Eclipse Star: Genesis Chapter Thirty-Eight

May 7, 2009 at 2:54 am (Eclipse Star: Genesis) (, )

Eclipse Star: Chapter 38

“The Downhill Path”


Recap:  Last time, the Hex-Duo robots attacked the Legion’s Trillium City base and completely destroyed it, killing the Commander on the spot, and leaving Chris in the rubble as good as dead.  Now, as everyone escapes they find themselves in the worst situation they’ve been in yet.


Derek:  (Motioning everyone down an alleyway).  Everyone, this way.


Austin:  (Stumbling around, looking woozy and having Hex-Duo 7 help him around, though he doesn’t know who Hex-Duo 7 is).  How far you think we are at this point?


Derek:  Maybe five miles, ten at best.  This is as good as we can do though.  If we show any signs of our abilities they’ll track us instantly, so we’re hoofin’ it until we regroup and get our strength back.


Jack:  (Walks into the alleyway looking completely numb.  He just walks in, doesn’t look at anyone as he walks).  We need better protection.  (Trudges up to a pair of cellar doors and kicks them open without a second thought).  Go.  In.  (Points).


Kevin:  This isn’t our property to be tampering with.


Jack:  Shut up.  I don’t give a damn about the millionaires who own this building.


Derek:  Finally some down-to-earth advice from the great leader.


Kyle:  (Rubbing his eyes).  Seriously, why do you have to be a dick about things?  (Still leading Lindsey around).  C’mon Barbie, into the basement.


Lindsey:  (So shaken up that she seems like an old woman well into her senility).  Huh?  Oh, right…


Leena:  (Worried).  I haven’t seen her like this…ever.


Kyle:  Well, how often do you see a close friend and a superior officer killed right in front of you?


Leena:  That probably isn’t helping.


Kyle:  Don’t hit me, but I’m surprised it’s not you that I’m escorting around.


Leena:  I’d be just as surprised as you are if I actually cared about you guys.


Kyle:  Huh.  No that makes sense.


Lindsey:  (Regains a little bit of herself).  I’m…I’m sorry Kyle.  You really don’t have to lead me around by the hand.  I’m not a child…


Kyle:  Hey, I’m just looking out for your best interests out of respect for Chr-  (Catches himself).


Lindsey:  (About to lose it again).  Who?


Kyle:  Chr…Kris Kringle.  You know, Santa Claus.  Because he’s always…lookin’ out for children…or something.


Leena:  (Quietly pestering Kyle).  Smooth…


Kyle:  (Quietly responding back).  I don’t see you helping any more than I am…


Derek:  (He and Jack are barricading the doors again after everyone gets into the basement).  God damn this day…


Jack:  So…a plan.


Derek:  I say we head to my dad’s place.  It’s only about thirty miles outta town.  Even if we take it slow we can make it there by tomorrow night.


Jack:  No.  That’s a bad plan.


Clinton:  (Completely together, more disconnected than the rest of the group from the emotional aspect).  Derek, these robots know more about us than they should.  At this point we’re going to have to assume that they know where we live and who our families are.  They’re probably looking for us at our parents’ houses right now, so if we showed up there we’d just be getting them killed, too.


Scott:  (Smoking a cigarette as usual, looking off at nothing in particular).  They’ve probably already killed our families in searching for us.


Kyle:  (The room gets quiet).  Well I wouldn’t have guessed that there’d be a further killjoy to this event but there it was.


Austin:  (Slouched in the corner, still holding his stomach).  Face it guys, this is as far as we go.


Kyle:  What?  No no, you’re the painfully optimistic guy.  If you start doubting us, well then who’s gonna encourage us?  This guy?  (Points at Scott).  I don’t think so.


Austin:  Kyle…(Smiles a bit).  Sorry, that was probably just my internal bleeding talking.  There’s always a way.


Derek:  I still think we should make our way out of the city and towards my dad’s place.


Jack:  We’ll get killed.  We’ve already seen that these things are capable of taking lives…


Derek:  The Commander was past his prime anyway.  He knew what he was doing and he let it happen.


Jack:  No he didn’t.  He was brutally murdered.  You saw it yourself.


