MARS The Punisher

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  1. Brenda Hernandez

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    Private First Class Hernandez was young. More than that, he was belligerent. Like many who grew up in the dark confines of the Noctis Labryinthus, he took offense like lungs took air. It wasn’t an intentional thing - he didn’t wake up in the morning looking for people to spite. Rather, it was an affected disorder, one born of territoriality and a need to impress upon others his worth as a person.

    It was ironic, they said, that he equated worth with strength.

    It was also why they recommended he work with Corporal @Irkalla Kasai. She was hard, but fair, and had been given a number of problem children to work out. In many ways, she’d turned into the Last Chance of 3rd Batallion, 2nd Martian Marines.

    This would explain why he was pushing open the door to a new barracks room, and why his new bunk mate about wet himself when the light coming in through the door was eclipsed by a man the size of a nightmare. Grunting, the sound neanderthalic and low, the seabag skidded across the floor and he shut the door behind him before he stopped, hearing footsteps outside.

    “Not a word.” He snarled, shutting the Private up before he could get his wits about him. He knew what was coming. No, he knew who was coming.
     
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  2. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    “And you’re certain Corporal Kasai can get this done?” Huang stared askance at his aide as if Irkalla weren’t even in the room.

    “Yes, sir.”

    He wasn’t. This was 6' 5'' of angry Marine with an authority problem. His chosen method of problem-solving was this year’s winner of the unofficial ‘Biggest Hardass’ contest. Manconi had a good head for math, and he couldn’t even begin to imagine all the ways this could go wrong.

    “She’s the only real option left, sir.”

    Huang finally turned his pale eyes to the blonde. He tapped his foot and chewed on the cigara he always had stuck in his mouth. Like he’d watched too many old Earther movies.

    Irkalla pinched her lips.

    “Let me tell you something, Kasai,” he leaned forward in his seat, “if you manage to get those misfits in line, I will personally fast-track you to Sergeant.” He chuckled, dry. “But I doubt it.”

    She knew a dismissal when she heard one. With a sharp salute and a click of her boots, the Corporal marched straight off to the barracks. Swallow the bitter pill, adapt, overcome.

    No knocking.

    Kasai stopped inside the door with no fanfare, features set in stone. Even knowing what to expect, seeing the man in person was… sobering. Fuck if he wasn’t twice her size in every dimension. What a piece of work.

    “Private First Class Hernandez.” She folded her hands on the small of her back and lifted her chin a fraction. “I’m Corporal Irkalla Kasai. You’ve been assigned to my fireteam.” Him and three other headcases, each worse than the next.

    “Come with me.”

     
  3. Brenda Hernandez

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    There she was.

    Corporal Kasai. He had, of course, already had his squad orders sent to his communicator, but he wasn't sure why he was being assigned to her, specifically. But that scowl.

    The woman might have been a bombshell in another life, but right now she had all the warmth of a Martian night outside the domes. He turned, a surprising grace to that otherwise ponderous shifting of his feet. "Corporal." He rumbles. His throat shook like a dropship on planetary reentry just to force the words out of his chest.

    "Understood."

    Now he was scowling just like her.
     
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  4. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    Martian bases consisted of dust and… more dust.

    The nicer, greener, bluer pieces of their red rock were reserved for the people. Cities, suburbs, research centers. Good stuff.

    When they emerged, the midday sun was beating hard down on the yard. The dome glinted somewhere far above while Kasai led the massive man to the far end – already she could see the other two waiting there.

    Koenig was perched on a crate, cigarette smoke curling from his lip. Talith, taller even than Hernandez, was pacing in tight circles through the dust.

    “I can tell you’re bored,” Kasai snapped as they arrived. Outside the barracks, outside the walls with ears, she was quite content to let her accent slip and her tone to drip.

    Poison, that was.

    She was not tanking her career on an anarchist, a pyromaniac, and fucking Olympus Mons.

    “Form a fucking line, marines.” Sweltering heat be damned. “Y’all got shit going on. I get it. You’re angry. Life ain’t fair.”

    A beat.

    “Well, good news – I am. All of you broke a fuckton of rules to end up here with me. Huang’s lookin’ to make y’all my block of concrete, but I ain’t going down for your shit.”

    Though they were all heads taller than Kasai, she still managed to stare them level in the eye.

    “So I’m just gonna have to teach you how to swim.”
     
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    He followed her across the yard; though it was less the straight-backed march that Kasai favored and more of a stalk. His shoulders were hunched, his hands were clenched, and he stared out from beneath a brow that, by the time he was forty, would definitely have more crags than a cliff.

    That scowl remained, and he shifted himself into a line with the other two losers.

    Because that's what they were; losers. She was the Queen of the Losers. That scowl almost turned to a sneer. He wasn't even looking at her. Them's weren't the rules.

    Rather, he was looking into the distance, just as he'd been trained to do. She could lift her chin and stare all she wanted, but he could knock her ass flat with a backhand, and she wouldn't get up. "No water on Mars." He rumbles.

