• Published 30th Aug 2012
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Bloodflow - Flying Wingnut



Jake Gray is a man on a mission, but he is sent to Canterlot by a twist of fate. How will he adjust?

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Infiltrate and Exterminate

My plan of attack was simple: Go into the building, plant the explosives, kill the CEO personally, make my way out, detonate the bombs, and kill every bastard that tries to stop me. Couldn’t be more simplified if I tried. As I walked into the front lobby, I couldn’t help but admire the craftsmanship. The ceiling was easily two stories up, with beautifully carved pillars holding it all in place. Everything inside screamed ‘tasteful and civilized’, from the paintings on the wall to the chairs in the waiting area. The only positive point about the whole area was that I didn’t have to go down to the parking garage in order to bring the place down. I was greeted by two armed guards.

“We need to frisk you before we let you enter. Please raise your arms.” As instructed, I raised my arms, but I purposely let my sleeves slide about halfway down my arms, giving both guards full view of my metal gloves.

“Holy shit, he’s the-” Before he could finish his sentence, I brought my fists down on both their heads, cracking their skulls wide open. At this point, I expected most of the people in the area to either cower or run. What I did not expect was for most of them to pull out guns.

“It’s Bloodflow. Get him!”

“Kill the bastard!”

“Let’s get him!”

I immediately dove behind a pillar and pulled out my pistols as the air around me was temporarily replaced by lead. Almost everyone in the lobby was firing on me, and those who weren’t were already killed in the crossfire. At least I wouldn’t have any moral qualms about blowing the building up, seeing as it felt like everyone from the guards to the janitors had guns. All I could do was take pot shots every once in awhile. Luckily, I was a good shot, so I could put one enemy down almost every time. Eventually, the crowd was thinned out enough for me to run from pillar to pillar, placing bombs along the way. As I ran and shot and planted, their numbers started to dwindle. By the time I was done with the bombs, they were down to two security guards and a desk clerk. At once, I heard all three of their guns go click, and I knew that was the only chance i would get. I quickly closed the distance between us, killing the two people farthest away. As soon as the third guy was done reloading, I was already right in front of him. In a few swift motions, I disarmed him, tripped him, and broke his sternum with my knee. With them out of the way, I proceeded to the executive elevator, so I could meet with the CEO himself.

As the elevator went up, I reloaded my guns and checked my Semtex. There was no complicated thought process. No ‘What have I done?’ or ‘How am I going to do this?’. I already knew exactly what I was going to do, and exactly how I was going to do it.

I felt the elevator slow down, and prepared myself for whatever would be on the other side. As I trained my sights on the door, it opened and revealed a large circular room. It was filled with different machines and contraptions, but what I wanted was at the other side of the room, behind the desk, looking out at the city below through the wall of windows. The CEO spun his chair around and looked me dead in the eye. He was an old man, probably in his 50’s, but he was very physically intimidating. Over his large muscles was an expensive black suit. The nameplate on the front of his desk read ‘Walter Michaels.’

“Ah, Bloodflow.” Walter said. “Or may I call you Jake?”

I said nothing.

“Very well, Jake it is.” He got up from his chair and walked around to the front of the desk. “I assume you’re here to kill me, right?”

I silently nodded.

“Well, we can’t have that, now can we? Guards, take care of him!”

I spun around, eager to meet whoever was going to try and bring me down. When I did, however, I saw nobody. No security guards, no janitors armed to the teeth, not even one of those augmented puppets of his. It was then, I realized, that I had made a fatal mistake in combat; never turn your back to the enemy. I felt two pinpricks in the back of my neck, and after that I felt a few hundred thousand volts course through my body. For 15 agonizing seconds I was writhing in agony on the ground, electricity pounding every nerve ending. As soon as the pain was over, I tried to get up, only to have a knee collide with my face.

“You surprise me, Jake.” he said as he threw his taser to the ground, “After all those years in the force, along with all the crime fighting you’ve been doing on the side, I didn’t expect you to make such a rookie mistake. I guess I overestimated you. Guards, seize him!”

From behind me, two men in black outfits grabbed both my arms, while a third one ripped the taser darts out and frisked me, taking away my pistols, ammo, and Semtex.

“Now, at this point, I would put a bullet in your brain and be done with it.” he said, sounding more and more victorious with each passing second. “However, that would be far too good for the likes of you.” He looked around the room, eyeing each machine, as if he was trying to decide something. “No, I’m going to do something else...something much worse...” He pointed towards one of the machines, a metal circle hooked up to a console with a bunch of cables, and the guards dragged me in front of it.

“Do you know what this is?” He said.

“A piece of Stargate SG-1 memorabilia?” I retorted.

“Funny.” he remarked dryly. “Actually, this is something the boys down in R&D have been working on.”

He hit a few buttons, pulled a few levers, and almost instantly the machine sprang to life. The ring glowed orange, and a dark blue color filled the center of it.

