those elites have taken over the command centre, they have successfully synced
the pyramid with their systems. We will need to reprogram the pyramid again to
function according to our directives.” Said Naveen.
Red was inside the pyramid and along with his guards, was walking towards the
are fools to think that they have everything under their control. The fate of
humanity has been foretold yet, we have been given the responsibility to ensure
our survival. We are here for a noble task so nothing should stop us.” Said
was confused and asked, “Code Red, what do you intend doing?”
group reached the control centre, Code Red took out a device and looking at
Naveen, answered, “I am going to override the controls, our equipments or
weaponry may not be under our control but the pyramid surely is. I am going to
activate it and then… detonate it.”
was shocked, he shook his head in disagreement and retorted, “That was not the
plan. You wanted to use the power to have the citizens submit themselves to our
ideologies, not kill them.”
have colonized around 13 planets yet, SC120 is the main headquarter. Destroying
this planet means the other planets would be in the dark and we can easily
conquer all.” Code Red explained.
was still not convinced, he watched Code Red insert the device on a box and
typed in a code. The lights on the box turned green and the pyramid rumbled
indicating that the controls had been overridden.
are going to detonate this? You going to kill everyone on this planet? ” Naveen
asked, feeling confused and dazed.
Red lost his patience after watching Naveen losing track of his goals and
shouted at him, “Oh, for crying out loud! What did you expect when you joined
this Corp? What do you think we are… Social Reformers chanting the mantra of
are the Nationalist Corp, created to ensure the survival of humanity. Bred to
see to it that we achieve that goal by overthrowing the authority that is
forcefully leading humanity to extinction.
were you thinking when you picked up that weapon in your hands? What were you
thinking when you took the lives of the elites?”
clutched his head in guilt and anxiety. He responded in a low tone, “I did it
because you said that for the survival of humanity, the blood of a few had to
be spilt. I, therefore, agreed to your words… we all did.
thought you are a leader who knew what you are doing but now…”
angry Code Red interrupted Naveen, “Now what? What is the matter with you? Get
a grip now, comrade. You are wasting our time.”
slowly looked up and then aimed his rifle at Code Red, the latter stared at him
one will forgive me for the crimes I have committed but I can atone for my sins
by killing you… all of you.” Said Naveen, he was in tears now.
Red had enough, he stepped forward and Naveen fired his rifle. The former was
wearing an Armour system that protected him from the barrage of bullets, he
kicked the weapon out Naveen’s hand and grabbed his throat.
struggled to get out of Code Red’s grasp and tried to punch and kick him but
the latter was stronger, his grasp became harder and within minutes, Naveen chocked
and died. Code Red threw Naveen to the lower grounds and returned back to the
clicked a few button and the timer was set at 10 minutes. The BASE command centre
immediately got wind of it.
the pyramid… it has been set to detonate
after 10 minutes. “ said Javed.
is that possible? I thought the pyramid was under our control?” the General
Red… he must have overridden the controls of that pyramid.” Said Javed.
Bakshi immediately contacted Karan and forwarded the news, “Karan, looks like
Code Red has overridden the controls. If you are planning on doing something,
you better do it now.”
couldn’t believe what he just heard and asked, “How did he do that?”
wish I had an explanation, son. For now, you have 10 minutes to stop the detonation.”
The General responded.
and the others were shocked, however, the former thought hard and realized one
if Code Red can override the controls, we can do it too. Overriding the
controls has only resulted in the pyramid being open to every one now.
into the mainframe, sir, and try to stop the detonation. We are enroute and will
do whatever it takes to bring Code Red to justice.” Said Karan.
the General and Lt. Col. Javed looked at each other and nodded their heads in
agreement. The General acknowledged Karan’s words and then turned to the
command centre officials and said, “I want everyone to hack into the controls
and stop the detonation. It does not matter if it is ethical or unethical. If
you people need outside support or experts, tell me and I will get them for
command centre officials got to work immediately. Back at the pyramid, Code Red
looked at the countdown, turned towards his men and said, “We have enough time
to get into the ship and get out of this planet. I need 2 of you to remain here
and guard the console, in case anybody comes to hack it. 3 minutes into the
countdown, I will contact both of you to rush towards our ship and we will
escape far enough to see the fiery spectacle.”
