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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:07 pm

"Michael?" Peter whispered, stopping Michael in mid stride as he fastened his cloak. He struggled slightly with the zipper on his vest before turning his full attention to Peter.

"Thank you," he muttered then he gingerly placed the book back on the table. "Not for this... Well, for this too. But also for forbidding the mind wipe on Melissa. And for not recruiting her into Shockwave. I really appreciate that." Michael walked over to Peter and placed a reassuring hand his shoulder. "I only did what I had to do. Of course, her being your cousin might have had something to do with my decision. Besides, she helped look after me after my parents died. I owe her at least this much, but you know what that means right?"

Peter nodded in reply, not wanting to say the answer out loud. "I don't like it either, but it's the only choice we have. I'm on my way to talk to her about it now. Don't worry about it though alright?" Again Peter nodded. "Good. In my drawer you'll find a money card. There are about eight thousand credits on it. Take a vacation as long as you see fit and take those filthy tomes with you. You can go to your safe house or wherever and relax a bit. I want you back here at your best and that's an order."

Peter chuckled slightly at this before focusing his eyes on Michael. "Yes sir." He replied. Michael then walked back towards the door, stopping as it opened to look back at Peter. "I recommend you go to your safe house first. I wouldn't want all that cake to go to waste."

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Michael walked at a steady pace through the long white corridor, weaving between the myriad of people wearing variations of the Shockwave uniform in a full color spectrum. A couple of people in green hovered over an open wall terminal, working with the hardware as a woman in a white uniform and half cloak inserted a wire connecting to a wafer-thin data pad. The people in the green uniforms were electricians, and the one in white was a computer specialist.

Everyone in Shockwave was assigned to a specific color based on their talents or skill, and these colors described their field. Green teams, like Peter, were electricians, but their gauntlets were modified slightly to allow a cloaking device to be inserted. The cloaking device used radiation powerful enough to act as a small nuclear bomb. Peter had discovered a system to contain the radiation so that it was every bit as dangerous as a toy, and only emitted enough radiation to elude even the most advanced detection technology. Consequently, Green became the commando unit for Shockwave, used specifically for covert missions requiring stealth. To the teams' dismay, that meant more rigorous training in hand-to-hand combat skills. Peter was also responsible for the advanced AI systems that every electronic device Shockwave possessed. The AI is so advanced, that almost all the devices had developed their own personality, feelings and gender.

As a result, all the AI developed a fond dislike of him, with the exception of Dantex, the computer, who was flattered by all the attention Michael paid her, creating a strong, although unusual, friendship between the two. Finally, Peter and three others had put their heads together and created a protective canister for hazard materials. This canister was virtually impregnable. Even the creators couldn't break into it after it was sealed. This canister was then patented, manufactured and retailed worldwide using a front corporation, creating great revenue for the army.

Orange teams, like Bruno, were mechanics. If it moved, they were responsible for it, and could fix it in minutes. They had first surprised Michael with the creation of the Patrollers; Shockwaves' personal field vehicles for urban missions. They then surprised him again shortly after with the creation of Ramrod, a tank created using a blueprint created from a picture in a history file they had found on one of Peter's many misplaced data pads. Peter fell in love with it instantly, though Michael felt it looked ridiculous.
Since then, they continued to surprise Michael with new prototypes, ready for testing whenever the opportunity presented itself.
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:08 am

Unlike most of the orange team, Bruno was eighty percent machine. Victim of an assignation attempt while he was working as a hit man for an organized crime syndicate. The explosion killed his wife and children, removed his limbs and shattered his spine. He would have died had not someone from the red team, the medical faction of Shockwave, noticed the fire and pulled him out. He then stabilized Bruno and brought him to base for treatment. Purple team, who are the recruits, surveyed the demolished building the following day and came across the blueprints for bionic limbs. These were integrated into his body, and worked flawlessly. They also gave Bruno near superhuman strength, allowing him to easily lift objects up to twelve tones in weight. The optical implants also greatly improved his vision, despite the frightening white look.

Brown teams were snipers, and used in a majority of the recruiting missions. Turquoise team were pilots and ship navigators. Grey teams were the traditional field agents, and Pink team were experts in psychological warfare. They also acted as assassins, HAZMAT control, physiologists and field commanders if no one of rank was available. Yellow team was the most dominant, consisting of almost a quarter of the army. They were the security and enforcement division of Shockwave, and were almost never seen. But they were there, hiding and observing everyone in their area through the shadows or wherever it was they hid. Ready to step in with frightful vengeance at any person who dared disturb the peace of the army. Michael was the only one in Shockwave who dressed in blue, the color of command.

He turned a corner and came across two of the yellow team standing at attention on either side of a door. For anyone first coming across this pair, they would have easily mistaken the two for statues, and Michael himself wondered at the accuracy of the assessment as he took in the pair. They stood at attention, perfectly motionless, and Michael couldn't detect hints that they were even breathing. He mussed humorously that maybe they had been left on guard for too long and died of some cause regarding too much exertion. This quickly passed as the pair suddenly raised their weapons at Michael as he approached, stopping him in his tracks. "What's the meaning of this?" He demanded. The one on his left was the one to reply, not lowering her weapon even a millimeter. "No one is to pass through this door. A witness of our recent mission lies beyond this portal." The second turned his head to face his companion. "You're not supposed to tell them who's beyond the door, or the nature of their captivity you idiot!"

Michael sighed and attempted to take a step forward, only to hear the sound of weapons being armed by the pair and from somewhere behind him. Michael groaned at the sound. This was the last thing he needed. "I'm your commander, I order you to let me through." The second turned his attention back to Michael. "Negative sir, that order conflicts with our original orders." Michael sighed and took a step back, immediately the sound behind him hinted that at least two guns were lowered, but knew that they would be ready again if he tried anything sudden. "Who gave you this command?" Michael demanded slowly, not wanting to provoke then further.
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:56 pm

"I did." A voice said from behind him. Michael spun abruptly to face a man who stood to his chin. He couldn't see the face behind the helmet but recognized him instantly. Paul Drake, also known as Biohazard, was the former leader of Lode Runner. When communications ceased between the units almost two years ago, Michael promptly sent members of grey and yellow teams out to investigate. Among the ruins and bodies of the bases, they found Paul. He was the only survivor they found, but new evidence implied that there was a possibility more existed. The extent of his injuries required the same treatment Bruno received and led to Paul being mostly machine. The only thing that was untreatable was his face, which he hid behind the helmet, and never took off.

"What's the reason for this Paul?" Michael asked. He held a certain bond with Paul, almost similar to the one he shared with Peter. He was a good soldier and confidant, and never had a bad thing to say if it wasn't necessary or well founded. Paul bolstered the two guns in his hands. "You don't have a mask on," he replied simply. Michael started; then retrieved his mask. It was badly damaged from the sword impacting with it, and he had difficulty clasping it to his face. When he finally attached it, he looked up to face Paul.

