Perils of S.P.A.C.E. Episode 30

Previously on Perils of S.P.A.C.E.: While Sundance attempted to free Astralyn and the townsfolk from the Robot ship, Timmy was left behind to acquire a weapon he hopes will prove useful in the robots’ defeat.

Episode 30: Return to Mechatropolis, Part VII: Blasted

Timmy managed to make his way safely from the museum to S.P.A.C.E. Headquarters. He ran down the halls until he reached the Research and Development laboratories. He slammed open the doors and stood in the doorway panting. The two researchers in the lab were startled, almost dropping the beakers of fluid they were holding.

“Help,” Timmy gasped. “I need help!”

Dr. Rothery ran to him and escorted him to a seat. “Are you alright, sir?” she asked.

“There are giant man-eating robots on the loose; of course I’m not alright!” The other researcher, Dr. MacFadden gave Timmy a glass of water, which he quickly drank. “I need something…” He took another deep breath and tried again. “I need something that will defeat the killer robots. The laser pistols aren’t working.”

Dr. Rothery looked confused. “There are killer robots outside? Why doesn’t anyone tell us these things?”

“I think the admiral made an announcement,” Dr. MacFadden said, rubbing his hands. He walked over to his desk and rifled through a stack of papers, many of them doodles and blueprints. “I think I was working on something in case of a giant robot invasion over here last week.”

“Really?” Timmy asked.

“Well, you want to be prepared for anything.”

Dr. Rothery joined the search. “Reptilian attacks? No. Amphibian attacks… Oh, here’s the Space Chicken attack… I guess we’re a little late on that.” She grabbed another sheet of paper. “Ah-ha! Robot invasion attack.”

“It’s always in the last place you look,” Dr. MacFadden said.

“Of course it is,” Rothery replied matter-of-factly. She brought the blueprint over to Timmy and let him take a look at it. “In theory, this weapon should allow the user to create an electromagnetic blast which should disable any mechanoid. We called it the ‘Electromagnetic Blaster’. Catchy, isn’t it?”

“In theory?” Timmy asked. “Nevermind. It sounds great. How soon and how fast can you make this thing?”

“Oh, it’s already done.” Dr. MacFadden pointed to a cabinet where they kept all of their prototypes. Timmy stood up and walked over to it. When he opened it, he saw many gadgets and gizmos. He immediately found the weapon.

“Is this a modified shotgun?” Timmy pulled the gun out of the cabinet and tested its weight. The doctors nodded. “Nice. Thanks a lot, you guys!”

Timmy ran out of the lab. The doctors tried to warn him that it hadn’t been tested and that they weren’t even sure it had a power supply in it, but they figured he’d find out soon enough.

———

Timmy ran out of the headquarters and back into the chaos and mayhem happening outside. He saw some robots ganging up on a few S.P.A.C.E. agents and thought it would be the perfect time to try the weapon out. He confidently cocked the shotgun and pulled the trigger. A big blue wave of energy flew out of the barrels and hit the robots. They froze in place for a moment and then sparks spewed from their bodies. They collapsed to the ground and twitched.

“Bullseye!” Timmy said.

The S.P.A.C.E. agents thanked him and commented on his new toy. They asked if he had any more.

“Ask Dr. Rothery and MacFadden,” Timmy replied. “In the meantime, I have a date with a couple of robots.”

He walked over to one of the defunct robots and stole its jetpack. It wasn’t using it anymore.

———-

Sundance watched as the robots herded the people out of the docking bay and towards the processing plant in a single file line. He maneuvered himself to the back of the line while he tried to come up with a plan. He felt frustrated for not having done so earlier. He couldn’t let the robots process those people into food. He frantically looked around him to see if there was anything he could use to fight off the robots. Underneath the jetpack he had just used, there was a long metal pipe lying there.

“How convenient,” he said aloud.

He picked up the pipe and examined it. He supposed it would have to do. He was about to head back down the hallway when he stopped and looked back at the jetpack. “Hmmm…”

———

“Do you think he’s just gonna leave us here?” Kjartan asked. A robot prodded him with a staff to move him towards the processing plant.

“He’s not going to leave us to die, Kjartan,” Astralyn replied. “That’s not his style. I don’t know what plan he’s got, but I sure hope it’s a good one.” She looked ahead. The processing plant was just around the corner to the right. She hoped Sundance would arrive soon.

A few minutes later, they reached the processing plant. The smell of oil and steam filled the room. The heat was oppressive. They crossed a bridge and then followed the stairs down to the lower level.

There were robots lined up against the walls, making sure no one stepped out of line. She looked at Kjartan and saw that he was thinking about running away. She shook her head, indicating that he wouldn’t make it very far before they caught him. He sighed and kept walking. 

“Everybody run!” Sundance’s voice was heard from up above. Everyone looked up and saw that he was flying around using a jetpack. As soon as he swooped down, the people quickly dispersed throughout the plant.

The robots raised their arms and fired lasers at the fleeing people and up at Sundance. The captain deftly maneuvered past the laser beams and swung the pipe, breaking their lasers. He

zipped back up again to get out of their reach.

“How do you like them apples?” Sundance gloated.

More robots entered the plant from the entrance above and shot Sundance’s jetpack, setting it on fire and rendering it useless. He immediately fell to the floor with a thud. The robots swiftly gathered around him. All Sundance could see were their evil red eyes staring down at him.

To be continued…

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