Episode 7 continued...
Garrett attacks the Cour de Leon with a flurry of beam rifle shots, and is shocked when the Leon dodges the close-range shots with impossibly deft maneuvers. As the Leon comes within striking range of melee weapons, Garrett uses the Letzter Doga’s beam saber to take a vicious swipe at the Federal Forces’ command unit mobile suit. Again, to Garrett’s shock and dismay, the Leon counters with a swift block of its own beam saber, following with a fierce counterattack that forces the Letzter Doga to roll away.
“This one fights as well as the White Phoenix,” Garrett concludes, fear creeping into his heart, “but how could that be?”
Garrett reaches out with his mind…and finds the presence emanating from the Cour de Leon fearsomely familiar.
“It’s her!” Garrett’s eyes widen in disbelief, “How can that be? I buried the White Phoenix at Valles Marineris!”
Garrett’s distraction is more than enough for Jolie to ram the beam saber of the Cour de Leon straight through the center of the Letzter Doga, burning straight through the nuclear fusion engine of the advanced Zeon mobile suit.
Garrett immediately fingers the “Cockpit Module Emergency Eject” button on the control console of the cockpit. The triple-reinforced, spherical cockpit module of the Letzter Doga is ejected out of the belly of the destructing mobile suit by three powerful rockets even as its host mobile suit explodes in a mighty explosion of flame and shrapnel.
The rockets launch the cockpit module high into the Martian sky, en rout by automatic guidance to the nearest Deimos Zeon space warship.
“Damn it!” curses 1Lt. Garrett Doga, who has never tasted defeat in mobile suit combat before, “Who is this ‘White Phoenix’ that the Federation has trained? What makes her so difficult to kill?!”
Garrett vows that the White Phoenix would be his to take down, on his honor…for his honor.
The Hellbuster warheads are deployed and burrow deep into the Martian crust. When they reach a depth of one kilometer, their cluster of heavy concussive warheads will explode and collapse the Zeon mining facilities, rendering them inaccessible for years.
Athena prepares to open fire with the Centurion Gundam Unit 1’s remaining functional weapons systems at the Zeon mobile squadron streaking above her.
Her finger tightens on the trigger, but then relents as she comes to a realization.
The Zeon squadron is not flying in to attack her, but streaks past her, as if obvious to or indifferent to her presence. They are headed in the direction where Jolie, Jonah, and the others are.
“Jolie!” Athena calls into the tac net as she launches the damaged Centurion Gundam into a slow pursuit, “more enemy units coming your way, bearing eight-zero-niner!”
“Damn it!” Jolie curses through clenched teeth, “They keep coming! How are we gonna fight all of them off?!”
The Phobos Zeon mobile suit squadron arrives upon the scene of the massive firefight between the Earth Federation Special Forces and the Deimos Zeon Imperium Forces.
“Commence attack,” General Alexander Miguel intones calmly.
The Phobos Zeon mobile suit squadron opens fire with its beam cannon and missiles…a heavy display of massed firepower, all directed towards the Deimos Zeon mobile suits only.
The fresh Phobos Zeon mobile suits, Gellonds and Geara Dogas, dive into the midst of the battle, fresh and eager for combat. They tear away at the remaining Deimos Zeon Dreissen-IIs and Gaza-Es, relieving the overwhelmed Federal Forces.
Athena’s voice come through the tactical net, “What’s the situation over there?! Are all of you all right?”
“You’re not gonna believe this, ‘Thena,” Jolie says, “The new squad of Zeon mobile suits that just showed up are attacking the enemy units we were fighting. They’re helping us, for some reason!”
Indeed, the mobile suits of Phobos Zeon specifically target their bitter rivals of Deimos Zeon, disregarding or, in a few cases, actually coming to the aid of beleaguered Earth Federation Special Forces.
The troops of the Federal Forces are frozen in confusion for a moment, not sure if they should fire upon the newly arrived Phobos Zeon Forces.
Jolie scans the area with her Newtype abilities, and her attention is drawn to the black Nightingale transformable mobile suit…a hatefully familiar malevolence emanating from its armored bulk.
“You!” Jolie screams, rage suddenly filling her, “You’re HIM!”
Jolie’s mind flashes back years…to her tenth birthday, when a coldhearted Zeon officer had slain her entire family, led his army in the destruction of her home, and sneered at her as a “degenerate.”
With a throat-tearing war cry, Jolie launches the Cour de Leon at General Alexander Miguel’s Nightingale.
“Jolie, don’t!” Jonah cries out, reaching out to restrain Jolie’s borrowed mobile suit.
Episode 7 to be continued...