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TA – Holt’s Off-road Run

Team Attack 2-4:

Holt’s Off-Road Run

By Alex Rockey

 

We see Holt out hiking in the country. There are many hiking trails to go along, but Holt isn’t interested in them. Rather, he prefers to go where there is no paths, for he has become skilled in traversing where no others have. This keeps his skills sharpened and provides exercise. It has also become a hobby of his. For the serious guy that Holt is, this is what he does for fun. Apart from hiking, he also goes climbing, drives off-road vehicles, assists with animals and practices his self defense. He is very much an outdoorsman. Holt continues along, until something catches his attention…

Seemingly out of nowhere, appears a stray dog. Curious, Holt investigates. At first, the dog doesn’t go near Holt, but he knows how to persuade the dog. Once near, it becomes apparent the dog is tame and trained, rather than a wild stray. Plus, there are bags strapped to the dog’s back, yet, no collar with identification. Finding this all very odd, Holt checks inside the bags. This reveals them to be filled with illegal contraband! This brings the immediate assumption that someone or some people are using dogs to transport them out of the site of others. However, they did not know of Holt’s tendency to go off the paths.

Concerned, Holt takes the dog with him, using some of his rope as an improvised leash, though this is just a precaution, since Holt continues to keep the dog persuaded.

Eventually, they reach a vehicle. It is Holt’s hobby vehicle; a six wheel drive, cabover Jeep, the same one used in a previous job. Before finding the dog, Holt was going to do some off-road driving after the hike. Now, plans have changed. He is going to drive to the police with the dog and the cargo.

When he gets in view of the road, he notices something else amis. An unusual number of people and vehicles have appeared stopped in the hiking trail parking lot and along the road. They do not appear to be here for a hike, as they are looking all around. Wondering if they might be the people looking for the transport dog, Holt decides to not take the chance and take a different route. Looks like Holt will get that off-road drive in after all. Just then, the dog starts barking at the people, who immediately take notice…

One of the people takes chase after Holt. Realizing the situation, Holt makes a call to inform the police. As an extra precaution, he also calls some of his friends. With someone after him, Holt does the same as he did when hiking and leaves the trail. The other person follows him in a large 4×4 truck, but with much more speed. Holt instead chooses to rely on his off-road skills. He weaves along, choosing the path for best traction and avoiding obstacles that could get hung up on. He is doing this with pinpoint accuracy, of which is needed, as he chose a very rough and rocky route. However, this is costing him speed and the other person is quickly gaining on him. That is, until the person’s enthusiasm becomes a downfall. Headed straight into holt’s path, the truck bounces vigorously off the rough ground and slips on the rocks. Eventually, with careless driving and the truck’s long wheel base, it gets caught up on the uneven ground. Now completely stuck, Holt drives out of sight.

Holt continues on and gets in sight of the road, but he still won’t be using it. It appears the people have gotten word and are now scouting along the road. Allas, the route that Holt needs to take is on the other side. He continues on, looking for an alternate path. Eventually, he finds a part of the road that appears to been carved through a hill. On each side are small cliffs of equal height and a few trees atop. How is this going to help Holt get across?

That’s when Holt steps out of his vehicle. From the back of it, he gathers a bunch of cables, anchors and hooks. With those, he begins to anchor them to the ground and tie to trees. With the other ends, he throws them to the other side, hooking onto more trees. After making sure they are tight, aligned and secured, Holt re-enters his vehicle. He starts it, puts it in low gear, begins to move and then drives directly onto the cables.

Holt crawls along the cables. They sag under the weight of the FC6. The precision needed to keep the wheels on the cables and skill to keep from slipping off them is extraordinary. Most would just say it is impossible, yet, Holt proves to be capable of performing this. To make it more risky, he doing this very slowly above the people looking for him. Thankfully, doing it slow makes it quieter and none think to look up. That is, until Holt just begins to get on the other side. One notices the cables, then Holt, resulting in a call to the other searchers. With no time to gather the equipment, Holt drives away.

He continues on through the rough, treed country. In spite of his slow pace, he encounters no trouble. Eventually, he reaches clear fields and can see the road. What he doesn’t see is any of those people searching for the dog. It appears that Holt is in the clear. He drives onto the field and towards the road.

Alas, just as he reaches halfway, several different 4×4 vehicles begin surrounding him. They rushed up from behind him. These people are serious about stopping Holt, who has no weapons. Plus, the flat field provides to way for Holt to use his off-road skills to loose them like before. Just then, an explosion takes place where one of the 4×4’s are!

This mystery is quickly solved, for Terri appears in her Thrasher bugger! Having also been driving off-road nearby, she came to Holt’s call. When the smoke and dust clears, it becomes clear that Terri is shooting explosives in front of the vehicles, creating craters in front of them. She continues doing this to the other 4×4’s, causing the vehicles to get stuck, break axles or lose control when hitting the craters. Her buggy is faster and more nimble than the other vehicles, preventing them from stopping her.

