Ok I have gone over it twice.
“Who was shot?” asked Certhen
“Some dumb rookie, you don’t stand up the second it looks like he is gone.” said Doplan
“Well the running thing was a good idea. At least it doesn’t look like it’s there just to be shot.” said Certhen
“I’ll give him that.” Doplan muttered
“What do you think it’s going to be like out hear?” Certhen asked
“Cold, plain and simple.” Doplan remarked
After hours of simple talk to pass the time Certhen and Doplan and Frener were passing the time by shifting from one random subject to another.
“Would you have sex with Manrana?” asked Certhen
“Who the one from 11th platoon?” Doplan asked
“Yep.” Certhen said
“Um…ya I would.” he said
“Ok Certhen would you have sex with Sangra?” Frener asked
“What?” he asked
“Well you do hang around with her a lot.” Frener said
“Well we just get along-”
“My question is would you-”Frener tried to ask but was interrupted by the sound of a shot.
“I got one, I got one! There is a sniper in the woods I see the cloaking.” the guardsman with the sniper rifle said
Renaldo looked at the hit and in horror grabbed his lasgun.
“Stealth teams!!!!” he screamed
Every one grabbed there guns, many of them being new, did not know what they were or that they usually got into position right before an attack was launched and appeared when the attack was beginning.
Lots of the veterans opened fire at the stealth team which had been moving through the woods. As they fired 2 more stealth teams appeared from the side, springing the part of the trap that had been set up. Certhen didn’t know where to shoot so he started to aim for the ones that were out in the open. As he shot he noticed something moving through what appeared to be fog, straight ahead. There were a lot of them and they were beastly creatures.
“Look over there.” he said as he taped Doplan’s shoulder
“What are those things?!” Doplan shouted into the micro bread
“Kroot! A full carnivore squad, open fire!” someone shouted back
The heavy stubbers, mortars and heavy bolters opened fire on the Kroot. There were Kroot hounds and Kroot riders and even a shaper in the squad.
“I don’t think they have any armor.” Certhen
“Just keep shooting man!” Doplan shouted back
Certhen saw a Kroot rider’s Krootox get it’s head obliterated by a plasma blast. Sangra was taking out them with her plasma gun. The Krootox were easy targets and she had taken out 2 of the 3 of them coming at them. As the Kroot got in closer it became evident they would have to engage them in hand to hand combat. Certhen’s lasgun was out so he put on his bayonet and got at the ready.
“What are you doing?” Doplan said
“Bayonet.” he said as the Kroot jumped at them into the first trench
“Certhen stabbed the first Kroot that got near him. He then saw Sangra was pinned on the ground and about to have her face bashed in. He ran up and frantically stabbed it in the back over and over again. Certhen had faced orks and other zenos before but he was learning he had a phobia of Kroot. They seemed scary to him, and looked like a beast that had once plagued him one night while he was a child. He never wanted to remember that childhood memory. He stabbed it in the face over and over again until Sangra knelt down and stopped him.
“Its dead already.” she said
Certhen turned and saw a Krootox pound a guardsman on the floor of the trench again and again. It looked up at them. Just as it was going to charge at them Doplan jumped on it’s back and stabbed it in the head with a knife. The Krootox then stumbled forward and fell to the ground with a big thud.
“Guys they are shooting at us, get down!” he shouted
“What the feth have they sent at us now?” Certhen asked
“I don’t know but it’s obviously pulse rifles there using.” Doplan said
The heavy stubber’s and mortars fired at the fire warriors who were covering the remaining kroot and stealth team’s as they made there escape. The fire warriors then made there escape as the Kroot and Stealth teams disappeared. As things became quiet the guardsmen started to move around again.
“Situation report!” Vistal shouted
“We have about 20 or so wounded men and about 40 dead, sir!” someone shouted back
“Get them to the medical officer!” he shouted
He then looked at his own personal medic and told him to help the medical officer.
