Beeps started to rapidly emit from Ollie's tablet. So far - no aliens. The docking bay was eerily quiet and empty. Gunner cursed under his breath, apparently not liking the situation.
"What are they saying now?" Ollie didn't immediately respond. "They gave us directions. To what, I don't know." Ollie reached up to rub at their brow as they stared down at the tablet in what seemed to be an expression of concern.
"Lead the way." As they began to take left and rights, doors automatically closing and shutting behind them; Brooks and Kenny were busy discussing everything.
"They breath air then?" Brooks had already tested the air, finding it to be oxygen. Granted, not oxygen quite like theirs back home. "I guess, but somehow it's different. I almost want to say it smells different?" Kenny ran a hand through his hair as he thought about it.
"I'm no doctor, but I have to agree. Doesn't feel exactly like normal oxygen." Kat peered closely at one of the doors that had just automatically opened. When they began to put some distance in between them, Kat quickly rushed to catch up with the group.
"Wait." Ollie stopped, snapping their hand up. "We have one more door to go through," Ollie pointed down the hallway to a door much larger than the rest that they have passed through. Thing is though, all the halls look the same.
No sight of any sort of decorations or life really. "Dude, what if they are cyborgs?" Kat whispered to Kenny, noticeably stepping closer to her taller friend. "Then that would lead to the question of who built them, but first; we need to find out what they are."
Kenny couldn't hide his own anxiousness in his voice as he responded. Brooks nodded solemnly beside the two, hugging herself and always looking over her shoulder.
"Benny, cover the back." Gunner pointed towards the back of their group, where Kenny, Brooks, and Kat stood. Benny nodded and quickly went to go stand behind the three.
No more words were exchanged as they approached the door. This one also opened automatically, sliding downwards and disappearing into the ground.
The group froze at the doorway. Before them were around ten beings, and all of them were in what looked like High-Tec warfare armor. The difference that was clear was the height of these people. Kenny guessed that the shortest in the room was about seven foot two.
Another thing, their armor gave away that they had a humanoid figure, but then Kenny saw that they appeared to have a tail. Or maybe it was a piece of the armor?
Kenny couldn't tell. The Alpha Crew discretely huddled closer together, for they all couldn't help but feel a bit intimidated by the creatures due to their size and armor.
Their armor almost made it look like they have horns, and each suit glowed a particular color. The colors vary, but besides that most of the outfits looked identical regarding technology. Ollie cleared their throat, looking at Gunner.
"They are saying something is wrong." Ollie murmured, quickly looking up from the tablet to watch the other beings. A few of them seemed fidgety, and one kept messing with their hands.
Finally, one stepped forward, slowly and carefully coming to a stop in front of Gunner. It seemed that they already figured out who is in charge- it was possible that there had been some sort of technology that was like cameras they had placed in the hallways.
"They keep repeating: we need to go," Ollie mumbled the last few words to purse their lips in confusion while trying not to appear frightened by the alien that stood close to them. "Honey, what do you suggest?" Gunner spoke to Honey, but he kept his eyes locked on the ambassador.
"Ask them why." She replied easily, keeping a facade of cool and calm. Ollie typed in the words, but stilled as beeps resounded. "They are trying to say something, but it isn't something that can translate to our language I think."
One of the beings suddenly made a noise, shaking their head which was hidden in the high-tech helmet. The next sound shocked the daylights out of the entire crew as another one responded.
The way they spoke was almost like chirps. They were low and deep, but another one seemed to also speak but their chirps were softer than the other two.
"Wait, it's coming through- oh my god." Ollie frantically seemed to press some buttons. "What?" Gunner broke his staredown with the alien to look at the tablet. "It may have gone through wrong, we would have picked it up on the sensors." Ollie began to literally sweat on the spot, and their voice became panicky.
"Ollie! What is it?" Everyone stood tense behind Gunner and Ollie, keeping their eyes on the aliens while their hearts beat wildly.
"A black hole. They said a black hole is approaching." Ollie looked up to meet eyes with the creature that stood before them. It gave a single chirp as though it could read Ollie's panicked expression.
"Fuck, we need to move the fleet." Gunner backed away from the alien by a few steps, reaching up to his neck and holding down on a button.
"Miguel? Do you read me?" Seconds passed by before they heard their pilot's voice. "Yeah, how's it going? Get a selfie with the aliens yet?" Normally some would laugh at Miguel's joke, but any chance of that had left them when they heard about the black hole.
"Miguel, move the entire fleet. I need you to do a full scan- we believe the creatures are trying to tell us there is a black hole heading our way." They were prepared. Kenny silently repeated this in his head. They will be fine.
"Miguel?" The pilot did not respond but by the static they could all tell that the connection is still going on. "Sorry Captain, I'm afraid I can't do that," Miguel spoke through the connection, sighing at the end of his words.
"What the fuck are you saying!?" Kat angrily stormed up to Gunner, making some of the aliens jump back at the sudden agression. Gunner placed his hands on Kat's shoulders, quickly steadying the shorter woman.
"Look guys, you're all good people and it was nice getting to know you guys." Kat grounded her teeth together and Gunner scowled down at floor as Miguel kept speaking.
"But, things aren't what you think they are. You see, these are aliens. With far better technology. So we are going to kill them- before they kill us." He finished speaking finally.
Brooks choked on a sob, clutching at her chest when the realization hit her. Annabeth clenched her fists and slapped her left, armored thigh in aggravation.
"I swear to God, Miguel." Gunner hissed through the mic. "We are going to survive this. You and whoever you are working for- you are fucking idiots. One for immediately trying to kill others, and two for sacrificing your own people to kill people who have yet to make a move of agression against us."
Kenny suddenly became grateful that most of them had masks on, or at least partial covers. He couldn't deny the tears in his eyes, but he was at least able to keep them at bay along with the others. Brooks on the other hand- she sniffled, hugging herself. Kat hugged Brooks, trying to comfort the doctor.
"Eh, we'll see-" It cut off. Sirens emitted from the mic along with shouting. They all heard the sound of metal being crushed. Suddenly the aliens began to chirp again, faster this time and seemingly more urgent. It had reached Navigator 2.4.
"Captain, they are leaving." Ollie looked at the device with wide eyes. "What do you mean? We're still on the ship." Gunner looked back at the alien standing the closest to them.
"They're taking us with them." Ollie dropped the tablet, stepping back only for something to hit her. It was like a flash of light, and Ollie fell when it hit them. Benny and Annabeth quickly reached for their weapons, but they were outnumbered as they both were shot down by the beams of light. Gunner went down next, leaving Kat, Kenny, and Brooks.
"Get behind me," Kenny hissed out the words as he pushed Brooks and Kat behind him. Kat seemed reluctant to do so, and she pushed his arm out of the way to stand beside him.
The aliens now surrounded them, stepping around the bodies on the floor. They began to chirp again, but never took their eyes off of the humans. One suddenly reached for Brooks and she screeched, making Kenny whirl around to shove the armored arm away from her. He couldn't even release a grunt or noise as suddenly his world went white and he was out like a light.