Back in action
Disclaimer: i dunna own any charas but echo and rookies personality.
"Do you love him?" Emile asked as he looked into the med bay from the door way. His eyes focused on Jorge's sleeping face.
"What do you mean?" Dante asked, her voice was quiet and neutral.
"Exactly what it sounds like. Do you love Jorge?" he asked again.
"Yes... but not in the way your thinking. I don't love him like... a partner... i love him..."
"Like a Brother... right?" he moved closer and rested a hand on her shoulder.
"Yes. You can say that... an older brother. One that i don't ever want to lose. And now that i lost him and he has come back... I just don't ever want to go through losing him again. I want them all back... everyone i ever lost. But it's not like that will happen and i know that. Because there is no way to bring someone back to life... not for real anyway."
Emil sighed and looked at Dante. "I know. And that is very true, but don't waste time mourning. You should celebrate life. Just like you should celebrate his too... he'll get better. You just have to give it time. Now let's go outside. There are some people waiting to see you." He smiled. "I don't want to lose him either you know."
She looked up and into his bright green eyes. "You're lying... you never liked Jorge..." she shook her head and stood.
"No that's not how it was. It was a rivalry. And we became close during it... you could say that Jorge was everyone's big brother." He smiled and held out his hand.
She took it and sighed. "Who will look after him if i leave?"
"well there's this fancy thing called a Doctor. While you were spaced out the other ships arrived."
Dante ran a hand through her hair and sighed. "I didn't realize that it had been more than a day. I'll go suit up and meet you outside." She rolled her shoulders and looked out the door. "I'm sorry about going off and closing up like that. You guys don't need that from a leader. I'll be out soon."
"Don't worry about Brigadier General Dante." Emile laughed as he watched her go. "Just don't let it happen again."
"i can assure you that it won't." She walked down the hall and turned into the armory.
The walls were bare aside from three tubes. Each contained a suit of armor. The middle was hers, all clean and ready to go. She smiled as she looked into the sapphire face plate. "Hello again my friend. We are going to do great things again." She smiled and opened the tube, stepping back as it de-pressurized.
Dante quickly slipped on each piece of armor on and rolled her shoulders. Then jumped up and down to work the stiffness out of her limbs. She then took a few steps around the room. It felt natural to be back in armor. She felt less naked this way. "I better go outside then... i have people to greet and a world to re-build." She sighed. "it's times like these when i wish i had an A.I partner to talk to... it would make me seem less crazy when i talk to myself..." she sighed and shook her head before walking out the courtyard doors. Instantly she was greeted by salutes from many Marines and a few Doctors. They were all running around carrying crates, duffle bags and some were even driving forklifts with huge cases of supplies. It was good to see more people around that would help with things. She walked over to a pole with a data pad sticking to it and read it over. It was the planning roster for how things were going to be set up. First things first were the farms and a small lake near them to supply fresh water. That was a good idea. A hungry team was a useless team.
Next was the re-building of New Alexandria. Dante sighed. "What would you call it...? New New Alexandria...?" she shook her head and continued to read. By the time she finished the list for the year's planning she was impressed. They wanted to have at least another base in operation as well as a frigate base. This was do-able so long as there were no complications. She nodded and set the data pad back onto the post and looked around to the other Frigates. There were two others set off to the right of the base, and her teams ship Truth Behind Lies to the left. "No sense in looking that one over." She muttered as she began walking toward the first one. It looked more like a cargo frigate then a fighter. There were no visible MAC cannons or turrets visible.
"Was this the main cargo shipping ship?" she asked a marine who was positioned at the entrance.
He saluted quickly before answering. "Yes Ma'am. This ship help most of the ammo, armor, vehicles and landscaping equipment as well as the soil."
"ah that's good. How many men?"
"There were 550 aboard this one and another 200 in the other."
Dante nodded and stepped closer to the Marine. "Classifications?"
"Jobs. How many Doctors, scientists, technicians, Marines...?"
"Oh uh sorry. There were about 5 Doctors, 15 Nurses, 30 scientists, 200 farmers, 6 ODSTS, 30 Techs and the rest are made up of assorted ranking Marines." He looked back into the ship and nodded. "At least I'm pretty sure that's the count for people."
"thank you marine." Dante nodded and walked away. "At least we have a good count of people..." she walked over to the other ship and smiled. This was the ship she wanted to see. As soon as she walked up the ramp into the cargo bay there was nothing but crates of guns. And a few stands that held ODST armor.
"Hands up." Someone from behind ordered. Dante froze for a split second before she jumped up and back flipped around her assailant. She yanked the pistol from his hand and threw it to the side before backing the person up into the wall and slamming him against it.
