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Chapter 5b

  The demand from Urz 7 passes through right to left.
  Even the report from Gebo 4 and 6, and the message from his own unit's AI [Yukari], all of it is passing through his head.
  In a battle between snipers, the one who first discovers the enemy is the decision.
  Fellows who concentrate in careful camouflage, it is a battle of the nerves that pit wit against wit, concentration against concentration.  There is no allowance to have other problems taking the consciousness.
  In the night vision image and neighboring map in the screen, electrical information, climate condition, all of the data can be seen, conjecting the location of the enemy.
  Where----
  What about heat source?
  Even if Casper's unit is equipped with ECS, minimum generator exhaust heat is still present.  In a ruins where there is absolutely no human activity, there is no mistake that there are unignorable traces left.  But the image of the infra red sensors are complexly mixed from blue to yellow, unable to clearly show the location of the enemy.
  How about sound?
  In this silent ruins, the cooling refrigerant of the Palladium Reactors engine can be perceived.  But all the High Sensitive Directivity Mike could catch was the gun fires of Sousuke and the others.  If the enemy is equally silent like this, it is impossible to detect the sound source afterall.
  Electrical means?
  This is also impossible.  An obvious story, but the enemy is also not using Radar.  Using an active type of anti ECS Radar, it was like turning on a searchlight in the middle of the darkness.  And then [Fairy Eyes] could not detect the gravitational field of the Lambda Driver.  In order to avoid discovery it is stopped.  In other words if he can finish it with the first shot then it would be a victory.
  Where is he----
  The difference in terrain and altitude, he can't read the enemy.  Even Scientific Technology is fucked up.
  Think about the location of Casper.
  With the occurrence of battle with Sousuke in the Northeast of the ruins, he would obviously know.  It is the same as him, there is a position where he could give the necessary support firing.  That is why he is the position that would give him a blind spot of Sousuke and the others.  Not in the opposite position of the hills.

  If that's the case, he would take position in a high altitude as much as possible.  There is no mistake.  If it is not in a high position, he would not be able to detect this position.
  Inside the building of the ruins?  east side of the plant, in the crevice of the pipes or silos?
  There were 10-odd places that he could think of.  The elements to be considered are not enough.
  The enemy would not observe himself, but also the approach of the transport helicopter.  And the possibility of other M9 hidden.  That is why he is thinking of taking position in the depths of the plant.  This eliminates half of the choices.  But still not enough.
  What about the weight and foothold of the unit?  What about the movement route after the attack?
  Shooting from a large caliber sniping cannon, the surrounding dust would be swirled up, and it will be difficult to align a second shot.  Thinking of being inside the building.  There is the problem of the building construction being brittle and falling apart.
  Listing up the other details of the elements thoroughly in his head, Kruz made an estimate.
"3 spots huh"
  The rooftop of the administration building in the ruins.  The giant Lenin Statue in the center.  And then the steel pylon rising in the north side of the plant.  There is no other than these.
  Next would be his character.
  He doesn't like to be showy.  Concerning this kind of action, Casper has a steady shooting hand even from the old days.  Hiding in the most obvious places, shooting in the most easiest position.  Even if he used the equipped Lambda Driver, he doesn't rely on pressure or luck.
  If that is so, he would be in the rooftop of that administration building right?
  The foothold is firm, not inconvenient in shielding from the surrounding, and a position that can guarantee a wide field of vision.  And can immediately react from the attacks in a different direction, it has the easiest supporting position for allied transport helicopters taking off.
  However, but is he a man that would take position in a predictable place like that?
"Maximum sight"
<Roger>
  Magnifying the projection of the said building.  Infra-red rays, Light amplification, Passive electromagnetic wave, observing with all of the modes, he still doesn't have confidence.  it can be seen if he is there, and it can be seen if he's not there.  He observed with the passive sensor in the other two places, but it's pretty much the same.  If he observe just a little more, he would know----
  Which one among the three.  Assuming such, this was a battle of intuition from the start.
  Casper was a rational sniper---- there is no mistake about it.  And has a complete knowledge about me.  Following the process of thinking thus far, it's naturally predictable.
  Then, is he in another place?  No, would he even read that?
[Urz 6, done yet!?  It will be bad for Sousuke and the others]
  The urgent sound of Gebo 6.  They are standing by hidden in the mountain ridge.  If Kruz ignores those request then it would be a failure.  In some way or another the feeling of impatience, once again becomes big in his heart.
"Just wait.  Just a little more"
  What the enemy has that he does not, was an element that would decide victory or defeat.
  That is time.
  They were slowly searching for us.  There is no need to feel the danger of your allies.  But for Kruz is different.  No matter how skilful Sousuke is, there is limit to ammunition.  It is only a matter of minutes until they can no longer resist.  Until that time---- no, he has to defeat the enemy now.
  He has to hurry.
  Building in the center, or steel pylon of the plant.
  Kruz now presses these two places as choices.  Casper is in these two.
  In the infrared image in the rooftop of the building, there was an area with a mere temperature that is pea-green high.  Even in the summit of the pylon, there seems to be a different pattern.  Both concurs to the size of an AS.
  Which one?  Where is he?
[Urz 6, hurry!]
  Gebo 6's demand.  Inviting impatience.
The one that has the higher temperature is on the building.  In addition, only there does the wind blow unnaturally.  Doesn't the invisibility of the AS avoid the dance of the dust in the wind.  Even the distribution of heat can be seen like a humanoid ready to shoot.  No, that must be it.  There is no mistake----
  Decision.  Alignment in an instant.
  Infrared mode.  24 times.  Manual Control.  Range, 3390 meters.  Wind speed is 5 knots from the Southeast.  Calculation error within 30 percent.
  Aiming 2 meters to the right of the center of the distributed temperature.  This is most probably the cockpit.

