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Chapter 4.2 -- Fall of Grand Isle Safe Zone (Part 2)
Checkpoint C-2, Last Safe Line 2, Grand Isle Safe Zone, Grand Isle, Vermont, USA, 8 November 2020, 0055 hrs
"Shit! They are breaching the outer third gate!" A US soldier shouts as he observes a large group of zombies attempting to break open the wire-fenced gate. "All soldiers! Fall back towards the second gate and maintain a solid defence line against the zombies. Direct your fire at the incoming zombies until the IFVs arrive to reinforce us!" An unnamed US military officer shouts his commands. Immediately, all the soldiers defending the outer third gate retreat towards the second gate. Moments later, the outer third gate broke open as the zombie tore down the wire fence through brute force. Hence, many zombies rush through as they head towards the US military soldiers defending the second gate.
"All soldiers, open fire!" The officer orders, followed by sounds of gunfire as the US military soldiers fire on the oncoming zombies. Despite the intense gunfire, more zombies are about to approach the soldiers defending the second gate. "Shit! They are about to overrun us!" a soldier shouts as he sees the horde of zombies closing in towards them. Just as the soldiers were about to be overrun, an unknown machine gun opened fire at the zombies, mowing them down quickly.
To the US soldiers' surprise, they see two LAV 25-AD IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) exiting the second gate, followed by more US soldiers arriving to aid them. "Thank god, they arrive in time to save us!" a soldier defending the second gate shouts in relief. The "Sir! We hear you and your guys are about to be overrun, so we are here to assist you. Is everything alright?" Another unnamed US military officer approaches the officer with a question. "Thank you for your arrival, madam. The zombies successfully breached the outer third gate, and they keep on coming in. We may not last for another few hours if these zombies keep on streaming in." The officer informs the madam officer. "I see, Captain. As of now, Code Exodus is in effect. We must hold this checkpoint until everyone can leave the safe zone safely. Then we can only join them and leave this place." The madam officer informs him that left him speechless. He didn't expect the higher-ups to evacuate everyone and leave this safe zone behind.
With no other choice left, the captain reluctantly agrees with her command before replying to her. "Alright, madam. Please inform the higher-ups to..." Before he can finish his statement, a LAV explodes with its turret tossed in the air. "What the hell?! Where did that come from?!" the madam officer rages as she sees the burning LAV. To her horror, she sees an M2 Bradley IFV moving among the crowd of zombies before stopping outside the outer third gate. Then, the military vehicle fires a TOW anti-tank missile which heads straight to the second LAV before destroying it in a fireball of an explosion.
'Why the hell is there an M2 Bradley firing against us? Aren't we on the same side?' The madam officer wonders why the military vehicle would fire against them. She knows the US military has M2 Bradleys at their disposal, but attacking her and fellow US military soldiers seems odd. However, she soon realized that the vehicle belonged to the Young Templars. Her mind froze in terror as the thought of the Young Templars came into her mind. She remembers encountering them once during a reconnaissance operation and witnessing them indiscriminately killing innocent adult survivors found in the outside world.
But it is too late for the madam officer to respond further. The M2 Bradley military vehicle unleashes its M242 chain gun on the US soldiers, swiftly mowing them down before they can take cover. Those who survived after being shot found themselves helpless as zombies quickly attacked and infected them with the zombie virus. As she sees everyone at the checkpoint has fallen prey to the zombies, she knows it is over for the safe zone. Accepting that she will die at the checkpoint, she hurriedly takes out the military walkie-talkie and radio with the following message. "Checkpoint C-2 has fallen. I repeat, Checkpoint C-2 has fallen. May god help us.... AHHHH!!!" The madam officer screams in pain as a zombie bites her in the neck. Soon, more zombies join in as they feast on her body for blood.
Meanwhile, beside the M2 Bradley vehicle...
