Twenty five years in the Army. Five major campaign, seventeen battles, three dozen minor skirmishes and a couple of hundred fire fights. I had one year to retire and the republic was kicking our ass on Jessop's Dream. We were trying to pull out and evacuate those we could. We were all in battle armor as the assault shuttle left atmosphere.
The shuttle hull already had battle damage so we stayed suited up. The crashing explosion threw me around and I caught myself in the new gapping hole in the side of the shuttle. Another suit hit me and I was pushed further out. I turned my head to see a damn fighter coming around to make another pass at the shuttle.
I growled as I stepped out and lifted my rifle. I aimed and fired and fired and the fighter exploded as I spun. I turned and realized I was to far away from the shuttle and cursed. I looked around as the distance widen and then I saw the huge republic carrier with the suit vison enhanced. I began using my suit gravs in small thrusts.
I used them like I was making constant jumps, "Tango six this is Tango seven."
The regiment commander growled, "I am busy sergeant major."
I smiled, "I am afraid this can not wait. I was knocked out of the shuttle after it was hit by a fighter. Do not bother sending anyone to retrieve me."
There was a long pause, "I am sorry sergeant major."
I grinned, "I have the republic carrier close and I am using my suit gravs to head towards it. My intent is to take as many with me as I can sir."
"Sergeant major ... damn it Hunter you can use your distress beacon."
I rolled and started moving to slow myself, "I still have a means to fight. See you in hell sir."
I shut my comm off as I tried to see where I was going and shift. I aimed for one of the open shuttle bays and as soon as my suit went through the screen I flipped. I used the suit grav to catch me as I dropped towards the deck. I lifted my rifle but no one was there. I glanced at several shuttles parked together before heading towards them.
It took several minutes to set up an explosive in the shuttle closest to the bay feed tank. I moved to the bay access hatch and opened it before stepping out. I was thinking the best way to cripple the ship was to kill the brain. I started moving up and towards the front of the ship. Each time I met a crewman I killed them.
No one knew I was there and those I killed did not have time to sound an alarm. After I killed the guard at the command bridge CIC hatch I pulled two implosion grenades. I opened the hatch and tossed them before stepping aside. Five seconds later I spun and ducked as I walked into the shattered remains.
The hatch to the flag bridge opened and I shot the captain that stood there. I pulled more implosion grenades and armed them before throwing. I crossed the room as implosions killed everyone on the flag bridge. I spun and walked out, heading for engineering with the idea to set a charge against fusion reactor feed tank.
I did not make it, someone fired into the back of the battle armor with plasma rounds. Three punched through the armor and me and then out. One went through the suit power supply and the suit locked up. I fell and could only move very slowly as I shifted and sent the transmission to the charges in the shuttle bay.
The ship shook as men surrounded me. I knew my nanites would stop the bleeding from my wounds but I was waiting for one of the enemy to finish me off. A few moments later the ship lurched and men began yelling as even more explosions began ripping the ship apart. The artificial gravity vanished and someone grabbed my suit and began towing me after them.
The ship was constantly shaking and twisting as a siren blared and the order to abandon ship kept repeating. I can look back and realize that my improvised bomb set off a chain that led back to the ship's fusion reactor feed tank. Over ninety percent of the crew died when the ship exploded. I was on one of the few lifeboats that managed to eject.
A cruiser picked us up and I was cut out of the armor before they locked me away. My unexpected assault got better results than I thought. The CIC and flag bridge I destroyed had all the admirals in the system in them and the republic ended up withdrawing. A month later I was shoved into a shuttle and taken down to another planet.
The military post seemed small when I was pushed out the side hatch and down the stairs. I was thrown into a vehicle and taken towards the biggest building. Once they got me in an interrogation room I was shoved into a chair. A small man with a colonel insignia walked in with a major.
The colonel smiled as he held up a syringe, "you are not going to like this."
