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Even having already acquired two new soldiers we still kept going, headed to Austria this time. Going to Austria when we were already successful in Germany might seem like an irrational decision but Vale had been talking about his mother's pancakes throughout the trip. As soon as Fran was out of sight he started planting the idea of these delicious pancakes in my head. Subtle hints about how much he wanted us to stop by his mother's house in Austria soon turned into moaning and after we picked up Knaso he had been ranting non stop. Sigh. To make things even worse for me, he started manipulating Amazone as soon as she joined us and now she too was convinced that eating those pancakes would be the highlight of the year. Having these two begging like kids really made it difficult for me to not give in and agree to Austria as our next destination, so surrendered with the condition that we had to find one new soldier on the way.
After few days on the road we made it over the border to Austria, without finding our third recruit. Vale was becoming a little bit frustrated because he didn't want the search for our next recruit to stall the pancake mission. That's when he got the idea of using the pancakes to our advantage, all we needed to do was to find a soldier and promise him the best pancakes imaginable for joining our cause. With this new plan we located the nearest army base that would not deviate our journey too much. The next day we arrived late in the evening in a small village close to a big army base and without any hesitation Vale parked our APC outside a local pub. The place was packed with semi-drunk soldiers and to gain their attention Vale announced a shooting competition with an amazing prize for the winner, without disclosing what exactly the prize would be.
After a fierce competition a soldier called Indi was announced winner. Indi had maintained his composure the whole time and hit his targets with high accuracy making him a worthy winner. Once Vale had explained to Indi what he had in fact won he became a bit skeptical and pissed off as he had been expecting a nice cash prize. Vale assured him that the pancakes were better than any cash prize, eventually convincing Indi to join us. Indi, still being doubtful, informed us that he would use us as live targets if this was not worthwhile. When we were back on the road I turned my head to Vale and quitely whispered: "Those bluddy pancakes better be as good as you say!"
To be continued...