| 04:24:06 21 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 1|
Pavlik woke up, he watched his breath leave his mouth as the cold air filled the room. He climbed out of bed and turned on the lights, his heating was disconnected. He walked into his kitchen and checked his fridge, he grabbed a slice of bologna and ate it hungrily. He grabbed the remote control and clicked the on button, nothing. He checked the batteries and found it empty, he walked across the room and turned on the television.
"We are outside the Chernobyl exclusion zone once again as a lights fill the sky, it is unknown what is causing this and government officials refuse to discuss details, there is military involvement and as you can see there are helicopters flying over the fences into the 'zone'" said a reporter on the television " we are being told to keep are distance and that everything is under control, we will bring more information in a few minutes but from what we can..."
There was a horrific wailing noise and the power in his apartment shut off. Pavlik swore loudly and jumped, he looked around to find his house empty and silent, not a single hum from his kitchen, his power was disconnected. Pavlik grabbed several blankets from the closet and went to his bed, hopefully it will be nice out tomorrow, he thought to himself, he needed at least one break.
Pavlik woke up the next morning, sun beaming down on his face. He looked at the clock beside him and saw the time was eight am, he swore as he jumped out of bed and quickly dressed, he was late for work. He ran into his kitchen and opened the refrigerator, there was a disgusting smell and he slammed it shut, the last of his bologna went bad, he opened the cupboard, he found a small box of cake mix and a packet of sugar. He reached inside and grabbed a spoon and shoved some cake mix into his mouth quickly coughing up powder and running out the door.
He hurried to his car and grabbed the door handle, he pulled but it didn't move. He pulled as hard as he could and heard a loud snap and nearly fell over, the door handle broke off. In a fit of rage he kicked his car and the door popped off. He angrily climbed inside and put the key in the ignition, there was a second snap as his key broke. He quickly ripped open a panel under the steering wheel and pulled a knife out of his pocket, quickly cutting two wires and crossing them, the car started. He pulled out of the parking lot and drove straight into another car. His car span rapidly, sparks flying everywhere, it slowed to a stop and several parts of the car fell out of their intended places. He climbed out where his door was holding his head, his car was totaled. He looked over at the other car, a very expensive looking sports car, there was a large dent in it, the driver climbed out of the car.
"look I am sorry this is my faul..." Pavlik began but quickly stopped seeing the size of the man
"you better start running right now" said the man as he reached in his car pulling out a metal baseball bat.
"couldn't agree more" Pavlik said quickly turning around and legging it down the street.
Adrenaline pumped through his veins as he ran headlong down the street, he could hear the man behind him, he quickly turned down an alley and climbed over a chain link fence. He hurried to the end of the alley, he heard the man climbing the fence behind him. He ran down the street and ducked into convenience store and watched the large man run by. Pavlik took a deep breath and stepped outside and ran in the direction opposite to the large man and ran as fast as he could. He reached the small hardware and electronics store he worked at and ran through the door.
The store was small, it had several aisles of various tools and gadgets, with a back door leading to the bathrooms, his bosses office and the warehouse in the back. He looked across the counter to see his friend Mitya staring at him.
"hey Mitya, how was your day?" Pavlik asked breathing heavily
"eh it was okay, did you run here?" Mitya asked
"car accident, big guy, baseball bat" Pavlik panted
"ah I see" Mitya replied "the boss wanted to see you, sounds bad, he might be firing you"
"ah first heat, the power, then my car, then my lungs and now my boss" said Pavlik "I can see this day is going to be great"
"PAVLIK!" a voice screamed from across the store
"after you" said Mitya "nice knowing you"
"well see yeah Mitya" Pavlik said quietly muttering afterwords "I hope"
He walked slowly to the back door, he put his hand on the door knob. He started praying under his breath for a way out of entering and found his prayers answered, not in the way he wanted.
"YOU" shouted a deep voice behind him, he turned around to see the same large man he was chased by standing in the doorway still holding the baseball bat.
"oh boy" said Pavlik muttering many swears under his breath
"well, a nice business you got here, mind if I improve it?" the man asked before slamming his baseball bat into a shelf, breaking several clocks and radios.
The man swung his bat around smashing the store right before Pavlik's eyes, Mitya quickly ran over to where Pavlik was standing, obviously to get out of swinging distance. To make matters worse, Pavlik heard the door behind him open.
"WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OUT HERE" his boss yelled as the man continued to trash the store.
His boss quickly ran back into his office and returned from it carrying a revolver and firing it into the air. The man stopped swinging and turned his head in surprise.
"who the hell are you and what the HELL ARE YOU DOING TO MY STORE" said the boss
"you're store? I thought it was his!" said the man pointing his finger at Pavlik
"PAVLIK! MITYA!" the boss shouted at them "WHY ARE YOU JUST STANDING THERE, WHY DIDN"T YOU STOP HIM FROM DOING THIS!"
"hes uh, really big?" Pavlik said quietly
"and hes carrying a big bat" Mitya added
"I DON"T CARE, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH WE LOST, YOU'RE BOTH FIRED GET OUT OF MY STORE, YOU TOO BEFORE I CALL... " the boss shouted at the man
Pavlik didn't hear the rest, he legged it out of there, Mitya left shortly afterwards with his backpack he always carried with him slung over his shoulders. They listened behind them as they heard more shouting.
"so... coffee?" Mitya asked, a loud gunshot echoed from their old workplace.
"coffee sounds nice, RUN" Pavlik shouted as the two of them climbed into Mitya's car and drove away as quickly as possible.
The two of them sat in a cafe several blocks away. It was quiet and almost abandoned.
"I can't believe that happened" said Pavlik "I wonder what happened in there"
"I don't really want to know" said Mitya "what now?"
"what do you mean" Pavlik asked
"well we just lost our jobs, you've lost a lot today, now what?" Mitya asked
"I don't know" said Pavlik "I'll have to think of something"
"I hope you do, I might try getting a job at the mall, maybe some place is hiring" said Mitya standing up, looking through his wallet for money.
"you got the time?" Pavlik asked
"yeah its five fifteen" said Mitya checking his watch
"damn I gotta go to my parent's" said Pavlik "family dinner"
"sounds fun, good luck" said Mitya
"I'm probably going to get an nice disappointed look from everyone" said Pavlik "good luck with the job hunt"
They both left and waved to each other as they went their separate ways. Pavlik walked down the street, he wasn't looking forward to the rest of his day. He reached his parent's house and knocked on the door, the door opened revealing short lady with graying hair.
"ah, we were wondering when you would show yourself" said the lady
"hello mom" said Pavlik
"still working at that store?" his mother asked
"no got fired" said Pavlik
"sweetheart, when are you going to get back on your feet" his mother said letting him in "you were there for only six months"
"yeah and if I stayed any longer I would have ended up dead" said Pavlik
"what do you mean?" his mother asked
"long story involving a big guy with a bat and an angry boss with a loaded .44" said Pavlik entering the dinning room, there was an angry face looking at him "for another time"
"so he arrives at last" said a balding old man
"hello dad" said Pavlik
"what is this about an angry boss with a .44?" his father asked
"he got himself fired" said his mother as she pulled out a chair for her son
"son when are you going to get your act together" said his father "your brother is doing very well, why aren't you?"
Pavlik quickly scanned the room and noticed his brother wasn't in it.
"where is Petrov anyways?" Pavlik asked
"still on his honeymoon in Greece" said his mother happily "hes on a cruise ship right now"
"yeah because he can afford it" said his father "because he isn't unemployed, hes the CEO of an important corporation"
"yeah he sells jumpsuits to madmen" Pavlik replied
"he sells state of the art protective suits for scientific expeditions" said his father "he makes thousands with each sale"
"and he sells them to madmen and lunatics" said Pavlik
"at least the madmen and lunatics can afford them" said his father
"so what are you saying, I should go jump a fence into a death trap just because there are some shiny rocks to be found" said Pavlik
"no I am saying you should take advantage of what is out there and find a way to make money out of it" said his father "instead of sitting around and being a complete loser"
"WELL EXCUSE ME FOR NOT BEING MY BROTHER" Pavlik shouted, finally losing it "YOU KNOW WHAT, WHY DON'T I GET OUT OF YOUR LIFE"
"WELL WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO TO HELL AND GET OUT OF MY DINING ROOM" his father shouted back
"will you two stop it" said his mother
"sorry mother but it seems I am no longer welcome, goodbye" said Pavlik
Pavlik turned around and left, slamming the door behind him. He walked down the street sat down at the bus stop. He looked behind him through the windows of the electronics store at the televisions on display. The news was on.
"as you can see there are more lights being reported over the Chernobyl exclusion zone, there are lots of helicopters coming in and out of the 'zone' but we are unaware what the cause of this extensive military involvement is about" said the reporter "government officials still refuse to talk about the cause of these flashes but..."
The bus arrived and Pavlik quickly boarded, he sat down at the back of the bus and looked over at the televisions as the bus drove off. He was thinking of his argument with his father, he thought of one thing his father said, well why don't you just go to hell... he brushed the thought out of his mind. He stepped off the bus and headed up to his apartment, he passed an open window and looked inside, the television was on.
"Murder at a local business, the manager of a hardware and electronics store was found dead and the store ransacked, there is belief it may have had gang related involvement" said the reporter
"oh my god" Pavlik muttered, he quickly headed into the apartment building and boarded the elevator, he entered his apartment and closed the door behind him, it was colder inside than it was outside and there was a stale odor. He walked over to his couch and collapsed on it and fell asleep, his mind drifting to the store, the zone, his brother and his fight with his father...
I'm back baby.
| 10:25:07 23 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 2|
"Do you have any idea how much we lost... Why don't you go to hell and... bright lights over the Chernobyl exclusion zone... your brother is doing well, why aren't you... I'll think of something..." whispered many voices then suddenly there was a horrific wailing noise and Pavlik woke up.
Pavlik looked around, the sun was beaming through his blinds but there was a distinct chill in his house, he looked around then rolled off the couch. He quickly dressed and headed for his kitchen, he grabbed a box of cake mix from his cupboard and began to shovel it into his mouth, he heard a noise outside his door. He grabbed a knife and hurried towards it, there was a loud knock. Pavlik opened the door.
"Surprise" said Mitya, pointing to a familiar man beside him "look who I found wandering the streets"
"Nikolas" said Pavlik "I thought you were in Omsk!"
"I was for a while" said Nikolas "but things didn't work out"
"yeah things didn't work out for us either" said Pavlik
"yeah Pavlik got our boss killed" said Mitya
"by accident" said Pavlik
"you pissed off a lunatic with a baseball bat" said Mitya "a big one at that"
"and now the lunatic has a loaded .44 and is probably looking for me" said Pavlik
"well I am sure you are pleased with your life, no matter how short it will be" said Nikolas
"shut up" Pavlik replied
"so you come up with a plan?" Mitya asked
"I dunno" said Pavlik "what job can three unqualified young men be hired for"
"especially when one has a shortened lifespan due to armed lunatics" said Nikolas
"yeah might as well go to Chernobyl" said Pavlik laughing, Mitya and Nikolas went silent.
"Now there is an idea" said Mitya
"I was kidding guys" said Pavlik
"yeah I hear of people getting rich there" said Nikolas
"seriously guys, I was kidding" said Pavlik
"we just need to get supplies and we could be rich" said Mitya
"guys come on seriously, we would probably die there" said Pavlik
"if that is the case, how come everyone who goes there comes out richer than anyone with an honest job?" Nikolas asked
"well... uh... thats actually a good point" said Pavlik "you know why haven't we thought of this before?"
"now that is the million dollar question" said Mitya
"I was in Omsk, thats my excuse" said Nikolas
"shut up" said Pavlik "now where would we get supplies?"
"I got an idea I will be back" said Mitya running out the door.
They waited for an hour before Mitya came storming in and placed his backpack on the table, opening it and pulling out several devices and putting them on the table.
"why do you always seem to have that thing" said Nikolas pointing to the backpack
"better to always have one" said Mitya "never know when you need to carry something"
"most people have arms" Nikolas replied
"what are all these?" Pavlik asked
"three Geiger counters, three PDAs, three flashlights, three sets of night vision goggles and a satellite phone" said Mitya "as well as a small tool kit and a radio"
"where did you get these?" Pavlik asked
"where else?" Mitya asked "the hardware and electronics store"
"but that one guy trashed the place, how did you find three of each item we needed?" Pavlik asked "seems coincidental" said Nikolas, picking up a Geiger counter "but brilliant all the same"
"It was kind of odd, I just found perfect condition ones lying on top of the broken ones but who really cares" Mitya asked
"we need weapons" said Nikolas "we can't just run into the zone unarmed"
"theres a gun store several blocks away" said Pavlik
"who has money?" Mitya asked
"I got none obviously" said Pavlik
"don't look at me it was a long flight from Omsk" said Nikolas
"well I got nothing" said Mitya "Nikolas do you know anyone who owes you anything"
"more like the other way around" said Nikolas
"well my family moved to Poland" said Mitya "they don't have the kind of money"
"and after that lovely dinner I had last night I doubt I will be able to ask for money" said Pavlik
"oh yeah how did that go?" Mitya asked
"my dad told me to go to hell" said Pavlik
"ouch" said Nikolas "well what about your brother"
Pavlik thought for a second, he really hadn't thought about that, his brother was rich and some small cash wouldn't be much of a problem for him, he might even give them some of those suits he sold.
"thats brilliant, my brother even sells environmental suits" said Pavlik "I don't have a phone though"
"um what about the satellite phone?" Nikolas asked
"oh yeah good call" said Pavlik
Pavlik dialed his brothers phone number, there was a brief delay but he suddenly heard his brothers Petrov's familiar voice.
"hello who is this" Petrov asked
"hey Petrov its me Pavlik" said Pavlik
"Pavlik" said Petrov "how are you"
"good" said Pavlik "listen I might as well get right to it, I need some money"
"how much?" Petrov asked
"uh... five thousand?" Pavlik asked
"five thousand" Petrov repeated "why?"
"well you know health and safety" said Pavlik
"the truth" said Petrov
"well I am going on a trip" said Pavlik
"you can barely manage your house and your planning a trip?" Petrov asked
"okay I am..." Pavlik searched his brain for the right way to tell him "I am going into the zone"
"are you insane" said Petrov "you have no idea the dangers there and you are running blindly into it"
"hey can you help me or not, its either run blindly in unarmed or run blindly in with a loaded rifle" said Pavlik
"theres hardly any different between those" said Petrov "the zone is a dangerous place, we design our suits to survive more the animal scratches, you could die even with no apparent danger"
"well then give us some of your suits" said Pavlik
"no I can't" said Petrov
"but I'm your brother" said Pavlik
"these suits cost thousands to make I can't just give them away" said Petrov
"so you aren't going to help your own brother" said Pavlik
"I'll send you the money but you have to talk yourself out of this" said Petrov "its insane"
"I'm going" said Pavlik
"then be smart" said Petrov "be careful and don't do anything brave or foolish"
"I'll be fine, whats the worse that could happen?" Pavlik asked
"oh so many things you couldn't imagine" said Petrov "good luck"
"and enjoy the rest of your honeymoon" said Pavlik
"can't say I'll sleep well" said Petrov
Pavlik hung up and turned to Mitya and Nikolas.
"five thousand rubles" said Pavlik "lets buy some guns"
They left the apartment and climbed into Mitya's car, they drove after stopping at the ATM to the gun store and walked inside, it's walls were lined with rifles and its display cases with handguns. They walked around and browse for a while keeping track of which gun they would prefer. Pavlik walked up to the shopkeeper.
"Uh the Colt 1911, Makarov and the Five Seven" said Pavlik "and maybe the Toz-34, SKS and the Mosin Nagant"
"4950" said the shopkeeper
"really? wow" said Pavlik, giving the shopkeeper the money "sure why not"
They left the store with their guns in a box and climbed into the car.
"where to?" Mitya asked
"we have 50 rubles, lets buy some food and head for zone" said Pavlik "we are actually doing this"
"yeah" said Nikolas loading his Makarov "let get rich"
They drove north, they drove through the night until they found their car parked in front of a rusty wire fence. They climbed out of the car and grabbed their supplies, they each strapped a geiger counter to their belt, turned on their PDAs and pocketed their flashlights, Pavlik grabbed the Satelite phone and Nikolas grabbed the radio, Mitya filled his backpack with canned food. Pavlik grabbed the Colt 1911 and the SKS, Mitya grabbed the Five Seven and the Toz-34 and Nikolas grabbed the Makarov and the Mosin Nagant. They put on their night vision goggles and looked at each other.
"well.. here we are" said Pavlik taking a deep breath
"yeah... the zone..." said Mitya sounding slightly worried
"the... um... answer to our problems" said Nikolas breathing quickly
"come on its not that bad, its just on the other side of a wire fence" said Pavlik "its just right there, I see nothing dangerous watch"
He threw a rock over the fence it bounce of the ground and exploded, there was a horrific wailing noise and they all jumped in fear.
"WHAT THE.." Nikolas shouted
"okay I am sure there is a logical answer to what happened" said Pavlik slowly
"THE ROCK JUST EXPLODED" Nikolas shouted
"and the creepy noise?" Mitya asked
"just the wind" said Pavlik
"you sure?" Mitya asked
"THE ROCK JUST EXPLODED" Nikolas repeated
"I'm sure, we are just getting jumpy" said Pavlik
"THE ROCK JUST EXPLODED" Nikolas repeated
"shut up Nikolas" said Pavlik "we are just getting jumpy, we will be fine, lets just throw things in front of us before we walk"
"good idea" said Mitya "we can watch more rocks explode, that will calm us down"
"this was your idea Mitya" said Pavlik
"no it wasn't" said Mitya "you said we might as well go to Chernobyl"
"fine well I'll see you sissies on the other side" said Pavlik
Pavlik climbed over the fence, he landed on the other side keeping a distance from where the rock exploded and walked down the hill, he heard Mitya and Nikolas shouting at him to wait and heard the fence creaking under their weights. They quickly ran beside him.
"nice of you to join me" said Pavlik
"we really did it" said Mitya looking around
"Chernobyl" said Nikolas "were going to be rich"
"very rich" said Mitya
"so what will you buy with your infinite riches?" Pavlik asked
"a mansion in southern Spain with more rooms than I will ever need" said Mitya
"I'll invest it" said Nikolas
"you understand the meaning of infinite riches right?" Mitya asked
"can never have too much money" said Nikolas
"but investing infinite money is pointless" said Pavlik
"says someone foolish with money" Nikolas replied
"it was a mistake bringing him" said Pavlik " I think I might just kill him"
"oh shut up, lets just find someone who we can ask directions from" said Nikolas
"yeah maybe a stalker will come and help us" said Mitya
"well lets go that way" said Pavlik pointing north
"okay fine with me" said Nikolas
The three of them walked down the hill and across the field, the sun rising over the hills. They were in the zone now, near one of many military cordons, their lives were to change forever, but the question is how...
I'm back baby.
| 12:00:24 24 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 3|
They walked through the old Ukrainian countryside, there was a quiet peacefulness here that could not be described to anyone who has never been there yet there was also a sinister feeling that followed the wind. Nikolas fiddled with his radio, which was slung like his rifle around his shoulder, there was a cracking noise and old soviet war marches started to play.
"what the hell kind of radio station is this?" Pavlik asked
"uh let me see" Nikolas replied looking at the radio "1854.1920151813"
"no wonder why your barely getting any signals" said Mitya "turn it lower or something"
"how would you be able to get a signal that high?" Pavlik asked
"I dunno and frankly don't care" said Mitya
Nikolas changed the station to another playing Jimi Hendrix, All along the Watchtower. The three of them walked to the top of a hill and looked down, they saw several houses, a few missing roofs. They looked closely and saw people wandering from house to house, sitting around bonfires and playing guitar.
"a stalker camp" said Pavlik
"a friendly stalker camp?" Nikolas asked
"probably" said Mitya "one way to be sure"
Mitya kept his hand on his holster and ran down the hill, Nikolas and Pavlik right behind them, both keeping their hands in similar positions. They ran along the fence and slowly emerged, revealing them to the stalkers, the stalker watching the entrance merely raised his rifle slightly but no more than necessary to get the message across, don't try anything. They moved their hands from their holsters and walked in.
"well, they seem friendly" said Mitya
"a little paranoid though" said Nikolas
"well they have a right to be cautious" said Pavlik "it is supposed to be a dangerous place here"
"I don't see much danger" said Mitya
"neither do I" Pavlik agreed
"are we forgetting the rock?" Nikolas asked
"what rock?" Mitya asked
"never mind" said Nikolas "I guess your egos are getting in the way of your memory"
"Either that or your paranoia is getting to yours" Mitya retorted
"guys shut up, lets just hang here and see what we can learn" said Pavlik
"you there, rooks, come over here" said a cold, weathered voice
They turned their heads to see an older man, in his forties, he was wearing a brown protective suit and his face was heavily scarred, he had a cold, calculated look and also looked like he had seen a lot. He called them towards him, his eyes were dark and despite his almost emotionless appearance seemed sad.
"you talking to us?" Pavlik asked
"yes, what is your name?" the man asked back
"Pavlik, this is my friends Mitya and Nikolas" answered Pavlik
"well, I am Stag" said the man "I am perhaps the most experienced one here"
"it shows" said Pavlik "so Stag, what can you tell me about this place"
"this is the very edge of the zone" said Stag "theres a anomalies but they are few and apart, the mutants are fairly docile but are still dangerous, the more deadly mutants prefer to keep to the northern area"
"hmm anything else?" Pavlik asked
"you will need to worry about bandits here, and the military have started to shoot us on sight" said Stag "there are also a lot of renegades in the area and rumors of mercenaries in the north"
"bandits? renegades? mercenaries?" Pavlik asked confused
"well bandits are stalkers who prey on the weak in order to find profits" said Stag "renegades are basically the same thing but want to do it their own way and mercenaries... well they will do pretty much anything to get paid, any more questions"
"who's in charge?" Pavlik asked
"talk to Galileo" said Stag "hes in the large house over there, keeps to the attic"
"okay well see you Stag" said Pavlik
"perhaps if your lucky" said Stag walking away
They walked to the large house Stag had pointed to and climbed up the ladder. They reached the top and found themselves climbing into a furnished attic, the walls were lined with sandbags and metal bars blocked them off from the rest of the attic. On one side of the bars was a desk and what seemed like hundreds of boxes, on the other side were a few chairs not unlike a waiting room. Sitting at the desk was an old man wearing a ragged brown robe, Pavlik noticed through the tears he was wearing a protective suit not unlike Stag's underneath the robe, he was busy writing something, occasionally tugging on his thick white beard or scratching his bald head.
"hello" said the old man "I am Galileo, I will be with you in a moment"
"uh.. okay.." said Pavlik, he caught Mitya's eye and shrugged.
The three of them sat down and waited for a few minutes, Galileo finished what he was writing and looked up.
