A To Z Challenge: Inept, Incorrigible

Doing the A To Z Challenge reminds me of Sesame Street every day. I. I is for intelligent, ink, isosceles, interrupt, internet, infidel, incest… So far, I think I’ve been pretty good at providing stand-alone stories that also interlink and provide some insight into the characters of The L Squad while filling in the time between The L Squad Bios and the books. Some stories have suffered from being rushed. This is hard to maintain every day. That’s why it’s a challenge.

This is the first one I feel might not work as well as a stand-alone. I’ll provide a little background. Previously on A To Z Challenge… A group of various species of aliens has escaped a tyrant and crash-landed on Earth. Following a quarantine, they have finally began preparations to defend themselves and the planet from the tyrant they’re sure will follow them. Captain Grek, the head alien in charge, has formed the Refugee Alien Defenders broken into eight divisions with each division containing multiple squads. In today’s story, Captain Grek is being questioned about his weakest squad by the other division heads. That’s why you should read them all and try to keep up.

Inept, Incorrigible

“Are you really letting Hitch have his own squad?” asked Captain MkFlooffeepence.

“The R.A.D. is your creation, but Hitch seems inept and his squad incorrigible,” said Captain Meestuh Squawklebolce.

“Tomfoolery!” said Tomfoolery.

“Those are valid points,” said Captain Grek. “I see something in all of them that gives me hope.”

“You’re not the type to base anything on hope,” said Captain Schmargf. “What’s really going on?”

“Hitch is reckless,” said Captain Chugklet. “He’s going to cause problems if he sees action.”

“I believe I can have Hitch and his squad in shape before that happens. We’re dealing with refugees here, not soldiers,” said Captain Grek. “It’s up to us to turn them into soldiers.”

“How much time do we have to do that?” asked Captain Gronult.

“There’s no way to know, but they’re worth the time and effort,” said Captain Grek. “Even if the Lambads survived their crash with the capabilities to send messages back to LambaBad, it will take years for the messages to get there and for an invasion force to return.”

“And if they prove incapable?” asked Captain Doogleynobbz.

“I agree with Grek,” said Captain Kruwkedpinz. “They are each capable of extraordinary things. If they can come together and work as a squad, they could be among the best.”

“Exactly, George’s test flight times are off the charts,” said Captain Grek.

“When he finishes the course,” said Captain MkFlooffeepence.

“He’ll improve,” said Captain Grek. “Kip is one of the best shots we have as well as a quick study as a medic.”

“When the other Yortians aren’t around,” said Captain Schmargf.

“There’s something odd about Yortian dynamics,” said Captain Kruwkedpinz. “The others won’t be on the squad.”

“All right, but what’s going on with Abby?” asked Captain Doogleynobbz. “She always does the minimal training and seems to prefer to be alone.”

“Abby’s the most gifted scientist we have,” said Captain Grek. “You all want her in your division.”

“Yeah, in the science department, not in a squad,” said Captain Meestuh Squawklebolce.

“She’s the catalyst. She will make that squad live up to the potential of its members,” said Captain Grek. “Hitch needs her.”

“Is it worth risking one of our top scientists on missions?” asked Captain Chugklet.

“Her knowledge and abilities could be invaluable on a mission,” said Captain Grek. “Having her on a mission could mean the difference between success and failure. Her intelligence and quick thinking will save lives.”

“Given all their unique individual talents, wouldn’t they be assets on other squads where their abilities were brought out?” asked Captain Meestuh Squawklebolce.

“Yeah, put Hitch under Gremenski Fhart or Chuckinstuf where he’ll get some discipline,” said Captain Schmargf. “It could work for all of them.”

“Given their abilities, what they could do as a squad could be exemplary,” said Captain Grek. “Once they learn to work together, they’ll play off each other, which will bring out the best in all of them.”

“Tomfoolery?” said Tomfoolery.

“Yeah, what about Charlie?” asked Captain Gronult. “She just appeared one day.”

“Records show she was in the infirmary for an extended period following the crash,” said Captain Grek.

“How did she end up on that squad?” asked Captain Kruwkedpinz.

“I don’t know, but given how much training she missed, it seems like the right place for her,” said Captain Grek. “For whatever reason, Abby’s performance has vastly improved since she joined the squad.”

“I hope you’re right about them,” said Captain Meestuh Squawklebolce.

“I hope they’re worth the frustration,” said Captain Doogleynobbz.

“Me too.”

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