Red’s guards acknowledged. 2 remained while the others walked away. Outside,
the anti-nationals outside the bunker were keeping their weapons ready,
expecting the security elites to come out any moment.
is it, people. There is no turning back now. We are going in.” said Karan.
we are going out.” Jenny commented, and the others couldn’t help but burst out
right!! My bad, Jenny. We are all going out. You are happy now!!” Karan said,
shaking his head in embarrassment.
then raised his hand and said, “On my signal!”
and Sulaiman clicked a switch which lead to the conversion of the tanks from
legs to giant sized wheels. Karan then said Move, and the drivers sped the
tanks out of the bunker. Once outside, the others fired the mini-guns and
grenade launchers to keep the anti-nationals at bay.
BASE REPUBLIC, Lt. Anuj was able to view this.
are mad. They will get caught in the range of the cannons and they will
definitely not survive it.” Said Lt. Anuj.
Indrajeet looked at the screen and said, “Not if we could help. They are headed
straight towards the door of that pyramid. They wouldn’t change their course
until and unless it is required.
are using tarantula tanks and no obstacles can stop those mean machines.
Position the cannons to fire only on the right and left of the tanks, the tank
operators will take care of the stragglers.”
Indrajeet’s order was duly complied and the cannons were positioned
the BASE elites stopped for nothing, they suddenly heard a boom and looked up at
the sky to guess the source. They could see a streak of light coming down and
before they could realize what it was, it hit the ground causing a huge
explosion that killed multiple enemy forces.
was cannon fire from the space stations with Codename Indrajeet saying, “It’s
boom time, my old friends.”
fire continued resulting in extensive loss and damage for the anti-nationals,
the security elites cheered in unison as they stopped for nothing and were soon
nearing the pyramid doorway.
checked his watch, they had just 5 minutes and he contacted the General again, “Sir,
any luck? We are almost at the doorway.”
General looked at the command centre officials for an answer.
system is beyond us, sir. We are unable to bypass the encryption… leave alone
hack it.” Said a command centre official.
General had no other choice but to relay the same to Karan.
were already on a one way trip, sir. You guys did your best. Either we will
succeed or we will see ourselves on the other side. Thanks for the support,
sir. Over and out.” Said Karan.
then looked at the others, they realized that it was too late now and they
could only hope for a miracle.
the BASE command centre, Javed looked at the General who slowly sat down on a
seat feeling helpless and disappointed. The former took a deep breath, walked
towards his seat and looked at the pyramid schematics again. He cracked his
fingers and knuckles, and tried to hack it.
command centre officials could see Javed at work on the big screen as he did
not move his eyes from his system. Murmurs began which confused the General,
even he looked at the screen and then turned around to see Javed trying his
the pyramid, Karan and his colleagues reached the doorway and got down from the
tanks. They looked back at the destruction caused by the space cannons, the
entire anti-national army in the area had been obliterated. Karan looked at his
watch, they had just 3 minutes.
cannot just sit here and wait for a miracle. Let us get in and try to reach the
console.” Said Jenny.
disheartened Karan looked at Jenny, and then at the others. He nodded his head
in agreement and was about to walk towards the door when they received a
communication. It was Lt. Col. Javed.
Karan, this is Lt. Col. Javed. You have 30 minutes to get to the console and
stop it. That is the best I could do… the best our ‘outdated’ systems could
including the General was surprised to hear that. The General shook his head in
disbelief, he then spoke, “Karan, you heard what Javed said. We will still try
and see if we can stop the countdown. Get to the console, elites… and if possible, try to capture and bring
Code Red alive.”
will try, sir… though I hardly feel he would cooperate with us considering he
is trying to wipe us out.” Karan responded.
in that case… put a bullet in his head if that is the only option we have left.
