Chapter 8Mature

It was far too quiet for the general. He resided in his cell awaiting his release. He knew they'd come. Of course, this guy didn't need anyone to bust him out of this place. That could be done easily and he could do it all by himself. Still, he wanted a way to do it without having to go back on his word. Otherwise Brunson wouldn't have sent out a message through the mail to get him out.

A cold breeze blew outside. The temperature was only thirteen degrees. There was only ice on the ground and covering all the metal gates of the prison. No snow fell from the sky. But there was snow on the ground from the snow storm that happened the day prior. All the guards standing outside were freezing with the exception of one.

"Lucky bastard," said one of the knights.

Two on site officers sat in chairs in a watch tower. One of them was freezing. The metal armor freezing up didn't help. He didn't take too kindly to the fire starter who sat next to him. She simply turned up her body heat to keep herself warm. Her smile and laugh upset her partner.

"It's not funny! It's fucking cold out here! The fuck we gotta be out here for? If anybody breaks free they'd freeze to death anyways. We're miles away from civilization and even further away from Apalia. It doesn't make fucking sense!"

The guard would understand why somebody had to be outside. He spotted something approaching the front gates on the snow covered road. There were only three people. Why be out here at two in the morning and in this freezing weather? That was out of the ordinary. That prompted the officer to tap his partner and point out towards the oncomers.

"I'm pretty sure they aren't here for the great food," he joked.

"Or to pick up some knitting. Something doesn't smell right. Then again, they could just be lost. Here, let me handle this," she replied.

Her hand reached down under her chair. She pulled out a royal army exclusive long range rifle. It was called the wasp. That thing could easily take down an elephant from a mile away. It was all black and could carry a maximum ammunition load of twenty rounds.

Something was definitely wrong. The pair stood at the giant front gates of the prison. They didn't move. Spotlights came on from every direction. It was only then that the two appearances could be made. These people certainly didn't look very intimidating. One looked to be only a boy. The other appeared to be a woman. Their identities were unknown to everybody watching them from the water towers to the camera room in the prison.

The only thing that was certain about these two people was that they looked out of the normal. That fact alone was unusual. Almost everybody in the world were realtors or sponsored. Some of them had altered physical appearances as well. To find anyone that looked weird even by those standards was enough for the tower guards to be worried.

The female was tall and had some serious muscle definition. She didn't have a nose or eyebrows. Whenever she breathed her razor sharp teeth would show. Those teeth matched her claws. She wore a steel vest with red cloth trim around the edges, black cargo pants and nothing on her feet. Her hair was jet black and her skin was white in color. Those eyes she had were yellow and oval shaped. The most defining characteristic about this woman were her forearms. She had what appeared to be sabers attached to the sides of her forearms.

That kid was the weirdest looking of the two. He looked to be made of some sort of metal. Yet, strangely enough, he looked to be skinny and frail. His eyes were pointed like an elf. He too had sharp teeth. He didn't have on clothes yet he didn't have any sexual organ a boy would have. The only reason why he even had the appearance of being male was due to the fact that he didn't have any female sex organs either. The shoulder build was consistent of a male. Just like his female counterpart he had a special attachment as well. That would be his tail. At the tip of the tail was a sharp needle.

The female staff member held up her rifle. She checked out the trespassers with her sights.

"The hell? Yeah, be alert."

That didn't sound very good to the male staff.

"Why?" he asked.

"Those two look like trouble. You know the news. Realtors have been popping up. Wouldn't be the first time they tried to help someone escape. Remember two years ago?"

"Yeah, you have a point there. Wanna sound the alarm?"

"No, no, no. We can handle this. They don't look armed."

The front gate had an intercom system. That made the two of them focused their attention to the gate. They both smiled.

"This is the Apalia department of corrections. You are on royal property. Turn around."

Neither one of them obeyed anything this intercom said. They clearly weren’t here to follow instructions. The woman kneeled down towards the ground on one knee. She grabbed a handful of snow. Her cheeks turned out to not be cheeks at all. Instead, they were gills. She pressed the snow into her gills as if she were trying to absorb the water which snow was made of. That action seemed to enrage her. Her mouth opened. The boy covered his right ear by pressing his tail against it and covered his left ear with both hands.

