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  11:06:34  2 March 2011
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Bladewraith
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Ok, I've gotten off my lazy ass and have writtern another several paragraphs to the half chapter I have at the moment. Hopefully, I'll have it done between and a hour from now and Lost Alpha's release (hopefully closer to 'a hour' part)
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I've always found whiskey helps with that. although typos, tend to be more prevelant. Fantastic Story so far. can't wait for the next installment
  12:03:37  2 March 2011
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I've always found whiskey helps with that. although typos, tend to be more prevelant. Fantastic Story so far. can't wait for the next installment
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That might work, except I don't have any whiskey. Have to make do without I guess. Off to type some more. I've had a productive modding day as well (I only made 9 missions, but that's 9 more missions than I had a month ago.) Might actually get some work done.
Also staying away from webcomics featuring anthropomorphic cats helps amazingly well.

EDIT:
Next chapter is looking to be a long one.
  17:59:14  2 March 2011
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Next chapter is looking to be a long one.
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Basic Writing Maths

Good interesting story + Long well written Story = Very happy Readers

So far, you have very very happy readers, keep up the good work
  06:14:54  3 March 2011
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SetaKat
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Not my best literature effort, but hey, I wasn't very good at English at school, despite it being my native language and all (Oddly enough, the only things I was good at were creative writing and speeches, probably since I could write/speak about whatever, instead of having a fixed topic.)
Anyway, enjoy. Almost 4 word pages long.

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Chapter 18
It took little over an hour before they spotted a small cluster of rundown buildings head of them, about 10 blocks worth, arranged roughly in a cube. They all lay down or took cover behind rocks.

“That the Dead City?” asked Ivan.

“Yeah, that’s it. One of the Mercs bases within the Zone.” Replied Shadow.

“Doesn’t look like much. How well fortified can we expect it to be?” Ivan asked in reply.

“If I remember correctly from an earlier raid, there are three bridges leading in, as it was once on a small island, with the river to the north of the city, trailing away up north to Limansk apparently. There was a much smaller river which lead around the city, but the river has mostly dried out now, and you can cross the river bed without having to use the bridges, however, there were fences around it, I don’t know if there are any gaps in them, but it’s probably safe to say that the bridges are watched, at least the south and east ones will be. The west one might be exposed. You see anything Sage?” Shadow finally finished with.

Sage had in the meanwhile pulled the SVD from its bag and was scanning the area, looking through the scope. “Nah, nothing. Saw a few shadows moving. Might have been a few hidden observers moving slightly, but otherwise, the place is empty. I can see right into the school gymnasium, nothing in there that I can see. If they are here, they’re probably in the main school building. We’ll be best approaching from the south, and flanking through into the apartment block to the west. There is a destroyed section in it. No sign of any gravitational anomalies, chemical or electric at all. This place definitely lives up to its reputation as a ghost town – even the anomalies avoid it.” He finished with, frowning as he packed the rifle back into its bag, and slung it.

“Alright, I suppose we go in slowly. Cross the bridge, move left along the river bed, and then cross up and into the city, coming out near the apartment block, I suppose?” Suggested Ivan.

“Yeah, cross the left bridge to make sure we aren’t spotted. Take point Shadow, Ivan, follow him. I’ll watch the rear. And stay low.”

The three of them moved low, heading down the hill to the west, trying to stay out of sight. Several times Sage pulled the SVD out of its case and scanned the city, looking for any sign of their quarry, while Shadow scouted the path ahead and Ivan munched on some rations. It wasn’t long before Shadow was back.

“Well, the bridge isn’t covered, and I still couldn’t see anything from there. Are you sure they would have come here Sage?” Asked Shadow.

“Well, the Dead City was one of their bases; we might have just missed them. Or they weren’t planning on coming through here.” Ivan added.

Sage just chuckled, lowering the SVD. “Oh, they’re here alright. We just beat them, that’s all. They’re coming across the eastern bridge now. Let’s plan a little surprise for them. Head for the city, get in place before they do.” Sage began shouldering his pack, while Ivan did the same. “Same order. Shadow, get us to that apartment block.”

The three of them moved down the slope, keeping low and crossed the trench. Several times Sage ducked off to one side and risked a look through the scope towards the centre of the city, once catching a glimpse of the navy blue uniform of the Mercs.