"Better?" He asked just before his visor launched out from the mask, flying into the air before landing on the ground in front of him. Immediately after, the mask had reached its' limit and snapped from the gash, falling in two pieces. Michael expressed a look of shock as he suddenly realized just how close he was to having more than his mask sliced up in the alley. Paul expressed a low chuckle as he walked over to the male guard and removed his mask, telling the pair they were now dismissed. He handed the mask to Michael and then presented a data pad. Michael took the data pad and began to study it. "Next time, use your head. It's harder." He joked; then added. "You should wear your glasses if you're going to read that." Michael looked up from the data pad to face Paul.
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:33 am

"What makes you say I wear glasses?"

"They're about to fall out of your pocket." Michael reached down and tucked the case back into his pocket, muttering he only needed them for distance. "Yeah," Paul replied as he walked away, "and I won a beauty pageant yesterday. I'm going to interrogate this Diaz fellow. Lovingly referred to as señior shit pants." Michael shook his head as he walked through the door and into the white room. Across the room was Melissa, curled up in the fetal position on the floor. She noticed Michael enter room and sat up, looking nervously around the room. "Nighthawk?" She asked when she was satisfied no one else had entered with him. Michael nodded. "I was told you wanted an audience with me."

"Why did you help me? I mean, why didn't you kill me as well?" Michael sat down in a chair and offered a seat across from him. She reluctantly got up and sat in the chair. "It was not my intention to rescue you, or anyone else." He commented dryly. Melissa stared with saucer eyes at his reply and was about to speak before Michael cut her off.

"However, they had apparently received orders to kill your family, but leave you alive. We had no choice but to intervene. I believe this may have relation to your previous association with Votch Matthews, and his work. You remember the cure for the Black Sun virus? ZL-QFN-028F? It was better known as the Nova serum The chemical compound was tested by my people here and found similarities to the mysterious ZL-QFN-013A. Though not as volatile. I believe that this cure may have been created using a modified blueprint of the explosive compound, leaving out the more volatile components. However, no one has been able to get the exact mechanics of the original formula, and this recent discovery in the cure may have leaked out. Considering the association you and your late husband had with Dr. Matthews, there may be some speculation that you are in possession of the original formula."

"That’s not true. There was no written formula. Votch was a genetic, and his ability allowed him to analyze and formulate in a heartbeat. He could work out impossible formulas and problems in seconds, and had a photographic memory. He never took a note in his life."

Michael nodded gravely and continued. "I'm very well aware of that. However, you are in custody of a keystone in the formula. Before Dr. Matthews, his wife and oldest son met their untimely demise in a plane crash; he had cured the only two remaining cases of the Black Sun virus. Putting his secrets into these two people. One of them was your daughter Elizabeth. The other one," He commented, removing his mask, "was me."
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:32 am

"Michael?" She gasped, restraining herself from reaching over the table to touch him. "Is that really you? What are you doing here?" Michael laid the mask on the table before continuing.

"Wrong place, wrong time. Peter's here as well, but he's on vacation. He goes by Chameleon, and was there as well when we rescued you. But you have to understand that you can't go back to Elizabeth. I think they attacked you in hopes that she would have been there, and mistook your similarities in appearance. That means she is in danger, and I can't put you in that situation. Peter and I will see to her safety, once some arrangements have been made. In the meantime, I want you to stay in New San Diego under our employment. You won't be expected to anything dangerous. Only send us a copy of any reports you make. Pink team should appreciate this information since you appear to be a role model to them. Other than that, keep a low profile and keep in contact with Elizabeth. If she mentions us, feign surprise.. We can't afford to let her know what's going on before we know what we're up against."

"When are you planning to go?" She asked, silently accepting the terms of her freedom. She trusted Michael’s father, and was beginning to see the similarities mirrored in his son. She understood he was only looking after her safety. He was always so irresponsible, She thought to herself, when did he grow up to be like this? Michael thought about her question for a minute before he replied.

"I have to wait for Peter to get back, and give you some time to re-acquaint yourselves. It's been almost twenty years since you've seen either of us. I also have to wait for a team to come back from a recon mission in the canyons of Vegas. That'll give me almost twenty soldiers counting Bruno, the one in Orange. Then I'll have to create team for the journey and make arrangements for travel. Does Elizabeth still live in Canada?" Melissa nodded in reply. "Kingston." She added.

"Good," Michael replied, "I'll call your brother Simon and make arrangements with him when everything is ready. We'll figure out a reasonable excuse for the sudden arrival and see what we can to from there. She'll be in good hands. In the meantime, is there anything I can get for you?" Again Melissa nodded, tears welling up in her eyes. "Can I get a hug?" She asked in a broken voice as tears now flowed freely down her face. Michael readily complied.


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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:42 am

A man stood at the edge of the vast canyon in the middle of the desert. He wore denim shorts, and a battered purple tee shirt under a green hunting vest. His shoulder length brown hair hung loosely as he peered through his field glasses. With his free hand, he held a compact two-way radio as he stood protectively over a blanket on the sand. "Let me get this straight," he said to the radio, "Ramrod was actually delayed in the mission in New San Diego? Nothing can stop that monster. It must have been something huge!"

"Actually Tony, it was comparatively quite small." A young voice replied, anxious to spread the rumors circulating through Shockwave HQ.

"It was a kitten, if you want to be precise about it." Tony stalled for a second, formulating his thoughts before continuing.

"Kitten? You mean Nikita stalled him?" The voice responded quicker than expected, but did so in the irritated tone he was aiming for.

"No, not Kitten, A kitten. As in a feline, a cat, a domestic house animal, an over-priced mousetrap..." Tony let a smile come to his face. Night Rider was the commander of White team, and an avid cat hater. An expert with computers and no stranger to a pistol. In fact, he could fight with deadly accuracy. He also had a very rare genetic ability that allowed him read and calculate information, numbers and formulas faster then the best of computers. The ability also gave him a photographic memory and he never forgot even the most trivial fact. This ability allowed him to hack any corporation in the world by using only binary codes, making his presence unknown and untraceable. He had even succeeded in hacking Shockwaves' Dantex system, but in the process, he mixed up a "1" with a "0", alerting her to his presence and in the end, he was apprehended. The most startling discovery was that the "man" who so effortlessly hacked Dantex, was in fact a ten year old boy. That was five years ago, and the child quickly rose through Shockwaves' command to become a color commander.

Tony was a color commander himself, and that simply meant he not only had to wear the same uniform, but had a matching full sized cloak to go with it. Color leaders were the same, but wore a half sized cloak as a symbol of being second in command. That was about the full extent of Shockwave's notorious chain of command. One commander, one color commander for each color team, and a color leader for every twenty soldiers past the forty who the color commander was directly responsible for. Tony was in charge of Purple team and dealt specifically with the new recruits, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. He would then spend all his time targeting the weaknesses, minimizing them as much as humanly possible, then referred them to color teams based on their strengths. However, as the commander of Purple team he didn't require a color leader. If the recruits went on missions, they had to be accompanied by at least one color commander, and Tony more often than not stayed behind to continue his training programs. He quickly brought himself back to the present.
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:08 pm

"I know what you meant kid. I was only teasing you. Did they find proof?"

