Chapter 1: Going Down In Flames

Chapter 1: Going Down In Flames

A Chapter by Undying Glory

In a bitter battle waged in the skies, two heroes fight, outnumbered, outgunned, and outmatched...


Chapter 1: Going Down In Flames

The world blurred by at breakneck speed.

The two F-22 Raptors flew in attack formation. As they blasted forward, one of the pilots adjusted his intercept vector. As several lights flashed on his HUD and radar, he hit his radio.

“Nighthawk here. Bogies in missile range in five minutes. Over,” Scott Newman, call-sign Nighthawk, muttered. Tall and lean, he had brilliant sky-blue eyes and close-cropped brown hair. Skilled, good-natured and drop-dead handsome, he was the dream of many girls back at base.

The other pilot smiled. She settled back fingered her weapons console. “Sky Angel here. Let’s rock and roll!” She jammed her joystick forward and was rewarded as her F-22 accelerated with a  resounding whoosh. Anastasia Evanson, call-sign Sky Angel, was a beautiful girl in her twenties, with rippling black hair and mesmerizing sea-green eyes. Behind her attractive looks and sweet personality, however, was a deadly and skilled pilot.

The F-22s screamed in on perfectly synchronized intercept vectors, when the bogies were sighted. The three midnight-black V-9 Phoenix planes roared as they banked towards the F-22s. Modelled after the Lockheed-Martin SR-71 Blackbird, the V-9s were sleek and angular. They weren’t as fast as the Blackbird, but made up for speed in manoeuvrability and weaponry. With Soulless pilots in control of the monstrous planes, fearsome aerial stunts were often executed, with deadly results.

Anastasia guided her plane up as the two groups of planes closed in on each other. As a V-9 swung in, its Vulcan cannon blazing, she rolled and Scott destroyed it with a missile. He grinned as he guided his plane around the explosion. 

The other V-9s swooped in, menacingly flanking the F-22s, trying to sandwich the human planes in between them. Anastasia pulled up and banked left, while simultaneously arming two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. As she levelled out, both V-9s swung towards her. Two sleek missiles arced out from them, arcing towards her. 

She smiled. The SHARK-12 missiles that the V-9s were armed with carried a lot of explosive, but could not respond quickly to sudden velocity changes, being heavy. She barrel-rolled and the missiles slammed into each other, their vectors intersecting as both of them tried to lock on her simultaneously. As she pulled up, she swung around, firing, and one of the V-9s blew apart in a blazing fireball.  She fired again and reduced the other to scrap metal. 

Scott weaved through tracers, as other V-9s appeared, Vulcan cannons blazing away. As he flipped, two missiles slid out from his F-22, taking out two V-9s. He chuckled as he watched the V-9s break formation and spread out.

“That’s right, you flying pieces of crap. Run for your lives!” Scott snarled and hit the afterburners, streaking after them.

“Nighthawk! No...!” He heard Sky Angel scream in horror suddenly. 

He spun around, confused... the SHARK-12 missiles slammed into him.

Anastasia felt sick to her stomach at what she had just seen happen. Scott Newman, someone she had always liked...A few tears began to fall. She gritted her teeth, forcing her anger and grief down. She swung around, shooting another V-9 down before hitting the afterburners and blasting away.

The V-9s pursued her relentlessly, doggedly, and she swerved left and right, trying to shake them off. She saw tracers cut through the air, getting closer and closer, and as she swerved...

...she saw the missile coming straight at her.

A second before impact, she ejected, and as she flew up, her F-22, her beloved F-22 Raptor, lit up the sky in a  massive and morbidly spectacular fireball. 

© 2010 Undying Glory

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Posted 12 Years Ago

Good. The extensive detailing is impressive. I liked it :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

this is really cool. has like a s**t load of details, freaking awsome.

Posted 12 Years Ago

i loved it hey can u check out my story...thanks.

Posted 12 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is awesome!!! I love the frantic nature of it all. It reminds me of a few of my favorite stories from anime. The action was GREAT!! Its strange to get this excited with no pictures. Great job man! This really should be a graphic novel.

The enemies were flying V-9's, but for all we know, it could be just frames. They could be modded with all kinds of nasty surprises we dont know about. These things make anime/manga stories really great.

Posted 12 Years Ago

hey... i'm sorry! i bet this is really good... but i can't stay focused! i'm not saying that its bcuz of your writing! i just don't have the attention span i guess, for this genre! send me over something different and i will read it with the greatest enthusiasm..!
sorry again! just didn't want to view without commenting.. i hate when ppl do that !

Posted 12 Years Ago

I usually hate these kind of sotries, but your details and imagery are so wonderful I actually read this one. :) Keep this story going!

Posted 12 Years Ago

I'm even more intrigued right now after reading this chapter! It was full of such awesome action and imagery! I really liked it! You certainly know how to keep a readers attention! :D

Posted 12 Years Ago

Very good story start. Excellent detail keeps the reader involved.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Finally; some actual detail here. Albiet why the Soulless are not flying Raptors themselves is beyond me (stupidity comes to mind) since the Raptors are superior in almost every way (save production cost and complexity). Second note why are they not just bypassing pilots and using Reapers (robot fighter plane used by US Air Force instead(I question the genius of your villian here). The enemies are Cyborgs after all . . .

Yes, a very good start indeed (don't let it go to your head). I look forward to the rest of the book with much anticipation.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on April 18, 2010
Last Updated on April 18, 2010
Tags: battle, skies, truly, human


Undying Glory
Undying Glory

Singapore, Singapore

The average guy you'd meet on the street, only with a hidden streak. Or several, for that matter. 24 year old, 4th year medical student, studying in Dundee, Scotland. Never underestimate the pow.. more..


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