29. Return to Mechatropolis, Part VI   Leave a comment

Meanwhile in Space…

Episode 29: Return to Mechatropolis, Part VI: Into the Lions’ Den

As Sundance and Timmy arrived at the museum, they noticed that there was a large group of robots congregated in the front. “We’re too late,” Sundance said.

Again,” Timmy added.

The robots turned around in unison and stared at them with their glowing red eyes. This sent shivers down Timmy’s spine. They all slowly marched towards them. Knowing that they weren’t going to do much, if any, damage to them, Sundance took out his laser pistol and began firing at them. The lasers did nothing.

Stupid robots think they’re better than us,” Sundance said. “Hold on!” He revved the engine of his hovercar and took off at break neck speed. “If this doesn’t stop them, nothing will.”

He steered directly towards the robots and knocked them over. Robots went flying left and right. When he reached the steps of the museum, Sundance turned the car around and plowed through the remaining robots. The courtyard was full of dented and prone robots. He stopped the car and let it settle to the ground.

Be impervious to that!” Sundance shouted triumphantly.

Suddenly, there was a scream from up above. Timmy and Sundance looked up and saw that two robots were flying up towards the mother ship with Astralyn and Kjartan in tow.

Astralyn!” Sundance called out. “They’ve taken Astralyn!”

Again,” Timmy added.

Sundance jumped out of the car and ran to one of the damaged robots. He saw that they had jet packs strapped to them. He didn’t question why the robots had jet packs; he just knew that he could use them.

Timmy, come and help me get the jet pack off this robot,” Sundance commanded.

Why does it have a jet pack?” Timmy got out of the car and helped Sundance roll the robot over. Sundance retrieved the jet pack and promptly started putting it on. Once he was buckled in, he started the engine.

Wait for me,” Timmy said. He quickly started to look for a jet pack as well.

No, Timmy.” Sundance placed his right hand on Timmy’s left shoulder and shook his head. “I need you to get back to headquarters.”

I can do this!”

I know you can, but I need you to help come up with something that will stop these robots.” Sundance looked up at the space saucer and sighed. There were more robots flying back up there with people in tow. “I need to go up there and save those people. When you’ve got something, let me know!”

I’ll do my best, Captain.” Timmy saluted him. “Good luck, sir.”

Sundance nodded his head. He pressed a button and he flew into the sky.

Timmy looked at the metallic carnage and sighed. Some of the robots sparked and twitched. With each pop, Timmy jumped. “Screw this noise.” He hopped into Sundance’s car and drove back to headquarters.

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Sundance arrived at the docking bay of the robot’s spaceship. He was a little irritated that he was back on the ship. He turned off the jet pack and threw it on the ground. He quickly scanned the area and found a pillar to hide behind. As he hid, another stream of robots with a fresh batch of humans flew in. They screamed as the robots led them towards their doom.

Sundance carefully peeked out from behind the pillar and watched as the robots ushered the humans into a holding room. Once they were safely deposited, the robots locked them inside and walked further down the corridor. He waited for a few minutes before he dared to come out into the open.

He tiptoed over to the holding room and knocked on it. People inside shouted for help. He quickly shushed them and told them to be quiet. “I’m going to get you out of there. Stand back.” He heard the people stepping back from the door. He took out his trusty laser pistol and aimed it at the locking mechanism. The lock sparked and the door opened.

People quickly ran out and pushed him aside. They ran back to the docking bay and stopped when they realized that they couldn’t go anywhere. With no other jet packs to use, the forty plus people were stuck on the ship.

Astralyn and Kjartan approached Sundance. Kjartan looked grateful, but Astralyn looked irritated. “So what’s the plan?” she asked.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t really think that far ahead,” Sundance admitted. “I just wanted to get you out of there.”

Well, thank you, but next time…” Astralyn started.

I’ll just leave your butt up here.” Sundance smirked at her.

I really hope you didn’t set off an alarm or something,” Kjartan said.

Suddenly, a klaxon sounded. Astralyn and Sundance turned and glared at Kjartan.

What? I didn’t do it!” Kjartan put his hands up in the air.

So what now, O fearless leader?” Astralyn said.

Sundance didn’t know what to do. He thought about asking everyone to get back in the room, but then what? He should have stayed with Timmy. He was just so focused on saving Astralyn… He never said that planning was his strong suit.

Sundance!” Astralyn snapped him back into the moment.

“Hold on, I’ll think of something!” Sundance could hear the sound of robotic footsteps. He needed to act fast. He scanned the bay and saw that there wasn’t anything that he could use as a weapon, not off hand. The only thing he had was his laser pistol and that wasn’t going to do anything to them at all. At this moment he really wished he had thought this out more.

We need to get back in the room,” Sundance said. “Everyone, back into the room.” The people protested. “Or would you rather jump?” The people mulled it over. “Just get into the room!” The people reluctantly agreed and walked back towards the holding room.

The robots arrived too quickly and blocked their approach. There were ten robots gnashing their teeth, arms outstretched. Sundance ran to the front of the crowd and pulled out his laser pistol, ready to defend. He fired a few warning shots, but the robots kept coming. With each menacing step forward, the people would take a step backward. This continued until they reached the hole leading back to the surface. Sundance knew that he had run out of time. There was nothing left to do but surrender.

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Posted April 5, 2011 by Xanto P. Jones in Flash Fiction

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