Before the fight inside the gundeck...
The Scarlet shepherd starts its descent as I peer out the window.
"The Baron's Ego..." I grin, this day just got a whole lot brighter.
"You've seen that before" Rex askes with a look of confusion.
"Yeah, it be the second biggest in the baron's fleet".
I smirk "that ship almost carries more cargo than Larry's pockets".
He laughs and then gets back to his cannon to ready the pirates.
As the Scarlet shepherd levels off with the ship, I could almost see the terror on the faces of the Automatons. I grin, left to right I see fellow pirates aim out the window.
Man, that ship is about to get pounded...
As if on cue the speakers blare,
"Fire At Will".
The cannons blasted, the rifles fired, as Aether pored on the deck of the ship.
"Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh" I scream, everyone took a second from the fight to see why I was screaming.
Some laughed, some smiled, and some stared in confusion before getting back to firing.
I don't care what they thought, THAT HURT -note to self bring earplugs.
Getting back to destroying autos, I hit three in a row, reloaded, then shot off another round.
I see my next target but before I could fire someone hit it squarely, destroying it to pieces.
I look over "Rex what in the.....how.....how did you do that"?
He just shrugs and gets back to firing with a grin on his face, I shake my head and hit two more Autos.
Within minutes the Scarlet shepherd was hovering over the barons, ship.
"Well it's been real folks but I must take my leave".
Rex nods in approval, I grin as we bolt to the deck as fast as we could.
I could hear the noise of the battle, "Rats they started without us".
Running to the end of the deck, I didn't think twice about jumping over the side of the ship.
For a brief 8 seconds, I thought I was flying before landing on a pacifier.
"Yikes" I thrust my cutlass into it and backflipped out of the way of its bayonet.
As I land on my back, I quickly grab my dagger, turn around, and stab it in the leg, breaking the gears that let it move. While it was off-balance I jump on top and finish the job.
"Nice job Drake" captain Eerie says while kicking a troubleshooter to the ground.
I run to my next target "Why thank you Miss Coppernight".
Then out of nowhere a blast knocks another troubleshooter behind me to the ground. that auto thing was going to hit me...
"WAIT, IS THAT WHO I THINK IT IS"??????????
I turn around and Elijah Overcape laughs before teleporting away.
I sigh, I'll catch you one of these days you Aethasian mystery!
Interrupting my thoughts, another lasher lunged for me, I quickly moved out of the way just to get caught by its arms.
"UGH, how did they even get these machinal maniacs on this blasted ship"!
Shadow sees me and gives the lasher a "shocking" blow to its metal chest.
"Thanks," I said while trying to catch my breath.
(not from the Auto)
"First time," he said with a smirk before shooting another Automaton to dust.
I get up and charge for a bombardier and stab it in its metalhead "We don't get any "Working" automatons on the L but the goats". "And they just eat cans" I dodge a mortar turn around and destroy another lasher.
I wonder where Caleb went he's missing all the fun.
"Bombardier movement on your right Drake" Titan said while planting dynamite inside a lasher.
"Got it" but I did not, it hit me with its ram.
As I fly through the air time freezes as if nothing else mattered.
To my right on the deck, a crewmate of the Ego that looked taller and much older than me was running in the other direction. He did not worry me, but it was what was in his hand that could bring the end to the pirates...
I land with a roll "Hey!!!! that guy is going to contact ASP someone needs to stop him"!!!!!
The only person that I could see that was not too preoccupied battling Autos was Abira, who was fiercely tranquilizing the runaway crewmen.
Without looking, I throw my knife into the bombardier and chase after the crewmate with the communicator.
I don't think he saw me because he stopped halfway to the back of the ship and started to dial on the communicator.
Oh not on my watch
I jump the remaining distance and tackle him to the floor.
We roll around the floor each trying to grab the communicator out of the other's hands.
He kicked my lower jaw with his knee, pushed me off, and started to run to the back of the ship.
As searing pain shot up my skull I dragged myself to my feet and tried to catch up with him.
He turns out of sight and yells into the mic "Help We're being attacked by........" before he could finish, I drop kicked him in the chest.
