The first month and a half that I was with Alpha Squad, nothing happened that called us into action. We spent most of our time training, hanging out, and checking in on our families from the Control Room. I got to know my team very well and quickly learned that they were a very tight-knit group of soldiers, very much a small family. Everyone on the squad was between 22, Rob being the youngest, and 38, Steve being the oldest. Samuel only stayed at our home base for two weeks before going off to Bravo Squad.
To prepare for what was to come, I was trained to use weapons that I had never seen or heard of and taught about the beings we were to be facing.
Christians believe in angels and demons. I was taught that there is no such thing as angels and demons, only gods. There is the god that created everything we know and then there are the others. Some are actually on our God’s side and sometimes help us fight against the ones who seek to destroy what He has made. So from a Christian point of view, you could say The Redeemers fight alongside angels against demons. This is one way of looking at it, but it is not entirely correct. The beings we were to fight were not demons, they were gods. They each had their own worlds and living beings that they created, but their creations are not as well off as we are or failed altogether, so these gods are jealous of our God.
With that being said, from here on out I will refer to the gods which help us as Angels and the ones we are fighting against as Demons, but keep in mind it is not truly what they are. These Demons are not like what you imagine as a demon is in the Christian theology. In our world, they are truly monsters. To bring themselves here and interact with our world, they must latch onto a living organism. When this happens, something completely ordinary and sometimes even harmless can become a monster like out of a movie…sometimes a bad B-movie. The first Demon we got called against was like something I would see on TV and change the channel.
It was about 3PM on a Thursday. Rob, Ty, Chris, and I were playing a game of darts when the alarm went off. I had never heard the alarm before, so it made me jump when it suddenly came blaring through the speakers. We all ran into the armory and put on our gear.
JoJo already had her pistols, as always, so she quickly loaded up on spare ammunition. Tom loaded up his pack with C-4, grenades, and other explosives. Chris handed us each a radio and grabbed his tech and med packs. It was full of tools and whatever he may need to get into computer systems or any other type of tech we might come across that would inhibit us from completing our duty and a pretty typical first aid kit like I had used in the military.