"you are new I take it?" Galileo asked
"uh yes" said Pavlik
"names" Galileo asked though it sounded more like a statement
"I am Pavlik and these are my friends Mitya and Nikolas" said Pavlik
"okay" said Galileo quickly writing something down "I take it your here because you need the rubles and are looking for a job"
"uh I guess" said Pavlik
"well I can help you out" said Galileo "I am in touch with a lot of people, from rich bastards to traders to politicians and generals"
"and you're telling me you can communicate with all of them from here?" Mitya asked curiously
"yes, I have the equipment behind those boxes" said Galileo "but the important part is relaying that to stalkers such as yourself, as you are rooks it will be harder for you to find jobs, there is a simple system in the zone of course"
"which is?" Pavlik asked
"Rooks have other people find jobs for them, veterans find the jobs themselves and masters have the jobs find them" said Galileo
"funny" said Mitya "so are there any jobs?"
"well lets see" said Galileo, he pulled a laptop out of a desk drawer and skimmed through it "well theres a few reserved for the more experienced but hmm..."
"so..." said Pavlik slowly
"no one currently needs anything done but let me just check something... hmm..." Galileo paused before continuing "well we have been trying to secure an farm from bandits for some time... I was going to send a team but we were doubting whether we could pull it off with so few numbers... three more could make a difference..."
"so... do we have a job?" Pavlik asked
"are you guys any good with those?" Galileo asked pointing at their rifles
"well I'm not half bad" said Pavlik
"I guess I'm okay" said Nikolas
"I'm great with mine" said Mitya
"hmm... well I will let the team know that we are going to do it, meet them outside, I am sure they will be pleased" said Galileo
"whats so important about this farm?" Pavlik asked
"The dirt is fertile there, we take that and we can farm our own food" said Galileo "you will understand the importance of that once you spend time here"
"okay well, we will be back when we are done" said Pavlik
"we shall see" Galileo replied
They climbed down the ladder and turned around, there were stalkers staring at them, lots of them. They looked around at the many faces looking up at them, a lot of them looked hungry, others worried, a large group approached them.
"well, you're the ones who convinced Galileo to let us take that farm" said the leader of the group
"yeah I guess..." said Pavlik
"great, I hope you know how to use those rifles, we will need every gun we can get" said the leader "the name is Sheriff"
"I'm Pavlik" said Pavlik
"Mitya" said Mitya
"Nikolas" said Nikolas
"well" said Sheriff "lets get going, a lot of people are hungry, lets not let this go on for longer than a harvest"
They walked out of the camp, the people watched them leave, some were in tears, it was as if they were walking to their own funerals.
They walked over several hills and stopped, the group crouched to the ground. Now that their were less people around Pavlik managed to get an accurate number of how many there were, about twenty.
"right down there" said Sheriff pointing to a large farmhouse, a barn and a large field, he watched through binoculars
"how many bandits?" Pavlik asked
"about a good dozen covering the barn, another dozen patrolling the field, they seem to be growing potatoes and there is about twenty or so in the farmhouse, and those are just by the windows" said Sheriff "it is going to be difficult, might even need a miracle and not all of us are coming back alive, but its for the sake of our village"
Pavlik looked over at Mitya and Nikolas, Mitya looked slightly bothered but Nikolas was shaking in fear.
"well lets get this over with" said Pavlik
"yeah, thats pretty much all we could do" said Sheriff
They walked slowly and quietly down the hill, keeping low and rifles raised. They reached the field and kept very still. Sheriff examined the potato plants and whispered excitedly.
"jackpot, they are ready to harvest" said Sheriff "lets take the farm before the bandits eat them all"
They slowly crossed the field, the aimed with their rifles and fired, what happened next could not have been expected. The stalkers took the bandits by surprise, the bandits in the field were quickly killed but the ones in the barn and farmhouse laid down suppressive fire, what was remarkable was when another set of automatic fire was heard as renegades came running down another hill opening fire on the bandits and the stalkers. The three way war was about to get worse when sniper fire came from the western hill, Pavlik looked over to see six shapes firing down the hill. The timing turned worse when a military patrol walked by at just the right time at the wrong moment. One 7.62 round from one of the snipers hit a soldier in the side of the head, the others opened fire, bullets were spraying everywhere.
Pavlik ran through the field and dived next to a stack of boxes, he reloaded his SKS and turned his head, he could barely see anything, we wiped a lot of blood off of his face and blinked for a few moments, several bullets missed him by inches, he turned to see the snipers aiming at him, he crawled back and fired several shots. He jumped to his feet and ran to the farmhouse and ran inside, he ran right into a bandit who hit him in the face with the stock of his shotgun. Pavlik stared up at the bandit, who's shotgun was aimed right for his head, Pavlik closed his eyes and a loud gunshot was heard.
Pavlik opened his eyes and saw the bandit slumped against the wall, he turned his head to see a man staring down at him, his vision focused revealing Stag holding a large revolver.
"it seems I showed up just in time" said Stag helping Pavlik up
"yeah" said Pavlik, the sounds of the firefight returned to his ears
"well if you will excuse me" said Stag as he turned and walked up the stairs, there were loud gunshots after that
Bullets shot past Pavlik again, Pavlik ran to the back room and tripped. He fell down the stairs of an open trapdoor and hit the floor at the bottom, he hit his head and his vision blurred, right as he landed however his rifle fired and he heard someone shout in surprise. His vision blurred more and more until it eventually darkened and he saw no more.
Pavlik woke up, he saw the familiar face of Mitya looking down at him.
"OI WAKE UP" Mitya shouted
"washappanin" Pavlik mumbled
"we won" said Mitya "and thanks to you the village is safe"
"whayousay" Pavlik mumbled, he turned his head and saw a bandit slumped against what looked like some sort of radio transmitter, a large hole in his back, Pavlik noticed a small trail of smoke exiting the barrel of his rifle.
"come on, everyone is celebrating" said Mitya lifting him up
"why didn't anyone wake me sooner?" Pavlik asked
"well you were unconscious and Sheriff was worried you might have a concussion and of course that would probably make you useless in a fight so we just locked the trap door" said Mitya "and it kept you alive"
"so what happened?" Pavlik asked
"well the bandits and renegades killed most of each other, the snipers killed their fair share but the military practically did it all, we were screwed until Stag showed up and killed them all with a single burst of his rifle" said Mitya "then he ran into the farmhouse and the rest of us ran up the hill to attack the snipers"
"you ran towards the snipers?" Pavlik asked
"yeah, Sheriff figured they wouldn't be as accurate up close and turned out to be right" said Mitya "then we ran inside and found you lying downstairs unconscious with the dead bandit and Stag had already wiped out about twenty bandits inside"
"so there were more than twenty?" Pavlik asked as Mitya helped him up the stairs
"yeah, more like forty" said Mitya "we spent several hours carrying bodies out and burning them that we kind of forgot about you"
"what made you remember?" Pavlik asked
"Nikolas asked why you were so quiet" said Mitya
"ah... great..." said Pavlik "the hero is already forgotten"
"don't worry, apparently the bandits were growing these potatoes for other purposes than eating" said Mitya
"what do you mean by other purposes?" Pavlik asked
"drinking" said Mitya "there is a whole distillery operation going on in the barn"
"huh so I am guessing thats where all the stalkers are" said Pavlik
"yep, well whats left of them" said Mitya
"how many did we lose?" Pavlik asked
"about half of us" said Mitya "we probably would have all died if Stag didn't show up"
"well than we are all thankful he arrived, he saved my life earlier, I almost ate a shotgun round" said Pavlik as Mitya helped him out of the farmhouse "where is he anyways"
"he left afterwards" said Mitya "didn't say a word"
"I think I can walk now" said Pavlik steadying himself
The two of them walked into the barn, inside were about a dozen stalkers, their suits were red and their hair was matted, they were sweating heavily but were smiling brightly, they each had a bottle of vodka. They all cheered when Pavlik entered the room. Pavlik scanned the room, he noticed a face missing.
"where is Sheriff?" Pavlik asked "shouldn't he be here?"
The stalkers quieted, their grins faded.
"Sheriff was killed when we rushed the snipers, he was shot in the neck, we... we couldn't stop the bleeding..." said Mitya
Pavlik sat for a moment then grabbed a bottle and raised it.
"To Sheriff, and everyone else who died here" said Pavlik
Everyone muttered the toast and drank. They stayed for a few hours but decided to leave before dark to get their payment. They walked across the field, watching as the stalker quickly extracted the potatoes and carried them into the barn for storage, they would clean them and bring them to the village tomorrow. The three of them walked to the village, Nikolas turned the radio on, Neil Young Heart of Gold was playing. They saw the village just over the next hill, they walked up to the top then slowly walked down the hill, they were going to get payed for their first job...
I'm back baby.
| 14:52:14 24 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 4|
The three of them walked down the hill to the village, they heard shouting and quickly reached for their pistols. They slowly walked to the center of the village, they found a crowd of stalkers formed in a circle. They pushed their way through the crowd to get a better look. There was a stalker standing in the middle, completely circled by the others. The stalker was slightly smaller than the others in size and build, the others were staring hungrily, the stalker's voice was distorted by a gas mask.
"this is insane" said the stalker "why are you doing this"
"we are hungry, the others aren't coming back and there will be no glorious harvest, we won't last the week, let alone several months" said head of the mob "no one knows you, you just got here"
"theres got to be something else to eat" said the stalker, clearly afraid
"there isn't and we're not going to pass off such an important opportunity" said the head of the mob
The mob leader stepped up and ripped the gas mask off the stalker, revealing the face of a pretty young woman, possibly in her early twenties, her eyes were watering. The mob leader pulled out his hunting knife and raised it up, he swung down in a stabbing motion, there was a loud gunshot. The mob leader fell over, knife flying out of his hand, blood sprayed all over the mob, the bullet went right through his skull. The crowd turned to look for the shooter, Pavlik looked down at his Colt 1911, smoke was still hanging from the barrel. The mob scattered and returned to their shelters leaving Pavlik, Mitya, Nikolas, the young woman and the corpse alone in the courtyard.
"thank you" she cried in relief, running over and hugging him
"you're... uh... welcome" said Pavlik
Mitya checked the body of the mob leader and grabbed his knife, he passed it to Pavlik who quickly caught it. Pavlik pushed the young woman back and looked into her eyes, they were a stunning bright blue, the likes you rarely see.
"you okay?" he asked
"yeah I think" she said quietly
"Hi I'm Pavlik" said Pavlik, he noticed Mitya rolling his eyes
"I'm Sasha" she said
Pavlik smiled slightly, she smiled back, Nikolas tapped him on the shoulder.
"we're supposed to be getting payed?" Nikolas asked
"oh... uh.. right.." said Pavlik "well Sasha, we're just returning from a job"
"oh... right" she said
"you can come with us if you want" said Pavlik eying the many faces looking out the windows
"thats probably a good idea" she said, understanding what he meant
"AND TO ALL OF YOU HIDING IN YOUR HOUSES" Pavlik shouted "FOOD COMES TOMORROW"
They walked over to the ladder, they each climbed up and into Galileo's office.
"I received word it was a success" said Galileo
"yes, the farm is secure" said Pavlik
"I also hear you saved the town by preventing the bandit leader from calling reinforcements" said Galileo
"yes he forgot to lock his cellar door" said Pavlik
"well for that I owe you a lot" said Galileo "its a shame about Sheriff, I will need to find another strong lad to defend the village but I am a man of my word and here is your payment"
Galileo opened a safe and pulled out a stack of rubles, he pulled out two thousand rubles.
"I trust you can decide on how to split it?" said Galileo "oh and just a curiosity, what was that gunshot I heard?"
"oh... uh..." said Pavlik "one of the villagers was trying to eat another and... another obviously disagreed with him"
"hmm" said Galileo, staring at him through his bright green eyes and seemed to see through his lie but smiled "I guess so"
They climbed out of Galileo's attic and looked at each other, Pavlik was holding the rubles.
"so how do we split" said Pavlik
"he couldn't of given us an easier number to split into three" said Nikolas
"four" said Pavlik
"you have got to be kidding me" said Mitya
"its okay I'm fine" said Sasha
"you don't even have a weapon, you won't be able to survive without one" said Pavlik
"but she didn't attack the farm" said Mitya
"we almost died trying to get that money and your giving a whole quarter away" said Nikolas
"we can't leave her with nothing" said Pavlik pointing to the corpse "she will just fall prey to something like this all over again"
"just this once" said Mitya "however she has to earn it in the next job"
"does this mean I am coming with you?" said Sasha
"seems like it" said Pavlik "if you want to survive I guess so"
"fine" said Nikolas "now there are four of us"
"and the bill gets smaller and smaller" said Mitya
"at least its easier to split four ways than three" said Pavlik
The other two grunted as if agreeing but refusing to acknowledge that, Sasha looked back and forth uneasily.
"I say we should find a place to sleep, its getting dark" said Pavlik looking at the setting sun
"where though" said Nikolas looking uneasily at all the hungry faces
"I heard a few minutes before the cannibalism attempt that the bar offers bedrooms with locking doors" said Sasha
"theres a bar here?" Mitya asked suddenly paying more attention
"yeah just at the end of the street" said Sasha pointing to a sign that said 'Bar'
"ahh there it is" said Mitya with a big grin “well after me”
Mitya half skipped to the bar, the others running afterwards, they reached the bar and opened the door. It was almost empty save for a single man sitting behind a counter. The man was young and looked like he was losing hope, he looked up at them, he had an otherwise friendly appearance. His eyes were hazel brown, but had dark bags under them like he hadn't slept in a long time and his hair was messy and light brown. He looked slightly hopeful when he saw them.
"HineedaplacetostayIamViktorthisismybarhowareyouareyouthirstytiredmaybeIamViktor" he blurted out
"uh..." said Mitya "can you say that slower?"
"with a break between each word" said Nikolas
"and maybe take a breath" said Pavlik
"sorry, your my first customers in a long time and the energy drinks haven't helped much" said the bartender "I am Viktor, and this is my bar... its not much, I haven't had any customers since I opened... the only one who ever stayed was Stag but I think that was just out of pity"
"well your in luck, the four of us are tired and would like to rest here, how much" Pavlik asked
"5 rubles a night" said Viktor "each"
"not bad" said Pavlik "I spent time in more expensive places that were worse than this"
They payed Viktor who thanked them happily.
"Viktor, have any drinks?" Mitya asked
"I have a few bottles, not much though" said Viktor
"lets open one" said Mitya putting twenty rubles on the counter
"okay" said Viktor pouring some drinks
"so Viktor..." Pavlik began "how long have you been here?"
"a few days, maybe a week" said Viktor
"and you opened a bar already?" said Sasha "thats pretty impressive progress"
"not really, it didn't take much work to open up, I just strapped a sign to an abandoned building, talked to Galileo and made a deal..." said Viktor "I thought it would be a good idea"
"what do you know about Galileo?" Nikolas asked
"well he looks after his town, but he is a difficult person to understand" said Viktor
"what do you mean?" Nikolas asked
"well like I said, he looks after the town but he looks after himself more" said Viktor
"really?" Mitya asked "how so?"
"he hoards years of food in his attic and the town is starving" said Viktor "but bandits come and he personally kills them to protect us"
"maybe he is protecting himself" said Pavlik
"maybe, but he needs the stalkers to keep people from attacking, no one wants to hit a large group like this" said Viktor
"except for him" said Pavlik
"what do you mean?" Viktor asked
"we hit the farm earlier" said Mitya
"you did? were you successful?" Viktor asked
"would we be standing here if we weren't?" Mitya asked
"well theres a point there" said Viktor "so its true about it being fertile"
"yep, the who field was filled with potatoes" said Nikolas "and they converted the barn into a distillery"
"so theres lots of vodka" said Viktor
"yeah but the garrison there probably drank it all by now" said Mitya
"damn, I could certainly use more drinks" said Viktor
"don't worry things will get better" said Sasha "I think I'm tired, which room is mine?"
"uh upstairs first door on the right" said Viktor passing her a key
"thanks, goodnight everyone" said Sasha
"goodnight" they all said
"which room is mine?" Nikolas asked
"upstairs third door on the right" said Viktor passing him a key
"yeah I think I'll go to sleep too" said Mitya
"upstairs fourth door on the right" said Viktor passing a key
They left the room, Pavlik drank some more vodka, Viktor joined him.
“so why are you here?” Viktor asked
“why?” Pavlik rhetorically asked “my life out there was over anyways, no heat, no power, no job, no car, no family... big guy with a baseball bat and a .44 magnum”
“most people only have one of those problems” said Viktor
“I'm not most people” said Pavlik “I am just Pavlik”
“what about the others?” Viktor asked
“Well Mitya and I have been inseparable since we were kids” said Pavlik “where I went he followed, when I got in a fight he would finish it for me”
“sounds like the good kind of friend” said Viktor
“yeah, I got our boss killed, so we both entered unemployment together” said Pavlik
“what about your other friend?” Viktor asked
“Nikolas?” Pavlik asked “hes the person that usually started all those fights”
“of course” said Viktor
“what can I say” said Pavlik “hes a nihilistic bastard but a good friend all the same, he moved to Omsk and well we haven't heard from him until a few days ago he showed up at my door with Mitya”
“what did he do in Omsk?” Viktor asked
“I'm not really sure” said Pavlik “he does this all the time though, finds something he believes he is destined to do and then shows up at my door when it falls apart, he doesn't show it but it bothers him”
“and the beautiful lady?” Viktor asked
“what about her?” Pavlik asked with a sudden unintentional coldness
“nothing meant by it” said Viktor “but who is she?”
“I have no idea” said Pavlik “I just met her”
“where in the zone could you find a woman as beautiful as that?” Viktor asked in surprise
“just down the road” said Pavlik
“in this village?” Viktor asked
“yeah seriously just outside your door” said Pavlik
“I gotta get out more” said Viktor
“are you kidding” said Pavlik “you got a forgettable bar”
“ouch” said Viktor “though that has a nice ring to it, forgettable bar”
“if you name the place that I will sue you” said Pavlik
“ouch again” said Viktor
“sorry I guess this place is getting to me” said Pavlik
“how so?” Viktor asked
“a few days ago my life was horrible but it still had a chance, I had a family but I threw them away, I had a job but I ruined it, I had a car but its long gone, I had an apartment but I left it” said Pavlik “now I am a killer, I helped kill over forty people then killed a starving man just outside”
“you killed someone from here?” Viktor asked
“he was trying to eat Sasha” said Pavlik “I saved her”
“I guess chivalry ain't dead after all” said Viktor
“yeah well I wasn't thinking” said Pavlik
“don't worry man, life gets better eventually” said Viktor
“but I am killing people and the worse part is it feels right” said Pavlik
“don't worry” said Viktor “you killed bandits, murderers, thieves, thugs, convicts... the list goes on, and all in self defense... actually selfless defense, you saved this village”
“but couldn't there be an alternative?” Pavlik asked
“this is war” said Viktor “each man must find peace within and for peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances”
“that was beautiful” said Pavlik “you come up with that?”
“no it was Gandhi” said Viktor
“”smart guy' said Pavlik
“yeah he knew his stuff” Viktor
“sure did' said Pavlik
“well Pavlik I assume you will need your time alone, I need to get some sleep anyways” said Viktor “I haven't slept in a while”
“goodnight” said Pavlik
“don't forget to pay for your drinks” said Viktor laughing as he walked upstairs
Pavlik drank his vodka, he thought on Viktor's words, he heard footsteps behind him.
“mind if I join you” said Sasha's soft voice behind him
“why not” said Pavlik pouring her a drink
“its getting late, why are you still up?” she asked taking a sip, her expression changed
“strong stuff” said Pavlik
“definitely” said Sasha “and flavorless
“thats Vodka for you” said Pavlik “and I am just thinking over some things”
“care to share?” Sasha asked
“I am trying to figure out what I am doing” said Pavlik looking up “Viktor may not look it but hes gives good advice”
“I am sure he does” said Sasha “but what is it your wondering?”
“I left a lot behind” said Pavlik “I want to know if it was worth it”
“did you leave anything or anyone?” Sasha asked
“everything” said Pavlik “my family probably disowned me, except my brother Petrov, he may not agree with my decision but he would never abandon me”
“I left a lot too” said Sasha
“what happened?” Pavlik asked
“I was with my older sister and...” Sasha began slowly, Pavlik could tell this wasn't going to be a happy story “we were at a small cafe, in Odessa and she went inside for a moment, I dropped my phone and went to pick it up... next thing I knew I was on the ground bleeding, the entire cafe had exploded... apparently there was a notorious gangster having his morning coffee in the same cafe, the government decided that a few casualties were worth taking down his criminal organization, my sister was gone and I realized there really wasn't anything left for me, if the government could do something like that, why live within their reach”
“I'm sorry” said Pavlik
“I'm okay” said Sasha “it took me a while to get over the pain, but it is behind me”
“and just like that you forget about it?” Pavlik asked
“what else can we do?” said Sasha finishing her glass “I think I am going to go back to bed, goodnight Pavlik”
“goodnight Sasha” said Pavlik
He watched her leave, her philosophy is so simple and obviously flawed but he realized that even if only slightly, it helped. He picked up the keys on the table and stood up dropping twenty rubles on the table and stumbled off his seat, he drank a lot.
Pavlik stumbled drunkenly up the stairs, he passed the other doors. He reached his door and unlocked it, inside was a wire cot, no mattress. He stared for a few minutes but reasoned he was too drunk to care and locked the door, he climbed onto the cot and closed his eyes, his mind drifted from the day before yesterday, to the wailing noise he heard upon entering the zone, to the farmstead and Sheriff, to Stag saving his life and ending with Sasha, he saved her life, he saw her smiling at him, her eyes sparkling blue but otherwise sad... he was beginning to think this trip was worth the risk after all...
I'm back baby.
| 15:19:04 24 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
Did I ever tell you zat ze geztapo wil zagrifize ze hundred kittenz of ze Perzia, juzt for your enjoyment? I love the fact that some authors mix girls and love and all that stuff with the Zone,an you are one of them buddy.
Also write more next time these cliffhangers hurt, like write 5 parts and post the one after another.
Well a story needs motivation both in writing and in plot, if the main character is just running through trying to do some dangerous task for no reason it leaves a disappointing tale, but if he has a true motivation, something overall good then it makes it interesting and gripping.
As for writing it I am pretty much done this entire story but I realized it needs refinement, the last half of part 4 I literally just added for what I think was a great improvement, not to mention a good extra length. I am making sure this story is good, even if I have to deal with the Gestapo, wisdom is waiting for success rather than rushing into failure and as a wise man once said, wisdom begins in the end.
I'm back baby.
| 11:17:49 25 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 5|
There was a horrific wailing noise and Pavlik woke up sweating. He looked around the room, the lighting in the room was blood red, he turned around and looked out the window, the sky had turned red and there were bright flashes of light, he heard shouting below and a loud echoing roar. He climbed out of bed and opened his door, he heard screaming below and instinctively grabbed his rifle. He walked downstairs and looked at the front doors, it was banging as if many people were knocking on it. He heard a faint voice behind him, he turned around to see Viktor carrying a lupara crouched behind the counter, he was humming a song to himself and shaking in fear, there were many screams of agony outside. Pavlik walked towards the door and put his hand on the handle. There was a crash as the door smashed open, Pavlik jumped out of the way and rolled behind a box, he looked up to see many shapes moving quickly into the bar, they didn't seem human.
