Enemy fire blasted across the Wyvern’s side. “Stay together,” Kat entreated. she fired, hitting the fleeing ship directly and blowing it into pieces. The Wyvern spun in space, coming around to face the remaining three.
Kat braced herself. She was between the crippled Nebula and the three enemies and she had to stay there. There was no other option. If she ran, one of them would break through and finish Allison off. She had to stay and she had to keep damage to a minimum, at least until Farah could fly in and take over for her.
She fired lasers and torpedoes blasted noiselessly forward.
The Cerberus buckled, shaking from the enemy fire.
Lucy returned to the bridge and took her station. “Having problems?” she asked.
“Shields are nearly down and we’ve got some hull damage,” Ophelia reported. “You know, the usual Cerberus luck.” Her voice quivered a little. “Whatever you’re going to do had better be amazing.”
“Isn’t it always?” Lucy asked. “Be ready to back away from them quickly. With the Cerberus in her current state, we do not want to be close to them when these go off.”
The two opposing ships were closing in on her, trying to trap her betwixt them. Farah dove and boosted back. She moved below the one closing in on her rear and fired, blasting their ship open.
The Simurgh spun up past the debris, coming very close to hitting against it and Farah faced her final pursuer. This was all that stood between her and aiding her comrades. She moved in, wanting to finish it quickly.
Her opponent fled, moving away from her as quickly as they could. Farah shrugged and began turning, but they quickly returned, forcing her to quickly avoid. She moved toward them and they ran, concentrating on evading her fire.
So, that was their plan. They were going to try and draw her away long enough for their comrades to finish Kat and Allison. Farah frowned, not knowing what to do but knowing with certainty that she had to do it quickly.
The Cerberus launched its payload of missiles, over a dozen in total. They blew open around the enemy ship.
“Just what are you up to?” Ophelia wondered. She looked at her monitor screen. “Are those?”
“Yes,” Lucy stated. “Move away, fast.”
Ophelia moved back away from their ship while Lucy fired the Cerberus’ lasers. Setting off the sub-space mines that she’s just scattered all around their ship. The sky was lit up with a brilliant flash, the Cerberus shook violently and, where once a formidable ship had menaced them, debris littered the area.
The Wyvern’s warning lights flared, practically begging Kat to jettison. But she wouldn’t, she couldn’t. Even if it cost her her life, she’d buy the time Allison needed. Her torpedoes managed to down one of the remaining ships, but she knew she wouldn’t last much longer.
“Kat, fire your torpedoes forward.” Farah’s voice entreated.
Kat did as she was asked, managing to get two launched before her firing mechanism went offline.
She looked over in shock. Farah was flying in reverse right towards her. The Simurgh moved up, smoothly avoiding the torpedoes but they went directly into the ship pursuing her, taking it down.
The Simurgh came about, blasting one of the remaining ships with lasers. The remaining ship fired at Kat but the Simurgh boosted, moving to intercept the shot. It shook but remained going. Farah fired another burst, finishing the last one.
“Are you okay?” Farah asked. “Do you need me to evacuate you?”
“I’m fine,” Kat answered. “Get the Nebula first. I’ll manage to hold on now that no one’s left to fire at me.”
“Understood,” Farah said.
The Cerberus hurried back to the main battle space.
“Any sign of our girls?” Ophelia asked.
“I’ve got them on scanners,” Lucy reported. “It looks like both the Wyvern and the Nebula are crippled. The Simurgh is still flying, but heavily damaged. It looks like we owe Grace one. If not for her obsessive upgrading, we probably wouldn’t have any fighters left.”
Ophelia nodded. “Let’s pick them up and finish the mission.”