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    The day of the briefing and Harrier Squad’s deployment finally arrived. Red Tape greets them all and escorts them to a secure room far from ‘prying eyes and ears’. It’s a small, utilitarian room deep in the castle complex, designed for briefings and not much else. But due to recent security breaches, Red Tape made sure that they got a room known to be free of any and all interference. Then, he swept it for bugs. Ten times, until he was absolutely sure nopony could possibly spy on them.

    Once they are all assembled, Commander Wildcat marches inside, dressed in combat fatigues instead of his dress uniform. Even when working behind a desk, he was never out of shape, but now it looks like he’s put himself back through basic. His chest is broader, his shoulders squarer, and face leaner. He goes to the front and looks at them a smile on his face.

    “Ponies,” he says in his deep, gravelly voice, “You’ve done me proud. Thanks to you, we got a good batch of rookies working their way up through the ranks. The EDF is now considered an integral part of Equestria’s defense. Red Tape here’s still working out the details on that, but we showed them. Showed them we’re here to stay.”

    “But enough celebrating. No time to rest on our laurels. Bad guys need their flanks kicked and we’re Equestria’s iron-shod boot.”

    “The mission we’re called to is one of utmost importance. This ‘Polaris’ has been ripping us a superfluous second plothole and we’re going to pay him a little visit. Or if not him, his right hoof stallion, Dr. Hyper Thought.”

    Red Tape pulls up a satellite image of a mountain covered in a cloud of smoke. “This,” Wildcat says, “Is the target. An abandoned vault in the Wasteland supposedly picked clean by scavengers. Seems things have been heating up there recently. Your mission is to capture him and whatever blasted experiments he’s been working on down there.”

    “Now, we don’t know what the situation on the ground is, so this mission is going to take a while. But this mission has to succeed. So, we’re taking a bit of a risk. First of all, I will be accompanying you. Second, got a bit of a surprise for you.”

    The door opens and four new ponies file in and stand at attention. Wildcat steps out from behind the podium. “Due to the nature and importance of this mission, I thought you all would appreciate some reinforcement.” He straightens and in a loud, military voice, orders, “EDF Squad Hornet! Report!”

    The first steps up, a slender, handsome unicorn stallion with an ace of spades embroidered on his right pocket. A pistol is strapped to his side, but on the other is a metal rod carved with runes. There are traces of Saddle-Arabian blood in his build and face. “Sgt. Card Ace, magical combat expert! Former member of the Royal Guard Special Service. Canterlot division.”

    A batpony mare is next, several combat knives and sub-machinegun lashed tight to her body. “Sgt. Corby, stealth, infiltration, and silently neutralizing the enemy,” she says in a smooth, even voice, “Former Night Guard. Canterlot division.”

    And now a white-coated pegasus mare with a medkit and assault rifle. “Sgt. Angel Wings,” she says, “Medic and emergency extraction! Former army surgeon. Yakyakistan expeditionary force.”

    The last steps to join his companions, an earth pony stallion of prodigious proportions. He doesn’t have a weapon on him right now save for a sidearm. “Sgt. Green Pines, heavy weapons. Former Royal Guard commandos, based in Manehatten.”

    “At ease,” Wildcat orders, “They’re still a bit green, which is why they’re coming as a support unit this mission. But we may need the extra firepower and they’re the team that’s come the farthest in the short time they’ve been assembled.”

    “Thank you, sir!” the four chorus.

    “Also,” Wildcat says with a sly smirk, “Commander Rainbow Dash has loaned us a team of her Wonderbolts to serve as an escort for the Thunderbird and air support once we reach our destination. And one of them should be very familiar to you all. A certain pegasus named Seafire. Apparently, she volunteered the moment she heard about this.”

    “Happy Hooves will be accompanying us in a support role. I can’t cook worth a lousy bit and she can. Unfortunately, Akilah has resigned due to family issues. And we’re running low on space to store all the equipment we will need. So, maintenance will be a team effort. Red Tape has digital copies of every manual you’ll ever need.”

