PREVIOUSLY: Aboard the Jones Train on the Run… “You’ve been recruited because you each have a solid reputation—and the fact you are women,” Jonathan Jones explained, “Until now I’ve only hired men and I’ve been let down thus far.”
“And your prisoner?” Missy Anders asked, “Is deadly force authorized?”
“Absolutely not, she is worth far more alive,” Jones replied, “See to her needs with no less than two of you at all times.”
“You will also be responsible for the computer-tracking monitors,” Hale added, “They are tied into a train-spotters network. You’ll be able to see if any trains are following us.”
“And what good will that do? It’s not like we can easily stop a train.”
“We can stop a train.”
Season 16—Adventure 6—Joey in Charge—Episode 3—Scene 1… Aboard the Jones Train… “Launch the Drone!”
“Drone?” Sue Clark asked, “What drone?”
As Mike Hale spoke, a small drone flew in and landed in front of them, “Wow—that thing is quiet.”
“Yes, Ms. Clark, it is,” Hale replied, “The next step is to train you on how to operate it—it is remarkably simple to fly.”
Hale went through all the commands—and the drone performed perfectly. He then had each woman sit at the computer terminals and attempt to fly the drone.
“ACK!” Kerry Clausen squealed as she hit the deck to avoid the drone—to the laughter of all the others.
After an hour or so, all the women became proficient at its operation.
Episode 3—Scene 1… Aboard the Adventure train… Joey just returned from the Operations Center. He was carrying a small drone aircraft—and a wide smile, “Look what our resident skunk-works has come up with—an armed drone.”
“We NEED such a thing?” Debra asked.
“We NEED such a thing?”
“Probably not,” Joey replied, “The operations guys have detected their train some thirty-miles ahead of us on this track. They have suggested we take an almost parallel track—the junction is about ten miles ahead—that will put some distance between the trains. The idea being that we can select where to ambush their train.”
“Have they detected us?” Chris asked.
“Unknown—but we should assume they have.”
“I don’t see a propeller—how is the drone powered?”
“A very-clever, very-small jet engine,” Joey replied, “The drone hasn’t a real-long range—but, it is designed to intercept and destroy the drone the skunk-works guys believe they have—and destroy it.”
“A wise precaution,” Chris concluded.
To be CONTINUED…