“What in the world is she doing?” wondered the female guard.

“What’s going on? What’s happening? That’s it. I’m sounding the alarm.”

The man knight moved over to a desk that had a red button on it. Before he could press the button there was a sound that made both correctional officers fall to the ground. That woman produced a shriek so powerful that it could paralyze someone in pain if one wasn’t protecting their ears.

“Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!” The woman knight screamed in pain while covering her ears.

“What the fuck is that? What is it? Fuck!” Agony wasn’t absent from the man either.

That gate was still in the way. That wasn’t a problem for one of the intruders. The feral machine boy stabbed the intercom with his tail and penetrated the metal. He closed his eyes. Only two seconds later and both of his eyes shot open. Instead of pupils there were a series of zeros and ones in binary code falling in a downward pattern in his eyes. The gate opened up.

“Ready to go to work Zach?” asked the woman.

“Sure thing Brilliance,” he responded.

“Alright, let’s do this!”

“Bri! Wait! I didn’t mea-“ He shook his head. That woman always ran into battle without any sort of strategy besides ripping people and property apart.

This Brilliance certainly wasted no time when it came to becoming aggressive. She charged forward into a sea of guards as if she expected no harm to come to her. Automated gun torrent sprouted up from the ground. The machines opened fire with huge rounds pouring out from them. If any of them hit she would die instantly. Her land speed was great. So was her tactic in avoiding being hit. She moved almost like a shark underwater going for a kill with her zig zag pattern of running.

Zach took cover behind the water tower. He hoped that his display of machine control would have told Brilliance that he could have reprogrammed the torrents. Now he couldn’t do anything expect give her advice.

“Bri! The rounds are armor piercing!”

He hated when he had to think for her. At least now Brilliance had a plan. She made it to one of the torrents. That shriek of hers would be ineffective against this mechanical lead slinger. It didn’t matter. She didn’t plan on destroying the machine. She wanted its counterpart to do the work for her. Both torrents were lined up side by side and could move with a swivel in a three hundred and sixty degree turn. That was the one weakness Brilliance exploited. Once she took cover next to a torrent the other machine fired upon its ally.

This was the opening Zach needed. He jumped from behind the tower and moved in quickly. Zach ran on all four limbs. He leaped up into the air, performed a somersault and landed on top of the machine. He stabbed it from the top. It turned around towards the crowd of knights and unleashed a lead based hell.

Royal property being turned on the authorized users was a good enough distraction for Brilliance. She needed the attention of the guards to be diverted long enough for her to send out the signal. She reached behind her back and pulled out a flare gun. Her arm pointed the gun up into the air. She fired it.

“Zach! Take cover!” she shouted.

He couldn’t hear her. Not even the guards could hear her from Zach firing at them. Not many could take cover. Most fell via gunshot wound. Some lost legs, torsos, crotches, arms, heads or a combination of all of the above. His head and eyes shot up towards the sky. Those same eyes widened. He never moved so fast in his life trying to get away from his current position. Brilliance was already moving back towards the gate.

There was a sound. At least, at first there was a single sound. At that point there were two sounds. The remaining guards that hadn’t been shot to death didn’t know what they were hearing. But every knight that saw what was vastly approaching in the distance screamed in horror. Two missiles were coming fast. There was simply no way anyone could dodge something like that unless they saw it coming. The missiles struck and knocked both Zach and Brilliance away with a back blast. The two were not hurt. The same couldn’t be said for the guards. Not a single one of them survived.

Yet another woman stepped out of the backwoods area near the prison. She wore a brown coat with fox fur covering the collar. Everything else on her was tight fitted. Even the white pants she wore were like a second skin and her white pleather shirt was the same. At least her brown fox fur boots were look. She was a blonde with blue eyes. Then again, only one of her eyes was blue; the left. As for the right eye there was only a clear colored pupil and a long scar coming through her eyebrow down to her cheek.

“Bullseye..” was all that came from her lips.

She lifted up her right arm that looked to be made of metal. Where her right hand should have been all that was left was a gun barrel looking wrist. Smoke was rising from the barrel. There was tripod leg extensions connected to her forearms. Her arm retracted the legs. She smiled. She knew that she had fired missiles and pretty much eliminated a good majority of the correctional officers by herself.

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