"Do you guys know why they would want us out here?"
"They want us to check out this canyon, it's been giving off strange reading."
"But, it's a canyon. There's hardly any out there, what would be giving off reading?"
"That's what we're here to find out."
"Well what do you think it is? Aliens?"
"Could be, or maybe it is just Mother Nature.
"I don't think nature gives of readings."
"Yet look what nature can do? Create devastating earthquakes, powerful tornados, hurricanes and typhoons. Strong thunder and wind storms, who's to say that it is nature giving off readings. After all we don't know what's causing it."
"Well I think it's aliens."
"And I say it's nature."
"What do you think Jane? Aliens or nature?"
"I'll let you know when we get there." She answered.
"Not a great answer but okay."
The group, which they are part of the Special Tactical Force or STF, neared the entrance of the canyon as the sky became cloudy, there was an eerie feeling in the air.
Jane, who is the leader of the group, spoke. "Here it is, stay sharp you guys."
"You don't have to tell me twice." Answered Harold.
"Don't worry Harry, I'll protect you from the aliens." Ash teased him.
"Don't call me Harry, you know I don't like that." Said the soldier.
"Oh come on, you know you like me calling you that." The brunette nudged his shoulder.
"Yeah well how would you feel if I called you Ashlina?" Harold headed inside the foggy canyon.
"Simple, I'd do this." Before he had time to react Ash dropped her rifle and picked him up from behind.
"Put me down!" The engineer wiggled as he tried to break free.
The woman laughed as she held him firm in the air. "I'm sorry what?"
"Put me down!"
"Sorry, I can't hear you over the ear piece. Can you repeat that again." Ash teased him again, enjoying tormenting him.
"PUT ME DOWN NOW!!!" Harold shouted at the top of his lungs.
"Oh put you down, of course." She let him go.
The soldier fell to the ground, grabbing his sides as he rubbed his sides. "God Dammit Ash, you know I don't like that." Harold got to his knees as he inhaled.
"Oh come on, that wasn't even strong." She helped him get back on his feet.
Harold dusted himself off. "Yeah well you next time you won't be laughing." He groaned and continued walking.
Ash laughed lightly. "Come on we're just having fun." She picked up her weapon and followed him.
"I don't know how it is fun for us if your the one picking me up like giant woman."
"Hey it's not my fault that I was blessed with extra strength, if any thing it is a gift."
"Hmph." He mumbled in response.
The two kept walking as an ominous fog suddenly appeared. "Man I can't see anything." Ash said as they can't see anything within a few feet.
"Hell if I should know." Answered Harold.
"Jane!" Shouted the woman soldier. "Jane where are you?"
"Quiet." Whispered the engineer. "Do you want the enemy to hear us?"
"What enemy? We're in a freaking canyon, for all we know Jane is missing or dead." Ash readied her rifle and went deeper into the fog.
"Hey," he caught up with her, "I'm worried too but this was your fault."
"My fault?" She turned her head and glared at him. "How's this my fault?"
"Well if you hadn't been goofing around then we'd still be with Jane."
"Well excuse me for trying to lighten up the mood."
"Yeah well let's just focus on finding Jane."
The woman huffed as the two continued searching. As they ventured on they noticed the fog becoming less dense, it was then they they spotted a figure in the distance.
"Jane is that you?" Called out Ash as she hurried up.
"Watch it Ash, this doesn't seem right." Cautioned Harold, following closed behind.
The soldier didn't listen as she hurried and it was in fact Jane. "Jane, thank God we've found you." Smiled Ash as Harold arrived.
But something wasn't right, the leader of the group didn't respond. Her friend Ash began to worry. "Hey jane you alright?" She waved her hand in front of her to get a reaction.
"Let me see." The engineer walked up in front of her. "Her pupils are a lite dilated," he took out a small flashlight and put in her eyes, "they react to light which is a good thing." He then snapped his fingers. "Jane, follow my finger." He lifted on finger and moved it around.
Ash watched as her friend's eyes were not responding. "I'm calling it in." She reached for her headset and was about to call HQ but she felt a hand touch her shoulder.
"Don't Ash." Said Jane, finally speaking.
"Jane!" The soldier blew a sigh of relieve. "Thank God you're alright." She smiled.
"What happened? You spaced out big time." Harold was a bit worried about her health. "You okay?"
"Yeah I'm fine," she answered plainly, "look." The short haired blonde walked passed by him.
"Wait Jane, what do you....." He suddenly stopped talking as he and Ash looked at what made their leader/friend become silent.
Far as the eye can see the canyon walls from both sides were utterly covered with holes. There were hundreds of thousand of holes, possibly more, as they covered every inch of the canyon. What was more was that there were many machines that resemble large Bacteriophage; which is a virus inside the human body.
"My God." Whispered Ash as the group walked into this dead land.
"What happened here?" Harold asked as they walked past one of the large dormant machine.
"Don't know," said the brunette, "but from what it looks like it appears to be like a sea turtle would do."
"Sea turtle?" Harold looked at her confusedly.
