Halo: Law & Order by el_halo_diablo
Halo: Law & Order Part 1
Date: 15 March 2003, 12:51 AM
Aboard the a small UNSC transport vessel, two Universal Law Enforcent (ULE) agents are inbound to a large military frigate, that was mysteriously pulled offline.
"So do they know how, or who pulled the frigate offline?" The younger agent, Gary Hawkins, asked the other agent.
"Well they know that it was a high ranking officer because they had to have access to the main power grid. The person pulled the crystallic fusion rod out of the chamber, and no one can find it."
Hawkings shifted in his seat,"So, uh why don't they just search everyone, Mays?"
"They did," Marvin Mays noted grimly,"and they found nothing. They want the culprit alive, so they can interrogate him."
Hawkings smiled,"Oh this should be easy,"His smile faded when he saw that Mays was going to say something,"Oh crap, what is it?"
"Well that crystallic fusion rod was the ship's entire source of power," Mays said, looking out the window to see the frigate very near,"and they're losing life support on that ship. We only have a few days before the backup generators go down. There isn't a single UNSC ship near here but us, so we can't count on a UNSC cruiser to drop by and hand us a fusion rod."
The Pilot opened the cabin door and turned back to them,"Ok boys, we'll be docking in a few moments."
Hawkings and Mays both checked their small compact MD4 pistols, and holstered them. The transport vessel fired it's docking thrusters, and there was a loud thud, as it connected to one of the ship's tubes.
Hawkings went to the door, and opened it, to find a dozen Marines lined up beside the exit of the ship.
"What is this for?" Hawkings muttered over to Mays.
An officer ran up to greet Hawkings and Mays,"So glad to see you guys here-hurry, there's something that you might want to see!"
The officer quickly walked down the corridor. Mays and Hawkings followed, and noticed the Marines were tagging behind them.
"Do you mind to tell us what is going on?" Hawkings demanded to the officer.
"oh-uh-yes," The officer stumbled his words,"it appears that there has been a murder on this ship."
"Yes just a few minutes ago-we...uh-we found the Captian dead in his sleeping quarters."
"Just now?" Hawkings asked impressed.
The Officer came to a door, that was taped over,"See for yourself..."
The Officer opened the door, and the two agents walked in. The room had things strewn everywhere. On the bed was where most of the blood was spilled. Patches of blood littered the room, and then finally, and long blood pool led to the body of the captain.
Hawkings chcecked the Captains body, to find a large slash across his neck, and a series of other stab wounds. Hawkings grimaced at this, and walked over to the bed, to see the crimson-soaked sheets,"The killer must have made it in successfully without the victim noticing.
Mays looked at the tail of blood that led from the bed,a nd around the room, anding to where the captian lie,"Quite a load of blood to be lost by a standard stab wound..."
Hawkings thought,"...hmm, that's why the killer went for a quick and efficent kill: A nice gash into the Jugular vien. But something went wrong, the Captian fought back." Hawkings followed the trail of blood,"there was quite a struggle, and im suprised no one heard." Hawkings followed the Blood to the body,"And finally, The Captian died of blood loss, and multiple stab wounds."
"How the hell did the murderer get in without the Captain knowing?" Mays asked Mawkings.
"There has to be some other way in, like the obvious air duct." Hawkings said, while he looked up on the walls.
Just then the door opened into the room, and two men walked inside.
The taller man stuck out his hand,"An honor to have you guys on this ship." He shook hands with the two detectives, and the shorter man kept to himself.
"Hi," Mays said,"We would like to have a conversation and all, but as you can see, this is a crime scene."
"Well,"The taller man remarked,"This is the reason we're here-to help you two out."
"Yah and frankly,"The shorter man said snidly,"We don't need your damn help, we can do this by ourselves. Why don't you just hop in your pretty little ship, and leave, we can deal with this."
"And you are..."Hawkings said, peering at them.
"Excuse my friend, Sam Yerman here,"The taller man said kindly,"Im Frank Garish, and we are the security, and law enforcement on this ship, but we are glad to have you guys here to help."
