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May 12th, 2009

I'm back bringing you another serving of Full Metal Panic: Approaching Nick of Time.  Obviously I'm not the type of person who talks a lot.  So I'm gonna cut this short and let you enjoy this installment. 

Chapter 3: Yansk 11


  The transport Helicopter that Sousuke and Tessa rode flew away, visiting the neighbourhood with an ominous silence.  The two units of <Paib Mare> and Kurz' unit, were standing by on the third site 5 kilometers from the ruins, and only picking up Tessa on her contact.  The pilot Gebo 6 demanded that they wait in this area, but Tessa quickly refused.  If by some chance the enemy attacks, being hidden in a far away point would allow them to react easier.
  The cold wind of the twilight flutters, weeds shaking with a weak whispering sound.  The remaining echo of the helicopters downward air current echoes a delayed eerie shriek in the nearby pillar of the building.
"This way"
  Tessa operating the digital map of the portable computer, started walking towards the northwest direction.  Wearing training shoes and short pants below, on top was a thick sweat shirt and a loose flight jacket.  A bag filled with plastic explosives was hung in her shoulders, but she carries no gun.  The place seems like a place to make a picnic, but with the scenery of ruins like this would not be enjoyable.
  Sousuke wears a black pilot suits with a tactical vest on top.  His weapons are a 5.56 mm calibre carbine gun with 6 reserve magazine, hand grenade and smoke bomb, and two incendiary grenades.  He is also carrying as much C4 explosives he can carry.
  And also the usual Glock 19.  After his dying encounter in Namsak, Lemon's colleagues picked it up.  Although not an excellent pistol, he has grown attached to it because of using it for nearly two years.
"Where do we go from here?"
"To the Plant at the north side"
  She answered, looking at the distance of the road, quickly walking on with a pondering face.  Sousuke fell silent and followed behind.  Certainly there are no signs of the enemy, but he thinks that it is unnatural to let him be the guard alone.  In order to have a sure escort, it would have been better to have the armed crew of the helicopter accompany her.
  Seeing through the doubt of Sousuke, Tessa said.

"Is it a mystery that I brought you along alone?"
"Yes"
"The truth is I intended to come here alone.  But if I were to choose some one, I think you would be the most competent."
"?"
"The secret of [Whispered] sleeps in here"
  Not minding Sousuke's surprise, Tessa continued.
"You are the only person who uses the <Laevatein>.  The one who created it was Miller-san, using the basic system of Al and the <Arbalest>.  The one who created that <Arbalest> was a person called Bunny Morauta.  The one who directly rescued Miller-san was also you.  I was also saved by you by a number of times.  And the one whom you have to get back no matter what is Kaname-san.  The one who have the most encounter on [Whispered], even if you search the world it would be you Sagara-san"
  If you say it that way, that may be so.
  Although there was no positive proof, If Nami who he lived with him in Namsak was one, that will be an additional plus in names.  Leonard is also the same.  He still doesn't fully understand, but he is also a [Whispered].  With that, the rare persons with special ability, he had deep connection to 6 [whispered].
  As usual, Sousuke doesn’t fully understand this thing about Whispered.  But coming all this way, it can't be concluded as coincidence, he can feel some sort of destiny.
"I do not know whether this is coincidence, or a special kind of fate.  Even if I look at this I believe in God.  No matter in what shape, if God does exists---- Sagara-san, in order to save us, you might be the saviour that God had sent us."

"That's...."
  A saviour is no joking matter, Sousuke thought.  It is certain that there is a strange coincidence, but he is only a soldier.  He can't do anything except to shoot the bullet in a required place, he is only a man.  He was unable to save Nami, and he doesn't know if he will be able to save Kaname.
  However, for Sousuke at the ships deck, the girl named Miller also said something similar.
  Such words were no jest.  She thanked him with regards to Siberia, while he said his thanks for her regarding Al and the <Laevatein>.  Miller herself was generally recovered, and now is working in cooperation with Hunter's information department, Sousuke also have explained in summary his own condition.

  And then when she was about to leave she said with a smile.
(Although there is no basis for this, you may be the one who will save us---)
"It's not that I'm putting pressure on you"
  Tessa gently said.
"It's just, that is the mysterious feeling that your strength makes.  In an old Chinese proverb, there is a saying [Before God presents you with a great mission, that person shall be given great suffering to test his strength].  You have continued to suffer all your life.  But, passing those suffering would cultivate that strength.  It is the same as rebuking a useless girl like me.  Even though you were living in the madness of the battlefield since you were small, why have you not lost that gentle heart?  There might be meaning in that.  Possibly to ascertain our ruin----"
  He was surprised at her words saying [useless girl like me], but he still welcomes her perseverance of such joke.  He did not deny such impossible words, but only expressed it through impression.
"I don't really understand"
"Me too.  But I am only telling Sagara-san all that I know.  That was what I was thinking."
  Tessa stood to a halt, and turned around.
"That is the reason why I brought you here."
  Sousuke was hard pressed for a reply, she only smiled and headed forward.  For a time there were only the sound of their footsteps and the sound of the wind.
  When they came about the residential district, Sousuke immediately noticed the wreckage of an automobile in the road.
  There are bullet holes.
  Not only on that wreckage.  If you look carefully, the smashed houses and building, even the road surfaces have traces of bullet holes and explosions.  There were also apparent traces of great conflagration.
(There was battle in this city....?)
  The two of them are getting close to the North side of the abandoned secret city.
  In that area was remains of large chemical plant.  Rusted and complex structure intertwined close together, the residential district hangs about a different eeriness.  A number of extended pipes, and chimneys that had fallen to a black shadow, a hollowed rows of Silo and tank.  It has a scene of a corpse of an unknown giant creature that is lost past dead.
"Captain.  This city..."
"In the current Russia, there is no one who knows about this city.  With Coup d'etat and civil war, the records are mostly lost.  Even in my work, I managed to investigate the existence of this city but---- there were no results.  But recently, we managed to get a hint.  It's Miller-san.  From her observations in the sealed up institution in Siberia, the name of a certain person came out.  With the difficulty of that person’s circumstance, the results of Lemon's investigation in the public documents in Moscow, we managed to ascertain the existence of this secret city <Yansk 11>"
  The chemical plant seems to have been involved in battle.
  The unnatural collapse of the silo was noticeable.  Several tanks were lost from the base, fragments of pipes and steel frame were rolling on the ground considerably.
"Please be careful, Sagara-san"
  Tessa said.
"This plant seems to be the [center of explosion].  It's not really harmful to the body, since it's already been 17 years I think the effect would be little, but it will confuse the mind of those who approach."
"The mind?"
"Yes.  The experiments that were conducted here, were extraordinarily special.  Probably, there are facilities underground."

  Tessa operates the digital map, and surveyed the panoramic view of the plant.
"Please be careful, Sagara-san"
  Tessa said.
"This plant seems to be the [center of explosion].  It's not really harmful to the body, since it's already been 17 years I think the effect would be little, but it will confuse the mind of those who approach."
"P...please wait"
  Being attacked with an unexplainable ominous feeling, Sousuke interrupted her words.
"What's the matter?"
"just now, didn't you just repeated what you said?"
"Aah"
  An appearance not specially surprised, Tessa nodded.
"Deja vu right.  This is also one of the effects.  Even before when we landed, Weber-san and the others said it.  You felt it too didn't you?"
"I felt it"
"Having everyone fall back away, was because of this.  This might feel bad, but please endure it.  If you preserve your will, usually it won't happen.  There are many occurrences of deja vu being stupefied."
  Sousuke can feel the drop of sweat in his back.  How can she be so much composed?
"Then.... are you alright? this..."
"yes.  For us, this usually occurs.  We usually don't tell this to others, you won't even notice it if you grew accustomed to it.  Nevertheless for an ordinary person, they usually experience a light deja vu right?"
  Sensing the manner of Tessa's speaking, occurrence of such phenomenon is not frequent.  Still he possibly can't get used to this.
"Let's go.  It is probably just ahead."
  Tessa minding her feet, entered the plant.

