Smith blasted through the roadblock and we were off. There were at least two trucks chasing us and I don’t know how many men. I jumped in the back between Nat and Mya and fired a three round burst at the driver of the truck immediately behind us. I don’t know if I killed him but I know I hit him high. Dickie fired a pistol and blew out one of their tires. That truck swerved and pulled over to the side of the road. Smith then started putting distance between us and the bad guys.
Eventually we came to Smith’s hidey hole only to find a couple of guys loading up a truck with what I assumed was Smith’s gear. I don’t know for sure because he didn’t say anything. Nex tthing I know Sal is yelling something about dark fire and I hear screaming up on a ledge above us. Some poor bastard up there apparently caught on fire. I have no idea who did that. It could have been Nat or maybe Mya but the way Sal was carrying on I am guessing it was him. I jumped out of the truck and ran to the guy on the passenger side of the other truck. I plowed into him just as he was pulling an AK out of the seat. I knocked him back about 5 feet and the gun landed in between us. I would have figured he’d give up right there but he went for the gun again. He wound up tied up on the ground.
Nat jumped out to secure the back of the truck. She blow out one of the tires with a knife she must have hidden on her. Good call. Last thing we needed was the bad guys managing to take off in the middle of this. Dickie ran out of the jeep and yelled something in another language and the guy on the driver side of the truck ducked for cover. As Dickie and Smith went after him the body of what I assume was the burning guy up on the ledge dropped right into the back of the truck. Ok. Then all of the sudden it’s floating 4 ft above the truck bed. Yeah. I keep thinking Smith is going to flip out or something. This is a little too much for most people. Took me months to get a grip on it.
As Dickie chases the driver around the truck he gets away and heads for a cave up ahead. Then as I am securing the guy on the ground I hear a shot and know I am hit. Not bad, but I still fucking hate getting shot. Nat pops off a couple of rounds and that’s it for the shooter. After that we secure the gear and pass it out. No one is going in that cave until we are outfitted and ready in case those guys chasing us show up. Mya healed my GSW. It’s weird when she does that but I am thankful nonetheless.
Once we get set up with some tac vests, night vision goggles and weaponry we entered the cave. We found the guy Nat shot bleeding out on the floor. Just then a guy comes running out at Dickie holding something in his hands and screaming. We light him up but not before he falls over on a live grenade. We got very lucky there and I don’t want to have anything to do with any more guys coming at us with those things.
After all of the shouting dies down we get set up defensively and wait for morning. Dickie says he can drive us out of here in the dark and I’m just too tired to object. I still keep waiting for Smith to go all “WHAT THE FUCK?!” but he doesn’t say a word. I take the first watch with him and ask him about it. He says he’s seen “lot’s of weird shit before”. Then he tells me he’s a tech guy who can use a gun or knife well enough. He doesn’t ask much about us if anything. This guy just seems “off” to me. I can Anna and tell her everything is fine. Nothing going on. We’re still on task and things are going smoothly. She probably knows I am lying but at least she knows it’s me talking to her. Maybe I should have Nat make the next call. Anna tells me to call her back in the morning and I do. Same lies. I feel bad but I figured it was better than telling her I’m on the other side of the world and have been shot and almost blown up. Yeah, Nat gets to call next time. I am no sort of smooth.