acts_of_gord: (blood)
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This place is not the first patch of Polish earth that has seen this many deaths. But the others were done by humans, and were driven by human hatred. The Combine have no such drive spurring them onward; quite simply, they do not care who learns about this place, or about what they've done here, only that the job of making this world their own gets done with as little interference from the local population as possible.

So there is nothing deliberately intimidating or sinister about the complex of plastic and steel and energy fields surrounding the European geneworm's spire. It's just one more blotch of alien architecture designed for funneling fuel into the alien monster's mouth, for inhaling everything Earth has to give and expelling the winds of an alien dimension in its stead. It could be anywhere. It has been anywhere, as ruins in North Dakota and Chapada dos Guimarães and Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park and the forests of central Africa will attest.

But it still seems oddly appropriate, to Gordon, anyway, for the tiny scrambling band of humans to be flinging everything they have with all their might at a foe this far advanced here, of all countries. Maybe it's not mustering the cavalry for one screaming ride of explosive defiance straight into the teeth of the invading tanks, but... well, the battle here feels like something he thinks those men would approve of, even if it is only a distraction to allow their vermifuge-laden Combine scanner to slip through and poison the monster at the heart of it all.

He's pretty sure he'll be deaf for a good several hours by the time it's all over. But he'll accept that. Some prices, you pay.

Date: 2011-10-10 01:46 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
Of course, they're not quite in the complex. Not yet. They're skirting the edge of the dead zone in a stolen hunter-chopper piloted by the man claiming to be a Marine. (A Marine. Seriously. One who was at Black Mesa and somehow managed to survive. Jesus Christ, is everyone batshit insane back in the States?)

The man in the yellow suit sits grimly in the rear compartment with the other three members of the infiltration team. He's trying not to show that he's nervous, but in trying he's making it even more obvious to a discerning observer.

Date: 2011-10-10 02:00 am (UTC)
hecu_marine: (brotherhood)
From: [personal profile] hecu_marine
For what it's worth? The Marine is trying not to show that he's nervous, either. He just does it differently- singing under his breath. And just because he's nervous (flying is, after all, one of the three things in this world he fears) doesn't mean he isn't going to take the opportunity to mess with the head of someone he loathes....

"Do it if you dare
Leaping from the sky
Hurling through the air
Exhilarating high
See the earth below
Soon to make a crater
Blue sky, black death
I'm off to meet my maker..."


Screw Rule 35.

Date: 2011-10-10 02:04 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (Resistance)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
Yeahh, he's getting the hairy eyeball for that. Not just from the man in the yellow suit, either. Arnold the Medic is giving him a flat 'wtf?' look, while Prohaska is doing his best to pretend he doesn't hear it.

Date: 2011-10-10 02:18 am (UTC)
hecu_marine: (brotherhood)
From: [personal profile] hecu_marine
"Sorry 'bout that."

He doesn't sound sorry at all. But he does change his tune:

"By the last breath the fourth winds blow
Better raise your ears
The sound of hooves knock at your door
Lock up your wife and children now
It's time to wield the blade
For now you've got some company

The Horsemen are drawing nearer..."


That's encouraging, right? There's four people in the back of the chopper, right?

Date: 2011-10-10 02:26 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
The man in the yellow suit certainly seems to think so. In fact, he actually starts nodding along a little.

Date: 2011-10-10 02:30 am (UTC)
hecu_marine: (unsung hero)
From: [personal profile] hecu_marine
"With the Four Horsemen ride
Or choose your fate and die

You have been dying since the day you were born
You know it's all been planned
The quartet of deliverance rides
A sinner once, a sinner twice
No need for confessions now
'Cause now you've got the fight of your life..."


He pauses, peering out the window.

"Comin' up on the drop zone. Git your asses good'n ready."

Date: 2011-10-10 02:39 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
Prohaska nods resolutely and double-checks his AK-47. Arnold grips his pulse rifle a little tighter, but otherwise doesn't react. The man in the yellow suit looks expectantly at Gordon.

Date: 2011-10-10 03:09 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
The man in the yellow suit hefts his own crowbar and crouches before the bomb hatch in the floor of the compartment. He looks to their pilot, waiting for him to open the hatch and send them into the unknown.

Date: 2011-10-10 03:12 am (UTC)
hecu_marine: (helicopter)
From: [personal profile] hecu_marine
"Crackin' now," comes Shephard's voice, and the hatch doors swing open.

Shephard does not normally take his eyes off the space in front of him when he flies this monstrosity, but for an occasion like today he is willing to make an exception. Just a tiny one.

Sir in the yellow suit, there is a Marine twisted around in the pilot's seat to face you, smiling the sunniest of publicist-friendly smiles and waving at you.

Oh, and his hand just dipped out of sight for long enough to retrieve his knife and use it to toss off a moment's salute in your general direction.

... he'll go back to the hovering now.

Date: 2011-10-10 03:13 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
...

The man in the yellow suit will be getting out of the chopper very quickly now.

Date: 2011-10-10 03:38 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (Resistance)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
Followed shortly by Prohaska and Arnold.

They're close enough to the ground to avoid serious injury, but they still hit hard. They need a minute to recover before getting back to their feet again.

"Everybody okay?" murmurs Arnold as he levers himself upright.

Date: 2011-10-10 03:55 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
This spot was picked as the drop zone because it appeared to be deserted. As far as one can tell, it is. There's nothing here but loosely stacked freight containers, long since emptied and therefore not worth guarding. The man in the yellow suit is already crouched behind the furthest one, looking out toward the Gene Worm's complex.

Date: 2011-10-10 04:15 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
"Right." The man in the yellow suit nods and gestures toward each of them in turn. "You, on my right. You, on my left. You, cover the rear."

Lest they forget who's in charge here.

Date: 2011-10-10 04:23 am (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
"On three. One, two--"

And the man in the yellow suit takes off in a dead sprint toward the next piece of suitable cover.

Date: 2011-10-10 06:05 pm (UTC)
smelltheashes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
He won't have to wait long. The familiar drone of manhacks is rapidly increasing in volume.

Date: 2011-10-10 06:24 pm (UTC)
smelltheashes: (...Gordon Freeman?)
From: [personal profile] smelltheashes
Said man swings his crowbar like a baseball bat, taking out a manhack with every swing. Whatever else you can say about him, the man has good aim.

...though he does get slightly distracted by the gravity gun.

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