I walk up to grab the communicator "Ha, that'll teach you to mess with Dra......".
He quickly got up faster than I expected and punched me in the face, knocking me to the floor.
I wince as he follows with a kick to my side, sending unbearable pain to my ribs.
"You think your so strong you pirate scum," he said with a smirk. "The empire Will defeat the resistance, and your little band of fools will perish along with it"........
As automatons close in behind him I knew this would be it, the end of my life, he smirks and walks away.
The dumb Automatons were waiting for a command.....but it never came.
(clearly a design flaw).
I lay as still as I can, waiting for someone to see me or stop him.
Then I hear a battle cry and look over to see five autos collapse.
Behind them, I see Eerie, Titan, and Shadow running to bash the others.
The crewmate panicked and took off to the other end of the ship.
"You got this Drake, go get him," Captain Eerie said while dueling a pacifier.
With new determination, I drag myself to my feet, nod to Eerie, and run as fast as I could to catch up with him.
He was 20 feet away now and I knew I would not catch him in time so I came up with a plan.
I check my belt for any weapons that weren't used up, broken, or thrown at something and come up with my last cutting knife.
"Well, it's better than nothing" I run-up to a bombardier open the hatch and cut random wires.
The automaton went crazy and spun around really fast with me still on it.
(Not the automaton piggyback ride I wanted)
As consciousness leaked out of my brain.....
(And something kind of similar spilled out of my mouth)
I let go and rocketed toward the front of the ship and landed on my stomach three feet in front of him.
I stand up just in time to see his perplexed face "Ya know, you could just give me that communicator and make it a whole lot easier for yourself".
The guy now realizing he wouldn't be able to get away from me using the only option he had left.
He draws his sword and thrust forward "Well the hard way it is" I reach for my cutlass and realize it's not there.
"Yipes" in a split second I jump out of the way barely avoiding the deadly blade.
While he recovered I scanned the area for something to give me a fighting chance.
There, over by that Auto lay a tranquilized crewmate with his flintlock by his side.
My enemy turned around with his sword and swung it in my direction.
I ducked out of the way and took off for the weapon hoping that the Auto did not see me.
I stopped running and slid the rest of the way there and grabbed the pistol.
The Auto turned around but not before I shot the fog boiler inside its metal chest.
"Freeze" I shout to the man "Put the communicator down" he hesitates but then slowly lowers it to the ground.
"Good, now back away slowly" he starts walking backward while an evil twisted grin flashes across his face.
All of a sudden a bayonet strikes my arm, pain shot through my arm causing me to drop the weapon. While holding my arm, I kick the Auto out of the way to recover the communicator before the other guy did.
He took out after it while throwing his sword to the left for a better chance of getting there first. I got there just before he did and grabbed it with my good arm.
He tackles me trying to wrestle it out of my hand while I try to hold on and getaway.
But he would not relent he even threw punches trying to get me to lose my grip but I held on.
The fight continued over to the edge of the ship where I could see the ocean below.
Moving in and out of an unconscious state, I tried over and over again to desperately get up, but he would just kick me to the ground again.
I hear the revving of a fog engine and look over to see a bombardier charging its ram.
"Hey, we need to m...." I said in a weak voice before he punched me again "I'm not going anywhere without that communicator"!
The bombardier let out its charge and came speeding toward us I tried to get away but my adversary would not let me go.
Knowing that we were both doomed if that bombardier hit us.
I made one last effort and kicked him with all my strength making him fall out of range.
The ram hit my head on throwing me over the railing off the ship, somehow I managed to hang on to the (now useless) communicator.
It felt like I was flying, and for a minute I enjoyed falling 146 feet to the ocean.
But, like all dreams end, I plunged under the surface and into a nightmare.
I tried to hold my breath and swim to the surface, but pain and exhaustion set in and would not allow me a fighting chance.
As I let out my last bit of air, I wondered If trying to do something good with my life was a mistake.
Leaving the flying L was the best thing to ever happen to me, but at what cost?
and then everything goes black...