reaching for his cell-phone with one hand, Gary skimmed his hand briefly over Gail to make sure she hadn’t been hit by any shattering glass or that he hadn’t hurt her on the way down. Relieved to find no noticeable injuries, Gary dialed the direct line to the special-ops department.
“Ops” A male voice answered the phone. Gerard, Gary knew – recognizing the voice.
“Gerard,” he whispered into the phone, not wanting to make any noise incase the perps were somewhere nearby. He was a bit surprised that his captain would be answering the phone but it wasn’t necessarily unheard of, though usually one of the other guys would have answered the phone. “We got a shooting over here at Nalligan Way and Swistern. 2 mi SE of the 55 sector D-8.”
“Okay give me the sit rep,” Gerard replied calm as ever. Gary heard movement in the background and knew his captain had signaled the guys.
Gary relayed the situation, his captain’s calm demeanor calming his own slightly rattled nerves. “I’m gonna go do some recon.” Gary informed his captain…
“You’ll do no such thing”, Gary heard his captain bark through the phone line. “I’ll have the group there in less than 10 minutes.”
“With due respect, sir,” Gary said, “I believe this may be related to the gang activity discussed in debriefing the other day.” Word was – the Glory Ghosts, a dangerous gang in the area, was planning to cause some real havoc on their turf. “I believe I can get some info….”
That is not Germane, you’ll stand down and wait for us to get there.”
“To hell with that” Gary thought to himself as he hung up on his captain. No doubt he’d catch hell later.
Stealthily making his way out the front door, Gary kept a low profile. Listening carefully he could make out some talking nearby. Unfortunately it only sounded like a bunch of gibber.
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