The faintest twitch. that was all that gave away Judas' aggitation with how the operation had been progressing. that...and his pacing around the holoscreens. He barely acknowledged 'The Voice' as he entered the bridge and chided him. The crunch of metal sounded from the holoscreen, and as he pushed back, the imprint of his armored glove remained in the scrunched metal. a low rumble came from the massive form of Judas as his eyes scanned the masses of holoscreens. "My Men are. my men are the ones running the show. what you see, are nothing but pawns, bumbling against each other trying to please their superiors." One of the holoscreens shifted suddenly, zooming out, shifting it's orientation, and zooming back in, on a part of Sector 12. a Hordoi Ship docked in the skylane, and a small squad of Horodi
The twitch vanished "Patience my friend...patience...everything is going exactly as planned." his armored glove reached out, and batted the side of the holoscreen he'd been looking at, sending it around on the display to face 'The Voice' "See for yourself. Captain Issimar has found The Comet" as it did this, he turned and strode toward the bow of the bridge, a even thudding of his heavy footsteps as he walked the 'bridge' between the monitor pits
"Have you ever played Chess, Mister 'voice'?" he looked out the forward view of the bridge to the city planet below as he folded his arms before him across his chest. how creative...the buildings and passageways looked like circuits on a motherboard. "quite an amusing little 'game'...the objective, to capture the king, a simple task it would seem, hmm?" a chuckle. whatever the Issimars task had been, the fact that it was going well appeared to have put the Admiral in quite a good mood all of the sudden "But it's more than simply...throwing pieces at each other...it's all about staying three steps ahead of your opponent. out manuevering them with a Ruse, misleading them into thinking you're up to something you're not." he stepped right up to the forward viewing screen "Quite an amusing game indeed"
The explosion threw Leah the last bit over the bar and tumbling through the small doorway behind it, glasses and liquor bottles raining down all around her. "Owww..." She groaned, wincing as she slowly opened here eyes to see Sasha standing above her in the process of leveling the shotgun at the monstrosity in what used to be the front window.
The monstrosity standing in the now wrecked entrance, appeared to be without a gun, or a weapon of any kind for that matter, and had beaten it's way through the wall. the beast of a soldier stood at a towering eight feet at the shoulder, it's armor a matte black in comparison to the glossy white of the other, much smaller, Hodori that flanked it. the beast would tear through the build till it found whatever it was it had been ordered to retrieve, or destroy.
in this case, it was either Leah herself, Sasha standing next to her....or the Black Comet. and any way that went...she was right in the middle.
The sweeping gaze of the Titans helmet stopped on Leah, and she would swear she'd locked eyes with it a moment if not for the thin lens of it's visor separating them. Time seemed to freeze for that moment as their gaze locked, the glass shards raining down glittered, small points of light like tny suns flashing among the chaos. a new line of suns started to come into existence, a vibrant yellow blade sliding to life along the massive gauntlet of the beast. a single piece of glass hit it and fizzled out of existence. The thunderous blast of Sasha's shotgun brought her lurching back to reality, the beasts shoulder lurched backward from the hit, merely annoyed by the disturbance.
"Move!" Sasha shouted, firing off yet another round into the beast. it made a sound like a deep growl and lunged at the counter, it's clawed fingers digging deep into the counter and tearing it back out of it's way, by then Sasha had a grip on the still stunned Leah's collar and was pulling her to her feet, already moving down the narrow corridor."Come on Leah! I need you here with me!" Leah stumbled to her feet as she ran, the wall emitting the sound of wrenching metal as the Titan started to tear it's way into the hallway. Sasha turned to fire off another round into the beast in an attempt to slow it down further.
one would seem she would've figured out it only pissed it off by now, but in the face of this creature, she found herself simply reacting.
The titan hooked a gauntlet into one of the side doors, and ripped the door frame and a section of the wall down, filling the hallway in front of it with debris trying in turn to slow it's quarry down in the tight hallway.
Leah covered her head as she kept running "What the Hell do you have in that shipment that you got a TITAN on our asses!?!? Gah!" she ducked a flying piece of door
"I'm starting to want that-" she fired again and it emitted a growl like noise
"Would you STOP THAT! You're just pissing it off more!" she huffed, ducking another piece of debris
"What the hell else do you want me to--Gah! --Do?!" she ducked through a side door to a stairwell, pulling Sasha with her. the Titan went sliding by, tearing a trail of destruction as it tried to stop and follow them down the stair well "It's not like I can punch it!" above them the Titan had finally found the top of the staircase and was tearing it up like a hunting dog digging a fox out of a foxhole. "Just. Keep. RUNNING!!" she panted throwing a glance over her shoulder as they hurried out the bottom door of the stairs a couple moments later, mere seconds before the Titan hit the bottom of the staircase with the sound of a cannon strike, and immediately tore itself a doorway after them. the strike sent both Sasha and Leah sprawling down the hall, her shotgun skittering away out of reach. Sasha groaned and pushed herself to her knees. her ears flattened as a shadow loomed over her. the beast stood a mere foot from here, looming over her as a tiger would the prey it was getting bored with. it leaned in close, Sasha trying to back away slowly from what would be a quick death, it seemed to be studying her, deciding if it wanted to kill her....or to steal her away. it glanced to the half conscious Leah laying a few feet away. it'd been told to bring one...but...which? it looked back down at the vixen before it, leaning in close as though to 'sniff' her
it's choice was suddenly made for it as a bright splash of plasma hit it and sent it staggering backwards. an unexpected hit from a weapon of it's own build "Yeah! ya like that?!" a deep male voice shouted at the dazed Titan, and a large black wolf made itself known, awkwardly holding a large Hodori rifle "Sasha, Leah, come on, that's not going to stop it for long" the large wolf, easily the biggest creature Leah had seen aside from the Titan itself, picked the two females off the floor with an ease only the truly strong held. he wore what appeared to be dark military fatigues, and carried the rifle in a way that showed his inexperience with it. "Come on, the ships prepped, the pre-flight's done, and if we hurry, we might make it out of here before fugly over there wakes up" he hurried along, his pace a light one, the vixens having to practically sprint to keep up with him. two turns, another short staircase and a security door, and the hanger was before them.
