Intense Retribution - Chapter 2
Even after regaining consciousness, Baxter had no idea of where the pickup was headed. It was obviously being driven on primitive roads, or cross country, for his body ached all over from bouncing around against the hard bed of the pickup.
After what seemed to be a very long time, the truck stopped. He felt the weight of the tarps being removed, then the handcuffs being released from the tie down loops. Without a word being spoken, a strong pair of hands dumped him out the back of the truck, and left him laying there for a few minutes.
When his blindfold was finally removed, he saw that they were in a part of the reservation that he was completely unfamiliar with. There were no buildings. There was not even a road.
When his eyes finally found his enemy, he was stunned. If it were not for the pain he felt, Tony Baxter would have believed that it was all a dream. Standing in front of him, was something
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I had been napping below decks when a runner found me and shook me awake. "Sir, the Ships Doctor sent me to get you. He says you are to report to the Captain's cabin at once." I questioned him as to what I was wanted for, but he only knew that he had been ordered to find me and give me the message.
After shaking the sleep from my brain, I headed at a fast pace to Captain Gage's cabin. When I knocked on the door, I heard Doctor Chambers yell out, "Come in!" Stepping inside, I saw Captain Gage in his bed, obviously in some sort of distress.
Turning to the doctor, I said. "What is the problem?"
"The problem," answered the doctor, "is that our Captain has got himself shot. They were running a drill for the sharpshooters in case we should run into pirates. One of the men was preparing to fire, and failed to notice a boom coming around. When it struck him, he went sailing off the qua
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Senta was getting the boys dressed, and Mariska was just starting to cook breakfast when they heard a knock at the door, and the sound of Dover's voice.
"Senta," Mariska said. "Would you let Dover in? I meant to unlatch the door when I first got up, but then I forgot."
When Senta unlatched and opened the door, Dover said. "Thank you Ma'am, and a good morning to you."
"Good morning to you, to,o Dover."
"Good morning Dover," called out Mariska as he stepped inside the cabin. "It's going to be a few minutes before the coffee will be ready. I'm just now starting breakfast."
"That's just fine Ma'am. While you are doing that, I'll take the animals down to the stream for water. If young Chance Dover is ready, why don't you let him come along? Do him good to get away from the women for awhile. Besides, when I was his age...."
"Yes Dover," the voices of Mariska and Senta blended togethe
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The next afternoon after having left St. Louis, I was riding through a part of Illinois that was a nice mixture of good farmland, and rolling hills covered with fairly heavy timber. Henri, the bartender back in St. Louis had told me that I would have a few creeks and streams to cross in the next few days, but he didn't have any current word on what condition they were in.
Not long before evening fell, I spotted the smoke from a campfire not more than a quarter mile off the trail. Working my way through the timber, I found their camp, and caught a whiff of their coffee brewing. Stopping just far away from the camp to fade into the shadows, I called out. "Hello the camp! The wind brought the smell of your coffee over my way, and I thought I'd investigate and see if you were interested in sharing."
A few seconds passed while some hushed conversation passed between the men in the camp, then I heard one of them answer.
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In an effort to make the lunar pioneers feel more comfortable, a "sky" had been superimposed on the roof of the protective dome over each of the stations. It changed regularly, sometimes several times a day to replicate the weather conditions they had grown accustomed to on earth This day, the "sky" was a deep blue, with a smattering of scattered fluffy white clouds overhead.
Taking advantage of the feeling of the sunny sky, Chet walked down to the river, and found an unoccupied bench only a few feet from the water. There he sat down and using his communicator, he browsed thru the news covering both the moon colony, as well as that from the earth.
An expedition ad left that morning to drill in a valley not far from Station 3. They were hoping to find some evidence of minerals that might be used by the colony.
A school teacher had gone mad and attempted to lead her class to their deaths, out of the protective structure thru a safety
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When the alarm went off, Chet groaned. It didn't seem possible that it was already time to get up. After he got his eyes focused, he leaned over and kissed Eva's lips, then playfully slapped her bare bottom. "Come on, it's time to get up." When she tried to resist his efforts to wake her, he picked her up, carried her to the shower, set her down, and turned the cold water on full blast. Eva's screams pierced the air as she called Chet everything in the book, and a few things that he wasn't sure he had heard before.
An hour later, they went in search of a place to eat breakfast. Two blocks down, they found a likely place and went in. The food proved to be quite good, and the coffee even better.
As they were preparing to leave, Eva asked, "Would you like for me to come over tonight?"
Chet kissed her lips. "Are you kidding me?" Another night like last night, and I'll have to make f
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Having fallen asleep on the couch, Spencer had not set an alarm clock. As a result, he barely had time for a quick shave and shower, before rushing to the police station in time for shift change. He rolled into the parking lot and walked thru the door with three minutes to spare. Having been forewarned by the mayor's office, the two officers going off duty, and their replacements, were waiting to be introduced to their new boss.
Wasting no time, he walked up and introduced himself, and shook hands. The two officers going off duty introduced themselves as Herschel North, and Davis Mooring. The men taking over were Fred Coats and Stan Redding.
Coats and North looked to be veterans, and had been paired with the younger men, a common practice of having a veteran for the younger officer to learn from, and to lean on in critical situations. A female officer was behind the dispatch desk handling a phone call, so he de
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After Brenda Sims returned to her duties in Pete Robbins office, Chet Garner set about closely examining the evidence on the three killings.
The first had taken place nearly two months ago on Station One. A twenty six year old woman had been the first victim. Her name was Jasmine Dirkson. When Jasmine failed to return from dumping her office trash can, one of her co-workers went looking, and much to her dismay, found her dead in the trash disposal room. Her clothes had been torn away, and she had been strangled to death.
A second murder had followed on Station Three almost three weeks later. This victim had been a forty year old American Security Force patrolman, by the name of James Riley. The killer had obviously changed the setting on his phaser pistol from "stun" to "kill" before he fired at Officer Riley from point blank range. Riley had been found laying face down on his back porch by his wife.