An unnamed Young Templar captain views with delight as she sees the despair and suffering of the US soldiers' faces while getting torn apart by the zombies. With the checkpoint overrun, she knows it's time to move on to the next phase of Operation Nightstorm. "Sergeant, is Checkpoint C-1 secured?" The Young Templar officer asks. "I'm checking with the other side. Give me some moments, Captain." The unnamed Young Templar sergeant replies before communicating with another Young Templar officer through his Communication Headgear. Later, he checks in with the Young Templars on the other side and confirms they successfully secured Checkpoint C-1.
"Captain, I checked in with Captain Shaw. He and his battalion have secured Checkpoint C-1. They are requesting permission to storm the safe zone," the Young Templar sergeant replies. "Alright, tell Captain Shaw that he and his battalion can storm the safe zone. But first, tell him to give some instructions to his soldiers before entering the safe zone," the Young Templar captain orders. "Roger, Captain." the Young Templar sergeant acknowledges her order before relaying important instructions to Captain Shaw. Then she turns backwards, intending to instruct the rest of the Young Templars in her battalion before storming the safe zone.
"My fellow faithful brothers and sisters of the Young Templars! It's time to punish degenerate humans for collaborating with NewLife Pharmaceuticals. Soon, we will bring down their safe zone and make them fear our wraith!"
Several Young Templars cheer in delight as they hear their captain's rousing speech. Soon, she takes a breath before continuing.
"However, I need to issue important instructions for all of you first. When you enter the safe zone, all of you must strictly follow the will of Simon's vision. Our job is to kill every survivor and enemy US soldier found in the safe zone through whatever means necessary. You can either shoot them dead or use zombies to kill them. Hence, I want all of you to show no mercy to them, even if they are begging for their lives. But I forbid you to kill any surviving children. It is our job to liberate them and turn them into our kind. If you find the surviving children trying to hide or run away from you, restrain them before forcing them to come with us. If not, you can knock them out unconscious, but they must still be alive to be transported back to our base. Is that clear, everyone?"
"Yes, madam!" All the Young Templars roar in agreement after hearing her instructions. They can't wait to storm the safe zone and kill all surviving humans. "Alright then. As for escorting the surviving children, ensure the zombies do not harm them. Once we destroy the safe zone, we and the surviving children will board the Strykers and transport them back to our bases at Plattsburgh and Burlington. After that, we will receive an operation debrief by Colonel Ross and his staff officers, as Operation Nightstorm concludes." the Young Templar captain finishes briefing her battalion before issuing new orders. "For now, I need Platoon 1 and 2 from Company Alpha to follow me to take out some high-ranking military officers from the New York National Guard. Also, I need Platoon 2 and 4 from Company Charlie to secure Checkpoint C-2. The rest of you comb every building in the safe zone. Leave no adult surviving humans behind and liberate all surviving children in the safe zone. Now it's time for all of us to get ready."
As they get ready, the Young Templar captain takes a breath to charge her spiritual power. Then, she proceeds towards the burning wrecks of the destroyed LAV-25 military vehicles and pushes them off the road with her god-like strength. With the road finally cleared, she draws out her Young Templar knife, which expands into a sword. Then the captain issues an attack command as she waves her sword towards the open second and first gate. — "Let's storm the safe zone, my faithful brothers and sisters! For the faith of our kind!"
Hearing her attack command, all the Young Templars rush into the safe zone as they begin their attack. Then, the M2 Bradleys follow them as they enter the area to attack any hostile survivors and buildings. 'Too late, pathetic humans. Your safe zone will fall tonight. All of you will suffer for your sins, and your children will repent for that by liberating them from all of you,' the Young Templar captain thought as she smirked in silence. She looks forward to convert all the young children from 12 years old and below into new soldiers for the Young Templars' military forces. Hence, she looks forward to eradicate humanity before replacing the world under their leader's vision.
"Let's go, Platoon 1 and 2." The Young Templar captain orders the two platoons from Company Alpha to follow her. "Our special assignment is to kill Brigadier General Biggs and his staff officers. Kill anyone who stands in our way." They soon enter the safe zone and split from the rest of the battalion to complete their separate mission.
Thus, the fall of the Grand Isle Safe Zone has begun.
To be continued...
End of Chapter 4.2
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