Project New Horizon
“Are you ready?” Noah asked, entering the armoury. I clipped the tactical vest on checking my sidearm was clean before sliding it into the holster on my thigh.
“Nearly ready,” I replied, picking up the sniper rifle, “How is Tobi?”
“He’s in the control room, going over some last-minute details with the others,” Noah replied as I looked at him. He was wearing similar clothing to me; green cargo trousers, a green jacket and a tactical vest. He slipped the earpiece over his ear, then settled it inside.
“How’s your team look?”
“We’ve trained for this, we’re glad to be the first Recon team,”
“This is merely Recon, no contact with the locals,” I reiterated.
“Yes, Dad, I remember your orders,” He rolled his eyes grinning at me. He slipped on a handgun then picked up one of Larry’s dad’s guns. We left the armoury, locking it on our way out making our way down to the Mech Bay. I could see Noah looked a little nervous, he was usually so confident, so it was strange to see him going back to the quiet boy I had first met.
“Don’t worry about it, it a simple reconnaissance job, just observe and return,”
“I know,” he replied quietly but did not expand on that. We entered the Mech Bay to see the other three members of Bravo Team kitted up. Tobi was stood by them, wearing his typical overall’s dark blue tee and boots. He wore a warm jacket as the weather had been unseasonably cold outside. He had a black backpack at his feet. Mac, Larry and Tom were also there.
“Are you sure you want to do this?” Mac asked as soon as we entered. She was looking between her brother and me.
“We will be fine,” I assured, “the first sign of trouble and we’ll go to ground,”
“Keep the fires warm, and look after the place for me,” I told her with a grin then looked around, “Slight change of plans, we’re going to take one horse instead of two,”
“Why?” Larry asked.
“I would rather not risk two horses, Tobi is small enough that he could fit on the one horse with me,”
“Alright, I get it,” He moved off towards the stables with his team. I approached the others but noticed Amanda and Nate sat on quad bikes ready to open the gates for us.
“You just want me close to you,” Tobi whispered, referring to the horse sharing.
“I’m sure I have no idea of what you are talking about,” I put on an innocent face. Larry led the black horse, Apollo, over to me. He had been saddled and was all ready to go. I stroked his muzzled and talked to him gently, letting him know who was going to be riding him. Over the last month, I had been practising with Apollo, so he was comfortable with me riding him. I slid the sniper rifle into a holder on the saddle before lifting the backpack up and slinging it over my shoulders.
“I’m still not sure about this,” Mac protested again. I grabbed Tobi, surprising him and place him on the horse.
“We will be as careful as possible. Hopefully, we’ll be home tonight and chowing down on some really good food,” I told her as I mounted Apollo behind Tobi, swinging my leg over. I reached around Tobi as I fitted my feet into the stirrups, he settled into my crotch and felt really good in my arms.
“Right, good luck,” I led the horses over towards the door, hearing the hooves strike against the concrete floor. The smaller doors rumbled open, sunlight filtering through. It was still fairly early in the morning as we cantered out to the gate, the two on quad bikes going ahead of us. They opened the gate, where I stopped just beyond the boundary. I saluted Nate and Amanda when they closed the gate.
“Make sure you are back by four PM at the latest,” I told Noah and his team. I could see the boy roll his eyes behind his HUD glasses, but he nodded regardless. We separated with a wave. I started moving the horse down the path towards the valley, once we were out of sight of the base I pulled the earpiece out, then plucked Tobi’s out. I leant a bit forward and slid my hand across his thigh. Kissing his neck slightly, I put my mouth to his ear.
“What was that earlier about me wanting to get closer to you?” I asked him, gently kissing his neck.
“You can’t help wanting to touch me, can you?” he returned breathily.
“It’s been a while since before you were sick,” I slid my hand across to his crotch, feeling a perturbance there. He was very hard, and I’m sure he could feel my hardness against his bum.
“We should think about the mission,” he moaned as I squeezed him again, but I knew he was right, so I moved back a bit placing my hand back on his waist. He sighed as I spoke.
“You’re right, but tonight I want you to sleepover,” I suggested all business.
“You are such a cock tease,” he grunted.
“Ohh big words for the little man,” I laughed at him as I put the earpiece back in, “Control, any coverage over the target area?”
