Can't One Thing Go Right?

Aboard the Montero

Hel, Captain Bolaji, escort Captain Kenny to the shuttle and try to open the shuttle door.

The door doesn’t respond to the open panel button.
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"What's wrong this time?" Hel punched the open panel, "Just needs to be kick started."

...Nothing happens... but there is a blinking yellow light on the terminal next to the door.

"So this doesn't work, where do we go now? Where is Joe when you need him?" She looked behind her for any hope.
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The terminal pips. The following text appears across the terminal monitor and Kenny’s data tablet in real time.

...Proceed with the mission directive...

Priority #1
Recover scientific data / samples from the USCSS Cronus. Special order 966... ...shuttle access denied... ...please use docking umbilical to board the USCSS Cronus...
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Overlooking Kenny's tablet, Hel rolled her eyes at the message, "Of course, hey you stupid thing! We really don't care, so just open up and let us in! Hello!?" She banged on it a couple of times, "Just open!"
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Cham speaks over the Sotillo comms, “Cap... I don’t know what the hell just happened but these fools over here just started freakin out, shootin and shit. Now there’s a hole in the junction on that ship. I can’t let em in the airlock without decompressing our airlock first. You sure I should let them on board? No sign of Davis and Rye by the way.”
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Captain Bolaji looks at Cpt McCormick.
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Aboard the Cronus

Looking down at the corpse of the mutated cat, Asahi cursed, shaking his head, “Damnit! Can't one thing just go right? Roberts, what’s the situation up there? You said you’re safe? And Vera’s... dead? Where's her body? If I can get it back here I can save her.”
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Reyes says, “You can’t seriously be thinking about going up there.”
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“Android or not, Vera’s been a close friend for a long time and I can’t leave her up there.”, Asahi argued. “Hikari, I’m sorry, help me get Tsuki detached from this harness.”
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“Asahi...”, Roku sighed, but she couldn’t argue. She knew the feeling. After all, she had waited years to have a chance to find and return to this ship.
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Reyes says, “Here, I’ll carry her.” Together they got Tsuki situated onto Reyes' back.
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Asahi moves over to the terminal in the C1 Junction to redirect emergency power. He tries to depressurize the B1 Junction and the area surrounding it but the display informs him that he will also need to depressurize the central corridors since the doors are damaged. It will take several minutes. He confirms the commands and depressurization commences.
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Meanwhile, Cham, the man in the airlock, has disappeared from view.
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The Montero softly reverberates as the EEV, piloted expertly by Jensen, connects to the docking umbilical at the forward starboard side of the ship.

Setting the Mood again...
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Asahi opens the hatch to B1 Junction, now depressurized. His footfalls and movements are all silent, completely opposite of what is going on inside his helmet. He breathes deeply, steeling himself for what comes next.
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"It's still down the hall.", says Roku over the comms.
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Asahi winces at the sound, fearing that any noise will alert the damned thing.
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Below, Roku watches the motion tracker while Reyes aims her shotgun at the open hatch.
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Asahi walks over to the bent Port side junction door and peeks through the shattered viewport, checking for any sign of Vera. Nothing there. He moves to the forward door of the junction. It is still in one piece. Peering beyond the viewport, he can see the fallen body of Vera outside the door to the Bridge. He presses the button to open the door and it opens, soundlessy, but the vibrations ring through his space boots. He tiptoes out of the Junction, over to Vera. He checks her wounds, she has certainly been disabled. He reaches for the Incinerator and slings the strap over one arm and as he goes to reach for Vera...
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"Asahi, hide! It's headed your way fast!", comes Roku's voice over the comms.
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Asahi freezes. He can feel the vibration of the abominations movement.
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"Damnit, Asahi. Get outta there!", pleads Roku.
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Sure enough, gelatinous cowl of the mutated man rounds the corner, searching the corridor.
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Acting subconsciously, Asahi grabs Vera's legs and pulls her with all of his might into the B1 Junction. The creature is fast, it runs to him and tosses him aside like a ragdoll. He hits the starboard door and falls prone, dropping the incinerator. Then the beast picks him up and slams him chest first into the port door.
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Hearing the distress, Roku pops up out of the hatch and fires a slug into the abomination.
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Asahi's chest is in severe pain, he lets out an awful scream into the comms which causes Roku to stumble out of the hatch and drop her shotgun.
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Following behind, Reyes climbs the ladder with Tsuki strapped onto her back. She fires at the creature's face , smattering blood all over the Junction and the abomination finally crumples into a lump of flesh.
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Roku checks Asahi for injuries. "Don't move. You're gonna be ok, Asahi. Stay with me. That's right."
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"Agh...My chest...", Asahi grunted in agony.
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Roku looks around desperately. "Lie still. Try to breathe shallow breaths. Good... good. We're gonna get you to Medlab."

Roku pulls up the motion tracker. -Pip. Pip.- Movement above them still around the A1 Junction they first entered. Movement on C Deck starboard side somewhere.

"OK. Here's what we're doing." She looked to Reyes. "We are going to depressurize the ventral elevator airlock and space walk to the Montero. I don't know how yet but that's what we are going to do.", she said, winded.

Roku moves over to the B1 Junction terminal. "Asahi, I need you to walk me through the steps to turn off the artificial gravity."
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Asahi nods, groaning slightly and feeling something that tasted dangerously metallic bubble at the back of his throat. He nods once again, mumbling slightly as he says, "Right. Right. I can... just, let me catch my breathe...I'll walk you through."
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"Right. Take your time.", Roku breathes.
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Between pangs of chest pain and labored breathing, Asahi walks Roku through the commands to reroute power to depressurize the airlock and turn off artificial gravity on the Cronus.
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"Ok everyone... you might want to hold onto something. We're going zero G.", Roku says and she taps the ENTER key.
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Everything in B1 Junctions starts slowly rising. Reyes collects the incinerator and pushes the shotgun back to Roku. It gently rotates across the room toward her and she takes hold of it.
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Roku maneuvers herself around the room to position herself next to Asahi. "You're weightless now. That should take some of the pressure off of your injury, and now I can carry YOU."
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Roku follows Reyes down the ladder, holding onto Asahi, she helps him down the junction with ease.
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"Dr Flynn, can you go back for Vera?, Roku asks.
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"Uh, certainly.", the Dr responds.

He climbs up and pulls Vera's weightless body feet first, into the hatch, spheres of floating milky lubricant forming a trail behind her.
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They call the elevator. When it arrives, they open the door, enter the airlock, and the elevator takes them out into the icy void of space below the Cronus.
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- End of Act II -

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