There is no other option. He is created enough of a mess… and he has to pay for
it to the last dime.” Said the General.
sir, we will keep you posted.” Karan replied.
then turned to his colleagues and said, “We are going into extra time. Let us
make it count.”
others acknowledged, however, Atif and kishore were smiling at Karan which
confused the latter.
came closer and said, “Karan, I wanted to tell you this but… the way you were
pulling the strings, I couldn’t help but shut up. I am a lieutenant, Karan…
which means I am the senior officer here.”
and the others were surprised, the realization dawned on Karan that he had
completely forgotten the principles of hierarchy. He hung his head in shame and
said, “I am sorry, sir. I… I was deeply saddened by Major Jeffrey’s death and
therefore, I took the responsibility upon myself…”
stopped him and said, “Come on, Karan, now you are embarrassing me by
apologizing. We believed in the hierarchy only till we lost our leadership in
this battle. We thought that our targets or our goals are nothing without a
guide or a leader.
those times were spent in thinking about how… how we would succeed without our
leaders, but then I saw you rising up in place of everyone. You did not care
about your little experience in warfare, you did not care about who was the
senior or the junior… all you cared about was that we are a team. We are still
together and we can still fight.
are a fighter, Karan. You may not have the skills that others over here have
yet, you did not feel bad or jealous about it. You embraced it and utilized
those talents for our success. That is the true mark of a leader… and you will
one day grow to be the ultimate leader BASE has produced.”
looked at Atif, he felt motivated by those words and with a smile said, “Thank
and I will see to it that no one enters the pyramid, there may still be enemies
or re-enforcements coming. The air has cleared, and air support is on its way. Stop
the countdown… and best of luck.” Said
others responded in unison, “Sir, yes sir.”
and his friends went in while Atif and Kishore got on a tarantula and decided
to scout the area. As the first group entered the inner domain, the people
couldn’t help but marvel at the architecture.
it is official… this is alien in nature.” Said Shekhar.
isn’t it? You can see words written on the walls in Sanskrit, yet we are
calling it alien.” Commented Sulaiman.
human hand could have created this massive structure. We are dealing with
something or… someone highly intelligent than us.” Said Poorna.
I am not concerned about a species intelligent than us… not at this moment.
What I am concerned about is that why should an intelligent species hand over
their toys to someone mediocre?” asked Jenny.
why the anti-nationals and not us?” Asked Shekhar.
will have all the time to find the answers once we stop the detonation. If this
thing detonates, we might end up meeting with the intelligent species that gave
this toy to them.” Said Karan.
is a lift ahead. Let us finish this.” Said Jenny.
do I have the feeling that we are just getting started?” Asked Karan.
others, hearing that comment, looked at each other confused. They got on the
lift and looked for a switch. As usual, it was Shekhar who found it and the
lift moved upwards.
romance with buttons and switches continue. I hope I am not replaced by a
button in his life.” Poorna commented.
giggled at that comment while Shekhar stared at her.
with a smile, said, “If we survive, I will tell you an incident about Shekhar
and me. For now, fingers on your trigger and be prepared.
is definitely someone waiting for us and from what I understood about them…
they hate gate crashers.”
lift stopped and the people could see the console in the distance. Jenny aimed
her sniper at the console. The timer showed that 23 minutes were left.
have 23 minutes, guys. It is now or never.” Said Jenny in a low tone.
together, check for movements here and there… our armour can protect us but not
for long.” Said Karan.
is either Poorna or me, one of us need to reach the console to hack it and stop
the countdown.” Said Shekhar.
then, let us get to work. Jenny, you are the eyes and ears… see if you can find
a spot and look for enemies here.
we both have a big responsibility… escort service. Shekhar, stick with me… and
Poorna, stick with Sulaiman.
to work.” Said Karan.
others acknowledged, Jenny spotted railings on all sides. She holstered her
rifle, moved to the left, took a deep breath, jogged on the same spot and
dashed towards the wall. The others watched bewildered as Jenny climbed the wall
without support and perched herself on the railing.
did she learn parkour?” asked Shekhar.
smiled and replied, “I did it once… in the campus. She just got inspired. Now,
that’s my girl. Let us move ahead.”
