The Jiang Shi slowly surrounded their prey, the Witch, the Martian and the Urchin.
“Get behind me” Denika said as she started to fire magical rays at the Jiang Shi, knocking them off of their feet and back down the mine. In order to actually kill one of the Jiang Shi she would have to use up far more of her magic. If she killed even just a few of the Vampires she’d be completely drained. It was better to just simply fight her way through them and get out that way.
After clearing a path, Denika placed a barrier around herself, and her two companions before flying deeper into the mine.
As the trio descended they could see hordes more Jiang Shi feasting on their victims, with some corpses already beginning to rise as Vampires.
The remains of various Robots were also scattered around the mine too, though one of the Robots in the far distance was still trying to hold off a few Vampires in a futile gesture.
In the very distance Denika could make out what looked like a young girl, emaciated and worn down, being pursued by two more Vampires.
She headed in their direction as fast as she could, with her sphere vanishing as soon she blasted at the Vampire chasing the girl, knocking it over the edge of a nearby shaft, whilst Keptis and Ashlei tended to the slave.
“It’s okay we’re here to help.” Ashlei said.
“Please there are others back there, you have to help them. I’ve never seen anything like these monsters. Even the Robots can’t contain them.” She said.
Up ahead there was an entire pit filled with the bloodsuckers, with various slaves struggling to get free as the Vampires tore into them.
Denika fired a massive blast at the horde of Vampires sending several back at once, but they instantly jumped back up.
“Don’t just stand there, help the slaves.” Denika said to Ashlei and Keptis who ran into the pit to help as many of the aliens as they could get to safety, whilst Denika continued to blast at the horde of Vampires.
Florence and the Circus Master had managed to get some of the Aliens to behind a nearby hill, whilst all around where Robots and the Vampires fighting with one another.
“We’ll never get by them without being seen.” The Circus Master said.
“I’ll distract the monsters you get the people to safety.”
“Okay right you are.” Florence said.
“What that’s it?” The Circus Master said?
“No I’ll go in your place, no you’ll be killed?”
“Well what do you expect me to say? You can’t lead those aliens out like I can.” Florence replied.
“Well of course, but a bit of concern wouldn’t go amiss. Honestly this reminds me of being with Denika.”
“Well if it’s any constellation I think we’re both going to get killed in the next 20 minutes or so. I might last 5 or so longer than you.”
“Yes that does make me feel a bit better.”
The Circus Master jumped over 20 feet through the air and landed on the back of a flying robot as it was blasting at a small pack of Vampires. The Circus Master tore the machines innards out from the back using his claws and sent it hurling into the three Vampires, causing a small explosion.
Both the Vampires and the Robots soon turned their attention towards the Vandal who was forced to simply dodge their attacks. Nevertheless he managed to lure them away to the other side of the mountain, whilst Florence commanded the aliens to follow her.
She had no idea where she was going, but up ahead she could see the top of the mine shaft that led out into the open. For all the Siren knew there could be a whole army of Robots waiting at the top, but she definitely couldn’t afford to wait here. She would have to command some of the younger, stronger aliens to carry the old and infirm up the slope ahead.
“It’s okay you can come out now.”
“About time” Carlene said as she crawled out from behind a nearby door.
“Most of the Demons have gone to the mine to contain the outbreak of whatever it is.”
Carlene knew what it was, she just didn’t want to admit to herself that the Strange Boy was beyond help yet.
“I almost gave away my ruse for nothing.” The Robot said.
“If they’re all busy in the mine darling, why don’t we just attack those metal wankers while they’re vulnerable?”
“There will still be hundreds of them guarding the Tent. No we have to play this smart alien. I don’t care what tricks you say you have in that strange compartment you have on your head, trust me. We need to get you to the rebels first so you can launch a proper attack.”
As the Robot and the Vampire ran down the nearest corridor together, they suddenly heard another alarm.
“All Robots are to retreat to base. Mine B must be destroyed. It has been overrun with a new type of Demon that can infect the workers. You have five minutes to return to base.”
The Demons spirits would not be harmed by the explosion, but naturally they were conscious about wasting their robotic bodies.
“Mine B, is that where my friends escaped to?”
“I’m afraid so alien.”
“We have to stop them”
“There is nothing we can do. The mine is rigged up to a device in the main control room. Not only is it protected by hundreds of guards, but in a few seconds these corridors are going to be crawling with more of the Demons. We have to go now.”
“What do you think my friends chances are of getting out of the mine?”
“Well they will have heard the warning too.”
“Don’t bullshit me.”
“The mine’s are the most heavily guarded areas. It’s why I didn’t escape through that area before with you. The pandemic of Demons might have taken care of many of their guards but.”
“Then we have to stop the Demons or Robots or whatever from blowing up the mine.”
“We can’t. I have seen many of my comrades die in the war against these monsters, we all have to make.”
Before the Robot had finished Carlene ran down the other end of the corridor. She didn’t have any idea where she was going, but she couldn’t just leave the rest of the Circus Folk. She felt bad for the Robot. He had saved her, and she was endangering him. She just hoped he wouldn’t be foolish enough to try and stop her and blow his cover in the process.
The Circus Master instantly jumped onto the back of one of the Robots as it flew back to base. He caused the machine to smash into a nearby wall in the process. The Circus Master then used the broken robots body as a shield against the few Robots who noticed him as he ran back into the Robots base, with the rest flying up ahead frantically.
In the base, the Circus Master was cornered by two more Robots, but before they could blast him, the Vandal rammed the dead robots body into one of the other two, and then pushed it into the other, before jumping over them both and down the nearest corridor.
“Alert, alert alien has escaped into the base, capture it, capture it.”
