I promise I'll finsih this one...really.The dropship slowly detached itself from it's mother ship, the two Ion Engines on the back glowed dark blue as the ship sped down torwards the planet of Borealis, a small medical research colony. Inside the dropship the men of Jaeger squad sat, fastened to their drop couches. Lieutenant Ji Hen stood up, his green armor catching the light slightly from Borealis's sun.
'Alright, ladies, time for the briefing, settle down an- God dammit! Jones, put that cigar out, you know there ain't no smoking on these coffins.' There was a chorus of chuckles as the marine in question spat the cigar on the floor of the dropship and stomped on it with an armoured boot. 'As I was sayin', THIS, is Borealis,' he said, sweeping his arm across the row of viewports for emphasis,.
'Nice place if you don't live there, anyhow, as you may or most liekly don't know, the men and women of this colony were working on a cure for the Kahraa parasite, that, with even our nanobot's we can't flush out of a persons system. About a week ago. we lost contact with the colony, now Ops think's it's just another faulty transmitter but for some reason they sent them us, instead of a teem of engineers.' the men laughed again as he cleared his throat.
'Lieutenant, we're in the pipe, might wanna' strap down back there, it could get rough.' The female pilot said from up front, the coc.kpit.
'Yeah yeah, Captain.'
Hen strapped himself to his personal dropcouch and fitted his helmet, the other marines did likewise.
'Atmosphere entry in...5...4...3...2...1, hold onto your **** back there!' the pilot let out a long YOOHOO as the craft bucked and jagged on it's way to the surface'
'Oh god, oh god, oh god, oh god.' a marine kept repeating over and over.
'Atmosphere break in, 3...2...1.' The craft finally fell still and it felt to the marines like they were plummeting off a rollercoaster which had derailed halfway up a climb.
The bars across the marine's laps retracted into the walls. 'Alright guys, by the numbers. Check your rifles and any other, items, you may have. '
The TSA had just replaced the Frontiersmen weaponry with newer, caseless amunition models.
'Alright boys, hang tough, landing in ten, we're going right back to the ship after that.' as if on key, the huge doors on the dropship dropped open letting the rushing air into the cabin.
'Touchdown! Get the hell offa my ship!'
'Alright boys! GO GO GO! Perimeter clearing!' The men jumped down to the ground and ran to secure the LZ.
'Clear down, oh wait I think I just crapped myself.'
'Stow that, private. Alright proceed to the base, go.' the marines moved forward to the massive blastgates which had closed over the main entrance of the base.
'Ah, Lieutenant... look, small arms fire. I'd say an MR-10 judging by the size and spread pattern. There was definately a fight here.'
'Right, marines move forward, HMGs up front, the rest of you cover their ****.'
The doors slowly groaned open.
'WHO OPENED THOSE DOORS?' Hen shouted.
'Uh, man, that wasn't us.' replied one of the HMGers.
The marines proceeded inside the base torwards the command center.
The thoughts stirred in his mind. He rolled over in the thick gel that surrounded him.... he was awakening... he wanted to sleep.... he was hungry....he was thirsty....he was starving....he was craving. They were coming.... they were marching.... they were warm....he was cold.... they were full... Full...
The inside of the base was cold...almost too cold. The operations sector of the center had been abandoned in a hurry, pock marks from bullets marked the walls here and there, some had even made it up to the cieling.
'Any luck yet, Hix?' Asked one of the privates.
'No! And if you keep asking me the answere will STAY NO!' Hix was the hacker of the squad, he had been spending an hour working on the encryption data for the mainframe's files...whatever they were hiding...they hid it as deep as they could.
Unaware to the marine, deep under the base... in catacombs forged of Steel and iron and blood. Something came alive. Something...lived.
'Did you hear that?' Hix asked suddenly.
Yes... something was alive....and it was hungry.