CHAPTER 9 - THE BUNKER
The enemy fleet of a hundred circular grey metallic ships approached Edenia and soon began to bomb the planet. Within a half hour the planet was in smoldering ruins and any military opposition was now debris floating in the voids of space.
Below Eragon city senators and congressman huddled together. The bunker shook as the bombing continued then it stopped.
Senator Nireen looked to a display "They're landing hundreds of ships."
Then she saw from a remote camera the face of the enemy. The aliens were tall, grey headed aliens with beady eyes and spindly bodies armed with disruptors.
One enemy ship landed its rear doors opened and a platoon of alien soldiers descended down a long ramp accompanied by a large procession of robots. The senator could only guess their function this scene was repeated over a mile in width as hundreds of ships landed and enemy forces began to take formation.
Congressman Smith looked on in horror "Its an invasion."
The Senator turned to Lisa knowing that things were lost.
"You must both return to the Avenger at once. Go to Zantaya and there you will find help. There is a series of tunnels under the city when this place was being built the Avenger is located at the far end of one of these tunnels. Please go both of you. Warn the Alliance of the invasion and that the Chief Elder is dead."
They both left together.
Both nodded and hurried walking for a mile through winding concrete tunnels that were cold and damp. Both were wary of enemy soldiers.
Yet soon they where at the tunnel as the congressman had said and Lisa got to the Avenger.
They both looked around the enemy could be seen far in the distance yet they did not hesitate. Lisa knew she would not make it to the Avenger and she looked at John.
John understood and seeing the enemy soldiers quickly flew the Avenger into orbit and it flew as fast as it could from Edenia yet it was pursued by two warships and half a dozen fighters. John knew he had to get to hyperspace to warn the Alliance of the invasion.
The enemy fired at him using long rang high speed missiles that detonated around the ship.
The Avenger sustained damage its advance towards hyperspace stopped. The enemy fleet lingered closer and John was unsure what to do.
He looked to the ships systems and they weren't to badly damaged but he needed to make repairs.
Seeing a nearby moon he pitched the ship hard and fast hoping the enemy thought he was destroyed by the exploding missile barrage. The grey brooding moon approached yet for John it would be home for a few days.
He landed on the ship in a deep concaved crater that would shield the Avenger from the enemy's sensors.
Yet Lisa also knew that there was a chance they would come looking for her. The Avengers thrusters hissed and the ship was powered down and John began repairing the damaged engines and replacing fried computer circuitry.
Yet hours took days the damage was more extensive then he had at first thought and had repaired most of the ships systems.
The ship ascended but there was no sign of the enemy eager to avoid trouble John opened a tunnel and entered into hyperspace. He knew that the journey to Zantaya would take weeks as her main thrusters were at half strength.