The Colonel thought back to the first meeting with the Tesla Girls. Proud, beautiful and ready to serve their King and Country. The men milled around them like bees around honey, something that disgusted the Colonel. A woman was worth wooing, worth getting to know and treating right. Such common displays just marked the men out as being desperate. He noticed the female soldiers just stood back, almost offended that the men had been distracted by something bright and shiny.
Sparking and sizzling in the fading daylight, the Tesla girls posed for press pictures. This was a new chapter in the fight against the enemy. Electronic powered human beings, their natural talents boosted by the use of Teslas technology. Put into production to support the current military in all areas. The Colonel was one of the few who had heard of this secret force before today. Yet he had not met any of the volunteers.
She shone brighter than the rest. her eyes were full of life and they locked onto the Colonels and stayed there.
Suddenly the heavens roared and the rain fell down. The water hitting them just made the Tesla girls spark brighter. The men moved back as if scared of being hurt. The Colonel walked forward and raised his hand to shake hers.
“Colonel Montgomery McSwine ma’am.”
Her touch was warm and tickled slightly. Her eyes glowed a deeper blue and she smiled.
“Mary” she replied, “Pleased to meet you Colonel.”
The Colonel was brought back to his current reality by a slap across the face. He looked at his interrogator with a mixture of disgust and pity. The man drew back his hand again and repeated the question.
“Who is Mary? Where is she Monty?”
A deep laugh erupted from him as the Colonel burst out laughing. Eventually he managed to get a hold of himself and answered.
“Mary? She was a woman I fell in love with many years ago. She did not feel the same but she did offer to pray for me when I went to war. I think of her often. I suppose she could be the one that got away.”
The interrogator looked to the other occupant of the room. Although he could not see him, the Colonel knew what he would be doing. His British Military training had been thorough and although someone may break the Colonel one day, today was not that day.