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          The Few
  "Alright men, let's do this swiftly. We move in, we move out, five minutes tops!" The leader of the division said, standing firm as his unforgiving voice gave out orders. "No screw ups. If we fail, those Covie bastards get to Reach." He said. The others that were receiving the orders didn't move. They knew the risks were high, they were merely too well disciplined to show any worry. "Now let's discuss what everyone's roles are in this assault." Their leader continued. "We'll have five Pelicans drop us off. Peterson. When we land, you and your squad start with a direct invasion straight to their front gates. You better keep knocking 'till those gates open up. Franklin. Your men will then move in when they open them up. Snake. I want your sniper squad on the ridgeline three clicks east of the L.Z." He ordered. His men nodded in acknowledgement. They all knew that their leader's orders were to be followed to the letter if they were to succeed; though, if things went astray, they would be able to adapt.
  "Grubbs," The leader said. Grubbs began giving more attention than he already had been. "You and Aaron will move in to follow Franklin's squad, you know what to bring." They nodded, they knew exactly what they were about to do to these Elites. "And Travis," Travis raised his head in hope, "you're on ship duty." The leader said adamantly. Travis frowned. He looked down at his hand and started mumbling to himself. No one said anything about it because this is normal for him.
  "Okay," The leader began again after a small silence, "does everyone know what they're duties are?" His troops all straightened in their posture. "SIR, YES SIR!" They all shout at once. "All right, let's move to the hangar." The leader ordered. Thunderous footsteps then sounded the halls, echoing throughout the empty hallways and rooms of this small stealth ship. The leader followed behind his troops. He was the soldier that had earned his place in command of this division, worthy of being called a warrior by the extraterrestrial adversaries. He was the leader of this band of soldiers. He was Lightning.
  The ship. The glorious, top secret, Palphazarè class ship was what held all 63 soldiers of The Bolt, a top secret and elite division of the UNSC. It is a squadron of what used to be 75 soldiers, made to react to sudden defensive maneuvers to protect all of the UNSC's planets and satellite worlds from any invading forces. Lightning was the squad's leader. A Spartan II and the only soldier that the other members of the bolt could see themselves have to command them.
  The second in command slot has been filled again after Lightning's brother Thunder passed in the incident on Circumstance. Thunder died there for this war and The Bolt wasn't going to let his sacrifice be for nothing. The new second in command was General Vanessa Aldrin, a beautiful woman, 24 years old with jet black hair and gorgeous forest green eyes that ensnare you any time you even glance in her direction. Truthfully, Lightning had taken to liking this woman. That is, until his brother died. He couldn't even look at her after his death. He denies that his brother's death has made him clouded in a deep sadness. The crew knew he was lying but would never tell that to his face. But still, Lightning trusted Vanessa to be his second in command.
  The men finally got to the hangar bay and started towards the pelicans. The cargo bays opened, letting the men hop aboard and prepare to lift off. The operation began here. In pelican 19-24-Alpha 3, there was dead silence. Tension flowed throughout the drop ship and gave a dark mood to the trip. One of the men aboard decided to break the silence. "So, who's uh… ready to uh… kill some Covies?" asked the soldier. "Would you shut up Pierce?" Lightning snapped. "I swear you just never shut your god damn mouth!" The crew could tell that he wasn't in the mood for a nice fireside chat. They then began their main descent towards the planet. The pelicans pierced the atmosphere like a hot knife through butter. They easily slid through the atmospheric pressures threatening to crush them like insects. It felt as though there was a personal vendetta to crush all life out of the metallic flying beasts about to land upon the soils of this Covenant civilian planet,
Lospherus. The pelicans simply hovered in complete peace; however, it didn't last. "All right, clock starts now. Five minutes people, let's go move, move, move!" Lightning shouted, his Midnight Black armor with Golden secondary glistened in the sun's rays. He stood there looking like a natural born hero, but everyone knew he was far from it.
