Payment - Chapter 1Payment for an Ancestor's Murder.
By Amelia Greiner
Scarlett lay lazily in jeans and a tee shirt with her feet on the coffee table in front of the television. She threw her head back, tired, and clicked the TV off. Grabbing the blanket next to her, she huddled on the sofa in the dark room, staring out the window in loneliness.
The lights of the big city twinkled like stars, and police sirens howled below. Cars driving over puddles made splashing sounds as the rain knocked at the glass. Scarlett sat in the blue glow of the window that looked upon her.
She lived in the suburbs on the top of a three-story apartment complex. The city she lived in usually was bustling with life, but around midnight, the only thing that roamed the alleys were stray cats and the homeless.
As if life in a city where everyone has their own problems wasn't depressing enough, that evening she had come home in tears, after
Prologue to Halo Fan-Fiction0856 hours, May 26 2536 (Military Calendar)\UNSC
frigate Symphony in orbit over Chi Ceti 4
Damien Faythe, a crew member on the United Nations Space Command frigate Symphony, rushed for an emergency handhold on the wall. The collision alarm sounded, ringing shrilly throughout the spaceship. The ground shook violently, and there was a sickening screech of metal scratching metal. As soon as he could, Damien stumbled across the floor, and into a door labeled: Deck 2, Section 4. He could hear the outer wall of the Symphony popping and sizzling.
"What's going on?!" He cried.
"We're being attacked! Covenant ship inbound!" A sergeant answered while rushing to section three, the pressure doors closing tight behind him.
A deafening metallic sound erupted from behind the doors, and there was a horrible scream. Another alarm rang.
"Section three breach. Section three breach."