So I’m wrapping up work on Devil’s Plaything and will soon be in need of a cover artist. I’m looking for something simple, but eye-catching. I need someone who can draw pistols fairly well. Hopefully, if everything goes according to plan the story will be out early 2014! Until then, you can still get free samples of Here Comes the Reaper on Smashwords.
In the meantime, here is the next segment of Iron and Ice. I’m also looking to get the first chapter ready to convert into ebook format. This means I need a cover for this as well. Hope you guys are enjoying the story so far. We’re going to be introducing a lot more characters in the coming updates. Stay tuned!
Frozen Dreams Part 4
“They’re not answering the radio.” Dimitri frowned as his mech thundered through the dense forest. He pushed the send button to try again.
“Maybe they’re all in the bathroom.” Yanin slurred helpfully. He giggled and his eyes rolled in their sockets.
“Shut up. Don’t talk.” Dimitri tried not to look at the massive red stain which had spread from Yanin’s side and down Dimitri’s leg. The jarring ride home had reopened Yanin’s hastily patched wound. At least it had stopped getting bigger. Dimitri could no longer feel the blood slowly oozing down his leg. Whether that meant the bleeding had stopped or that Yanin had run out of blood Dimitri wasn’t sure. He tried hailing the base again. In the field, Yanin’s mech had carried the long range communication equipment, but even without it, they should be able to contact their base from this distance. Although the closely spaced trees prevented him from seeing it, he knew it was less than a mile away.
“Maybe it’s damaged,” Dimitri murmured when he got no response. The shot which had destroyed his rocket launcher may have also knocked out his transmitter. He wanted to let them know that they were coming and tell them about Yanin so they could have medical help standing by. Dimitri was no medic, but he knew that every second was going to count when they got him inside. He was about to try the radio again when he heard the familiar sharp crack of an anti-armor gun.
He pivoted on the spot, sending his ride skidding sideways. His mech’s frame groaned as it fought against its own momentum. The shell whistled past and exploded against a tree behind them. “What the hell!?” Dimitri yelled as he tried to see where the shot had come from. “Can’t they see who they’re firing at?”
“Maybe they do know. Always got funny looks from Colonel Leja.” Yanin grumbled.
“Shut up Yanin!” Dimitri pulled the controls desperately towards him, sending his ride backpedaling through the snow as another round zipped towards them through the trees. A snowbank was vaporized by the high explosive round’s detonation. Birds flew from the trees, abandoning their perches. Dimitri resisted the instinct to return fire. This wasn’t the enemy. These were his friends. Someone must have spotted them coming through the forest and misidentified them as an enemy. The question now was how to get them to realize their mistake without getting filled of holes.
Yanin yelped in pain as Dimitri threw the mech violently to the side to avoid a string of rapid cannon fire. “They’re even firing the AA guns at us?” Dimitri glanced at the cringing Yanin. He would have to be careful with his dodging. Yanin was in bad enough shape already. He couldn’t take too much of this rough stuff. Dimitri swiveled his ride around, the machine’s hydraulics protesting at the continued movement. He had been running it constantly since the battle and the mech was its limit.
“Just a little more.” Dimitri promised his machine. He shoved the steering rods forward and sent his mech into a loping run towards the base. If he could just get into the open then they would be able to see that he was a friendly. He charged around a stand of fir trees and knew that if he continued over the next rise he would be in visual range of the base. His ride puffed thick clouds of black smoke from its exhaust as it stomped around the trees. Dimitri held his breath as their base came into view.
He barely had time to shout as the trees exploded outwards and a giant saw blade came screaming towards his view port.