"It might be better to talk about something possible.  Did you notice the bullet holes?"
"Yes.  Rifle shells, Cannons, RPG Explosions....it seems to have been a considerably flashy gunfight. Exactly what happened..."
"Probably.  It's the cause of the experiment."
  Tessa said straddling the rolling pipe in the ground.
"I think it was such a pitiful and disastrous occurrence.  The residents of this secret city, their minds must have been contaminated by the experiment.  Much worse than this deja vu, they were in a much serious condition.  When the confused guards started attacking, it must have escalated from then.  There are no detailed records, and no person to give testimony, and we don't know what happened...."
  After Tessa recited with heartbreaking a heartbreaking voice, the confusion that occurred here must be something unspeakable.  Did those who lost their sanity committed limitless violence?  There is no difference from true hell.  Looking at the traces of battle, Sousuke could imagine that much.
"Exactly, what kind of experiment were conducted here?"
"The [Visheojaya Sphero] experiment"
"[Visheojaya Sphero]?"
"In English it would be [Omni Sphere].  ...although its a long story, please listen."
  Tessa made the introduction, and started the explanation as she walked.
"The [Omni Sphere] is a territory which was made by the mind of men.  A world which cannot be touched or seen by the eyes.  The Omni Sphere could not be observed by standard physical sensors.  It is a totally different dimension from the usual recognized world we have.  At the same time, the Omni Sphere mutually interferes with the material world.  The chemical circuits that are passing though the brains of the humans, was to be able to access this Omni Sphere.  The opposite is also affirmative."
"I really don't understand----"
  Looking at the Sousuke's appearance of not satisfied with the explanation, Tessa made a smile.
"I'm sorry.  It must be too forward.  Actually the general idea of the Omni Sphere originated from the past.  It is the imaginative and philosophical implications.  It may even be called the [spirit world].  In Greek manner it would be the world of Idea.  In the words of Jung it is close to the general idea of a collective unconsciousness."
  Suddenly speaking of the occult, Sousuke was bewildered.  For Tessa who leads a modern war using the latest weapon, it was such an inappropriate topic.  However, he did remember hearing of the [Omni Sphere] before.  The <De Danaan> or the <Arbalest>---- And now loaded into the <Laevatein>.  Words that are related to the Man Machine Interface called [TAROS].  Surely TAROS is an abbreviation of [Transference And Reaction Omni Sphere].
"In the distant past, there were many forms transcending the mental world.  The Brain Quantum Theory and Complex System Science, and the development of a super large scale operation device, these were scientifically described, utilized and thought of by a genius.  A person called Demitri Valov.  He conveniently called that world [Domain that comprehends all (Omni Sphere)].  There was no article remaining concerning the Omni Sphere, but before the first half of the 1970's, the Soviet Science Academy were researching Telepathy and Future prediction."
"Telepathy, you say"
"The [Philadelphia Experiment] or the [UFO of Area 51]. There were a lot of dubious talk about those right? Surely those talks were questionable, but the American-Soviet institution researching supernatural abilities itself were true.  Mostly, success of neither were not captured.  Created from wanting the budget of the army and intelligence institution, there were many random researches made."
  Also what the pilot of Gebo 6 said earlier, [soldiers going mad from the military research and so on and so forth] was another story.  While living in Tokyo, Sousuke remembers that such subject were present in the TV programs that Kaname and the others watch.
"But, Professor Valov was different.  While he contributed to the field of Nuclear Energy, Information Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, he was also a true researcher.  Like the first [Passive] Stealth technology, the basic theory applied was thought out by him."
  Proceeding inside the plant, the footing worsened.  The stairs of the sunk half floor were rotting away, Sousuke went down first and held out his hand for Tessa.  Because she was slow, she jumped into the arms of Sousuke and safely landed.
"Thank you, Sagara-san"
"No.  Please be careful where you step.  Because of the conflagration, everything is damaged.
"Yes."
  Tessa took out her torchlight, and then proceeded further inside the plant.
"I don't know what circumstances made Professor Valov notice the existence of the Omni Sphere.  Anyway, for some reason he was convinced of the existence.  And the with the success of a small scale experiment, he managed to get a suitable results in the closing years of 1970's.  In this time of season, the appearance of Professor Valov's name were extremely limited in official documents and scientific records.  From an outsiders view it may be seen as if he was an old researching with his fortune declining, but it was natural to be interpret that his research would be treated as an important secret for his country.  He also seems to have political strength inside the academy.  And so to be able to press forward his research at once, this secret city was constructed...."
  He was being attacked again by deja vu.  He noticed that he was listening to the talk about Professor Valov a number of times.  Sousuke shaking his head, he asked her a question.
"Why is his research an important secret?"
"The value of using the Omni Sphere.  There is a world that would not be restrained by time or space, and be able to move your own mind freely, being able to access our physical world at will, do you know what kind of possibilities there can be?"
"I can't imagine so"
  While imagining, Sousuke could not understand half of what Tessa said.  The explanation of difficult theory and numerical formulas, about time space or mind, it is a difficult question for a realist like him.
"For example, an extremely high precision prediction can be made.  When an enemy attacks with a nuclear missile.  When would an important political leader of the enemy die.  What would be the weather of the day of the planned attack?  Earthquake or---- that's right, when would a large scale solar activity occur?  If you knew of the accident that the enemy does not know, using that how will you be able to win a war"
"I see...."
"You can also use telepathy.  In an area of distance which ordinary communication is impossible, you could exchange a large amount of information.  Contrary to that, peeping into the head of another person, and make suggestions to control him.  Or if you could [hack] into the head of the president of the United States or Secretary of National Defence, there would no longer be a need for wars.  This could be controlled by the superpowers.
"If these were possible----"
"It may be possible.  Speaking in theory it is possible, there are countless technical hurdles to be crossed.  But if you make use of the Omni Sphere, by no means are these pipedreams.  Even the most important secret of a country, will no longer be a mystery right?"
"Eeh"
"There are still more.  To be comparatively simple, making use of Omni Sphere is an interference technology that affects the physical world.  It is a system that converts the image of the user into physical strength.  This is already in practical use."
"Do you mean the Lambda Driver?"
"That is correct.  However, the name of that equipment is used as a masquerade. An [equipment that drives the Repulsion ? (Lambda Driver)], or it can also be called [Hollow Cord Repulsion Field Generation Device], what the device produce is not only the repulsion.  A device that amplifies the quasi physical phenomenon that was produced by the interference of the Omni Sphere.  It's original name is [Omni Sphere High Velocity Connection Interference Reactor]"
"[Reactor]?"
"Yes.  The general idea of it is of a reactor.  Originally, the interference of the Omni Sphere in our physical world is weak.  The behavioural effect to a degree of a feeble molecule.  From our habits, even without knowing ourselves the Omni Sphere passes, affecting the surrounding substance and energy."
"That is.... in other words, this is how I see it but, it moves the surrounding substance?"
"Yes.  That itself is being done unconsciously by anyone.  The significance of it, is that everyone is an esper.  However, those effects are not observable and minute, and anything happening could not be seen by the very eyes.  What is unfortunate is that with strict experiment such phenomenon could not be observed or verified.  If it is possible to isolate in the room the effects of the outside environment, it might be possible to observe the Omni sphere's interference reaction to the physical world.  But making those observations are humans themselves using scientific and electrical machines, the surroundings will definitely have noise, if those noise were ordinarily measured----"
"I'm sorry Captain.  I absolutely cannot understand...."

