5 Minutes: Reloaded

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Re: 5 Minutes: Reloaded

Post by Sakura » June 1st, 2018, 2:58 pm

I should send a copy to America's Got Talent
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Re: 5 Minutes: Reloaded

Post by oldwrench » June 7th, 2018, 1:32 am

I hit the wrong button and lost a couple hours of typing....WAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
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Re: 5 Minutes: Reloaded

Post by Sakura » June 7th, 2018, 8:24 am

NOOOOOWIES :omg:
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Re: 5 Minutes: Reloaded

Post by oldwrench » June 9th, 2018, 4:46 am

After ranting for a few minutes and downing a couple of root beers, I got back to work. Here what I came up with. Remember we left Rydia and our two pilots up on the mech with a critically overloaded power unit. Arisa likes big explosions, this could be a doozy. But, there's more to the story, What about Georgianna's call to the colonel? Read on.

Chapter 50

Colonel Hellwind sat in his makeshift office in the old hotel building, staring at the screen of the communication unit on the desk. He had expected to have a report from the team investigating the maintenance base by now. He hoped there hadn’t been any trouble. Daniel still believed Dominic Torres was on their side.

A rather dejected looking princess entered the office and flopped herself down in the overstuffed chair across from the desk. Daniel looked up at the unhappy woman. “This doesn’t look too hopeful,” he commented. “No luck with the ambassador?”

“I can’t see any way to salvage the situation,” Melpomene moaned. “The only possibilities I see are either to turn them loose and let the chaos begin, or have the EDF crush them and rule them with an iron fist. Both of those are unacceptable. They would set the empire back hundreds of years.”

Daniel looked down at his hands, he felt defeated. The mission was in tatters and it was his fault. He should have recognized the problem with captain McFairlane and stopped it. Now the peace conference was ruined. To top it off, he hadn’t had any word from his away team or on the search for Edward Geraldine. Maybe he should have sent the pilots with their mechs....... No, he didn’t want them to have to fight that huge machine, they didn’t know what it was capable of. But, why hadn’t they checked in?

Yuki’s face came on the com unit screen. “Colonel Hellwind, there is a request for communication from captain McFairlane,” she informed him.

“I’ll take it here,” Daniel ordered. He was relieved, but a bit concerned. Why was McFailane contacting him and not Ross? The screen switched to Captain McFarlaine, visual, she was apparently in a com center, at least they had gotten into the base. “Report your situation, captain,” the colonel ordered.

“We have secured the objective without incident,” Georgianna reported with curt military precision. “We have located Tores and the girl and have them in custody. The weapon has a power system malfunction and is not operational at this time.” Georgianna leaned forward, her attitude becoming more demanding. Sir, Torres claims he followed the girl to convince her to turn the mech over to the EDF. He says she has agreed to do it. I don’t think we can trust him. Ross wants to repair the weapon. He thinks they are going to just take it up to the Krikav and turn it over to you once it’s operational, to keep it away from the Red Faction. I think that’s too dangerous. Ross said he is going to remove the cannon and you could have a shuttle pick it up and stow it on the Krikav........ but if he gets that monster running........ Sir, you have to order him not to repair that mech. He won’t listen to me.

Colonel Hellwind sat back and considered the situation. He was relieved that they had found Torres and the girl and secured the weapon without incident. He wanted to trust Dominic, but could he? Why had Ross put him in custody? He needed to be there to see the situation for himself, then he could............. Daniel almost started laughing. Dominic Torres came into the com unit’s field of view. It certainly was odd custody when Dominic had a sidearm in his holster. It appeared Chad trusted Dominic more than Georgianna let on.

“No, I’m not going to order him not to work on that mech, captain.” He informed Georgianna. “My orders are to secure that machine and anyone involved in it’s development. It won’t be secure till I have it aboard the Krikav.” The colonel noticed the look of disappointment and anger on the captains face. “I’ll send the maintenance shuttle to pick up the cannon. That should render the mech relatively harmless.” Daniel knew that Georgianna could be volatile in the wrong situation. “Captain, I want you to keep a close watch on the situation. If Ross gets that mech repaired, make sure that neither Torres nor the girl pilots it without my direct orders.”

