Well, at least I’ll get a break tomorrow, seeing as it’s the weekend. I’ll be able to rest a little. I think that they put the first day of training on a Friday so that you have a while to size up the pain you experienced and consider if you’re going to continue. Right now, quitting looks pretty good, but I’m not going for it. I’m going to stick this out.
Can you believe I was the only girl? Seriously, I was. Well, there were only about twenty of us. So, it was five squads of four. They expect less than half to show up next week.
Anyway, my squad consisted of two sprites, an elf, and myself. I didn’t catch their names, but that’s not my fault; there wasn’t much talking. Well, from us anyway. In fact, no one really said anything - everyone screamed.
So, my first impression of the LEP Academy Commander was thus:
My squad was all lined up against the wall of the Training Facility – a huge fenced in area, all ropes, tires, and obstacle course like. Our squad leader was outlining exactly what we were going to be doing over the summer, when this rather large and bulked-up gnome appeared.
Our leader introduced him as Commander Jasper. This, he explained, was the man we had to impress. He would be the judge of if we passed and were accepted into the LEP or failed miserably and were laughed at.
Commander Jasper stared each of us down, then without warning, rushed at me. Right at me! The act seemed completely random, as he pinned me to the concrete wall rather roughly.
“Let me give you a little advice, Cadet Short,” he barked into my face at the top of his lungs. All I could do was stand there between a chest the size of a bull troll’s and a hard place, my eyes as large as saucers.
“Never – I repeat, never run into an unsecured building during a firefight! Understood?”
It took me a while to realize that he was looking for a response.
“Uh, yes,” I managed to force out, but that wasn’t good enough.
“What was that, cadet? I didn’t hear you?” He shouted in my face, spitting a little as he did so.
“Yes, sir!” I shouted back at him. This seemed to be what he wanted; after my answer, he backed away.
The sprite beside me was finding all of it quite amusing, but not for long. In the blink of an eye, he was receiving the same treatment I had. In fact, every one of the cadets that day were all pinned to the wall at some point and told the same thing.
Later, our squad leader informed us why. Commander Jasper use to be a field commander before he took up the position of Academy Commander. During one of the missions he was leading, he led his team into an unsecured building. A firefight broke out, and he was the only one to leave that building alive. Ever since he took up the position he hold now, the lesson that he stresses the most, is the one which would have helped him in that situation. He doesn’t want his mistake repeated ever again.
Moving on –
Our squad leader is an arse! After the commander left out section, he immediately started to examine us, pointing things out that we did wrong with our uniforms and such. There was nothing he could find wrong with me, so he had to think of something else, and since it was the most obviously different thing about me – he chose my hair.
“Cadet Short, cut the hair. I’m only going to tell you once. It’s going to get in the way,” he stated to me.
Look, I really didn’t see how it could because it was pulled back and out of my face.
“Sir,” I said calmly- very calmly for me. “It’s out of my face; I don’t see what the problem is.”
Then, he just smiled. It wasn’t an oh, I see your way type of smile. It was a you think you’re really smart, don’t you? type that he gave me. I made my flesh crawl with tunnel blues – and that’s not a very pleasant thing to experience, thank you.
So, the day consisted of mostly physical conditioning. We ran laps, did push-ups, and various sorts of other strenuous exercises. This was all well enough; this was what I expected. However, I didn’t expect harassment form my squad leader.
Every time! Every time I passed by that bastard or he passed by me, he pulled my hair. He pulled my hair! On purpose! He’d say - ”That, Cadet Short, is how it gets in the way.” I’ve really got a head ache from it. It’s childish really! But, I know he’ll keep it up. He seems like that kind of person. However, I'm not going to give him the satisfaction of making me do something that is unnecessary just because he wants me too. Ha!
Anyway, I’m going to turn in early tonight. Skye, Fern, and the baby are out, so if I go to bed now, I can avoid them and any of their questions completely.
Gods, I hurt all over! I only have to endure this through the summer. Things will get better. This will get easier.