Breakin' the Law
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:07am

The wail of sirens echoed through the megastructures of Dockport City, as Axel veered left and right through the labyrinthine metroplex. Hunters had wasted no time in scrambling their air defense units, and even though he had long since outdistanced the ground patrols, he hadn't escaped yet. The Free Zone was a lawless land where anyone with enough power--physical, political, or financial--could get away with just about anything. This wasn't the Free Zone. This was a populated city, formerly known as Cape Canaveral, and was the global hub for spacefaring traffic.

And damn was it well defended.

A stream of blue plasma pulses zipped past the former merc. Axel responded by doing the exact opposite of what someone would expect: He charged into the attack. Pivoting mid-air, Axel ignited his thrusters in the opposite direction, rocketing towards the trio of jetsled-riding Hunters. He engulfed himself in blue-white flames, dispersing the projectiles that struck him even as he himself turned into a living meteor of destruction. The three Hunters broke away, darting off in separate directions. Drawing on the power of his Ether drive, he conjured three orbs of magical light, setting them to orbit around his head. He resumed his escape vector on a slow two-jet burn, methodically directing each of the three spheres towards one of the hunters. As each sphere sped off, he summoned another to replace it, then sent that one on an attack trajectory as well.

It wasn't long before the three Hunters had regrouped and resumed their chase. The magical spheres did no damage--indeed they vanished on impact--and the confusion they caused quickly wore off. The three hunters closed in on the target--easily identified now, due to the way Axel had kept them rotating around his head. A perfect beacon in the night.

He chuckled to himself, as the three Hunters opened fire, catching what was supposed to be Axel in the crossfire. Rookies...gotta love 'em. He'd left the three spheres orbiting nothing, as he dropped away from them in a stealthy free-fall. After a couple hundred feet, he kicked into a full six-jet burn. Yes, they saw jet exhaust alright, but by the time they had readjusted their course, Axel was well on his way out of the city, soaring out over the open ocean. He dipped low, below radar, and skimmed the waves for the next several hundred miles. His path took him in an arc out over Gulf of Mexico, then turning northwards towards the safety of the Free Zone.

"Safety of the Free Zone," Axel muttered to himself. "There's a phrase I never thought I'd say."

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