"Did they ever!" Nightrider replied. "When they opened him up, they found a full litter camped out under the floor panels. They tried to dispose of them, but it seems Ramrod's developed some sort of paternal protectiveness over them. In the end, the only thing they could do was take them to med bay to get them tested, spayed and neutered." Tony had to force himself to stifle a laugh. How do you argue with a fifty ton tank? "So what does this have to do with taking me from my vacation? Do you have any idea how long it took me to convince Nighthawk to let me have this?"

"If I remember correctly, it was your wife who talked you into this." The boy replied. "By the way, Mandy..." There was a brief pause as Tony could hear a female voice scolding him in the background.

"Sorry," the voice continued, "Snipes said to tell you she's gone ahead to do some recon. I shouldn't have used her real name. I didn't think Angela..." Again there was a short pause before Nightrider concluded his sentence in a quick blurb of words. "Wasgoingtobesuchabitchaboutit!

The communication was then abruptly ended with a muffled thud followed by a yelp of pain. Tony sighed and clipped the radio to his belt before putting the field goggles in a case beside them. He then removed the blanket by his feet to reveal a small hole dug in the ground. In the hole was his Shockwave issued bolt rifle, a rifle that was larger than most military grade weapons, but surprisingly light. It could easily chamber and fire any caliber of bullets, and had a special clip design to house between eighty to ninety-five rounds, depending on the size.
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:41 pm

The bolt rifle got its' name because of its small bolt located at the butt of the weapon. A simple twist of the bolt would adjust the clip slot to hold any clip inserted into it, ensuring the user would never be out of ammo even in the most extreme conditions. As he slung this weapon over his back, he recovered his bolt pistol, a handgun in every way similar to the rifle, but could hold rifle clips as well. He attached this weapon to his left hip.

Once he secured his weapons, he retrieved the third and final item. The large metallic cylinder looked vaguely like an RPG launcher with the word "SCORPION" written in a red, athletic style font. Tony had picked this item up in a going-out-of-business sale at a sporting goods store near the place he grew up. It was a state of the art tool for any rock climber, and Tony developed a fond liking for it. In fact, he had received his nickname because of how much he used it. Its primary purpose was for scaling, rappelling, and crossing chasms in the wilderness, but he used it frequently in urban missions as well. Unfortunately, the large, cumbersome design hindered his progress in these missions, so he had a similar device integrated into his gauntlets. Since he was on vacation, he removed the cannon from storage and left his gauntlets at base, thinking there would be no need for them.

He sighed at the memory of his short-lived vacation, but quickly shrugged it off. Farther in the canyon, something had caught his attention, and he had radioed his wife to notify Shockwave of its' presence. Nighthawk immediately sent a group consisting of four color commanders, one color leader, one member of red team, and three soldiers from yellow, brown, grey, green and purple teams Counting himself, that totaled twenty-two soldiers; nearly five times the soldiers required for a standard recon mission. Not wanting to read too much in his commanders' decision, he shouldered his cannon and with his thumb and index finger, then pulled the triggers on either side of the grip.

Immediately, a harpoon launched from either end of the cannon, trailing a monofilament cord behind. The first harpoon landed into a nearby boulder with a loud crack while the other sailed out of view into the distance. A few seconds later, the cord on either end retracted into the cannon until both were taught. Tony then flipped the cannon and held firmly to the handle as he leapt off the canyon, sliding silently into the valley below.

He landed silently in the dense forest, releasing his cannon and retrieving his pistol from his hip. He then proceeded into the thick underbrush with his weapon trained in front of him, keeping a vigilant watch in case he happened across anything hostile. He didn't have far to go before he came across a group of five men wearing military fatigues. The small group sat around a fallen tree playing cards and betting ammunition, but otherwise unaware of their surroundings. Tony was just about to move past them when one of the men snapped his head to the side with such sudden ferocity that Tony thought his neck would break. His eyes then emitted a green glow as he raised a hand out in the direction he was facing. A genetic! Tony thought as he observed the situation, unsure of what exactly the man was doing, but deciding to let the man play it out.
Suddenly a woman appeared in front of the group, a thick mass of vines holding her by the wrists, ankles and neck. She was clad in a brown version of the standard Shockwave uniform with a half cloak hanging off her shoulders. That alone was all Tony needed to recognize this woman was Mandy, his wife. Not wasting any time, he reached into his sac and removed a flash bang grenade, removing the pin as he did.

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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:39 pm

"I think you might have hit him a little too hard Angela." The man in yellow commented dryly in his thick Russian accent, looking at the boy in white who was currently rubbing his head and muttering a rather unhealthy string of curses for someone his age. A woman in a brown Shockwave uniform stared violently at the boy from the other end of the clearing, her one good eye boring a hole through him. She then turned around to face the man who addressed her, her black hair brushing across her face to momentarily hide the metal plate that covered her left eye.

Her name was Angela Remic, and was Shockwaves' best sniper, making her the color commander of brown team. She and Mandy were the elite in the way of stealth and assassination, and their aim with a scoped weapon would put even the most well trained soldier in a state of awe. "He started it!" She exclaimed vehemently, pointing an accusing finger at the boy.

"And I'm finishing it!" A voice roared from the trees behind her. She spun around to come face to face with a man in a grey uniform; sweat was beading off his Caribbean skin as he fastened his mask to his face.

"It's Martin!" She protested, "He mentioned Snipes identity over the radio." The man took a step forward, bringing his full attention to Angela.

"Nikolai mentioned your identity, I mentioned his identity. You mentioned Matins' identity. Shall we all take turns hitting each other?" Angela opened her mouth to reply, but quickly shut it. The man then brought a gloved fist forward, connecting with Angela's face and knocking her to the ground. "Nightrider didn't break any rules. If he wants to call Tony either Tony or Scorpion, it's his choice. If any of us want to say Mandy or Snipes, Nikolai or Marbles, Martin or Nightrider, that's our choice. If you, or anyone call me Gregory or Nightwolf, that's your choice. The same goes for anyone wanting to call you Angela, Deadeye or the one eyed hummer. Is that understood?"

"The rule is that we don’t reveal our identities over the radio." Angela insisted, this time moving out of Nighthwolf s reach. The man just stood there, visibly fighting for control over his welling anger.

