“RUN!!!” Blast bellowed and turned tail and fled, grabbing his helmet from the floor on the way, to the sound of the head of the F.I.S.’s laughter and instructions to “Go get ‘em!”
The other U.R.S. leaders gasped at the sudden appearance of the F.I.S. and at having been duped again and scattered, Shock clutching his injured arm.
Iadsgb laughed and stood back with Eve just behind him as the other F.I.S. leaders, Jamie, Stallion, Rogue, Fixer and Callum charged out from the bunker, all guns blazing and started pursuing the U.R.S..
Slash vaulted over a fallen wall, Rogue close behind him.
Rogue stopped at the wall and raised his sniper and aimed down the sight.
He had a perfect shot at the back of the U.R.S. leader’s head as he sprinted away and he was about to take the shot when Fixer accidentally came into his view chasing after him out of a side alley.
Rogue punched the wall and leapt up, running off again.
Blast panted, out of breath as he sprinted for all he was worth through the maze of rubble, trying to find the way they had come in. He leapt over a small lump of the street that was stood upright and carried on running.
He could hear someone a little way behind him but couldn’t tell it they were friend or foe. He soon found out when several blaster shots narrowly missed him and struck the ground around him.
He skittered around some small rocks then glanced over his shoulder momentarily and saw Callum catching up. Blast suddenly came to a halt and spun round, drawing both his pistols in the same fluid motion, his pauldron flying to one side. He raised his weapons and fired at Callum who was taken by surprise.
The lasers hit him once in the leg and once in the side as his injured leg gave way beneath him.
R.K. prepared to shoot again when Stallion appeared, firing on Blast who ducked for cover behind a boulder.
Hess ducked beneath a low beam as he ran then stopped behind a still-standing pillar, trying to catch his breath. He quickly looked in both directions before he set off again towards the remains of a building he had spotted across the street.
He skidded to a halt and realized that he’d reached the bottom of the path they had taken down into the gorge earlier on.
He looked both ways up the street and at the right end, Nightblaze suddenly appeared sprinting around the corner towards him as fast as he could go and then Eve Nazarenko skidded after him moments later hot on his heels.
Hess fired at Eve who easily dodged the blasts. It did however slow her down slightly giving Nightblaze an advantage.
“C’mon!” Hess encouraged as he got close.
Eve took a flying leap towards him, spinning in midair, her duel viroblades flying out to her sides.
She landed dangerously close behind Nightblaze and Hess yelled, “DOWN!” Nightblaze flung himself forwards on his front
and Hess fired several shots that Iadsgb’s assassin had to stop to dodge. She bent backwards so the first flew over her, roughly where her head had been moments before, then she spun to the side to avoid the second
then blocked the third with her viroblades crossed in front of her.
While she’d been pre-occupied, Nightblaze had scrabbled across the floor and was now running up the steep path to the rocky outcrop at Hess’s side. Eve glared after them and then turned and dashed back into the maze.
Lasers flew all around Blast as he hid behind the boulder. In a brief respite, he poked his head around the rock to try and see what was going on and managed to glimpse Stallion helping Callum up, all the while glancing back to the rock where he knew the U.R.S. leader was hidden.
He fired a few more shots then once Callum was on his feet, supported him away.
Blast glanced around the boulder again and once the way was clear ran towards the side of the gorge. A little way ahead, half way up the cliff he could see Hess and Nightblaze, already on the climb, with Padfoot now starting his assent.
Blast looked behind him and saw Flare catching up. R.K. stopped and waited for his friend to reach him, where he stopped to catch his breath but then Blast ushered him onwards up the cliff.
Iadsgb charged down one narrow alleyway, dodging all of the obstacles, chasing Flacon and Shock who had met up and were now running for their lives. Iadsgb fired a volley that missed the pair by inches and kept on running.
Falcon reached to his belt and unclipped a grenade. He waited until they reached the end of the alley then pulled the pin and dropped the explosive behind him as they kept running.
Iadsgb saw him do it and stopped himself just out of range.
The grenade went off and what was left of the buildings on each side were blown apart, the walls crumbling in, blocking the end of the street.
The U.R.S. pair reached Blast.
“Go on, go, go!” he called to them as they passed and started to climb.
Where was Slash? R.K. thought and looked all around but then Clift appeared and the U.R.S. head dropped down behind a low, crumbled wall so as not to be seen.
Jamie paused and looked around, scanning for any U.R.S.. He looked up at the cliff and spotted them escaping. “QUICK!” he bellowed at the top of his voice. “THEY’RE ESCAPING!” he charged towards the side of the gorge, right past Blast’s hiding place
but R.K. lunged at his legs as he went by and brought him tumbling to the ground. Jamie was taken completely by surprised and hit his head on the ground as he fell.
Blast whacked him over the head with the butt of his gun, knocking him out. At that moment he heard a shout from behind him.
“Blast!” he stood and spun round, preparing to fight, but it was only Slash bounding towards him.
“Where is everyone?” Slash asked, out of breath as he stopped with Blast.
“You’re the last. The rest are up ahead. Come on, let’s go.” R.K. put his hand on Slash’s back to urge him on and the pair began scrambling up the rock face.
Back in the maze of ruins, Iadsgb belted round corner after corner and barreled straight into Fixer coming the other way.
“Where are they?” he demanded.
“I can’t find any sir!” Fixer answered but then they heard Jamie Clift’s shout,
“QUICK! THEY’RE ESCAPING!”
“GET THEM!” Iadsgb yelled and rushed off with Fixer in the direction of the shout.
A few minutes later, Iadsgb and Fixer, who had now been joined by Rogue and Stallion, arrived at the base of the path up the cliff.
“Jamie!” Stallion pointed and they rushed over to where the F.I.S. second in command lay unconscious. Iadsgb looked up and saw above them the last of the U.R.S. leaders reaching the outcrop.
“They’re up there! Go, go, go!” he shouted and the three conscious F.I.S. leaders started after the U.R.S. again.
Moments later, Eve turned up closely followed by Callum. “Get after them!” Iadsgb roared and pointed up the cliff to where the chase was continuing.
Up at the outcrop, the U.R.S. leaders had paused for a quick rest.
Those who had got there first were more revived than Blast and Slash who had only just turned up, but their break was short lived as Falcon glanced over the rocks and saw the F.I.S. careering up the slopes towards them.
“They’re coming!” he shouted and they set off again, as a group this time.
BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT? FIND OUT IN PART 5: PART 1! COMING FRIDAY 12TH APRIL!
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