2237-12-19 - What We're Here For

The marines cover the evacuation of civilians and Gage shows his softer side when they find an injured dog.

Date: 2237-12-19

Location: Picon

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation: Bullhorn

Scene Number: 1610

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As usual, the war is one step forward, one step back. (Just one, if they're lucky.) While the colonials have liberated Port Powell, the Cylons just went and launched a surprise attack on Casselton, further to the north. It was thought to be far enough back from the 'front' to be (more or less) safe, so the population was caught somewhat flat-footed when tanks started rolling in and Heavy Raiders started shelling the place earlier this afternoon. The Wolves were sent in as part of the rapid reaction force, helping to hold the Cylons back and cover the civilian evacuation.

They've been fighting sporadically for a few hours now, but there's no time to rest. The latest assignment has them hoofing their way over a few blocks to take on a Cylon squad that's managed to break through the defensive perimeter and threaten an apartment building. Though some of the apartment dwellers have no doubt fled on foot, a couple dozen of the more-stubborn or less-mobile ones are reportedly still in the area and under threat.

"Toasters are reportedly moving up the main road from the east. Estimates from 6 to 12," says Sgt Zoel, the squad leader, moving at a jog. "If we hurry, we should have time to set up before they do."

For her part, Sunny is trying to stay towards the middle of the pack. Her demeanor remains light and airy, but she isn't as talkative or chatty as normal. Heck, she hasn't said anything at all since hitting the ground and moving into place. But with her SMG held close to her, and her backpack loaded with medical supplies and other sundries, she's as prepared as she'll ever be for assisting where she can.

Gage is dotted with small injuries -- nothing to speak of, just the run-of-the-mill scratches and scrapes that come from back-and-forth over a period of hours. He's given up even complaints about the weather as he jogs along in the midst of the squad, grunting briefly. "Twelve? That all?" The Tauran, of course, assumes the worst of the estimates, rather than the best, as he checks his vest. "Could set up a welcome explosion on the main road, Sarge," he adds, after he's tallied up his equipment.

Nothing like a nice trot through a city, back and forth then back again. But Evan's kept a good pace and has done his part to stay up front of the group in order to keep the others with pace and also man shielding. "If we have time. Twelve isn't the worst we've seen these past few weeks really."

"What's the lay of the land?" Charlie's in a similar state to others; some scratches, more or less. Nothing to write home about. The only real concern is running low on munitions. She checks her rifle -- Sasha, properly checked up and lubricated against the cold now -- and does an about face to check their six. "Any high points I can get to once we reach the main road?"

Aldrich is looking a bit rough around the edges himself. He's normally very picky about his appearance, with every detail in place, but that's a bit hard to maintain under the circumstances. He sticks close to the center of the group, as usual, and he doesn't add anything in the way of his own opinion. He's just checking his supplies as he keeps up with the group to ensure he's not running too low on anything important.

Cate glances over at Gage's 'is that all', her eyebrows shooting up. "What, you need more of a challenge or something?" She's sticking close to Aldrich, as usual, and like everyone else has been a little banged up today. At least they haven't lost anyone.

"Not sure," Zoel answers Charlie. "But if there's high ground you can get a good position. Take a spotter if you need." Then he nods to Gage. "We get there in time, you do that. Martinez, find a place to set up with that rocket." The sergeant isn't the fittest of the bunch, and his sentences are a little choppy from being winded.

They do seem to have gotten to the apartment building before the Toasters, if the lack of screams and gunfire is any indication. An old school bus is parked out front, some auxiliary police types herding people onto them. The soldiers get a few looks - a mix of scared and relieved. The parking lot connects to the main road where the Cylons were reportedly coming from, but there aren't any in sight yet.

"You know me, Rhodes. I get cranky if I don't get to blow up something," Gage responds to Cate with an abrupt grin. "Twelve seems like a good number." Grunting in response to Evan, the Tauran adds, "Guess you'll have to keep 'em distracted or something till I'm ready," with a sidelong look. When they arrive, he gives a casual sort of gesture towards the sargeant and then he's trotting off to find a suitable spot on the main road to the car park to set up explosives in a non-obvious way. It's a civilian town, so undoubtedly there's an appropriate car or two he can use, humming to himself as he works like it's the happiest day of his life.

Sidelong, and to no one in particular, Sunny mumbles, "Well, at least we'll get to see some fireworks." She smiles widely at the remark, and looks around to see if anyone heard her. Yes? No? Well, whatever, she seems pleased with herself. Jovial.

