Act II: Ain't No Rest

Losing Air

Jensen breathes a sigh of relief. "Ha, wow great shooting Marshal. I uhhh slipped when that thing jumped at us, and uhhh grabbed you as a reflex. Sorry about that. Thanks for getting in the way. Cool cool..."

Jensen wiped his brow. He wasn't up for this. Aliens bursting out of bodies, sick crew, children! This was a disaster. And now every one saw him grab Roberts and push him in front of the alien. Maybe they will buy his story about slipping? Sure, why not? He knows he can be very convincing when he needs to be.

Capt. Kenny is shocked like the rest of the crew but strokes his watch and regains his focus. Then he speaks up to the crew, "Good job, Roberts. Now we know a bit more about the parasites. If anyone else has similar symptoms its already too late.

Jensen notices his air supply is running out. He quickly looks around the cyro chamber to see if there is anything he can use to recharge his supply.

There is nothing in the Cryochamber that can remedy his problem without pumping in air from the Cronus itself so he looks at the crew of the Cronus "Look, I'm almost out of air! You've been exposed to whatever is in this air. Give me a canisters! You don't need it. I'll even take the guy who just had the thing crawl out of it. I'm no picky!"

He rushes over to Dr Cooper’s corpse and in his panic, tries to roll the him over to remove the air canister. He gets much gore and goo all over him and drops to the floor dry heaving. "Help", he says between heaves.

The Captain comes over the comms again, “Unfortunately this attack seems to have drained your O2 tanks as we can see by the panic induced company man crawling on the floor like a frat boy after kegger party. Roberts, I hate to say this but you all need to get more air soon if you want to keep breathing. At this rate the Cronus crew can barely walk so you may have to get the life support working on the Cronus again."

"Go Jensen cover the outer door.", says Roberts. "Can someone get something light to carry this...This thing?

Robert's hands shake as he tries to get the air canister from the dead body.

"Heads up, people, I am sure it's buddies heard that scream and they can come from anywhere if they are that small. Watch the windows, doors, vents need everyone back into the corridor again. They are armored and can bite through our suits by the look of those teeth."

He picks up his Ammo off the floor and reloads a slug into the shotgun.

"There may be more air canisters in the back just past the showers, there are two EVA storage areas.", says Second Officer Reyes.

"That sounds better this one is covered in blood.", says Roberts.


Vera heads out the aft door and finds the Examination Room a mess, there are no body bags or any such things here and the biowaste container is full of used syringes and other biohazardous refuse. The only thing that she finds to salvage are two personal medkits.

Continuing into the EVA storage she is only able to find one canister of Air Supply.

“That, that... that... was the parasite. But we created... we synthesized a cure...”, looking around, Dr. Flynn said, “We all took the inoculation, right?”

His question was met with nods.

“We never saw if Cooper or that little girl did.”, said the British woman.

“No.... She wasn’t... our parents said they would administer it to us themselves... Papa emptied them out somewhere... but I think they were forced to take it themselves...”, Roku says, remembering. “My guess is that Dr Cooper didn’t take it either... .”

Capt. Kenny calmly sipped his coffee as he listened to the crew discuss being inoculated by something the company insisted on. This might mean they were aware of the parasites in the first place and he had now sent his crew and himself unprepared into danger to recover their research and samples. It proved how the company saw people as expendable objects. It was all the more reason to get away from the company. Sadly he would have to wait for a golden oppertunity to get out of his situation assuming he would survive this suicide. Kenny was not amused by the company's agenda as he took a few calm breaths to relax despite the insanity that was on display before him. Now he began to wonder what was actually injected into the crew of the Cronus. Were they really given a cure or were they injected by something worse like the parasites themselves? Kenny would need to push the isolation proceedures when they manage to get back to the ship in case one of the Cronus crew was carrying another parasite. Sadly they also had at least one more large parasite on the Cronus to deal with. Kenny wondered how many parasites could hatch inside one human. If it was only one then they would need to count the dead bodies to see how many possible parasites could be running around on the Cronus. Then he decided to speak up to the crew.

Vera returns with the air and two medkits. "There may be more things worth grabbing back there, but I wanted to make sure you had this."

Vera helps Jensen replace his Air Supply.

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