"Mitchell, Anderson come with me." ordered Sgt.Mueller "Fisher, you and Baker hold this position until either mine or Hudson's squad gets back." "Yes, sir" "Alright you know your objective's, but remember if you find a hangar with a ship that looks like it could house a slipspace drive use the COM to reach me. Good luck men." said Sarge as they split up.
"Lock and load, there's Flood nearby." whispered Hudson as a Flood combat form burst out of the darkness with a energy sword. "Open Fire!" yelled Hudson. The ODST's opened fire as Harrison got stabbed with the burning energy sword.
"Ahhhh! The damn thing stabbed me!" screamed Harrison in pain. "Morris." The COM was silent."Damnit Morris respond!" "What is it Hudson?" "Get Harrison back to Fisher and Baker." "Alright." "I'll be right behind you." yelled Hudson over the roar from his battle rifle as Morris dragged Harrison out of the barracks. As soon as the door shut behind him Hudson threw a frag grenade towards the onslaught of Flood heading his way and turned to fall back to the door Morris went through, but as soon as the door opened he saw Morris's head fall from his shoulders onto the corpse of Pvt.Harrison. Hudson could think of only one word to describe the situation he was in, "screwed."
"What is it Mitchell?" "Look, the little Flood thing has crawled inside of Anderson." Sgt.Mueller looked at Andersen's chest and saw a glowing green light squirming around and then stop.
"Mitchell, tell Fisher and Baker to abandon their post and come help me." "Yes, sir." said Mitchell as he ran to go get Fisher and Baker." "S..Sarge are you go..ing to fix me." whimpered Anderson. "Don't worry son helps on it's way. Just close you eyes and rest." whispered Sarge. Mueller made sure he heard the Flood catch up to Mitchell before he walked over to Anderson and softly said once more,
"Just close your eyes and rest" before he pulled the trigger on his magnum ending Corporal Ryan Andersen's life.
"Cortana you look like you've been..." But before he could finish something wrapped around his leg and began to drag him through the hordes of Flood.
"That Flood must've destroyed the controls to the door, lucky me." said Mueller out loud. He looked around the hangar to see if there were any Flood inside, but oddly enough the hangar was empty with the only exception being a lone seraph fighter in the middle of the hangar. Mueller hopped inside the seraph to only find out someone had ripped out the engine to power the ship. Mueller exited the seraph and walked to the door on the other side of the hangar to try to find another means of escaping, but stopped when he found out this door's controls were destroyed as well.
"What the hell am I going to do now, fly through the roof ?" yelled Mueller as he looked up just in time to see a giant tentacle grab him and take him up through the roof.
"I.. I am the Gravemind, a monument to all your sins. Now, silence and listen." Neither Sgt.Mueller nor Hudson spoke in fear of angering the Gravemind. The silence in the room was soon filled with voices screaming in agonizing pain.
"The voices you hear are your brethren, screaming for mercy from my disciples." "Who are your disciples" asked Sgt.Mueller "My creators called them the Flood, my disciples, and I am their Rabbi." bellowed out the Gravemind. Without knowing he said it, Hudson asked the creature, "Who are your creators." "Not are, who were my creators you mean." riddled the Gravemind "You killed them all didn't you." stated Sgt.Mueller "Most of them died during The War for Control, and more died when they activated this ring." "What does this ring do?" asked Hudson "This ring cleanses the whole galaxy of life. Except my disciples and myself." "Shit. Hudson do you think the Covenant know what this ring does." "The species you speak of does not know what this ring does, except..." "Except what damnit!" demanded Mueller. "I grow weary of answering your questions. I can't let you live, for you might stop what I have set in motion." Hudson was about to cut off the tentacle that the Gravemind was holding him by with his combat knife that he had been reaching for, until he heard the Gravemind bellow out a growl. As soon as the echo of the Gravemind's growl had stopped, the tentacles that were suspending both Hudson and Sgt.Mueller lowered them to the ground and released them.
"I thought you were going to kill you us." yelled Sgt.Mueller to the Gravemind. "Me, I do not kill I convert, but my disciples are very good at killing." Hudson looked up to see two gigantic Flood that he hadn't seen before. These Flood had tentacles with pinchers or claws on the end of them. Also the two beasts legs and arms looked as if they were ripping apart. "Sarge, look up." "What are those ugly motherf.." But before Sgt.Mueller could finish his sentence the two Flood jumped off their perch straight towards him and Hudson. Both Hudson and Mueller ran through the door beside them and destroyed the controls once they had both gotten through.
"Sarge we bett..." Hudson turned around to see Mueller pointing a plasma rifle to his head.
"So Hudson tell me have you ever smelt a human smoldering from plasma fire, because your about to find out." But before Mueller could fire, the Flood Juggernaut burst open the door shocking Mueller just long enough to let Hudson plunge his combat knife into Mueller's heart. "Your wrong Mueller I do have control over you." whispered Hudson to Mueller as Mueller fell down to the ground lifeless. Hudson pulled his knife out of Mueller's chest and grabbed the plasma rifle next to his corpse and ran to the next door, but a Juggernaut blocked his way. So he quickly spun around on his heels only to find another Flood blocking his way. "So human you can kill, now lets see if you can obey" spoke the Gravemind peering into the hallway. "Take this machine to someone named Master Chief