"No such rule was stated. I should know because I made the rules. Being the leader of this mission gives me the right. Not you. Any challenge to that authority is to be treated as an act of mutiny and will result in your termination. Do I make myself clear?" Angela was about to protest when the sound of seventeen rifles suddenly filled the clearing. She risked a quick glance to see that everyone except her, Nightwolf and Nightrider had trained their weapons on her. She let out a sigh of defeat as she turned her attention back to the man in front of her.
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:22 pm

"What are we doing here anyways?" Gregory raised a hand and immediately the weapons lowered. He then moved his head to indicate the vegetation around him. "What do you see?"

"I see a jungle. There are a lot of trees here." Gregory nodded at the assessment and continued. "And how many jungles grow in the middle of a desert? And in one of the darkest parts of the canyon at that?" Angela nodded, beginning to understand the implications.

"So a genetic might be involved?" She asked, taking a seat beside Nikolai.

"More than one." Nikolai answered, pulling a hunting knife from the ground and placing it into its sheath. "There would have to be at least a dozen class three genetics for all this. Or at least eight level fours. All of them with earth based elemental properties. Not something we want to get into with our standard recon team. Especially if there are others with them."

Gregory nodded. "Marbles is right. This is not something that even the military would want to get involved with. That's where we come in. Nightrider, I need a data-stream on all members of our team. If anyone so much as blinks, I want to know about it."

The boy quickly went to work on his data pad, typing information at a near blinding speed. His eyes gave off a green glow for a minute before fading back to their natural blue color.

"Done. I’m transmitting the data-stream now." Gregory removed his own data pad and stared at it with a quizzical glance before tossing it at Martin. "I didn't mean literally!"

Angela stood up and approached Gregory. "I'm sorry for how I acted, but I'm really worried about Mandy. Will she be all right?"

Gregory stared blankly into the forest as he though about his answer. "Tony went to intercept her at the next clearing. What could possibly go wrong?" Suddenly the sound of gunfire erupted in the distance, turning all heads in the direction Mandy had gone. Without saying a word, the twenty soldiers ran into the thick jungle.

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Postby psychoslug » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:04 pm

It was a split second after Tony launched the grenade-shaped item that he realized he hadn't packed any flash-bangs. What he had thrown however, was one of two dozen fire starters designed as a collector item for retired military officers that once belonged to his grandfather. Although, not what he was expecting, it still carried the desired effect.

Almost immediately after hitting the ground, the canister exploded, releasing a phosphorus gas that ignited in a small ball of fire. Although not lethal if used at a safe distance, anyone standing directly next to it would find their pants immediately engulfed in flames. As was the case for the genetic who controlled the vines holding Mandy. She immediately fell to the ground in a coughing fit as air returned to her lungs while Tony came out of hiding, firing two shots from his pistol and taking out the burning man among the group of confused soldiers. He then let loose a another seven shots, taking out three more of the soldiers before the remaining one came to his senses and returned fire with his rifle. Tony immediately leapt into the bushes to avoid the spray of bullets, keeping low to the ground to avoid being shot while he formulated a plan.

The sound of a single shot being fired brought his attention back to Mandy. She's still out there! Without thinking, he leapt out of hiding and saw his wife, arm outstretched, with smoke trailing out of the front of her gauntlet. Her visor gave off a faint green glow before fading to black and retracting back into her mask. She remained in her crouched position, paralyzed by the events that had transpired around her as Tony approached.

"Are you alright?" Tony asked, taking her shaking body into his arms. She nodded slightly before answering in a soft, almost melodic voice. "Yes, it's just adrenaline, I'll be fine." Tony chuckled at Mandy's self-analysis.

"You really get off on this stuff don't you?" Mandy pressed her fingers to his mouth and gave Tony a teasing look. "We can talk about that when we get back to base." Tony smiled knowingly and shook his head. "I'm on vacation. Nighthawk said to go and enjoy myself. It was an order."

"You're going to come home so I can enjoy myself. That’s an order." Tony kissed his wife in the forehead.

"Yes m'am." He replied, "But we should talk..." He cut himself off suddenly as the sound of approaching footsteps caught his attention. Mandy noticed this too, and the pair immediately climbed a tree at opposite ends of the clearing and waited. After a moment, a rainbow of Shockwave soldiers stepped into the clearing and spread out into a defensive position around the dead bodies. A woman in red approached the cadavers and removed a small triangular device, waiving it slowly in front of her before aiming it at the burnt remains of one of the bodies
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Postby psychoslug » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:47 am

"Genetic, earth elemental, level four reading. The others are all human." The four color commanders nodded at the readings before the one in yellow approached the center of the clearing.

"Out of the trees you two. We have to keep moving." Tony and Mandy fell in unison into the clearing, startling all the soldiers except the one who had spoken. "Hey giggles!" Mandy exclaimed. "One day, you'll have to tell us how you do that."

"Its Marbles," the man in yellow replied. "And I'll tell you one day. When we're all reborn as cats." Martin visibly cringed at the thought before speaking. "We don't have time to waste. If we heard you, it's a good chance their friends did as well."

Nightwolf nodded and started to advance deeper into the forest, but stopped in his tracks. "Scorpion, you're the nature freak. What do you make of this?"

Confused, Tony walked up to stand beside Nightwolf and followed his gaze. "It's not so thick in this direction. That doesn't make any sense because it was extremely dense a moment ago." He then removed his field glasses and looked back into the forest. "It looks like there's a wall of dirt up ahead. I'd say about ten meters in height, eight hundred meters out." Without another word, the group of soldiers marched silently through the forest, keeping their eyes to the trees for any signs of an ambush, until they reached the clearing.

As Tony had promised, there was a wall of black earth in front of them, inclined at a slope of almost forty-five degrees, the hill reached almost ten meters in height, and stretched out to either side of the canyon. Barely audible over the hill, was the sound of a man barking orders. Tony shrugged as he looked towards Nightwolf. "Looks like there's no way around. We'll have to come up with a plan."

Nightwolf nodded ad motioned for Nightrider to advance up the hill. Understanding the pattern, the color commanders spread out along the wall, leaving Mandy and the others in the center to provide cover fire for Martin in case something happened. Nikolai stared silently at his gauntlet, waiting for Martins' assessment. When Martin reached the top of the hill, he poked his head up for a brief second before pressing his body flat to the ground. "I count four hundred and sixty three bodies." His voice came over the radio in a hushed whisper as he inched himself down the hill.
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"Negative," Nikolai's voice replied, "Thermal survey of the area show only thirty bodies. Twenty-two of them are us."

Before Martin could get a chance to argue, an explosion erupted in the middle of the large group of soldiers, instantly killing most of them and tossing Mandy back into a near by tree, Tony was about to run out to her, but saw Nightwolf, aided by his mechanical leg implants, already beside her.

"She's only winded," Gregory's voice came over the radio, "go help Martin."

Hesitating only for a second, Tony grabbed a sack of grenades off one of the nearby bodies and raced up the hill, reaching Martin halfway up the slope. "We have to hold them until backup arrives!" Tony ordered, grabbing Martin by the sleeve and pulling him up the hill. As they reached the top, a mortar dug unto the ground, exploding in a column of dirt that threw the two down the hill. They quickly got back to their feet and assessed their equipment.

