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Assault on Niska's Skyplex (TAG zoe, jayne, river, niska, mal, saffron)

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Sep. 6th, 2006 | 07:48 pm
posted by: firsttour in tmserenity

“Skyplex Control, this is Commander Harken CO Light Cruiser Harpers Ferry. You will power down all weapons systems and prepare for boarding, on my authority as a representative of the Interplanetary Forces of the Allied Planets.”

Harken waited, giving them time to detect the ten bomb-pumped laser cannon pointed at their control center. His voice was severe and brooked no argument.

“We will make contact in thirty seconds. If your airlock is not open, we will open it. Anyone standing will be shot, so I suggest you lay down and push your arms out in front of you. Adelei Niska is a person of interest in our ongoing investigations. Your best bet is to hand him over to me… If you do not… pray to whatever gods you have for mercy, for I have none. Harken out.”

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Adelai Niska

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from: is_solid
date: Sep. 7th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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The captain of Niska's Sky-plex guard had already been informed long ago of the approach, but had expected them to simply pass through.

The Alliance had never had an interest in Adelai Niska's dealings. He had enough friends in high and comfortable places, to keep his 'business' safe and sound.

Before he did anything else, he first contacted the man himself, Niska. He knew his employer had placed his activities on this day under a 'do not disturb under any circumstances' tag, but this was not only circumstances. This could very well be disaster, at least if handled wrongly.

A small humm alerted Niska to the Int-comm signal. With a small growl he put down the bloody knife and whiped his fingers. It was time for a small wake-up call for Captain Reynolds anyway. The blood-couagulant was working perfectly, keeping the bloodflow at a minimum ... and thus the pain at a maximum.

"Yes?" He demanded in an irritated voice at the pale face looking back at him from the screen. The Guards eyes flickered to the bloody mess on the wall, then back to his employer.

"An Alliance ship has arrived ... they are demanding access, and wish to speak with you, in person." his voice was clearly nervous and in irritated Niska further. What in all black hells did those bastards want here? He had paid his 'tributes' for this year.

"Order all men to stand down. Lower levels are to be locked off and cleared immediately. Issue a general warning to Top 7 and prepare the pods." Niska snapped orders at the man, then flipped off the connection before they could be acknowledged. He looked down at himself. Immaculate, as always. It would do.

"Leonid, stabilize Reynolds, seal the cells and go to your quarters." Sparing Reynolds a last look, chest muscles almost exposed on the left side, the skin hanging down as a glistening red curtain, Niska said "I will be back, Captain. I apologise for disturbance. Most inconvenient, yes?"

Then he left the room and walked briskly towards the lifts that would lead him to the airlock and reception area.

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from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 7th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Zoe waited, pistol ready for the doors to open. Her disregard for the Alliance had gotten her and Jayne towards the rear of the platoon. But that was fine, she wanted to use them as a distraction anyways. It meant that once they had Niska's attention, she and Jayne could get throught he skyplex without too many people in the way. Jayne was right behind her and she knew he would come with her to get to the Captain.

She'd made sure Simon would be closeby when they got Mal back to this entrance. Now, they were just waiting for the airlock and Commander Harken's orders to enter... not that she's be sticking with them. She wasn't so good with the patience anymore. The Alliance had used all of her patience up.

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Skyplex Assault

from: creepifyin
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
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River appeared suddenly at Zoe's side and leaned in to whisper in her ear. "You head for the cells... I should have located Mal and brought surveillance down by the time you get there."

She slipped away, up through the ranks of Marines who were eagerly ready to kick ass and take names.

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Re: Skyplex Assault

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
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Zoe watched River go through the ranks. She wanted to tell her to stay safe and keep alive. The captain would be upset if the crew wasn't all in one piece when he got back and she herself was worried. But the girl was already gone.

If River could get surveilance down, there shouldn't be much trouble at all. And she knew where the cells were all too well.

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Re: Skyplex Assault

from: firsttour
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
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"Gentlemen, we have achieved contact, you may board at your leisure," Harken's amused voice came over the insertion teams comm units.

Patinelli gave the Go signal to his men and popped open the airlock. They ran stopping to kick weapons away and secure individual hostiles.

River sprinted ahead fast as a gazelle.

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Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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The moment Harken began speaking with Niska, she nodded at Jayne and they were off. Into the lift they waited for sub level D as River had instructed. Part of her wondered if River would meet them there or if she were headed back to the Alliance ship.

The lift ride seemed to take forever and she and Jayne both rode it out in silence, to the job, and nerves racing.

When the doors opened, she and Jayne hurried through the corriedors. "River said section eleven, cell twenty-eight or twenty-nine." She told Jayne as they hunted for section eleven.

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: creepifyin
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
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River looked at Mal on the monitor closer... the flesh of his chest was gaping.

"Simon!" she yelled. "Simon!"

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
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Zoe winced at the screams in her ears over the comm. "What is it River? You seein' somethin'?" She asked as she jogged through the corridors for section eleven.

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: creepifyin
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
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"Gorram it!" Patinelli yelled as River's piercing screams were heard down the corridor... but not over his comm! He led 4 marines to the monitoring station where she writhed on the floor.

Skyplex security stood well back from her, hands in the air. "We didn't touch her!" they protested as pulsers were leveled at them.

