By Tim Sevenhuysen
Posted June 27, 2012
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Woozy, stumbling, and blinking stars out of his eyes, Tic pressed on and emerged beneath a starry sky marred lit by the multi-coloured flashing of lasers.
Overard was propped against a boulder, holding his side as blood trickled between his fingertips. Milly knelt over him, her face bruised and tear-stained.
The whining reports of blasters surrounded them. To the left, Jeffries and his crew were laying down covering fire as the rescued scientists and other survivors piled into a low-hovering Entulovian ship. To the right, the Liberati were holding their ground against the backdrop of the smouldering hulk of what must have been their escape vessel. Tic saw Lady Libden growling orders at her troops and hugging the Adam Astrobot to her ample bosom.
A short ways off, the air shimmered as the Galactic Pelican swooped into the fray, decloaking to reveal its presence. It dropped into a waiting hover as its ramp descended.
“Come on!” shouted Tic.
“We’ll never make it through the cross-fire!” protested Milly.
“I’m not waiting here for that acid bomb to go off!” Handing Milly his blaster, Tic hoisted Overard onto his shoulder and took off at a sprint for the Pelican.
But the stranded Liberati had taken notice. From the corner of his eye, Tic saw the white-suited bodyguards closing in, shielding Lady Libden. Milly fired at them, driving them behind cover.
Tic was nearly at the Pelican when a sudden force threw him off balance. He fell, dropping Overard, and instantly saw the hole that had been burned in the younger man’s chest. Enraged, Milly unleashed a fusillade of lasers at Liberati and Entulovians alike.
Tic hauled Overard up the Pelican‘s ramp. Turning to help Milly, he was just in time to see the lasers pierce her side.
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