I watched Rex chase after the Autofficer, but I had my own battle to fight. Half a minute and three automatons later, I caught a glimpse of Rex and the Autofficer tumbling over a cliff.
I gasp and charge towards the cliff edge to find that it was not a cliff but only a steep grassy hill. Both of them were rolling down the hill at a record pace. Rex smashed into a tree, and then the Autofficer smashed into another tree. I flew and landed next to Rex.
"Are you okay?" I asked him.
The Autofficer got back up and started running again.
"I am as fit as a fiddle," Rex explained, "Except the fiddle was owned by a cranky person, so he smashed it against the wall several times."
That would mean you are broken into wood chips, I thought. Rex looked like he was holding his shoulder.
"Are you going to get him or not?" Rex asked.
"Wha..." I stopped myself as I realized he was talking about the Autofficer.
I charged down the slope, wings extended, gaining altitude as I followed the Autofficer deeper into the woods. The canopy was getting too thick to fly in, so I landed and proceeded on foot.
I could hear the Autofficer moving as I ran. I was catching up. That blow to the head must have disoriented him.
I jumped around a larger tree only to see the Autofficer aiming two pistols at my chest.
Flapping my reptilian wings, I back-flipped to avoid a barrage of fire. A bullet hit my left wing, sending a wave of pain through my nervous system. I grunted as I attempted to right myself before I hit on the ground.
I landed in a crouch, the Autofficer was reloading. I charged and jumped towards a tree, kicking off of it towards the Imperial, and knocking him to the ground. The pistols flew a few feet and landed in some moss.
The Autofficer was pinned to the ground. He was remarkably strong, but I beat my wings in reverse, pushing myself down. Eventually, he gave up struggling.
"Where is my family!?" I demanded.
The Autofficer was smug, "I don't have to tell you anything. According to Imperial Law..."
"Tell me!" I glared.
The Autofficer stared back.
Standing, I rapidly grabbed his wrists and shot upward with a blast of wind. After getting above the massive trees, I continued to gain altitude until it became impossible to distinguish trees from each other. The Autofficer hung from my arms.
The Autofficer laughed nervously, but his voice was confident, "You're not going to drop me!"
I let go of his right hand. He let out a yelp as he now dangled hundreds of feet above the ground by one arm. I continued hovering.
"Tell me now!"
"Uh...I...I don't know anything!"
I continued staring, my face was disapproving.
His voice seemed panicked, "It's the truth! I wasn't..."
I let go of his left arm.
He screamed as he fell, flailing his arms. I dived after him, beating my wings to outmatch his downward velocity. I caught him by the shirt. We were still some distance above the tallest trees.
"Last chance!" I said, "What did you do with my family!?"