"Ah...I'm sorry.  Anyway, it means that any humans has a small amount of [Psychokinetic Power]."
"I see."
  Sousuke thought, even with a bad companion that makes the blood in the head circulate, being able to be modest and kind enough to explain, is one of her personal virtue.
"And then the ordinary occurrence of micro interference reaction, the Lambda Driver connectively amplifies this.  The brains and the nervous system of the Human is like an engine that is produced by the Omni Sphere's interference reaction.  An AS loaded with a Lambda Driver, increases the humans enormous electrical energy that the human nervous system could not bear, which is not possible in the natural world---- that is the reason for the drawing out of unusually strong interference reaction.  Previously, it was said that the [<Arbalest> was another you].  That is the reason for that.  It's not like it will copy your personality, but the <Arbalest> or <Laevatein> traces the many section of your nerve activity."
"Ha...."
"Sagara-san, you were thinking of [why aren't aircrafts, tanks or battleships equipped with Lambda Driver] right?"
"I do.  That way would be more efficient right.  No.... if that's the case, then could it be...."
"That's right. In order to operate the Lambda Driver, a unit that imitates the function of a human is required.  Moreover the interference reaction of the physical world created from the Omni Sphere, such catalyst will be subject to the extreme condition of humans, further more will become evident upon rational behaviour.  The peerless concentration of an experienced soldier, the circumstance produced from such mental state---- in others words something that is essential in battle.  Therefore, the condition for a machine loaded with a Lambda Driver, is having a source of power with a high output, the characteristics of being able to survive when participating a dangerous battle, and a vehicle that imitates a human body."
"In other words an AS"
"That's right.  Because its an AS, it is the ideal machine to load a Lambda Driver.  Well then---- with that, don't you think that the existence of a weapon called AS itself is strange?  Even though it is a humanoid from that would be inefficient in battle, why would the AS take a leading part in land combat.  In such a circumstance, unexpectedly becoming the ideal weapon."
  Tessa was speaking in a manner implying that the AS was developed in order to load the Lambda Driver.  After Sousuke escaped from North Korea, he remembered Kalinin saying that [these things should not exists].
"Then....AS are practically useful in the battlefield."
  Surely for an AS, there are weakness that are not present in other weapons.  It is easily discovered by the enemy in level ground, and can even be easily shot when vertically walking.  The maintenance and production of such complex system are not easy.  Even then size of firearms and its armor, fall short of a tank.
  However, compensating for such weak points are advantages.  If not, nobody would use an AS.
"That's right.  This is something similar to terms [which came first, the chicken or the egg], not a single person that exists in the world would be able to ascertain this."
"..........?"
"I've seen it"
  While proceeding with their talk, the two of them move further inside the plant.
  From the cracks of the countless steel frame and plumbing, the  little illuminating shine of the orange skies would not reach this place.  Without change there is a wide hall in the room, in  floor fronting them, is the opening of a giant pit.
  The diameter is close to 15 meters.  The gaping wide pit continues deeply underground.  Cable, pipes, and maintenance scaffold were surrounding the pit, in their opposite side was a solid rail installed.
  This pit looks like a shaft of a giant elevator.  The pallet that moves up and down has fallen down the shaft.  If by chance looking down at the hole it is engulfed in darkness, with its depth indistinct.
"Will we be descending here?"
"yes.  The object facility is below this shaft---- since it is deep underground."
  Of course the elevator has broken down, in the first place there is no electricity in this ruins.  In the middle of the shaft an undependable scaffold and stairs are combined with the steel pipe, and then a rusted ladder is present.  In order to get down you need to use that stairs and ladder.
  Nonetheless, it was a facility abandoned close 18 years ago.  There was a intense deterioration, and has a danger of unexpectedly collapsing.
"Please wait.  Can you wait outside?"
"? what do you mean?"
"It is dangerous to go down from here.  I will go explore myself, Captain please instruct me from up there."
  Having the tools for descent like rope and carabiner ready, it would not be easy to go down in this pit.  He would be able to go down by himself somehow, but Tessa is here.  Without having any experience in climbing down, to begin with her athletic ability is---- pardon the term---- seriously undependable.
  Such reason Tessa could also understand.  But she would not accept the proposal of Sousuke.
"I'm sorry.  But for only this, I have to go.  It may be difficult, but could you also take me down there?"
"But...."
"I won't be much trouble as much as possible.  If ever, you think that there is danger I will give up and turn back.  So Please."

"...I understand.  However I will be the one to decide if its dangerous or not.  Please quietly abide by this"
"Yes.  thank you"
  The two of them put on their night vision goggles respectively, tying both of their bodies together, and descended into the shaft.  They went down the stairs for the first few floors, but proceeding from there on, they can't seem to use anything except for the ladder at the inner walls of the shaft.
"In my back...."
"Yes."
  Tessa being carried in the back, the rope firmly fixated her body.  He tender breast being glued to his back, he felt unsteady.
"Please take care of me, Sagara-san"
"You sound like you are enjoying this...."
"It must be your imagination.  But if you meet Kaname-san, I will keep this a secret.  fufu...."
  Listening to her joke, Sousuke felt something reminiscent.  It was during the short time Tessa was studying in Jindai High School, it was that innocent thought.  At that time, she was being ridiculed by Kaname and Mao, always smiling this way.
  Being burdened by Tessa climbing the ladder.
  The shaft was suitably deep.  After discerning that they have descended 4 floors, the bottom of the shaft was still further down.
  At that time, there was a ringing sound in their mobile wireless radio.  It was a communication from Kurz who was standing by outside the secret city.  With the influence of the terrain and structures, there was a terrible noise.
[This is Urzu 6.  There's a terrible weather]
"What's the matter?"
[There are a number of helicopters approaching from the west.  I can confirm 3 units.  It's probably the enemy.]

"Dammit.  It's too many...."
  The 3 units of helicopter increased to 6, Kurz curses them inside the cockpit.
  The said helicopters were flying behind the sun, and the passive sensor of the M9 detected them late.  When Kurz sighted them, the helicopters were already 12 kilometers away and approaching.  And to reach the skies of the secret city, would take about 3 minutes.
  The second units of <Paib Mare>, in order to economize the fuel landed on top of a small mountain forest cutting his engine.  When they received the information from Kurz's unit in Gebo 4, the pilot of Gebo 6 started up the APU (Assisted Power Unit) and prepares to start the engine.
  No, this is bad.  Kurz's intuition informed him.
"Gebo 4 as well as 6, don't start your engine"
[Why, Urzu 6?]
"Those guys, they probably have ECS.  That is why we were late in detecting them.  They probably also have ECCS, if we took off poorly we will be discovered.  Just hide in the forest like that"
  If they took off now, there is a high chance that the enemy lookout helicopter would be able to detect them.  The <Paib Mare> that is not equipped with Anti aircraft weapons, they would be shoot down by the enemy attack.
[But, what do we do.  We can't be bounded here like this]

  The pilot of Gebo 4 said.  Though objecting, at the present he suspended the operation of the engine.
[In the mean time we hide ourselves.  One they land with peace of mind there would be an opening.  Then when I commenced on them, that is the time you pick up Tessa and Sousuke"
[hn...that's right, I understand.  but how are you sure if they are the enemy of not?]
"If the locality is Russian, then we would have detected them earlier.  With such extravagant equipment coming to a remote place like this----"
[It's <Amalgam>, dammit]
[Nowadays they're making me boil.  Those lice.]
  The two pilots cursed.  Kurz's own unit's ECS changed from Radar Infra-red concealment mode to Invisibility mode.  When the M9 is transparent, the scenery across its monitors turns to violet.
  The six helicopters are still approaching.  He called Sousuke again.

"As you heard, Urzu 7!  hurry and come back.  Hide in the deserted houses at the Northwest in Point Echo."
[Urzu 7 roger.  But it will take time]
"Anyway just hurry"

  In the middle of the dark pit, Sousuke confirmed the state of the rope, and started to climb up.
"Captain.  Let's go back."
"Wait..."
  Tessa said in the back, opening her mouth.
"We have to join Kurz and the others.  It's dangerous here."
"That's right, it can't be helped...."
  She said regrettably.  It seems that there is something important the is sleeping below this shaft.
  But if they were slow, they would lose everything.  The enemy infantry would be coming here soon.  Sousuke could not protect Tessa alone.  She knows this well, and then she didn't say anything unreasonable.
  The ladder is terribly rusted, and considerably not easy to climb with quickly.
"Please hold on"
"Yes."
  After saying that, the ladder that Sousuke was holding on to made a strange noise and fell.  Right away both of his hands grabbed the hand rail, regaining his balance, but this time the base of the rail broke apart.
"Kyah....!"
  Their bodies were thrown down.  With the rope fixed at the mouth of the pit, they didn't fall any further, the two of them were hanging in the darkness.
"Are you hurt?"
"I'm alright.  I'm sorry"
"Please don't let go."
  Bracing both his legs on the surface wall, he reeled in the rope with the full strength of his body, discretely going up the shaft.
(This is bad....)
  Until they get out of the shaft, it would take about three minutes.  They might be surrounded by the enemy like this---

