O'Rourke angrily switched the transmitter off,as he heard the Sanna bluntly refuse his repeated requests,to retake the Finch girl.
Damned Sanna!He cursed them silently.After all he'd done for them,who the hell did they think they were? Wasn't he on the same side?
He turned to face Harris,who had been standing patiently behind him,listening to his earlier tirade.Harris held an expression of faint amusement,as she witnessed his angry reaction.He was simply too used,to getting his own way.When things didn't go his way,he behaved like a spoilt child.
Despite O'Rourke not getting what he wanted,Harris herself,had made good progress.Her spies had found out,where the Finch girl was,as well as that strange,but deadly woman,who'd made mincemeat out of her best men.Harris was quite keen,to renew acquaintances.
But there was one more piece of good news,that Harris really wanted to hear,and it was finding out,that Jennings had a younger sister.She'd been given several photographs of her,by Talbot,who she'd detailed to watch her.Harris could clearly see the girl,was highly attractive.
No doubt,O'Rourke would like to ravish her.She mused to herself.Of course he could,but not until Harris used the girl,as a hostage against her brother.After Jennings had been dealt with,she'd give the girl to O'Rourke,and this thought,didn't bother Harris at all.
She'd been informed by Talbot,that Louise was currently serving in the Royal Navy.After he'd confirmed her presence,Harris had immediately ordered Louise's abduction.Unfortunately for Talbot,he'd failed miserably,paying the ultimate price.
Once Harris had found that out,she callously dismissed Talbot's death.No matter.She had thought at the time.There would be other opportunities to seize her.Of that,Harris was certain.
'Have you been able,to get into Sanna security,Harris?'O'Rourke demanded brusquely.
'Of course.'Harris nodded curtly,before she then moved out of the radio room,not bothering to check behind her,to see if O'Rourke was following.She heard his footsteps anyway.
Harris led him a long way into the base,before she finally stopped outside a small room.One of her men,stood guard beside the closed door,but seeing his superior,the man promptly opened it for them.Both Harris and O'Rourke entered the room,not bothering to give any thanks to him.
Once O'Rourke entered the room,he was slightly surprised.In front of him,was an array of radio equipment.It looked very advanced.But what really held his attention,was a Sanna transmitter,linked up to the equipment.It was the same design,as the one they'd seen,back at that radio station battle,but O'Rourke knew it wasn't the same one.
There was a man sitting down,in front of the equipment.He was wearing a pair of headphones,and clearly listening to what was being sent.He was scribbling down everything he could hear,onto a notepad.O'Rourke glanced back at Harris,gesturing at the Sanna transmitter.
'Is that the one we saw,back at the radio station?'He asked her.
'No,it's not.'Harris replied,shaking her head.'The Sanna made sure,we wouldn't be seeing that one again.We managed to acquire this one,sometime ago.'
O'Rourke suddenly felt pleased hearing this.With this device now in his hands,he could now listen in,to the Sanna communications.There would be one or two surprises planned for them.O'Rourke promised himself that.He was very eager,to make the Sanna pay dearly,for not listening to him.O'Rourke had always been a loyal ally to them,but now,he wanted to do things his own way.Once he'd got what he wanted,the Sanna would return,and then they'd listen to him.He couldn't wait to show them.
O'Rourke then gazed down at the seated man,still operating the equipment.
'Who's this?'he asked.
'This is our expert,O'Rourke.'Harris answered.She didn't bother introducing him.There were more important things,to attend too.'He can hack into any known computer system,even highly protected Sanna files.'
'That's very impressive.'O'Rourke admitted,knowing there were only a few people,who had this skill.'How much is he asking?'
'That is not your concern.'Harris dismissed his somewhat,sarcastic query with disdain.She then asked the seated man.'Anything?'
The man nodded up at her.'I'm picking up heavy Sanna combat traffic signals,mostly coming from their pilots.They're under attack.'
Both Harris and O'Rourke,knew immediately who was responsible.Harris then asked him.
'Position of combat area?'
The man had already written this down,and handed it over to her.Harris took it,and read the details,before she handed it over to O'Rourke.On reading the information himself,O'Rourke's mood got even better.
'You realise this is a perfect opportunity for us?'He smiled,not a very pleasant one.'We can seize the girl,right under the Sanna's noses,and bring her back here.'