    He turns back to the screen and it changes to a map of the region. “Our first order of business is going to be establishing a base of operations. The locals will be hostile, but they can’t fly. So at the risk of being more exposed, we’re going to search for someplace high and count on the Bolts to give us air coverage. Should that fail, Green Pines will fill the air with lead. Anything that gets through is either very lucky or needs a shotgun to the face. Several. Until it stops moving. Sergeants Corby and Card Ace and Lt. Sniper Scope will serve as scouts. Once we have the lay of the land, we’ll go from there.”

    "Any questions?"
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    Hornet squad, huh? Rose studies them particularly the medic. 'Stars bless you don't screw up like I did.'

    She raises her hoof. "What kind of armament and resources are we aware of the locals possessing?"
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    "Any questions?"
    Was the second squad as much a mental mess as the first?

    Naturally, that question couldn't be asked aloud. Sniper gave Hornet Squad a quick once over, drawing some inferences and evaluations off of their appearances. Looked competent enough. The other two scouts were Sergeants. Great. That meant he was likely in for another command position. May this one go better than the last.

    Seafire was joining them on this expedition. There was no way that wouldn't get awkward.

    "Have any such sites been identified for a potential base of operations?"

    He was prepared for this. The dye had been reapplied to his pelt and feathers, giving him his old midnight-black appearance. All of the drama and awkwardness was trussed up and locked away in his mind where it wouldn't interfere with his rational decision making process. Eyes on the prize and objectives in focus. It felt good to be in a soldier's mindset again. Mostly. He was still wrestling with the question of just how lethal to be on the battlefield. To date, his only decision was a vague: 'less so than normal'.

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    Love happily greets Red Tape. It felt like ages since they've seen each other. Wasn't she supposed to have a meeting with him? Ah well, what was he going to do anyway? Compliment her on her new relationship? She tries to give him a hug and follows him to the extremely interior room. It seems like a true black box the way Red Tape talked about it. That's good. It's good to see ponies taking seriously the deeply embedded Lar's forces. She's tempted to sweep the room once more, but that seems more like a waste of time and insulting than productive. A dozen times should be good enough or they're already doomed from incompetence.

    When the Commander enters Love stands and salutes. He was looking good. His shape and form said he meant serious business. She sits down when put at ease.

    Love smiles when he says the EDF is established. That means even if something happened to them, Luna forbid, that Equestria would be better defended. The news felt deserved because of their hard work. Two solid missions and a lot of publicity allowed this to happen.

    At the commander's determination to get Lars or Hyper, Love says, "We'll get them, Sir!"

    The mission area was an interesting one. There might be some dead radio zones underground, and she knows that the opposing forces have picked up mimic forces (probably Love's abilities encouraging them to develop that way). She's really going to be depending on Star here to stick to her bot. Thought did like his crazy creatures. If he's started building things to counter the team, well, Love had the most obvious weakness.

    Love stands when the second squad enters, even if they are lower ranked. They already deserve her respect for being here, hand selected by the commander.

    Ace... Dang it! That was going to be Star's new nickname! Hopefully, he goes by Card. A pure mage? That'll be interesting to see in action. Rose has really increased her magical abilities since they'd first met, but a focused skill set should put a match up for that. Harrier squad was really low magic, heavy tech. Corby. They have a bucking ninja on their team!? Life is so unfair sometimes. Their team should have a ninja! They'd be ten times more awesome. Angel. Now, that's a good name. Two medics? Seems a bit much for this many ponies, but the way the squads were designed meant an abundance of medics whenever teams came together. Pines. The obvious greenhorn - green nickname is so obvious that it'd lose all potency. Love did like her heavy weapons.

    Love sits down when they're put at ease. Hornet squad was looking good. She'd prefer that they finish cooking before going on the mission, but desperate times and all. They didn't look bad at all though.

    A Wonderbolts squad for air support. Things were looking hot all of a sudden. It doesn't look like the team is going in stealthy if they expect the Bird might be under fire. She smiles when she hears the name Seafire. Good, someone they know and that likes them. That had been an issue in the past, so all the good relations they can get for free the better. Happy & the Commander too? This is a big mission.

