I read most of the Oregon Files ecept for Golden Budda, and I've read The Chase, Polar Shift, and Black Wind. Lets just say that the Oregon is pretty much like its namesake in the books. Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors.
The door fit neatly into its nook. Tiffany let out a gasp of awe and a little bit of fear as she took in the hallway that opened before her. dark wood paneling covered the lower half of the wall and a thick blue carpet covered the floor. the wall and celling were a light blue. framed pictures of the Oregon and of her crew decorated the walls. Tiffany stared at the carpet, unsure of what to think about it. Storm saw this, and winked at her.
"It is a carpet. You can walk on it. It's okay. It's soft." Storm demonstrated by walking onto the carpet.
"She must never have seen a carpet before." Twilight nudged Tiffany onto the carpet.
"It's... springy." Tiffany said.
They walked into a high tech command center. A pair of Breezies shot toward Storm and the dark colored one with glowing white hair trilled.
"I have the sent and have the Oregon on course." the second breezie spoke, a second behind the first Breezie.
"Meet Flurrie, and Wave Catcher. They are both Breezies. Flurrie is a Bug Breezie, as you can see by her long antenna. She can't speak our language. Wave Catcher is half Unicorn, and she is closer to that of a pony then that of a bug. She understands the breezie language and acts as a translator for Flurrie." Storm introduced, "Good work, you two."
Flurrie was dark colored with glowing white hair, wings, antenna, and eyes. Wave Catcher Was sea blue with sea green hair and eyes. Her antenna were short, and nestled between them was a tiny horn. her wings were closer to that of a butterfly, being a pretty mix of blues and greens. Flurries symbol showed a ribbon of light and darkness while Wave catchers symbol showed a wave leaping from a bucket.
"Allow me to introduce everyone. Over here is Shamroc, my Armory officer, Starfly, my comunications officer, Silverbreeze, my chief engineer, Windy, my helmspony, and Gusty, my second in command. You've met Rose and Linc, and there is our chief medical officer, Wigwam. Flurrie is my Navigator, and Wave Catcher runs the Magic Shop, which is where you'll find over thousands of disguises and her inventions." Storm introduced his team.
Flurrie trilled, and fluttered over to the radar and sonar screens, where she trilled again.
"Something is showing on the sonar, something big." Wave Catcher translated.
"Can you get an identification?" Storm took his seat, and Linc stood to his right. Storm pushed a button on his seat and brought up seats for Tiffany and her family, who sat in them gratefully.
Flurrie trilled a reply.
"Working on it, Chairman." came the translation seconds later, "Wait, it looks to be a sub, I can't make out the make and year."
"Can you tell whose sub it is?" Storm asked tersely.
"It's hard to tell, Chairman. It's roughly the size of a Dream Valley Defender, but it looks Dralican." Flurrie said through Wave Catcher.
"Dralican? What is a Dralican sub doing in these waters? I thought they stayed away from here because their ships and subs can't handle salt water." Silverbreeze looked up, "Chairman, we should take it out."
"No. We will put a tail on it. It has shown no hostile intentions." Storm decided.
"But I don't like it." Silverbreeze replied, typing in the command to release one of the Oregon's many submerisble drones, "Should we send down the thethered cam for a closer look at least?"
"No." Storm smiled, "they might percieve it as a threat and try to engage us. We will watch them through the drone."
The drone, no more then an unmanned sub with a camera mounted on it, buzzed through the water toward the sub. The camera clicked on and began to transmit to the Oregon, now far above it.
"Here is the first pic." Starfly, a pink and white flutter with black hind legs and her hair was pink and white with a streak of black in it, her symbol was a winged star, called out, "It's not Dralican! It's Flutter Valley!"
"It can't be! Flutter Valley is a barren waste land! No one lives there any more!" Shamroc called out. Shamroc was green with dark green swirls running through his coat. his symbol, if it could be called that, was a shamrock shaped space on his hips. his hair was forest green with a black streak running through it. his eyes were twinkle eyes, but they weren't done in the normal Twinkle eye form. instead, the pupil was twinkle eye, while the rest of the eye was flat. his eyes were jade green.
"I didn't know that Flutter Valley had a navy!" this came from Gusty, who was a white unicorn with red and green hair. her symbol was a cluster of maple leaves.
"It doesn't. Flutter Valley went to waste long before armies and navies were even known. What makes you think it is Flutter Valley?" Storm asked.
