Mary Lou Higgins entered her last year at Yale University with no real clue what she would do when she graduated. She knew her BA in medieval European history was virtually meaningless, but she also knew that any diploma with “Yale” written on it was a ticket to somewhere. The question was, where? So, she was somewhat flattered and intrigued when a government recruiter left her a message requesting she interview at the student union over lunch. She thought it would be so cool to be able to say that she “interviewed” with the Central Intelligence Agency but turned them down.” It would definitely up her “stege” factor in her circle of medieval history specialists.
What Mary Lou was not prepared for was the money and travel options that the CIA was able to lay on the table. She knew that the numbers they were throwing around were greater than what most of the tenured history faculty were making. And, they offered her a choice of over a dozen different world capitals as her first stationing. Of course, there was the obligatory year of training before she was assigned to an office overseas. Still, she happily signed on the dotted line.
What “Lou” did not realize, however, was that the CIA was more interested in her physical and mental skills than her knowledge of medieval European art. They also were impressed with her fluency in French and Russian, and her status as a varsity swimmer for the Bulldogs. Her year of training was not, as she had originally thought, to familiarize her with ways of CIA administration. Rather, it was an intense course in shooting, martial arts, and physical training designed to refine her already significant prowess. During the course of that year it became obvious to Lou that she was not recruited to be an analyst and sit behind a computer.
Over the next seven years she was gradually and skillfully introduced to the dark side of the CIA. The “black” agency that didn’t exist except in cold war spy novels –and in the reality of the CIA’s war on terror. Though her pay stub said “analyst” her real job was direct action against the enemies of her country. For two years she worked as part of a support team that helped agents get into and out of targets. Then she graduated to participating in operations herself as a member of a team. She was trained to play a variety of roles: scout, sniper, decoy, and striker. It was in the last role that she excelled. Strikers were the team member that went to the target and achieved the mission –whatever it was. She could blow up a communications center, copy computer files, rescue a hostage, or take out a vile terrorist leader.
After five years as a member of an elite CIA action team, Lou graduated to operative status. She no longer worked as part of a team but rather performed alone on only the most important and sensitive missions. She had significant technical support whenever she was assigned, but on the missions she was by herself.
For her current mission, the agency identified a previously unknown terror cell operating from a remote part of a Caribbean island. The terrorists had a lab and were experimenting with creating lethal chemical agents which then could be used to attack cities in the United States. Lou’s mission was to find the lab among the dozen buildings in the compound, destroy it, and destroy anyone who affiliated with its operation. She swam ashore on a remote beach several miles from the target, and proceeded through the jungle intending to arrive before darkness. She planned to attack in the early morning after a thorough reconnaissance. For this mission she was armed with a deadly short Wakizashi blade to stealthily enter the target area, and an M4/M203 carbine-grenade launcher combination to assist her escape. She planned to place a small GPS homing device in the center of lab to guide a drone launched Hellfire missile which would do the major destruction.
It should be a pretty simple mission. But, she was experienced enough to know that there is no such thing.
Daz3D->Reality->Lux render using a V4 model.