|The Future Praetorian
Author: Solarflare40 PM
One egg, no Queen.Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Horror - Alien/Xenomorph - Chapters: 10 - Words: 11,584 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 07-25-12 - Published: 06-24-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8250946
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Author's Note: I apologize for being late on my update, but I didn't have decent internet for I while.
But anyways I'm back now and I would like to thank my reviews and I Kar Va Nor I's tip.
I would also like to thank my cousin, Philosorapter, who proofread this chapter. She hasn't posted a story yet but she writing a very good one about elder scrolls. She should put it up in the next week or so.
Lita dropped Anaya and the boy unceremoniously on the ground in their usual hideout in the vents and curled into a corner to sleep. However sleep never found her; her mind swam with thoughts and plans and overworked her brain. Though her muscles ached from fatigue she stood and walked towards Anaya and the boy who were both huddled in a corner and eyeing Lita with apparent fear.
I don't have time or rather the patience to hunt each and every human here, give me options Anaya.
"And help you kill my people? NO." Anaya said no with added emphasis.
If Lita could she would have sighed and rolled her eyes, You chose me over your own kind not to long ago, why change now?
Anaya moved her head away from Lita before saying, "I was ashamed of what we did to you, but I can't pick you over my own every time".
Lita's patience had suddenly ran thin as she whiped her tail around the boy and pulled him away from Anaya and put him down across the room. Once the boy was out of danger Lita jumped Anaya and pinned her wrists above her head and hissed, You need to chose your side now! I do not care if I kill you in front of this boy!
"You do care or you would've just killed his mother in front of him!" Anaya had guts Lita had to admit, she knew xenos are scary creatures.
Lita had had enough of Anaya's games so she gave her one last chance, Your life hangs on your choice insolent girl!
Anaya yelped and gave quickly, "An explosion would do the trick, though how you would do that here I wouldn't know." Anaya cried out.
Your will is easily broken, human. Lita was a little disappointed at Anaya's sudden give after a brief moment of bravery. Perhaps it's a bluff…
Lita found herself hissing at Anaya, You are hiding something!
Lita smelt something salty and wet from the human, she had heard it called tears. It supposedly meant sadness or fear which boded well for Lita.
"Alright! I had learned from a recent study of Aiea that the part of the planet we are on is on top of a pocket of hot gaseous air…" Anaya broke of into whimpering sobs causing Lita to nudge her angrily and hissed.
"If it were to ignite it would destroy over 72% of the facility."
This is new Lita thought, Just like that, her answer was there hidden. Why hadn't she sensed the heat radiating below her. Perhaps Anaya was lying…
To prove Anaya's theory Lita pushed out with her mind below the ground. She knew that the planet was a jungle and not a desert planet. If it were a desert planet the pocket would make more sense but, it wasn't so perhaps the Dr. miss read and mistaken lava for the gaseous content.
To her surprise though, Lita did begin to sense the hot pacing atoms below the facility indicating what Anaya had said. Mentally cursing herself for being so careless Lita spoke to Anaya, How is that possible?
"Aiea has always been a different planet. Hell if you touch the local flora you would find it hot and poisonous. It also had the knack for possessing the strongest Xenomorph specimens like yourself". Anaya tried to act nonchalant about the whole thing, but Lita knew better.
Flattery will get you nowhere, very fast. Lita said gently knowing that she should be cautious with her new toy. Easily broken to fit her needs, but Anaya could be completely broken and then she would be useless.
Then Lita turned toward the exit, and with a flick of her tail and a single command to Anaya she left. Take care of the boy. From what I can tell the explosion will not harm you here. Honestly Lita did not want to care. She only wanted to care about the survival of her species. But that meant caring for the boy like he was a lifeline, even if he was scared and probably losing his mind. His father's fault… with that thought in mind Lita crawled down to the lowest part of the facility.
It turned out to be the basement, which was right there next to the pocket. Ok the humans are either really dumb or really sloppy to not have noticed this. How could they be such an enemy to my people if this is all they could accomplish? Lita growled to herself, Never underestimate a foe even if the evidence had other suggestions.
But Lita didn't have time to think about that instead their were six guards and blocked of vents in the room. She had grown used to hunting humans down; it had even became a little monotonous, but she was feeling anxious. She didn't storm through them however; instead she hissed lightly and began her count down of her victims.
Lita enjoyed their screams and cries for mercy as she took each one down savoring it. The salty sweet smell of their blood made her body shake with that primal instinct to kill. She also absolutely loved it when they were so afraid that they jumped and shot at any noise anywhere. It made her a little proud of herself, Vanity is dangerous, Lita. She thought to herself to tame her animal side just a little. Vanity can lead to underestimation of the enemy and other such ways that would mean her down fall.
