I am a sub-contractor for an agency that fights monsters: Mission 2 Part 3

A few hours had passed and we had rested up rather nicely. I had switched places with Brian halfway to give him some rest as it would have been unfair to let him take the full burden of watching us whilst the rest of us got some shut-eye. Before making our way deeper down the long and narrow bowels of this demented cave we loaded our magazines to the brim with as much Incendiary ammunition we had brought along. Fire was the only thing that seemed to effect that god forsaken creature.

The walk down the main chasm took for what seemed like hours, even more so after reading them diary entries. With every step we inched closer to what could potentially lead to our deaths. Brian and Carl stayed silent as they covered our backs whilst Jessica and I walked side by side through the dusty darkness. We reminisced on the previous missions we had worked on in our younger days whilst I was a ranger in the SDF. Some of the things we did back in the day we’re so bizarre you could say it was completely made-up.

Soon enough the main chamber presented itself to us and we all readied ourselves to confront the unknown. The ghastly sight of decomposing corpses greeted us along with a foul stench that upset our bellies to the core.

‘I guess these are the bodies them stupid archaeologists found.’ Jessica stated kneeling down to inspect the closest one before quickly moving back. ‘Is it me or does it smell really bad in here.’

I nodded in agreement. ‘Yeah not exactly the nicest of smells.’ I answered before turning to the others, ‘Carl, I need you to guard the exit route, make sure nothing gets past that point. Brian your job is to rig this place up for the fourth of July in case shit hit’s the fan like it did last time. We can’t risk anything other than our selves getting out of here alive. Me and Jessica will poke around and see if we can do some detective work and figure out what exactly occurred here.’

I tapped a button on my wrist mounted PDA to begin a video log from the camera mounted on my helmet as Brian and Carl got to work on their tasks. I turned to face Jessica, ‘You ready?’

‘Hell yeah, I cant wait.’ She replied sarcastically before adding, ‘You lead the way and I’ll follow.’

I decided to first take a closer look at these humanoid beings that had been butchered. Their limbs had been gnawed at and chewed into mince-meat similar to the body we had found earlier. Their blood also appeared to be sucked dry. From the ones that were not as damaged I deduced that their heads were slightly larger and more elongated compared to humans and their limbs would have been longer and more slender. They probably stood a few heads taller and from what remained of their clothing it appeared to be made out of a synthetic material of some sorts.

Jessica pointed out something unusual that appeared to be present in all the bodies. Large puncture wounds in the groin large enough for a fox to burrow in. The marks on the ground near the wounds suggested it was caused by something coming out and not an entry wound.

‘Brian was right. This does look like something out of an alien movie. Except these creatures don’t burst out of your chest but rather your belly.’ Jessica scoffed.

The disgusting thought of these monsters planting an embryo in our bodies before killing us in a bloody explosion for their own birth sent trembling shivers down both our spines. We both took a step back to take a breather and calm our nerves.

‘I sure hope these battle-suit's are sturdy enough to stop them from planting that shit inside of us in case we get jumped…-’ I was cut off by the crackle of the radio communicator.

‘McCarthy, do you copy?’ Brian called out.

‘This is McCarthy, I hear you loud and clear. What’s going on?’ I replied.

‘The explosives have been planted and ready to detonate on your command. I’ve regrouped with Carl and awaiting further orders. How’s your investigation going?’ Brian asked.

‘Could be better I guess, I’ll fill you in on the details later. Guard that entrance no matter what. We can’t afford to let even one of these things escape. Do you copy?’

‘Understood. Over and out.’ Brian finished before the line went dead and the channel with Jessica returned who was stood observing something in the distance.

‘What is it?’ I asked, I had seen this look many times in the past whenever she noticed something she always had that look about her.

‘Over there.’ She pointed towards a small gap in the wall of the cavern.

‘What is it?’ I asked taking a few steps forward, everything looked normal to me except for a slight blur in my night-vision overlay. ‘It looks a bit blurred to me, that’s it.’

‘Switch your night vision off, you clown. You’ll see what I mean.’ She explained.

I switched it off and that was when I noticed a faint blue glow escaping through the gap. It would have been impossible to spot whilst in night-vision mode. Lucky for me Jessica had always had a knack for noticing these kind of things.

‘What do you think it could be?’ She asked following my back as I moved closer to the unusual light with my weapon drawn.

‘There’s only one way to find out.’ I replied inching closer to the gap like a ninja trying not to attract any unwanted attention. Once I was near enough I motioned to Jessica that I was going to jump through the gap. I gave her a three finger countdown before rushing the opening with my weapon drawn, ready to pull the trigger at the slightest sight of danger. But what we discovered instead was the surface of what looked like a large metallic structure where a clawed out hole allowed us to peer inside.