Derek:  Yeah I did.  We all saw it, and the entire room can vouch for me when I say he gave up.


Jack:  (Definitely hitting on a nerve here).  You don’t know what you’re talking about.


Lindsey:  (Quietly).  Stop…


Derek:  If I were in his shoes I would have put in a bit more effort.


Jack:  (Gets right up to Derek’s face).  If you were in his shoes you would have been dead.


Lindsey:  Please stop…


Derek:  What do you care anyway?  What did he ever do for us other than try to see us killed?  Why are you such a brown-noser that you’ve gotta suck up even after he’s dead?


Jack:  (Smacks Derek).  You arrogant prick!


Derek:  (Smacks Jack back).  Don’t you call me a prick!


Jack slugs Derek in the face, Derek punches Jack in the gut, and the two begin brawling in the confined space.


-Everyone else either doesn’t have the heart or the strength to do anything about it.


Lindsey:  (Freaks out).  STOP IT!!!  (Lindsey’s Pulse energy knocks both Jack and Derek into the wall without even touching them).  For the love of God please stop…  (Falls to her knees crying.  Kyle rushes over to console her).


Jack:  (Everyone stops for a moment as Jack looks at his watch).  Dammit…  (Closes his eyes and rolls his head back).  They’ve had to have picked up that spike.  We’ve got to leave.


Clinton:  We still need a solid destination.  I’m suggesting we move towards the middle of the city.  The denser the buildings get, the more places we have to hide.


Scott:  What good’ll that do anyway?  They’ll just blast the shit outta the buildings to find us.


Clinton:  It’s obvious that they can’t all find us.  They kept asking the little robot where we all were, so I’m guessing that he’s the only one who can do that.  And if we’re hiding more and more, they’re going to have a hard time finding us, even if they do have to “blast the shit outta everything” to do so, as you put it.


Derek:  He’s right.  I say that Jack takes half of us towards the city center and I take the rest towards my dad’s place.


Jack:  No, you’ll get killed.


Derek:  All we’re doing is basing judgment off of assumptions and I don’t like living like that.


Jack:  What’s at your dad’s place anyway?


Derek:  Supplies and safe beds, and right now we need both.


Hex-Duo 7:  (Still dressed as a soldier.  No one knows who he is.  He’s sitting holding his knees close to his face in the corner).  They’ll kill you if you go anywhere near there.


Derek:  Who asked you?


Hex-Duo 7:  They’re already tracking us; we don’t need to make it any easier to find us.  We have to stick to places unfamiliar to us.  They’re patrolling everywhere they think we’d be.


Scott:  (Takes a long drag and nods his head at Hex-Duo 7).  How do you know this stuff?


Hex-Duo 7:  I was paying close attention when they were talking.


Clinton:  (Nods).  Me, too.  You see guys, if you had listened more then maybe you’d have gotten more out of this than just scary memories.


Austin:  (Shrugging at Hex-Duo 7).  Who are you anyway?


Hex-Duo 7:  I got separated from my group during the attack.  They didn’t seem to want me anyway…


Lindsey:  (Finally perking up at some less heavy conversation).  What’s your name?


Hex-Duo 7:  Seven.


Derek:  ‘Scuse me?


Hex-Duo 7:  Seven.


Kyle:  Like the number?


Hex-Duo 7:  Sure.


Kyle:  Huh.  Parents must have been Final Fantasy fans.


Derek:  Alright, we’ve wasted enough time here with Sven or whatever his name is.


Austin:  Sven?


Hex-Duo 7:  (Nods).  Yeah.


Derek:  Let’s get a move on towards the denser part of the city.


Jack:  I’m going back to the headquarters.


Derek:  What would be the point of that?


Jack:  To check for survivors.  I want to see if Chris is still alive.


Derek:  (Becomes morose, shaking his head).  Jack…he’s not.


Jack:  For the sake of my own conscious I have to check.


Lindsey:  (Walks up to Jack and places her hands on his chest, clutching his jacket).  Jack, don’t go…  I don’t want you dead…


Jack:  Lindsey, I’m not going to pander to you right now.  You’re not the only one who lost someone important to them.


Lindsey:  (Smacks him).  NO!  It’s my fault he’s dead!  He said he needed me, and I left anyway…  (Tears roll down her cheeks once more).


