While the food at the General’s table is more expensive and cooked by the best chef at the fort, Alisha hates it all the same. There are no peaceful moments at the General’s table. Powell is always yelling at someone or slamming his fist upon the table causing wine glasses to leap into a salute and then fall over.
Alisha much prefers a Philly cheese steak served to the masses of hungry soldiers in the mess hall. It tastes delightful, and the company is far more fun. She misses the camaraderie and often wishes to be a captain again. Being a colonel hasn’t been any fun at all!
By Liza O’Connor
Stationed on opposite coasts, Alisha and Logan must each face their own demons and challenges. On the West Coast, Alisha loses her rank for butting heads with General Powell and soon discovers the life of a private can be utter hell. On the East Coast, newly promoted General Logan discovers his soldiers do not recognize his authority to command. In an effort to retake control of the East Coast Corps, Logan authorizes unthinkable actions. When Alisha faces a life-threatening crisis, will Logan rise above his own troubles, or will she discover love and rescue with her best friend Jack?
As Jack and Alisha left the mess hall and walked toward the assembly hall, he spoke softly, “Alisha, take my advice and don’t push the general any further.”
“I had no choice.”
“You do have a choice,” Jack asserted. “And he’s very close to cutting you down to a buck private.”
Alisha shrugged. At least then she would enjoy some good company at lunch. “Is he still planning to hand out all those demerits?”
“He is,” Jack replied. “And he expects you to stand up on the stage beside him, providing your silent support.”
“Well, he’s delusional,” Alisha replied, and stormed into the assembly room to search out the general.
Powell was already on the stage with his lists of demerits. Alisha ignored his angry demand as to where she had been for the last three hours. “Sir, if you insist on giving the soldiers demerits, which are in my opinion fully unwarranted, then I am left with no choice but to insist, as their co-field commander during the battle last night, all demerits be leveled against myself.”
“Alisha, we’ve already had this discussion,” the general warned.
“Yes, sir, but I must do what I can to limit the demoralizing effect your actions will have. These men clearly do not deserve demerits. According to Reg 6.98, it is my obligation as their commanding officer to take responsibility for their actions while under my command. The footnotes to this reg state that ‘taking responsibility’ can encompass the transfer of disciplinary punishments.”
“Alisha, that reg is used by generals to punish bad captains…”
“That may be your use for it, but I checked with MAC. Any demerits you give these men today will go to me. There’s nothing you can do to stop it,” Alisha assured him.
The general glared over her shoulder at Jack. “I suppose you put her up to this?”
“He did not!” Alisha snapped. “Jack and I have not discussed Reg 6.98. In fact, Jack’s advice was for me to fall in line and support you.”
“Which you’re clearly not planning to do.”
“No, sir,” Alisha admitted.
“Well then, get off my stage,” he snapped.
“Gladly, sir,” she replied, and joined the ranks of Ryders gathering for the debriefing.
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 3
About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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