Reapers War: The Beginning
We see the fight is still going on and its getting rather desperate.
Two hundred meters down the west side of the hill from Rebel Station explosions could be heard. Sergeants Howard and Steel looked up the hill and saw the flashes of red and orange light. “Well, it’s no longer a possible contact. Let’s get up there.”
Seung-heon was glad for the wall around the fuel truck, as he would have some cover and concealment. He worked his way around to the rear, pulled out the C-4 compound, and placed it on the fuel tank. He set the timer and got ready to vacate.
Jake’s mind was beginning to clear, and as it did, he realized where he was. He rolled over and felt some numbness in his legs. He worked them hard back and forth and then tried low crawling back to safety. It was hard, but he did manage to crawl behind a good size tree. He knew for sure that the men inside Bravo 9, 10, 11 and 12 had to be killed, along with the two men in the tower. He did not know about the others or the men on the second floor of the main building. This is the captain’s fault. If he’d of just taken the time to be a leader these men would have had a chance. Now, they are dead and stripe or no stripe he was going to tell him so. In a way he hoped he was one of the ones who didn’t make it. Then he asked God to forgive him of that thought.
Seung-heon quickly looked around for an escape route. The only way out seemed to be off to his right where the bunker he had destroyed was still smoking. There were at least fifty meters between him and the bunker and another thirty to the cover of the tree line. He waited for just another second, then jumped up and sprinted out into the open, firing from the waist a long burst intended on keeping the enemy heads down.
Fagan and his team had finally worked their way around, so he could see the berm surrounding the fuel truck. He thought maybe they could make it there. He was just about to move when suddenly a man immerged from behind the blast wall and started running, firing as he went. Fagan got off a couple of rounds and one hit, but the others missed as he ducked back behind the cover of the trees.
Staff Sergeant Allen in Rebel Base was reacting rather nervously as he told his assistant what to do. “Get on the phone to all positions and get a sit/rep.”
“Situation report,” Captain Beckman shouted as he and Watkins ran into Rebel Base.
“Only the bunkers on the south end have reported in,” Allen said, as he plotted.
“That’s it!” Watkins exclaimed, walking over to the switchboard.
“How about Anderson, have they responded?” The captain asked urgently.
“Anderson was coming in from checking on the bunkers when it all started. Griffin was in the squad room, so I know he’s responding.”
“What about the team that’s 200 meters down the west side? How come they haven’t responded?” the captain demanded.
“Yes, Sir, they are on their way.”
“Well, it had better be quick.” The captain picked up a pad and headed to his office.
Rogers, the assistant controller connected all lines to the bunkers and spun them up. “All positions report your status.”
“Bravo One, we are secure.”
“Bravo Two, we are secure.”
On it went with still no answers from the destroyed bunkers or the west and east towers.
The QRT for the south side was finally suited up. Hixon, not knowing what to do, thought it best to keep his team on this end and support the bunkers there. He prepared to deploy his men.
Sergeant Lei was standing next to Rebel Base, his next target. He quickly took out the C-4 compound and placed it on the wall, set the timer for fifteen seconds and ran back into the tree line. He got down and waited.
Adrenalin now coursing through his body, and with his legs now operational, Jake got up and ran, dodging trees and brush for the twenty or so meters. He had to get to the back door of the main building. He didn’t realize he was running that fast until he ran out of the tree line and there was the wall around the generator. He quickly back peddled and slid to a stop. He got down and noticed that the generator wasn’t running. Someone must have forgotten to put gas in it. Either that or it had been damaged.
Sergeant Allen worked frantically to get power to the radio, but could only do it through the batteries, which were weak. He looked up to see the captain as he came back into the room. He keyed the handset transmit button and frantically called, “Reaper One, this is Rebel Base. How copy, over.” A few seconds passed. “Reaper One, this is Rebel Base, over.”
Howard and his men were headed up the hill when the frantic call came. Steel, up front, stopped, turned quickly and grabbed the handset from Hammer. “This is Reaper One. We copy, Rebel Base.”
“Reaper One, we are under attack by an unknown number of enemy forces. It’s believed they have breached the perimeter from the North and East — ” Then, static.
Lei was watching the wall where he placed the C-4, he figured it should have exploded by now, when it did.
The captain, on the other side of the counter in Rebel Base, was standing there looking through a checklist when he dropped the book on the floor. He stooped down to get it when the explosion ripped right through the wall and completely obliterated everything inside. Sergeants Watkins and Allen received the full force of the blast as everything from the wood to the bits and pieces of equipment were sent through their bodies. There was nothing left of Rebel Base.
Jake was about to run into the back door when the explosion almost knocked him off his feet. He steadied himself and looked in the direction of the explosion. He saw the dust and debris and knew immediately that Rebel Base was destroyed. That’s when he saw Lei. He raised his GAU and fired from the hip a quick three rounds.
Lei saw Jake and quickly hit the ground just as three rounds hit the trees around him.
Follow the action as it continues in the next post.