Act IV: It Ain't Over Til It's Over

USCSS Montero
Very Early Morning, December 17 2183

After things settle down Roberts waits to leave the airlock. "OK, Captain now let's do a deck-by-deck search of this ship with flamers and M41A's. Burn anything that does not look right and any blood left behind.

The Captain doesn’t answer but MUTHUR speaks again.

“WARNING: Explosive decompression on the bridge. Closing viewport blast shields.”

"Reason of decompression, MUTHER?" asked Roberts.

“A viewport has been critically damaged. Viewport shield is holding. Pressurizing bridge.”

Roberts took off and ran from the airlock towards the bridge.

"Movement on the bridge?" he said moving as fast as he could.

“Marshal… zzzt we got zzz problem!” came the Captain over the intercom.

"You think!? On my way! Roku, what is your status? We might need you."

Roku’s words came in hurried breaths, “I heard it, I’m on my way from B Deck suiting up! I'll grab the flamer!” She slowed her breathing. “Glad to have you back, Glenn.”

"Thanks, Roku." Roberts paused, he was breathing a bit hard at this point. "Captain! You still with us?"

The Captain did not respond.

Paddy headed up to the companionway to bridge after Roberts and Roku met up with them soon after.

“MUTHUR. How many bio-signatures do you detect on the bridge?” Roku asked.

“...Scanning bio-signatures: 1 Human and 1 Unknown. …updating… only 1... Unknown...”

"Muther, isolate bridge. Close all airways and ducts.

Roberts closed the emergency door in the corridor as they passed it.

"MOTHER can you decompress the bridge one more time if I order it?" [i]Roberts[/i] asked as they approached the door to the bridge.

“Yes, would you like me to reopen the blast shields, Marshal?”

"I am going to the other door. I will let you know when I am ready. Be ready for my orders." replied Roberts. He checked the door to ensure it was unlocked.

"OK, guys. Wait until I say open the door. I will move in from the right, Paddy, left side. Roku stay in the doorway with the flamer if anything tries to get by us, burn it. We know something is in there, so let's kill it. It may be the Captain..." he took a deep breath in. "Or what WAS the Captain. Any questions?"

Paddy gave a thumbs up.

Roku shook her head and replied, "Clear."

Roberts moved around to the door outside the bridge leading to the galley. He was not playing around. He sensed this was going to be life or death.

"OK, 1, 2, 3, GO! he hesitated a second and let the other door start to open first. He thought whatever was in there would look that direction, giving him the chance to get the drop on it.

He opened the door and hurried in. Once his flashlight illuminated the room and found the target, Roberts fired the frag 12 round from the shotgun attachment on his M41A. It exploded through the compression suit of the hulking Abomination that had boarded the bridge through a window. A massive chunk of flesh blew away.

Paddy winced at the flash then took aim, firing full auto at the thing. Although the creature was being bombarded by weapon fire it advanced quickly on the closest person it could.

The Abomination grabbed Paddy by his arms and kicked him in the abdomen, wrenching his arms from his shoulders and the lifting them in a sort of grotesque victory.

As Paddy collapsed to his knees in pain and horror, Roku stepped forward and emptied the Incinerator at the Abomination. The flaming creature flailed around for a few seconds before finally crumpling over, lifeless, onto one of the consoles.

Roberts, his rifles still raised, tactically scanned the bridge for any more hostile targets. All was clear. The lifeless body of Captain McCormick lay on the floor nearby, his pistol Wynona in one hand and a coffee cup in the other. His face had been smashed in.

< Prev : Emergency Self-Destruct Next > : Immediate Aid