Thursday, March 09, 2006

Time To Head Home

I walked out of the Joint Chiefs' courtroom clutching my certificate and still in a bit of a daze from the proceedings. When Corporal Ferro saw me, she ran up to me with concern etched on her face.

"Hudson, you OK?" she asked.

"Sure," I said half-absently. "Everything's fine."

"Did they kick you out of the corps or anything?"

"Nope," I answered. "I'm fine. Thanks."

"Well, what did they say?"

"They told me to go back to my old squad and to forget this entire mission altogether," I said, still dazed. "What about you? You were on the mission, too."

"Yeah, a couple Intel guys raked me over the coals a bit, then they let me go," she replied. Her hair bounced slightly as we walked. "They basically said the same thing to me."

"I got a Certificate of Achievement, though."

"That's cool," she said looking at it. "That's worth 3 promotion points, y'know."

We continued to walk, heading towards Ferro's dropship. We got there and headed up the ramp and made our way to the cockpit. She strapped herself into the pilot's seat as I got into the copilot's behind her.

Ferro went through her launch sequence, and after gaining clearance from the control tower, we lifted off and blasted our way to the Sulaco. I thought about my whole experience. Leading a team, the "illegal" mission, facing the Joint Chiefs. I also thought about what General Puller said to me about Ferro.

As we neared our ship, I had to say something.

"Hey Ferro," I spoke up. "You wanna go, uh, get something to eat sometime?"

"You mean like at the chow hall?" she asked, guiding her craft towards the landing bay.

"Naw, I mean like go out to eat. Someplace nice or something."

"Uh, sure," she replied. "I guess so."

"What I'm trying to say is..." I trailed off for a minute. C'mon, Hudson, you're the H-Man. "I really appreciate you."

"Oh. Yeah, I appreciate you, too," she said over her shoulder. "You're a good teammate; a stand-up guy in a bughunt."

What I'm trying to say is that I like you," I managed. "You know, like like."

She started laughing.

"Ha ha, Hudson," her laughter trailed off. "You got me there. You like me, that's so funny."

"Ha ha, yeah," I said. "I got you."


Wedge Antillies said...

It must be love, cause you're acting so dumb.

No, wait, you are dumb. It must be love cause it scares you? No, that doesn't work either.

Forget it, Private. Just have some fun.

flu said...

ah, man! She's hot for ya!

You can tell by the way she just shrugged you off, and didn't pop the ejector like Oneida woulda done.

Go for it.

A Army Of (Cl)One said...

Yeah, go for it Hudson. Women like people who can make them laugh. Wait, if that was the case lot of women would like you, because I hear tehm laughing at you all the time.

Master Yoda said...

A note that says this you should put in her locker:

"Like me, do you?
Circle One:

Very suave that would be.

Professor Xavier said...

If the note in the locker thing doesn't work, you could try getting her a gift. Maybe a 12 pack of condoms. That should send a pretty clear message.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Yoda, I tried that once, it didn't work.

Although I was also mooning her at the time.

Sometimes I wonder how I ever got married.

flu said...

Did you have "Yes" on one cheek, and "no" on the other, or what?

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

If only I had, Fluke, if only I had.

Unfortuantely, I had a "W" markered onto either cheek so when I did cartwheels it would say WOW MOM WOW MOM WOW.

JawaJuice said...

Hey, maybe I can help ya,
I got an ancient jawa tradition to determine if someone is interested in you…
First, cut off a womprat’s tail, balance the bloody end on your nose while drinking lots of alcohol (of your choice) for as long as you can.
If it falls off the left side of your face- she likes you.
If it falls off the right side of your face- she doesn’t like you.
If it falls down your chin- she hasn’t made up her mind about you.
If you fall unconscious in a drunken stooper- it means she’s very impressed by you and would like to see you do the whole thing all over again.

Anonymous said...

well I say if you still have the jewels she is interested

Lt. Cmdr Oneida said...

*rolls eyes* I think she's not interested Hudson, but maybe if you're really lucky, she might have a friend who is.