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A Desperate Breach by the Unknown
“Are we ready to launch it?” Dr. Jacobs asked.
“Yes. Let’s let her rip. Start all burners. Commencing launch.” Talonstrike said as he walked into a shuttle with his new space station attached to it.
The computer took count. 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1. BOOM! The shuttle shot off into the sky like a rocket, approaching space quickly.
“Get into the space station now! As soon as we hit space we’re going to detach from the shuttle!” Talonstrike called.
They went into the portal and came out on the other side in the space station. They hit space and detached from the shuttle. Iron Block detonated a bomb that they put into the shuttle. They didn’t want it falling back to earth. The launch was a secret; and if they were caught it would be a big charge against them. The Legion of Animal Warriors would attack them, that wouldn’t be too easy, but it wouldn’t be hard. But if it landed somewhere on earth, everyone knows the shuttle making. They’d blame USA, and then USA would say they didn’t launch, and the whole world would be against them.
Sure, they could take on the USA alone, but not the whole world. That would be suicidal. The shuttle blew to smithereens a little after they had detached. Talonstrike smiled. His plan had gone accordingly, and there was no sign of the LAW.
* * * *
“Dang! We’re too late!” Lava Blade yelled aloud when he saw the explosion.
He wanted to meet this enemy, because he wanted to see their strength. Although he was young, he was still just as fierce as his master, Silver Sword.
“Not particularly. We have a space ship, we need to get back to our base and take off.”
“Righto. Let’s go and get after the pests.” Aqua Arrow said.
They rushed to their base and in the cruiser. Dark Panther took the pilot seat, with Shade in the co-pilot seat. The others took seats behind computers, for research and for little laser guns and missile controls. They took off after the orbiting space ship.
* * * *
“Hey, sir; there’s a reading saying a cruiser is headed toward us.” Slay Owl said to his commander.
“When Dark Panther escaped he must have had the time to copy our plans.” Talonstrike said.
“What should I do?” Slay Owl asked.
“Shoot it down with heat seeking missiles.” Talonstrike replied.
“Aye, aye sir.” Slay Owl pressed a button that shot five heat seeker missiles at the approaching craft which couldn’t be seen, as it was not out of atmosphere yet.
* * * *
“Oh no; there are five heat seekers coming toward us Dark Panther.” Snow Hawk said aloud.
“How can you tell that?” Shadow Spear asked.
“We have high up technology. Thanks to Shade.” Snow answered.
“Impressive.” Came the reply.
“Retaliate!” Dark Panther yelled as he maneuvered away from the missiles.
“Hold on!” Silver said as he shot heat seekers back at the missiles.
The missiles blew up the others. Dark Panther turned around to the station which was orbiting the other way.
“Who would have thought a bat was a genius?” Emerald asked.
“Ever heard of the guy named Tim Shadow?” Shade asked Emerald.
“Why yeah, who hasn’t? He’s like one of the best with technology. I just realize that if he was a warrior, he could be invaluable to any team.” Emerald stated.
“You’re looking at that guy, in bat skin.” Shade said.
“Whoa! You mean you’re Tim Shadow?” Emerald grew hyper.
“Hold on, we don’t have a prayer of catching them unless we either turn around the other way, or we take a hyper boost.” Dark Panther said.
“I say we take the boost, doncha know. It could be hours before we meet them at the other side, what?” Aqua Arrow joked.
“Alright. Buckle up, this will be bumpy.” Dark Panther said as he pressed the boost button.
They were pressed backs upon the seats as they rocketed toward the space station which was now in clear view, but still far away.
“They weren’t blown to pieces by those missiles!” Talonstrike yelled.
“Get to laser turrets and missile cannons!” Dr. Jacobs yelled.
Fight broke out. Lasers lashed out at the maneuvering cruiser, which obviously to the people in the station, knew what they were doing. Silver aimed at a turret in the top deck of the station. He let the laser go. It smashed the gun part of the turret to pieces, and sent the occupant crashing into the wall.
“Aim at the bay doors! We’ll try and take it from inside, Lava Blade; you get what you want after all! Let’s do this sharp!” Dark Panther yelled out from his seat.
All their missile and laser turrets turned their attention to the bay doors, firing constantly. The bay interlock doors blew up. The cruiser landed inside the bay, and Shade held a shadow beam at the entrance, so that they could not breathe in space. They all got out of the cruiser, to get their weapons ready and be met by Talonstrike’s army. Dark Panther, Aqua Arrow and Emerald Bow stood at the back firing arrows over their allies.
