Reno awoke and glanced around – dark, still, quiet, good. He did not need to wake slowly, he was wide awake the moment his eyes opened. The weight of the night told him that it was sometime between 0230 and 0300. The faint luminescence of the dial on his watch told him that it was exactly 0247. Rising to a crouch he took his bearings and listened. He listened for a full three minutes, nothing but the faint sounds of nocturnals reached him. Silently, he checked his weapons. He touched the K-Bar strapped to his chest, like a talisman. He needed to know it was there.
Reno worked alone. He worked in the dark. He worked in the wee hours before the dawn. He worked when others were complacent and less alert. He moved calmly and silently towards the village. The General would be pleased today.