By Mercenary X & Zeiram0034
Edited by Zeiram0034
Proofread by Jeff Greyhound1211 Phillips
Special thanks to Jamie Swiftrunner for Bunnie's accent
Chapter/Episode 1 Old Guard out, New Guard In part 4
Both Nicole and Sally then turned around to see a little girl, a child that looked like Sally when she was five and wearing the exact same outfit that Sally hadn't seen since she was a child.
. She was playing with a ball, chasing it as it rolled around, the whole while she was giggling.
Whoa, is that you, Sally? Rotor said over the com.
No, silly, I'm Princess Sally. My daddy is the king.the little girl said, a bright smile forming on her face.
She continued to chase the ball until it made a sudden turn and rolled towards Sally.
It then hit the toe of her boot and came to a stop. The child slowly came up and stopped about four feet from Sally, smiling happily as she looked up at her.
Hi there, pretty lady! Hey, you look just like my mommy! You're so pretty. I hope to be as pretty as you someday. The child said, twirling her dress and looking up at Sally.
The child then stopped moving and looked at the ball. Sally looked down at the ball then picked it up and then threw it back to the child.
The ball hit the ground halfway between her and the child.
The little princess then jumped up and caught the ball as it began to sail over her head.
Thank you, pretty lady. she said happily as she started to throw the ball in the air and catching it over and over.
You said we shouldn't go that way. Sally pointed behind herself with her thumb. Is there a reason?"
The young sally caught the ball and stopped smiling. She then looked to the two of them, fear and sadness drawn all over her face.
There's a very scary monster that way. She as she looked to the ground, tears on the verge of coming out.
It hurt my friends.
Sally and Nicole looked at each other and Nicole nodded as to answer an unspoken question.
Sally then walked up to her child-like self and knelt down to her level before she gave the young girl a comforting hug.
The child had a look of surprise but then dropped the ball in her hands and returned the hug by holding on to the grownup Sally's neck.
The child then started to cry into her shoulder.
Sally placed a hand on the kid's bottom and then picked her up. She continued to let the child cry.
The . . . m-m-monster . . . *hic* . . . hu-hurt me too. She choked out as she buried her face into Sally's shoulder and continued to cry.
Sally shook her gently and started to pet her red air.
Hush now,it's going to be okay, don't worry. she said softly.
Wow, that is so eerie, Rotor said, looking at the scene of his friend holding a child version of herself that was currently crying on her shoulder. However, he was also shocked to see Sally in such a mature form. She is so beautiful it was stunning.
I know, Rotor. You all don't know just how much this reminds me of the time when Sally-girl was younger. That time before Robotnik took over, she got hurt when she scraped her knees and her ma comforted her. Bunnie said watching the scene unfold before them.
My God, Uncle Chuck said, this whole time staying quite once he saw NICOLE's view of Sally once she stepped out of the room and into the recreation of Knothole.
She looks just like her.
What? The other two turned to the Elderly Robotized Hedgehog.
Her mother, Queen Alicia Acorn, it's unbelievable.
What's unbelievable? A voice came from behind.
Everyone turned around to see Sonic in between the doorway that lead to Rotor's living area. How Sonic was able to get there without a sound with his new robotized feet was beyond them, but for now it was good to see him not mopping for the time being.
Sonic. Chuck began, but Bunnie cut him off.
You two better keep an eye on that. She pointed with her arm. The other two turned around to see that Sally was starting to talk again to the little version of herself.
Sugar hog, how are you doing?
I'm fine, what's going on? His curiosity was getting the better of him, but Bunnie felt it was better to help keep his mind off some things.
You have to see this, Sonic. She waved him over. He obeyed and walked over to Bunnie to stand next to her as they watched the computer monitors.
You are not going to believe what you are seeing.
He was going to ask why Sally wasn't moving and why she was hooked up with wires, but the urgency in Bunnie's voice made Sonic decide to ask later. Sonic finally got to see the view from Sally and Nicole and to say he was shocked by the little version of Sally with what looked like her mom was an understatement.
Why are we watching Sally with her mom? Sonic asked the Rabbit.
Thats not her mom. That's Sally with her younger self.
Sonic looked to Bunnie as if she had grown a 2nd and 3rd head at the same time all of a sudden. She knew that a quick explanation was in order.