"Well there's not much we can do right now, but get some shut-eye." Hawkings said, eyeing the newly welded airduct cover, with supreme suspicion.
"We'll show you guys to your rooms then." Frank Garish smiled and led them to their rooms.
Hawkings and Mays were each led into seperate rooms. Frank saw Mays looking at the gun emplacement inside their rooms, and one outsde, mounted on the wall.
"Those are for your own saftey." Frank looked at Hawkings and smiled. As Hawkings dropped his luggage in his room, Frank shut the door behind him,"I look forward to working with you tomorrow..."
Hawkings dropped on his bed, and strectched out, then something caught his eye. He looked up at the air duct, and found that the cover wasn't welded like the one in the Captian's quarters. Hawkings grabbed his camera and laser cutting tool, and waited for the ship's lights to go out for the night.
When the lights went out, he slowly creeped out of the corridor, and furtively ran to the Captain's quarters, and opened the door. He ran into the room, and warmed up the cutting tool. When he got over to the air duct, he pressed the button on the cutting tool, and a small laser beam shot out of the end, and cut the air duct cover off.
"So someone's trying tokeep someone else from getting back in here I presume..." Hawkings wispered into the recorder, as he climbed into the air duct.
Hawkings pulled out the sample of blood, and put it into a slot on the side of a pair of goggles he had. The goggles will highlight any substance in the persons view that is inserted into the slot of the goggles. Hawkings Put the goggles on, and activated the goggles. suddenly, there was small fragments of the Captains blood in the air ducts highlighted. Hawkings followed the trail of the small bits of blood shed off of the murderer from the Captian. Hawkings took a few turns, and the blodo became less frequent,and then it ended at a vent cover. Hawkings grabbed his cutter tool, and cut the cover open, to find that it opened to a room full of video cameras. He looked down, and saw Sam Yerman, the shorter security guard, asleep in a chair. A chill ran down Hawkings' spine when he saw there were tracings of the Captain's blood on his uniform.
Halo: Law & Order (Part 2 of 3)
Date: 30 March 2003, 7:18 PM
Hawkings stared at his notepad.
"So what do we have so far?" Mays asked Hawkings.
"Well we've interviewed practically every person who had acess into the ship's main power grid," Hawkings tilted his chair back and sighed,"and none of them have a motive. Also," He added,"they could all support where they were at the time the ship was brought offline. Except for a few..."
"Well then we need to interrogate them further." Mays said simply.
"Well we have the obvious people: The three engineers that were in that location at the time, a bridge officer that "went to the bathroom" at that time, and an ensign that was reportedly seen going in that direction five minutes before the ship was taken offline."
They both got up, and Mays stretched, and yawned,"Lets drop by the surveillance room on our way, see if we can get a look of anyone that might have passed the cameras."
Hawkings felt a chill go down his spine. He remembered last night when he snuck out, and found the Captain's blood on Sam Yerman's(the shorter security guard)shirt. Hawkings tried to put it away, and smiled,"I don't know what I would do without you."
The two of them walked to the entry of the surveillance, and stopped in front of the door to hear a dispute inside. They listened in.
"I told you to use gloves!" Frank Garish's voice stammered
The voice of Sam Yerman answered back,"I didn't really think it'd matter I ju-"
"Forget about it..." Frank said,"Just please remember tonight."
Mays stumbled on the door opener, and the door slid open.
Both the security guards looked suprised over to Mays and Hawkings, and turned to them. Frank Garish's crimson face immediatly turned to a welcoming smile,"Oh hello gentlemen."
Mays looked at them,"Are-uh, are we interrupting you guys or somthin'?"
"Nah." Frank answered.
Hawkings watched Frank walk over and pick up a chair that was knocked over. He then went over to a large closet, shut it, and locked it. Frank shot Hawkings a glance when he turned around. Frank walked up to them,"So what can I do for you guys today?"
"We wanted to know if we could search through your tapes on the day the ship's core was brought offline, and a few tapes on the time of the murder." Mays said simply.
