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The Spirit of Steel
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: HKSAR, PRC, Asia, The Earth, The Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.
the fifth part of the exciting NOT, part 1
Chapter 5: The firer of the Magic Bullet
Evading the detections of enemy soldiers, Sousuke rushes towards the deepest part of the ruin. If the gang is ok then they should be going for the exit opposite to their position by passing the deepest part of the ruin, so in the path he's going on he may meet either of them. But without any map it's hard to move within this underground maze, so he can only rely on his senses and compass, and he must act fast or the searching enemies may find or even had caught them. Without any consideriations of being found he just rushes through the passages and stairs, ignoring footsteps or lights he saw on the way, relying only on his raw power to find them. It's so lucky that he hasn't been found even keep going on in this state, and when he arrived at a large underground hall, he found a man curlsing on the floor. He's Lemon, and with alert he runs up to him, asking him why he's here. He replies lots of stuff happened, and the 2 girls are sticking together......His head is still in brain and nearly vomits. They're both ok and went into the dome-shaped complex there, he wanted to go in with them but the brain went nunts and shamefully cabn't go on. Knowing Chidori is so close, Sousuke can't just wait here and ready to move, but Lemon grabs his hand, saying that one's brain will go crazy since there's something in the dome, at least if tehy're not a Whispered. Sousuke then looks at the dome, which feels supernatural with all those parts attached to it. They're lucky that can be gathered here alive, but they can't hesistate as enemies will come here at anytime. He thenh shouts the two's name, telling them to leave, but there're no response. It's so quite here so they must be able to hear it, but the enemies may also hear this......
Some feedbacks. As he's about to run towards teh dome, the two girls comes out from there together. It's great that they're ok, especially at Chidori's part: after 9 months he finally saw her, who doesn't change much except looks thinner. And he finally saw her here, and he has lots to say, the suppressed emotions about to explode. He feels bad for not thinking baout what to say when he sees her again, and wants to tell her everything he wants to. But rather, he better runs up and hugs her at once, ignoring any possible dangers approaching the dome, and he begins to move as he can't wait anymore......
GUNSHOT. She fires her gun at him without hesistation, though the shot only nearly hits his legs. He can't even understand what happened, but it's real that she fired at him! He stops and tell her to drop the gun, as she may only fires because of unable to see who's there due to the dull environment. But as he shouts, she fires another shot nearer to his legs, and softly tell him not to move. Now he finally realizes it: Chidori isn't sticking close to Tessa, but taking her like a hostage. He can't understand what happens, as she tell him not to move or she'll shoot Tessa first. She says sorry to Sousuke, with some blood flowing near her mouth......Did she being beat by Chidori? She can't understand what happens either, but when she's about to speak Chidori stops her. Sousuke asks if she doesn't recognize him anymore, but she doesn't. She still knows him, and she wants to see him that she wants to run towards him......But why she's doing all these?
"I have an important task to do which shouldn't be ignored. Sophia tells me to take up this job so I have to go. I'm still liking you most, but if you're standing in my way then I'll have to kill you."
Sousuke can't even understand anything in her words, and tells her not to make up jokes now. She knows he'll think so, and understands his confusions, but he better accept these......
"Because doing so will tie up with the power that makes the world better."
She's telling him these like crying, but at the same time she's pointing her gun at Tessa's head, begging him to let her go or she'll kill them both. Sousuke denies, and she shouts why he can't understand her thoughts, she has to decide her actions and no one else can do so, even Sousuke.
This is pure chaos, and the feeling that occupies his heart has now gone, replaced by an unbelievable horror and coldness. Those voices, words and speaking methods are definately Chidori herself, but her actions are acting reversely, pretty much like talking to a maching emulating her. How come she can beat Tessa and speak these words? Chidori then moves towards the exit, but he just can't shoot her......He asks where she's going, but the reply is that if he likes her then don't give a chase. He demands an explaination, and she says she know what she's doing. Sousuke then starts to move------he's now here and how can he let her go like this? Fire at Tessa or him? These are just bluffing as she won't do these. He has no choice but to suppress her rudely first before investigate later......
