Earth Federation Station, 2350
Arriving at the top floor, they exited the elevator and looked at the doors that lead to the first division. Although its a division, only the Colonel resides here. They opened the doors and saw the personnel sitting at the nonagon table turned to look at them. Second division Captain Hiryu was as usual with eyes closed and arms crossed. Kash wondered how Hien was able to work with someone who was quiet almost all the time but he did his work almost flawlessly all the time. Across from him was the Medic division, Captain of the Third division Godot and his Lieutenant, Rebecca Chambers. She smiled towards them as her Captain drank a cup of coffee.
"Don't you get tired of drinking coffee all the time Godot?" asked Xela.
"Don't you get tired of asking pointless questions Captain Siell?" asked a smirking Godot.
"You want to go cyclops?" asked Xela
"You two seriously don't have self control do you?" a voice spoke out.
Not realizing the elevator had left, inside was Captain Jin Saotome from the Fourth division with his Lieutenant Roll Caskett. Before Roll became lieutenant, the youngest member of them was Rebecca. But at 14 years old, her abilities impressed Jin and had her appointed as his lieutenant.
"You're one to talk about self control Jin," said Godot.
"Didn't you destroy half your side of the station because your machine wouldn't accept your updated programming?" said Xela smiling.
Clenching his fist, Captain Jin looked like a crazed man with a creepy smile forming on his face. Before he did anything however, a loud clearing of the throat silenced the room. The Captains and Lieutenant that were standing quickly sat in their assigned seats.
The chair at the tip of the nonagon table turned and the Colonel appeared. Even at an old age, Colonel Ronyar is still the most respected soldier in the Earth Federation Station. So much that he was the one they put in charge of the station. Usually hes away from his office, usually in meetings with other top members from different offices on earth. All the captains and lieutenants listened intently as he began to speak.
"I called this meeting to order in regards to information that was introduced to me earlier. I take it by now you've all reviewed the information about Project 3PD," spoke Ronyar in a loud voice as he looked around. "Captain Hiryu where is the second division lieutenant?"
"Last I heard from him, he arrived to the station about the same time the summons were sent out," he said in a low voice.
"He was securing a prisoner before we came up," added Kash.
"I expect punctuality from my top officers but it matters not, as long as all captains are present here," spoke the Colonel.
"Excuse me but what's Project 3PD?" asked Roll.
"I haven't been told of anything about the Project either," said Rebecca.
"It's a prototype idea that it's doable," Kash spoke up. "A portable version of our portal system."
"How do you know about that and I don't?" questioned Rebecca.
"Easy, the captain left the file out in the open and I peeked," smiled Kash.
Xela slapped his lieutenant upside the head for his answer.
"Yes well, hopefully Captain Xela doesn't leave all important matters available for anyone's viewing," said Ronyar while clearing his throat. "In any case what Lieutenant Howard said is correct, we are trying to get a portable version of our portal available since we can't use the portal until the person returns back from his location."
"How long would we have to wait for these portable portal devices?" asked Godot.
"Not long, I have four prototypes in the lab." said Jin. "I could bring them up if you'd like."
"No, Lieutenant Howard, Lieutenant Chambers and Lieutenant Caskett, the three of you go and retrieve the devices," said Colonel Ronyar. "I have matters to discuss with the Captains."
The three lieutenants got up from the seats, saluted and made their way to the elevator. As the doors began to close they heard the colonel resumed his talk with the captains. As they were halfway to the bottom, they heard a loud boom and felt the elevator shake. At the bottom they saw the cause of the boom. The way towards the second division was blocked off by a wall fire. He saw soldiers from all divisions running around, moving scientists toward the escape pods. The loud speakers were repeating the same recorded message: THERE IS A FIRE ON THE STATION, ALL NON-MILITARY PESONNEL PLEASE EVACUATE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. He stopped a random soldier to ask for an update on the situation.
"What happened down here? question Kash.
"We're not sure sir but a chain of explosions happened in the second division moments after Lieutenant Hien passed through," said the soldier. "We're currently evacuating scientist from the station as a precaution."
Kash thought for a moment and looked at the two girls.
"I'm going to search the division and see if Hien or any survivors are over here," he sad. "Meanwhile you two go get those devices. The elevator went back up not too long ago so the Captains will be arriving soon and the less amount of running around we do the better so move it."
The two girls nodded and made their way to the fourth division. Kash meanwhile went quickly to the fifth division to grab his gear. He was given a weapon that went well with his division specialty; Search and Rescue. He was given a gauntlet that covered his entire left arm and had a grappling attachment to it. Kash began to swing his way out of the fifth division at faster rate than him walking or running. Returning to the wall of fire, he saw its intensity wasn't as great as before but still a hindrance. Kash shot the grappling hook through the fire to what he hoped would be the second division captains room. Hitting a few keys on his gauntlet, he was propelled through the fire with almost no harm done to him. His aim was better than he thought as he had latched onto the door. Inside the office he looked around but found no trace of Hien. As he was about to walk away, he noticed he was stepping on something black. It was three pieces of cloth but something about them worried him.
"Where have I seen these three cloths from?" he wondered.
As he pondered more, he heard another boom. He grappled back to the main area with the cloths still in hand. When he arrived, what he saw blew his mind. The portal device that usually was proudly present in the main hub was destroyed. He turned to the side and saw Roll and Rebecca just arriving with a box. They turned to the portal and Roll fell to her knees.
"He destroyed the portal too?" she said almost in tears.
"Who did this?" asked Kash.
"It was Hien," said Rebecca. "He bombed the second division and stole two of the 3PD devices."
"Why would he steal two?" asked Kash before he realized he knew the answer.
Looking back in his hand was the cloths he found. These belonged to that prisoner he had brought back.
"Is Hien working with that prisoner?" asked Kash. "Who was that guy?"
"I don't know," said Roll. "When we checked the cameras we couldn't tell."
"Gime one of those devices," said Kash. "I'm going after him."
"But we don't know where he went," said Rebecca.
"Yes we do," said Roll wiping the tears away. "Our test run for them are programmed to one location, Metro City."
Kash grabbed one of the devices. They looked like wristwatches but with a big led screen on them.
"Just push the led and open your palm," said Roll.
Kash did as he was told and felt something odd coming from the watch. A ring came out from the LED and appeared on the floor. A blue portal formed on the floor.
"Tell the captains what happened and that I went ahead," said Kash. "Take care ladies."
He saluted to his two lieutenants and the saluted back. He jumped into the portal, with questions swirling in his head as to what would cause Hien to betray the Earth Federation.