[----Landing Zone (LZ) confirmed.  shall we descend?]
  The pilot of the transport helicopter informing Kalinin over the com.
"Don't land yet.  Wait until the search for the enemy in the surrounding area is finished"
[Roger]
  The transport helicopter that Kalinin is riding atop the skies of <Yansk 11>, and the other 4 units were loosely circling.  It was organized as 4 Mi-26 transport helicopter and 2 Mi-24 attack helicopter.
  although irregular, to land the 6 units, Kalinin adopts the method he used during the time in Afghanistan.
  The transport helicopter loaded with AS and personnel will standby in a safe airspace at high altitude, the remaining one unit will be concealed in a distant mountains.  And then the 2 units of <Hind> with offensive and high mobility, will be patrolling skies of the location at 500 meters and 1500 meters.
  Even if the guerrillas attack with anti aircraft weapons, only the lowest altitude helicopter will get hit and immediately they can increase the violent attacks.  Additionally the hidden transport helicopter can be dispatched at any time, and give pressure by deploying ground forces.
[The rumours of your firm methods seems to be true, Mister K (Kalium)]
  Wilhelm Casper said over the wireless circuit.  That German is a sniper.  Right now he is inside another transport helicopter, standing by in the Lambda Driver equipped AS <Erigol>.
[If you want to go sightseeing then do it another day.  I want to say goodbye quickly to this boring place.]
"This is no sightseeing.  You will sortie any moment so stand by."
  Kalinin answered bluntly.
  Such type of AS and airborne troops, the cooperation of attack helicopters, to regiment attached to Kalinin this is called [Mouse Trap].  Wanting the cheese no matter what, the mouse would be caught between the metal fitting of the snapping spring.  There is no way to escape.
  Even for the Afghanistan guerrillas known for their valor, fears this technique which Kalinin thought of.
  The Russian made heavy helicopter Mi-26 <Halo> and Mi-24 <Hind>, <Amalgam> customized them wit ECS and ECCS, and loaded with every kinds of sensor.  If the opponents were the normal regular army, they could freely move about and deceive their eyes, no matter what kind of deceiving methods their opponents make they would be immediately discovered.
  However, their enemy is not the expected regular army.  It's them.
  At the moment there are no signs of the enemy, the elaborate search for the enemy before landing, was no overkill no matter how many times it were done.
  Then the voice of Leonard Testarossa sounded in the wireless circuit.  He is riding with Chidori Kaname and the French spy in another <Halo>.
[I respect your prudence, Mister K (Kalium). I'm also in agreement with Mr. Caspers opinion.  It would be better to land quickly.]
"Can you tell me the reason"
[That's right.... but the reaction is about to appear.]
  Leonards voice with mischief.  Kalinin felt that he has heard this voice before.  When was that?  No, it's not from the past.  On the contrary----
[----Mr. Casper's opinion.  It would be better to land quickly.]
"Can you tell me----"
  Just now.  There was a bizarre deja vu, repeating the same words, he was replying to me.
[See.  This town is special.  The effects of the experiments still remains, if you were careless the feeling of time will be ambiguous.  The passengers would be alright, but it would be trouble for the pilots.]
  At that time, the <Hind> that was flying in low-altitude sloped, almost crashing into the chemical plant.  The helicopter barely picked up its altitude, and made a sudden rise with maximum output.
  The belly of the unit grazed the summit of the big silo rising from the plant, in the twilight large sparks were scattered.
[That condition]
  Leonard made a tedious voice.  The pilots of the <Hind> were surprised.
[Idiot, you're gonna get hit!?]
[No, I'm sure I turned to the left.  But then the unit was in the former position....]
[? What are you talking about?  You were in the same position as before---]
  It seems that they were not aware of the nature of the deja vu.  Kalinin ordered the <Hind> fly away above the plant, and investigate the location where the transport helicopter would be landing.  It would be better in a place outside the town.  It seems that it would be dangerous near the plant----
  With that Casper communicated.
[The mountainous district 3 kilometers Northeast, can you see the terrace halfway up the mountain?  Rocket missile or whatever.  Attack the area of that mountain.]

"It's possible, but why"
[Just shoot and you'll know]
  Casper answered with an obstinate hard laughter.  Kalinin no longer asked, and ordered the pilot of the helicopter to do it.

  Right now Sousuke who is not yet away from the plant, he was telling them of the helicopters state in the air, then the sharp alarm inside the cockpit of the M9 sounded.
<Warning.  2 o'clock.  Unguided Rockets (UGR).  Multiple.  Impact in 3, 2....>
"Wha..."
  In an instant, Kurz thought about barely evading them.  At this distance they would not hi---- this he judged.

  Impact.
  One shot was 30 meters from the M9 hitting the bare rock, and then spreading with a thunderous sound, the remaining shots exploding is a more distant location.
"......"
  The flying earth and sand rained down on the M9, hitting the armor with a dry sound.  Kurz's unit didn't stir from the shooting position, seeing the situation of the enemy from the smoke.
[Were you discovered?]
  Sousuke said from the wireless radio.  The two units of allied helicopter was hiding in the mountain forest.
"no---"
  There were no follow up attacks.  He was not yet seen by the enemy.  That was just a test shot.  Seeing the place he is hiding as stinky, and randomly fired the rocket.  He is stayed here, they might let it go----
  No, he can't.
"I'll be spotted somehow, before that I'm going commence on them.  Gebo 4, 6.  Prepare for takeoff!"
  If it were an ordinary enemy, it would be unimaginable that an AS would be hiding in this mountain.  With them attacking like this, there are no ordinary opponents.  Then it would be useless to hide.  Also the debris that landed on the shape of the M9, with the operational invisibility mode of the ECS it would be an unnatural sight for the naked eye.  Anyhow, it would only be a matter of time before they were found out.
  Master Mode On.
  The precision alignment sensor of the 76mm Sniper cannon made a small roar.  Distant Antiaircraft mode.  Atmospheric Temperature, humidity, wind speed data streaming, the ballistic calculation unit were trembling with the numerical values.
[Urzu 6, it's about the formation of the enemy's helicopter----]
  Sousuke said.  Still climbing from inside the shaft.  The noise is getting worst.
"Later"
[Listen.  It was a harsh method of the Russian Military of the Afghan.  The leader of the enemy is Lt. Commander Kalinin.]
"Damn.  That old man..."
  Selecting the target.  Priority on the target with the highest threat.
  First would be the <Hind>
  The enemy units circling in the air, pointing on the target box of M (Mike) 3. 
  The distance and velocity of the helicopter.  [VALID AIM] indicated in the screen.
  You're kidding.  Those calculations are different.
  The angle is difficult.  The effects of the down current produced by the helicopter, were corrected by intuition.
  up 2 mili. left one mili.
  That's right, here it comes----
  Discharge.
  The flame of the shot turned the screen white.  The 76mm shell with the super speed of sound, will take some time before it hits the target.  Roughly around 3 seconds.
  Hit.
  Taking in the high calibre shell, the enemy <Hind> where in pieces in an instant.  The rotor rushing away, the unit squashed---explosion.
"Next...!"
  The fragments of the enemy unit falls, there is no time to observe.  Immediately the next shell was loaded, and aimed at the other <Hind>.
  This time a high altitude and is short distance close.  Correcting the ballistics.
  Aim, fire---- hit.
  The tail of the attack helicopter was blown away.  Without the torque control the unit goes out of order rotating pulling down from the altitude, falling in one part of the chemical plant.  Two attack helicopters down.  Now the allied helicopters can get away.
"Next...!"
  The enemy had already accurately got hold of his position.  He could bury one more unit, but the remaining 3 units would be hard to aim.
  One unit is already in between the secret city and is hiding in the hills beyond.  The other units is currently diving from a high altitude.  Far and fast.  That can't be aimed.  Another unit was flying in low altitude trying to hide in the part of the plant.  If he were to aim then that would be it.
  The nose diving helicopter already disappeared in the ground, throwing an AS out from its opened hatch.  Red armor.  A developed <Codarl> type.  It can be seen carrying a long sniper cannon.  That red AS----
  He could feel his heart palpitate.

  Will he shoot immediately after landing?  No, it's useless.  For an opponent equipped with a Lambda Driver that expects an attack in this direction, ordinary attacks would not be effective.  But there is no more seconds left, there is certainty that he will shoot.
  Kurz made a prompt decision, and aimed at the transport helicopter hiding in the plant cluster.
  The large helicopter <Halo> flies into the side of the silo and water tank, pylon intertwined with various pipes.  Estimating the location, he aligns.  He aimed carefully, but there is no time.
  He fires.  The shell in flight can be seen piercing the silo, but whether it hit the target or not is unknown.
  Flaming discharge from the ruins.  Incoming.
  The unit turns and makes a jack knife maneuver.  Carrying a rifle with a posture of looking up, with the strength of the back makes a short jump.  In the area where the M9 was, the enemy's shell pierces with a violent cloud of dust scattering.
"Tsk...!"
  Controlling the posture he lands on two feet.  There was an unforgiving successive shots from the enemy.  He stooped his body, and barely evaded.  It was an absurdly accurate shot.  Even with a custom firing control computer at this distance, the impact point should have been a blur.
  The possibility of shooting this far is not the ability of the unit.  It was a technique of a human who has mastered the utmost limits of firing, experience and intuition.
  There is no mistake.  It's Him.
"Damn Casper"

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Also, obviously LJ really won't allow me to post the whole chapter into one single post so I've stop trying.  This is the second half.  To read the start of this chapter go here:


Chapter 2b

  Kaname was looking at Lemon in the cabin of the transport helicopter, suddenly there was a sound of explosion from far away.  She looks outside from the portside window.  The attack helicopter that was circling the ruins just now was scattered to pieces.
"Explosion....? Ah...!"
  The unit shakes, she was thrown out of the bed.  She somehow clung on the seat with all her might.  Lemon's body was fixed in the stretcher and seems to be alright.

  They were not crashing.  Warning from the [enemy] attack, the helicopter made a nose dive.  The ruins that looks small below gradually draws close.
[Snipe from enemy AS!  We're going to use the North side of the plant and a shield and hide!]