The shapes were almost transparent, he could make them out in the darkness but for the most part the shapes were simply a pair of floating eyes. Pavlik aimed his rifle and fired, it let out a deafening crack, he heard Viktor fire his lupara, there was a bang as a creature roared in pain, Pavlik ran passed the creatures and jumped over the bar counter, he looked at Viktor and nodded, Viktor nodded back and the two stood up and fired. Bullets ripped through the transparent shapes and blood sprayed out, but they kept coming. He heard footsteps upstairs and knew his friends were waking. The two of the fired several more shots, one of them jumped up onto the counter, Pavlik looked up as the monsters became visible, it had horrific tentacles where its jaw should be, he stared up in fear as it lowered its tentacles towards him, there was a loud crack as one of its tentacles was blown off, the creature jumped back in pain, Nikolas ran down the stairs cocking back his rifle, he ducked behind the counter with them and the three of them fired their rifles over the counter.
Mitya came running down the stairs with his Toz and fired several shots, he jumped behind the counter. They fired several volleys pushing the monsters back outside the doors. Sasha walked down the stairs.
"Sasha come here quick" Pavlik shouted as he saw glimpses of the monsters returning.
Sasha hurried to the counter but was lifted up into air and slammed into a wall by seemingly nothing, the four of them fired their rifles where she was just standing and blood sprayed everywhere, she crawled quickly behind the counter, Pavlik passed her his Colt and several .45 magazines. They fired over the counter as more of the monsters sprinted inside, blood sprayed everywhere as the monsters one by one dropped dead. They stared at the doorway, suddenly a stampede of boars and dogs poured through the door, several round mutants on spiny legs came in afterwords. They fired their rifles everywhere but there were too many of them, a large wolflike creature jumped on the counter, they fired their rifles only to have dogs swarm in from behind, Pavlik felt a dog bite his left shoulder, he felt blinding pain, there was a gunshot and the dog dropped dead.. Pavlik looked around to see everyone fighting off the dogs, they were overrun. His Geiger counter was clicking hysterically.
"WE HAVE TO FIND SHELTER" Pavlik shouted as they fought off the mutants "IS THERE A BASEMENT?"
"YEAH, ITS BEHIND THE BAR" Viktor replied "WE HAVE TO GET PASSED THESE MUTANTS"
"I GOT IT COVERED" Mitya shouted firing his Toz into the crowd.
They ran quickly through the openings they made, they ran behind the bar and found a trapdoor, they jumped down and closed the hatch as dogs bit at them. Nikolas locked the hatch and they collapsed in relief. Pavlik looked at the others, they had cuts and bruises across their bodies, Pavlik looked at his shoulder, it was bleeding really badly, he was losing lots of blood.
"huh... thats... not... good..." Pavlik panted as his vision blurred, he heard panicked shouts and everything went black.
Pavlik woke up, his left shoulder was heavily bandaged, he saw several bloody coats that were obviously used as makeshift bandages before they found the real things. He looked around to find the others asleep, they looked like they didn't get much sleep. He looked over to see Sasha humming to herself silently, she suddenly jerked her head towards him when she noticed he was awake.
“hey” she said quietly
“aren't you tired?” Pavlik asked
“I am but...” Sasha began pointing up, echoing roars were heard
“I know” said Pavlik “I am beginning to see a different side to this place”
“what do you mean?” Sasha asked
“there are two sides to every coin, the zone is no different” said Pavlik “one side is beautiful, peaceful, tranquil. It is a world of mystery and intrigue, a world of hope and a world that grants everyone a second chance... on the other side is a world of terror, fear, chaos, it is a world of despair and a world that shows no mercy”
“so how is the zone two different sides?” Sasha asked
“well its the first side, the beautiful side but the anomalies and storms are the second side” said Pavlik “a sudden change from hope to despair in a blink of an eye”
“so the zone is bipolar” said Sasha
“pretty much” said Pavlik “it doesn't know what it is or what it truly is capable of or even why it is here... kid of like me I guess”
“why are you here?” Sasha asked “you're a smart man, you wouldn't go to a dangerous place because your friends said you can get rich there”
“well yes I am here for the money but...” Pavllik began
“I sense an ulterior motive” said Sasha
“I rarely talk about this but eight years ago my brother went to work and never came back... he went to work at the lenin memorial power station” said Pavlik
“Chernobyl NPP” said Sasha with dawning understanding
“yes” said Pavlik “I came for the money but I also came in hope of some answers”
“and do you feel hope now?” Sasha asked, there was a deafening roar
“I feel despair for the zone has abandoned all hope tonight” said Pavlik
“don't worry, things will get better, hope will breach this storm” Sasha whispered into his ear before walking to a corner and curling into a ball.
Pavlik watched her sleep for a few moments before lying down himself, he slowly closed his eyes and drifted off into a sea of hope.
Pavlik woke up, there were shafts of light coming through the trapdoor and he heard shouting outside, the roars and screams were over and the sun had returned,. He climbed to his feet, it hurt to move his left arm. He grabbed his pistol and climbed up the trap door, he looked around, the sun was beaming through the entrance to the bar, it as a massacre, blood was everywhere and dead mutants littered the ground, blood trails led to other rooms, also full of dead mutants that had bled to death, he walked out the doors to find the street littered with the dead, mutants and stalkers. Blood stained the dirt, he saw several stalkers near the campfire, he saw the stalkers from the farm bringing in food, with a few stalkers from the village gathered round, he also saw Galileo for the first time out of his 'office'.
Pavlik walked to the group, they looked disheartened, they turned around when they heard Pavlik's footsteps.
"Pavlik, you survived the blowout" said Galileo "how?
"we hid in the bar's cellar" said Pavlik
"we checked the bar for survivors, it looked like a bloodbath" said Galileo
"we defended it for as long as we could but it was too much" said Pavlik "what happened"
"a blowout happened, and hundreds of panicked mutants ran straight into our village" Galileo said slowly, thinking about it
"a blowout?" Pavlik asked
"a radiation storm, and this was a big one, judging by my equipment it covered the entire zone, and the mutants came from all over trying to escape" said Galileo kicked a dead bird
"so now what?" Pavlik asked
"now we have nothing more to do than record the dead" said Galileo "I counted about twenty bloodsuckers, fifty three dogs, four pseudodogs, seventeen boars, twelve flesh, forty seven rodents and a pseudogiant"
"a lot of mutants" said Pavlik
"the list of stalkers is worse, thirty five, all by name" said Gallileo slowly "I will be in my office"
Pavlik walked back into the bar, Mitya walked into the room and turned around.
"Found him" said Mitya "don't wander off like that, especially when your wounded like that"
"I'm fine" said Pavlik "we lost thirty five stalkers and about a hundred and something mutants are dead, the rest left in the morning I guess"
"what was that" Mitya asked as Nikolas, Viktor and Sasha entered the room with relieved looks.
"a blowout, it covered the entire zone and drove all the mutants insane" said Pavlik
"really" said Nikolas yawning "thats great, this place seems roomier now"
"yeah and now my bar is gone" said Viktor looking at the damage
"it will be fine" said Sasha "you will get through this"
"I doubt it, who would want to visit a bar that looks and smells like a slaughterhouse" said Viktor
"shouldn't you say is a slaughterhouse" said Mitya
"shut up Mitya" said Sasha "how are the townsfolk"
"other than being insane cannibals?" Mitya asked
"shut up Mitya" said Pavlik "the few remaining townsfolk are enjoying their food shipment, their is now a surplus"
"Now what" said Nikolas slowly
"I say we go" said Mitya "leave here, find somewhere else"
"and leave these people to their suffering?" Sasha asked, clearly disgusted at the thought
"there's nothing we can do, this place is falling apart, we need more rubles, lets just find another town" said Mitya
"I agree, there's nothing more we can do, the potato farm is theirs, they can feed their people" said Nikolas "lets just go"
"fine" said Sasha "I don't like this but you have a point"
"okay well we should get ready, Viktor wheres the nearest stalker camp?" Pavlik asked
"there's on in a valley to the east" said Viktor "you don't mind if I join you? theres nothing for me here now"
"sure, we can use the extra gun" said Pavlik
"I'll get my things and meet you outside" said Viktor
They walked outside, Sasha went to Galileo's to buy a weapon, she came back with a Glock 17 and an MP5. Viktor left the bar carrying his lupara and a Coonan .357. They looked at each other and took one last look at the village, they walked out of the town and turned their back on it, they press on east, to a dark valley. They walked across the hills passing a several villages, buildings, factories and vehicle yards, they walked until they saw the dark path to the valley. They walked along the path towards the valley. They left a small village and are now heading for another. They walked for hours before they found themselves in a dense forest, it was hard to see anything.
"the plants re overgrowing here" said Viktor "I suspect we are near the valley"
"suspect, I thought you knew where we were going" said Nikolas
"I said I was here a week, I learned of this place from Stag" said Viktor tripping over a root, there was a loud cracking noise that did not come from Viktor.
"what was that?" Sasha asked
"Probably Viktor spraining his frail ankles" Mitya replied
"shut up, I heard it too" said Pavlik raising his rifle, shapes began to emerge from the bushes all around them, they raised their guns and formed a circle but were completely surrounded, men in black longcoats climbed out of the bushes, rifles raised.
"Well if it isn't the one who killed Knuckles" said the leader of the bandits
"who?" Pavlik asked
"the one you shot at the farm moron" said the bandit leader "what do we do with a killer like him"
"normally we recruit him but seein' as he killed are own" said a bandit
"we take him to the holding cells" said the bandit leader "and we let the boss decide"
"oh great" said Nikolas "were screwed"
They dropped their weapons and had their hands bound, they were almost dragged through the forest, when they finally left the forest they found themselves staring at a large valley, several structures and pig farms scattered across it, they saw a pickup truck waiting for them, they were loaded in the back and the truck slowly began to drive away, the drove to the main road to a large factory area, bandits were crawling all over the place, they looked to each other in fear, it was one of those places you doubted you would leave alive...
Meanwhile, something sinister was at work in the zone, and the world was none the wiser.
I'm back baby.
| 11:47:14 26 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 6|
The truck drove into the complex, bandits were everywhere. They looked around as they were dragged off the truck and carried into a large warehouse, they were dragged to some stairs and were carried down into a dark crawlspace, they saw several cells, there were blood splatters all over the cells. They were thrown into separate cells and watched the doors slam shut and lock, they was no escaping now.
Pavlik looked at the others and then turned to the last cell, there was a man wearing a dark longcoat and what looked like an old miners hat, the man was young and his hair was tangled and wild, as if he hadn't cleaned it in years. His face was pale and he had a thick beard, he was sweating badly.
"uh... are you okay?" Pavlik asked slowly stepping towards the other cell
"I.. uh.. yeah.. I just am not use to all this... these... people are everywhere...." the man stuttered, he looked around nervously "I don't like all this brightness... I want to go home..."
"home is... where exactly?" Pavlik asked still trying to piece together what the man just said
"the cave... far from others... except for Burers... lots of them... don't mind me though... keep away from me and my treasure..." said the man
"treasure?" Pavlik asked
"shiny and bright, but found in dark places" said the man shaking
"artifacts?" Pavlik asked
"outsiders call them that" said the man "they are my treasure"
"great you found a mole man" said Mitya now interested
"a caveman with shiny treasures, why do the bandits even bother him?" Nikolas asked
"good question, why are the bandits keeping you here?" Pavlik asked
"they want treasure... they can't have... Burers don't let them..." said the man
"Burers?" Viktor asked in surprise "those are just stories"
"what are Burers?" Sasha asked
"yeah what is the mole man talking about?" Mitya asked
"dark creatures that haunt the mines and caves of the zone, they are said to be gifted with dark powers and..." Viktor began
"cut the hocus pocus crap" said Mitya "what are they"
"basically short mutated people in dark coats who kill people" said Viktor "but I've heard lots of stories..."
"yeah and we already have one crazy person" said Mitya "lets not have two"
"I don't like this..." said Nikolas "the bandits are all over the place, surely Stag would have warned you Viktor"
"well he told me about the village because I was curious" said Viktor "I doubt he expected me to actually leave town, I was a bartender after all"
"yeah, I thought I saw a bar you can tend to if this doesn't work out" said Mitya "if you don't mind the bandits"
"whats your name?" Pavlik asked the man
"name?" the man replied "I... don't remember... too long... never could remember... they call me... they call me... Pellicle..."
"Pellicle" said Pavlik "where is your cave?"
"you seek my treasure?" Pellicle said backing away
"no but we are underground, perhaps your cave connects to this place" said Pavlik "maybe there is an entrance"
"my cave... is along... concrete trail... in other metal place... behind it... big hole... leads to the cave..." said Pellicle "its not far... but too far..."
"sounds like we can run it" said Pavlik
"forgot about these metal bars have you?" Nikolas asked
"no Nikolas, we are to run 'through' the bars" Mitya replied "they are an illusion, there is no bars"
"shut up Mitya" said Pavlik "they have to give an opening sometime, they will screw up eventually"
"right... they will open the doors and turn their backs on us" said Mitya
"just wait and it should come" said Pavlik "otherwise were dead anyways"
"I hear someone coming" said Sasha
There were loud footsteps, several bandits entered the crawlspace, they walked to the cells, behind them a large bandit in a brown longcoat stood behind them. The man was huge, his face scarred and battered, one eye was gone with a huge scar running where it once was. He carried a four barreled shotgun and he carried it with one hand.
"so here they are" said the man, his voice deep and threatening "well what shall we do with all of you, which one is the so called hero?"
"that one there" said the bandit who ambushed them, pointing at Pavlik
"really?" said the man "he doesn't look like much, but neither do the others"
"He killed Knuckles as he was about to call for help" said the bandit "cost us that farm"
"yes" said the man "a momentary set back, the farm will be ours in a few days"
"yeah and with Sheriff gone that town will be as good as burned" said the bandit
“what about the blowout” said the man “how did they manage to survive?”
“Caliph watched the whole thing” said the bandit “apparently Gallileo had a stash of RPG-5s in his attic as well as some sort of antitank sniper, blew them apart with ease, hell he blew the face off of a pseudogiant”
“and you would think that would make the town just as dangerous without Sheriff” said the man
“you know I bet your right boss” said the bandit
“of course I am, if we are to overthrow Gallileo we need either an army or a tank, whichever comes first, get Caliph to start looking for either or” said the man
“right boss” said the man “right away”
The man shifted his attention to the others, his eyes crossed paths with Mitya's then moved to Nikolas's. The moved to Viktor and then to Sasha, upon seeing her his face formed an evil smile, he turned back to Viktor.
"this man, where have I seen this man?" the man asked
"he was the bartender in that Galileo's village" said the bandit
"ah, what is he doing so far away?" the man asked "I think we should speak to this one a bit more personally"
The man stepped towards the cell, he opened the door and walked inside. Pavlik looked around, everyone, even Pellicle was staring quietly. The man stared at Viktor for a few seconds before speaking.
"what are you doing here?" he asked "theres no bar out here, why come out here?"
"I left, I was going to find another town to visit" said Viktor
"now that is a lie" said the man pulling out a large knife "and I do not like liars"
"I'm not lying" said Viktor "I decided to find another town, go on an adventure"
"adventure eh" the man said, he slashed his knife cutting Viktor's arm "how about now, still want an adventure"
Viktor fell onto his knees, holding his arm and breathing heavily, blooding dripping down it. The man examined his knife and looked at Viktor again.
"next time you lie I think I will go for that pretty face of yours, maybe get me an ear..." the man began
"you bastard" Viktor muttered
"bastard am I" said the man raising his knife "I think I will go for the face then"
"LEAVE HIM ALONE" Sasha shouted
"shut up girl, I will get to you next" said the man
"bastard..." Viktor muttered, still breathing heavily
"you know, I don't think I want his face anymore" said the man "I was being generous but they don't seem to appreciate it"
The man raised his quadbarreled shotgun and fired one barrel at Viktor, Pavlik heard Sasha scream as Viktor was thrown off his knees and hit the wall, blood pouring from his chest, he coughed up blood. He heard Mitya and Nikolas shouting and swearing, Pellicle started to mutter loudly, the bandits turned around and walked up the steps, the man closed Viktor's cell and walked away.
Pavlik watched as Viktor weakly dragged himself towards Sasha's cell, who quickly took off her coat and wrapped it around his wound through the cell bars. He was crying in pain as blood dripped from his chest.
"now what?" Mitya asked "wheres our opening now?"
"I... don't know" Pavlik muttered
"well thats great, now Viktor is dying and you don't know" said Mitya "well this is just great, lets wait for them to open our cells, GREAT PLAN"
"Viktor... I'm sorry" Pavlik muttered
They heard footsteps, several bandits walked down the steps into the crawlspace, they walked over to the cells.
"cowards" said Mitya "why don't you come in here and unbound us, instead of shooting tied up unarmed prisoners"
"shut up" said a bandit "we are not here for you"
"the boss set us to collect her" said another bandit
"stay away from her, or so help me god I will..." Mitya began
"yell at us in your cage" said the bandit "yeah that will help"
"what about Viktor?" said Nikolas "if she goes he will bleed out, we can't get to him"
The bandits thought about it for a minute.
"will you shut up if we move him closer?" one of the bandits asked
"yes, that would be nice" said Mitya
The bandits opened Sasha's cell door and two of them entered and dragged her out, they watched them drag her up the stairs and out of sight, they turned their eyes on the remaining bandits, who opened Viktor's cell and dragged him towards Pavliks, they opened Pavlik's cell and dropped him in the room, Pavlik noticed the bandit next to him wasn't paying attention to the pistol in his holster, Mitya and Nikolas noticed where he was looking and started shouting. The bandits turned their attention on them and Pavlik took this opportunity.
Pavlik grabbed the pistol from the holster and put the barrel to thee bandit's temple, the other bandits turned and aimed their pistols at Pavlik.
“don't shoot or I blow his brains out” said Pavlik
“don't shoot guys please” said the bandit
The bandits cocked their pistols, Pavlik sighed and threw the bandit at the others firing six rounds, one hit a bandit in the head, another hit a different bandit in the throat, another hit that same bandit in the shoulder, the other two hit the third bandit right in the chest. The last bandit was lying on the floor in fear, Pavlik kicked him over and put the barrel right between his eyes.
'parley?” the bandit asked
“what?” Pavlik asked
“I surrender” said the bandit “don't kill me”
“open the cells, don't make any sudden moves” said Pavlik helping the bandit to his feet.
The bandit opened the cells, upon opening Mitya's cell he was immediately punched in the face. The bandit fell over in pain, Pavlik sat down beside him with the barrel back between his eyes.
“please don't shoot” said the bandit
“whats your name?” Pavlik asked
“Rat” said the bandit
“fitting” said Pavlik “where is your boss”
“upstairs, by the entrance, he is in the office on the second floor” said Rat
“okay Rat here is the deal, you lead my group to a vehicle and help them escape and we will leave you alive once we are clear of this place, just hope to god we never meet again”
“okay” said Rat
Pavlik looked up to find Mitya stripping the bandits of their equipment, Nikolas was tending to Viktor's wounds. Mitya put on the a long coat and passed more to the others, who put them on over their suits. Pavlik looked to Pellicle.
"can you take us to the cave?" Pavlik asked
"yes" said Pellicle
"well come on" said Pavlik
They grabbed the bandits weapons and ran up the stairs, they looked around and saw a way out.
"go" said Pavlik "follow Rat, if he tries to screw you kill him"
"what about you?" Mitya asked
"I am not going to leave Sasha here" said Pavlik "plus I might pay their boss a visit, he deserves to pay for what he did to Viktor"
They nodded and carried Viktor to the gate and ran out, Pavlik watched them hurry down the road and out of sight, he took a deep breath and turned around. He ran up down the hallway and found himself looking up a staircase going up a few flights. He ran up the first flight but heard footsteps, he ran across the hall and found himself in a large entrance room. He saw bandits on the level below him and quietly crept across. He reached the other side and heard voices through the wall, he heard Sasha scream and felt the blood pumping through his veins, he hurried to along the wall looking for a doorway, he turned a corner and found it, he saw a room with a door leading to an office, he crept towards it and heard voices.
“stay back” said Sasha
“what are you going to do girl, shoot me with that” said the man “I doubt you could even hurt me”
There was a gunshot, Pavlik ran into the room and fired the bandit's pistol, the man rolled out of the way and grabbed the four barreled shotgun fired all four barrel at once with a horrible blast that broke a massive hole through the door. Pavlik ducked behind a desk which too disintegrated as the man fired his shotgun again. Pavlik took a deep breath and jumped to his feet and fired, the round hit the man and practically bounced off leaving almost no wound. The man fired all four barrels, the window practically exploded. Sasha fired six shots at the man's neck, leaving several welts but almost nothing more than that. The man turned his shotgun towards Sasha, Pavlik notice a S&W Model 500 hanging from the destroyed desk. He grabbed it and jumped to his feet firing it at the man, the man turned moments before and fired all four barrels, the bullet went right through his chest, hitting the wall behind him. The man fell over, blood pooling under him, Pavlik turned around, directly behind him the wall was shredded with bullet holes, he looked down at his chest and saw no wounds, he stared for a moment at this incredible luck but the momentary surprise shortly ended. The door burst open as bandits rammed through, Pavlik grabbed Sasha, lifting her off her feet and jumped out the destroyed window.
Pavlik landed on his back, Sasha on top of him, bandits were shouting above, Sasha stood up and looked down at him, who could barely move.
“are you okay?” Sasha asked
“that hurt more than I thought, am I lying on pavement?” Pavlik asked
“uh yes” said Sasha
“that explains the pain' said Pavlik
Several bullets missed him by inches, Sasha grabbed him and pulled him to his feet, she put his arm over her shoulder and half dragged him away from the building, A truck drove up to them, the same truck that brought them here, Mitya was behind the wheel.
“well hurry it up the bandits are realizing our deception” said Mitya
“yeah what did you do?” Nikolas asked “we almost blew our cover”
“shot their leader now help me up” said Pavlik
“what happened?” Nikolas asked
“he hurt his back and is acting like a helpless old man” said Sasha
They dragged him into the back of the truck, Sasha climbed on and went to Viktor who was bleeding badly. The gates began to close as the bandits tried to stop them, Mitya plowed right through the gates turning and following the road out of the complex.
“how much farther?” Pavlik asked
“its right in there” said Pellicle pointing to the facility ahead “in the back there is a big hole”
“okay” said Pavlik “you think the.. uh... Burers will try to harm us?”
“I am... free” said Pellicle “you could have left me... you clearly have a good soul... the burers should see that”
“right” said Pavlik not entirely convinced, he doubted any mutant in the zone would show any sort of sympathy towards them.
They drove down the road and he saw what Pellicle was talking about, another complex was just off the road, they drove into it.
"how much further?" Pavlik asked, he turned around to see a convoy of bandits driving after them "quickly please"
"just behind the big building" said Pellicle
"thanks" said Pavlik driving behind the building, sure enough there was a large tunnel.
Not wasting any more time Pavlik drove the truck straight into it, it became darker and darker, the headlights revealing the path as he finally reached a large chamber, he parked the truck and looked at Pellicle.
"we are home..." said Pellicle
"so... what were you saying earlier about Burers?" Pavlik asked
"they don't bother me... they watch over the treasure..." said Pellicle
They climbed out of the truck and Pavlik quickly hurried to the back. Viktor was sweating, he was pale and they were having trouble stopping the blood loss.
