“See these links here?” The scientist who had done the video analysis pointed at the enlarged frame to a couple thin silver lines running from the halo-like headband into the president’s head. “I believe this is how the aliens control their non transformed slaves, the ones that are still living and breathing in the conventional sense.”
“What would happen if we clipped those links?” The general inquired.
“There’s no telling,” the scientist admitted, “perhaps nothing. Or maybe death. We have no clue what preventative measures have been taken to keep removal of the halo from taking place. There may not be any. Or…there may be such an intricate preventative measure that we would risk detonating some hidden explosive that would destroy everything within a fifty foot perimeter.”
“Then,” the general understood the scientist’s meaning, “death is the most merciful measure should we have a chance to save these poor souls.”
“Affirmative,” The scientist nodded.
“Alright,” the general sat back, “continue with the next bit analyzed.”
“We also analyzed the video of the laboratory,” the scientist continued, “and though we were relieved to find that this was not the lab where the mindless slaves are made, we found that something much more horrible takes place in that lab. Something that transforms, twists, the individual subjected to the tortures they put captives through into something far more dangerous.
“As we watched, a captive human was hooked to wires and tubes and energies run through him. as these energies were run through him, something else was being done. Upon closer inspection, we realized that one of the aliens was being spliced into the captive. These aliens are a kind of cosmic parasite that feeds upon other races of beings. We, in essence, were intended as their food.
“But while the alien feasts upon its host,” he started the enlarged video so that we were now watching what he was describing, “it uses its host as a way to travel and fight. They are, after all, fairly defenseless when not feeding. And they are far from human in appearance.”
“Can they infect a human without the aid of the energies?” The general pressed.
“If what we witnessed was accurate, they have to be introduced through the tubing,” the scientist responded, shaking his head, “perhaps at a larval stage. Sort of how a mosquito infects us with malaria.”
“So,” the general surmised, “they are nothing more than a giant germ.”
“Yes,” the scientist nodded, “for the most part…though they are far more intelligent than your run of the mill virus or bacteria. or even your average nematode.”
“Can we find a vaccine or cure for them?” The general insisted.
“we are working on that,” the scientist confirmed, “using the dead alien we captured.”
“What is your time table on such a thing?” The general asked.
“Weeks,” the scientist affirmed, “maybe a couple months.”
“Make it your number one priority,” the general commanded.
“Yes sir,” the scientist nodded.
“How are the weapons coming?” He asked.
“We have successfully replicated their rifles,” a weapons tech confirmed.
“And the warcraft?” He pressed.
“It’s proving to be a bit more complex,” the tech admitted.
“any idea on when a replicated one will be ready for testing?” He was not happy.
“Two to three weeks,” the tech nervously replied.
“make it in two,” he ordered, “we can perfect after the first tests are complete.” He turned to me. “I need you to go back in and plant more bugs. Find other vents. See where they all lead. See if you can find the lab where the techno-zombies are created. We need to know how they do it. And how to stop them.”
“Yes, sir,” I saluted, “when do you want this done?”
“Immediately,” he frowned.
“Consider it done,” I saluted again.
“How is the armor coming?” He turned his attention to other issues and away from me.
“Jeff’s armor is ready to be tested,” The weapons tech averred, “as soon as he wishes to test it.”
“I will test it out this round of recon,” I offered, “I am also willing to test the other weapons as well.”
“Good,” the general smiled, “if the weapons work well, and without much difficulty, we’ll expect enough to be made to equip all who are currently here in camp.”
I suited up. The armor was tight, but surprisingly light. though tight, it allowed for a great range of motion. The alien rifle snapped into place on the back as if by magnets and yet, was easily accessed when needed. the pistol snapped on the hip for quick access.
Something told me that the technology had not originated with our new invaders, but had been adopted by them when they had destroyed the original owners. Just seemed like a thing an intelligent parasite would do. Steal alien technologies.
After all, man was sometimes just as parasitic. We tended to steal things from others and call it our own as well. And we were a race of beings. Not a walking bacteria.
Once I was all suited up, I boarded the plane. I was ready to go in. I was ready to do what I had been asked to do.
But this time, I was armed with their weapons and was protected by their armor. This time, I was testing their technologies against them if I needed to. And I hoped I did.
“What’s our destination?” I asked the pilot.
“The aliens have expanded their zone,” she began, “so I cannot drop you at the airport where we dropped you the last two times. I can’t get you anywhere near the ship now.”
“What does this mean?” I queried.
“I have to drop you at the abandoned airport in Canton,” She responded, “and you will have to journey the rest of the way either on foot or by stolen automobile.”
“Ah,” I smiled at her, “I get to hotwire a ride. Hope someone left their Harley so I can travel in style.”
“Meet me back at the Canton airport in four days’ time,” she admonished, “and we’ll head back to HQ.”
“Will do,” I replied.