  The helicopters pilot shouted from the in-flight communications.
[Don't.  Don't go near the plant.  Get to a higher altitude]
  Leonard told the pilot from the cargo room.  It was a calm voice.
[but, we will get hit like this!  One unit is already down!  From that distance---- he's an unbelievably skillful guy!]
[Go up a higher altitude.  If you do so you will surely be safe] Leonard asserted.
[Why are you so definite!?  I can't, I'm hiding!]
  The helicopter turns.  Soon the giant pylons of the plant is within reach.  Hiding from the enemy's line of sight.
"Fasten your belt, Kaname-san"
  A bedridden Lemon with a pale face said.
[I telling this for your sake.  If you go down from a high altitude it would in turn be dangerous---]
  Impact and strange noises.  Flash from outside the window.  The unit jerked to a slope, the warped parts echoed a terrible sound in the inside of the unit.
  What is happening, she does not clearly know.  Did the enemy beyond the building shield shoot?  Was this noise the sound of the drive shaft's tail Rotor being heavily damage?
  The pilot scream from the in-flight communications.
[but, we will get hit like this!  One unit is already down!  From that distance----]
  She doesn't know the meaning of this.  The same words before were repeated.  The unit randomly shakes, skidding in the skies of the plant.  At high speed then downward.
  The pilot and sub-pilot shouts.
[What's happening, suddenly at this altitude----]
[I can't, I'm hiding!.... no, what was that?  why is the damage]
[Pull the stick, you idiot!]
[Help.  I don't understand.  I should have sustained a serious injury]
[What are you talking about!?]
[Why are we still flying.  We should have already crashed.]
  The voice of fear.  The unit shakes.  The plant draws close.  Like an elliptically intertwined iron plant.  Floating in the middle of darkness is a ghastly form, steadily becoming bigger.
  What did the rotor came in contact with.
  The metal overhead tears apart, the atmosphere messily torn up.  Like the screams of a ghost.  Terrible impact swoops many times bit by bit.  The illumination in the cabin created by the sparks disappeared.  Total darkness.  Body drifting, pushing on the seat, and drifting again.  The headset plucked off from the head.  The scream of Lemon's pain.
  The helicopter was swallowed up by the structures of the plant, steadily falling downward.  That at least they somehow knew.  How far are they doing to drop?  Inside this ruins, there might be no bottom---- this was what Kaname thought.

[----s is Urzu 6! Engaging enemy AS----]
  Kurz was reporting the situation through the wireless radio, having time to listen to the subject, is something Sousuke certainly doesn't have.  They were still in the middle of climbing the pit, when suddenly a giant helicopter was fallen over their heads.
"Wha...."
  The helicopter emitting small sparks, furthermore in the mouth of the pit---- falling slowly from huge stairwell.  The unit is entangled with the warped pipes and steel frame of the plant.
  The pipe is close to the rope, in a state that hangs the helicopter.  Losing to the weight of the helicopter, it was falling apart piece by piece.
  It will fall into this pit---- 10 seconds or 20 seconds.  There is no time to hesitate.
"We getting down, Grab on!"
  Informing Tessa, Sousuke fixed the reserved rope on the nearby metal frame with the carabiner, and kicked the wall.
  It's no longer possible to ascend and get away.  Using the rope he tries to drop down to the bottom of the pit, since there is no other place to find shelter in this pit.
  2 floors in one kick.  Then another kick.  He wanted to descend faster, but with the weight of 2 people it would be overdoing it.
  Roaring sound overhead.  The helicopter hits the opening of the pit.  barely hanging on, it will sink down here next.
  The fragments of the unit and the plant were raining in pieces, grazing Sousuke's side.  A black shadow in the night vision scope.  A pillow size metal fragment was drawing close.  Bracing both legs on the surface wall, he faced up covering Tessa in his back.  The metal fragment hits his left arm covering the head.
"Ku....!"
  Staggering from catching the fragment, he forcibly pulled back and descended.  Kicking the wall 2 to 3 times.  Tessa was shrieking in every way.
  Not yet on the ground.  Looking down it is still 3 floors.  Coming near to a rounded floor.
  Finally the helicopter fell.  There were countless sparks scattering in the whole of the pit.  This pit is like a large gun barrel.  The wreckage of that helicopter was like an elliptical shell being pushed out of the gun barrel.
  Another kick.  Suddenly they lost the support of the rope in midair.  The metal frame that the rope was attached to broke off.
"!"
"Kyah..."
  With Tessa being carried in the back, Sousuke falls from the height of the floor.  He somehow turned his body.  In a manner to avoid crushing Tessa, half of his right hits the floor.  The air leaked out of his lungs, and his head dizzy.  He ignores the pain.  Removing the rope he raised his body.  The helicopter is drawing nearer.  He no longer has time to look up.  Carrying Tessa in his back, he ran off into a passage that entered his field of vision.  The helicopter draws close.  Just a little more.  Another 4 steps----3 steps----
"Fu....!!"
  Completely jumping forward.  The metal sound and squall beats into his ears.
  Turning his head, just behind him, the wreckage of the helicopter plugged the entrance of the passage.
  Thee somehow survived.
  But it is still early to feel relieved.  Sousuke immediately stood up from lying face down, continuing to walking forward the dark passage.  There is a smell of jet fuel. If the helicopter explodes in a confined space like this, the two of them would be barbecued.  They should get away as far as possible.
"Tessa!?"
  There was no reply.  It seems she has fainted.  In the mean time there is still the sensation of breathing.  Her body which was supposed to be fixated by the rope to his body, was slowly slipping off his back.  Although he wants to support her, he could not do so with his numb left arm that was hit with a metal fragment moments ago.  Without strength she tumbled down, lying down on the ground.
  At that time there was a big jolt in the passage.  The ground slanting, the floor in front of them fell down.  It was a deep hole.
  The underground facility is still further down.  With the shock from the crash, did it make the surrounding structures brittle?  Extending his hand on Tessa who collapsed on the floor, the ground of the passage suddenly fall to pieces.
"!"
  Grabbing something at once, his injured left hand failed to do so.  Being swallowed by the rusted iron panel, he fell into the dark hole.

  The crash was finally over.  And she is still alive.
"Hn..."
  In the middle of the darkness, Kaname let out a groan.
  The seatbelt eating into the pain of her shoulder and lower back.  The seat that she was strapped into, was dangling off the floor.
  The irritating smell of jet fuel reaches her nose.  Right now the turbo shaft engine is still making a thundering sound.  She has to get out of this place fast.
"Somebody?  Are you alive!?"
"Somehow."
  From the side Lemon's voice can be heard.  Kaname removed the seatbelt, carefully avoiding from falling down from the vertical floor, she gropes around looking for the body of Lemon.  Simply grabbing something, he let out a strange shriek.