"Got it," Charlie offers in answer to Zoel. She looks up to the building, squinting. Then across the lot. "Building provides good cover. I should be fine." There's a mock salute for the others. "Going for the stairwell on the second floor. Window there looks good." From what she can see down here, that is. So while Gage plays with things that which go boom? The sniper is off and checking out her makeshift sniper's nest.

Evan casts a glance towards Charlie as she heads off, "Don't forget, to day is a zag day. Zig was yesterday." The words of wisdom are offered with a small smirk from the Rifleman as he continues with the rest. "Just find me a nice doorway with cover and we'll jam up the metal works for awhile."

Cate snorts lightly to Gage. "Long as you take some of them out, I'm not complaining. And you've got a fan -" she points out, gesturing toward Sunny. She settles down into cover behind the hood of a car in the parking lot, glancing back at the civilians.

Aldrich glances over at Sunny. He looks more worried than amused, but then he's back to minding his own business. "Gods be with all of us," he comments, to no one and everyone. He's momentarily distracted by the people being herded onto the bus, a sort of shadow passing over his expression, but he smiles faintly, makes a gesture that probably has some sort of religious significance, then continues on to take up cover next to Cate.

<FS3> Gage rolls Demolitions: Good Success (8 7 6 5 4 2 2 2 1 1)

"It can be practical as well as fun, Rhodes," is Gage's happy reply, carefully tucking the remote detonator into a vest pocket where he won't accidentally set it off as he moves back to take cover behind a car. Cate's gesture towards Sunny has him glancing at the medic and her jovial expression with a grunt. It's probably an approving grunt, but who can tell. He gives a quick glance towards the bus, reaching for the unlit cigarette behind his ear, but instead goes for the gum in his vest, popping it into his mouth no doubt in anticipation of the cylon's arrival.

Martinez gets his last remaining LAW-type rocket ready and finds a position behind a concrete planter with a view of the road. CPL Simon, a fairly new arrival, takes up a covering spot next to him. They're not kept waiting long. Chrome marches around a corner - ten Cylons in all. It looks like they're a motley crew. There are three non-warrior models, a couple with scratched and dented armor, and one that's missing an arm and wielding a nasty-looking piece of rebar instead of a firearm.

Settling himself in to a doorframe of the building just as the clanking of metal is heard, Evan checks over a few quick things before bringing his rifle up to his shoulder. A scan of his eyes on the horizon to check over and then they settle along the sights to begin the assault on the incoming Cylons.

Cate sees that shadow over Al's face, and her own lips tighten a bit as well, conscious of the people they're protecting. She gives him a little nod then raises her weapon, taking aim once the Cylons come into view.

It's just up one flight of stairs and the others will hear the breaking of glass above as Charlie clears herself a hole for her rifle. She leans in, sighting down the road as the motley crew of Cylons approaches. "What was that about zagging?" into the radio. "These look like ziggers, Calhoun." There's a soft sort of humour in the sniper's voice as she lines up her shot.

Aldrich nods back to Cate, closes his eyes a moment too long for it to be a blink, but too short to be too noticeable, then lifts his rifle, readying to fire at the first Cylon that comes into range.

Chewing his gum casually, Gage leans against the rusted-out car he's chosen, lifting out the remote detonator as the cylons come in range. He's patient, waiting until the most menacing looking one -- carrying the grenade launcher -- passes near enough.

Well. Cat's out! Time to get down and dirty. Sunny pulls up her SMG, takes aim, and readies herself for the signal to open up. Is she grinning?

Cent9 attacks Zoel with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Cent1 attacks Zoel with Rifle and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Cent4 passes.

Evan fires a burst!

Evan attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Evan attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Evan attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent10 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Sunny fires a burst!

Sunny attacks Cent7 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Sunny attacks Cent7 with Smg+Ap but Cent7 EVADES!

Sunny attacks Cent7 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent10 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Cent10 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Cent10 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent2 attacks Cate with Pistol+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Cent3 attacks Simon with Rifle and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage uses Shaped Charge. EXPLOSION!

Gage attacks Cent4 with Shaped Charge(Concussion) and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Gage attacks Cent5 with Shaped Charge(Concussion) and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Gage attacks Cent5 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage attacks Cent7 with Shaped Charge(Concussion) and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Zoel attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Head.

