“Oh that’s right I’m dying.” Carlene said to herself jokingly as she woke up.
The pain had knocked her out several times. Each time she dreamed she was back on earth in her Victorian mansion. Though she was still in agony in the dream, at least she was somewhere familiar.
As she could feel herself blacking out again for what would probably be the last time, one of the robots came in.
“Oh god what do you want, you metal wanker.” Carlene spat back at the robot that bent over her, chanting some kind of spell.
Within a few seconds the pain was gone, and Carlene felt her strength returning.
“All right what’s this? I don’t care actually, I won’t help you no matter what you do.”
“Relax alien I am not here to hurt you, the robot said.” As it spoke the fire around its face vanished, and it’s face took on a more human form.
“I am not like the others young lady. I assume you are the female of your species?”
“Of course I am you cheeky bugger.”
“My apologies, but the potential for variation among different life forms is infinite. I am not possessed unlike the others. I don’t have time to explain, but you must follow me now.”
Suddenly the alarm went off.
“No, they must have discovered me. Come we don’t have time alien.”
“It’s Carlene love.”
Outside deep in the mine, the rest of the Circus Folk were still being pursued by the robot troops. The Circus Folk had managed to take refuge in a small hole behind several large rocks. It appeared to be a tunnel the Robots, or rather their slaves had started digging only to abandon. Ashlei and Keptis were both exhausted and could barely keep up.
“We can’t keep this up much longer.” Denika said. “Their repulsers can deflect anything I throw at them.”
Suddenly just up ahead the Circus Folk could see what looked like one of the slaves stumble out into the open, near the Robots.
“What are you doing? Get out of the way you idiot or they’ll kill you.” The Circus Master shouted at the figure ahead.
Instead however the figure outstretched its arms and started to hop towards the Robots.
“It can’t be.” The Circus Master said with horror.
The Circus Folk (except for Ashlei) knew that it was a Jiang Shi, which meant that the Strange Boy must have infected one of the workers. There was seemingly no going back for the boy now. The Circus Master didn’t think there was after his attack on the Rysteians, but at least he hadn’t spread the curse of Vampirism there.
The Robots instantly turned their attention towards the Jiang Shi and fired on the monster.
Some of their dark magics appeared to hurt the Vampire. Despite their strength the Jiang Shi were more vulnerable to dark magics than some other breeds. Nevertheless the bloodsucker responded by jumping through the air with its strength at one of the Robots and grabbing the flying machine in it’s talons.
The Vampire tore the machine into several pieces effortlessly with it’s inhuman strength. The Demon inside screamed as it’s metal body was torn open. The Jiang Shi didn’t just destroy it’s body however. Its claws were able to shred the Demonic spirit inside too, destroying the monster completely. The other Robotic Demons in response surrounded and overcame the Vampire with a barrage of magical blasts, until it was nothing but a charred corpse on the floor.
Unfortunately for the Demons five more Jiang Shi began to emerge from the mine up ahead. The Robot’s tried to hold them off, but this time the Vampires managed to overpower several of the Robots and temporarily drive them back, before more Robot soldiers arrived to take care of the Vampires.
“I can’t believe it.” The Circus Master said. “I thought, I hoped he could fight it, but.”
“I’m sorry.” Ashlei said.
“You should be.” Florence snapped.
“This is all your fault.”
“No it’s mine.” The Circus Master interrupted.
“I should have never brought him on that last mission.”
“Perhaps, or perhaps this is what was meant to happen.” Denika said.
“What are you getting at?” Ashlei asked, not sure if she wanted to know the answer.
“Look around you. The Jiang Shi have probably killed more of these Robots in 2 minutes than the inhabitants of this planet have in decades. If we can take control of the Jiang Shi then we can use them to fight the Robots off.”
“You can’t be serious! You want to let those monsters infect others.”
“No of course not, but the Jiang Shi that have already been created we can use. I know magic’s that can tame them.”
“No, we can’t use these people like that.” Ashlei protested.
“People? They’re just Demons in the corpses of the people they murdered. Didn’t Carlene explain the different types of Vampires. At least this way those people won’t have died in vain.”
“No, Ashlei’s right.” The Circus Master interrupted, much to Denika’s surprise.
“For now at least. We might have to use the Jiang Shi later if there is no other choice, but right now, we have to try and get as many of the workers out of here as we can. The Vampires and the Robots can fight it out together, but we can’t let anymore people be caught in the crossfire. It’s the least we can do.”
The others agreed, though Denika was still reluctant.