“They must know I’m here” Carlene thought to herself. She hid behind a nearby door as six more of the Robots came rushing down the corridor before she ran down the other way.
At the other end of the corridor, was another prison cell, filled with strange bald looking aliens. The aliens were pounding on the doors furiously in panic, whilst the Robot guard was trying to calm them down.
Carlene was torn about what to do. If she released the prisoners it would create a commotion that would give her a better chance of reaching the control room. There was also a chance one of them may know where it was. On the other hand if she released the prisoners most of them wouldn’t make it out alive. Was she therefore to sacrifice their lives for those of her shipmates?
After weighing it up for a few moments, Carlene felt it would be better to release them. She deluded herself into thinking that the prisoners would be safe if she freed them, as she could then protect them, even though she would be lucky to protect herself. In all fairness however Carlene wasn’t just thinking about her ship mates. She also thought of all the potentially thousands of others in the mine who would die if she didn’t stop the monsters from blowing it up.
Carlene slowly crept up on the single Robot guard and jumped it from behind. She wrestled with the monster for a few minutes before being able to rip a large chunk of metal from the Demons body, after which she then pulled several of it’s wires out causing the body to break down.
Even though the Demon was stronger than Carlene, she was lucky that she knew it’s weaknesses whilst it was completely unaware of hers.
“Use it’s hand on the door” one of the prisoners shouted.
Carlene pulled the Robot’s arm out of it’s socket and used it to open the doors one after another.
“Thank you, eh, I assume you are not from this planet.”
“No love, I’m from earth.”
“Earth? I don’t believe that’s in any of the known galaxies?”
“It isn’t. I’m not even in the right time love. For all I know this is a billion years after my planet’s gone.”
The alien looked at Carlene in a strange way for a few seconds before continuing.
“Wherever you’re from thank you, we need to get out of here as soon as possible.”
“No please we have to stop them from blowing up the mine.”
“I’m afraid we can’t do that. There is no way you can make it past the control room.”
“I’ve got to try, my friends are in there. One of them, is only there because of me. She trusted me, saw me as her family. I can’t leave her.” Carlene said.
One of the aliens, a large male at the back agreed to help Carlene.
“I know what it’s like to lose a daughter to these things.”
The other five prisoners however refused and begged Carlene to come with them, but she insisted on staying behind to help.
“We have to move now, we probably won’t make it to control room alien.”
“I know but I have to try.”
Outside in the mine, most of the robots had fled, allowing Florence and 20 or so prisoners under her control to make their way to the top of the mine. Just as they had almost reached the top however they were attacked by a handful of the Robots.
The robots shot three of the fleeing prisoners in the back, which broke Florence’s spell over them. One more prisoner went falling to his death in panic at suddenly being at the top. Florence however jumped one of the Robots, and forced it to get in the way of fire from the other, before jumping onto the others back.
The Siren and the Robot flew around whilst the prisoners still instinctively crawled up to safety.
Sadly Florence wasn’t able to completely control the Robots line of fire and it managed to blast another prisoner off of the cliff to his death. As Florence and the Robot continued to struggle, a large metal shaft started to close at the top of the mine, to seal the prisoners in.
Florence thinking quickly, forced the Robot towards the top of the mine where she used the robot’s body to jam the shaft before it shut.
The aliens frantically crawled up the mine to safety, but the strength of the shaft soon began to crush the Robot’s body entirely.
Florence using her supernatural strength tried to keep it open for as long as she could, but her arms soon began to give away, and four of the prisoners were still a good distance from the top.
Florence knew she couldn’t hold it open much longer. “I’m sorry” she said to the aliens, but just as she was about to let go, she felt something else push the shaft back.
When she looked around, she saw to her shock it was The Strange Boy. Using the body of the Robot, the Strange boy helped push the shaft back even further with his much greater strength. Even then however he was only able to hold it back by a few minutes, but that was enough to allow the prisoners to get by before Florence pulled herself and the boy free, allowing the shaft to shut.
Outside was nothing but a wilderness, just like where they had first landed, though Florence could see the entrances to several more mines in the distance.
Three more Robots from a nearby mine flew towards Florence, but before she could even react the Strange Boy attacked them. He tore one of the robots out of the sky and then threw it into the other. When he tried to attack the third, it blasted him backwards, but Florence managed to jump the creature from behind and sent it crashing to the ground.
When Florence went to help the Strange Boy up, the Vampire child simply growled at the Siren.
Florence wasn’t sure what to make of the boy. There was clearly something of him still in there, but how much?
The child soon hopped off in the other direction and as more and more Robots began to emerge from the other mines, Florence was forced to flee along with the Alien slaves.
“It’s no use. It won’t budge.” Denika said as she fired her magic at the shaft.
Denika had managed to pull several more of the slaves away from the ravenous Jiang Shi to a safe upper level using her magics.
She spent as long as she could helping the survivors, but now with only a minute to spare, all of her energy was spent trying to smash the shaft covering the exits, but unfortunately she hadn’t even made a dent.
“It’s no use, nothing can break those shields.” The slave girl said. “I’d rather be blown apart than become one of those things.”
With the countdown to the explosion about to go off, Denika did the only thing she could to save herself, her friends and the handful of slaves she had rescued. She placed a magical sphere around herself and the others. The magic shielded them from the blast, but the power of the blast still threw them to the other end of the mine.
Denika was in constant agony the entire time. She felt the flames burning against the sphere, and the debris and corpses smashing into it. One Jiang Shi was blown on top of the sphere. The Vampire grabbed on with it’s talons and clawed and bit at the sphere in desperation as the flesh was burned slowly off it’s bones. The pain was becoming too much for Denika, but if she gave in for even a second they would all be burned to dust.
To Be Continued