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Chapter 43 - The Armada[]

Unity City, Terra
Sol Star System
Wolf Empire
3170



The Snow Ravens wanted augmented...

Putting a Sampan V Block 1 cutter up against a destroyer or a cruiser was a mistake and everyone knew it.  Karen stood up, and accepted her equipment harness.

The bargain came down to the use of melee weapons and light, unpowered, body-armor.

Her opponent was, at least, not an Elemental.

Adding to the hilarity, was the raising of a bleeping cage. Someone in the Arena was feeding Terrapop and Clangroove music, with flashing lights adding to the whole spectacle.

Karen locked her harness and reached down, dialing the magnetics on her boots to maximum, before stepping up.

He lifted a vibro-axe and rushed her.  His grip was good-a classic boarder's choke on the weapon.  She countered with the rescue line from her kit, zooming out of his reach and turning this into a three-dimensional fight.

Lucky, the cage wasn't plastic. It was high-grade ferric alloy, with her boots locked to the chain-link surface. Which was giving her a solid stance and some ability to maneuver on the ceiling of the structure.

He grinned up at her. From this position, he couldn't reach her with a swing. He would have to use a thrust, which isn't optimal for a tool like a hull-axe, especially in one full gee.

She on the other hand, had gravity assist for the crowbar. With a solid footing to move and dodge-if she needed it.

The answer, of course, was obvious-he used his own line to try to meet her.

Aerial ballet on composite monofilament grapple lines, with sharp and blunt things being part of the performance.



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