Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: The plan|
While I ate a ration I started explaining, “first the reader they let us see showed the continents. It was a sat look down but had elevations markers. They also gave away which continent we would be on so that narrowed it further.”
I glanced around, “I’ll need to make a few cups.”
I shook my head as they chuckled and continued, “I was looking out a window when we came down and the enemy base is on the large peninsula on the west coast. I also saw the courier ship sitting on a pad.”
I thought as I took a couple of bites, “anyone know what a gilly is?”
Several men raised their hands and I smiled, “I’m going to make a gilly and if the transport lands in the same place each time I will sneak aboard.”
The men hissed but I ignored it, “the hard part will be to open the access panel in the forward landing gear bay without setting off an alarm. Just inside and behind the transport bridge is one of the bulkheads with the emergency packs.”
I looked around and grinned, “if I’m careful they will never know I took them. I close the access panel and hide under the transport until it leaves.”
I looked around at the men looking at each other, “inside each bag is one hundred ration bars.”
The admiral chuckled, “enough to get us to the port.”
I nodded, “and I will make spears and bows to protect us along the way. The next step maybe hard, the ship key. If it isn’t in the ship the base commander will have it which means I will have to slip in and convince the good commander to give it to me.”
They laughed and I grinned, “I will also need to smash or find a way to destroy the star comm.”
The admiral shifted, “okay now that we have the plan it is time to make it work. Commander Morris has told us the transport always lands in the same place. They man the turrets so you are going to have to be under it when it lands.”
He looked around, “I don’t know why you needed it but the sensor net only extends from the barrier to the trees. The towers have solar cells and just outside and down stream is the fusion reactor to power the sonic barrier.”
I grinned, “each tower has a directional sonic emitter. Remember the reader? If we climb up and reset the emitter it can be used like a lance. We can link the sensor net and adjust it to make a targeting system.”
I looked around, “we may escape or not but using what you have will provide you with animal hides to sleep on or to use as roofs.”
They grinned and nodded and I sighed, “I need a smaller hide to make a map.”
I stood and looked around as I held the trash from the ration. A commander held out his hand, “I’ll take care of that.”
I handed it to him before looking at captain Zane, “we are going to need a lot more from outside.”
He smiled and stood with one of the spears, “lead on lieutenant.”
This time he swam out with me and several men waited inside by the pond. I moved to another admantum tree and we climbed up. I cut and fashioned another spear and he gestured to the men inside the barrier and one swam out. He was also watching the forest around us so we wouldn’t be surprised. Colonel Baker climbed into the tree and Zane tossed the new spear to him as I worked on another.
It was a couple of hours before the forest went quiet. There were seven men in the tree with me and I stopped what I was doing and looked around slowly. The Chinese Dragon came out of the forest silently for such a large animal. The head was easily three feet across with a slim body twenty meters long and six pairs of legs. It wasn’t headed for us and went past as it moved to the sonic barrier.
The men on the other side moved back as it hissed loudly and moved back and forth. It finally turned and started back into the forest but this time it was moving straight for us or under the tree we were in. I shifted the spear I held and looked at Zane to see his eyes widen before he shook his head. I smiled and looked down and waited before dropping off the branch.
I dropped silently with the spear aimed and then stabbed before I struck the dragon. The spear slammed through behind the head and sank into the neck and stuck in the spine. I hit and rolled off before coming to my feet with the machete in my hand. The dragon was writhing around on the ground but I could see it was paralyzed. I moved closer and started swinging and chopping at the throat.
The gush of blood made me move away before I started climbing, “we need the hide so don’t let anything eat it.”
Commander Sara chuckled, “son you must be crazy.”
I smiled as I moved back to the branch I had been on and everyone else laughed. I worked on knives and a few machetes and an hour later several men went down and skinned the huge animal before we moved to another tree. Over a dozen men were with me when I stopped and glanced at the setting sun. We had killed several animals and the hides had been taken into the camp.
More men had come out to collect huge piles of branches and large leaves. We even had a man at the one way gate to let us back into the camp. I led the way in and noticed how different everyone seemed. I found the admiral and colonel Noble by the frame I had made. It had leaves covering the roof so there was shade as I sat to eat. The admiral grinned as I set two spears and a set of knives for each of them down.
He gestured, “your idea of making sonic lances was a good one. We looked the emitters and sensor net over and as soon as we have light we are going to make a few changes.”
I nodded as I ate and started to scrape and clean a small hide, “we need to leave the landing area alone so the gilly suit won’t stand out.”
The colonel chuckled, “four men are already working on it.”