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Charlie attacks Cent10 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Cent7 attacks Sunny with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent6 attacks Martinez with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Cent5 uses Grenade Launcher. EXPLOSION!

Cent5 attacks Aldrich with Grenade Launcher but MISSES!

Cent5 attacks Aldrich with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent5 attacks Aldrich with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Cent5 attacks Aldrich with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent5 attacks Aldrich with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Simon attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Cent8 attacks Gage with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Martinez uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Martinez attacks Cent6 with Rocket but MISSES!

Martinez attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Arm.

Martinez attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Martinez attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Martinez attacks Cent8 with Rocket but MISSES!

Martinez attacks Cent9 with Rocket but MISSES!

Martinez attacks Cent9 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Leg.

Cent1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aldrich)

Cent10 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Evan, Cate, Charlie)

Cent5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Gage)

Cent7 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Sunny, Gage)

Martinez has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent6)

"Strike at least one." Evan calls out over comms as the Cylon he was shooting at is plunked a bit by him the decimated by others. A small smirk touches his lips as he quickly brings up his rifle to find the next target.

The ka-boom that follows is as much felt as heard, the car Gage used to hide the explosive flipped up into the air as the debris and explosion solidly tears through all three targets. The Tauran grunts again with approval, popping his gum as he tucks the detonator away and swings his rifle around, just as bullets smack into the rusted old hulk of a car he's hiding behind. Leaning out, he selects a target and lets out a burst of fire.

Woot! Sunny hits one of the Centurions, and it goes down. "Whoa! That got 'im!" she whoops loudly. Sure, that's because Gage thumped it with a massive boom-boom, but, hey, the thing went down, right? That's the important part.

Except, of course, there's the sound of fabric, armor, and tissue being torn apart by bullets. "Holy -- Martinez!" The Aerilonian medic shoulders her weapon, and goes to treat her teammate. "Hold on! Don't move!" She swings around her medkit, and skillfully reaches into it, one-handed, for supplies to deal with the trauma.

Cate flinches a little as Gage's explosion goes off, but her aim is true enough to rake a burst across one of the Centurions' torsos. Return fire from one of the non-Centurion Cylons finds its way through her armor, but the medic barely notices because there's a loud kaboom of a grenade going off just on the other side of Aldrich. She falls/ducks down, covering her head. After asserting that all her limbs are intact, she turns her attention to the chaplain. "Al?!"

Though her round takes the Centurion's head clean off, it wasn't long for this world anyway. Between Charlie, Evan, and Cate, it would have gone down either way. Charlie racks another shot up, leaning a bit at her post to sight along for one of the more standard models with their larger weapons. They tend to do the most damage, after all.

Aldrich doesn't, as usual, seem to notice (or perhaps care?) whether his shots landed. He's already preparing for another round when a rain of shrapnel sends him flinching back. He must not have been hit bad, because the next instant, he tosses a tense, "I'm fine," back to Cate and pokes his head out to aim another burst at a random Cylon.

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aldrich attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aldrich attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Evan fires a burst!

Evan attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Evan attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Evan attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap but Cent6 EVADES!

Zoel attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent8 fires full-auto!

Cent8 attacks Simon with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Cent8 attacks Evan with Rifle+Ap but Evan EVADES!

Cent8 attacks Sunny with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent4 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Cent4 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Cent4 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Charlie attacks Cent6 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Simon attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent9 attacks Zoel with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent3 fires a burst!

Cent3 attacks Charlie with Rifle but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Charlie with Rifle but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Charlie with Rifle but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Cate with Pistol+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent6 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Gage with Club but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aldrich)

Cent6 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Evan, Charlie)

Evan ducks back behind his doorjam after firing his burst round towards the Centurion, letting the frame absorb some of the blast from return fire hit the drywall. He waits a few moments for the fire to subside enough to curl around the doorframe once more and let loose another series of shots at the next Cylon he sees. "Does anyone else see that Cylon with a pipe?"

Pyow! A bullet goes off of cover. Sunny manages to smack Martinez awake after giving him a quick shot in the arm, grinning at him. "Better get behind cover." And then she's slinking through the firefight towards Cate, where she can treat the other medic's injuries, and get her back in the fight.

The Cylon with the big rebar club dashes up and takes a swing at Gage, smashing a car's windshield instead. It tries again. Persistent frakker, despite its multiple bullet wounds. Simon, a bit wide-eyed, gives Sunny a little nod as the medic gets Martinez sorted out.

