Introducing Marshall Vaughan, former Ranger and funny guy, whose intelligence and perceptiveness are often underestimated. An integral part of the team since Nightshade, there is more to him than first impressions might lead you to believe.
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Marshall “The Kid” Vaughan
What drew you to the Army, and particularly the Army Rangers?
When you read stories of bravery and valor, it was the men on the ground who got the job done. Facing your enemy, winning or overcoming—that’s true grit, ya know? And I think it’s also the farthest from what my father thought I should do.
Each of the team brings a particular talent to the team – what’s yours?
I know I get written off a lot, and part of that is my fault, but things get tense, ya know? And I think one skill I have is helping people come down off the ledge. Don’t get me wrong—I can hold my own with the best of them, but after the fight is over…adrenaline and attitudes are high. And, as Legend says, I have a particular talent for letting my mouth get in the way of my brain. Can I help it if I’m honest to a fault?
Well, you tell Legend your honesty is one of the things we love about you!
What is the best thing about your job?
I get to kill the bad guys. No, seriously—it’s awesome. I don’t sit at home, griping about some lowlife. I get to get in there, get my hands dirty, and deliver us from some evil.
So, be honest, are you a glutton for punishment? Personally, I think you are hilarious but the guys don’t always think so! How far do you really think you can push Legend or Max?
Legend is like running into a rubber wall. We bounce off each other. I think he’d like to pound me into the ground, and he’s tried a few times. Have I told you he put in the hospital once with a concussion? Didn’t let him live that one down for a long time. And Max—well, I’ve threatened to send him my plastic surgeon’s bill. I got a good looking mug, and if he messes that up… ::snicker:: Seriously, I don’t work on pushing them, but they get so wound up from combat and I try to let it roll off me, so it grates on them. I try not to. I really do. It just doesn’t work.
Favourite movie? Why?
I love sci-fi movies like Star Trek, Battlestar Gallactica. There’s just something about being off, fighting for what you believe in, fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. Maybe with it being set in space, it’s palatable to those who can’t stomach war in real life.
You have made quite an impression on a few of my single friends! (Waving to you, Lydia & Renee!!) They’d love to know what qualities you look for in a date.
She’s gotta be pretty (hey, I’m just sayin’…), but more than that, she’s gotta have a big heart. I’ve been around some of the best looking women in the country, thanks to my dad’s career, but there’s nothing but plastic (in more ways than one) to them. Ya know? I want substance—in the heart—to my girl. I just had a first date with this one girl, and I’m not going to say too much, but she’s…well, let’s just say anyone who can put up with me deserves a second date and a whole lotta special treatment.
I’m delighted to hear that, Marshall ~ she must be a pretty special girl
Who takes your teasing the best on the team? The worst?
Canyon is the easiest going of the team, I think. He just laughs me off, told me once I reminded him of when he was younger and better looking (okay, maybe he didn’t say that last part but I think that’s what he meant). Colton doesn’t really get riled up but he also doesn’t mind giving me a swirlee either. That guy’s got a playful side you wouldn’t believe. But obviously—do you seriously even have to ask?—Max doesn’t take much of anything from me. I don’t hold it against him, though. He’s really got it going on, ya know? A great wife and kids. He knows how to tackle missions. I wish I could be like that—get it figured, get the team behind it, then get it done. I’d follow him to Hell and back, ya know?
Colton, Canyon and Max are keen to spend time with the women in their lives now ~ who do you hang out with when you are not on mission?
I try to visit my sister when I’m home; she’s had a rough time and even though she’s older than me, I’ve always felt the need to protect her.
I hear Legend and Cowboy “persuaded” you to get a tatt – care to tell that story? And what did you end up with?