(Casper.  I got you.)
  He muttered inside his heart.  Pulling the trigger.
  Miniature, and heavy impact.  The 76mm Cannon spout out fire from Kurz' unit, making a concentric circles in the surrounding shrubbery.  Before his eyes the firearm pipe blows off, dart like armor piercing bullets cutting though the darkness plunging forward.
  Hit.
  No----
  He can only see concrete smash to pieces.  Large amount of rubble and cloud of dust dances around in the explosion.  But there is no AS.  The shell only blew off the building.

  Then that means----
"......!"
  Immediately there was an aim from the pylon, too late.
  What he saw, hanging from the summit of the pylon, was a red unit that already fired.  Awfully slow, heading this way was the enemy shell.

  Shot.
  From the shot of Kruz, Casper who immediately discovered his location fired, accurately hitting his unit.
  His M9 was in a position lying down. That is why the enemy bullet first entered the M9's head---- for humans this would be the forehead, penetrating the radar, tearing up the engine system and drive transmission system in the back of the head, penetrating from the armor on the upper torso to the cockpit block in the chest, the explosive motion energy and shockwave destroying the interior electrical machinery and the shock absorption system, and spreading into the pilot inside, now advancing to the back of the unit---- flying out from the hips, scattering in the air.
  Kruz did not even have the time to move his brow and smack his lips.

  Cancelling the ECS, and deploying the gravitational field of the Lambda Driver, he was cautious of attack from another enemy.  Confirming that there are no other enemy AS, Casper reported to Kalinin.
"Mister K (Kalium).  Weber has been brought down"
[Is that for certain?]
"He was destroyed.  That kind of damage would result in instant death"
[....is that so.  Then suppress the resisting enemy in the North-eastern side.]
"Capture the girl alive, right?"
[As much as possible.  I don't care if the others are killed]
"Roger"
  After the exchange of communication, Casper's <Erigol> kicked the Pylon and jumped to the Northeast.
  Hearing his former subordinate get killed, there was no sentimentality in Kalinin's voice.  Then Casper himself, after saying this felt no guilt.  Rather, he is stimulated with an exaltation without any recklessness.
  Weber.  How regrettable.
  Certainly that central building would be the [No 1 choice].  If I didn't know that the opponent would be you, I would have also positioned there.  But I avoided it.  It's because I thought that you would stick your eyes in it.  The rooftop of that building, I asked a subordinate to light a small gas burner.  In that minimum heat, you're doubt would have been enough.
  As was expected, you fell for it.
  You didn't have time right.  You were impatient right.
  But it was your miss.  Firing a second shot, that must be what you expected in the corner of your heart right?  The most necessary in that instant, did you not have enough concentration?  That's right, you decided too early.  You should have scrutinized it at least one more minute.  Then even I might have turned my head.
  How unfortunate, my student.  But it was fun.
  They say that you have natural talents.
  5 years ago, one of the employers brought you along and said you were an [interesting kid].  Surely, was it a former Japanese Red Army terrorist?  You said you killed in him in revenge for your murdered family.  Thrown into real battle as a trial, you only saw a portion of it.  Observation skill and powers of concentration, and then the power of imagination to project the image of ballistics, you were a rare genius.
  That's why you were allowed to enter.
  I see, you were a genius.  Carefully absorbing the art and wits that was handed down from 200 years of us snipers.  In one year---- in just one year, you became a shooter that is not comparable in your unit.
  However, you were not called [Ghost].
  Operations Draft, Map comprehension, communication, camouflage, surveillance.... learning the various know how, Rifle and bullets, and then learning the mysteries of ballistics.
  But my student.  You were not called the [Ghost].
  An instant where all of it unified.  The whole creation, confirming the grasping of all things material, the context of time flowing, a moment where you can move the air molecules one by one, before you knew it, it ends.  You can say that you have [seen God].  That happens when it happens.
  But ultimately, this has nothing to do with tactics.  You would not know that.  Because you are like that, the [Ghost] did not come.
  I lent you a hand in your revenge.  Instructing you in all of the arts.  But, you can only go so far as to walk behind your teacher.  Kruz Weber.  You are such a blockhead.
  My student.  How unfortunate.
  Casper's <Erigol> jump two, three times, hurrying to the battlefield in the Northeast of the ruins.

