Previously: Matt and Peter met some of their new squad-mates while waiting for the guide to Boot Camp. They learn that a band of ruffians led by a city thief are joining the army as well.
The band of fresh recruits begin their day-long trek through the great wilderness. They are eager and energetic and are ready to start their training.
But some of the recruits seem to have different motives than others...
By the afternoon the recruits are tired and look forward to a hot meal at the Camp.
And finally they arrive...
Corporal Smyth: "Is the commander in?"
Guard: "Yes, he will be out momentarily."
From the tent strides a proud man. It is obvious to the recruits that this man has fought many battles- and won.
Corporal Smyth: "Commander Jakys! Good to see you, sir!"
Commander Jakys: "Ah.. Corporal Smyth. I see you have the new recruits! See to it that they get the grand tour."
Corporal Smyth: "Yes sir!"
And so the recruits begin their tour of Boot Camp.
Corporal Smyth: "This is the arena. This is where all sparring will take place. Don't worry, no one ever gets hurt. This is only for practice."
The recruits look on amazed as the two guards practice with real weapons.
Corporal Smyth: "You won't be using real weapons for some time now. You get to start out with wooden swords and work your way up."
After touring several other areas of the camp, the recruits finally reach their living quarters- some small tents around a fire.
Corporal Smyth: "Sergeant Scott, I have the new recruits."
Sergeant Scott: "Good. I'll tell them how things run around here."
Sergeant Scott: "Line up, recruits! From now on, you act only on orders! You do what I say, when I say it! Now I'm supposed to tell you how things work around here and I don't want to have to repeat myself, so listen up good! This is Camp 1! There are three other camps like this one in all of Boot Camp! You are only allowed in this camp or the other communal areas like the arena and the mess! If you are caught in any of the other camps, you will be severely punished! Do you understand?!?"
Recruits: "Sir, yes sir!"
Sergeant Scott: "Good! Now my first order is for you recruits to get into uniform! There are four uniforms in each tent. After your done putting them on, wait here for half an hour and then report to the mess for your evening meal!"
The recruits follow the sergeant's order and get into uniform...
Matt: "Hey, I kinda like these uniforms."
Peter: "They make us look more official!"
Matt and Peter go to sit down on a bench by the fire pit.
Matt: "Hey Hunter, how do you like the uniform?"
Hunter: "I don't."
Matt: "Aw.. me and Peter were just talking about how much we liked them!"
Hunter: "Hey Fysher! You've got no business talking to me! I'm not here for the same reasons you are..."
Matt, under his breath: "Geez, I was only trying to make conversation..."
Peter: "Hey Matt, lets go down to the mess early. I don't think they'll mind."
They arrive at the mess.
Cook: "Hello there, young masters! I've not seen your faces here before!"
Matt: "Yes sir, we've just arrived today."
Cook: "Oh, I see! What are your names?"
Matt: "I'm Matt and he's Peter."
Cook: "Oh, pleased to meet you! My name's Cooke!"
Peter: "We know your the cook, what's your name?"
Cooke: "That is my name! C-o-o-k-e. Cooke!"
Peter: "Oh, I'm sorry! You have a fitting name for a cook, I suppose."
Cooke: "Easy mistake to make, Peter! I've just finished with the meal. Would you boys like to be the first to try my famous fish soup?!?"
Matt: "Sure, sounds great!"
Matt: "Thanks Mr. Cooke!"
Cooke: "Sure thing, boys!"
Matt and Peter arrive back at camp.
Peter: "I had my doubts, but this soup isn't half bad!"
Matt: "Yep, I think I'm going to like army life..."
Well, thanks for reading guys! Not sure when the next issue will be out. I'm going to be out of town this weekend. If you've got any comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear them! Please put down any of your thoughts down below in the comment section!
Very good. I found it funny when they were introduced to Cooke. I just noticed and I have a slight question, did you get the idea for Hunter's followers from Harry Potter's Crabbe and Goyle by any chance?