This is the final episode in Pine Gap Teaser 06 and I promise today to be more considerate of your stomach. However, if you are a glutton for punishment feel free to check out part one , part two or part three once more.
Again they rode in silence, both officers mentally digesting the impossible horrors they had just witnessed and preparing themselves to inspect the final piece of the puzzle.
Thankfully there were no rigor-mortised remains to punish the senses on level seventy-two, only the twisted metal, shattered electrics and concrete destruction wrought by the fury of the invader. Katana shook her head in disbelief at the damage.
“Was it a bomb?”
“Nope. Stone Gollum.”
“You mean one creature did all this?”
“A Stone Gollum is a pretty big creature Major.”
Katana had never seen such a beast and she momentarily pondered on its destructive power. Finally she asked the question that had been burning on her mind since hurling on her commander’s boots.
“So what is the pattern Colonel?”
Drax kicked a small chunk of cement sending it skipping across the rubble and off into the darkness. When the echos ceased he answered her.
“Ok, the wriggling heap of maggots on level thirty was discovered fresh five days ago.”
“The half-man, half-prison cell on level forty-four appeared three days ago.”
“The hanging nudist was heard screaming two days ago.”
Katana was starting to understand the sequence that would lead to Gabriel’s ultimate conclusion.
“And today a Stone Gollum magically emerged from thin air.”
“Our invaders are getting better at this aren’t they sir.”
“Damn straight Major.”
Drax looked back at the destroyed remnants of level seventy-two one last time, lost in his own musings. They only fly in the ointment was the Nat he found this morning. It was half buried in the floor yet, if it had followed the pattern he just showed Major May, it should have been running around on all six legs spitting poison at everyone.
“All I can think is that because level sixteen is such a larger space than the rest, they screwed up their coordinates.”
He had spoken that last thought out loud and Katana had heard him.
“What do you mean by ‘coordinates’ Colonel?”
“Just mulling over some ideas Major. Lets go chat to some of the inmates and see what they know.”
Pine Gap © Matthew Green 2004