"I see it," Charlie says, after dropping another of the Centurions with the big guns. Plaster all around her window is making it a bit harder to see, but she's doing alright! "Need me to take care Mr. Clubs for ya, Calhoun?"

This time, Gage's grunt is one of disappointment as his bullets seem to ping off the centurion he's chosen without much visible impact. It's about then he notices the centurion that takes a swing at him with rebar-arm. He hisses a breath, hastily scrambling back -- undoubtedly Cate's shots at the thing serve as some distraction as the toaster misses. He shoots a grateful look her way -- maybe long enough to see she isn't doing that great -- but he can't spare his attention for long, because the centurion's practically on top of him. Growling, he lifts up his rifle to parry the blow. He hasn't got a great shot on the thing in such close quarters, and it's doubtful his weapon can do much damage in return... but he tries.

Cate manages to wing the Cylon going after Gage, but doesn't bring it down. Then that pesky frakker with a pistol hits her again. This time, there's no explosion to distract her and her body seems to catch up to how much that hurts. "Motherfrakker," she mutters, slumping with her back against the tire to catch her breath. "Why do we wear these frakking things," she grumps with a pained frown down at her useless vest.

Aldrich is just about to go in for another burst of fire when Cate's exclamation reaches his ears and he glances over. With a scowl, he exchanges rifle for medkit. He shouts, "Medic!" even as he's digging into his bag for supplies. "How bad are you hit?" This directed at Cate.

Charlie attacks Cent4 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Cent9 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Head.

Cent8 fires full-auto!

Cent8 attacks Evan with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent8 attacks Evan with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Cent8 attacks Evan with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent8 attacks Simon with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent8 attacks Simon with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent8 attacks Simon with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Charlie attacks Cent4 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Sunny tends to Cate and treats their worst wound successfully.

Cent9 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Evan fires a burst!

Evan attacks Cent8 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Evan attacks Cent8 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Evan attacks Cent8 with Rifle+Ap but Cent8 EVADES EASILY!

Simon attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Cate passes.

Gage attacks Cent4 with Club. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent4 attacks Gage with Club. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cent3 fires a burst!

Cent3 attacks Charlie with Rifle but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Charlie with Rifle but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Charlie with Rifle but MISSES!

Zoel attacks Cent9 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Simon)

Cent4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Charlie)

Thankfully, Sunny the Medic manages to patch up Cate in short work. Because some intrepid Centurion, apparently, decides to turn Aldrich's head into a donut. "Oh, my word!" She readjusts her own helmet, unconsciously perhaps, and then gets over to the chaplain. "Oh, fudgity-fudge -- " Perhaps the heat of battle is getting to her. "C'mon, c'mon, c'mon -- " And out comes more supplies.

Evan grumbles under his breath as he ducks back behind the doorway as a shattering of bullets sends a bit of shrapnel over him; a close call. "Damn cylons, fraking messing with my evening plans. Don't these robots know that some of us have dates?"

Aldrich was just starting to look relieved that Cate seemed to be okay when, abruptly, something /pings/ off his helmet. Down he goes, like a sack of potatoes. That's going to sting when he wakes up! Too bad that's not going to be during this fight.

Since no one tells Charlie otherwise (and she has actually been in melee combat with a Cylon before and knows how much it frakkin' sucks), the sniper lines up a shot on the rebar-armed Centurion. She's mindful of Gage's close proximity with the thing, exhaling slowly before squeezing the trigger. Sure, the Tauran might get sprayed with bits and pieces, but... it's better than blood and guts, right? For Evan's complaint, there's a sudden laugh, "Least your date is gonna be late, too."

It's probably hard to tell for a moment what the frak is going on with that rebar-bearing cylon and Gage. It looks like they trade blows with each other for a moment, Gage slammed back against the rusted-old car with an impact that makes him exhale sharply. Fortunately there's a sniper -- on their side -- looking out or him, and after teetering back and forward, the centurion collapses backward while the Tauran takes a beat, with a thumbs up in Charlie's direction as thanks while he catches his breath. Habit snaps in soon enough, and he lifts his gun, grimacing as his gaze slides over the barrel -- slightly bent. This is why you don't use it as a makeshift club against a cylon.