Knowing his lusts,Harris knew he'd always wanted that.Even so,what he was proposing,was extremely risky.Going up into deep space,right into the middle of a battle,and attempting to sneak into a,heavily defended Sanna battle cruiser.His sole intention,to kidnap a woman,didn't exactly inspire Harris.
O'Rourke clearly saw the doubt on her face,and he reassured her.
'We won't go flying into the fight,Harris.'He told her confidently.'We'll manage to sneak aboard that ship,without them even knowing it.'
'And how do you propose to do that?'Harris demanded,folding her arms.
'With skill,of course,Harris.'O'Rourke was still confident.'We have Sanna technology at our disposal,so we'll use that against them.'
Still seeing the extreme doubt on Harris' face,he went on to explain.
'I have a Sanna shuttle here,and it's capable of stealth camouflage in flight.That should make it easy enough,to gain entrance into the Sanna ship.'
'Well,perhaps.'Harris countered.'If we're not blown out of the sky,by their anti-aircraft batteries.'
She saw the anger returning to his face,but his reply was calm.
'Oh,I'm sure if there are difficulties,you'll think of something,Harris.You always do.'
Harris knew what he was really saying to her.If things did go wrong,he would lay the blame totally on her.She'd seen him dish out previous punishments,to his people who'd failed him.It wasn't a nice sight.O'Rourke was very brutal.So was Harris.Their whole force had this reputation,but it didn't bother either of them.
Still.Harris mused.It was a chance,to add another successful mission,to her tally.She glanced back down,at the seated man.
'Can you override Sanna security,on that ship?'
'I'll see what I can do.'He answered her confidently,already typing in the data.As he did so,Harris waited patiently,although O'Rourke showed signs of impatience,but remained silent.
Fortunately,it didn't take him long,and he looked back up at Harris.
'It's done.'He nodded.'I've programmed a security access code into the shuttle,that will allow you to land on that ship.That should give you a trouble free approach,without their weapons firing on you.'
'Flight time?'O'Rourke was now eager,to get going.He couldn't wait to get his hands,on the Finch girl,Jennings' sister,Louise,and that mysterious Sirrun woman.All three girls,were more than pretty.O'Rourke thought the trio,were all stunning beauties,and he was determined to get them back under his clutches.Despite Jennings rescuing all his other female captives,O'Rourke still felt confident,that he'd get his pretty collection back.He grinned to himself,always feeling his lust,urging him to abduct more helpless girls.
'Should be no time at all.'The man had instantly responded to him.'The battle's taking place,right on the edge of the solar system.'
'Get a combat detail ready,Harris.'O'Rourke ordered her sharply.'We're moving out.'
Back on board the Sanna battle cruiser,Jennings and Kate,now suddenly emerged out of nowhere,into a deserted corridor.Next instant,Hunt and Montgomery appeared too,with their female Sirrun helpers.Although they could see the area around them,was deserted.None of them were fooled.They all knew,the enemy was close by.
Jennings then heard Louise's voice,back inside her head.His sister's voice,was frantic.
John,it's a trap!They're waiting for you! I'm tied up!
Jennings clearly recognised the desperation,and fear in her voice.As he fully expected,the enemy was using Louise as hostage,and as bait to him.Grimly,he began to figure out,how to get Louise safely out of there.He then glanced at Kate.
'Can you sense how many Sanna are in there,Kate?'
Kate stepped forward,looking in the direction,where Louise was being held.She did indeed,sense the Sanna enemy,but that wasn't all.Kate also sensed the presence,of the two Kavos women.Her face hardened at this,and she tightened her grip,on her sword handles.Nothing would please her more,than disposing of these two,despicable women.
However,Kate still knew she had to be careful.Her people had dealt with Kavos 2 many times.It was a well known fact,that the Kavos people were sneaky and sly.They too,also had aspirations,to conquer Sirrus 6.Kate remembered swearing her sacred oath,joining the military to stop them,and anybody else from accomplishing this.Even if it meant a fight to the death.
She had instantly informed Jennings,of what she sensed,and gave him an accurate count.
'Ten Sanna.'Kate informed him.'Those two women from Kavos,are in there too.'
Hearing that,Jennings then pulled out a stun grenade,as did Hunt and Montgomery.It was then,that Jennings heard Louise's voice in his head once more.
John,please!Her voice sounded even more frantic now.They've got a knife at my throat!They're just waiting for you!
This made Jennings stop,and he gave a worried glance at his friends.He knew they needed,to get their odds back in their favour,and that meant doing,a pretty good diversion.