"It says Flutter Valley on the hull. the number reads, 325-8796." Starfly said.
"Already looking it up." Wave Catcher hovered over a keyboard much too big for her. Tiffany wondered how someone so tiny could use something so big. Wave Catcher's hooves were no bigger then a 'h' key on the key board. she moved very quickly, bouncing from letter to letter flawlessly. she hit enter, and rose to face the screen.
"Sub class 325, number 8796, the sub, named The Narwhal, for its long radio antenna, is the largest known sub of its class. It ran during the Great Revolution. after the war, these subs were pressed into service again to patrol waterways and help keep the peace. sadly, only three 325 class subs are still left. one can be found in the NUMA Museum, while a second can be found in Ripples Believe it or Not Museum. the third one can be found at the Dream Valley Nautical Wonders Historical Museum." Wave Catcher read, "Shall I go classified?"
Storm glanced toward Seascape, who gave him an odd look. he nodded, "Bring it up."
Wave Catcher hit a few keys, "Here we are. just as I thought. It is not a 325 class. These subs have been poping up in an area from South Island west to the Silias Sea, east to Tropican Islands, north to Riverfalls, and South to Bazil, South Sky. that's an area of 5000 square miles. They all have Flutter Valley written on them, leading to some speculation that they are from Flutter Valley. These subs are dangerous if provoked. it has recently been proven that there is one sub, and it is clearly Dralican with the numbers, 325-8796 on it. so far, the Dralican government denies ownership, but has said that one of their 325 class subs are missing." Wave Catcher stopped for breath, "I'll dig deeper, on my own computer." she flashed out, and Flurrie clicked a button on her head phones.
"Sub big. Big too Drailcan be." Flurrie said, the computer having a hard time translating her chirping.
"Bigger then Dralican subs?" Storm asked.
"Yes. before seen. ocean red turned fire. ship destroyed be." Flurrie said.
"You saw it before and it destroyed your ship?" Storm asked.
"Yes. 13 survive only." Flurrie trilled.
"Did you attack the sub?" Storm asked.
"No attack. South Island close. boat fast sink." Flurrie said.
"it attacked and sunk your boat?" Storm pressed.
"Yes. attack swift, sudden, off guard catch us." Flurrie said.
4:50 am, got to go to bed. more coming soon.
Last Edit: May 18, 2009 22:00:57 GMT -5 by sunstar
Here comes more story! oh, and yes, my flight deck is clear! ;D
"Chairman! the sub is turning toward us and rolling!" Shamroc screamed.
The words were barely out of his mouth when the Oregon gave a mighty shudder. a roar filled the air. left and right, ponies screamed, their bodies being flung into anything that happened to be in their way. Tiffany heard herself screaming and squeezed her eyes shut. unknown to her, she had wrapped herself in a cocoon of blue light which kept her in one place. If she had opened her eyes, she would have seen the long metal arm reaching toward her.
Storm hit a bulkhead, and felt the air blast from his lungs as Twilight hit him. he tried to call out, to scream, to say something, but his lungs refused to take in air.
Twilight felt herself hit something hard on her left side. she felt her left foreleg snapping, and her shoulder and neck bones crunching together. her mind went numb from shock as the pain hit in full force. She blacked out as she hit Storm.
Starfly hovered in place, avoiding any injuries. She saw the metal arm moving toward Tiffany and rushed into her, shoving her out of harms way. the arm grabbed her instead. twisting, Starfly worked both wings free and shifted into ultra flutter. the winds from her wings shredded the metal, but the wires held it together.
Gusty managed to hang on to the rail as the shuddering started. She looked up to see Tiffany, the metal arm, and Starfly. Starfly protected Tiffany, but was grabbed instead. Gusty watched as the female flutter smartly worked her wings free and shred the metal with her ultra flutter. Gusty moved until she was positioned on the left of the arm. pulling an emerald encrusted slender sword from her sheath, she crouched on the railing and leaped into the air. she came down on the arm and drove her sword into the wiring. electricity crackled, throwing her backward. Gusty would have fallen if Starfly hadn't grabbed her by the leg.
"That sword is going to snap!" Starfly screamed.
"It'll hold!" Gusty swung back and on the forward swing, flipped into the air to land back on the arm, which was starting to buck. She yanked out her sword and stabbed again, cutting more wires. they snapped in the air, hissing like angry snakes. they were silenced by an ultra flutter from Starfly. the claw of the arm began to open and Starfly wiggled free. Gusty sliced through the last of the wiring, forcing the claw to break from the arm and plummet to the floor below. Gusty backfliped back to the rail as the arm was yanked back through the opening of the ship. the shuddering finally subsided.
