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of the tower opened. tanding on a small scaffolding that s!rro!nded the large arc reactor" she watched as two do#en AIM agents $egan wal%ing aro!nd the reactor" preparing it for retrie&al. 'ne of the sh!ttles was par%ed on the solid section of the roof" while another was patrolling the air a$o&e the now open section. he then t!rned aro!nd to see Chen wal%ing into the room alongside another agent. (I want an !pdate on the stat!s of the arc reactor") said Chen. (*e ha&e agents anal+#ing its power le&els as we spea%" doctor") replied Brandt. (*e,ll ha&e it read+ for shipment within ten min!tes. (-o! had $etter ma%e it faster. *e don,t %now if . . . .) Chen .!ic%l+ t!rned aro!nd after hearing a lo!d crashing noise. /asha $!rst into the room" and flew straight for him. 0e p!t !p his hands and fired his radiation $eams at her" $lasting her o!t of the air and ca!sing her to smash into the gro!nd. %idding along the concrete past him" she rolled into an agent and $oosted !p" p!nching him in the face. he then t!rned aro!nd and armed her rep!lsors. As she did so" all of the AIM agents aimed their weapons at her. Chen la!ghed and $egan to slowl+ clap. (1!ite impressi&e" Ms. tar%") started Chen" (I don,t %now where +o! got the idea for a s!it li%e that. I,d lo&e to anal+#e it.) /asha f!rrowed her $row. (I,ll $e s!re to gi&e +o! an e2tra close inspection") replied /asha. (-o! wo!ld ha&e made a &al!a$le mem$er of AIM" /asha") contin!ed Chen. (-o!r technological e2pertise is nearl+ !nparalleled. *e didn,t want it to $e this wa+.) Chen smir%ed. (-o! forced o!r hands.) (*hat do +o! e&en want the arc reactor for3)
(A special pro4ect we are de&eloping $ehind closed doors. -o! might ha&e $een a$le to $e part of it" $!t !nfort!natel+ . . . . here we are. I onl+ tell +o! this as a co!rtes+5 after all" +o! won,t $e lea&ing this $!ilding ali&e" so there,s no harm in +o! %nowing.) Inside the helmet" /asha watched the 067. he changed the comm!nication channel to interior. (8anice" gi&e me a targeting sol!tion") whispered /asha. (Certainl+" ma,am.) /asha watched for a few seconds as the 067 lit !p the &ario!s AIM agents. he then swapped the comm!nication channel $ac% to e2terior. (9!nn+") said /asha" (since ,no harm, isn,t e2actl+ what I wo!ld sa+ is appropriate for this sit!ation.) /asha acti&ated a wrist roc%et" which she fired directl+ at one of the s!pport $eams for the arc reactor. /he AIM agents scram$led to r!n awa+ from it as one was torn apart $+ the $last. /he desta$ili#ed arc reactor core sh!ffled slightl+ down" p!lling the scaffolding with it. Brandt lost her footing and fell to the floor. /asha $oosted forward as the st!nned AIM agents tried to shoot her. :!nching one agent in the face" /asha twisted her $od+ to a&oid the shots of another. Blasting him with a rep!lsor shot" she flew into the s%+ as the other agents regained their footing. (8anice" la!nch mini-roc%ets;) (-es ma,am.) /asha,s sho!lder panels opened" re&ealing a twin set of miniat!re roc%et la!nchers. 9iring a set of roc%ets" the+ $egan $lasting apart the floor" $lowing awa+ two more agents. taring at her" Chen threw !p his arms and fired $eams of radiation. 6sing her sho!lder 4ets" /asha $oosted laterall+ to a&oid the $eams as she fired more rep!lsors into the crowd of agents" %noc%ing down two more. Brandt stood !p and fired her rifle at /asha" who shielded her face with her arms to deflect them. (Agents;) +elled Brandt. (Mo&e $ac%; 7eplo+ electric m!nitions;) Boosting down" /asha aimed for Chen with her rep!lsors" as he charged his hands again. Before
she co!ld reach him" she was $lasted in the side $+ a stri%e of $l!e electricit+. /asha shrie%ed as her 067 scram$led and she careened into the near$+ wall. Blin%ing as she gr!nted" she saw that two of the AIM agents were wielding rifles that were glowing with $l!e energ+. /he+ $oth fired their rifles at her" $lasting her with more electricit+. /asha shrie%ed again as she fell to her %nees. (Energ+ le&els pea%ing") said 8anice. ( +stem o&erload in progress.) (<emem$er o!r . . . . secret weapon3) (-es" ma,am. Con&erting e2cess energ+ to chest </.) /asha,s $reastplate $egan to glow $righter with energ+ from her arc reactor. :!shing herself !p" the centre of her chest fired a large $eam of foc!sed energ+" destro+ing the agents holding the electric rifles. Chen fired two more $eams of radiation" which /asha a&oided $+ rolling forward and $oosting towards him. =ic%ing him in the chest" /asha sp!n aro!nd to stri%e him in the face with the $ac% of her other foot. (6gh;) Chen .!ic%l+ reco&ered $+ charging his right hand with his radiation" chopping at /asha,s a$domen. /asha cringed as the hand chop scarred the s!it. Chen then p!nched her in the $reastplate" %noc%ing her $ac% down to the floor. <olling $ac%wards with the p!nch" she fired two rep!lsor $lasts at him" which he deflected $+ throwing !p a mist+ shield of radiation. t!ffing a glowing $l!e energ+ grenade into the la!ncher on the !nder$ell+ of her rifle" Brandt too% aim at /asha as she $oosted to dodge more $!llets from the other agents. 9iring the arc grenade" it e2ploded in mid-air near /asha" !nleashing a miniat!re storm of electric energ+. >ashing at her lim$s" the electricit+ crippled /asha,s mo&ement. Chen then fired a single radiation $last" $lowing her awa+ and thro!gh a near$+ wall into the ne2t room. 0e then t!rned to loo% at Brandt. (/a%e a gro!p down there and finish her off; I,ll get the arc reactor o!t of here;) Brandt nodded in response $efore 4!mping o&er the railing of the scaffolding and $ec%oning at the agents.