You can't take me that easily. You're still a baby, ten times too young to try and take me Rook." Dante said with a laugh.
Rookie groaned and slumped against the wall.
"Next time you think you're going to try and take me on you had better be prepared for a lot worse then what you just got." She shook her head and let him go.
He fell to the floor and rolled onto his back, he looked up into her faceplate and rolled his eyes. "I never intended to fight you. I just wanted to say hi and the last time i tried you yelled at us all... i was only being careful. Sheesh." He got up and cracked his back. "No need to break my back."
Dante laughed. "Quit your bitching and help me with something will you?"
"Um sure..?" he asked, his eye brows arching into a quizzical expression.
"I need to set up a lab. And no one can know about it." She motioned for him to follow her off of the ship and towards the base.
He followed her without hesitation. "What do you need me for though..." he asked as he followed.
She stopped and held her right index finger up to her visor. "You'll know in time. Right now until everything is set up you don't need to worry about it. Go fetch me Emile and meet me in the vehicle bay ASAP. This is a mission of great secrecy. So make it fast." Her visor depolarized and she looked at him with a serious face. "Please make sure no one follows or hears you."
Rook nodded and took off to find Emile.
Dante walked into the vehicle bay and looked over a Falcon they had brought in days before. It was in good running condition and looked to be full of fuel. She opened the hatch and hoped in as the two men walked in. She motioned for them to get in and closed the hatch. She began the preparations for takeoff and flicked on the com between the seats and pilot.
"It's nice and all that you're out of the med bay... but ugh... are you sure it's okay for you to be doing whatever your doing?"
"Emile, i was looking over Jorge, not dying of Cancer you idiot. Shut up and wait until we land. I'll explain everything once we're there."
"Once we're WHERE." He asked again
Dante scoffed in agitation. "As impatient as ever Emile. We're going to be building a lab in an area of forest- or soon to be forest. In this lab we will be trying to re-create life. Cloning if you will."
"Wait... isn't that forbidden?" Rook asked as he sat back in his seat more.
"Not for me it isn't. We're getting a shard of a long since dead AI. We'll be starting with that. I asked for clearance on this so that i can bring back Noble..."
"you realize how crazy that is right?" Emile asked as he shook his head and covered his eyes with his left hand.
"Crazy? Can you imagine how fast the tides would turn if we really were un-killable? If we could be in any part of the system at the same time? Think about that... reconstructing life... we would be gods." Dante explained with a hint of authority in her voice. "It can and will be done."
"So this is your 'fallen' comrade? He seems to be in a coma of sorts. You realize there isn't much i can do for him aside from keeping his IV fluids going and his temperature stable." The Doctor said as he looked over a chart and then at Jun.
"i don't care what you have to do just do it... if the commander finds out that you can't help him she'll flip out and have my head on a spike... or worse." Jun gulped. "Isn't there anything you can do? I mean you guys made us into Spartans and did all sorts of things! Hell you even found cures for things back on earth! Why can't you wake him up..? I mean i know what a coma is but still it can be that hard. Can't you just inject him with some kind of wake up medicine? Please just do your best... i know that's all you can do but this is something very serious... oh i would hate to see Dante being so pissed as to kick my head in... Or worse yet... she may even kill me or you." Jun was pacing the room and clutching the sides of his head. "We're screwed you know. SCREWED."
the Doctor stared at him with a hand to his forehead. "Now i see why you always get left behind. For a sniper and stealthier you sure do talk a lot." He sighed and looked over to Jorge. "The big man will wake up when he sees fit. And not a moment before."
"ACK! Damnit you're useless then! If Dante finds out that we can't do anything..." Jun began to pace the room again.
"She won't do anything. She knows that this is something that can't simply be cured. This is a matter of playing the waiting game Jun. Now please either calm down and sit or take you're insistent pacing outside where it can't annoy me."
Jun stopped and slumped against the wall. "I'm sorry it's just that I'm really worried about him! He's been through so much and there isn't anything i can do to help... maybe i should go clean his armor or repair his turret or something oh jeeze i don't know... am i really this bad at helping?"
the doctor sighed and glared at Jun. "here's a thought. Go see what you can help with at the farm that everyone's starting to build."
"Ah that's an excellent idea." Jun stood and bounced out of the room. "Thanks for the idea!"
"finally some peace and quiet." The Doctor muttered as he sat at a medical desk and looked over the data charts. He hummed a soft tune as he dug around in a small box next to the desk and produced a small vial. It held fine sand and he smiled. Then walked up to Jorge and sat at Dante's stool.