“Sir!” the medic said with a salute
“Sir, I have command on the line.” said Vistal’s Vox officer
“Let me talk to them.” he said
“Sir do you think that maybe the Captain should speak to them instead?” he asked
“Hello? This is Lieutenant Vistal who am I speaking to? He paused. Sir we need to get the wounded out of hear because wounded men can’t-……. I see. Well when can you send people to get them out-…….. Well then at least send us some-……. Ok thank you sir we need more of what ever we can get. Vistal out.”
“What did they say, sir?”
“They can’t send anyone to get them out but they are going to air drop in supplies or send in trucks with ammo and medical equipment and maybe some more medics.”
Dufraine was working on men who had been wounded in the fighting with the medic Vistal had sent to help him. It was a messy job as he had just 1 other medic to help him and Captain’s medic was some place else.
“Damn plasma burn, plasma burn, another plasma burn, this is not my favorite thing to treat. Check out that trooper with the bandaged arm.” he said to the field medic.
“Sir this man needs emergency treatment!” said the Captains medic as 2 guardsmen came inside carrying a wounded guardsman
“Clear the table. What the Feth happened to him?” he said running to the table
“Most of his bones were smashed by a Krootox. The captains medic said
“Feth, I ask for something other than plasma burns and I get this.”
“I’ve already injected him with some Plestarna and he is receiving fluids right now.”
“Right, he needs blood and we need to perform major surgery. You keep working on the other cases.” he said to Vistal’s medic
“God Emperor help this man. What do we need?” asked the medic
“Blood, scanners, fluids, a priest, anything that could help with this.” he said
Outside things had gotten back to normal with everyone blissfully unaware of what it was like in the bunker. Certhen and Doplan were curious as to what life was truly like on Slalters and going there was not something they had done more than once or twice and they had stayed on relatively high parts of the hives. As soldiers returning from war they stayed where the upper middle class and lower upper classes lived for a while because they had no home or family left in the regiment so they wouldn’t know if they had any relatives they had that they could visit or meet and most of the soldiers were given a place to stay for a week, courtesy of the officers who had plenty of money to spend. Most of this was due to the fact that they were children of the regiment and most of the children lost there parents when they were kids.
“So what is life on Slateres like?” Certhen asked
“Well I grew up on the street level so you’ve asked the right person.” said Frener
“What are the streets like?” Doplan asked
“Generally, Hive worlders are lucky to make it into their fifteenth Terran year and down in the streets it can be lucky to get to 10 in some places. There are hive viruses which sweeps through every now and again. There is overcrowding, bad hygiene, not much sun light and many are killed before they are even born. This is why we have over aggressive immune systems. It explains why we get heart problems and other medical issues that shorten our life rather quickly. Of course this is why you all have only seemed to have been sick while fighting over hive city ruins or because of biological plagues.“ he told them
“What’s the government like, don’t they do anything about the bad conditions?” Certhen asked
“Ha,… well the government is nicer than most hive worlds, in fact you could say that they are very kind. They have bread lines for the poorest of the people. The poor people who have no homes or money for food can go there to get food. Now it’s no free meal for those who would try and take advantage of that but you can tell who is poor and starving because you get a chip in your skin when your born and you can get scanned up to 2 times a week but it also monitors how much your eating and how your health is to make sure your not cheating it but the immune system might try to attack it so they treat it with something, before implantation. See, a paradise, any other hive worlders would be envious of those who live there. The government has camps for those with the hive plagues and you can get free medical treatment, you just need to be a training subject for a medical student. I once told 2 Armageddon troopers what it was like and I swear, the look on there faces.” he said
“So you can get free food and medical attention????” Certhen asked
“Yep if you find the bread lines and medical students or teachers then yes but the food is something to keep those on the brink of having enough to eat alive. The neighboring planet Ghentron is the agro world that feeds us and they always struggle to feed us as most of there exports go to us.” he said
“Wow, when I though there was not good in the nobles hearts they give us 2 meals a week, I am truly shocked.” said Doplan sarcastically
“If you start to live on street level you will truly love them for it from time to time.” he said
“So we could live there and not get sick and die in an instant like most foreigners?” Certhen asked
“Well all of you, all but Sangra.” he said
“Why can’t she.” Doplan asked
“Your forgetting she’s from a different planet and unless you live in the upper class area she will die from a virus in a day at the most, maybe in the middle class she could make it but that would be pushing it, even without any epidemic.” Frener said
“What planet was she from again.” Doplan asked
“Some backwater planet with mostly tribes and spears and swords.” Certhen said
Just then there heard the noise and looked up to see a ship over head drop supply crates down towards them. As they came down 1 of the 4 of them landed in a tree.
