As always, please read the chapter before continuing. Spoilers!
The Beavers received their new toys, power suits. Victoria geeks out over hers while Renée has mechanical problems, just what the reasonably frightened needed. Before I started writing, I had an idea of what the mecha would be like. Each one was tailor-made for the pilot, using feedback from the pilot's own muscles and nervous system to move. The controls aren't quiet intuitive; they're first generation. Darcy's helicopter pilot training gives her an edge. Helicopters require not only hand-eye coordination, but foot-eye as well. Victoria plays video games, so she has improved her hand-eye coordination. Dom and Renée had to spend extra time in the simulators to make sure they could keep up.
The problem with lunar orbit being a combat zone is that it's hard to train for it without being in the zone. NASA's Vomit Comet provides minutes of zero gravity experience, but the airplane isn't big enough for powered armour to stand up in. Thus, Darkside One becomes both forward base and training camp. The Beavers get a first-hand look at the invaders. The Aussie flight, Roo, after the kangaroo*, was on patrol. However, Darkside One doesn't have much on the bench. Eagle, Bear, and Tiger flights, four suits each, aren't enough to hold off a full-on assault. Yet, the invaders aren't assaulting.
Victoria is headstrong, lacking discipline. Almost deliberately so, really. She also has a strong sense of right and wrong. Leaving an injured pilot in the field goes against her core. If she was alone, that wouldn't be a problem. As part of a military unit, big problem. Unit cohesion is often needed for tactics to succeed. There's a reason why an army is comprised of soldiers, not warriors. With the Beavers in training, Darcy's main concern was getting her people to safety. Victoria running out into the battlefield ran against Darcy's goal.
Tomorrow, Chapter 5, "Working Out".
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, the November news round-up on remakes and adaptations.
Saturday, over at MuseHack, adaptations and expectations.
Also Saturday, check out Comics Bulletin for comics-related reposts of Lost in Translation.
* "Because they're kinda weird down there." - Arrogant Worms, "We Are the Beaver"