Final preparations are being made to the planes, before the leaving. Some last system checks and machinery settings to make sure the plain will function at full capacity. It was all seemingly taking so long, considering that today would be a very special flight. The last flight.
Hadrea yawned, not because of the boredom, but last night, there was very few sleep, planning, hoping and thinking. Nervousness also didn't help. "You're tired today?" . A lead pilot asked, already geared, with mask on.
"No chief. Preparations always bore me
Don't tell me you don't feel the same?" Hadrea mumbled her response a bit.
"Well, that's what you get for coming in early." The pilot responded back. "I know you're eager, but if the plain ain't ready, you can't fly."
These words echoed loud in her mind. Flying. Flying was great, but a plane seemed much like a damper to this great sensation. "Don't worry about me chief. I'm ready no matter what."
The lead pilot nodded, heading for his own hangar. Hadrea just stared at him leave. The man was nice enough, but he was a bit boring himself. Kinda like how trained police dogs don't do so well playing in a normal house.
Soon enough the plane was ready, and Hadrea was all equipped. Wearing the special material suit covering her whole body, along with the helmet and additional safety armor, there was indeed no way parasites could crawl in
unless of course, she took it off.
Inside the plane there was the matter of setting up the radars and other machines necessary during flight. However, this was done relatively quick. She has been flying for a bit, despite the young age. Most scout pilots get trained at the age of 14. And this was the first basic thing thought.
The jet bolting up was deafening, if not for the mask. The pressure required a few swallows, seeing ad the ears were the first ones getting affected. But soon enough, she was up in the air.
At first, she just did a normal scout over the city. This was not only to raise any suspicion, but to also wait for the opportune time to land. The time where most people were distracted: lunch time. But that distraction plan also helped her mind settle a little. What she was going to do could backfire seriously. "
but if I don't do this, then the whole human race will make another mistake and die...". However, if this plan worked, not only would she save humanity and help it advance, she could also finally lead. Finally show those who mistaken her that she was right.
Time came, as her jet bolted a bit on a different pattern: a forest. On ground it was relatively far, even with a vehicle, but in the air, with a jet, it seemed right next to the city. She landed carefully on an open patch. The jet had a really easy landing system, so there were no problems. She climbed down and headed even further into the forest. All pilots carry a simple gun, mostly used for stunning, and blowing back enemies. But there was seemingly no need, the forest was empty. "..animals have either fled or
" She stopped. Reaching the mountain side, there were several caves at the bottom. Scanning with the equipment in her visor she checked each cave."
there!" It was an average size cave compared to the others, but she entered it.
The ceiling was humid, as well as the ground, and it was soft. Hadrea grimaced a bit." It's worth it, it's worth it
besides, you have the boots to protect from entering
" She still grunted. She was disgusted, but also happy as she knew what was on the ground
and from what It came.
Activating the night vision in the goggles she could see clearly. Hidden behind rocks, some breathing, some screeching, some growling, but so low she could barely hear: parasites. Of many many species. However, most useless. "I'm not looking for any of you. Huh?!" She quickly laced her hand, grabbing a parasite that was crawling away from her. The creature screeched, flapping puny wings. Yet it was useless. Hadrea placed a finger in it's mouth and pulled it down. "Fruit bat
You're not what I'm looking for, but close
I'll keep you if I get desperate." She tied the struggling critter to her belt.
She entered even deeper. But it was taking so long. Her search was becoming a disappointment. No more parasites were being found deeper. She looked back to the struggling fruit bat. "
you might have to do." Just as she was ready to grab it from her belt, she heard a raspy breath. She turned, the ground, the walls, there was NOTHING.
Yet, she noticed where the breath was coming from: up. A white puff ball was clinging to the ceiling. Hadrea frowned, aiming her small gun. She shot the stalactite the puffball was clinging to, carefully, not to hit the parasite. The parasite snapped awake as it screeched horsed. Hadrea grabbed the stalactite, before it could hit the ground. "
The fruit bat was quickly let go, as it crawled away, quickly. With her left hand she grabbed the white puff ball. Just what she wanted: a ghost bat. A deadly bat, with sharp fangs and a beautiful white-gray fur. She examined it. The parasite was screeching weakly, but it was still struggling. She frowned."
ugh, this creature might be sick
but I already wasted enough time!" She started walking back to the entrance of the cave.
Walking and walking, she continued to stare at the creature. By this point, it has given up fighting, which was both good, and bad. Good because she was getting annoyed, bad because it might be dying. But no, she was placing a finger on it's chest, feeling the ritmic heart beat and breath. And it's eyes just stared up. Those dark grey, pupil less eyes. It seemed to think. Analyze. But most of all, it just seemed to want to do the one thing parasites do: enter the body.
Outside, Hadrea approached the get. She stroked it a bit, as if saying goodbye to it. Despite seeming to be a hinderance in flight, it was still the only way she could fly, as a human. "You'll be getting a new pilot."