"Thank you for coming," The operative says. "The empire suspects i'm a rebel, and i'm not sure how much longer I could have remained safe." He walks back over to the door and opens it again, making sure nobody was coming.
Ariella walked over to the door also. "We have to meet up with Kieran, another rebel we came with. He is sabotaging the factory, come on."
"This way to the factory," I whisper to everybody else while I point down a corridor. "It smells worse down there."
The operative raises his eyebrow. "Oh?"
"I also see a considerably large amount of fog on the ground." I counter.
Creel shrugs. "It's worth a shot." She says, walking down the corridor. I follow her, and soon the entire group walks down through the fog filled hallways. We stop at stairs.
"I guess we go down." I say. I begin to walk down the stairs, but I stop in my tracks when I hear clanking coming up from the stairs. I turn around and go back up the stairs.
"Quick, back outside!" The operative whispers. We all turn to leave but an automaton patrol comes up at the entrance, lead by an autofficer.
"Not so fast," He yells. "Your coming with me!" All of us freeze in our tracks. The autofficer orders two pacifiers to restrain us. The pair of pacifiers were almost in touching distance when Ariella throws a smoke bomb that was concealed behind her back. The pacifiers were confused as smoke poured into the room.
"Run!" Ariella shouts. We all run down the stairs, completely forgetting about the troop of auto's that were ascending the stairs. Ariella and I evaded past them at the last second, but I heard someone ram into one of the auto's, and I heard Creel's voice.
She soon recovers and follows us. We emerge from the smoke and find in front of us there were two hallways. I hear the frantic autofficer yell. "FIRE!" Gunshots rang through the corridor, and some of the auto's clanged down the stairs. I hear a voice cry out in pain. It was the operative! I had completely forgotten about him during our flight. The operative stumbles out of the smoke, clutching his arm.
I Run up to him and grab his good arm. "Come on, we have to go!"
Ariella and Creel couldn't get to us without being shot, that was a problem. "We'll go down this corridor," Creel yells to us over the gunshots. "You go down yours!"
I Hesitate. "We will meet up with Kieran at the factory!" I yell back to her. She nods, and we run down our separate tunnels.
"The empire will have to split... Their forces to follow us." The operative says. I look at his arm, concerned.
"Are you going to be okay?" I ask him.
"I'll be fine... If we make it out of this." He replies.
"Should you stay back and rest?"
"With the automatons chasing us?" He chuckles a little. "I should stay with you."
"If you say so. Hey look, it's the factory!"
We walk into the factory, we could easily tell that was what it was because of the half constructed auto parts on a track above us. Kieran was very close to shutting it down. He mumbles under his breath.
"Almost there... Got it."
An automaton patrol burst into the room, and Kieran quickly turns around and aims a pistol directly at my chest.