He glanced at the two guards on each side of me and bent over to stick the needle in my neck. They were not as ready for me as they thought. I struck up with my palm to drive the nasal bone into his brain. I lunged to my feet and slashed to the left in a knife hand strike with searing pain in my neck.
I caught the guard in the throat as I kicked to the right to break the knee of the major. I yanked the syringe out of my neck as my right hand blocked the side of the shock stick. I slid to the right and caught the hand before twisting and turning. The guard screamed as his wrist snapped and I took the shock stick.
I turned and jammed the shock stick out to block another guards before lunging to hit him in the throat. I knelt and stabbed the syringe into the colonel's neck and pushed the plunger in. I rolled and came to my feet as the door opened and four men rushed me. One I hit in the face with the shock stick as the others hit me and took me down.
They start hitting me and twisted me over before restraining me. The major was yelling and told them to get me the hell out and dump me on the island. The flight was hours long before the transport landed. I was yanked up and the restraints removed before a guard shoved me out the hatch.
I landed and rolled before coming to my feet and turning as the transport lifted. I glanced around at a few dozen ragged looking men. I felt my neck before I started to walk and explore. The planet was called Goliath and the island was just the island. The few women prisoners were guarded very protectively.
The island was fairly large and it did not take me long to make a knife and spear to hunt with or a net to fish with. The transport came back once a month to drop large cargo bags full of rations. There were around three hundred people on the island. My nanites had healed me but the little of whatever the colonel had inject had an effect.
It was only a couple of days before small things began moving around without me touching them. Six months later I was moving small things easily with just a thought. It was a year before I met Rachel. The transport had dropped her off and I had returned to camp for any rations I could get.
Five men were attacking her and ripping at her clothes. She had a huge rip in one thigh and down one arm. I rushed towards them and a watcher yelled to warn them. I threw the spear I held into one man as he turned and stabbed another as I crashed into them. I took them all down and rolled away before grabbing one by the head and twisting.
His neck snapped and I let him go as I kicked out and into the knee of one of the two men getting to their feet. The other turned as I moved towards him and he backed away quickly, "later..."
I dove and tackled him before rolling him to his stomach and striking him in the base of his skull. I grabbed his head and yanked back and twisted. His neck cracked as it broke and I stood, "never threaten."
I turned and walked to the woman on the ground. I looked at all the blood and knelt to touch her leg and arm and used my mind to hold the wounds closed. I lifted her and moved to the cargo bag. The few men moved as I gestured, "give me one of the bags and the med kit."
They dropped a med kit each time but it was seldom used. I shifted the woman as a man did as I asked and turned to walk away and into the forest. I only went as far as a fast moving stream before kneeling and setting her down. She was looking very pale and her pulse was thready. I opened the med kit and pulled out the two IV kits and started doing some altering.
I checked her tags so I knew she should be okay with my blood type and I hoped the nanites in my blood could help her. I carefully slipped an IV needle into her arm and pushed with my mind to empty one IV bag. I switched bags and slipped a needle into my arm. I used my mind like I had began to and blood flowed out through the IV and into the empty bag.
I hooked the two bags together when I was done. Now for more mind tricks, I thought of the nanites and pushed them down and into the saline in the other bag. It was awhile before I pulled the needle out of my arm and continued to push the nanites and saline into the woman. When it stopped I pulled the needle out and held the needle mark for a couple of minutes.
I looked at her and saw her watching me, "aware now?"
She nodded and I put everything back in the med kit. I set both bags on her and lifted her in my arms before moving up stream to the spot I used to cross. I carried her deeper into the forest and to the group of trees I had chosen. I slipped into the small hut I had made and carried her to the bed.
I took the two bags after putting her down. I hesitated before stripping her and moving to the hollowed out bowl I had made. I used my old shirt which I was constantly cleaning to wash her carefully. I used medicine from the kit on the two ragging wounds and gauze to bind them. I let her have a sip of water from my water gourd.
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