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A PACK OF WOLVES II

by Eric S. Brown

Alarm klaxons blared throughout the U.S.S. Banner. Men and women raced for their stations. Among them, Daniel Farr hurried for the deck. He was the chief security officer of the ship and had no intention of letting it fall into the aliens’ hands or whatever they had underneath those armored suits they wore. The massive dropship had swept in from the dark clouds above before a single one of the carrier’s aircraft could be scrambled. The alien ship had withstood near point blank fire from the Banner’s weapons systems without so much a noticeable ding on its black, armored underbelly. It had emitted something akin to a targeted EMP that disabled much the U.S.S. Banner’s ability to fight back. As he stepped onto the deck, the first of the alien boarders dropped from the sky. It landed only yards from where he stood with the loud clang of metal striking metal as the heavy boots of its mechanized suit hit the deck. Daniel could hear the whine of servo-motors as it rose upright and turned to face him. The thing was shaped like a man, two arms, two legs, one head, but it smelt altogether unnatural, like an odd mix of rotten eggs and snail slime, discernible even through its armor. The thing was over eight feet tall, its right arm ending in some sort of tribarrel weapon that began to spin and whir to life as it took aim at him. Daniel raised the P-90 he carried and hosed the monster on full auto. Sparks flew as his bullets ricocheted off its black armor. Its spinning tribarrel flashed as a stream of ultra-sonic projectiles shredded his chest, nearly cutting Daniel in half. He flopped to the deck, his body’s regenerative abilities straining to hold what was left of him together and heal. From where he lay, Daniel watched a squad of his men try to make a stand against two of the armored monsters. Their submachine guns chattered, spitting shell casings, as their bullets pinged harmless off the black suits without so much as nicking them. One of his men was carrying a grenade launcher. Several of the other died buying him time to get off a shot. The grenade struck the faceplate of the lead monster, detonating on impact. The thing’s armored form staggered for a moment before it slumped forward. Yellowish goo oozed through the shattered faceplate, leaving thick trails over the thing’s chest, before the thing thudded onto the deck and lay still. The second monster finished his men with a sweep of its tribarrel, painting the deck red with their blood and the mangled pieces of their bodies.

Daniel’s wounds had closed. He hauled himself back to his feet. The battle was lost. Over eighteen of the armored things were clomping about the deck and Lord only knew how many more had already made their way below into the bowels of the carrier. For the first time in years, Daniel Farr knew fear, real fear that clawed at his gut. He had to escape, but how? For whatever reason, the aliens seemed to want to take the Banner intact.

He ran for the closest of the lifeboats and hoped the aliens would never notice something so small and unthreatening making waves the Hell out of here.

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