"Hyah!?"
"Ah, sorry.  ....Hyah!?"
  When she understood what she was gripping, she let out a strange shriek, rubbing the palm of her hands in her clothes.
"That was such an awful reaction..."
"Anyway, we have to get out of here."
  Kaname loosened the belt that was holding Lemon's body on the stretcher.
"I agree, but I don't know if I can walk."
"Walk!  You don't want to die right!?"
  Loosening the restraining belt, she supported Lemon.  The wound hurts, but he bear the pain and groaned.  Relying only on memory they search the side of the seats, there was an emergency pocket light.  Lighting it.  The situation of the surrounding was reflected into their eyes.  It seems that they fell down in a nose dive.  Stopping short in the cabins prototype, the control room ahead was smashed.
"The hatch...."
"Over there.  Can you go?"
"Let's try"
  They saw the hatch beside the barrier wall that separate the cabin and control room.  Distorted from the impact of the crash and was out of place.  Using the 90 degree seat as a scaffold, Kaname alighted to the side of the hatch.  Lemon taking care of his injured leg, somehow managed to continue after.
  Alighting first, Kaname kicked the hatch.  The door only creaked, and did not open.  Another try with all of her might.  Even though her knees were hurt and numb from the kicking, it will not open.
"Kaname-san, it's useless.  Let's find another way out."
  Ignoring the advice of Lemon, she removed the fire extinguisher that she noticed from the barrier wall.  Surprised at its weight, she brandished it and hit the hatch.  Still not open.  But she felt a reaction.  Well, one more time!
"It's useless.  Another place would...."
"Youuuuuuu!"
  Thinking of the faces of the people she hates, she beat on the wall.  Letting it have it, there was a sound of metal bending, the hatch vigorously opened on the other side, a crack that would allow one person to pass.
"Alright, let's get out of here!"
"I'm astonished"
  They can see the outside from the exit.  The irritating odour of the fuel hurts the eyes.  It would not be strange if an explosion occurred.  There was a concrete wall in front of them.  The illumination of the light the ground below is around 2 meters.  They can somehow descend.
"Well lets go"
  When Lemon said this, there was a faint groan from behind.  Looking from the opposite side of the hatch---- there was a man collapsed in the corner of the cabin.  One of the soldiers that was looking out for Kaname.  Although he is injured, he is still alive.
"Let's go, Kaname-san"
"But...."
"They're the enemy! Come on!"
"I can't after all.  Go down first"
"Ah...."
  Pushing Lemon outside the helicopter, Kaname hurriedly rushed over to the man.
"Can you move?  Let's get out of here!"
"Uh..."
  The man looks half conscious, and could not reply.  His leg seems to be fractured, it would be impossible to stand up.
"This may hurt but please bear it!"
  Kaname grabbed the nape of the man's neck with both hands, and started to forcibly pull him into the hatch.
  He was outrageously heavy.  Gathering all the strength from her body, she walked back with a waddle.  Immediately raising the breath, and pull irregardless.
"Funu....nuoooooo...!"
  The man grasping for air in pain was moved to the exit.  Pushing him out from the crack in the hatch.
"Hurry!"
  Lemon already down in the ground beckons.  The upper body of the man casually jumped out of the unit, with his lower body hanging up----
"Uwah....!"
  The man fell and dragged Lemon into the ground.  Then Kaname went out of the unit, using the protrusion of the unit as a scaffold.
"Let's go!"
  Together with Lemon who was dragging his leg supported the man's shoulder, progressing from the unit and the crack in the wall.  They can see a large tunnel opened up from the wall.  It's a size that a truck can go through.
"What's this tunnel?"
"in any case this way!"
  Diving into the tunnel staggering.  Because of the crashes impact, everything was collapsing.
  A panel was hanging from the ceiling, particularly with a creaking sound.  After Kaname and the others proceeded about 10 odd meters in the tunnel, there was flames from behind them.
"My leg is hurt....I can't walk anymore"
"You can't!  Do your best!"
  There was conflagration coming from the wreckage of the helicopter.
  There was an old worn out truck in one corner of the tunnel.  The rusted tires disappeared from the corrosion.  With the last ounce of Kaname's strength, she pulled Lemon and the man, running for cover in that truck.
  If we came this far, will we be alright for the mean time?  Following this thought, there was an explosion.
  The heat wave and shockwave reached this distance, the flooding fragments jumping about inside the tunnel.  The aluminum alloy turning to a sharp knife pierces the wreckage of the truck, the heat of surrounding atmosphere scorching Kaname and the others like a sauna.
".......!!"
  Kaname squats, holding her breath.  There was an alarm in her heart, and she can feel the sweat in her back.
  It was probably around 10 seconds that she stared blankly.
  Timidly opening the eyes.  Respiration like gasping.  There must no be enough oxygen?
  It is hard to breath.  But at first it was only a few moments.  There seems to be fresh air flowing from somewhere.  So as not to inhale the smoke, she crawled up and down.
"Mr. Lemon, are you alright?"
"Somehow"
  Lemon answered with a weak voice.
"But, how do you say this.... I think I know why Sousuke fell for you"
"? Why?"
"An impressive strength.  I'm impressed.... haha"
  With regards to consciousness, Kaname now recalls her own behaviour.  She doesn't remember dong something that strange----
"....speaking of which, it's been a long time, something like this"
"?"
"This kind of Action.  It was very inconvenient when I was with him"
  Spitting on the ground, she stood up herself.

  Leonard's <Belial> suspends in mid air, simply observing the escaping helicopter descend into the underground of the plant.
  He could prevent the crash.  He could immediately pull up the descending helicopter.  And then, tear up the cabin and only grab Chidori Kaname .
  However, he did not execute all of it.
  He observed the wreckage of the helicopter which fell to the bottom the large elevator shaft with a high resolution infra red sensor, looking at the girl and the French man getting out of the hatch, escaping inside into the underground facility.  Such a touching matter, lending her shoulders to a wounded soldier which she has no sense of duty to save.
  Later the helicopter exploded, firstly she was alright.  Leonard has also confirmed that.  That's right---- she has to be alright.
[The sniping M9 seems to have withdrawn]
  The improved <Codarl> type AS <Erigol> descended, Wilhelm Casper reported after engaging the enemy.
[I searched for traces of his Transport <Paib Mare> but, they also got away.  I'll stand guard]

[Roger.  We are currently landing the infantry.  We will secure the town.]
  Kalinin replied.
"Then I'll leave that to you gentlemen.  I will go down"
[To the underground facility?  Alone?]
"Aah.  I'm going to explore.  Chidori Kaname and the French man escaped and got away underground."
[We will be sending soldiers from here, will that be alright]
"As you wish"
  Replying simply he cut off the communication.
  Leonard's unit ascended, comparing the collected data and the actual landscape, scrutinizing the relations of the underground facility in his head.  And then he descended, entering the large elevator shaft in the central plant.
  In the bottom of the giant pit, the helicopter is still burning.  Burning like a furnace of death.
  The <Belial> approaches the wreckage in flames, the flames and smoke avoiding the unit.  And then draws nearer.  With an unseen force the atmosphere was pushed back, crushing the burning wreckage, the conflagration twinkling like a mirror.  Heat, smoke, flame, and the pieces of metal---- all of it opens up from the path of Leonard.
  The legs of the <Belial> touches the bottom of the shaft.  it was a silent landing.
"Well then...."
  Kneeling the unit, he opened the cockpit hatch.

  Staying in a distance barely in range to Tessa and Sousuke's mobile radio---- standing by roughly around 10 kilometer east of the mountain ranges, Kurz and the crew of the <Paib Mare> were discussing things.  After finishing the camouflage, and scattering disposable vibration sensors, the threat of the red AS is currently not urgent.
"....well, how about contact with Sousuke?"
  Getting off from the dust stained M9, Kurz walked to the <Paib Mare> that is parked in the middle of the woods, listening to the pilot coming out from the rear hatch.  Gebo 4's pilot, is an Italian called Salvio.
"We can't.  We don't know if they're alright or not.  We can't call them on the frequency, even if it's an encrypted communication the enemy would perceive our location"
"How about the <De Danaan?"
"Even if we explain the situation, they are in the other side of the world.  They won't be able to send reinforcements immediately, Mao and Clouseau have their hands full and can't leave."

"Dammit, this is the worst"
"Anyway we can still get away, it's still not the worst"
  Another pilot of the unit Gebo 6, an American Second Lieutenant Fisher bumped in, and handed a bottle of Mineral water to Kurz.  Casually receiving it, took of his headset and poured the water on his head.  Even though they are in an unpleasantly cold climate, it can't be helped as his face is hot.
"The enemy doesn't know that we are leaving the two of them behind.  At any rate, with such messy ruins like that, if Sousuke managed to hide, I don't think they would be easily found.  The captain also said the they would [need a few hours to finish].  If they are also safe, we can wait here for the whole night right?"
"It's impossible"
  Kurz denied, and drank the remaining water in the bottle.  Even though Salvio and Fisher were Second Lieutenant, they did not mind the conscious attitude particularly in rank difference from Kurz who was a Master Sergeant.  On top of their age not being far apart, and having a relationship for nearly 2 years being together in drop operations, and above all for the current <Mythril>, rank are only for conveniences.  In a difficult situation like this, Salvio respects more the judgment of Kurz who was accustomed to actual combat.
"....Puha.  The enemy had already noticed that Tessa and Sousuke were dropped off into the ruins.  Because that was a stormy town, there are still bound to be traces of footstep to take notice.  A single soldier with good training, a slow moving woman, it could be read that they have entered the plant."
"They understood that much"
"The enemy is the Lieutenant Commander?"
  Even now for the people of <De Danaan>, they still call Kalinin [Lieutenant Commander].  it is not that they yearn for any lingering attachment, they just couldn't change the habit.
"Also.... aside from the Lieutenant commander, that guy is among the enemy"
"That guy?  Who would that be?"
"My teacher"
  Kurz said annoyingly.
"Do you know the name Wilhelm Casper?"
"Aah...I think I somehow heard it.  I've read his name countless of times in a special magazine..... He was a German."
"That's right.  His family were Snipers for generations.  His Grandfather killed a lot of alliance soldier in the second world war, he was an incredible Knights Cross guy.  His father was said to be feared in Indochina and Africa.  But that Wilhelm---- he killed over 100 people in the Russian Civil war, Lebanon and Tajikistan.  A former East German soldier, he became a mercenary after the unification."
"Is he a master"
"Not that kind of Level.  He's a [Devil].  ....do you know of the world records in actual combat snipe?  It's 2500 meters.  It was succeeded by a sergeant in the American Marines.  The target was a commissioned officer of the Iraqi Army.  Using a 50 calibre (12.7mm) penetrating rifle and the latest Ballistic Predicting equipment, in a relatively calm conditions"
"The Olympics world is really astonishing"
"I'm not saying that this is a bad skill, or this was due to the equipments, and it hit after a number of shot.  On the other hand the record of Casper is 1520 meters.  It's short by 1000 meters from the [world record].  However, his weapon is a 308 calibre (7.6mm) wooden rifle.  At night, raining, with a condition of the wind speed blowing 15 meters directly horizontal.  And it was only one shot."
"Um.... is that really hard?"
"It was quite far.  Compared to a 50 calibre shell, the 308 calibre is quite light, and the energy is smaller.  In addition it was a bad weather.  The parabola of the ballistics was complex.  It was a risky hole in one in the middle of the storm.  For a person in the same profession they would laugh and not believe it."
  With a dark voice Kurz said.
"But I saw it.  At that time, I was beside him as a supporter"

