Qli, Ash and I were in the thick of it, fighting these witch-powered stompers to keep them away from Bloodwing (whose guts were laid out in a neat circle around a dimensional gate - don't ask). BW's magic was messy and beyond gross but it did bring Ash back to us. And he brought a posse with him too, the Digital Knights. A bunch of kick-ass warriors made from solid light, which is good because we needed all the help we could get. Qli's voice crackled in my ear on my radio headset.
"Koen! Father is being chased!"
Aw crap. I guess he didn't stay far enough away.
"I'll get him!" I was already dodging and weaving on my skimboard through the stompers, tripping them up with lashes of solid darkness so the Knights could pry 'em open like a pack of urchins at a free lobster buffet.
"Koen. Ash here. I detect two Masons in that sandspeeder. Darien's transmitter is off-frequency."
"TWO? Qli, I need backup!"
"I...am unable to assist."
"Ash here. Intercepting."
"Cloaking," I tap my headset off as I wrap the dark around me until the light bends. There's still a wake of sand behind me but the desert winds are starting to whip up as it is. Ash whizzes by me in a glowing light-cycle and almost cuts me in half with the wall of light he leaves behind him. I hop and glide down the edge of his wall, hiding my wake.
That blingtard's a Mason? Which one? That's a scummy dis...
He's wearing Qli's dancing outfit?
Mystery Mason's firing a souped-up mainland gun at Ash! I have to jump as he shatters the shield wall. Ash's wheels get plugged and the clank goes tumbling.
He's aiming at Darien now. Please Dad, hit the eject...hit the eject...HIT THE DAMN...GOOD!
He blew a hole in the dashboard! Doc's blind from the sparks!
GOT HIM! YOWCH! I got the lash stuck in the Tesla turbines and Doc's in the middle! This is NOT the way I wanted to go jet-skiing!
"KOEN! WE'RE GOING TO HIT THE CITY WALLS!"
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