"how is he?" Pavlik asked
"not good" said Sasha "it's a good thing we found the truck, he wouldn't have made it here"
"doesn't matter now does it, he might not make it still" said Pavlik
"we can't stop the bleeding, its too much" said Nikolas
"it will take a miracle" said Mitya "and I haven't seen many of those lately"
They heard a loud noise, they turned around to see a shape at the other end of the cave. It rolled something across the cave towards them. They watched as a little rock rolled towards them, it glowed a greenish glow that grew brighter as it rolled closer. Pavlik scooped it up and stared at it, he saw some of the wet blood on his hand dry up, he turned around to Viktor and realized what he had to do, he put the rock on Viktor's wound and watched the bleeding stop almost instantly, he saw Viktor's arm stop bleeding as well, the others sighed in relief. They pulled the bloody coats off of him and took off their bandit coats and put them on him for warmth. Everyone was distracted by Nikolas's recovery, Rat slowly put his hands on the artifact, Pavlik turned around and pointing the barrel of his pistol between Rat's eyes.
“I wouldn't do that if I were you” said Pavlik
“right” said Rat passing him the artifact, Pavlik turned back to the others
"that was amazing" said Nikolas looking at the rock "how was that possible?"
"I don't know but that was a miracle" said Mitya "we have to have one of those"
"perhaps" said Pavlik "but not this one"
He rolled it back across the cave, he saw the shape scoop it up and walk away.
"why did you do that?" Mitya asked "we could have used that"
"what good would it do, according to Pellicle thats the only reason why the Burers don't kill him, hes not taking the artifacts out of the cave, hell I don't think he normally leaves the cave"
"where is Pellicle anyway?" Nikolas asked
"over there" said Sasha pointing to a large pond, Pellicle was reaching into it, he pulled out what looked like a greenish liquid but was a solid object.
"what is that?" Nikolas asked
"I don't know" said Pavlik "but this cave is amazing thats for sure"
"agreed" said Mitya "but we have to find a way out"
"wait, where are the bandits?" Sasha asked "they were right behind us"
There was a loud roar as several trucks drove into the chamber, bandits fired their rifles and shotguns from the back. Pavlik grabbed his SKS from the truck and fired several rounds, he heard noises and footsteps from behind him, he saw many shapes heading for the trucks. The lighting in the cave seemed to dissipate, the headlights of the truck all went out, there was an unearthly silence. He heard horrified screams for several minutes, he stood absolutely still, the lights seemed to return, he looked around to find the shapes gone and what was left of the bandits hanging off the side of their trucks. He heard someone puke beside him as he watched pieces of the bandits drip from the sides of the trucks.
"so... time to go?" Mitya asked
“I would have to agree with the big guy who punches me” said Rat
"agreed" said Pavlik "HEY PELLICLE?"
"yes..." Pellicle muttered while examining the strange rock, he seemed to have not noticed the bloodbath
"is there any other way out of here?" Pavlik asked
"straight out the other side... the path leads to the old town..." said Pellicle
"thanks" said Pavlik "well goodbye I guess..."
"goodbye... come by soon... bring more treasures if you want... the Burers like that..." said Pellicle
"uh.. sure..." said Pavlik
They climbed into the truck and drove across the chamber, they noticed several glowing green ponds as they drove down the tunnel and out into the sunlight. They found themselves on the very far edge of the tunnel, ahead of them was a small village walled completely off, Pavlik picked up a pair of binoculars from under his seat and examined the town, there were stalkers wandering the street, it seemed bigger than the last town. Pavlik grabbed Rat by the suit and threw him over the edge of the truck, Rat stood up panicking.
“you can't leave me here defenseless I would be dead in a week” said Rat
“would serve you right” said Pavlik
“If it wasn't for me you would still be in that cage” said Rat
'”no we wouldn't” said Pavlik
“it was my gun you used to escape” said Rat
“true enough” said Pavlik
They dumped the bandit gear, save for the coats off the edge of the truck, they drove off leaving him to his fate, Pavlik thought to himself that perhaps he should have let him come, but after all Viktor was almost killed by his kin and he still might die from his wounds. Pavlik turned to the boxes in the back of the truck, one was full of first aid kits, he simple stared at the irony, the other contained their guns and equipment, he looked beside the two boxes and saw a secured case, he opened it and found a small notebook, he pocketed it and threw the secure case over the side, making sure nobody noticed its existence. Mitya drove the truck down the hill and towards the camp. They almost died in the attempt but they reached the town. Pavlik made a mental note to stay a while before leaving again...
I'm back baby.
| 13:27:57 26 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 7|
Mitya drove down the hill and stopped the truck, Pavlik looked up at a large complex, walled off with a single gate being the only way in or out. They drove slowly to the gate and parked the truck, his PDA made a noise and suddenly he heard a voice coming from it.
"state your purpose here bandit" said the voice
Pavlik looked in surprise but realized the truck was covered in bandit insignias, he quickly picked up his PDA and clicked talk.
"Were not bandits" said Pavlik
"really, its written all over your damn truck, were not blind" said the voice
"I'm serious, we just escaped the bandit camp" said Pavlik "I think I killed their leader"
"I doubt it" said the voice "many people killed Boar only to have him be the last thing they ever saw"
"well I highly doubt hes still alive" said Pavlik
"your funeral" said the voice "if your not bandits who are you?"
"I am Pavlik, my friends and I are recent arrivals here" said Pavlik "listen, we kind of need assistance, we are low on ammo and one of us is severely injured, we stopped the bleeding but he is still in a lot of pain"
"we will let you in but expect an armed escort" said the voice
"fair enough" said Pavlik
The gate opened, Pavlik slowly drove into the compound, there were a good dozen stalkers waiting for them, they pointed to an area for them to park and waited. Pavlik parked the truck and climbed out, he turned around to stare right down the barrel of a rifle. He looked around as the stalkers searched the truck, pulling the others out and keeping them lined up.
"they weren't lying about the wounded one, its a miracle this guy is still alive" said a stalker "twelve gauge buckshot point blank range"
"how did you stop the bleeding?" another asked
"we found an artifact in the cave over there" said Pavlik "the blood dried up instantly"
"you made it through the cave, in a truck as noisy as this, with a wounded and came out alive" said as stalker "thats a miracle, where is the artifact by any chance?"
"still in the cave" said Pavlik "we took nothing with us and we were allowed to pass on freely"
"interesting" said the stalker "wait one second”
The stalker grabbed his PDA and clicked talk.
"boss, they are clean, there story so far checks out" said the stalker "what should we do with them"
"take the wounded to the medical building, take the rest to me" said the voice
"well" said the stalker "you get to meet the boss"
They watched as several stalkers arrived with a medical bed and lifted Viktor onto it, they pushed him down the street and turned a corner leaving their sight. The stalkers walked them down the road until they reached the very end, they found themselves staring at a large warehouse, they walked up a staircase and reached what looked like the warehouse foreman's old office. A stalker knocked on the door and opened it, the four of them entered the room and the stalkers closed the door behind them. Inside was a small office, dimly lit by the thin rays of light cutting through the blinds in the window, it had a desk, some cupboards and a radio, the radio was playing Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival, behind the desk was an older man, maybe in his late late thirties. He was well built and had thick brown hair, he was leaned back in his chair smoking a cigar. He took one look at them and smiled, it wasn't like the bandits evil smile but there was something untrustworthy about it, he had plans for them it seemed.
"well, what brings you to this wonderful little piece of nowhere?" said the boss
"well came from Galileo's village" said Pavlik
"that bastard still has a village?" said the boss "I thought he lost it to bandits years ago"
"no, he recently took out a bandit controlled farm" said Pavlik
"really? thats great" said the boss
"we helped him achieve that" said Mitya
"really?" the boss asked watching them
"yeah Pavlik here took out the leader of the bandits before he could call for help" said Mitya
"really?" the boss asked again watching Pavlik ever more closely, a big smile on his face
"yeah, Nikolas and I did our part too, well not much Nikolas but I..." Mitya began
"before Mitya tells you his life story and greatness, who are you?" Nikolas interrupted
"fair enough, though I did not get all your names" said the boss examining Sasha for a moment and turning his attention back to Pavlik "my name is Sidorovich, I run this town"
"well Sidorovich" said Pavlik "are you certain we're not bandits?"
"not quite, let me just call Galileo to clarify, if you are who you say you are you shouldn't be bothered by this call" said Sidorovich
"fair enough" said Pavlik
Sidorovich leaned over towards a laptop and began typing. Pavlik's eyes moved around the room, he saw a cupboard full of bouncing artifacts, several boxes of supplies and a Groza on a workbench, an old scope lying beside it. He turned his head to the opposite side of the room, there were several filing cabinets and above them were many pictures, Pavlik looked at them closely. He saw a man in his late twenties or early thirties standing behind an older man in a hazmat suit standing in front of what looked like a small tornado. The next picture had the same two with a third man of similar age as Sidorovich, the third man had darker hair and was carrying a Winchester 1300, his foot on the remains of what looked like a wolf, the older man was holding a sample of its blood and Sidorovich was holding up its tail. The next picture showed the three of them standing outside a bunker in a swamp. The last one showed Sidorovich and the dark haired man standing outside a building with a sign above it labeled 'The Whirligig Bar', they seemed a lot older, the picture was obviously more recent.
"well" said Sidorovich "according to Galileo the five of you left his town to find a town in the valley area, is this correct"
"yes" said Pavlik
"not many towns in the valley area" said Sidorovich "mainly just bandits and con artists"
"we were not aware of that until we arrived" said Pavlik
"fair enough, I believe you" said Sidorovich "though I believed you when I heard the extent of your friends wounds"
"yeah that was that bandit... uh... Boar is it?" Pavlik asked
"Boar is a monster" said Sidorovich "a cold blooded beast, he's barely human"
"yes... said Sasha, finally joining the conversation "I saw..."
"yeah I'm sure you did" said Sidorovich examining her intently before turning back to Pavlik "the man is insane, stay away from him"
"I killed him" said Pavlik
"you really think so kid, were you listening to the part where I said he's barely human?" Sidorovich asked "so many people have shot him, killed him and ended up dead, he is an unstoppable beast"
"okay well how about we cut to the chase then" said Pavlik "you knew we weren't bandits, you believed our story but still you brought us up here, you want something and you want to know if we are the stalkers you need to get the job done"
"hmm, you got a good head on your shoulders kid" said Sidorovich "and I hear you guys are really good for rooks but I don't know if your up for it"
"what is it" Pavlik asked
"there is this stalker, cold blooded son of a bitch, he is part of this group Final Day or something, they believe the zone is a symbol of the apocalypse, but anyway he is killing the diggers just north of here, trying to stop them from tampering with the zone" said Sidorovich "hes killed everyone I sent, this guy is a madman and should be put down six feet under, you accept?"
"payment?" Pavlik asked
"ten grand" said Sidorovich, leaning back.
"ten grand, in rubles?" Pavlik asked
"no in yen OF COURSE IN RUBLES" said Sidorovich "do you accept it or not?"
"I accept" said Pavlik
"good, I will mark his last known location on your PDA" said Sidorovich
"I will see you when I'm done" said Pavlik
"well aren't you certain of your abilities" said Sidorovich "I like that"
They left Sidorovich's office and back down the stairs and out of the warehouse, they looked at each other for a few moments before Pavlik spoke.
"I go alone" said Pavlik
"what are you insane?" Mitya asked
"he clearly is, you heard Sidorovich, this man is insane" said Nikolas
"you can't possibly think you can take him alone can you?" Sasha asked
"listen, I don't trust Sidorovich and we can't leave Viktor here alone" said Pavlik "Mitya is probably the best fighter among us and I need him here to protect Viktor"
"what about me?" Nikolas asked
"is there any reason to fight?" Pavlik asked
"no, it doesn't matter really, we all end up dead eventually" Nikolas replied
"exactly, your not coming" said Pavlik
"what about me?" Sasha asked
"face it, your not that great of a fighter" said Pavlik
"oh thats fair, you haven't seen me fight" said Sasha glaring at him
"yeah but I did see you about to get eaten by some starved and weakened stalkers without putting up a fight, you aren't coming" said Pavlik
"fine" said Sasha "I'll check on Viktor"
Sasha walked away, heading for the medical building. Pavlik turned to the others and lowered his voice.
"okay heres the deal, Nikolas you watch Viktor, sit by his side, tell stories about you and him being close whatever, just keep an eye on him until I get back, take shifts with Sasha, Mitya you watch over Sasha, Sidorovich has something planned for all of us and if sending me on a suicide mission is the first thing on his agenda I doubt you guys are going to be any better off" said Pavlik "watch your backs"
"watch your own" said Mitya "I will be fine"
"here goes the ego" Nikolas muttered
"good luck" Pavlik muttered back
Pavlik looked up at Sidorovich's office, he could see Sidorovich watching through his blinds, Pavlik turned around and walked away. Pavlik walked out of the gate, the truck would make too much noise. He walked across the fields, glancing at his PDA, he was getting close, just over the next hill. Pavlik lowered himself next to the ground and climbed to the top of the hill. He watched as several stalkers walked into a large field of miniature tornadoes, throwing bolts in front of themselves, when they emerged they were carrying artifacts. They examined and traded artifacts with each other for a while.
Pavlik kept his rifle ready, there was a loud crack and he watched one of the stalkers get thrown off his feet and into one of the miniature tornadoes, he was sucked up into the air and exploded. Several more cracks were heard and Pavlik watched the other stalkers meet similar fates. Pavlik watched the hills around the field for muzzle flashes, finally he saw it, in a tree on top of a hill was a man leaned against it rifle raised. Pavlik aimed his SKS at the man, he fired a round and watched the man drop from the tree. Pavlik hurried over to the man, he reached the tree and found the body gone. He heard a twig snap behind him.
"you come to protect those who ignore the inevitable, those unworthy of survival" said the man "you are an unbeliever, you don't deserve to survive the apocalypse and you will die here today"
Pavlik took a deep breath and spun around rifle raised, the man stabbed his rifle's bayonet towards Pavlik who blocked it with his SKS and swung the stock at the mans face, the man punched him in the face and the rifle rolled down the hill. Pavlik pulled out his Colt 1911 and fired several shots, the guy stepped out of the way and knocked the gun out of Pavliks hands, Pavlik grabbed the man's rifle out of his hands and hit him in the face with the stock. The man kicked Pavlik in the chest and the rifle flew out of his hands, Pavlik rolled to his feet but was quickly drop kicked to the ground, the man kicked him a few times. Pavlik rolled out of the way as the man stomped hard where he was just laying. Pavlik felt a hunting knife in his pocket. He kicked himself to his feet and punched the man, spun around as the man punched back and pulled the knife out of his pocket stabbing it into his outstretched arm and slashing down to his shoulder, he spun the knife in his hand and stabbed the man in the chest.
"I do not fear death" said the man pulling the knife out and stabbing Pavlik in the chest.
Pavlik ripped the knife out, the man uppercut him in the face knocking him off his feet, he rolled down the hill, the knife flew out of his hands. The man grabbed the knife and threw it at Pavlik, it hit him in the shoulder, Pavlik fell over in pain pulling the knife out and swinging it at the man who knocked it right out of his hand. The man karate chopped Pavlik right in the throat, he stumbled back immobilized. The man picked him up and threw him, Pavlik landed on the ground and felt a slight pain in his back, he landed on the knife. He rolled over and grabbed the knife, jumped to his feet and round house kicked the man square in the chest, spinning around and swinging the knife in a horizontal slash. Pavlik looked up to see the man's throat slit, he made a gurgling noise and took a step towards Pavlik, punching Pavlik in the face, Pavlik grabbed the mans slit throat and the man grabbed Pavlik's wrists and squeezed, Pavlik felt intense pain and released his grip, the man punched him in the stomach and took a step towards Pavlik pulling out a small switchblade Pavlik shook his head and jump kicked him, his foot hit the man in square in the chest sending him into the small tornadoes, Pavlik watched him get sucked up into the air and explode in a spray of blood. Pavlik picked up a battered PDA off the ground and looked at it. It belonged to 'Bayonet', the picture was the man he just killed. Pavlik walked over to the hill and grabbed his SKS and Colt 1911, took one last look at the anomaly field and walked away.
He suddenly fell over onto his knees, he looked down to see he was bleeding out badly, he felt sharp pains in his heart as he attempted to get back up. He closed his eyes and began to walk, it was the only option he had, there was little he could do to stop the bleeding. If Sidorovich meant for this to be a suicide mission then he had most likely succeeded, Pavlik walked up the hill and fell over, he slid down the hill, pain searing across his chest, his vision blurred and all went black...
I'm back baby.
| 13:28:40 26 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 8|
Rain was pouring hard, Mitya looked out of the medical building, he was sitting with the others at Viktor's side, Viktor was asleep still. Sasha kept looking out the window towards the gate every now and then and Nikolas made things worse with sayings like 'if he didn't make it at least the clock isn't ticking for him anymore' or 'it doesn't matter I'm sure it was painless', Mitya really wanted to hit him. The PDA clock said it had been three hours since Pavlik left, knowing how dangerous the mission was, everyone was losing hope. Sasha looked up again, suddenly she stood up and hurried to the window, Mitya looked to see a man dragging a wounded stalker into the camp, even from here Mitya could see the man was bleeding badly, several stalkers came and helped carry him, they passed the window, Mitya looked at the stalker, his face was clearly visible, it was Pavlik.
"oh my god" said Sasha "it looks bad"
"his body is probably numb from the cold, he wouldn't feel the blinding pain" said Nikolas
"shut up Nikolas" said Mitya watching as his friend was placed on the bed beside Viktor, the medics ripped off Pavlik's suit and were trying to stop the bleeding with some bandages.
"what happened?" Mitya asked the stalker who carried him into town
"me and the other diggers were at the artifact fields, I went to get my bag and I heard several cracks... my friends were dead in seconds... I then saw him fighting the sniper, he stabbed the guy but the guy just pulled the knife out and stabbed him back..." the digger began to mutter "he then kicked the sniper into the Whirligigs and tried to leave but he lost too much blood..."
"its okay, thank you for bringing him back" said Mitya
"you're welcome" said the man
"whats your name?" Mitya asked
"Kolya" said the man
"thanks Kolya" said Mitya sincerely
Kolya left shortly after being thanked by each of them, they turned to Pavlik, he was pale and sweating, the bleeding had stopped finally.
"well... the bleeding stopped but like your other friend, we still don't know what will happen" said a medic
"well he's bound to have better odds in here than he did out there" said Mitya
"thats true" said the medic as he went to check on another patient.
Mitya looked at the others, they were now sitting between two injured friends, both suffering from similar fates. Mitya looked out the window towards Sidorovich's office, he could see Sidorovich looking down at them. What a bastard, Mitya thought to himself, he doesn't even care, probably hoping he doesn't have to pay him now for completing the suicide mission. Mitya sat down and looked back and forth between Viktor and Pavlik, both were sleeping soundly, meanwhile Nikolas and Sasha sat half asleep by their sides. He waited for several hours until Nikolas and Sasha were both asleep against the wall, Mitya tried to keep focus but sleep began to fill his brain until finally he closed his eyes and couldn't open them again.
Pavlik woke up, sun beaming down on his face, his body was sore. He turned his head painfully to the left, he saw Sasha, Nicholas and Mitya slumped together fast asleep, he looked up and saw Viktor, he too looked like he was just waking up.
"hey" said Pavlik, it hurt to talk
"hey" Viktor mumbled "how long was I out"
"dunno" said Pavlik "a day or so"
"why are you in the nice bed and they're on the floor?" Viktor asked
"I got stabbed" said Pavlik
"by who?" Viktor asked "the bandit?"
"you were out a while" said Pavlik "by a crazy doomsayer"
"ah" said Viktor "that makes sense"
"yeah" said Pavlik "I guess I get paid though"
"I guess theres an upside to getting stabbed after all" said Viktor
"yeah..." said Pavlik "doesn't feel like it..."
“why did you come here Pavlik?” Viktor asked
“what do you mean?” Pavlik asked
“you are out of place” said Viktor
“how am I out of place?” Pavlik asked
“you have seen the people here” said Viktor “Boar and Pellicle and Gallileo”
“how am I out of place among them?” Pavlik asked
“Boar is a psychopath, Pellicle is a paranoid isolationist and Gallileo is a selfish and paranoid old man, you on the other hand try to do good, but you hide it behind this desire for money”
“desire for money?” Pavlik asked in surprise
“you got stabbed for money” said Viktor “now I have been out for a while and don't know the full story but you seem to be fine with situations if you are getting payed”
“well its why I am here” said Pavlik “the money is good”
“but you risk losing yourself to Mercenary Sins” said Viktor
“Mercenary Sins?” Pavlik asked
“its an old folk tale among stalkers” said Viktor “the first Mercenary was a stalker like any other, he wanted to do good for people and helped camps and towns from mutants, bandits and other threats, he was a hero. People gave him money and ammo in return but after a while he got used to the money, he started asking for payment for his services, nobody cared much because they payed him anyways, but he started raising the price, eventually the poorer camps couldn't afford his services and despite once saving them for nothing, he left them to die, he developed the Sin of Greed, after a while he started getting payed to wipe out these towns, he developed the Sin of Wrath, later he started getting payed to simply stay out of peoples business, the Sin of Sloth developed. He developed the Sin of Jealousy as people started copying him and made a lot of money, some more than him. He then indulged in Wrath and killed many of them, taking money to buy himself food and left towns starving, he developed the Sin of Gluttony, he then spent his money on anything he pleased as eventually everyone was at his mercy, he developed the Sin of Lust as nothing was out of reach, he up becoming what many came to be known as Demon as that was what he was”
“what ever happened to Demon?” Pavlik asked
“well not much is known, but his downfall came swiftly” said Viktor “he developed his final sin, the Sin of Pride, he was the strongest, fastest, smartest stalker, no one could stop him... no 'one'. The stalkers rebelled and hired a mercenary strike force from outside the zone who were said to have fought the greatest battle the world had ever seen, it was rumored the Military came in to put an end to the fight, for it was so destructive most of the damage and debris in the zone was actually caused by them, someone, military or mercenary stopped him but no one survived the fight, whether the military sent squads or tanks to deal with them is unknown but what is known is that a nuclear warhead blew up the area, the place is said to be so destroyed that no one has ever gone there, its known as the Demon's Vale”
“where is this place?” Pavlik asked intrigued
“nobody knows” said Viktor
“so you think I am following that self destructive path?”
“I think you are treading a thin line” said Viktor
Mitya jerked awake and looked around.
"you're both awake?" Mitya asked in surprise
"yeah..." said Pavlik
"Pavlik was just telling me how he got stabbed" said Viktor
"yeah..." said Pavlik "fun memories"
"I got shot" said Viktor "it hurts a lot"
"yeah it was painful to watch" said Pavlik
Mitya elbowed Nikolas and Sasha awake, Nikolas looked up and nearly nodded, Sasha practically screamed.
"YOUR ALIVE" said Sasha hugging them both, they both grunted in pain "sorry"
"well there alive but its not like thats going to last forever" said Nikolas
"I wish I was still asleep" Viktor said slowly
"you know Nikolas..." Pavlik began "you and Bayonet would have been great friends..."
"who?" they all said at the same time
"the crazy guy who stabbed me..." said Pavlik slowly "he said things like that all through the fight... until I slit his throat... though he kept trying to talk even after that..."