"Are you okay?" Gusty asked.
"I'm fine." Starfly answered, "You okay?"
"Yeah." Gusty looked to the floor below her.
"You're bleeding!" Starfly gasped.
"It's nothing." Gusty smiled, "I dealt with worse during the Great Revolution."
"You fought in the Great Revolution?" Starfly couldn't stop the remark from coming, "I'm an idiot. Of course you fought in the Great Revolution. You are an unicorn. Unicorns live practically forever."
"Actually, we unicorns live up to 90000 years. We count our years by the thousand. you want never ending life spans, talk to the dralicorns. they tend to live forever." Gusty head to the floor where ponies were starting to move around.
"If you are dead, say something." Gusty said, getting a few pained laughs.
"I would but it hurts too much." Shamroc slowly sat up, "Aw hell, I've been run through by shrapnel." He carefully picked the pieces of metal from his chest, "Give me a band-aid and I'll live."
"I think I hurt something." Linc limped over, trailing blood from a gash on his left leg, "anybody see the Chairman?"
"No. I'll start running a system check." Shamroc hit a few keys on his console, "I'm getting delayed responses. Com systems are down."
another console began shrieking warnings.
"I'll live." Rose went to the console, "Flurrie?" She picked up a tiny limp form, "She's alive, but bleeding badly! where is Wig Wam?"
"I've got a hurt one over here! Aw hell, she fell on the Chairman! Storm's alive!" Shamroc screamed.
"I've got Tiffany! She's scared to death, poor thing!" Starfly called, "That's her mom, over there!"
"She looks like she has a broken leg!" Shamroc called, "Wig Wam!"
Wig Wam finally arrived with his medical teams to deal with the injured. He started with Storm while directing several medical techs to tend to the other injured.
"Helms not responding!" This came from Windy, who had escaped serious injury other then a small cut on her head from the shrapnel.
"We're okay." this came from Barnacle and Salty, who were both bruised, but otherwise unhurt. Seascape voiced his okay from where he sat, getting his right foreleg stitched together. Salty went over to Tiffany, who was catatonic, her eyes wide.
"Tiff, look at me. everything is fine." He went to work on soothing her. She clung to him, shaking in terror.
"Storm will be fine other then some bruising. I've got depressed lung sounds on the right side, and i wouldn't be surprised to find a collapsed lung and a concussion. We are taking him, the unicorn mare, and Flurrie to the medical bay." Wig wam took off with the injured.
"Tiffany, I know you are scared." Seascape went to his daughters side, "She is unhurt. Look at me. Everything is fine."
"That sub. It was trying to protect me!" Tiffany cried out, "We need to find Acid Fire!" She stood, her fear gone, her eyes glowing, "That sub isn't one of his! It is the last remainder of the once vast Flutter Valley navy. Yes, Flutter Valley had an impressive navy and Air Force. It is gone, all gone because of Acid Fire!"
"What did he do?" Gusty asked.
"Long story." Tiffany said, "Long ago, Flutter Valley was Equinova. What I mean is, Flutter Valley contained all of what is present day Equinova, much of Drailica, and most of Dracora. Queen Rosedust and King Storm Miser were wize and fair. They were benevolent to all. they wanted children badly and Rosedust finally became pregnant after several miscarages and false alarms. She gave birth to not twins, but triplets. they were named Little Flitter, Stormwind, and Lillybloom. Sadly, Lillybloom did not survive infancy while Little Flitter and Stormwind thrived. Queen Rosedust was raped and beaten brutally. She almost died. She ended up pregnant again and this time, had a set of male twins. Silverbreeze and Acid Fire. Years later came the Great Revolution which rendered Flutter Valley to the area it occupys today. it led to the creation of Equinova and brought much needed fertile hunting grounds to the dragons of Drailica and Dracora. Acid Fire plans to create his own demonic army and reclaim the lands belonging to Flutter Valley. The sub contains the last few flutters of Flutter Valley. they stay in hiding because they know what Acid Fire will do if he finds them. you see, Silverbreeze and Acid Fire are twins, itentical twins, right down to the symbols. the only actual difference between them is the color of the wind in their symbols. Silverbreeze has silver wind while Acid Fire has pale metalic blue winds."