  After twenty seconds Peterson's squad made it to the gate, they used their specially modified satchel charges to blow open the huge, ten ton gate. It only took one of those powerful monsters to obliterate it. The ridgeline took only thirty seven seconds to take. Snake and his men annihilated the guards in their towers. Franklin's men went in after the gates were destroyed. They started shooting their way through all the armed forces, however few there were. One of Franklin's men got a little cocky and paid dearly for it; an Elite drove an energy blade through his throat. The fight was still too easy for them; it only took two minutes for the battle to end. Medics then entered the premises to give aid to the two that were injured and Jonathan, the one who died. After they left, Peterson and Franklin's men steeled themselves for their next part of the assignment. They then entered the village.
  The civilians were shocked to see the soldiers knocking their doors down at first… until they opened fire. The walls were painted with their deep purple blood as the soldiers combed through the houses, massacring them without warning. The men of the households stood and fought to defend their families, though their efforts were in vain, they had nothing to use as a weapon. During a sweep through one house, a female was gunned down after she had turned a corner. Her mate was one of the few who had fought in vain earlier. The squad was about to continue to the next house until the sound of light but rapid footsteps came from the hall that the female had just come out of only to meet her demise. A small male Elite, a child, ran to his mother's corpse. He said something in his language as he shook her body, tears streaming down his face as he tried to wake his mother but to no avail. He then noticed the lone soldier walking towards him. He didn't know what was going on or even what the soldier was. The child stared into the soldier's emotionless visor and spoke something to him in his language, as if asking for help. The soldier pulled out a magnum and put it to the child's face. The following shot echoed in the empty house as the child fell over backwards to lie next to his mother and join her in death. The soldier holstered his magnum and turned to face his squad. "That was fucked up." One of his squad mates stated. "We have our orders." The soldier replied.
  Grubbs and Aaron came in through the destroyed gates carrying a mongoose sized bomb strong enough to destroy a whole Covenant Assault Carrier. They planted the bomb and started walking out of the city, Vecxtsar, a Covenant vehicle and ship manufacturing city. The remaining soldiers of The Bolt then emerged from the Elite's homes, covered in the blood of the civilians they just massacred. The assault took only four minutes and fourteen seconds. "We did okay men, but I'm not impressed at all." Lightning said angered at how "long it took".
  The men were unhappy with his response and they trudged slowly aboard the Pelicans. The bomb had about two more minutes until detonation. Lightning decided to take off anyway. The men advised otherwise, but he didn't listen. They took off and the crew knew all the hard work, sweat, and blood they had just committed into this operation had just been wasted. But then right as they exited the atmosphere, the bomb blew up a minute earlier than it should have. "Holy Shit!" Screamed Vladimir. The blast hurled their pelican deep into the darkness of space. They were helpless as they and three other pelicans drifted further and further into space, the bomb had an EMP in case any enemies tried to flee the site. The other two pelicans that had taken off last were vaporized by the blast. Unfortunately their genius idea got them into a doomed situation.
  Lightning spoke a command into all the helmets of his crew, "Everyone, bail from your pelicans. Put on your reentry packs and bail. Our Pelicans wont reactivate for another six hours, and I don't think that moron I left aboard the ship even knows we're out here so eject to Lospherus. Once you land, meet at Groaghes."
The crew understood, they put their reentry packs on and, once everyone was ready, ejected from their Pelicans. They used the vacuum of space to suck them out and give enough momentum to carry them towards the planet. The men felt as though they were being ripped apart but they kept going.
  They reentered the atmosphere, getting bruises and dents in their armor from the force. Once they all entered the actual airspace, everything went to hell. The winds picked most of them off and whisked them away, far off target. Luckily, their reentry packs slowed them down enough so that they wouldn't be incinerated. The Covenant fired with Shade Turrets at the men as they plummeted through the sky. They were terrible shots, however. Out of the fifty five men who started on this mission, only fifty three had made it to the Pelicans. Now, after going through the atmosphere, only thirty six remained.
