The Monkey Team had thought that their infiltration had gone rather well so far. Little did they realize they had a watchful eye in them the entire time.
Sparx and Gibson ran down the hallway. Thankfully they didn't meet any more of the aliens, but the conduit they were following started to split into smaller tubes and lead into separate rooms along the hallway. They quickly realized they probably weren't heading towards the engine.
"Ahhh, this can't be the right way!" Sparx growled as the conduit split again. "We should go back and help the others!" He was about to turn around before Gibson grabbed his shoulder.
"This larger conduit must power something important." Gibson pointed out. "Perhaps even the weapons systems." Sparx grumbled a noncommittal response. "I know. I'm worried about them too." Gibson admitted. "Come on, I think we found where all the power is going."
The giant cable went under the floor just next to a doorway. This one was different from the others though, with a heavier door and a small window, where the rest had been solid slabs of metal. Sparx carefully peeked in through the window.
"I see four of them from here." He reported. "There might be more though. I can't see much of the room from here."
Gibson nodded and got his drills out as Sparx readied his magnets.
"One..." Gibson hovered the top of his tail over the button for the door.
"Two..." Sparx charged his electricity up.
Pressing the button and charging in as soon as the door was open enough, the blue and red monkeys fired their attacks.
"Laser Criss Cross!"
"Magna Ball Beam Splitter!"
Two are headed for the power core. Destroy them
Nova gripped her flailing opponent by the legs and slammed it into one of its fellow aliens. As the two crumpled Nova charged at another three. "Lady Tomahawk!"
"Scritch Scratch Doom Thrower!" Otto pressed his saws together and fired energy shots at an approaching group. One went down from the blasts while the others ducked back into the door they had come from.
"We better be getting close to that power source!" Nova shouted as she punched another alien across the room.
"We've gotta be!" Otto kept firing at his group, keeping them pinned. "The conduit keeps getting bigger! And look at all these guards!" One of said guards took a potshot from out of cover. Otto ducked under the blast and swung a saw around. "Whirling Destructo Saw!" The energy blade flew the air, striking the control panel on beside the door. Sparks shot from it and the door slammed shut on the ambitious shooter's elbow. The falling door cleaved the forearm clean off. "Oh. I guess that works." Otto said, going over to the door.
Nova finished beating up her last foe and went to join Otto. "Huh. Hey, why does smashing the controls usually make a door shut?" She asked, examining the damaged panel.
"It’s probably a tampering failsafe. Or the result of a power loss. Or an overload in the circuitry." Otto rambled for a bit. "Or we just got lucky!"
"Fair enough." Nova conceded. "Let's keep moving." The yellow and green monkeys resumed running. As they went, a thought occurred to Nova. "Hey, what's this thing supposed to look like anyway?" She asked.
Gibson thought about it for a moment. "I don't really know." He admitted. "But to power a ship of this size it will have to be big!" The two of them rounded a corner. "Huh. Do you hear something?"
Nova cupped her hand to her ear. "Huh. Yeah, kinda a humming sound?"
"I'd say it's more of a "whrrrr" than a hum." Otto noted.
"Whatever. More importantly, what's causing it?" Nova looked up to the ceiling, checking for a vent or fan.
"Uh, Nova?" Otto tapped her shoulder. "I think it's coming from that." He pointed to a long window built into the wall. On other side was a massive room with an equally massive structure. Pipes and cables ran all across and from the spherical device.
"Power core?" Nova checked.
"Power core." Otto confirmed.
Nova smashed the window, and the two of them jumped into the room, falling to the floor below. The power core was huge, big enough to fit in both of the Super Robot's hands. It seemed to be supported by all the pipes and cables running from it, but there was also scaffolding and metal walkways crisscrossing the air around it.
"I guess just smashing the thing is a bad idea?" Nova noted.
"Probably." Otto agreed. "Let's me look it over a bit. See if I can find away to turn it off." He started poking around for an access panel. "Mind keeping an eye out while I look?"
Nova shrugged. "Yeah, yeah..." She sighed and went to get a good look at the area. There were a couple of doors into the room, but no guards. She supposed that there might be some standing outside, it was still strange not to have anyone posted in the room during an attack.
For that matter, why was their attack getting so little reaction? Not only had they been let in, several of the aliens had seen them and gotten away. Why was there no alarm? The whole ship should be swarming, especially in important areas like this.
All her instincts told her this was a trap. But if it was a trap, why hadn't they sprung it yet? As Nova wracked her brain over it, she found she couldn't shake the feeling she was being watched...
The shelled creatures charged down the hall, squawking and clicking among themselves. The one in front screeched loudly and the whole group doubled in speed. The continued down the hallway and around a corner.
As soon as they were gone, Antari dropped from his hiding spot on the ceiling. He watched the corner for a moment to make sure none of the aliens returned before continuing. The silver monkey ran, following the Power Primate as it led him towards his target. Just as the evil feeling grew stronger, the wall suddenly opened up next to him.
The room beyond was dark, too dark to even tell how big it was. "Another invitation?" Antari wondered aloud. He only hesitated a moment more before stepping inside, letting the wall close back behind him.
"Lightning Kick!" Chiro slammed his foot into the lastt foe. The alien slammed into a wall and collapsed along side its comrades. Chiro dusted his hands off. "Don't push yourselves fellas, I can find my own way."
Smirking at his own humor, Chiro returned to his task: find the source of the evil power. It was somewhere this direction whatever it was. The design of the ship was changing too. What had at first been industrial and straight path was turning into a round path with smooth walls.
"Must be getting close to something." Chiro walked along, hand scraping along the smoothed wall. He noticed that the wall was growing warmer, even through his glove. "What's in there?" He wondered.
After walking what seemed for a mile, Chiro found a door with a control panel on the side. "It's behind this door." After taking a deep breath of the oily air, he pressed the biggest button on the control panel and the door opened.
Then gagged as the smell of the room washed over him. "Urg, what is that? Smells like burnt meat or something!" Resisting the urge to put his visor back up, Chiro entered the room.
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