Isaiah Cole ~ Putting Them in Their Place
Isaiah sat by silently while Sharline attempted to put the squad's minds' at ease in regards to her involvement with the mission. Teo's disrespectful nature was nothing new, though it couldn't have come at a worse time. "Looks like someone wants a little extra attention....
" Isaiah pondered the most appropriate punishment for Teo whilst Sharline worked out her rather well spoken rebuttal. Her comment about them being expendable made his stomach churn. Did Sharline really think herself that worthless in the eyes of the company? Even if it was true it seemed like there was a more deep seated lack of self worth coming from the analyst.
Before Isaiah could finally get in his own two cents, Richard chimed in. Isaiah shot the man a somewhat cold glare, almost begging him to shutup. It wasn't that he disagreed with what Richard had to say but rather that he simply didn't approve of the timing for it. "That's enough. All you need to know is she's coming with us and if anything happens to her, it's your a**." Isaiah stated in a slightly firmer tone. "That's all for now. All of you report to the firing range for weapons training. You're not to leave until you've hit the bullseye 50 times with at least four different guns." Isaiah rose from his seat, indicating to the others to do the same. "Except you Dalakis.....Report to the CQC ring. You're with Petrov until I say otherwise. Dismissed."
Isaiah lived up to his promise of making the squad's lives' much more difficult. As the month went on days began starting earlier and ending later. Not only that but Isaiah had recently taken to pairing members of the squad with teammates they were far from being on good terms with. Most notable of this perhaps was his decision to pair Melani and Ren in almost every training exercise, save for a few. Isaiah didn't excuse himself from this practice either. He too made sure he was paired with Teo on more than one occasion. He even went as far as to pair himself with that over-talkative Bauer fellow, no matter how much he got on his nerves.
Before long the squad had made great strides in their ranking, something Isaiah was truly proud of (though he never showed it in front of the squad). They were a long shot from matching Alvarez and his band of goonies but they'd at least put a sizable gap between themselves and the bottom rankings. Even Petrov commented to Isaiah on the side that 'they weren't a complete disappointment anymore.' Isaiah tried not to let this get to his head. Still; the Lieutenant's approval carried some weight with him.
The day had finally come. Months of training all adding up to this day. The squad hovered above the Maldovan landscape in their D-7 Stealth Chopper. One could practically stick their hand out and brush the top of the trees. They had to fly low to stay under the radar. Still, it didn't do much for Isaiah's nerves to know that one false move by the pilot spelled instant death for all of them. The chopper came to rest in a secure LZ approximately four kilometers from the Maldovan base
"You've got approximately two hours to infiltrate the base and retrieve the package. Remember, if the enemy has developed a prototype you are to destroy or capture it at all costs. All enemy personnel is expendable. Leave no survivors if possible,
" the voice of the pilot crackled over their coms.
"Roger. Move out." Isaiah radioed in before departing from the chopper. he landed with an audible thunk
against the hard ground, turning around only to make sure the rest of his squad departed safely. "Slavik, take Williams, Bauer, Zahari, and McGovern to the north perimeter. On my mark, shell the base from the high ground. Slavik, be prepared to provide cover for our retreat. Makarov, you're covering our entrance from the east. If you're compromised, rally with Slavik's group and provide cover. Engleton, Ishii, and Dalakis, you're with me. Let's move." Isaiah disconnected from the group link before opening a private channel to Mel's suit. "Mel, we're going to be counting on you here. I'm worried the others might get overconfident in their suits and do something stupid. If that happens it's going to be up to you to get them out of the way of fire. I'll do what I can but I need you on this. Understood?"