    Love will stay quiet until the first couple questions are settled.
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    “Knives. Guns. Clubs. And lots of homemade explosives,” Wildcat says, “We outclass them in every way. Equipment. Training. The only thing they’ll have is numbers. Which is why we have to bring in overkill, just in case.” He smiles. “A few of the pre-devastation tanks and vehicles are still around, but our weapons will chew through their armor like paper. Brazen here has better armor than they do.”

    “We’ll be making for this area.” Wildcat makes the map zoom in on a particular section a little north of the mountain. “This area is very hard to move through on the ground. We have a ship and three Bolts to carry us, but they won’t be so lucky. Set up on top of a lower hill where we have some cover from prying eyes. That’s the current plan.”

    He takes a deep breath. “I suppose this is a good time to mention the little incident we had last night. Powder Keg and four other ponies broke into the palace last night and made it right to the door of Celestia’s room. They surrendered, but demanded to talk with Celestia. After checking them over, the guard discovered that they had no weapons. Not even a toothpick. They slipped in with the day crowd and hid in a closet until nightfall. Then, they grabbed a servant, got Celestia’s location out of her, and ran for it.”

    “What she said after she got caught is…” He pauses. “Red Tape, let’s show them. You have the security footage?”

    “A copy of it is on my computer. Yes. This room is cut off from the rest of the palace,” he replies.

    “Throw it up there. Let’s watch.” Wildcat takes a seat. “And if you want popcorn...Tough.”

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    Five earth ponies run down the hall. They look pretty normal for wastelanders. A bit dirty and a few more tattoos than the average Equestrian, but they don’t look savage like Rip. The lead mare, who is a fair bit shorter than the rest, laughs wildly. “Run, run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m--”“Freeze!” Ten batponies with assault rifles drop from the ceiling and surround them. The five intruders pull up short.

    “-Toooootally bucked,” Powder Keg finishes.

    “Hooves in the air!”

    “Alright, alright! Just don’t get trigger-happy.” The mare puts her hooves up and nods for her companions to do the same.

    “Check them.” One of the guards moves forwards and pats them each down. Then, he does it again. And a third time, just to be sure.

    “They’re...clean,” he says, not quite believing it.

    “We came to talk,” one of the raiders says, “Not fill each other full of holes.”

    “You can talk to the judge,” the guard leader says sternly, “Take them away.”

    “Oh no you don’t!” Powder Keg jumps to the front. “I didn’t escape a friggin’ space station, trek all the way across the Wasteland, get shot out, starved, dehydrated, put in stocks for ten days straight, starved some more, and then trek all the way back out just to fail within ten feet of my goal.”

    “Too bad,” the guard says impassively, “Now march.”

    Powder Keg takes a deep breath. “HEY YOUR IMPERIAL SUNNINESS! GET YOUR SUN-STAMPED FLANK OUT HERE! I WANT TO TALK TO YOU!”

    Now, the guard looks alarmed. “Quiet!” he hisses, “Shut up. Please.”

    “WELL? I’M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER HERE!”

    “Please. I’ll bring you cookies in your cell. Just--”

    The door to Celestia’s room opens. The princess herself strides out, an annoyed look on her face. The guards stand at attention. Powder Keg grins.

    “Is there a problem?” Celestia asks quietly.

    “No problem at all!” the guard says, “The situation has been dealt with and--”

    “Hey useless. Shut up,” Powder Keg snaps. Surprisingly, he does. He has no control of this situation anymore. Best to get out of the way. Celestia turns to Powder Keg and raises an eyebrow. For the first time, the mare looks nervous. “Alright, hear me out on this.”

    She falls to the floor, bowing to Celestia. “Princess Celestia,” she says. Her voice begins to tremble. “Forgive us. We...we don’t have anywhere else to go. But you have to save us! Save the Wasteland.”

    The others fall to their faces as well. “Please, princess!”

    Celestia’s eyes harden. “And why should I when you attack and waylay my dear ponies, who already go to help you?”

    They cower. “The…” Powder Keg swallows. “The ponies from Tartarus Station. The ones who said they were yours. They’ve got--”

    “They’re making foals and fillies work themselves to death in mines!” one of the raiders cries.