Hawking nodded his head,"Sure, knock yourself out."
Hawkings and Mays gathered what tapes they needed, and left. They got to their rooms, and went into Mays' room, and dropped the videos on his bed.
"Gary, I'm feelin' like a pick-me-up, what do you say we go down to the mess hall?"
Gary Hawkings agreed, and they both walked down to the mess hall. They came to the front desk, and ordered two instant coffies.
"Powder or cube?" The man asked.
"Uh I'll take the cube." Gary said.
"Powder." Marvin Mays answered.
The chef went back to liquify the cube, and pour the powder in a cup of hot water, while Gary and Marvin leaned against the table, looking at the cold metallic walls and celing.
The voices of two engineers that were sitting at a table a ways away from Marvin and Gary could be barely heard in and out.
"...so what are *inaudible* ...the pilot of *inaudible* ...detectives..." One engineer said.
"...tonight or *inaudible*...could get in touch with him and k- *inaudible*..." The other engineer answered.
The first engineer answered back,"...murder *inaudible* ...gun, do you hav- *inaudible* ...be prepared for anything."
The two engineers got up, and left the way Marvin and Gary came in. Gary watched them go out the door, and proceed down the hall.
"Here's two fully caffinated coffies." The chef said, and handed them two dull, metallic cups, filled with a scalding hot, dark liquid. Gary took a large gulp and cringed from the awful taste. Marvin took a drank , and sprayed it across the floor.
"OW! Hot! Too hot!" Marvin said, fanning his tounge.
Gary laughed,"Oh give me a break Mays, you're such a pussy."
They laughed, then left the mess hall, leaving their horrible coffie behind.
They walked down the corridor talking,"Hey Mays,"Hawkings looked over to him,"Did you know that coffie was actually harvested from plants?"
Marvin shook his head.
"Well it turns out that coffie was actually harvested back when Earth was the only planet. Unfortunatly, due to wide deforestation of the continent known as South America, the plant was detroyed, and companies had to make artificial coffie products from there on."
"Um," Marvin spoke up,"Is that how the 'Starbucks' superpower was finally defeated?"
"Yes,"Gary said, when they arrived to their door to their room,"But they went on to rule the western sector of the former counrty called United States of America, before the country known as Canada attacked the United States of America, and took control."
They opened the door, to find the room very dark. A few sparks flew out of a light socket.
"What the hell..." Gary said, and drew out his pistol. Marvin followed his lead into the room. Gary moved over to a lamp, and flicked it on: The room had been trashed. The bed was moved aside, the dressers were knocked over, with the shelves strewn about in the room. The whole room was a shamble.
"No, no no no." Marvin ran over to the bed, and turned to Gary, with a pale face,"They took the tapes..."
Marvin and Gary ran out of the room, and looked down the corridor, and a man ran into them,"Oh thank god you here!" The man panted.
Hawkings looked at the man,"There's been a robbery in our rooms."
The man shook his head,"It's more important than that, there's been a murder."
"Who?" Marvin asked.
The man ran down a corridor,"Follow me."
They came to a guest room, Marvin and Gary knew exactly who it was.
They walked into the room, and found a group of men standing in a circle around a bed. Marvin and Gary pushed the people aside, and look at the dead man. Gary put his pistol away, and looked at the murdered man.
"Our pilot..." Mays muttered.
Hawkings looked at their dead pilot, with a small red hole through his skull,"Someone doesn't want anybody to leave..."
Automatically, Hawkings looked up at the air duct, and saw that it was tampered with. Hawkings turned to an officer, who was looking down at the blood soaked sheets,"Do you know where all these air ducts can lead?"
The officer looked up at Hawkings,"Yeah, they all lead to the engine room. Why?"
Hawkings quickly ran out the doorway, and saw the two engineers at the end of a corridor,"STOP!" He screamed at them.
The two engineers saw him, and bolted. Hawkings took out his pistol, and ran after them. He ran to a corridor where he could see them ahead of him,"STOP! OR I WILL BE FORCERD TO SHOOT!"
