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DEMONS OF THE SKY- Chapter 4- First Flight
14-04-2012, 03:26 AM | Post: #1GeneralVonWolfen
Here already! Stop nagging on about it. Here is Chapter 4:
When the rescue chopper arrived, the Captain was nowhere to be seen. The only thing they saw was the retreating PT boat that had launched the UAV‚Äôs that we had shot down a day previously.
The Captain was never to return to Glint Island.
DEMONS OF THE SKY- Chapter 4- First Flight
Sep. 27 2024
This island used to be a place of exile from the rest of the world.
It then became our first line of defense against the enemy. The North Americaans.
‚Äú‚Ä¶the souls are-a dreaming now, and can‚Äôt change the before‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ
Chopper‚Äôs stereo breaks my chain of thought. He had smuggled his Back of the Coin CD into base, and enjoyed listening to it to reduce post-battle stress.
‚ÄúChopper‚Ä¶who do you think will be the flight lead tomorrow?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWho‚Äôll be the flight lead tomorrow?‚ÄĚ warbled Chopper, petting his dog Jumbo.
‚ÄúI wouldn‚Äôt waste energy worryin‚Äô about that if I were you.‚ÄĚ
He settles into his leather bound couch as the music continues.
‚ÄúAhhhh‚Ä¶.We‚Äôre an auxiliary squadron, you know. So His Highness the Lieutenant Colonel will just come down from the mainland and take over. That‚Äôs all.‚ÄĚ He says with a shrug.
He tilts his head to turn up the volume on the stereo.
‚ÄúPhew‚Ä¶.I love this sound calms me down. I‚Äôm gonna sleep well tonight.‚ÄĚ
I had to break in something that I had learned from the Commander.
‚ÄúI heard that the woman, who broke the Captains heart 15 years ago was a recon Major in the Americaan Army.‚ÄĚ
He sat up at this.
‚ÄúYeah, I did my homework, man. We we‚Äôre allies back then. Man, the Commander sure wasn‚Äôt subtle about making accusations either.‚ÄĚ Said Chopper, then, in a Chicago like drawl: ‚Äú‚ÄôWas there anything suspicious about the Captains behavior?‚Äô he said. Hell, I‚Äôm more worried about that screw in his damn head.‚ÄĚ
As if Chopper‚Äôs words carried sheer power, two seconds after the word ‚Äúhead‚ÄĚ: (Click that link)
‚ÄúAhh! Your kidding me! An air raid!? Give me a break, man.‚ÄĚ Whined Chopper as we rushed to our hangars.
It seems that not only does death rain with the Razgriz, now chaos does too. The second I turned on the engines and activated the radio, it was alive with chat.
‚ÄúScramble the jets! Get all flyable aircraft into the air! Move it!‚ÄĚ said someone in the Base Control Tower, or BCT.
An enemy plane flies by, tailing Nagase. Damnit‚Ä¶
‚ÄúAir raid warning! Heavy bombers inbound. Scramble and engage!‚ÄĚ said someone older in the BCT.
BOOM! An enemy plane explodes barely a hundred feet above my plane.
‚ÄúAhhhg‚Ä¶! The turbines won‚Äôt start up!‚ÄĚ said Chopper, panicking. ‚ÄúC‚Äômon‚Ä¶c‚Äômon c‚Äômon c‚Äômon!‚ÄĚ he said as I heard repeated clicking noises in the background.
BKAM! Another one goes down by a SAM barely 300 feet to my right. Shards of red-hot metal pelt my cockpit window, coating it with flecks of black.
Chopper‚Äôs turbines start. He inches his way forward.
BOOM!!! The plane that had been shot down by the SAM fishtailed into 4 parked planes on Choppers right, missing him by 30 feet!
30 million dollars of flying technology go up in flames in the time it takes for you to finish reading this sentence.
‚ÄúAttack successful. The enemy is confused and disoriented.‚ÄĚ Said an enemy bomber.
I remained calm, but Chopper went into colorful language overdrive. Without going into details, let‚Äôs just say that if his mother were there, she would order him to stay on the tarmac.
‚ÄúThe Captain‚Äôs spare plane is still in the hangar. Why is he not taking off?‚ÄĚ Said Nagase.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs MIA. Forget it. Just concentrate on staying alive.‚ÄĚ Said Pops, the base mechanic. He‚Äôs about 40, and has a medium-length black goatee beard.
‚ÄúOnce your airborne, get as much altitude as you can. Fast! Don‚Äôt let the enemy bounce you from above‚Ä¶alright, NOW! The first enemy waves passed by.‚ÄĚ continued Pops.