All this noise attracts the attention of the police, who stopped further down the road, where Holt had originally called from. Upon arriving, they find all of the searcher’s vehicles stopped. At first they act as though they are the victims, but the police know they are smugglers. Quickly surrounded by the police, they are forced to give up. As for Holt and Terri, they hand over the dog and the contraband. Apparently, this particular band of police were trying to figure out how this group was transporting the contraband. With Holts help, they now know and can stop further attempts.

The end.

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Team Attack 2-3: Snow Star

Team Attack 2-3:
“Snow Star” TA Christmas Special #1

By Alex Rockey

It is early December and the team is hired to deliver valuable medical supplies, with an impending snowstorm coming. Being medical related and the season of Christmas, they chose to do the job at cost, no markup for profit. With knowledge of the forecasted storm and there already being plenty of cold weather and snow, the team prepare for it. First, the truck is equipped with tires designed for snow and ice. Even though they do not expect to be outside for long, they still gather plenty of warm clothing for themselves. All prepared, they pick up the goods and begin the trip.

Curious, the team wonders why they were selected to deliver the supplies, rather than a normal courier. At first, they figure the customers want someone that can deliver it through a snowstorm. Being medical supplies, they may not want to wait until the storm has passed and roads are cleared. The reasoning may have to do with it being near Christmas. Also curious, Aisha inspects the item’s descriptions. Two of them appear to be various medicines containing ingredients made from frankincense and myrrh. These didn’t seem particularly valuable or special, but then, she notices the final supplies: medical gold! Obviously, they also wanted some extra security for transporting this valuable item.

The trip begins good. The roads don’t have too much snow covering them. The weather is holding out. There isn’t much wind and no falling snow. The visibility isn’t hindered, of which is particularly good. Being winter, nights come earlier and are longer. Alas, this good weather is temporary.

Soon into the night, the storm rolls in. The wind picks up, the snow starts to fall and the temperature gets lower. They continue on, with the snow tires doing their job and help from Holt’s off-road skills. Even then, it is proving to be risky and dangerous. The dense, blowing snow in the dark makes it difficult to see. They must dodge slow moving plow trucks, avoid tow trucks to the side and avoid being rear-ended by faster moving vehicles. Even with the plows, snow drifts are forming fast. Finally, Dag begins to lose reception on his phone, computer and GPS.The team begins to wonder if it is safe to continue on.

With the situation getting worse, they decide it is indeed a good idea to find a safe place to stop. With the visibility, loss of signals and the heavy snow covering the roads, they aren’t even sure if they know where they are. Eventually, in spite of all that, they manage to find a farm. After entering and finding the house, the team check to see if anyone is home and if the occupants will let them stay. Thankfully, someone answers the door and lets the team in. At first, the team is grateful, but, soon, unease sets in. Something about this place and the people there just doesn’t seem right.

Wanting to play it safe, the team investigates. First, the residence do not have anything about them that would suggest they are farmers. Second, the house appears to have been previously abandoned. The interior is in poor condition and many windows are boarded up. With all this, they wonder what is happening. So, Terri improvises some camo for Zach, who uses it and his hiding skills to sneak out of the room and look around the house. Holt goes out the window, scaling the outer walls, to look through the windows. The rest of the team keeps the house occupants, who occasionally check on the team, distracted from Holt and Zach’s absence. After checking a few rooms, Zack finds one of particular interest. For some reason, it is filled with multiple items of value, such as large electronics, small appliances, car parts, and more. Holt isn’t having much luck, with most of the windows boarded up, though he did get a glimpse of what looked to be gun lockers. Changing his plan, Holt climbs down and heads for the other buildings on the property. On the way, he checks on the team transport. That’s when he finds a couple of strangers snooping in it…

Not wanting them to find the medical gold, Holt confronts them. At first, he tries peacefully, but they apparently don’t care that he is present. Holt approaches them to push them away, but they just push back. Realising that push has come to shove, Holt get more aggressive. The strangers try to attack in return, but are no match for Holt’s skills. That’s when they run inside, where the rest of the team is. Not wanting them to be trapped, he rushes to the window of the room they are in. After informing them of what happened, they all climb out and into the transport. The team begin to drive away, but the strangers are also rushing outside and into vehicles. They quickly cut the team off, forcing them to take an alternate path. They get away from the strangers, losing them in the snow storm, but they may also be lost now.

Nonetheless, the team continues on, but not for long. Short distance away, they hit a snowdrift. Unable to see it soon enough, they strike head first into it. Due to the size of the drift, the truck gets stuck. The team exits to attempt dislodging it, but it is soon discovered they may not have time. Over the wind, they hear the sound of trucks and snowmobiles. Knowing they have a speed advantage and the possibility of weapons, the team decides to go on foot.

The team travels on through the snow storm, carrying the goods with them. The sound of vehicles getting fainter the further they go. Having lost them by walking in the storm, quietly and without lights, of which the transport would have. Alas, it ain’t ‘no walk in the park’, as the team gets colder. They may even be more lost than before, unable to see the way. But they are going to need someplace warm, if the don’t want to freeze. The cold wind whips against them, battered by blowing snow with more, deep snow below foot, as they walk through the dark night.

