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ANGEL ELITE CORPS Norman's Transfer Scene 4
by David Ian
12/02/05
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Angel Elite Corps Normanís Transfer Scene IV

Scene Characters

Norman
Preach
Righteous Wrath

Scene IV: Elite Corps Barracks

(SFX: Norm & Preach boots walking)

Norm: TrueShield tells me that Glory and Righteous Wrath were close.

Preach: Ye have met TrueShield, then, have ye?

Norm: Yes. How did she come by her handle?

Preach: She holds Truth as a gift and uses it like a shield to protect us, and like a compass to guide us. If ye ever need counsel as to a course of action, yeíd do well to bend Trueís ear.

Norm: Personal, or military?

Preach: Aye, both. Centurion relies upon her heavily to assess his situation in the field, and each of us in our own turn as sought her out on matters best left unexplored.

Norm: Do you know if she and Righteous have talked since losing Glory?

Preach: That is not for me to know. Aye, they were as close as brothers, those two.
Brother Righteous took the loss very hard and I darest say, quite personal.

Norm: Personal? In what way?

Preach: He blames himself for losing Glory. They had an unspoken pact, those two, to be the watchguard for each other. He feels he failed in his bond to Glory.

Norm: But surely, thereís nothing he could have done. Iíve read the reportsó

Preach: Nay, nary a thing. But this matters not when it comes to looking after another as if they were blood kin.

Norm: Has it affected his performance on missions?

Preach: That is not for I to judge. Perhaps Centurion, perhaps thee in time, which makes thy presence doubly dangerous to him.

Norm: And which is why you are introducing me to him, to keep him on a short leash so he wonít bite.

Preach: (laughs) Verily, thou hast earned thy First Rating in thy field, brother. Thou hast an eye as sharp as an eagleís.

Norm: Had I your eye, I would have Rated much sooner.

Preach: And whoís to say thou shalt not receive this gifting? Thou thinkest it wast by chance that thou and I are together, each as we are? Our Most High Commander deals not in chance.

Norm: Of that, I donít know. Tell me, what is his current handle? Righteous or Wrath?

Preach: Ahhh, that is the crux. Proudly he wore Righteous as a badge of honor, but now, methinks he prefer Wrath, which cannot be good; for Wrath when not tempered by Righteousness is a pitfall to be watched Ė and feared. And here we are.

(SFX: Boots stop)

Preach: Greetings, Brother, Grace and Peace to you.

Wrath: What do you want, Preach?

Preach: Righteous, come meet thy new comrade in arms. Embrace him.

Wrath: Iíll do neither, thanks.

Preach: Be not this way, Brother Righteous. Begrudge him not the courtesy of a greeting.

Wrath: I wouldíve respected you, Newbie, had you come on your own instead of hiding behind the skirts of Preach, here.

Preach: Brotheró

Norm: Itís all right, Preach, I can handle myself. As I recall, I did present myself to the squad; you were the one who removed yourself. Now you demand that I come to you on your terms. Hardly seems fair, does it?

Wrath: Fair? You want fair? Youíve got a big surprise coming, Noob. Thereís nothing fair about anything in this outfit.

Norm: And yet here we are. Iíve got my orders, and you have yours.

Wrath: Yeah, well, I donít have orders that I have to like you.

Norm: Thatís right. And I donít have orders that I have to be your emotional punching bag, either. So if you canít cope, suck it up, soldier, or ship it outó

Preach: Brother Norman!

Wrath: Listen, Noobó

Norm: You donít rank me, weíre all equals in this outfit, and you donít own me because my transfer is still warm.

Wrath: Youíre asking for it, buddyó

Norm: Then bring it on, whatever tantrum you want to display, itíll just show how weak
you are. I donít have the luxury to coddle you like the others do.

Preach: Now letís have peace, brothersó

Norm: Get lost, Preach! If Wrath and I want to mix it up, thatís our business. Now walk!

Preach: Perhaps I misjudged you, Brotheró

Norm: You heard me! Now blow!

Preach: As you wish.

(SFX: Preachís boots receding)

Norm: And you Ė you call me ďNoobĒ one more time Iíll lay you out. Now are we going to throw down or what?

Wrath: Iíll give you this much, Noob: Not even Brimstone can send Preach packing like that. Maybe youíll be useful after all.

Norm: We all need to find our place in the Kingdom, Righteous. Right now Iím just trying to find a place in this outfit. And I could use some help.

Wrath: (pause) Youíve got it. Youíre still going to need to prove yourself to this unit; we have a very high standard here. And GloryÖwell, he was irreplaceable.

Norm: I know. Thank you, Righteous. A chance is all I ask. Iíve met everyone now except for Blaze. Where can I find her?

Wrath: (laughs) You ainít gonna get anything out of Blaze.

Norm: What makes you say that?

Wrath: None of us really talk to Blaze. That is, Blaze doesnít really talk to us. Not much. And almost nothing that isnít strictly squad business.

Norm: Whyís that?

Wrath: Word is she came out of Prophecy Ops. No one comes out of Prophecy Ops unchanged. Your mindís blown by everything you go through, and youíre usually forbidden to speak about anything youíve experiencedÖ if you could put anything into words, that is. I hear itís extremely surreal. But itís all hush-hush, future/past paradoxes, big picture/little picture stuff.

Norm: Did she wash out or something?

Wrath: No one really knows, and sheís not telling. Hardly ever goes on missions with the squad and when she does, itís on her own agenda.

Norm: I can hardly imagine Centurion tolerating that ó She a loose cannon, then?

Wrath: Hardly. Not in the traditional sense, anyways. Whatever she gets mixed up in, she can handle herself, thatís for certain.

Norm: How did she get the handle ďBlazeĒ?

Wrath: IÖ donít even think I can describe it. Youíll have to see it for yourself.
Norm: See what?

Wrath: (heh) Youíll know, Noob. Youíll know when you see it. Now weíve got inspection soon, and I think youíll find Cap is extremely thorough. I remember my first inspection from Cap. Youíre in for a surprise, Newbie.


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darlene hight 06 Jan 2006
I Love the name 'Glory' very nice touch. The dialogue is excellant and the suspense is building nicely.




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