Roberts spared a moment to give Sam a weak smile. "Thanks," he said.maxvale76 wrote:"Be careful"; to Roberts as he moved to test the stairs.
He followed Sal down the stairs and passed the Com-Tech, Giosso. When he arrived on the ground floor he passed the burnt corpse of Louis. There was no time to address it. He ran through the lobby past the lost-looking Wilks standing by himself. He followed Sal out the door and saw the approaching APC, followed by a horde of xenomorphs.
"Buddy, follow me," he said to the burned medic, and rushed back to the lobby.
"Creed, get over there," he said and pointed to his left. "You," he said to Wilks, "Get over there." He told Wilks to go to his right. "Set up a crossfire in case the APC doesn't get here in time. Medic," he pointed to Sal, "Stand behind this desk and keep that flamer on the door. Fall back if needed. I'll call you guys out if the car gets here in time, but if it doesn't be ready to cover my retreat!" This wasn't a very good option but if they were going to die it wouldn't be without a fight. If there was only time for one person to get on the APC, the others would be in a defensible position, and Roberts knew the APC guns better than anyone. When and if the Command Squad caught up they could follow his plan or override it.
Roberts ran back outside and tried to gauge what to do.