Part 2 - Patriot
This story and the previous ones are taking place while
the Argoth expedition is assembling. Since those CWALAers
have not yet left, it is possible for Adoc to be in here.
emerged from the elevator, her blue eyes glinting like
steel. Guards hastily crouched down the long corridor,
using the doorways as cover. The corridor echoed with
the sounds of weapons being cocked, rounds loaded into
chambers and safeties being hurriedly clicked off. None
of the guards fired, they just crouched there, nervously
fingering their weapons. They waited for the order to
fire on this intruder but unfortunately the commander
had forgotten his beeper and had run back to the office
to find it.
contemptuously wiped some of the blood from her face,
and strode forward to destroy any that would stand between
her and the precious Warcraft III CD. The guards raised
their weapons and sighted towards Zeta, but suddenly froze
as they came under her mental assault. She continued walking
down the corridor passing between the motionless guards
without giving them a second glance. Ropers office
was just ahead, her lifes goal in sight. She would
grab Roper, and use him as a shield till she could grab
the Warcraft III CD.
before she could reach Ropers gold embossed door,
she stumbled, the strength suddenly leaving her legs.
She tripped and fell, her psychic assault on the guards
abruptly ending. The guards momentarily dropped their
guard, looking around, unsure of what had just transpired.
Zeta used the guards momentary distraction to scramble
to her feet, she was exhausted, but she was so close to
Roper she could not back down now. There were only a few
guards between her and the door; she dashed towards the
first guard slamming the heel of her palm against the
guards nose, dropping him instantly. The guard just behind
the first rallied in time to raise his weapon, but didnt
see Zetas reverse spin kick that knocked him unconscious.
The third guard attempted to use his rifle as a club swinging
it at Zeta, which she caught with a free hand. She slammed
her shin into the mans groin felling him in a wheeze
of pain. She yanked the rifle from his limp grasp and
fired on the fourth and final guard between her and Ropers
tossed the rifle aside triumphantly only to be tackled
by the recovering guards whom she had just passed. She
fought, but was soon overpowered. As unconsciousness swept
over her, she gave a mental cry of anguish. She had been
so close, but she had failed in the end. The guards, having
finally subdued the intruder raised their rifles to finish
Wait, Rob Pardo emerged from his office. She
may posses valuable information for us. He said
with the sleaziness that only certain villains could pull
off effectively. Take her to the holding cells,
in sub-basement C. I believe cell block 1138 shall do
nicely, until I am
ready for her. With that
he turned and slammed his office door behind him.
scrambled down a passageway in the battle cruiser, something
was wrong with Zeta. He wasnt sure how he knew this,
but he knew, and that was enough for him. He had found
some blue viscous substance, and had stored it in a small
vial, intuitively knowing that it was also important.
A vial and a white feather, a feather just like
his thoughts trailed off. Stay focused. He
muttered to himself as he ran. He stuffed the vial and
the feather both into the nether, knowing that he would
want to study them more at some point.
ran to the nearest hanger and without pausing hurled himself
out of the ship. His crimson trench coat whipped out behind
him as he plunged face first towards the ground. He released
his mind from the confines in which he usually kept it,
his eyes losing their humanity, replaced with the golden
glow. The trench coat faded from this plane of existence
and his wings unfolded out behind him. His fall immediately
slowed and he gave a slight grunt as the terrific force
caught his body. He leaned forward, coming out of his
momentary glide and falling once more in a dive.
he neared Irvine he began slowly spiraling into ever-larger
circles, slowing his decent. Where are you Zeta?
He thought as he flew over the city. As he reached Blizzard
Headquarters, he knew she was there. He landed upon the
roof, wondering about the best way to go in, BHQ invariably
held more expendable guards than any other building in
how shall we enter my friend? Adoc said, moving
from the shadows.
nearly slammed his fist into Adoc before he realized who
it was. You really need to work on announcing yourself
a little better Adoc. One of these days I may take your
head off before I realize its you.
grinned, I am more than capable of defending myself.
Now please, how shall we enter.
at Adocs appearance Patriot turned once more to
face the problem. Im not really sure, I believe
they are holding Zeta down there somewhere. Seeing
Adocs questioning look Patriot quickly added. Shes
alive, at least I think she is, but I dont know
how long she will remain that way. We must move quickly.
turned and walked to a small box on the roof, he pulled
his gleaming blade from the recesses of his robes. He
made a few expert slices and the box shell fell away revealing
a ventilation duct. After you. He gestured
to Patriot who stepped forward. Patriots wings fell
away and were replaced by the crimson trench coat in an
eye bending transformation. Patriot sat down on the vent
and pressed his arms against the opposite walls, using
the force to hold himself up. He began sliding slowly
down the vent, alternating between using his feet and
arms, when one became exhausted. Above him Adoc was making
his way down the vent with much greater ease.
an eternity of sliding down the air duct, Patriot stopped.
He just hung there bracing himself in the duct, listening.
This is it Adoc, this is the floor shes on.
exited the vertical shaft for a horizontal one that followed
just above a dark, poorly lit passageway. When the time
was right, Patriot removed a small dagger from the nether
and made a few slices into the thick metal. He cut at
an angle so the plating would not fall to the corridor
below. Instead he lifted it up and shoved it further down
the vent. Patriot dropped lightly to the floor below scanning
in both directions no guards. Adoc dropped just
as silently to the ground and together they made their
way down the passage. The passage opened up into a guardroom,
a few computer terminals, and three other branching passageways.