I make my way to the head of the runway.
‚ÄúBLAZE! Scramble! Emergency Launch!‚ÄĚ said the Launch Coordinator.
I hit the gas, relatively speaking. I had hit the afterburners on the runway. The base Commander doesn‚Äôt like the big scorch marks it leaves on the asphalt, but I think he can make an exception in the face of a crisis‚Ä¶
‚ÄúYou‚Äôre going to clean that up when this is over.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBlaze! Your altitude restriction is canceled. If something happens, you‚Äôre going to have to bail out over the ocean. Protect our base!‚ÄĚ said the Launch Coordinator.
Encouraging, I thought. The Tower cut back in again.
‚ÄúControl tower to Firedog, intercept the bombers. Don‚Äôt let them attack the runway.‚ÄĚ
Fox two. Enemy down. 16 seconds after I take off and I already have a splash.
‚ÄúI see you managed to make it up. Is your plane alright?‚ÄĚ said Pops.
‚ÄúYeah‚Ä¶handles nice. Thanks for re-calibrating the YAW fins.‚ÄĚ I said as I took down another fighter jet.
‚ÄúGlad to hear it. It seems that keeping the old girl in good shape turned out to be a good idea af-‚Äú he said before someone cut in. Oh, ****. Not him‚Ä¶
‚ÄúThis is Firedog Leader, Lieutenant Colonel Ford. Approaching Glint Island, bearing 460 to 465. That had better not be one of your damn firework shows I see from here. Are you having a R@R period without my permission?‚ÄĚ said the Colonel, flying in on a Douglas D-15 from the Royal Mainland. Not very missile-proof.
‚ÄúHeh, here comes His Highness from the mainland now.‚ÄĚ Cut in Chopper.
‚ÄúThis is Base Control! We are under air attack, repeat, we are under attack!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI trust you can hold the runway until I arrive?‚ÄĚ said the Colonel.
‚ÄúYes sir.‚ÄĚ I said.
‚ÄúRight. Protect it at all costs.‚ÄĚ
I tune my radio to hear the ground crews. Surely, I thought, they are safe‚Ä¶
‚ÄúFire team! Stop the fire from spreading to the ammo dump!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúGet anything flammable anything out of there. The ammo too!‚ÄĚ
I target the enemy Captain, callsign HideRipper. He goes down a second later.
‚ÄúKid, this is Chopper. Have you picked up the targets?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYeah, but I threw them back down again.‚ÄĚ
He didn‚Äôt respond. He knew what I meant.
‚ÄúThe bombers are turning around! Their heading for Glint Island!‚ÄĚ said Nagase.
‚ÄúWe gotta stop them, or it‚Äôs all over.‚ÄĚ Said Chopper.
‚ÄúBut we‚Äôre short a man! How in the name of hell are we going to drive back an entire air force battalion with three planes!?‚ÄĚ I shot to everyone.
‚ÄúForget it. Just take them out over the ocean before they can make it back. There‚Äôs no turning back. This is full-on war.‚ÄĚ Said Chopper.
BOOM! Enemy plane down.
‚ÄúRescue team, help out the wounded. All free hands, help the fire control now! Use the water in the supply tank to put it out!‚ÄĚ said an emergency crewman.
‚ÄúNO, YOU IDIOT! THAT‚ÄôS DRINKING WATER! USE THE EXSTINGUISHERS!‚ÄĚ screamed the base Commander so loud it rattled my headset.
BKOOM! Enemy bomber nosedives. Must have had some spare bombs in it. All enemy bombers are down.
Wait‚Ä¶the map is clear. All enemies down!
‚ÄúPhew‚Ä¶that was too close. You are cleared for takeoff.‚ÄĚ Said the Control Tower.
I see a double propeller plane take off. Pops was being evacuated. He was the only live mechanic on Glint Island, and they couldn‚Äôt risk him being killed.
‚ÄúPops is taking off!‚ÄĚ I said with glee.
‚ÄúGood. We need him‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ said Nagase, her voice trailing off.
The radar establishes a connection. Oh, ****! More enemy planes inbound! I‚Äôm almost out of missiles!
‚ÄúCommand! We are short on ordinance! Request landing for re-loading!‚ÄĚ I yell.
‚ÄúNegative! Just do your best!‚ÄĚ the Commander said.
‚ÄúDamnit, you moron! We‚Äôre going to get slaughtered up here!‚ÄĚ barked Chopper.
Before the Commander could flog Chopper for calling the Commander a name, he noticed something by the hangar that amazed him so much he forgot all about the attack.