Okay, from what I understand, it's like this.
Back inside Sally's mind
Sally had finally gotten her younger self to stop crying so much and she felt infinitely better all of a sudden. Her younger self then sniffed a few more times.
You feel any better?, Sally asked her, to which the girl just nodded.
Now why don't you tell use about this monster? Maybe we can do something about it.
Okay . . . it is this big, nasty wolf-thing. It came out from woods out there. She pointed out into the distance in which they were headed.
It came at me and my friends a few days ago while we where playing here in our home.
Where are your friends? Nicole asked the child.
They're all hiding. They won't come out until it's gone.
I see. Nicole responded. Can you show us this wolf thing? So we can know what to look out for?
The child just nodded to her as she sniffled one last time as she jumped from Sally's arms and motioned for them to follow her.
She then took them to the big Oak tree with the planning room, and climbed to one of the lookout levels just below the tree line. There all three could see the entirety of Knothole and that's when they say it.
It was a wolf like thing, alright, but its body looked like geometric shapes that floated in air and where arranged to take a form of a wolf. The head and tail were the two biggest differences to any kind of wolf.
The head was a round sphere with several rings around that. The neck was a tube that floated between the body and head, but the most prominent things were also the triangle wedges that lay flat on the sides with the pointed ends aimed at what must be a single red eye that gave Sally and Nicole the chills from just looking at it. The tail looked like it was a whip with a claw at the end. It too also had some kind of red eye like thing between the three claw like end talons.
And the fact that Nicole felt fear from this thing unnerved her, but she decided to suppress this and focus on what to do next. She held her hand up and suddenly little bits of what looked like ones and zeros combined into little lights and then those lights started to collect in her hand to form a binocular with a very technological look to it.
Nicole then looked though them and at the beast, her view of it started to bring up information about the thing she was looking at, scanning the creature.
Nicole, is that the SLAVE Engine? Sally asked from her perch, where she was at.
No, it's a low level watchdog subroutine, but it must have been created by the SLAVE engine software to watch the main ins and outs between areas and the data sectors.
Can we get past it? Sally watched as the thing began to walk back and forth patrolling the elevator's area.
Negative. Even though I could disable or delete it, any action on our part could alert the main software kernel. We can't do anything without tipping our hand, so to speak.
Blast . . . Say, Sally looked to the child, do you know of any other ways out of here?
Yes, but . . . The child then stopped mid way in her answer as her eyes bugged out and ran to the edge of the rail wall and peeked over to see something. Suddenly the elevator began to move and the wolf thing responded by looking at the activity.
A basket came down and in it was a humanoid shape. However it was like the wolf creature, shapes in the form of something humanoid, and it too had a head like the wolf.
Is that another one of those subroutines you mentioned earlier? Sally said as she gawked at the biped creature as it approached the equally bizarre wolf creature.
Hmm . . . possibility Nicole said hesitantly as she continued to monitor the subroutines as they began to exchange data of some kind between each other.
Looks like its a stronger variant and it seems to be uploading data to the smaller one as well"
Sally looked over as the two programs finished their data exchange. The strange lines on their bodies glowed a vibrant red.
Any idea about what kind of data they would be uploading to each other? Sally said as she looked over to Nicole who was now in deep thought.
I cant say with complete certainty, but perhaps our back door data dive wasnt as stealthy as we had once thought. She said worryingly.
It would certainly explain the reason for the appearance of this second guard program, thus the S.L.A.V.E might be stepping up its security because it may have detected us.
Thats all we need now. Sally said with frustration. Not only do we need to get pass these things undetected, but we'll have to deal with possibly increased security in other areas as well
She then sighed as she looked out over the guard program.
While that is a possibility, we should both focus on the task at hand, namely finding an alternative access control to this sector." Nicole said as she turned her attention back to the patrolling subroutines.
It was then that Sally remembered something.
Princess? She said to her younger self, who had been watching the programs along with Nicole.
Hmm? The child said as she turned her attention to towards her older self.
You said earlier that you knew of a way past the monsters, right? She said as she knelled down to the little girl's level.
The young princess simply nodded, but her eyes still held a worried look from before.
Uh huh, but what if the monsters get us? She whimpered quietly.