    “The adults are forced into his army!”

    “He’s experimenting on us! Worse than on Tartarus.”

    “The Lord of Stars has their minds enslaved!”

    Powder Keg smiles weakly. “So we’ve come to you. We tried. We failed. And now we’re the only five Red Scorpions left.” She rises slowly. “Throw me in jail again. Execute me publicly. Just save them.”

    Celestia’s eyes soften, though she remains still for a long moment. “We will save the Wasteland,” she says, “But we will need a guide. Somepony familiar with it.” She smiles at Powder Keg. “I do not think you are destined for the chopping block just yet.”


    Wildcat steps to the front. "Long story short, the princess, in her infinite wisdom, has decided to give us a guide. She knows the towns and politics of the Wasteland far better than we do. Unfortunately, she's also the former leader of a notorious gang. But she did ask for our help. And we're going to help her. We've also been ordered to assess the possibility of integrating the Wasteland into Equestria and helping the ponies there on a more official and permanent basis. I understand this might be of some concern to some of you. Good. Lt. Red Tape here will be in charge of keeping her on a short leash. Anything she says is to be double-checked with me before you act on it. Are we clear?"

    "Sir, yes sir!" Hornet Squad choruses. Star joins in.

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    "Sir, yes sir."

    Okay, they promise cookies in their cell if they behave? Wow have the palace guards gone soft. At least Rose has the satisfaction of knowing that even conspirators can get confectionery while behind bars. She looks over to Love. Didn't Loki grow up wasteland-side?
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    "Sir, yes, sir!"

    His anger was well gated and controlled, which was good because there was a lot of it. Rip's reappearance destroyed the justifications and rationalizations for his life's work. To hear that the wasteland was being considered for annexation took that destruction to the level of devastation.

    Any pony he encountered out there could be the next Love or Rip. To take that opportunity away from them...

    Sniper carefully blocked off his thoughts. This was not the time to dwell on them.
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    "Sir, yes sir!"

    Love waits for the bravado to drop down. "Sir! I'd like to discuss something in private at your earliest convenience, Sir!"

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    "Dismissed," Wildcat says, "Mission starts in three hours. Make any final preparations you have and meet on Helipad nine."

    Wildcat nods to Love and steps into a side room. "You have permission to speak freely."

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    Rose goes to gather her gear; medical supplies, weapons, armor. She mentally checks off each item as she inspects it and packs it. She'll head for Helipad 9 after that.
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    Now or never.

    Sniper signaled Hornet Squadron that he'd be with them momentarily. He then turned to the resident desk jockey.

    "Lt. Red Tape, a moment of your time?"

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    "Me?" Red Tape blinks in surprise. "Oh, okay. Sure. What's up? Oh! If it's private, we should stay in this room, since the Commander took the secure closet."

    He chuckles. "I'm not used to you all wanting to talk to me. Normally, you all swing by when you have a problem you need ironed out."

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    She follows after him. "Sir, Heimdall would like to donate the services of some air cars to run supplies alongside the Thunderbird. We've never packed the ship this full of other ponies. We've been well stocked till now, and we've been able to rely on an abundance of non-lethal grenades. I worry that the casualties will be far greater than any other mission unless we bring a strong stockpile of options. The cars will be entirely robot operated - you need not expend any military assets on protecting the extra ships unless you desire. Heimdall will take any loss of cargo at their own expense."

    "You know I'm from the Wasteland. I want to set the peace talks off on the right hoof - minimal bullet shots will allow that. I would like to add that on Tartarus we saw something. Wastelanders are not used to our culture. Our kindness confuses them. By going in without the intent to kill we may break their morale and tactics faster than if we give them what they expect. A death match. They've found a new slaver. Let their heavy hoof be the one that crushes their own forces and turns them to us. We're talking about restoring a peace that hasn't existed for generations; however, I am a solider that follows orders. You need not worry about my gun shooting straight. I will see this mission done and a success." She salutes. "By your command, Commander."
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    Sniper nodded in understanding.

