Posted Apr 08 2014 - 09:39 PM
"I had the same thought, Walker!"
William replied, ducking out of cover just in time to see one of the charging Mantis bearing down on him, its comrade just behind. In mere moments it had closed to melee range, taking a wide swipe, clearly aiming to cut him from shoulder to sternum. Fortunately, it didn't quite get the chance; He was just barely quick enough to move back, the claw still tracing a long, long cut down his chest. It hurt like the devil, but it was, primarily, superficial. He jumped back again as a few jars impacted against the creatures, tripping them up and, by the look of it, causing some pretty extreme irritation. Backpedaling, he squeezed off a single shot, crippling the one that had attacked him with a shot just below the head.
The other melee Mantis, thankfully, was still not back on its feet, leaving him enough time to put some distance between them.
Further back, one of the armed Mantis let out a dying screech. It had't been clean, but the onslaught Ashley had opted to unleash, accompanied by Estelle's more conservative shots, had mortally wounded it, in addition to causing no small amount of damage to its eyes. Its counterpart, savage not suicidal, ducked into cover, but not before taking the time to send a carefully lined up shot at Ashley, aiming for her chest. The angle, nor the circumstance, was not conducive to a clean shot, but that didn't minimize the risk.
But while the number of Mantis in front of them was beginning to decline, another disturbing sound began to be heard.
Insectile chattering to the sides and behind them, just a corridor or so over.
"Harken, Devas, that evac would really be appreciated any time now."
The fighters momentarily scattered to avoid the gun battery, but they soon looped around, concentrating fire on the defenses. Ot was currently a stalemate, but not one likely to last long.