‚ÄúLook at hangar C-14!‚ÄĚ he said nostalgically.
I look, then again to make sure I wasn‚Äôt seeing things. Someone unfamiliar was taking off, but I didn‚Äôt know who.
‚ÄúWho the hell is that?‚ÄĚ said Chopper.
‚ÄúThis is Grimm!‚ÄĚ said someone unfamiliar. ‚ÄúI was in the hangar helping out the mechanics. I‚Äôm taking off!‚ÄĚ
As I fly closer, I was shocked. My god, he‚Äôs a recruit! He hasn‚Äôt even passed flight training!
Grimm pulled towards the runway quickly. He was going too fast at times, and his plane jerked randomly as he engaged the brakes to avoid rolling off the runway.
‚ÄúTHE HELL YOU AREN‚ÄôT!‚ÄĚ screamed the Commander, being the heart-attack-waiting-to-happen kind of guy. ‚ÄúYOU HAVEN‚ÄôT EVEN PASSED BASIC TRAINING!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAren‚Äôt there any other spare pilots around?‚ÄĚ said Chopper, with less of the rage and more of the sarcasm.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt see any.‚ÄĚ Said Grimm.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no time.‚ÄĚ Said Nagase. ‚ÄúBe careful, Grimm. I‚Äôll cover you.‚ÄĚ
Grimm pulls to the head of the runway.
‚ÄúKid, this nubcake might screw the whole thing. Are you sure he can fight?‚ÄĚ said Chopper.
‚ÄúHave faith in him. We need another pilot, even if he doesn‚Äôt know much.‚ÄĚ I said.
Grimm paused at the runway head. He was doing a last-minute check. Something that could get him killed.
‚ÄúControl systems are‚Ä¶OK.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHey. Who‚Äôs that trying to take off?‚ÄĚ said an enemy pilot.
‚ÄúWho cares? Just blow him into a few thousand lit-‚Äú
That was as far as I would let the enemy Captain go. He fell to the ground, pieces of HIMSELF falling with him.
‚ÄúOil pressure‚Ä¶no problems.‚ÄĚ Continued Grimm
BAM! Another plane down.
‚ÄúThe hell? Who is that? That guys nuts!‚ÄĚ said the Tower.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a fine line between insanity and bravery.‚ÄĚ Said Nagase politely.
‚ÄúHey, who‚Äôs that pilot?‚ÄĚ said an enemy pilot.
‚ÄúDon‚Äôt know and don‚Äôt care. Take him down before he gets up.‚ÄĚ
RATATATATATATAT! I hear an autocannon strafe the runway. Thankfully, none of the shrapnel hits Grimm.
Not this time, I think as I blow the pilot out of the sky. Sadly enough, he managed to bail out.
‚ÄúHurrr‚Ä¶.agh! Some Royal bastard shot me down blind! Cheap shot, pilot! Cheap shot!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAll is fair in love and war, and that‚Äôs a stretch because right now, there is no love between the North Americaans and the Royals.‚ÄĚ I counter at the downed pilot.
‚ÄúRadio silence, everyone!‚ÄĚ he barked.
‚ÄúOuch! What was that? My ear is ringing!‚ÄĚ said Grimm.
‚ÄúUhhh‚Ä¶.radiation?‚ÄĚ offered Chopper.
‚ÄúEngine sounds great‚Ä¶thank you mechanics.‚ÄĚ Said Grimm, ignoring Chopper.
‚ÄúLet‚Äôs see how funny the Royal Idiots are after this!‚ÄĚ said the downed pilot.
Huh? I look down, albeit just a second. HOLY CRAP!
The guy had stolen a tank! He fired it at the crew quarters. Flames blossomed from within. Thankfully, nobody was in there.
‚ÄúAaah! My Rock and Roll records were in there! It took me years to find all of those!‚ÄĚ said Chopper, dropping a bomb right on the head of the hijacked tank.
‚ÄúFuel check‚Ä¶This ought to be enough.‚ÄĚ Said Grimm, oblivious to the chaos that erupted in the crew quarters.
‚ÄúEjection system ok‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ he continued.
‚ÄúThis is Grimm. I‚Äôm about to take off. Can you see me from up there?‚ÄĚ he asked.
Fat chance. The base was covered with so much smoke that anything past 500 feet was smothered.
‚ÄúOK. Engines, full power!‚ÄĚ he said as I heard a CLUNK! in the background.
Grimm shot forward on the runway.
‚ÄúCOME BACK! COME BACK! YOU FORGOT YOUR HELMET, YOU JACKASS!‚ÄĚ said someone in the tower.