"sounds lovely" said Mitya
"yeah I am sure he spent his final moments gurgling insults" said Nikolas
"did we get the money?" Pavlik asked
"we haven't visited Sidorovich yet" said Mitya
"I think I can do that" said Pavlik climbing to his feet
"hey don't rush things" said Mitya
"yeah you can severely injure yourself and start bleeding again" said Nikolas "and the chance of survi..."
"yeah it would probably be best if you stayed in bed" said Sasha
"Yeah... well I think the look on that bastards face would make me get better soon" said Pavlik standing up, he felt a lot of pain.
"uh doctor?" Mitya called out
"yes" said the medic walking back "oh good they're up"
"is he allowed to walk around?" Mitya asked
"well it might help but..." the medic muttered quickly reaching into his bag and pulling out a slimy rock, putting it up to his chest and wrapping it to him with bandages "lets just be safe"
"I'll be back" said Pavlik slowly stumbling to the door
"I'll come with you" said Mitya "you two watch Viktor"
Sasha and Nikolas silently nodded, at least Viktor was awake now. Mitya helped Pavlik to the warehouse and helped him up the stairs. They reached the top, Pavlik opened Sidorovich's office door. Sidorovich looked up in surprise.
"you're awake" said Sidorovich "My medic's said that your wounds were almost fatal"
"yeah well I got better" said Pavlik "and I did my job"
"yeah, I heard from a digger named Kolya" said Sidorovich "witnessed the whole fistfight"
"yeah I am sure it was just as amazing from where he was" said Pavlik "so payment?"
"right to the money" said Sidorovich "good man, I like you, you understand the important things"
"yeah I'm sure I do" said Pavlik "but you aren't finished with us are you?"
"well yes... I like you and you get the job done" said Sidorovich "an old friend of mine sent me information, he runs a lab in the north, in an eerie place once called Yantar"
"and he wants what exactly?" Pavlik asked
"he is studying a place north of the lab, an old complex believed to be the location of a top secret laboratory called X16" said Sidorovich "but he does not have any information about it, you see its an off the books beyond top secret laboratory, few people know it exists, and the only place he could think of that would have it is the old Agroprom Research institute, or whats left of it... he believes it has the coordinates to the old command post the KGB were stationed at during the early days of the laboratories many secret experiments"
"so you want what exactly?" Pavlik asked
"you and your friends cross the junk lands to the research institute and steal some documents before heading north to my friends lab, let him study said documents and head to the location revealed in said documents and find whatever information you can before returning to him for payment" said Sidorovich
"how far is Yantar?" Pavlik asked
"its in the northern areas of the zone" said Sidorovich
"pretty far from here isn't it?" Pavlik asked "why don't you have any stalkers in Yantar do it?"
"thats just it though" said Sidorovich leaning closer "there are no stalkers in Yantar, or near Yantar, the place is death, all those who go near the laboratory come out mindless zombies who want nothing more than to cause pain and suffering on others, I would send others but no one will do it"
"how much are you offering?" Pavlik asked
"one million rubles" said Sidorovich slowly, making sure Pavlik hears each and every syllable perfectly clear
"one... one... million?" Pavlik asked slowly "thats... a lot of money"
"yes, hopefully with this information we can learn the secrets of the zone and with it gain more money than one million, that is why another million is on the table if you find out the code to the laboratory door" said Sidorovich "one million for returning information another for the code to the lab, do we have a deal?"
"two million rubles..." said Pavlik taking a deep breath "we have a deal"
"excellent" said Sidorovich "you can leave when your ready, no big hurry"
"I need a guide" said Pavlik "I don't know the way to Agroprom nor Yantar"
"I can send one of the diggers" said Sidorovich
"Kolya" said Mitya "we want Kolya"
"fair enough" said Sidorovich "I will call him"
"well... good bye Sidorovich" said Pavlik "I will leave in a few days"
"good hunting stalker" said Sidorovich
They both left the office and walked down the stairs turning to the door out of the warehouse.
"Two million rubles" said Mitya "this is too good to be true"
"I know" said Pavlik "but this is the dream, we came here to come out rich, one year of work honestly got us what thirty thousand rubles? we are getting two million rubles for a single assignment, a few weeks!"
"yeah but this is more dangerous than working a till in some corner store" said Mitya
"doesn't matter" said Pavlik counting the ten thousand rubles "we can get some more help with this money too"
"fair enough, I doubt we can rob a military research center by ourselves" said Mitya "and of course everything in between"
They entered the medical building, the others looked up at them.
"what is it?" Sasha asked
"we got another job" said Mitya
"oh come on you got stabbed last job and almost died" said Nikolas "what number did the fat bastard give you?"
"two million" said Pavlik
The room became quiet, the five of them looked around for a few minutes, big smiles on their face.
"whats the job?" Viktor asked
"head to Agroprom steal some documents, head to Yantar, give said documents to some egg-head, then go to whatever crazy place the documents lead to and recover more documents and a code for a door and return for two million rubles in cash" said Pavlik
"sounds kind of difficult, do we even know where those places are?" Nikolas asked
"we got a guide, Kolya" said Mitya
"the one who saved Pavlik?" Sasha asked
"yes" said Mitya
They seemed to all agree with the choice, they turned back to Pavlik.
"what about the dangers?" Nikolas asked "we will be deep in the zone fighting horrors never before seen"
"we are hiring a team with the money gained from the last job" said Pavlik "as well as any supplies we will need"
"when?" Sasha asked "who would follow a couple of cut up rooks still recovering near death experiences?"
"we will wait a few days" said Pavlik "to lick our wounds"
Pavlik laid down on the bed, the medic removed the slimy artifact and left the room, the others leaned against the wall and talked, Pavlik slowly fell asleep as his mind drifted from his body...
Pavlik found himself standing in the middle of a field, the field was torn up. Massive craters were everywhere and the land was shredded, massive pits and faults everywhere. He walked across this destroyed field, lightning filled the sky, he saw many structures scattering this field, mostly small generators. He walked aimlessly, he then tripped and slid down a hill, the sky turned blood red, he rolled over and found himself lying on the ground outside a massive structure, reactor four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. He looked at the sarcophagus as he climbed to his feet, he saw millions of mutants running towards him, he heard a shout and saw Mitya trapped, a massive monster standing over him, Pavlik ran to him but suddenly he was inside a tunnel. It was dark and he couldn't see anything, he saw a pit below him, he saw Viktor lying, his legs broken, thousands of rodent-like creatures surrounding him, waiting for him to die, Pavlik jumped down and suddenly found himself in a field of garbage, Sasha was backing away from a large bandit, the bandit was carrying a large chain with spikes at the end of it, Pavlik shouted, the man turned around and swung the chain, it hit Pavlik in the face. He spun around and found himself in a laboratory, he was staring into a chamber, inside he could see Nikolas staring at him, radiation was filling the room, Nikolas smiled at him as he fell over and collapsed, his Geiger counter clicking hysterically. Pavlik hit the glass screaming, he smashed it and fell into a room with a massive crystal, a massive chamber.. he was crawling towards it, he reached up to the bright crystal, he felt pain as he felt himself being dragged back, watching his blood trail away... Pavlik turned to see a horrific creature carrying him towards a pit and throwing him off the edge, he fell down into a pit of glowing liquid, pain filled his body and he screamed in agony...
"AAAAAAAH" Pavlik screamed, he was in the medical building screaming in pain, he felt several arms pushing him down.
"Pavlik... Pavlik calm down... Pavlik calm down" said many voices
Pavlik stopped screaming, he looked around to see the others looking at him. They had the same face of fear and worry. Pavlik coughed and looked around nervously.
"are you okay now?" Mitya asked
"you were twitching and shaking" said Nikolas "I thought you were having a seizure"
"yeah and you were mumbling and at one point crying" said Viktor "it was kind of frightening to watch"
"what happened?" Sasha asked quietly
"nothing" said Pavlik "I think I am just hallucinating from the pain"
"thats obviously not what happened" said Sasha, annoyed he was hiding the truth from her
"yeah spit it out" said Mitya
"it was nothing" said Pavlik
"lots of things are nothing Pavlik" said Nikolas "and that was not nothing"
"yeah why won't you tell us" Viktor asked
"IT WAS NOTHING" Pavlik shouted
They went quiet, they stared at him for a few minutes before looking away. Pavlik looked away from them, he couldn't look at them any longer... he had seen all their deaths... he couldn't let that happen to them... he laid still for a while before he fell asleep again...
Nikolas sat in the other room, Viktor and Pavlik were asleep, their wounds healing, Mitya had passed out in a chair and Sasha sat by Pavlik's side, she turned her head and looked at Nikolas, she walked over to him.
“you can't sleep?” she asked
“I don't know if this is a good idea” said Nikolas
“what is?” Sasha asked
“going on this suicide mission” said Nikolas
“I agree but Pavlik seems to have a plan” said Sasha
“I don't think he does” said Nikolas “and if he does its not a good one, he is leading us to an inevitable death”
“so what do you suggest, he needs the extra help, you want to abandon your friend?” Sasha said 'I heard he was always there for you when you had a bad plan”
That shut Nikolas up, he sat for a few moments, Sasha couldn't help notice something was going on in his head, almost as if he was fighting in his head over a retort or something else.
“he told you that?” Nikolas finally asked
“yes” said Sasha
“thats not entirely true” said Nikolas
“how so?” Sasha asked
“its... nothing” said Nikolas
“what?” Sasha demanded
“get some sleep” said Nikolas standing up
“where are you going?” Sasha asked as Nikolas began to walk to the door
“I need to clear my head” said Nikolas walking out the door
Sasha looked puzzled, something was bothering Nikolas, what did he mean by what he said. Her mind raced on until she fell asleep...
I'm back baby.
| 17:31:44 26 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
He was shot from a single barrel of a possibly handmade quadbarrel shotgun, and as much as most video games depict shotguns are not the most powerful guns ever, though they are pretty close, and point blank gunshot to the chest from anything I admit is pretty hard to survive and Viktor almost did die but the bleedin, internal and external were stopped and slow his fate long enough for the stalkers to get him to medical help, if you are refering to the story Viktor tells of that epic battle note that he referred to it as a folk tale meaning it most likely is just a bunch of stalkers telling some tale that has very little basis of truth and the real purpose is simply the moral. As for the two million rubles, I could make that amount in one week in SoC, wait make that three days, and thats just a stalker selling guns, Sidorovich, the scientists and any other trader could possibly pool out that amount of money, and don't forget how in the early days artifacts were said to be worth way more than they are now, also getting stabbed in the chest is about 90% lethal, I know I got stabbed in the arm and nearly lost it, which would have made writing this story very damn difficult, I am lucky to still have most of my feeling. As for the one year they were referring to one year outside the zone working a normal job not one year in the zone and... the bandit, well you never know sometimes people are lucky sometimes they are not...|
Also wouldn't a merchant like Sidorovich know that investing large amounts of money could lead to a greater reward. (also RU isn't worth much, 2million RU is worth 52349.21 Euros (yes I looked it up) so easily Sidorovich could get that together via outside connections if he doesn't want to do the classic stalker pic up everything and sell it for large amounts of money system)
Sure the story has its highs and lows but it still has plausibility
Anyways I will try to put up the rest of the story by probably tonight.
I'm back baby.
| 14:32:43 27 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 9|
A week passed by, they prepared themselves for the long journey ahead and though still sore, Viktor and Pavlik recovered from their wounds. Pavlik looked around at them slowly, today was the day they had to hire some stalkers, by tomorrow morning they would be gone.
"so... where do we hire stalkers?" Mitya asked as they walked down the street
"I would say the bar" said Viktor "stalkers hang out there when they don't have jobs"
"well, what kind of stalkers would you think we would find?" Nikolas asked
"god knows, all we know for sure is they are probably wasted" said Viktor
"something tells me I am not going to enjoy this" said Sasha
"well one thing is for sure" said Pavlik hearing the shouts of many drunks as they reached the bar "they are drunk"
They walked into the bar, it was a large room with many tables littered everywhere, stalkers were shouting and drinking and a questionable fog was coming from one of the private rooms, Jimi Hendrix, Highway Chile was playing. They walked through the bar and sat at a back table.
"well now what?" Mitya asked
"uh... I don't know, Viktor?" Pavlik asked
"uh, don't ask me I'm new here" said Viktor
"oh yeah your bar was a piece of crap" said Nikolas
"shut up" said Viktor examining the room "I will go find some stalkers, wait here"
Viktor stood up and left, they looked around at each other slowly.
"now what?" Mitya asked
"we wait" said Pavlik
"you honestly think he can find someone?" Nikolas asked
"hes well groomed, he might seem rich to these stalkers" said Pavlik "maybe he might draw their eyes"
"yeah well that makes two of us" said Sasha strapping on her gas mask and ignoring several drunk faces
"yeah, probably a good idea" said Pavlik watching Viktor talk to the local barman, they spoke briefly and the barman gave him a sheet of paper, he then quickly typed on his PDA and several stalkers around the bar stood up from their chairs and started moving towards them, Viktor ran back to his seat.
"well I spoke to the barman and they gave us a list of stalkers" said Viktor "they are all looking for work and are coming to us"
"one less task" said Mitya "well here comes the first"
The man was wearing a bright red sunrise suit, it was well trimmed and it kind off looked like something a rich nobleman would wear when out duck hunting, the man had a great smile on his face and a feel of sophistication unrecognizable among the many other faces.
"hello gentlemen" said the man sitting down, he had a refined accent
"hello" said Pavlik "you are mister?"
"Nigel Fletcher at your service" said the man happily
"ah, your accent is... English?" Pavlik asked
"Manchester English chap" said Nigel
"why are you here?" Pavlik asked
"I hear you are in need of my services" said Nigel
"no I mean in the zone" said Pavlik "you don't look like you belong here"
"I may be a man of sophistication but that doesn't mean I am not a man of worth" said Nigel "I am here to honorably serve the people till my dying breath, I am a man of action and am willing to go down in a blaze of glory if necessary, along with my good ol' winchester at my side however I doubt that will happen anytime soon"
The five of them nodded to each other, Nigel had an optimistic personality and certainly seemed courageous enough, no matter how dangerous the task.
"well.. we will get back to you" said Pavlik
"Marmelade!" said Nigel "I will expect your call!"
As before, before they could collect themselves, someone else was sitting in front of them. A somewhat creepy looking black man was sitting in front of them, he had long dreadlocks and wore a dark almost robe-like trench coat, he stared at them with intense eyes, his locks were braided with little skull idols at the tips.
"I hear you be offerin' some work" said the man
"you heard correctly" said Pavlik, kicking Nikolas's leg, who was too busy staring at the little skulls to notice "you are mister?"
"Croatoa" said the man "I be a humble servant of Ogu"
"Ogu?" Pavlik asked
Croatoa reached into his pocket and pulled out a skull, it was made of crystal or was encrusted with crystals at least, it was the color of blood.
"Ogu be with me, he watches out for me and be guidin' my way" said Croatoa
"huh..." said Pavlik still wondering slightly whether it was real or not "and why are you here? In the zone?"
"I be lookin' for some fun mon" said Croatoa
"uh.. huh..." said Pavlik wondering despite himself what Croatoa meant by 'fun' "well we will get back to you"
"I be waitin' for it" said Croatoa
They looked up as he left and another sat down in his place. In his place was a tall asian man, Pavlik took a few minutes to look at him, the man had messy hair and a light beard, Pavlik decided to venture a guess that he was Mongolian. The man wore ragged but warm looking cloths and furs, with a tattoo of an arrow on his forehead, he had many bands hanging from his suit and a bone necklace hung from it..
"you are mister?" said Pavlik looking at the list, the man stared at him "mister? uh... Khaan?"
"KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN" the man screamed extremely loud
"wow" said Pavlik holding his ears, the bar was silent "that was loud"
“My battle cry scares my opponents” said Khan “they wet their pants in fear”
“more like hold their ears” muttered Mitya
The man went back to staring, Pavlik looked at the others who were also completely taken by surprise.
"we will get back to you" said Pavlik, the man nodded and walked away
Another stalker sat in front of them, it was a massive man with long braided blond hair and a thick and braided beard, the man had a thick jaw and a thick chin and had scars across his face. Pavlik sized him up and estimated he was at least seven feet tall, his suit had what looked like bear fur as the trim, if he could be described with one word it was definitely 'viking'.
"and you are mister?" Pavlik asked
"Hald, Hald Theimdall" said the man
"sounds Scandinavian, which country?" Pavlik asked
"Sweden" said the man
"hmm, so whats your story?" Pavlik asked unable to help himself
"I am here to lay low a while, no one seems to respect my ability" said Hald
"how so?" Nikolas asked quietly
"well I was in Finland for a while and this man was leaving his house and found me funny looking, so I went to have a chat with him" said Hald "so I walk up to him and he sees how big I am and locks the door but I kick it down, he starts shouting and I pick him up but his wife shoots me in the leg, so I through him and went for his wife but he pulls a gun out of nowhere, AND SHOT ME, SO I THEN WALKED UP TO HIM AND RIPPED HIS HEAD CLEAN FROM HIS SHOULDERS AND TORE THE SKIN OFF SO I CAN DRINK MY MEAD FROM HIS SKULL AND THEN GRABBED HIS WIFE AND BEAT HER TO DEATH WITH HER OWN ARM... plus I got fired from my day job"
The five of them were once again open mouthed, they had no idea what to say to that nor did they have any idea how they could EVER say no to someone like him.
"we will get back to you" said Pavlik
"you better, or this will be a waste of time" said Hald "and I don't like to waste time"
"I'll keep that in mind" said Pavlik quietly
The man stood up and walked away, he hit his head on a lamp and someone laughed, Pavlik heard a beer bottle smash and someone fall over, he heard fists hitting flesh in the crowd of people, another man sat down in front of him. He was slightly smaller than him but well muscled, he looked Japanese and looked well disciplined, his suit was simple but had a a style that resembled a samurai cuirass, with Bushido engraved over his heart..
"and you are mister?" Pavlik asked
"Akuji" said the man
"and you are here why?" Pavlik asked
"I am here because a man killed my father, the man is here in the zone and I must find him" said Akuji "but I have ran out of money, I need a job to get back on my feet and continue my search"
"okay" said Pavlik "I guess we will get back to you"
"I am looking forward to it" he said as he stood up and left
"he seemed disciplined" said Pavlik
"I think his own mission might conflict with ours" said Mitya "that guy would ditch us if he found any clues to where that guy is"
"I guess but I am really starting to doubt if we are going to find anyone" said Pavlik
"I liked the British guy" said Viktor
"yeah he was charming" said Sasha "unlike most of these guys"
"that Viking definitely could handle himself in a fight" said Mitya
"yeah but he would probably kill us all in a blind rage" said Nikolas "I vote for the Jamaican"
"yeah just because he was into some strange voodoo crap" said Pavlik "oh great here comes some more"
Two men sat down, they were wearing rough leather suits and had wide hats, the same worn by characters in westerns. One of them was tall and blonde the other was short, stock and had long brown hair. They both were fairly young too.
"howdy partner" said the short man
"and you are mister and mister?" Pavlik asked
"I'm Roy and this is my partner Johnson" said the blonde man
"Roy and Johnson" said Pavlik looking through the list, he found them both and nodded "so what are you guys doing in Chernobyl"
"well we were out in Texas and realized there was no frontier anymore, no outlaws to shoot or damsels to save" said Roy
"so we heard about the zone, no laws but the laws of the stalkers and that was like frontier law so we decided to grab our guns and show the stalkers a thing or two about Texas" said Johnson
They both pulled out revolvers and spun them around in the hands, occasionally throwing them in the air and switching hands.
"when did the circus come to town" Mitya whispered, Pavlik tried to remain serious
"so what do you think?" Roy asked
"pretty good... we will get back to you" said Pavlik
"well alright, just give us a call" said Johnson
“Americans” Mitya muttered under his breath
"this is a waste of time" said Mitya
"I know but what can we... oh damn here comes another" said Pavlik
A tall bald man sat down, he looked old and weathered and didn't look like the type you would cross but also looked fairly normal compared to the others they had met, he war an old flak jacket, ammunition slung across it..
"uh and you are?" Pavlik asked
"Joseph" said the man "South Africa, Ghana, Congo, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Zaire, I survived twelve wars in the last twenty years"
"Impressive" said Pavlik "you want a drink?"
"'beer" said Joseph
"barman, a beer" said Pavlik
"so whats your story, why are you here?" Pavlik asked
"I fought wars across the African continent for twenty years, fighting warlords, arms dealers, drug lords, mercenaries, militia and even tribals, I wanted out of that hot sandy rock, I wanted to experience a new world, so I headed east to the middle east and found myself in more sandy deserts, I eventually reached Ukraine and decided not to go back, I hate deserts, all they end up as is sand and blood, up here you have the benefit variety when it comes to your grave" said Joseph
"well you sound like you know your stuff" said Pavlik "we will get back to you shortly"
"I'll be here" said Joseph walking away
"I liked him" said Viktor
"you said that about damn near everyone" said Mitya
"he knows his stuff" said Pavlik
"twelve wars in twenty years" said Nikolas "and he survived all of them, impressive is right"
"well, how many more on the list?" Sasha asked "I really don't think any of them so far are real winners"
"um...oh damn" said Pavlik
"what?" Sasha asked
"the list goes ever on" said Pavlik
They all sighed, there were so many stalkers for hire but none of them seemed right. A man sat down in front of them, he looked untrustworthy but nonthreatening, he had short, flat hair and his face was scarred, as if he was tied up and beaten, unlike the others of the group, he war no suit, instead he war what looked like a very dirty tuxedo, much of it was torn and he war it very informally.
"hi I'm Dexter, Dexter Aces, I heard you have a job" said the man
"Dexter Aces?" Pavlik asked with eyebrows raised "what kind of name is that?"
"picked it up in Vegas, along with several other less fortunate names" said Dexter "so you got a job?"
"I dunno, I am not sure if you are what were are looking for" said Pavlik "but I will let you know"
"uh... okay... I guess well see you later I guess..." said the man somewhat disheartened walking away
"didn't like him" said Mitya
"neither did I" said Nikolas
"I did, he seemed like he was cunning if not intelligent" said Nikolas "Vegas though... probably a gambler, maybe a cheat, could explain the injuries"
"a gambler and a cheat, I can see why you like him" said Sasha taking off her mask now that most of the people around them were gone, passed out or punched out by an angry Norseman.
Another man sat down, he was young, with messy brown hair and big smile on his face, he wore a bright emerald green sunrise suit, a Steyr Scout Tactical slung over his shoulder.
"well, I hear you be hirin' for some important piece of work now, I was thinkin' of hookin up for the job" said the man with a unique accent
"your name?" Pavlik asked
"Marcus Finly, proud supporter of Irish independence" said the man "I fought in everything from the IRA to the IRS and anything else that starts with IR"
"IRS?" Pavlik asked puzzled "Isn't that..."
"ANYWHO" said Marcus quickly changing the subject "whats this job be and WHO IS THAT"
Marcus's eyes caught Sasha, she rolled her eyes in an irritated fashion.
