Suicide Squad was approaching their objective fast, but silently. They were evading Covenant patrols, and making their way to the Covenant weapons area quickly. Athios was leading his squad right into a firefight that could last a lifetime. Yet, the members of the squad were packing enough explosives to take out five scarabs...each.
Eventually, the squad was at their prime position. An area perfect for launching their surprise explosive attack. Athios turned to Paul and McKinley and pointed to higher ground. Paul and McKinley instantly started to move, the would provide cover fire as Folee and the others began to destroy every piece of equipment in their path.
Athios looked at Jaclyn who nodded, they both fanned out on each side of Folee, as he who was carrying the rockets, would cause the most damage to the outlying Covenant area. Folee looked at Athios, who held up his fist, and then brought it down. The all clear signal for Suicide Squad.
Folee cracked his neck and removed the rocket launcher from his back. He looked around, no alien was in site. He stepped out of the thicket of tree that surrounded him and looked around. He wanted to do this efficiently, effectively, and quickly. He wanted this to be part of the 5% of the squads missions where someone didn't die.
Folee knelt down on one knee, scanned the area and saw a huge stockpile of explosives next to a few phantoms lined up. Elites were monitoring grunts and jackals as they offloaded gear. Folee grinned and brought the rocket up. He lined up a shot with the explosives and fired off the first rocket, immediately he turned towards the farthest phantom and fired a rocket. Folee immediately began to reload and figure out another area to fire at.
The first rocket impacted the explosions and all hell broke loose. Grunts and jackals flew everywhere, equipment flew onto other aliens, impaling or crushing them. The phantoms were so close to the explosion that a chain reaction began, destroying each one down the line. When the second rocket hit, the elites barking orders were engulfed in the flames. Cohesion in that area of the Covenant landing zone was lost.
That's when the Covenant noticed Folee in the open. Grunts and jackals started to charge his position, but sure enough they were getting taken out by the combined fire from Paul and McKinley on the higher ridge. Folee by now had reloaded and turned his attention to an area littered with vehicles and fuel cells. Folee used this to his advantage and fired off two rockets, aiming for the left and right side to bring the explosions to the center.
Luckily, it worked and the vehicles began to explode one by one as the fuel cells literally added fuel to the fire.
Folee then went down to reload his rocket when an elite decloaked in front of him.
Folee: Oh fuck!
The elite roared in Folee's face, but his shields were taken down by DMR fire and Folee, grabbed the knife from his boot and slammed it into the elites neck, drowning him in his own blood.
Folee then looked around, elites were decloaking all around and grunts and jackals were approaching them..fast. That's when he was contacted over the comms by Athios.
Athios: Alright, Suicide Squad! We're bugging out! Regroup at rally point Charlie, on the double people!
Folee grabbed his shotgun from the ground and ran over to Jaclyn and Athios, regrouping. Together, the group broke from the thicket and began to run towards the rally point. Paul and "Dirty Joe" stayed above them, covering their tracks for a few moments before being fired upon. Once that happened, the two broke off and ran down the hill, regrouping with the other three. The three ran from the Covenant force behind them.
Paul: Sarge, we never hit the weapons depot!
Athios: I'm aware Cross! We're gonna try and hit it past the rally point.
Athios looked behind him as he ran, both the Cross' were in tow, with Folee and Dirty Joe ahead of them.
Athios: Cross'! Get ready to throw your C4!
Both the Cross' nodded as they ran past. The entire Covenant area was on high alert, with an entire battalion of vehicles destroyed from Folee's rockets.
As the team ran, they passed the weapons depot, but it was littered with Covenant troops heading towards them. Athios shook his head, there was no way the C4 could get in deep enough to cause any type of damage. Maybe a dead grunt or two...they had to bypass it, unfortunately.
Athios: Scrap the weapons depot! Dirty Joe, call the evac bird!
Dirty Joe simply nodded and contacted the Vigorous Inferno.
Dirty Joe: This is Corporal McKinley of Suicide Squad! Mission is in the fire, we are under heavy fire from Covenant forces and need immediate evac!
Instead of the usual bridge officer, Dirty Joe was answered by an individual much higher up.
Harrison: This is Vice-Admiral Harrison...I have been monitoring your progress. You sure did a number down there, but that area is way too hot for a pickup! I am sending down one of my specialty pilots at Rally Point Echo...lose those Covenant troopers!
Dirty Joe: Aye, sir! Heading to Rally Point Echo and losing the Covenant!
Dirty Joe looked behind him, Suicide Squad had heard the whole thing and their radio and were double-timing it into the forest. Hopefully with the added thicket, and darkness, they would be able to lose the Covenant.
Athios was now leading the squad again and into the forest, eventually he started to slow down as the firing stopped. He didn't want to make a lot of noise as his squad moved through the forest.