Sally gave a soft smile and took the little girl's hand into her own.
I promise I won't let any of the monsters hurt you. Ok? She said reassuringly.
But I need you to be a brave girl and help me and my friend. Can you do that, sweetheart?
The young girl looked up at sally, her confidence returning, thanks to those reassuring words.
Ok, follow me She said as she eagerly climbed down the great oak tree with Nicole and Sally following behind.
After backtracking through the forest, they had arrived at the location the little princess had led them to.
This is the Tree Stump Slide. Sally said as she and Nicole walked up to young Sally, the little girl beaming with pride.
Yep. This should help you get by the monsters now. She said, grinning from ear to ear.
Thank you, you did a very good job leading us here, sweetie. Sally said as she tasseled the child's hair, which made the child giggle with delight.
Nicole looked on at the scene before her, a small smile formed on her face.
I dont think I have ever seen Sally smile like that in a long time. She thought to herself. Has this child reminded Sally of something she had lost so long ago?"
Suddenly the sound of a rustling leaves caught Nicole's attention. Her eyes darted around in attempt to pinpoint the sounds source.
Sally, something has followed us here. She said, her tone deadly serious.
Do you know where? Sally whispered in return while positioning herself into a battle stance.
Not yet . . . just . . . wait! Nicole shouted.
Over there, by the bushes!
Both Sally and Nicole now stood ready, as whatever had been tracking them came closer, leaves and grass shaking in its wake.
Is it a monster? Young Sally said, her voice shaking with fear.
Just stay behind me, Princess. Sally said to the child, who simply nodded in reply as she hid behind her.
It was then that the sound suddenly stopped, as if what ever had been approaching them had vanished.
Nicole? Sally asked with an inquisitive, yet confused tone.
Whatever it is, I can still sense it. Nicole responded, as she experienced a new sensation: unease. Its possible that it might be analyzing us, waiting to see what we do.
As the lynx stopped speaking, her eyes darted back and forth, expecting an attack from anywhere and hoping to stop the sneak attack before it begins.
Suddenly, from out of the bushes came a soft green glow, like a giant eye staring at the trio, from the darkness.
Get ready! Sally shouted.
Both she and the digital lynx braced themselves for an immanent attack. It was then that young Sally walked in front of the two. Her face did not show fear but was rather quizzical.
Princess, Sally shouted at her younger self, what are you doing?
The child ignored her shouts as she continued to stare at the green light, her eyes squinting as she tried to see past the darkness.
It was then that the silence was broken by the sound of a high pitched beep, followed by two shorter beeps. The look on young Sally's face went from surprised to an ecstatic one.
Doggie! She shouted happily.
Doggie? Both Sally and Nicole said in unison as they looked at each other, clearly confused by this recent turn of events.
The source of the green glow then emerged from the bushes allowing all three to get a good look at what had been following them. To both Sally and Nicole, the Doggie, as young Sally had put it, looked like a beach ball-sized sphere covered in strange geometric lines and symbols, it's color a jet black similar to the SLAVE subroutines that they had seen earlier. The real key difference, however, was that instead of pulsing with a bright crimson red. It glowed a vibrant neon green.
Nicole? What is that? Sally asked not taking her eyes off the subroutine.
I think it is a Slave subroutine, but my scans are coming back as a system defense program that is registered to you. Nicole said looking to Sally.
What? Sally said.
Suddenly there was a massive amount of giggling and laughing as the younger Sally was on her back with the program rubbing it's self on her, leaving a trail of out of focus waves that then changed back to normal.
Is it licking her? Sally asked watching the scene, suddenly the ball turned to Sally, turned its head a bit to the right like a pet dog would do. Then suddenly it rushed her, Ah!
The child Sally just giggled as the older Sally tired to push the thing off her while it left a trail of virtual licks on her.
I think it likes you. Nicole said watching with surprise as the program was definitely acting like a dog.
Getitoffme! Sally said between licks. The younger Sally walked slowly to Doggie and tried to pull it off.
Come on silly, leave her alone. Nicole then decided walk to and help the younger Sally and grabbed the program off Sally, it still trying to be playful and friendly. The program then turned to look at Nicole and beeped a few times.
Nicole's eyes suddenly went wide as the program turned, jumped on her and started to lick her.