More Vampires began to crawl out of the pits nearby. It was obvious that the Strange Boy had jumped into the lower levels of the mine, as most of the workers were stationed there.
The Circus Master and Florence ran to the nearest group of alien workers who had all backed away towards a wall. In spite of everything they had been through the aliens clearly still had some self preservation instincts, and the Jiang Shi were quite unlike anything even they had seen before.
Some of the miners tried to approach the Jiang Shi, believing them to still be the people they once were, but the Vampires turned on the hapless aliens just as soon as they had the Robots.
The crowd were somewhat taken a back at the sight of the Circus Master himself. His wild hair, colourful clothes and the massive talons at the end of his fingers made him look almost like a monster to these hairless aliens.
The Circus Master tried to reason with them, but the aliens still cowered.
“We don’t have time for this, Florence if you’ll use your voice, I’ll cover you.”
Denika, Ashlei and Keptis meanwhile headed down one of the pits. The Vampires and the Robots were engaging in an all out battle across the mines. More and more Robots were flying down from above, whilst more and more Vampires were emerging from the mine below.
The robots outnumbered the Vampires greatly, but it took several Robots to take down just one Vampire. The Vampires were also a lot faster than the Robots and could leap through the air and knock the Robot’s out of the sky.
The Robots fired frantically in all directions they were so terrified of the Vampires. It had been a long while since they had faced an enemy that could harm them. The Robots vaporised several alien workers, and destroyed massive pieces of machinery that the slaves had been working on for months, if not years in their frantic attempt to take down their undead opponents.
The leader of the platoon tried to keep the Robots in control, but it was no use.
The aliens meanwhile having been completely entranced by Florence’s hypnotic voice, followed Florence, whilst the Circus Master covered them all from behind.
Most of the Vampires and the Robots were too busy fighting each other, though the Circus Master and Florence still had to push some of the aliens out of the way, of stray blasts from the robots and falling rubble. The Circus Master even got in the way of one blast.
Just as they had almost got out of reach, one of the Robots spotted the two time travelers and their slaves. (It had only done so because it was fleeing from a Jiang Shi.)
“ALERT, ALERT, PRISONERS ARE ESCAPING” It shouted.
A horde of Robots soon descended upon the Circus Master, Florence and the aliens.
The Circus Master jumped onto one of the robots, narrowly dodging it’s rays, he grabbed onto the Robot, and dug his claws in as deep as he could. He managed to pierce the metal, albeit only just. The Robot tried it’s best to shake him off, but the Circus Master not only held on, he pushed the Robot into the fleet above knocking four more of the monsters out of the air.
When the Circus Master tried to grab onto another one of the flying Robots however, they blasted the Vandal back into a large rock, causing it to collapse on top of him.
Florence meanwhile commanded the aliens to hide in a small cave, whilst she tried to hold the Robots off. Florence hurled several large boulders at the mechanical monsters and managed to smash two out of the sky, the monsters however bombarded her with so many blasts that she was forced to spend most of her time simply dodging them. At the very least she was able to draw the robots attention away from the aliens.
The Circus Master struggled to push the boulder that had fallen on him away, but even his great Vandal strength could not shift the boulder.
Florence tried to help him, but she’d only moved it a quarter of an inch before one of the Robots fired at her again causing her to flee. Fortunately the blast destroyed a large section of the boulder, allowing the Circus Master to not only push it off, but with Florence’s help pick it up and hurl it at the Robot’s crushing three more of them.
Several more Jiang Shi soon entered the battle, but fortunately they focused their energy on the Robots, though at least two of them went after the Aliens in the cave who they could sense.
Florence shouted at the Aliens to run away, but the Vampires still managed to catch several of the aliens and tear them apart.
The Circus Master air kicked one of the Jiang Shi from behind, knocking it over, whilst Florence was able to flip one of the monsters over her shoulder and into more of the robots behind.
In the mine meanwhile Denika, Ashlei and Keptis found nothing but the remains of several aliens, and robots’ Blood literally ran down the walls of the mine, whilst most of the bodies were mangled beyond recognition.
“I can’t believe The Strange Boy caused all of this.” Keptis said with utter revulsion and shock.
Suddenly the three time travelers heard the sound of something large and metallic close above. As Denika flew up she saw that the all of the entrances to the mine above had been closed off by metal hatches.
At the bottom of the bit meanwhile Ashlei and Keptis could see several figures begin to slowly emerge or rather hop from the darkness all around them.
To Be Continued