Delta Squad in TCW.
((So, I noticed that my little sister was doodling chibi commandos on her tablet, and was immediately like, “DO ONE OF SCORCH.”
And then she made this for Scorchmun.))
Boss had been remarkably quiet for the last ten days. He’d worked his watches without complaint and had shown none of the swaggering confidence that the Delta boys were known for. Now he was pacing up and down the length of the window, slow and deliberate, and glancing occasionally at Niner. Skirata wondered if it was the displacement from the sergeant role that was getting to him.
Might as well lance the boil. “You want to say something, Boss?”
“With respect, Kal, we have different approaches, don’t we?”
“Spit it out.”
“Delta does rapid neutralization. Omega does the more considered stuff. Why not split our tasking that way?”
For once, rock-solid Niner took the bait. “Yeah, you blow up everything without checking and we think first. I certainly agree with your analysis, ner vod.”
“And we have the unbroken track record of successful missions.”
“Like we don’t.”
“You said it.”
Skirata wasn’t quite fast enough crossing the room and Niner had slammed Boss hard against the wall without a moment’s warning. If Skirata hadn’t yelled “Check!” Niner would have smashed his drawn-back fist into Boss’s face. The two men stood almost nose-to-nose, locked in a frozen standoff.
“This stops right now,” Skirata barked. “You hear me? Stand down!”
He’d never seen Niner react like that. Soldiers got into scraps all the time; it was an inevitable part of being encouraged to fight. Sometimes they took a swing at each other, but it was rarely serious, no more than a bit of bravado. But not his boys—and certainly not Niner.
There was a switch in all men somewhere, no matter how deeply buried, that could be thrown.
“You have never lost brothers.” Niner took one grudging step back from Boss. “Never. You have no idea.”
“Ever wondered why?” said Boss.
“Enough.” Skirata put an arm between them. “Next one to open his mouth gets a thump from me, okay?”
- ‘Republic Commando: Triple Zero’ by Karen Traviss.
One of my favourite scenes.
Can Boss and Niner not just kiss already.
"Delta Squad, Forming up."- RC-1138 BOSS