The men bolted down another hallway. Hawkings sprinted after them. Hawkings ran past the surveillance room, and slipped on something wet. He landed hard on his back, and looked at the crimson red liquid that was on the floor.
Hawkings slowly trailed the blood to the doorway of the surveillance room, and saw Sam Yerman's head, crushed in the doorway.
Law & Order (Part 3 of 3) Lesson Learned
Date: 6 April 2003, 5:49 AM
"Gary! Gary!" Mays ran over to Hawkings,"Are you all right? Looks like you took quite a spill!"
Hawkings got up,"We got to find those two engineers, they got away!" Gary Hawkings got up quickly, but Mays held him down.
Mays realised Sam Yerman's dead body, the head crushed in the doorway,"Oh my god..." He shook in disgust.
"Those two engineers did this." Gary wiped the blood off his uniform,"I did the calculations before. Judging by the time difference, it was physically impossible for one person to take the ships power offline, and murder the Captian."
Hawkings remembered both instances with the rooms, and opened the door into the surveillance room, and stepped over Sam Yerman's body. Gary looked up to the air duct, and saw that it had been tampered again (before, he tampered with it).
"Sir!" A sergeant came up with four soldiers carring the two engineers,"We got the two suspects!"
"Good."Hawkings was just about to walk up to the two engineers, and beat the shit out of them, but then he heard a noise from inside the surveillance room. Hawkings turned his head to the noise. The two autocannons were slowly turning towards him. The barrels were aimed directly at Hawkings, and they stopped on him.
Hawkings froze,"GET DOWN!" He jumped to the side, and the autocannons opened fire on the marines. The hallway was being torn-up by gunfire, and two marines were shredded in the volley of armor piercing death.
"GOD DAMNIT,"The Sergeant screamed, taking cover behind the wall,"WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THOSE COMPUTERS?!?"
Hawkings thought about the reasons for this, then it hit him,"Our ship!" Hawkings bolted down the hallway with Mays, the Sergeant and two other marines following behind.
"Why didn't I think of it before!" Hawkings said,"Whoever did this, it's not the engineers, but it was two people that did this." Hawkings looked over to Mays while they rounded a corner,"And who are the only two people who have access to the automated defenses?" Hawkings shot Mays a smirk.
Mays looked gravely back over to Hawkings,"...Sam Yerman and Frank Garish."
Gary nodded and smiled,"Exactly, and now that Frank eliminated his partner, the Captian, and our pilot, he should have an easy time getting our ship, and getting the hell outta here."
As they came closer to the hangar, the lights suddenly flickered, then died.
"What's going on Sergeant?" Hawkings panted as he picked up his pace.
"The backup power must have ran out! Which means no electricity, no life suport, and most importantly: No Oxygen!"
"Damn,"Hawkings said to himself,"The oxygen left in this ship should be almost completly depleted in about 30 minutes!"
They came to the door to the hangar, and manually opened it. The hangar was dark, but they could see a silhouette of a person climbing a ladder into the cockpit.
"That's him! Frank Garish!" Hawkings screamed.
"Open fire!" The Sergeant barked at his two men, and the three of them sprayed rounds in the direction of Frank.
The bullets whizzed towards Frank and slammed into the ladder, sending sparks flying. Frank jumped off of the ladder, and ran down the length of the hangar, being trailed by the Marines fire. One bullet tagged Frank in the shin, and he let out a scream, and staggered into a doorway, opened it, and went in.
The Marines ceased fire, and Hawkings quickly turned to them,"Stay here and guard the ship, make sure he doesn't try and get back on. Me and my partner will pursue him, and try to take him down."
The marines nodded, and Hawkings left with Mays down the way Frank escaped. Mays and Hawkings arrived at the door, and Hawkings slowly opened the door, and peeked through; The coast was all clear. They slinked into the room, their pistols trained ahead of them. Hawkings took a sample of Franks blood that his wound left, and inserted it into his goggles, a trail of blood was immediatly illuminated in Gary Hawkings vision.