I nodded and glanced at the admiral, “it isn’t going to be an easy walk.”
He nodded, “I thought about it while you were out and I’ll make it.”
I nodded and went back to work. When it was to dark to see I stopped working and stretched out to think of home. I was up with the sun and sat to finish the small hide, after that I started on a long branch and carefully carved a crude bow. I glanced up as captain Zane and colonel Baker stopped and sat. The captain grinned, “what is the plan for today?”
I smiled, “find someone that knows how to trap and make snares. We need hides to make packs and mocs and bird snares for the feathers. We also need shorter straight branches for arrows.”
He nodded and the colonel stood, “I think I know just the men.”
I looked at the captain, “we also need someone that can cut the larger hides into slim leather strips to braid into rope.”
He stood, “meet me at the walkout gate in a few minutes.”
I smiled at the change in him and colonel Noble chuckled. I looked at the admiral before standing, “think we could pull an emitter down with a solar cell and use it?”
He looked at the barrier and the towers, “I don’t know, I don’t think we could store the energy and use the emitter.”
He smiled, “I’ll ask one of the engineer types.”
I turned to walk away and looked back, “if they have the fusion reactor why have solar cells?”
He blinked as I carried a spear and walked away. A lot of men were already up and moving around as if they had purpose. Several were watching as some gathered more of the leaves and a few used machetes to cut slim branches. I spent the day making more spears, machetes, knives and ribs for a long canoe type boat. I also cut a lot of extra admantum branches before coming back into camp.
I left them and the synth knife with three men who said they knew how to carve. Men were still cleaning and scraping the Chinese dragon hide. More men were building shelters with branches as frames and leaves as the roof. I sat and started a fire using wood scraps, when it was going I used the heated edge of my buckle to etch a map into the small hide I had cleaned.
A man sat to watch and grinned, “you sure your memory is accurate?”
I nodded but didn’t take my attention away from what I was doing. I set the buckle in the fire and looked at him, “I have an edict memory.”
I glanced at all the men moving around with new life, “you know how to build a canoe?”
He blinked and shook his head. I used my finger to draw the ribs and supports. I nodded to the large dragon hide, “I need a way to seal the ends so it doesn’t leak.”
He sat back and looked at the hide and then turned to look into the forest, “maybe refined tree sap or...”
He stood and started walking and I smiled as I went back to what I was doing. The gilly suit took two days to finish and by then the camp had neat rows of framed shelters. We killed a dozen werewolves and two more dragons as well as dozens of smaller animals and birds. Each day men lined up with me to practice with crude bows and they weren’t to bad.
The spears made a lot of difference and so did the machetes and knives. The evening before the transport was due everything was hidden and the shelters carefully taken apart. I wore the gilly suit and laid in the landing area for over half the night. It was late morning when the transport appeared and I watched as it hovered. As it started dropping I waited and then shifted away from the front landing gear.
It settled to the ground and I moved into the landing gear bay. I slipped the suit off before moving up and listening to the panel. I looked at the connection and grinned, one of the engineers had told me how to bypass it. I switched the setting and then twisted the four ends of the panel sealers. I held two and carefully tilted it as I listened and then pushed it out.
I moved forward and into the transport and heard the guards at the back as they made prisoners come in two at a time to carry out bags of rations. I looked towards the bridge and crawled between pallets of bags to the bulkhead. I removed the two front emergency panels and grinned at the four bags. It took a few minutes to move them and then replace the panels.
I hesitated to crawl into the landing gear bay when I saw the weapon harness. They would do sat look downs and possibly even a search if I took the pistol but... I moved carefully and made sure no one was watching as I reached up and pulled out the energy knife. I slipped back into the landing gear bay and closed it. I replaced the sealers into position to hold the panel before fixing the alarm connection.
I dropped the four bags out before putting the suit on and climbing out. I laid on the bags and waited until the transport lifted and accelerated away. After it was gone I stood and started stripping out of the heavy suit as men came to grab the bags. I tossed the knife to a colonel who caught it and grinned, “we can recharge this with one of the solar cells.”
It was almost like a party that afternoon as we put the shelters up again and brought everything out. That evening the admiral stood with everyone around him, “we have more then enough to make a try. After we leave keep using what you can, like the emitter and the lance. We will come back for you so no falling back.”
He looked around and the men nodded before he sat and looked at me, “are you sure lieutenant?”
I nodded, “we have packs and supplies and weapons and a map. The map was even copied so they have one here.”
He looked at the others around us and finally nodded, “we leave first thing in the morning.”
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