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| 03:42:33 14 October 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
Requiem - Part 6|
They camped on a hill overlooking the Rostok Warehouses, Mitya passed several cans of beans and Kolya lit the campfire, Viktor passed some votka around, Dmitriev pitched the tent. Pavlik meanwhile simply sat on a log looking down at the Rostok Warehouses, he saw flashes of gunfire, the sun was almost completely set. Soon the flashes were the only things illuminating the dead urban area. The others talked, and joked and Dmitriev even played a harmonica, but Pavlik simply sat.
His mind drifted on Nikolas and Sasha, were they right, had he changed, he couldn't tell. Pavlik felt an empty feeling, it was hard to describe, like a coldness in his chest, as if something there was absent. Nikolas was a great friend of Pavlik's, he almost died trying to rescue him from the radiation... but he so easily abandoned him... and Sasha... Pavlik didn't understand what Sasha meant to him but she too left him, history was repeating itself... it was like Stag all over again... only this time Pavlik wasn't a rookie, he wasn't a fool who made poor mistakes, he saw more of the zone than anyone, he is practically a master. Pavlik looked down at the firefights below, tomorrow he will go down and attempt to kill everyone in Rostok, it was going to be a bloody day... it was kind of funny, tomorrow was a sunday... a bloody sunday. It's funny how easy it is now, killing for money, just another job, not a glamorous one but a job it was.
Pavlik drank some votka and climbed into the tent, he climbed into the sleeping bag in the back and fell asleep...
Pavlik was standing in a field, the sky was dark as lightning flashed and thunder roared. The land was dead and shredded, devoid of life, devoid of anything man made, save for hundreds of generators. Pavlik was here before, not in life but in another dream like this... He walked through the field, the sky turned red. He ran as his Geiger counter clicked, the ground beneath him collapsed as he fell into a large pit. He blinked and found in a ruined urban area, he saw a stunning Russian woman with long blond hair tied into a pony tail looking at him, she smiled at him, he looked up to see several mortars falling towards her, he ran to warn her but there was a bright flash and suddenly he was in a chair, he was chained to it. He was in a dark room with a small light revealing a chair in front of him, on it sat Viktor, also chained. Pavlik attempted to get out of his chains as a man entered the room, a large man in a black trench coat. The man pull out a pistol and aimed it at Viktor's head. Pavlik shouted and attempted to break free, the man pulled the trigger and Pavlik found himself looking up at Dmitriev, he was on the roof of a building, Pavlik looked around to see himself in a city, he looked up to see Dmitriev fighting with a man in an advanced combat suit, the man slammed his gun, a gauss rifle, into Dmitriev's stomach and fired, Dmitriev shot off the roof, Pavlik braced himself to catch him when suddenly he was in a destroyed building, outside was Kolya crawling towards him.
Bullets flew everywhere as two groups of stalkers were fighting, a stalker kicked Kolya over and aimed his shotgun at him. Pavlik jumped over his cover and fired his pistol, a bullet hit him in the hand and he found himself looking into a room, a familiar stalker was running towards him but suddenly wires started flying in every direction, the stalker simply fell apart, sliced into thousands of pieces. Pavlik blinked and he was looking at a large man, he was wrestling with what looked like a bear. The man turned and shouted at him, as if telling him to run but Pavlik didn't want to leave, he ran to the bear, and it roared, suddenly he was in some sort of lab, he was on a platform overlooking a river of rapidly moving water, moving at bone breaking speed. that went down and out of site. Beside him was Mitya, before him was a man in a large exoskeleton, the man charged Pavlik, Mitya tackled the man and the two of them fell off the edge, Pavlik screamed and found himself looking into a dark room, blood was everywhere and he saw Sasha lying on the floor in the middle of the room, he walked towards her but suddenly all he could see were two white eyes and tentacles, he jumped back and found himself kneeling on the floor, he was talking but he couldn't hear what he was saying. Pavlik was bleeding and sweating, he looked up at a shadow looking down on him, a pistol to his head, he pulled the trigger...
Pavlik woke up screaming in pain, he put his hand on his head to feel for holes. Everyone was looking at him.
"Pavlik you okay?" Mitya asked
"I am fine" said Pavlik "just a bad dream"
"don't have too many, we are so close to stalkers they could probably hear us talking now" said Kolya
"I'll be fine" said Pavlik climbing under his blanket and closing his eyes...
Pavlik woke up the next morning, it was sunday. They packed up the camp and climbed down the hill. Gunshots could be heard as they entered the streets of Rostok. They walked down the path and slowly walked through a large warehouse, they heard gunshots just outside. They quickly ran to the wall near the door and pressed their backs against it. Pavlik inched towards the door to see the streets of Rostok, a large battle was taking place. He looked across the street and saw several stalkers in a small office, they were in the same situation Pavlik found himself in, strangers in a strangers war.
"do diggers pack anything helpful for a situation like this?" Pavlik asked
"yes we do" said Kolya
"smoke grenades" said Dmitriev pulling out a dozen smoke grenades and passing them around
"on three we throw everywhere and run across the street, there are stalkers pinned down" said Pavlik
"one... two... THREE" shouted Pavlik
They pulled the pinnies and ran out of the factory throwing smoke grenades everywhere. They ran across and jumped into the office across the street, the stalkers inside were aiming rifles at them.