"Shit!" Martin cursed, holding his damaged rifle. "My weapon's toast." Tony cursed silently and thrust his rifle to Martin. "I can't use it. I'm allergic to the alloy." Running through possible options, he handed one of his sacks to the Martin, who in turn looked in. "Flash-bangs?"

"Fire starters." Tony replied, giving his rifle a final check before running up the hill.

"Oh. I feel much safer now." Martin grumbled, and then ran up the hill after Tony, who had stopped just short of the peak. "Where are the grenades?" He asked.

Martin shrugged his shoulders. "How should I know? You're the one who had them." The pair then looked back down the hill to see another sac lying in the dirt. Without any hesitation, they both made a run down the hill to reach the sac as another mortar exploded on it, detonating the grenades and throwing the two back up the hill.

"Are you alright?" Tony groaned, slowly bringing himself back to his feet.

"No, I'm not alright!" Martin replied. "I'm in the middle of a gunfight with nothing but over­rated sparklers, been tossed around by two explosions, and still alive to live through it all again! We should be dead right now. What the hell's going on?"

Tony, not paying attention to Martin's complaints, was slowly making his way back down the hill to reach his rifle when suddenly gunfire erupted from behind him, knocking the weapon further down the hill. He turned to see wave after wave of soldiers marching over the hill, weapons in front of them as they fired into the forest. None of the soldiers paid any attention to the pair as they marched past other than to give a quick glimpse before moving on.

Tony and Martin looked at each other in confusion for a second before Tony picked up a sizable rock and threw it at the head of a nearby soldier, stunning him slightly, but otherwise leaving him unaffected. Again the pair exchanged confused glances. "Firefly to all remaining units." A voice called over the radio. "The Rhino has landed. There are no reinforcements coming. Nighthawk has given the red light. I repeat: This is firefly, pilot of the Rhino. Mission aborted. Get out now!”

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Postby psychoslug » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:44 pm

The steady flashes of amber light turning on and off in perfect synchronization with the buzz of the alarm wasn't entirely uncommon, but the events surrounding it was. Michael had been in his quarters awaiting news of the recon team for nearly an hour before Firefly radioed the base to report only eight of the twenty-two soldiers were being returned to base. His voice carried an air of anxiety that unsettled him, and now he ran through the corridors of Shockwave HQ in his boots, pants and blue undershirt. People who saw him stepped aside, either out of fear or understanding of the situation. Those who had not moved fast enough either found themselves unceremoniously thrown to the floor, or tossed into the wall with unexpected superhuman force.

He made the final turn to the hanger bay area and was ready to charge head first through the crowd, but instead found himself crashing into a gurney. The stabilizers surged slightly from the force as Michael staggered back to his feet. Then, amid the protests of the two red clad, soldiers, he removed the red tarp covering the body underneath.

Underneath was a woman dressed in the same color uniform as the medics and Michael turned the soldier closest to him for an explanation. "Our uniforms are red to hide the color of blood. No one knew she was seriously injured. She stabilized the seriously wounded and treated the others before she collapsed. She had succumbed to her injuries before landing."

Michael nodded gravely, and with delicate care, gently placed the tarp over the body. "The other seven she treated. Did they survive?" The soldier nodded in reply and Michael placed a reassuring hand on her shoulder. Then with a slight nod, the two soldiers pushed the gurney down the corridor.

Michael resumed his run down the corridor until he came to a door flanked by two men in yellow. These men offered no challenge as he approached and slowed to a brisk walk. When he reached the door, another gurney was being pushed through the opening by two more soldiers in red. In the gurney laid Martin, covered to his shoulders with a red sheet that hid his body underneath. Although being a thick fabric, blood had still managed to seep through and the blanket dipped where the boys' legs should have been. He was heavily sedated and showed no awareness to his surroundings.
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Postby psychoslug » Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:00 pm

"What happened?" Michael demanded, grabbing the red color leader by the arm. "What does it look like?" The leader retorted, then a flash of recognition crossed his face and the man produced a blood splattered data pad and handed it to Michael. When he spoke again, it was in a more respectful tone. "The list of survivors. They're all in shock right now, so I couldn't get any more information. Whatever happened, it's got them out of their wits."

Michael retrieved the data pad and studied it for a minute before retrieving his own and forwarded a message to Kitten, the color commander of pink team. He then handed back the data pad to the soldier as he pocketed his own and proceeded through the doors to the hanger bay.

The large, orange room was like a miniature war zone as people in red and yellow scurried around the hanger. The soldiers in red worked frantically as they tried to sedate the soldiers and place them on the gurneys for transportation to the medical bay. Five men and a large group of yellow dressed soldiers were busy surrounding a disheveled looking Tony who was currently swinging a large piece of ragged metal that had fallen off the hull of the large vessel behind him, screaming "stay the fuck back" in unison to the swinging motions.

Blocking the entrance ramp to the ship was Marbles and a man in a turquoise version of the color commander's uniform. Michael walked through the crowd and stood face to face with the distraught man in front of him. Tony stared with blood lusting intent in his dark eyes, but made no move. Michael then backhanded Tony, taking care that his gauntlet made full contact with Tony's face, causing him to fall heavily to the ground.

Michael raised a hand to stop the advancing members of yellow team, and he knelt down and stared Tony in the eyes. "Tony? It's Michael. I need to talk to you about what happened." Tony's face glazed over as he suddenly became unsure of his surroundings. He then stared at Michael with sudden recognition before turning his head slowly from side to side, taking in the large room around him. "Where's Mandy?" He asked weakly, dropping the forgotten shard of metal in his hands. Michael shook his head solemnly before continuing. "That's what I need to talk to you about. Mandy didn't...”

"Where's Mandy?" Tony asked again in a disturbingly shaky voice. Michael, realizing the sudden tension, raised a gloved fist and brought it across his throat in a reverse slicing motion before bringing back quickly to his side. It was the sign that no aggressive force was to be used under any circumstances. "Mandy didn't make it," Michael replied slowly making his way to Tony. "I need to know what happened back there."

"Where's Mandy?" Tony spat, his voice in full roar as he brought his menacing glance back to Michael. Michael calmly voiced his words as he moved slowly to block the way to the vessel now behind him. "Mandy didn't make it. Her body was left at the canyon so we could get you and the others out of there. You're going through a lot right now, and you should really go with red team for evaluation until we settle this. There's nothing else that can be done right now." Tony produced a blank stare for a second before the rage engulfed him once again. "You lie!"
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"She's not here Tony." The man in turquoise commented from off to the side. "We had no choice but to leave her." At this, Tony emitted a primitive growl and turned savagely to the man. Michael grabbed him by the shoulder and forcibly spun him around. "That's enough Tony. You are to..."

