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The Mystery Of C-121, Part Three

Posted on Sat Aug 12, 2017 @ 10:33pm by Commander Jeannie Sherebrook & Major Glenn Walker & Ensign Yan Tia-Jai & Ensign Reidar Nordheim & Ensign Eli Avirett & 2nd Lieutenant Erin Ishay

Mission: The Eye Of Sin
Location: C-121
Timeline: January 2, 2157 - 1225 Hours

"In here." Jeannie stopped abruptly before a once large building which showed some elements of grandeur, indicating that before it was reduced to nothing more than a pile of rubble, it was most likely very impressive. Large, gilt covered columns scattered the ground and the entire structure seemed to have crumbled around what once would have been a courtyard. In the far northeast corner of the building, part of the original structure was still standing and rose up out of the devastation. Slowly, Sherebrook began to pick her way through the rubble, her eyes searching for something, for anything that might give them a clue as to what had been here before.

Eli scanned the rubble, looking for any indication of increased radiation levels.

"Why do I get the feeling that we're looking for a needle in a haystack?" Reidar commented with a frown. He had no idea where to even start with looking for whatever it is they were supposed to be looking for.

"Needle in a large pile of rubble." Walker added with a smirk as they slowly moved forward. The MACO Commander kept checking all around them as well as looking at the rubble for any signs of life or something out of the ordinary. It looked like the rubble had only been touched by the elements for around a century. He then noticed a large portion of the rubble had been disturbed quite recently. "Hey, over here." He called out as he knelt down to have a closer look.

Having heard that Walker found something, Eli walked over to take a look.

Jeannie followed the others to take a look at the disturbance and nodded, "It's down there." she said, her voice full of conviction as she stared into a dark hole amongst the piles of bricks.

Eli spoke to the Commander. "Commander....we're down to sixty minutes."

Yan pulled an illumination rod from his belt and cracked the tube which began glowing. Dropping it down the hole the rod fell into the blackness before coming to rest at the bottom. " Not far down. Should we use the phase pistols to clear a bigger hole?" He asked.

"Can you tell how unstable it is down there? I'd hate for us to cause it to collapse in on itself." Jeannie replied, "After all, if it does we'll have done all of this for nothing."

Reidar activated his scanner and passed it over the area of rubble they were looking at. He groaned softly and then hit the top of the device with his gloved hand. "The radiation is making it difficult for me to get a clear reading," he told the others. "I'm detecting what appears to be some kind of reinforced passageway that extends about ten meters underground. Beyond that, I can't tell you. My scanning range is limited. I'm also not certain what effect the energy discharge of our weapons might have on the surrounding radiation."

"It looks alright," Ishay offered, giving the area around the hole a closer investigation. She'd seen a lot of stuff like this after the Xindi attack, her team participating in dozens if not hundreds of rescue missions in the rubble around the attack sites in Florida. "We'll have to be careful cutting but I think it can be done."

Walker nodded in agreement. "Shouldn't be too much of a problem."

Yan drew his pistol and began cutting away at the debris with his phaser. The rubble began to vanish as the team cleared a large enough hole for them to enter. Also under the rubble had emerged some stairs leading downwards into the dark.

Eli commed the Commander. "I would advise caution, Commander. No way to tell what we might find down there."

"Only one real way to find out, with your permission ma'am I'd like to take point." Ishay said already pulling out a couple of chem lights to toss down ahead of the team. They hadn't brought night-vision and the last thing they wanted would be for someone to take a tumble.

Knowing that Ishay could follow her instinct just as well as she could, Jeannie nodded, "Permission granted." she then looked at the others and said "I'll go next and the rest of you follow." she gestured to Ishay to get going, eager to find out what they were here for and fully aware that the clock was ticking.

Walker didn't like the idea of both of them going first but then again, if they tried anything he was in prime position to stun them and ask questions later.

Yan stuck a marker rod in the rubble before descending down the stairs. His flare had landed on a small landing and the steps descended down in a spiral down into the planet. It reminded him of something all too familiar. The old nuclear shelters back home. Could something still be alive down here? Judging by the dust covering everything, not in a long time.

The Doctor always hated dark, damp places. As he looked down the hole, Eli muttered, "I got a bad feeling about this."

"Don't worry, I don't know why I know but we're safe down here so long as the structural integrity holds." Jeannie turned to look at Avirett and the others.

Erin was torn, on the one hand, she knew as well as the Commander that they would be safe, that there wouldn't be an ambush or a cave in or a wild animal to contend with. But at the same time, those feelings were fighting her instincts, fighting her training. They were vulnerable; tight quarters, extreme darkness... any other time she would have had her rifle at the ready, expecting an attack. Instead, Erin, paid more attention to the walls, the bright white beam of her weapon light illuminating various carvings along the walls.

She wasn't sure what they all meant but she knew they were significant, something to do with why they were here in the first place. Hopefully, the science teams aboard Endeavour would be able to make heads or tails of it once she got the recording back to them. Of course, they would probably be more blown away by whatever the team would find down here.

"I think whatever we're looking for is down there." Ishay said, indicating down a long dark hallway. She didn't know how she knew, but it felt like before, every instinct in her body telling her this was the right way.

Not wanting to be surprised with what they might find, Reidar continued his scans as he followed the Lieutenant and walked alongside the others.

Looking around, he pulled out his scanner and started taking radiation readings. Then he checked the chronometer. "Commander. radiation readings stable...and we're down to forty-five minutes." Eli shut his scanner.

"Acknowledged." Jeannie replied, knowing that forty-five minutes would be more than enough time to get the answers they sought.

Walker was the last member of the landing party to head down. He kept visually scanning everywhere making sure there wasn't any surprises.

The landing party emerged from the hallway and into a large cavernous space, dominated by an obelisk at its center. It was covered in alien hieroglyphs. Whatever the reason for the existence of this excavation, it appeared that they had found what they were looking for.

 

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