Joe Spivey - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 7:01am
Slowly, they completed the journey out of the stairwell and onto the concourse. The escalator slope that led up to the entrance excavation was about thirty metres away. They would need to get right up to the base of it to be able to lob their grenades up into the seething mass of adult ticks.
Joe Spivey - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:01am
Hobbes was backing away, his head slowly moving from side to side as his brain tried to deny what his ears were telling him. He managed two whole steps before making a sandwich of Gregor with Bodil on the other side. Gregor closed his hand around the archaeologist’s right wrist, just in case the he got careless with the pistol he was holding. Hobbes turned his head and looked up into Gregor’s pain filled eyes.
Joe Spivey - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 5:00am
The last of the food was finished and the party set off again. Pretty soon more and more foliage started to appear and the humidity started to rise. Ranger Weis stopped everyone to remind them that they were once again entering the preferred climate for the giant London Ticks. Consequently, weapons were rechecked and caution cranked up a notch or two.
Joe Spivey - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 4:09am
Bodil soon came to realise that carrying a sizeable lump of metal around soon makes your arm ache. She tried switching it from hand to hand, and that kind of worked for a while. Then she tried sticking it into the waistband of her pants like she had seen it done in movies but that didn’t work out as well as she had thought it would.
Joe Spivey - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 3:56am
Bodil, Ellie and Gregor stood and looked at Weis while Hobbes paced up and down looking unhappy.
“No.” Bodil said after a few seconds. “I don’t recall that she did, say, how big they were.”
Joe Spivey - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:25am
With Ellie’s aid, and flanked by Professor Hill and Mister Hobbes, Gregor walked up and down the corridor a few times until he and Ellie between them decided that he was probably strong enough to attempt the journey back to the surface.
Joe Spivey - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:02am
Her ears ringing from the gunfire, Bodil ran to help Ellie with Gregor. Together they laid the bodyguard flat and, still working together as Bodil’s paramedic training kicked in, they quickly and carefully began to examine the extent of the damage to Gregor’s chest and abdomen.
Joe Spivey - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 5:48am
Gregor turned back, his eyes wide.
“We need to go. Now.”
Ellie grabbed an arm each of Hobbes and Professor Hill and turned them towards the exit.
Joe Spivey - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 5:06am
Despite Bodil having seen a pre Fall reactor before, what was visible through the metre thick lead glass window took more than a moment to make sense of. The much smaller reactor at the LifeNet facility in Iceland was mainly a large empty room with a couple of overhead cranes, lots of pipes and gauges and an empty floor area.
Joe Spivey - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:08am
The steps were steep and longer than the ones they had come down to get into the generator hall. They let out into a small unlit corridor with a single doorway off to the left. At the far end of the corridor more steps upwards.
Joe Spivey - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:33am
With weapons cocked, Gregor and Weis cautiously led everyone back the way they had come and in the direction from where the new light source seemed strongest. They rounded the last corner into the concourse and stopped. With the new, but still dim, lighting they were now able to take in the whole of the concourse. Both men surveyed the space along the barrels of their weapons before Weis finally announced it clear from any threat, or ‘seems safe-ish’ as he put it.
Joe Spivey - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 4:08am
While the two of them disappeared into the darkness with only the bobbing beams of their torches showing their position, the remaining trio carried on with the rest of their meal. The comfortable silence was broken by Professor Hill
“Why does Mister Hobbes call you ‘Miss Troy’?”
Joe Spivey - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:58am
“What? Warm? How?”
“Touch it. It’s warm.”
Joe Spivey - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:12am
The ranger disappeared around the corner and when Ellie and Gregor found him a few seconds later Weis had gone past the foot of some stone steps and on through the passage to the other platform.
Joe Spivey - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:59am
The decent to the level of the Central Line was uneventful. By the time they reached the concourse at the bottom the dancing torch beams were picking out very little in the way of plant life. Yes, there was some ceiling collapse and there was a fairly large pool of water being fed by sporadic drips from another great crack directly above them, but on the whole the condition of the concourse wasn’t too bad.