"I don't think it's too bad," is Cate's breathless reply to Aldrich's question. She grunts a bit as he and Sunny unbuckle her flak vest and get some dressings in place. Then Al goes down and Cate swallows her panic. "Al! Frak." Her mumbled words are decidedly more colorful than Sunny's. "Come on, Al, talk to me." Her own wounds forgotten, she's shifting over to help Sunny take care of the downed Chaplain.

Evan fires a burst!

Evan attacks Cent8 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Evan attacks Cent8 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Evan attacks Cent8 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Simon fires a burst!

Simon attacks Cent9 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Simon attacks Cent9 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Left Arm.

Simon attacks Cent9 with Rifle+Ap but Cent9 EVADES!

Zoel attacks Cent9 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Sunny tends to Aldrich and treats their worst wound successfully.

Cent8 attacks Evan with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent9 fires full-auto!

Cent9 attacks Sunny with Lmg+Bipod but Sunny EVADES!

Cent9 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent9 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cate passes.

Cent8 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Evan)

Unholstering his pistol -- it pays to have a weapon in hand, plus security blanket -- Gage edges over to where the medics are clustered. "How's it looking?" he asks, frowning as he spots Aldrich, Cate and Martinez's respective conditions.

A trio of shots rip up the Cylon Evan had been working on and he quickly sweeps his line across the horizon. Seeing everything appears to be down, he taps his comms, "Area secure." As soon as he spits out the words, the ammo clip is ejected from his rifle as a new one is loaded.

There's a click on the radio in answer to Gage's thumbs up and Charlie switches targets to the Centurion bearing down on the medics. That won't do! After the final targets drop, she scans the road as well before pulling away from the window and hitting the stairs. "Looks clear," she says in the radio, a touch breathless and her steps echoing in the background. "Tell the civvies to hit the road while we lock things down."

Silence falls over the parking lot as the final Centurion goes down. In the background, the bus pulls away, several faces pressed to the glass to watch the final moments of the firefight. It peels off at a rate that might not be considered safe for a school bus were it not for the greater danger of incoming Cylons.

Sgt Zoel gets up and starts checking on everyone. Martinez is incapacitated but stable. Aldrich unconscious. Cate barely combat-effective. They've had better days. "We're going to hold here and call for a medevac. Take up security positions. There could be another wave inbound."

"Can someone give me a hand with the Chaplain?" asks Sunny with a little bit of a whine. She looks sturdy, but she's having difficulties holding the man up after treatment. "He's heavier than he looks." But, she still grins, despite the flecks of blood on her face and the amount that managed to get on her uniform. Just another day in paradise for the eternal optimist.

Cate calms down a bit when she realizes that Al's wound wasn't as bad as it first looked. Head wounds just bleed like they do. "I'll let one of them do it," she says to Sunny, sinking back against the tire again. "And thanks."

Hmmm. Gage crouches by Aldrich, checking over the preacher with a sharp gaze as he holsters his pistol. Waste-not, want-not. Gage reaches out to collect the man's rifle, checking the magazine before slamming it home again. "I'll be sure to clock a few for you, preacher," he mutters, as he goes to straighten again. That's about when Sunny asks for help, and he grimaces, gaze flickering over his shoulder. He'd much rather stand post, but... "I'll help," he grunts, as he slings the newly acquired weapon's strap over his head, moving over to help prop up Aldrich as directed. "You good, Rhodes?" he flicks a glance towards the other medic as he does so.

With the need to help stabilize the damaged team, Evan casts a glance and then moves out of the frame of the doorway a bit, out into the courtyard to take up a position behind a car that offers a better vantage of the road. "I'll cover the front; Wagner you got sky eyes?"

<FS3> Evan rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 8 7 6 4 4 3 1)

<FS3> Gage rolls Alertness: Success (7 4 4 2 2 1 1)

She's barely out in the parking lot when they're discussing setting up a perimeter and Charlie checks her rifle. "Sky or down the road a bit, sure," the woman says. There's a look back to the apartment building and she squints, "Yeah, I can get to the roof. Just keep your radios on, yeah? Means I can guide the medvac in if there's any issues." But she may do a brief walkabout the corners first. Just in case.