Shadow lead the three of them through the trees and houses on the city outskirts, before stopping on the edge of a road and standing up.

“What is it?” Silently hissed Ivan.

Shadow ducked out to the centre of the road, before lowering himself into a hole in the road, and disappearing from sight.

“Ah, a shortcut through the city’s sewer tunnels. Clever. Move beneath them, out of sight. In you go Ivan” Replied Sage.

Ivan looked both ways, checking to make sure there wasn’t any Mercs within sight, before ducking out and lowering himself into the hole. “Geez Shadow, could have told us that the Mercs had been filling these in. I could barely fit in.”

Sage didn’t hear Shadows reply, but only Ivan grumbling a moment later. He checked as well before ducking out and into the man hole, only to discover that Ivan wasn’t joking when he said it was a tight fit, fortunately, the dirt and rubble was piled up on one side on the tunnel. He grabbed some of the stuff they had pushed off coming down, and threw it back on before running his hands over the rubble, trying to obliterate any trace of their presence. He looked to his left and saw only a closed grill, while Ivan waited to the right, and further beyond him, Shadow. “Lead on Shadow, and try and get us to the block before the Mercs.”

Shadow nodded, before turning around and scurrying down the drain. Ivan followed him down, still grumbling about something. They passed several open manholes, all of them before partially filled with dirt before encountering another grill. Shadow risked a peek out the nearest open manhole.

“Good, we’re close” He said as he popped back down. “About 5 meters to a doorway into the apartment block. I’ll go see if it is what we need.”

Shadow then turned about and climbed out, and Ivan moved to below the manhole and risked a look.

“He’s in.”

“If he makes a signal from a window, let me know.” Replied Sage.

A minute passed before Ivan spoke again. “He’s signalling for us to come up.”

“Alright, up you go.”

Sage watched as Ivan climbed out of the drain, and disappeared from sight, heading towards the block. He counted to twenty before following. As he left the manhole, he pushed some of the dirt and rubble down from the top, partially covering their tracks, then turned towards the block, and spotting a door, ran inside.

He met Ivan on the stairs, just inside, looking up a bit. Sage looked up, and saw Shadow looking down.

“Most of it’s collapsed, but we do have a good view. There’s a bit of space to hide among the rubble, and there’s access to a attic as well. Just follow the stairs till you can’t follow them no more, then find a place to sit and hide.”

Shadows head disappeared, and Sage could hear him moving up the stair case. He looked back down to Ivan.

“Up we go.”

“Indeed. I don’t exactly like the look of this staircase.”

“Don’t worry, if it can take Shadow running up and down it, it can take you walking up it Ivan.”

Ivan turned around and began to head up the staircase, Sage following closely. They went up several flights before reaching the top of the staircase, and open sky for a rook. Ivan turned and went through the only open doorway, one half blocked by its door. Sage followed. They went though several tight corridors before Ivan looked through a doorway, crouched down, and duck walked forward.

“No wall, other side of the buildings collapsed.”

“You don’t say genus.” Whispered a voice from above.

“Shadow, less smart talk, more watching.” Hissed Sage in reply.

Sage walked pass Ivan, making sure to keep low before he came to a section of wall that had collapsed. He got to a section of wall that had collapsed across the corridor, so he got down onto all fours, and crawled underneath, lying down at the end. He could see the abandoned secondary school, and several Merc’s standing around outside, and several more inside the Gymnasium on the second floor. He reached for his PDA and typed out a message, addressing it to Shadow.

“How many u c?”

He pressed SEND, and waited for a reply.

“3 out, 4-5 in. Nil obj.”

Sage pocketed his PDA, and reached for his binoculars, being careful not to move much. He brought them up and looked through, scanning the area. After several minutes, Sage could see Shadow was right. There were at least three outside he could see from his point of view on patrol, and two more patrolling the upper levels, with another sitting on a crate. He couldn’t see any more though. He crawled backwards slowly, before standing up and moving back down the passage, and meeting Ivan sitting in it.

“What are you doing here?” Sage whispered.

“Waiting for you two to come up with a plan to get inside their camp over there.” Ivan whispered in reply.

“Well, I was thinking, use the tunnels, get up close to the building, and when the Merc’s aren’t looking, duck inside. We could use a distraction if things aren’t as easy as that. Feel like creating one? I should think kicking down one or two of these walls might get their attention.”

