3 Hearts Beating Boldly: Some of America’s Best

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Part three of a seven part addition to the Rose Houston saga. In this short story, William Travis Austin meets his fellow Coalition Provisional Authority contractors and officer manager in the Palace and gets briefed on his job and the fringe benefits.

Submitted: February 19, 2017

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Submitted: February 19, 2017



William Travis Austin's in-brief is simple. 

Like the men he arrived with, his briefer is soft, in his 50’s, draped with an expensive designer safari jacket and wears stylish, expensive Oakley sunglasses, modeled after the eyes of B-Movie space aliens, perched atop his forehead.  He shares an office with a dozen similarly groomed middle aged men.  Also aike the men he arrived with, each is impressed with his own wisdom and importance.  “I told the President that this whole adventure was ill advised, but….”  He shrugs.

“It simply isn’t safe to work here.  You can’t go outside the Green Zone because they’ll kill you.  You can’t trust your Iraqi counterparts because if they don’t sell you out, they’ll kill you, too.”

“I contacted the White House, the President and I are long-time friends, and offered my services and I was honored when I was asked to serve.  My only previous experience with law enforcement was a speeding ticket in downtown San Diego.” 

“These people are something else.  It’s hard to believe that this is the cradle of civilization.They just don’t care.  They’ll sell you out in a heartbeat.  The worst part is that they just won’t stand up and take their country back.” 

“Who’s my primary counter-part with the ISF?”

“I don’t know.  They seem to change everyday.  One reason is that they get killed off.  Another reason is that their kids or grandkids get kidnapped and they quit to get them back.”

The other men in the office are watch him intently.  Most shake their heads in agreement with the briefer.  The old cop sighs, slumps in the chair, and says, “Well, I need to at least try.”

“You’re out of your mind if you do. This country and these people aren’t worth it.”

“No, I have to at least try.  Do you have any idea at all?

“No.  The fringe benefits are good though.  There is a terrific broiled chicken place about a hundred yards down the street out front.  It’s inside the Green Zone.  We go there all the time.  How about a scotch?  Johnny Walker Black?  Bourbon? Wild Turkey?  Cuban cigar?  It’s a real Cuban.”

“I don’t drink, don’t smoke either.”

“Are you sure, we have some of America’s best?”

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