The backdoor of the helicopter was open. Through it, you could see Dakova, his wings spread, quickly flying away from the helicopter.
His face, distorted with anger, bewilderment. He must have jumped out a few second ago.
Dozens of ice spikes where discharged from the ground below. They whistled through the air, striking you in dozens of places.
Pain shot through your body, only the adrenaline kept it at bay. Your movements became sluggish.
A sudden kick to your ribs almost knocks you unconscious. One of the pilots has abandoned his seat and now struggled to hold you in place.
Blood began to obscure your vision. You go deaf, perhaps permanently, as a lightning bolt strikes you from behind, discharged from the ground.
You couldn't make out your surroundings, or hear the fierce roar of the wind.
The only thing you could see was Dakova, desperately try to fly as far away as he could.
A strange feeling came from your stomach. Something mechanical clicked inside.
From the last of your strength, you rush passed the barrage of ice, passed the pilot and passed the helicopter, toward the man who started this all.
Dakova was in sight.
You couldn't hear a word of what he screamed, as his face became twisted with anger and fear, as he realized he was inside the blast radius. You could only read his lips, as they finally whispered:
A blinding light engulfed the helicopter and erupted into a deafening roar, as the bomb detonated.
The ground shook from the shockwave. The sky briefly lit up with orange, as what was left of the helicopter, came crashing down onto the Artemis soldiers on ground.
Dakova's scream echoed across the air, as his body was swallowed by flame and violently hurled to the ground.
The fire continued to burn over the carcass of the helicopter. For a moment, the sky continued to shine with the colors of orange.
Wrecker was sitting in the sewage tunnel, off to the side from Twilight and Riza.
A small electronic device held in his hand. It slowly dropped to the ground from his fingers as he released a slow sigh:
"...I'm sorry Fire.. I had to make sure the bomb would go off.." he quietly whispered, his voice barely audible.
One of the Artemis radio's, hidden behind Kaylee's jacket, suddenly went online and began transmitting:
" - All units... all units, General Dakova is down. Repeat, General Dakova is down. We have wounded, requesting medical evac over!
- This is Captain MacTavish, my team is at the sewage pumping station! Requesting to belay order to flood the sewage tunnels, how copy?!"
"Oh my god" Kaylee closed her mouth with her hand: "No!.. Dakova planned to flood the sewage tunnels! There's nowhere left to run from here! We'll drown! We're going to die!"
"- MacTavish!" the radio went live again: "Dakova's orders were to flood the tunnel! Proceed with your mission!
- Negative! I have new information! There are homeless people still living there! We can't sacrifice innocent lives for the sake of the mission! Its not who we are! Its not what Artemis stands for!
- GOD DAMN IT MACTAVISH! DAKOVA ORDERED-!
- This is an illegal order! I have new information that forbids me to follow it! Let me speak to Dakova!
- That's not possible!
- Is he dead!?
- We don't know! God damn it MacTavish, if he survives, he will burn down all of our asses! Do as you're told! The fugitives must not escape! We can end this, right now! Flood the god damn tunnels!
-... I refuse" the radio went silent for a moment, before going online again: "This is Captain MacTavish, I'm temporarily assuming command of the Artemis forces, until the end of this crisis.
I am belaying the order to flood the tunnels!
I will accept full responsibility.
All Artemis units, your mission now is to assist the wounded, civilian or military. MacTavish out"
Kaylee slowly exhaled and leaned back against the wall:
"...Firewing...... if she didn't go after Dakova... we would be dead right now.... she saved....
She saved us" Kaylee's hands collected into fists as a tear fell from her eye and she quietly sobbed.