    "That's half of the situation, unfortunately. The other half is that I want to thank you for your work. On our last mission, I was trapped with the paperwork for a good while. Banished near drove me insane. I'm glad you have the knack for it.

    "Remind me sometime and I'll tell you about the Crystal Hooves fiasco. You just might be glad you have the distance that you do."
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    Commander Wildcat listens carefully to Love. "Can these cars be ready in the next few hours?"

    "Our current plan is to get the lay of the land and use our guide's knowledge to try and leverage the population into a revolt, with us at the head. This mission could take several weeks, depending on how easily we can find ponies willing to work with us."

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    Red Tape smiles warmly. "Well thank you, Lt. Sniper. That's very kind of you. Now...what was the second half of your request?"
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    "It's less a request and more that I need to alert you and Commander Wildcat to a slight change in status."

    Sniper paused long enough to send a silent plea to the ceiling for help. He looked back at Red Tape and lowered his voice.

    "At the end of the last mission, (I swear this will forever be awkward.) Princess Celestia granted me an honorary title of nobility and made me a knight of the sun. She did this for the expressed purpose of preventing the nobility from abusing Harrier Squadron. You and the Commander needed to know that information, but I'd like it kept quiet. It doesn't need to go any further."

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    Rose finds herself seemingly the first the at pad. She writes her sister a farewell, saying she is being deployed and will be out 2-3 weeks minimum. Rose leaves out details. Just that she'll keep in touch when she can, she'll have access to satellite phone at least.
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    "Yes, Sir!"

    "The equipment is ready to go."

    "I'd like to bring up another thing, sir! Heimdall has prepared radio relays to connect us to Equestria from our operations. The relays are self sustaining and disposable, Sir! If we could get one within a thousand miles of the battlefield, we'd be able to maintain full contact with headquarters!"

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    Rose only has to wait a short time before another pony joins her. Happy trots out, humming to herself and saddlebags full of cooking supplies. “Rose!” she calls, “Rose! Hey, how have you been?”

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    Red Tape nods. “Congratulations, then,” he extends a hoof to shake with Sniper, “I’ll make official note of it. Far easier than the work I’ve been doing to deny the thousands of ‘orders’ from the nobles we’ve been receiving each week. Even I get tired of figuring out ways to deny them officially.”

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    “Bring them along, then,” Wildcat orders.

    “Radios, eh? Well, the Thunderbird’s equipment was going to be our main source of communication with HQ. But if we establish contact with far-flung settlements, we will need a way to stay in touch with them. Bring it along.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miltonian View Post
    Rose only has to wait a short time before another pony joins her. Happy trots out, humming to herself and saddlebags full of cooking supplies. “Rose!” she calls, “Rose! Hey, how have you been?”
    "Hi there, Happy," Rose replies. She puts her phone away. "Eh, I've been better. Spent a lot of time talking to stuffy judges after the big Assembly meeting. This mission will be a nice change of pace at least. Get out on the field and do something productive. How about you? Been up to anything lately?"
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    “Bring them along, then,” Wildcat orders.

    “Radios, eh? Well, the Thunderbird’s equipment was going to be our main source of communication with HQ. But if we establish contact with far-flung settlements, we will need a way to stay in touch with them. Bring it along.”
    "Yes, Sir!"

    "Two or three drops along the way should give us a fairly standard connection rate. Heimdall has more than that ready. Wiring up settlements is possible... Sir!"

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    Red Tape nods. “Congratulations, then,” he extends a hoof to shake with Sniper, “I’ll make official note of it. Far easier than the work I’ve been doing to deny the thousands of ‘orders’ from the nobles we’ve been receiving each week. Even I get tired of figuring out ways to deny them officially.”
    He accepted the hoof-shake.

    "You're a good stallion for putting up with all this, Lt. Red Tape. Don't let any pony ever tell you otherwise." Sniper said.

    He checked to see if Hornet Squadron had stuck around. If so, then he'd continue: "Care to join me for a round of introductions with the other squad?"

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    “I’ve been working on my cooking,” Happy says, “I mastered muffins, but not everypony likes muffins. Poor things. So I’m mastering other foods until I’ve learned something everypony can enjoy.”