Ack! It was Sally's turn to laugh as she watched her virtual friend struggling with the overly friendly nature of the program.
Nicole, can you copy that program? Chuck said. I think we might want to have a look at it later.
Allright! A little help, please? The younger Sally moved to and then began to pull the program off Nicole.
Thank you. She said to child in an exasperated tone, as she got of the ground, dusting herself off.
I guess you were right Nicole, he certainly is friendly. Sally giggled as the digital lynx gave the princess a slight glare.
With a flick of her wrist, a swirl of data flowed into the palm of her hand and combined into what a normal view would have seen as a digital camera.
What's that? The younger Sally said, both her and the dog like program cocking their heads to the right.
Nicole smiled at the child
" just wanna get a picture is all. As she raised the camera to her eyes to get a better focus on the little princess and the program. Now Smile and say 'Robotnik Stinks!'
Okay, The princess smiled. Robotnik Stinks!
And with a quick flash, she took the picture of the pair. Young sally rubbed her eyes a little due to the flash, while the subroutine shifted from left to right in a quizzical manner.
Data collection complete. Nicole thought to herself as the camera de-digitized back into her hand. Nicole then turned to sally and nods to her, acknowledging that she had collected the necessary data, Sally nodded back.
We should probably move on to the main hub while we are still undetected The lynx said.
Sally looked down, a worried look on her face as if a realization dawned on her.
Nicole? she asked as her companion looked on. "What will happen to her once we leave, won't she be in danger from the other subroutines?" she asked.
Nicole let out a sigh.
Sally, She said her tone turning serious once more, she isn't real. She simply represents a facet of your personality, bits of memory and data. Nothing more.
The younger Sally spoke up just then. Don't worry about us, Doggie will protect me. Won't you boy?
The program beeped a few times, Nicole looked to the program as if it said something to her.
Are you sure? Sally asked her younger version.
The little girl just nodded her head.
I can go to my friends. They like to have Doggie around. Besides, the monsters can't get to us where we hide.
Sally knelled down to her younger self. She took a good look at the child, her eyes, "so innocent" she mused to herself, a representation of the childhood she had lost so long ago.
She then embraced the little princess.
Thank you little one, for everything you've done for us. She said as the child happily returned the embrace. Thank you for helping me too. Sally thought to herself, as she continued to hug the child, a single tear rolling down her cheek.
It will be okay . Goodbye. She said with a smile and with that, the younger version of Sally changed into light and then the light exploded outwards and then back into Sally as if her body was absorbing the little one. The program was also fading and disappearing, gave out a few more beeps to Nicole and, with that, was gone.
Sally stood up and turned to Nicole. She then wiped her face of the tear and walked up to the slide.
Come on, let's go. Sally said.
Nicole nodded and then walked up to the slide. It was at this point that both of them changed into balls of light that then bolted off.
It was amazing, the whole world was just a huge infinite space of lights, data, orbs where data would flow in and flow out. And every so often, strange objects going between places of these orbs. The entire thing just gave a total since of awe. There was no other way to put it.
Wow, Nicole, is this how you see things? Sally asked her fellow form of ball light.
In a way. This is more complex then what I am normally used to. Nicole said.
Wow, you two don't know just how exciting this is for me, Rotor said, This is like something out of one of those stories from the Ancients.
Tell me about it Rotor, Chuck said as well. I've never in my wildest dreams figure that my invention would lead to something like this.
As the robian and walrus marveled at the images on the monitor, Sonic and bunnie where both still thinking of the events that had transpired between sally and her younger self
*sniff* Poor Sally girl. Bunnie said as she wiped a tear from her cheek.
I always knew she was hurtin inside, but nothin like this.
Sonic looked away from the monitor and back to sally's motionless form on the table.
Why would she keep all that bottled up inside her, Uncle Chuck? He asked worryingly. Chuck turned away from the monitor and looked at his nephew, knowing how helpless he must have been feeling at the moment.
Listen, Sonic, he said with a sigh, knowing Sally, she probably didn't want any of us to worry about her
But Sonic started, but was interrupted as Chuck continued.
I'm not saying it was the right thing for her to do, but Sally has always been like that, placing the needs of other before herself. Chuck said, his voice firm, but still supportive.