"well who might you be darlin', you be lookin' for a bit of Irish in y..." Marcus began but was quickly cut off
"WHY don't we talk about the job" said Pavlik "are you good in a fight"
"am I good in a fight?" Marcus asked clearly offended but still staring at Sasha "I'll have you know I was the IRA's top sniper"
"really?" Mitya asked "you seem kind of young"
"well I would be considerin' I started age six" said Marcus "best shot in my grade eh"
"well we will let you know" said Pavlik
"alright, I will be hearin' from you and I will be hearin' from you too I assume" said Marcus to Pavlik and Sasha before strutting away
"damn terrorist groups" said Nikolas
"I kinda liked him" said Mitya
"I don't know" said Viktor "he was kind of cocky"
"he was a pig" said Sasha "do not hire him"
"he certainly seemed skilled" said Mitya
"or he was just trying to make himself sound good" said Sasha "that guy had a major ego"
"yeah just like Mitya" said Nikolas
"shut up" said Mitya "here comes another"
A man sat down, he was tall and wore round glasses, he stared at them for a for a minute, his stalker suit had a unique camouflage that reminded him of the French military uniform..
"name?" Pavlik asked
"Loup" said the man
"thats french right?" Viktor asked
"yes, I came here to escape several... tragedies" said Loup "so about this job"
"its dangerous but extremely well paying, so do you have any skills in particular?" Pavlik asked
"I run VERY fast" said Loup
"and this will be useful to us how?" Pavlik asked
"If we get into a fight I will outlive you all" said Loup laughing “no I am effective scout or decoy”
"well we will get back to you on that" said Pavlik
Another man approached, a Hispanic man approached, he had long hair tied in a ponytail and a thin mustache. He smiled slightly as he sat down, he was wearing a very light sunrise suit with a leather jacket over it..
"name is Hector, I hear you have a job" said the man
"yes uh, before we know whether you have the job, are you any good in a fight?" Pavlik asked
"I am very accurate with a submachine gun" said Hector
"well um... good but are you any good in a fight for real?" Pavlik asked "have you been in a firefight"
"well you could call it that but it was over before the man closed his door" said Hector
"okay well we will get back to you" said Pavlik
"let me know" said Hector walking away
Another man sat down, he was a tall dark haired man wearing black tinted sunglasses. He looked at them and sat quietly.
"well mister?" Pavlik asked, the guy didn't answer "your name is? hello mister? your name?"
Pavlik examined the guy closely, he noticed on the side of his suit he had a Scottish flag sewn into it, he looked through the list of remaining names.
"mister Kai?" Pavlik guessed, the man nodded "are you any good in a fight?"
The man nodded again, Pavlik looked at the others and looked back.
"we will get back to you" said Pavlik as the man nodded and walked away
"okay that guy was kind of creepy" said Mitya
"I like him" said Nikolas
"yeah well he didn't say anything" said Sasha "how can we trust someone like that"
"he keeps his mouth shut at least" said Viktor "unlike some people"
"yeah... wait what?" Nikolas asked
"well I don't know but the last few weren't exactly winners" said Mitya
"more are coming, I think it is almost over" said Pavlik
A large man sat down, he had straw-like hair and wore stone wash blue overalls. He had a big smile and crooked teeth.
"name's Lewis" said the man "I am here because I need money to take care of mah children"
"how many children do you have?" Sasha asked curiously
"seven" said Lewis, causing them to choke on their drinks "Willy, Billy, Hank, Dale, Jimmy, Walker and Lewis Jr"
"well you must be working hard to support them" said Pavlik "you know this is a dangerous assignment"
"well I gotta do what I gotta do" said Lewis pulling out a picture "this is mah wife"
"how lovely" said Pavlik
"yeah shes also mah sister, mah cousin and mah auntie" said Lewis
"thats nice... wait what?" Pavlik blurted out
"its nice it is" said Lewis
"well um... I will get back to you" said Pavlik
"well hot dog I got the job didn't I" said Lewis excitedly hugging him
"I will um get back to you on that" said Pavlik watching him leave
"well that was interesting" said Nikolas
"yeah and creepy" said Sasha
"I dunno, he seems desperate" said Viktor
"he might hold his own, he looks kinda strong" said Mitya
"where did he come from?" Nikolas asked
"I dunno, some strange western place big on incest" Viktor replied
Another man sat down, he had long black hair and a feather through it, his face looked chiseled and his eyes looked unnaturally focused, he wore a long brown longcoat with many pockets in it, he had dark skin and Pavlik couldn't tell where he was from.
"and you are?" Pavlik asked
"I am known as Iroquois" said the man "I am a tracker"
"so you would be of what use to us?" Pavlik asked
Iroquois pulled out a bag of dirt from one of his many pockets and emptied it onto the table. He drew a shape in it.
"a boar track" he said changing shapes rapidly "a flesh track, a dog track, a human track, a bloodsucker track and a pseudogiant track"
"impressive" said Pavlik
"do a Poltergeist" said a drunk man who was apparently watching the interview
"DO YOU INSULT ME" said Iroquois throwing the dirt in the mans face "THEY DON'T HAVE FEET"
The man took a swing at Iroquois who quickly side stepped, grabbed the guy and threw him across the bar, he sat down and looked back to them.
"we will get back to you but you are probably one of our top choices" said Pavlik
"thank you" said Iroquois walking away
"strong" said Mitya
"cunning" said Nikolas
"dislikes drunks" said Sasha
"is that a good thing?" Viktor asked
"here comes one more, last one" said Pavlik "thank god"
A german man sat down, he was balding, had a thick mustache and his face was slightly singed. He smelled like gunpowder and was smoking a thick cigar, the tip of which looked like it exploded.
"mister... Gustov" said Pavlik reading the last name on the list
"thats me" said Gustov
"so whats your story" Pavlik asked
"I'm a sapper" said Gustov "I have no story, if I did it would have blown up by now"
Gustov laughed at his own joke for a minute before pulling out a hip flask and sipped it.
"a sapper" said Pavlik "so you have experience with explosives"
"since I was four and found out fertilizer can go BOOM!" said Gustov "and sugar also goes boom, and vodka burns and all sorts of crazy things, then cherry bombs... great times, school lacked toiletry for three years after that oh and bottle rockets... oh and then I found out thermite recipes... and napalm... oh I love the smell of napalm in the morning, I though I would make a perfume once... BUT I BLEW IT UP HA HA HA!"
"right..." said Pavlik "well I assume there is a reason why you are here?"
"well I was looking for something to blow up that I never blew up before, so I BLEW UP SOME BANDITS HA HA HA" said Gustov "AND A BLOODSUCKER AND HALF A TRAIN HA HA HA!"
"we will get back to you" said Pavlik watching Gustov walk away laughing
"he seemed interesting" said Nikolas
"great sense of humor" said Mitya
"could be useful" said Viktor
"he looks like he blew himself up a few times" said Sasha
"well he is a possibility" said Pavlik
"now what?" Mitya asked "we saw like twenty guys, who do we pick?"
"I have no clue" said Pavlik "how will we tell if they are any good from talking to them"
"how about we test them" said Sasha "target practice?"
"thats not a bad idea"
They walked to the shooting range, they had several cans set up on a rock, Loup immedietly took off, running over a hill and out of sight.
"is he coming back?" Pavlik asked
"I dunno I will keep my PDA timer on, see if he decided to run a marathon instead" said Nikolas
"okay why not" said Pavlik watching the rest one by one take turns firing.
They were all pretty skilled, each one as good as the last, though a couple of unusual methods were used. Akuji attacked the cans with his katana, Kai simply stared leaving them to believe that he was really skilled but did not speak any language they understood, Croatoa scared them all when he poured rum on the skull and blindfolded himself but somehow managed to hit all the targets and Dexter who threw sand in everyone's eyes shouting 'pocket sand' then kicked the cans down and fired a couple shots to make it look like he shot them and Loup showed up and picked up the gun and did a somersault and shot a surprising amount of shots, after doing six laps around the town in four minutes. Hald threw a log at the cans crushing them completely causing them to spend an hour searching for more cans and lastly Gustov, instead of shooting, simply clicked a detonator and blew up the entire hill in front of them taking the cans, the rock, the log and practically everything on it with it, apparently it was Gustov who chose the location for the target practice.
"THAT IS AN EXCELLENT USE OF MY PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES NO?" Gustov shouted in his thick german accent, muffled greatly by the ringing in everyone's ears.
"WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO THAT FOR?" Pavlik asked, his ears felt like they were bleeding
"IT FANNY" said Gustov in his thick accent
By the end of it they had accomplished nothing, other than meet a lot of people and blow up a hill. They had no idea who they were going to hire and now were left to wonder what they were going to do about all these stalkers waiting for the job offer.
"who are we going to hire?" Mitya asked
"we saw talked to them then saw them in action and I can't decide" said Nikolas
"thank god its not your decision" said Viktor "who do we choose Pavlik?"
"please tell me you're not considering that pig" said Sasha
"I got an idea I will see you guys in a bit" said Pavlik "I know exactly who we will take..."
He walked away with another word and hurried off out of sight leaving them standing confused by the gate...
“hes got to stop doing that” said Mitya “can't he at least tell us his plan before running off dramatically”
“eh let him” said Viktor “its better than one liners”
“true enough but don't encourage him” said Mitya
They all laughed for a moment watching Pavlik disappear from sight...
I'm back baby.
| 14:55:57 27 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 10|
Pavlik woke up, rain was pouring on the roof of the bar, they had rented a room now they had recovered, he climbed off the couch, Sasha had claimed the bed, Mitya claimed the chair in the corner and Viktor and Nikolas slept on the floor. They had asked why Pavlik could only afford one room but Pavlik simply stated that he had spent the ten grand on preparations, in truth he did spend it all on the trip but it was a special surprise that he had prepared, he was certain it would work. It was about six in the morning, they needed to get ready by now so they could meet their new team, Kolya would also be returning from a small mission he was doing for Sidorovich. Pavlik kicked the others lightly.
"time to get up, we are out of town in an hour" said Pavlik as the others sleepily stretched
"mornin' already?" Mitya asked
"yes and we have an hour get going" said Pavlik
They walked downstairs and quickly ate, Pavlik left the bar and headed for Sidorovich's office.
"we are leaving" said Pavlik
"I was wondering when you would get around to it" said Sidorovich
"well in a few minutes we will be out of town" said Pavlik "I thought I would let you know so you can call the scientist and tell him were coming"
"don't worry he will know, good hunting stalker" said Sidorovich
Pavlik ran out of the office and into the street, the others were standing under some shelter, he saw Kolya walking down the street.
"got the news, just got to hand this artifact over to the boss" said Kolya "when do we leave?"
"within the hour" said Pavlik
"okay I will be back quickly" said Kolya running into Sidorovich's warehouse
They waited for him to return, he came back about ten minutes later. The six of them walked to the gate.
"where are the other stalkers?" Mitya asked
"they will meet us outside" said Pavlik throwing Mitya the trucks keys "start the truck"
"right" said Mitya running to the truck, he backed up and they climbed into the back, Mitya jumped out and climbed into the back, Pavlik and Kolya climbed into the front seat.
"so where to?" Pavlik asked
"we need to get into the valley" said Kolya "and head to the junk lands west of the bandit base"
"great, I suspect they won't be to fond of us" said Pavlik
They drove out the gates and found several stalkers waiting for them. Akuji, Loup, Hector, Dexter, Lewis and Iroquois climbed into the truck, he heard a tap on the window behind him and looked back to see Mitya looking confused at him but Pavlik simply smiled and continued driving, all according to his plan. They drove north across hills, he passed the hill he fought the final day stalker and continued before turning west, he drove up a large hill and heard many geiger counters clicking, he drove back down into the valley, the bandit base in plain sight.
"didn't remember the valley seeming this small" said Pavlik
"yeah well everything seems bigger at first" said Kolya "lets drive around it, do a nice wide berth will you"
"yeah, don't feel like getting ripped apart" said Pavlik
“these guys gave me a lot of trouble when I passed through here” said Iroquois
“what happened?” Dexter asked
“they got what they deserved” said Iroquois
“they give everyone grief” said Loup “I have been here a while and I have seen many rooks get dragged into that hell, never returned unless they decided to wear black”
They drove around the bandit camp, keeping to the northern end of the valley, there was a loud crack and one of their rear view mirrors was shot off, the bandits knew they were there.
"uh Pavlik I think they recognized us" said Mitya
"I know keep your heads down" Pavlik replied stepping hard on the gas, they drove quickly but Pavlik soon noticed several more trucks behind them, they drove west until they reached a large hill and a small canyon.
"right on through" said Kolya "to the junk lands"
“what did you do to piss them off?” Hector asked “I mean enough to send an armed convoy after us?”
“I shot their leader” said Pavlik
“he dead?” Hector asked
“no idea, think so” said Pavlik
“well damn this is gunna get bumpy” said Lewis
Pavlik drove up the hill and into the canyon, there were several trucks behind him, four, five, six, more and more kept coming, the back of each was loaded with bandits. Several gunshots were heard as bandits shot at them, he heard gunshots behind him as his team fired out the back. They drove out of the canyon and down a hill, there were many of the small tornado anomalies he had seen before.
"WHIRLIGIGS WATCH OUT" Kolya shouted
“WE ARE PUSHING OUR LUCK HERE” shouted Dexter
“SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP” Pavlik replied
Pavlik swerved out of the way trying to drive, he heard a crunching sound as one of the bandit trucks drove straight through one and was compacted into a cube bandits and all. Pavlik spun the steering wheel like a madman trying to avoid hitting any of the whirligigs, he heard another loud crunch and some screams behind him. Pavlik saw a wall of whirligigs blocking their paths.
"that was never here before" said Kolya as the wall of whirligigs drew nearer "quick do something before we end up like those bandits"
Pavlik looked around and saw a large chunk of debris, it was angled like a jump and was literally the only option he could think of. He drove straight to it and slammed on the gas again.
“no no NO NO” shouted many voices behind him
The truck drove straight up and flew over the whirligigs, he looked behind him to see the others holding on with their lives.
"SORRY" he yelled back as he heard many cheers and shouts behind him
They hit the ground with a bang, the truck slid onto its front wheels and drifted along the muddy ground for a good twenty meters before flipping over, they slid across the ground still, the truck hit a rock and began to spin out of control, the truck crashed into a pole sticking out of a pile of garbage which shot straight through one window and out the other, Pavlik and Kolya staring at it in shock.
Pavlik turned around and saw no one behind him, he looked out the cracked window and saw several shapes clambering to their feet, they apparently let go sometime during the spinning and were thrown around. Pavlik crawled out of the truck and looked around, it was silent until he heard a loud engine roar, the bandit trucks one by one jumped the whirligigs.
"RUN" Pavlik shouted as they ran across the field, the trucks, just like theirs flipped and crashing in a pile
They ran through piles of garbage trying to get away but the gunshots followed them, they found a pile of old cement chunks, they climbed behind it watched the bandits emerge from the garbage, there were a lot of them.
"they look pissed" said Pavlik
"that they do, what did you do to piss them off?" Hector asked
"oh we helped capture their camp and shot their leader" said Mitya
"all in all just a regular day for us" said Nikolas
"Loup, you remember the plan" Pavlik asked
"yes" said Loup
"you feel up to it?" Pavlik asked
"I uh..." Loup replied
"good" said Pavlik "NOW"
"screw this" said Loup looking at the bandits and legged it off westward
"oh son of a bitch" said Mitya
"now what" Viktor asked as many bandits slowly crossed towards them
"only one thing we can do" said Lewis slowly
"what offer someone as a bargaining chip?" Dexter asked
"fight" said Akuji
"I was afraid of that" Dexter mumbled
They raised their rifles and fired, the bandits ducked behind every bit of cover they could find as several of them were quickly killed by the suppressive fire, Pavlik crawled around behind them and found an old box, he quickly found it and pulled out a dusty detonator.
"whats that doing there?" Mitya asked
"just a bit of forward thinking" said Pavlik clicking the button, there was a loud explosion as the bandits simply disappeared in a cloud of dirt
"what the hell was that?" Dexter shouted in surprise
"forward thinking, lets get out of here" said Pavlik
"Pavlik um..." Sasha said nervously
A single shape walked through the cloud of dirt, it was a massive man in a brown long coat, his face was scarred and was missing an eye, he was carrying a quad barreled shotgun in one hand that seemed fairly battered and a long chain with a spiked tip in the other. Dread filled Pavlik as the man drew nearer, like the reaper himself coming to collect his soul.
"RUN" shouted Pavlik, this was not part of the plan
They legged it through the garbage in the direction Loup ran down, they ran up a pile, Geiger counters clicking, they reached the bottom of the hill, there was a shotgun blast and Lewis fell over, a bullet went through his leg. They dragged him behind cover and watched the hill top. The man slowly walked down the hill, sun on his face, it definitely was Boar.
"oh god what is he doing here, I though you killed him" said Nikolas
"I know I thought so too" said Pavlik
"now what?" Mitya asked
"I have to finish this" said Pavlik "or he won't stop"
"you're insane" said Nikolas "you shot him before and he got up"
"and my leg hurts like hell" said Lewis, Sasha was trying to stop the bleeding
"okay Kolya, lead the others to the Agroprom, I will hold him off" said Pavlik
"what about Lewis, he can't walk and hes bleeding too much" said Sasha
"well..." Pavlik began
"I can try to stop the bleeding while you fight off Boar" said Sasha
Pavlik suddenly saw a glimpse of his dream, the man with the chain by piles of garbage.
"no" said Pavlik
"we have no choice" said Sasha
"fine, Akuji cover her" said Pavlik "rest of you wait for me in the Agroprom area, if I am not back by the end of the day carry on without me"
“that man, he looks so familiar” said Akuji
“thats great now I am going to hold him off” said Pavlik “keep her safe, don't leave her for a second”
“of course, you can count on me” said Akuji
Pavlik jumped over the cover and pulled out his pistol, he walked towards the bandit and stared at him, he heard the others running as fast as they could.
"you" said the man "you are going to regret crossing me"
"yeah I already do" said Pavlik
"well, I'm an impatient man and its dying time" said Boar firing his shotgun, Pavlik dived and fired three shots, sliding across the mud.
Pavlik climbed to his feet and avoided another blast from the shotgun, he rolled and fired another shot, it hit Boar in the leg, he didn't even flinch. Boar swung the chain and it hit Pavlik in the face, the chain was so heavy he moved with it and felt himself fly a few feet before hitting the ground, he was bleeding badly, he climbed back to his feet. Boar fired all four barrels of his shotgun, it hit Pavlik square in the chest sending him flying, blood spraying everywhere. He hit the ground with a painful thud and felt searing pain cross over his entire body...
Sasha put pressure on the wound, she heard gunshots and the clanging of a chain, she looked up just in time to see Pavlik get shot clean in the chest, do a flip in the air and land on the ground, where he continued to lay motionless.
"oh my god" she said slowly turning to Akuji, Akuji was gone "oh no"
"well hello" said Boar's heartless voice "I was wondering when I would see you"
Sasha slowly backed away as Boar stepped over the cover and hopped over Lewis, not even noticing him, Boar raised his chain.
"I am going to enjoy this" he said slowly, an evil smile crossed his face.
He raised the chain up in the air, two hands grabbed his shoulders, Lewis threw him into a nearby pipe and lunged at him, the two rolled on the ground hitting each other until Lewis grabbed a rock and swung it down towards Boar's head, there was a blast of a shotgun and Lewis flew off of Boar and landed on the ground, several bullet holes in his gut. Boar climbed to his feet and walked towards Sasha, there was a sound of metal colliding with metal as a katana knocked the shotgun out of Boar's hand, Sasha watched as boar turned around, Akuji was standing there holding his katana.
"you were the one who killed my father, you are the one I seek" said Akuji "you will die"
Akuji stabbed Boar straight through the gut with his katana and slashed, Boar screamed in pain. Akuji pulled the blade out and swung in a stabbing motion towards Boar's neck, Boar grabbed the blade and threw it aside, Sasha ran for the blade and threw it to Akuji who stabbed it through Boar's back. Boar fell forward and landed heavily on the ground, Akuji stabbed the body one last time and turned away from it, he smiled slightly at Sasha when suddenly a chain swung across his face and ripped back, blood sprayed in Sasha's face. Boar stood up and swung the chain at Akuji, who blocked it with his katana and swung it, Boar grabbed the katana and snapped it in half. Boar grabbed his shotgun and shot Akuji in the chest with it, Sasha screamed as blood sprayed everywhere, she turned and tried to run but the chain swung around her legs and pulled her back, she fell on her face and slid across the mud, she turned around to see Boar's insane eyes looking down at her, he threw aside his shotgun and swung his chain around with two hands.
"any last words sweetheart?" Boar asked
"yeah, go to hell" said another voice, there was a loud blast of four shotgun barrels and Boar flew off his feet, blood spraying everywhere, Boar fell beside Sasha who dragged herself away from him, Boar grunted in pain.
“you little bastard” said Boar
“with your own gun too” said the voice “hows that feel you son of a bitch”
Another burst fired through his chest, Boar grunted in pain, blood was pooling around him.
“I will kill you” said Boar in a struggling voice
“that was for the stalkers who suffered because of you” said the voice “and this... is for Viktor”
Another burst fired from the quadbarreled shotgun right in Boar's face, blood sprayed eveywhere as his face was completely destroyed beyond recognition, Sasha looked up to see Pavlik staring down at her holding his hand out, his suit was covered in blood and was heavily shredded but he seemed fine.
“how did you survive, I saw you got shot?” Sasha asked
Pavlik ripped off his coat revealing a thick combat jacket under it, now shredded with bullets but it managed to get the job done.
“lets just say we overestimated how much it would cost to hire the mercs” said Pavlik, he looked at Akuji and Lewis, lying dead on the ground “shame though”
“yes it was” said Sasha
"you okay?" Pavlik asked
"they're dead because of me" said Sasha
"they died saving your life, you should feel sad, you should feel proud they did their jobs" said Pavlik looking over at Akuji, he walked over to him and looked into his eyes, closing them with his hands, he turned to Lewis, he had a face of fear mixed with determination now frozen on his face, Pavlik closed Lewis's dead eyes.
“they didn't need to die” said Sasha “I was too much of a victim, if I did something back there”
“you would be dead and they would probably still be dead” said Pavlik “I was lucky they distracted him long enough for me to drag myself to my feet, getting shot from four shotgun barrels at close range left me paralyzed for almost the entire fight, even with a suit I think I am heavily bruised now”
“its still a miracle you survived” said Sasha
“there was a large chance I wouldn't have” said Pavlik
“so now what?” Sasha asked
“we head to the others” said Pavlik “complete the mission”
Already this trip was seeming a worse and worse idea...
I'm back baby.
| 15:38:42 27 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 11|
Mitya sat with the others, they were sitting beside an old jeep, waiting for Pavlik to arrive.
"maybe he didn't make it" said Nikolas
"we wait till tonight" said Mitya "like he asked us to"
"someone is coming" said Iroquois who was lying on the ground
They raised their rifles and watched as a man hurried towards them, it was Loup.
"oh good you guys made it" he said "wheres Pavlik?"