Joe Spivey - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:13am
Archaeologist Hobbes now directed the party through several much more narrow tunnels and then down a flight of stone steps, keeping up a nervous commentary as he did so.
Joe Spivey - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 3:45am
When Weis and Gregor started to get so far away that the surrounding darkness threatened to hide them from view, Ellie started to creep forward to keep Gregor within range of her torch. Bodil and Hobbes followed suit but with Hobbes’ torch now turning like a demented lighthouse to make sure nothing was creeping up on them while they tried to make sure nothing crept up Weis and Gregor.
Joe Spivey - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 3:56am
Bodil turned to the little ranger.
“Ranger Weis, we were wondering if you had any idea when the entrance hole we came down might have been created. It seems to have been made by an explosion.”
Joe Spivey - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 7:14am
No writing today because I had a stupid idea: "hey... pictures!" So I made some pretty pictures lol, well, I tried.
On the plus side, she no longer needed to use the bathroom.
Joe Spivey - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 3:53am
All eyes turned to the new arrival. Gregor took a step forward, which had the effect of stopping the man dead in his tracks. Sufficiently warned, the man’s eyes quickly scanned the four arrivals and then flicked back to settle on Ellie.
When the man spoke his voice held a little keening note of suppressed anxiety.
Joe Spivey - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:13am
The following morning saw only Dr. Awolowo blinking painfully, and perhaps regretfully, in the morning sunlight as he and Ranger Hancock headed out of the compound and then east towards the main settlement of the Gu-Nar. Cybil and Amy met for an early breakfast and to plan how they were going to go about visiting the various offices and conservation facilities of the expeditions that were based here.
Joe Spivey - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:59am
When everyone was seated Bodil found that she had Victor sitting opposite her. Whether this was by accident or by design she couldn’t be sure, but the smile he gave her raised hopes it was the latter.
Joe Spivey - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:33am
Sergeant Glasser again paused for effect. Aside from Amy and Cybil glancing nervously at each other, the Sergeant’s words were met with polite indifference from the others. Professor Hill and Doctor Awolowo were very well aware that exploration in recently radiation cleaned areas was dangerous, both had lost friends and colleagues in the past.
Joe Spivey - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 3:45am
Vertibird flight wasn’t unfamiliar to Professor Bodil Ramsbottom-Fergusen, Hill-Davis. Nor was the noise, or the discomfort of the webbing ‘seats’, or the freezing temperatures at altitude that condensed into rain inside the fuselage as they descended. Nor was she unfamiliar with the heart pounding excitement of the prospect of a dig so far off in the semi-explored wilds of La Grande Bretagne.
Joe Spivey - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 3:39am
A second is not a long time. But the sound of tearing air seemed to linger longer than its actual duration. Nobody moved, nobody said anything. Then the bleachers behind Bodil and Ellie exploded into laughter. The laughter then turned into a steadily growing round of applause until Poppy soon had her very own standing ovation.
Joe Spivey - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:51am
Joe Spivey - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:31am
Bodil spun the dial on her binoculars.
The reticule zoomed in, too much. Nose hairs don’t tell you anything. She dialled it back a bit.
Joe Spivey - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:32am
There was a visible relaxing around the table. As if by magic a waiter appeared and both Bodil’s and Ellie’s drinks were replaced and a fresh jug of iced water provided.
Joe Spivey - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:29am
Ellie and Poppy chatted happily with each other in a mix of English and the expressive sing-song language the furry little animal had used before with Gregor. Both of them used mime, too, to convey what their limited knowledge of each other’s words could not. They looked to Bodil like two infants who had met each other for the first time after the long summer school break and were animatedly sharing their holiday stories.
Joe Spivey - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 2:53am
Although Bodil was intrigued by the procession of colourfully clad men and women descending from the belly of the ship sized aircraft, the optically magnified and electronically enhanced image settled on a creature that was easily as tall as Ellie’s bodyguard Gregor and every bit as impressively muscled. But, though it stood upright like a man the, whatever it was, was covered in a thick grey-blue fur that shimmered and flowed as the creature moved.