  South side, Sousuke can hear the consecutive sounds of explosion from somewhere far away.  There were 2 shots of large caliber Sniping cannon used by an AS.
  And then---- the sound of a unit exploding.
  This cannot be seen in Sousuke's position, if he peeks outside shots are immediately fired.  That is why he can only guess, it seems that the sniping battle ended in an instant, and looks like one AS was destroyed.
"Urz 6.  Situation"
  No response.
"Kruz, Respond----"
"The link of the ADM (Advance Data Modem) has been interrupted."
  Tessa muttered operating the computer terminal.
"All the data transfers has been stopped.  There is no rescue signal.  This indicates the function of the M9 suspended...."
"Was he killed?"
  Lemon shouted returning fire in the back.
"I don't know. But, most probably.... he was destroyed...."
"he can't be killed that easily"
  Sousuke said shooting at the outside of the small room.
"This happens many times.  Don't worry"
  There are almost no ammunition left.  20 shots more.  After that, it is impossible to suppress the enemy attack.
"Eeh. But, this situation----"
"Don't give up Tessa"
"..........."
"There is still something that can be done.  He will definitely come get us.  Don't whine"
".....yes"
  But to crush the patience of Sousuke, the red enemy AS attacked.  Right in front of their fort, landing in the open passage right in front of them.  A Lambda Driver equipped unit.  An enhanced improved model of an <Codarl>, an AS that was called <Erigol>.
(it can't be....)
  Equipped with a 76mm Large caliber cannon, a sniping type.  The sniper that Kruz warned about, majestically showing its presence like this-----
"Kruz----"
""Weber-san. It can't be...."
"Duck!"
  The red <Erigol> brandishing its arm, sweeps the small room where Sousuke and the others were hiding.  With the worn out concrete wall, the rusted roof shattered to pieces.  The form of Sousuke and the others who barely got away from ducking, was completely visible from the outside.

"Uh...."
  Being covered in the fragments of the concrete, Lemon made a weak moaning sound.
[Rescue will not come]
  A man's voice coming from the exterior speakers of the AS.
[Kruz Weber is dead.  Give up]
  There was no reason to doubt the mans words.  Above all, this sniper has shown himself.  This means that their battle is over.
"Impossible...."
[We save the girl.  Hand her over.  If you do not follow, it would be unavoidable.  You all get killed]
  Tessa's eye came together.  She has already forcibly suppressed her mental shock.  Together with a strong will, made a faint shake of her head with her lips in the shape of [No].
  She would not give up information about her allies---- such meaning, Tessa has already made clear to her followers.  She herself also wished this.  However, if she lived, she would someday be rescued by her allies and has a chance to opposed <Amalgam> right?
  And then, in some ridiculous way somehow end up with Kaname?
  Mostly blind hope moving his heart, Sousuke hesitates.

