The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

(story copyright E.N.Boyd)

The men approached, their collective eyes set upon the statuesque woman as they walked up the path and onto the porch of the ranch house. "Gentlemen, it is an honor to meet you.", the man said, extending his hand to each. Each man looked at him, smiled and shook his hand. "Liberator", "Captain Flag", "Torpedo Man", "Man O' Metal", the code names were said by each as they greeted him.

"Red Hawk", the man said after the hand shaking was finished, and tipped his cowboy hat. He pointed to his wife, "That young lady I am proud to call my wife. Her name is Nyoka. Don't stare too long, by the way.", he said, smiling. "Bet you fellas haven't seen anyone like her before.", he added, laughing.

"Hawk, you just be quiet!", Nyoka said, picking up a small rock from the porch floor and threw it at him. Before the men could even see it flying in the air, Red Hawk had caught the rock and thrown it...several thousand feet...over a hill away from the house.

"By the way, men, we can stop with the code names while we are here. I know you all have been addressing each other by them per orders from the Pentagon, but now that we have these matters to discuss, General Emmet wanted us to become familiar with each other because we will be working as a group for awhile. Naturally, we will have to use code names while on duty but just to let you know. Also, my real name is...Red Hawk!", the man said as they all walked inside the open living room.

Nyoka said, "You were waiting just to say that. It is true, by the way.", she said, lowering her head as she entered the house, barely missing the upper beam of the door frame, looking at her husband and pushing him on his back as the group gathered inside.

"Please place your duffel bags in the rooms, you each have your own room to bunk in for the tenure of this mission. I bet you boys are thirsty and hungry. When you're done cleaning up, we will get to the chow which Blue Lady..err..Lucille, should have finished shortly.", Red Hawk said.

The men were quiet, and placed their gear in the rooms. After cleaning up the men gathered to the dining room and sat down at the large table.

"Looks and smells great. Lucille.", Man O' Metal said. "Well, Mr. Dempsey, I am glad to hear that.", Lucille replied, smiling. "Sheesh, Lady, you know a lot of things, don't you? ", he replied. "I have to, I am after all a super heroine, as that newspaper reporter Blaze Bennett calls me.", she replied, placing a large pan of roasted chicken and vegetables on the table. A basket of biscuits and a few pitchers of lemonade, milk, and water were already placed on the table.

"If you don't mind, I will say a prayer and then we should dig in and get down to business.", Red Hawk said.

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Perplexed, Doc Strong looked at the helmet's visor with the writing, "1950. Jump out cave. Doc.". He looked at the writing and with a gloved hand, traced the lettering. It appeared to actually be etched in the helmet's visor, not just written on it. He looked closer and realized...it was done by his own hand. Even though it wasn't written, he knew his own writing because it was a bit atrocious. He was fluent in several languages and could write very well, but his penmanship was something to be desired and Rulah had given him grief about many years. Rulah. His mind began to wander but he shook himself clear. He rubbed his chin with the bronze colored glove, looked down at the helmet and looked around the cave. He looked up and out the cave entrance. He started to piece some things together but not until he actually did something would any of it make sense.

He reached down, picked up his original D.E.E.P. suit helmet, placed it on his head, twisted it to get the clamps secured, ran to the cave entrance and without stopping or looking, jumped into the canyon's abyss.

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After finishing the meal, the men and women went into the large living room. Red Hawk said, "Men, if you wouldn't mind, would you please get your respective file folders and bring them here to the living room.". Unceremoniously, the four men went to their bedrooms and returned, each holding a file folder."Please find a seat and read the files.", Red Hawk said. "While you are reading, I will add that after my service for the Air Force in Japan, I never expected to meet any of you, and to have this happen is indeed great. I think Nyoka and I will go out to the animals and come back in a few minutes. Dear, if you will, please.", he said, reaching his hand out to his wife. She grabbed it and they walked out of the ranch house and into the pens.

"Well.", Captain Flag said. "My name is Thomas Townsend. Finally nice to be able to let our guard down, so to speak, among each other.", he said matter of fact.

"Dr. Nelson Drew.", the man code named Liberator said. "I echo Captain's...Tom's sentiment.", he said, looking at the men, nodding his head.

"Don Wallace.", the man code named Torpedo Man said. "Have to agree with the Captain as well.", he said.

"Well, Blue Lady already let the cat out of the bag. But she didn't say my first name. I am Patrick, but ya can call me Pat. Pat Dempsey.", he stated.

"Whoa.", Captain Flag said. "Are you related to Jack Dempsey the boxer?", he asked.

"Nope. Just coincidence with my name being Dempsey is all. Never meet the mook. I get that question all the time, so I don't mind being called Man O' Metal as it is!", he stated, laughing. The men all laughed in unison.

"So what's with this guy Red Hawk?", Liberator asked.

"He is someone we can definitely trust and be proud will be on our team.", Blue Lady said. "You fellas heard my first name of Lucille. Martin is my surname. It is also nice to meet all of you by the way, after our unique initial introductions.", she said.

"OK. Well according to the files, we each have certain powers and abilities, and they are listed rather specifically. Didn't know anyone had that much info on us but I guess when you are working for the Military, that is expected.", Liberator said. "He rubbed his chin as he continued reading and then said, "So this Red Hawk, he is an Indian, probably Cherokee I am guessing. By the way he caught that rock and threw it, I'd say he has powers..hmm. well, yes he does..well I'll be. He most certainly does. Very interesting.", Liberator said, flipping the file pages as he continued to read.

"Fellas, come on. What about that tall drink of water, that Nyoka, his wife? Whoa.", Man O' Metal said.

"Dempsey, just never mind. She's married.", Blue Lady said.

"No, didn't mean it like that, lass", Man O' Metal said, his Irish accent poking through a bit as he spoke. It would pop up whenever he was a bit flustered or irritated. " I mean, I've never seen a woman that tall or with such a build.", he stated, looking at her as she sat on a couch seated across from his chair.

"Well, if you keep reading, you will find out the nature, so to speak, of her build and then some.", she replied, sipping from her glass of lemonade.

"Again, very interesting. I can't believe what I am reading but given our collective powers and the feats we've all done and things we've already seen and encountered, I guess we shouldn't be surprised there'd be others like us with just as unique abilities.", Torpedo Man stated.

"I agree.", Liberator added.

"Well, that isn't so much an issue but men, if you keep reading, you will find out there are enemies, both foreign and domestic with powers and abilities like our own whose origins are just as unique and some we don't even have the intelligence gathered about yet.", Blue Lady said, setting her glass down on the coffee table. She looked up and could see that Nyoka and Red Hawk had returned.

"Fellas, you won't believe this..but..there's a space man outside.", Red Hawk said.

To be continued.

The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

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