Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Scout's Duty - Chapter 11

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Martin has entered the spaceship’s airlock!

Seconds later, Martin dove from the airlock and rolled to the left.  A bright beam of red light lanced behind him, tracking too slowly to hit him before he was out of the line of fire.  Deep, smoking lines had been cut into the broken trees and dirt pushed aside by the spaceship.

"What was that?" cried Rupor, his eyes wide.

"It's called a laser," I said.  "For simplicity, let's just say it's a highly focused beam of light."

"Light?  Is that all?" Rupor asked.  "Why didn't Bane just wear metal armor?  Surely that would stop the light!"

"The laser would burn through the metal in a heartbeat."  I met the stare Rupor turned on me.  "Even worse, that's just a small laser.  The spaceship is armed with half a dozen much larger ones."

"And Bane thinks they may be pirates?"  Rupor turned back toward the ship.  "God protect us!"

I placed a hand on Rupor's shoulder.  "That is why you must follow our instructions in this matter.  If these are pirates, our only hope will be to infiltrate the gang and bring them down from within.  That means you're going to have to trust Martin to pull this off."

Rupor wrinkled his nose as if smelling something foul.  "You're certain they are pirates?"

"No, but we'll have to follow Martin's lead until we can learn more," I said.  "That means you keep quiet about my background.  On the other hand, it means you can continue thinking the worst about Martin."

Rupor nodded.  Before he could say anything else, the hiss of an opening airlock door came from the ship.  Footsteps clanged in the airlock, then a figure appeared at the outer door.  The situation had just gotten worse.  The figure wore military surplus powered armor!

Do our heroes face pirates?  If so, how can our heroes hope to defeat pirates with powered armor?  Find out more in Chapter 12, coming Friday!