  At that time, there was a whisper in the FM band in the wireless portable radio in his ear.
[Sousuke.... can you hear me....]
  An intermittent weak voice.
  It's Kruz.  He's alive.
"Aah, I can hear you"
[What a blunder.  The unit is in ruins.  Me too.... probably, won't have long to live.]
  His eyes are darkening.  That's what he was trying to say about his own body.  That must be it.  The M9 was destroyed, and he was fatally injured.
[But.... I can at least make one shot. ....listen, Sousuke.  The pilot of that red AS, somehow....get him outside.]
"Outside?  How do I----"
[Do whatever it takes, just do it]
"..........."
  The red AS was looking down.  The infantry behind it, did not release their caution but stopped shooting.  His ammunitions, the carbine gun only have 15 shots.  Then only one smoke grenade.  What kind of bluff can he make?  That sniper that he doesn't know the face or name, how can he make him get outside?  That sniper is----
  Sniper.  That's it----
[...I'll try"
  Whispering in the wireless radio, Sousuke threw his carbine gun in the ground.  And then took out the knife from his hips, quickly pulled Tessa by the chest, and pushed her in front as a shield.
"Sousuke!?"
  To a surprised Lemon, Sousuke informed him sharply [don't move].  Behind the remaining building materials, putting Tessa in front of the enemy as a shield, he skilfully hid his body.
  Tessa did not make any visible resistance, with an appearance of looking attentively at the development.
[Hmmm.  What are you planning?]
  The pilot of the red AS said.
"I want to negotiate"
[Negotiate?]
"If you want the girl then I'll give her.  But you have to guarantee my safety.  If you can't do that, then I will kill her first."
[I told.  To capture that girl "if possible".  If you resist, killing you together would be unavoidable.  That's your worth.]
"Even then, you can still have her alive.  Let me go.  If you do so I will hand her over unharmed"
[Are you an idiot?]
  The red AS shook its shoulders.  Responding to the sarcastic laugh of the pilot.
[Sagara Sousuke right.  I've heard of you.  Just to save yourself, you will not kill that girl.  Stop with the stupid bluff.]

"Whether it's a bluff or not, it is not the problem"
  Sousuke informed them closely sticking to the body of Tessa.
"I still can't die.  I still have to finish what I have to do.  Open a path now."
[And then let you go like that?]
"If you can't, then just blow us up.  Then that's it"
  How about it....?
  Of course you have no intention of letting us go.  Just as what was said, you think that its alright to just blow us up.  With that AS it would just be an instant.  There's nothing simpler than that.
  That's right.  It's indeed simple.
  That is why, you hated that choice.  Especially this overwhelmingly advantageous situation.
  You don't need to give the challenge [through a human shield, in an attempt to only hit me, you can't possibly to that].  That is an excessive challenge.  Something to stimulate you, this kind of movement would be enough"
  Well, What now?  With your unit and equipment, you can't kill only me.

[Hmmm....]
  Here it comes.
[Oh well.  I have heard stubbornness before...]
  Here it comes.
  A long few seconds passed, the chest block of the red AS made a sharp slide.  The sound of the cockpit hatch opening.  The standing unit was in rigour, the hatch in the back of the head opened.
  It's here.
  The pilot can be seen inside the hatch carrying a rifle.  A sunburned Aryan man.  With just one look it can be discerned that he is a soldier with a face of long military service.  With big eyes, wide forehead and hooked nose.
"Sagara was it.  Doing such mischief, don't you think this is too much?"
  The man said from the shoulder of the AS.
"Say what you want.  I will absolutely live."
  Tessa also had guessed the intention.  With the man showing himself, she could feel another kind of nervousness run past her body.  All that's left is to wait----
  That's right.  This is all that he can do.
  He no longer has a gun.  Only one knife and a smoke grenade.  There is no meaning in throwing the knife towards that man in the shoulder of the AS.  Before that it will become a bee's nest, that man will become prey to precision marksmanship.  Which one would it be.
  There was a dull light in the rifle on the man's hand.  That's the intention of shooting.  Not injuring Tessa as a shield.  There is no mistake he will shoot at my forehead.
  The man makes a stance.  With ruthless eyes.  There is no means of escape.
  Kruz.
  I did what you said.
  But the place where you are at, should be very far from here---

  1650 meters.
  The distance from the target calculated by Kruz Weber from the scope gradations, roughly 1650 meters.  Even without the convenience of Laser range finder, or calculations from observation tools, this number should be right.
  His body was worn out.
  His right foot would not do as he says, his left foot from the knee down was twisted in a strange direction.  On the contrary, he does not know how the lower half of his body is still connected.  Metal fragments torn up his back, his ribs are broken with his internal organs are in disorder.  Blood is still flowing from his head, his right ear could not hear anything.
  There's nothing that can be done.  I will die here.
  He already knows this.
  However, he is not yet dead.  Is there something he has to do?  There is only one thing I can do.
  That is already decided.  The Rifle.
  Using his two hands that can still move, he crawled out of the destroyed M9.  Every time he moves his body, intense pain attacks him, how far can he go.
  Crawling with the weapons rack on the ground, he took out the rifle inside with difficulty.  An old Bolt Action Rifle.  This thing is also still alive.

