July 2010, Paktia Province, Afghanistan
ISAF intelligence team reported that a violent insurgent group occupied the town near Zareh Sharan, on the slope of the mountain and used the town as a strategic supply and logistic stronghold. The town itself was abandoned by its people long before the arrival of coalition forces. So they sent an SAS team codenamed Orchid Team to invesigate. They went there at night and began conducting a surveillance with everything they've got, NVG, binoculars, radio, even a listening device. After three days observing the town, cold evening wind breezed from the top of the hill, chilling down their spine. Although they were very well trained female member of the most famous special forces unit, they didn't like it. It almost broke their concentration during their mission.
One of the patrol member sulked on the radio, "This town is eerie and cold, Sakura. It became silent just three hours ago. I don't like this."
Sakura (the woman with red hair) answered, "Me too, Hana (the long haired woman). This bloody cold even make my hand numb."
"Come on lads, at least we can enjoy the magnificent view from here," said Rose (the blonde haired woman).
Sakura looked at the other side, to the right side of the road on the west side of the town. Yup, she was right. The view was so beautiful. A vast valley with snowy mountains rise up sky high and a creek flowing on the slope of the valley. She saw three sheperds down there watching their goats get in their truck after grazing near the creek. Then, they're gone with their truck.
After two days watching, something went wrong, really wrong, really out of the place. This place suddenly become really peaceful, horrifyingly peaceful. There was no sound of birds, people, or anything else, just sound of wind blowing through rocks, trees, and grass. The wind itself sounded like a ghost howling in the distance.
Sakura prepared her weapons and pushed the button on her small radio, her whisper could cut the silence in her team members. "Looks like we are compromised. Ladies, prepare for contact."
"Contact! RPG! 600 metres! Two o'clock!" Hana yelled. She raised up her Minimi and rained down the bullet throgh the RPG shooters. His body teared apart and fell to the ground. The rocket itself flew and exploded on the ground near the SAS position.
"Contact front!" Sakura yelled.
All of her patrol members responded quickly to her order. They made a defensive perimeter and returned fire immidieately. They rained down 5,56 mm bullets to the town, supressed or killed the insurgents who was running toward them to attack them. Sakura looked every direction for an escape route and she found one, down near the creek, there was huge rocks suitable for cover and her team could hold down there for a while. She knew that those rocks was only her choice, she gave the order to her team to move there.
The insurgent chased them until they were near the patrol team. They rained her team with bullets, rockets and mortars. The tide has turned. The Orchid Team were no combat effective. They could'nt move even for 1 inch. Slowly but sure, the insurgents were closing, ready to wipe them out.
Rose tried to make a contact, "This is Orchid Team! We're pinned down at grid 097AD, requesting any air support. Bloody hell, no response!"
"Keep calling, Rose!" Sakura answered," We need air support or we're dead!" Then, she turned into other patrol members,"Yuki, Jasmin, take left flank so we can get wider beaten zone. Hana, you and me have to keep the enemy supressed."
Sakura and Hana shot their weapon without mercy, they gave the insurgents bullet showers, made them fall back to the town while Yuki and Jasmin took another position. After that suppression, an eerie silence. No gunshot, no explosion, just a dreadful silence. The only sound which was heard came from the vultures circling around the battlefield, eating the bodies on the vast no man's land. The enemies regrouped into the town and tried to figure out a new counterattack plan. Sakura's team had a better advantage because they could create a much more wider beaten zone so the insurgents couldn't move farther than before. But there was a bad news. They were running out of ammo.
Suddenly, all hell broke loose. Mortars and rockets explosions surrounded them. The insurgents fired upon them
Sakura turned to Rose, "Rose! Where are the air supports?"
"There are two Apaches, Gunslinger 2-1 and 2-2. They are arriving now."
"Copy that," Sakura answered. Then, she called those helicopters through her radio, "Gunslinger 2-1, this is Orchid Team. We're engaging the insurgents and running out of ammo. Requesting fire support."
Gunslinger 2-1 replied, "Orchid Team, verify your position. We cannot distinguish between enemy and your team, too many movements."
"We are holding behind the big rocks near a small hut, east of the creek. The insurgents are in the town uphill. Give them all you've got."
"Affirmative, keep your head down, be ready for danger close."
Those two Apaches launched their Hellfire rockets and 30 mm cannons toward the enemies position. One by one the enemy strongholds exploded like fireworks. The peaceful and quiet town bursted in flames, explosions blasted everywhere. Their shots stopped the insurgents movement instantly.
"Thanks for the help, Gunslinger 2-1. You just saved our lives," Sakura said with smile on her lips.
"Just doing my job, Orchid Team. One more thing, there is also a QRF (Quick Reaction Force) and extraction team heading your way, ETA 2 mikes. We'll also will circle here until they arrive."
"Thank you very much once again Gunslinger 2-1," Sakura replied.