This is my first attempt at a story with chapters. Hope you like it.

Halo: Soldier's Story

The landscape of Reach was blood red. The ground was equally the same color. Bodies lay here and there while Pvt. Tim Mithel ran with his girlfriend, Rachel. Mithel wanted to get off this hellhole as soon as possible. They had heard that the Pillar of Autumn was docked a few blocks away and was about to run for it. Pvt. Mithel and Rachel really needed to make it. People screamed all around them as human after human were buried in a hose of plasma fire, sword cuts and friendly fire shot by panicked soldiers. Mithel looked around. He had to find that damn ship. It was their last hope. There! He spotted it, nestled a few yards away. He started running. About halfway to the ship, he realized that Rachel couldn't catch up. " Hurry! We don't have much time!" he yelled. Rachel's reply was:" I can't! I…need…a…breather…" Mithel ran back to her. Then, they heard something rumble. They looked up at the Pillar of Autumn and found out that the engines were starting. Mithel screamed," Quick!" and they quickly scampered toword the ship. Then something horrible happened. A Banshee swooped out of nowhere and crashed, right on top of them. Mithel yelped in pain as he gasped for air. "Help! Help me! Please!" Rachel screamed. She was dangling over a small crevasse the Banshee had created. Mithel used all his energy to struggle toward her voice. " Help! I don't want to die! Help me!" Mithel finally got to the edge of the crevasse. "Grab my hand!" He yelled. Rachel reached for his outstretched hand. It never got there.

Mithel's vision blurred, and as his consiousness came back, he found that he was in a cryo tube. Standing in front of the tube was a man, roughly 5 feet 6 inches tall. " He is starting to respond," He said. His voice was muffled. "Good. Bringing his vitals online," answered a disembodied voice. The lid of the cryo tube opened. " Where…where am I?" asked Mithel sleepily. The short man answered, " You are aboard the UNSC vessal Pillar of Autumn. On the run from Covenent forces after escaping Reach. This should all sound familiar, sir." Reach…Pillar of Autumn…Covenent…The horrible truth sank into Pvt. Tim Mithel. "RACHEL!" He screamed, and started thrashing the inside of the cryo tube. "Woah, calm down sir. You won't gain anything from tearing that cryo apart," the short man responded. " It was all my fault, I could've saved her, I would've, and now she's gone." Mithel was starting to cry. The man offered support." It won't do any good now. Anyway, name's Rex. I will show you what to do, and then I will give you something to eat. Those cryo chambers don't give you much comfort, eh?" Mithel wiped away tears. " Sure. I guess it's all over now." "Actually, if you ask me, I would think it's just the beginning."

Meanwhile, in a Covenant cruiser holding position just over a large installation that looked like an oversized ring, Ship Master Orna 'Fulsameestood in wait in the command bridge of the Truth and Reconciliation. Word had passed that humans were coming, and none of the Covenant wanted to miss out on the fun. They got their weapons and armor ready. The were humans to kill…

To be Continued…