"don't shoot we're friendly" said Pavlik as they ducked behind cover
"how can we tell if your friendly" said a large stalker in the back
"we don't belong to any clans?" Viktor asked
"oh good" said the stalker
"name's Pavlik" said Pavlik "this is Viktor, Kolya, Mitya and Dmitriev"
"name's Dragov" said the large stalker "and this is Katarina, Tolkov and..."
"Marcus?" Viktor asked "is that you?"
"Why hello chaps, I thought you guys croaked up north now, why didn't you?" asked Marcus
"hello Marcus" said Pavlik "we thought you died too"
"don't worry about it, I ain't going to die for a long time" said Marcus stepping out of the shadow, Pavlik saw him clearly, he recognized him from his dream, he was the one who was killed by the wires... and Dragov was the large stalker wrestling with the bear and that must mean Katarina...
Bullets whizzed over their heads, the fight began again.
"we better get out of here" said Dragov
"how, were kind of pinned" said Kolya
"Tolkov you done yet?" Dragov asked
"just about..." Tolkov said slowly, Pavlik watched him attempt to cut the locks off of a large door with bolt cutters.
There was a snap and the doors flew open, they ran inside to find themselves in a massive warehouse. They ran through it, passing many crates and found the back door. They looked out to find another shootout. They closed the door, Tolkov ran to the back to close the door they came in.
"now we socialize?" Mitya asked
"might as well" said Dragov "we are going to be here a while"
Tolkov, Kolya and Dmitriev sat in a corner talking, apparently Tolkov was a digger too. Mitya and Viktor sat with Dragov. Marcus walked over and sat beside Pavlik.
"hey, I was wondering about something" said Marcus
"what?" Pavlik asked
"did you happen to find out what happened to..." Marcus began
"Sasha is fine" said Pavlik
"oh... how is the lass?" Marcus asked
"well she hates me now and is now working with Nikolas" said Pavlik
"hurts doesn't it" said Marcus, Pavlik never thought he would hear Marcus being sensitive
"what do you mean?" Pavlik asked
"she left you man, after all you two had together" said Marcus
"what the hell are you talking about" said Pavlik
"she cared about you, you just were too busy trying to get rich" said Marcus "it blinded you to what was clearly there"
"nothing was there" said Pavlik "you are clearly imagining things"
"your loss" said Marcus "I am sure she is happier with Nikolas now"
"shut up" said Pavlik
"oh so you do care" said Marcus "a few seconds ago I was imagining things"
"go to hell" said Pavlik
"oh I don't thi..." Marcus began
"leave him alone" said Katarina, she had taken off her helmet revealing a stunning young Russian woman, with long blond hair tied in a pony tail, she had bright blue eyes.
Pavlik found himself simply staring, Marcus noticed this and laughed as he climbed to his feet and walked away.
"don't mind Marcus, he's such a pig" said Katarina
"I remember" said Pavlik
"when did you two work together last?" Katarina asked
"six years ago" said Pavlik
"thats a while" said Katarina "you been here all that time?"
"nope" said Pavlik "just came back"
"zone is a different pace" said Katarina
"yes it is" said Pavlik
"so what are you doing here?" Katarina asked "If I may ask"
"a job for the trader" said Pavlik "you?"
"trying to stop those insane assassins from killing everyone" said Katarina
"assassins?" Pavlik asked with a sense of concern, was she referring to them
"the Shadows" said Katarina "they are fighting with the Wraiths and the Shinobis"
"oh" said Pavlik "lets just say our goals are similar"
"really how is tha..." Katarina began but Dragov quickly cut her off
"excuse us Katarina but I must talk with Pavlik here" said Dragov
"of course, nice meeting you Pavlik" said Katarina smiling at him
"nice... meeting you..." said Pavlik awkwardly
"well now" said Dragov "we need to talk about our missions"
"you killing the assassins" said Pavlik
"they are based here along with almost all the stalkers" said Dragov "how are our goals similar?"
"the trader asked us to end the clan wars" said Pavlik
"impossible" said Dragov "your group doesn't look like its capable of destroying a single clan"
"we have taken out five" said Pavlik "and that was in a single afternoon"
"are you serious?" Dragov asked
"Howitzers happened to have a nuke" said Pavlik
"and what are you hoping to accomplish here?" Dragov asked
"the Atom Cloud have a bunker here correct?" Pavlik asked
"yes" said Dragov
"rumor has it they found a warhead there" said Pavlik "I could probably end the war here and now by blowing that thing"
"how do you expect to survive?" Dragov asked
"I would probably be out of here by then" said Pavlik
"I want the war to end but that would kill a lot of people" said Dragov
"they are dead already, its only a matter of days" said Pavlik
"true enough" said Dragov "My team will help you"
"that would be great" said Pavlik "I have a plan"
"lets hear it" Dragov asked
"we sprint out of the back door, drawing the fire of the other stalkers, Marcus climbs the clock tower there and provides sniper coverage. We advance until we reach the bunker and find the nuke, we wheel it towards this warehouse, set the time and get the hell out of here" said Pavlik
"risky" said Dragov
"we have to be risky" said Pavlik
They briefed the others on the plan, they readied themselves by the door, Tolkov opened it and they ran out. Pavlik ran through a storm of bullets, they reached the other side of the courtyard. Marcus was already at the top of the tower sniping the stalkers. They slowly crept towards some stairs and hurried up, they ran into a warehouse. They ran out the other side and found another warehouse. They ran inside and found themselves looking at a large group of stalkers. They dived out of the way as shotguns and assault rifles sprayed bullets in every direction. Dragov threw an F1 grenade. Pavlik sprayed his AK-47 over his cover. Bullets sprayed everywhere, an RPG flew over his cover and blew up outside the warehouse. They advanced slowly firing their rifles, the stalkers ran outside and were shredded by mortar rounds. Pavlik saw the path they needed to take, it was just outside the door, another building. Pavlik nodded to them and they ran outside.
