Twelve shapes disturbing the natural flow of the grass and trees behind them... Leo blinked and refocused his gaze through the Cricket's scope. It would be too easy to pop one of their heads off. He mused, a trigger finger growing itchy at the thought, but his mouth drew itself into a thin, strained line. Two, three, maybe four would be gone in a few moments but the rest would scatter, back into the forest. For now, he relented to wait; comforted slightly by the knowledge that Valkyrie was out there as well, possibly with the same predicament. Whether it was the shapes in the field or the infected off in the distance, the sniper's mind was put into an uneasy alertness.
He cursed slightly as both Area and Survey Teams went underground. With that move, it put the operatives cleanly out of radio and advisory range. Damnit, people this isn't what we briefed... Leo's taut expression shifted into a scrunched frown. A sigh escaped him as he saw the shapes split into two groups before vanishing entirely. What the hell?! The sniper almost shot out of pure reflex. Nothing hides itself that well, the Cricket's scope now moved in slow, segmented portions, dividing up the area the shapes once occupied. And they're moving as well...that shouldn't be possible. Leo's teeth gritted as he both attempted to reacquire the marks and get a message out to the Area and Survey Teams.
He moved his left hand to a small black knob on the side of his helmet, turning it full forward, a translucent blue bar extending on the HUD to signify that the input was working. Can only boost the signal to the Teams for a couple seconds, battery supply won't last too long otherwise. With scope still searching for the shapes, he sent the message via radio and text. "Area and Survey Teams, Splatter, marks are mobile, visual lost, I say again, visual lost. Pull back to the surface, Overwatch cannot cover as is." Leo brought the signal strength back, hoping that even one of the operatives down in the tunnels had heard him. Times like these were the rare few when he hated being a long ranged specialist. To add to the list of concerns, infected were now advancing onto the operations area with a chorus of shrill cries. Christ, it's gonna turn into a slaughter.
Lisa ignored the life-form request from Analyst. She had no time for such nonsense when there were cloaked contacts and infected nearby just when her comm's flickered to life. "R-rav...didn-.....last-" Static came in from Claire and Lisa cursed under her breath. The entry of buildings had not been part of the plan.
"Fucking analyst, and stupid Claire....." Lisa cursed aloud as both had broken the plan. Communication was the key for any operation and she called to both entry teams. "I strongly advise for every operative to stay out of the buildings since we'll have limited communication with each other and no ability to provide overwatch. I repeat, pull back." Lisa had a really bad feeling about this, a feeling she had ever since the briefing, and this was why. To effectively search the buildings, they would need at least three times the number of soldiers and perhaps aerial or armoured support.
Lisa zoomed out from the cloaked contacts, trusting Splatter to have them in his sights and scanned the area quickly. Once she returned to the old spot with her scope, the contacts started to move off and the call came in from Splatter that they were moving. She focused her scope on one of the groups of cloaked contacts. They moved too well. "Calling all units, Valkyrie here. I suspect the cloaked contacts are Ex-soldiers. The way they move and act bears reassembles military training."
"Valkyrie, Splatter, you're silent yeah?" Leo said into the comm.
"Yes I am. Why are you asking?" Lisa responded to Splatter's call.
"I'm about to do something stupid. Don't worry about the Infected, but if you could take out those camo's for me I'll buy first three rounds once we're back at base." With that, Leo took aim at the foremost Infected charging into the park's center, pulling the range-finder out of his waist pack as he did so. He worked the mental maths quickly, judging the bullet drop, cross winds, and temperature all the while his right index finger slowly creeping its way to the trigger. This shot will attract all the hurt in the area to my location and hopefully away from our teams underground; practically a suicide mission. But there's no other way around it: no comm's, no visual on the hostiles, infected on approach... Leo let his eyes linger shut for just a moment as he centred himself. Fuck it, this is Beta, we'll always find a way to pull it out of the fire.
Lisa figured out what Splatter was going to do and shouted into the comm. "Splatter. I order you. Do NOT pull the trigger. I repeat. Do NOT pull the trigger!"
A long exhale, even, gradual squeeze of the trigger, a resounding crack, and the lead Infected's head and the chest of the one directly behind it erupted in a shower of blood and rotted flesh.
"Damn it Splatter!" Lisa shouted into the comm at him before squeezing her own trigger twice. Two streams of blood and flesh suddenly appeared where two of the cloaked contacts had been previously. She had worked out the maths since a long time ago, and now acted on instinct. The other contacts scattered and took cover quickly, making her unable to shoot anyone else. She cursed. She had wanted to eliminate the group in one burst, but that would be impossible due to the distance and the recoil from her rifle.
"Splatter. If you just killed off the other teams, I shall shoot you myself and then piss on your corpse."
Two more shots and the last of the initial Infected were down. Leo's eyes narrowed as the mutated body crumpled to the browned, cracked grass. He caught a glimpse of one of the four remaining surface hunters and fired the last shot in his magazine, knowing he'd missed upwind of the target. He ignored the obvious anger in Valkyrie's call, a smirk growing across his masked face as dust kicked up from the impacted shot highlighted the remaining hunters. "That's a deal, Valkyrie." The four shapes were painted with red boxes on her HUD a moment later, Leo marked them with the IOS and transferred them over while he reloaded.