Patriot and Adoc retreated into the darkness of the hallway
and turned to each other.
we fight our way through the guards? Adoc asked.
no! Ive got an idea. Patriot said grinning
and Adoc walked into the guardroom, Adoc with his hands
held tightly behind him, Patriot guiding him along with
a pistol to his side. The captain of the guards stood
up from the console and looked Patriot and Adoc over.
And where are you taking this
He inquired of Patriot.
did his best to look official. Prisoner transfer
to cell block 1138.
well, I shall have to verify it. With that the guard
turned to the computer and began entering keys. Yes,
well it appears as though you are correct, carry on.
Patriot looked at Adoc, surprised that it had worked.
you sir, Ill just drop this scum off in his cell.
Patriot growled, getting into his performance. They passed
by the guards and moved toward the hallway where Patriot
knew Zeta to be.
FOOLS! The captain of the guard shouted. Did
you not stop to think that we too had seen Star Wars!?!
He and the rest of the guards leveled their guns at the
two. Quickly, Patriot pushed Adoc into the cover of a
cell doorway, Patriot falling against the door on the
opposite side. The cover was poor, but was satisfactory.
The guards it appeared had very poor aim. Patriot tossed
Adoc a pistol and drew another of his nether weapons.
Returning fire, they caused the guards to scatter for
stay here! Ill go get Zeta, and we will bust out
of here! Patriot shouted over the roar of gunfire.
Adoc nodded and began laying down suppressing fire while
Patriot began inching his way down the hall to Zetas
room. Finally he reached it but it was bolted tight, and
he did not have the key. He aimed a mental blast at the
door, timing it with the blow he gave with his elbow.
The thick oak crumbled under the initial impact and a
few successive blows brought the rest of the door down.
looked up from where she lay on the cot on the far end
of the corridor, she looked a bit dazed and bruised, but
it seemed she would be fine. Arent you a bit
she mumbled trailing off.
Oh youre drugged, its Patriot, Im here
to rescue you. Im here with Adoc. Zeta perked
up a bit and tried to stand, she stumbled, falling against
the wall. Patriot went over to her, placing an arm around
her to support her. This is not going to be easy
with a drugged Zeta. Patriot half carried, half
dragged Zeta to the door where the firefight blazed on.
Adoc! Get back here! Shes drugged!
a mind repressor Zeta managed to slur. They
are keeping me from using my dog
leaned out the door and gave cover fire as Adoc slid along
the wall till he was across from the cell holding Zeta
and Patriot. Finally Adoc was able to leap across the
hallway unscathed. Adoc, talk to Zeta, see if you
can get her thinking straight. Adoc took Zeta from
Patriots support and carried her back to the bunk.
Patriot leaned out the door and poured fire towards the
guards who had begun encroaching upon the hallway. You
better get something straightened out quick, were
gonna be in trouble soon.
loaded a new clip into his pistol and leaned out the door,
firing some more suppressive fire. Adoc crossed the short
cell and shouted to Patriot. She says there are
some sort of steroids she needs, if she can get a hold
of those, she could
transport us out of here. She
thinks there may have been some on the battle cruiser
nodded quickly, Yeah, I think I know what she is
talking about. Opening the nether he reached into
the nothing, his hand disappearing up to his wrist. He
pulled the vial out. Is this it?
Adoc replied carrying it back to Zeta. Patriots
pistol jammed and he dropped it into storage and instead
withdrew an assault rifle. He returned to his defensive
posture while Adoc administered the vial. The guards were
slowly inching their way up the corridor, despite the
intense cover fire Patriot aimed towards them.
are running out of time. Patriot shouted as he shucked
another empty clip out of his rifle.
it is time for us to leave. Zeta said, from where
she stood next to Patriot.
quick recovery. Patriot commented. Do what
you must, I shall continue to hold them. Patriot
knelt to the ground and Adoc leaned out above him adding
his fire to the mix. Zeta stepped back to the center of
the room and knelt on the floor, her eyes closed. Patriot
felt a breeze behind him as though something marvelous
was happening behind him. But he could ill afford to look
away from the on coming guards.
way is opened, we may now leave, but you must come to
me. Zeta called.
guards were just a few feet from the door now, just one
cell away, using the doorframes for cover. Adoc
back, Ill hold them for a few more minutes.
Adoc fired off the last few rounds in his clip then backed
away from the door. At the same instant Patriot ran out
of ammo, realizing now was the chance, a guard emerged
from a nearby cell and came sprinting towards Patriot.
Patriot dropped the rifle, reaching into the nether. He
pulled forth a small dagger just as the guard fired, hitting
Patriot. Patriot fell back against the far side of the
doorframe, his breath knocked from him. Patriot leaned
forward and hurled the dagger, which buried itself to
the hilt in the foolish guard.
slumped to the ground and his vision suddenly blurred.
vaguely felt himself being dragged before he lost consciousness
slipped into the darkness. When Patriot came to he was
on a bunk in the lounge, his shoulder tightly bandaged.
Adoc was sitting across from him. Looks like your
going to make it, then. Adoc said with a grin.
grunted, Had worse. How did we
used her mental powers to lift you to us, and then once
she touched you and myself we appeared here on the battle
cruiser. You lost quite a bit of blood, but it looks like
your going to bounce back in no time. Adoc said.
nodded, Yeah, I heal quick. So everyones back
safe and sound?
we did good. Get some rest my friend, we will be returning
to Blizzard soon, and you will need to be healed by then.