Snapshots from a Battlefield

Posted: June 15, 2014 by writingsprint in Dubrillion Burning, Science fiction
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Kadanak light

Post #37 of the Dubrillion Burning series

What happened next, seemed to happen at once.

Every Loyalist eye at the spaceport that wasn’t looking through a gun sight looked north. The fireball continued to reach into the sky. It could be seen for dozens of kilometers. Pilots dogfighting over the city wondered what had happened.

The Rebel commander on the other side of the bridge grabbed his binoculars and zoomed in on the Loyalist barricade. He saw one tank on fire, two on the move, and three buildings filled with infantry that he realized were firing on someone else. His tanks fired like madmen, knocking out one of the Loyalist tanks and disabling the other. The Rebels charged the bridge.

The Loyalist commander ordered a company of mechanized infantry to pull out of position and get things under control at the northern defense, now. Then he saw the Rebels taking the bridge and ordered a company of armor to go with them. He would stuff the choke point with armor and rubble until the shield was back up. And burn bloody all the partisans or whoever they were that he could find.

Antiaircraft guns wove thickets of fire trying to get the Whiskey Comet. The Comet hid behind a transport that became shredded almost instantly. The Comet tapdanced away, fired thrusters on full burn and ducked hundreds of meters under the crossfire before they could target it again.

Two of the transports, flying flatter trajectories outside the drop channel, got taken out by Rebel antiaircraft on the western side of the city. A third took a missile hit from a Rebel fighter. Streaming smoke and wobbling, it kept coming as the Rebel got chased away by a Loyalist.

The Loyalist fighter cover received the order to begin pulling back. The Rebel fighters already had more room to fly because three of base’s AA guns were chasing some nut job making a suicide run in a free trader. With less heat on them, some strafed Loyalist armored vehicles that were heading north in the open on the spaceport access roads.

The shield projector crews received the order to begin powering up again. The air around the crews itched as the reactors spun up. The projector dishes began to glow. The ambient power surge made the hair stand up on the back of Jeana’s neck as the strike team ran past the battle droids.

Jeana smiled as she heard Risha make her declaration for free Dubrillion. “That a girl,” she whispered. Her hand drifted toward her lightsaber. Time to join the party.

Photo credit: US Army photo, “Kadanak lights” by Master Sergeant Tracy DeMarco, at Flickr
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  1. A.D. Everard says:

    Things are heating up! 😀


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