"It's a theory but think about it. If these things are like sea turtles then they must have planted eggs inside the canyons and when they are done incubating they pop out." Ash said as it did sounded like a probable theory.
"It could be possible," the engineer thought for a moment. "But I have a feeling that there is more to your theory than you led on."
It was then that Jane spoke. "He's right." She stopped near one of this machines, the large drill in the middle, underneath it, looked menacingly. "What does this thing look like?"
"Uh it looks like a Bacteriophage, a microscopic virus." Answered Ash.
"Exactly." She turned to face them. "And what does it do inside the body?"
Harold spoke. "It attacks and replicates to produce more but it doesn't harm humans."
"Right, now what if these mechanical Bacteriophage are carriers of whatever sprouted out of those holes." Jane gazed at the hundreds of holes.
The two took in on what she said, quiet frankly it sounds probable. "So what your saying is that it is like in the movie Alien right? Where the face sucker lays an egg in the host's body and overtime incubates and springs out of the host's body?" The engineer figured that if it were like that science fiction movie then it would makes sense for the current situation.
"Did you really had to compare to that movie with now?" Ash told him as it sounded ridiculous.
"Well I don't think you coming up with anything." Answered Harold back.
"As a metaphor, yes." Jane said.
The two looked at her with widen eyes. "Are you serious? We're gonna have acidly blood, two mouth alien reptiles running around?" The built woman said in disbelief.
"I doubt something like that exists." Jane said. "But things did come out from the rocks and there is evidence, as you can see." She gestured to the countless holes.
"If that's the case then where are they?" Harold looked around for any signs of life.
"That I don't know." Replied Jane. "And by judging from these machines," she looked up at the disabled, towering virus machine, "they've been shut off for a long time."
"And not only that but it looks like there was a battle here too." Ash told her.
"What makes you said that?" Wondered the Captain.
"Cause of that." She points to a destroyed Bacteriophage.
"Your right, and look there are some impressions on the canyon walls." Harold pointed out.
"Let's check it out." Suggested Jane.
"Sounds good." With that said the three headed for the destroyed machine.
"This place, I'm getting a bad vibe." Shivered Ash, feeling a cold sensation down her spine.
"Your not the only one." Replied the man. "And you guys wanna know something that is more disturbing?"
"Look up." The two women did and were shocked at what they saw.
There was literally dozens and dozens of those machines clinging to the walls. "Damn." Whispered Ash as she had a feeling that one of them might fall on top of them.
The three kept walking until they reached the destroyed machine. "I'm no doctor but I know blood when I see it and that definitely looks like blood." Ash told them as she looked at the red-like substance that was still inside. "And are those...veins?"
Jane got on one knee and inspected the red substance and indeed that it was blood. "It is blood." She touched it and felt it thick. She then touched the veins and strangely enough they were veins. "They're veins."
"What the hell is going on?" Harold was confused. "Is this a living organism? Half organic half machine?"
"He's right this is just too....too...ugh." Ash groaned in annoyance.
"You two." The Captain got up and looked at them sternly. "Calm down and don't start acting up now." She spoke with firmness. "They are deactivated from the looks of it, now come on we have a job to do."
The two soldiers nodded. "Your right, sorry Jane." Apologized Ash.
"Yeah, sorry for loosing my cool for a second." Harold also apologized.
"Good." Nodded the blonde. "Ash, go and get a sample of the blood so HQ can analyze it." She ordered.
"You got it." The brunette went over and took out a tube.
"Harold come with me."
"Sure." The engineer followed her to the crystal head of the machine. "What do you need me to do?"
"Help me crack this open." She turned her rifle and began hitting it.
"What for?" He asked as he watched her whack the head.
"I have a feeling that something is in her." She kept hitting it.
"Ugh okay." He went to her side and began hitting it with the butt of his gun.
The sturdy glass-like shell is strong, it was like trying to crack a boulder. "Jane, here's the sample." Ash watched the two. "What are you two doing?"
"Trying...to break...this...thing." Harold lifted the rifle and struck it. "This is strong as hell." He breathed heavily as the two kept hitting at it.
"Mind if I try?" Offered the woman.
"Alright." Said Jane as she and her friend stopped and let Ash try.
"Watch this kids, this is how you do it." She cracked her knuckles and with one strong right hook she struck the shell so hard that it cracked.
"Damn She-Hulk." Commented Harold. "Any harder?"
Ash turned to him and smiled. "Of course." She causally replied before launching a left hook at the weakened shell.
This time the head of the machine cracked as water-like substance that was inside it came rushing out. "Gross." Ash took a step back as the red liquid got on her armor.
"Hey what are these things?" Harold kneeled down and picked up what appears to be a gem-like object. "They look like rocks or gems." He carefully inspected the bloody object. "Is this what you told me about what was inside of it, Jane?"
The Captain nodded. "Yeah, and I was right." She picked one of them up. "Ash take one, HQ will wanna check this out." She said as she put it in be front pocket.
"This looks freaking nasty but alright." She complied and picked one up and put it away.
"Now come one, let's go find what is causing the interference." Jane said as the three headed deeper into the dark canyon.