“Yeah, would work. Then I just duck – wait, what’s that?”

Sage just looked at Ivan and quickly heard the sounds of a helicopter approaching. He turned around and ducked back to his previous observation site, not paying much attention to keeping quiet, or out of sight. He could see the Merc’s running inside, and several more come running outside carrying RPG’s.

“Sage, I think now would be an excellent time to get out of here.” Shadow called out from behind him, raising his voice to be heard over the helicopter, which was almost overhead.
Sage began to crawl out backwards, shouting over his shoulder. “Whoever’s at the back, go! Get into the drains!” He heard Shadow shouting something, but he couldn’t hear it now over several RPG explosions. He got out and stood up, turning around, and began moving through the ruins as fast as he could. He hit the staircase and ran down it, looking out the first window he came too he could see Shadow starting to climb down into the drain, while heavy calibre machine guns started. He hit the lower handing, and ran for the hole, landing on the rubble pile, and starting to slide down, just as a pair of hands grabbed his legs and pulled him down.

He came to a stop at the bottom, with Ivan and Shadow each holding onto a leg, while above gunfire and explosions echoed from above, becoming louder. Sage signalled down the drain, Ivan nodding, letting go of his leg and heading further down, while Sage followed him.
Suddenly, the gunfire and explosions broke off, but the helicopter could still be heard somewhere outside. After a few moments, the gun started again, but stopped as soon as it started. Sage looked to Shadow, who was edging slowly towards the nearest manhole to him. After a minute or so, the sounds of the helicopter shifted, slowly fading, before receding rapidly into the distance. After waiting for another minute, Shadow slowly put his head out and turned around, before climbing out. Sage turned to Ivan.

“Guess we go up then Sage.”

Sage nodded in reply before turning around and heading for the manhole Shadow exited through, climbing outside.
  14:30:51  3 March 2011
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Another excellant Chapter, keep up the good work.


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Not my best literature effort, but hey, I wasn't very good at English at school, despite it being my native language and all
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much the same with me, except i couldn't write anything longer than a page back in my school days, so although the writing isn't great on my story, the fact that i'm up to about 30-40 pages makes me feel good.

as i keep saying, keep up the good work, can't wait for the next installment
  01:11:23  3 April 2011
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Good Job! Can't believe I missed this one. Life have been...difficult lately. Keep em coming bud!
  01:13:39  3 April 2011
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I've written about a page for the next chapter so far. RL is getting quite busy so I haven't been able to work on this as much as I would like to.
  10:16:17  25 May 2011
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Just stumbled upon this ... very good !!
Very, let's say "recognizable"

Hope you get time for another chapter ...
  12:05:26  25 May 2011
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I've written half of the next, but I haven't had much time between various uni assignments, and working on PreSky.
I'm not terribly happy with what I've got so far, but I don't know how to make it better yet... So it'll be updated and finished when I get around to improving on what I have.

Glad you enjoyed it. My aim was to create something other than the regular Stalker fan fiction, even if it is a little odd.

I'll try and get some work done on this today.
  11:13:58  11 June 2011
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Yay, Updates!

Only 3 months and 8 days after the previous chapter. Its a bit of a short chapter, and definitely not my best attempt.

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Chapter 19
Sage climbed out of the manhole back into the city streets. Smoke from the explosions and fires as thickening in the air, casting an eerie haze over the city. The block they had hid in was a complete mess – even more than before, with large holes throughout it, and spot fires burning.

Shadow was wandering around nearby, looking at the devastation caused by the helicopter, his MP5 carried loosely by his side.

“Shit, 30 seconds slower, and we would have been shredded like cabbage if we were still in that building.” Ivan’s voice carried out through the haze behind him.

Shadow turned around to him. “I guess we try and pick up the trail, if there is one left, and there is still anyone alive to recover.”

Sage nodded. “Yeah. Let’s start with the School buildings. The gymnasium first.” Sage turned around and began walking in a route that would take him around the apartment block.

“Sage, wait up a minute. I’ve got something to ask you.” Ivan called out from behind him. Sage turned around, and saw Ivan jog up to him.

“What is it?”

“Well, you and Shadow aren’t mercenaries, and if I know the Colonel, Sergei will definitely have all of us shot if we try and complete the mission. Whatever the motivation behind this all is, they’re not going to let us live now that we are in this deep. Why continue with it?”

