“Son of a b*tch!” Ethan heard Jared yelling as the damned Blood Scythe’s plasma gun shot a hole into Redemption. Ayumi and Shiori were killing off another mech with bright flares of mage-fire, and Ethan swung his gun around to shoot at Xenocide. Joey was working in tandem with Jared to pull down the other three mechs; several shots rang out and one of them collapsed upon the deck. Alex struck out with a pole and the Blood Scythe toppled backwards off Redemption and fell down, down into the sky. He hid a wince as he thought about what the unforgiving ground would do to the body, then decided that he really didn’t care. Ethan and Lilah made quick work of the remaining mechs, and he saw Sabrina racing about with knives, trying to cut the grapple hooks, when he saw the other soldiers on the enemy ship. SaProds. He heard his warning echo as Joey shouted an acknowledgement and pulled out his nasty pistols. OK, this is so not fair, Ethan thought. We have sixteen; they outnumber us two to one, and the only thing working in our advantage is Redemption’s ability to Shift. Erica and Kat had better be almost finished with their calculations. Once they Shifted out of this place, Xenocide could no longer follow them, but they had to hold off the SaProds first. They were preparing to board, and Ethan was getting just a little nervous. When he looked back at Joey, he saw the explosives in the boy’s hand as he smiled and prepared to throw them.