Chapter 54 Attack on the Station
None of the aliens they mentioned, were what Dustin was familiar with, so he decided it was time to just do this and get it over with.
"I'll stay on the ship with the rug rat, while you two love birds deal with the hard stuff," said Granny, snatching up Kit from the floor where he was banging two pipes together.
Dustin wasn't sure where the pipes came from, but decided it wasn't important. After making sure the nanobots would protect him if anything happened, he turned his attention to the station floating in front of them. They had arrived cloaked, so no one knew they were there yet.
Both Sherry and Trey had been left behind, on the planet, instead of being dragged here with them. Olivia had been slightly annoyed, but when he explained they were useless in a fight, she gave up. The thought of getting into a fight seemed to placate her, and besides, Granny knew how to fly well enough, so Dustin had let her.
"What's the plan?" asked Olivia as they looked over what they could see.
"The nanobots are going to infiltrate first," he said, as a swarm slowly made its way towards the station. They watched as they disappeared from view, spreading out over the surface and looking for access into the station.
"When do we go in?" she asked.
"That's the tricky part. I know what I'm planning to do, but I'm not sure what to have you do. There's not really anyone to kill…"
His voice broke off, and Olivia turned to see what he had spied. Next to their ship, a large A'Dfukl ship was coasting towards the airlocks, to dock.
"Those are the aliens I like to kill, aren't they?" she said, her face lighting up.
"So, you are going to take out all of those guys, and make sure to check their ship for Uz'En captives. I'm going to head into the station."
They both headed for the airlock together, shifting and changing as they went.
Using the nanobots to get him to the station, Dustin waited by an airlock until the nanobots could safely let him in without tripping any alarms. Hacking the system on board the station was child's play.
(THE HUB OF CONTROL IS LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE STATION. IT WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY TWENTY MINUTES FOR ENOUGH NANOBOTS TO ARRIVE, IN ORDER TO TAKE OVER CONTROL WITHOUT DETECTION.)
'Let me know when they get there, in the meantime, let me know what you can find on the Uz'En.'
(UZ'EN ARE LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE STATION. NINE LOCATIONS HAVE BEEN DETECTED.)
'Are there any other non-human species on board?'
'Give me details.'
(I DO NOT HAVE NAMES FOR SOME. THERE IS ONE RACE WHO APPEARS TO BE USED AS GUARDS FOR THE UZ'EN. THERE IS ANOTHER RACE WHO IS CONTAINED ALONGSIDE THE UZ'EN, AND THERE SOME RANDOMLY SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE STATION. ONE IS LOCATED WITHIN THE HUB OF THE STATION, INSIDE THE CONTROL CENTER.)
'What's the status on the human's on board?'
(THERE ARE OVER 10,000 HUMANS ON BOARD THIS STATION. 95% ARE BETWEEN THE AGE OF BIRTH AND 35. THERE APPEARS TO BE THREE CYCLES THEY FOLLOW, WITH ONE CYCLE ASLEEP AT ALL TIMES. NONE APPEAR TO BE ILL AND THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A PRISON OF ANY KIND.)
'Crimes must be punishable on death. I need to know the routes to the Uz'En.'
Studying the screen that appeared before him, thanks to the nanobots quickly assembling into one, he noted the quickest route to the first group, then changed into a slime. He was done waiting.
Oozing through the gaps in the plates, he dropped down into the space beneath the floors. Ignoring the various wires and pipes, he quickly made his way to the elevator that connected this floor with the next.
Olivia flew towards the A'Dfukl ship, using the nanobots, and not wasting any time, started cutting her way through the outer hull. She couldn't wait to see their lifeless forms floating away into oblivion. The whole damn race could do with a little thinning.
As she broke through, and finally had a hole large enough to crawl through, she could see that they had enacted emergency procedures and closed doors between areas to contain the breach. Robots had been waiting for her to finish, but the nanobots took care of them for her, leaving her to start working on the doors. Behind her, the nanobots were sealing the hole by reattaching the cut piece and welding it back into place.
By the time she got the door open, the breach had been contained, and the alarms had stopped. Air whooshed past her, to replace the bit that had been lost during her entrance. The aliens started to appear, to inspect the damage, and she couldn't keep from smiling in glee.
The bug eyes widened in shock and recognition as she changed from her space safe form, to that of the crystal lizard. She wanted to feel her claws slicing through them. As they chittered at her, she charged, ducking to the side when they shot their stun guns at her. She knew that they probably wouldn't have hurt her, but it was reflex.
Slashing at the first one's face, its scream rang out as the multifaceted eyeball burst, spilling thick goo down its face to mix with its blood.
Spinning to avoid a kick from another, she jumped and kicked the alien in the chest, driving her heel into the chest chitin and sending it flying. Not bothering to watch it struggle to breath, she ducked under the blow of another and rose inside its blow, to punch it under the jaw. The force dislocated its mandibles and dropped it to the ground.
Olivia was barely breathing hard as she looked around at the carnage. Bodies were dead or dying around her, and blood was sprayed along the wall. Stepping over the one choking to death, she hit the button to open the next door.
A group of robots and aliens paused on their way across the room, where they had been heading her way. She grinned in delight as the nanobots behind her, swarmed around her to attack the robots before her.