Prepare to commence the operation. Theta, Beta are you ready?
“In position and ready to go,” Rose said.
Omicron, Omega Theta Sigma and Epsilon are you ready?
“Just waiting on your signal,” Jenny said.
Zhao, are your robots ready?
“Zhao’s robots will go once she pushes the button,” Zhao said.
Beta, Theta, detonate the explosives. Zhao, push that button. Everyone else, wait thirty seconds and commence the hit and run.
Rose and Erin set off the explosives, collapsing the ground beneath a cluster of Golem units. Zhao’s robots rushed out of the base, opening fire.
“Let’s go,” Jenny said. They hurried to the smoking hole.
“Problem,” Ines said.
“What?” Sirvanna asked.
“There’s no one in the hole,” Ines said.
“That’s impossible!” Jenny cried. “We saw them before the explosives went off.”
“Alexa,” Sirvanna said “clear the smoke.”
Alexa gestured and the winds blew the smoke away from the hole. It was as Ines had said, the hole was empty.
“Where did they go?” Yuni asked.
“Buried in the rubble?” Christina asked.
“It’s a trap!” Sirvanna yelled.
The ground around them burst upward. Golem units scrambled up from beneath the ground. Down from the skies, legions more came. The three squadrons were quickly surrounded.
Some kind of illusion?
“Probably,” Florence said.
They shouldn’t be that clever.
“They aren’t,” Florence said. “They’re just following orders. Someone in the enemy camp anticipated our attack.”
Theta, Beta, go out onto the field and retrieve the others. I’ll go to Zhao and see if she’s got more robots. Naoko turned to Florence. Make sure the defenses are ready and prepare the infirmary. We’re going to need it.