Lawrence fought with the controls of his transport craft as it bumped its
way through a deep gorge at a very high speed. Close behind, the Blenheim
thrusted potently after him. It fired, shedding some of the transport's
thick armour plating.
"Bastard bounty fuckers!" Lawrence shrieked as the blast sent
his ship skidding along a cliff wall.
Both vessels continued to swerve their way through the deep crevasses that
littered Epicuro. The thirty two remaining skull fighters attempted to shoot
down the Blenheim without any success at all.
Panman effortlessly picked the fighters off one by one. "He's panicking
like a child!" Panman said, destroying two more fighters.
"Indeed he is!" Peter the Ace replied, firing the laser lancers
from his command panel.
A thick beam of extreme heat sliced into the back of Lawrence's craft
cutting its port engine in two. The small transport vessel spun out of
control and plummeted into a three kilometre deep ravine.
"I do believe that we've got him!" Panman shouted as he continued
to blast away at the skull fighters.
"Let's not be to hasty." Peter the Ace said. "Look!"
Panman stared at the forward view screen. A small cylindrical object had
ejected from the doomed craft and was thrusting swiftly out of the ravine.
Just in time. The transport vessel smashed into the rocks below and exploded
"An escape pod!" Panman said. "Let's get it!"
Peter the Ace guided the Blenheim after the tiny pod and followed it as
it flew erratically across the shimmering deserts that covered the baking
"It's a very good escape pod." Peter the Ace said with genuine
admiration. "look at it fly!"
"We'll have him soon." Panman stated with complete confidence.
He casually destroyed another fighter. There were only ten left.
The Euphoria, having eluded the fighters, thrusted slowly along the bottom
of a five kilometre deep gorge, its blinding search lights illuminating
the surrounding rocky surfaces.
"Kathwoman must be down here somewhere." Jayne Eye-Catcher said.
"The scanners don't show anything" Belinda said, gazing at one
of the view screens. "Maybe she's escaped?"
"No way." Jayne Eye-Catcher said, guiding her awesome new ship
through a particularly tight gap. "I can sense her evil. She's down
here all right."
The scanner bleeped frantically.
"Down there!" Belinda shouted.
Jayne Eye-Catcher looked at the view screen. "Excellent! She can't
escape from there."
The scanner had found Kathwoman's shuttle at the bottom of a shaft seven
kilometres deep. The Euphoria descended briskly down into the darkness.
After four kilometres, the shaft began to get very tight.
"We're not going to be able to fly much further." Jayne Eye-Catcher
said. "This ship is too wide."
"What can we do?"
"We'll have to climb down."
"Wow! Cool!" Belinda relished the thought of hand to hand combat
with the most evil woman in the galaxy.
After a few more minutes of flying, Jayne Eye-Catcher set the ship down
on a convenient ledge overhanging the shaft. "Let's go!" She
said, smiling at Belinda.
Belinda smiled back. "Yes!"
The bounty hunter and the trainee quickly changed into black and armoured
skin tight body suits, grabbed a mean arsenal of weapons, and then left
the ship. Outside the air was dank and cool, quite the opposite of the
harsh conditions on the surface many kilometres above. Jayne Eye-Catcher
walked over to the edge of the ledge and looked down. The bounty hunter
engaged her night vision head set and peered through the blackness. The
walls of the shaft were jagged and steep. "No problem!" She
said. "Down we go!"
Jayne Eye-Catcher started her descent, closely followed by the excited
but suddenly nervous Belinda.