BANG. She fires at Tessa's head, and her body falls to the ground, parts of brain and blood spilling out from the wound. INSTANT DEATH. Without hesistation she then aims at the shocked Sousuke, saying that it's all his fault, and he has to bear the responsibility for her death. What is she saying? It's her who shot her! There're no time for thinking. The first thing he has to do is to catch her. As such, Sousuke runs up by all his force------"It's all your fault!" BANG. The first shot hits the chest, and he now can't breathe. Second, then third. His AS pilot suit just barely blocks the bullets for him, but all in all he still can't believe what she has done. Undefended, she then says farewell to him and aim at his head. BANG. The last thing he saw is the fire of the gun, then he also dies instantly without any chance to shout. The slient and dark, lifeless world is about to come. But NO------there're some voices:
"It's okay, but don't push yourself too much. I'll keep waiting for you, so don't worry......"
In the darkness comes a beam of light, enlarging his view. He then screams out in horror and sits up, with his anger, sorrow, sadness and horror twisting with one another, his muscles are shaking. Lemon stares at him with a face of exhausted and horror. He's still in that hall and he doesn't know when he falls down. Lemon is beside him, Tessa is lying 5m ahead without any wounds in the head. So she hasn't been hurt but only fainted? He then touches his head, chest and abdomen, no wounds are found. Chidori isn't there.
Sousuke asks what happened, and Lemon tells him that when he begins to run towards her he suddenly falls to the ground unconscious, while she pushes Tessa to the ground and runs away, and with Lemon's legs he just can't go after her. He also seems confused, and Sousuke stands up running towards Tessa. Except being beat, tehre're no other gunshot wounds. At least she's okay......But what's the meaning for Lemon saying that "he probably can't do anything with it"? He replies that he saw the entire scene of them being shot, but probably it's just illusions or it's just effects of déjà vu. When put this into consideration, that scene may be the "original possible future". They both see her shooting them, but why effects of déjà vu has vanished for them? He's right, before entering here they're pouring into his mind, but now they're all gone. Sousuke then tries to run towards teh door that Chidori escapes, thinking that her mind has gone nuts or she won't shoot him. Lemon stops him, saying that she has been gone for 3mins and they can't chase her. Sousuke tells him to let go, but Lemon insisted that they're done for if they're still fighting. Sousuke continues to think that he's sick, but Lemon shouts and jumps to him suddenly------
GUNSHOTS. The gunfires are echoing in the hall from the enemies came in from southern entrance, 100m away, number unknown. Sousuke is so shaken by his emotions that he can't even maintain his lowest awareness, but despite how stupid he consider himself is he tries to fire back by his Carbine, but it's too dark here and they're so distant that he can't even find where enemies are. They soon decide to escape, so Sousuke initiates suppression fire and throws out an Incendiary Grenade, creating a barrier of flame and smoke that can make NVGs and Infrared Scoups are all useless. Lemon tries to pick up Tessa, and Sousuke comes back taking her up and rushes to the nearest exit. Lemon leads the way northwards, and when they arrive at a T-junction Sousuke stops his steps. Oppposing the way that Lemon is about to go, there're fresh footsteps: Chidori's. If he leave them alone and chace her by himself, he may still reach her......Lemons yells at him that enemies are coming. Yes, enemies are spreading out finding them, and it's ridiculous to do this. From Leonard's words, at least Chidori won't be killed, but the leftbehind Tessa and Lemon can't just escape on their own: At least Lemon will definately be killed. But it has been so long after she had left him......His senses finally overrides his emotions. Now he must put "escape" as priority, since chances of saving her will eventually come. Lemons says they may come to the back of the factory if going up the northern stairs, so they move on that path while Sousuke fires at the coming enemies.
