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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Microstory 1973: Team Prime

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Sachs: This one?
Sasho: Magazine latch...
Sachs: And this one?
Sasho: Band axle pin...trigger rod...pusher spring.
Sachs: Ehh...?
Sasho: No! Return spring.
Sachs: There you go. You’re getting better, faster.
Sasho: God, I haven’t used flashcards since the ninth grade. *chuckles* I probably should have used them in college. Maybe then I wouldn’t have flunked out. Hey, you don’t need a degree to be a spotter, do you?
Sachs: Not where we work. If you were to join the military as an officer, then yes, but not just to be a spotter. That’s just a requirement for everybody. I suppose you could be a member of the enlisted forces, but I wouldn’t recommend it. That’s how I started it, and it took a lot of hard work for me to become a sergeant.
Sasho: I’m not seriously thinking about it. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I mean, I’m too old to join the military, right?
Sachs: You have a knack for this. Look, a spotter in the military isn’t the same as it is on a tack team. You’ll have a lot more responsibilities out here. In the army, my spotter just spotted. This is an elite squad, and you gotta be able to make up your own rules. You’ll always have a leader, of course, but it’s a far cry from the chain of command.
Sasho: I dunno. Maybe I should just go back to the jail.
Sachs: I can’t tell you what to do, but if I were you, I would pursue this.
Sasho: *nodding* Hey, so I was wondering...
Sachs: You can’t ask me that.
Sasho: No, okay. Sorry.
Ophelia: *through the radio* Team Lead, this is Team One. We have eyes on the target. He’s heading upstairs.
Reese: *through the radio* Team One, this is Team Lead. Hold fast. [...] Team Prime, do you have a visual?
Sachs: No. We can see into the apartment, but not the storefront, or the stairs.
Sasho: *into the radio* Negative, Team Lead. We can’t see the front.
Reese: *through the radio* Okay, Team Alpha, go, go, go. Take him down at his door.
Sasho: What do we do?
Sachs: *closing the bipod* Follow me. We need to get a better vantage point. They’re not gonna make it into the apartment. *leads him down the roof* Wait. You stay here. You’ll see them through that window in five seconds.
Sasho: Team One will be blocking the shot. We have to get across to the other roof.
Sachs: That’s where I’m going. Spot from there.
Sasho: I don’t know how to do that!
Sachs: I believe in you. Just tell me what you see, and where you see it. These rounds can break through the brick. *Hops over the alleyway*
Sasho: He’s gonna shoot through the wall?

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