“It’s a device that can be used for transporting things vast distances.” He said smugly. “We’ve already ran some tests with it - basically sending transceivers through it and seeing if we could get a signal back - and we have successfully sent transceivers as far away as Mars.”

“And let me guess,” I said, “you’re going to send me to the surface of the moon and watch my body pop like a bubble from depressurization?”

“On the contrary, I’m going to put in a few random coordinates,” as he said this, he tapped a bunch of different buttons. “and see where you end up.”

His guards lifted me up onto my feet and walked me over to the front of the portal. I knew I wasn’t going to make it out of the building alive. ‘Even if I did manage to escape the guards’ grasp,’ I thought, ‘I would be shot almost immediately. Even though I had increased reaction times, I would never be able to actually dodge a bullet. I could try to take some of my stuff back, but I would have to deal with the other two, and they would kill me before I had the chance. Even if I used the detonator, which they completely missed somehow, I’d be killed in the explosion and collapse of the building.’

“So, any last words, Jake?” he said, constantly sneering at me.

I said nothing.

“Very well, then. Guards, throw him in.”

I could feel the guards reeling back to throw me in. I closed my eyes, ready to accept my demise. As they pushed forward, they let me go. I didn’t resist. I didn’t fight it. I was pushing late 30’s, I was tired, I was done fighting.

‘What the hell are you doing!?’ my inner voice said, ‘Are you giving up!? After everything you’ve been through!? After what this bastard did to your family!?'

‘I’m done,’ I thought. ‘Nothing I can do now. I’m a dead man. As soon as I go out the other end of the portal, I’m going to end up in space, where I’ll die of asphyxiation.'

‘Ok, fine. You’re probably dead. That doesn’t mean you can’t take that slimy motherfucker down with you. Blow the building. You’ll die, but at least he won’t live.

‘Wait...you’re right. Just because I’m dead doesn’t mean that he should live!'

As I was going through the portal, I reached my left arm out, and grabbed the edge of the portal. I had a shitty grip to begin with, and the fact that the portal was pulling me in didn’t help.

“Hey! Walter!” I yelled. He turned around and raised an eyebrow quizzically. “Your guards forgot one thing!” I pulled the detonator out from my pocket and held it out above my head. His eyes grew wide in a mix of surprise and fear. Before he could say anything, I pressed the button. The building immediately vibrated, and I could see the floor slowly starting to sink. I let go of the frame and let myself fall back into the portal, flipping everyone the bird as I fell. The last I saw of Walter was him falling through the floor as the portal closed, and I was left in a void of nothingness.

‘Finally...it’s over. So tired...so...very...tired.’

I closed my eyes, waiting for the cold embrace of the grim reaper to claim me. I didn’t fight it. I welcomed it. There was nothing left for me. I had lost my reason for existing. I didn’t have a career, didn’t have a family, and I had finally exacted my revenge. I simply embraced my fate, and waited for death.

But death never came...

<==+==>

Princess Celestia had just finished this evening’s meeting with some diplomats from the Gryphon Empire. It was nothing serious, just some trade agreements that needed to be renegotiated. However, it was exhausting all the same. She couldn’t wait to just curl up into bed and get a long night’s rest.

The solar princess walked the halls with two of her guards on either side, trailing slightly behind. As she walked, she passed the different window murals of past events. She couldn’t help but admire the craftsmanship that went into each one, faithfully depicting each important scene in history, from the banishment of Nightmare Moon to the repelled changeling invasion.

After a few minutes, she arrived at the doors to her chambers. They were a solid gold, adorned with beautiful carvings and jewels. The two guards took position on either side of the door and stood tall, puffing out their chests and putting on their most intimidating neutral expression.

“Good night, gentlecolts.” Said Celestia. “Stay vigilant.”

“Yes, your majesty.” they both said in unison. They both popped a quick salute and opened the doors for their princess. As she walked in, they closed the door behind her and retook their positions, making sure to stay extra vigilant for their princess.

Celestia immediately removed her royal garments and threw them to the side. Then she hopped up onto her bed and levitated over her reading glasses and a book. She was reading the latest addition to the Daring Do series: Daring Do and The Secret of The Crystal Hooves. As she was reading, she could feel herself slowly drifting off to sleep. However, before she could, she heard an unearthly sound from her balcony. It sounded like a mix of electricity and the screams of the damned. She went to open the balcony to see what was going on, but before she could, something crashed through the doors and collided with the other end of the room, making a massive dent in the wall. As it slid to the floor, she noted that it was actually a living creature, but one unlike anything she had ever seen before. It had hands and feet instead of hooves, and was covered head to toe in clothes.

“Princess! What happened!?” The guards burst in through the door to find a huge mess, a startled princess, and some sort of creature dressed in red and black.

“Get this...whatever it is... to the doctor! Now!”

“Yes, your majesty!” Immediately, the guards scooped the creature up and ran with it to the palace doctor. Celestia followed close behind. Whatever it was, she just hoped it was still alive.