Sonic looked down at the floor his face bearing a look of shame.
It's all my fault, Uncle Chuck. If I had just reacted fast enough she wouldn't be like this.
Son, don't go there. Chuck said. I am just as at fault, more so since I helped developed the Robotizier. Those first few years like this under Robotnik's control . . . I drove my mind to the braking point with regret. I had to move on or I wouldn't have survived.
Sonic looked up to his uncle, sighing he admitted defeat. And blaming myself won't get me my limbs back or Sally her body.
Chuck nodded. All we can do is make the best of what we got right now, and even if things are looking bleak, we do have hope still.
Sonic felt a bit better hearing that, but he got comfort in the fact that Sally was giving it her all, and even if he couldn't be in there to help her, he could be out here to support here in anyway he could should the time come.
It was then that Antoine came out of his faint again, and asked what happened, after a quick batter from Sonic about his stamina, Sonic and Bunnie started to fill him in on what was happening.
Nicole, just how are we navigating all this, The ball of light Sally asked. I'm having a hard time trying to understand all this, much less figure out where we are going and how we're going there.
It is nearly impossible for me to explain the mechanics behind all this. Even I am having a hard time tying to fully comprehend all this being at the level of complexity and depth that is your mind. I never knew just how beautiful the organic CPU is, that is from an architectural standpoint. Nicole replied.
Sally looked to her fellow ball of light, even though she couldn't see any kind of facial expressions and knew she might not be able to show any, she could tell from the way Nicole sounded that she was impressed just as herself.
Suddenly Nicole took a sudden dive and Sally was going to ask what was wrong when she felt a huge tug and was pulled down with Nicole, just as a huge geometric structure passed overhead.
It looked almost like one of the floating trash barges that Robotnik had, but the color was very well off, it looked black with blue lines all over, and had Sally's family crest on it.
NICOLE! What is that? Sally said, looking upwards with a bit of panic at what nearly hit them.
I don't know, Sally, I think it may have been a defense program or some kind of massive file move. I can not scan it in this form for some reason, again, I am also not familiar with this system and its setup.
For the time being, the explanation would have to stand as is, they still had to get to the main data hub and locate the Slave engine software, and finally remove it or kill it. As they traveled, they noticed something on the virtual horizon.
Nicole, is that what I think it is? Sally asked as she saw it coming into view.
It's Robotropolis and Mobotropolis. Nicole said identifying the city floating in the digital anther, and it looked very much like the city Sally spent her early childhood in, or half of it anyways. Half of it looked rundown and ruined, the city from which Robotnik had taken over and left the world with in ruin when he died. But the other half was the city that was before Robotnik's take over. Clean, pristine, beautiful.
How are we going to get in there? Sally asked looking around in her light form.
There are several gateways into the city it would seem. Nicole said looking as many of the data lines group together, Let me see which one is best to go.
Nicole navigated, with Sally close by, to one such gateway and lighting like threads sprouted from her light form and onto one such gateway.
Ladies, behind you! Chuck shouted into the line. Looking behind them they noticed another one of those big ships, but this time, it didn't look as friendly as the one from before, it had the same Black and Red color geometric shapes as a Slave unit, and what looked like turrets where starting to point in their directions.
Nicole! Sally shouted to her.
I'm on it! Give me a second! Nicole said as the lighting from her started to move about the gateway much faster then before.
We don't have a second. Sally said as what looked like lights form the turrets as if they were getting ready to fire.
I got it! Hurry! Nicole shouted to her friend as the gateway opened up to a bright light and both ran in just as the ship fired, all but one shot missed, that shot hit the gateway and caused it to glow and then shutdown.
Unknown location within city's dark half
The street was deserted, dirty, and dead; a gust of wind blew though the alleyway, causing a few loose pieces of paper to flap in the light breeze. The still was however interrupted as a door suddenly opens up next to a trash pile, the light pouring out of the door's pure white light was only broken by two shapes flying out of it. Both where the shape of Mobians, one a lynx and the other a chipmunk and both female. Nicole and Sally got up off the floor after being slightly groggy by the sudden transition.
My God, does it ever get any easier? Sally complained more then questioned.