( .!ads one and two" with me; /he rest of +o!" help <adioacti&e Man with the arc reactor; h!ttle one" fl+ to the other side of the $!ilding and c!t off her escape ro!te . . . . we can,t let her interfere with the e2traction;) /asha" who was p!lling herself off the floor in the empt+ rooftop hangar" loo%ed $ehind her to see another AIM sh!ttle fl+ing to that side of the $!ilding. As it aimed its green targeting lasers at her" she $oosted $ac%wards to a&oid the stream of $!llets. >anding and then %ic%ing off the gro!nd" /asha flipped $ac%wards and hit the sh!ttle,s front end with a downward p!nch" %noc%ing it awa+ from the tower. /a%ing the time of reprie&e" she $oosted $ac% into the $!ilding to see a do#en AIM agents r!sh into the room. /he+ were followed $+ Brandt" who fired another arc grenade from her rifle,s la!ncher. /asha threw !p her energ+ shield 4!st in time" deflecting the arc grenade so that it landed at the feet of three agents" who were electroc!ted $+ the grenade,s energ+ field. cowling" Brandt $egan firing $!llets at /asha" along with the other agents. Boosting $etween the col!mns" /asha landed on the gro!nd ne2t to an agent. El$owing her in the face" she t!rned and $lasted a second agent with a rep!lsor shot. A third agent tried to shoot her" $!t she dodged" and the $!llets hit the first agent in the chest" g!nning her down. A fo!rth agent hit /asha in the $ac% of the head with her rifle" as the third agent shot her in the chest. /asha fell to one %nee. (Ma,am" the s!it has s!stained hea&+ damage") said 8anice. (*e,re still !sing the protot+pe arc reactor" and the s!it is hemorrhaging energ+ . . . .) (I %now;) /asha %ic%ed o!t with her foot" %noc%ing the female agent $ehind her to the floor. he then p!nched the rifle o!t of the third agent,s hand and shot him in the face with a rep!lsor $last" ca!sing him to collapse against a pile of crates. 9iring another rep!lsor $last at a wall near two agents" /asha rolled with the e2plosion as it 4ettisoned her into the air. pinning aro!nd" she $lasted a col!mn with her $oots" $oosting her e&en f!rther !p onto a $eam $etween two col!mns. he then fired two more
rep!lsor $lasts down at the agents" %noc%ing them $oth o!t. /asha then shrie%ed again as more $!llets str!c% her $ac%" >oo%ing at her sho!lders" she saw that scrapes on the armo!r were starting to form. 8!mping down from the $eam" she saw Brandt standing there" with two more agents $ehind her. As the agents $egan to fire again" /asha armed another wrist roc%et and fired it. Brandt leaped o!t of the wa+" $!t the e2plosion cons!med the other two agents. Brandt loo%ed $ac% at their cr!mpled $odies with widened e+es. (An+a;) Brandt sho!ted. >oo%ing $ac% at /asha with a f!rrowed $row" Brandt reached down her leg and p!lled o!t a serrated" $l!e energ+ $lade. 8!mping forward" she slashed down at /asha" who $oosted $ac% to a&oid the attac%. 9iring her rep!lsors forward" Brandt deflected them with the $lade. licing hori#ontall+" Brandt gashed deep into the armo!r" damaging the arc reactor in the process. (6gh;) /asha st!m$led !nder the force of the $low as Brandt slashed at her arm. /asha mo&ed .!ic%l+ to p!nch Brandt,s hand" ca!sing her to drop her energ+ $lade. he then sp!n aro!nd and $ac%-handed the rear side of Brandt,s nec%" %noc%ing her o!t. As Brandt collapsed" /asha $oosted !pwards" and crashed thro!gh the roof. >anding on the closed section in a three-point pose" she loo%ed o&er to the open section to see one of the AIM sh!ttles hoo%ed onto the arc reactor and fl+ing !pwards. Chen and the remaining AIM agents were standing aro!nd it. ( o . . . . <adioacti&e Man") said /asha. Chen t!rned aro!nd and gasped. (?ot an+ more moo%s for me to la+ waste to3) (Ma,am" I wo!ld not consider egging +o!r opponents on to $e the most &ia$le strateg+" considering that the armo!r is on the &erge of falling apart.) (Brandt") said Chen. (>ie!tenant Brandt; Come in;) After waiting for a few seconds" Chen sneered. 0e then pointed at /asha.
