Junior Officer Adrian H. Black
VALLEY PROJECT ██
It’s me again. Hopefully, you read my last reports by this point.
It was a long ride out of the facility, but it was worth it. Bravo Team welcomed me with a sense of comradery I haven’t felt since my days in boot camp. After that and being thrown into a conflict zone I soon learned there was no room for that kind of...emotion.
It wasn’t that everyone was dying left-right-and-centre. You know as well as I do that the battles we fought were clean, expertly done. It was fear that kept us from easing even a little.
Yet, that’s exactly how it felt with Bravo. These were soldiers, friends and in one case, father and son. It was a change from the strict scientists who bothered every fatigue they saw with uppity commands. It was nothing new, we experienced it all before. Yet, that feeling of escape from the facility was better than leaving a war zone.
I had only been stuck underground for a few days, yet stepping out into the forest made it feel like I had stepped out of hell.
We stationed ourselves a few klicks from the entrance and when the word was given we marched to the train tracks. The tracks ran between two small cliff-faces, it was atop one that we set up a camouflaged observation post.
Two hours later the train passed us. An engine and a single, rickety carriage. We watched it pass and then return an hour later. I didn’t see the Old Man, but he was in there. I could hear his cackling. Although the cameras didn’t convey sound and there were few microphones, I could see through video footage the Old Man had some problems.
Hearing the Old Man for the first time made me smile, weirdly enough. After he returned, we packed up the kit and marched back. The most important information I got out of that venture was that the soldiers were clueless. I knew more than they did, their clearance being almost nothing.
It was no wonder I never saw so many soldiers, most weren’t allowed as far into the facility as I was. Still, with that in mind, I felt I could trust them more than anyone else.