  The crew finally hit the ground. One crashed down still conscious. However, he landed three hundred miles off course.
Only three people landed in the city of Groaghes. Seven of them landed right outside, the rest landed from ten miles away to as far as six hundred thirty seven miles away. The entire crew was totally scattered and unconsciously lying where they landed. The Covenant troops walked over to the three unconscious bodies lying in the city while Jackal scouts grabbed the seven that landed outside. As the Grunts dragged the lifeless bodies of the three who landed in the city, they heard a beeping noise emanating from the one with black and gold armor. A voice came from the Spartan's helmet and scared the
Grunts. They ran for cover, screaming. After three minutes of hiding, they realized the Spartan wasn't moving, so they went over and listened to what it was saying.

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#############Error Code 598076239 Distress Command Code 65282 Initiated#############
############Assistance required for Spartan SV78 Delta V-098S2 Mk. IX Proto############
#############################Urgency Level RED##########################
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"What is thing saying?" asked one Grunt. "I dunno," said another. "What is it?" questioned another.
"I am Karen" says a voice within the helmet. "Huh? But you're voice isn't of demon man?" One of the Grunts said. "Correct," replied Karen, "I am an Artificial Intelligence depicting myself as a female"
"Huh?" The Grunt asked. "I assist my operator in battle by giving him strategic advantages; maps, armor enhancements, and valuable information in or out of combat." Karen explained. The Grunts all looked at Karen as if she was speaking in some language that they had never heard before. "In other words, I make this man strong" Karen said with a sigh. "Oh… Why you no say that before Ms. Head Lady?" The Grunt asked.
  Before Karen could respond, a squad of Brutes approached, carrying two of the Spartans. One of them looked at the Grunts and roared. The Grunts whipped around and started running from the hulking primates. The group of Brutes all laughed as they grabbed the three troops. They eventually deposited them into a dark room littered with chains and other devices. They were kept under heavy surveillance by Drones, Grunts, Brutes, and Jackals. Soon they would wish they had died on impact like some of the others.
  The first to gain consciousness was Lightning. "Anyone else up?" He whispered. There was no response. He waited another ten minutes and saw one of them waking up. "You ok?" He asked. "Yea, yea…" Vanessa said, rubbing her head. "Geez Lightning, I've never seen you so scared." She said grinning. "Oh ha, ha, Vanessa. Even in a moment of darkness like this, you still have a sense of humor."
  The other Spartan woke after about six minutes. "Sorry sir. I must have fallen asleep, how can I make it up to you?" He asked. Lightning chuckled. "Greg, its ok." He assured. "No, I'll make it up somehow, sir!" Grubbs replied. "Grubbs, could you shut your mouth and stop being such a goody two-shoes?!" Vanessa yelled. The whole place went silent after that, the only thing that could be heard was the Drones flying towards their cell. But instead of shutting them up, they threw in another member of the Bolt. It was Franklin. Vanessa screamed at the sight of his mangled body. His left arm and right leg were completely blown off. His face was completely ripped off of his skull. But that wasn't the worst part. The worst part was, unbelievably, that he was still alive. Alive with no eyes, lips, nose or anything related to his face. His heart was still beating and he was still breathing out of the two nostril holes in his head. "That's fucked up!" Vanessa stated.
The First Chapter: The Few

Intro to story, Invasion of Vecxtsar.

Special thanks to Lolsforlife for editing my errors.
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lols4life Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Grammar Nazi was here >_>
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lols4life Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent updates. The grammar Nazi approves.
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trfrdavis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
oh good... I always need approval from them!
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lols4life Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty good story line, though i'll need to talk to you about the grammar.

SO SPEAKS THE GRAMMAR NAZI!!! >_<
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Rougewarrior74 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice travis! You did quite good with this..... im impressed!
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trfrdavis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
yay! thank you and your 5 and 6 are great! I can't stop reading.... have you seen any of my new cards (like my new favorite)
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Rougewarrior74 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, have seen your new cards and I must say heyare great! And thank you!
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