Chapter 20: John

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596th sol- 03:57

"Lily," I whispered to her, we were leaving hyperspace and i needed her to contact Ceres. before they shot us down. "Lily, wake up!" I said into my mic.

"I'm up, what'd'ya want?" She asked, her words slurred because she was still tired. 

"We're leaving hyperspace and I need you to contact Ceres." I informed her. 

"Yeah, yeah, I'm on it." She said,obviously not excited.

"And tell Seth to do the same thing." I told her. I got no response.


596th sol- 04:30

"WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?!?!?!" Our commander yelled in our faces. we where in his office. "YOU COULD'VE BEEN KILLED OR CAPTURED AND THEN WHAT?!" He was obviously very pissed. He turned around to the window behind his desk and took a very noticeable breath. then he turned around again. "What was going through your GODDAMN MINDS sneaking away like that?!" He asked.

"Well commander, I wanted to know if you really cared and now I know you'd miss us if we died!" Seth responded. He was a complete idiot. I couldn't that he said something so stupid! Luckily, Tom smacked the back of his head, hard, and shut him up. Thank god someone had some brains.

"Commander, it was all my fault, I snuck off on the first TX-560 troop transport  and they came after me. I take full responsibility an-"  I was cut off.

"Let me stop you right there! You may have been the first who snuck off but that doesn't excuse your entire squad from sneaking off too. You're all lucky to be alive!" He yelled, only slightly quieter than before. "You're all lucky I don't expel you and send you back to Earth." He threatened. My heart dropped at that comment. I had to ask.

"Sir, with all do respect, why aren't we expelled?" I asked.

"For one reason and one reason only. You've observed, fought, and survived the Exos. You also saw what they were doing on Pluto, that makes you valuable. It has also proven that at least one squad can hold their own when the time comes." I was shocked. The reason we're still here is because we survived? "Now, you're going to go and be debriefed and after that, you are all to be confined to you squad quarters until further notice. IF you are caught out of them, you will be immediately sent to Earth, no questions asked."

"What about food?" Matt asked. I wanted to punch him, we were being released with, in my opinion, pretty minimal punishment, and he's asking about FOOD!

"You're all on half rations. It will be brought to your quarters when the normal meal is served. Now go before I decide to increase your punishment." He said. We all walked to the door and out. There were some guards who escorted us to some offices. We each went in separately. I don't know what the others were asked but I basically just told them the whole story, leaving out of course the part where I kissed Rachel. After that, I was asked a few more question, mostly about the soldiers who went on the transport and were actually SUPPOSED to be there and that was it. We all left and were escorted back to our squad commons.

"Well that went well!" Seth said happily. 

"You moron! What were you thinking with that wise crack of yours to the commander?!?!" I yelled at him.

"Woah, chill it dude, he's right, we're all fine and still here. He's not wrong, that could have gone a  lot worse." Tom said, jumping to his defense. 

"What are you talking about?!"  Lily said, "You're the one that smacked him!"She said, she had been on the other side of Seth during the meeting. 

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