“Sir, I feel I must again protest that you do this alo-“


“This far into the Per-“

“I am aware this is a non-sanctioned drop – if you do not want to be here, feel free to return to the DropShip.”

“It’s not that sir, we are simply worried about your exposure this far out. They may just be pirates, Sir, bu-“

“I said noted, son, but if I am going to outfit my pilots in this design, I want to test it myself. Your engagement reports do not give me the info that a real engagement will. Out.”

His lancemates immediately formed a defensive triangle around him – two in front and one in back.

“I may be an old Mechwarrior, but I am not an invalid. Get into a real formation. Now.”

Chastised, they moved back. Operations drilled into them, the Commando moved ahead to scout, while the support Orion moved to the side to screen for attackers. Another Orion held back, ready to support. Getting a feel for his Orion, he scanned left and right, ready for a contact report from his scout.”

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