Fort Zeta: ORIGINS
By: Darian Henderson
I was there in the middle of the road. All around me houses were burning and I could hear every sound coming from inside the homes. The sound of gunfire snapped me from my trance. My father who is an ODST was running at me yelling and firing at an unknown enemy. As he got to a house he looked at me and I could see him mouthing “Run Travis get out of he-”. Then another shot fired and I seen my father drop. I ran to his aid but by the time I got there he was gone. I picked up his gun and ran not knowing who killed him. I found my house, Ran inside and hid under my bed. I heard more gunfire and heard a familiar voice scream. Mom I thought to myself. And then I heard it the sound of hinges breaking and it was then I knew they would soon find me.
Two Hours Earlier
It was a beautiful day in Saint Jacob's Ville. My family and I were out for a picnic on the hill just outside of town. Then suddenly disaster struck, there was an explosion downtown. My mom began to panic and we rushed down to our car to see what caused the explosion. As we got into town we saw people running away from where the explosion had happened. We decided it would be best to turn around and head home but then we seen someone drop. They had a bullet wound through they're chest that could only be caused by a M6C 50 caliber hand gun. We got out and ran to our house which was only about two minutes away from where we currently were. When we got there my dad told us to stay inside and he ran up to his room. A few minutes later he came back holding an MA5B Tactical Assault Rifle (TAR) which had an attached scope. He ran outside, My mother and I ran outside behind him and that's when it happened. That's when my father had been shot.
Three miles above the atmosphere, In-Amber-Clad drop pod room.
Jack Curtis prepared his armor and his Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR). A voice over the intercom said “Drop in Five ODST's get to your pods lets go lady's move it, move it, move it.” They began running to they're pods and the voice said “dropping on my mark 3... 2... 1... Mark!” the pods began to shudder as they loosened and were ejected towards the town. Jack told his squad over they're TAC COM's “Impact in 5 seconds get ready people!” as he finished speaking they impacted, The doors of their pods shot off flying forward. “You know what to do save as many civilians as possible I’m going to Murphy's to see if him and his family are still alive. Let's move ODST's!” They all ran in different directions and he went to the Murphy's. Jack could hear screaming and gunfire and he knew that he was getting close. He arrived and the front door had been kicked in and Maria Murphy was there on the porch dead. “NO!” He yelled as he seen his colleague who was also deceased. He ran into the house to find a few dead rebels and his colleague's MA5B TAR. Then he heard it the whimpers of a child. “Travis?” Jack asked in a concerned yet somehow frightened voice. As he said that Travis ran from the closet and hugged Jack with hot tears flowing down his cheeks. “Shhh it's alright Travis they can't hurt you now.” “Sir all living civilians rescued. Shuttle will be here in five. How is it over at Murphy's?” asked one of his squad mates. “They're dead except for Travis, I'll meet you at the rendezvous Jack out.” Jack said to his colleague. Wiping the tears from Travis' cheeks he said “Come on buddy let's go home.” Five years later Travis joined Jack's squad and became the rank of corporal. After that they were sent to Fort Zeta to guard the facility.
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