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Oasis - Ch. 20/??

Title: Oasis - Ch. 20/??
Author: [info]shirleyann66
Character: Major Edward Beck
Prompt: Table 2, #63 - Danger
Fandom: Jericho
Rating: PG
Warnings : Spoilers for pretty much everything that's ever happened in the series may lie within.
Word count: 667
Disclaimer/Claimer: I do not own nor am I affiliated with Jericho or CBS or any of the other PTB in relation to the show (although if anybody has a Major Beck just kickin' around with nothing to do...send him my way!). No infringement is intended. I'm just taking the characters out to play, and will do my best to show them a very, VERY good time. ;)

A/N1: Words in red are Beck's thoughts as he's writing; not what was actually sent.

A/N2:  Once again, everything I know about the military I've learned from MASH and movies.  I apologize for any errors in advance.  :)


August 15, 2007

Heather - 

We received our first batch of letters from Jericho in two weeks yesterday. I don't know how well our letters are getting back to you – I hope they've been going through.


The last two weeks have been (hellish) difficult. Reinforcements finally arrived a few days ago (and thank God they did). We were holding our own, but the additional troops were more than welcome and the additional supplies were more than needed – for a variety of reasons. We haven't made it any closer to Santa Fé but we also haven't lost any more territory. The toll on the troops, not to mention the refugees, however, has been devastating; the med-tents have been filled to capacity, at least until we can evacuate the most severely wounded back to Texas. I'm happy to report, though, that we seem to be doing just as much damage to the ASA army as they're doing to us.


It's been quiet for the last two days; it's given us a chance to rest and take stock of the situation. It's been somewhat...chaotic, to say the least, and the day-to-day danger has been unrelenting.


We've been - accumulating (there's really no other word for it) – refugees over the past few days. Ronnie would definitely have something scathing to say if she knew I called them that – she prefers the term “survivors”. But refugees are truly what they are, and her clan is no longer alone with us – or I suppose you could say her clan has been growing. We've been getting these stragglers – usually ones and twos – arriving in camp, begging for food, shelter and protection.


I don't know if these people are truly refugees, or if they're a tactic by the ASA and Ravenwood to infiltrate an enemy camp. For that reason, we've been relocating most of them to various towns between our camp and Texas, where they're given food and a 24-hour guard. Those who are too weak to travel have been kept here in camp although they're isolated and still guarded.


I haven't had much time to speak to the refugees directly. The ones I have spoken to have said they found out about us through rumours there was a Texan force in New Mexico that had the ASA and Ravenwood stalled south of Santa Fé. They're coming from the west and the north, usually trekking cross-country in an effort to sneak around the ASA army and especially Ravenwood. According to Ronnie and my company commanders, most of these people had already been displaced at least once before the War. Others have been displaced from their homes now because they were barely holding on as it was, and having two armies tearing up the countryside didn't help them much when it comes to survival.


Basically, the refugees – if I can trust them – are choosing sides. These are some of the ones who have chosen Texas; there are others heading north to the ASA.


Because of the added pressure of feeding, clothing and housing the refugees, though, our supplies were getting dangerously low by the time the supply convoy arrived. It was definitely a relief to see those trucks pull into camp!


I've been able to speak to Clark several times during the last two weeks. Not much, and very quickly – like I said, the ASA hasn't been giving us much respite. I'm glad to hear that, in contrast, Jericho has been relatively peaceful so far except for a few skirmishes with Constantino. It's somehow comforting to know that certain things never seem to change.


Regardless, I'm glad you've had a relatively quiet time of it so far. Based on the stories from the refugees, the longer you have to prepare, the better off you'll be.


The daily courier to Texas will be leaving shortly and I have a couple more letters to write, so if I want to get this into this bag of mail, I'd better close off here.




( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 5th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I really like the atmosphere you've created in this set of letters - the sense of stalemate and being bogged down and how grim it all is. Very effective!
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! *blush* I'm glad you liked them. :)
Nov. 8th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I agree with Tanaquific. Nice job in reflecting the grim conditions.

...most of these people had already been displaced at least once before the War. Others have been displaced from their homes now because they were barely holding on as it was, and having two armies tearing up the countryside didn't help them much when it comes to survival.

While the series (and our stories) focus on why the war is necessary to defeat a corrupt government, you realistically show the impact of the conflict on the civilian population. Most of them are probably too preoccupied with survival to focus on the broader issues!
Nov. 8th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
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The anonymous comment was from me. I thought I was logged into Live Journal - guess I wasn't!
Dec. 11th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Yet again, I'm going to third everything that was said.

You're showing a clear division with the citizens, and that's going to get more interesting in the coming chapters I think.
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