Chidori thinks she know what she had done. She had killed Sousuke and Tessa, by her shots. At least she thinks so. As she thinks about the poor two she'll become unhappy, and it's just a bad event afterall, but in fact the two are now useless. The not-so-thick friend game/poor-destiny lover game/etc won't have to continue, since the world will be retuned soon enough. She doesn't need to care what happened or who dies, the only thing she should care is her life. Now she has to think about the situation: Leonard Testarosa of Amalgam should have known this already, and should had been prepared for that. If it's her former self like that in 10mins ago, she'll refuse to help him at all costs, but now it's different because she finally understands. It's a simple solution, which Sophia tells her to do: she's the only one that can save the world. Just by thinking how awesome and prideful work it is, her heart will feel like burning.
As she walks in the passage she saw a man is waiting: It's Leonard, who picked up a chair somewhere and sit there. She asks if he had been waiting for long, and he replies it's not, smiling. He comments that she has now awoken, and with a smile she agrees and pulls him up from the chair. She then asks him if all is prepared, and he replies that he has been preparing for it 6 months ago.
"Then let's go."
"To anywhere as you wish, my princess."
She feels cold on spot, so Leo taks off his red jacket and cover her shoulders. As such she comments that he becomes kinder than before, and he replies that there's no need for so. She adds that she won't say anything stupid anymore, as there're no need for arguing. The two then move for the friendly units.
Probably because of being rudely carried, Tessa regains consciousness faster than normal. At first she still can hardly stand, but then she can walk on her own. Lemon asks her if she's really ok (ingoring the fact that his injury is more serious), but she asks how's Chidori instead. Running Sousuke says she left them alone, then asks her what happened in there. She can't reply on spot, and he's so furious that he grabs her shoulder to ask her, shocking her and she showed faces of guilty and sadness. He quickly apologizes that he has been confused, and so is she. He then mentioned that he met Leonard before and told him those stuff about Chidori getting to the deepest part of the ruins, then Tessa comments that he believes that she will behave like that already and whcih she can't predict so. It's not easy to explain the whole thing, but the core of this complex borns out something like a "shadow" of the tested person during the TAROS incident 18 years ago, resulting in a crystal-form of her through Omni-Sphere because of teh mental waves between the past and the future. That crystal-form should be the real body of the Whispering, transmitting intelligence to Whispereds like a mid-way antenna. She is here because of aiming to destroy it, thinking that its destruction will halt Black Technology flowing into this space where they shouldn't exist. Sousuke then replies that Leo insisted that Chidori is actually the real Whispering, and it's now the case because of some unknown reasons. By hearing her words and insane stuff before, Sousuke starts to understand what she means: With unknown reasons, something had happened inside there and how Chidori behaves. Is Chidori being possessed by that Whispering? She neither agrees nor denies, but says sorry to Sousuke in her deep feeling of guilt, saying that she whould stop her to approach there if she know what will happen afterwards.
Sousuke can't try to calm her down. "-Are there no methods to solve this?", "-You're following her and yet you let her do it.", etc comes up, and he can barely holds his limit for now scolding Tessa hard, while she also understands that her any words are now useless. To breack teh ice, Lemon tries to comfort her by saying that it's him who insisted to follow her, and things that no one can predict are really irresistable, but she's still saying that nothing can be done now. At this time Sousuke feels really bad for his inability to comfort her, telling her that it's not her fault, and further more why he still become so angry even he committed numerous faults all teh way long. He does know the reason behind though: because it's all about HER, and he's unable to free his mind to treat her well when the events crosses with her. It's just a little more, but how is he supposed to do when he sees her next time?
Radio messages reached Kalinin (no, from this onwards I should call him Big Boss if necessary) that the units had found 2 male and a female in the deepest passages, one injured but they'll keep on tracking them down. Big Boss tells them not to try hard to suppress but to drag them down, and keep the female alive possible. Even these are indirect communications their status are still bad, and contolling his units working in this maze is also very difficult, as they're still in strong confusion until now because of that déjà vu. They're still retaining their consciousness, but it still makes communication and cooperation difficult: asking about an issued command repeatedly, unable to report their current status or position, etc. Such effects intensifies when they're more close to the core, and some of the teams nearly fire upon their colleagues, only being stopped by Big Boss' warnings. But these effects vanish just the moments before. Is there something happened in the core of the ruins just like what Leonard told him------Chidori is fine after the crash, by some guidence of fate she reached the core and together with the Whispering......He chooses not to think too deeply. Regardless, communication has now become better. Though Alpha Team had let them go, the exits have others ready for ambush, and even Sousuke won't have a method to escape alone. His men will surely kill him, and same goes with Tessa if she tries to resist. Once again he asks himself if it's OK for them to die......And it's a yes. If they die here that means they're just at that level, as such it'll be a chance to clear out his confusion.
