I've been looking forward to this since yesterday. I've not been so happy in a long time until I saw that strange little guard at my cell door. Walking to the pay phones with a spring in my step. Humming all the way and when she handed me that card, I smiled from ear to ear. I didn't even mind waiting on line or keying in all those numbers to make the call. I had the captain's private number memorized. We were friends and we go way back.“Hello Captain? It's me Mike, Mike Penderson.”“Yeah, I know, I'm in Prison. Nanbaka. I woke up here.”“No, I have't been charged as far as I know. No one has said a bloody thing. If I ask too many questions, I get an injection.” “Can you get me outta here?”“Well yeah, I was in hell and I am not talking about my marriage.”“Russians? No not Russians, demons. Real hell.”“Well, the insurance company will have to go after my X-wife for the insurance money. Didn't waste any time declaring me dead, eh? I just left her on as the beneficiary by accident. Did not have time to completely fill out the papers & submit them before the accident. How the heck was I suppose to know the jet would blow up? I had the papers in my locker.”“Great, if they gave the contents to her, or course she burnt the papers.”“What? Insurance fraud? No way. If she put in for the money she is the one they should go after, not me.” “What? An accessory? Why would I want to make the bimbo that dumped me rich? That's crazy!”“Of course it was over a million dollars. We were talking about having kids. A man takes care of his family. Being a test pilot is dangerous work.”“You're kidding? They wanna add espionage, treason and insurance fraud to my charges? But I'm innocent, you know me for how many years Captain? You think I would do that?”“Yeah, I know espionage and treason are capital offenses.”“Proof? Of course I have no proof. How can I prove anything? The only proof I have are the torture marks on my body.”“Yeah, I know how it looks.”Long pause then a deep sigh“Yeah, I understand, it looks bad, real bad. OK, I appreciate anything you can do, but don't stick your neck out.” “Looks like someone means business when it comes to me & I don't want you to get caught up in it.”“Give my regards to the wife and kids.”“You too. Good bye.” I hand the phone card back to the little guard deflated & down. “Thanks. It looks like I won't be getting out of here anytime soon. I am in more trouble that I thought. Once I am deemed competent, the US armed forces want to send some MP's here to interrogate me." "To make matters worse, I will have more charges tagged on. That will mean a longer sentence, like life, if I don't face a firing squad.” Sighs “The captain is going to forget about this call but it is only a matter of time before...” I extend my hands for the cuffs and ask “Can you please just shoot me?”
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