Jack:  There wasn’t anything you could have done.  They were going to kill him if you were there or not.


Lindsey:  I could have helped him!  (Looks around the room).  You all could have helped him!  (Turns back to Jack).  I can help you!  Please, stay with us!


Jack:  (Sighs).  I’ll be back, don’t worry about me.


Lindsey:  (Frantic).  How do you expect me not to worry?!


Clinton:  (Taps his wrist).  Tick tock guys.  The longer we argue here the closer they get.


Jack:  Lindsey, stay with Kyle and Austin.  They’ll take care of you.


Derek:  (Sneers at Jack).  Yeah, and maybe Derek’ll look after her too, eh?


Jack:  (Coldly looks at Derek).  I don’t care what you do.  You can go f*ck yourself as long as it doesn’t result in everyone getting killed.


Leena:  (Grabbing Lindsey by the arm and dragging her along).  Come on Lindz; let the boys go do whatever they have to do to make themselves feel less inadequate.


Lindsey:  (Practically destroyed from self-guilt, pleading).  Jack…?


Jack:  Keep your power down guys.  Any signal you can give them is a bad one.  (Looks to Lindsey).  Don’t lose your cool again.  I don’t want you dead either.  (Kisses her on the forehead and jogs off back towards the base).


Derek:  Clinton, any particular destination near the middle of the city you’re shooting for?


Clinton:  As long as it’s denser than here then let’s go.


Austin:  (Forcing himself up from a sitting position.  He’s still badly hurt but getting by as best he can).  Towards the mall.  There’ll be tons of little places around there and enough people to blend in with.


Scott:  I know that I’m the last one to care about the casualties…but wouldn’t that just mean more casualties?


Derek:  We’ll think logistics later; let’s get a move on.


-Elsewhere in the city…


Hex-Duo 6:  (He and his crew are all floating leisurely around the city).  Well Two?


Hex-Duo 2:  (Tapping his head once more).  A little patience with these things wouldn’t kill you.  (Hex-Duo 6 gives him a cold stare).  However it might kill me.  (Slightly chuckles).  Okay so…


Hex-Duo 1:  C’mon Two, you heard Six, he wants some answers now, right Six?


Hex-Duo 6:  I really don’t care.


Hex-Duo 1:  Hah, don’t lie Six, you’re just being modest.


Hex-Duo 2:  I got something.  Wait, nope, it’s gone again.


Hex-Duo 4:  Power spike.  Typical.  I should have gutted that eager kid when I had the chance.


Hex-Duo 6:  Can’t you see that this way is more fun?  Aren’t we all having fun?  (Uncomfortable silence).  Aren’t we?!  (General agreement all around).


Hex-Duo 9:  Wait a minute…if we’re letting them run away and hide…aren’t they gonna recover after a while?  Then won’t they be stronger than before?  (Freaking out).  We should find them now!  Before they have a chance to destroy us!  Oh God!  They’re gonna destroy us!


Hex-Duo 6:  No, they’re not.  At best they’ll scuff our finish.


Hex-Duo 8:  Why don’t we try contacting Seven?  He’s with them, right?


Hex-Duo 6:  Yes.  Against his best judgment he decided to follow Syrus’ suggestion and sneak around like a coward.


Hex-Duo 8:  Well then…why don’t we contact him?


Hex-Duo 3:  (Cocks his eyebrow).  Contact the enemy?  I don’t think so!  He’s probably giving them advice on how best to fight us.  (Shakes his head).  Poor bastard, I knew he was trying to break this team apart.


Hex-Duo 9:  Advice on how best to fight us?!  We’re doomed!


Hex-Duo 6:  Even if we wanted to contact Seven he’s not responding.  I’ve attempted to get a response but he’s shut off his communication chip.


Hex-Duo 3:  So he’s a traitor!  Right?


Hex-Duo 6:  We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.  It’s a possibility that he shut it off so that they couldn’t tap into our system.  That’s most likely not true, but until further notice he’s still a part of our group.


Hex-Duo 2:  He’s shut off his tracking chip as well.


Hex-Duo 8:  Do you think it’s to protect us?


