Kandar Ep30 the General responds
The whole room watched the big holoviewer in complete silence, as the first squad of Tedo were quickly destroyed. After a few moments the general broke the silence. "These people are incredible," he stated quite frankly. "I am genuinely impressed at their prowess in battle and their resourcefulness. Everyone here would do well to pay great attention to how they are handling themselves in this battle." He leaned back in his chair as he scratched his chin in thought.
"Dont take to much of a liking to them, we still need them dead," complained Jonathon Smithers.
General Sologrit peered at him a moment before remarking, "oh, they will die. I just didn't expect them to get this far, and with so few resources. I see now, why everything before this has utterly failed, but fear not, I am formidable." He rose from his desk to and stood at the handrail, to better view the people working below. "Who read the scans of that ship?" he called to them. In response a young wiry man, with Corporal insignia on his shoulder, slowly raised his hand without looking up. "Bring the scans of that ship, up here to me," the General commanded. Lt. Colonel Melville began to move towards the young man to receive the documents, but Gen. Sologrit stopped her with a single hand motion.
The young Corporal gathered the document and climbed the stair with his head bowed, afraid to face the General. He stopped just short of Gen. Sologrit, raises his head high and saluted with one hand while presenting the scans to the general with the other. "SIR. Here are the scans and their results, Sir!" He kept his eyes skyward, still afraid to meet the General's gaze.
The General snatched the papers from him and spread them out on the desk to his left. After a short moment of looking at the pictures and data he smacked the Corporal in the back so hard he almost fell over. "Idiot! Look at this!" The Corporal was slow to respond, so Gen. Sologrit grabbed him by the back of his neck and forced him over the papers. The Corporal had to brace himself on the desk to keep from being slammed into it. "This ship has only been modified, to look like a Leviathan. The Captain did choose his landing zone wisely, however...Look at the details of the grass and rocks. Now how close do you think this scan started? And where is your scale?" The corpal opened his mouth to respond, but could muster no words. "This is a stripped down Kandar Juggernaut. It is a good disguise, but trained professionals like yourself should have seen this." The General let go of him as he threw the papers in the floor at the Corporal's feet. "You cost the lives of all those Tedo pilots and their crews. You remember that well when you call their families tonight. Now pick up your paperwork and get out of my sight." The Corporal was fast to gather his papers and disappear.
The V.P., J.J. Caster, spun his chair to face the General. "You know if you would..."
"SHUT UP!" the general cut him off soundly. "You make drugs, your good at it, so stick to it. Do not pretend to know military form or tactics. Sit down, enjoy the show and shut your pie hole!" J.J. Caster was left with his mouth gapping open with a look of shock on his face. "Scrap the second Tedo squad and scramble the fighter jets. I want both squadrons in the air A.S.A.P. First target is that damn Kandar Juggernaut. I want it on the ground in flames, double pay for the whole month to the pilot who brings it down." Silence followed on the dais as Lt. Col. Melville worked furiously on her tablet to change the orders.
The general intently watched the various screens, showing the progress of the troops and the current orders being changed. After a long silence the General spoke again "Lt. Col. Melville, set off all K-bombs currently in the hive and flood the lower levels."
"As you command, Sir," she responded, never looking up from the tablet.
"What about all our slaves and the product we have in there?" Smithers complained
Drawing a long slow breath the General peered back at Smithers. "We will stop short of the equipment and the product. This is the very reason I had them tabled on the second floor. Two stories to carry them up to delay these hooligans and 2 stories to flood and trap any intruders that made it to those filthy creatures down there. Besides, the slaves, just like the excess of drug, are merely bait here, we can always get more. And, if by some small chance they do rescue the slaves from the pens, they will serve to slowed them down even more, with a full brigade barring down on them. Once their ship is destroyed you will see all hope fade from them."
"You are still costing us too much for this win," Smithers retorted.
"And I suppose you would like to keep losing to them in all the cities and towns everywhere?" There is no response from either man. "Like the reputation of this old prison here, I will not let any of these little rats escape. This will be their grave. Once these thieves have been dealt with, you can rebuild your empire, and we will all be richer for it. Now shut up and quit your whining, I'm in no mood for it."