Friday, 12 August 2022

The Battle Of Eaton Field Part 2

 Angel looked at the officer, the Land Rovers driver had walked over and joined them as well, a middle aged man, with blonde brown hair and a none discript face, the uniformed officer acted subordinate to him, Claire took note of this as it suggested this guy was probably a spook of some type. He carried a tablet, and was tapping away quickly, Angel began, " They were tall, had bright red skin, muscular, they had backwards jointed legs, a long skull with a black iron collar on its neck and it looked like brass and iron plates rivited to their skin." the driver looked up, and turned the tablet around,

"Could you please repeat that again, I wasn't able to type that fast, you can press here," he pointed to the start recording button, "and repeat what you just said," Angel hit the button and repeated herself, "thank you." He turned the tablet round and muttered to himself as he swiped quickly, Kat was going to make a joke about this not being the time to be going through a dating app, when he flipped the pad back around with an image that looked similar to the creatures they'd just dispatched, that had been hand drawn and scanned at some point.

Around the group the soldiers assisted the nurse to triage the injuries, police, fire fighters and ambulance crew arrived, and started to ferry the injured to hospital. The group was discussing tactics and the driver was very heavily fishing for information about how the weapons worked, when a loud crack was heard coming from the Gothic building in the centre of the grounds that could be seen over the Tudor buildings nearer to them, all the colour drained from the Head Master's face, as a sound of breaking glass and sliding stones began. The driver got his phone out and dailed someone, "Right now, Eton playing fields." he waited for someone on the other end to reply before putting his phone away, and joined the red coated soldiers running to the back of the Land Rover, one had jumped in and was handing SA80's to the others, as well as 3 spare clips each. The 2 remaining copies of Kat came back and stood waiting for action. A lot of the children were still on the field. Kat looked around, "Protect the kids, get them as far away as possible, only let them into the care of police and if you can, come back, I think we're going to need you." The copies dissolved into smoke and glitter and moved to shepard the boys out of harms way.

"Form up on Orange, she's the centre," the driver ordered, 3 went on Angel's left, 2 and the driver on her right, Claire and Kat each took a flank. The squad advanced on a gap in the buildings the dust was billowing from, as they reached the ginnal there was several pulses of infrasound, and the Gothic building collapsed in on itself. The squad advanced through the narrow passage, Angel with shield and spear with a red coated solider on each side, SA80 at their shoulders. The officer spoke into a radio mic that was in his collar, "Nahim here, requesting heat detection equipment for building rescue and trained users. Send more troops as well." the ear piece precluded anyone else hearing what was said, "yes armed, potentially breach situation at Eton school." Angel glanced back at him,

"You say that like you guys have dealt with this type of thing before?" she asked. The driver replied

"America wasn't the only place that the Church of Joseph was active you know, we had are own response to their shenanigans." He glanced up and around as he said this, as if expecting something to happen right then, the only thing heard was the sound of sirens wailing and stones sliding. The squad reached the end of the ginnal and spread out, the near end of the building was intact, the damage was more towards the front of the building. They rounded the corner and saw the pile of rubble and dust, and in what would have been the centre of the building was a second scar on reality. Several of the red creatures had already pushed through, the first few were beginning to move towards the town. Behind them were a  few creatures wearing golden armour and perfectly proportioned bodies in the areas the armour didn't cover, as they took these in another creature pulled itself through, this was was tall and wiry, with green coloured skin and a single eye in it's head, a second one was quickly following it. This one turned around and started hacking at the scar with its jagged sword, making it bigger, something on the other side had started doing the same as cracks of eye watering colours appeared on this side, spider webbing out. A hand punched through, long green fingers unfurled, with jagged and filthy nails, they grasped the edges and pulled, breaking a large chunk off and pulling it to the other side, it wasn't long before it was back pulling more of reality away and casting it behind itself, the one on this side hacked and punched at the Scar, the one on the other side pulling the broken parts away, another of the green things pushed past it and through into the real world, closely followed by another.

"Sir?" One of the soldiers asked, the officer looked at the driver, just then the 2 copies of Kat arrived back, Kat looked around.

"Go to the street, stop those things getting into the town for as long as you can" Kat ordered them, they burst apart into glitter and smoke and streaked past the group of monsters and after the red things heading to town, Nahim looked to the driver, 

"Sir? Major Beckenham, sir?" 

"Focus fire on those at the  breach, the others should be here soon," he turned to Angel, Claire and Kat, "Angel, can you do what you did before on this Scar?" He asked her. 

"Yes, once it's clear." 

"Good, Claire and Kat you can expect some back up shortly move forward, take down everything that isn't human between here and the houses on the other side of the road, Nahim is there a perimeter set up yet?" 

"A basic incident tape line," He replied, looking at the creatures putting holes in reality. "Armed units are being rerouted back, 12 minutes out."

"We have a plan, let's make a start." Major Beckham stated, Kat and Claire moved around the group and headed towards the human looking creatures in golden armour, the soldiers opened fire on the green things, the SA 80's deafening in the enclosed space, Angel's spear blasts did far more damage to the creature but the shear weight of fire distracted the creatures from making the hole bigger. 

The Golden Armoured pair stood, proudly and watched as Kat and Claire advanced on them. Kat's hammer heald low, and gauntlet at her face level, Claire buckler high, sword pointing at the creature facing her. 

"Diamond brilliance!" Claire shouted, a dazzling rainbow of light blazed in the narrow passage, blinding the pair briefly, Kat stepped in quickly, swinging hammer in an upwards arc, catching the thing under it's chin, it staggered back, Kat twisted the hammer round so the spike was the striking face, stepping forward, she spun around, swinging the spiked end at chest height. It penetranted the armour with little effort, and dropped the creature to its knees, one last swing, brought down on the golden helmet ended the creature. 

Claire moved forward as the rainbow blazed, sword point leading, aimed at the neck of the golden warrior facing her. It staggered, throwing the sword off, so it grazed along the gorgout, Claire back handed the creature in the face with buckler twice, then punched it in the face with her sword hand, stepping back she rammed the sword into its face, the blade was covered in foul black blood. 

As the second creature fell a lightning storm hit, and 6 warriors stood there in armour that looked like late 4th Century Roman Centurions. All 3 friends could hear a faint hum, almost like the singing from their own weapons, coming from the armour and weapons of these new arrivals.

"You're late!" Beckham shouted over the rapid, semi automatic fire from the guns. The figure with the horse hair plume on his helmet stuck 2 fingers up at him and advanced on the red creatures. 

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