Bullets sprayed everywhere, Pavlik ran inside. They fortified the doorway and looked around.
"I'm going down there, you guys cover the entrance" said Pavlik "Mitya you come with me"
"I am coming with you" said Dragov "Tolkov come with me"
They ran out the back door and found themselves in a courtyard with a building in the center, they reached the door of the building and opened it, there was a staircase leading down. They walked down the stairs and at the bottom they were inside a room full of tables with a counter.
"looks like no ones hom..." Tolkov began, suddenly shotgun fired and hit Tolkov in the side of the head.
"Tolkov!" Dragov shouted, Mitya tackled him as bullets sprayed everywhere.
Pavlik grabbed an F1 grenade from Dragov's vest and threw it over the counter and dropped to the ground. There was an explosion and the sounds of bodies flying. Pavlik jumped over his cover and climbed onto the counter shooting down into the stalkers. He ran to the door behind the counter and found himself staring at a large explosive device in a shopping cart, it was a big bomb, a very big bomb...
“Tolkov is dead” said Dragov “this better be good”
"Pavlik what have you found?" Mitya asked
"jackpot" said Pavlik wheeling the bomb out of the back room "now we just have to wheel it into position"
"and not get shot" said Mitya
"yeah that too" said Pavlik
They lifted the bomb up the stairs and lowered it carefully in the courtyard. They pushed it into the building their team was in... it was empty. They looked outside to see a total war, bullets everywhere.
"now or never" said Dragov
They pushed the bomb outside of the building and pushed it into the warehouse. They sped past the warehouse and into the next one, they headed for the stairs but a mortar exploded by them. They turned and wheeled in the opposite direction towards an old gate leading to the western area of Rostok. They pushed down the road into a blown up structure. they went out the other side into the streets of western Rostok.
"where are we going?" Dragov asked
"we are improvising" said Mitya
"like this" said Pavlik clicking the prime button on the nuke and giving it a shove.
They watched the bomb roll down the street, they turned and ran as fast as they could. They ran back into the eastern Rostok, sniper rounds flying passed them. They reached the clock tower, bullets were spraying everywhere. They climbed up the steps, Dragov sat down and aimed his rifle at the door.
"go check on Marcus, we need to find the others , I'll make sure no one comes up" said Dragov
"okay" said Pavlik running up the stairs to Marcus
"hello Pavlik" said Marcus firing his rifle
"where are the others?" Pavlik asked
"over there" said Marcus pointing to several sandbags, behind which he could clearly see the team.
"Mitya help Dragov hold this place, I'll get to them" said Pavlik
Pavlik jumped off the edge of the clock tower, he landed on the roof of the warehouse below. He climbed to his feet and ran along the roof until he was overlooking the battle. He jumped up and climbed onto the power lines, he was thankful they were off. He climbed over the battle until he was dangling over the roof across. Pavlik dropped, he hit the roof and fell through it. He found himself in a building, the door open. He ran out the door, the group was backing into a blown up building. Pavlik ran to join them. He pulled out his PDA and called Dragov.
"Dragov get over here, bring Marcus and Mitya, we found shelter" said Pavlik
"alright I'm coming" said Dragov
Pavlik reached the blown up building, the battle reached outside, he turned and saw Kolya running towards him. A bullet ripped through his chest, another through his left leg. Kolya fell over, the battle raged on. Pavlik watched from the blown up building as a stalker kicked Kolya over and aimed a shotgun at him. Pavlik jumped out of the cover firing his Colt 1911. The first bullet hit the stalker in the shoulder, the second hit him in the leg, the third hit him in the stomach, the fourth hit him in the left lung, the fifth hit him in the heart, the sixth hit him right between the eyes. Pavlik grabbed Kolya and dragged him to the blown up building, he threw him towards Viktor as a full burst of a submachine gun hit Pavlik in the chest, the suit taking the hit. Pavlik flipped and landed on his back. He rolled over, a round hit him in the leg. He felt a hand grab him and throw him. He landed inside the blown up building, he rolled over to see Dragov, Mitya and Marcus running inside. They grabbed him and dragged him down into the bunker. It was empty.
They closed the doors and put Pavlik and Kolya on couches, they patched up the bullet wounds. Pavlik watched this until he finally began to drift asleep, to the sounds of screaming, the bunker shaking and a loud explosion...
Commander Birigov sat in the command center, the plan was going into effect, well partially, his squad wasn't ready but he was requested to overview the battle. The military stalkers were sent to find their way to Rostok, the ones he personally oversaw were just a handful in an ambitious project. There were now almost a hundred military stalkers converging on Rostok with reserves from the Ukrainian Military waiting for transport helicopters in the inner cordons. Unfortunately a fuel air bomb exploded in the Rostok and now hell is breaking loose, reaching all over the zone the clans are increasing their offensive. Even thought there are now only a few clans left, the battle is all or nothing...
