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The Fall of Fate: Trapped
Posted By: 'Nosolee<crugg2003@optonline.net>
Date: 5 June 2003, 11:39 PM

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(Really sorry. This is pretty late. I wrote this right after I wrote the last one. I've been studying for finals and all...But now that school is over, I've got a lot more time to do this. This one's a "plot builder", not so much action. It's more to see what's in the room beneath Ucundus.)

      Gregory, Spartan 183, woke to a loud rumbling and tremors that ran through the pitch-black room. Gregory stood up and shook ancient dust from his armored legs and side. The last thing he remembered was an explosion and a bright light. It took him a few moments to remember exactly where he was. The flashlight on his helmet was on, but his eyes had already adjusted to the darkness.

      He took a look around the room once again and stared at the strange symbols on the back wall made of an alloy Augustus could not identify.

"Hey, Augustus, you still with me?" Gregory asked his AI.

"Yes, I'm here, how are you feeling?"

"A little tired, a little confused. You know...the usual," Gregory replied.

"Ah yes, I believe that you are feeling this way because you have been unconscious for several hours, due to a malfunction in these walls," he replied.

"A malfunction in the walls? What the hell are you talking about?"

"Yes, I believe that due to long periods of unuse, the machinery in these walls has malfunctioned when you pressed the holo-pad."

"Oh, right, yeah. I'm remembering something like holographic figures of a ring-like constructs that were projected from the symbols. What were they?" Gregory asked. Augustus repeated and stopped a video of the constructs he had seen a few hours before on Gregory's visor.

"I believe that the Forerunner built large, ring shaped structures in various regions of space, they also built this very room you're standing in," Augustus answered.

"Who are the Forerunner?" Gregory asked.

"To my knowledge, they were an ancient race that left artifacts, holy relics to the Covenant, on various planets. The reason the Covenant wanted this room was to locate and secure these ring-worlds, not to find Earth as we originally suspected," Augustus answered.

"Right, I've had enough of this place. Let's get out of here and report this to ONI," Gregory said.

"I'm afraid that's impossible. Fate has fallen upon the entrance to this room, and for the moment, we're trapped. Besides, why would you want to leave when there is more to explore..." Augustus marked a small, blue glowing holographic figure with a nav point located to Gregory's right.

"What the? I'm not touching one of those holo-panels again, you remember what happened the last time," Gregory protested.

"I thought Spartans had no fear? Your shields absorbed the last blast anyway," Augustus said.

"Fine," Gregory walked toward the panel and pressed on one of the moving circles. There was a rumbling as dust drifted off two sliding doors that seemed to appear out of nowhere. From these doors something that resembled an ancient cryo-tube emerged. The once white sides of the tube were now tan and covered in sand and dust. The glass was murky and impossible to see through. Another holo-button appeared at the base of the cryo-tube.
"Press it," Augustus said. Gregory pressed the button. There was the deafining sound of...nothing. The holographic circles swirled in a circle, became static and disappeared.

"Humph," was Gregory's only reaction, "too bad".

"What, there must be some way to open this," Augustus said with a hint of despair in his voice.

"Forget it, I'm not tapering with any of this bizarre technology. And neither are you."

"Do you not care about this ancient history? The being could reveal so many secretes to us."

"Look, is there any other way out, can you contact support to extract us?"

"No, the alloy of this room prevents any radio waves to come in and out of here, I'm truly sorry," Augustus responded.

"I'm going up to see what I can do, maybe there's a weak spot or something," Gregory walked into a passage with an antigravity lift the Forerunner used to get down to the room. He pushed a button on another holo-panel and the lift began to climb upwards to the wreckage. The lift stopped and he walked to the steps the Covenant had dug to get down to the room. Half of them were packed in by dirt caused by the fall. Gregory used his hands to dig for about an hour until he reached a hard, bluish-purple alloy that was Fate. He pounded to see if it gave way, nothing happened, only a metallic bang resounded throughout the ship. He was trapped.

(It's short and there should be more action sequences, I know. The next one is going to concern Wheku 'Drrana. It's going to be better and longer. Hopefully it will be in by tomorrow)