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Warning: escaping convicts can be allies in disguise (Part 6)
Posted By: Cap'n Keyes<nuppbutt@yahoo.com>
Date: 23 July 2002, 3:11 am

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Wallace was the first one to speak. "I think if we can somehow focus all of our minds on one cerebral form, then we can maybe overload its mind and force us a way out of here. The main cerebral form seemed to be the most important, so we should focus on him. The others can read our minds, but they can't seem to freeze us. If we take out the main cerebral form, we should escape. Objective number one, take out the cerebral forms."

In a minute, the cerebral forms would return. "Okay, try not to think about our plan. They seem to have some kind of range that they can read our minds from. Hopefully, we are out of that range now." The brig doors opened, and this time it revealed the ugly cerebral forms.

"Ah, let us begin our flood conversion," said the main cerebral form. "You all know how you turn into a flood, now you will witness firsthand what it will be like.

Wallace felt that the time was right to execute their plan. "Now!" he yelled. At that command, all of the revelators turned their minds to the main cerebral form. "Nooooo!" he yelled, "I can't take that! I could handle regular examples of your species, but you are all unique. Your brains combined are too much for me!" The cerebral form's head blew up revealing rotted flood brain, or what was left of it.

All of a sudden, the revelators were free. "Turn and fire at will! Let's get rid of these flood pieces of crap!" The group unsheathed their deadliest weapons. The roar of the M90 from the Chief and the MA5B from Wallace drowned out the surprised screams from the cerebral forms. The electronic chatter from the plasma rifle of Dersoa's went nicely with the sound of Jersatil's plasma sword slicing through flesh. At last, all of the cerebral forms lay dead. The entire fight had taken about ten seconds.

Okay, let's get back to the bridge and face the new flood that have been made. Let's go! The group made their way through the dimly lit hallways and prepared to meet the flood when they opened the doors. "All, right, guys it's now or never. If we are going to take out the flood, we need to get rid of this prejudice between us. We need to fight as a unit. If we make even one mistake, we are going to die instantly. We are about to go into one of the toughest fights we have ever been in. Okay, let's go"

The bridge doors opened again, and the flood was again suspected to be there, but...

"Hey Chief, what took you so long? We've been waiting here for hours." One marine was quick to greet the group. So, the cerebral forms were just making the part about them being infested up. But, wait, since the flood had no leaders anymore, they would be back to what they were like.

"Everybody, get your weapons ready! Those with shields, guard those without! If I am right, the infection form attack will really happen," said Wallace. "Since the flood have no more leadership, they are back to being like they were, no tactics, just attacking. We know they know we're here. Nobody could have missed the noise we made getting in. Let's keep ready. It's only a matter of time before they come in. When they do, I want you to fire as many explosive rounds at them as possible. This will cause a chain reaction and it will cause other infection forms to blow up. It's only a matter of time. All we have to do is wait."

Suddenly, the doors of the bridge started to bulge in and then explode. "Crap, it's faster than we thought it would be! Fire explosive rounds!" Three rockets flew out of jackhammer launchers and the infection forms turned into a cloud of flesh. They would not go down easily, though. Just as in the swamps of Halo, the doors all around the bridge burst open, and the most infection forms ever seen poured out. It was just like what happened in the vision.

Wallace was quick to remember what was their downfall in the vision. "Troops! Form a phalanx behind the Jackal's shields! We are going to have to form a circle of shields and fire from behind them. The flood have surrounded us, and that is the only way we can deflect them. Second wave! Fuel rods, get ready, shoot!" The sickening green rods flew out of the launchers, and the bulkheads melted where they hit. Most of the infection forms died from the heat. The remaining few were taken out using standard weapons.

"Okay, on to the next phase." Wallace remarked. "We had said when we got onto this ship that we

needed to get rid of every flood in this ship. I think that the flood know we are here now. We will make the bridge our base, and we will wait here, shooting every flood that comes near. As soon as the rush dies down, we will progressively scout out and destroy the rest of the flood here. Jersatil and the chief will be in charge of scouting and destroying. The rest of us, with the possible exception of Dersoa, will guard the bridge. When the ship is cleared of all flood, Dersoa will go down to the engineering section and repair the engines. This former battleship will be the symbol of the truce forged against the flood. Okay, let's get ready!"

Cortana spoke up again. "If you would like me to, I will make your motion tracker more sensitive. This way, when in the halls, you can see if there are flood in the halls ahead. You can also see that it will take up a bigger space of your vision, so you will have to compensate for that." Then to the rest of the troops, " I have found where most of the flood are hiding. I will point you in the right direction, but not all of them are guaranteed to come out of there. Be sure for anything, since the flood may do anything."