This is my first Dead Space fan fiction. Please tell me what you think of it and feel free to give me any advice, just please be nice about it. I hope you enjoy. :D
The group found a small apartment room that had only one vent inside, and decided to take a rest inside. The room's door was already in pieces, with the pieces scattered on the inside of the room. The bed was covered in blood, and a severed leg was all that remained on the bed. Ken sat down, as Lily watched the vent and Jason watched the doorway. Ken looked at the ammo count for his father's tool, it had only six shots left. He couldn't reload. All the access ammo was at Timson Tools, in his father's office. He sighed and stood up. "I'm gonna run out of ammo soon," he told Jason and Lily, "we'll have to find a another store."
"Why didn't you tell me that when I was hacking that store," Jason asked, a bit annoyed.
"Jason relax. We have to stay calm," Lily said.
"And be quiet, there could be more of those things around here," Ken said in a whisper. Faded growls were heard from a few close by apartments. "Lets move."
After an hour, the group has traveled through several corridors, all having blood splattered along the walls, floors and, most disturbing of all, the ceiling. A roar was heard, and a creature running on it's hands came charging around the corner. The creature leaped at Lily, pinning her to the floor. "AH! Get this fucking thing off me!" Ken kicked the thing off, and Jason shot a javelin at it, spearing it to the wall. The creature roared in pain and squirmed around trying to get free, and started lashing its bladed tail around at a futile attempt of attacking Ken, who was standing the closest to it. "Oh my god," Lily gasped, sitting up," I-I know him! Thats my cousin!"
"What," Jason asked. "You mean, these things are human?"
Ken shook his head," used to be human. Whatever they are now, they don't die easily. Come on, let's keep moving."
As Ken and Lily turned to leave, Jason stared at the thrashing creature. "This is what Unitology promises? Fuck them." He aimed and shot the tail, killing the creature. He then caught up with Ken and Lily.
The group arrived at the tram station, only to find that it was already leaving. Ken saw only a glimpse of who was inside. It was a engineer; Ken could tell because he saw the engineering R.I.G. the man was wearing. "Shit, the tram left already," Jason yelled angrily.
"Jason, shut up," Ken yelled back. Before the argument could continue, a blood chilling roar came from one of the tram tunnels. A monster emerged from the dark tunnel. The legs were horridly lacerated, the right arm was a limbless corpse. The left arm had four bone blades on the side. It roared, and charged at Jason. Ken pushed Jason out of the way just in the nick of time. Lily began shooting the thing's legs, but it had little effect. The monster turned and spat a strange bile, but missed Lily. Lily looked at where the bile hit; nothing. No sizzling, no fumes. Nothing. She then looked back at the monster, which seemed to be listening for any sounds. Jason got up and began firing his Javelin Gun at the creatures shoulder. The monster screamed and charged at Jason, who dodged.
Ken watched helplessly. He couldn't do anything, and if he did, he wouldn't be any help if something worse appeared. Ken then noticed something, the monster had no eyes. "It attacks by listening for sounds," Ken said quietly. He waved to Jason and Lily, and gestured them to stand still. Lily nodded, but Jason shook his head, but stood still, thinking they're about to get killed anyway. The creature, much to everyones surprise, stopped thrashing around and began walking carefully, now relying on touch to find them. Ken picked up a piece of shattered glass and threw it near the entrance the tram tunnel. The creature snapped its head toward the direction and stomped to where the glass landed. Lily saw what Zen was doing, and since she had a better angle to the inside of the tram tunnel, she grabbed a small rock and threw inside the tunnel, making an echo throughout the dark tunnel. The monster roared and charged down the tunnel. The group waited for the sound of stomping to end. Once it did, they all sighed in relief. Jason reloaded his weapon.
"That was a close call," Jason said. "How'd you figure that out Ken?"
"It never focused on just attacking one of us, just the one who was making the most noise." Roars of other creature where coming closer. "We gotta keep moving. Screw getting more ammo, let's just get off the Sprawl."
With the tram gone, Jason started kicking the luggage around angrily. "Goddammit!" Ken, as Jason continued to curse and abuse the suitcases, was trying to find another way to the shuttle. He saw three options: Either hold out and wait for another tram, go back the way they came, or walk down the dark tram tunnel. With these monsters running around, that wasn't a good option. Suddenly, a R.I.G. log opened on Ken's, Lily's, and Jason's R.I.G. It showed the door that lead to the room that they were in.
"What the fuck," Jason said, annoyed. Then the view changed, to show monsters roaring and gurgling.
"Oh no," Lily exclaimed, horrorified. "They can't open doors right?"
"I don't think s-" the video then showed the door, and two sets of clawed hands start to hack the panel, which then the video feed cuts out. "Fuck, we need to go, now!"
"Where to, genius!? The dark tunnel?"