“You three go and get those crates! Cover them.” Shouted Vistal
“Damn it all.” said Certhen as he, Doplan and Frener got out of the trench
They went over to the first crate and picked it up. It’s handles were cold, Certhen thought his hand was going to freeze. They took it back to the trench and droped it in the trench.
“Careful son, if anything in there is broken I’m going to assume you broke it and give you some sort of punishement.” said Commissar Denar
They ran over the the second and then the 3rd and put them in the tre trench but making sure they didn’t toss it in. As they went to look and see if they could get the 4th one out of the tree it was in, by luck, it happened to fall out of it and be smashed open. Inside was lot of papers and pens.
“What the feth?” said Doplan
“Paper work.” said Frener As he put the papers and pens back in. He didn’t notice that Doplan has taken one of the papers.
“Lets go!” shouted Vistal as they brought it back to the trench.
As the crates were open the items ranged from complex and advanced medical devices to paper work to ammo and one of the items was even a small radio, perfect for playing music to boost moral. Doplan looked at the paper he had snatched and his eyes widened. It was to be the replacement for the Captain they had.
“Guys, guess who’s father is coming over the replace the Captain.” he said
“What have you got there?” Certhen asked
“Just guess.” Doplan said
“Who?” asked Frener
Mean while at command HQ Captain Volt was in a bit of a fit. He was talking to the General who was in charge of the regiments on the planet.
“Sir, I know you don’t make mistakes and you graduated top of your war school class but I would be much more needed at base.” he said
“And why is that Volt? Do you like it a lot more hear because you are trying to get on my commity of advisors? He asked
“No sir it’s just the Captain already on the front has been there for a month and he knows everything and the other officer Vistal is new as well and will not know what the Captain knows about how to survive, sir.” he said
“Volt, if you want some promotion or have a phobia of the tau then know that I don’t care and that staying hear is not the best thing for you.” the General told him.
“Sir, sir it’s….it’s one of the troopers sir.” he said
“One of the troopers???” the general asked perplexed
“There is one trooper named Sangra, she was from a planet I fought on and, well she was 5 at that time and I adopted her and took care of her so-”
“Adopted her? Your daughter is in-”
“She is not my daughter she just acts like it and since I couldn’t have children of my own, she acts and thinks she’s my daughter and she ha always been attached to me and she never broke the attachment so she is still…..well she is attached to me and you know how the officers aren’t supposed to have any personal involvement with the troopers and-”
“I know what you are doing. If you have problems with your daughter then-”
“She is not my daughter…………………yes sir.” he said
He then walked away and out of the room and down the hall. He looked down on the floor as he walked and thought “She is not my daughter. I don’t have a daughter….and I never will.” as a tear rolled down his cheek.
"Do you see them, my Brothers? Do you see how they quake and tremble with fear? Soon, they shall know that all their fears are pale compared to the terror that will grip their vile souls when they hear the choir that is our bolters for we are veterans of over a thousand campaigns, do not come before an Angel of Death and his weaponry."
Inquisitor: Wait, What?!?! You mean I can finally stop pretending to be a pretentious asshole and carry out my.... "research" on Eldar and Tau females unmolested?!?! This wonderful news! Come Maria, my loyal unsanctioned psyker, we have much "research" to catch up on!
Maria: By the Emperor master, why do you always shout out heretical thoughts when your excited? Especially the part about me.
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