The Battle for Kreludor: Part Two
Main hallway, Resistance Headquarters, Kreludor:
Zara had carefully followed the fire Grundo into the
Resistance headquarters. If it was ever attacked, the minions would easily be
able to trap the antis. Clearly the headquarters was positioned for secrecy
and not for any kind of military strategy. She discovered it was hidden in the
side of a deep lunar ravine and its entrance was cleverly concealed in the rock.
The shadow Kyrii had managed to slip through the secret door before it automatically
Zara was crouched in front of the door to the
conference room. She could hear the Grundo speaking to another member of the
resistance inside. She quickly pulled a small electronic bug from her belt and
attached it to the bottom of the door. It would record and transmit any future
conversations that the resistance had.
The Kyrii silently moved down the hall and peered
into the other rooms. Some held neat stacks of weapons and armour while others
were filled with piles of supplies. Zara dropped electronic bugs under every
door and watched them scurry to find a hiding place. She found small hangers
at the end of the hall that held fighter ships and rockets. The Resistance was
better equipped then she had imagined.
Zara finished scattering bugs and began to sketch
a map of the complex onto the screen of her small computer. She smiled. Who
would have known getting into the headquarters would be easy? Then again, antis
were not known for their intelligence. Zara tucked her computer back into her
belt and turned around. She froze suddenly. The door to the conference room
drifted open and two members of the resistance stepped out.
The fire Grundo immediately saw her. "There
she is!" he yelled as he rushed towards her.
Zara drew her Virtublaster and fired two lasers
in their direction. Then she turned and fled to the exit. She flung herself
against the metal door but it would not budge. She frantically pulled at its
handle and found that it had been bolted shut.
She spun around to see a royal Lupe pointing
a QX-92 Neutrino Blaster directly at her. Captain Zara let her Virtublaster
drop the ground. There was nothing more she could do.
Commander's Office, Virtupets Moon Base 32, Kreludor:
Captain Dwolt knocked firmly on the door of
his Commander's office. He entered it and gave an unnecessarily exaggerated
"Good evening, sir," Dwolt said confidently.
"I have contacted all of the other Kreludan moon bases and informed their officers
of our recent developments. They will be all sending a senior officer to our
"And when will the meeting be scheduled?" Commander
Krule asked lazily.
"Well sir," the Darigan Scorchio replied, "all
of the representatives will be here within twenty-four hours. I suggest we have
it tomorrow evening."
"Very well, Captain, thank you," Krule said.
"I will need you and Captain Zara to organize an agenda of things for us discuss.
I also want you to ask Zara to write a speech for me to present at the beginning
of our conference... something inspiring..."
"Sir, I believe Captain Zara is out on a field
mission at the moment. She left the base about an hour ago."
Krule looked annoyed. "A mission? Now? I need
a speech to give... oh, never mind then, I'll start it. Tell her to report to
me at once when she returns. You can start planning the agenda." The mutant
Grundo opened a computer screen. "I will also need you to start organizing the
soldiers from each base into legions. Find out how many we have and what equipment
"Yes, sir," Dwolt said obediently. He was glad
to be working under Krule's command. He had never met an officer with such natural
control of authority. There could be no doubt that they would beat the Resistance
in any war.
"One more thing," the commander said. "I need
training to improve here. We've been far too lenient with our soldiers lately.
I want you and Zara to develop a more advanced program... and I also need you
to send in forms to the space station requesting weapons upgrades."
"Very well, sir."
Krule frowned. "Captain Zara had better be back
by tomorrow. She's picked the worst time to go running off looking for information."
"I believe she was only leaving for a few hours,
sir. The message she left was that she was going to investigate a lead regarding
the resistance. I am sure it will not take long."
"It had better not," the mutant Grundo said
with irritation. He turned towards his computer and saw for the first time that
a message had appeared on the screen. "By Sloth!" he said furiously, having
read it. "Zara's sent a distress call."
Interrogation Room, Resistance Headquarters, Kreludor:
Captain Zara cautiously opened her eyes. She
was alone in a small dark room. All of her weapons had been taken away and she
was tied to a chair with thick plastic ropes. Zara groaned and struggled against
her bindings. It was useless; they were tied in clever knots behind her back.
