I do realize that there are some errors in my story(ies). But if
SHODAN can warp reality why can't I warp a game just a little to make
The food steps of
the soldiers echoed from the other side ofthe bulkhead.
Then they were gone.
I looked around. The
red lights made the doctors white coats look like they
were drenched in blood. I put out my hand to the doctor.
Can I see your PDA for a moment? I asked as I took a long,
I switched it on. The maps green light illuminated my face. The
huddled around me.
Alright. Were right here, next to the bulkhead. Are there
any air ducts
nearby? I asked circling my finger around the map.
None, the Med/Sci sector is the only one without them, a doctor
Why? I replied frustrated.
For fear of contamination. You know, if something hazardous leaked
the air ducts and circulated in the ship
Bad things could happen,
Alright, then we go back to the autopsy room and get the lieutenants
I said without confidence.
Here take thepistol, I added, throwing a doctor my handgun.
In a straight line
we slowly proceeded down the corridors. I tried to
imitate what the soldiers had done, the ducking, rolling, covering each
other, but didnt seem to work when I did it. Static. Static?My PDA!
violently dug my hand into my pocket and clicked my PDA on.
Hello? I yelled over the static.
This is Dr. Politio, who is t
Thank god, Politio! I said looking over at the rest of the
were now celebrating.
Dr, were locked inside the R and A sector. Dr. Miller is dead
Listen to me, security te---, theyre sterilizing the se--,they
Mitchell, Reeves, they she replied.
Listen Dr, youre breaking up. Where were you before?
I said with
disbelief and excitement. With Politio we might actually get out of here
hol- on. Wait
tere. Ok fixed the receptor
coil. Can you hear me
now? Politio said with a little hope.
Yes, thank god. I said
The doctors were staring at me intently.
I was hiding from Bronsons security teams. Theyre
crewmembers that have come in contact with the annelids, exclaimed
I started moving quicker to the end of hallway.
Annelids? I asked.
Very unique and dangerous organisms, Politio replied.
We had reached the end of the hallway and entered the autopsy room.
Dr, once we
get the key, what precautions should we take when we exit this
sector? I said nodding to the doctors that everything was going
to be ok.
The security teams are regrouping on the Command deck. As for the
I dont know. They could be anywhere, Politio replied trailing
Fuck. So they could be right outside the door when we leave?
annoyed at her lack of information.
No, I can see the R and A sector bulkhead from my here. No ones
have a pistol and some ammo here for your group when y
Politio? I asked looking at the doctors who were taking the
R and A sector
card from the fallen lieutenant.
Forget her, we got the key now and thats all that matters
a doctor said
to me as he started running for the door.
I had to agree with the guy. I mean, all she had done for me so far was
me into this mess.
I caught up with the
group at the bulkhead. The doctor with the handgun and
myself positioned ourselves right in front of the bulkhead. A doctor swiped
the card through and backed away quickly as it began to open. Slowly but
The bright lights
blasted into the dark R and A sector. I squinted and
slowly, against the light exited the hellhole. We all adjusted to the
and locked the door behind us.
Xerxes voice came
We have a hull breach in Engineering. Medical assistance is require-.
will fulfill the glory of the Many.
Sounds like a hacker got into Xerxes, a doctor said shaking
I raised my assault rifle and cautiously moved down the hall. The doctors
crouched behind me and in no time we had reached the place Politios
have been. The door had been torn off and some shells were on the floor.
Bronson? asked a doctor.
No, its too messy I replied looking over the fallen
WE ARE WE ARE
What? I said turning to look at the doctors who were looking
WE ARE WE ARE
Oh, fuck I said discharging some bullets.
WE ARE WE ARE the voices said, getting louder.
WE ARE WE ARE
Shut up! I screamed discharging more bullets into nothing.
Then they stopped. One of my discharged shells hit the floor. It rolled
Ok, ok, ok I muttered to myself.
she had some bullets and med hypos in heroffice. Get those.
She has a security computer in her office.Hack that. Everyone onboard
ahacker pretty much, right?
We all entered her
hideaway. Strangely we felt like children in a toy store,
taking medical kits and bullet rounds. I took three med hypos and a clip.
I liked being in charge.
I hit the ON button on Politios computer. She had
been accessing something on OS upgrades. A doctor looked over my shoulder.
Hey, arent those illegal? He said.
Yeah, I think
I said exiting the program.
I brought up the screen
with the security cameras. I accessed the one around
the corner fromwhat is now our hideaway. Three bodies lay there, ravaged.
accessed another one in cryogenics. Someone was still in their stasis
The doctors didnt
Well come one you guys, I said again motioning towards Cryogenics.