"you bastard" said Mitya running at him and punching him in the face "you ditched us"
"I was supposed to" said Loup
"what the hell are you talking about?" Mitya asked
"Pavlik came to me the other day and told me to ditch the group at the garbage if we were attacked by bandits" said Loup
"why?" Mitya asked
"he wanted me to send word to the others that we would be delayed" said Loup
"others?" Mitya asked
"yeah what others?" Nikolas asked
"the other stalkers" said Loup "we are joining up with another group outside the institute"
"son of a bitch" said Mitya "he had a plan the entire time"
"so where is Pavlik?" Loup asked
"the leader of the bandits was there" said Viktor "he stayed behind to hold him off"
"we have to wait for him" said Mitya
"don't worry" said a voice behind them "you don't need to wait any longer"
"Pavlik" said Mitya in surprise "your alive"
"you doubted me?" Pavlik asked
They stared at his face, there was a deep cut across his face it was bleeding. Sasha came up from behind him and put a cloth to it.
"will you hold still, I am trying to stop the bleeding" said Sasha
“how are you still alive?” Viktor asked eying all the blood on his suit
“its all blood packets” said Sasha
“forward thinking” said Pavlik
"where are the others?" Nikolas asked
"didn't make it" said Sasha silently "they tried to save us"
"they did save us" said Pavlik "neither of us would be here if it wasn't for them"
"is Boar?" Viktor asked
"yes, he is, I made sure of it this time" said Pavlik "so Loup nice of you to join us"
"yeah what is this about you hiring another group of stalkers" said Mitya
"what?" Sasha asked in surprise
"well I figured we can use extra rifles" said Pavlik
"who is in the group?" Mitya asked
"well... I don't want to ruin the surprise..." said Pavlik
"cut the crap and tell us" said Mitya "who did you hire"
"a good few, some of the good shots" said Pavlik
"I am going to venture a wild guess and say Gustov is among them" said Mitya
"oh you mean the fireworks display earlier, yeah I asked for his help" said Pavlik
"where do we meet them?" Viktor asked
"over there" said Pavlik pointing to a hill, there was a tall structure on it, they saw a flashing light come from the hill "theres the signal lets go"
They hurried after Pavlik, quickly running up the hill, up on the hill were a small team of stalkers. Gustov was sitting by the structure playing with an explosive device of some kind, near him was Khaan, watching with interest, standing nearby was Hald, forced to crouch to avoid being seen by the military patrols, across from Hald was Joseph who was cleaning his M1 Garand.
"well you chose a team consisting of a crazy sapper, a mad viking and a war vet, oh yeah and that crazy mongol" said Mitya "great..."
"forgetting about me?" said another voice as a clump of grass stood up, revealing a man in a ghillie suit "how is that even possible"
"Marcus?" said Nikolas in surprise "you could have chosen the Jamaican guy but you chose Marcus instead"
"we need a sniper to cover us" said Pavlik
"but why Marcus?" Sasha asked
"we needed a sniper, Marcus takes pride in his skill lets finally see if he can do his part" said Pavlik
"what about Kh... him" said Mitya
"we need a distraction" said Pavlik
"well I am fine with this team" said Hector "they look like they know their stuff"
"yeah well, Joseph I am fine with" said Mitya "and the viking will be useful"
"if he doesn't kill us in a blind rage" said Nikolas
"don't worry I have a plan" said Pavlik
“Khaan you ready?” Pavlik asked
“Consider them gone” said Khaan
"good" said Pavlik "lets get ready"
They slid down the hill behind several bushes. Khaan ran down the hill towards a cluster of broken jeeps and helicopters, he crouched behind the helicopter and waited.
"what are we doing?" Mitya asked
"Khaan" said Pavlik “NOW”
"KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN" shouted Khaan standing up and jumping up and down, dozens of soldiers came running out of the camp and fired, Khaan ran headlong into the nearby forest, the soldiers ran after him, they disappeared from sight.
"NOW GO" shouted Pavlik
They slid down the hill and ran headlong into the camp ducking behind cover and firing at the military, though greatly reduced in size there were still lots of soldiers. Pavlik ran around a corner right into a soldier, who already had his rifle raised, a bullet flew straight through his head, Pavlik turned to see Marcus wave and fire another shot at a soldier firing at Joseph.
"MITYA, NIKOLAS WITH ME, EVERYONE ELSE HOLD THEM OFF WHILE WE GET THE OBJECTIVE" shouted Pavlik
They ran into the institute building and ran to the stairs, they ran up to the third floor and ran into the hall, they took a left into the office and found three secure briefcases on a table.
"okay which ones?" Mitya asked
"take them all, no time to look through them" said Pavlik as each of them grabbed one "now we go up"
They ran up to the top of the institute onto the roof, there was a military HIND on the roof.
"oh god" said Mitya "what are we going to do about that"
"this" said Pavlik running to it and attaching the bomb Gustov was working on to the bottom of it.
They ran to the back of the building and climbed down the ladder, they ran around the building and threw a smoke grenade towards the direction of the military, that was their signal to leave, they ran out of the institute, suddenly an BMP-1 drove out of nowhere and its main gun turned and fired, bullets and blood sprayed everywhere as they ducked behind cover. Pavlik crawled to looked at his teams condition, Gustov was looking through his backpack, everyone else was taking cover, suddenly bullets were coming from the other way as the smoke grenades began to dissipate, they were surrounded.
Hald and Hector ran from their cover to the the institute and ran behind the walls to shield themselves from the BMP-1, they opened fire on the soldiers. Gustov pulled out a disassembled RPG-7 and began to put it together. Pavlik turned his head to see how the others were doing, Hector was behind cover spraying suppressive fire at the soldiers, Pavlik heard Hector shout and watched him stand up and in another spray of blood he fell over. Hald jumped from out of nowhere and fired an automatic shotgun, the bullets ripped the soldiers apart, he pulled out a massive knife spun around throwing it at a man behind him. He recovered his gun and ran back to the wall as the BMP-1 momentarily aimed its gun towards him, Gustov took this as his moment to stand up and fire the RPG-7, it hit the BMP-1 on the side and the BMP-1 exploded. They all stood up and took a breath of relief.
"oh god that was close" said Nikolas
Pavlik checked Hector was dead, this wasn't part of the plan. They dragged his body and dumped it in a crater, they buried it with debris.
"where was their sniper support?" Sasha asked
They turned to the hill, they saw bodies lying on top of it.
"oh no" said Pavlik running up the hill.
They reached the top, about a dozen soldiers were lying dead at the top of the hill, they searched the bodies for Marcus, they found a body wearing a ghillie suit, they heard a hammer cock back. They turned around to see Marcus aiming a .44 at them.
"well now, did you all miss me that much?" Marcus asked holstering his pistol
"we were wondering why you didn't help us back there but..." said Pavlik looking at the bodies "this answers itself"
"yeah well they though they could ambush me but I wasn't surprised" Marcus bragged
"yeah well we got the documents, but we already lost three stalkers" said Pavlik
"what about Khaan?" Iroquois asked
"I think he long gone?" Marcus asked
"I don' t hear him anymore" said Pavlik "we have to assume he escaped"
"or was killed and the military are coming back" said Nikolas
"nonetheless lets get out of here" said Pavlik "where is Yantar?"
"uh..." said Kolya "we're going to Yantar?"
"yes" said Pavlik
"I am not going near that place, NOBODY told me we were going to Yantar" said Kolya
"come on Kolya we are almost done, we just need to hand over these documents" said Pavlik
"and were done?" Kolya asked
"and we have to go someplace else afterwards" said Pavlik
"no deal" said Kolya
"you can stay in the scientists bunker the entire time" said Pavlik "you would be safe in there I'm sure"
"fine but I get a bigger cut" said Kolya
"deal now lets go" said Pavlik
"fine, follow me" said Kolya leading them north.
Across the fields to the west sat two men, watching through binoculars. They looked at each other.
"they stole from the institute" said one
"yes, three cases" said the other "did you get the IDs off of them"
"yes" said the first "41b, 27c and 61e"
"41b is useless to us, 27c is valuable but unimportant, 61e however..." the second began
"we have to intercept them, send in Sigma and Epsilon" said the first "high priority, tell them the cases must be recovered or destroyed"
"at once sir" said the second
The two walked way, they hurried down the hill towards an old jeep and drove off north, deeper into the zone...
I'm back baby.
| 15:41:05 27 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 12|
Pavlik looked at the foggy mire which was Yantar. It was cold and dead, with swamps and high grass surrounded by rocks and dead trees. Up on a hill was a large complex and in the swamp below was a bunker, there were walls around it but it looked like they weren't staying up.
"so this is Lake Yantar" said Pavlik "I see why you don't want to stay"
"no you don't thats the thing" said Kolya "theres a device here that drives you made, boils your brain and turns you into a monster"
"and where is that?" Pavlik asked
"its rumored to be in that complex, but no one who went there ever returned" said Kolya "no one"
"well then lets avoi..." Pavlik began but was interrupted
There was a loud bang and the ground began to tremble, just as suddenly as it came it stopped.
"what was that?" Pavlik asked
"I have no clue" said Kolya "shall we continue?"
"yeah, Loup tell the others they can come" said Pavlik
Loup headed down the hill, he returned with the others, the fog was starting to get thicker.
"we should hurry before we are lost in the fog" said Iroquois
"good idea lets go" said Pavlik
They hurried down the hill, the fog was getting thick very fast until finally all they could see were black outlines of each other. They walked suddenly stopped, all of them heard it. Faint. Constant. Moans. They looked around and suddenly saw a wall of shapes emerging from all sides, they heard guns firing and scattered, they were surrounded by unknown assailants, they had no idea what was happening but they ran and that was all that could be determined through the fog. Pavlik reached the bunker door and saw a microphone, he turned it on and talked quickly.
"Hello, we are delivering documents here, can you open the god damn door we are under attack" said Pavlik he heard the door open "THE DOOR IS OPEN EVERYONE IN"
He ran inside and opened the inner door, he turned around rifle raise for the others to enter. Mitya ran in first, then Nikolas, then Kolya, then Sasha, shortly followed by Iroquois, Joseph and Gustov.
The door slowly closed but burst open again as Dexter and Marcus ran in firing over there shoulders, several of their attackers were coming through the door, one of them entered, it was a stalker like any other but his face was wide open and his eyes blank, a hand grabbed it by the shoulder and threw it out, Hald entered the bunker and slammed the doors shut.
"what about Loup?" Pavlik asked
"we were overrun and I told him to leg it out of here, he ran south and thats the last we will see of him I am sure" said Hald
"well at least hes safe" said Pavlik he then noticed there were others in the room "well everyone, meet team three"
"three, you hired another group?" Mitya shouted in surprise "what did you hire the entire bar?"
"practically yeah, all who were willing" said Pavlik
Against the wall Roy, Johnson, Croatoa, Kai and Nigel. Roy and Johnson were twirling their guns, Croatoa was pouring rum into the skull and Kai was sitting in the corner. Kai pointed towards a desk, a scientist was waiting patiently.
"right" said Pavlik grabbing the cases "everyone just wait here I guess"
Pavlik turned the corner revealing the rest of the bunker, it was smaller than he though but he simply shrugged and walked over to a counter, behind it was many complicated tools and a small team of scientists.
"hello, hello" said a scientist, the one from the picture in Sidorovich's office "you are the once Sidorovich sent correct?"
"yes" said Pavlik placing the cases on the table "we were getting shot so we didn't have time to check them, sorry"
"understandable" said the scientist "but where are my manners, I am Professor Sakharov and you are Pavlik I assume"
"yes, I hope my team didn't cause you trouble" said Pavlik
"no I love the minds of the young inexperienced" said Professor Sakharov "so much I can talk to them about"
"sure..." said Pavlik "so how long will it take to decipher the documents?"
"a day or so at most" said Professor Sakharov "you can wait it out here, I am detecting an emission is starting to form anyways"
"an emission?" Pavlik asked
"you haven't been here long have you?" Professor Sakharov asked back passing the documents to other scientists
"no just over a week" said Pavlik
"well an emission is a radiation storm stalkers tend to call blowouts" said Professor Sakharov "my advice, find shelter if caught in one or you won't last a minute out there"
"great to know, I think I survived one of those a week ago, what were those things out there?" Pavlik asked
"interesting you asked" said Professor Sakharov excitedly "they are the result of psyonic emissions coming from the laboratory we are trying to enter, something in there makes your brain boil and turns you into a mindless and easily controlled being who obeys the being commanding their every... well... command"
"being commanding them?" Pavlik asked
"its all a theory, in truth we don't know what is controlling them" said Sakharov "however we have seen similar effects happen to those around Controllers, hence their names, so I hypothesize there is a powerful controller locked away in there, as for the brain scorcher, I believe there is one or many powerful controllers there creating an impassible emission"
"brain scorcher?" Pavlik asked
"you are definitely new" said Sakharov "it is a structure north east of here that creates a powerful field impassible by anyone, it turned on only a few years ago and ever since no one has passed through it"
"so no one has been past there?" Pavlik asked
"well a few made it and came back with tales but other than them..." Sakharov began "no, not since the reactor leak in 1986"
"shame... what tales by any chance?" Pavlik asked
"well some say there are goldmines of artifacts up there, untapped since the second disaster" said Sakharov "others say there are untold horrors up there"
"which ones do you believe?" Pavlik asked
"I am a scientist, I believe facts" said Sakharov "but off the record, I believe a little bit of both"
"interesting" said Pavlik
"PROFESSOR YOU BETTER TAKE A LOOK AT THIS" shouted a voice behind him
"what is it?" Sakharov asked
The scientist held up an artifact, it was glowing and pulsating peculiarly. Professor Sakharov gasped in excitement.
"we have discovered a new type of artifact" said Sakharov excitedly
"thats what I thought" said the Scientist "but that isn't why I called you"
"what do you mean" said Sakharov
"its rapidly changing its molecular structure, it is... evolving" said the scientist "what does this mean?"
"I don't know, put it in observation, we will keep an eye on it, run some tests" said Sakharov "where did those military scientists find it?"
"Professor, these documents are speaking of a giant crystal..." said a scientist, Pavlik lost his focus, he was back in that room with the giant crystal, crawling towards it, he was then pulled back watching his blood trail of he snapped back to his attention "it is saying it is in the power plant and its apparently inside..."
"reactor four" Pavlik muttered
"yeah how did you know?" the scientist said, looking at him as if he just noticed he was there
"I don't know but I had a feeling" said Pavlik
"well this is interesting" said Sakharov "perhaps we should send an expedition there after the task at hand"
"perhaps" said Pavlik "if we can get that brain scorcher shut down"
"yes" said Sakharov "the scorcher would be a problem"
"Professor we've got it, its in a lab north of the complex, theres a separate complex" said a Scientist "Facility X3"
"excellent" said Sakharov "you should head out tomorrow, the emission has made its way here"
There was a loud bang and the ground quaked, there was a ringing noise, he heard the stalkers shouting in surprise.
"thanks for the warning" said Pavlik "tomorrow then"
"just one minutes" said Sakharov turning on a laptop "hello, hello, why hello Sidorovich I was calling you to let you know your stalkers arrived intact, they brought more than was asked for too"
"what do you mean?" said Sidorovich's voice
"they brought us exactly what we needed as well as information on a crystal in reactor four of the power plant and a rapidly evolving artifact, the likes of which we have never seen before" said Sakharov
"let me guess they want more money?" Sidorovich asked
"actually they never asked but if that is the case we should double their already substantial payment" said Sakharov "if they wish to continue working for us after this task"
There was a choking sound after Sakharov said double, Sidorovich coughed and then continued.
"four million rubles is a lot" said Sidorovich "what do you mean by continuing?"
"heading north is what I mean" said Sidorovich "find a way to bypass the scorcher and find this crystal"
"fine, thats a suicide mission anyways" said Sidorovich
"excellent" said Sakharov "I shall let him know"
Sakharov turned off the computer and looked back up at Pavlik.
"do you accept the offer?" Sakharov asked
"four million" said Pavlik
"yes" said Sakharov "we will lend you advanced suits for the job, once you come back from your current task of course"
"deal" Pavlik replied shaking his hand
Pavlik walked over to the others, they were listening to Nigel playing a guitar and the ringing of the emission.
"theres a blowout happening so we have to wait for things to cool down, after that we head north to Facility X3 and back with what we need, then we come back get our two million and decide after that who is ready for our next assignment" said Pavlik
"next assignment, you accepted another one?" Mitya asked
"the pay off is two million" said Pavlik "earning us four million rubles"
They were silent for several minutes before someone said anything.
"four million rubles, what is the job" Nikolas asked
"find a way to bypass the brain scorcher and figure out what is in reactor four" said Pavlik
"reactor four, other than deadly radiation?" Mitya asked
"we will be receiving protective suits" said Pavlik
"but you are walking to your deaths" said a voice behind them, they turned to an open door to see a man staring at them, one they had met once before, on their first day in the zone.
"Stag?" Nikolas asked
"yes" said Stag "I was here because I heard the scientists found some idiot to do their dirty work and here you are ready to run headlong into the brain scorcher"
"listen we respect your experience but we can get there" said Pavlik "and the money is good"
"will you stop it, you went on a mission that got several of your team killed, you are now about to go into a laboratory and lose more of your team and then go headlong into a death machine in hopes of finding a gap and entering a land of deadly radiation and horrific monsters, and somehow enter a power plant, surrounded by constant emissions and walk through a horrifically radioactive sarcophagus and enter the reactor four itself in search of something that may not even be there in the first place" said Stag "sure you will get out of there alive perhaps, but at what cost, you got your four million but how many of these people will escape with you, I doubt any of them will and in the end, in the end what do you have. In the end you have nothing but yourself and your money and all of your friends, all who trusted you are now dead and forgotten, lost to an unforgiving land you should never have entered in the first place, you make me sick"
He turned around and walked back the way he came, everyone was looking back and forth, they sat silently for several hours. Pavlik sat down and thought about it, he accepted the assignment, he had to do it, but was Stag right? Only time would tell Pavlik assumed...
I'm back baby.
| 14:23:21 28 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, part 13|
They left the bunker, none of them spoke as they did, they had a job to do and after that there was a chance none of them would ever see each other again. Stag's words had a deep impact on the group, it was unknown whether they would come back if they attempted the second assignment but they didn't seem very confident about it. They walked along the road east and headed north making a wide berth around the X16 complex. They headed north until they saw it, the complex, they looked at each other nodding briefly and headed down the hill. The complex was walled off, they simply stared as they could not find a gate anywhere around the complex.
"its like they needed a helicopter to get in" said Mitya
"Gustov, work your magic" said Pavlik
Gustov pulled out several plastic charges and attached them to the wall, he slowly inserted the fuses into them and prepared the detonator, they backed away, hiding behind several large boulders, Gustov clicked the button blowing a large hole in the wall, a horrific wailing noise was heard, they stood up rifles raised and ran through the breach. they walked slowly to the central structure, according to their PDAs the laboratory was here. They heard an endless moaning sound, they turned around to see out of every door and window and every structure were hundreds if not thousands of blank faces looking at them, slowly each of the 'zombies' stumbled towards them, some had weapons others did not but they all crawled towards the stalkers at the same pace.
"run" Pavlik muttered and the group ran into a frenzied panic, they ducked behind cover and fired their weapons, there were too many zombies to make a difference.
"what do we do?" Mitya asked
"can you guys hold them off while we search the lab?" Pavlik asked, the stalkers turned and looked at him like he was insane
"I will" said Nigel "if we are going to go out I say we go out with a bang, what do you say Gustov?"
"I do like a bang" said Gustov "Joseph?"
"I fought twelve wars I am not going to die today" said Joseph "anyone else going to join us?"
One by one each stalker knelt outside the doorway to the lab and fired their rifles, one by one they sat comrade at arms, ready to die for the mission. Pavlik ran in, Nikolas, Sasha, Mitya and Viktor ran after him. They ran down a long flight of staircases to the bottom, a sealed door was in front of them, a keypad beside it, Pavlik punched the code in and it opened.
"et voila" said Pavlik "its open"
They ran inside and strapped their night vision goggles on, they looked around slowly at the many windows, inside were many scientists remains, some of their remains looked shredded, others tortured, some even looked electrocuted and burned. They reached another flight of stairs and lowered deeper into the lab, they walked along the dark halls to another flight of stairs, they reached the deepest level of the lab, many warning signs were on the walls. They reached the end of the hall and opened the secure door, inside were many computers and lab equipment, they saw a corpse holding onto a secure brief case.
"that has got to be what we are looking for" said Pavlik
"how do we know?" Mitya asked
"Lab X16 is very important, obviously the head scientist here would try to protect all information regarding it" said Pavlik pointing at a badge on the corpses coat "this is it"
Pavlik grabbed the brief case and there was a loud banging noise, they heard footsteps above them.
"what was that?" Sasha asked
"I have no clue" said Pavlik "I think we should be careful"
"yeah I agree" said Viktor
"its a level above us" said Mitya
"lets get out of here" said Nikolas
"agreed" they all said at the same time
They ran out the door and looked at the stair case, several flashbang grenades bounced down the stairs, they turned and ran back through the door. There was a loud banging and a ringing noise and they opened the door. Two men were walking down the stairs in state of the art combat suits, they were carrying the weirdest looking rifles, the men fired their rifles which made a weird noise and was quickly followed by a hum. The rifles blew holes clean in the wall. The five of them ran back inside firing over their shoulders, these guys were not to be messed with obviously. They knocked over tables for use of cover, though doubting whether it would repel those weapons. Two more rounds fired through the door.
"what kind of guns are those?" Nikolas asked
"I don't know" said Mitya
"they resemble those old magnetic guns people would make" said Pavlik
"coil guns?" Viktor asked "I didn't think those were possible"
"yeah what next lasers?" Mitya asked before a round missed his head, he shut up quickly and ducked
They fired more volleys at their attackers. The attackers fired another two rounds, there was a humming noise.
"they can't fire until after the humming stops" said Pavlik "we have to abuse that delay"
Two more shots fired and Pavlik ran across the room to right by the door, the others fired several shots through it and reloaded. The two men fired their rifles into the room, Pavlik grabbed a lead pipe and hit the rifles, there was a cracking noise and the guns went silent. The two men backed up and readied their fist.
"I think they want to fight us hand to ha..." Pavlik began before getting jump kicked in the face by one of the men
Pavlik jumped to his feet and sidestepped, avoiding a roundhouse kick. He backed up and almost was hit when the others fired a volley at the men, the men were simply knocked back.
"thats it guns don't seem to bother them" said Mitya "time to play this their way"
They ran at the two and each were thrown around. Pavlik pulled himself to his feet only to get kicked in the face, he went to swing but in the time it took for his fist swing he was already punched four times in the ribs. He was roundhouse kicked in the chest and was thrown into a computer desk, breaking both the desk and the computer. He watched as Mitya grabbed his attackers fist but was kicked in the side of the head. He was picked up and thrown into an expensive looking piece lab equipment. Viktor swung a pipe and hit one of the commandos in the head. The pipe bent, Viktor looked up at the man and back down to the pipe, the man picked him up, punched him twice then threw him into a control console.
There was a loud ringing noise, Sasha jumped on one of the attackers backs and hit him on the head with a pipe but the man simply did a back flip knocking her off balance and throwing her into a wall. Nikolas grabbed a pipe, its end was broken and sharp, he ran at one of the attackers, the man turned towards him an drop kicked him, Nikolas landed on his back, the attacker swung down to punch him but Nikolas rolled over in time, the man punched the ground and shook his fist in pain Nikolas leaned up and stabbed the broken pipe right through the commando's goggles into his eyes. The pipe went right through his eye and into his brain killing him instantly, the other commando turned around and ran towards Nikolas and his fallen comrade. He kicked Nikolas in the face, Nikolas stood up and was kicked straight in the chest. He flew straight through an open door. The commando closed the door and pressed a button, Nikolas's Geiger counter began to click hysterically. Mitya and Viktor quickly tackled the man, Sasha joined the others as the three of them quickly attempted to overpower the man.
