Everyone comes together in the room. Before anyone speaks, the broken parts of the creature start to move again.
Locke: Lets move, before that thing builds its self again.
The four Spartans run down a long corridor, and a thrown to the side by an explosion.
Buck: Tanaka, that you?
Tanaka: No. They must be trying to disarm them.
Another explosion knocks them to the ground again.
Vale: Quick. Before the other two go off as well!
The Spartans continue down the corridor until they see the end blocked by a spiky wall.
Buck: Are those teeth?
Locke races ahead of the team and Spartan Charges in to the teeth. From outside, you see Locke blast through the teeth of the guardian followed by Buck, Tanaka then Vale. As Vale leaps from the guardian, the final explosives detonate, causing huge chunks of the guardian’s head to explode. A large piece of debris smashes in to her, sending her flying way from the rest of the team.
Instantly, Locke breaks away from free fall with Buck and Tanaka and boosts towards her. In the background you can see the lights flicker on the rest of the guardian, right before it drops from the sky, the floating parts no longer held together.
You see Locke with his arms and legs held in tight racing for Vale, who is rolling about in free fall.
Locke: Come on Vale! Talk to me!
He manages to make a pass, but misses as her leg is flailing around. Buck and Tanaka also make passes but fail to grab hold of her. He adjusts course and tries again, the ground quickly coming up beneath them. This time he makes contact and fires his thrusters, but it isn’t quick enough and they impact the ground, sending Locke tumbling away.
Locke comes too, struggling to stand after hitting the ground at such a speed. He takes off his helmet and tosses it to the ground as he runs up to Vale, laying face up in the long grass, shouting her name as he approaches. All around you can see fins from the guardian sticking out from the ground where they landed.
When he reaches her, he knees down, seeing that her visor is all cracked, he carefully removes her helmet. She’s barely conscious.
Vale: Well…that wasn’t as fun…as last time.
Locke: Are you alright?
Vale: Do I still have my legs? Because I can’t feel them.
Tanaka and Buck arrive, taking off their helmets and kneeling down beside her.
Vale: I think there’s something in my back. Could you see?
With Locke’s help, she manages to roll on to her side, revealing a large shard for metal in her back and a growing pool of blood beneath her.
Locke: Olympia. You’re losing blood, I’m gonna have to pull it out and seal you up. (at Tanaka) Ready with the foam.
Vale: Do it.
Locke grabs the shard and pulls it free, Tanaka leaning in to seal the wound with Biofoam. Vale screams but then she grows quite and stops.
Locke: She passed out.
He gently lays her back down and gets to his feet, Buck placing a hand on Tanaka’s shoulder as she looks down at the unconscious Vale.
Locke: Osiris to Infinity, guardian is down. Need medical assistance ASAP to my location. We have a Spartan…
As Locke speaks, the camera pulls away and the scene fades to black.
UNSC Infinity - In orbit over Sanghelios
November 4, 2558
The shot fades in showing Infinity above Sanghelios. It cuts quickly to the bridge, a door opening and Locke walking in towards the holo-deck.
Locke: Captain Laskey.
Laskey: Spartan Locke.
Locke: You asked to see me, Sir.
Laskey: I did. Olympia Vale, how’s she holding up?
Locke: Ask her yourself. (passing a data pad to Laskey)
Laskey looks down to see Vale on a live video feed. You can see she’s still on a hospital stretcher.
Vale: Pretty beat up, put I’ll pull through. Captain, until I get my legs back, I’m no use to you in the fight. But I can assist with the relations between the science team researching the guardian and the Sangheili. I request to be left behind, Sir. I can still make a difference down here.
Laskey: (looking at Locke) You’re alright with this?
Locke: Wouldn’t ask if I wasn’t.
Laskey: Alright then. All allocate a medical team to stay behind as well. (handing the datapad back) I’ve already lined up a few candidates as a replacement. You’ll need them for your next mission.
Locke: Which is?
Roland: (appearing on the deck) Gao.
Locke: The outer colony?
Roland: Indeed. UNSC and ONI research team have been studying a guardian on the surface.
Locke: They managed to bring it down?
Roland: Try ‘never left the ground’. For some reason, this one didn’t launch like the rest. Though its systems are active, which is what alerted the science teams to its presence.
Laskey: We’re hoping that studying an intact one may help us figure out how to shield ourselves for their attacks and bring them down. We’re Jumping in 5.
Locke: I’ll make sure Osiris is combat ready.
Locke turns to leave the bridge and makes it to the door.
Laskey: Oh, one last thing. Your mission report mention Jul 'Mdama extracted you from Vadam. What’s going on there?
Locke: Let’s just say I made a mistake. Turns out there might be more to him than we thought, and I can think of a few people that are sure glad he’s back. Don’t dwell on it, there’s crazier stuff going on in the galaxy right now.