No offense guys but we do need another member to our resistance
The doctors were staring at the computer screen. I turned around and switched
to another camera. A crewmember had barricaded himself inside an office.
Whos that? a doctor whispered.
The crewmember was firing a shotgun. I panned the camera around just as
large creature pounced onto the crewmember. The screen dissolved into
Jesus a doctor said backing away from the computer.
We all exited our
fort. We felt incredibly vulnerable. I raised my rifle and
we slowly moved down the hallway, stepping over bloodied bodies. An elevator
at the end of the hallway opened. We all ducted for cover. I heard the
close. I took adeep breath and peered around the corner. Someone was
standing at the end of the corner.
It was dark except
for the light behind this mysterious person. His shadow
led up to where wewere hiding. It began walking towards us, each footstep
The doctors all looked
at me and in their eyes I could see kill it
whoever it is out there.
It stopped and surveyed
its surroundings. It spoke with the same raspy voice
like whatever was in the R and A sector. Itcalled out in pity
What is this? it said
Its voice changed to a normal mans voice.
Whats happened to me? he said raising his shotgun and
staring at his
A doctor got up and took out a med hypo.
Jesus, what happened to you? the doctor said reaching for
the mans arm.
The figures eyes moved up revealing they were yellow. They stared
doctor for a second. It cocked its head to one side and began to moan.
Now, just hold st- the doctor said.
It raised it shotgun and at point blank range blew the doctor apart. The
doctor screamed as the slug tore through his flesh. He fell with a sickening
I turned around my
corner and fired a few standard bullets into its back.
It recoiled and charged but my hail of bullets cut it down to size. My
crackled. Shit. If its Politio Im telling her to fuck off.
The doctors were looking
over their fallen comrade. Dwindling numbers
sign of defeat. I listened to my PDA
It was Erin Bloome.
Shawn? she said worriedly.
Oh thank god Erin. Youre ok? I replied delighted, sort
I cant talk. Im in Hydroponics. I found these schematics
co---. They were for these illegal upgrades. she kept talking.
Alright. So? I said.
They were for building something, it requires DNA samples to make.
Yes sorry. It requires DNA samples to finish it. The DNA samples
It was mine
Erin said, trailing off.
I want you to meet me here on Hydroponics. Everyone is dead or running
Im all alone
I cant stand it anymore she added.
The doctors stared
at me. No, we aint going on a rescue mission they thought
staring at the bloody corpses.
Ok, she is my friend. Im going after her. If you wanna come
or not, Im
still going. I have the assault rifle and I have the ammo so if you want
I said with my cracking voice.
Come with me
I exclaimed walking towards the elevator
I could tell no one
was following me. I felt the doctors eyes leaving me,
focusing somewhere else. The elevator doors swished open and I entered.
hit the Hydroponics deck button and the elevator began moving. Another
The elevator stopped,
my stomach lurched up my throat but settled once again
in its proper place. The doors opened. Hydroponics looked barren as it
before. Maybe the annelids havent reached this deck yet. I crept
my workplace. Ten of my comrades lay strewn about. Some had been shot
their chairs, others had had time to react. A gun cocked behind me.
You fuckin one of them? the voice behind me said.
Fuck no! I yelled back dropping my assault rifle.
Turn the fuck around the voice said.
I turned and was met with three people. They had dark spots under their
and looked like, how should I say, shit.
I was filled with
joy but quickly it came to me. Their appearance, looked
like they worked late, really late. Their personality didnt look
were sunny people. The Skeleton Crew. I should have known.
so you guys are the skeleton crew I said looking
themover, I knew I
was better than them.
Hey man, fuck you! one of them replied. One of them held him
Alright listen, were just as good as you guys are the
rather violent one
Then it popped into
my head. My friend Kessler who had been transferred to
the Skeleton Crew days before, before this
It was him!
Kessler? I said picking my assault rifle up.
Shawn? Kessler said in a forgiving voice.
The men released him and Kessler approached me.
Sorry I said.
what are you doing here? Kessler said.
A light down the hall
flashed then burnt out.
This is XERXES. Would any medical personnel report to Hydroponics
Best not to
listen to him
gets to your head after a while one of the
skeleton crewmen said.
Im here looking for Erin Bloome. You seen her?" I asked
the bunch as they shook their heads.
I gotta find her I said under my breath as I approached the
You should tell
him. Someone muttered behind me.
A long pause.
Kessler moved forward from the group, I paused.
Hydroponics is crawling with annelids
growing eggs and they
made cyborgs out of the nurses to look after them
think you should waste your time looking for Erin
I looked at him with my most serious expression.
The Third And LastChapter
is Soon To Come