“Kocz - we got company, and they are coming our way very fast.” Xerla called out to her partner.
“Who can it be, they definitely aren’t us.” Kocz replied, his eyes also on the scorpion’s screens.
“Definitely Pirates.” Xerla said.
“What are the damn filthy scumbags still doing out here? They were told to leave this planet entirely. Our coming here has been announced all over Hycn for God’s sake.” Kocz said.
“I know, but you forget how space pirates are. They don’t care about anybody’s rules but their own. Not forgetting how they love adventure and a little bit of danger.” Xerla said.
“What do we do now?” Kocz asked.
“Avoid them. With them you can never know, they may think we want to stop them from doing their thing and engage us in a fight. Let’s get out of here.” Xerla suggested.
She wriggled forward in her seat violently - tightening her grip around the scorpion’s control levers. She then eased back on the seat and pulled the lever on her right backwards in the blink of an eye.
“I fear they have arrived already!” Kocz shouted over the radio.
“Punch it man! Let’s go!” Xerla roared back, then dived her craft skywards to the south, and blasted off. Kocz followed her. The newly arrived unidentified ships hesitated for a moment but quickly gave chase.
“Kocz, we have no other alternative but to engage them. I assumed they‘ll be h...
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...d it at once silently reciting mantras to Zuralyrkro to pardon him for he was about to kill another.
"No matter how hard you try asshole I am going to waste you." Kocz shouted after concluding his silent short prayers. He started firing wildly. Xerla had a kill under her belt, he had to blow the remaining craft. There was no way he would let her win. Never. The two of them always kept scores of enemies they eliminated in battles to compare and see who killed more than the other. They had started many years ago when they were first partnered together and wanted to prove to the each other that they were better than the other, hence should always assume the role of a superior and give commands during missions.
Kocz sent another trail of red laser fire at the UFO in front trying hard to evade him. It dived higher again and he followed it, fingers still on the triggers.
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