"Look! We could either sit and argue, or run and get a head start," Ken yelled back. "Lily, lets go!" Ken then runs down the tunnel opposite to the one the beast ran down.
"Fuck!" Jason ran after them, just as the door opens, unleashing the horde of mangled, mutated bodies after them. The horde ran down the tunnel after them, gurgling and screaming at them. The trio could only see the silhouette's of the monsters. Lily, in front of everyone, led the way with the flashlight from her Plasma Cutter. She suddenly looked to the side of the tunnel, and saw an open door.
"Look! A way out!"
"Inside, hurry," Ken yelled. The tunnel becomes more illuminated. "Oh no. A tram's coming!"
The light got closer, and it didn't seem like they'd make it. "BOOK IT!"
Lily leaps through the door, with Jason right behind her. Ken, just five feet from the door, sees the front of the tram.
"Hurry Ken," Lily screams, terrified and worried. Ken leaps. The tram rushs past the door, the sounds of bodies splattering against the metal hull of the tram fills the air. Then silence, and darkness.
Ken shuts the door, and yanks some wires out of the panel in order to keep it locked. He heart is pumping loudly, he almost got hit by a tram, with monsters that were mutated from cropses behind them. He saw his life flash in front of him. But he made it.
Jason stood by the other doorway, standing guard as Ken and Lily caught their breath.
Lily smiled, and jokingly said, "worst date ever."
"Yeah, and hopefully not the last," Ken replied.
"You two love birds need a minute alone," Jason asked. Ken and Lily shook their heads, and stood up. Ken looked around the room, using the flash light from his fathers prototype. And he saw something. An out dated PFM-100 Hydrazine Torch Flamethrower. It was better than what he had, and he could use it to help conserve what little ammo everyone had. Ken picks it up, and clips the other tool to his side.
"Found something useful."
"Just watch where you point that thing when you pull the trigger," Jason snorted. "Come on, we should get moving."
After leaving the room, the group walked quickly and quietly through the halls. Jason, who was in the lead, stopped. "Why did you stop," Lily asked.
"Dead end," Jason sighed," unless you want to go through a maintenance vent." He steps aside to show an open vent, with a trail of blood leading to it.
"Those things use the vents. We shouldn't use them," Ken replied. "We need to find another way."
"There isn't another way! The halls only led to here," Jason said. "We have to use the vent, or we're sitting ducks!"
Lily stood between them, then looks at Ken," he's right. I don't like it either, but it's the only way out."
"Unless you want to go back through the tram tunnels," Jason laughed.
Ken growled. He hated it when Jason was right. Because when Jason was right, he rubs it in his face. "Fine. You go first, the Lily, and I'll cover our rear."
Jason climbs into the vent, stopping at the first crossway. Then Lily climbs in. Ken, susicious of how quiet it has been, looks around the room with the flashlight on the flamethrower. He saw a flash of eyes, but not like the monsters from before. It screamed, and ran after him like a raptor. Ken jumps in the vent, and fires his flame thrower at the thing. "GO! GO!" Jason and Lily hurried down the vents, going as fast as they can, and Ken following behind. "Take the next right, It should take us in the general direction to the shuttles!" Jason turns, and Lily looks down the vent before the turn, and sees another monster with a bladed tail. She shoots at it, but with such tight quarters, has difficulty keeping her aim steady. The creature roars and rushes her. She shoots, severing an arm. It growls in pain and anger, and crawls toward her. "MOVE," Ken yells. Lily lunges down the vent Jason went, and Ken blasts the thing with the flamethrower. The monster quirms as it burns, then lays still, dead.
Ken rushes down the vent, and see the opening Jason and Lily went through. Ken climbs out of the vent. "Ken, you might not want to make a lot of noise," Lily said quietly.
"Why," Ken asked before looking out the large window infront of them. Behind it, more than twenty of the creatures were draging bodies to the center of the room.
"What are they doing," Lily asked, horrified.
"I don't know," Jason said, "but I don't want to stick around to find out. Come on." He walks out a door, leading away from the window, with Lily and Ken behind him.
Rounding a corner, the group finds a EarthGov security office. "Finally," Jason exclaimed, "maybe we can find some real weapons."
"Yeah," Ken said, "or maybe a working shuttle." The three advance, finding bloody bodies of both the monsters and the security force dead on the ground.
"Oh my god," Lily gasped, looking at the blood and guts on the ground. She folded down her helmet, and puked off to the side. Ken went to her side.
"You ok," Ken asked, concerned. He knows how she feels. He's almost thrown up several times already, but fought to hold it down.
"Yeah, it's just that... How did this happen?"
"I don't know" Ken replied, a bit of fear in his voice. He then turned to shut the door.
Jason, on the other hand, understood what was happening. After piecing everything that he heard: The teachings of Unitology, about transcending death; the rumors of people going crazy from hearing voices, muttering about the Marker and monsters. Somehow, the Marker, or some crazy zealots, is responsible for all this. "We need to get off The Sprawl."