I'm back baby.
| 03:43:09 14 October 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
Requiem - Part 7|
Pavlik woke up, the others were sitting by a campfire nearby. He didn't feel any pain from his wounds but he had a killer headache.
"whahappan" Pavlik slurred
"good your awake" said Mitya "we were planning on pulling the plug like last time"
"shuttupp" Pavlik slurred
"yeah, this time however your suit took all the punishment" said Viktor
"realli" Pavlik slurred as he rolled over, he felt a stabbing pain "whiihurt"
"you got shot in the leg, sadly your suit didn't cover that" said Mitya
"werthothes" Pavlik slurred rolling onto his back
"Dragov went topside, Marcus went with him and Katarina is asleep" said Mitya
"Kolya is sleeping too and Dmitriev is looking for food in the back" said Viktor pointing to a door leading to a backroom
"righ" slurred Pavlik lazily
"get some more sleep" said Viktor "that bomb calmed this place down, lets take advantage of that"
"howedo?" Pavlik inhaled dust and coughed
"well according to our PDAs..." Viktor began "We shattered out the Atom Clouds, the Shadows, the Wraiths, the Shinobis, the Zealots and the Hellhounds"
"yeah, shame about them Hellhounds, they were useful" said Mitya
"sothegone?" Pavlik slurred
"yes and no" said Viktor "their clans are no more but there are still a lot of survivors and most of them are still on homicidal rampages up topside... theres just no hierarchy meaning eventually these guys are going to either stop fighting or join another clan."
"greah" Pavlik slurred falling asleep "igoslip"
"nighty night" said Mitya sipping a bottle of votka
Pavlik's eyes slowly closed, he was falling comfortably asleep...
"Pavlik wake up" said a voice
Pavlik opened his eyes, there was a roar of gunfire/
"whats going on?" said Pavlik wide awake
"the military, they came out of nowhere, Spetsnaz is crawling all over the place, they are just shooting everything that moves" said Mitya
"damn" said Pavlik climbing onto his feet, he felt pain but steadied himself
Pavlik heard shouting above them, shortly followed by the sound of mortars falling and exploding above them.
"there shelling us!" shouted Viktor outside in the stairwell
"apparently our nukes brought back unwanted attention" said Mitya "come on, grab your gun and move it, we have to get out of here"
"right behind you" said Pavlik grabbing his AK-47 and his Colt 1911, he quickly checked for his knife and put his helmet on.
They ran up the stairs, bullets and explosions could be heard coming from every direction. They reached the top and jumped over the blown up walls. Bullets were spraying everywhere, a mortar exploded only a few feet from him. He dived out of the way, rocks and dirt bounced off of his helmet. They jumped over the sandbags and ran down the streets until they found themselves in a small structure, the others were firing their rifles out the windows.
"we all here?" Mitya asked
"Marcus is in that damn tower, the crazy fool is going to get himself killed" said Dragov
"I'll get him" said Pavlik "get out of here"
"how the hell do we do that?" Dragov asked "the military have god damn tanks blocking the south exit"
"then we take the west exit" said Pavlik
"APCs are all over there, not forgetting the lethal radiation" said Dragov
"then we go north" said Pavlik
"thats suicide" said Dragov
"we have no choice" said Pavlik "get going"
"theres too many of us" said Dragov "were an easy target"
"split up then" said Pavlik "trust me we are getting out"
Pavlik ran outside before Dragov could point out any more flaws. Pavlik ran to the tower and hurried up the stairs, he reached the top to find Marcus firing an SVU down at the people below.
"nice gun" said Pavlik
"thank the unknown soldier" said Marcus "who is lying around here somewhere"
"we have to go" said Pavlik
"but I just started having fun" said Marcus
"we just need to get to that clock tower by the north entrance" said Pavlik "we can have fun there, this place is too hot"
"damn" said Marcus "this kind of reminds me of when I worked for the IRU"
"We could ask questions like who the hell the IRU are later, lets go" said Pavlik
"fine" said Marcus firing two more shots before standing up and jumping down the stairs
They ran down the stairs and out into the streets, stalkers and soldiers were everywhere spraying bullets. They ran up some steps and found themselves just around the corner from the north exit.
A heavy machine gun sprayed right over their heads, they ducked behind the sandbags. Several soldiers were in a jeep firing a mounted heavy machine gun, opposite to it were about a dozen stalkers, in the crossfire was the rest of their team, hiding in the entrance to the western Rostok
"still want to have fun Marcus?" Pavlik asked
"what do you have in mind" said Marcus
"I cover you, you get the hell to that tower and cover the rest of us" said Pavlik
Marcus watched the heavy machine gun rip a stalker clean in half.
"hell yeah I do" said Marcus after a short pause
"go NOW" said Pavlik as the soldiers reloaded
Marcus ran down the street and jumped over the reloading stalkers. Pavlik fired a full burst at the stalkers drawing their fire away and the soldiers finished reloading. Pavlik saw Marcus at the top of the tower firing a round into the soldier on the HMG. The soldier began to spin on the spot, the HMG firing in a full 360 degree spin. The others began to run across the street, they jumped over the cover of the other stalkers and opened fire. Pavlik was about to join them when he saw Katarina standing in the middle of the road, she was holding her side, Pavlik saw blood dripping from her, a small pool forming on the ground. Pavlik suddenly heard the oddly familiar sound of mortars firing, he looked at her and she smiled back, he heard the mortars falling. Pavlik jumped over his cover and ran towards her. He grabbed her and picked her up over his shoulders. He ran down the street carrying her as mortars exploded all around them. He climbed over the sandbags and passed her to Dragov who picked her up and carried her to the exit.
