By Tim Sevenhuysen
Posted May 8, 2012
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The first thought Tic had when he saw the cloud of red lasers erupting from the turrets of the Liberati ships was “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!”
His next thought, as the lasers raked across the Pelican’s sides, making the freighter shake violently, was “EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!”
His third thought, upon realizing he was still alive, was “OOOOOOOHH…”
With his fourth thought, he mused that he had skipped a vowel.
“Excellent,” grunted the curator, fiddling with his handset. “They only took down twenty percent of the force-shields. Gotta love those modular turrets, eh, Jeffries?”
“Love ‘em like I love my own mother, sir,” said Jeffries.
“Wait,” said Tic. “Those turrets you installed generate force-shields, too?”
“Our museum displays the finest in twenty-year-old Entulovian military technology!” beamed the curator.
“Wow,” said Tic. “So we might actually have a chance…”
The Pelican shook under another barrage.
“Not much of one, if we don’t get crackin’!” snapped the curator. “Jeffries, man the vac gens. I’ll control the turrets from my handset. Bolter, fly!”
“Yes, sir!” barked Jeffries.
“Er, okay,” said Tic. He grabbed the controls. “Work with me, Pelly!”
“Yes, dear,” responded the AI. “We’re being flanked, by the way.”
“Great…” said Tic. “So, uh, let’s try this, then.” He thrust the controls forward and put the Pelican into a steep dive, then pulled up and around in a tight arc. “Where are they now?”
“Directly behind us,” said Pelly. The ship shook again, as if in confirmation.
The curator snarled, “We’re at 55% shields! Gotta play some offense. Bolter, get one in front of us!”
Tic banked hard to the right and came around in a 180-degree turn. “Now?”
“One above us,” said Pelly, “and one below.”
“Uuurgh!” said Tic. “Okay, here goes nothing!”
What maneuver does Tic try?
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