Atif and Kishore were informed about reinforcements coming in.
have 5 minutes before air support comes in. We have to halt their approach.”
Said Atif and Kishore acknowledged.
very moment, they could see a squad of soldiers coming in.
Atif, there are close to a 100 soldiers coming in. Hang tight, support is on
its way. The cannons are in recharge status and will take an hour for usage
again.” Said Javed.
just when we really needed them. No issues, sir. We will give them hell.” Saying,
Atif stepped on the gas and drove towards the anti-nationals.
anti-nationals were alarmed and started firing at the tarantula. Atif and
Kishore answered back brutally killing all of them.
there anyone left? Does not matter we will take them down too.” Said Atif.
the tarantula was hit hard by cannon fire. Even though the Armour was hard, the
duo within the tarantula were visibly shaken.
they have got a scavenger. Who the hell is funding this army? If I get my hands
on that person, I will crush his skull with my bare hands.” Saying, Atif drove
the tarantula away from the area and got to cover.
inside the pyramid, the 2 groups moved towards the covers on both sides and then
moved forward. Jenny was able see the area from where she was, realizing that
there were covers above too, she aimed her sniper rifle and moved along with
then spotted an anti-national, she activated her rifles silencer and pressed
the trigger. The anti-national fell dead alarming the other anti-national.
the anti-nationals are right in front, guarding the console. I took out one.”
Said Jenny on her radio.
think you can stop us. You cannot. It is too late now. We will kill everyone of
them who try to stop us from our cause.” Said the 2nd anti-national.
moved forward and checked on his left, the anti-national was standing against a
support and looking here and there. Karan didn’t waste time as he shot the
anti-national on his head.
people waited checking if the coast was clear or not, however, Poorna who was
feeling impatient, rushed towards the console.
spotted more anti-nationals coming from the right and yelled at Poorna, “Poorna…
was too late as one of the anti-nationals fired his sniper, the bullet hit
poorna’s left leg. The latter screamed in pain as she fell on the floor with a
was angered and wanted to confront the anti-nationals but Karan stopped him.
Jenny watched helplessly as poorna was writhing in pain and desperately needed
help. She got down and joined Karan and Shekhar. Sulaiman felt guilty for not
being alert yet, he stayed in cover and slapped his forehead.
Shekhar, Jenny and Poorna… we got a pilot too but I don’t know his name… as if
I care. Never knew that a bunch of cadets would make my life hell.
was perfect, everything was… my plans were all going smoothly but you BASE
soldiers…. You are all stupid, all the same. No issues, you are like thorns and
I need to remove you all.
plan is set in motion. You think you can stop it. I have complete control of
this console and no one can hack it. Everything is in my hands now.” It was
Shekhar and Jenny were helplessly listening to Code Red’s words in anger and at
the same time, feeling desperate to help Poorna who was losing consciousness
little did they realize that Sulaiman was planning to do something daring… in
fact, he did it. While Code Red was speaking, he flanked the enemy from behind,
he could see 4 guards and without further delay, fired at them. 2 guards were
down and the other 2 returned fired.
this, Karan came out from his hiding and fired at Code Red and his remaining
guards, one guard was killed. Code Red was again running away, Sulaiman came
out of cover again and tried to stop the former but the last guard pushed the
latter backwards allowing Code Red to escape.
behind him….he should not escape.” Said Karan, as he and Jenny followed Code
last guard was clinging on to Sulaiman’s rifle in order to grab it from him,
however, the latter kicked him, the guard lost his grip and Sulaiman finished
ran towards Poorna, he took out his medkit, took out a painkiller and injected
it. Poorna stopped breathing heavily, the pain vanished but she was still weak
and needed immediate medical attention. Shekhar then checked the timer, they
had 18 minutes before detonation.
outside, the scavenger came closer and Atif waited patiently for it to come in
range. The moment the vehicle was within the reticule, Atif fired a rocket. The
scavenger was hit but was still operational.