"Blood! Everywhere!" she screamed. "Make it stop! Please! Simon!" She screamed and clutched at her chest.

Patinelli's mouth twisted. "Medic!" he barked into his comm.

Then he saw the monitor she'd been looking at. A man hung from chains, the flesh of his chest was cut and scored so much that flaps of skin hung off, exposing muscle. All was drenched in rich red blood. Patinelli had seen plenty worse... but what made this distrubing was the fact he still breathed.

"What the fuck!" he cursed, wondering why he knew nothing about Washburne and Cobb bursting through the door even as he watched.

"Team 4!" he shouted into his comm. "Get down to uh, sub-level D, section 11! Secure that level!"

Then he switched to the Commander's channel and informed Harken that he believed they'd located Reynolds.

"Full trauma unit to sub-level D!"

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Zoe burst into cell 28 horrified at what she saw before her. Blood was everywhere and the Captain... She and Mal had seen plenty of bad like this during and after the war, but never to one or the other.

She pulled it together and began searching for a release to the cuffs around his wrists and ankles... a key... She found none and walked closer to Mal, attempting to ignore the way the exposed musle moved with each breath he took, the tears that slid down his cheeks, and the tremble that overtook him every few seconds.

He was rambling words too unintelligible to understand and when his eyes opened to narrowed, drug induced slits, she knew that he wasn't in his right mind. "Jayne... get ready to hold him. Gonna shoot the chains."

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drsimontam

subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: drsimontam
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Simon raced into the Skyplex with the trauma team. He was supposed to stay back, but he'd won over the medics once they realized he'd been trained at the MedAcad on Osiris, not a Space Navy hospital. They got to River in the control room first and Simon said simply, "Give her a smoother."

He hated to leave her like this, but all she needed was quiet time to escape the voices in her head. And he had to get to Malcom.

He raced to join the stream of medical teams headed down to the cells where people were restrained.

"I'm here Jayne!" Simon yelled when he saw the big man carrying the Captain. "Here! On this stretcher. Mal! Malcom! Look at me!"

Simon peered at his eyes and began triaging the damage to his body.

"No!" he yelled at a medic about to apply a pressure bandage to the bloody chest. "The best way to apply a toxin is to an open wound... This is more than a simple flay... the bastard is a student of Shan Yu."

He looked up "Jayne... Zoe... are there... implements ...so we can see what was done?"

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Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Zoe handed Simon the small vial she'd found in the room with the Captain. "Only this that would make a mess of the mind." She said flatly. The vial was wrapped in a blood soaked cloth. "Rest was a bloody dagger that was out of the bag and the rest I didn't get a good look at."

She glanced between Mal and Simon. She'd seen torture like this before. Never to someone she was so close to. And she'd heard rumor of drugs that had lasting effects. "Guess you can fix him?"

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Malcolm Reynolds

Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: cpttightpants
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Mal attempted to look past the monsters surrounding him. Every voice sounded different than any voice he'd heard. They sounded lower, more harsh, angry. Everything inside and outside of him ached as he drew a trembling breath.

Every touch felt maginified and if it were possible, the touching was worse than the sharp point of a dagger, the slice of a jagged hilt, or the tips of the whip. He didn't want anyone looking at him in his Hell he'd fallen into. He didn't want anyone to see the blood... too much blood. "He-help... help." He whispered around a breath of air just before his face fell into a soft cry that slowly grew in volume and terror. "Please... please stop.. make it stop." His speech was slurred and weak from the effprt it took to scream.

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Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: cantbe_trusted
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Saffron was lost at this point. It had been too long since she had inhaled the potent drug Niska sprayed at her. Now, it was in her head, flowing in her blood stream, pumping in her body almost like a part of her. It had made its way into her brain, to the point that she was just like Niska would want her now. There were no coherent thoughts in her head, except maybe she liked cheese.

When Zoe came into the room, she did see her, but it could have been anyone else at that point. The sound of the gun going off did nothing to her, she didn’t even flinch. Her voice, if she did try to speak, was hoarse now, raw from all the yelling and screaming she had done. It had started off with blaming Mal, and then soft of just died off, into quiet whimpers. Now, she almost had no voice at all.

She slumped as Zoe picked her up, one arm draped around Zoe’s shoulders. When they got out into the hallway, she saw the men, the two working on Mal. In the back of her mind, there was one small thought. Malcolm Reynolds. She hadn’t seen Niska yet, so she wasn’t technically controlled yet. He hadn’t given her specific orders, so now she was just mindless. She would do whatever anyone asked of her. Killing Saffron would have been fine, but to take her free will, that was the worst. If she ever recovered from this, she’d be a shell of who she was.

“Mal,” she whispered.

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drsimontam

Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: drsimontam
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Simon handed the vial to a tech. He gripped the man's shoulder. "We need to analyze every bottle like this, track where it was found and track which patient has it in their blood. I'm tasking this to you personally. Do you understand me?"

The man nodded and pulled out his chemospectroscoper and began to work.

"Plamsa!" he barked at another medtech. "In with the good, out with the bad, yes?" He nodded at Zoe.

Once they had plasme flowing into Mal's veins, he walked along with the stretcher, headed back to Harken's ship and a full medical suite.

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