“We’ve lost all satellite coverage over this area, boss,” the thirteen-year-old Italian told me. I’ve yet to get him to stop calling me Boss.
“No, problem, we’ll have to go in blind,” I told him, he was the European Division for control.
An hour later saw us emerging from the valley, but met by a copse of trees. There were high hills all around us, so we had plenty of coverage.
“Here’s where we leave Apollo,” I told Tobi, dismounting quickly. He followed suit then I led the horse underneath the tree’s tying him to a branch. A small stream was close by, and the horse had leaf’s to snack on. I grabbed the other backpack tied to the horse, then grabbed the rifle slinging it over my shoulder. It was heavy, but I would rather be with it than without it. I looked at Tobi, then led him through the trees until we found a disused public path, climbing over a rickety fence. We could hear water running now as we came out of the trees into the gorge, either side rockface climbed high, dappled light came through the trees above us. I handed Tobi the lighter backpack to put on.
“I feel like we are back on that scouting trip last year,” Tobi spoke up.
“Oh yeah, I remember the one, didn’t you get poison ivy rash?” I laughed at him, scrambling up the gorge. Luckily the rocks were big enough we could move across them without getting wet, as there certainly was no pathway with the gorge being too narrow. Tobi looked really cute as he blushed. It was almost like a pleasant day out if you forgot the fact that I had a sniper rifle on my back and a mechanical marvel in the backpack I wore.
“I can’t help it, I thought they were dock leaves,” he muttered.
“Your balls must have been sore,
“Tell me about it,” he winced, remembering the rash he’d had on his testicles.
“It shouldn’t take us too long, hopefully about thirty minutes to reach the waterfall,” I told him as we moved fairly swiftly across the rocks, neither of us talking as we quickly began to tire. Ahead we were presented with our first challenge, a tree nearly blocked the way forward, there was a small gap, but it required going into the water. Here the water was not as strong, so we should be alright. I stopped for a moment taking water bottles from the bag on Tobi’s shoulders handing him one.
“We’ve reached Davis town and are settled above the town on a ridge, we’ve seen some activity, but it’s early yet,” He replied then added, “We have seen no adults so far,”
“Are the bag’s waterproof? We have to go through the water,”
“If you make sure they are properly closed, nothing should get wet inside of them,” he returned and fell silent.
“Right, looks like we are getting wet,” I looked at Tobi with a raised eyebrow, he laughed stripping off, “What are you doing?”
“I’ll wear my skivvies, then just go commando when we get out,” he replied logically. I thought about it, and it seemed like the best possible solution. I began stripping down my clothes, pulling off my bots. I checked Tobi out, he was pale from not having been out for a long time, I noticed a few freckles across his shoulders. His little nipples began to harden, making me want to suckle on them. He was now just in a black pair of underoos, while I was in my boxers. We stuffed both sets of clothes into the bags and seal them.
“I’m a bit taller than you, so let me go first with the bags, then I’ll come back for you,” I told him. I slipped down the rocks and into the water, though it was the middle of June this was mountain water, my nuts sucked straight up into my body. It was about chest height for me. Tobi passed down the two backpacks, one on my front and the other on my back I waded across the water, being careful not to stand on anything sharp. I passed under the tree and emerged on the other side, the rock here was a bit too big to scrambled around, so I moved further, finding a small beach area. I immediately dumped the bags, then went back for Tobi.
“Are you alright?” he asked as I emerged from under the tree.
“Yeah, piece of cake,” I told him. He handed me down the rifle, I slipped both sets of boots around my neck.
“What are you waiting for?” Tobi looked at me curiously, wondering why I was not moving.
“It’s a little deep, I’ll give you a piggyback,” He sat down on the rock. I opened my arms, allowing him to slip into them, wrapping his legs around mine. I moved forward, pushing him against the rock, he hissed at the coldness but quieted when I sought his lips. Tobi moaned as my tongue met his, feeling his warm body against mine. My penis struggled to get hard, but I think the water was just too cold. I did, however, get a quick feel of his bum before I released him, “I love you, baby boy,”
“I love you too,” he replied. I moved us carefully through the water, swiftly getting around to the little beach where I released him. We quickly stripped off our underwear, his boys were shrivelled little nubs as we stood for about ten minutes letting the warm summer sundry us. It was unusually warm today, probably hitting 25 degrees at 10am. Five minutes later, we were changed and moving through the gorge.
