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Radical Yellow Duck

Joined July 2009.

286 stories, 5 challenges, 353 comments, and 19 friends

Ok, I’m back. One heart attack, a triple CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, pronounced cabbage) and two sessions of beating my computer into submission. I am back.

I’m old. Real old. I’m so old I remember when dialing a phone number actually involved using a dial.

I’ve worked as a projectionist, an armored car driver, a help desk tech, a museum tech and laserist, an historical interperter at Old Sturbridge Village, a university assistant at a planetarium and observatory. I’ve been a salesman, a techie, A union VP and a storyteller. I remember the Gemini missions, but was born after sputnik. I have a love of History, Technology, Space, my religion (Christianity) and my country. I believe there is more that binds us together than can tear us apart.

I’ve loved many, married one, was involuntarily divorced.

Oh and I suppose I should tell you. I don’t understand your music and when it comes to sports, I don’t care if the Red Sox beat the 49’ers for the Stanley cup or not. Not judging, it’s just me.

Stories

  1. Turn And Turn About

    From the corner of my eye I could see her. She wore a kerchief over her head and a pistol in her hand. I raised my hands slowly and she took my gun from me. She then circled around to face me from the front. “I expected you to be alone,” she said. ...

  2. Twist Again

    “Modifications?” I asked. “You really are being dense today. The smoke generators require electric current. Ambulances have DC to AC power inverters. Also having US military vehicles, with nice big crusader red crosses on them dispersing death in...

  3. Modifications

    “They teach their children to hate us with their mothers’ milk. They call Christian and Jews, pigs and dogs.” “With all their hatred for us. Why should you or I care if they want to slaughter each other wholesale? Let them. Give them enough rop...

  4. Michael On Arabs

    “The first is that if you kill me, you won’t have an answer. So let’s forget the machismo for a moment and talk. I asked you why you want to know. You said to stop me. But I’m not the one doing this. You’ve been in Baghdad for a couple of day...

  5. en Guarde

    “Just raise your hands slowly and turn around,” I said. Michael brought his hands slowly up past his shoulders. A Sig P226 pistol dangled from his index finger. “Drop the gun. Then kick it over here,” I said. Michael complied. He kept his hands...

  6. Room For Celebration.

    The loading dock was a concrete bay with several overhead doors leading to the outside. A set of double doors lead to the interior. Cautiously I opened those and saw that there was a light on inside. I was at the foot of a stairway leading up with a do...

  7. Entry

    The Muslim Brotherhood were the key. But there were only two things I knew for certain about them. One was that Imam Sharafat was a leader in it and the other was that they had once held a meeting in a building next to the Al-Taqiy mosque. I headed bac...

  8. Exit Stage Right

    “Does Rodgers know about this” I asked. “Captain Rodgers is an officer and a gentleman. He in no way would sanction any unauthorized actions.” “Thank you Sergeant.” I turned and headed towards the Hummer. As I did so I looked towards Rodger...

  9. What He Couldn't Say

    “I’ve seen too many politicians and generals sitting around waiting for permission to do what they know needs to be done. It’s a regular cluster fuck. There are too many bad guys with political influence running around in this country. The Iraqi ...

  10. Hurry Up And Wait

    “The way I see it, the politicians are going to sit on this until something happens, unless we get ‘actionable intelligence.’ Unless we know where the VX is, they are going to prevent anyone they control from doing anything that might upset the w...

  11. Patterns Of Behavior

    “The Captain was tasked with finding the leader of a Serbian paramilitary group called the Scorpions, that participated in the killings. It took a while, but Medic was finally sentenced. But for more than 10 years the politicians kept him free.”

  12. Clarke

    While Rodgers was calling in what we knew, I went to talk to Clarke. He stood apart from the other, surveying the scene and watching Rodgers back. Close enough to be just a shout away, far enough to keep a good lookout. The dappled pattern of his ACU c...

  13. Questions And No Answers

    Rodgers nodded his head, and said, “I’ve got to report what we found. My superiors have access to more assets than are available to me. We need help.” “We don’t have time for this. We need to figure out where Michael sent the VX and stop him....

