Thud

On the Cronus
“Paddy? Captain? What’s happening? Where’s the ship? We are ready and waiting.”, Roku tries to reach the Montero over comms. She pulls out the motion tracker, re-calibrates it for the addition of the Cronus crew but there is a ping coming from right on top of them where the umbilical should be.
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“What now?”, asked Reyes, looking to Roberts.
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"This means the docking ring is out for some reason. We need to get more suits and air.", Roberts says, looking at the other crew.

"Do we have a shuttle that can fit us all?", he asks.
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Johns answered, “No. The science module WAS the main lifeboat shuttle. It had to be jettisoned. There was also a modified Class C lifeboat that Ms Roku, here, and her mother and younger brother used to escape.”
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"So we are stuck on this death trap with these mutant alien fiends?", Jensen asked in frustration.
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"Ya, why not? Things just keep getting better, don't they?", says Roberts with a smile. "We can still make it. Now finding some more compression suits."

He looked at the other crew.

"From here, other than where we just were, where can we get more air and suits?" He thought for a moment. "Does your vehicle bay have a decon airlock?"
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"Vestibule 2, just down this ladder and around the corner on B Deck. There may not be any more lifeboats to fit all of us, but there are bound to be several Class A escape pods still onboard, though I haven't seen any here on A Deck. We could get Johns and Jensen new EVA suits and get to those individual escape pods. Unless you think we can get the ship’s air back online.", Reyes responded. "About the Vehicle Bay, there are two airlocks on either side of the ship, not specifically for decon."
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"I vote new EVA suits as quick as possible. Let's go!", urged Jensen.
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"Move as one unit.", Roberts said, and Vera opened the hatch at their feet. The B1 Junction was still clear. Clayton locked all doors to the A1 Junction as the team quickly climbed down into B1 Junction.
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The team exited B1 into the starboard corridor, all the while, Vera looking for signs of the fungus growth.
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Roku inhaled deeply, steeling herself, remembering the last time she was in Vestibule 2. Her father, stoic and stern in the chaos had ushered Hikari, her younger brother Mamoru, and their panicking mother out of the Mess Hall, down this very corridor and into Vestibule 2. She entered the L shaped emergency escape vehicle and hadn't seen him since.
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As the crew entered Vestibule 2, they notice two bulky, empty, red armored EVA suits, looking ominous in the darkness of the EEV bay. The hatch on the forward wall was sealed where the EEV used to be attached.
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Roku finds two remaining air supply canisters inside a supply cabinet.
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Static crackles and the Captain's voice comes over the comms.
"ost... oms... para... ...ontero... There is... ock... ...der... cron... ...epea... com... ...site... mon... ere is... ip... und.. ..nus..."
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"Those armored EVA suits looks great! But how do I get into them without being exposed to this air?", asked Jensen tentatively.
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“I hate to say it Jensen... but you’ll just have to hold your breath. The question is... who’s getting the air canisters? If Asahi and myself take a canister, Roberts will run out soon. It’s your call, Roberts.”, Roku said. She looked to Ogai.

“I’m not an expert but I imagine the escape pods have their own internal air and filtration, Asahi? One of us might have to eject.”
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"Hold my breath? That's insane. What if those things get into my ears or nose? It seems really unscientific and not a great plan. We have scientists and stuff here? Can someone come up with a slightly better plan?", said Jensen.
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“I could give you some gauze to plug your ears and nose. I understand your trepidation, but your still going to have to take your helmet off to put the things in. I’m sorry, but chances are you’ve already breathed in some of this air with all those holes in your compression suit, my friend. Your best bet is to change quickly and get to the medlab, there still may be some inoculations.”, said Dr Flynn.
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"Some gauze? Ya I don't have much faith in that but your probably right. This suit has a few holes now. Let's start taking this off.", Jensen shook his head incredulously.
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“I’m not certain what answer you are expecting, Mr. Jensen, but when you enter another suit you will let in some bad air as well.”, Dr. Flynn says as he puts down Mimi the cat. It curls up next to his feet, still trying to keep warm.

Dr. Flynn helps Johns doff his torn compression suit and enter one of the ECO All-World Survival Suits.
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Roku opens a small pouch of syringes and takes one out.

She mumbles to herself, “...running out of time... hold Tsuki still please, Asahi.”

Roku injected one of the syringes into Tsuki’s arms. She then injects herself with one getting a rush of Endural, an experimental drug to temporarily increase Stamina. She had used it several times on marines and colonists but only once herself. It was instantly euphoric and made her feel like a super man. She closed her eyes and shook off the rush, then handed off one of the air canisters to Asahi and pocketed the other as Roberts put his hand up, declining the offer.
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'Ping' The motion tracker chirps.
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"Umm. Did anyone just hear a thud from down the hallway?", Jensen asks.
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“It’s coming from the corridor just aft of us, outside the Mess.”, Roku warned after viewing the pipping machine.
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There comes a thud from down the hallway.
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"Fuck" says Jensen. "Not again? Can't we catch a god damn break?"
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‘Thud.’ Then comes the sound of groaning metal.
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“You might want to get that suit changed quick, Bruce.”, warns Roku.
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"Oh shit oh shit!" Jensen takes a huge breath and begins to take off his suit.
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Sighing, Roberts takes a step forward from everyone on the corridor, points his shotgun in the direction of the door and says, "Kirby, on line with me.", putting them both on overwatch.

"When you are done playing dress-up you guys need to run to the armory across the way. Kirby and myself will meet you there. Get in and see what is there.".
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Roberts and Vera run to the buckling hatch down the corridor.
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Jensen expeditiously removes his suit and quickly dons the other, giving a wink as he does so.
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Together, the two hold the door and successfully use their might to keep the thing on the other side from coming in, giving Johns and Jensen enough time to get into their new suits and out of the corridor.
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"Go on, Roberts. I got this.", Vera says to him.

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He runs to the end of the corridor just around the corner of the Junction B-1, then turns, covering Vera on overwatch.

"Time to move Kirby!", Roberts says.
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Thud! Vera turns to Roberts and follows him into the Junction.

“It’s not going to hold for long.”
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The crew stands inside the armory, looking for any remnants. Roberts was impressed by the speed with which Jensen changed suits, though he wouldn't admit it aloud.
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Reyes picks up a M41A Pulse Rifle and a reload.
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Johns searches a case of shotgun shells and finds one reload.
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The rest of the room is clean apart from a splatter of milky white Android lubricant. Ava must have had an encounter in here at some point many years ago.
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Reyes holds it out to Johns and Roberts. “It’s yours if you want it, marines.”
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Roberts takes the M41A Pulse Rifle with under shotgun and goes through a function check, making sure everything works. Then loads his frag rounds.

"OK, here is my shotgun. I would be careful with it. Right now it is loaded with slugs, a bit more punch.", he says. He turns to Roku. "Can the motion detector pick up on anything... near the door?
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Roku lifts the device to her view. She watches as a blip slowly moves around the corridors toward the armory. It is outside the bridge just left and around the corner. She turns off the tracker’s volume as the thing approaches their corridor. The sound of slow aimless thumping from the creature’s movements travels toward the armory door.
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Roberts motions for everyone not to move or make noise.
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Roku gently lowers the silent blipping machine and raises her shotgun toward the door. There is a long tense pause as the thing stands between the doors of the armory and the junction making deep gurgling noises barely audible through the compression suits. Her eyelashes bat away sweat as she tries to listen for anything beyond her own breath and heartbeat. Finally, after a minute or two, the heavy footfalls turn around and head back to the other corridor. She lets out a sigh of relief, not realizing how tense she was holding her breath.

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