Kate sensed his troubled thoughts,and walked up to him.
'What do you want to do?'
'Only one thing we can do.'Jennings grimly answered her.'I have to get their attention,away from Louise.'
He was still hearing his sister's frightened cries in his head,and he then decided his plan.Glancing back at Kate,he told her.'I'll need your help,Kate.'
'You have it.'Her answer was immediate.
He was just about to explain his plan,when they all heard the ominous marching footsteps,of more Sanna troopers.They all instinctively,moved back into the shadows.
Jennings and his friends,now noticed a new group of Sanna come into view.He clearly recognised one,as a commander,and they all entered the room,where Louise was being held.
Inside the room,Louise still sat,securely bound and gagged.Her eyes were still huge,as she felt the cold blade against her neck.The Kavos woman holding it on her,made sure it stayed there,making Louise still frozen.Her gag made absolutely sure,that she wouldn't be able,to scream out a warning to her brother.
Louise also had to endure the woman's free hand,now stroking through her long,dark brown hair.The Kavos woman,was savouring her captive,even giving her hair and cheek,an unwelcome kiss.She sniggered into Louise's ear,as she did so.
They also made frequent checks,on their prisoner's ropes,but there was no need for concern.Louise felt every loop of rope,tied tightly over all over her body.She knew she couldn't escape.
Everybody in the room,was staring at the door.Louise was scared stiff,but the two Kavos women,merely smirked,completely confident they'd succeed,whilst the Sanna troopers,held their weapons steady.All of them,aimed at the door.
Heavy footsteps were heard approaching,and everybody in the room,recognised Sanna marching.The troopers momentarily raised their weapons away,as a new Sanna commander entered.A few aides followed him,and all the newcomers looks,were centred on Louise.
Seeing them enter,Louise's eyes,were still full of fear and despair.She was literally pleading in her thoughts,for John to get in here,and save her.Instead,she could only watch,as the new Sanna commander,slowly approach her.
The Sanna commander,had already been briefed on the current situation,and was eagerly looking forward,to killing the human,Jennings.This primitive male,had proved a rare exception,and was a deadly thorn in their side.He'd inflicted far too much damage on them,but now,they had a perfect opportunity,to dispose of him.
The commander had already seen the young human female,tightly bound and gagged,and under armed guard.One of the Kavos women,was holding a deadly knife,on the girl's throat,and he sharply ordered her away.Somewhat reluctantly,the woman obeyed him,but still kept a close distance to the girl.
Standing in front of Louise,the commander spoke to her.
'So,you are Jennings' sister,Louise.'He gazed with relish,down at Louise's tied up form,before he lifted her chin.The girl's eyes stared fearfully back up at him.
'You've been wanted by so many,my dear.'The humanoid grinned evilly,before he suddenly seized Louise's chin.The girl could only manage,a faint whimper of pain,behind the tape gag.'I'm very lucky,to have acquired you.'
He chuckled,savouring his hold on her.The Sanna commander,would enjoy ravishing this pretty prize,once her brother had been eliminated.
Checking that all his troopers were ready,he then ordered one of them,to activate a communications console.He then demanded,that his voice to be translated,into the human tongue,and be heard throughout the ship.
As his order was being obeyed,the Sanna commander gripped Louise's chin,more painfully.The girl could only give out another startled,but faint gagged mumble.
'This is a message for you,Jennings.'The Sanna commander spoke calmly,and in English.'I'm sure you are aware,that we have your pretty sister,as our prisoner.'
He paused momentarily,before adding.'Perhaps you'd like some proof,to convince you?'
Smirking,the Sanna then began to squeeze Louise's chin,making her scream into her tape gag.Her muffled cry,echoed throughout the ship,and satisfied he'd made his point,the humanoid stopped his squeezing,although he still held her chin.
'You have five minutes to surrender,Jennings.'The Sanna commander warned.'I don't need to tell you,what will happen to your sister,if you don't.'
He made sure the last part he'd spoken,was filled with threat.Then,he ordered the trooper,to stop the communication.
Suddenly,he noticed the two Kavos women,turning their heads up sharply.They both sensed,that something was wrong.
'What is it?'The Sanna asked them,but before he got an answer,they all heard Jennings' voice,coming from outside the room.
'Don't shoot.'His voice was calm,as he went on.'I'm coming in.'
