Sunday, January 25, 2015

One Second

The masked man, who looked suspiciously like a criminal, walked into the back of his truck with two other people. They asked him, "Why put on your mask so early Casper?" Casper replied, "Better safe than sorry." They climbed in, and the driver, another man who had a mask over his face, closed the door shut. It shuddered on impact, and continued to shudder as the driver turned the engine on, making the truck vibrate. Then, the truck lurched forward, and drove onto the highway. Nobody bothered to look at them as they went on the infrequently used, and broken down exit off the highway. They swerved into a grove off the side, and looked at the nuclear power site. Casper called to his two buddies, "Hey Rafael, Malcolm, the rest of our group is waiting on the other side, so hurry up!" Rafael and Malcolm quickly obliged. They gathered their weapons. Rafael and Casper carried AK-47's but Malcolm carried an AWP, a powerful bolt-action sniper rifle, banned for private ownership in most countries. Malcolm also carried a powerful C4 explosive device. As standard for their group, they carried a P250 each, a weak pistol with small recoil.  They gathered with the rest of the gang, and Casper announced their plan. "Malcolm, Rafael, you two cover the entrances. Malcolm, you can give your bomb to Kennedy... Tommy, Kennedy, you make sure that the bombs get planted. Roger, you support them, while I help guard. I have no doubt the Counter-Terrorist force will be upon us." Hidden in the bushes, a silent figure nodded, listening to their plan. Then. he notified the Counter-Terrorist group. A few moments later, the terrorists put on their masks and barged into the nuclear power plant. They immediately shot the cameras with their pistols, and continued on their way.

As this was happening, a helicopter was on its way. The seven passengers were trained anti-terrorist soldiers. Inside, they waited for the "go" signal. They muttered, "Red light, red light... Green light!" They jumped out the helicopter, hovering three feet over land, and rushed to the building. The man hidden in the bushes also came to join them. Seven of the men carried M4A4's and the eighth carried a Dragunov, a weak but small sniper rifle. As they entered, they saw Rafael. Rafael open fired, taking out two of the people in the Counter-Terrorist squad. Then Malcolm sniped a third member. As Malcolm was reloading, he realized that there was a bullet in his chest, and collapsed onto the ground. Rafael realized that he would die if he stayed, so he followed the rest of the gang into a small corridor that gave the terrorists a vantage point. Three Counter-Terrorists lined up against the wall. The one with the Dragunov sniper rifle shot one of the bomb carriers. The bomb dropped out of his hand and slid to the middle of the corridor. Casper sneaked forward and pulled out his P250.

The first Counter-Terrorist said, "Flash-bang? Smoke?" The others said, "Flash-bang." He pulled out a flash-bang, but before he could throw it, the terrorists unleashed a wild spray of bullets into the corridor. Casper slid on the ground and snagged the bomb. Then, he went back behind his fellow terrorists. Finally, the Counter-Terrorist threw the flash-bang, stunning Rafael and Kennedy. They were gunned down by the advancing Counter-Terrorists. Then, Tommy shot and obliterated the Counter-Terrorist with the sniper rifle. The remaining Counter-Terrorists shot Tommy down, his wild scream louder than the gun fire. The Counter-Terrorists ran down a hall, and Malcolm pulled out a hidden Molotov. He ignited and threw it, and it burned another Counter-Terrorist. As the two remaining Counter-Terrorists, Phineas and Colin, waited for the fire to die down, Roger started to plant the first bomb. Eventually, Phineas burst into the room, shot down Roger, and saw the activated highly explosive C4-bomb. Colin waved at Phineas to defuse it, and signaled that he would go after the remaining terrorist. Phineas obliged. He bent down and pulled out his defuse kit. While he was working on that, Colin went threw a broken window and saw the last bomb, but no terrorist with it. As he set down his gun and pulled out his defuse kit, he looked around one last time. Nobody. He cut the first wire, Nothing happened. Then, he heard movement. He didn't look around but silently grabbed his P2000 pistol. He heard the unsheathing of a knife from its scabbard. and heard a man grunt. Casper was almost upon Colin, but Colin swung his pistol around and blasted Casper out of the air. Then, Colin quickly returned to defuse the bomb. 2 seconds. 1 second. Colin trembled as the milliseconds went down. He cut the wire, and the bomb shut down. Colin sighed in relief, and realized that his squad saved many lives...


Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Panic

On Tuesday, 12/30/14, I went to my friend Nick's house for a sleep over. It was a very windy day. He greeted me at his door, and we quickly rushed inside. I said hello to his mom and younger brother, then hobbled upstairs to play Minecraft with Nick. We were playing for a good five minutes until the WiFi broke.

I ran through some trouble shooting steps, and resolved that it was an issue with the router. I went downstairs with Nick and told his mom to restart the router. She did, and the WiFi was back online. Hurray! We climbed back up the stairs and played Minecraft for another good five minutes. Then, the WiFi broke again. We frustratingly told Nick's mom, and she restarted the router. This time, it didn't work. We strongly suspected that the extremely powerful wind was the culprit. Finally, as we were deciding what to do, Nick's mom looked out the window. She cried, "Oh my god! Our boat! Look at our boat!" We all rushed to the window to look. The side dock was completely ripped off from the main dock. We all gasped. The wind was stronger than expected. We all rushed down to the dock to find a way to fix it. On the dock, we found the white box that contained ropes, a hose, and other things inside, completely submerged in the water. The "step" that Nick's dad had built to get onto the boat also contained items, and was on the verge of falling into the water, losing trinkets and useful tools forever. The "step" and all its contents seemed utterly doomed. It and its contents were too heavy to lift from the awkward position, and if we did lift it, we would not have been able to save the contents inside, which would just fall out. We trudged back inside, anxious about what would happen. We called Nick's dad, and told him the situation. After Nick's dad came back, he secured the step in place by tying it to the dock, but he was unable to lift it up. After watching Nick's dad prevent the "step" from falling in, Nick and I walked upstairs, glad to see the WiFi working again.

The next day, the Dock Master came with his "gang" and attempted to rescue the items. However, they failed quite miserably. The Dock Master climbed onto the side dock, which had turtled over night, and grabbed a hold of the step. The rest of his gang started to pull the side dock towards the main dock. In the process, most of the items inside the step fell out into the harbor, and soon only the step and the Dock Master were the ones to get off the side dock. The items inside did not survive. Sadly, stuff was lost, but the initial panic was over. The boat was safe, had minimal scratches, and the Dock Master promised to reimburse Nick's family with all the objects they lost. Finally, I went home, told my parents about this shocking event, and decided to write about it.