What felt like hours later they heard the noise of the waterfall thundering down, they come around the corner, stopping to look around the magnificent waterfall. By no means was it a large waterfall, but it fell down about twenty feet into a pool. The gorge rose up around us, both could see wrought metal fences at the end of a pathway overlooking the waterfall. I looked around and saw a slight rockfall that should be able to get us onto the path to the right. I directed Tobi to the right climbing the rocks, he just seemed to clamber up them like a billy-goat. We reached the top, but there was about an eight-foot gap between the rock wall and the bottom of the path.
“Get on my shoulder’s and pull yourself up,”
“All right,” he nodded his head, gently getting on my back as I leant down. He pulled himself up onto my shoulders, standing up, he grabbed the fence and dragged himself onto the path. I threw the other bag to him, which he caught deftly. I found some natural foot holes where the man-made path met the wall, slowly I managed to work my way up and collapsed onto the well-worn path. I lay there for a few minutes getting my breath back.
“Come on lazy bones,” Tobi whispered as we were quite near to our intended goal. I got up, pulling the backpack on and getting myself ready.
“This is A-1, we are going radio silent,” I told Control back at home, “If something happens, give us twenty-four hours to reply, then try to make contact,”
“Acknowledged,” Russo, the Italian replied. Tobi and I moved further up the path, which had an incline going upwards.
“Look, there’s a cave of some sort,” Tobi pointed out. You could barely see it, but beyond the fence, a small ledge led around to the waterfall. Every now and then a gap appeared in the waterfall, you could definitely see what appeared to be a cave behind the waterfall.
“Well spotted,” I whispered, touching his back briefly. Knowing we were in enemy territory now, I took the gun off my shoulder. Moving up the path and away from the waterfall. Tobi and I rounded the path, that was now littered in leaves and looked like it had not been used in years, let alone months. Another five minutes and we had come close to the rise. I could see the antennae now, surrounded by a fence, next to a shed. But what I could also see were my first glimpse of the aliens. Wearing all white armour, the three aliens were broad-shouldered with masks that covered their faces. They stood on two legs, but they were bent backwards, much like you see in the old werewolf movies. But they were armoured to the teeth, I could not see their faces, but they looked humanoid. All three were centred around the mast looking upwards, so I shook my head at Tobi, moving back down the small hill. Somehow I managed to step on the one stick on the path, the snap echoed like a gunshot going off, reverberating across the hillside. Instantly all three aliens looked our way as I scrambled down the mound.
“Run,” I told Tobi quietly, leading the way. It happened in slow motion, I felt intense heat across my shoulder, with no thought to my actions I launched myself at Tobi pulling him out of the way just as a clod of dirt erupted to our left. I had caught the flash of something blue out of the corner of my eye. I hauled Tobi to his feet running back the way we came. We got around the corner to the waterfall, I knew we had a few minutes headstart as they would have to come out of the fenced-off area.
“The waterfall,” Tobi suddenly said. I looked at him blankly, then comprehension filled my mind. I followed him, slipping between the fence bars. While not too big, the drop was still a distance. I didn’t fancy my chances so hung on to the wall as we swiftly made our way along the thin ledge. Tobi disappeared behind the curtain of water, so I took a deep breath following him through. We were in a cave that went back perhaps twenty-thirty feet but then abruptly stopped at a wall. There was a couple of rocky outcroppings, so Tobi and I huddled behind one of them.
Time passed slowly, as the adrenaline wore off, a dull throbbing in my shoulder persisted. I winced trying to move my shoulder.
“You’re injured,” Tobi whispered, looking at my shoulder. He straddled my legs, unzipping the tactical vest. With care, we were able to remove that, but my shoulder had really begun to ache now. Tobi got my jacket off, which was burnt on the top left-hand shoulder. I gingerly raised my arms, though the pain was just about bearable allowing Tobi to lift the black tee shirt off. I looked at the injury, the top of my shoulder had been burnt. It looked like a harsh sunburn, so luckily not too bad, but it hurt like a son of a bitch.