That seemed to mollify the captain. “Yes sir,” she replied.

“Now, I want to talk with Torres, in private,” the colonel ordered. Georgianna turned and looked at Dominic, then looked back at the colonel and nodded. She got up and left the room.

Daniel looked Dominic over as the man sat down in front of the com. He’s let his hair grow long and wore a full beard, but the dark brown eyes were the same. “Ok Dominic, what’s the story?”

Dominic looked down at his hands, twisted together on the console. “I’m not a deserter, colonel. I know what it must look like but I would never do that.” Dominic tried to convince the colonel. “I couldn’t let Rydia run off with that thing all alone. They would be after her. Where would she go, what would she do?” Dom looked up at the the screen. Daniel could see the sincerity in his eyes. “I was a fool at Mar Sara, I must have thought I was superman or something. I didn’t stand a chance, I was lucky to survive. I was captured, that’s how I met Rydia. She’s the one who designed that mech and the cannon. She was a orphan, raised by remnants of the pirates. They told her that the EDF murdered her family. She grew up believing EDF pilots are all homicidal maniacs. That we enslave the colonies. Edward Geraldine sweet talked her into believing that the Red Faction was just trying to free the colonies, to protect the people from the evil Empire. But Rydia intercepted Geraldine’s communications. She discovered their plans. She found out the Red faction weren’t the good guys they claimed to be, that they had caused the disaster at Tarsonis. And, she found out about the nukes they planned to set off on Mar Sara to start a second colonies war. Rydia was confused, she snuck in to see me, to find out for herself the truth about EDF pilots. I guess she believed me, she helped me escape and wreck the controls to the nukes. I tried to get her to turn Atropos, that’s what she calls that mech, over to the EDF, but she still wasn’t ready to trust the Empire. I had to stay with her, colonel, I knew the Red Faction would be hot to find her. They’re building more of those weapons, but she’s the only one with the operating system to make it all work. I guess it’s pretty complicated. I had to convince her that the best thing would be to turn it over to the EDF. She was finally ready to do it but the mech had a power failure, we couldn’t move it.”

The colonel studied Dominic as he told his story, he was sure there was no deceit intended, unless he was a better actor than Daniel was willing to believe. “I wish you would have informed me of your intentions, Dom.” Daniel told him.

“I tried sir, when I handed over that data chip, but there really wasn’t much time.” Dominic confessed. “I sent a message to general Parker a few weeks ago, but he never answered.”

Daniels expression darkened. The general told him the EDF hadn’t had any word from Torres. The only information on Torres they had been able to find had been from communication inside the OMI. Someone in the OMI was intercepting the general’s messages. Were the other people here searching for Torres from the OMI, or from the Red Faction? “The general didn’t get your message.” Daniel told him. “It looks like someone in the OMI is intercepting them.”

Dominic looked worried. “They might be controlled by the Red Faction, sir,” he told the colonel. “There is someone behind the Red Faction, someone powerful enough to infiltrate the EDF. They do something to peoples minds, brainwash them or something, to get them to join their side. They want to start a war, to take over the Empire.”

“That’s just about the way we have it figured, Dom,” Daniel told him. The colonel made a decision. “Alright captain, I want you to bring that girl here as soon as you can get her away from Chad. I’m sure, by now, he’s diving head first into that mechs problems. The Sheffield is bringing a couple of the scientists that have been involved in decoding that data chip. I have orders to let them meet anyone involved in developing that mech as soon as possible. Chad can stay there to work on it, the others will stay there as security.”

“Won’t that cause troubles, sir,” Dominic questioned. “They think I’m a deserter, maybe one of the others should bring her in.”

“She knows you and trusts you, Dom,” the colonel told him. “She might change her mind if all she has is strangers around her. If anyone questions you, captain, you were on an extended mission since the Mar Sara battle. You had better send Georgianna back in here. If I don’t inform her of your orders, she’s likely to think you’re deserting......... again.”

Georgianna headed toward the hangar. The colonel was right, Chad’s plan made sense. It was probably the best way they could make sure they could secure the mech. She had acted on her emotions again, without thinking things through. How could she be so stupid? Georgianna heard Chad shout and Arisa scream. She drew her gun as she sprinted for the hangar door.
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