<FS3> Charlie rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 8 8 7 5 4 3 3 3 2)

<FS3> Sunny rolls Alertness: Success (8 5 5 5 3 1 1)

Once she has a bit of help, Sunny seems more at ease. She sends a wide, beaming frakkin' ray of sunshine towards Gage with her smile. "Thanks," she tells him appreciatively, slinging Aldrich's arm over her neck and shoulders like a yoke. "Just need to get the chaplain to med-evac, and then I think I'm good to go to, ah -- you know, bang bang, boom boom, good fight and all."

"More or less," Cate responds to Gage, grimacing. As the other two get Al up, she watches worriedly for a minute and then pulls herself back up into a crouch to cover them.

"Don't go up too far," Zoel advises Charlie. "Medevac's on the way. Want you close by for when we bug out."

Steadying the preacher from the other side, Gage is a sharp contrast to Sunny's beaming brightness, grimacing visibly as he shoulders Aldrich's weight. "Better get him safely back to base. Arda seems like the sort that'd hold a grudge." He gives a sharp nod to Cate, taking her at her word even if she might visibly look otherwise.

"I've got movement." Evan chimes over the comms abruptly from where he's at. The rifle raises up at a nearby bush and then after a moment it lowers. "Nevermind, it's just a dog. That or the largest ass rat I've ever seen."

"I've got less of a view from the stairwell," Charlie gripes at Zoel, but she doesn't fight the request, either. Instead, the woman returns to her previous 'posting' once she's inside the building. Up a level of stairs to the second floor. It at least gives her a good view of the road beyond... from one direction. From the other? Not so much. That's what makes her itch.

Sunny holds her position. Where's she going to go, after all? Dragging Aldrich around makes it difficult to scamper around, scrounging like a raccoon. Something Gage says catches her attention, though. "Who's Arda?"

There's a moment of visible tension in Gage's posture at Evan's alert, tensing like he wants to release Aldrich and go for his weapon. But then he calls through a clear, snorting. "If you can't tell the difference between a dog and a rat, Calhoun, ought to get your eyes checked." He's glancing in the direction Evan was scouting to see if he can spot the thing himself, before glancing in surprise at Sunny. "She and the preacher are a thing. She's one of the recons."

"Lyn," Cate offers helpfully to the discussion about who Arda is. She, too, tenses when Evan calls out movement, then snorts softly at Gage's response.

"Simon, Calhoun, go set up a forward post at the corner over there," the sergeant says. 'There' being the direction the Cylons came. "Raptor's a few minutes out." The two head off, while the rest of the crew holds down the fort in the parking lot.

"Calhoun's just used to the rats around his apartment on Scorpia," Charlie explains into the radio, settling in for the wait for their ride. "Seen some big frakkers there."

"Oh." Beat. "Oh!" Sunny puts it all together. "Right, Arda, right -- yeah. Okay. I got it." She licks her lips, and squints at Gage. "I don't know. Not sure if she'd be the vengeful type, I guess, I don't know." Shrug. "Recon folks are weird."

"Yeah they are," Gage replies fervently to Sunny, knowing all too well Charlie's on the radio. There's a brief grin, however -- though it fades as he lets out a short, low whistle towards the bushes where he thinks he saw the dog. "C'mere boy. Promise I won't let Calhoun poison you." He uses his best 'coax a scared animal' voice, all soothing and nice in a way that's usually far from default for the Tauran.

"We're weird and we like it that way," Charlie chimes back. And then a minute later? When Gage is the one getting weird? She adds: "Guys, I think something must have hit Tomak over the head. He doesn't sound right. I think he's broken."

"Rats the size of dogs? Guessing they leave that off the Argentum tourist brochures," Cate comments weakly, keeping an eye on the road. It's probably good that she has the car hood to lean on. She cranes her head a little to look over at Gage, but doesn't have a very good view.

Shifting his weight -- or rather the weight of the preacher he's half supporting, Gage snorts. "Just because you aint never heard a nice word from a marine before don't mean it can't happen. Hey, little fella," his tone goes all nice again because the fearful, if cute looking little dog peeks out from the bushes and -- after a bit more coaxing -- slowly approaches the group of marines. It's limping a little, its front leg bleeding. "Rhodes, I think it's hurt. You got any jerky or anything in that medical bag of yours?"

"Oh, I've heard plenty of nice words," Charlie answers, shifting her rifle to view the cluster of Wolves through her scope. "Just not from you, Tomak. Sure you ain't been clobbered over the head?" She folds an arm over the stock of the gun, relaxing a bit. "Argentum leaves a lot off the brochures. Like the best bars, Rhodes. But they don't want the Fleet flooding them is my bet."