“I think it’ll be fine,” I told him. He leaned over into the bag he had worn, pulling out a first aid kit. He retrieved a small tub, which had no label on it. Opening it, I could smell aloe vera, he got a bit on his fingers rubbing it gently into the burn. I hissed, but let him continue. He stared into my eyes as he rubbed me, my penis coming alive at his gentle touches. I lifted my other hand, running it through his silky blond hair pulling his face to mine. Our mouths met slowly, sensually at first, then my tongue slipped out into his mouth.
I needed to feel more of him, my levels of horniness jumping. As we kissed, my hands unbuckled his overalls, letting them fall to his waist. I slipped my hands up his silky sides, raising his teeshirt. He pulled away, allowing me to take the offending garment off. He panted, his nipples hard. I felt his muscular stomach and then tweaked his nipples, the pink areolas the size of a five pence piece. I was going to kiss him again but saw the look of lust in his eyes, then his hand were on my buckle. He rapidly undid my trousers, then pulled them off, so I was sat on my t-shirt naked. His small hand encircled my five-inch penis.
“Oh gods, Tobi, that feels so good,” I pushed him back, getting him to kneel back so I could pull his overalls down, leaving him naked like me. His three-inch penis was hard as stone. As soon as his clothes were clear, he straddled me again, our bare penis’s touching. Tobi attacked my mouth as my arms encircled his body. I stroked down his back, then clutched his delightful buttocks. Our tongues were duelling like snakes, maybe it was nearly being shot, but I had never felt so hot. Tobi pulled away from my body again, kissing my chest, but never letting go of my penis. Then I felt something wet encircle the head, I opened my eyes to see Tobi with his mouth around my hardness. I was in absolute heaven as he began to use his tongue, licking around then pushing down my foreskin. He tried to fit it all in his mouth but gagged so just concentrated on the top. It wasn’t going to take long.
Thirty seconds later, I cried out quietly as I flooded my lover’s mouth with cum. I had tried to warn him beforehand, but Tobi refused to move. I could see him swallowing my cum. He lifted himself off me, then his mouth was on mine. I could taste my cum in his mouth, as once again, my hand slipped to his bum, pulling his cheeks apart. My fingers found his hole and began to circle it, Tobi was moaning into my mouth. This time I was the one to push him away, he knelt in front of me with his stone-hard penis moving with his heartbeat.
“Please more,” he whimpered. I licked one of my fingers seductively, then took his penis into my mouth. I tongued back his foreskin and licked the little head. He pumped even harder into my mouth, my fingers found his passage and I began to circle it as he pushed into me. Tobi was making short little gasps. Suddenly he squealed, and his hard little penis clicked several times like it was trying to ejaculate something that wasn’t there. Tobi slumped down my body, I pulled him closer to me as he dozed though I stayed awake, keeping an eye out for aliens.
Several hours later I blinked, realising the light was changing outside of the waterfall, the aliens had not found us. I was starting to shiver, so gently stroked Tobi’s arm waking him. He murmured, then turned to look at me, his liquid amber eyes staring into my face.
“Come on, honey, let’s finish the mission and go home,” We quickly changed back into our clothes. I leaned down and kissed him once more before I shouldered the gun and bag. Moving to the waterfall, I looked out through the gap and saw no one. Taking a deep breath, I sidled out into the open. Immediately the glasses I wore flickered, and everything took on a green tinge as they become night vision.
“Oh, cool,” I muttered. There was nothing in the darkness beyond, but I didn’t want to take any chances, so I took it slowly leading Tobi back to the path, listening for anything out of the ordinary. I looked at my clock, and it had already gone 10pm, I had not realised we had been in the cave most of the day. My stomach rumbled, telling me yes, you have not eaten since this morning.
“Do you think anyone will be there?” Tobi asked.
“I would hope not,” I told him quietly. I made my way back up the path with Tobi following, wearing his own glasses. We reached the mound again, there was no one there this time. I surveyed the area for at least ten minutes, checking for body and heat signatures, “Let’s go,”
“OK,” Tobi replied. We scrambled across the mound onto the winding path, then up the other side to the bottom of the fence. We edged along the fence until we found the gate, Tobi used my key card, which surprisingly worked.