At the time of Melida attack, he didn't delete the position data of "last resort" supplies from Danann's databank, since he's still doubting about the issue even though Leonard's words came true.
His doubts at that time let them live till now, but now he won't hesistate since he agrees with Leo's objective: he always feel that the world shouldn't be like this. As such, from this onwards whoever step in their way will be neutralized without hesistation, even if they're past comrades, including Sousuke------If he's about to die here then so be it, but if he's still trying to stop him he has to be prepared for the will and sacrifice if necessary. One of his men beside him suddenly shouts and tell 2 coming people to stop, who turns out to be Leonard and Chidori and that man lowers his arms.
But they noticed that Chidori looks unnaturally easy as if she's the ruler of the world from her footsteps, but she's still only a 17-year-old girl......Or perhaps she's teh real ruler, he and Fowler and teh rest are just mere servants who try to gain something from their power. Leo and Big Boss both greet each other, and while the later says Sousuke tries to escape from the north and the encircling will soon complete, Chidori feels strange since she had killed Sousuke and Tessa by shooting their heads. Big Boss doesn't understand this opposite intel as reported, as well as her easiness of telling their death. As he tries to ask for more Leo stops him, saying that anything in OK. He then orders the evacuation while Big Boss can still beat up "3 unindentified enemies" before they left, and he suddenly feels uneasy and something is lost for himself. He then contacts Casper, who reports Kurz is still nowhere to be found. Big Boss orders him to wait and neutralize him since he'll eventually come to rescue the three. He accepts with a laugh, and hopes he can enjoy the fight.
AI reports to Kurz about small arms fire within the ruins. Right now they're hiding 3km NE from Yansk11, and they took 2 hours of slow motions to get there in order not to be found, still they're cautios enough to use normal camofluge+ECS as well as limiting data transmission. As the reached the maximum range of communication Kurz lays down his M9 and uses super-sensitive vibration sensors to detect sounds, and soon enough it detects these gunfire (though not the footsetps), proving the existance of fighting in there. It's determined that that particular sound is Sousuke's carbine with his particular beat of shooting despite of echoes. Smiling for he's alive, Kurz soon try to read the situation within the digital map: He's moving towards their direction, but because of lowered speed than normal he can say that some injured or a girl (who is probably Tessa) is with him. They try to escape via the backdoor, but there's a deployed team hiding near the exit, so without his support escape won't be possible. The enemy may also had prepared for that though, and obviously Casper is waiting for him at somewhere else.
Soon there're some weak waves received from Sousuke, and with shortened sentences (without any jokes, in order to keep tranmissions as little as possible in addition to encoding and other sorts of works) he asks him about the situation. They're doing a fighting retreat with Tessa and injured Lemon (and the signals are becoming stronger). Kurz says that there're are enemy ambush on the ground, and soon Sousuke asks if support is possible since he can observe these. Kurz replies that it's possible, but a sniping LDS-mounted AS is hiding around and must be destroyed first, since he knows that without nailing Casper and fire directly upon enemy squad he'll be shot by Casper in no time as his position has been exposed. Moreover, Sousuke thinks that the strongest AS (Verial) can also be around, making the situation even direr. Still, Kurz says that if he can defeat the sniper first they can transport Laevatein to there, even he knows that Gebo6 has to take a risk------destroy Casper's AS first, then clear out the ambushing enemies, and Gebo6 (with ECS on) drop Laevatein to Sousuke BEFORE Leonard can react. It's still a question that if Laevatein can beat Verial, but if it's used then an escape route may be found. Sousuke then tells him that they'll try to hang on there and wish him good luck (......TwT), while Kurz tells him to wait for him. But his heartbeat rates increases after replying him: Can he really beat THAT Casper? But if he doesn't do it, then the three will die eventually......
