With Maqesh momentarily gone, the Sharkwoman ran to the unconscious and temporarily unguarded Lu Wu. She cradled him in her arms. His eyes slowly opened. “Shayu? Wha…what are you doing here?
"I came to rescue you, my love."
"You shouldn’t have done that," he said.
"We had to," I told him. "We had to save you and we had to save the Earth."
"But we can’t win."
"Of course, we can win."
"But look at this destruction and death." Lu gestured at the carnage and mayhem around us.
"Which is why we must put an end to it."
"How can we do what an army cannot?"
"You can’t give up, Lu. We can stop him. We can win."
Explosions rang up from down below. “What was that?”
"Tilly," I told him. "Maqesh is chasing her."
Lu looked confused “Who’s Tilly?”
Oops. I had forgotten that we had been undercover. “You know her as Lina.”
"You’re letting your daughter fight Maqesh?"
"Complicated? How is it complicated?"
"Let’s just say I know she can handle herself."
The ground shook beneath us. “I wouldn’t be so sure about that,” he said.
"That’s because you don’t know Tilly."
"And you don’t know Maqesh. Nothing can stop him now."
"Tilly’s got the horn," I told him.
"She took it from him."
"He’s going to kill her to get it back."
"He’s going to try."
Tilly popped out of the ground. “I’d move,” she yelled.
"How did she…?" Lu started to ask.
"Seriously, he’s right behind me."
The Sharkwoman grabbed Lu in her arms and carried him off, following behind Tilly. I ran after them as quickly as I could. We barely got away before the ground erupted beneath us. Maqesh rose from the smoking hole, looking angrier than ever. “Come here, little girl, before I crush you!”
"You will not touch her," Lu said, trying to make the Sharkwoman put him down.
Maqesh laughed. “What will you do to stop me?”
"Whatever I can. Whatever I have to. That horn us too powerful for you, Maqesh. You will never touch it again."
Maqesh waved his hand and Lu and the Sharkwoman were both knocked to the ground.
"Stay away from them!" I yelled.
"And for you." Maqesh squeezed his hand shut and I suddenly felt like I was being attacked by little lightning strikes all over my body.
"Stop it!" Tilly yelled pointing her arm at him, activating he weapon system, and firing her laser at him.
He exhaled. “Finally.” The laser beam stopped in midair and then retreated back up Tilly’s arm causing an explosion that spun her around. The horn went flying into the air. Maqesh reached out and the horn stopped. “No more games. I’ve already played too long. With this horn, I can change everything! With just a thought, I can reshape the world and there’s nothing you can do to stop me!”
to be continued next week
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