Pavlik ran to Nikolas, he tried to open the door but it was stuck, he saw Nikolas inside, the radiation levels were rising, in a few moments they would be lethal. Pavlik hammered on the glass as Nikolas smiled and fell over, Pavlik grabbed a chair and slammed it against the glass breaking the chair, he grabbed a pipe and hammered on the glass, he hit the glass over and over, he pulled out his pistol and shot it a few times cracking the glass. He swung his pipe with all his strength into the glass, it shattered, he climbed inside, his own Geiger counter clicking hysterically, he was feeling weak, he was feeling sick. He grabbed Nikolas and carried him through the window, he felt Mitya and Viktor grab him, he felt several arms trying to keep him steady but he fell over, his mind drifting.
He found himself staring at a giant crystal, there was a large bang as the ground began to shake and through the few cracks in the sarcophagus he saw the sky turning red, he heard the horrific wailing noise behind him, he turned around to see a dark shape moving towards him, he looked back to the crystal and saw Nikolas, he was lying motionless, the ground collapsed and he was suddenly falling, falling until suddenly he jerked awake.
"easy" said Mitya "you okay?"
He was outside the control room, they had sealed the door and he and Nikolas were lying side by side.
"is he?" Pavlik asked
"he is going to be fine... I hope" said Mitya
“you have no idea do you?” said Pavlik
“I haven't a clue” said Mitya “but for now lets just say he has a chance, regardless of facts”
“right” said Pavlik
"listen we got the documents and those crazy commando guys are dead, lets get out of here" said Mitya
"agreed" said Pavlik "who were they?"
"took their badges, no names, no agencies, no anything, just a code name" said Mitya "Sigma and Epsilon"
"well, one mystery at a time" said Pavlik "lets go, our team is probably needing our help"
Mitya and Viktor picked up Nikolas, Sasha put her arm around Pavlik to keep him from falling over. They walked up the stairs as quickly as they could. They reached the top and heard the screams of gunfire once again. They walked outside, they saw Roy and Johnson firing their revolvers cheering.
"Americans" said Mitya slowly when suddenly several zombies came out of nowhere and tackled them. Mitya wrestled with a few as they attempted to bite his hands off. He pulled out his pistol and shot it in the head, quickly pushing it off of him, Pavlik kicked his off and fired three rounds into it, he jumped to his feet, they quickly picked Nikolas up, Viktor and Sasha covering the rear, the group was scattered, blood was everywhere, they saw their team fighting off hundreds of zombies.
"TIME TO GO" shouted Pavlik "LEG IT"
They pushed their way through the zombies when the ground shook and the sky turned blood red. After that Pavlik lost track of what was happening, the ground was shaking and anomalies were appearing and disappearing out of nowhere at all. There were flashes and bangs, suddenly massive spheres began to pop into existence all around them, more and more of them appeared, Pavlik jumped out of the way as one expanded in front of him, the sky was blood red and merciless roars filled the air, the ground trembled. A zombie jumped onto him, he kicked it into one of the bubbles and in a bright white flash it and the anomaly vanished. Pavlik rolled out of the way of a bubble and tried to climb to his feet, suddenly a bubble exploded in his face and everything went bright white...
Dexter climbed out of a nearby building, he was alone and in the middle of a blowout, lying on the ground in front of him was the secure briefcase. He quickly ran over and grabbed, he turned and quickly ran as fast as he could out of there, he did not know whether his comrades were alive or dead but he was going to be rich, that was for sure, two million all to himself...
I'm back baby.
| 14:32:53 28 June 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 14|
Pavlik woke up in a daze, he was lying in the middle of a great forest. Around him were tall trees and thick bushes, he for a while thought he was outside the zone until he heard his geiger counter clicking. He rolled over and slowly clambered to his feet, he looked around but found himself alone.
"well... this complicates things" said Pavlik to himself as he pulled out his PDA
He scrolled around on his PDA, he stared at it for what felt like an eternity, he was just south of the silent city of Pripyat, just at the edge of the Red Forest, north of the brain scorcher. He smiled slightly, he did it, somehow he bypassed the brain scorcher. Dread suddenly filled him as he remembered Stag's words, he was alone, he was inside the center of the zone but he was all alone, the others were missing, for all he knew they could be dead. He turned north and walked, sure enough as soon as he passed the thick bushes he found himself staring at the city of Pripyat and the power plant beyond it. He looked at his PDA and noticed a small lens on the back of it, he saw a small camera button. Pointed the PDA at the view in front of him and clicked the camera button, it took a picture. He sent the picture to Professor Sakharov's PDA and put his PDA away.
He walked down the silent hills, the Geiger counter began to quiet, there was a tranquil peace about it. He reached the city of Pripyat several minutes later, he walked through the abandoned streets, there was an eerie silence that was suddenly interrupted by his PDA beeping. Pavlik pulled it out, Professor Sakharov's face was visible.
"Pavlik where are you?" Professor Sakharov asked "how did you get that picture?"
"I am currently in Pripyat" said Pavlik
"how did you get past the scorcher?" Sakharov asked
"don't know, a blowout hit the facility and I woke up in the Red Forest" said Pavlik "but what I do know is that I don't want to waste such a perfect opportunity"
"listen we need to turn the scorcher off" said Sakharov "I have no idea how to shut it off from the outside but now that you are in it should be easy"
"I'm listening" said Pavlik
"there is a structure somewhere in Pripyat" said Sakharov "Facility X1, it should be able to turn off the scorcher"
"where is this facility?" Pavlik asked
"uh... according to my computers you are standing on top of it" said Sakharov
"I am in the middle of the street" said Pavlik
"well, since Pripyat was once a thriving city, such an important place would be well hidden" said Sakharov "probably in the infrastructure beneath the city such as the..."
"sewers" said Pavlik staring at a manhole in front of him
"exactly" said Sakharov "it is... perhaps two levels below the sewers, the access codes are... according to these documents 341364273"
"couldn't have made it an easier code" said Pavlik "well wish me luck"
"good luck stalker" said Sakharov
Pavlik dropped down the manhole and landed in the sewers below, it smelled terrible like something died down there, but he had to remind himself many things probably did. He walked along the tunnel and stopped, his PDA said the door was right here, he looked down into the murky sewage water and saw another manhole of some kind.
"you have got to be kidding me" said Pavlik strapping on his gas mask
Pavlik jumped into the water, he was glad he had the full face mask. He reached down and lifted the manhole, he was sucked into it as water poured down the hatch. He hit the ground in a narrow corridor, now flooding with water.
“welcome...*static*... comrade” said an electronic voice, it was faltering due to years of neglect “welcome to Facility X1 la*static*ease state which agency you represent”
“uh...” said Pavlik thinking fast “KGB”
“What is *static*ame Agent of the KGB” said the voice
“Pavlik” said Pavlik awkwardly
“I have no*static*owledge of an Agent Pavlik of the KGB” said the voice
“I am uh...” Pavlik thought hard “I am an NOC Agent, I have no identity so I can better help the USSR”
“welcome true patriot of the motherland, do you require any*static*sistance?” the voice stated
“where is the armory?” Pavlik asked
“down the stairs, please enter the facility, the keypad is down*static*he end of the hall” said the voice
Pavlik ran to the end of the corridor and punched down the code. The door opened and he ran inside, there was an inch of water now. He took off his mask for a moment but the smell was so bad he put it back on. He walked down the hallway and ran down some stairs, the water was pouring down the stairs. He reached the bottom and found a small armory. He climbed in and sealed the door before the water reached it, he stripped off his armor and dropped it to the ground. He grabbed a fresh suit of military combat armor and strapped it on, he looked at his SKS, it was wet, battered and rusty, it had been through a lot with him. Pavlik hung it on a gun rack and grabbed an AK-74 and a backpack which he filled with ammo and military rations. He grabbed a couple anti radiation cases. He grabbed several medkits and a bandoleer of F1 grenades. He strapped his night vision on and put his PDA in his chest pocket and his satellite phone in a slot designed for radios. He looked down at his Colt 1911, it was in pretty good condition, so was his hunting knife, he holstered them and walked out the door.
The water level was still very low and hadn't reached the armory, he ran down to the end of the hall and ran down some more stairs. He reached the bottom of the staircase and found the doorway to the control room. He entered the room and looked around, it was designed in a similar fashion to X3. He reached the main controls and looked at the buttons, he saw three levers and pulled the first one.
"EMERGENCY FAILSAFE 01 PULLED, OPENING DOORWAY TO COOLING POND, PLEASE EVACUATE BEFORE FACILITY X1 FLOODS, HAVE A NICE DAY COMRADE" said the voice
"oh shit" said Pavlik pulling the second
"EMERGENCY FAILSAFE 02 PULLED, EMERGENCY SHUT DOWN OF OPERATION X10: BRAIN SCORCHER, HAVE A NICE DAY COMRADE" said the voice
"okay now lets just..." Pavlik began, he heard the rumbling of water above him, he heard it rushing towards the stairs, he pulled the last lever "SHIT"
"EMERGENCY ESCAPE PROCEDURE INITIATED, CAPITALIST INVADERS HAVE BREACHED FACILITY, PLEASE USE SECONDARY ESCAPE ROUTE, RECOMMEND USAGE OF FAILSAFE 01 AND DEACTIVATION OF FAILSAFE 02, HAVE A NICE DAY COMRADE" said the voice
Pavlik turned and closed the control room doors, the water hit it so hard that the door dented inward, water began to spray through leaks, the glass was cracking, water sprayed through. Pavlik turned and saw the floor beginning to open, revealing a staircase. Pavlik ran down and pulled a lever closing the floor above him, he sat for a moment listening to the door above shattering under the weight of the water and the room flooding. The door at the foot of the stairs opened. He walked through it and found himself in an old tunnel, he wandered through it for what felt like several hours until he saw a ladder. He shrugged his shoulders and began to climb up opening a hatch and climbing out onto the street, he turned around to find several rifles aimed at him, he looked around to clarify whether he was still in Pripyat, he was.
"well looks like we found ourselves a grunt" said one of the stalkers
"hey I'm not a grunt I'm a stalker" said Pavlik
"where did you get that armor then stalker?" said the stalker
"there was a military facility down there, I found an armory full of stuff down there" said Pavlik "I turned off the scorcher from there"
"really?" said the stalker "you're the one who did it, you must be one hell of a stalker to breach the scorcher"
"yeah, you have no idea what it took" said Pavlik
"for all I know it was an army of mutants" said the stalker "good work, names Charon just so you know"
"nice to meet you Charon, names Pavlik" said Pavlik "I hope the Sakharov is pleased that its off"
"you're working for that old egghead?" Charon asked
"yeah" said Pavlik "he offers good money, well if you excuse me I have to head north, theres a power plant to raid now"
"good luck stalker, I made it here but not even I would head that far north" said Charon
"yeah good luck" said Pavlik
He walked down the streets, there were stalkers everywhere, like Sakharov called as many stalkers as he could and told them the scorcher was off before Pavlik turned it off. He was almost at the end of the road when a stalker stepped out from around the corner, he was aiming a Groza at him, he was wearing an urban camo suit with a Kevlar vest, he had a hood up and a gas mask on.
"GIVE ME ALL YOUR VALUABLES" shouted the stalker, Pavlik raised his rifle, the stalker took off his mask revealing a familiar face
"wow Pavlik, jumpy today?" said Mitya
"Mitya? where did you come from?" Pavlik asked
"well I found myself in the Red Forest, just south of the scorcher, I then got a call telling me you were turning off the scorcher and that the path would be open soon and bam it shut off and I kept going north" said Mitya "nice suit by the way"
"could say the same about you, where did you get yours" said Pavlik
"found it in a bunker along the way north" said Mitya "same with this Groza"
“I got mine in a military armory” said Pavlik
“yeah your old suit was pretty damaged and still covered in fake blood” said Mitya
“oh that washed off, instead it was just sewage water, old sewage water” said Pavlik
“you went swimming?” said Mitya
"yeah and I had to ditch most of my things” said Pavlik “lets go...”
They both heard a gun cock, they spun around to find a man holding a SPAS-12 and was wearing a sky blue camouflaged outfit with a combat helmet. They simply stared in surprise as the man took off his helmet laughing.
"Viktor what the hell did you do that for?" Mitya asked
"it was funny" said Viktor "I got you after you did the same thing to him"
"yeah but seriously" said Pavlik "once is enough
"ah well" said Viktor "it was still funny"
"where did you get that suit?" Pavlik asked
"yeah when did we start needing cloud camouflage?" Mitya asked "I don't remember when the military announced that wars now require flying infantry"
"it was on some dead guy in a tunnel" said Viktor "it seemed in great condition and this gun was there so I said screw it"
“you took the clothes off a dead guy?” Mitya asked “thats disgusting”
“where did you get yours then?” Viktor asked
“bunker” said Mitya
“armory” said Pavlik
“dammit that backfired” said Viktor
"know where the others are?" Pavlik asked
"no, I am still wondering" said Viktor "Sasha grabbed Nikolas just before I passed out so I hope she's with him"
"yeah but even if, where would she be?" said Pavlik
"I don't know but I am sure she is fine" said Viktor "so where are we heading?"
"north" said Pavlik "to the power plant"
"well" said Mitya "might as well now that were here"
"yeah lets go" said Viktor
They walked out of Pripyat, they walked down the road for hours, the power plant was ahead of them, the center of everything was right before their eyes...
Two figures watched from the distance, they looked at each other and shook their heads.
"they killed Sigma and Epsilon, what are your orders, shall we kill them?" the second asked
"send Omega to turn the brain scorcher back on, then send Gamma to the power plant" said the first
"what of the scientists, they have Case 61e" said the second "we must reclaim it"
"no, let the scientists solve the puzzle for us, then take it" said the first
"anything else sir?" the second asked
"have Zeta organize some deep military patrols" said the first "that will cause some chaos amongst these stalkers"
"at once sir" said the second
They both walked down the hill and into an old jeep, they drove north to the power plant...
I'm back baby.
| 14:01:18 1 July 2010
On forum: 01/22/2008
In the End, Part 15|
They reached a long bridge, the three of them shrugged their shoulders and walked along it. The bridge was filled with cars and corpses, it caused their Geiger counter to click rapidly. They were halfway across it when there was a loud blast and part of the bridge exploded. They ducked down and saw several RPGs flying towards the bridge, someone obviously didn't want them to cross. They ran as quickly as they could across the bridge, parts of it exploding as they did. They reached the end and turned, they ducked behind an old car and looked for the shooter. Standing on top of a broken BMP-1 was a man in state of the art military armor, similar to some science fiction exoskeleton, carrying an RPG-7.
"who the hell is that guy?" Viktor asked
"looks like a friend of those guys who attacked us" said Mitya
"well" said Pavlik "he is carrying a long range and high explosive weapon..."
"so...?" Mitya asked
"Mitya you go to the far right, both of you just run from cover to cover while I distract him" said Pavlik
"how are you going to distract him?" Viktor asked
"watch and learn" said Pavlik running headlong into the middle of the street and zig-zaging towards the attacker.
Mitya ran across the street and ran from car to car, Viktor copied his movements, they heard several explosions. Pavlik looked at the attacker, he dropped his RPG-7 and switched for what looked like a small gattling gun, Pavlik swallowed quickly and dropped behind a car as bullets sprayed everywhere, he heard the shell casings spraying against the ground. Pavlik looked through a car window to see a long chain of ammunition feeding the minigun, it seemed to trail to a large box of ammunition strapped to his back, he never even noticed the commando had in the first place. Pavlik ran from his cover and ran to the next car, bullets sprayed everywhere, he saw Viktor and Mitya open fire at the attacker, the attacker turned his minigun towards them, alternating burst shots. Pavlik watched the man hook the minigun to a special attachment on his arm and sprayed it with one hand at Mitya, he then pulled out a revolving grenade launcher and fired several shots at Viktor. Viktor jumped out of the way as the car he hid behind exploded, Pavlik stood up and fired a burst. The commando turned both guns towards Pavlik and fired, Pavlik jumped behind another car as his exploded, bullets spraying everywhere. Viktor ran across the street to near Mitya as the cars on his side exploded one by one. Pavlik followed suit as his cover exploded. They ran from their cover and headed through an old gate towards the power plant.
Bullets and grenades flew everywhere as the man slowly followed them, they ran until they found some chain link fences. They ran behind some cover near them and ducked. The man dropped his revolving grenade launcher, he let go of the minigun letting it hang from his arm as he pulled out a dragon missile system from a box attached to his ammo box. He pulled it out and loaded a missile into it and aimed at them.
"oh son of a bitch" said Mitya "how many guns does he have?"
"I won't want to hear the answer to that" said Viktor as they watched the missile fly towards them, miss their cover by a slight inch, their heads by just under that and hit the sarcophagus, there was an explosion and a hole was blown through the wall. They heard a horrific wailing noise, suddenly hundreds of eyes were looking at them.
"oh god" said Mitya
"well... theres something you don't ever want to see in your life" said Viktor
What seemed like hundreds of mutants of snorks and rodent-like ran out of the small hole in the sarcophagus. There was a loud roar and a large creature smashed through the weakened wall, the hole was now fairly large. The beast swung massive claws at them. They ran as fast as they could, turning to see the commando loading another round into the dragon he had just dropped. They heard a massive explosion and the creature roar. There was a spray of minigun fire and several grenades exploding after that. Pavlik turned around and sprayed a burst of from his Abakan into the horde of mutants, he watched the giant mutant swing its arm and threw the commando towards them. He landed behind them and crashed into a BMP-1. They ran over to find him either dead or unconscious, they couldn't tell through the armor. Mitya and Pavlik quickly grabbed the dragon missile system and load another round, Viktor fired several more bursts into the horde. Mitya grabbed one of Pavlik's F1 grenades and threw it into the horde. There was an explosion and several corpses flew into the air. The massive creature charged through the horde stepping on many smaller mutants. Pavlik rolled out of the way of its claws clutching the dragon with a grip of death. Mitya rolled the other way and fired grenade from his Groza, it hit the creature in the eye, it turned towards Mitya. Mitya backed into a corner, the monster walking towards him. Pavlik aimed the dragon, he had to find a weakness, he was shaking as he heard hundreds if not thousands of footsteps coming towards him. He took a deep breath and fired.
The missile flew out of the dragon and flew straight into the monsters gaping jaw, it disappeared for a few seconds and the creatures head suddenly exploded, pieces of it flew everywhere. There was the ringing of a minigun as the man woke up and sprayed bullets everywhere. Pavlik signaled Mitya and Viktor who quickly ran for the breach. Pavlik climbed up onto the BMP-1 and aimed his Abakan down.
"nice armor, will it repel a full clip of armor piercing 5.45x39mm FMJs" said Pavlik
"but will your armor repel seven F1 grenades" said the man holding up a cluster of grenades, his fingers in the pinnies
"ah, well played" said Pavlik
The man man raised the grenades. Pavlik jumped over the man and ran for cover, he heard the man get up and limp the other way. Pavlik ran for the breach and headed inside, the others were climbing down a ladder, Pavlik climbed down after them, they reached the bottom, and were almost through a door when seven F1 grenades fell down the shaft.
"RUN" shouted Pavlik as the shaft exploded, the ladder snapped leaving it impossible to climb back up
"well that is great" said Mitya "were trapped"
"we just need to find an alternative way out" said Pavlik
They turned on their flashlights and walked down the tunnel, it was dark and the metal creaked loudly with each step. They reached a staircase eventually leading up, there was an old sign saying 'Reactor 4 /\'.
"up I suppose" said Viktor, they heard a loud roar followed by the noise of a stampede of footsteps.
"up" said Mitya dragging several crates and barrels to the foot of the stairs "I will hold them off"
"are you insane?" Pavlik asked
"GO" Mitya shouted "I will be along shortly"
"come on Pavlik lets go" said Viktor loading his SPAS-12
Pavlik reluctantly ran up the staircase, they went up several flights until they were in another set of tunnels, gunshots and roars echoed behind them. They followed it until they were in a corridor with two doors. They walked in separate directions but ended up at the same spot, it went in a giant circle. They looked towards a massive hole in the wall, inside was a large room with a ladder going up. They heard a loud roar down the corridors, hundreds of mutants stampeded towards them. They ran through the breach, Viktor fired his shotgun through it.
"go up the ladder, see if its there and we can get the hell out of here, I will cover the exit" said Viktor
"I'll be quick" said Pavlik
Pavlik climbed the ladder as gunshots and roars filled the sarcophagus. He reached the top to find himself inside the reactor, up on a platform was a massive crystal, it was glowing beautifully and illuminated the entire reactor. Pavlik took a picture via his PDA and climbed up towards it, he was almost at it when he heard a horrific wailing noise right behind him, the same one he had heard in his dreams.
He turned around to see a horrific creature behind him, it stood on two feet and had massive shards of what looked like crystals sticking out of its body, it wore a tattered outfit that looked like a long coat and had sharpened claws, its face was horrifically human, and somehow familiar. It swung its claw in a stabbing motion straight towards Pavlik's chest. Pavlik fired his Abakan into the monster, the monster swung its claws knocking Pavlik off his feet, his rifle flew out of his hands. He crawled across the ground towards the crystal, he reached for his rifle, which was right below it. He heard the horrific wailing noise and suddenly he was dragged back, he watched his blood trailing off. He turned around to see the creature throw him off the edge of the pit, he fell all the way to the bottom where he landed in a green liquid, his suit began to burn and his body was in pain. He felt hands grab him and drag him out. Viktor lifted him out of the green chemical and helped him to his feet.
"Pavlik we have to get out of here" said Viktor "come on, did you get what we needed?"
"yeah" said Pavlik "lets go"
They ran back out the breach and headed down the corridor, Viktor ran ahead. There was a loud creaking noise and the floor beneath Viktor's feet gave way. He dropped down and out of sight. Pavlik ran to the hole and looked to see Viktor lying at the bottom, his legs were broken and around him were thousands of rodent-like mutants, waiting for him to die.
"Viktor don't worry I will find a rope or something" said Pavlik, jumping over the hole and running down the corridor, there was another loud creaking noise and the floor beneath his feet gave way and he fell down a hole and into the darkness.
He hit the ground, his legs broke on impact. He screamed in pain but stopped when he heard a roar. He looked up to see two white eyes looking down at him, a creature with tentacles where its mouth should be was looking down at him, he pulled out his Colt 1911 and fired his magazine into its head, the creature fell limply to the ground. He went for another magazine, he found one left. His flashlight ran out of batteries, he pulled it off and saw he was in a small shaft of light surrounded by darkness. He pulled out his satellite phone and turned it on, barely getting any reception, he looked up to see a small hole in the sarcophagus. He dialed the only phone number he could think of calling.
"Petrov..." said Pavlik breathing heavily in pain "I think... I might have... made a mistake..."
The power plant was silent, the ground suddenly quaked and the sky turned blood red. Not a soul in the zone knew where he was, and not a soul in the zone would be able find him...
In the End, he was alone...
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I'm back baby.