  14. Apostates Revenge

    I went to Rodgers with my theory. “But how is the Muslim Brotherhood killing a bunch of people going to cause a fight between us and anyone else?” he said. “What do we know? Michael stole American uniforms, weapons, CBRN suits, the latest gas mas...

  15. Orion Over Baghdad

    I needed to clear my head and think. The night air was cold and the sky was clear as I looked up. I could see Orion rising above Baghdad. I closed my eyes. I tried to clear my mind, but the thought of 10 million deaths loomed over me like the stars. It...

  16. A Nasty Way To Die.

    “And how would you ‘properly’ disperse it,” I asked. “VX is a liquid. It looks and feels like lubricating oil. It’s possible to receive a fatal dose absorbing it through the skin, but it’s much more effective if breathed in as an aero...

  17. Estimates

    “NBC suits,” I asked. “Nuclear Biological Chemical protection suits. Similar to our CBRN suits, but older, not as sophisticated. “What’s that,” said Rodgers, pointing to the yellow barrel. “It’s an over pack. Normally used to seal up le...

  18. Tiled Room

    “I think there is something you should see,” said the lieutenant. He was still wearing the CBRN suit but had removed the mask and hood. He led us to a room near the loading dock that was tiled, floor, walls and ceiling. The door had a gas tight sea...

  19. Duplicate entry. please disregard this story

    This entry was a duplicate of tiled room. Please go to that story to continue the storyline. My apologies.

  20. More Than One

    I sat on the desk with handcuffs on my wrists for the second time that night. When Rodgers and Clarke entered they looked all business. “Well if it isn’t the dynamic duo. Can you tell these guys to take the cuffs off me?” Rodgers nodded to the MP...

  21. A Call To Rodgers

    When I came to, the handcuffs were unlocked. I got up and made my way to a phone. I was grateful to hear a dial tone. I took out a card and dialed the number on it. “Extension 4252,” I heard the familiar voice of Rodgers say. “It’s Talman. I ju...

  22. Rabbit

    “It was surprisingly easy to get what I needed. Arnold didn’t even want cash. For a little Afghan opium, I could have all the weapons, uniforms and equipment I wanted. Incoming trucks are checked quite carefully. Nobody wants a bomb snuck in. But t...

  23. Excuses

    “Six million? I only owe him four.” Michael laughed again. “That son of a bitch is trying to scam you.” “Michael, this is terrorism.” “Terrorism? I’m no terrorist. I’m a business man. I bring together people that have something to sel...

  24. Conversation

    Michael smiled like the cat that had just eaten the canary. “I want to thank you John, for doing a marvelous job. Because of you, I’ve been able to finish what I needed to do here, and I will be able to retire rather comfortably.” “Where is the...

  25. Old Acquaintance

    With a click the flashlight turned off. I sat in the chair, waiting for whatever would come next. My eyes slowly became adjusted to the low light. A figure about fifteen feet away sat in a chair. He was robed and hooded. A hand held spotlight was on th...

  26. Happy Times

    I could’ve walked to the address in ten minutes, but walking the streets of Baghdad at night wasn’t the healthiest choice I could make. The address was that of a wholesale distributer according to the sign. Happy Times Supplies was a close tran...

  27. Reflections

    Riding back to my hotel, with a bottle full of pain pills in my pocket could have been more comfortable if I had taken one or two. But I needed my wits about me instead of being in a drug induced haze. I kept on thinking back to Michael. I thought I kn...

  28. Infirmary

    “You sure you don’t want something for the pain,” the corpsman asked. “I just want my elbow to move again. Can you fix it or no?” “It’s a dislocated elbow. I can fix it but it is going to hurt,” he said. “So let’s get this over with...

  29. Obligations

    With a sudden twist I felt as though my arm was being ripped apart at the joints. My elbow and shoulder screamed as though they were being dislocated. I could feel the weight of Tomas on me and was unable to move from the table. “You have taken on Mi...

  30. Massage

    “Mr. Talman, although I enjoy a good steam, it’s not something I can do for an extended time, and I have been waiting for your arrival. Will you join me for a massage?” I readily agreed and followed Ulinov to another area. Two massage tables ...