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    The film is an old classic, The Battle of Halfway Island, detailing the turning point of the war between Equestria and a rogue dragonlord who'd set himself up as a god in some of the eastern lands.

    Wildcat grunts. "Halfway Island," he replies, confirming Longshot's hypothesis. He keeps munching his burger and soon has consumed most of it. "Water'd be nice. Ice please."

    He lets the room lapse into silence. "So, everything check out? Seen enough to satisfy Red Tape's mothering instincts?"

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    That was right. Halfway Island... His grandfather had written quite the scathing dissertation on the documentary's many inaccuracies once upon a time.

    "No ice is fine."

    Longshot mulls over Wildcat's comments. Maybe they were going about this all wrong. Perhaps a better method would be to shoot straight or start launching into his hypothesis.

    A second passes as Longshot evaluates their Commander.

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    She does a little mini cheer, "Water, Ice on the way."

    "No ice, got it," she says in a happy tone.

    "Halfway Island. I've never seen it. How are you enjoying it?"

    Love puts her drink down on the table. She puts Wildcat's glass near his plate. The same is done for Longshot.

    Love sits down next to Wildcat and flips open her container. She assembles her burger. "I think Red Tape is worried about you. He doesn't mean any harm. He wants to make sure your alright." After he couldn't get a hold of him for 24 hours.

    She takes a big bite out of her burger and chews. She takes a swig of her water.

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    Wildcat sips his water morosely. He's showing a lot of classic signs of depression. "The movie is...showing its age," he mutters, "It was great for its time, but nowadays colts find it boring."

    "Of course he did," Wildcat says, even more subdued. "Well...I suppose he's going to find out soon. Might as well get it out."

    He takes another swig of water. "I've been ruled unfit to command."

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    Longshot provides an immediate, honest reaction: "The unholy buck?"

    His secondary reaction is to shift into business mode. His cell phone comes out of hiding. He types a message and places it in the center of the table for all to see: Love, we need a security/bug check.
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    Love puts her burger down. She frowns and says, "Commander... I..."

    She glances at the phone on the table. She steels her face and looks up to Longshot and nods. She stands up and starts walking around searching for listening devices and anything that signals Wildcat may be in trouble.

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    The place is devoid of bugs, actually. Not even official ones. Which, to be honest, is suspicious in and of itself, if you're paranoid.

    Wildcat finishes his glass of water.

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    Love checks the radio waves for any chatter.

    If she doesn't find anything, she shakes her head to Longshot that she didn't find anything.

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    Longshot nods to accept her findings. He relaxes slightly.

    "This... is very unexpected. It doesn't even make sense." Sigh. "What happened to cause all this?"

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    Upon finding nothing, Love's unhappy face returns. She walks back into the kitchen near the table. "Commander. I'm so sorry." She keeps an eye on him.

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    "They cited." Wildcat grimaces. "Medical issues. I feel fine. More like my old self than ever. And then told me I was a stuck up old fart who shouldn't be in charge of a popsicle, much less a military outfit. They accused me of gross negligence, incompetence, and lacking every skill necessary to be commander. Then they told me that, so long as I went quietly, they wouldn't make it public and I could retire as an 'honored member of Equestria's fabled heroes'. Huh."

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    Were there times when he might of agreed with that assessment? Yes. You'd be hard pressed to find a subordinate who didn't share the sentiment at one time or another. But that was immaterial to the fact that, for good or ill, Wildcat was a part of the squad.

    There were very few ponies for whom Longshot would roll over when it came to his squad. The way Wildcat phrased things provided some hope.

    "I'm sorry, Commander." He pauses so that the meaning of the wording was clear and not related to what followed. "How high up the chain did this decision originate?"

    Thoughts and theories were beginning to stir.

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    Love stands closer to the Commander. Longshot has more experience with the military than anyone except the commander. She trusts him on this one.

    "We'll figure something out."

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    "It came from all the top-brass," Wildcat says with a humorless chuckle, "Everyone shy of the princesses themselves was in that room and they all signed the document. Seems my list of friends has been cut short."

    "There's nothing TO figure out," he snaps, "This is it. I'm done. It's over."

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    Longshot sinks back into his chair. He couldn't fight that sort of clincher.

    "Cud." He says. "I'd hoped for a moment that Doom was behind this and maybe we could unwind it somehow..."
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    The Princesses didn't support, at least on paper, his forced resignation. They may not support Wildcat being ousted like this so that gives Love some hope.

    Love pulls a chair besides Wildcat and takes a sit.

    "Commander, you built the EDF. We're only here because of you."

    Love frowns at Doom's name and keeps an eye on the Commander.

    Did they make a mess of the last mission?

    "There has to be a crux at the heart."

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    Wildcat's jaw tenses at the mention of Doom. "Perhaps he is," he says, voice cold. Not towards Love and Longshot, but just cold. "He's everywhere we turn now. There's no end to his 'friends' and 'close supporters' in the upper echelons of power. But to think that he could get to War Monger..." He shakes his head. "Something's happened and it's bigger than the EDF. Bigger than us, even all together."

    He sighs. "This...coming mission is the last one. If nothing changes, when it's over, I'll no longer be your commander."

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    Longshot rouses himself forward and to attention.

    "Then let's find that change. There must be some way to knock Doom's legs out from under him... I know the Princesses were working on a way to stop him, maybe we could coordinate with them?"

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    The commander knows Doom? He seems to have quiet a few run ins if Doom is everywhere nowadays.

    "When I'm told to be quiet and not ask questions. That's the most important time to ask questions. We can't allow this to happen under the rug."

    Is the diarchy in danger? She doesn't like the idea of Doom and his friends amassing power.

    Love nods to Longshot. "If we go at this alone we may trip up the Princesses' plans. It may not hurt to check in with them or their CSS. Considering Doom's history, I doubt I'd like whatever is coming down the pipeline. We should investigate."

    She asks Wildcat, "Forgive me. Are you or anyone you know in any sort of trouble? How much interaction have you had with Doom and his friends?"

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    "Perhaps you could. But I'm out of the fight, Lt," he replies to Longshot.

    Wildcat looks up, his face that of a trapped animal. "I can't answer that," he says to Love. He goes to take another drink of water, but finds the glass is empty and stares at it.

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    Longshot makes the conscious effort not to sound abrupt or demanding. He tries to keep the edge out of his voice.

    "I'm not going to let you go down without a fight, sir. So let's cut to the heart of the matter: what can you tell us? Does it involve Rose and Chrysalis? My mishaps?"

    If Doom got his hooves on the EDF... Best not finish that thought.
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    "We're not going down without a fight, Sir."

    She stands and puts a hoof on the Commanders shoulder. She gives him a reassuring rub, "I'll get you some more water," and reaches for his glass. She steps away and asks, "Would you like more Ice?" She tries to provide a distraction for Wildcat's sake.

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    Commander Wildcat lets out a sigh. "You all are definitely not going anywhere. I made sure of that. Red Tape hired the best bucking PR people out there. You all should be untouchable. Now I'm regretting not using a little of that for myself."

    "More ice," he repeats in assent. He stares off into space for a moment before finally answering Longshot. "I have my own enemies," he says at last, "Ones with a lot of power and, apparently, the ears of the top brass."

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