  In the back of his mind the scene of that night was revived.
  It was a desolate street.  The conflagration neglected at every place, the night sky was stained with colour of blood red.  Damp and humid rain.  Roadside trees swaying by the wind.  From far away echoes the roars of cannon from the Israel Army.
  A room in a partially destroyed western style house.  From the wide hole in the wall, he was aiming at the target.
  1520 meters.
  From a western house erected in a hill with a good view, to  the target is visiting a local hotel---- that was the distance from the entrance.
  The target was a manager of a military organization.  The meeting will soon be over and come out of the hotel.  The delay for him to disappear into the bullet proof limousine waiting in front, was merely 5 seconds.
  1520 meters.
  Being a marksman as an occupation, this condition and this distance would be an extremity in space.  It was a world that has nothing to do with him.  An area where no hands can reach.
  How stupid.  He can't shoot it.  That was what Kurz thought.  Jeering him with odious words, and kept saying to return to camp and have a drink.
  He did not reply.  The words of Kurz, really did not enter his ears.
  Lying down in the floor wet by the rain in a sheltered altitude, it was like his body was welded to his gun, the scope connected to his right eye.  A very quite breathing.  The Mediterranean sea this close, the night is getting colder and humidity higher.  In the witness of his breath, there only remained an awful impression.
  There was movement inside the lobby.  Sensing that the target is coming out, Kurz informed him.
  The stag is coming.
  In his unit, that is what they always call the target.  Although he heard, he did not answer.  If he answered his chin would move.  If his chin moved, his accuracy will be out of order.
  The door of the hotel opened.  The roadside trees were swaying.  The bodyguards were coming out.  Of course they did not take notice of this location.  Straightening the thin collar, the [Stag] showed his appearance.  An unshaven man over 50.
  The target walked towards the waiting car.
  It should not have hit---- At that time, Kurz thought.
  He shoots.
  The instant that he pulled the trigger, it was hard to express words.  It was no exaggeration, the space around him distorted, a discernment like it was being drawn to the limit.  At least that was how Kurz felt.  The utmost limits of concentration, and then the utmost limits of that a while ago, summoning something that cannot be seen.
  That is what they call a [ghost coming].
  By no means was it an entreaty to a deity.  All the devices---- eyes, brains, finger, trigger, firing pin, cartridge, barrel, rifling, muzzle, and then the bullet, conforming to the laws of physics.  There was no room for intervention from God of Ghosts.
  From thousands of bullets that was shot, in each records, learning, mixing one's own gunpowder, manufacturing a cartridge, cutting off warheads, all kinds of weather condition and distance, in every angle, failure, failure, and layers of failure, calculations, starting over, calculating.  That was the  technical skill that was grasped from its end.
  Whether mysterious or not, he really has no faith.  Everything was mechanically moved, the bullet flew on the calculated position.

  However, at that time something certainly came.
  There's nothing to be said but a [ghost coming], something.
  At the moment the ghost came.  An indication of something descending, next the tip of the weapon made dazzling radiance, and then a gunshot reached his ears.
  Its 1520 meters.  He has not heard of it ever succeeding.
  But it hit---- he felt the ghost, Kurz gradually thought.
  The bullet that flew in the middle of the rain and wind, of course could not be seen.  But 2 seconds are the shot, the head of the target can be seen spraying blood.  The blood dances in the middle of the rain.
  The surprised bodyguards shouted at something.  The body of the headless target was pushed to the seat by two person, running away from that place.
(Let's go)
  He strikes at the shoulders of a dumbfounded Kurz.  Not showing any signs of being satisfied of his accomplishment or a boastful behaviours of his skills.  Both of them went of our the western house and withdrawn, while walking in the rain, Kurz excitedly praised his skills.

(Don't think you can imitate this, boy)
  Wilhelm Casper said standing to a halt and turning his head.  With sympathizing eyes.
(You can't do it)
  In fact, from then on, Kurz was not able to imitate it at least even once.
  One week after that, a decisive incident occurred.  Kurz with a young emotions, left Casper's unit.

"It was 4 years ago in Lebanon"
  He did not tell the details to the pilots.  For a number of seconds, Kurz remembered secretly the events at that time.
"I can't do a shot like that.  Whether is was experience of sense---- that's not the dimension.  But something more definite, something he has that I don't."
"Is it will, resolution, or something like that?"
  Salvio asked.
"I wonder.  I really don't understand.  ....well, if it's character then I have it.  At any rate the first time that I touched a rifle, was about five or six years ago."
"That's a first I've heard of"
"It's not like I was hiding it.  In the first year I got mixed as a volunteer soldier in the middle east, from there I was picked up by that guys---- Casper unit.  That's what I remember"
"Hee.  What kind of unit is it?"
"It has no name.  Just [Casper's unit].  Fighting all over the world it was a group of sharpshooter, well..... you might say it was the modern version of [Baily's South African Sharpshooter]"
"What's that.  Baileys....?"
"It's from the past, a mercenary unit.  But never mind that.  The problem is---- I probably can't win against him."
  Of course speaking in terms of tactics, it was not a simple competition of target practice.
  If the aiming distance is shorter than the enemy by 100 meters, it would be simple to move 100 meters forward.  Others like Camouflage, diversionary tactics, deception, pincer movement, and combining other methods, the chance of surely defeating the enemy would come out.  That is tactics.  To include all of it, he was saying that Kurz could not win against Casper.
"But, we will be leaving Tessa and Sousuke behind.  We can't just abandon them."
"That's right...."
  Kurz made a sigh, and remained in thought.  When his comrades are in anxiety, he makes an unpleasant sigh.
"Well, one way or another.  Anyway, we wait for a chance."
"Chance, what kind"
"We pick up the two's communication, we can still escape.  Making diversionary tactics we support them in full force."
  Standing up, he returned backed to his own M9.
  Something clinging on the back of his cockpit hatch, opening a small shock proof firearms container, he takes out a rigorously wrapped rifle inside.  Getting back to the ground, he opened the package, the rifle displays a sullen scenery.
  After the prelude in AS battle, he thought that there might come a time that it would be its turn.
  A bolt action rifle that lets out a gloomy brilliance.
  Ancient and simple, but that is why it is a beautiful work of art.  The wooden part made of brown walnut lumber, the bulky gun barrel in dark blue, then the white granular pattern emerges from the myriad of Teflon treatment.  The installed 36 fold scope on its top part, its length like it was another gun, thick.
  This weapon was manufactured 50 years ago in the plant of Winchester, it prides itself having an unattainable precision compared to the latest sniping weapons.  The possessors of this so far, there is no mistake that they have poured their affection in its elaborate maintenance.  It can be said as an excellent gun that is the [rifle among rifles], it has been 5 years since he grasped this gun as a greenhorn, something that has been passed.  This kind of gun is suitable for that man.
  1520 meters.
  If it's this weapon then that may be realized.

  The man that Kaname saved through her bravery, was still bearing serious injury.
"Fracture in the right arm, lacerations in the right flank.  And there seems to be a hit on the back of the head---- but we still don't know how serious this is."
  Lemon said roughly inspecting the injuries.  That casualty was a dark man in his 30's, not really large built but have a tightened muscles.  If he were to be fine, Kaname and Lemon would surely be captured.
"Can he be saved?"
"I wonder about that.  If we can properly treat him immediately,  he can somehow manage....  Unfortunately we have not first-aid set.  It is certain that we cannot move him."
"Is that so..."
  The man in a faint appearance groaned.  He seems to be conscious for the time being.
"Hang on.  What's your name?"
"...Brown"
"Mr. Brown.  The helicopter went down and there was an explosion, but we managed to save you.  Unfortunately, I think the others have died.  We want to treat you, but we don't have the tools or medicine here.  Do you understand this much?"

  The man groaned weakly, moving his lips with an [I understand].
"I think your friend will be coming here soon.  They know where we are right?  That's why, we're sorry, but we have to leave you behind and run away."
"Don't....go...."
  He was helpless from being injured.  The man sluggishly put up his left hand, and grabbed her arm.  When she was unable to grant the wish of the man, Kaname somehow felt guilty.  Even though this was a subordinate of the enemy.
  Gently grabbing the hand of the man, she wiped a handkerchief in the man's face.