Lava Blade hacked away with his whirling blade, anyone’s blade flying all over the place. Eventually, He was circled by a whole lot. He could not stand these numbers, but he still fought with intensity. He swung his axe blade around him. No one dared to come near the dominate axe. He stopped, and Silver Sword leaped to help his apprentice. They stood back to back; slicing and whirling their blades. They took numbers down constantly, but they were getting tired.
Shadow Spear leaped to help his comrades. Throwing shadow around knocking troops out, he helped them. He blocked and stabbed with his spears. Silver was swinging his sling as usual; opposing a threat against the army. He knocked people senseless with his sling. Shade used sonic calls to hurt their ears, and then he stabbed with his daggers. Snow Hawk sniped from the ceiling of the bay.
He took down troops with regular arrows and nets, shocking arrows also. Red and Golden Eagle attacked from up top, diving down, striking then flying back up. Red and Scarlet Panda fought like a team. They two had a circle around them. Shooting lasers out of their metal sticks and swinging them like a double sided sword, they desperately fought. Gray and Celestial leaped in like a lightning bolt. Celestial hit around with his sword and shield. Gray stabbed with his spears, and swiped. Dark Panther was nearly out of arrows. He pulled out his shield and tossed it at a guy who was near the rapid fire Emerald Bow. They were all nearly out of arrows.
“Golden Eagle, Snow Hawk and Celestial, come over here!” Dark Panther called.
Soon all the shields were out in front.
“We’ll charge the rest with shields.” Aqua Arrow noticed.
“Exactly, Charge!” Dark Panther yelled as he ran, others following.
Silver Sword stood over, protecting his fallen apprentice. Silver Sword tried to block every stab that could hit him or the out cold Lava Blade. He couldn’t hold it forever. He heard the shout and turned to see his comrades coming with shields out front to batter the enemy. While he turned he was taken down by a spear. This made the others charge even faster. Silver jumped in with his sling whirling it at the troopers. They backed up. They did not want to face him.
He grabbed the two and jumped out of the way before the oncoming charge. The shields collided into the frozen troops. Talonstrike’s army was thrown every where. Before a while, all were down in nets. Suddenly, a cruiser came out of a deeper bay. It almost flattened Golden Eagle in the air.
“Let’s get to the cruiser. They cannot escape!” Dark Panther said as he ran head long for the cruiser.
“I hear a bomb ticking too!” Shade picked up a bomb, and tossed it further into the space station.
He was the last one in the cruiser, as it lifted up; and then it shot away just in time before the explosion.
“Extra boost. Let’s catch up with those evil villains!” Dark Panther shouted as he pulled the accelerator.
The ship flew faster and faster after the other. They started targeting and firing at Talonstrike, but the pilot in that ship was experienced. He dodged every blast. Dark Panther didn’t have much boost left. Shade shot something at Talon that he didn’t see. It was a tracer. It stuck on right before the ship boosted off. Dark Panther followed the tracer slowly, not wanting to come to close.
* * * *
Talonstrike was all most clear of the atmosphere, and was now in sky; descending ever so slightly. They were just landing at their hidden base. They had only taken a third of the whole squadron to be on the space station. When they landed in their hanger, something was definitely wrong. Most of the cruisers were totally destroyed.
“What joke is this? If I find one of you responsible, come clean now, or later if I find out; you’ll be in a pile of trouble!” Talonstrike said fiercely.
A general of Talonstrike appeared out of a shadow. He had been seriously hurt. He had scars all over him. Mr. Jacobs looked intently at the scars. He then noticed how those scars were made.
“You’ve been whipped!” Mr. Jacobs said in shock.
“Yes, like others who couldn’t take it, and sorry to say are not with us anymore. We were attacked by something berserk. We couldn’t really tell what it was, looked something like a squirrel. He had a terrible vengeance against you too.” The general noted Talonstrike.
A flash of horror struck him. It couldn’t be Whiplash, could it? He wondered.
“What did he look like?” Talonstrike asked in a voice of fear.
Mr. Jacobs looked worried. Talon wouldn’t be afraid of just anything.
“Well, he had a whip, as far as you can tell already, a hat, ohm; oh, and a pistol. Obviously with some special bullets; as you can note all the blown up things around here.” The general gave descriptions.
“Holy molly; sounds by the description Whiplash. I, well, let’s just say I did something to him. Something I’m probably going to regret soon. But I bet I can handle him.” Talon said, trying to regain his composure.
“Sir, I’d like to hope that. No disrespect to you, but he just took out one third of our troops. He was like, almost everywhere at once. I was the only one still conscious, and he had his pistol pointed at me. He asked me where you were, so I told him I didn’t know. Then in a second flat he had dashed at me and knocked me out by slamming his gun onto my head. When I awoke, he was gone, and then you just got here.” The general said.
