[Taocow PBEM] [Ted, Raven, Owen, Alex] Book 3 - Chapter I - Bridge

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 21:30:31 GMT 2009

> > [GM]
> > The young man shrugs.  "Hey, you can stay here and get torn apart, or
> > worse, turned into some weird zombie.  Or you can follow me and maybe
> > we can free this ship.  Up to you."  With that he drops down and disappears.
> >
> > The ooze seems distracted by something, maybe the young man, and loosens
> > its grip long enough for Ted to be released.  It's about that point when they notice
> > more crew members coming, all armed, and getting ready to fire.  The protective
> > force field can't last through another barrage like this...
> > [/GM]

> [Ted]
> "You have convinced me," the lizard man replies, massaging his wrist.
> He waits for Brian to move and then follows him through the floor panel.
> [/Ted]

> [Raven]
> Raven did not have to be convinced any further... she stepped toward the
> hatch and had nearly dove in there in her haste...
> "So how did you avoid this... mind control?" Raven asked as she climbed
> down. "Where were you at the time when the crew began to act this way?"
> [/Raven]

> [Alex]
> Alex will follow along but listen quietly to what is going on
> [/Alex]

> [Owen]
> Owen will also scramble into the hatch, hoping that the force field will hold
> long enough to allow them to get into the hatch safely.
> [/Owen]

Once everyone is inside, Brian pushes past them, slams the hatch closed.
Above can be heard the sound of energy gun fire, which surely must put an end
to Owen's force field.  They start firing at the hatch, which within
moments begins
to glow.

"Bastards!" Brian shouts in a thick Scottish brogue.  "Come on, we don't have
long."  With that he pushes past them and leads them down a narrow passage,
no more than about three feet high and two and a half feet wide.  Movement
is made even more difficult by numerous pipes and conduits.  From what they
can tell, he must be leading them under the bridge.

Behind them, they hear the hatch blow open and can see at least two figures
drop into the passage.  Brian stops at a control panel and from... somewhere...
produces a key card which he slides in, and when one of the buttons starts
flashing green, hits it.  "Sorry 'bout this..." he manages to say
before the floor
of the passage suddenly gives out on everybody and they fall...

They are sliding on some sort of vertical incline.  They seem to be going much
further than is possible for the size of the sub.  Below they see a hatch and as
they approach it slides open.

They pass through the hatch and suddenly find themselves in a tube some
three hundred feet long and fifty feet high, certainly larger than the sub.  The
walls are made of some grayish amorphous material that is faintly translucent,
with moving light sources on the other side.

There are numerous crates stacked in the room, as well as equipment like
hover vehicles, motorbikes, and even a Titan bot.  There are also several large
gas cylinders at least ten feet high.

"Sorry." Brian shrugs as he picks himself up.  "Didn't have time to explain,
or use the elevator."

He turns to Raven.  "To answer your questions, ma'am, I was here, um, having
a wee bit of a drink.  When I went up and saw the zombie mutiny, I thought it
best to hack the computer, say the Pocket had somehow got detached, and then
make my way back and hope they didn't look too close."

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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