I don’t own “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Stargate SG-1,”or the “Marching Orders” Universe. Thank you, Greymatter, for letting me play in your world and for the incredibly patient Alpha job. Thank you, Casse for the Beta.
Marching Orders - Dismissal
The Academy emergency closing…
The auditorium held the entire staff as well as the student body: it was packed to the rafters. The blizzard shook the building.
General Kerrigan stood like a man facing a firing squad.
“As of 1700 hours this afternoon, this Academy will be closed. All classes are cancelled indefinitely. The cafeteria and dormitory buildings will remain open for two more nights. At the end of that time, the campus will be shut down.”
Discipline held: the audience was shocked, but everyone listened quietly.
“The President will be making an announcement at 1830. The gist is that the US is being evacuated immediately. The storms that have been pounding us are the beginning of a major climatic change.
“You are to get in touch with family and friends, and arrange to meet them on the way to the Mexican border. Tell them to take only what their cars can reliably carry or tow. Form up into convoys. After the Presidential address, we will be assisting in the orderly evacuation of the civilian population. The designated rendezvous point is the US consulate in Cuidad Juarez. Once you are in the border states, and down out of the Rockies, you can slow down and offer aid to other travellers. Be prepared for a certain breakdown of law and order, but do not presume hostile intent. Each of you will be issued a handgun and ammunition. Lethal force is to be used only in immediate self-defence or to protect civilians.
“Those who do not have any outside commitments, or who choose not to evacuate, are asked to remain in this auditorium after the assemblage disperses. Another option will be presented to you. The rest of you have your orders.
“It’s been an honour to command this Academy.