Percell stood, leaning against the outside of the squad's hootch when a
helicopter full of newbie's came in. All of them scurried off, but soon
were met by Sergeant Anderson. All stood at attention except one man who
held his hate as the helicopter flew off and then began wandering around.
Danny walked over to the newbie and asked, "You lost?"
The newbie whirled around and said, "Yeah, I'm looking for.Colonel
Brewster's office." The newbie removed his hat and long, blonde hair fell
out around her shoulders and down her back.
Percell stopped in his tracks and mouth wide exclaimed, "You're.
The newbie looked down, then looked at Danny, "By Damn, I am! I'm
Beth, you are?"
Danny chuckled, extended his hand, and said, "I'm corporal Daniel
Percell, people call me Percell. I'll show you to Brewster's office.
Beth shook his hand and followed him to Colonel Brewster's office."
Percell handed Beth her bag and smiled at her. "Thanks." She walked
into the office and set her bag down by the door, then stood in front of
the officer's desk. "Reporter Beth Black, reporting, sir."
Colonel Brewster turned and his jaw dropped. "Welcome, I guess I
didn't realize that you were a woman."
"That seems to be the majority of the knowledge around this place. A
Corporal Percell felt the same way when he found out that I had long hair,
and boobs." Colonel Brewster laughed. "Sir, where is my hootch? I really
need some rest and a long hot shower.
"Sure, our base is very packed, so you will be staying with
Lieutenant Goldman's squad. You will be staying with all men, it's the
best I could do. The men will be on strict discipline. They know to keep
Colonel Brewster stopped at a hootch, "This is your place. Good Luck."
Beth stood outside the hootch, looking at the building. Beth stood outside
"Did you hear? We gotta share the hootch with a reporter." Ruiz
"Yeah, Ru, we've been here forever, we shouldn't have to share with a damn
reporter." Taylor remarked.
Outside Beth whispered, " I can't believe I'm going to be living with a
group of men." Slowly she reached for the handle and pulled it open. Beth
stepped inside the hootch and four pairs of eyes looked at her. "Heloo,
"Beth." Percell finished as he got up and walked toward her. "Why
are ya here?"
"Oh, God, why is he here and why am I stuck in the same hootch as
him, Damn." Beth though to herself.
"I'm going to be staying here, because there isn't any room left
anywhere else. Where can I sleep?"
Taylor sat up on his bed and mumbeld, "Over there." He pointed to a
bunk across the room from Percell's.
Beth walked over to the bed and threw herself upon it. The
pillowcase smelled and the blanket reeked. Beth rolled off onto the floor.
"Girl, you ain't very smart for being a reporter." Ruiz quipped and Taylor
frowned. She glared at him.
"Shut up, buddy. This bed reeks, don't you gusy do laundry around
Taylor laughed and looked at her. "That's the bed we use if one of
us gets sick.
Beth wrinkled her nose and began tearing the bed apart. "Well fine
then, you lazy asses. I'm going to go wash my bedding."
Arms full, Beth walked out the door and almost plowed into a soldier,
but kept going. She walked a few yards and was tripped. "What the hell?"
She screamed as she fell hard to the ground. Four soldiers stood laughing.