Captain Scarlet

Atomaton

Disclaimer: I don't own any rights to the characters and vehicles that are featured in Captain Scarlet, but I do own the rights to any characters and locations that I have made up myself. I've based this tale off of the classic TV series by the legendary Gerry Anderson. I hope you enjoy it. It's my first Captain Scarlet fiction so I hope it's a good one.

The future had definitely taken it's toll on all the most desolate places on Earth. Forests were occupied along with the planets deserts. The Sahara Desert had once been a desolate, vast area of sand and dried up waterholes. Now, it had become the home to several, small, nuclear refineries that were scattered throughout the desert. They were placed there by the US Government to perform nuclear tests for all their weapons, vehicles and other equipment and were given specific codenames.

However, one of the many stations had been working on a specialised atomic reactor. One that government had remained secret. "Armadillo Base."

Driving along through a maze of complex machinery, nuclear drums and steel works, general supervisor John Monday was reporting to the station control room as he had just finished his shift. he was tired and wanted to get back to his quarters so he could catch some shut eye before his next shift.

The control tower had received his call and the control operator on duty informed John on his next job.

"This is maintenance vehicle 334." He reported. "Reporting back to base. Area C is completed."

"Ok then John." The controller replied. "You have three hours to kill before your next shift. We need you to check on our prize project."

"What that weird contraption?" John asked, letting out a sigh.

"Yes that weird contraption" The Controller replied with a chuckle. "The Atomaton is the element inside the contraption. All we need you to do is perform a service check on the truck that's carrying it before we take it out to the neighbouring station of "Juarez." Tomorrow."

"Roger that control. Can I get some shut eye first? I haven't slept in a long while ever since you've put me on double shifts?" John asked.

"I know it's been hard on you John but I promise you that when this month is over, you'll get a pay rise." The Controller explained. "It's been busy season. And we're so short on staff."

"I know control. 334 out." John sighed again, as he switched off his microphone.

The controller then looked over to his manger who had just entered the control room. He didn't seem surprised at his appearance as he was used to his superior sneaking up on him.

"Do we have to be so hard on him sir?" he asked, feeling guilty. "I think we're working him ragged?"

"Look you and I both know that this project has to be completed by a certain deadline." The Manager explained. "The Atomaton has to be shipped to "Juarez base tomorrow afternoon otherwise we'll be out of a job. We are seriously behind schedule as it is. John will get a full vacation at this rate. We can't afford to slow down anymore?"

John had pulled up outside his quarters at the southern end of the base. As he left his truck and made his way towards the front door, he was alarmed to see that it was already open a jar and the lights were switched off. He began to feel frightened as he crept into the main room.

Suddenly, three gun shots emerged from the darkness, killing John in the process and sending him crashing to the floor. A man dressed in black emerged from the shadows as he lowered his smoking black pistol weapon. As he continued to step out into the light, the man revealed himself to be Captain Black.

Captain Black stood over John's dead body and fixated his cold, dark eyes oh him. Two, bright green rings appeared from nowhere and began to scan the body. As soon as they appeared, the two green rings had gone along and Black dragged the body into the shadows behind him. Suddenly, the impossible had happened. John Monday re appeared from his apartment just as a security guard drove past the area. He stopped to see if he was alright.

"He John?" He said. "Are you alright? You look like you've just seen a ghost?"

"I'm fine." The Mysteronised John replied. "I'm just fine."

Then, The Mysterons had announced their next threat.

"This is the voice of The Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen. We will continue to take our revenge against your defenceless planet. Our next act of retaliation will be to destroy the Nuclear facility of Juarez in the Sahara desert. There it will cause the ultimate destruction in your planet and it will be inevitable. Hear us Earthmen? The Nuclear facility of Juarez will be destroyed."