He was abruptly cut off as Tony landed a solid punch to his lower abdomen. The injury he sustained from the sword's entry was still sensitive and he fell to the ground as Tony walked purposefully toward the severely battered ship. Michael immediately realized what Tony was planning and quickly got to his feet to intercept the man. "You can't go back there! The Rhino is too badly damaged!"

Just as Michael reached him, Tony spun around to hit him again. Michael anticipated this and ducked to the side, bringing himself up to backhand Tony again with his gauntlet. This time, Tony was not fazed by the blow, but instead grabbed Michaels' pistol from its holster and fired three shots at the commander. The first one connected squarely into Michaels' shoulder as the other two came high and wide, missing his head completely. Not wanting to take any more chances, Michael lunged into Tony, forcing him to drop the weapon as members of red and yellow teams swarmed over him, restraining the man until he could be properly sedated.

Michael got back to his feet and raised a hand to usher away a man in red, which reluctantly obliged. He then made his way to the pair still standing by the ship. "Firefly, Marbles, can either of you tell me what fuck happened? I want to know why fifteen of my soldiers didn't make it home today."

"We're not entirely sure ourselves,” Marbles reported, “they were somehow alerted to our presence almost as soon as got there." Michael thought for a minute before speaking his theory. "Motion sensors? Infra-red?" Firefly shook his head. "No sir," he replied, "I would have seen those on my fly-by. At the very least Martin would have noticed them before the attack."

"What about patrol teams? Perhaps one of them could have spotted you and radioed in?" This time Marbles shook his head. "I didn't see anything on thermal tracking. According to my scan, there were only eight people besides us, but far more then that had attacked us." Michael pondered some more over this fact as Firefly left to offer assistance to the injured. This simple mission had gotten far too complicated for his liking. "Alright, enough about what we don't know. What is it we do know?"
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Postby psychoslug » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:52 am

"Four hundred and sixty three bodies had attacked us according to Martins' count, and that’s not counting the group Tony took out. There was a class four earth elemental in the group. When the soldiers attacked, they launched energy based mortars on the hill as they marched the peak. Tony lost his weapons in an attempt to slow them down by the time the soldiers got to him. Oddly enough, they ignored him and Martin and kept firing through the trees at us.

“All the commanders got to the rhino, most of us having to be assisted by firefly and his men, only Firefly survived that. I think it was Tony who realized Mandy was still out there as she came to the clearing. He and Martin went to intercept her and get her on board safely as a mortar landed right on top of her. Martin was too close and got his legs blown off. Tony had to drag him back to the ship. But no one fired at them. They fired at the ship."

"Thank you Nikolai." Michael muttered, knowing everything after that point already. "Same orders as Tony. You are to go to your quarters and await psychiatric analysis. Based on their conclusions, you will be re-instated to your unit and rank once you have had enough tune to recover from the ordeal. But until then, you, and everyone else on this mission are to be confined to quarters until further notice. You are to be let out for training exercises under armed supervision twice daily and you are not to leave the base under any circumstances without my expressed permission. Is that understood?" Marbles nodded, but otherwise made no move.

"Good. Firefly will escort you to quarters where I will meet with you later to go over the plans for an upcoming mission. Like it or not, everyone who was scheduled to come are dead, or confined to quarters. I need your help to pick out a new team. I'll meet you first thing in the morning."

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Postby psychoslug » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:02 am

The face of a man appeared on the screen. His strong and grizzled features belied his true age to that of someone younger, but despite his appearance of being in his forties, the strong general was really just pushing sixty. "Simon, I have a favor to ask." The General's face cringed slightly as Michael finished his sentence, this was not a request given to him often as Michael never asked favors, or at least not in the time that Simon had known him. "Do I want to know?" He asked gruffly.

"No, but I have to ask. Your niece was attacked the other day and I believe that they were after Elizabeth. Needless to say my army intervened and rescued her; but was unable to do anything for the others. She's been released from our custody, but we feel it would be ideal to keep a close watch on her daughter for the time being. Until we know what it is we're up against." Simon nodded at this before commenting, "Since you're telling me all this, I would assume that you don't want the United Alliance involved. So what do you want?"

"You're both right and wrong on the fact that I don't want the United Alliance directly involved in this matter until we know what it is we're up against. What I do want is a little 'United Alliance red tape' as it were."

"Red tape'?" Simon asked quizzically, trying to piece together the implications of the statement. "Can you elaborate on that?" Michael sighed and prepared to clarify. He was never very good at wording his thoughts, and people usually got confused when he tried to explain things. He decided to be blunt.

"I have fifty men coming to Kingston in forty-eight hours. We'll be landing at the Kingston International Airport when we get there. What I need you to do is to arrange 'special' documents for all of us. Preferably mentioning that we're mercenaries coming from the Outer Alliance boundaries. We'll be using one of our own vessels, and will need the landing area and a secured hanger free for our arrival. From there we will continue our mission unimpeded until we get to the bottom of this."

"Fifty men? That's a little much for a baby sitting job isn't it? I can arrange the documents easily enough, but I'll be hard pressed to get them ready in the time you've given me. What type of men can I expect?" Michael reached over and grabbed his data pad, plugging it into the computer. "The usual. Mass murderers, serial killers, rapists, assassins, hackers and unlucky bastards. Peter will be coming too, and so will a new guy. Just picked him up the other day. He goes by the name Mateo Juan Diaz. It's his first mission, and he's a recruit already given to a unit. I guess he has some great potential, but I’ll be keeping him under intense supervision."
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"Great. Why not ask us to let all the inmates out of the prisons for your arrival?" Michael chuckled slightly before continuing. "Careful Simon. I might take you up on that offer. I'm transmitting the information now. Forty eight hours."

"Fine, forty eight hours. By the way, what happened to your arm?" Michael looked absently at his arm currently cradled in a red sling. "Oh this? It's nothing. One of my men had a psychotic episode and shot me before we could subdue him." Simon stared absently for a minute. "Your own man shot you? And these are the same type of people you’re bringing here? Why do I have a feeling I'm going to live to regret this?"

"Don't worry. I promise you will. Forty eight hours Simon. I'm counting on you."

End of Segment

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Michael sat silently on this stool in the middle of the black room. All the lights were out with the exception of the ones that currently lit both him and the tank in front of him. He was growing frustrated by the unrelenting silence that greeted every question he had asked to this point, and the mewing of kittens was starting to grate his nerves.

"God damn it Ramrod. What the hell is going on? Why don't you say something?" At last, the tank spoke up, his voice in the usual high pitch tone, but with a hint of anxiety and fear. "You said you were going to use my central intelligence systems for target practice."

Michael was surprised by the emotions carried out by the single sentence and almost missed the reply in general. Thinking back, he remembered that was exactly what he said. Now a rather uncomfortable feeling crossed him as his stomach tightened into knots. For all the advanced technology and intelligence, the advanced AI systems came with one simple price: all systems with the AI progressed independently through states of maturity.

