Sanjay returned to watching the movie Voodoo EMS starring Jaiyana Kumar-Singh. She was a street smart paramedic able to talk to the dead. This was the scene where some corporate goons tried to kill her and partner, but Jaiyana survives the attack and her partner’s ghost helps her bring the corporation to justice!
“Target approaching. sir.” the voice said over the comm unit.
The speaker sounded tense, but obviously still in control. “Acknowledged. Panther One. Keep steady.” Earl Brown replied. He adjusted his Ares Golgotha-7 smartgoggles and strained his ears until he too could hear the distant wail of a siren. From his vantage point on the third floor of the unfinished office building, he could make out most of the construction yard below. It was a moonless night. so he couldn’t exactly see everything as if it were day, but the ambient glow of the city was bright enough to let him pick out details. He could even see Panther Team, crouching behind the massive bulldozer only ten meters from the edge of the drainage ditch around the site.
The siren was closer now. He could just make out rapid flash-es of blue light on the sides of buildings to the northeast. “Team Panther and Team Gentry, you have yellow. Repeat. you have yellow. Team Equinox, activate sequence oh-five-niner Bravo.”
He removed the goggles and waited, watching the street beyond the huge. open gates to the site. Equations burned through his head as he calculated and instinctively corrected for wind speed and distance. He took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, reassured by the ice-cold logic and clarity of the numbers.
The ambulance’s wheels screeched as it took the turn at 50 kph. sirens screaming and lights flashing. As its Front wheels touched one end of the gravel bridge that spanned the drainage ditch. Earl whispered. ’Fire one."
A dull roar and a hiss came from his left. Earl kept his eyes on a spot at the other end of the bridge, on the small scrap of metal he’d placed there fifteen minutes ago. The rocket screamed through the air in a gentle arc from the second floor. It slammed into the ground and detonated. dead center in Earl’s field of vision. The ambulance slowed and swerved away from the blast.
“Fire two!” Earl shouted over the explosion, already looking toward the left side of the bridge where a second scrap of metal lay, Another roar and a hiss split the night as the second rocket sped towards its target. The impact showered gravel for meters around the spot.
The ambulance tried to swerve out of danger. but the force of the blast lifted the vehicle’s right side off the ground. it balanced for an instant on its left wheels: then it tipped and rolled off the bridge, it slammed to the dirt, skidded. and came to rest against the far wall of the ditch.
“Team Panther and Team Gentry. you have green. Repeat. you have green.”
He watched the men emerge from behind the construction equipment and fan out near the edge of the ditch. Some moved into position on what remained of the bridge, their rifles at the ready. Sporadic popping echoed from below as they fired on the ambulance, focusing their attack on the vehicle’s exposed underside. Earl picked up the Barret and repositioned his srnartgoggles. He aimed for the crumpled form at the base of the building and fired once. The form jerked wildly, then lay still.
“Bait has been discarded. Team Equinox, you have black, Repeat. you have black. See you at the rendezvous in thirty minutes.” Earl didn’t wait for acknowledgement: he didn’t need to. Quickly and carefully. he broke down the rifle and placed it in its case. After taking a last look around to make sure he’d left nothing behind, he headed toward the workman’s elevator.
“Teams Panther and Gentry. what’s our status?” he murmured as he walked into the freight lift and pressed the Down button.
“Targets neutralized. sir, Thermal imaging shows the only heat sources in the ambulance as cooling bodies or coaling metal.”
“Good job. Panther One. Teams Panther and Gentry, meet at the rendezvous in forty minutes. Stagger your arrival and watch for tails. Congratulations.”
Earl removed the earpiece and slipped it into his pocket as he strode through the workman’s gate behind the building. Whistling, he deposited his gear in the back of the rented jackrabbit. Maybe he’d take in a movie after the rendezvous: it seemed like the right way to celebrate such a wonderful night.
Sanjay’s commlink rang. The brief annoyance at the movie’s interruption turned to joy as caller id popped up with Jaiyana’s sexy picture. What a wonderful night.