Lollie and Amber were huddled around the bomb, wondering what they could actually do.
"Umm." Amber offered, looking from the box to her friend.
"Yeah." Lollie replied. "Know anything about defusing bombs?"
Amber simply shook her head. She looked to her friend, who did exactly the same.
"Seems like all three of us are at a loss then." A gruff voice murmured from behind them.
"Why won't you just die?" Lollie screeched, more out of frustration than anything else.
"Are we in some horror film and you're the baddie that just refuses to stop trying to kill us?" Amber offered unhelpfully.
"You're already dead, my dear." Clive stepped forward, his usual smile faltering a little.
"So what happens next? Do we kill you again and just wait for you to come back? I mean talk about boring and repetitious." Lollie laced her words with sarcasm and annoyance, almost spitting them at Clive.
"No. I kill you both and neither of you come back."
With that, he darted towards Lollie, grabbing her by the neck and staring deep into her eyes. "Like so." He whispered simply in her ear as he moved closer, kissing her.
Amber looked on in horror as Clive's eyes lit with fire that flew through the air into Lollie, making her body spasm in pain. He dropped her, lifeless, to the floor.
"Your turn." he said with a great deal of excitement. "But don't worry, I have no intention of kissing you."
* * * * *
Rosie didn't stop running until she could not physically move any more.
"Keep going!" Bev called from behind her, urging her on. "We need to get you out of here!"
"What are you doing here?" Rosie panted, ready to keel over.
"Helping you get away. Lollie sent me." Bev placed her hand on Rosie's shoulder. "Have a minute to catch your breath then we need to get you out of here."
Rosie put her hands on her head, taking deep breath after deep breath.
"Nobody else is going to die today." Bev whispered under her breath.
* * * * *
Amber stepped away slowly, crying.
"Oh stop it." Clive snarled, screwing up his face.
"But. But. She. She shouldn't have died. Not like that. She was so much. So much better." Amber screamed, wiping away some of her tears. She briefly looked down at the box. Less than a minute left, not that it made much difference to her. Clive was only a metre or so away now.
"Give me a headstart?" she whimpered.
"The joker to the end." he allowed himself a little chuckle, reaching out for her.
"You can't tell me that you weren't expecting that."
Clive turned sharply to see Lollie squirming.
"Oh I'm good." Lollie chuckled, pulling herself up.
"How?" Clive was shocked.
"Little bit of luck. Little bit of skill. Little bit of you failing." Lollie wiped away a tear from her face, her usual smile returning to her face. "I sent some of your power back to you, painlessly of course. That way you didn't notice it. Tell me that wasn't good."
Lollie stood, challenging the man. Amber darted around the room to stand next to Lollie, ready to help her through whatever was about to happen.
"Seconds left." Amber whispered, making Lollie nod.
"On the count of three." Lollie whispered.
Both Lollie and Amber sent all they had at Clive, with him doing just the same at them.
"What do we do now?" Amber shouted. "Neither of us is getting anywhere."
"We wait!" Lollie replied, one eye on the bomb.
Ten seconds left.
* * * * *
Rosie was up and running again, getting further and further away with every passing second.
"Is that far enough?" she murmured, out of breath.
Bev turned to see how far away they were, Rosie joining her. Both of them struggled to judge how far they had gone but they knew the answer when, unexpectedly, the bomb detonated, the blast quickly travelling in their direction.
"Umm." Rosie said.
They watched in horror as it continued to get closer, not showing any signs of stopping.
"We can't outrun that, can we?" Rosie already knew the answer and so didn't need to look to see Bev shaking her head.
* * * * *
Seconds earlier, Lollie and Amber were gaining on Clive, using his own power against him.
"What are we waiting for?" Amber screamed over the noise of their conflict.
"That." Lollie replied, pointing her head in the direction of the bomb.
"What?" Amber didn't have chance to say anything else since Lollie shoved her to the floor, moving to stand next to the bomb.
"I'm sorry Amber!" Lollie shrieked, noticing the numbers reach zero.
The room filled with a blinding light and a deafening sound as the bomb went off.
Amber covered her eyes just in time, scared of what she'd see when she opened them.