"Mayday! Mayday! Lookout post six is being attacked! We have multiple casualties! We're being pushed further into the lab!"
"Beta six, who is attacking you!?"
"———— spid——! They — spiders! Gia — spider —! Huge spide ——! Aaaah!" Beta six went silent. Just static coming through.
"Beta six! Beta six!?"
"Mayday! Mayday! Lookout post one is being attacked!"
"Mayday! Mayday! Lookout post five is being attacked! Send backup! I repeat, send backup!"
All of a sudden all the outposts were yelling, saying they were under attack. Yelling for help. Shouting for backup. But Kellan was helpless to do anything. He understood that this was a planned attack.
Kellan listened to the screams of his fellow subordinates. They echoed in his mind. Then all was silent. Their screams cut off and replaced by static.
Tears started to run down his face. He grabbed one of the computers from a desk and threw it across the room.
Amy, his partner, came running into the room. "Kellan! What are you doing!?"
He looked at her and said in a quiet voice, "They're gone. They're all gone!" He yelled the last part. He slid down onto the floor, his back against one of the desks. He put his knees against his chest, and placed his head on his knees.
Amy went and sat next to him, wrapping her arms around him.
"It's alright," she said. "We'll figure out what did this, and we'll stop it from happening again."