They winded further into a large room,"Where are you, you son of a bitch..." Hawkings muttered, and scanned the dark room with his pistol. They trailed the blood into a living room, and there was a hallway up ahead. Hawkings heard something from up in the hallway, and he motioned for them to crouch closer. The noise became more frequent, then the noise became footsteps. The noise passed the hallway quickly, and four bright flashes followed with a large deafining noise of a handgun followed the flashes.
"GAAH!" Mays scremaed,"I'm Hit!"
Hawkings dropped to the ground, and crawled over to Mays,"Where are you hit?"
Mays loudly sucked in air through his teeth,"I don- I don- please help me Hawkings."
Hawkings felt Mays shiver, found the wound, and knew it was fatal.
"Don't worry man, you'll make it," Hawkings lied to him, and pulled out a syringe,"It's ok." Hawkings injected a strong pain killer into Mays' neck. Mays slowly calmed down, and his eyes glazed over.
Mays began to fall into a deep sleep, and then uttered,"...you've never let me down..." Mays head rolled sidways, and he was unconcious as the blood pumped out of the hole in his chest.
Hawkings breathed through his nose calmly, then began to breath violently. He thrust his body up, and charged through the hallway in total rage.
"Why did you do it Frank!?!" Hawkings screamed itno the dark hallways that he ran through,"I know it's you! I heard you and Sam in that argument!" Mays ran itno a room, that seemed to be the cooking room of the mess hall,"You practically controlled him! You told him what to do, and he did it!" The blood trail led around a table, but he didn't see the trail go anywhere else. Hawkings pointed his pistol over at the large counter,"You told him to murder the Captian, while you took the ships power offline! You told him to murder that pilot, and then when he got back to the surveillance room-" Hawkings moved closer to the counter,"-You pushed him down into the doorway, and shut the door on his fucking head!" He threw a table over, sprawling butcher knifes and meat across the floor."See, you're nothing but a low life, scum-bag, Piece of trash, good for nothing piece of shi-"
"RAAAAAAH!" Frank sprang out form behind the counter, and fired his pistol at Hawkings. Hawkings dodged the rounds, and returned fire at Frank. One bullet caught Frank in the arm, and he dropped his pistol, and grasped his wound.
"Wanna Piece of this shit?!?" Hawkings was delerious,"Come and get me you bastard!" Hawkings threw his pistol at Frank, and the butt nailed him in the chin. Frank hurdled the counter, and tackled Hawkings, landing several punches straight into Hawkings now bleeding face. Frank lifted Hawkings dazed head, and drove his knee into his nose.
Hawkings tried to poorly crawl away, but Frank picked Hawkings up, and ran him into a pole, breaking his goggles in his eyes.
"AAAAAAAH!" Hawkings screamed madly as he tried to remove the small fragments of glass in his left eye. Frank wasted no time, and slammed his large fist into Hawkings spine. Hawkings collapsed down to the floor again. Frank went for Hawkings' legs, and Hawkings desperatly kicked him in the face with he stub of his boot. Hawkings saw the advantage, and kicked Frank's legs out from under himself. Frank fell on Hawkings, and found Hawking's neck. Frank encompassed Hawkings neck with his hands, and began to squeeze hard, cutting off blood flow to Hawking's brain. Hawkings hands flaied wildly, and then manged to sputter out a few words,"Why-grurg-did you do it Frank?-gah!"
Frank answered back,"Just what you said: I was called a low-life and a loser, and a piece of trash by everyone, and it was time they payed. I gave you a chance to leave, but when you refused, I had no choice."
"You don't-gack-have to do this Fra-Gahack!"
"You have no idea what it's like to be me, living your life below everyone else. Soon, though, soon everyone on this ship will learn their lesson."