sitting in the middle, engines already warmed and humming, sat the sleek black form of the Black Comet. twin engines running on each side with the faint glow of the hyperdrive engine emanating from behind it's dark form. it was a creature designed for speed and maneuverability. the legends told it to be untouchable, even by the best pilots of the Hodori. "...wow..." Leah was speechless before the awesome machine. a legend in itself was sitting, right before her. "Just....wow..." she couldn't think of anything else to say in the face of the mighty machine
"Quite the beaut, eh?" the wolf grinned "Sasha here doesn't let me take 'er out that often, but I keep 'er in tip top shape anyway" he turned and called out a verbal command to the ship, a passcode that unlocked a lower hatch that lowered from the bottom side of the ship into a ramp "We've got it all coded for you as well Leah, make things easier in the long run" he ducked through the low entry, the vixens following silently behind him, Sasha immediately moving for the pilots controls and the Wolf for the the cargo hold, presumably to check on the crate. the large rifle he'd been carrying had been set near the entry hatch
"So...I guess we know what was in the shipment now, hmm?" Leah kneeled next to the rifle, something few, if any, did while knowing they were going to survive the next few minutes
Sasha barely glanced over her shoulder as she ran the start up sequence "Hmm? Oh, yeah...probably...can't imagine where else wolfie might've gotten that toy" she smiled and looked back at the controls, pulling a lever set back, causing the ship to lurch slightly as it slowly lifted off the launch platform
"Don't you close the door before lift off?" she asked, noting the still open lift ramp
"Oh! could you get that? you have to do that manually from the control panel beside it...old ship security protocols, ya know?" she gestured to the panel
"Odd protocols is more like" she moved to the panel and began working through the old interface trying to find the hatch control "I thought your wolf said he kept this thing up to date!"
"Corbin? yeah, he keeps it up to date, but you gotta remember, it's those old systems that make it so unique"
"Well, make sure ya let him know the internal electronics aren't what make a ship fast or sl--" just outside the ships ramp, the wall exploded violently toward the ship, throwing off the gyros that kept it stable as the beast returned for one last all-or-nothing go at it's quarry. the Titan latched onto the Comet's ramp, a definite ROAR coming from it this time as it fought to maintain it's hold on the ramp. then...it started toward her. "...Sasha!!! Guns! where're the guns?!?!" she yelled in a panic, Sasha fighting to keep control over it
"Fourth cabinet!...Port side!" the Titan kept pulling itself forward despite the outward forces pulling it back out. Leah ripped the cabinet open and grabbed the first gun she saw. a full size assault rifle, armed and ready for immediate use in case of emergencies
but before she had a chance to fire off a single shot, the wolf was back, wearing the upper half of a suit of armor, giving him the appearance of a high-tech footballer. his next actions secured that image in Leahs mind as he barreled through the cabin toward the hatch, and square into the Hodori Titan, knocking it's grip free of the ramp and carrying it out into open air. the two vanished over the side of the ramp. Leah dropped the gun where she stood and rushed to the edge of the ramp before it was closed, hoping to catch a glimpse that the wolf that had saved their lives was still alive and fighting. she had to pull her head back without getting the desired assurance. she collapsed against the now shut landing ramp.
"Alright, I think we're stable now" Sasha leaned back in her seat as the ship accelerated "Nice job knocking that Titan off us..." her eye caught the discarded rifle. her eye immediately shot to Leah, looking for how she'd repelled the Titan, and for Corbin, who would've had to help her with something the size of a Titan. her next glance was to the hatch leading to the back hold where the crate that was to be transported sat. no Corbin "Leah...where's Corbin...?" Leah sat staring at the floor in front of her "Leah...Where's Corbin..." her voice full of worry, edging on panic now.
"He...He saved us..." her voice was barely above a whisper. the ship slipped through the atmosphere, the dome that protected the pilot getting darker by the second as they broke through "he saved us...." The wolf she barely had met, Corbin as Sasha had called him, had just given himself so that they might escape. a near stranger and a close friend. and he was gone in a blink, not even a chance to try to stop him...or to thank him...
Sasha sat silently in the pilots seat, a tear running through her white fur as she sat silently for few moments before slowly turning back to the console to indulge an alarm that was flashing on the console. the ship silently slipped through it's hyperspace window, not another word passed between the two vixens
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