He rushed through
the streets, arms pumping, feet pounding the pavement beneath him,
breath coming in short ragged gasps. Behind him the Police droids
were speeding along, calling messages to him, he didn't pause to acknowledge
their meaning but he could guess. Something along the lines of "Stop
so we can apprehend you!" Thinking how he'd got into this mess
as he rounded the corner, he shook his head, chuckling softly to himself.
It was a humourless laugh, highlighting how pathetic he was and how
screwed he was going to be, if he didn't get the hell away from the
A blast of fire connecting with the wall to his left brought him out
of his daydream. A second followed, narrowly missing his head and
grazing his right shoulder. They were getting closer. Picking up the
pace he widened the gap between them, and rounded another corner.
Glancing up he noticed a cloth hanging on the fence next to him, a
T-shirt! Why it was hanging on the fence was beyond him, but he didn't
give a second thought grabbing it as he ran past. The ACRU on his
wrist beeped, adding theft to his growing list of crimes. He heard
the droids behind him speed up as they received this new information.
Thankfully the T-shirt should help him to get away, they hadn't yet
seen his face, but they knew what he was wearing, a quick change should
buy him time.
Jumping over a nearby railing and through a bush he landed in a small
wooded area close to a small brook. Quickly changing his top to his
newly acquired T-shirt, he stuffed his old shirt into a small opening
in the roots of a tree, and moved closer to the railing. His pursuers
whizzed past, for all their advanced technology, they weren't exactly
smart. He found himself praising the lack of tracking chips in ACRUs.
Looking at the device he considered trying to remove it again, but
stopped himself, attempted removal of an ACRU is an offence, one of
which he was already guilty on more than one count. A new crime would
also alert the cops to his presence, they may not know where people
are, but they knew where crimes are occurring.
Taking a deep breath to calm himself, he took one last check of himself
and his surroundings, and headed back out onto the street, and towards