Athios: Activate thermal...keep an eye out, currently two hundred meters from the evac site.
The squad all activated thermal and slowed their approach. They took it step by step, never moving too fast, nor too slow. Nothing was on radar and nothing could be seen from thermal. All things considered it was a good mission...even if they were unable to hit the weapons depot. No deaths...two areas destroyed and the Covenant weakened a bit on the ground.
Athios was smiling, they were only a few dozen meters from the evac site.
That's when Athios heard Jaclynn yell. He turned around to see nine elites decloak in front of him, one of them was holding Jaclyn by the throat.
Paul immediately opened fired on the elite holding his sister, who had to drop her from the impact. This gave Folee and Dirty Joe the advantage of opening fire on the others and giving Paul enough time to grab his sister and drag her away. Athios ran at the elites, firing his shotgun at the closest ones and dropping their shields.
The elites however, outnumbered them, and each of them was carrying an energy sword. Folee and Dirty Joe were being approached by four elites, whose shields were holding against the fire. Folee managed to kill one of the elites before being smacked away and into a tree, losing his shotgun in the thicket. Dirty Joe on the other hand began hand-to-hand combat with one of the elites, but was in a losing fight.
The Cross siblings managed to get away, but were quickly caught up by two elites, who managed to pin them both to the ground.
Athios, was charging at one elite, as his shotgun had ran empty. But the elite grabbed Athios mid run by the neck and threw him into a tree. Athios fell to the ground and looked around....his entire team was disarmed..scattered...broken. Athios looked around, his weapons were gone, and the elite was approaching him, the energy sword burning the grass as he approached. Athios had only two thoughts under his mind.
The end of the Suicide Squad and...
The honor of being put to death under the sword.
Athios leaned against the tree, and took a deep breath, his sides hurt, and he could feel a large piece of wood stuck inside his thigh.
Athios sighed and shut his eyes. He took a deep breath as he knew the elite was almost near him.
That's when he heard the instant thud of a drop pod land. He opened his eyes and to his amazement, saw the elite crushed underneath the drop pod.
Within moments, the drop pods door flung opened and hit another elite square in the face, decapitating him. Instantly, an ODST jumped from the pod and fired two shots from a sniper rifle, killing the closest elite. Within second, this ODST had killed three elites. Only five remained.
The ODST fired his sniper at another elite, killing him.
The ODST dropped the sniper and switched to his Socom. He charged the two elites pinning the Cross siblings.
He fired off his Socom magazine, bringing down the shields on both of them. That's when the ODST slid near a dead elites body, grabbed the energy sword and charge the two elites. He swung once, slicing one elite's stomach. He then spun and stabbed the second elite, killing them both.
By now the last two elites had charged the ODST.
The ODST saw this coming and removed his knife. He had only enough rounds to take down the shields of one elite. The ODST fired the entire clip and drained one elites shields, he then threw the Socom at the second elite, who cowered behind a tree. The ODST charged the elite whose shields had drained and slid right below him, throwing his knife towards the elites face.
The knife landed right between the elites split-mouth, impaling his head and killing him.
The final elite had now charged the ODST and slammed him right into the gut. The ODST groaned, but elbowed the elites head and the elite released his grasp.
Elite: You believe you can beat me?
The ODST shook his shoulders and then looked around, seven elites laid dead because of him.
The elite roared and charged the ODST. But, the ODST saw this coming and ducked down, grabbing the energy sword embedded in another elites body. In one fluent motion, he picked up the energy sword, knelt down, and thrusted it outwards. The elite ran himself into the energy sword and impaled himself. The elite looked down at the ODST...as blood began to pour from his mouth.
The ODST pushed the elite down and then stood. He looked around and noticed Dirty Joe, and the Cross siblings getting up. The ODST ran over to Athios as Dirty Joe went to help Folee.
ODST: You alright?
Athios groaned as he tried to stand.
Athios: I think something is in my leg...
The ODST nodded and then looked upwards, he began to speak into his radio.
ODST: I need you to land in the clearing now...yes, I have them. Five members...secured. Get me a stretcher, too. Inform the Admiral.
The ODST looked back at Athios, who still laid against the tree.
ODST: Reports indicating that they sent elite teams after you guys once you cleared the thicket. Routine search patterns...that's why I was dropped, we knew they would find you.
Athios nodded, he looked at the ODST and was about to thank the ODST for what he did, but the ODST stopped him.
ODST: No need to thank me...
Athios chuckled. He looked at the ODST.
Athios: Could I know the name of the ODST that saved the Suicide Squad.
The ODST nodded, he laughed.
ODST: Irony at it's finest right there...but yes.
The ODST dimmed his visor, revealing his face.
ODST: Captain Jacob Sharpmen...and believe me..
Jacob paused and looked at the bodies of the elites, he then turned back to Athios.
Jacob: The pleasure is all mine.