  Removing the buffer materials, he took the rifle.  And then measured the distance from the scope.
  1650 meters.
  He can't, unreachable.  If he advance 400 meters more, he can somehow do it.
  Inside the scope, Casper appeared from the cockpit of the red AS.  Sousuke did well.  But the distance is too far....
  He can't do it.  This is the end.
  Sousuke.  Sorry.  You do something about this later.  I can't do it.

  Tessa.  Give up on the moody man, a good man has been found.

  Mao.  A really lonely Melissa.  I wanted to be more affectionate.  Will a girl like you cry.  What about it.  Will I want you to cry, would I want you not to cry.  Not embracing you is better after all.

  And then Casper.
  Surely I'm a repeat student.  And a half assed person.  Practically, in the end I can't beat you.  I wasn't called a [Ghost], and was not able to become a true sniper.
  But Casper.
  The one shot of that revenge---- in the battlefield in South Lebanon, capturing in the scope for my families revenge---- I was not able to shoot.  In the back of the man standing in the stairs, there was Lana who had no relation whatsoever.  A girl merely 8 years old.  It is clear that if he pierces that man Lana will get hurt.

  You said shoot.  The first and last chance.  But it's impossible for me.

  And then you shoot.
  Aah, that's right.  Because of that my prey was dead.  The revenge is over.  However, it was in exchange for Lana's life.  You're [Accurate Ballistics] not only blew off the man's head, it took along her spinal cord and other internal organs.
  Even now she is still in the hospital.  If it were an ordinary hospital, she would have already died.
  You shoot knowing everything.
  That is why I left.  If that is the [true sniper], then I wouldn't want to become a monster like that.  That's right, you area monster (Freak).
(then----)
  Kruz thought.
  Will he leave his comrades like that to him?  To that monster?  Will he give up and abandon them?
(Why don't we try....)
  There is only one ammo.  Even the time for consciousness, only little remains.  10 more seconds, or 30 more seconds.  The disappearing fire of his candle.  Right now, even if he peeks at the scope, he was this feeling of being swooped down by the drawing deep darkness.
  He setup the rifle in the most stable firing position.  At most, he can't do it in such posture.  He can't move his feet.
  1650 meters.
  A distance this 308 caliber rifle could not reach.  In the sniping records, he has never heard of it.
  This is even 130 meters beyond the sniping record of Casper.
  He glued the stock to his shoulders.  Handling the grip, Sinking the lower part of the stock to the ground stabilizing it.  Left hand clinging to the right shoulder, painstakingly putting his upper body in position.  Fixing his right cheekbone into the frame, positioning his right eye in a straight line to the scope.
  Reading the wind.  Before it was 15 knots from the Northwest.  From the interior is 10 knots North-Northwest.  There is also turbulence.  Calculating everything necessary to send in the bullet.
  Of course even the temperature and humidity.  Air resistance, Combustion speed of the gunpowder, dilation of the gun and bullet, the many connected elements that would greatly influence the ballistics.
  How many degrees for the bullet's barrel roll/forward roll?  The phenomenon called Tumbling, multiplying it greatly with the distance.  Even with the faint barrel roll, there is no mistake that this distance would have great influence.
  Then there is a large element.  He has to think about the Coriolis that is occurred in the earths rotation.  Especially this place is close to 60 degress north latitude---- the effects of the high latitude coriolis is great.  In this situation then there would be 30 centimeters to the east.
  And there are many others, and the existence of the detailed problems, taking all of it into consideration decides on the final alignment.  This is a complex calculation that current computers are unable to perform.  Only a human could accomplish this risky attempt.

  Kruz entered all the elements into his head, then he clearly forgot it once.  What remains is the image of the ballistic.
  Being guided only by intuition, the image of super calculation, super mathematics.
  The necessary point---- to connect the target to the crosshair who is a number of meters away.
  But, this is not enough.
  Because of the irregular breathing, the crosshair in the scope rubs sideways.  The mere miscalculation would be fatal.  The required concentration, is not to put a thread into the hole of a needle.  But how the eye perceives a needle drawing the image of a dragon.
  There is no reason this aim is possible.