Ken nodded, "let's look for a working shuttle, or at least some Pulse Rifles." They looked at the bodies of the officers. Only one had a Pulse Rifle next to him. "Seems that others already raided the office."
"Yeah," Lily said. "I'll go in the back and see if I can find a shuttle." She goes to the back of the docking bay. Ken starts searching the cabinets for any ammo or, if he's lucky, another Pulse Rifle. Jason, while everyone was searching, stood guard at the door, just to be safe. Lily comes running back. "There's a gunship here!"
"Really," Jason asked, feeling hopeful.
"Yeah," Lily replied, feeling pround of herself. "It needs to fuel up, but it's in working condition!"
Ken smiles. Finally, they can get away from this nightmare. "Alright, let's get this fueled up and-" He's cut off. His R.I.G. made a pinging noise.
"What was that," Jason asked, annoyed.
"My dad's close by," Ken exclaimed. He opened a vid to his dad, but got only static. "Dad? Dad!"
A fuzzy voice was heard, "Ken? I-is it really you?"
Ken almost cried. Not only out of joy, but also because he would have lost his only family. "Yes dad. Where are you?"
A grunt of pain was heard, "I don't know. I think I'm by the school."
"That's a few floors down from where we're at. Dad, find a place to hide, I'm coming to get you!" Ken ended the vid, and set his locator to his fathers R.I.G.
"Are you crazy!? We just found a working shuttle, and you want us to leave it to find your father," Jason yelled.
"No," Ken replied. "Lily, how long do you think it'll take to refuel the gunship?"
Lily hesiated, but reply, "maybe twenty or thirty minutes."
"Alright," Ken nodded, and looked at Jason, "if I'm not back by the time the ship's refueled, leave me."
"Ken, no. I'm not leaving you," Lily cried.
"Ken... It could be a trap," Jason said sadly.
"No, I'm not leaving my father to die! He saw me as his son! After all the trouble I've caused, he still saw some potential. And if it is a trap, I'll fight every monster to my last breath to get my father out of here!" Ken turned to Lily and hugged her," I'm sorry, back I'm going alone. And I don't want you to worry about me. All I care about is that you get away from this nightmare."
Lily, tears streaming down her face, shook her head," n-no. Ken, I love you. I'm not going to let you die here."
"I know, but I don't want you to die because of me. But I'll make it back before the gunship's refueled. I promise," Ken said, giving her a kiss on the forehead. He then picks up the Pulse Rifle and hands Jason the flamethrower," barricade everything, and lock the door when I leave."
Jason nodded, " I knew you were a crazy son of a bitch. But... Now you're sucidial."
Ken smirks," and you were a stubborn bastard. So, I know you won't let any of those things get through the door." He reloads the rifle, opens the door, and walks outside.
"Remember," Jason started," thirty minutes." Ken gave him a thumbs up, and Jason shuts the door behind him.
Ken ran down the hall and reaches an elevator. "I will make it back in time," he whispered to himself. The elevator opened up, Ken entered and pressed for the floor the school is on. The started to close, but the tracks for the door started to spark, making a loud grating noise, and the doors stopped. "Fuck!" Ken ripped off a panel and began to rewire the elevator. A roar was heard. Ken looked and it was another one of those monsters that he, Lily and Jason encoutered on the tram station. "Oh no," his eyes were wide, and he hurried to rewire the elevator.
The monster screamed and charged toward Ken. Ken's heart was racing. The pounding that the creature monster made as it was charging was distracting him. Ken put two wires together making sparks fly, and the door slamed shut just as the creatures head was past the doorway. The monster roared in annoyance and spat at Ken before the door decapiated the beast. Ken breathed a heavy sigh. "Too close." Ken looked at the head, and kicked it lightly, and the head violently screamed. "Fuck!" Ken jumped in surprise, stomping the head. The head was silent. "Scared the shit out of me." The door opened to show the hall to the elementary school, bodies of dead monsters and limbs cluttering the floor. "Looks like someone was here." Ken looked around for ammo. He moved a body with the front of its chest melted away and found a some credits. "What luck!" He grabs the credit chip but a nearby body jumped up and lunged at Ken. "Gauh," ken yelled, the thing tackling him to the ground. the monster was missing an arm. It growled, and swung at Ken. He rolled away from the attack, and pulled the trigger on the Pulse Rifle. It didn't take long for the creature to fall over dead.
Ken, panting heavily, grabbed the credits and went to the store that was right next to the elevator he came from, restocked on some ammo for the Pulse Rifle, and bought a couple small packs. "It's not much, but'll do," he said, using one for now. He turned around and headed for the blood stained door of the school. "I hope the all the children were evacuated," he said, passing through the door after it opened.