Why hadn't she been more careful? It was foolish for her to stay in the headquarters
for so long... now she was captured.
Zara sighed. She would undoubtedly be questioned
by the antis... she couldn't tell them anything important. Perhaps she should
lie to them... the shadow Kyrii knew that it was better to have your enemy underestimate
you. She would pretend to be less intelligent. In fact, she thought, the less
intelligent she acted, the more she'd look like an anti.
Command Center, Resistance Headquarters, Kreludor:
Retep had sent a message out to all of the local
members of the Resistance. They now were gathered for a meeting. Retep threw
a pile of intelligence reports on the table.
"We have enough information to confirm that
Sloth is indeed trying to destroy the Resistance forces," he said. "We know
that currently all of the Virtupets stations on Kreludor are forming a united
force to bring us down through warfare. If it's war they want, it's war they'll
get! We'll unite the anti-Sloths on Kreludor and fight back with all our strength!"
A robot Shoyru stood up. "Listen, Retep," he
said. "How can we possibly hope to defeat all of the minions on Kreludor? There
are far too many of them! And the Virtupets guys have far better equipment then
There was a murmur of agreement throughout the
"We will defeat them because I propose that
we unite as well," Retep said strongly. "I've sent messages to all of the Grundo
colonies. They have agreed to support us. The minions may have better weapons
and more soldiers, but we have more spirit. And we are fighting for freedom!"
"And if we lose?" the Shoyru asked.
"We cannot lose," Oen replied stepping forward.
"The Resistance is going to be attacked whether we want to fight nor not. We
no longer have a choice in this... we should strengthen our defence immediately.
Would you rather have us surrender right now? We'd be shipped off to the deepest
mines for the rest of our lives... if we were lucky..."
"We're not even going to consider surrendering,"
said Retep. "One anti is worth ten minions at war. We'll prepare to fight and
we shall free all the Kreludans from Sloth's influence."
"How long do we have?" a Grundo asked from the
back of the room.
"It depends," said Oen. "We know that they will
be meeting in a few days to discuss their plans. We're going to infiltrate that
meeting and find out exactly what they're going to do."
"We should have a few weeks to prepare at least,"
Retep said. "Our enemies will not be ready for a while..."
"Why don't we just disband the Resistance?"
the Shoyru asked.
The other members of the Resistance stared at
him in disbelief.
"Look at it this way," the Shoyru continued.
"Sloth is only sending his troops here because we're around. If we disbanded,
he'd have no one to fight. We could get rid of the Resistance, destroy all the
evidence, and be left in peace."
"Are you serious?" asked Retep.
"Yes, I don't think fighting will work. If we
disband peacefully, we won't have to go to war. We can prevent a violent battle
and a terrible defeat."
"And leave everyone on Kreludor in slavery?
If you're afraid of fighting, you can leave." The royal Lupe pointed to the
door. "But I will never give up as long I have strength to fight. We will free
all the Kreludans from Sloth's oppression. Or die trying."
Spaceport, Virtupets Moon Base 32, Kreludor:
Throughout the night, shuttles had been arriving
from different areas of Kreludor bringing Virtupets officers to the base. Captain
Dwolt had been running around the base for hours trying to get things organized.
The Scorchio now stood wearily on the metal tiles of the spaceport as he shook
the hands of officers that had just landed. He needed to sleep, but he had no
time. He wished he could make a soldier do all the work, but Commander Krule
had specifically ordered him to take care of things.
Dwolt was in a miserable mood. He was supposed
to greet all the officers, write an agenda for the meeting, start training soldiers,
and deal with Zara- all in a few hours. Sometimes he wondered why his Commander
gave him so much work. It was probably because he was so competent.
The Captain was about to turn back to his office
when he saw a robot Shoyru coming towards him shyly. Dwolt frowned. The Shoyru
was not in a Virtupets uniform. He was dressed like a civilian... like someone
from one of the nearby colonies.
To be continued...