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  Ordinarily this is how one thinks, but floating in the mind of Kruz is another story.
(Aah, I can do it....)
  No surprise nor delight, just silently feeling that.
  Even reading what cannot be seen.  Moving the muscles that have lost its strength.  The burning or ones own blood that has already disappeared.  He can see the colors of the wind.  The image of the ballistic is vivid, the surrounding molecules one by one, grasping the working of all its energy, he could now understand.
  He is no longer thinking of the safety of Sousuke and the others.
  He was not thinking of Mao.  Not even Lana who is in the hospital, nor his dead family, nor the teacher who was the first love during his high school days, of course he forgets everything.  On the contrary, he does not even know what kind of person the target is.
  Who was that?
  No, it doesn't really matter.  Only to send to bullet there.
  That moment will soon come.  The supreme instant that would drive the target the whole life of one's self.
  Aah, I don't like this.
  Aiming at a farther distance----
  What is falling on top of him.  The other side of the materials, something unseen.  He distorts the surrounding air, the context of time became ambiguous.
  Before he knows it he pulls the trigger.
  Shot.
  Everything in accordance to the image.  The firing needle falling as followed, the gunpowder burned as assumed, the bullet swelled as expected, revolving in the gun barrel advancing.
  The magic bullet flies.
  It cuts through the air, completely reading the wind drawing a parabola, like it was being sucked in the fixed position and converging it.

  1650 meters.
  He already knows that it hit.
  Kruz Weber with his last though [serves you right], holding tight the rifle, and falls into the nothingness of darkness.

  It strikes----
  The moment that Sousuke thought, blood dripping from the enemy's chest.
  From the back to the chest.  The bullet coming from nowhere, has actually shot the man's heart.
"Imp...."
  He opened his two eyes in surprise.  He did not see Sousuke.  Turning his shoulder barely with the remaining strength of his muscles, from a long distance---- looking at the distance where Kruz was crushed.
"......"
  It shouldn't have reached.  The man flapping his mouth trying to mutter it.
  But it reached.  Kruz's shot----
  The man lost his strength of both legs, falling from the shoulder of the AS.
  Kruz----
  At the same time Sousuke moved.  With the last remaining weapons, he threw the only remaining smoke grenade, holding down the nape of Tessa's neck, he shouted.
"Gebo 6, the sniper has been dealt with!  Send Al!!"
[Roger...!]
  The Gebo 6's captain, Fisher responded from the wireless radio.  He had already understood the situation.  From the side of the mountain ridge, used ECS and silent mode standing by.  Already getting closer to the detecting distance.

  If the sniper has become powerless, it was not impossible to drop the <Laevatein> in a forceful penetration, immediately taking refuge behind it.  But within the 10 seconds, there was the premise that Leonard's AS would appear----
"Tessa, the Beacon----"
"Yes...!"
  In the swirling smoke, there is a need for the allies to pinpoint their location.  Tessa crawled and operated the computer terminal, sending a wireless signal or their location.
  Recovering from the shot of the AS's pilot, the enemy infantry fires.  Bullets jumping from above their heads.  With the firing from the original underground path, Lemon shouted.
"They're coming from the rear!  I'm also out of ammo!"
"Do something!"
  Without further responding Sousuke crawled forward in the rubble, taking up the carbine gun which he dropped earlier.  It was no more than 15 shots.  In the smoke the shadows of the enemy charge in.  Shots.  One shot did not hit.  Another shot made a kill.  Then an intimidating shot to the succeeding enemy.
"Gebo 6, is it there yet!?"
  Tessa called.  Then faster than Gebo 6, a synthesized voice of a man responded in the wireless radio.