"hurry up Pavlik" said Dragov
"I have to go back for Marcus" said Pavlik "I'll be right behind you"
Pavlik ran to the tower and climbed up the stairs. He reached the top and found Marcus firing his rifle at dozens of Spetsnaz soldiers.
"Marcus lets go" said Pavlik
"just a sec..." Marcus began but was interrupted by a loud and repeated beeping noise, suddenly the foundations of the clock tower began to explode, bricks flew in every direction as the tower exploded, charges exploding from the bottom up.
"time to go" shouted Pavlik grabbing Marcus and throwing him over the edge, jumping down after him.
Marcus crashed into a house, Pavlik landed in after him. They both looked up to see a figure in an advanced military combat suit looking down at them through infrared goggles.
"son of a bitch" said Pavlik "its them again"
The man kicked him in the side of the head knocking him unconscious...
The man pulled out a satellite phone, he dialed it.
"well Theta, how did it go?" asked the voice
"they detonated another nuke, they took out six clans" said Theta
"already eleven... I trust you have better news than your failure to stop them?" the voice asked
"I have their leader and one of their team unconscious, orders?" Theta asked
"take them to the base, see what Zeta can get out of them" said the voice "Beta will extract you"
"of course" said Theta
"we will contact Omega and tell him to follow the others" said the voice
"of course sir, I shall report to base" said Theta
The man hung up and tied the stalkers hands together. He grabbed his Abakan and waited patiently, Omega and Beta ran inside and helped him carry them to the Hind...
Commander Birigov looked at the images provided by the UAV overlooking Rostok, it was chaos and there wasn't a damn thing he could do.
“sir this isn't right we have to give our men orders” said Birigov
“unfortunately we have to follow orders” said Krinkov
“who the hell ordered this?” Birigov asked “our entire operation is falling apart”
“its classified, hell I don't even know” said Krinkov “nobodies knows where this order came from”
“how do we know its genuine?” Birigov asked
“I triple checked it, it is from somebody up top, but I have no clue” said Krinkov
The soldiers began to retreat, the military stalkers were all but dead, a few just vanished, probably surrendered or fled.
“I cannot spend anymore time watching this” said Krinkov, this plan was his after all.
Birigov watched helicopters emerge out of nowhere and swarm the Rostok area, who the hell were they Birigov thought to himself.
“zoom in, try to get us a better image” Birigov ordered one of the technicians.
The camera zoomed in, several shapes jumped out, they were wearing advanced gear and were loading up the wounded into their helicopters.
“take pictures, tell nobody” said Birigov, somebody wasn't telling him everything...
Pavlik woke up to find himself in a dark room, fuses and metal wires were literally everywhere, he saw plastic wiring all along the floor, several ropes were tied to the roof holding up buzz saws and connected to his arm was a wire leading to a tank labeled sulphuric acid. He was sitting in perhaps the most elaborate and intimidating deathtrap he had ever imagined. He looked down to see himself sitting on a pressure pad, connected to pretty much everything, there were cameras watching from every angle. The door opened, a tall figure walked in, this man like the others was wearing advanced combat armor but it was a lighter one, and he wore a trench coat over it. He also was wearing a fedora on top of his full facial protection.
"so, your Pavlik" said the man casually sitting on a chair in front of him, the man had an almost reassuring voice.
"and you are?" Pavlik asked
"you may call me Zeta" said the man with a slight smile
"you connected to the chaps Sigma and Epsilon I assume" said Pavlik
"yes" said Zeta
"and the guy who attacked us outside the powerplant?" Pavlik asked
"yes" said Zeta
"and the helicopter pilot and the man who blew up the clocktower" said Pavlik
"yes" said Zeta "I am connected to more than you know"
"so why am I here?" Pavlik asked
"six years ago you and your group came across things that they should have avoided" said Zeta
"and?" Pavlik asked
"six years ago you discovered things that we would have killed you immediately for discovering" said Zeta casually
"you tried and failed that" said Pavlik with a smirk
"yes, exactly" said Zeta "so we sent Gamma, who did a good job but failed as well"
"the power plant mini gunner I assume" said Pavlik
"and after that you were rescued by people quite high up, you have powerful allies outside" said Zeta "a pity you abandoned that protection"
"yeah well we were straining our favors" said Pavlik "and we overstayed our welcome"
"yes" said Zeta "you left your bed in the hospital and came back, we have been watching you ever since"
"but what did we uncover that was so valuable?" Pavlik asked "whats worth the trouble"
"those secure cases you found in Agroprom" said Zeta "you left with three"
"we only wanted the one" said Pavlik
"of course, but you carried out three" said Zeta "one was useless, the other was important and the last was the most important of all"
"really" said Pavlik "so it was because we didn't take the time to search them we got into this mess"
"yes" said Zeta laughing reassuringly "if you had just taken the few extra minutes to check which one was yours we would have let you off no harm no foul"
"so which one was it?" Pavlik asked "the case with the artifact, the case with the documents or the case with the 'holy monolith'?"
"you heard what the stalkers now call it" said Zeta "a whole cult, it was safer back when it was simply a myth, the wishgranter they called it, a nice ring if you ask me"
"so its because I reached the center and found the wishgranter" said Pavlik
"that was important but not as important as the other" said Zeta holding up Pavlik's PDA revealing the picture of the wishgrater "you mind if I delete this?"
