By now guns could be heard outside as the battle began. Clones were running round like headless chickens firing at the oncoming, marching droids. Charge stomped out bellowing orders closely followed by Flare, then Blast and the other leaders.
Blast took one look at the droids then turned to Padfoot and said, “We’re never going to be able to hold them off. Even if the rest of the troops on The Manip’ came to help we wouldn’t manage.” Padfoot nodded in agreement.
“All we can do is try.” He replied then raised his gun and started firing at the droids. Blast ducked down and ran along the wall of the base while shots from the droids flew all around.
Charge’s clones were spread all around the base, trying to fend off the droids that were coming in from all sides. The U.R.S. leaders spread themselves out amongst the troops.
Blast stopped and crouched behind a crate then leant up on it and fired his brand new blasters.
A clone dropped dead next to him and suddenly the droids were a lot closer than he had realized.
He leapt up and ran backwards, still firing then turned and ran full pelt round the corner and ran straight into Flare.
“Oof. Sorry.” Flare started to say but then Blast had an idea and grabbed his arm and dragged him round the corner back to where he had just been, behind the crates.
“What are you doing?!” Flare hissed as the droids got closer. They were only a couple of meters away and they hadn’t seen the two commanders run to their hiding place. Flare and Blast were the only people on this side of the base now.
Blast quickly checked his wrist-monitor.
“Damn.” He cursed quietly. He only had eight hours left.
“Blast!” Flare hissed again. “What are we doing?!” But Blast just held up his hand for silence and they pressed themselves against the crates
as the droids walked around them and marched straight past, towards the rest of the battle.
“Now!” Blast shouted and they both fired their guns at the unsuspecting droid's backs.
The back line of droids fell and suddenly the others realized something was happening and started to turn.
“Hey look!” one croaked in it’s droid voice. “Clones! Get ‘em”
They started shooting back but by now there weren’t enough of them and Blast and Flare wiped them all out.
Blast breathed a sigh of relief but the battle was still far from over and the two leaped up and ran off to other parts of the base.
The battle continued for ages. Many of Charge’s men died and many more were injured.
At one point after about an hour of fighting, all the droids appeared to have been destroyed and the leaders met up to see how things were going.
Unfortunately Jelli suddenly pointed and they realized that the droids they had just destroyed were only the first wave.
Another giant squad was marching towards them.
And so the battle continued.
By now nearly all of the clones were either dead or dying and so it was up to the U.R.S. leaders, Charge and Flare to hold the droids off. Even though the droids were now only coming from the front, it was still an impossible task.
“There’s too many!” Jelli panted and collapsed from exhaustion against the base wall behind some crates next to Blast.
“I know! But we have to keep going!” he replied, out of breath.
“Blast!” Charge shouted from a little way away. “Fall back! We can’t hold them! Fall back!”
Blast reluctantly agreed. “EVERYBODY FALL BACK!” he bellowed. He grabbed Jelli’s hand to help her up and together they ran round the base towards the back.
They passed Falcon and Padfoot on the way
and as soon as they reached the back of the base they collapsed.
Hess and Slash suddenly leapt round the corner and crashed onto the dusty floor.
Then Nightblaze, Falcon, Padfoot, Flare and Charge skidded to join them.
“Where can we go?” Charge asked quickly. “They’re overrunning the base, we can’t stay here.”
Blast looked franticly around. “There!” he pointed to one of the old, dilapidated houses that they had past on the way.
“Run!” he shouted and they all leapt up and charged across the dusty plains.
BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT? FIND OUT IN PART 4! COMING FRIDAY 13TH JANUARY!
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