<Just a little more, Captain.  ETA, Five Seconds>
[What's this?  The cargo hatch on its own----]
<Descending>
  With the sound of rotor and the roar of the engine, the sound of the AS detaching from the hydraulic bolt echoed at the same time.  From Gebo 6 rushing in the air, the <Laevatein> descending in the best timing, fired the head machine gun in Full Auto and immediately landed before Sousuke.
<Sergeant, please hurry>
"Al!"
  Leaving the Carbine gun, Sousuke jumped from the thunderous roar and burst of smoke.  The <Laevatein> opened the cockpit hatch and hold out his right hand.  It may not be more than a second.  The <Laevatein> seated him with the hand, with a manner of throwing him in the rear of his head block with his right arm.
  In someway protecting the position sliding him into the cockpit.  Without orders the hatch closed.  Al proceeded with the start up process on his own.  Super Express.  Omitting all the check data.  The usual setup, the usual master mode, the usual enemy search mode.  Like the unit itself is hurrying.
<Alignment wave detected!  Two, one....!>
".......!"
  He jumps.
  Barely avoiding the 40mm shell attack from the Southwest.  A 40mm shell backed up with Lambda Driver.  Leonard's attack.  He must be attacking from somewhere the ruins.  If Al didn't forcibly proceeded with the startup process, they might have been destroyed.
<Enemy AS, 2 O'clock, distance 8.  It's that bastard>
"Aah, it's Leonard"
  Twisting his body in the air, he looks at the enemy infantry in the ground with his head machine gun.  Protecting Tessa and Lemon.  Pouring the 50 caliber shells overhead the enemy squad, with smoke rolling up from the impact.
  Landing.
"Pick up the two"
<Roger>
  He leans over to the front of the small room where Tessa was hiding.  From the side of the <Laevatein> the support arms extended, picking up an exhausted Lemon and a confused Tessa.  Too late to call Gebo 6 that escaped towards the mountain ridge, there is little time to have Tessa get onboard.
  Another attack draws near.  Several 40mm bullets.  As expected, he has no intention of giving mercy.  Leonard was serious.
  Carrying the two he evaded the first bullet, taking shelter in the Lambda Driver protective wall from the following bullets.  Just barely able to turn away.
  He couldn't have defended if it was nearer.  Additionally he doesn't have an anti ECS sensor.  Leonard's AS is already translucent, and there is no means to detect him----
"Can we use the [Fairy's Feather]!?"
<Another risky performance>
"Just do it!"
<Roger....!>
  The two extension unit equipped in the <Laevatein>---- also named [Fairy's Feather] were deployed with a short slide.  The unit's generator roaring, giving maximum output.  large electric charge flows to both shoulders, distorting the exhausted heat in the surrounding.
<Full Power Line maintained.  LDC, Charge rising.  LBS, contact.  First round, startup success.  Second round, startup success.  Interference radius enlarging.  50, 100, 200....>
  On the contrary of its so called name, the [Fairy's Feather] is not a device for flight.
  On the basis of the information left in the Hard Disk Kaname left in the Mansion in Nickelo, this extension unit that Miller and the others produced, was originally called [Lambda Driver Canceller].  All the functioning Lambda Driver in the surrounding area of the <Laevatein>, would be rendered inoperative temporarily.
  With the detailed theory, Sousuke absolutely could not understand.  The [Fairy's Feather] uses a larger amount of electrical energy than the use of Lambda Driver, it was also explained that the <Laevatein> itself would not be able to use the Lambda Driver.
  And then another one.
  In order to finally utilize the effects of the [Fairy's Feather], would have to be related to the consciousness of Sousuke.  An image of a shield defending bullets, is the same as the image of an arrow piercing that gravitational field, and needs to have an image in the head of a [super phenomenon not occurring].
  Such image, could not be imagined at first, but now Sousuke understands.  He only needs to imagine of how he used to think.
  In other words, [Cheating, such things does not exist].
(Disappear----)
  In that instant, the [Fairy's Feather] reacts to Sousuke's thoughts.  A hundred meters surrounding the area are already invoked by the cancellers interruption area, in just an instant all the space dimly distorted.
  That is the only abnormality.
  Nothing occurred after that.  Rather it speaks as the proof of its success.  Because the power of this unit is to [not make anything happen]----
"Was it effective....?"
  In the front of the <Laevatein>, roughly the ruins 300 meters ahead swirled a giant cloud of dust.  The translucent flying black AS of Leonard, came crashing and fell into the building.
  It was effective.  The enemy lost its power of Lambda Driver----
"!"
  Sound of alarm.  Something from the sky falling to the ground, Leonard's unit recovered its position and landed successfully.  Stopping the ECS, immediately fires from the ground.  He has read that he also could not use the Lambda Driver.
  Evasive Maneuvers.  But because Tessa and Lemon were being gripped with the support arms, he can't move recklessly.  He doesn't have enough power.  Because the electrical charge of the unit is being taken by the [Fairy's Feather], he only has minimum mobility.
"Damn....!"
  Sousuke took out the <Boxer> shot cannon from the Hard Point in his back and returned fire.
  He can't use the Demolition Gun.  It was not an article that can fire the Large Caliber cannon without the assistance of Lambda Driver.
  Additionally even without the Lambda Driver, Leonard's AS was quick-witted.  Moving from shelter to shelter, adding fire bit by bit.  Cautioning from his fire, he would not try to get close, pressing him eventually with shots.
  What now----
<Warning.  Abnormal temperature rising in LDC-1.  Interruption area decreasing>
  The left shoulder [Fairy's Feather] could not stand the burden and is overheating.  In the heat of the large electrical power, the cooling mechanism could not catch up.