They can't even count how many staircases they had passed today. The progress of shoot->help Lemon->shoot loops indefinately, and as the three move on Tessa also found the enemy ambush on the ground via Kurz's AS sensors, at least 11 are found. Now Sousuke starts to think: if they keep climbing up the stairs ahead they'll eventually get out from the emergency exit below a small hill, and around that place there're lots of residentials which means enemy troops are probably in those houses, making the three surrounded once they get out. They're probably trying to lower their casualties since they can try to capture them if there're enough troops, or launch an all-out two-front attack upon them even it's not the case. In any cases once they pop out they'll be fired upon by at least 10 people and their aims will be dead-on in addition to uniform actions since they're led by Big Boss. Being experienced in conflucts, both Tessa and Lemon don't panic from his reports, and they know well that if Kurz's M9 can support them at least half of the enemies can be neutralized, and the smokes created can also cover their escape------but it's not possible right now, since he'll be shot by the sniper if he attakcs recklessly, followed by Leonard soon enough. Lemon (who seems very exhausted from all these sort of stuff) asks what to do, and Sousuke comes to a conclusion that they have to wait and fight at the exit while waiting for Kurz. Lemon doubts his skill, but Sousuke replies that even with his unbelievable skills the situation is still dire: a normal AS like M9 has only one chance to beat a LDS-equipped one: surprise. If the first shot doesn't kill it then it's game over, and from Kurz's words it seems that the sniper is also pretty tough. Even worse, their ammo can only support them for 5mins even they're saving ammo now (the Carbine is now switched to single-shot, and Sousuke hands his handgun to Lemon who's obviously more experienced of using guns than Tessa, who'll take up the job of communication and surviliance). The three continues to move until a dead end is reached, and without the metal door it's probably outside. Lemon stands as rearguard as Sousuke opens the door, but soon he's nearly shot from the hiding enemies in the houses, while enemies are now closing up from behind. The two continues to fire, but the enemies are so highly-trained that they're obviously there to get some time for others, as such the three will be captured through attritions eventually. Sousuke shouts at the communicator at Kurz about his status......
......Who is still thinking about the situation. Reports from Uruz7, Gebo4/6 and his AI unit pass through his brain. Snipers' battle determines by how fast they can detect their enemy, resulting in a mental war between warriors upon skilled camofluges, concentration and intelligence of their own. He reads through all the data on the screen and guess where Casper is------where's his heat signature? Even if Casper's AS has ECS, it'll still has lowest level of heat emissions, and in this lifeless ruin there must be notacible traces, but even the infrared sensors can't tell his exact position. How about voice? In this quiet environment he may catch the voice of his reactor, but now the voice sensors on his M9 is receiving voices of Sousuke's gunfights, and if the foe is keeping as slient as he is then it's not possible. Electronic methods? Obviously not, as Casper won't use radar in this case, using his active ECCS radar will expose his position, and Fairy's Eye can't detect any LDS reaction, that mean he's not using LDS to avoid detections and that means if he can nail Casper in the first shot he'll win. But in the end WHERE IS HE!? He can't rely on any technologies but using his natural skills.
Kurz tries to think from Casper's viewpoint. Obviously he knows where Sousuke is fighting, and he's probably also at a position that can provide support if necessary, which means he won't be waiting at the hills near the gunfight scene. Still, he'll also try to claim highlands to find him. Casper can have numerous place to hide, so he have to think more deeply: He and Casper will certainly observe any approaching choppers, and he'll even have to consider the possibility of other M9s around, so he won't hide within the factories and cut half of the choices, but it's still not enough. How about the weight, standing point and movements after firing of Casper's AS? If he's using a large-caliber sniping cannon then dusts created from firing will disrupt the aiming of subsequent shots, and putting fracturing materials of the buildings in consideration with all other factors------Kurz comes up with 3 spots: near the roof of the Administration Building, Lenin stature at the centre, and the tower among the northern factories. Then it'll come to Casper's personality: he's a pratical sniper that'll hide in a place easier to aim but harder to be found, and even with LDS he won't easily fire or depends on his luck, as such he may just on the roof of Administration since the standing point is solid, freed from obstacles around, has widest firing arc, can react to attacks from anywhere and support their copters easily. But will he stay in such a predictable place? He tries to search there by all means, but he can't confirm if he's there or not, same goes to the other 2 place. He need just a little mroe time to find that out, but let's just consider it's one of the three, and all will rest on his instincts later. Casper is a sniper that knows him well, so he can predict Kurz's thoughts till now, as such will he be sticking in other places?
