Hopefully the ending is, I was goin’ for that Shamylan plot twist.
Obviously I won’t spoil the ending, but here’s an action scene I’ll include for fun. Context: Aurin is trying to get to someone, whilst battling off enemy Frames.
He made a break to his right, and escaped just as the wall he was leaning against exploded. Aurin clutched his side, cursing as he went, the alleyway behind him becoming a collapsing tunnel.
The screeching sound of hover engines filled his ears, making him wonder if he was about to get dropped on from above… or he really was losing his mind. Then a familiar yellow hover-car flew past the alley, then backed up after seeing him emerge. The driver’s side window rolled down, and Aurin saw the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen in his life at the wheel.
“Get in, shithead!” Gally shouted. “They’re literally on the other side of these buildings!”
Aurin didn’t need to be told twice; He pulled open the door, and slammed his ass into the passenger seat. Gally was already peeling out before he could even close the door.
“Do you intentionally put yourself in the worst situations imaginable?” Gally huffed, her hand shifting gears with dramatic deftness. “Or are you some kind of trouble magnet?”
“I didn’t ask you to come save me.”
“Yeah, well,” Gally sighed, and looked at the rearview mirror. “I’m coming to terms with being a bit of an idiot myself.”
Aurin looked behind him, and saw a huge weapon resting in the backseat; long, and rectangular, it looked like a solid steel beam with a grip and trigger attached to it. On its side, up above the trigger guard, was a small little black window.
“The hell is that?” Aurin asked— he pancaked against the passenger side door as Gally hung a sharp right, shooting down a major street which was now abandoned. The underside thrusters were keeping the car at a low profile a foot above the ground, while the rear jets were firing full-blast.
“You want the long answer, or the short one?” Gally said, her bottom teeth protruding slightly as she gripped the wheel. “Short one: Point it and shoot. The sooner the better, it looks like your entourage is about to gain ground on us.”
Aurin peered out the back window and saw that this was correct; A row of buildings exploded outward, and a Frame came barreling through, its eye-camera giving off an eerie lens flare. The approximate time between target acquisition and opening fire was somewhere less than five seconds, if the pilot was a rookie. If it was Mori, it was probably far less. Gally was driving more or less in a straight line, and even if she managed to evade a direct hit, the impact could easily flip the car.
Aurin reached for the weapon, feeling its conversely light weight; wrapped his fingers around the grip and swung it out from between the seats.
“Can you do me a favor?” Aurin asked. “Please?”
“I liked that last bit. Anything for you, darling,” Gally said playfully as she dodged a turned-over van.
“Hold my leg.”
The Frame left the ground, lifted upwards by its jets; finding a good place to hover, and take aim from above. The high-ground always won, after all.
Aurin climbed up halfway out of the window, using a rail on the top of the car as a handhold, and rested the butt of the weapon on his shoulder.
“Am I supposed to just eyeball it?” Aurin shouted as the wind whipped past him. “There’s no scope!”
“Point!” Gally screamed. “And shoot!”
Aurin held down the trigger, and the gun started to heat up- Particles started to circle in around the barrel, and the air seemed to distort, a lensing between Aurin’s eye and the Frame up in the air. As he did, the little indicator window went from red, to yellow.
The indicator turned green, and Aurin heard a beep.
Aurin was almost ejected from the car as the weapon bucked upward and backward- A thin line of compressed space cut through the space between, and the Frame was punched through, a circular cross-section burnt away in an instant. It spun out of control, it’s thrusters firing uncontrollably, and crashed into the earth. The area was cast in a blinding light as a shockwave hit the back of the hover-car.
“Nice shot!” Gally called out.
“What the hell is this?” Aurin cried, as he slid back into the seat, his side screaming with pain from the forced stretch the gun’s recoil had exerted on him. He looked back at the plume of fire that was rising into the air, forming a small mushroom cloud. “The hell was that?”
“It’s a graviton beam emitter,” Gally responded cheerily, as if that would answer Aurin’s question. “Has a hell of a charge time on it though.”
“Okay, great. Next question: what are you doing with it?”
“I crack asteroids with it,” Gally said simply, and met Aurin’s eyes innocently. “Figured it works just as well against heavy armor.”
“You know, the more I get to know you, the weirder you get.”
“Aww, shucks.” Gally blushed, and touched her cheek. “Thank you.”
“You know where I’m trying to get to, don’t you?” Aurin asked, peering out the back window for signs of a chase. “Otherwise you wouldn’t have picked me up.”
“Yeah, you’re trying to get to that glowy thing that’s tearing Azimuth a new one right? I mean, it is you we’re talking about after all.”