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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5737

Updated: 2018-01-19 12:02

The rearmost ship edged up to Lex's still puttering ship and made ready give him a shove. Just as he juiced the throttle, Lex pivoted the DAR on its side. The cop missed and ended up rocketing forward, nearly ramming his partner. While they were trying to work out what happened, he took a ninety-degree turn and pushed the wheezing engine for all it was worth. They eventually took a wide turn and approached on either side of him to try to line him up for another try, but as soon as they matched speed, he cut the throttle and fired the retro rockets, bringing him to a nearly complete stop. When the police tried to loop around, he simply flared up again, whizzing between them and choosing a random direction.

The "chase" continued in this fashion for a few more maneuvers before the cops realized that they were outclassed and took a moment to call for reinforcements. They were quick to respond, and there were a lot of them. Aside from a few dozen more cruisers, there were two big, sturdy, space-capable Interceptors, essentially younger siblings of the late Betsy. The good news was that they hadn't had the irresponsibly large engines grafted onto them like Betsy had. The bad news was that this chase wasn't going to stop at the edge of the atmosphere anymore.

"This. . . isn't going as well as I'd hoped. . ."

The console of the ship bleeped and its voice announced, "Optimal flow rate achieved. Engine status: optimal."

"That's more like it!" Lex roared triumphantly, setting a course and putting the pedal to the metal.

The better part of the Lon Djinn police force followed suit, but with the DAR engines back online, it was only the pair of Interceptors that managed to keep pace, and only

sight, it was an act of pure optimism to imagine he could have dropped off the case and been done with it, but when things were looking hopeless, his tendency was to revert to what he knew best.

Now, with that long shot put firmly to rest, he had nothing left but to face facts: they knew who he was, they wanted the case, and they'd killed the last person who had it.

He probably hadn't helped matters with his highly conspicuous escape just now, but. . . the last person who'd had the case was dead. When death was already the consequence, the thought of "making it worse" seemed a little ridiculous.

So the question wasn't "What is the worst that can happen?"

The question was "What am I going to do about it?"

There was no doubt it was VectorCorp that was after him, but even they couldn't be everywhere at once--and judging from the fact that they'd let the relatively inept local police make a grab for him, they didn't feel comfortable throwing their weight around in public. Not yet, at least. That meant that, whatever the reason was that they wanted him, it was something they didn't want played out in broad daylight.

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