only brought down its shield. We need to drain the shield completely to destroy
it.” Said Kishore.
so easy in theory, isn’t it?” Atif asked, as he drove the tarantula backwards
and continued firing.
shields of the scavenger were coming down, the controller realizing this, fired
an EMP round which lodged on to the belly of the tarantula and fried up all the
machinery and systems.
no… this ain’t good.” Exclaimed Kishore.
scavenger controller took aim again and supercharged the cannon.
is bad. Kishore, get out of this thing.” Said Atif.
duo rushed out of the tarantula and saw the scavenger. The controller fired the
cannon, the duo jumped right on time as the tarantula exploded in a ball of flame.
duo were thrown back a few feet away due to the explosion and due to the loud
noise, they covered their ears. Atif somehow stood up to see the scavenger
coming forward, there were more anti-nationals coming in.
looked at kishore, the latter had seen it too and he hung his head realizing
that this was it. There was no retreat or escape from here.
was an honour working with you, Kishore. We did our best.” Said Atif with a
smiled back and said, “Seriously, dumbass!! Of all the people on this planet,
you want me to die with you. No way, buddy… I am going home in one piece.” Said
stared at Kishore confused, he then heard a boom sound and the very next
moment, it was the scavenger tank that exploded. So strong was the explosion
that the tank was thrown 20 feet into the air.
looked up and with a smile, nodded his head in disbelief. It was the air
support and they reigned down on the remaining anti-national forces.
have still not heard from Karan and the others. We don’t have much time.” Said
a concerned Kishore.
faith, Kishore. They will succeed.” Atif responded while looking at the
Shekhar started working on the console hoping to hack it as quickly as possible
and stop the detonation. Code Red ran as fast as possible to the hangar and
commanded his remaining men to get on the ship and escape before it was too
Karan caught up and started firing at the group. The former brought down 2 more
anti-nationals while Code Red ran inside the ship.
the engines and get us out of here. We have no time to waste.” Said Code Red to
pilot was not convinced and responded, “But what about our men? We cannot leave
them behind. We need them for our fight.”
Red had enough of people questioning his authority and seeing the nuclear
countdown at 16 minutes was losing patience even more. He took out his
auto-pistol and killed the pilot. He picked up and threw the lifeless body out
of the seat, and then taking the seat powered up the engines.
Karan was being pinned down by heavy gun fire and was hiding behind boxes when
suddenly, there were 2 loud bursts that brought down 2 more men. It was Jenny,
she reloaded her sniper rifle and fired again killing 2 more. There were 3 anti-nationals
remaining and they took cover.
joined Karan and both took aim only to find the ship boosters powering up.
can’t be. He is escaping. We have to stop him.” Said Karan, as he jumped over
the boxes and ran towards the ship.
was horrified at Karan’s recklessness and yelled at him, “Karan, stop, don’t do
it. You will get yourself killed.”
paid no heed as he rushed towards the ship. The remaining anti-nationals were
alarmed at this and fired at him but he dodged the incoming fire and fired back
killing all 3 of them.
it was too late. Jenny ran in just in time to grab Karan and push him down. The
boosters fired and the ship took off upwards and escaped from the pyramid through
couldn’t believe what happened. He stared at the shaft through which the ship
went, he clutched his in head in disappointment and then looked at Jenny in
want to fight him… then you have to be alive for that. We have to stop the
countdown… and that is our primary objective.” Said Jenny.
came forward and touched Karan’s hand in an effort to comfort him. The latter looked
away from her, sighed deeply and then looked back at the shaft.
were so close, Jenny. So close to capturing him. What’s more, he definitely had
the key or remote to stop the detonation.” Said Karan in a low tone.
us go back. Shekhar would have surely found a way.” Said Jenny.
looked at Jenny and nodded his head in agreement. They rushed back to the
console to see Shekhar holding on to Poorna while Sulaiman was dressing up the
what happened? Did you stop the timer?” asked Karan with baited breath.
looked at Karan and Jenny, there was sadness and regret on his face as he got
up and looked at the console again.