"Alright big Fella. Your team misses you. I think it's time to wake up." He opened the small vial and held it to Jorge's nose. It didn't take long before Jorge's eye's flitted open and he coughed. "Welcome back to the state of wakefulness Noble 5." The Doctor smiled.
"w-where... am i...?" he asked, his voice thick with grogginess.
"Ah well you see you are at Noble base on the planet Reach. Do you remember this place?" the Doctor asked.
"H-how is that even possible. I saw this place. It was almost barren and destroyed... not alive and together like this is now..."
"well that's why we were able to save you. You're leader; the leader of Noble was given clearance to re-build reach if she could. She has a year to do so before she is sent off to become a Freelancer in assassinations again. That is if she doesn't complete her mission."
"Her? But our commander was a man, Carter..."
"Ah. Well... i better not say much more on that matter. Please if you are able i need you to sit up so we can run through some tests. The tests will be to see if you are able to move properly and how much rehabilitation therapy you will have to go through."
Jorge obeyed the Doctor, all the while having countless questions running through his mind.
"Why here?" Emile asked as he got out of the Falcon and looked around. The earth wasn't as glassed here. It was still muddy and earthy. Only it was under a thin layer of glass. "I mean this isn't exactly a likely place to build a Lab..."
"you really are an idiot Emile. This is an area that already has a lab under it. It was one of Dr. Halsey's when she was still on Reach. I'm fortunate enough that it wasn't in the main glassing area..."
"lucky that it's not too destroyed over here too... what made them stop glassing Reach anyway?" Rookie asked, he was kneeled beside the falcon looking through the glass at the mud underneath.
"Apparently there was some kind of artifact that they were after and so they stopped..." Dante said as she looked in the back of the falcon for a small box.
She picked it up and undid the flaps and smiled at the small device inside.
"What the hell is that little thing...?" Emile asked as he looked it over.
"This little thing is going to destroy all this glass you moron. Step back and watch." She threw the device into the air and it expanded into a 5 foot by 5 foot spider like robot. "Sequence 505 activation code 30746." Dante said into a small mic that she clipped to her ear. The robot hummed to life and began walking over the earth, its abdomen spilling out a yellow liquid that began to eat away the glass. It looked like salt dissolving into water.
"Whoa that's cool." Rook said as he stood and stared at the robot.
"Yes it is. Now let's go back to base. He'll keep going until he runs out of the solution in his butt." She laughed. "This really is a nifty tool we have here. Saves us the trouble of having to break up and move all of the glass."
"yeah but where does the glass go when it dissolves like that?" Emile asked as he stared at the Spider.
"It breaks down and evaporates. The spider sucks up the chemically infected air, filters it and spits out clean air. Very efficient i think. The farmers have about a dozen of these working for them from what i read on the rosters. I decided to check it out."
The two of them nodded and got back into the Falcon. Dante followed them into the seat area and took her helmet off. "Now to tell you of the main plan." She wiped her forehead lightly before looking at the ground. "This really isn't going to be easy. It's going to be time consuming and very vexing. No one can know and we have to be safe about it too. The only thing that can ruin this experiment is unwanted eyes peering in on it. You tell no one. And if you need to report to me you do it in private." She looked up into each of their eyes and held their gazes for a moment. They nodded and stayed silent. "The AI we are going to try to bring back to 'life'" she used air quotes for this, "is called Deep Winter. He was the AI that helped with most of the training with our teacher... Kurt." She looked to Emile's reaction, it was sad. "If we are successful in brining Deep Winter back then we will be permitted to try to clone our minds to create our own AI's. After this step we try it on an Animal... and study the living specimen. If it is like the original we will be aloud again to further our research. But we won't get to those details until later. I need your full confidence in this project." She looked back to the floor.
"You have it in me." Rook said. "But... why us?"
"yeah... you have a base full of people who could help you... people with experience..." Emile remarked as he leaned forward.
"Because I've fought beside both of you in dire times and i feel like i can trust you, even if it's a little." She said as she looked back to them. She smiled a little and sighed. "Don't make me regret this okay?" she winked and put her helmet back on before stepping out of the Falcon and getting back into the pit so she could take off.
Rook looked out the side and sighed. "Looks like we're in for another wild ride."
"Only thing is... this whole 'playing god' thing... can be a lot more dangerous then the battle field..." Emile said, his tone laced with worry.
"I'm sure she knows what she's doing though Emile. Have faith in that at least. And we've already defied life more than a few times. I'm sure everything will go smoothly."
"If only life were that simple Rook." Emile sighed.
A bit longer then the last one. Hope you liked it. In the next chapter we will be seeing Jorge getting back on his feet and joining in on some of the sneaky little missions my 6 has planned. ;3
(and sorry for the bits of crude and or rude humor i have -.-'''")