"Tiffany?" Seascape asked.
Tiffany's eyes stopped glowing and she sank to the floor with a soft sigh.
"Dang! I missed her!" the male flutter growled. He was golden with dark pink hair. his symbol was of a pair of red roses. He wore a pink feather in his mane.
"Twinrose, calm down." this came from a dark green mare with purple hair, also a flutter. her symbol showed a ripple.
"Ripple. She is the one." Twinrose sighed, "the prophecy said that it would be a white demon that is our salvation. She is the one. her black hooves mean she is a demon, and she is winged and horned. plus, the symbol matches."
"She's young." Ripple replied.
"Yeah." this came from a lanky colt with dragonfly styled wings, "Why do we have to hide all of the time? we are flutters. we should be in the sky, not hiding under water like we're some kind of seapony. What about the flutters we saw?"
"They aren't Flutter Valley." Twinrose turned to the colt, "they are not like us, Dragonfly. They are mongols, bred by pegasus/summerwing parents. they are not true flutters. If we surface, Acid Fire will be on us so fast our heads will spin."
"Why do we need the White Demon for, anyway?" this came from a yellow mare with pink hair. her symbol was a white rose surrounded by light.
"Roselight, I've explained this many times." Twinrose sighed, and explained again, making sure everyone understood.
"but why would the key chose someone that is not a flutter?" Dragonfly asked. "Can she really be the one thing Acid Fire really fears?"
"I don't know. All I know is that she fits the description to a T." Twinrose explained, "She has to be it." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Light... pain... there's something sticking out of me... Storm felt conciousness returning slowly. My beloved ship... the sub... the damage... pain... somebody please shut that dang light off already! I'm injured... Storm felt like he was swiming in pure darkness, except for that light that wouldn't be shut off. he felt something sharp prick his shoulder, which caused the pain to fade. the light stayed, never wavering or moving. He swam toward the light.
"Wig wam... can't you shut that light off?" he finally and reluctantly opened his eyes. a glance south explained the feeling of something in his chest, and a look left explained the prick. the light revealed itself to be Wig Wam's penlight, which he flicked off.
"You are awake. relax, you were only out for two hours. what do you remember?" Wig Wam asked.
"Something attacked us." Storm moved to sit up, "It was after Tiffany. Where is she?"
"Unconcious," came the reply, "and she won't wake up. She isn't responding to stimulus. I did a blood test, and I woke you up with a stimulant because you need to see what I found." Wig Wam drew up a chair, "She has flutter blood."
"What? but she's an alicorn!" Storm cried out.
"I ran it five times. her blood says she's a flutter. I found no trace of unicorn, pegasus, or alicorn DNA in her blood. Plus, I found the presence of gold cells. only Flutter Valley royalty have the gold cells. Someone is trying to hide her. I did find DNA for a horn, but it is for a Fluttercorn."
"But she looks like an alicorn!" Storm started to get up, "What are my injuries, a concussion? I'm fine."
"You have a concussion and a punctured lung, already repaired. that tube is there for drainage. You need to stay and rest up some first." Wig Wam forced Storm back into the bed, "Tiffany's mother, Twilight, has a broken leg and some scrapes and bruises. no casualties, and Gusty has us heading for the island pointed out to her by Tiffany."
"Acid Fire?" Storm asked, sitting back down but refusing to lay down.
"We hope he's there." Wig Wam left him. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tiffany walked by two mirrors and stopped. one showed a demoness while the other showed a pure white fluttercorn. She stared at the Fluttercorn, then at the white demoness.
"Which of you is me?" Tiffany asked.
"We both are you." came the replies.
"If you both are me, then who am I?" Tiffany asked.
"You are us as we are you." the reflections replied.
"I know I'm a demon." Tiffany turned toward the demoness, "I am not a fluttercorn. I'm a demon. I'm a danger to those around me. I have to leave them."
"Do you really?" the fluttercorn asked, "I'm inside you too."
"I've known about my being a demon for a while now. I've even found scales growing on myself." Tiffany said, "There is no Fluttercorn in me."
"but I am in you. I couldn't be here if I wasn't in you." the Fluttercorn said.
"I am a demon." Tiffany turned toward the demoness.
"Are you sure you are me and me alone?" the demoness asked.
"Yes." Tiffany steped to the mirror.
"Then enter." the mirror went dark, revealing a door which Tiffany entered.