Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
I walked out of the shuttle to pipes again and sighed. This time the admiral and his staff were at attention waiting. I crossed the hanger deck and returned his salute. He grinned, “Welcome aboard Captain English.”
I smiled sourly as I glanced around, “It’s a pleasure.”
He laughed and turned towards his staff, “I’m afraid its your own fault. Awardees of the Alliance Sunburst are very, very rare. In fact you are the only human to every receive it. In fact you are the only one to be awarded it and live.”
I grinned at him, “believe me the Helos soldiers tried to fix that.”
He grinned and turned to start introducing me to the senior officers I would be working under. Colonel Beal was the Marauder commander and my regiment commander. He walked through the ship with me and glanced at me several times, “there is a couple of rumors about you Captain.”
I smiled, “There are a lot of rumors about me sir. I’m ten feet tall and made from battle steel. I eat bullets and shit demo packs. Bullets are afraid of me. None are made that can kill me.”
I looked at him as he frowned, “it is all bullshit sir.”
I held up my right sleeve, “this shows I am more then capable of being wounded and I came close to dying more times then I would like to remember.”
He snorted and then nodded, “I understand.”
I glanced at him as we turned in and a Marauder came to attention. He sighed, “They say you have a death wish or at the least don’t care if you live.”
I smiled, “Not true, I do what my duty tells me to do.”
We stopped in front of a junior captain who saluted the commander, “Raiders prepared for inspection sir!”
After reviewing the company I walked into the company commander’s office with Junior Captain Tracy and Lieutenants Johnson, Perry and Maldive. I nodded to Top Sergeant Brenda Davis who was grinning, (I had asked for her personally).
I looked at the officers as I locked the hatch and sat behind the company commander’s desk, “we have a mission straight from the Alliance. We are going to hit Helos.”
They looked at each other and I leaned back, “They sent one company to Zanaz so the Alliance has asked the Emperor to send one to Helos and we are it. Our mission is to terminate their emperor and his counsel. This is a pure search and kill mission.”
They grinned and I glanced at Brenda, “you will need to brief your NCOs.”
She nodded and I slipped a slim data stick into my desk comp. A holograph appeared above the desk and I began to brief the four officers. The four stealth shuttles drifted in orbit above Helos. I looked up from the bridge holograph as the Captain Denver walked in. She grinned as she crossed to me, “ready to play soldier Author?”
I smiled, “Since I wore my work clothes I guess we can start the dance.”
She laughed as she sat in her command chair, “Comm... relay to the strike force. Time to dance, follow us and damn anyone that gets in the way.”
She nodded to the pilot who turned the shuttle and we accelerated as we dropped. I turned and jogged towards the drop bay, “Pendragon to all Raiders, time to earn our pay. Keep your markers on and don’t leave anyone behind.”
I caught the almost elegant rifle Brenda tossed as I continued all the way to the drop ramp. I nodded to Tracy, “Ready George?”
He grinned, “charged up and ready.”
A moment later the ship was bumping and jerking before it tilted and then the drop ramp was going down. I jogged off the shuttle and lifted my rifle to fire through a fancy battle suit moving towards us. The 14mm round punched through as if the suit were made from tissue.
First platoon spread out as we moved towards the huge front doors of Helos’s Prime nest. On the small retinal contacts I had an over view of the company as they surged out of shuttles and spread out. Two squads from each platoon headed straight for the four entrances we had chosen.
The four officers followed their men in as I started moving around the elegant nesting grounds. Our deployed recon sats gave me a look down view of the Prime nest and the surrounding area. Our freq jammers effectively blocked all communications. New combat soldiers started to come out of another nest and swarmed towards the left perimeter.
Four men went down as I arrived and began firing into the massed soldiers. I dropped my rifle on its sling and shifted sideways as I brought up the jewel hilted force knife. I cut across and through a soldiers throat before blocking a reaching claw and stabbing another in the groin. I pulled my Swift and shot two more and then the three rushing up behind them.
Fire from my men killed the rest and I was left standing with bodies around me. I checked the company display and status as I reloaded my weapons. I shifted the men guarding our escape to fill in the gaps and moved the dead or wounded to our evac point. Brenda stopped beside me, “The emperor is dead and three of the five councillors.”
I nodded as I checked the sats, “And we have five regiments on the way.”
She grinned, “Only five? Do you want us to help you with them?”
I laughed and turned to one of the nest entrances as four squads came up. I frowned as junior captain Tracy reported, “We are stuck behind a cave in.”
I pulled up the nest schematics and his location. I looked at Brenda, “hold the fort.”
I ran towards the nearest entrance and shot a lone soldier peeking out. I dropped through a delivery slot and killed four armed Helos males. I pulled Thumper and blew the huge door for the emperor’s mating females. I walked into the huge smoke filled room and absently swept the two councillors rushing towards me with fire.
I crossed and gestured the females back and away from a wall, “George? Get your people away from the south wall.”
I waited a few moments before firing Thumper from left to right. I repeated it and then repeated it again. The wall fell in and the other room appeared, “Lets go George.”
The two squads quickly scrambled out as I turned to lead the way. Brenda yelled as I walked out the entrance several minutes later, “We have a regiment inbound.”
I smiled as I flipped the recall for the company, “grab our dead and wounded and lets get off this rock.”
I stood watching until the last moment before walking calmly to the last shuttle loading. The other shuttles had already lifted and we were the last. We leaped for the sky before the ramp started closing and I headed forward, “Company Status Brenda.”
I walked onto the small bridge as Captain Denver cursed and swerved to avoid a fighter. I watched through the forward screen before moving to the comm station. I bent and opened the comm, “We are coming out hot Admiral.”
“The transport is waiting black sky. We have five plasma generators in low orbit so get your ass clear.”
I grinned as I looked at Captain Denver, “Yes sir.”
She slammed the throttles back, “damn these nats are irritating me.”
The screened flashed as we went black sky and the rear screens suddenly went white as the plasma generators ignited the upper atmosphere. The captain sat back and sighed before looking at me, “You took your time Author.”
I smiled as I headed towards the bridge hatch, “We had to drive our point home.”
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