5 Minutes: Reloaded

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Re: 5 Minutes: Reloaded

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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

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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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Re: 5 Minutes: Reloaded

Post by oldwrench » June 28th, 2018, 4:21 am

Is everybody ready for the big bang? One of these days our pilots luck is going to run out, and it will be the end of the story.......... or will it. Maybe they will come back to haunt the Krikav? Well, time to find out if they can cheat the Grim Reaper one more time. Read on.


Chapter 51


Colonel Hellwind frowned at the screen. Dominic had suddenly jumped up and darted away. Something had happened, something had gone wrong, and he had no way of knowing what was going on. All he could do was sit and worry.

Chad wanted to yell at everyone to run, to get away, but it was useless, there was no time. When a power unit was in thermal runaway there was very little time to react......... and Rydia didn’t have the training. None of them would get away, with six power units so close together, there wouldn’t even be an island left. An overloaded power unit was the most powerful, non nuclear explosive ever developed.

Chad dived into the cockpit, across Rydia sitting in the pilots chair, reaching for the power unit screen. He scrolled through pages, loosing precious seconds, searching for the page of the overheated unit. He found the page and instantly saw it, his worst nightmare, the control rods had shut down......... the core was failing, the temperature was almost 2800K, there was one last safety....... but was it too late? He reached up to touch the control but he was slipping, loosing his balance across the pilots chair. Chad tried to grab something, anything to pull himself up. Rydia cried out as Chad grabbed her arm, she twisted, he couldn’t get enough leverage to pull himself up....... he had to reach that screen, he had to hit that control......... they were out of time! Arisa’s small arm flashed across Chad’s vision as she dived for the emergency shut down. Out of the corner of his eye, Chad saw her hit the control, but he also saw the flashing red line had hit the end. The core had exceeded 2800.

Chad closed his eyes and prayed. Please let it stay together, don’t let it fail. He could feel it...... see it in his mind, the shutters slamming down between sections of fuel rods. Valves opening to allow pressurized jets of coolant gel to draw the heat from the cores to the metal shutter heat sinks and from them to the power unit case. But if the core temperature had gone too high, if too many of the rods had failed, the gel would flash to vapor and the pressure would crush more of the rods. The thousand thin rods, made of carbon nanotubes and high temperature superconductors, would instantly release their enormous store of energy in an incandescent ball of heat that would incinerate everything for several kilometers radius.

Chad opened his eyes and stared at the flashing red line. Hours passed before the line fell back one precious notch. Chad let out the breath he had been holding and realized it had only been moments, not hours. He couldn’t hold his breath longer than that.

As soon as he heard Arisa scream, Ben had jumped onto the mech and climbed to the cockpit. “What’s going on here?” He boomed out as he jumped onto the cockpit ledge. Ben grabbed the back of Chad’s shirt and hauled him out of the cockpit and set him on his feet. Chad held on to the edge of the cockpit. His legs felt weak.

Rydia sat, bent over forward in the pilot seat, her face in her hands, sobbing loudly. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” she kept repeating. Arisa wrapped shaky arms around the distraught girl. “It’s ok, it’s not your fault,” she comforted Rydia. “You didn’t do anything wrong. The machine broke, there was nothing you could do about it.” Arisa shivered, it had been too close. She wanted to see and hear big explosions, not be part of one.

Ben looked into the cockpit and immediately noticed the flashing red bar graph. “Holy mother.........” Ben gasped. “Is that what I think it is?” He saw Chad nod and noticed how shook up he looked. He also noticed how pale and shaky Arisa looked. “How close was it?” Ben asked.

“Off the scale,” Chad answered, “we should be dust.”

Ben swallowed hard, “buddy, you are too dangerous to hang around with,” he got a wry smile on is face, “or, too lucky not to.”

Ben climbed down from the machine, ready to help the girls if they needed it. Georgianna met him, gun still in her hand, as he climbed off the machine. “What’s going on?” She demanded.

Dominic rushed up and stopped next to Georgianna. “Ya, what’s happening? I heard a scream.”

Ben looked at the two with a strained grin. “Nothing much,” he answered them. “Just a bit of a runaway power unit. Seems we got lucky, Chad said it was off the scale.”

Georgianna turned ashen, she remembered the runaway power unit in her mech, Reina, only a few months earlier at Mar Sara. She remembered the terror when the safety systems failed due to the sabotage. Georgianna felt sick.

Ben looked down at her and noticed she was pale and shaking. “Are you alright captain?” He reached down and gently took her gun out of her hand before she dropped it. “I don’t think this would have been of much help this time, captain,” he told her gently. “But it’s sure nice to know you have my back if I need it.”

Georgianna looked up at the big man, his solid presence and calm demeanor made her feel stronger. “Thanks Ben,” she told him as she reached for her gun. “I was just remembering Mar Sara.”

“Was it really that close?” Dominic questioned, hoping maybe Ben was exaggerating things.

Ben turned to help Rydia off of the machine. “Scared the heck out of Chad so, ya, it must have been really bad.” He grinned as he helped Arisa down from the mech. “The colonel would have killed us for messing the mission up.”

“Ya, right,” Dominic answered. “Oh..... Georgianna, the colonel wants to talk with you. Are you up to it? Darn, I just ran out and left him hanging, he’s probably going crazy.”

Georgianna took a deep breath, “I’ll be ok. I’ll let the colonel know what the situation is.” She looked up at Chad as he climbed down the Machine. “Do you still think you can fix it?”

“I should be able to,” Chad answered as he jumped down. “I’ll know more when I check the power diagrams.” Chad looked at Rydia, “it’s a good thing you didn’t try taking that second shot at Mar Sara. With six power units that close, there wouldn’t have been any battle, there would just be a big crater where that mountain had been.

Arisa stepped up next to Chad and took his arm, she was smiling and her eyes were sparkling. “How many mega-tons would that explosion be?” She wondered. “Six power units........ I have to check the figures. I wonder if I could get six units and try..........”

“DON’T EVEN THINK IT!” Georgianna turned back toward the group and cut her off. She was smiling as she looked at Arisa. “Some things even you shouldn’t be allowed to try.”

Ben laughed, “the captain’s right. Besides, Chad would get upset if you blew up six perfectly good power units.

Arisa gave them a cute pout. Everyone laughed.
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Re: 5 Minutes: Reloaded

Post by Sakura » June 28th, 2018, 11:14 am

oldwrench wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 4:46 am
after downing a couple of root beers
Ah the Linux administrator's favorite beer :love:
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