Down below, Falcon heard the shout from above and looked up, seeing Rogue. He took the chance and fired at the underside of the mesh.
Rogue shouted in pain as one of the shots hit his leg and he stumbled forwards, gripping the railings to keep himself up but dropping his sniper rifle over the edge as he did so.
Falcon would have fired again but Stallion appeared up ahead and he dashed aside and continued running.
At the other side of the room, Nightblaze had stuck several detpacks onto the paneling that surrounded the turbines and another onto the control panel itself. He checked his work and then after checking the cost was clear, ran off, making his way around the edge of the room.
Slash and Hess had stayed together and now stepped out into a larger aisle and realized that they were in the central one that ran across the center of the one with the catwalk on it, forming a cross in the center of the plant.
At the far end behind them was some form of mixing device. About a meter in diameter, the circular device stood a couple of feet high from the ground and was slowly spinning in a clockwise direction. The top was flat with a hatch in it, presumably for entering the chemicals into.
The pair faced the other way and there are the far end ahead of them was the door.
“Yes!” Hess quietly celebrated as the pair set off towards it.
Up above, Blast and Iadsgb were still dueling on the narrow walkway, lots of their attacks cutting through the handrails either side of them.
Blast swiped again but still the pair were evenly matched and Iadsgb simply flicked his wrist, knocking the attack aside and then kicked out, catching R.K. firmly in the stomach and knocking him down onto his back on the walkway.
Blast made to jump up but Iadsgb glanced down and saw they were on an unsupported section directly above once of the boiling vats. He slashed his blade through the floor of the catwalk and under Blast’s weight the catwalk bent into a steep slope, which he started tumbling down.
He re-gained his footing though and made a force-enhanced leap towards the cut-off part of the catwalk and managed to grab hold of the edge, just as his enemy jumped the gap over him, turned and cut through the bent section sending it crashing down into the boiling vat below.
Blast slid his lightsaber to safety on the mesh and then hauled himself up, looking down as he did so and seeing the metal becoming warped and rusted, crumbling away as it sank deeper into the green chemicals.
He turned as he picked up his weapon and got up and saw Iadsgb stood on the opposite side of the gap, laughing.
Blast crouched and leapt the meter-long gap, igniting his lightsaber as he did so and slammed it into Iadsgb’s at a right angle.
They fought for several more minutes, gradually working their way along the catwalk until they ended up above the mixing device that Hess and Slash had seen a few minutes earlier.
“Where’s Biosnake, Iadsgb?” Blast questioned, worried where the creator of the chemical that surrounded them was.
“That’s not your concern.” Iadsgb replied with a strong blow against R.K.’s blade.
“It is if you’re planning on using the Delta-4 against me and my men!”
“Well if you must know, he’s collecting his notes from his lab!”
The couple exchanged more blows and then Iadsgb continued.
“This is going to win us the war, Blast! With the Delta-4 gas on our side, you won’t stand a chance!”
“Have you seen what it does?!” Blast shouted. “You were many things Iadsgb but you were never a monster! Biosnake is out of control!”
“He’s winning us the war, Blast! Just because you don’t have a genius scientist on your side!”
“He’s not a genius, he’s a madman!”
Blast parried another strong attack from Iadsgb with his blade held vertically above his own head, and then thrust out his hand giving the F.I.S. a hard shove backwards with the force.
R.K. went on the offensive and lunged forwards only to have Iadsgb knock the attack sideways harmlessly past him.
The shout came from below them and R.K. glanced down and saw Nightblaze trying to get his attention.
“We need to get out of here! It’s rigged to blow!” he shouted up to the head of the U.R.S..
“What?!” Iadsgb shouted angrily and attacked Blast once more. “You daren’t! None of us would ever make it out alive!”
Blast didn’t know exactly what Nightblaze had meant but decided to play along and pretend he knew the plan.
“That’s a sacrifice we’re all willing to make! To finally end this infernal war!”
“Damn you R.K.!” Iadsgb cursed and slashed at his enemy’s chest but came up short. He paused for a moment, quickly thinking of what to do.
Did he believe Blast and escape while he had the chance? Or was his old friend bluffing?
Blast went to stab him but he shoulder rammed the U.R.S. leader,
and once again slashed through the walkway between them with a shout.
R.K. cried out in shock as the mesh gave way beneath his feet and he tumbled down and landed heavily on top of the turntable.
Nightblaze rushed to his side to check he was okay as he looked back up and saw Iadsgb running away along the catwalk.
“F.I.S.!” he shouted into his comlink as he ran. “Retreat! Get back to the ship! You too Biosnake!”
Jamie Clift heard Iadsgb’s shout and spun around to face the opposite way to the way he’d been going, confused. Ahead of him he saw Shock of the U.R.S. dash across his path and chased after him, ending up in the center aisle near to Blast and Nightblaze.
He realised he was outnumbered and staggered backwards then turned and ran towards the door.
Blast stood up on the slowly revolving turntable, drew his pistols and in the same fluid motion began firing with the speed he was known for at the fleeing F.I.S. leaders who had now started to appear at various places up and down the main stretch.
He kept still as the platform spun around and he fired at the leaders in every direction.
Slowly more of the U.R.S. leaders began to appear and joined up with Blast and Nightblaze at the turntable.
“Okay, I’m doing it!” Nightblaze told them and pressed the detonator for the detpacks he’d placed on the turbines.
Several small explosions went off as the packs blew up and then the left one of the two turbines erupted in a hue fireball, the plates around it flying off in the flames. Fire ripped along the pipes connecting them to the first vats and slowly the rotors inside the remaining one ground to a halt.
Blast ceased his fire and looked to the side of the room where they could see the explosion over the tops of the vats. He kept turning his head to remain facing it as the turntable kept revolving beneath his feet.
The leaders could hear hissing sounds now, coming from all around, like a million angry snakes that were getting gradually louder and louder.
“What did you blow up?” Blast urgently asked Nightblaze as he jumped down from the platform.
“The cooling turbines for the vats.” He replied. “We need to get out of here!”
“Indeed we do!” Blast agreed, realizing the gravity of the situation.
Blast, Nightblaze, Falcon and Shock set off at a sprint towards the door as slowly the Delta-4 chemical started to eat it’s way through it’s containers.
BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT? FIND OUT IN PART 13! COMING MONDAY 1ST JULY!
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