This process is usually sped up based on the frequency of use for each item. Dantex was at an equivalent age similar to Michael who was turning thirty in a couple of months. The Patrollers and most aviation systems that were not part of Dantex's collective conscious were approximately in their teen years, and usually expressed many of the delightful rebellious phases similar to teenagers in general. Ramrod however has only been on about four missions in total, and therefore had the mentality of a child, and Michael treated it as such, which sometimes helped problems like this, but usually made it worse.

He took a deep breath and tried to formulate his next thoughts. He was never good with kids, and this was dangerous territory in his mind. "Yes, I did, but I didn't mean it." He started, figuring out how to explain his actions. "When people get mad, they say things they don't mean. That's what I did, and I'm sorry. I forget sometimes that you're AI is still young and inexperienced. Normally I wouldn't do that and you know it"

"But why did you?" Michael felt himself being cornered. God he hated kids. "The situation was really stressful because of unexpected variables, as you said. I could have gotten out of there with little difficulty by myself, but I picked up someone on the way. Peter, your father, has a second cousin who was in town that day and was attacked by those people. We were lucky to get there in time, but that meant that we had to worry about her as well, which is why I changed our escape plan in the first place. It was so we could get her out as well. That delay put her in danger as well as me, and a very, very explosive package. But that entire fiasco aside, that's not why I'm mad at.”
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Postby psychoslug » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:15 pm

"Then why are you mad?" Michael sighed at the question and was beginning to wish that he still received the tanks silent treatment. "Don't you know why you're grounded?" The question was greeted by silence and Michael assumed that if the machine had a head, he would be shaking it right about now. "I didn't ground you because of what you did, I grounded you because of what you didn’t do. You didn’t tell me the truth.

“But I have been telling the truth!” Ramrod protested. If machines could cry, tears would probably be welling up in its optical sensors right about now.

“I know you are right now. But you took twenty minutes to get to your destination. That left me having to fight for about seven minutes. If you were concerned about stray kittens, we could have come back when things settled down and retrieved them for you. At the very least, you could have told me about them and we could have picked them up that night with the men who were standing idle further down the alley. Worst case, you could have radioed saying you were detained and we could have fortified the area better by having brown and purple teams intervene on the rooftops. They were in the vicinity on a patrol mission at the time and would have been there in a matter of minutes. A few Rhinos could have been dispatched as well to provide transport of either troops or prisoners. They could have been there in eight minutes. Do you see where I’m going with this?”

Instead of answering the question, Ramrod went to the question that was also on Michael’s mind. “What about the kittens?”

Michael sighed. He knew he had to do something about them, but didn’t know what. “I guess you can keep them. I feel you’re responsible enough for that task, but they are your responsibility.” He then quickly surveyed the room, taking in the surroundings. “Now that you mention it, where are the? I was told that you picked up twelve. I only see two.”

“I am only capable of providing enough rations to meet the dietary needs of two members of the feline species. Their diets are more direct than that of humans and I don’t want them to get sick. So the other ten kittens were given away to people who could look after them.”

Michael felt a slight surge of pride well up inside him. He wasn’t sure if letting Ramrod make this decision was the smartest thing he could do, but Ramrod showed considerable judgment based on his own capabilities. The tank’s AI was maturing at a considerable rate and that would mean it would evolve to the teen based mentality after another couple of missions. At that thought Michael was suddenly filled with more dread.
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He was relieved from his morbid thoughts as the lights suddenly went out and the door opened to reveal a young man in a green casual uniform. The man walked cautiously into the room as the door slid silently shut behind him. At this point, the room was completely devoid of any light for a couple of seconds before two pale blue rings illuminated separate areas of the floor a couple of feet apart. A red square illuminated the area around Ramrod, but none of the three lights could provide sufficient enough lighting to see anything around the area they marked. As soon as the man in green stepped into one of the rings a light shone down on him, illuminating him so suddenly that it hurt his eyes.

He was about to stumble out of the ring before Michael called out to him “Watch yourself." He commented softly as he usually did when he dealt with new soldiers. "The second you stepped in that circle, you activated the rooms' defense systems. As soon as you step out you will be fired upon." Michael then stepped into the second ring and let the light illuminate him as well.

"Now the defenses are going to target you as well." The man commented smugly in perfect English, keeping his face expressionless. "Are they?" Michael asked, and then stepped out of the ring and into the darkness for a second before stepping back in. "Hmmm... Guess not. But before you try, I would suggest you put your arm out first."

The man hesitated for a second then stretched his arm out until it was out of the circle. Suddenly a shot fired from the darkness and the man spun around violently before lading on the ground clutching a bleeding arm. Michael mused over this for a second before commenting, the mask concealing the amusement on his face. "Wow! No one's ever been dumb enough to try that before. Are you alright?"
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The man looked down at his arm and realized it wasn't bleeding anymore despite the injury. He looked up to Michael for an explanation, fighting to hide the pain and violent intent flashing across his features.

"Salt bullet with cauterizing properties."" Michael explained, regaining his composure. "It is used by interrogators in the outer alliance boundaries to extract information from spies. It heals seconds after entry, but the pain lasts for some time after. I'm not to kill you, but I will make you life a living hell if I have to until this session is over. Now let's get to business."

"What do you want?" The man asked, bringing himself back to his feet. Michael ignored the question, jumping straight to the interrogation. "You are Mateo Juan Diaz. Family descendant from Nicaragua. You grew up in the United Alliance your whole life. Age twenty three and a graduate of the Manhattan Institute of Military Studies. First in your class, and if I remember correctly, the highest GPA in the history of the institute. A Jack-of-all-trades with potential to rise to the rank of a general in a matter of years. No small achievement if I may say so myself. In fact, I remember General Votch had high hopes that you would enlist, and serve under him as a lieutenant. Skilled in small arms handling and expert in Ninjitsu. You may be interested to know that a member of our medical unit is a fellow expert in the art. You can spar in the gym together if you'd like. Just out of curiosity, why didn't you join the army?"

Mateo muttered something barely audible and Michael had to ask him to repeat himself. "I don't like violence." He said again sheepishly, and Michael had to work to stifle his laugh.

"You don't like violence, but you were a member of the Deaths Garden. What exactly did you think they do? Host tea parties every weekday afternoon? Do you really think I'm that stupid?" The look of anger on Mateo's face was evident, and Michael immediately removed his gun from the holster and aimed it at the man's face. "I'm not stupid, or at least not stupid enough to become the subject of your martial arts prowess. I probably wouldn't last a minute against you hand to hand, and sure as hell not thirty seconds if you grabbed either weapon off me in the process."
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"You said you're not to kill me." Mateo said defiantly, although his voice cracked with nervous anticipation as he tried to formulate a plan. "A small matter." Michael replied, not lowering the weapon. "I need you on a mission, and you have all the training you need. That is why you're not wearing a purple uniform right now. However, as the leader of this army, I am allowed to change that decision in a second if I wish to. And I will change my decision to let you live if one of two things happens. One: you remain uncooperative. Two: you make an attempt to so much as blink in a way that I don't like, and I will decorate this room with your brains, your blood and your skull. Do we have an understanding?" The man didn't reply, but instead seated himself on the ground. "What do you want to know?"

