Tammy checked her panels.
“We are outnumbered and have no firepower” She said calmly.
Everyone thought for a moment. Was I the only one freaking out or what?
Finally Cashel spoke, “Tammy tell them we’re giving them Vaughan. Kiko, Rei, prepare to make the transaction.” Then he added, “Sarth you better go with them to translate.”
I wasn’t expecting that, but it wasn’t like we could do anything else. Kiko and Rei took off to the lower deck and I followed as fast as I could. In the lower deck, Kiko opened the hatch that Rei put Vaughan in when we first arrived.
They let me translate, “Get up here” I yelled through the hole in the ground.
I saw Vaughan smiling as he made his way up. He had grown a beard since I last saw him and he had a nasty, dirty smell about him. Kiko took off the restraints on his wrists and we stood there waiting.
Tammy’s voice came from the intercom, “The Quwallie is about to board for Vaughan.”
I was nervous about seeing him again. Kiko sensed this because she stepped in front of me so I could see her. My heart calmed down a little knowing she was right next to me. Even Rei slipped me one of her famous ‘don’t worry’ smiles.
The gel wall appeared before us and then the Quwallie, along with some guards, stepped out. Kiko and the Quwallie scorned at each other with discontent. You did not want to be between them.
Vaughan pulled away from my arm and walked over to the guards. They were about to leave when he noticed that the Quwallie was still glaring down at Kiko.
“What is it?” Vaughan demanded from him.
His voice was deep and sinister, “I wish to battle this one.” Something was different about him… it was his eyes. His once green eyes were now glowing bright blue.
“Then bring her with us, I haven’t got all day. You took forever getting here.” Vaughan sneered. He saw me again, “Take him too. He belongs to me.”
They put restraints on Kiko. This was eerily familiar. I swallowed hard and took a step to follow them into the gel when Rei grabbed my hand.
“Be careful” she said with a concerned look on her face. The hand she was holding tingled as she pressed a finger in the middle of my palm. Her hands were soft and warm.
I nodded to her and walked through the gel wall with the others. Kiko and I knew we had no choice but to do as Vaughan wished or else he could easily destroy the Jago. We walked through a corridor that led to the large Sola battleship.
I don’t know why I thought Vaughan would ever keep his word.
“When we’re far away enough, blast that damn ship apart.” He commanded as we entered their mid deck. I stopped in my tracks and the guard behind me pushed me forward.
Kiko made the first move. She kicked the guard next to me and he went flying across the room. She easily broke the metal cuff links and took out her knife, taking out all the guards in the room.
“Hurry up and finish this” Vaughan said to the Quwallie before leaving the room through a large door. The Quwallie turned around and unsheathed his sword.
“Get out of here!” she yelled at me, “contact Rei!”
Contact Rei? Contact her how!?
“I know what you are” the Quwallie said to Kiko.
“Then you shouldn’t have challenged me” she replied.
“It’s not our nature to run from a fight” he said. “Why did you come along then if not to try and kill me? To try and save your friends?” He laughed. “It’s pointless if you’re dead.”
He understood her. He knows her language too?
Kiko went after him. It was a different battle from before though, somehow the Quwallie was much stronger. They were moving very quickly and destroying anything in their path. All I could do was get out of their way to avoid getting killed.
“Sar! Are you okay?” came Rei’s voice from… where?
“Rei?” I looked around. “Where are you?”
“I’m on the Jago, I’m talking to you through my soul link in your head. We need you to place the hair that’s on your palm on top of any type of electrical circuit.”
I looked at my palm that Rei had held earlier, there was a single strand of silvery hair that could only belong to Tammy.
“Circuit… what kind of circuit?”
“A main circuit would be best…” I was looking around for anything that looked electrical. “There! Put your hand on the main door.” On the other side of Kiko and the Quwallie was the large door that Vaughan walked through. I made my way over.
“You can see me too?” I asked Rei.
“I can see through your eyes” she said. Wait, this has happened before on Sola. “You need to hurry, Vaughan is loading his main weapon.”
I picked up my pace and slammed my hand on the door. At first it turned red and then it started flashing. Suddenly multiple alarms started ringing and white smoke started pouring out from the ceiling. The Quwallie turned his attention to me after the chaos started. He was striding toward me before I lost sight of him from the clouds of smoke. The smoke was thick. I put my back against the wall and searched for any sign of movement.
“Your right!” shouted Rei in my head.
I ducked just in time to avoid getting my head chopped off. Kiko appeared in front of me and tried to strike him but it was easily block.
“You alright?” she asked.
“Yeah I think so” I said.
The Quwallie attacked her again. She dodged and he sliced a large metal pillar right in half.
She led the Quwallie away from me, “Go hide somewhere and wait for Rei’s signal.” She said before disappearing again.
The Quwallie seemed to have the edge over Kiko which made me a little nervous. I wish there was something I could’ve done but this was way beyond me.
“Don’t worry about her,” said Rei. “He’s a tough opponent but she’s tougher. Find some place to hide. Tammy locked down the room so no one can get in. She set off the evacuation alarm as well so the majority of the crew should be ejecting now.”
I found a small corner and I smashed myself inside as Kiko and the Quwallie’s battle raged on.
“What is it?” I heard the Quwallie yell, “Why won’t you fight me with your full potential?” he sounded like he was getting angry. “Stop hiding like a coward!”
I heard a loud crash and more clanking of metal. They had made their way back by me but I could only see silhouettes through the smoke. They stopped close the wall where we entered.
“I don’t want to kill you.” I heard Kiko say.
The Quwallie gave a deep laugh and said, “You’ve suppressed your powers for too long. You sound like a weak human.”
The smoke was fading away and I could see them more clearly now. The Quwallie stood in front of the entrance.
Rei popped in my head again, “hold on to something.”
I was about to ask why when I saw Kiko thrust her knife into the ground at the same time the entrance doors opened.
The force was unbelievable. The Quwallie was instantly sucked out into space as well as any loose debris. The doors closed just as quickly as they opened and I found Kiko pulling her knife up from the thick steal floor.