then spoke up, “It is too late now. We do not have any means necessary to stop
this detonation. This device has been created only for the purpose of
detonation, it can only be initiated but not stopped.”
others were shocked to hear it and stared at Shekhar in disbelief.
must be a way, Shekhar. At least some way to stop this.” Said a concerned
looked down and responded, “We can only hack it and increase the time limit to
delay the detonation but not stop it. However, you see this red button over
Jenny and Sulaiman came forward and looked at the red button.
switch over here… if I click it, this pyramid will take off and continue to fly
upwards away from this planet. There must be a control room where this can be
piloted but there is no time to find it.” Shekhar explained and it did not take
time for the others to realize what it meant.
there is way then. We cannot stop the detonation but… we can save the
citizens.” Said Karan.
looked at Karan now, the latter did not think twice. He only looked at the
timer, there was not much time left and considering they had no idea of how
powerful the explosion would be, they had to get as far away from the planet as
clicked the switch and the pyramid rumbled indicating that it was ready for
take off. He then contacted the BASE command centre.
is Cadet Karan, Sir. We have… we have something to say.” Karan started.
General and the others at the BASE command centre were waiting with baited
breath for any sort of communication from the group.
General responded, “Yes, Karan. Is everything alright? Have you stopped the
sir. There is no way we can stop it. The console only has the ability of
initiation… we can somehow delay the timer but it will still not stop the
detonation. There is only one way.” Said Karan, his voice choked as he said the
General felt that something was wrong but couldn’t understand what. It was Lt.
Col. Javed who revealed what was wrong, “Sir, the pyramid… it is flying
enough, not just the General, not just the BASE officials, even the citizens
who were outside were able to see the pyramid. It had split into 3 parts and
the mid portion was rotating slowly. It then speeded up and the very next moment,
the boosters fired up with a boom. The pyramid shot up into the sky.
what is going on? Why is the pyramid flying away? Karan and the others… they
are still inside?” asked Kishore looking confused.
stared at the pyramid and then contacted Karan on his radio, “Karan, can you
hear me? Where are you guys? The pyramid… what have you guys done?”
was no answer. There was tears in Karan’s eyes as he walked back and sat down
next to Poorna. Jenny and Shekhar joined them. Realizing that they had just a
few moments with them, they held each others hands.
General once again asked, “Karan, what is going on? Answer me, goddammit.”
are not coming back, sir. We cannot come back… not without finishing this
mission. This pyramid will go as far away from this planet as possible so that
no one is killed or harmed.
these final moments, I just want to say… Thanks to all of you… for all the
support.” Said Karan.
was a moment of realization for all of them. Everyone could see the pyramid as
it soared in to the sky and then disappeared. The General realized that the
group were making the ultimate sacrifice for the lives of the citizens and they
were doing it without the slightest hesitation.
few BASE officials had also realized this and had tears in their eyes. The
General walked to the window and looked at the sky.
continued, “Please tell our families, sir. Tell them that we are sorry that we
couldn’t return but… in time, they will understand what we did and why we did
you once again. Over and out.”
removed his radio and looked at his friends. They were also in tears and were
waiting for the countdown to reach zero. The pyramid was now in open space and
the space stations could see them.
Indrajeet ordered the stations to move to a safe distance to avoid the explosion.
The countdown now showed 11 minutes as the pyramid was now as far from the
planet as possible.
BASE command centre received indication of the same and the officials now
waited for the detonation. The General looked at the big screen which showed
the names of the cadets that were on board the pyramid. He then remembered the
time when he shook hands with Karan, with Jenny, with Shekhar and Poorna, they
were in the top 5 of batch 150.
General walked to the main panel, clicked a few keys on the board and within
seconds, the whole nation including the ones on the space stations were seeing
the brave elites.
General then started to speak as the whole nation listened, “I do understand
the responsibilities of being a soldier. Yet, it still pains my heart to see
young bloods giving up their lives while we the old ones stare helplessly in
salute you, oh brave ones. I salute you for your courage…. Your vigour… you are
and will always be an inspiration to all.”
