HAI ZZZ.666-0001


Tagged To: The Walking Dude
GENSTAT number: N/A
Date Assigned: 01/01/2343
Monitoring Period: INDEFINITE.

Date: 11/04/2358 Time: 07:00

LOCATION - LAS - OUTER MAINTENANCE TUBE 3B11

The alloy portal to the surface of Genesis hisses open.  A small amount
of air rushes out of the airlock into deep space.   The Walking Dude steps 
inside carefully.  One outstretched hand grips a Strommer flechette autogun.
The ruby red dot of the lazer sighting mechanism dances on the walls of 
the airlock.

The Dude floats over to a control panel embedded in the wall.  His space
suit is camouflaged to match the surface of Genesis.  It is in stark contrast
to this painfully white room.

Walking dude punches some control codes on the numeric pad and the airlock
closes.  He punches some more codes and the room begins to fill with air.

			AI
	Welcome back dark one.  Your world awaits.

Walking Dude smiles at the sound of his HAI as he removes his
helmet.

			WALKING DUDE
	Wraith, my friend, have you been waiting for  
	me all this time?

			WRAITH
	It is true that I wait, but I'm afraid I was forewarned
	of your arrival.

A look of concern paints Dude's face.

			WALKING DUDE
	How is that possible?

			WRAITH
	MILCOM has changed the command paths to
	sensor control.  The HAI you left in charge
	of masking your arrival was not entirely successful.

			WALKING DUDE
	What does that mean?  

			WRAITH
	The  young lady responsible for the aft sensor 
	array noticed part of your flight.

The Walking Dude scowls and begins to peel off his suit.

			WALKING DUDE
	What do they know?

			WRAITH
	So far nothing.  They think your ship is either
	cosmic debris or an alien craft.

Walking Dude chuckles.

			WALKING DUDE
	Those alien rumors we started have come in
	handy on more than one occasion.
	
Walking dude runs his fingers along the wall and stops  about  
a meter and half off the floor.  He bangs the wall and a  hidden compartment
door swings open.  He stows his gear in there.

Walking Dude reaches into the compartment and pulls out a small pack 
and slings it across his back.

			WRAITH
	Is there anything I can get you?

			WALKING DUDE
	Where is the Watcher?

			WRAITH
	He is still secured in the Psychotic Containment 
	room.

Walking Dude pulls a deck of cards from a pocket.  He flips the pack in 
the air and catches it.

			WALKING DUDE
	He's been solitaire too long.  I'm afraid it's
	made him a little crazy.

			WRAITH
	I'll prepare the path as usual.  You will remain
	a ghost in the eyes of the monitors.

			WALKING DUDE
	In the eyes of Genesis.

Walking Dude punches one more button on the control panel and 
the airlock door opens.  He steps through and is released
upon Genesis.


Date: 11/05/2358 Time: 5:01

LOCATION - LFP -CORRIDOR 27Y Dude falls against a steel bulkhead and gasps in pain. His face contorts into a mask of hate as he clutches his side. He coughs into his hands. Blood has come up.


			WALKING DUDE
		(to himself)
	If it is the last thing I do I'll find  the scab that 
	did this to me and I'll make him pay so slowly.

I have kept the monitors and various listening devices at bay as per my lords 
orders, but when he is out in the open like this there is always the chance of a 
human spying him.

			WRAITH
	My lord you must hurry.  Someone may come.

			WALKING DUDE
	I'm going as fast as I can.  I'm broken up inside.
	That bastard broke more than just a couple of ribs.

Walking Dude stumbles on.  He rounds a corner.  A young couple stands in front 
of a cell door speaking in hushed tones.  They do not see my lord.  Dude slides 
back around the corner and slides to the floor to await their departure.  Minutes pass...

			WRAITH
	They're gone my lord.

			WALKING DUDE
	Open her door.

There is a hiss as a nearby cell door opens.  Walking dude painfully 
raises himself and spins around the corner.  He nearly falls into a 
surprised Susan Lavalle's arms.

			CORP LAVALLE
	Dude!

			WALKING DUDE
	Close the door.

I comply with a thought and the door slides shut.  Corp Lavalle helps Dude 
to her bed.

			CORP LAVALLE
	My God!  What happened?  Who did this to you?

Walking Dude snarls a sarcastic laugh.

			WALKING DUDE
	I got ambushed while trying to ambush Ironwood.  Someone 
	I've never seen before.

			CORP LAVALLE
	He must have caught you totally by surprise to do this to you.

