As we fled, some other mechanical abominations saw a chase and us ensued. Laser shots were exchanged and several times, we thought we’d leave more then just feathers behind. We made it to the wall of the crater and desperately looked up at the steep cliffs. All hope seemed lost, and then we noticed an elevator that must take us to the top. Getting there was not easy, as despite their causalities, the robots had somehow multiplied. Finally, our spaceship was in view, I hoped the enemy would abandon the chase once we lifted off. But it was then the hunters emerged from the bowels of the planet. I launched the protocol for emergency take-off. We barely managed to jump into the airlock before it closed.
Once at the commands, I pushed the turbo reactors to their maximum and pulled us off the ground. The protection shield was hit repeatedly, but remained strong. The robots weren’t going to give up that easy, and they continued to fire as we lifted into outer space. After too long under fire, I saw another ship that we could not identify. We were headed right for each other. At the last minute, he moved aside and came face to face with our hunters. He took them out with disconcerting ease. The toasters had no chance. At that moment, the radio came to life: « Follow me, I know a safe place ».
We followed his course, eager and curious to meet our savior.
To be continued on Thursday, October 6