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Mass Effect/AEC: Chapter 13 (c.3): MagLev


 

Novgorod to Moscow Railway Line, Russian Federation,Earth, Sol System, Local Group,  October 3, 2197

“Matching speed and holding steady at 350 kph,” said lieutenant Andrews from the shuttle cockpit.

Utah nodded in response. The shuttle and the train carriage doors open simultaneously. I jumped the gap, followed by Pasha and Utah.  Utah scanned the interior of the car while Pasha and I secured the entrances.

An angry engineer burst into the compartment, “Who are you? What are you-”

I pointed by assault rifle at his face, then signaled him to sit down and stay quite. He complied without compliant.

“Commander Thompson-Ramos, we have a problem,” said Utah.

“What kind of problem?”

“I bypassed the device primary fuse to the train’s speedometer. However, there is a backup fuze tied to a primitive digital chronometer. Scans indicate that the device will activate the moment it is tampered with. Estimated fifteen minutes to detonation,” said Utah in his even robotic voice.

“Device, what device, what is going on here?” asked the engineer.

“Nuclear device. Big boom.”

“One hundred and fifty kiloton boom, Commander Thompson-Ramos,” quipped Utah.

The blood drained from the engineer’s face.

“We can’t toss it to side, now can we.”

Utah made a quick call on their omni-tool. The doors slid open again, flew beside the train. Utah took control of a cargo loader, transferred the box with the bomb to the shuttle, lept into the shuttle and then tossed lieutenant Andrews like a ragdoll back into the train.

“Utah?”

“Bypassing primary fuse software. Require shuttle to transport device to safe detonation altitude. Will transfer consciousness to Kursk’s central computer core. My apologies to Lieutenant Andrews for my rudeness,” he said.

“Bloody hell,” muttered Andrews.

The shuttle rocketed upwards. Five minutes later a bright explosion lit the morning sky. I prayed that the bomb’s emp effect didn’t interfere with Utah transfer to the Kurk’s systems.

“Utah, Utah, can you read me?”

“Transfer complete, Commander Thompson-Ramos. I apologize for my rudeness and the loss of Alliance property,” he said over the comm.

I let out a long breath, “Well it will probably come out of my salary.”

The engineer got up, “I never, I mean, was that, what happened?”

“Utah saved the day. Again.”

 

 

 

 

 

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