Posted 04 November 2002 - 06:32 PM
Instalment by Carlos the Jackal
Ego primed another proxy mine and tossed it towards the smoking crater that formerly was a junction joining four corridors. Charred pieces of Megapol armour littered the smoky walkway, and droplets of blood peppered the area. Carlos was slumped against a wall, barely conscious, with a med kit wired up to his arm, working to repair the internal bruising and bleeding caused by the massive concussion. Fortunately the protective systems in the armour's HUD unit protected his ears and eyes from the blast, saving him from blindness or deafness.
Tammy guarded the direction from which she came, hands clenching tight around the rifle. Doc crouched down, operating the radio.
"Sir... Sir! Request immediate backup... What? Shit! Tammy said something about that, yeah... Crap... Well if there are any more recruits back there, they can't reach us. Suggest you count them as lost and pull the rest of us out. Sir? Yes sir, we can hold on for a bit more I guess..."
Warlord disconnected from Doc's transmission. Things were desperate, and he thought quickly. He needed backup, but pretty much all combat ready personnel were already in the raid. An idea suddenly occurred to him.
Mouse turned from the drop ships controls and faced the commander.
"None of our men are on or above level three, I want you to fire incendiary rockets into those levels"
"Sir, that violates our governmental gran..."
"Do it, that's an order"
The drop ship rose from the tarmac outside the temple, and the missile pods emerged from the crafts sides, a volley of dumbfire rockets flew out, into the building, and spilling tons of jellified petroleum through its upper levels, in a split second, they ignited, bathing the top half of the temple in hellfire.
Warlord waited for 12 seconds, watching the inferno, ignoring the radio chatter of his desperate and outnumbered troopers. As expected, a hoarse voice cut into his headphones, and a harsher face materialised on one of his tactical screens.
"You're violating your standard mercenary agreement. You cannot just demolish city buildings, commander"
"Senator Harding, the cult has stepped outside the boundaries in which even the government is willing to tolerate. They're harbouring aliens down there, senator, a whole freaking breeding ground, and we cant stop them alone! The cult has also already killed over twenty government security personnel"
"Ex-personnel, in your employ" but the bluster had gone from the senators face, and he had started to sweat. "That's the truth? They're breeding them?"
"Yes sir. There could be anything up to a small army of aliens in a building within plain sight of the senate. Remember the alien attack on the senate last week, senator? Remember how close that brainsucker was to you before Carlos shot it?"
Two minutes later, soldiers, security personnel, and policemen spilled out of Megapol and government buildings, moving by drop ship at top speed towards the temple of humility...