Gebo6 tell Kurz to act faster or Sousuke and the rest will be killed, Kurz tries to ignore that but failed: he's becoming more impatient. There's one critical thing Casper has but he has none: time. Casper can find him with leisure without fearing colleagues being harmed, but Kurz can't, as even though how good Sousuke is his ammo is still limited, and it's probably a few minutes before the ammo runs out. Now he has to think if it's the building or the tower, as the infrared images in either place are fitting size of an AS......Gebo6 yells at him again, and his patience decreases again. Temperature of the image on the building is higher, and wind flows there looks unnatural, making it seems like an AS is passing there. Moreover, the shape looks like a crouching humanoid, and it should be. He doesn't wastes time and start to aim at there, adjusting the point according to the data given, and to the place where it's probably the cockpit.
"Die now, Casper."
The shells flies towards teh target, hitting there------
Concrete debris flyign everywhere at the impact point, creating lots of dust. There're no AS. THAT MEANS......
He tries to turn at the tower but it's too late. He saw the red mecha hanging upside down on the tower's top, as well as the flying shell. HIT.
The shell hits precisely upon Kurz's crouching M9, penetrates its head and passes through the chest, back of the cockpit, destroying all in its path------the radar in the head, drivers, locomotion systems, electronic appliances, pilot------and flies out from its lower back. Kurz doesn't even have time for any movements.
Restarting its LDS and confiming no other AS is around, Casper reports to Big Boss that Kurz is killed by such damages upon his machine. Big Boss then tells him to help suppressing the resistance, capture the girl and kill the rest. Casper then leaves for the scene.
Even though knowing his ex-subordinate is killed, Kalinin doesn't seem to be unhappy, nor it's the case with Casper------rather, he's pretty excited with such rare experience. The Administration is really his first choice, if he doesn't know it's Kurz he's facing he'll obviously take there, but he didn't. Before the fight he told a man to light up a fire there, trying to increase his suspicions......And he is trapped because of the impatience due to running out of time. But it's Kurz's own fault that he's hoping the second shot can get the target, and he lacked the concentration needed for that moment. His decision is too fast that if he can spend another minute he may realize the trap.
But still, he's having a good time with him. He thinks Kurz is a gifted person: 5 years ago, a hirer brought him "an interesting kid" who seems to be a terrorist from Japanese Sekigun, vowing to avenge for his parents. (Another Lockon Stratos.......T_T) In the real fight for testing, he showed his rarely-found, gifted concentration, observing ability and imaginations upon ballistics, that's why he'll let him join his force. Kurz is really a genius, he can just see and understands all the skills and knowledge as a sniper which're gathered in 200 years in just one year, and became an unmatched sniper in the team. He knows everything that he needs to become a good sniper, but in the end the Wraith doesn't come to him, because he doesn't experience nor knowing the moment that everything becomes one and everything under his control. So basically speaking, the Wraith doesn't come to him because he doesn't understand this point, not because of all sorts of tactics. Casper had avenged for him, taught most of his skills to him, but he left his master behind without knowing all his teachings.
After thinking about these, Casper jumps within the ruins and going for the fighting scene at the northeast of the ruins.
TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2
Obviously ,hope is the first step to the road of disappointment.
But no fear, people can only overcome disappointment when one still has hope in the mind.
So keep on fighting UNTIL THE GOAL IS REACHED!!
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