"G, you weren't listening to me were you."
"Yeah, I got the gist of it. Many bad people who want to kill me and a hostage situation."
"G..." She sighed, "Let me finish. You may be one of the best single combat warriors I have ever known."
I raised an eyebrow.
"I go back a long way Gardener..."
I let it slide. I knew I wasn't the best anyway. Max was. I wanted to ask her if she knew Hector and Ajax but I didn't want to end up discussing ancient history. Instead I said, "Okay."
"I brought you help too."
I started looking around. It would be awkward and great to see Max again. Ninja, well, that would be outstanding.
"They're out back G." She was amused.
I left the 30-30 but I grabbed the Lance. Freya saw that and said, "You don't need it anymore G." I stopped dead. She was right. I still felt great and so did my leg. A wide smile split my face, I told her, "You're right. This is awesome! When the hell did that happen?"
In a surprisingly gentle voice she told, "Enjoy it. The clock is ticking. Follow me."
When she turned her back I did a little skip hop dance move just for the pure joy of being able to. Damn, I hadn't realized how different it felt to have everything working, not hurting, and alive. I followed her, damn she had a great ass, and started looking forward to seeing Kat again. I bet we could find a closet somewhere. Oh yeah!
I focused again, Freya was talking again, something she loved to do, "Max and Ninja couldn't come. They're busy in Michigan and Ohio right now. We expect DC to fall within six months. Ninja asked for volunteers and your old unit, to a man, volunteered. He picked these from his personal security detachment."
I knew they wouldn't come but it still stung a bit. I was also curious about who and how many they had sent.