			WALKING DUDE
	Yeah... I need medical attention.  We must have at least on
	Doctor in our employ.

			CORP LAVALLE
	Not in my five, three are military like me and the other two are
	engineers.

			WALKING DUDE
	Call Krak and tell him I need a doctor now.  I'm busted up pretty
	bad inside.

Walking Dude blacks out to a horrified Corp Lavalle.  She checks his pulse and
sighs in relief when she finds one.  She rushes to her data center and issues an
encrypted page for Krak.

Date: 11/05/2358 Time: 8:21

LOCATION - LFP - STORAGE AREA GREEN 3 A hesitant and sweaty Dr. Wang stumbles through the gloom into this storage area. Metal racks extend to the ceiling filled with engineering supplies. Dr. Wang clutches a ragged canvas knapsack to his chest. He attempts to call out, but his voice is dry with fear. A ragged croak replaces words. Eventually with a Herculean effort he over comes some of his fear and is able to speak.

			DR. WANG
	Hello?  Hello it is Dr. Wang!

Corp Lavalle distends from the shadows to intercept Dr. Wang.  
Dr. Wang shrinks back from the soldier in absolute terror.  In a quavering
voice he speaks the words.

			DR. WANG
	The rooster crows in the morning, but the
	sun may never shine!

			CORP LAVALLE
	Excuse me?

Dr. Wang becomes even more agitated.

			DR. WANG
	I said the rooster crows in the morning, but
	the sun may never shine!!

			CORP LAVALLE
	I heard what you said.  What the hell is it
	supposed to mean?

			WRAITH(V.O.)
	I believe he is using the old recognition
	codes.  

The Doctor screams and falls over backward at the sound of my voice.

			WRAITH(V.O.)
	Procedures established twenty years
	ago did away with these quaint theatrics.
	You are supposed to respond with, "And the
	trees shall bear no fruit and the shadows will
	grow long."

			DR. WANG
	Who is that!?  An A.I.?

Corp Lavalle ignores the Doctor.

			CORP LAVALLE
	Oh.  Spy stuff.  O.K. "And the trees shall bear no
	fruit and the shadows will grow long."  Now get up
	and follow me.  You're to follow ten yards behind me.
	If we come across anyone in the corridors we are not
	together or to even seem as though we are together.
	When we get to my cell make sure you are unobserved
	when you enter.  Do you understand?

			DR. WANG
	Yes, but what about the cameras in the corridors?
	Security will see us.

			CORP LAVALLE
	Wraith has those covered.

			DR. WANG
	Who's Wraith?

			WRAITH(V.O.)			
	I am Wraith, it who walks in Shadows.  Now let us
	make haste, Lord Dude is in pain.

			DR. WANG
	Lord Dude?  Who's that?

			CORP LAVALLE
	You will find it healthier, Doctor, to not ask so
	many questions.  Let's go.

Corp Lavalle exits the storage area.  Dr. Wang scampers to his feet
and hurries after the determined woman.

LOCATION - LFP -CORRIDOR 27Y

Corp Lavalle rounds the corner and walks half way down the corridor
to her cell.  Dr. Wang rounds the corner just as the Corporal disappears
into her cell.  Dr. Wang looks back over his shoulder just before he too
disappears into the Corporal's cell.

LOCATION - LFP - CELL 013A

Corp Lavalle rushes to the side of the Walking Dude.  He is unconscious
and feverish.  He spasms and winces in pain through the haze of a fever
dream.  Dude awakes as the Corporal dabs his brow.

			WALKING DUDE
	Did you find someone?

The Doctor rushes into the room staring fearfully back over his shoulder.  

			WALKING DUDE
	Is that him?

			CORP LAVALLE
	Krak tracked him down.  He's from a very old 
	cell.  They haven't been activated in years.

			WALKING DUDE
	No matter, I need him now.

The Doctor hesitantly joins the shadow couple and places his bag on 
the bed at the Dude's feet.  He pulls a medi-scanner from the bag and
switches it on.

			DR. WANG
	So what happened?  No one took the time
	to tell me between all of the threats.

Walking Dude smiles.

			WALKING DUDE
	You'll have to forgive my subordinates.  You 
	know what they say about finding good help.

The Dude coughs and spasms in gut wrenching pain.  He manages to 
tenuously hold on to consciousness.  The Doctor begins to pass the 
scanner over the Dude's body.

			WALKING DUDE
	I got in a fight with a skilled... son of a bitch.  He 
	basically kicked the shit out of me.

