A Walk in the Woods

by Electro_100

Preface

This piece is a small piece of a larger story entitled "VSS". It encompasses 7 teens who run a buraeucracy and are challenged by armies of robotic usurpers who threaten to jeopardize the peace of these institutions. In this particular excerpt, this group has entered the woods as they prepare to enter their secret base, hiding from the new king, The FInisher. As they traverse the woods, they are met by armies upon armies of Tech monsters. It is up to them, with the guidance of Electro, whom they view as The Smartest Being in the Tech Universe, to defeat them and make it to their base before darkness enthralls the land.


Electro, the squad and I were all walking through the densely covered forest, as it was the only way to head back into town from the tallest mountain in Brazil, which we had just recently descended. It was strange having Electro with us; we barely knew each other, and we had no idea where he was escorting us to.

After revealing to us secrets of our existence, the secrets of our fighting skills and how our weaponry was crafted, we did trust him a teensy bit more. How could he not? He knew what he was talking about. On the other hand, it was still too early to tell if he was out for our best interests or his own, or if he was actually trying to lead us into a trap. As soon as I considered this possibility, there was a slight rustling in the bushes around us. I stopped for a couple seconds, wondering what it may be, then shrugged it off as some critters and kept walking.

We had been trekking for 30 minutes straight, and our calfs felt as heavy as bricks. We had stamina, but even it had a breaking point, being met just now. We finally reached a region of the woods which the trees encompassed, and where the land was flat, with shrubs and low lying plants. This must have been some kind of meadow.

"When will we catch a break?" I asked the cloudy force. "Heroes can not afford to take a break. There will always be villains to face. In fact, the moment we rest on our laurels, An opposer of justice could catch us off guard, and strike us down!" Electro warned. "You mean resting in Laurelton?" Matthew enquired. This word was an unfamiliar word to my friend Matthew, but Vinnie, an expert in almost all proficiency, replied, "Laurels refers to the region of your body which is used for sedentary activity." The rustling got louder and more ominous. Then, performing a cumulative assessment of the territory, I spotted red, beady eyes within the bushes.

"IT'S AN AMBUSH!" I hastily interrupted before the Hyper Beasts could fire their primary shot. All of us dived into the surrounding bushes, as the laser beams shot towards the area where we were gathered and caused a major fulmination. "How were the Hyper-Beasts able to determine our location? Was Electro actually a spy as I somewhat suspected? Did he send them our location? Oh, right, our phones have GPS..." I wondered to myself. He harnessed his energy, generating it within, then he expelled these internal gamma rays at the concentration of soldiers which besieged us, dispersing them all into various parts of the woods.

More Beasts came from our right, now in military formation, with intriguing weapons. They had laser blasters, and modernized chain mail armor, whereas the first batch of Hyper- Beasts did not have armor. "Remember, attack them in their chest. There's an element that powers them stored within a central motherboard there, and by slicing it they will dematerialize." "Why do they want to defeat us so bad anyway? All we want to do is Defend justice and protect the people from becoming devoured by these cruel creatures." Vinnie wondered. "Don't you get it?" Electro responded. "Every empire will fight to protect itself. No king wants to lose his position. He will send his men to fight to keep it, and they, loyal to that one man and the kingdom which he runs, will fight loyally until the bitter end. The Finisher will not stop until Hyper-Tech Land is not only established in Brazil's place, but until all the threats to it are utterly decimated." I contributed.

After about a half an hour of harsh combat, the third wave of troops rolled in. Although the 1300s had departed many centuries ago, this battle really felt medieval. Regardless, the soldiers were retrofitted with modern-age technology. It seemed like with each wave that came, the beasts in the latter wave were stronger and more advanced than those in the former. The third wave had pure silver armor, mined from the mines of this forest itself, and they even had lava blaster guns and silver swords! This group took us 90 minutes to disengage, according to Electro. Finally, the last wave of Beasts game, this time clad in golden armor, some wielding golden swords and some yellow Electro-Swords. These beasts had the purest intellect and the quickest moves out of all the beasts which had been sent at us. The Finisher really wanted us gone. It took us three whole hours, but we were able to defeat all of them, (at least the ones that refused to retreat), as we sliced them in their chest which caused them to poof into thin air, and their energy would be absorbed into the elements as was the nature with all hybrid mutations in a dense atmosphere.

"That was quite disturbing, how The Finisher was so easily able to track us down. To him, this must be one gigantic chess game, and we are just pawns who could be eliminated at any moment. I've never felt so victorious yet powerless simultaneously..." At that moment, a Hyper-Beast, the chief of the army, as denoted by the stripes on the inlays of his cape, tried to escape the region. Matthew chased after him, and the cruel cretin fell into my friend's valiant clutches, as he was clutched by his cape. "Had he gotten away, he could've further jeopardized our location and our chance to learn information about The Finisher's motives. Put the cuff apparatus on him." Vinnie put the handcuffs on the chief and confiscated his sword to study it. "It's time to get a move on before it gets dark." Electro warned. We had lost track of time; it was already 8:50 PM, and the sun was getting ready to vanish. With that, we did a headcount, grabbed our stuff and resumed our stride, now with the imprisoned chief, as we lead him to our secret base in the city.

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