“You go do what you have to do, I’ll guard the gate,” I told my boyfriend. Sweeping the area, checking the little shed, there was no one around, so I took up position by the gate looking out into the murky greenness. I did not know what Tobi was doing nor did I want to watch, because more than likely it involved going up the antennae. I anxiously awaited Tobi, jumping at every small sound. What felt like an hour later, I heard a click on my earpiece then Tobi touched my arm almost making me scream.
“It’s done, and hidden,” He told me. Pushing him out the door, I swung it closed hearing it click behind me indicating that it had locked. We slipped back down onto the path, following it instead of going over the mound. When we reached the T-junction, I turned left, “Where are you going?”
“We’re not going to scramble through the ravine in this darkness,” I told him, “This path leads down to the valley floor if we stay close to the walls we should be able to make it to the horse easier,”
“All right,” he answered hesitantly. I led him down to the left, along the narrow path as it wound downwards reaching the valley floor. Moonlight lit up the valley floor, revealing grass, trees and boulders. We immediately turned right, then started on our journey back to the horse. Keeping close to the valley wall as possible, we were shielded by trees and overhanging rocks. Unlike the gorge, this was much easier going taking only half the time.
As midnight approached, I got my first glimpse of the horse standing, waiting patiently for the pair of us to arrive. I breathed a sigh of relief glad to be back.
“Control, this is Alpha-One, the mission is completed,” I told home.
“Where the hell have you been?” Mac hissed over the radio, “You’ve been on Radio silence for hours,”
“We had a bit of a run in and had to hide for several hours,” I explained.
“Are you both well? Did you get injured?” Mac’s voice suddenly changed.
“Alex has been injured, he was burnt with the alien gun,” Tobi piped up.
“We’ll need to see that as soon as you are back home,” Mac replied, steadying her breathing. I knew she wanted us home as soon as possible.
“What’s the situation with Bravo team? Have they returned?” I asked, receiving only silence as Tobi undid the ropes and released the horse. Apollo nuzzled the boy, who giggled quietly, “I repeat, what’s the situation?”
“Bravo team are still in the field,” Mac reported.
“Goddamit,” I muttered angrily, “Brave-one, please report?”
“Commander, erm, Alex, Bravo-one is currently on radio silence on an independent mission,” Noah’s second, the mousy-girl, responded quietly.
“I want your co-ordinates,” I ordered her getting them within minutes. I typed the GPS location into the keyboard on my wrist. The glass lit up with a virtual path, showing me the quickest way to get to their location, “Right, I want you to stay put and do not move, we will be there in thirty minutes,”
“Shouldn’t you return to home first?” Mac asked, a little worried about her brother.
“He will be fine and stay out of any action,” I reassured her. I’m sure Tobi was scowling at me right now. But he did not have time to do anything, but yelp as I picked him up situating him on the horse. I used a branch and mounted the horse myself, aiming the animal in the direction the GPS was leading me.
Thirty minutes more or less later, a soft whicker answered the ones from my horse, and I could see the outline of four horses, tied to a tree. The hill overlooked the town of Davis, though I’m sure that’s not what it was originally called. In the maps, it’s called Fordham. It wasn’t a big town, probably with a population of 3-4000, but that enabled it to have a fairly decent high street. Though the High street was the main road through the town, with housing estates off-shooting the road. Further north I could see a few larger houses with a little land around them, but along the car-free main high street were bonfires. I noticed that the main roads had been blocked off and since the town was in an enclosed valley, they were living without fear of the zombies.
“Tanya,” I hissed.
“Over here,” a quiet voice returned, an arm waved in the air. I found the three dark shapes lying against the grassy hill that overlooked the town. I dismounted with Tobi, leading Apollo to the other horses, then settled in next to Tanya.
“What’s going on?”
“We’ve been here observing since 0900 hours, Davis town is ruled over by a megalomaniac teenage boy. We know nothing about him, only that he is a tyrant and loves corporal punishment,” I looked at her aghast.
“What do you mean? Corporal punishment,”
“At lunchtime today, in the centre of the high street we watched two girls, no older than fourteen and a pre-teen boy being whipped,”
“Whipped?” I asked, nearly throwing up.