A long damaged corridor presented itself on the other side. Other-worldly objects littered the floor, bits of metal hung from the ceiling along with dots of faint blue light. The construction matched nothing I had ever seen before. These humanoid creatures we had found were far more technologically advanced I had initially thought they were. Why was it we had never encountered them before? What other secrets were hidden away in this long forgotten metal casket?

‘This is very different to what I was expecting to be here?’ I stated glancing towards Jessica.

‘If this cave hasn’t been touched in thousands of years before these coffin pokers came along how exactly has this structure stood the test of time?’ Jessica asked knocking on the metallic wall.

‘I suspect this metal is made out of a very durable alloy. We should take a sample to take back with us. Even though it has been sealed for that long I’ve not heard of a metal that can survive that amount of time unless it’s made from pure gold.’ I explained.

‘This isn’t something you see everyday even in this job.’ Jessica stated in awe before picking up the cleanest chunk she could find and slipping it in her backpack. ‘Should we call for back-up before going any further?’ She added once ready to proceed.

‘I think it’s better if it’s only the two of us. It’ll be more quiet in case there's more of them things lurking around in here.’ I stated before looking down at the floor further ahead where I noticed a trail of viscous slimy blood mixed with specs of that black tar like substance leading further down the shaft. ‘Take a look at that. Let’s follow that trail and see where it leads. Hopefully to some answers.’

Jessica nodded in agreement before we followed the sinister trail through a few junctions of interconnecting corridors. I made sure the battle-suit was recording our path as we trans-versed the maze. We passed a few bulkhead doors on the way, we tried to open some of them but all of them had been sealed shut from the looks of them. The more we moved forward the more the quantity of the slime increased exponentially, we got to a point where the entire surface of the structure was saturated from head to toe. Luckily our suit prevented the slimy gel from getting in even thought we were kicking ankle deep in the stuff.

Up ahead the corridor stopped where a larger bulkhead was stuck or broken halfway, there was enough space for the two of us to squeeze through. Once on the other side we quickly discovered the room was filled to the brim with large eggs, each one the size of a cat.

‘This is not good.’ Jessica said in a sombre tone shining her flash light across the room to assess the quantity of how fucked we were.

‘Don’t make any sudden moves. We don’t want to trigger the end of the god damn world.’ I ordered making a complete halt. ‘This is a lot worse than I imagined. We can’t risk even one of these things getting out let alone an army. We should warn the others.’ I stated but just as I was about to tap the screen to open a channel a loud snarl erupted from behind us. The sound of claws scratching through metal shortly followed. I turned around with my weapon drawn before one of them let loose a deafening screech.

Three towering tanks of tar emerged from behind the broken bulkhead. They clawed at the door like blood hungry rats hell bent on making us their next meal and with every hit they were getting closer to their objective.

Adrenaline raced through my veins and my arms became tense. I noticed movement from within the eggs as the shells began to crack. The small devils from within had broken free from their slumber and made this bad situation a whole lot worse. I wasn't exactly sure how we were going to get out of this one surrounded on all sides with nowhere to go. We had no choice but to stay and fight our way out or face certain death or potential impregnation.

At the corner of my eye I noticed a closed door at the other side of the room where a right angled corner looked like the perfect place to to mount our defence. ‘Run over there and give ‘em hell. You concentrate on the smaller ones, I’ve got a little surprise for the big fuckers.’ I shouted pointing the way.

Jessica switched to her sidearm a nice compact Glock-19 pistol and set it to single fire mode before picking the little monstrosities off as they emerged from their cocoons. Meanwhile I loaded my grenade launcher with a high incendiary round and let it loose towards the bulkhead before a ball of fire erupted from one of the creatures chests. The large explosion shook the ground and tore the creature in to many pieces whilst the others were knocked back during the frenzy. The unstable ceiling collapsed in-front of the door barring the others from entry for the moment. Ignoring the projectiles from the ceiling I aimed my battle-rife at what was left of the smaller bastards and sprayed them with as many bullets as I could. There were far too many in number, it wasn't long until they had us surrounded inching closer every second.

‘For fucks sake. We’re going to die in here!’ Jessica screamed reloading another magazine whilst I covered her.

My clip also ran dry and it would have taken too long to reload so I quickly switched to my pistol as fast as I could and picked the closer ones off. All of a sudden a bright blue light appeared from atop the door near us. A moment later it shot open. ‘Over there Jessica go through it now then cover me once your through.’

With all her might Jessica barrel-rolled through the door landing in a crouched position as I followed her though. Somehow the door shut as soon as I made it through cutting one of the closer creatures in half

We both fell to the floor to catch our breath.

‘What on earth just happened?’ Jessica exhaled.

I rested my head upon the floor, ‘That was a fucking close one.’

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