    He wasn't even a smartass. He just didn't like her tone of voice.
     
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  6. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    The other two bit back a grin at his remark. She ignored it, setting jade eyes firmly on Hernandez.

    “There will be.” She clicked her tongue. Stole that smirk from her team of losers and let it curl her lips into something… not entirely pleasant.

    “Anyhow, Earth has plenty.”

    The Corporal looked at each of them in turn. Broad, tall, and lanky. Anyone else would’ve gone ‘fuck this shit’, but Irkalla Kasai wasn’t just anyone else. She’d crawled through dirt and blood to get here, and she had no intentions of stopping until she could see the whole Solar system laid out before her.

    Figure Olympus would be as good a perch as any.

    “With a record like yours, only reason you’re still here’s either ‘cause you fucking adore this nation,” she scoffed, “or ‘cause there ain’t nothing else you know how do.”

    “If y’all are gonna stick around, might as well become the best at this marine gig.”

    Kasai tilted her head, then gestured with her chin at Talith and Koenig. “You two, show me what you can do. And you—” she turned her gaze to the double wardrobe, “you’re gonna tell me what you think they did wrong.”
     
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  7. Brenda Hernandez

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    Brenda liked her. He wasn’t sure why. He was no more capable of identifying the reasoning as he was performing a full frontal lobotomy. Though, in truth, he was fairly certain he was good at emptying brain pans.

    But if there was one goal he could get behind, it was being a better Marine. Why? Simple.

    Killing. Paid killing. Killing he would be honored for.

    They would take Earth, they would see the sky of their damn ancestors, and then they’d kick those damn spoiled kids straight out into the Belt.

    Or kill them. Killing was cheaper.

    A brow rose as she addressed him, and he looked to the two. “Skinny is a thief, and the other is a drunk.” His broad shoulders hefted into a hint of a shrug. It was like the shift of tectonic plates.
     
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  8. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    Snort. Guess the old one about making them big and dumb still held true.

    After they beat the shit out of each other, Hernandez,” she intoned, Innis Deep crawling all over her lilt.

    The other two had already peeled off the tops of their overalls, tying them at the waist as they moved off to another patch of dirt. Something about soldiers and sweating it out in the dust had persevered well into the 24th century, technological advances and system-hopping be damned.

    Koenig threw the first punch at skinny, and it began.
     
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    The fight was no more interesting to him than a training video. He’d be asleep before it was over and wouldn’t remember half of it. Her snort caused a glare to harden the electric blue of his eyes, sweeping them down towards her for a moment.

    “Next time clarify.” The man seemed incapable of anything approaching tolerable levels of speech - everything sounded like the crack of a breaking asteroid. “Besides, Skinny’s not putting his hip into his throw and Shorty’s footwork is shoddy at best.”

    He reached a steel girder arm upward, the slab of bicep straining against the fabric of his uniform. He scratched the corner of his nose then folded his arms over his chest, contempt written into his brow.

    “That’s Marine training for you. Good for grapples and takedowns but incapable of teaching you how to punch.”
     
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  10. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    Not a complete lost case, then. Kasai turned her eyes back to the rhythm of the fight with a nod.

    The whole trick to this leadership thing was nailing down the skills of your people and putting them in the best possible position to use them. Kicking and screaming if need be, but hell if she wasn’t going to drag it out of this lot as well.

    “Ain’t that the truth—
    Talith, keep proper distance and you’ll stop getting smacked in the mouth! Koenig – tuck your fucking chin!”

    She waited a beat as the pair separated, caught their breaths, and went about correcting their stance. Then:

    “So who taught ya? Noctis?”

    Quick wit, sharp tongue – her left hook wasn’t the only thing that could put a marine in the dust. (Not that it would be effective on a guy like Hernandez.)
     
  11. Brenda Hernandez

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    “Sumpworks.” He rumbles, the thunder of displeasure undercutting the words, “Depths of Noctis. Kids used to make a fighting ring out of cans and take their turns airing grievances.

    Silly, isn’t it?” He asks, “Five year olds in ‘The Pit,’ swinging away with poor form and less understanding of why they’re fighting.”

    Plate tectonics shift once more, his shoulders reaching into a shrug. He wasn’t even watching the fight; his assessment had been made. The scarring on his knuckles made sense now, though - and it wasn’t because they dragged. “Kind of like now. Kids, with poor form and less understanding of how to throw a god damned punch.
     
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  12. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    Kasai snorted again – though this time, it was less an insult and more amusement.

    “You’re a right philosopher, ain’t ya?”
    She quirked a blonde brow at his words, but her eyes never left the fight. Unlike Hernandez, she wasn’t just in a position to judge – she was in a position to improve.

    Sorta kinda her job.


    Talith was starting to get a gauge on the measure, and Koenig, shorter, had the importance of a tucked chin pounded into him after several repeated strikes opened up his lip. No better way to learn than hands-on.

