At the end of the tube was a small dome, made of the same see through material to reveal the shrubbery outside. In the middle of the room and around the walls were silver and white chairs, facing the air lock which served as the team gate. Just then, a loud voice echoed in both domes on either side of the battleground,
“Listen up squirms! today will be your first trial battle on siron grounds. Take a good look around you and get used to the atmosphere…” Shiva paused for awhile, as if giving time for the silvers to comply,” great, now put on those helmets in the cupboard by the side and wait for further instructions.”
When the silvers put on their helmets, a ring of light at the side of their helmets turned either red or blue according to their teams. As they were doing so, Shiva and Megan walked into their respective domes and briefed their teams.
” Since today is a modified game, I will be taking position as commander of team… and everything else.” Megan put on a mic and sat down in the center chair. The control room started up and screens appeared at the respective tables. She waved her hands to bring the screens all in front of her. ” During a real battle, these seats will be taken by a selected number of people from the toon…” she looked away from the screens and eyed her red team, who were listening to her obediently through the radio system located in the helmets, ” … So try to be worth it.”
Another 3 minutes crossed in silence as Megan tapped the various screens to prepare for the battle. Finally she pushed the screens to one side and spun the chair around to face the red team. The team immediately straightened up and looked at her, waiting for instructions. Megan looked at the team for awhile.
“Okay, for this game, the objective is to find the opponents hidden flag which will trigger the opening of their gate. Then someone unharmed must pass through the enemy gate to win. I will be aiding you some parts of the way but you are mostly on your own-” a siren signalled the opening of team doors ” remember to keep your helmets on.” Megan ended the brief hastily and sat back down on the chair, quickly grabbing a helmet and putting it on right before the doors opened.
” the location of our trigger flag is at the waist of the waterfall,” shivas voice cackled through the radio in the helmets, ” Beatrice, xue Hui, charlotte, go as a group to guard the flag. Charmaine, Alexander, stay near the gate. The other 5, go and find the enemy trigger flag. Understood?”
” yes ma’am, moving out.”
The team split up and moved in groups while charmaine and Alexander looked places to hide in the bushes and trees, carefully making sure that the blue lights on their helmets were covered.
Beatrice, xue Hui and charlotte walked through the thick greenery quietly, slowly walking in the direction of the waterfall. The jungle was silent, only the soft rustle of their footsteps. Suddenly, the deafening crack of a twig. the trio spun around and reached for their guns. There was no one behind them, or so they thought until xue Hui spotted a faint glow of red on a leaf of a bush and soon after a small pair of eyes peering out. She avoided eye contact for fear of them knowing that she had noticed, and come out of hiding to freeze them. Slowly she turned to the other girls, back facing the follower. using sign language, she conveyed the message.
ONE RED IN BUSH BEHIND, FOLLOWING TO FIND TRIGGER. FREEZE?
The two girls nodded and xue Hui discreetly started to charge her gun in front of her, out of the follower’s line of vision. The follower looked out at the backs of his three opponents, curious to know what had caused the long delay. Catching him by surprise, the girl on the far right suddenly spun around and fired a shot straight towards him. Before he knew it, his shoulders were frozen in place. He stood up, trying to retaliate but only to get shot at the knees again. He had been fully disabled. Xue Hui, Beatrice and charlotte quickly started to flee from the scene, hearing a group of footsteps rushing towards the shouts of their frozen teammate. 5 shots were fired shortly after and 2 hit Beatrice at her hand and thigh respectively. Being significantly slowed down, she told the other two to go quickly to the trigger while she blocked off the rest of the shots from the oncoming red team. Xue Hui and charlotte started to get chased by three opponents, it was an all out war. Blue and red beams flying around, occasionally hitting an arm or a leg. Xue Hui and charlotte knew they couldn’t keep running in the direction of their trigger.
” climb up the trees! We’ll go by the canopy!” charlotte told xue Hui while running.
” the claws xue Hui, claws! Look at the opponents, those people are bad at scaling the pillars!”
Xue Hui took a glimpse behind her. It was indeed three of the weakest climbers in 56 Gen. Quickly, both girls activated their claws and ascended a tree. Quickly reaching the canopy and jumping from one tree to another. The red team could only watch as their opponents scaled the tree, they squinted to see where they were going but in vain, the blue team had gone.
Meanwhile, ru Hui and a boy called Wilson dashed through the thick jungle towards the location featured by a red dot on the screen of their helmets. ” there is no hope trying to outplay their team, so lets just hope we find that trigger fast.”
” There it is! Near the waist of the waterfall, lets go quick!” Wilson made a bee line towards the blue flag, not listening to ru Hui who told him to wait. Two shots from the bushes, frozen. Ru Hui sighed quietly and smacked her forehead. ” well at least now I know there are two opponents there…” she charged her gun,formulating a plan in the process ” well, lets just go for it.” she dashed out an arm infront of her body and back towards one opponent. She quickly froze the one she was facing. Using her free arm, she picked up wilson’s previously charged gun and froze the other. ” have you found the gate?” she asked her teammate via helmet. ” okay, there will be people there guarding the gate, ask the other two with you to stand at either side of you and when the siren goes off, just run through the gate.” She walked towards the blue flag and yanked it out from the ground, triggering a siren that rang to signal the opening of the blue team’s gate. Charmaine and Alexander shot up from their positions in the bushes and fired at the trio that ran through the gate, only to find that they were shooting at already frozen silvers. The battle was over, the reds had won the first battle. Alexander threw his gun down in frustration and rage. He stomped out of the battle area and back into the capsule in the drop. Ru Hui took a glance at him and smiled to herself. ” haha, not so high and mighty anymore are you?” she thought with a chuckle as the toon fell again towards their airlock base