Just several miles to the east, Xerla was still preaching to Kocz about religion when two blinking red dots appeared out of nowhere on her radar screens. Two mysterious crafts were approaching fast. If the crafts belonged to the Ekcyrien army, they could have displayed as green dots on the screen. But they didn’t, which made Xerla sure that it wasn’t safe to hang around. They had to get away fast.
“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 happy we are running away but they are chasing us now.” Xerla shouted.
She veered her ship to the right, and then spun it around. Her fingers at the ready on triggers. In situations like this her fingers were always ready on the trigger. That’s why she’d been involved in many battles, both on air and on ground, and survived. She had very good survival instincts and one simple rule she lived by on the field of battle. Eliminate thy enemy before they eliminate thee.
One of the unidentified ships was directly in her line of fire. She pressed....