When Lita finished she began to set to igniting the pocket, and preparing to run as fast as she could. Which was considerably fast knowing that her legs where longer. Actually she even began to calculate her chances of getting away, which surprised her at how high they were, 89% chance of survival. 34% chance of not sustaining any injuries though… She wished that last one was higher, but it would have to do.
Weyland lifted his head from the desk and frowned. He was clearly troubled, first his pet project escaped, he found his wife's body ripped, part of his facility is in ruins, and his son is altogether missing. All he has left is fifty-two security guards and thirty androids. It is going to be a long time before the evacuation team arrives and even then getting to the landing zone would be hell. One Xenomorph! Well one very large Xenomorph, but still only one!
"Sir!" We lost unit 4. The Xenomorph is getting closer to the main building!" A kid standing in the threshold of Weyland's office visibly shook.
"We will start moving to the landing zone in two and a half hours". Weyland smiled at the boy, "Surely the xeno won't get here that fast. Even though this facility only housed the one subject doesn't mean it's small".
The boy looked at his feet and showed flushed red before he asked, "Do you know what happened to the rest?"
Weyland raised an eyebrow, "What do you mean?"
"I mean the other xenos, sir".
Weyland sighed, leaned back in his chair, and threaded his fingers, "What's your name, kid?"
"Dave Elroy Jones, sir".
Weyland laughed, "I've heard of you! You're Captain Jones's kid!" Weyland had to wipe a tear away he was laughing so hard, "I always thought that apples didn't fall far from the tree, but I was clearly wrong. You are nothing like your father."
Dave in a blast of pure nerve, stood straighter and looked Weyland square in the eye, "You didn't ans-"
But he never got to finish his sentence, and his moment of bravado was lost because his comm. system buzzed to life.
"Backup, I repeat Backup… crack… Unit 3 is…. crack" the comm. suddenly started up with screaming and firing. From the sound Weyland could tell no one hit their target because it bounced on the metal walls.
Dave jumped back and yelped. Weyland sighed and shook his head in disappointment; These guards don't even have military background! Only Captain Jones did, and he was dead and his damnable legacy is nothing more than an insecure teenager!
Then as if to make matters worse Weyland felt a resounding crash large boom from not to far from his position. "What the hell was that!" Weyland called in an irritated voice. He even felt a twinge of fear, which was a new feeling to Weyland. Then it dawned on and a sick feeling settled in his stomach as he remembered his last survey of the planet a day before the xeno had escaped. It had let them to believe that they were literally sitting on a ticking time bomb. Weyland lost all feeling as his body went numb with fear.
He then realized that he must be giving a very bad impression on the boy staring at him because he faintly registered a frantic voice, "Sir… I…. what was that…"
It sounded as if the kid would cry, and without a leader that had strength and the confidence to pull them through he might well have. But Weyland was the leader and he will not loose his nerve, so he put on a determined look.
"From the sound of it the xeno blew up most of this place, we won't get much backup now," Weyland then had to make on his famous snap decisions, "Let's move to the evac, that xeno is getting way to close for comfort".
The kid sloppily saluted and yelled, "You have no argument from me sir!" Weyland rolled his eyes, I have a feeling it's come down to the androids and me versus a xeno.
With that, Weyland signaled his remaining men in anywhere on the station to move, knowing full well that only two or three would get away if any at all. This xeno was different than the others, even her mother would be put to shame by this one, and that was saying something.
It took Weyland only a few minutes to run into trouble. At first it was only a minor blip on the sensors, but it quickly became clear that whatever it was is moving fast and it was coming straight toward the party of four humans and two androids.
"Damn it" Weyland breathed under his breath.
The blipping got louder and faster causing the young guards to start shaking and jerk the barrels of their weapons left, right, up, down. Weyland and the androids stood firm with their weapons pointed in designated places as they listened and looked for unusual signs in the darkness of the room. But when the blip hit the point that its noise flowed constantly, nothing happened.
"Is the damn thing broken!" one of the techs walked toward the machine to check it. Suddenly there was a light shimmer in the darkness before a large, sharp tail with a knife like tip shot through her heart before pulling away and back into the darkness.
Weyland was momentarily stunned before he could move, but he and even the androids were too late. It was gone as quickly as it came.
"Shit!" Dave yelled and fired randomly into the darkness, causing the shot to ricochet of the wall.
Weyland walked up beside him in a torrent of anger, "DON'T waste ammo!"
Weyland then took point and started walking into the darkness with the small group trailing behind him with their lights pointed just about everywhere. "Surround Chad and protect him as he tries to regain contact with the others." Weyland ordered, and the men followed without a word. Fear will shut any man up Weyland thought.
As Chad worked on getting contact, the small group inched forward slowly with their guns raised. Half way to the evac point they finally got communications with another party.
"Unit 5 here, only half of us left. As far as everyone else I believe they are dead, the explosion took them out."
Well that's that Weyland thought.