Luis checked the time seeing they had five minutes to go. He and Jorge made their way into the village and the building. Luis leaned over to Jorge saying, “when this is all over, we take your sister and the kids southwest to the coast…... We do this, kill the Americans and leave this all behind.” Jorge asked, “are we going to kill them? I mean they’re helping us?” Luis pointed to the side of the warehouse facing the street saying, “it might sound strange, but we need to enter on that side. The back and other side have an alarm.” Jorge looked back at him saying nothing. Luis shook his head, “they know too much. If we let them live, then we……. Your sister will never be safe.” Jorge turned to the west and where his sister was. He asked, “then how can we trust them to save her?” Luis said, “their plan was shit and would have had the village ready for the army while this plan takes the drug away from the cartel.” Luis grabbed Jorge by the shirt and pulled him in close saying, “remember where your loyalties lie.”
Jack hit the throat microphone and said, “the house is dark, but the infrared shows four people inside.” Wendy, Jack Pressler, TC and Tina watched the house where Maria was from an abandoned home nearby with the other Jack and the rest positioned along the way set up to cover their escape. She asked, “any movement?” Jack didn’t say a word. TC hit him on the back and said, “go on and say whatever you aren’t saying, whitey.” Instead of saying it he handed Wendy the scope and pointed to the far side of the house. She counted two smaller blooms of heat than a larger third. Then the third and fourth became one then two again until it became clear the man was raping her again. Wendy checked her watch saying, “two minutes.” The large heat signature pulled away from the smaller one then it walked out into what had to be a hallway then out the door. The smaller heat signature walked into a room with the larger of the two other blooms and seemed to merge. Wendy’s watch beeped. She said, “time to go.” TC waited in the abandoned house while Wendy, Jack, and Tina went to the house. Over the radio, TC said, “the girl is on the move heading to the front door.” Tina dropped her gun at the back door. Jack picked it up and handed it to her with a look that seemed to say something, but Wendy didn’t know what it meant. TC said, “Tina so help me if I have to, I’ll hot glue that gun to your hand.” Tina attempted to flip her the bird and, in the process, dropped her gun again. Wendy checked her watch saying, “the guys are moving………...now.”
Luis tucked the P90 under his arm inside his jacket. He said to Jorge, “walk upright like you belong here and just follow me.” Jorge did the same with his gun, and the two walked over to the warehouse. Luis stopped just as they approached the corner of the building and looked around. He said, “something’s wrong.” Jorge asked, “guards?” Luis said, “there should be two to three guards by the door, but there’s no one.” Keeping his gun in place, Luis went to the door with Jorge following. The door was unlocked. He opened it, and the two slipped inside. In the center of what was a mostly empty room was a rack of unloaded AK47s and a table with a couple of bricks of C4. Jorge whistled saying, “wow here comes world war three.” Luis called out on the radio, “overwatch…. Do any of you have night vision or something?” Jill answered back, “yeah.” Luis said, “look to the east and south. Look for people.” After a couple of seconds, Jill said, “what the fuck? Is this some sort of party? It looks like the entire village is standing on the southwest.” After another couple of seconds, Jill said, “move it’s starting.” A second later they could hear the gunfire.
Maria stood by the door as she did every night thinking about what would happen if she locked the door. She knew he would beat her again or worse, but a part of her didn’t care. She heard a sound at the back. She turned and saw a man and two women. All of them were armed, and one of the women had an artificial hand. Wendy handed her a note. She opened it and read, “Little Maria, if you are reading this then I need you to take your children and go with them. Its hard to explain but I needed to be somewhere else but know it was me, I came for you, and I will never leave you again.” Maria looked at Wendy and asked, “how do I know I can trust you?” The gunfire grew louder. Jill said over the radio, “the army is pushing past the people on the southwest as they scatter. There shooting everyone in sight.” A second later she said, “I don’t think these guys are army.” Wendy turned to Maria and in her best broken-Spanish said, “your brother sent us to save you and.” Maria said in English, “this will take forever if you keep trying to talk Spanish. Just say what you have to say.” Jack smirked. Wendy said, “you can stay here and be shot or come with us and live.”
Luis said, “we don’t have enough here to do this job, but we could attach it to the large gas tanks on the other side. They connect to several businesses and would make a large noise.” Two men came into the warehouse wearing all black carrying AK74s. Luis and Jorge shot them both before they could make a move. Luis checked the men opening one of their shirts revealing a collection of gang tattoos. Jorge said, “oh shit, this isn’t what we thought at all.” Luis called out over the radio, “those men taking the town aren’t army there something else, just get Maria out…...We’ll do what we can to slow them down.” Luis went to the table and cut the blocks of C4 into small chunks placing them in cans then filling those cans with assorted nails he found around the warehouse. He stuck a wireless trigger in each piece of C4. Luis put the cans into a bag saying, “I don’t know if these will work.” Jorge replied, “does it matter?” Luis checked his gun and said, “I’m still planning on going to the beach next week.”
