Commander North stood in the operations room, his blood boiling as he witnessed the massacre of his men. With every scream he heard over the radio, he knew the vampires were making their way towards the summit of the base.
The two men in the operations team were trying to guide the soldiers around the corridors but the vampires were too fast for them. They would have sent more soldiers down into the base if there were any more to send. Within a matter of minutes they would all surely be dead.
Then North saw a small group running in the wrong direction. ‘Why are they coming back up here?’
‘They’re not soldiers, sir,’ said one frantic member of the operations team as he rubbed his eyes and stared at one of the many screens in front of him. ‘That’s Captain Stein, Private Skinner, Doctor Owen and the civilian male and female that arrived earlier, sir.’
‘Shit,’ North remarked, ‘why are they coming up here?’
‘Stein is unarmed, sir. It appears that Private Skinner is leading them towards the summit at gunpoint.’
‘How many men are left down there?’
‘Not many sir. There’s only two or three left and the vampires won’t take long to reach us.’
‘Has Private Skinner made contact?’
‘Negative, sir. He has not answered our attempts to contact him.’
Commander North weighed up his options and knew he had to take drastic action, even at the expense of Doctor Owen. The vampires must not be allowed to escape, but there’s something else going on here with Captain Stein and Private Skinner.
‘Lock down the base.’
‘Sir, are you sure? That means…’
‘I know what it means, soldier. Lock down the base then pick up your guns and follow me.’
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