“MOVE!!!” R.K. bellowed to them all as they raced down the ice tunnel. The F.I.S. troops were following them, still firing.
But then at the very back of the squad Vasilious started to slow down then stopped and turned to face the enemy.
“Everyone with me?” Blast called over his shoulder to them all then turned to look back while running backwards and saw Vasilious. “VASILOUS!!!”
The U.R.S.’s technician’s expert gave a last smile under his helmet, then pulled the trigger on his flame-thrower, just as Blast’s wrist bleeped five.
Flames burst from the end of the gun in a huge fireball that filled the tunnel and careered towards the oncoming F.I.S. but also started to melt the ice.
The detonators exploded and so did the liquid Tobanna tanks. The explosion ripped through the base like a tsunami destroying everything as it went.
Within seconds it had reached the huge hall and flooded it, then headed up the entrance corridor that the squad had just reached the end of.
The flames reflected off of Vasilious’s helmet as he stared into them, still firing his weapon.
Then they ate him up and he was gone.
Blast leapt from the entrance into the snow closely followed by the surviving squad members, just as the flames burst from the tunnel behind them and flew out into the open just above their backs.
The flames roared above them but that noise was then blocked out by an even bigger explosion;
the roof of the base was shredded into pieces as the flames burst out into the sky in a swirling, mushrooming ball of death and destruction and the above-ground layers of the base collapsed into rubble. A tremor flew out through the ground and rumbled away into the distance.
“Whoa! Ey’ up! There goes the base!” Nightblaze watched from The Manipulator’s bridge window as the tremor shook the ship and the explosion appeared on the horizon.
“I hope they weren’t still in that.” Falcon stood in his new armour with the temporary leader.
“So do I.” Nightblaze replied quietly.
Then the explosion was over and the flames receded slightly and turned into just a huge fire.
Blast rolled over, sat up and looked back at the entrance tunnel just as it collapsed. “Vasilious.” He mumbled is sadness as the others started to get up.
“Well that went well!” Padfoot smiled broadly as he stood with his hands on his hips looking back at the destroyed base.
Blast pulled off his helmet and stared up at him.
“We lost four excellent men back in there. Forrel, Zak, Sator and most of all Vasilious.” He said, standing up.
“Vasilious?!” Padfoot’s eyes widened.
“Yes Vasilious. Vasilious gave his life to save us. He stopped in the corridor to fire his flame-thrower at the F.I.S. but he was caught in the explosion."
Blast picked up his helmet and looked around at everyone. “Now if you don’t mind, I’m going back to the ship. If anyone wishes to join me then by all means do so.” And with that he rammed on his helmet and stalked off with his back to the base as more distant explosions could be heard as the lower levels of the base were destroyed.
Padfoot put his hands on Jelli’s shoulders and gently massaged them as she sobbed into her hands.
He smiled apologetically to the top of her head then looked over at Shock as he slowly got up and followed Blast.
“Come on.” The U.R.S. second encouraged and helped Jelli up.
He gave her a gentle hug then let her go as she moped off after the others.
Padfoot looked to Hess who also got up and put his arm around his friends shoulder and together they walked away from the destruction towards the safety, warmth and homeliness of The Manipulator.
BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT? FIND OUT IN PART 11! COMING FRIDAY 28TH MAY!