"I need that picture" said Pavlik "I need that picture so I can show the scientists it"
"so you can get a pat on the back and a briefcase of cash" said Zeta "It has already been discovered by too many, I am sorry but I must do a cover up, you know politics"
Zeta clicked the delete button, Pavlik watched the picture fade away, the words 'deleted' flashed on the screen.
"bastard" said Pavlik
"well I am at a tricky position, I have so many ways to kill you" said Zeta "those are my orders, never liked orders too much"
"why don't you let me go and we call it even" said Pavlik
"I like you" said Zeta "so I won't kill you, I will leave you here instead so you may witness someone else die, to better grasp the seriousness of the situation"
Zeta stood up and left the room, the door slammed shut behind him. He heard shouting and screaming outside and the door opened, Marcus was thrown inside.
"YOU BASTARDS, COME IN HERE AND WE WILL SEE HOW TOUGH YOU REALLY ARE" said Marcus "MILITARY JACKASSES"
Marcus turned around and pulled out a knife.
"swiped eh" said Marcus taking several steps towards him, there was a beeping noise and suddenly the wires in the room started to move, the hooks holding the ropes in place started to slide into the roof, bubbles began to rise in the acid tanks and the sprinklers turned on, water spraying all over the wires on the ground, the explosive charges began to beep.
"son of a bitch" said Pavlik "Marcus get out of the way"
The wires began to move at fast speeds, Marcus dived out of the way as the wires chopped the chair Zeta had previously sat on clean in half. Marcus jumped up into the air as two wires flew by, he successfully did a back flip but fell over as four more wires flew by, he rolled over as vertical wires sped by. He jumped out of the way as more wires swung by, they retracted into the walls. Marcus threw the knife towards Pavlik, who caught it with both hands, which were bound. He cut his bands and pulled out the IV, he turned to the wires, he looked as the ropes swung down.
Marcus jumped out of the way as the buzz saws turned on and swung in every direction.
"Marcus you have to climb onto those ropes" said Pavlik passing the knife back at him
"what about you?" Marcus asked
"as soon as I sit up this room is going to become a giant Tesla ball" said Pavlik "I'll be fine"
Marcus cut two ropes off, the buzz saws cut threw the wires, Marcus jumped up, Pavlik jumped too. There was a loud explosion as the wires shot a massive burst of electricity onto the pressure pad, the chair exploded as sparks flew everywhere. Sparks shot out of the water and the beeping in the explosive charges sped up. One of the ropes snapped and a buzz saw crashed into the sulphuric acid. The tank exploded as glass and acid flooded the room. Pavlik and Mitya climbed up, Marcus threw his knife, it hit the keypad by the door, miraculously the door opened and the acid flooded the hallway. Power suddenly shut off, Marcus and Pavlik dropped to the ground. Marcus ran a few steps ahead, Pavlik hurried to check the timers on the charges.
"we have three minutes lets go" said Pavlik turning around, power turned back on.
"shit I think we better go now" said Marcus laughing "looks like they know what their dealing wi..."
The door opened, a single figure stood at the doorway, he wore an advanced suit and was carrying a long barreled revolver, he aimed at Marcus and fired six shots before turning and walking. Pavlik ran to Marcus.
“son of a bitch” said Marcus coughing
“oh shit” said Pavlik “looks bad”
Marcus winked at him and smirked slyly.
“what?” Pavlik asked
Marcus put his hand on the wound and slightly opened the suit revealing blood packs stuffed around a kevlar vest.
“son of a bitch” said Pavlik
“I am as good as dead to these people” Marcus muttered “go, I will see you on the other side”
"son of a bitch" said Pavlik looking up at the cameras, Pavlik ran and dived out the door, the door slammed shut behind him. He heard a voice coming from one of the speakers on the walls.
"I am very sorry for your loss Pavlik" said Zeta's familiar voice "I admit I didn't enjoy that but orders are orders, anyways I thought you should know that your friends are all coming for you, they think they are surprising us but we have had several days of a warning"
"I'll kill you" said Pavlik
"you know, I know you will" said Zeta "but until then I want to see you escape this place, I have total control so don't expect it to be easy"
Pavlik ran down the hallway, remembering the explosives. He turned down a hallway, a stationary machine gun was at the end of the hall, no one was manning it. Pavlik was about to let out a sigh of relief when the gun fired, he jumped out of the way, just noticing he wasn't wearing his suit. He ran across the hallway, bullets firing everywhere. He rolled into a doorway and found a soldier aiming a Makarov at him, Pavlik knocked it out of his hand and tackled the soldier, he hit the soldier several times before grabbing the Makarov and firing two rounds into the soldiers head.
"do you take pleasure in killing Pavlik?" Zeta asked "you might think I am a monster but look how easily you take lives"
"go to hell" said Pavlik
"I will see you there I assure you" said Zeta
Pavlik opened a vent hanging from the roof and climbed inside. He carefully climbed through the vent, turning a corner and continuing, he saw many soldiers running under him.
"now now Pavlik, don't hide" said Zeta "because I have total control and you are not in a particularly safe area"
Pavlik heard the noise of wind, suddenly hot air shot at him, it hit him with such force he slid back a few inches. It was burning his skin and the vent began to heat up, he crawled forward and kicked open vent below him, he fell out and hit the ground hard, he was sweating heavily. He was staring down the barrel of one of the automatic machine gun turrets. Pavlik closed his eyes.