The other villains and some survivors of the battle with the LAW came out of the vehicle, and set to work reviving and helping get their comrades back to shape. Talonstrike went to rest. Not long after that, they had to leave because of the warning of the LAW cruiser. They had flown out the back entrance and the LAW didn’t see them. They landed in the destroyed bay.
“Whoa. Something happened here. And this happened way before Talon got here.” Shade noted.
“Who could have done this?” Snow asked, bewildered.
“Yeah, a nice piece of work, er, destruction.” Aqua chimed.
“Real question: what could have done this?” Dark Panther replied as he picked up a sample of fur.
“Shade, run a test on this please.” Dark Panther added handing it to the bat detective.
They lingered there for a while. About a half hour later, Shade walked out.
“Guess what did this? A Squirrel!” Shade yelled in awe.
“Fur ‘n acorns! How could a chap like that do a huge destruction like this?” Aqua Arrow wanted to know.
“I’ve no clue. It wouldn’t be surprising to me if it was a revenge thing, after all; Talon has made a dozen or so enemies by now.” Dark Panther gave his thoughts.
“I think we could use him. He’s like a mad warrior from this destruction, that’s for sure.” Lava Blade thought a loud.
“I don’t know, we should make a plan to get him in our grasp. If he wants revenge badly, he might want a perfect weapon to make his hurter really suffer.” Dark Panther said with a smile.
By now, everyone knew what that meant. It could only mean one simple thing: Their basically leader had a plan thought out in that brilliant mind of his.
* * * *
Whiplash had thought of a plan to conceal and do away with his tormenter. He had seen an article in the newspaper of a new awesome blaster type thing. He waited for the hunter shop to close down for the day so he could steal it. He didn’t want to break the law, but he wanted his revenge so much. He’d do away with Talonstrike, and then he’d sneak it back; as though it was just thought a misplaced object.
A man walked out the door and locked it; then turned to walk away. Whiplash uncoiled his whip and then swung it. It hooked onto an electrical wire and with a flick of the wrist; he was shot into the air. He landed on the roof of the building. He picked out his knife, and began to work at picking the lock. He soon had it open and shut as he grappled to the floor. Little did he know a couple of birds flew down to watch his progress inside of the building. Whiplash got to the case that held the new blaster pistol. He was going to start working on the lock when something crashed. He turned to run and get out of there, but the birds knocked him back to the floor. He grappled and landed nicely. The lights went on, and there were several people standing around in a circle around him. A couple had arrows pointed at him, and others had swords and axes and one with knives and one with a sling.
“It’s alright. We’re not going to hurt you. We noticed that Talonstrike’s place was literally blown up. We found squirrel hair, and you’re a squirrel. Our hypothesis is that you have a thing against him. Why? Don’t be afraid to tell. We’re going to be allies with you, for we are after the same thing.” Dark Panther gave the peace call.
Whiplash started. “My name is Whiplash. Me and my family were captured a while ago by Talonstrike. He killed my parents and my two sisters and my brother. I escaped, but was beaten, tormented and hurt. I have promised that I will get him back.”
“Hmm. Well, we won’t let you kill him. We don’t kill, but trust me; I’ll let you beat him up pretty good. Oh, another thing we saw your destruction. We defeated one third of his army in the space station, and there were only three cruisers destroyed, so they had only two cruisers left…which most likely means you took down a third of them too. That is literally almost unbelievable. How did you do it?” Dark Panther asked.
“Well, it was kind of dark, and I have speed power at my disposal, faster than regular squirrels. Thank you for your offer, and I would like to be apart of the LAW. And yes I do know about you. Talon once said something to me, that he would kill me first, and then the LAW. So, when I escaped, I researched you guys. You are all good. I’d like to be apart of that.” Whiplash replied.
“The answer is yes. I’ll introduce you to everybody.” Dark Panther offered.
“I did my research, remember?” He said, and then named off each one of them, and their talents and abilities.
“Okay. I think people shouldn’t put that much information up about us. Now we could be destroyed easily.” Shade said, shaking his head.
“Question, may I have this pistol?” Whiplash inquired.
“Sure. Keep it for good. We set this thing totally up. We only sent that newspaper to you, and this really isn’t a hunter shop, it’s only a target building, for us to use and test with things.” Gray answered.
“Let’s get going. I know where Talon went also.” Whiplash said.
“Hold on. We will study where he went first. We’ll need a good plan. We need to know where he is. I think I’ve got a plan, but it will be risky. We need the Government. Let’s go to them right now.” Dark Panther thought aloud.
There, i hope ye've liked it.
Gosh, been reading redwall to much.
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