Christian Action Adventure
Angel in the Bush Part II – Vietnam
by D.I. Telbat
Northeast of Saigon, Juan “Scooter” Blanco walked ahead of two Vietnamese families. The eight people had been evicted from their houses for being Christians. Earlier that day, Scooter had arrived as their village boiled over with hatred and threatened to kill them.
Though Scooter didn’t speak the local language, the short, muscled Mexican from Northern California didn’t need to know Vietnamese in order to walk point. He preferred to have his partner and long time friend, Nathan “Eagle Eyes” Isaacson, to back him up, but Nathan was in the southern part of the country, running around the jungle on his own mission.
One of the elderly women cried out at the sound of an approaching vehicle. Scooter could have dove into the jungle on either side of the dirt road to escape danger. But the others in the group, especially the young and elderly, wouldn’t survive the jungle, which bordered the swamp that made up the Makong Delta.
So, pausing on the roadside, the two families gathering behind Scooter. They seemed thankful for a moment of rest from carrying their burdens, though they had been allowed to leave their homes with only a fraction of their belongings.
Scooter knew that the families huddled behind him because he appeared to be armed to the teeth with combat gear. Flash and bang grenades hung from his suspenders, and two NL-3 rifles, one across his back, were intimidating. But only he knew that none of his gear was deadly. Even the rifles were part of COIL’s non-lethal weapon series. They shot tranquillizer pellets with an accuracy and impact comparable to a paint gun.
An old truck loaded with villagers from the north stopped with a squeal of its brakes. The villagers would not have known to intercept these families unless others had called ahead. A dozen men and boys climbed out of the back of the truck carrying clubs and blades. Though Scooter couldn’t see well in the diminished light, he was certain that a few firearms were also among them.
“Go on!” Scooter ordered in English, gesturing for the driver to continue down the road. They were near enough to the big city that some probably understood English.
A couple men stepped forward and Scooter moved into the middle of the road, leveling his primary tranquilizer gun. If they rushed him all at once, he would be overpowered. But maybe he could buy enough time for the families to escape into the jungle. At least some of them might have a chance.
“God is with us,” Scooter said softly over his shoulder to those in his charge. They didn’t know it, but Scooter had survived against worse odds during other missions.
The border of Cambodia was only ten miles away. The two families had worn out their welcome in Vietnam, but contacts in Prey Veng had assured COIL that Scooter’s travelers would be welcomed and hidden until safe housing could be found.
The two men, one with a metal club and one with a machete, moved boldly toward the Christians. Scooter fired two bursts of pellets into their chests. The shock stopped their advance, then two breaths later, the vapors put them to sleep, and they crumpled in the road.
“These people are protected by God Almighty!” Scooter announced. “Take your men and go home!”
He swung the secondary rifle into position so that he now held a gun in each arm. The second one had been Nathan’s weapon, left to Scooter since his mission seemed more dangerous.
The villagers collected their two unconscious companions and backed to the truck. They yelled threats and curses in Vietnamese, then loaded up and drove away.
Scooter nodded at the two frightened families. They picked up their belongings and continued north. With a prayer of thanks heavenward, Scooter took point again, watching for a potential ambush.
The enemies of Christ could be persistent, but His followers were more so.
THE END of Angel in the Bush Part II.
(Based on a character and themes in Dark Liaison, A Christian Suspense Novel by D.I. Telbat.)