A Jeep turned a corner firing into the houses with a pair of mounted 50caliber machine-guns. TC fired a round from a 50caliber Berrett rifle striking the driver. The Jeep swerved left into the front of one of the homes. “hey whitey, there goes the neighborhood.” Jack called out on the radio, “we’re on the move, fall in as we pass. Overwatch shoot anything that follows us.” A few seconds later a shot rang out then another as people dropped in the street. Jack said to Wendy, “get them out.” Jack switched to semi-auto and went to a window as Wendy and Tina led Maria and her children out the back. Jack called out, “I’m coming out.” TC answered, “I got your back Jack just get out and go.” Jack said, “are you telling me to hit the road?” TC smiled saying, “shut up whitey.” Jill called out, “more on the way.” Wendy and the others past TC who joined them and together they made their way to the next stopping point picking up the others as they passed. Jack went out to find Jorge and Luis. A man came running out of the house where the Jeep hit firing wildly into the air. Jack put two rounds into his head and kept going. Around a corner, he heard a suppressed round. Down the street, he saw Jorge pull someone into a house. Jack put his back to a wall and using the shadows made his way to them as quickly as possible. He put his ear to a back door and tried to find out if they were alone or not.
Jorge and Luis ducked into a house as a large group of men came down the street shooting back at another group. Among them was a man Jorge knew. The man that spent the last three years raping his sister was on the run with what looked like blood on his shirt. Jorge pulled out a pair of brass knuckles and called the man over striking him across the face. The man went down, and Jorge pulled him into the house. The man rolled over and saw Luis. He said, “I thought you two died in the desert.” Jorge went to his knees next to the man and said, “how could I leave without my sister Maria and your bastards.” The man lost his smile looking at Jorge then at Luis. He said, “she loves me.” Jorge replied, “she’ll get over you.” Luis leaned in and said, “we did an awful lot to bring this about. Jorge and I thought or knew that if we brought enough heat to the border, then the army or someone would move in and cleanse the village of your filth.” Jorge pulled a knife and jammed it into the man’s chest. Luis smiled and said, “we killed so many Americans to make this moment possible, and it was all worth the cost.”
Jorge and Luis left the house and took control of a Jeep with two dead men behind the wheel. Jack followed them. Three blocks away Luis triggered the bombs. Seven explosions cut across the village taking twenty people with them as shrapnel cut people to ribbons. Jack cut away from them and made his way back to the house and a Jeep he passed. Jorge turned the Jeep down an alley where they found four men all in black. They waved for them to stop. One of the men yelled, “we got them on the run.” Luis whispered, “speed up.” Jorge sped up striking two of the men pushing the other two out of the way. The remaining two opened fire as Jorge turned the corner. Luis slipped to one side then nearly fell out of the moving Jeep. Jorge grabbed him as he came to a stop. He helped Luis down to the ground. The right side of his head was misshapen with his right eye swollen shut. Luis whispered, “beach……home……love you.” Jorge checked for a pulse and found nothing. He picked up the body and put him in the back of the Jeep and drove to the meeting point.
An hour later they found themselves all together on the road heading to the border. Before leaving, they dropped all the guns and other weapons that could tie them to last night. They were stopped several times with police looking them over and talking about the village. Jack watched Jorge who spent the trip holding his sister. He also noticed the not so pleased look on her face. Wendy watched Jack as he watched Jorge wondering what happened out there. They made their way to the warehouse where everyone stretched and took a break before the long trip back to the station. Jack pulled Wendy aside telling her they need to talk. Outside the warehouse, Jack pulled out his phone and played a recording from the house and the confession from Luis about killing Americans. Jack said, “if I wanted to make some noise and I didn’t care who I killed then shooting at a school or blowing up a church would make a big noise.” Wendy turned and looked at Maria and her children. Jack said, “the man holding her killed one of the kids when she tried to leave him.” Jack turned to the door seeing Maria and her children. Wendy made sure she was in the truck with Maria without Jorge for the final trip so they could talk.
Six hours later they pulled onto the strip of sand acting like an airstrip. Jack Pressler and his people started to pack the jet. The pilot came over to Jack telling him they are fueled and ready. Maria picked up one of her children and led the other by the hand to the plane. Jorge asked, “where are you going?” Maria turned and said, “I know what you did, and I don’t want you around my children.” Jorge turned around to see Wendy with a gun at her side pointing down. She said, “I can’t prove it was you at the truck stop the church or the school, but I do know what was said in that house and that you aren’t welcome here.” Wendy nodded to the plane saying, “she’s going with them to Hawaii where they will help her make a new life for her and her children. Just maybe put all this past her, but she says she never wants to see you again.” She dropped a set of keys at his feet, “take the dark gray truck and go.”