"Go for it, guys!" Jayne Eye-Catcher shouted to Peter the Ace
and Panman as they played 'Insane Monster Massacre' on the holographic video
game system in the Blenheim's entertainment room.
Jayne Eye-Catcher, Tara, and the cyborgised Justin watched as the heavily
armoured virtual characters in the centre of the room stomped through a
post-holocaust wasteland, blowing away bizarre and grotesque creatures in
true arcade fashion. Bloodied guts flew everywhere as the two bounty hunters
pounded missiles, energy beams and various other projectiles into the hordes
of hideous beasts that charged at them through the rubble and ruins of 'Reading
City'. They where approaching the end of level guardian with every power-up
available. This would be digital carnage of incredible proportions.
"Here we go!" Peter the Ace said as the two galactic heroes positioned
their characters on top of a mound of smouldering corpses.
The soundtrack changed to doom-ridden music as a massive, mammoth, metal
shrouded mutant dropped from the darkness above and landed in front of them
with a bone shaking crunch.
"Die!" Panman screamed. He pressed as many fire buttons as he
could find. All of his character's weapons unleashed their power in satisfying
unison, shedding some of the guardian's armour.
Peter the Ace's character ran around behind the giant freak, avoiding beams
and missiles that emanated from its blackened eyes. He returned fire with
great accuracy, shedding several layers of flesh from the creature's back
and arms. It howled digitally.
The expert pounding continued for several tense minutes as Peter the Ace
and Panman hammered home every kind of missile and beam available into the
mutant's burning frame. The huge spread of destruction that the brutal fiend
was venting was ineffective against the superior reflexes of the two famous
bounty hunters, who dodged and deflected everything that was thrown at them.
"It's weakening!" Panman shouted above the explosive sound effects
that pounded out from the surround speakers.
The creature was looking in a bad way. Many of its thick bones were exposed.
"Go for the heart." Peter the Ace said, avoiding a barrage of
laser fire. "I'll take out the head!"
The two first-class bounty hunters began to lay into their targets. With
a myriad of colourful blasts, the mammoth mutant exploded in a very nuclear
way. A gratifying amount of charred body parts splattered all around. The
music became jovial.
Some words faded into view. ‘LeVeL FoUr HuNdReD aNd SiXtY tWo CoMpLeTeD’.
Everyone cheered loudly. Peter the Ace operated the game's controls.
‘GaMe PoSiTiOn SaVeD’.
This game was standard bounty hunter issue and contained over one thousand
fiendish levels of exponentially increasing difficulty. Peter the Ace and
Panman had been playing it, level by level, for over a year. No other bounty
hunter had ever got beyond level two hundred and seventy. Peter the Ace
and Panman were the most awesome holo-gamers ever known.
"What a phenomenal team you are!" Tara said with admiration.
"Too right we are!" Panman said, laying back in his leather bound
"How did you both get so good?" Jayne Eye-Catcher asked.
"Dedication, determination, and natural ability!" Peter the Ace
answered, getting to his feet. "But you yourself are an excellent player."
"Yes, but I have only reached level two hundred and sixty seven."
"When you become totally at one with the entire universe, like Panman
and me, you will supersede your wildest fantasies."
"I don't know about that." Jayne Eye-Catcher replied. "I
have some pretty exotic fantasies!"
"I know!" Peter the Ace said, smiling broadly.
"How do you know about Jayne Eye-Catcher's fantasies?" Justin
asked in a curious and mechanical way.
"I know many things."
"Oh, right." Justin said, disappointed at the lack of detail in
"Right." Panman said jumping to his feet with augmented agility.
"I'm going to see how Lew Brain Ache's doing."
"Good idea." Peter the Ace said. "It's a shame that you had
to lock him in a detention cell."
"He was becoming annoyingly violent and sordid, I had to knock him
senseless." Panman said walking towards the door. "He should regain
Panman left the room.
"We’ll be arriving at the Palace of Amino in a few hours."
Peter the Ace announced. "Tara, I suggest that you get some sleep.
Justin, you'd better recharge."
Tara walked erotically out of the room closely followed by the servo-covered
"Jayne?" Peter the Ace said quietly.
"How about some coffee in my lavish quarters?"