"Acknowledged." Kotomi said.
The Zashiki-warashi took to the air, tearing after the flying sniper. Kotomi thought it was a similar machine to hers. Black, reverse-legged, sniper specialized, but there were many differences. The design was different, and the head was totally different. Not to mention the pilot. He certainly liked to fly around in the open, for a sniper.
He raised one of his sniper rifles to attack, and Kotomi quick boosted downwards to dodge. Most pilots would quick boost side to side, but Kotomi liked to be unpredictable. Take the unexpected routes and strike when not expected, that was one of the rules of warfare.
The shot went high, as did the second. The third went low, as Kotomi rapidly changed to an upwards boost. She didn't give her target a moment's respite, and opened fire with her sub-machine gun. The enemy AC quick boosted to the side, taking nothing but a few stray hits that did little damage, if any.
The sniper started to fall back, putting distance between himself and the Zashiki-warashi. With a flash, two missiles burst from the pod on its back and tore through the air towards Kotomi. Her missile defenses whirled to life, blowing both missiles out of the sky before they could close the distance. The endeavor had cost her energy and momentum though, and she began losing altitude. The sniper took his chance.
The first shot struck the Zashiki's leg, sending a vibration throughout the AC. The second hit a little closer to home, in the lower torso, causing her AC to jerk to the side. Kotomi could have dodged, but doing so would put her on the defensive. She didn't want that. You couldn't win if you were on the defensive.
The Zashiki-warashi landed hard, but it landed on its feet. Kotomi instantly turned her SMG skyward and began spraying bullets at the sniper. He boosted to the side again, and the longer range was having an effect on the gun's accuracy. He didn't have that problem, and he fired off a few more shots with his snipers. Kotomi took to the air again, charging straight at him with a series of forward quick-boosts.
He raised his rifle again and with one last boost, Kotomi shot forward and sliced the rifle in half with the tip of her energy blade.
The enemy ac actually tossed the ruined rifle at the Zashiki-warashi to buy time to dodge. Kotomi didn't even bother to dodge it, simply bringing her laser around again to slice through it. The sniper raised his rifle again, but instead launched several missile blasts into the air. Kotomi barely had time to activate her missile defenses before the missiles closed the distance. When the smoke cleared, the Zashiki was falling from the sky out of a large cloud of smoke. It landed hard, but upright, and Kotomi hastily raised her sniper rifle to fire off a few shots. The sniper came flying in, but before he could send out another shot, the Zashiki tore backwards into the thick tree line with the bright flash of a shoulder-booster powered quick boost.
The enemy AC landed in the clearing, ready to snipe the Zashiki. Kotomi had nowhere to dodge, and the enemy sniper raised his weapon to deal the finishing shot... and promptly exploded as Kotomi's proximity mines latched onto his AC, detonating in a blast of shrapnel and fire. Kotomi eased forward out of the trees to find her enemy disabled and missing a leg and an arm. He still tried to raise his rifle, and Kotomi finished him off with a short burst of her SMG, her own AC looking no worse for wear.
She had not been hit by the missiles earlier, not badly enough to send her plummeting anyway. It was a trap, designed to lure the sniper back to the ground where she had placed her mines. Warfare was based on deception. Though competent, appear incompetent. Though able, appear unable. Such were the rules of warfare.
"Enemy eliminated." Kotomi said. "Switching to support role."
"I'm on it." Beatrice said, ignoring Claire's overriding of her own hastily given options earlier. Now was really not the time to second guess their little squad leader. Instead, she focused all of her anger on the heavyweight. In her minds eye, it was the only thing standing between her, and the safety of Theo and the others on the Tungsten.
Beatrice activated her missiles and let several of them fly. They were the vertical launch style, so they were going to come down on top of the heavy quad in a moment, each missile really a cluster of missiles waiting to burst. However, with increased spread came less force. They likely weren't going to crack that armor anytime soon. That left the grenade launcher. But Beatrice wasn't the only one with a grenade launcher. The heavy quad had three of them.
Beatrice took Claire's initial assault as a window, dashing in to get within range of her grenades. Even with all of Claire's ordinance raining down on the behemoth of a mech, the enemy AC still turned its arms to lock onto the Aurea and they both fired simultaneously. One flew past the Aurea as Beatrice quick boosted to the side, but the second dealt a glancing blow, nearly taking the pile-bunker off the Aurea's arm. The burst missiles picked that moment to impact, covering the quad in a sheet of explosions. When the smoke cleared however, it was actually in the process of aiming its back mounted grenades, as if it hadn't even been phased by the hits.
"You have got to be kidding me." Beatrice said as she went to pull back.
"I'll keep him distracted," Claire said to Beatrice. "Other than my railgun I don't have much that'll penetrate that armor, and I've only got a few shots left; but his grenades can't hit worth a damn if I'm flying around. So watch out, and hit him with all you've got."
Beatrice smiled. "That's what I do best." Maybe their squad leader wasn't so bad after all.
Claire moved in for another round, annoying the quad enough for it to focus on her rather than the retreating Aurea. Beatrice locked her own grenade launcher and charged back in from the side, blasting several grenades towards the enemy, who was still firing at Claire. The first two hit the quad dead on, but it came tearing out of the second explosion, its own weapon arms raised and locked. That thing really was fast for something so big, almost as fast as the Aurea. Almost.
Beatrice quickly side boosted and dodged the incoming fire. The quad stopped again to steady its aim, and Beatrice shot forward, pestering the quad with blasts from her shotgun. The Incendiary ammo would make it a bit more effective on the things armor, but she was trying to aim more at the arms than the core. The quad was quick to react, shooting backwards before firing its own cannons yet again. Beatrice once again dodged, but took another glancing blow that tore a nice bit of armor off of her hover platform. She couldn't keep this up forever.
Someone said something over the comm, but Beatrice didn't catch it. She was too focused on the enemy, on making sure she didn't take another hit.
The quad suddenly stopped, and fired off a curtain of missiles. Beatrice tore to the side, trying to dodge as best she could. A cluster of missiles came in close, but suddenly exploded doing only minor damage. Beatrice was confused until a familiar but somehow unnerving voice came over her comm.
"I will provide anti-missile support." Kotomi said. "My offensive capability is insufficient to effectively pierce the enemy's armor, so this is the extent of my assistance."
"Orphan? Thanks, that the second time you've saved me this fight."
"Thanks are unnecessary." Kotomi said. A slight pause. "but you are welcome."
Beatrice focused back on the enemy quad. "Now, this is a missile barrage you savage." Beatrice locked her missiles again and fired them. All of them. A continuous rain of missiles would impact the enemy quad in a matter of seconds, but he wasn't an idiot. He attempted to pull back, trying to get away from the missiles. He met with mild success, but soon vanished into the carpet of explosions.
Beatrice prepared her grenade launcher. Like her missiles, they were burst explosives. Unlike her missiles, they burst on impact, scattering shrapnel and mini explosives around the impact. "Scarlet, get your rail-gun ready. Once he reappears, we'll him him from both sides."
Last edited by TheSequelReturns; 1st August 2013 at 10:24 AM.
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