  It will break down soon.  It is only a matter of time before the second unit on the right shoulder meets the same fate.
  If the Lambda Driver Canceller stopped, it would be over.  There are currently no means to compete and overcome Leonard's unit.  There is nothing that can be done except to withdraw.  Everyone will be killed.  Everyone.
<Sargeant.  I think you already understand....>
"Aah"
  Sousuke responded with a return fire.
  If they escape, it should be now.
  Give Leonard's unit diversionary fire and escape with full power, holding to Gebo 6 that is currently waiting in the mountain ridge, and escape in full speed----
<There is no means to recover Urz 6.  If we conjecture the situation from the data of the last ADM---->
"Stop it"
<----He is already dead>
"Stop it!!"
  Nobody would understand.  Even now, he may still be alive with a faint breath.  If treated immediately, something may be done.  He may be saved.  Even if I were there sustaining heavy injury I may still live.  Who will say that stubborn idiot, that Kruz died in a place like this?
  Leaving him behind and escaping like this.
  How can such think be possibly done?
  What would he say to Mao when they get back?
<LDC-1, function stopped.  LDC-2's temperature is also rising>
  The fuse of the left shoulder finally burned out, losing it's function.
  There is no time.  With the connected position of the digital map in the screen, it was ruthless no matter what.  All the elements, it was trying to tell him that nothing can be done.
  What Al said was true.
  It was the truth.
<Decide.  Sergeant>
  Al no longer pressed after that.
  Patiently waiting for the reply of Sousuke.
"....withdraw"
<Roger>
  He made diversionary shots with the Shot cannon in full auto.  Scattering all the grenade that he has, blowing them in mid air with his head machine gun.  Taking the opportunity from the enemy, the <Laevatein> used all its remaining surplus power to leap, crossing the mountain ridge.
  Gebo 6 waiting in low altitude started to accelerate and rise.
  Ignoring the usual recovery sequence, Sousuke made the <Laevatein> grab the bottom emergency hook of the <Paib Mare>.  The captain of Gebo 6 said nothing and accelerated with maximum power.
  Hanging on to the helicopter with one arm, <Laevatein> withdraws to the east from Yamsk 11.

"They escaped huh...."
  After being confident that the interruption of the Lambda Driver has completely disappeared, the withdrawal of Sagara Sousuke with the helicopter far away has ended.
  Deciding that it was useless to pursue, Leonard turned his unit.
  Although it was possible for him to fly and follow the high speed of the helicopter, he didn't want to risk of being affected by that canceller again.  His <Belial> was not a convenient unit that could stand a fall from 1000 meters without a Lambda Driver.
  But, a canceller?
  Surely the theory behind it is possible, but Tessa being able to complete it was an utter surprise.  Even that white and red AS, he has a feeling that he would be at a loss compare to that <Arbalest> that he fought before.  Speaking from a long distance attack, an attack backed up by a Lambda Driver, that unit barely managed to turn away.
  Of course, his predominance has not change.
  He only noticed on route, but that unit might not be equipped with an anti ECS sensor.  Even with a third generation opponent that uses ECS with minimal effectiveness translucency could be cancelled----
  Well, whatever.
  He will be more prudent in the next battle, perfecting the preparations, and certainly crush him.
"Nevertheless----"
  Casper.  Making a mistake.
  Leonard muttered inside, ringing his nose looking at the corpse of Wilheim Casper collapsed beside the small cabin.  Even the red <Erigol> that he pilots was destroyed.  In the confusion of the battle with Sagara Sousuke, a pilotless <Erigol> would be torn from the bullets.
  Losing Casper dealt a severe hand to him.  Fowler and Sabine have suitable skill as a pilot, but there was no one who can exceed the shooting of Casper.  Doing what he has done up until now, he must be a capable person who longs for fierce battle.
  There was a communication from Kalinin coming out from the ground.
[Airborne troops of the Soviets coming from the Southwest.  Most probably around 2 squads.  Shall we engage?]
  The Soviets draws near.  He doesn't know how the Soviets sensed the battle in the ruins, but that was unnatural.  At any rate it was their territory.
"No.  There is nothing we need here.  Hurry and withdraw"
[Roger]
"Aah.  Also Casper is dead.  However it seems the sniper from <Mythril's> side was killed.  It was your former subordinates right"
  In quite a small moment, Kalinin fell silent.
[If that is so, it was a serious blow to them.  Weber's talent, it is a bigger threat than Sagara Sousuke's AS]
"Does your heart hurt?"
[If it's a grieving heart, I have already thrown all of it away]
  Leonard and his subordinates, quickly recovered the surviving squads into the helicopter, leaving the abandoned city.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
it realy hurts my head :(
still, thanks a lot...

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