‚ÄúDon‚Äôt stop him! We need him!‚ÄĚ flared Nagase, her iron side showing through at times of stress.
Grimm raised with ease off the runway. He decided to do a few in-flight checks as well.
The radar so far was clear, so I decided to fly out to meet the Colonel and bring him to base. High class people love being greeted.
‚ÄúGrimm! Get over here and cover my six.‚ÄĚ I said.
‚ÄúThe callsign is Blaze.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBlaze.‚ÄĚ He said with confidence, albeit a bit shaky.
‚ÄúThis is Airman First Class Grimm, callsign‚Ä¶.Archer. Attention please, all control tower personnel and aircraft‚Ä¶.
"I will be joining the Firedog squadron.‚ÄĚ He said.
‚ÄúRoger. Firedog Squadron, take care of him for us!‚ÄĚ said the Commander.
A blue triangle popped up on my radar. The Colonel was in our airspace, being tailed by‚Ä¶.my god! Stealth aircraft! They must really want this base gone!
Oddly enough, the Colonel‚Äôs plane was taking no evasive action. It just went on a straight line, right towards Glint Island.
‚ÄúThis is Firedog Leader. Glint Island, I‚Äôm out of fuel. Request clearance to land.‚ÄĚ He said calmly.
I pulled behind him to take care of the stealth aircraft. No missiles here, just bullets.
RRRRRRR! One plane down.
‚ÄúNegative, Lieutenant Colonel Ford! You can‚Äôt land, we‚Äôre under attack!‚ÄĚ said the Tower.
‚ÄúAll friendly aircraft, cover me while I land.‚ÄĚ Said the Colonel. (He was flying?)
‚ÄúWhat are you, nuts!?‚ÄĚ cut in Chopper.
‚ÄúSecond Lieutenant Dapper, is that you?‚ÄĚ asked the Colonel madly.
‚ÄúYeah, what about it?‚ÄĚ barked Chopper.
No time to be in shock. Down goes another stealth plane. Phew‚Ä¶he‚Äôs safe. The Colonel is safe.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll be sure to write you up after I la-(STATIC)‚ÄĚ
The Colonel‚Äôs radar blip disappeared.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs trailing fire! The Colonel‚Äôs gone down!‚ÄĚ said Chopper, unaware the last thing the Colonel ever heard was rude talk.
Oh, SNAP. There was a third enemy plane above my LOS. I shot it down, but it was too late then. For the Colonel, at least‚Ä¶
‚ÄúThis is the Control Tower. All enemy bombers confirmed destroyed. Airspace is sanitized. Thanks for protecting our base, everyone!‚ÄĚ
I hear cheers in the background, but no mourning. Was the Colonel really that much of a jerk?
I turn off my weapon guidance system. We were safe‚Ä¶for now.
‚ÄúWas my flying all right?‚ÄĚ asked Archer.
Before I could answer myself, the Commander cut in.
‚ÄúSorry, but no. You may have some potential, but you need to show it before the next battle.
‚ÄúYes sir. I‚Äôll be careful not to overestimate my ability.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúCome on, let‚Äôs get a welcoming party going!‚ÄĚ said the Commander.
OPERATION SEIZE SECURITY AFTER-ACTION REPORT:
We sustained damage but our efforts prevented destruction of our base.
The base is still combat capable and repairs are proceeding at a rapid pace.
From the sky, the morning after, Pops came back like nothing had happened‚Ä¶as if the open sky had always been his one true home.
Only 2 days had passed since the war began.
North Americaa‚Äôs war strategies seemed to be minutely timed to avoid giving us Royals any chance to launch a counterattack.
I got a notice of assignment by the press corps to interview and record the daily behaviors of my squadron. I guess the Captain had pulled a few strings for me.
Well, I didn‚Äôt waste any time going to work.
At 11:44 in the morning, I recorded Second Lieutenant Nagase, sitting in the crew room. She was writing something in her book. Nobody knew what she was writing.
I saw a small emblem on the book. After a quick search, I found out this was the symbol of the Razgriz, the Demon of War and Peace.
So, she knew. She knew of the legends too.
And now, these legends are becoming reality in the face of war.
14-04-2012, 03:38 AM | Post: #2ghorboon
i dont read that just sayin
14-04-2012, 04:09 AM | Post: #3Rogue#1
<Insert meaningful signature here>
14-04-2012, 05:34 PM | Post: #4GeneralVonWolfen
(14-04-2012 04:09 AM)Rogue#1 Wrote:
Thanks. I try.