Team Attack 2-3:
“Snow Star” TA Christmas Special #1
By Alex Rockey
It is early December and the team is hired to deliver valuable medical supplies, with an impending snowstorm coming. Being medical related and the season of Christmas, they chose to do the job at cost, no markup for profit. With knowledge of the forecasted storm and there already being plenty of cold weather and snow, the team prepare for it. First, the truck is equipped with tires designed for snow and ice. Even though they do not expect to be outside for long, they still gather plenty of warm clothing for themselves. All prepared, they pick up the goods and begin the trip.
Curious, the team wonders why they were selected to deliver the supplies, rather than a normal courier. At first, they figure the customers want someone that can deliver it through a snowstorm. Being medical supplies, they may not want to wait until the storm has passed and roads are cleared. The reasoning may have to do with it being near Christmas. Also curious, Aisha inspects the item’s descriptions. Two of them appear to be various medicines containing ingredients made from frankincense and myrrh. These didn’t seem particularly valuable or special, but then, she notices the final supplies: medical gold! Obviously, they also wanted some extra security for transporting this valuable item.
The trip begins good. The roads don’t have too much snow covering them. The weather is holding out. There isn’t much wind and no falling snow. The visibility isn’t hindered, of which is particularly good. Being winter, nights come earlier and are longer. Alas, this good weather is temporary.
Soon into the night, the storm rolls in. The wind picks up, the snow starts to fall and the temperature gets lower. They continue on, with the snow tires doing their job and help from Holt’s off-road skills. Even then, it is proving to be risky and dangerous. The dense, blowing snow in the dark makes it difficult to see. They must dodge slow moving plow trucks, avoid tow trucks to the side and avoid being rear-ended by faster moving vehicles. Even with the plows, snow drifts are forming fast. Finally, Dag begins to lose reception on his phone, computer and GPS.The team begins to wonder if it is safe to continue on.
With the situation getting worse, they decide it is indeed a good idea to find a safe place to stop. With the visibility, loss of signals and the heavy snow covering the roads, they aren’t even sure if they know where they are. Eventually, in spite of all that, they manage to find a farm. After entering and finding the house, the team check to see if anyone is home and if the occupants will let them stay. Thankfully, someone answers the door and lets the team in. At first, the team is grateful, but, soon, unease sets in. Something about this place and the people there just doesn’t seem right.
Wanting to play it safe, the team investigates. First, the residence do not have anything about them that would suggest they are farmers. Second, the house appears to have been previously abandoned. The interior is in poor condition and many windows are boarded up. With all this, they wonder what is happening. So, Terri improvises some camo for Zach, who uses it and his hiding skills to sneak out of the room and look around the house. Holt goes out the window, scaling the outer walls, to look through the windows. The rest of the team keeps the house occupants, who occasionally check on the team, distracted from Holt and Zach’s absence. After checking a few rooms, Zack finds one of particular interest. For some reason, it is filled with multiple items of value, such as large electronics, small appliances, car parts, and more. Holt isn’t having much luck, with most of the windows boarded up, though he did get a glimpse of what looked to be gun lockers. Changing his plan, Holt climbs down and heads for the other buildings on the property. On the way, he checks on the team transport. That’s when he finds a couple of strangers snooping in it…
Not wanting them to find the medical gold, Holt confronts them. At first, he tries peacefully, but they apparently don’t care that he is present. Holt approaches them to push them away, but they just push back. Realising that push has come to shove, Holt get more aggressive. The strangers try to attack in return, but are no match for Holt’s skills. That’s when they run inside, where the rest of the team is. Not wanting them to be trapped, he rushes to the window of the room they are in. After informing them of what happened, they all climb out and into the transport. The team begin to drive away, but the strangers are also rushing outside and into vehicles. They quickly cut the team off, forcing them to take an alternate path. They get away from the strangers, losing them in the snow storm, but they may also be lost now.
Nonetheless, the team continues on, but not for long. Short distance away, they hit a snowdrift. Unable to see it soon enough, they strike head first into it. Due to the size of the drift, the truck gets stuck. The team exits to attempt dislodging it, but it is soon discovered they may not have time. Over the wind, they hear the sound of trucks and snowmobiles. Knowing they have a speed advantage and the possibility of weapons, the team decides to go on foot.
The team travels on through the snow storm, carrying the goods with them. The sound of vehicles getting fainter the further they go. Having lost them by walking in the storm, quietly and without lights, of which the transport would have. Alas, it ain’t ‘no walk in the park’, as the team gets colder. They may even be more lost than before, unable to see the way. But they are going to need someplace warm, if the don’t want to freeze. The cold wind whips against them, battered by blowing snow with more, deep snow below foot, as they walk through the dark night.
Oddly sudden, the heavens open up. The snow stops falling for better vision. Clearings in the clouds open up. This all reveals the stars, particularly the north star. As though it was a blessing from god, they use it to find their way.
Eventually, they find a small village. Upon arriving, they immediately go and find the hotel. However, upon entering, they find no vacancies. They aren't the only people who stopped there to get out of the storm. Changing plans, they talk to people in an attempt to find the local tow truck driver. Turns out, the driver is not in town. Not sure what to do now, they just wait. Then, a villager comes and talks to them, having heard their dilemma.
Apparently, he has a small, heated barn on the edge of town. The villager offers it for them to stay in overnight. Realizing it is better than nothing, the team happily take the offer. After a ride in a back of a truck, they arrive at and enter the barn. The team tries to get as comfortable as they can, in preparation for the remaining night. Dag, however, is worried about being late with the delivery. Some of the other team try comforting him. After all, it was the customer’s fault for insisting they go in the storm. Suddenly, a stranger enters the barn!
Surprised, the team leap up. Then, they get a second surprise - it is the tow truck driver! Apparently, he was inquiring if the lost truck he just towed in belongs to them! Excited, they rush out and get another surprise, for it is indeed their truck! They thank them and pay the driver, then get into the truck and drive away.
Now with the weather much clearer, the rest of the trip is uneventful. The goods are delivered by sunrise and then the team decide to report the suspicious people out at the abandoned looking farm to the police. With all that done, the team goes back home, now in sunlight with no storm. It is a much deserved relaxing trip.
Back home, they rest after a trip full of surprises. However, it is not the last of them. A few days later, they learn about the strangers on the farm. Much to their suspicions, they were wanted thieves. For providing information that lead to their arrests, the team is given a reward! This provides them an unexpected profit on a troublesome volunteer job.