"now Pavlik, what sport would that be, I'll give you 30 seconds to run" said Zeta, Pavlik heard a loud explosion below him "and a distraction"
Pavlik jumped to his feet and ran down the hall, he entered a room and found himself looking at hundreds of people strapped to tables, odd experiments were being preformed, they all looked mutated and deformed.
"ah, the rejects room" said Zeta "failed subjects, they are all lying comatose, a shame really"
Pavlik ran inside and hurried to the other end of the room.
"unless I press this switch and they wake up into homicidal rampages" said Zeta "oops"
Pavlik heard a bone chilling roar as hundreds of the 'rejects' stood up, they turned towards him and growled. Pavlik fired his Makarov at them as he ran through the lab, he found what looked like a SciFi Injection Needle/Pistol hybrid. Pavlik picked it up and turned around, he fired it into one of the 'rejects' and watched it bloat and explode, Pavlik fired it at the others and watched them one by one puff up and explode.
"well done, you just ended their suffering" said Zeta "its a shame that gun only effects those implanted with a specific isotope, maybe we implanted you, we should check"
Suddenly hundreds of needles began to fire from the walls, Pavlik ran to the end of the room and opened the doors, he was in another large room, instead of bodies there were guns. Pavlik walked past more needle guns, several gauss rifles, a railgun and several other weapons he didn't even think existed.
"ah, the weapons lab" said Zeta "I bet you never thought any of these were possible, well they weren't, until artifacts were discovered, oh the wonders they do for science, cost the lives of a hundred stalkers to fill this room"
"you guys are insane" said Pavlik
"so are you, you killed a lot of you're kind" said Zeta "remember those nukes"
"that was different" said Pavlik
"or was it the same" said Zeta
Pavlik ran over to a table, he found a box labeled Pavlik, he opened it and found his equipment inside. He quickly put it on and holstered his weapons, he was about to leave when he suddenly saw what looked like a double barreled SMG.
"what... the hell" said Pavlik picking it up
"you found the Versailles" said Zeta "I particularly enjoy that little creation"
Pavlik holstered it, next to it was what looked like an assault rifle that fired shotgun shells, he picked it up.
"the AA-12, god bless the Americans for their ingenuity" said Zeta
Pavlik examined it, just then a door opened and several soldiers ran inside, he pulled the trigger and watched them simply explode as the drum barrel emptied in a matter of seconds.
"holy shit" said Pavlik grabbing as much ammo as he could carry and reloading it. He grabbed several grenades and a satchel charge and headed for the door. He turned a corner and threw a grenade. It landed below another stationary turret and it exploded. He opened a door and found a very large generator.
"hello Zeta" said Pavlik "time I shut you down"
"you wouldn't" said Zeta
"why not?" Pavlik asked
"if you did it would shut down every failsafe here" said Zeta
"well then" said Pavlik throwing a satchel charge and running out the door clicking the detonator "oops"
The room exploded and power shut off, he heard roars everywhere, red lights turned on.
"back up generator, you cut controls but I can still watch and talk" said Zeta
"damn" said Pavlik "maybe I should try harder"
"judging by the fact you shut off every failsafe and released every experiment upon yourself, I doubt you would live to find it" said Zeta
"then I guess I've overstayed my welcome" said Pavlik
"oh no, that would never happen, come back another time" said Zeta "I will look forward to it"
"yeah well" said Pavlik "I find myself feeling the same way"
Pavlik ran down the hall and a door blew open, Dragov was aiming a shotgun at his face.
"hello Dragov" said Pavlik "thanks for coming, not necessary really I have it under control"
"ungrateful bastard" said Mitya smiling
"lets go, this place is going to blow or something" said Pavlik
"wait wheres Marcus?" Dragov asked
"he... fell behind" said Pavlik, they nodded
They ran away from the facility. They ran over the next hill revealing a muscle car parked in the field.
"is.. is that our ride?" Pavlik asked
"better believe it" said Mitya
"can I drive?" Pavlik asked
"go ahead" said Dragov "the others are waiting for us north of here"
Pavlik climbed inside, he started the engine and felt the powerful roar of it.
"I like this car" said Pavlik, he heard several cars starting behind him "uh oh"
He slammed on the gas and shifted gears, a dozen jeeps drove from the direction of the facility, with mounted guns firing at them. Pavlik swerved the car as a Russian Hind flew overhead firing missiles. Pavlik drove over the next hill, he recognized the area, he was in the valley. He shifted gears and sped over the hills, he went up with such speed the car jumped, he landed and drove for the same pass he took last time he headed for the Junklands. He bullets whizzed by, Dragov fired his shotgun out a window, Mitya fired a burst of his Groza, he fired the under barrel grenade launcher blowing an entire jeep apart. He saw a field of Whirligigs, it was still there, and so was the jump he took last time.
"no Pavlik, this didn't work last time!" Mitya shouted
"we were in a pickup truck last time" said Pavlik shifting gears "I feel the engine, I feel the engine"
"what does that mean?" Mitya asked
"it means hes insane and going to get us killed!" Dragov shouted
"I FEEL THE ENGINE" shouted Pavlik jumping up the ramp, the others were screaming, he flew clean over the anomalies and hit the ground, he swerved and stopped himself short of the garbage pile he crashed into last time. "I feel the engine, so I won"
"shut up!" shouted Mitya, they saw the other jeeps crash into the whirligigs, suddenly another muscle car jumped over the anomalies and swerved, a man was sitting at the wheel, he was in armor a lot like Zeta's
"oh son of a bitch" shouted Pavlik putting the car in reverse, he spun the car and put the car back in drive.