Hurt animal? Cate straightens a little at that, even though it causes her to wince. "Yeah, I've got something." Though not in her medical pack, per se. But when you've been stranded behind enemy lines as many times as Cate has, you learn to bring some extra rations along. "Here." She rummages for a minute and then hands a pack of jerky over to Gage. Over the radio to Charlie, she says, "Well, long as there are no rats, they can have the better ones."

After a moment -- Gage making sure Sunny has a strong hold on Aldrich -- the Tauran reaches for the pack of jerky, pulling out a stick. Crouching and waving it enticingly towards the dog, it probably doesn't take long to coax it towards a welcoming voice, plus food. It's probably more the food than anything though -- Gage doesn't do nice voice well. "Here, little pupper. Let Rhodes take a look at you." He'll gather up the dog if it'll let him, to bring to Cate.

"You promise to clean up after it and take it out for walkies, Tomak?" Charlie's got nothing better to do than hassle the others down below while she watches the road, after all.

"Aww, poor little guy," Cate says when Gage brings the pup over. "Let's see that leg, huh." Unlike the gruff Tauron, the medic does nice voice well. The same gentle tone she usually reserves for small children is turned on the injured dog as she fishes out a bandage.

The roar of Raptor engines interrupts the puppy playtime though. Sgt Zoel looks up and watches the bird put down in an open area of the parking lot, dust blowing everywhere. "All right, let's load up. Day, Tomak, get the chaplain loaded up..." He rattles off some more instructions for the order everyone should fall back in.

"Promise I'll teach it to pee in your bed, Wagner," Gage retorts, as he eyes Cate with the puppy rather closely. And then the medevac is roaring in, and he moves back over to Sunny to help her get Aldrich and the other injured on board. That doesn't mean he doesn't check over his shoulder to make sure Cate's okay. Or maybe that the dog is okay. Probably both. "Better bring it with us. Whoever its family is is long fled and won't be back. Sure we can find someone on base to take it on." Totally not him, nope!

"You do that, I will break every one of your toes, Tomak. And Calhoun will help." Seeing as how her bed is Evan's bed and vice veersa. As soon as the Raptor's engines are audible, Charlie is pulling away from the window and heading to join up with the others; likely the last one due on board and thus covering their backs on the way out. And good for it, being in good health still.

Cate doesn't really have enough time to do much for the dog before the medevac arrives. She nods to Gage's suggestion to bring it with them, the thought of leaving the injured animal behind having never crossed her mind. She uses one hand on the car for leverage to help her get up, the other cradling the trembling puppy against her flak vest. She follows behind Gage, snickering softly at the exchange between him and Charlie. "Here, Tomak, take him," she tells Gage when she reaches the Raptor door. There's no way she's going to climb up with two bullets in her chest and a dog in her arms.

Zoel comes up to the wing of the bird at about that moment, and eyes the pair of them. "The frak are you two doing?"

"Aint it grand when couples do things together? Even if it's objecting to small, helpless, injured creatures." Gage doesn't do saccharine voice well, but he tries, smirking a moment later. He's more than happy to take the dog from Cate, stepping up into the raptor... or about to, anyway. "Escorting injured civs from the danger zone, sarge. Aint that what we're here for?" He throws that out with barely a pause, before climbing up into the bird. Noisy, aint it? Hard to hear any answer. He glances back down to offer Cate a hand if she needs it, before finding a place to settle in with the dog.

"Especially when it's Corporals allowing 'em to evacuate in my bed," Charlie responds, grabbing onto the edge of the Raptor once she's jogged up, swinging up onto the wing. "Don't forget, Tomak. Some sicko Brass decided to promote me." She grins, unbuckling her helmet as she swings aboard. There's a helpless shrug for Zoel's words. Apparently, she's not protesting too hard. Just hard enough to not want the dog anywhere near where she sleeps.

Cate hands the dog over to Gage and then lifts her shoulder to the sergeant. "He's hurt, Sarge." Though anybody who saw her cooing at the puppy on the way over to the Raptor can probably guess that had very little to do with it.

Zoel glares at Gage's back as the Tauron climbs up into the bird, then just shakes his head. "Frakking circus," he mumbles. But either the sergeant has a soft spot for dogs or just decides to let someone above his paygrade sort it out, for he says no more about the dog. He waits for the last troops to climb aboard then does so himself, and the Raptor returns to base.


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