Oddly sudden, the heavens open up. The snow stops falling for better vision. Clearings in the clouds open up. This all reveals the stars, particularly the north star. As though it was a blessing from god, they use it to find their way.

Eventually, they find a small village. Upon arriving, they immediately go and find the hotel. However, upon entering, they find no vacancies. They aren’t  the only people who stopped there to get out of the storm. Changing plans, they talk to people in an attempt to find the local tow truck driver. Turns out, the driver is not in town. Not sure what to do now, they just wait. Then, a villager comes and talks to them, having heard their dilemma.

Apparently, he has a small, heated barn on the edge of town. The villager offers it for them to stay in overnight. Realizing it is better than nothing, the team happily take the offer. After a ride in a back of a truck, they arrive at and enter the barn. The team tries to get as comfortable as they can, in preparation for the remaining night. Dag, however, is worried about being late with the delivery. Some of the other team try comforting him. After all, it was the customer’s fault for insisting they go in the storm. Suddenly, a stranger enters the barn!

Surprised, the team leap up. Then, they get a second surprise – it is the tow truck driver! Apparently, he was inquiring if the lost truck he just towed in belongs to them! Excited, they rush out and get another surprise, for it is indeed their truck! They thank them and pay the driver, then get into the truck and drive away.

Now with the weather much clearer, the rest of the trip is uneventful. The goods are delivered by sunrise and then the team decide to report the suspicious people out at the abandoned looking farm to the police. With all that done, the team goes back home, now in sunlight with no storm. It is a much deserved relaxing trip.

Back home, they rest after a trip full of surprises. However, it is not the last of them. A few days later, they learn about the strangers on the farm. Much to their suspicions, they were wanted thieves. For providing information that lead to their arrests, the team is given a reward! This provides them an unexpected profit on a troublesome volunteer job.

The end.

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Team Attack 2-2: Cold, Caring Holt.

(Holt is outside in the countryside. He is sitting motionless from high up on a hill while it snows on him. It appears he has been there for a while, as snow has built up around and on him. While holding a rifle with a scope, he patiently watches over the country…)

(As for the rest of the team, they are at headquarters and talking among each other.)

-“While Holt is away, here is a list of jobs to do. Just a bunch of small stuff.”

-“Gee, there looks to be a few days worth of stuff here. I take it he will be away for a bit.”

-“I believe so too. Knowing him, it will probably involve a lot of waiting or traveling around outdoors, so he had us stay here and keep the business going.”

-“Huh. I wonder why he is doing that for.”

When we return focus to Holt, we find him suddenly firing the rifle.

Not much later, there is a couple guys loading up a truck on a rough, snow covered back road. They appears to have walked from a farm in the distance, having come back to the truck with some items. The items being  loaded into the truck appear to be small crates and cages.

When they go to start the truck, it fails to do so. They check under the hood, but discover a hole in the hood and damage to the engine. It appears this is what Holt shot at. Unable to repair it there, they begin walking towards the distant main road. They talk and complain complain among each other the whole time they walking away from the loaded truck.

After using a radio, Holt packs up and begins his descent. He climbs down a steep slope, with help from a climbing cane. Once down, he uses snowshoes to head towards the main road. However, the two guys seem to have traveled in the wrong direction. They may have made the mistake while complaining to each other out of anger. One is falling behind, then turns back. He fails to convince the other guy as to their direction. The other guy throws his bag at him in anger, but they are now too far apart for it to hit the other guy. He goes on walking, until seeing Holt. Upon noticing Holt’s rifle and radio, he comes to the conclusion that Holt shot their truck, then reported them to the police. Now even more angry, he lunges at Holt.

Holt quickly raises his climbing cane and uses the blunt end to jab him in the gut. This knocks the wind out of him, but doesn’t stop him. Continuing trying to hit Holt, but only manages a few hits to Holt’s many more. The guy’s fighting is useless against Holt’s superior skill, but he persists on out of anger. It seems Holt doesn’t want to severely injure him, but still stop him. Noticing the failure of his friend, the other guy throws a snowball into Holt’s face. This allows him to get a few punches in, untill Holt hits him hard in the head with his cane. However, the the other exhausted guy that was throwing snowballs has reached the fighting guy’s dropped bag. From it, he pulls out a small gun.

Just then, some lights behind him catches his attention. Turning around, he sees it is a police vehicle. Out of shock, he drops the gun and tries to run away. Alas, he runs past close enough for Holt to trip him with his cane. Holt holds them back long enough for the police to apprehend the two guys.

Back at the broken truck, police and a bunch of people are around it. Inside, they find various small animals in cages and crates of related items. The caretakers return the animals home and thank Holt.The police inspect the truck, then have it hauled away. Apparently, the two guys had been kidnapping the animals and stealing the items from a nearby habitat, until Holt stopped them. He had heard of this and volunteered his time to help. The police are able to track down the previously kidnapped animals, thanks to Holt’s help.

As for the rest of the team, they still found ways to help Holt. Zack provide a camouflage cover, Day with the long range radio, and Aisha provide nutrition to take along. Terri would even occasionally fly by to check on him. Later, Tilda helped with moving the animals and supplies. This shows that even when apart, the team continued to help each other.