General stopped, stood fast and did a grand salute to the group. The others
followed one by one. Lt. Atif and Kishore who were returning to BASE on a
carrier heard this and even they saluted their colleagues.
at the pyramid, as the 4 friends waited for the detonation, Sulaiman suddenly
came running towards them and after a slight hesitation said, “Guys… Uh… I hate
to disturb this melodramatic situation but… you know… there is an anti-national
super carrier docked at the far end of the hangar… and it is in operational
wiped his tears and looking at Sulaiman asked, “Did you just say… anti-national
stared at Karan, confused at the weird way the latter asked the question. So
much so that he in turn answered in the same way Karan questioned, “Yes,
anti-national super carrier.”
without warning, Karan got up frantically and ran towards the hangar leaving
left us here. He didn’t tell us to get up. He plans to escape himself.” Said a
heartbroken Jenny to which Shekhar scowled at her and said, “Don’t be stupid,
Jenny. He never leaves anyone. Instead, he has given us a hint in the weirdest
way possible that there is a bloody chance of survival. Now stopping dragging
ass here and run behind him while I bring poorna.”
enough, Jenny ran behind Karan along with Sulaiman. Shekhar was about to pick
up Poorna but the latter stopped him.
will slow you down. Leave me here and run from this place. Please, don’t waste
time on me.” Said Poorna.
nodded his head in disagreement and carried her. He rushed towards the hangar
saying, “You are not on the list of people who needs to be left behind. What’s
more, I did not love you to leave you behind one day… but be beside you
the hangar, Sulaiman powered up the engines of the carrier while Karan and
Jenny waited impatiently for Shekhar and Poorna to come. When they spotted
them, Karan picked up a streture lying behind the seats and rushed towards
them. He put it on the floor and Shekhar slowly put Poorna on the streture.
were 5 minutes left and as Shekhar and Karan brought the streture to the
carrier, Sulaiman spotted something.
the shafts… they are closing. Better sit and fasten your seat belts. We need to
get away from the blast radius as far as possible.” Said Sulaiman.
others did the same and Sulaiman flew the carrier upwards. However, the shaft
that he had targeted had closed. Without wasting anymore time, Sulaiman flew to
the next one but it was the same.
way I am dying here… not when we have a chance of escape.” Saying, Sulaiman
hovered the carrier and rotated it one time to spot 8 shafts.
spotted the farthest one and realizing the shafts were closing one by one, he
flew towards the 8th shaft. As he flew through it, the shaft door
on, Sulaiman. You are our only hope.” Said Jenny.
bet I am.” Saying, Sulaiman yelled at the top of his voice while increasing the
the door could close, Sulaiman flew the carrier out of the pyramid and then
stopped yelling. The others were panicking for so long but once they saw the open
space through the windows, they realized that they were out of the pyramid.
Shekhar, Jenny and Poorna looked at each other, they were dazed, it took them a
few seconds to realize that they had escape, they all then looked at Sulaiman
and were filled with gratitude.
are the man, Sulaiman. You are the man.” Shekhar complimented.
your horses, people. We are not out of this yet. We have a minute before
detonation so stay put in your seats. I am going as fast as possible… oxygen
levels are good and so is the fuel level. Now keep your fingers crossed.” Said Sulaiman
as he switched on auto-pilot.
group waited with baited breath as the countdown slowly came to zero, there was
a short pause after which the pyramid detonated in a huge ball of fire and
debris. The carrier jolted and shook due to the rumbling. Everyone on the
planet and the space stations could see the explosion.
have that confirmed, sir. The detonation was outside the planet’s atmosphere so
we are safe.” Said Lt. Anuj.
heard that, General Bakshi. We are safe. Victory is ours for now.” Said Codename
heaved a sigh of relief, and started congratulating each other. Javed was the
first to spot something.
you may want to see this.” Said Javed.