Hex-Duo 6:  (Pause).  Further notice has come and gone.  I want Seven destroyed, and I will be the one to do it.


Hex-Duo 4:  Because it’s a whole privilege thing, right?


Hex-Duo 6:  No, because I’m the only one that’d be able to.  The good doctor seemed to love this one a little more than the rest, so don’t attack him unless he directly attacks you first.


Hex-Duo 9:  Number Seven could kill us?!  Why didn’t I know about this?!  All this time I could have been worrying about this fact has been wasted!


Hex-Duo 6:  It’s not like he can overpower us.  One-on-one I’m the only one who can turn him off, but as a group he’d be nothing more than a nuisance.


Hex-Duo 8:  So it is a privilege thing?


Hex-Duo 6:  (Rolls his eyes).  Since I don’t want to have to explain myself to you idiots, yes, it’s a privilege thing.


Hex-Duo 8:  (Another pause).  Does that mean that you could be overpowered if we attacked you as a group?


Hex-Duo 3:  Oh my God, Eight, you did not just say that, did you?


Hex-Duo 4:  Geez Eight, you are pretty damn stupid sometimes.


Hex-Duo 6:  Yes, if you all really wanted to you could probably overpower me.


Hex-Duo 8:  Huh?


Hex-Duo 1:  Really Six?


Hex-Duo 6:  (Explodes with rage).  NO!


Hex-Duo 1:  (Terrified).  Ack, I didn’t think so!


Hex-Duo 6:  (Extremely annoyed).  Two!  Where the hell are they?!


Hex-Duo 2:  (Worriedly tapping his head).  Um…no sign of them Six…


Hex-Duo 10:  Hey, why don’t we just blast the hell outta the city to find ‘em?


Hex-Duo 6:  Because that wouldn’t accomplish anything.  If we blow them up on accident then we’ll never know it and we’d just end up wasting hours and hours searching for any sign of remains in the devastation we caused.  Does that sound like more fun to you?


Hex-Duo 3:  (Under his breath).  He’s tryin’ to break us uuuup…


Hex-Duo 4:  Don’t we get to kill anything right now?


Hex-Duo 6:  (Calm once again).  You just killed dozens of incompetent soldiers no more than five hours ago.  You can’t really be hungry for bloodlust that soon, can you?


Hex-Duo 4:  You know me and my bloodlust.  As a robot, it’s insatiable.


Hex-Duo 6:  (Sigh).  True true.


Hex-Duo 2:  (Holds his hand up and waves at the group).  Hey hey hey!


Hex-Duo 6:  You’ve got them?


Hex-Duo 2:  I’ve got one.  It’s better than nothing, right?


Hex-Duo 6:  It’ll have to do.  Where is this one?


Hex-Duo 2:  The stupid bastard’s heading back towards the base we just destroyed.


Hex-Duo 4:  Why would he be doing that?


Hex-Duo 6:  Why do humans do anything they do?


Hex-Duo 8:  Uh, I don’t know Six, because of love?


Hex-Duo 6:  No, because they’re stupid!  (Thinks to himself and starts nodding).  So yes, because of love.  You were technically right but just this once.


Hex-Duo 2:  Killin’ time?


Hex-Duo 4:  (Smiles and raises his hand).  Dibs.


-On the way to the Legion’s base…


-Jack is bookin’ it to get there for one reason or another.


-He’s still not showing much emotion despite all the events that have been going on the whole day.


Jack:  Why don’t any of them realize they always need a scapegoat to lead the wolves away?  (Checking his watch).  Good, nothing’s showed up on my radar.  Maybe they figured out how to get Lindsey to calm down a bit.


-Jack keeps running and remembers back a few days to a conversation he had with Chris.


Chris:  (Sitting up in his bed).  Jack, I don’t care what happens to me, as long as I can protect Lindsey.  That’s why I’ve gotta get out there and train; that’s why I’ve gotta get better.


Jack:  Enough.  She’ll be fine without you.  Trust me, we’ll all be just fine without you.  Just because we demand a lot from you doesn’t mean that you’ve got the weight of the world resting on your shoulders.


-Back to the now.


Jack:  Why was I such a dick to him?  Ug, and why am I acting just like him right now?


To Be Continued…


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