Four hours past since they took the installation. The Tiagardis had
arrived with 70 warriors strong. "With the 70 additional soldiers along
with our original 58 marines and special operations that brings our total
strength to 146 strong. Plus with the Tiagardi mobile armor along with our
12 operational MAWs and 5 Juggernauts we should be able to take the next
installation quite easily," Eneire analyzed.
"Let's hope we take it quick," said the Tiagardi captain. The
Tiagardis were an interesting race. They were tall and slender, yet their
arms and muscular structure was nearly 4 times stronger than most
"Yes. The Anubians know they cannot lose this installation. If they
lose this system they will not have a base strong enough to prevent any
further human expansion. But if we take it we can stop them from reaching
any colony for several hundred light-years," Hilary noted.
"Sir come quick!" a marine cried from a few yards away. As the
officers in the meeting immediately rushed to the marine's aid they
followed a short distance to where a single trooper could be seen. His
armor was a bloody wreck and he was bleeding visibly.
"Soldier what happened!"
"Scouting ahead with a patrol of 16. Anubian warri.Anubian warriors
ambushed. The reinforcements have I arrived. They killed all. Strung the
others on poles to rot. I'm sorry, for I have failed you."
"You stay put, and wait we're getting you aid."
"Sorry sir," he screamed in agony, "don't, I'm lost. The sun, it
feels so warm, goodbye." Eneire lowered his head as he closed the dead
"Send Yuhon, Jak, and Nyeta out to scout. MAWs for each of them. I
want them back here to report in half an hour" Eneire barked.
"Yes sir," the marine answered and dashed to the repair bay.
"Send four of our warriors. I want them in Xeriad tanks to assist
the humans," the Tiagardi captain ordered to his first officer.
"That won't be necessary. My men are very capable," Eneire said.
"When we signed for this mission we are supposed to aid you. Your
men may be capable but they will need help. My assistance should do.
Let's reconvene or meeting. The situation has changed drastically," the
Tiagardi captain answered. Eneire marveled at his calm attitude.
The trio having received their orders boarded their MAWs. "Hey Jak a
bit of help," Nyeta requested.
"What? You haven't been trained in a MAW before?"
"We only use the SR-5 models. Those don't have psi-links."
"I'm no good at explaining ask Yuhon."
"Move your hand over the sensor panel. That will grant you access.
The moment you enter it you will be plugged into the system. The computer
will then brief you. The controls are very simple. The two joysticks
control forward, backward, and side-to-side movement. You can remain
forward facing by moving left or right with one side while holding forward.
The upper trigger is for missiles, and the gun triggers are for the
cannons. If you hold the trigger you can charge," he replied while
Nyeta was amazed that he could tell her how to work the thing so
simplistically and yet be doing two other operations. Multifaceted she
thought. Soon after Yuhon's briefly long explanation the Tiagardi armor
rolled in to assist in the scouting patrol. Their tanks were of jet-black
chrome, like black space. They were armed with a rotational turret along
with automatic cannons for anti-infantry. Running on magnetic anti-gravity
rails they were the perfect scouting unit.
"I am armor captain Vice Delfgri of the Tiagardi fleet. We will be
your support. We are to patrol north to Northwest for 26 human miles, and
then we are to sweep back and return to base. If we receive resistance we
are to report it immediately," the stern face said.
"Damn it they're everybody's miles. I don't know the Tiagardi
ranking system, so my group will be following," Yuhon answered. "Jak,
Nyeta, let's move."
The convoy began to move slowly along the terrain. It was total
silence lest any Anubian drones noted their communication activity.
Fortunately the human craft have psi-links. They could talk all they want
without detection. Yuhon chose to talk to Jak without Nyeta knowing. "Jak
when you gonna ask her?"
"What are you talking about?"
"You know damn well what I'm talking about."
"Know I don't."
"Goddamn! Don't play stupid with me you know what I am talking
"Let's just leave it alone."
"You know how she feels. I want you to do this before we die."
"Lyle if we don't live you will regret this. You know how she feels
"I don't want to talk about it okay."
"Shut Up!" they both cried.
"We've got enemy armor closing in. However much I want to listen to
your conversation we have work to do. The Tiagardis have been trying to
reach you but you shut off your com-link," she demanded.
"Primary Lieutenant Yuhon. Anubian armor is closing in. We are
going to engage," the Tiagardi captain reported. As Yuhon turned to see
the threat the Tiagardi already began firing on the Anubian armor. A beam
of energy out of nowhere hit Yuhon's armor. As sparks flew of the
composite armor and reflective energy layer his computer compensated from
the force of the blow.
"I'm fine," he said punctuating it with a direct hit on an enemy
tank. As the shot connected, showers of sparks shot into the air like a
rain of deadly fire. "They're coming in fast, prepare for their second
"Everyone brace for impact!" Yuhon cried over the broad channel.
"We've lost one of our tanks."
"Yuhon I'm taking some heavy fire here. My armor is going to fail,"
Nyeta cried. Yuhon turned his head as he saw Nyeta's MAW lose an entire
leg. If she took another shot she would be defenseless. He turned and
charged toward her. As soon as he reached her he turned to take her fire.
The armor of his MAW began to heat from the reflective energy. "Nyeta get
out. I can't hold their fire for long!" He strained against the blows
from the energy raining upon his mech.
"Elden I can't move."
"Lyle get your ass over here. I'm getting pummeled. If I take any
more I'll overheat!"
"My patrol is losing our structural integrity. We'll be overwhelmed
soon," the Tiagardi captain Delfgri cried.
The air was full of heart rending cries as the once patrol of seven
was cut down to four. The Tiagardi, having weaker armor were being cut
down faster. But Jak and Yuhon were not willing to die without a fight.
"DIE!" they cried and surged forward. He unleashed every single weapon he
had and charged like a swelling tidal wave. "Everyone get your sorry butts
back to base now!" Yuhon ordered as fire constantly peppered his mech.
"We're not leaving you," Jak cried.
"You don't have a choice. I'm a lost cause. But you can get out,"
he smiled, "sorry. I failed your parents Lyle. I was hoping to be best
man at your wedding. I'll be seeing you."
"Yuhon," Jak and Nyeta said with tears in their eyes.
"Take care of him Nyeta, take care of him." That was the last they
heard of him. As he ran toward the Anubian line he scattered their units.
Then he triggered self-destruct and died with one last war cry. His last
words were what impressed upon all there. "IF I'M GOING TO HELL YOU COME
WITH ME," he roared defiantly. The blast from his mech destroyed what
remained of the line. "No," Jak said in a stunned voice.
"Yuhon," Nyeta whispered.
"Nyeta there's no time to lose. Board my mech so we can escape.
Delfgri are you guys all right," he asked.
"I am all that is left of my squad. My warriors were brave to the
end. And your commanding officer was brave as well. Remember, he did what
he had to. This is a reality of war," Delfgri replied.
"Well maybe it is but I hate it!" he said angrily.