Clink! I opened my eyes to see one of the guards, holding up both hands to block the strike with their electrified club. The Quwallie’s eyes narrowed as he stared into the guard’s black tinted visor that was built into the helmet, trying to see who would betray them. He stepped back and raised his sword in a stance. The guard tossed their club on the ground. It was nearly bent in half from the force and I was surprised it hadn’t cut all the way through.
Vaughan stood up from his chair and faced us. “You must be the other sync ring.” He took another puff and peered hard at the traitorous guard, “What do you want?”
The rouge guard took something out from inside their armor and held it out in their palm for them to see. A hologram popped up with a picture of Vaughan’s face next to writing I couldn’t read.
Vaughan looked taken aback. “Crux bounty hunters!?” He tried to regain his posture, “This isn’t the first time I’ve been hunted. You’ll never make it out of here alive.”
The Quwallie attacked the guard but the guard was ready for him. They had taken out a knife that was hidden in their armor as well, and parried the Quwallie’s strikes. It was like being back on the arena, but watching expert fighters battle each other.
Since I was no longer the target, I scrambled away from the two warriors.
Clink! Clink! Clink! Clink! Knife and sword clashed. I wasn’t about to interfere with that battle. Vaughan told the other guards to jump in but every time they tried they were either kick out or thrown aside by the rouge guard.
When it looked like the rouge guard was winning, Vaughan went back to his chair and pressed a button. He was getting nervous, and he should be because the rouge guard was very good.
The guard must’ve seen him push the button out of the corner of their eye because the lights turned off for a moment and when they came back on, they had their knife to Vaughan’s neck.
“It’s useless,” he uttered, “more guards will be on their way in less than a minute and this place will be surrounded.”
The Quwallie started to take a step forward but the rouge guard pressed the knife deeper into Vaughan’s neck. A little stream of blood trickled down the blade and the Quwallie instantly stopped.
No one moved. Then out of nowhere, a different guard grabbed my arm and dragged me across the room toward the glass window.
The room shook violently as bombs went off just outside the door. I cowered against the wall as parts of the rock ceiling began to crack and fall. The guards were scurrying away from the falling debris. Then suddenly it got darker outside. Everything was just happening so fast, I wasn’t sure what exactly was going on.
Just outside of the glass wall, a large ship was hovering. It emitted a red laser in the shape of a square on the glass, and without turning around, the rouge guard back-kicked it and the glass popped out and plummeted to the arena ground. The crowd was already screaming and fleeing the stands.
I was going to try and make a run for it while it was chaotic inside, but the other guard grabbed my arm again and dragged me to the open window. Something shot out from the ship. It was large cables that wrapped itself around me and the guard, pulling us in toward the ship. I saw another cable shoot out and wrap around Vaughan and the rouge guard. We were being whisked away, and as we were being towed in I saw the Quwallie run out of the open window and jump onto the rouge guard. Their cable jolted as he clung on.
The ship swayed before fully taking off, building speed quickly. I saw the rouge guard fighting the Quwallie on the cables as we were being wound into the ship. We were thrust on a wall of some sort of gel substance that slowed down our speed before the cables let go of us completely once we were safely inside.
The guard that was with me took off their helmet, grabbed something off the wall and pointed it at the gel wall we just came through. It was a girl and she looked strangely familiar. She just stood there, waiting for Vaughan to fall out of the gel wall, in which he did just a moment later.
“Hello there,” said the girl mockingly as she held a pistol at him. Then she spoke into the air, “Tammy our cargo has arrived.”
A different girl’s voice echoed throughout the ship, “Understood.”
A circle in the ship’s floor opened up.
“Well, get in!” the girl ordered Vaughan.
He didn’t seem to understand what she was saying but he understood her gesture. He sneered, then turned around to look in the hole and the girl kicked him in. I wasn’t sure how far down it was but I heard him moaning at the bottom from the fall. Then the circle opening closed again.
Someone else came through the gel wall. It was the winner of the cable fight, the rouge guard. They took off their helmet as well, revealing another familiar face.
“It’s you…” I mumbled.
Akiko frowned, “Who else would it be?”
The girl voice spoke through the ship again, “Please brace yourself; we are leaving this planet’s atmosphere.”
The ship jittered for a moment, and then came to a sudden halt after I almost fell over but the girl who pulled me into the ship caught me. I was beginning to feel the full effects of my battle earlier.
“Rei, why did you bring him along?” Akiko asked the girl.
“They would’ve killed him if we left him there!” the girl Rei replied, hugging my arm.
Looking at her up close I remembered where I’ve seen her before, “You’re that girl from earlier… I gave you my water.”
She had a big smile on her face, “You remember me!”
Her hair was long and brown and her eyes were a pretty hazel. I would guess she was a maybe a year younger than me.
Akiko looked down at her hand, “Oh yeah… I forgot to turn these off…” she fiddled with the sync ring on her wrist.
I instantly fell to the ground. I was in so much pain and I couldn’t move at all. Whatever she did made my muscles hurt a hundred times worse and once again, my vision started to fade.
The last thing I heard was, “Oops…”