I don't know, that was not a picnic for me as well Sally. Nicole replayed to the rhetorical question. Right now it might be more prudent to determine our current situation.
Right, Sally spoke looking upon the all to familiar area of devastation they where in, it was then that Sally noticed something about the area, more importantly a certain landmark next to them. Say, isn't this your old hot dog stand Chuck? Chuck? Rotor?
That's strange, Nicole said as she closed her eyes, I can't seem to detect the com-connection from the others.
The sudden loss of communications didn't sit well with Sally.
. . .*static* . . .uys, do you . . .ed us? Said the broken voice of Rotor to the two of them.
Rotor? We can barely hear you? What's going on? Sally looked to the sky as if half-expecting that would help.
. . . wait a . . .how ab . . .is it working now? Rotor's voice came back asking.
Yes, Rotor, we are receiving you now. Nicole responded.
Oh, thank goodness. He said with a bit of relief.
We lost you for a second there the moment you entered that gateway. But Uncle Chuck and myself are having a hard time trying to keep the connection with you two. Something in that area is trying to interfere or out right block the singles.
Can you tell what it is Rotor? Sally asked.
No, what ever it is, its preventing me from getting any kind of clear picture. Right now the only thing we can see, hear, and respond to is you two. If you could pardon the pun, we're flying blind out here.
He's right Sally. Nicole spoke up. Something is also blinding my senses outside of my form. I can not seem to get beyond an area of about 3 feet in front of us.
This isn't good. Chuck said. You two need to get out of there and into a safer area. At least until we know what to do and what's going on in there. Nicole, didn't you say that gateway should have sent you into the more pristine area?
Yes, Sir Charles, however I am re-checking my information, and it would seem that we may have been diverted. Nicole replied.
Diverted? By the SLAVE engine, or that ship? Sally asked with concern.
Unknown, but it is a strong possibility that may be the case.
I don't like this guys. Rotor spoke up Something is up here and
But before he could finish what he was saying a light shined down on the two, a bright flash blinding them. Sally squinted, her eyes barely able to make out the source of the light.
What in the . . . She yelled out just before a massive explosion detonated a few feet in front of them at the mouth of the ally, the concussive force hurled the two into an opposing wall with a resounding thud at a turn in the alley.
Sally groaned as she tried to lift her self off the street, her vision blurred and distorted.
*static* . . .Sa . . . ly . . . wha . . .hap . . .end ar . . .*static* . . . you . . .a . . .ight? Rotor shouted, the signal being even more distorted then before. Even if it was clear, Sally wouldn't have been able to hear it anyways due to the massive ringing in her ears caused by the explosion. Sally looked to her right to see Nicole laying face down in the street, completely still. With slight panic, she crawled over to the lynx girl and shook her firmly.
Nicole She said as she began to fear the worst.
Augh. the digital lynx groaned as she began to stir, which relived sally greatly.
This . . . must be . . . what pain . . . feels like. I have to say I find it . . . most . . . unpleasant. Nicole said as Sally slowly helped her to her feet.
Just then the same blinding light shown down upon them.
While still holding on to Nicole, Sally looked up to see the same type of ship they had seen earlier, its turrets still emitting smoke from its last shoot, its large form hovering menacingly over them.
Suddenly two forms landed near the mouth of the alley, the shapes the same forms as the subroutine as the one they saw back in the Knothole replica. Sally didn't think twice as she moved with Nicole and supported her weight on her own, limping as fast as they could down the alleyway.
They just turned the corner when the Slave units opened fire on them. Chips of brick and stone from the building beside them peppered them as they made a narrow escape, away from the two enemies with guns.
Nicole, are you okay? Sally said as they limped out into the open, Sally looked left and right trying to see for the nearest cover they could get to. Seeing nothing but the ruined store fronts, Sally made for the left, hoping to find one of the buildings open to hide in.
I am functional, but my mobility seems to have been damaged significantly. Nicole said with a pained face.
Can you reach the others? She asked still moving, getting to a corner and making a turn, down another street trying to put distance between her self and the units.
Negative, it seems we are cut off. I can't get past the interference. Nicole said as she helped look in directions to get away.
Suddenly the units turned the corner and began firing upon them, each shot would have been dead on had a strange energy bubble with hexagon like panels got between them and the oncoming shells.
