Cortana. "Chief, wake up!"
Upon hearing the
"soothing" voice of Cortana, Master Chief awoke from his small
"What is it?" he
asked, tiredly. "And I hope there're some aliens to kill, 'cause
waking up was not on my agenda."
her image out of his helmet cam. Chief looked at her sourly,
"Sorry to wake
"No you're not,"
continued, bitterly, "I picked up something, and you and the
Arbiter need to hear it."
But you still haven't answered my question."
looked up… and what he saw made his jaw drop in his helmet. Still
looking up, mouth wide open, he kicked Arbiter in the side to
wake him up.
"Ouch!" said the
Arbiter. "Now why'd-oh…"
Above them was
the largest fleet of Covenant ships that anyone (except Cortana)
had ever seen.
Chief turned to
Cortana and looked at her with fiery eyes that, although hidden
under his helmet, burned through Cortana's image. The Arbiter
also looked at her with identical intensity.
Chief, pointing up towards the fleet, "what the fuck is
"That would be a
"I know that,
dammit! What in the hell are they doing
"Oh," she said
with a sly look."Now that you've asked me so politely, they're
getting ready for war."
Arbiter. "With whom? The brutes have no reason to battle the
Covenant. The Heretics are dead. What is their reason for
"The Flood is
"Of course they
are," said Chief. "They're always back."
"But that's not
all. Apparently, the Flood has taken over this
"The Halo we're
on," said Cortana, spreading her arms, "is called Tartarus. We
crashed landed here. You were knocked out by the steering wheel
when we hit hyper speed. There," she pointed behind her, "is our
Chief looked over
Cortana's shoulder, and even though his face was hidden behind
his helmet, she knew his mouth was wide
Before them was
amassive wreckage, consisting of metal shrapnel, glass, and a lot
"How the hell did
we survive that?!" said Chief, bewildered.
"When you got
knocked out by the sudden jolt when we hit hyper speed," replied
Cortana, "you fell on an overshield. It helped
"How did I
survive?" asked the Arbiter.
protected you. It may be old, but its power is far beyond what
examined his armor, then gave Cortana a doubtful
Cortana. "'Far beyond what you perceive!'"
"I take that in
"No you're not,"
interrupted Master Chief.
"Exactly how long
do you plan on doing that?"
"A while," he
smiled. "So, what's our status?"
lucky to be alive, and in danger."
"How are we in
danger? The Flood are easy."
"Do I have to remind you that they have evolved
since the last time you've fought them? Plus, Gravemind is a lot
stronger since your 'death.' And when I say stronger, I mean his
army is a lot larger."
"Do you have any ideas, Miss
"Here is an
idea," interjected the Arbiter. "IfTartarus is totally
overwhelmed by Flood, why don't we listen for them? They are, as
known by experience, very easy to detect. So, all we need to do
is set some bait and be quiet."
"I have some bait
for them," said Cheif, taking out his knife, removing his left
glove, slitting his hand, and squeezing some blood onto the
silent. Not a word was said; not a muscle was moved (not that
Cortana has any muscles); nobody did so much as twitch (except
for Cortana, who, being a hologram, flickers frequently). At
first, nothing came up for quite some time. Finally, a unique
noise was heard.
four-o'-clock," said Cortana.
"Flood Elites at
our seven," said chief.
coming in same direction."
(explosive Flood, not from Left4Dead), "at our
yelled Cheif. "Now we're surrounded! Got any more bright ideas,
"Let us set
traps, Demon," suggested the Arbiter.
is a good idea. Damn, I didn't have time to rant about how much I
really hate Elites. Except for you of course," he quickly added
as the Arbiter reached for his sheathed energy sword.