"I'm sorry.  Here, put this on.  it will keep you warm.  Do your best."
  Taking off the red Down Jacket, Kaname put it on top of the man.
"Lemon-san, can you walk?  I'll lend you my shoulder"
"Aah, I'll somehow do my best.....ouch"
"Let's go"
  Leaving the injured man behind, the two of them walked out of the place staggering.
  Proceeding to the passage, it was a dead end.  The collapsed ceiling that was deteriorated over the years, was blocking the passage.  After retracing their steps, they headed towards another passage through a branch.
"Are you cold?"
"I'm alright.  How about you, lending you jacket to a guy like him"
"Are you saying that I'm a hypocrite?"
  Being offended, Lemon denied in haste.
"That's not it.  It's just.... you really don't understand.  Since you are clever, you should have already noticed it.  You did something dangerous"
"What do you mean?"
"That Brown guy, leaving him alive in an open place, it's telling his friends that we're alive and running away.  If that is so even if we ran away we can't get away.  We could have let them think that we were burned together with the other crew"
"Ah"
  Kaname unexpectedly stopped.
"?"
"I..it's nothing.  anyway, let's hurry"
"....could it be, that you didn't notice?  Doing that without thinking?"

  It hit the spot.  Kaname really didn't think that far.  Before thinking that sort of thing already came up.
"Is that so.  You didn't think about it"
"Y..you're mistaken!  I thought of it carefully, but it guess I really can't abandon him!"
"Hm.... Well, that's how it is"
"What's that?  In the first place if you were aware of it, why didn't you say something!?"
"See, I thought so"
"Uuh...."
  Lemon laughed.  While being embarrassed, Kaname sensed another emotion.  Being a <Whispered> intelligence will abruptly surface, increasing the different knowledge, becoming a remarkably intelligent person----
  Uo, amazing.  I was greatly stupefied.
  But what is this, this feeling of relief.
  I am me.  Also does blunder.  Saving people.  Still haven't changed----

  But those feelings, where did Lemon's next words go.
"It's not that.  It's just....You really don't understand.  Since you are clever, you should have already noticed it.  You did something dangerous....huh?  No, being a hypocrite...eh?"
"What are you talking about?"
  In a stand still, Lemon pushed his brows with his fingers made a short groan.  The awful mood seemed to had gotten worse.
  Even Kaname was seized with a strange sensation.  Lemon being confused like this, how many times did he see.  No, isn't this the first time?  Aah, this is----
"Deja vu"
  She muttered.  It was not another first.  Experiencing this a number of times.  Also a deja vu is a phenomenon is also present for an ordinary person.  Although she was used to it, since coming to this ruins the frequency of deja vu seems to be very high.  More accurately the frequency is uncountable, this ruins is strange after all.
  Exactly what is in this ruins?
  It might be something related to the [Omni sphere].  No, there seems to be no mistake.  This deja vu phenomenon is the strengthened effect of the Omni sphere.  In ordinary living the [reverberation] is harmless, even an ordinary person like Lemon can feel it.  Even the pilot of that helicopter, just before crash landing he said something weird.  That too.
  Is there another [Whispered] nearby?  Aside from Leonard and herself.  Leonard was inside the cargo----riding the AS <Belial> when the helicopter crashed.  He shouldn't be dead on the crash, and is somewhere inside this ruins.
  The [Whispered] from somewhere, was using a an amplification device similar to the TAROS, this [Reverberation] or some sort of [electromagnetic disturbance] effect must be created by this.  No----
(That's not it)
  Something more dangerous.  Here.
  The Deja vu have a different sensation.  Every time a crisis happens, there was a feeling of someone else in her head whispering.
"Kaname-san....?"
  Lemon's voice brought her back.
"....ah, sorry.  Anyway are you alright?"
"Eh?"
  Noticing, the man they saved from the helicopter was lying in front of them.  Kaname and the others were on the back of the truck's wreckage that they took shelter on.  Looking at his injuries Lemon said.
"Fracture in the right arm, lacerations in the right flank.  And there seems to be a hit on the back of the head---- but we still don't know how serious this is."
"Can he be save?"
  Aah, enough---- expelling such memories from the corner of the consciousness, she asked Lemon.
"I wonder about that.  If we can properly treat him immediately----"
  Listening to his explanation, she explained this to Brown, wiping his face, covering him with the down jacket, lending her hands to Lemon and leaving that place.  Her indiscretion being pointed out by Lemon, she seriously denied it, he smiled.
"Lemon-san"
"What is it?"
"The deja vu will come a number of times, so please hold on to your thoughts.  Probably, the cause is somewhere in this facility"
"...Aah. I understand"
  Lemon said showing his head.
"You seem to have good understanding.  Don't you want to hear [why?]?"
"Following the purpose as to why this ruins were created, so I know a little.  Anyhow me and Wraith investigated it"
  Moving together with Wraith and being capture by Leonard, it was mentioned when they were inside the plane.  Wraith escaped, after that he didn't know what came next.  But he did not tell her what they were investigating in Moscow.  It was because there was an observer.
"About this facility?"
"It was a request from the young woman Testarossa.  she has already conjectured the existence of such secret city, but she does not know the location.  This was constructed during the 70's, an absolutely secret research facility.  Making suspicious experiments from Telepathy or Future prediction.  when we got the results from our investigation in Moscow, the exaggeratedly excellent scientist named Professor Valov created this, in addition this research facility was seriously a national project."
"Professor Valov...."
"I was half convinced, but I gradually believed.  At any rate <Amalgam> seriously captured and interrogated me, and came to this secret city.  And then---- practically, as you've said being attacked with a strange deja vu.  Of course we didn't know for how much.  But this seems to be a bad place."
"Even the crash just now, I don't think the cause was from the attack from someone.  The pilot must have been confused."
"Aah.  Even then, someone attacked.... they even tried to kill us"
  Kaname remembered the subject of communication.  [Sniped].  [Unbelievable skill].  And then enemy that goes against <Amalgam>.
  Could it be, the one who attacked was Kurz Weber.

  It seems that he didn't know that Kaname was riding that helicopter.  If Kurz and the others are close by, there are prospects of escape from here.

  Not only that.  It may be possible, that Sousuke is somewhere----
"Anyway let's find the exit"
"This research facility is interesting but.... we don't have the luxury for it"
"That's how it is"
  The two of them proceeded the dark passage.  To the right.  To the left.  When they reach a fork they proceeded with suitable intuition.  It was a dead end ahead, it seems a shut iron door stopped them.  It was like a maze.  There was no sketch of the inside of the facility, the corroded plate which was abandoned for many years fell to the floor.  The indication in the area whether [507] or [395] have indiscernible numerical figure.  They are in a state not knowing how many floors they are  underground.
"I give up.  We're completely lost"
  Lemon said with a collapsed ceiling leaning on the wall plugging the passage.  Not being able to go out the exit, the injury in his leg is starting to hurt.  The face the surfaced in the light of the pocket light were paler than before.
"That's not so.  For the time being, why don't we go back to where we came from"
"You remember?"
"Somehow.  The map was sketched into my head.  Why don't we go that way."
  Before, this kind of feat would be impossible, Kaname thought.
  It was 5 minutes, wandering about the maze, Lemon noticed an accident.  Grabbing the arm of Kaname leaning on her shoulder, they immediately stopped.
"What's the matter?"
"Quiet.  Someone's coming.  Turn of the light"
  Informing with a concealed voice, he took out a pistol from the back of his waist. He wanted to say [When did this thing get here?], but nothing came out of his mouth.  Probably, they must have taken it from Mr. Brown when they saw him.
  She turned off the switch of the pocket light as he said.  Lemon stretched his hand, taking the pocket lamp from her.  With a fallen locker nearby, the two of them hid behind it, and surely they can hear footsteps from faraway.
  The opponent was alone.
  Just before the passage before Kaname, from the T crossroad on the corner of the warped passage, someone is slowly getting near.  There seems to be no light.  Is he wearing night vision apparatus?
  Concealing their breath, that someone is coming out from the corner standing.  In the total darkness the form cannot be seen, but they would know by sound.
  Lemon turned on the pocket light and illuminated it towards the opponent, with pistol aimed saying.
"Don't move!"
  The opponent looked startled, with the night vision goggle on the hands were covering the head.

  It was a short built girl. Short pants and flight jacket.  White slender legs and imbalanced, with a large trekking boots.  And a carefully braided ash blond hair.
"Ah...."

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  Taking of the night vision goggle, she narrowed her eyes on the radiant pocket lamp, which was inquiring towards her.
"Tessa...? Is that you Tessa!?"
"That voice.... Kaname-san?"
"Un.  But why are you in a place----"
"Kaname-san!"
  Before finishing her words, Tessa jumped to hug her.  Ignoring the existence of a surprised Lemon.
"Thank goodness.... I was so worried....it's really Kaname-san"
"Th...that's right!  Aah...Tessa, don't cry.  Hush hush"
"I'm sorry.  But I'm glad that you're alright.  Really thank goodness...."
"Un.  Tessa also looks fine.  It's really been a long time"
  Burying her face in her chest, Tessa cried for a while.  Kaname was also happy, but she was taken aback with her suddenly showing herself in a place like this, being completely confused with deep emotions.


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