What? Sally stopped in surprise for a second.
I'm putting up a barrier, keep going Sally. Nicole's face held a strained look to it, and Sally just kept going as more shots kept hitting the barrier, the princess noticed the looks of stress the lynx had with each hit to the shield.
Just when it looked as if they could duck into one of the stores for cover in hopes of losing the enemies within the maze-like interiors of the buildings, another large blast hit a few feet before them, instantly taking out Nicole's shield and exposing them.
Eight more units from the ship above them jumped down and surrounded them in a full circle as the first two approached. All of them raised their claws, opened with the middle what Sally and Nicole could guess where it's weapons system, all charging to fire on them.
Sally, it has been a pleasure and honor severing you, my friend. Sally looked to the AI.
We're not done yet. Sally responded, but in reality, I can't let it end like this. is Sally thought to herself, her expression one of fear and desperation as the SLAVE units' arms glowed brighter, ready to fire. Sally, closed her eyes, bracing herself for the coming blast.
Im so sorry everyone. She thought to herself.
The sound was then followed by more of it's kind as Sally and Nicole looked up to see the air unit taking hits from rays of blue energy, causing the ship to explode.
Hit the deck!
Sally didn't think twice as she did so, listening to the voice which sounded like her own in a way almost by reflex, suddenly the units around here where peppered by more shots of white, blue, and green, six of the eight units falling pray to the fire.
The other two were more lucky then their brethren and began to fire over the heads of Sally and Nicole, walking backwards it would seem to get away from the attackers, or saviors.
There was the grunt and yell of someone getting hit, then falling to the ground, but more often it would seem that the shots where bad aim or hitting armor since Sally saw three forms rush past them. They had shields and held them to the fire of the units, swords made of energy drawn and ready to strike.
Their full body armor covering them from head to toe didn't seem to restrict their movement, but what took Sally and Nicoles attention was one of the three who's armor seemed more, well . . . flashy, if it could be put in that way.
However, what Sally and Nicole could tell about the three without a doubt was that all of them where female in shape. Two identical soldiers were finishing off one of the six units that were trying to get back up. But the one that caught their attention was rushing in using her energy sword to quickly and cleanly finish off the other two as if they where nothing.
Not a single one was able to get a shot or strike with their claws in before they were taken down. When all the units where finished off, the warrior who was obviously the leader of the group turned to Sally and Nicole.
She put her sword away into its sheath and walked up to the two, and put her hand out to offer her assistance.
Are you two alright?
Sally noticed the voice as hers, a little more authoritative, but still hers.
Uh . . . yes. Sally said as she accepted the hand and was pulled up with Nicole still hanging on to her.
Both Sally and Nicole looked at each other, neither one quite sure if they should trust this armor clad warrior or her soldiers. Then again, in the shape they where in, they wouldnt last much longer on their own.
Who are you? Sally said at the armor clad warrior standing before her.
That's not important, right now. What is important is that my battalion was able to intercept those vile beasts before you and your companion here were deleted The armored woman said in a direct manner.
Sally and Nicole looked around themselves as various armor clad soldiers, each of them carrying out orders, securing positions, tending to wounded or finishing of any stragglers that remained active in the area
Listen up! The armored woman who Sally had assumed was their leader said.
I want a secure perimeter set up within fifteen minutes or less, and I want the teleporter equipment set up ASAP
Sally was starting to get annoyed now. Sure she was grateful that, whoever these women were, were able to save them from the SLAVE ambush, but now she was being totally left in the dark as this leader of theirs barked orders left and right, totally ignoring her question.
Well, we need to get you two out of here and into a more secure location, even if we hold this place now.
The leader turned to some others setting up some kind of device on the ground.
How's the relay coming?
We're almost done, just a few more seconds. One of the armored females said in Sally's voice.
Sally kept wondering why all of them have her voice.
The device then came to life as a beam of energy shot up into the sky and connected with what looked like a kind of grid, as more lines then started to converge on to the original line.
Finally a large door of light opened up and out poured more troops with ground and air units on the back of transports.
Once you have the area's secured, report back to me and then get the next stage of operation ready.
Yes, Ma'am. The soldier saluted and went back to her work.
Okay, come along. The leader said herding Sally and Nicole into the portal.
To be continued...