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    “I like this better and better,” Wildcat says, “Hop to it, Lt. Dismissed.”

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    Red Tape chuckles. “To be honest, I just wanted to do something other than keep track of who owed some big company what and send out notices to ponies who’d been suckered into bad loans. Would have earned better money, but there’s a reason bureaucrats have a reputation for being soulless.”

    “We’re going to get to know each other very well, I think. Let’s go.”

    The other team has all gone off to make their preparations, but Red Tape knows where their assigned room is. He guides Sniper to the door and they find the medic and mage finishing up packing all the medical supplies into the medic’s backpack.

    “Sgt. Angel Wings. Sgt. Card Ace,” Red Tape calls. The two jump and come to attention. “Lt. Sniper Scope would like a word.”

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    “I’ve been working on my cooking,” Happy says, “I mastered muffins, but not everypony likes muffins. Poor things. So I’m mastering other foods until I’ve learned something everypony can enjoy.”
    "Oh yeah? Well I look forward to your menu on this trip. I been working on cooking as well, but nothing quite as iconic; pancakes, scrambled eggs, that sort of thing. Haven't quite gotten the right timing to make crispy haybacon strips though." She puts her shoulder bag down and checks her phone. "Weird, apparently three hours moves a lot slower than I remember. Guess I should of taken more time. Anything you want to do in the time we have?"
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    “Sgt. Angel Wings. Sgt. Card Ace,” Red Tape calls. The two jump and come to attention. “Lt. Sniper Scope would like a word.”
    "And an introduction. I like to know whom I'm going to be working alongside."

    Sniper followed his usual routine of putting the sergeants at ease and instructing them to speak freely.

    "So if you'll pardon the self-introduction to make things official: Lt. Sniper Scope, infiltration and assassination, formerly stationed on the frontier. Pleased to make your acquaintance."

    He extended the offering of a hoof-shake.

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    “I like this better and better,” Wildcat says, “Hop to it, Lt. Dismissed.”
    "Yes, Sir!"

    Love walks out into a empty meeting room. Everypony must be itching to go. She tries to track down some Hornets.

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    Happy looks around and puts a hoof to her chin. "Um, I was gonna organize my stuff in the ship. But the ship's not here yet. So..." She shrugs. "Sit and sing campfire songs? It'd be good to practice before we have an actual campfire."

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    Both shake hooves with Sniper. Card Ace, when not in a military attitude, moves with a careless grace and smiles easily. Angel Wings is more reserved, but also friendly. It is nice to have doctors who smile, after all. "Very nice to make your acquaintance, Lt.," Ace says, "Look forward to working with you over the next few weeks. Maybe shave some time off our training when we get back."

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    Love does not find any of the other Hornets, however, she does run into three pegasi in sky-blue power armor, helmets off inside the castle. On the left is Seafire, who Love recognizes, but all three recognize her. "Lt. Love," the middle mare says, a little wary, "Good to see you again."

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    Love does not find any of the other Hornets, however, she does run into three pegasi in sky-blue power armor, helmets off inside the castle. On the left is Seafire, who Love recognizes, but all three recognize her. "Lt. Love," the middle mare says, a little wary, "Good to see you again."
    Love puts her phone away and takes to all fours. "Wonderbolts. It's good seeing all of you. I was curious which ace fliers would be on mission. It does seem like I'm at at disadvantage though. I've yet to be introduced to all of you." Love feigns studying the one on the right, even though she is curious about the one in the middle. "Seafire, would you help me out here?"

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    Seafire nods. "Of course. My bad. Love, this is my wing commander, Kittyhawk, and my wingmate, Zero." They both nod when she lists out their names.

    "So this time, you're stabbing our enemies, right?" Zero, the one on the right, says with a smirk. Kittyhawk gives her a slightly disapproving glare, but only slightly.

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    "Trial by fire can do that." Sniper replied. "Given what we're up against, we can expect a lot of gunfire. Fortunately, the EDF is better at giving it than receiving it, which is a blessing all of its own."

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