Y2K
Author: Quatez Reid

Chapter 22
The Gillem Incident

[Back on Ft. Gillem... Things aren't looking so good. The First Sergeant of 9th Chemical Company still hadn't returned from the “Leader's Ball” he was supposed to attend, nor did any of the leadership for ANY of the units.

In the Head Quarters, nothing can get approved because the First Sergeant is presumed to be AWOL...]

Captain Quiesce: You still can't get a bead on First Sergeant, Williams?

Williams: No Sir! But we did get a call that 1st Lieutenant Boyd, 2nd Lieutenant Smith, & PFC Vonotar are safe and alright. 3 Days ago, their HMWVV broke down out in Stone Mountain. A HMWVV was supposed to be dispatched for them already, but when it got to their last known location, they only found two bodies...

Quiesce: Bodies? What do you mean?

Williams: Well sir...the bodies of Private Lewis and Sergeant Parker were there. Private Lewis was apparently stabbed in the head. Sergeant Parker, who we first thought was missing, turned out to actually...well...uhh...

Quiesce: SAY IT!

Williams: Apparently, he was like a zombie, if you will sir. That corroborates the initial statements we received from 1st Lieutenant Boyd.

Quiesce: You've got to be kidding me. Zombies? Really? I think we might have a case of murder with a pair of “missing” Lts.

Williams: But SIR! That doesn't explain Sergeant Parker!

Quiesce: Depends...A severe case of dehydration could cause sever nausea and light-headedness. Where ever they found him, HE could've been there for DAYS even. So now we're looking at neglect of the welfare and safety of their soldiers. Got it. Murder and Neglect.

Williams: But he BIT another soldier sir! Now I don't doubt dehydration, but the soldier he bit has had a rapidly decreasing temperature and severe fever!

Quiesce: And what soldier is this?

Williams: Specialist...Hare...sir!

Quiesce: I'll go visit this Specialist Hare and get his side of the story...

Williams: Here sir! I've already got his room number, where hes at, and his current vitals as of...

*Williams checks her watch*

...25 minutes ago sir!

Quiesce: Good work Williams. What would I ever do with out you?

Williams: Yourself...

[Quiesce covers her mouth and looks around the office to see if there was anyone who could have possibly heard...]

THAT WAS ONE TIME!

Williams: Because I let you one time!

Quiesce: You know if they find out about...ya know...

[Williams rolls her chair back to reveal a 3 month pregnant belly...]

WHAT?! THIS? I'M PRETTY SURE they already know that I was up to something. I just expect you to own up to your responsibilities! I'VE HAD TO LIE TO MY BOYFRIEND!

Quiesce: Look, give me some time OK! I'm eligible for MAJOR soon. When you ETS...

Williams: ETS? NO! I'm doing my 20!

Quiesce: Well we can't be together if-

GET OUT OF HERE! GET OUT! *sob* You took my life you BASTARD!

*Williams picks up a stapler and throws it at Captain Quiesce*

[Captain Quiesce slams the HQ office door behind him and storms out into the parking lot in a huff...]

I don't Need that Slut! SHE got pregnant, NOT ME! She KNEW she liked it! The only reason I got with that...that...CUNT is because I heard she put out. Now she thinks I'M GONNA be her salvation! NO! I'm gonna make sure she stays QUIET!

[Captain Quiesce walks by a soldier just standing in the middle of the road...]

HEY! HEY TROOP! YO!

*The soldier doesn't answer*

[Captain Quiesce gets upset and goes to the soldier...]

Hey! When an OFFICER OF THE MILITARY is talking to you, YOU-

[The soldier throws up blood and grabs his ribs and doubles over...]

Quiesce: Hey soldier...are you...alright?

Soldier: pl-pl—please....hel-help-help me-me...

Quiesce: HOLD ON TROOP! I'M GONNA GET HELP! STAY WITH ME! I'M gonna NEED YOU TO STAND UP THOUGH! C'MON LETS STAND!

[The Captain bends down to grab the wounded soldier and sees that the soldier has bite marks on his left bicep, and parts of flesh are missing. The Captain's eyes widen in fear. Quickly he pushes the soldier down in the street and stomps on the soldier until all there is left is a bloody pulp and a stump where the head used to be...]

Quiesce: DAMN IT!...I...I KILLED A SOLDIER! I...I...I DIDN'T MEAN TO...I- HE TRIED TO ATTACK ME! YEAH!

[Captain Quiesce starts pacing back and forth talking to himself in the street. A nearby MP notices and walks over to the bewildered Officer...]

MP: Hello sir...if there a problem?

Quiesce: No...there isn't

MP: Ok...then why are you covered in bl...

*The MP sees the dead headless soldier's remains and pulls out his weapon*

GET YOUR GODDAMN HANDS IN THE AIR!

Quiesce: No, HE... HE ATTACKED ME! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT!

MP: GET YOUR GOD DAMN HANDS UP! DO IT NOW!

Quiesce: Ok! OK! I'LL DO IT! JUST LISTEN TO ME!

*The MP backs up*

STAY BACK SIR!

Quiesce: NO, Let me EXPLAIN

MP: STAY THE HELL BACK GODDAMN IT!

*The MP gets on his Radio and calls for backup*

Quiesce: NO! I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING!

[The MP Knees Captain Quiesce in the stomach and forces him down on the ground...]

I NEED BACK UP A.S.A.P.!

Back in HQ office...

*Williams answers a phone call...*

Yes, this is Specialist Williams, 9th Chemical Company. YOU'RE KIDDING! PLEASE TELL ME THAT'S A JOKE! NO! OK! I'LL Inform our Company Commander and make the proper preparations.

*Another soldier, female, walks by holding PERSDAT records books*

What is it Williams?

Williams: The soldier *sob* that Sergeant Parker bit...just died! The final blood test they did on him about 10 minutes ago *sob* confirmed something ABNORMAL in his blood system. Like...a parasite...

Soldier: DAMN that sucks... Who was the soldier?

*Williams looks dead eyed at the other soldier*

Specialist HARE...Your BROTHER!

*Sergeant Hare drops her books and doubles over*

No! HE...HE...HE CAN'T! HE...HE WAS JUST HERE YESTERDAY! HE WAS JUST GODDAMN HERE GODDAMN IT! GODDAMN IT!

[Sergeant Hare pounds the ground and Specialist Williams wobbles over to her to help console her...]

Williams: Its gonna be ok...

Sergeant Hare: NO! GET OFF ME! YOU DON'T KNOW!

*Sergeant Hare pushes Williams away*

No! Hes a fighter...A BITE WOULDN'T KILL KEVIN! NO! HE's THE STRONGEST MAN I KNOW! I'M GONNA GO SEE HIM!

[Sergeant Hare runs out the office, leaving Williams alone on the floor in her own tears. On Williams' desk is a picture of Specialist Hare proposing to Specialist Williams, dated 3 Months ago...]

 

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