“Ready?” Kari called from her position behind a large, metal storage unit.
“….Gonk……gonk…..” XR-EG4 said warily, shifting his weight from one metal-clad foot to the other. He was standing at the very front of the cargo bay, in the centre of what would have been the down-ramp, were it down, instead it merely provided a sturdy surface to stand on, with the ship’s bulkhead directly behind him.
“Stop being a wuss!” she called back; the angry stamping and series of gonks her words elicited bringing a smile to her face. She didn’t reply for a second, then jumped out from behind the storage box and called, “Shields up!”, before yanking her blaster from its place on her hip and firing a single shot at her companion.
Kari immediately realised her error as the bolt was sent straight back at her, barely giving her time to dive to the floor and avoid it. She felt the laser’s heat as it narrowly missed her body and sailed onwards straight into a large crate, punching a hole the size of her fist in its side.
XR-EG4 said nothing.