    “Don’t always need to know why you’re fighting. Fuck knows it beats conversation sometimes.” Her shrug moved no mountains.

    “Koenig, I know your mother didn’t fuck a hot Latino lover but you still gotta swing those hips for me!”
     
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    “No philosopher is ever right.” He responds. It wasn’t the weight of introspection that weighed the words down. No, they were pulled under by what could only be termed scorn.

    Those who played at knowledge greater than themselves and their experience were both fool and trickster. “Conversation gets boring. Fists not so much.”

    There was a whole genre of porn devoted to that.

    “Maybe she did. Maybe he just got the one that couldn’t dance. It would explain why he’s so damn unfortunate.”
     
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  14. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    This time, jade eyes did flicker over to the man-mountain on her left. “Paws like yours?” She shook her head. “Don’t doubt it. You’re just gonna have to run sims for martial training. No use breaking everyone else in the platoon.”

    Several paces over, Talith hit the ground in a cloud of red dust. Shorty followed right after, raining fists and elbows down on the other marine.

    “And you, Hernandez? How’d you wind up here?”

    Kasai had read his file, of course. Plenty of ‘drunk and disorderly’ in there, which told her precisely fuck all about the man. With a build that’d put a gorilla to shame, there had to be a story there.
     
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    How'd he wind up here? Long story.

    Her words made him chuckle. "Yeah, usually wind up having to run sims - or just hit a bag." He shrugs again, mountains move. Running his tongue over the front of his teeth at her question, he inhaled deep, fingertips digging into his biceps where they were folded over his barrel chest.

    "Too many fights."

    There was a pause. "Well, technically, too many injuries from punches thrown."
     
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  16. Irkalla Kasai

    Irkalla Kasai That’s ‘Commander’ to you.

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    Kasai nodded – slow, measured. Pondering.

    Mostly how much longer she could stand outside in the heat before she’d have to take the overall top off. The sun was beating down through the dome something fierce. Thank god she had desert-dwelling ancestors for generations down the line.

    A sunburn was the last thing she needed on top of her new command.

    “Any particular reason you didn’t reserve those punches for the enemy, Private?” She glanced at him briefly before turning back to the fight.

    Both men were now glistening from exertion, shoulders sagging, feet dragging through the dust. Boy, those boots were sure smartin’ by now. Red was smeared down Koenig’s front from the busted lip – Talith was already sporting a red swell ‘round the eye that’d just keep getting larger and more purple as minutes ticked by.

    Ah. Made her fingers tingle for some sparring, it did.
     
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    "If they minded their own business I wouldn't have to teach them to." Came the response. He didn't miss a beat - the words left her mouth, and before she'd taken another breath, she had her answer. It was like breathing, so far as he was concerned. You kept your trap shut, he didn't shut it for you.

    Them's the rules.

    Watching the pair in front of him, he pinched the bridge of his nose, eyes closed as he drew in a deep breath. "It's like watching schoolchildren slap each other until the teachers pry them apart."
     
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  18. Irkalla Kasai

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    “Mm.”

    Kasai tipped her head. Acknowledgement.

    “Any particular business that needs avoiding, Hernandez? ‘Cause there ain’t nowhere else to transfer ya to if you break someone’s arm again.”

    Most people attached some kind of emotional qualifier to violence – disgust, fear, pride, excitement. The Corporal brought it up like a civvie would point out the nice weather.

    “Better teach ‘em fast, then. ‘Cause these are the schoolchildren you gotta be able to trust out there in the field. That they’ll have your six, cover you when shit goes sideways.”

    And it always did.

    “Now go pry them apart,” a beat – a minute grin, “we’re going for a few miles.”
     
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    "We'll find out how quick they learn once we hit the showers." Which, anywhere that wasn't the military, would sound incredibly... suspect. So far, though, he was keeping the buttons close to his chest, but if he was like anyone else from the lower-rung of Martian society, it likely involved pride and insults.

    It wouldn't be a stretch, at any rate.

    When he set into motion, it was like watching the first trickle of rocks before a rockslide. By the time he reached the pair and sent them onto their asses with the shove of his paw-like hands, those pebbles had become boulders, and yet there was still more violence being kept at bay. "Run time." He growls, the sound subsonic.

    "Then if we're lucky, maybe the showers." He almost relished that moment.
     
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  20. Irkalla Kasai

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    That earned him a blink. Not the fact that he’d put men in the medbay before – rather the why.

    Irkalla wasn’t dumb.

    Marines showered together. That’s just how it was. ‘Course there was still the gender separation and whatnot, but the story was much the same both sides of the stall.

    Her eyes followed Hernandez as he rumbled over to his two teammates, more resembling a lumbering avalanche than any man. Which… would explain a lot of things. Muscles like that, guy had to be compensating for something.

    She tilted her head – shrugged. Wouldn’t be the first time.

    Soon as the three of them were dusted off, Kasai motioned towards the backpacks neatly stacked against the crates. It wasn’t a proper run until you had fifty pounds of gear weighing you down.
     
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