Instantly forgetting the two Kavos women,and their unknown concerns,the Sanna commander released his grip on Louise's chin,to stare at the door.Louise's relief,was only for a moment,as the same Kavos woman,renewed her grip on her,seizing the back of her neck,and forcing the cold blade,back against her throat.This made Louise freeze again,as her eyes were fixed towards the door.
The Kavos women were still troubled,but none of their Sanna allies took any notice.Instead,all the room's occupants attention,was now directed at the now opening door.It was then,that they all saw the familiar,but utterly despised figure of Jennings,now standing outside.He slowly entered the room,clearly seeing the many weapons,that was aimed at him.The Sanna troopers watched his entrance warily,as did the Kavos women,but Jennings only had his eyes for Louise.Just as her thoughts had told him earlier,he could see that they'd tied her up,and very tightly too.He saw the effect the many loops of rope,tied horizontally over Louise's shirt,were having on her chest.It bulged out at him,just as her eyes were,almost pleading.
John,get back! He heard Louise's frantic voice,practically shouting at him,inside his head.It's a trap!
It's okay,Louise.Jennings instantly returned a reassuring thought back to her.Trust me.I'm getting you out of here.
The Sanna commander watched him carefully,just as his troopers did.Jennings was glaring fiercely at the woman,who held a knife to Louise's throat.Despite getting their attention on him,which was what he needed for the diversion,Jennings knew he'd still have to be careful here.
'Get on your knees,human filth!'The Sanna commander spoke with real venom.He then turned his hateful gaze,on Louise's bound and gagged sitting form.'I want your pretty sister,to watch you die!'
'Think you can kill me,Sanna?'Jennings' own voice,was full of contempt.'You made a big mistake,kidnapping Louise.Now I'm going to make you all pay for that.'
The Sanna commander sneered back in response,as did all his troopers.Only the two Kavos women,didn't join in.Both of them still sensed,that something was wrong.
Even so,the woman holding the knife on Louise,kept the blade on the girl's throat.She and her colleague knew,that Jennings was extremely dangerous.They weren't sure what he had in mind.The Sanna commander however,knew exactly what he had in mind.
'I said get on your knees,human!'The humanoid repeated harshly.
'I'll die standing,Sanna.'Jennings answered back,still full of contempt.
However,one of the Sanna troopers,eager to please his superior,suddenly stepped forward,and used his rifle butt on Jennings,striking him at the back of his legs.Jennings instantly fell onto all fours,clenching his teeth in excruciating pain.The Sanna had hit his legs really hard,and everybody in the room,with the exception of Louise,had enjoyed watching him fall at their feet.
Jennings clenched his teeth,feeling excruciating pain in his legs.For the moment,he couldn't move,although he could still hear Louise's faint,but clearly frightened,gagged mumbles.He concentrated on getting his strength back,for her sake.
Louise felt totally helpless watching her brother.She knew there was nothing she could do to help him.Her kidnappers had made sure of that.Even though the Kavos woman had stopped groping her,Louise still felt the knife on her throat.Her eyes bulged in horror,as she then saw the Sanna commander raising his own weapon,and he aimed it at Jennings' still fallen form.
'You won't be causing us any more problems,Jennings.'The humanoid spoke maliciously down at his human enemy.'After I've disposed of you,your sister will make an excellent slave,to our breeding programmes.I'll enjoy ravishing her myself.'
He was pleased to hear Louise squeal into her gag,hearing that ominous news.Louise herself,was well aware of the Sanna's crave,to kidnap and ruthlessly rape,desirable and highly attractive human females.They'd done it so many times,and Louise had never imagined,a worst possible nightmare.She was forced to watch helplessly,as the Sanna commander,readied his weapon for firing.
'Goodbye,Jennings.'The Sanna bade him farewell,and was just about to shoot him in the head,when suddenly,something was thrown into the room.It was a small,metallic cylinder,which was closely followed by another one.Both of them rolled towards the Sanna troopers,but before any of them could react,there was a sudden blinding flash.Another one exploded a second after the first,which made all the Sanna,and the Kavos women,suddenly cry out in pain,as they had temporarily lost their sight.Every one of them,had dropped their weapons,and instantly covered their eyes with both their hands.It was then,that Hunt and Montgomery,came charging in.Both of them fired their weapons accurately,shooting down the still stunned,and blinded Sanna troopers.
Still crouching on the floor,Jennings had now recovered,and had tensed himself,waiting for his friends to begin the assault.Kate had been in mental contact with him,ever since he'd walked in here.The moment he was threatened,Jennings had been able to give her,his own mental signal to come in.