( h!ttle one; 7estro+ her;) /asha loo%ed $ehind her to see the AIM sh!ttle she had p!nched $efore rising o&er the roof. 0er e+es widened as she watched it fl+ towards her. (Ma,am;) sho!ted 8anice. (/he sh!ttle is deplo+ing a carpet $om$;) /he sh!ttle flew forward" as the $ottom hatch opened. A large" $lac%" metallic $om$ dropped o!t of it and $egan splitting into smaller e2plosi&es. /asha ran forward and $oosted off the gro!nd" fl+ing $arel+ o!t of the reach of the series of e2plosions which roc%ed the closed section of the roof. he flew towards Chen" who charged a radiation $last and fired it directl+ at /asha" %noc%ing her awa+. he landed on her $ac% as the e2plosions s!$sided. /asha groaned as she stared !pwards. Chen wal%ed !p to her" and placed his left foot on her arc reactor. he shrie%ed as the pain re&er$erated thro!gh her entire $od+. ( !ch a shame") said Chen" (to waste s!ch a $ea!tif!l mind.) Chen aimed his arm at /asha and $egan charging a radiation $last. (9arewell" tar%.) (-o! reall+ didn,t thin% this one thro!gh" did +o!3) as%ed /asha. Chen narrowed his e+es as he noticed the arc reactor on her chest $eginning to glow $righter. 0is e+es then widened as the !ni$eam fired" $lasting him into the air. Before the AIM agents co!ld react" /asha $oosted !pwards" gra$$ed Chen $+ the foot" and threw him into the fl+ing AIM sh!ttle" ca!sing it to crash into the roof and e2plode. /!rning aro!nd" /asha e.!ipped her arm $lade and flew forward" slicing the wires connecting the other AIM sh!ttle to the arc reactor. /he AIM agents scram$led as the arc reactor fell $ac% onto the scaffolding" collapsing it. /he shoc% wa&e %noc%ed o!t the remaining agents. /he sh!ttle" desta$ili#ed $+ the weight drop" crashed into the side of the tower. /asha floated in place for a few seconds $efore her roc%et $oots ga&e o!t. (*e,re now r!nning on emergenc+ $ac%!p power" ma,am") said 8anice.
/asha collapsed on the edge of the open section of the roof. >oo%ing o&er the edge" she saw the arc reactor" with crac%s in the glass" as well as the $odies of se&eral AIM agents. ighing and $reathing in deepl+" she opened the face mas% of the s!it as she spent a few moments on her $ac%" staring at the s%+. As she slowl+ $reathed" she felt the tension in her m!scles fade awa+. ( tar%;) /!rning her head to the left" she saw Chen slowl+ wal% o!t of the $la#ing wrec%age of the AIM sh!ttle. 0is ha#mat s!it was charred in se&eral places. *al%ing with a limp" he $egan to head towards /asha. As he spo%e" each $reath was incredi$l+ la$o!red. (-o! . . . . are . . . . dead . . . .) /asha tried to p!sh herself off the gro!nd" $!t fo!nd that her leg was ca!ght !nder a piece of metallic de$ris. Chen contin!ed to wal% closer. (-o! thin% . . . . +o!,re . . . . some . . . . %ind of . . . . hero3) /asha g!lped and $egan $reathing faster. (-o!,re . . . . nothing . . . . $!t a . . . . whore . . . . in a tin can.) Chen reached down and gra$$ed /asha $+ the hair. 0olding her !p in the air" he sneered at her. 0e pl!nged his fist into the arc reactor" tearing a large section of it o!t of her chest as she screamed in agon+. (7ie" $itch.) :!lling his hand $ac%" Chen $egan charging a radiation $last. /asha f!rrowed her $row $efore reaching forward with her arms. /hrowing her right arm aro!nd Chen,s head" she grasped one of the &al&es on his $ac%. /wisting and cr!shing it with her palm" she p!lled it off as Chen +elled. >etting her go" he staggered $efore /asha gra$$ed him $+ the head with $oth hands and threw him $ehind her. 0e fell directl+ into the arc reactor" smashing the glass and $ecoming cons!med $+ the $l!e energ+. /asha loo%ed down into the reactor as it fired a massi&e p!lse" tossing her into the air. he then crashed thro!gh the closed section of the roof and collapsed.
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