He shifted gears and drove straight for the path to Rostok, the other muscle car rammed him.
"we are dead" said Mitya as the Hind flew over the pass behind them
"no we aren't we just need some reassuring music" shouted Pavlik turning on the radio which played Aerosmith, Train kept a Rollin'. "there we go"
"we shouldn't have bothered" said Dragov "he has clearly lost it"
Pavlik swerved the car performing a sharp turn and driving at full speed towards Rostok, the other car ramming into their back. They preformed another jump and landed, Rostok in sight. They drove straight down the road and turned, driving into one of the warehouses. Stalkers were still fighting soldiers, suddenly the fight stopped as the stalkers and soldiers alike stopped to watch them zoom by, the other car right behind them, a helicopter right behind it. The helicopter opened fire with its gattling gun. bullets sprayed everywhere and they turned another sharp corner driving around the area in a full circle before turning into a warehouse, he drove straight through it before taking the next right and headed straight. The driver behind them fired a revolver out his window. They turned again, they were on the road to west Rostok, they took another turn and drove north. Mitya and Dragov stopped trying to fire out their windows, Pavlik was driving to insanely. Pavlik drove past the second clock tower, it was completely gone. Pavlik drove straight through the closed gates of Rostok and headed north, the other driver right behind him.
Pavlik drove across the flat fields, he did a full hairpin turn and drove straight for the other car, the others screamed behind him. The other driver turned slightly to the right and opened his door, he leaned out and fired his pistol while driving, Pavlik swerved as he bullets hit his window right where his head was. Pavlik did another hairpin and drove north. The helicopter returned firing a full spread of missiles, Pavlik drove full speed up a hill and shot off the ground as his car flew gracefully through the air. He landed with a crash and slid across wet mud, he slid through a chain link fence and slid up a hill, the car flipped and crashed into an abandoned village. The other muscle car flew over him and crashed into a house.
Pavlik climbed out of the wreckage of the car, the others climbed out and hugged the nearest rocks.
"THAT!" Pavlik shouted "was fun"
"your... are... insane... Pavlik" Mitya shouted breathing heavily
"where are we?" Pavlik asked looking at the eery buildings
"nowhere good, we should leave" said Dragov
Several bullets flew by their heads, Pavlik turned to see the driver of the other car firing his revolver, an old Colt Single Action Army.
"you guys go ahead" said Pavlik
"we are at the farmstead east of here" said Dragov
The others ran off, Pavlik put his right hand on his holster, the driver spun his revolver, did a quick reload and holstered it.
"so your Pavlik?" the man said slowly
"and you are?" Pavlik asked
"you may call me Delta" said the man drawing his pistol and spinning it, he holstered it again
"you going to show me your moves or draw already?" Pavlik asked
Delta drew his pistol with incredible speeds spinning it in his hand and cocking the hammer back. Pavlik simply raised his left arm and fired a full burst from the Versailles. The SMG ripped through Delta's armor and he flew back in surprise.
"you cheated" Delta shouted
"and that is how I roll" Pavlik shouted back
The helicopter returned firing a spray of the minigun, there was a loud roar coming from deeper in the village. Delta rolled over grabbing his pistol and pulled out a crossbow firing a grappling hook up, it hit the hull of the Hind and Delta clicked a button, pulling himself up to the Hind, which turned around and flew out of sight. Pavlik saw many white eyes looking at him, he turned and ran. He ran up the muddy hill and reached the top, quickly jumping down the hill, hitting the mud and sliding to the bottom of the hill, he hit the ground and rolled. He ran up another hill, a small farmstead on it. He reached it and ran inside the house, a gun was aimed at his face.
"hello Pavlik" said Dragov "nice of you to join us"
"you know me I had to take care of business" said Pavlik
He walked inside and closed the door behind him...
Omega watched from a distance, he dialed his satellite phone.
"status report!" the voice shouted
"Headquarters is gone, Zeta managed to kill one of Pavlik's team but failed to eliminate him and is now is relocating to secondary headquarters" said Omega "Beta and Delta attempted to take out Pavlik but failed, Pavlik is now outside the old military warehouses"
"damn" said the voice "Pavlik is becoming too much of a threat, the last cluster of stalkers are in this area, he ran out of nukes so he will need to be creative for his plans to work"
"orders?" Omega asked
"Gamma and Theta are moving in, we will make sure he fails" said the voice
"do I have permission to strike?" Omega asked
"no, we must wait for your chance" said the voice
"of course sir" said Omega hanging up
Omega lowered to a prone and stared at the farmstead through the scope of his rifle...
Birigov watched the photographs, the helicopters had no ID of any kind, they were completely black and had no affiliation to anything, then he noticed it. A small gas mask on the side of a gattling gun with Cyrillic writing 'Shadow Ops'. The location of this would be hard to notice by anyone who didn't know where to look, he was lucky he spotted it.
He pulled out his phone, he had to make a call but who did he know who was not connected to the military, he dialed a number.
“hello who is this?” said a familiar voice
“hello Petrov” Birigov began “this is Birigov, I need your help...”
I'm back baby.
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