Chapter 9 - Obstacle Course
"Oh, no, dude, I am not digging into this without backup."The next two weeks passed by in a blur of physical training and intense study, leaving each student exhausted, both mentally and physically. The exhaustion left Theta squad too tired to do much with or to each other. Rumours about the major test, the obstacle course, ran the gamut, though. Everything from marching twenty kilometres through some of Tamar's roughest geography to dodging live fire to going through a course on the planet's third moon before running out of air got passed around.
"If I wanted that sort of thing, I'd be at a cutthroat business school."
"Then it's not dumb on your part."
"So maybe me disappearing is the best thing that I can do for her."
The day of the obstacle course, physical training was cancelled. After breakfast, all the first year squads were ordered to remain in their dorm rooms until summoned. One by one, starting with Alpha, the squads were called. Miyami sat at the window, watching the squads trek across the courtyard and out of sight. By mid-morning, she hadn't see any return, just squads summoned.
"What's going on?" she asked. "Why isn't anyone returning?"
"They could still be on the course," Lars said. "We don't know how long it is."
"Alpha was first. We should have seen someone from there. What if they were injured? Or worse?"
Dusty set down her tablet. "We would have heard sirens and you would have seen emergency vehicles."
Miyami shot Dusty a dirty look. "How can you be so calm?"