Tammy checked her panels.
“We are outnumbered and have no firepower,” she said placidly.
Everyone was cool and composed as they thought for a moment, like they were deciding what to make for dinner. Was I the only one who was freaked 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. His appearance had drastically changed the past few weeks. He had grown a scraggly 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.
Soon Tammy’s voice came through 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 glared at each other. 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 locked in a dominance battle with 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 took me a second to realize 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. His eyes passed mine and then doubled back, “Take him too. He belongs to me.”
They put restraints on Kiko but didn’t bother with me. 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. The hand she was holding tingled as she pressed a finger in the middle of my palm. Her hands were soft and warm, relaxing my heart a little.
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, his battleships surrounding us made sure of that. 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 enough away, 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 with slow, satisfying pleasure.
“Get out of here!” she yelled at me, “contact Rei!”
I ran behind a nearby wall, watching from a distance. Contact Rei? Contact her how?
“I know what you are,” the Quwallie said to Kiko.
She removed the knife from her belt and stood in her combat stance. “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 to kill me? To try and save your friends?” He laughed. “It’s pointless if you’re dead.”
They understood each other? Could it be they’re from the same planet?
Kiko went after him. It was a different battle this time, somehow the Quwallie was much stronger.
They were moving quickly, destroying everything 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 press the hair that’s on your palm against any electrical circuit you can find.”
I looked at my palm that Rei 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.
Great, of course it has to be behind the currently most dangerous part of the ship.
I cautiously 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, making it unharmed to the door and slammed my hand against it. At first it turned red and then it started flashing. Suddenly multiple alarms began ringing and white smoke poured 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 in 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 blocked.
“You all right?” she asked, catching her breath.
“Yeah… I think so” I said, still cowering on the ground.
The Quwallie attacked her again. She dodged his blow and he sliced a large metal pillar in half with ease.
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 also set off the evacuation alarm so the majority of the crew should be ejecting now.”
I found a small corner and 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?” his anger was reaching out through his deep voice. “Stop hiding like a coward!”
I heard a loud crash and more clanking of metal. They had made their way back near me but I could only see silhouettes through the smoke. They stopped close to the door where we entered from the Jago.
“I don’t want to kill you,” I heard Kiko say.
It was quiet a moment, then the Quwallie gave a deep laugh and said, “You’ve suppressed your powers for far too long. You sound like a weak human.”
The smoke was fading away and I could see them more clearly now. The Quwallie was standing in front of the entrance facing Kiko.
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 sucked out into space in the blink of an eye, as well as any loose debris. The doors closed just as quickly as they opened once they served their purpose, and suddenly it was like the room had been muted. I noticed myself breathing heavily, still gripping the beam next to me like I was about to fly out.
I only relaxed when I found Kiko pulling her knife up from the thick steal floor.
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