“Yes, they were tied to the cross-like structures and whipped by these bulldozers of teenage boys. They would appear to be this tyrant’s henchmen,” she gave me a wry grin. She handed me over a set of binoculars. I looked down into the town and saw five cross-like structures that must be made from old timber beams, there were still three people tied to some of the crosses. I gasped in horror, this was some sick bastard. I saw several teenage boys standing around the bonfires drinking something from a bottle. They appeared to have rifles hanging down from their shoulders.
“Where has Noah gone?” I asked, my voice turning to frost. Tanya looked at me, her eyes wide through the night vision glasses.
“As it was beginning to get dark, we noticed three boys in their mid to late teens moving some people about. We guessed there were two boys, age around ten to twelve and a girl probably around thirteen,”
“Go on,” my voice had turned harder, I guessed the answer.
“We caught snatches of conversation because they were really loud, but it would appear they were going to have fun with them,” Tanya answered gulping.
“Has Noah been captured?” I asked, now worried.
“He’s down there, but he has not made a move yet,” Tanya pointed out a shadowed figure, which appeared to be watching a large house to the north-east of the village. This row of houses was larger than the rest, indicating it must be a wealthy neighbourhood. I heard a gasp, so I swung the binoculars around to find one of the ‘henchmen’ approach Noah’s position.
“I want you to head east, around the ridge with the horses. Be prepared for a hasty exit,” I told Tanya. Unfolding the tripod on the front of the sniper rifle, I leaned down, looking through the sight. I had not actually used the sniper rifle before, except in video games and some practices. This was vastly different, but I took a deep breath centring myself, “Go now, quickly,”
I heard movement as I settled the sight on the teenager, he was off the main street now heading down the road Noah was on. He lit a cigarette passing into a dark patch, but I could see him through the night-vision. I slipped off the safety and adjusted for the curvature of the earth, and the wind like my father taught me many years ago. I wondered whether I was doing the right thing, but it was now a dog eat dog world as I pulled the trigger. A sharp report echoed in my ears, but I watched the bullet hit the boy with accuracy. Unfortunately, it pierced his thigh rather than his chest where I was aiming. I watched Noah move back, seeing the boy struggling on the ground. They were lost in darkness as Noah fell upon him while a cloud covered the moonlight.
“Shit” I muttered to myself as I saw movement from the bonfires. I flicked the tripod back up, shouldering it on my good arm. The hill here was fairly smooth as I scrambled down it, coming up against some fence panels. Following along them I had to squeeze through a blocked off area, probably to prevent anything from getting into the town if it fell down the hill. Once through, I found myself in a small park. I emerged onto a road, trying to get my bearings; I worked my way around the edge of the town, avoiding the main high street. It took me another few minutes before I reached the street that Noah had been on, but there was no sign of them. I kneeled down as the moon burst from the clouds, I was able to see a black pool.
“Alex,” I heard a voice call quietly. I looked up to see Noah in a small alleyway between houses. He watched while quickly moved over to him, then looked down to see the dead body of the teenager. His eyes were wide, his face wide except for the huge gash in his throat, Noah suddenly gushed “I had to kill him, he was still alive,”
“I shot him, don’t worry,” I pulled the boy into a hug, we had both more or less murdered the teenaged boy, “We need to hide him,”
“OK,” He led me over to a storage shed on the side of the house. The lid pushed up, allowing me to see it stored wood. Between us, Noah and I were able to hide the body in the shed, then we retreated to someone’s garden.
“Are you all right?” I whispered to him.
“I’m not injured,” I slapped him upside the head, getting a glare in return, “What the hell was that for?”
“Going off-piste, without getting anyone permission,”
“How did you know I didn’t get anyone’s permission?” He asked.
“Well I was out of contact, and I’m pretty sure you did not ask Mac before you went down here,”
“No, but they are going to rape those poor kids,” Noah told me.
“But you’ve been sat here for hours now, I’ve been told,”
“I had to check them out, see what was going on before I made my move,”
“Well you’re not completely stupid then,” I taunted him with a small laugh, he tried to swipe my head.
“I didn’t think,” he replied apologetically.
“Forget it,” I told him, “Show me this house then.”