His eyes had never left Louise's bound and gagged form.She was looking frantically down at him,having managed to avoid the effect,that the flash-bang grenades had done.Their weapons had done the job well,of overcoming their enemies.Jennings was pleased to see the Kavos woman,who'd held the knife on his sister's throat,had lost her grip on the blade,and was now on all fours herself,desperately trying to get her sight back.
Knowing there wasn't a second to lose,Jennings hurried over to Louise,just as Kate and her four female Sirrun companions,now entered the room.All of them had now brought their deadly blades into play,and they successfully struck down their Sanna opponents,who were just about to recover,with lethal results.The Sirrun women,were well feared by their enemies in battle,and Kate with her friends made sure they kept up this fearsome reputation.Their swords continued to inflict accurate,and fatal strikes,whilst not one of the Sanna,managed to fire a shot in return.
Jennings had pulled out a hidden knife on him,and was just about to use it to free Louise from her bonds,when he suddenly felt his ankle seized.Twisting his head down to gaze at his assailant,Jennings' face hardened,when he saw it was the Sanna commander,that had grabbed his ankle.The humanoid's face,was almost a snarl,and Jennings could see,that the Sanna wanted to kill him.
He then lashed out savagely with his free foot,kicking the humanoid fully in the face.Jennings was pleased to see it had an effect,as the Sanna cried out in agony,but the grip on his ankle remained.
Jennings clenched his teeth,and he kicked out again,much more harder this time.The effect was worth seeing,as he knew he'd really hurt his enemy,but still,the Sanna held onto him.More alarmingly,the humanoid was now reaching,for his own personal side-arm.Seeing this,Jennings suddenly realised he was in serious trouble.True,he had his own hidden pistol on him,but he could see,that the Sanna would beat him to the draw.There was no way,that Jennings could stop him from doing so.
Even so,he had to try.Louise's safety depended on him,and he wasn't going to let this monster take her,or kill him so easily.With lightning reflexes,Jennings reached for his own handgun,but then saw,that he didn't have too.
Coming up from behind the Sanna commander,Montgomery's powerful frame loomed.The humanoid had indeed,beaten Jennings to the draw,and was just giving him,a smile of triumph,when suddenly,the weapon was plucked from his grasp.
Taken totally by surprise,the Sanna turned just in time,to see Montgomery pull him off Jennings,and without any emotion at all,he slammed his own knife,into the humanoid's heart,killing him instantly.With much contempt,Montgomery shoved the lifeless body away from him,and saw Jennings give him a thumbs up.
'Thanks.'Jennings was deeply grateful to his best friend,and he saw Montgomery return his gesture.He then turned back,to help Louise.As he did so,Jennings suddenly realised,that the two Kavos women,who'd been guarding his sister moments earlier,had now disappeared.
Where the hell had they gone?He almost wondered out aloud.How had they gotten past him unseen too?
Despite that,Jennings knelt down in front of Louise,placing a comforting hand on her shoulder,to reassure her.
'Are you okay?'He asked her,full of concern.
Louise nodded.There was still a lot of fear in her eyes,but mostly,she now showed much needed relief,and her eyes now held a lot of warmth back at him.Still kneeling,Jennings then gently peeled away,the black tape covering her mouth.
'Are you okay,Louise?'Jennings asked her,now expertly cutting away the many ropes tied over her.
'Am I glad to see you,John.'Louise's voice fully told him that.It even sounded a bit shaky,but the moment Jennings finally cut off the final rope,she wrapped her arms around his neck,and warmly hugged him,giving him a grateful kiss on his cheek.
Jennings smiled,as he also returned her hug.He was so glad she was okay,and kissed her back,on her forehead.
'Can you walk,Louise?'His voice was full of concern.
Louise tried to stand up,but her body was instantly hit,by a massive attack of pins and needles.She would have fallen flat on her face,had not her brother caught her.
'I'll carry you out.'Jennings instantly,and easily lifted Louise up into his arms,and turning towards the door,he could see that his friends,had now eliminated the Sanna in here.Jennings gazed at the Sanna bodies,and felt no sympathy for any of them.He told them they'd pay dearly,for seizing his sister.He then carried Louise towards the door.
'Let's get the hell out of here.'Jennings nodded to his waiting friends,and with Hunt leading,they left the corpse strewn room.Their destination,was the launching bay.
Chapter 11 to follow....
Goodbye to all that
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