“It’s simple Ivan. We’ve got a score to settle with Reaper. And the Merc’s are rarely up to good business in the Zone, and the Military shooting kids? They definitely aren’t the good guys in this story, either of them. That leaves just us. Kidnapping kids and killing them is just wrong. I’m trying to save them because it’s the right thing to do, and I think Shadow is the same as well.”

Sage rounded the corner of the Apartment block, and could see the front of the gymnasium ahead, or rather, what was left of it. An entire corner was missing, and the upper level looked like half of it had collapsed. Splashes of red could be seen on the ground in front of it through the smoke haze.

Sage moved closer, and could hear Ivan behind him keeping pace. Shadow appeared suddenly in front of them, to the left, moving alongside the other side of the road, next to some small houses and trees.

“How the hell does he do that?” queried Ivan from behind him.

Sage chuckled quietly in reply. “I don’t know, but he’s the only guy I know who can walk right up to a Controller or a Bloodsucker and slit its throat, and be back at either the Duty or Freedom Bar before anyone notices he’s missing.”

“Mainly because no one knew he was there to begin with?”

Sage chuckled. “Probably.”

As they got closer, Sage could see that the red splashes on the ground were in fact what were left of the Mercenaries who ran out to attack the helicopter. Shadow had moved ahead, and was now looking through the ruins of the front of the gymnasium. Sage turned and moved down the road heading for the back of the building, before stopping and turning to the others.

“Shadow, see if you can climb up this debris and have a look in the top level. Ivan, go round the other side and enter through there, see what you can find. I’ll come in through the back.”

“Sure thing Sage.” Shadow turned around, and began looking for a way up the destroyed front half of the building, onto the remains of the first floor. Ivan nodded, and began walking along the front, heading around to the other side of the building.

Sage turned around and moved down towards the back, staying in the shadow of the building, his rifle held tight and pulled into his shoulder, lowered towards the ground slightly. He reaches the corner, and moves around it, spotting an open service door ahead. He moves towards it, and pauses slightly before ducking inside, keeping his back to the outer wall, and scanning the room with his rifle for any threats, and not seeing anything except for several upturned tables, dust, and several broken bricks from the wall, and matching holes in the wall, most likely from the helicopters machineguns and several doorways. He spotted a slowly spreading pool of blood off to one side through one of the doorway’s, and edged closer, slowing moving towards the door. As he got closer, he saw the carnage wrought in the room. What was left of a Merc was smeared over the wall and floor, with a broken PKM machine gun lying on the floor in pieces. He turned away, holding one had over his nose, and went through the other doorway.

Part of the roof and walls had collapsed, and the air was thick with dust and smoke. He moved slowly through the haze, and seeing another moving figure, moved slowly towards it.

“Ivan, that you?”

“Yeah, it’s me Sage.” Ivan’s voice floated out of the haze ahead of him.

“Anything?”

“Nothing but blood, bits of bodies, wreckage, and then some more of all of them.”

Suddenly, a section of the roof sagged, sending some plaster cascading down to the floor, and Shadow’s voice could be heard from above.

“Ебут!”

Sage cupped his hands and called out to the roof. “You OK up there Shadow?”

“Apart from the damn floor collapsing, fine.”

“You better get down. I don’t know where you are, so I can’t catch you when you fall.”

Ivan and Sage could hear scrabbling from above, followed up Shadow reply. “This really the time to go making jokes Sage?”

“Probably not, but we need something to lighten the mood. A half-assed joke is probably about as good as we are going to get.” Sage called back, heading for the front of the building, with Ivan in tow.

As they arrived, and started to climb out the start, bits of stone started to skitter down, and Shadow slid down, hit the ground, and staggered forward a bit, before regaining his balance. “Show off.” Muttered Ivan as he climbed through the wreckage after Sage.

“Oh, come on, it’s not that bad. We all have our uses, and our talents. They work with each other. Shadow has his, and so do you Ivan.”

“OK Sage, what now?” queried Shadow, standing a short distance away, brushing dust off his suit.

“Now? Now we wait for Freedom to get here, and hopefully they’ll have a lead. This place is a communications dead zone. You’ll need a satellite transmitter to send or receive a message. As for right now, we’ll sit down in the shade, out of sight, and begin planning our next move. Or at least try to form one.”
 
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