Frank tightened his grip, and his knuckles were white. Hawkings flailing hands slowly lowered to the ground, and his struggle was finally coming to an end. Hawkings hand rested on a cold piece of metal. In a strange daze, Hawkings felt around the metal, feeling the smooth object against his hands. He was seeing colors in his vision now, and he seemed cold. He felt the piece of metal some more in his happy daze, and something on the metal hurt him, and a drop of blood appeared on his finger. He tried to snap out of his daze, and focus on what he was holding. He focused hard, and found that it was a butcher knife he knocked off the table. He felt down the knife until he found the wooden handle, and he weakly grasped it with his remaining strength. Strange colors and objects blurred his view(From restricted blood flow to the brain).
Frank loosened his grip, feeling no more struggle of Hawkings,"I'd say our little skirmish is just about over."
Just as Frank loosened his grip, Hawkings barin circulation returned, and everything snapped back. With one swift motion, Hawkings swung the blade through the air, and plunged it into the back of Frank's neck. Frank grunted, and rolled over bleeding to death.
Hawkings got up, and tried to inspect his torn face in the dark.
"Hahahaha!" Frank managed to utter, despite the knife protruding out the front of his neck,"Sure, you finshed me off, but you still have to find the crystal for the ships power to be restored. Oh,"Frank gurgled in his own blood, squeezing out every word,"I forgot one thing: I planted a bomb in deck 7, and it's about to go off....now." Frank pressed the button on a small remote control device, and the ship shook from the explosion.
"You son of a bitch!" Hawkings screamed, and twisted the blade in his neck,"Go to hell!"
"...See you there..."
The air began to feel heavy to Hawkings, and he bagan to breath harder. The ship was losing oxygen faster from the explosion that tore a hole in the ship's hull. Hawkings sprinted back down the rooms, past Mays' dead body, and back into the Hangar. Hawkings couldn't believe what he saw.
"Those fucking cowards!" Hawkings screamed. The three Marines and the ship was missing. The past experiences in the ship flashed back to Hawkings. The time Frank was arguing to Sam, and they accedentally came into the room, and interruped their argument, Frank had gone over to a large cabnet and closed and locked it. Frank had given Hawkings a bad glare when he saw that he was watching him. "Thats it!" Hawkings screamed with excitment, and ran back down the corridors back to the surveillance room.
Hawkings grabbed a rifle from one of the dead Marines in front of the surveillance room entrance, and stormed into the surveillance room, and went straight to the cabnet. He aimed the barrel at the lock, and shot it off. Hawkings threw the door open, and saw the crystal sitting on the shelf. Hawkings snatched the crystal, and sprinted down the corridor to the power grid like there was no tomorrow.
The air became very heavy, and each step seemed like a mile, and his mouth hang wide open, grasping for oxygen. He leaned against the door to the power grid, his muscles burning from lack of oxygen. He slid the door open, and shuffled towards the power grid. His eyes dragged up to a label that read: MAIN POWER SYSTEM. He slid open the door, and saw the cradle for the crystal just ahead of him. he tried to run, but his feet didn't move, and he fell to the floor. He tried to crawl, but he felt like a 300 pound Cortana was sitting on him. He couldn't go any further, and he knew he had no chance to get it there. The only chance he had was just one throw at the cradle. He grasped the crystal, and readied to throw it. He took a gulp of air, and he chucked the crystal, in hopes of it landing in the cradle. The crystal sailed trough the air, and hit the rim of the cradle, and bounced. Hawkings watched it arch over the cradle and land on the floor with a thud. When that crystal hit the floor, all his hopes were lost when he couldn't draw another breath, he lowered his head and blacked out.
A bright light shone in Hawkings eyes. He sprung up, and took a large gasp of fresh air. Everything came out from a blur, and he saw the crew of the ship standing around him.
"He's up!" A Marine shouted.
Hawkings rubbed his head, minding all the bandages on his face,"Uhh...what the hell happened?"
"You were pretty lucky sir." The same Marine answered, and waved to two people,"These two people found you and the crystal in the Main Power System room. They set the crystal in the cradle, restoring the power, and then brought you in."
The two men came up, and Hawkings saw that it was the two engineers that he tried to accuse,"...you guys saved my life?"
The engineers sat there and nodded their heads, but said nothing.
"I think I've learned my lesson..." Hawkings said, and slowly walked out of the room.