Today’s daily prompt is the word Waiting. I did a scan though my novel Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance for the word waiting and found fifteen occurrences. This chapter seemed like the best entry to match the prompt. Let me know what you think.
Colonel Okello had already picked up the alien craft on radar when the next call came in.
“Alpha leader, this is Mwanza Control.”
“Mwanza, this is Alpha Leader. Over.”
“Alpha Leader, your engagement orders are as follows. Do not engage the alien ship. If it releases any kind of craft onto the surface of the lake, you are to destroy that craft once it has cleared the alien vessel. I repeat, destroy any released watercraft after it has cleared the alien vessel. Acknowledge.”
“Mwanza, we are free to destroy any released water craft once it has cleared the alien vessel.”
“Alpha Leader, you are also cleared to go in weapons hot in full defensive mode. If the alien vessel engages any of your team, you can go weapons free. Acknowledge.”
“Mwanza, we are weapons free to defend ourselves if attacked.”
This was much better. Clear rules of engagement were a blessing for the team leader. Now, where was this thing going to land? It appeared they were headed to an island south of Mayuge, Uganda.
“Alpha team, this is Alpha leader. Make your heading thirty-five degrees on my mark. Let’s beat this bastard to the landing zone. Mark!”
The wing of four F12s came about crisply on the new heading just as the alien vessel cleared their horizon from the northwest, coming in at a steep angle to the surface.
“Mwanza, this is Alpha Leader.”
“We have the bogey in sight and are anticipating a landing on Nainaivi Island. Please alert local Ugandan authorities. We will establish a circular pattern around the island, recording and transmitting video to you in real time. Once the bogey has landed, we will make regular passes over it from multiple directions. Over.”
“Copy, Alpha Leader, we confirm receiving all four live video streams.”
Now it was a waiting game, if you could call cruising at over 1,000 kilometers per hour a waiting game.