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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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