The Sleeping Immortal
"Now Flanders, we've done this all before."
said Lieutenant Kelly above the roar.
"If you wanna live, follow our instruction
that turbine's moments from destruction."
Swallowing hard I stepped to the portal,
on the other side waited the immortal.
Planet sized, beyond comprehension,
the turbines held it in suspension.
They sent me out here for my brains.
Said, "We'll reward you for your pains."
The smartest man to ever live
named "Hero." Ha, more like "captive."
The smartest man to ever live?
I think that's just a title they give.
Doesn't seem to matter, here I am.
"I don't think I can--" BAM!
In a large conflagration, went
the turbine, the flames a short event.
The vacuum of space saw to that.
"Look out! That shrapnel will lay us flat!"
Screamed Kelly, running from the portal
of the space station, The Sleeping Immortal.
I turned and ran from that hellish sight.
As turbine after turbine briefly ignite
then burst apart, a god is set free,
casting off its chains, deadly debris.
Taking its first breath,
it whispers, "Death."
I ran down corridor after corridor,
scanning comms that screeched new orders,
"Abandon ship! Prime objective lost!
Sleeper wakes, Execute: Code: Defrost!"
My stomach lurched, as did the floor,
sending me headlong. Shrapnel tore
into the station, brief explosions
followed by howling winds. Visions
of Lieutenant Kelly sucked out
into space, passing with his last shout,
came to me as I regained my feet.
Lieutenant Kelly, Navy elite,
blood running down from his head,
said as he rose, "Run or we are dead!
We have to get to the ship bay.
One ship has been ordered to delay."
"For us?" I shouted, "Who's that crazy?"
"A pilot I know, names Grady."
We followed lines of red flashing light
A nightmare run, a desperate flight.
When we reached the ship bay's floor
we saw our ship by hangar's door.
Grady stood on the ship's entrance ramp
releasing the ship's magnetic clamp.
"Get your asses moving!" Grady yelled.
As the ship's clamp released what it held.
Grady raced up the ramp, out of sight,
as Kelly and I did, the ship took flight.
"Holy Shit! I can't believe we made it!"
"Shut the hell up, we are still in transit!
Grady, how far along is the fleet?"
"What's left of it is in full retreat."
"My God! What of Code: Defrost?"
"Scrubbed, when the Magistrate was lost."
"The capital ship is lost?" I gasped.
"May she sail a deeper sky." Grady rasped.
What's the plan Duke?" Grady asked.
Kelly shook his head, his face masked.
I rose, stumbled to the ship's rear portal,
through which I saw the risen immortal.
"What holy ground have we not trod?
What fool thought he could chain a god?
Will man's arrogance ever find an end?
What foul depths, in order to ascend."
"Are you finished with your oration?"
said Kelly, "Sit down for the duration
of the jump to Sector 7.
We travel to The Gates of Heaven."