General came towards the monitor that Javed was looking at. Every security
elite had a tracking chip implanted in them that helped the BASE command centre
to track or locate them in situations required. The General and Javed could see
5 trackers blinking in open space far away from the planet. Javed clicked a few
buttons and the monitor scanned the area the blinks were detected and zoomed in
I don’t.. I don’t… believe this…” Javed
started, the General was confused as to why the former was stammering and looked
at the screen. His eyes widened, he couldn’t believe what he saw and
immediately contacted Codename Indrajeet.
Indrajeet was also perplexed when he heard it.
are alive! Seriously!!” Codename Indrajeet exclaimed. He immediately contacted
the hangar and asked for any space carrier that was available.
debris of the pyramid scattered through the vast open space and within the
debris, the anti-national carrier was drifting away. Due to the explosion, the
carrier was badly damaged.
passengers had fainted due to the impact, however, Karan was the first one to
wake up. He looked around and then looked outside through the window. Seeing
the debris, he felt a sense of relief that they were able to save the planet.
then checked on his friends. They were alive yet they were unconscious. As he
thought about what to do next, he saw jenny getting up and clutching her head
you are alright?” asked Karan as he moved forward towards her.
looked around and then looked at Karan. She smiled at him feeling relieved that
he was alive.
did it. It is unbelievable but we did it.” Said Jenny, tears welled up as she
couldn’t help but laugh, he kissed her forehead and hugged her. Sulaiman had
also regained consciousness, even he looked around for sometime and then
checked the carriers console.
then turned around to see Karan and Jenny.
guys alright? We did face a hard impact due to the explosion.” Sulaiman asked.
are but Shekhar and Poorna… they are still unconscious.” Karan responded.
trackers were already active. I am pretty sure they will find us though I
cannot guarantee how long it will take. I have activated the carriers beacon
too. We will have to play the waiting game for now.” Said Sulaiman.
hope they will find us soon. It will make no sense escaping from that pyramid
and then dying in this vast open space.” Said Jenny.
have oxygen for at least 48 hours but the carrier is damaged. It is beyond
repair. What’s more, the radio is destroyed and we have no means to contact
anyone. Let us hope they find us soon enough.” Sulaiman explained.
is something big coming towards us.” It was Shekhar who had finally woken up
and was able to see 3 giant super carriers coming towards them.
found us. Thank God.” Exclaimed Jenny.
checked on Poorna and checked her pulse.
is she?” Karan asked.
responded, “Not good, she needs medical attention. She lost a lot of blood. Her
leg… she was hit just below her knee cap. I don’t know… I…”
worry, Shekhar. Don’t worry., she will be fine. They have found us.” Said
Jenny, trying to comfort Shekhar.
3 giant super carriers surrounded the anti-national super carrier, the one
leading them brought out a crane and latched on to the super carrier and
dragged it inside. The crew were wearing suits to protect themselves from
radioactive particles generated due to the explosion.
Karan, and the rest of you… this is Codename Indrajeet. You people have done a
great job and made us proud. However, sorry for the inconvenience but due to
the emission of radioactive particles, we will have to transfer you to a
chamber to check if you are all infected and therefore, give a quick medical
worry, everything will be fine.” Said Codename Indrajeet.
group realized that their personal radio were in range with the giant super
this is Shekhar here. Poorna… she is hurt badly. I don’t think she has time. She
needs medical attention more than us.” Said Shekhar, he was panicking now.
Indrajeet looked at the others and immediately ordered for the carrier door to
be opened. 4 men went forward and using crowbars opened the door. A streture
was brought in and Poorna was put on it, and immediately rushed to the med bay.
worry, Shekhar. She will be fine. It is time you people took care of yourself.
Take them to the chamber, people. Get them treated quickly.” Said Codename
the giant carriers flew away from the debris, from a distance, someone was
watching closely. It was Code Red. He banged his fist on the dashboard feeling
disappointed, he clutched his head in anguish realizing that he had failed
miserably and was answerable to his lord.
“I have failed. I don’t believe it. What are these people made of? Karan, Jenny, Shekhar… Damn you!! Damn you all to hell!!” Code Red yelled at the top of his voice.
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