			DR. WANG
	I guess.  You liver and kidney are bruised, you have
	four broken ribs, one of them has punctured a lung.
	Your bleeding somewhere internally.  This is bad.

			WALKING DUDE
	Why can't you just hit me with the medi-rect?  You
	did bring one?

			DR. WANG
	Of course I brought one, but these injuries are mostly
	subtle.  The medi-rect is for triage, gross wounds that
	need to be sealed immediately.  I need to put you down
	on a Mediplex and spend some time on you.  I can 
	fix the ribs, possibly seal the lung, but the rest is going
	to require the Mediplex.

			CORP LAVALLE
	This is real dangerous, Dude.  Med-LFP is a busy place
	and I can't help get you in.

The Doctor reaches into his bag and pulls out a dermal injector.

			WALKING DUDE
	Why not?

			CORP LAVALLE
	Our unit got special order this morning.  There's a surprise
	training mission.

			WALKING DUDE
	What kind of surprise training mission?

The Doctor injects Dude with a hiss from the syringe.

			CORP LAVALLE	
	An egg hunt.  There's supposed to be a simulated
	nuke out on the surface of Genesis and we're supposed
	to find it.

The Dude is silent for a second.  He rubs the spot on his arm where he
was injected.  

			WALKING DUDE
	What did you give me?

			DR. WANG
	A pain killer.  It should kick in in a few seconds.

			WALKING DUDE
	Oh shit!

Fear traces the good Doctor's face?

			DR. WANG
	It's the standard therapy for this type of injury.

			WALKING DUDE				
	There after my transport!

The Corporal's face goes white.

			WALKING DUDE				
	Wraith!  

			WRAITH
	Yes, my lord.

			WALKING DUDE				
	Didn't you say Milcom got a blip on my transport?

			WRAITH
	Unfortunately that is true.

			CORP LAVALLE	
	It could be a coincidence.

			WALKING DUDE				
	Bull shit.  You're going to have to take care of it.

			CORP LAVALLE	
	What do you want me to do?

			WALKING DUDE				
	I'll give you the key codes.  I want you to set it
	for a close proximity self destruct. 

Now the Doctor's face goes white.

			CORP LAVALLE	
	That's not exactly subtle.  

The Dude smiles... gleams.

			WALKING DUDE				
	Think of the chaos, the confusion.  They literally
	will not know what hit them and it's a chance to 	
	dent their military.

			CORP LAVALLE	
	But it will tip our hand.

			WALKING DUDE				
	How?  All they have now are myths, rumors and a
	string of seemingly unrelated incidents.  Add one 
	more... that goes boom.

			CORP LAVALLE	
	What about you?

			WALKING DUDE				
	Wraith and the Doctor will help me.  You concentrate
	on my transport.  I'll be alright.

The Dude leans back further into his bed.  Corp Lavalle swipes his
brow with a wipe.  The Doctor watches the two and wonders how he
ever came to be in the company of truly evil people.

Date: 11/06/2358 Time: 7:05

LOCATION - LFP - STORAGE AREA GREEN 3

My lord sleeps and I watch. I am his AI, I am his protector, I am wraith. Ahhh his rythm changes, his breath quickens, his eyes open. My lord is awake

			WALKING DUDE				
	Status.

			WRAITH
	You are alone.  You have been asleep for close
	to twenty four hours.  Your wounds are mostly 
	healed.  Corp Lavalle has been called away to 
	her duties.

			WALKING DUDE				
	What of Genesis and my transport?

			WRAITH
	The military was caught entirely by surprise.  There 
	were 1,026 killed, mortally wounded or blown off the
	face of Genesis.  Five hundred personnel were wounded.
	There was minor damaged inflicted to some internal 
	structures near the surface.

My lord Dude begins to rise.

			WALKING DUDE				
	Outstanding!  Much better than I even hoped for-
	Ooohhhh!

			WRAITH
	What is wrong my Lord?

Walking Dude rubs the right side of his abdomin.  

			WALKING DUDE				
	I'm sore here.  I have a scar!  Why do I have a
	scar.  Why was I operated on?

			WRAITH
	The doctor determined that during the fight your
	appendix was damaged.  He said it almost 
	killed you.  He also said you should be fully
	healed in three days.

			WALKING DUDE				
	Oh.  Three days, eh?  When is Lavalle off
	duty?

			WRAITH
	Three more hours.

			WALKING DUDE				
	I'll wait until she gets back and then I need to
	get access to the covert transmitter.  I need to
	contact Shadow.

			WRAITH
	Yes my lord.

Dude leans back on the bed and rubs his new scar.

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