Join The Navy Ch 4The afternoon passed by fairly quickly. We were asked to march in line, give a proper salute, and basically perform everything that was requested of us in the lecture. It took a few tries, but my cub scout training back in the day helped me through it. Shelly took to the training, just like everything she does, like a fish to water. Maybe she thought it was a game, but by four o’clock we had it down pat.
They gave us a break after that, allowing me to get in a nap. Shelly and I were exhausted from the training, even though the physical stuff was yet to come.
As the sun set across the ocean to our west, we had a lighter meal for dinner. Then, as a surprise, Evening Briefing meant something else entirely.
Sargeant Ravelle was wearing causual clothing as she came to my door. “Evening.”
“Evening,” I replied.
“Have you and Miss Starsetter been to San Diego before?”
I shook my head. “Nope.”
Join The Navy Ch 3The briefing took place in a meeting hall that felt like it had been built in the fifties. It was a short walk from the barracks, though on a morning like today I might not have minded a longer walk.
Inside, the room was sparsely decorated aside from an American flag in the one corner and a Navy insignia flag in the other. It felt much like a classroom in here. There was even an old school chalkboard. Plain white walls, plain white tables, plain white floors and an open rafter ceiling. The room was airy and had a fresh sea breeze, but since we were about two hundred yards from the bay, that wasn’t a surprise.
Shelly was in a good mood. Maybe being this close to the sea invigorated her, especially since we had left home and it was in the seventies outside - easily a ninety degree difference in temperature. Even in the heavy dress uniforms we were wearing - they were made of wool, after all - I still felt better than I might’ve
Join The Navy Ch 2Honestly, that meal was the best all year - all of 2013 included. But, as it happened, we were again scrambling to get packed for the afternoon escapade to the airport. I tipped the valet driver a few bucks, but wondered why he had left the change in my cup holder and taken the Immodium pill instead. Weird. Must've had something to do with last night? Oh well, I guess that was one mystery to remain unsolved.
Shelly was so brilliant - she’d never let me go into the ocean without her, and maybe I felt more confident about the mission because of it. There were two things I never much cared for - heights and claustrophobia - and the pressurized hull of a submarine sounded like among the more tighter places one could get stuck inside of. Though I’ve always loved the sea and its exploration, the silent service was one way to see it that I knew I’d never really be comfortable in. Submarines are tight places, surrounded by great
Join The Navy Ch 1Winter Side Story A:
PFC Claxion and PFO Starsetter Join The Navy
After a well earned, quiet holiday season, the three of us had settled into what was, without a doubt, the most winter like winter we’d have since… well, last winter.
I honestly have no other way to say it. We had just gone through late season snows, snowfall in July, sub freezing temperatures… and now, that was the same crap we’d gone through for the past few weeks.
And it was only now new years eve. Four feet of snow coated the patio outside the back window. The thermometer was frozen to the windowsill, scraping the bottom of the bulb at -10. Though I had never had to use 3M’s window treatment, this year was the first time I used the plastic window seals to ensure that no cold air entered at all, making sure my heating costs were ideal and my roomates were happy.
Well, Michelle had been happy when she came back from California for the holidays.
Moroccan Rhapsody Ch 13 FinalSummer drove us up to the guard station just as twilight set in. The guard motioned us on through, and mentioned something about us being back early. Perhaps the Shah hadn't expected us to return quite so soon.
Once the majority of them had gone inside, I stayed with Summer for a moment and pretended to drive her to a parking area before changing her back into herself. The two of us then met the servant out front, who showed us to the others.
Inside the palace, we were again brought into the ballroom where we had met with him previously. Now at night, the view from the ballroom down to the waterfront was incredible. It seemed like all of Casablanca could be seen to the east.
"Are you all here? Lovely!" The Shah entered from the far room. "I must say you are back sooner than I expected!"
I stepped forward and gave a bow. "We're efficiant when it comes to keeping promises, Your Grace." I turned towards Jeanette, who had the astr
Moroccan Rhapsody Ch 12Summer had been tailing us the whole time, staying behind the airframe baggy and well out of sight of the pilots. She was so close, in fact, that she might've even looked like a sail billowing behind the thing.
She might've sensed that the airship was getting lower in altitude, because she came down to the gondola and saw us hanging from the edge. I owe her my bones for coming when she did.
Alpha had let go of my ankle when I relinquished the airship, and for the briefest of moments as we fell, continuing to fall as I was recieved by Summer the flying carpet.
"Nooo!" Alpha couldn't believe it. Quite frankly, nor could I.
The airship continued to falter as I hovered there upon Summer, and we watched as the airship crashed into the pasture. Alpha landed first, having trouble moving even though he managed to roll around.
Just when we thought Kappa might also come out undamaged, he moved out of the gondola and began to run. The bull was in full chase.