"We'll start with why you joined that gang." Michael replied.

"They threatened to kill my sister unless I worked for them. I have a talent for getting in and out of places unnoticed. They wanted me to take a canister from a warehouse for Thor Enterprises. The deep space mining corporation. I didn't know what it was they needed so bad; I only wanted to save my sister."

"What can you tell me about the person the gang members mentioned? The one who was going to pick up the woman?"

"I don't know anything about that. I was only supposed to retrieve the canister and get my sister back. Anything else doesn't matter to me."

"A soldier mentality through and through if I say so myself." Michael then placed his pistol back in the holster and stared at the man. "Do what you're told and don't ask questions, am I right?"

Before Mateo could say anything, Michael cut him off with a wave of his hand. "Don't bother trying to defend yourself. You were being used the whole time and you know it. What you didn't know was that your sister wasn't kidnapped. She was a member of the gang, and one of our informants. That's how we knew about the canister, that's how we knew where the gang was located, and that's how we were going to abduct each and every one of you before the shit hit the fan two days ago."

Mateo's face paled at the news he was just told and ended up stuttering his next question. "Y-you have her? Where... Where is she?" Michael shook his head slightly. "Rosa's here and doing well. She defected the moment she told us the location of the gang and was enlisted into our army as an undercover operative. We’ve also taken the liberty to provide her with an intern position with one of our private institutions that provide the army with the funding to operate."

As if on cue, the door opened to reveal a young girl in a white and blue dress, being escorted by a woman near Michaels' age in a red color leader uniform. Upon seeing Mateo, the teenagers face immediately lit up to display rather joyful expression. "Mateo! You're alright!" She exclaimed leaping into her brothers arms. Michael stared at the pair for a moment before shifting his eyes to the woman still at the door. "I've deactivated the defenses for this room. I'll leave you both to get reacquainted."
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The pair walked silently down the hall ignoring everyone as they headed toward their destination. Michael had removed his mask when they had left the room and his companion had done likewise. When they reached their destination, the doors opened to reveal a comfortable designed living quarters. Without saying a word, both walked over to the dinning room table and laid down their masks and gauntlets on the surface. Michael proceeded to remove his cloak, vest, gloves and tunic as the woman walked into the bedroom. Michael followed her in just as she activated a privacy screen, hiding her as she changed her clothes.

Michael took a seat at a desk and stared at the screen as well as the silhouetted figure behind it. "You know Teresa; he studies Ninjitsu as well. You two should spar together sometime."

The woman on the other side tittered slightly at the suggestion, and Michael felt his stomach tighten. This always seemed to happen whenever he was around her. Increased heart rate, flushed complexion, queasiness, being light headed, and the inexplicable lump in his throat. The first time this ever happened, he thought he had contracted smallpox or some viral infection. After a brief checkup and a not-so-brief lecture about wasting the color commanders' time on common knowledge of human emotions, Michael realized he was greatly attracted to the woman. Something was said from the other side of the screen but he missed it. "What was that?" He asked.

"Are you trying to play matchmaker again?" Michael felt his hands become sweaty and he realized he became slightly paranoid from being put on the spot. "No... Not really... I mean yes... Wait-wait a minute." He then took a deep breath as he tried to get both his mind and heart to settle down long enough to speak coherently. Teresa laughed from the other side of the screen at Michaels' childish attempt at the English language. Michael swallowed and decided to try again. "What I mean is... Forget it. Why? Did you already have your sights on someone?"

The screen dissolved to reveal Teresa in a short gothic style dress that fit comfortably on her slender figure. She was taller than most women and in turn, tended to intimidate most men. "Maybe," she replied as she searched her room for something. "But I don't think he knows it." She sighed slightly and placed her hands on her hips in frustration before turning around to face Michael. "Then again, maybe he's gay."

Michael reached over to the desk and retrieved a spray bottle of perfume. "Is this what you're looking for?" She walked over and took the bottle from Michael and applied the perfume sparingly, and then a mischievous grin crossed her face as she turned the bottle on Michael and sprayed him in the face, accidentally getting some in his eyes.

Michael cursed and rubbed at the fire in his eyes before resorting to blinking rapidly so they could tear the perfume out. "Sorry about that," Teresa said apologetically, "are you alright?"

"I'll live." Michael replied, still rubbing at the stinging sensation as they both made their way out of the room. "What is that stuff anyways?"

"Rose water. I picked it up on my last leave."

"Good to know." Michael said jokingly as the pain finally subsided. "But I hate roses. Don't you have a lilac fragrance or something?" He then grabbed his effects from the table and started to put them back on. "I'll see what I can find this time." Teresa replied mockingly as she started rummaging through her purse. Michael reached into his pocket and retrieved a money card. "I didn't give it to you yet. That's why I came over."

"Right. I knew that." She then took the money card and put it in her purse. "Too bad about that guy. I would have enjoyed his company on this leave."

"Well, that's his loss I suppose. Providing he knows you like him."

"He'd better by now. I've dropped him more than enough hints." She then sighed as she sat down to put on her shoes. Michael chuckled slightly at her statement before commenting.
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Re: Shockwave: Blood and Water (R) Updated tuesdays!

Postby psychoslug » Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:40 am

“You spend all your time in the medical bay. He must be in there a lot." Teresa flicked a stray piece of hair from in front of her face before answering. "Oh, he is. In fact I hear Cardinal's going name a wing after him if he keeps coming to get patched up."

Michael thought about this for a minute. This guy sounded slightly familiar, but he couldn't recall a name. He'd have to keep his ears open to find this person and arrange a mystery date for the two of them, providing the person wasn't really gay. He decided to say something before she clued in that he was plotting something. "The guy sounds like an accident prone looser. Do you at least know how he feels about you?"

"No. I can't tell anything from him. It's like he doesn't feel anything but anger, joy and loneliness. Oh well." She then muttered something about a clueless asshole, but Michael wasn't quite able to catch the first part. He decided now would be a good time to leave before he single handedly ruined her leave before it even started.

"I have to get going Teresa. I need to go over the final arrangements for this mission and make sure everyone is ready. I just wanted to make sure you have everything you need before I go. Have fun." He then walked out the door and saw Peter standing across the hall. "I thought you were on vacation."

"I was," Peter replied, "but I got called back to go with you on this mission.
Everything's ready to go right now. We're only waiting for you." Peter then sniffed the
air. "What's that smell? It smells like roses."
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