(Video of this sequence can be found HERE / Backup. Finally fucking working.)
Roland: "Please... No!"
If this guy is the tower guard, he must know how to put the main gun back online. I don't have much time left. I'll have to give him a bit of motivation. I kick him in the ribs and smash the blaster across the bridge of his nose.
Me: "Turn on the main gun, damn you!"
Roland: "Don't kill me! I'll activate the gun!"
He doesn't move fast enough for my taste, so I give him another smack across the skull. That seems to spur him into action.
Roland: "Alright! Alright!"
I move back a bit to give him room to work, keeping a close eye on him. With a series of beeps and a thrumming whine, the gun seems to be back online.
Me: "No tricks"
With that reminder, he goes back to cowering in the corner and I take up the controls. The dropships are very close now.
I take aim as best I can, leading the first dropship. I won't get many tries at this, the gun only has a limited rotation range, and the ships will pass by in a matter of seconds.
Shit! That was close, but I led the target a bit too much. Only have time for one more shot.
Yes! That's one dropship full of marines I don't have to worry about anymore. Now where is the other one? It should be following the same approach path...
Well, that was a close one. I guess he saw his buddy get knocked out of the sky and decided to just take out the tower with me in it. But I barely managed to put a few blasts through his cockpit before he could fire.
The tower guard continues his whimpering, so I put an end to it.
Me: "I'm sorry I had to kill you, but I must admit, I'm enjoying the silence."
I didn't have to kill him, but I did anyway. This whole situation is too unfamiliar and confusing. I can't trust any of these people.
Deep down, I'm glad I did it, it's only what they deserve. Though it bothers me that killing is beginning to come so easily to me. I don't know for sure, but it doesn't feel like something my former self would've done.