Blink’s earlier adventures:
Blink’s First Adventure | 2 | 3 | 4
Superhero Summer Camp (this one): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
“In other words,” Captain Heroic said, “we’re on our own. A retiree, a rookie, and a villain who temporarily switched sides.”
“What about Ma Ling?” Blink asked.
“Her skills aren’t geared toward fighting ABAs.” Professor Zero’s voice sounded distant; perhaps he was leaning over to speak into Nixi’s mike. “She’s helping us out where she can, and the security team is holding off the assault so far. The screen says about half the remaining ABAs are investigating the decoys. Tac is recalculating, but I’m sure it’s buying us some time. Get back in the fight, if you’re ready. We need all the help we can get right now.”
“Stay a little left,” Nixi reminded them. “Keep the decoys between you and the ABAs until you get a visual.”
“Roger,” said Captain Heroic, jogging along with little effort, like he and Stevie had done every morning. But now it was Blink running alongside, having no trouble.
Gunfire and a hollow clang resounded beyond the decoys. “One of the ABAs stopped moving,” said Nixi. “But it’s still up.”
“Warmonger probably kneecapped it with my hammer,” Captain Heroic chuckled. “I guess we need to get moving if we’re going to stay ahead.”
“Let’s do this,” said Blink. He scanned the woods ahead; the augmented reality display shaded the flames of the decoys and showed the ABAs moving closer. “Is it clear behind the closest one?”
“Yeah.” Nixi got that excited tone again. “Go get ‘em.”
“I’ll take one mine at a time,” Blink told Captain Heroic, hoisting a limpet mine. “Now you see me…” He disappeared, popping in behind the nearest ABA. It whirled to face him, and he threw the magnetic mine at it and popped back to his partner. “Two, one—” The flash preceded the explosion by about half a second, and Blink grinned. “That’s how we roll!”
“Confirmed down!” Nixi said, as they heard gunfire and another clang. “And it looks like Warmonger kneecapped another one.”
“I hope he’s okay,” Blink breathed.
“He will be,” Captain Heroic assured him. “He’s a survivor.”
“Tac reassessment in,” Professor Zero told them. “The decoys bought Security another twenty-five minutes, even if the remaining seven ABAs turn and rejoin the main force right now. Every one you guys take out gives us three more minutes.”
“Roger,” said Captain Heroic, handing Blink another mine. “Nixi, what’s the best one for Blink to take out next?”
“Third from the right,” she replied. “It’ll be clear in a few seconds. Ready… now!”
Blink was gone and back in two seconds; the mine detonated in two more seconds. “Boom-chaka-laka!” he yelled.
“Hey! Kid! Cap!” they heard, then Warmonger joined them, puffing and still clutching the hammer.
“You’re hurt!” Blink cried, looking at the gash on Warmonger’s arm.
“Just grazed. But I need a fresh tankful of that teenage wrath. Don’t worry about the ABAs, even your mom shoots better.”
Instead of the intended anger, Blink laughed. “Nice try.”
“Yeah, well keep an eye out for Captain Grabby-Hands there.”
Blink heard Captain Heroic draw a sharp breath, and Warmonger sighed with relief.
“Imply a straight old fart is gay, pisses ‘em off every time,” said Warmonger. “Okay, gotta run. You’re ahead four to three, right?” He sprinted back to the battle.
“Don’t worry about it,” said Blink. “I know you’re not gay. One of my best friends is, though. Only time I’ve been glad to get friend-zoned.”
Captain Heroic doubled over in a belly-laugh, and Nixi giggled in their headsets. In the distance, they heard Warmonger whooping in delight as he pounded another ABA.
“What’s next?” Blink asked Nixi.
“Either of the two on your right. They’ve reached the decoys, and they’re turning around.”
“Okay, this one’s a two-fer.” Blink held out both hands for mines.
“Don’t get cocky,” Captain Heroic warned, but gave Blink two mines. “Maybe we can keep them occupied if we get closer, though.”
“Okay. I’ll meet you at the decoy line.” Blink disappeared. Seconds later, two mines went off. “Six!” he yelled, as Captain Heroic jogged to meet him.
“Two headed to Warmonger’s position,” said Nixi.
“Warmonger!” Captain Heroic bellowed. “Incoming!”
“Incoming yourself!” Nixi shouted. “The other two are headed for you guys!”
“I need a rest,” Blink puffed, somewhere in the dark.
“Crap! You overdid it!” Zero grated through Nixi’s mike. “Break off and get out!”
“I got him!” Captain Heroic shouted, sprinting toward the decoy line.