Tradewinds 18 CH 16They led Mercer out of the hold, followed by his three surviving henchmen, where they were locked up in an unoccupied room near their home base, where Shades and Maximilian stood guard.
Max and Justin then helped Roxy round up the two surviving Cyexians. The one Max stunned and tied up earlier caught cutting halfway through her ropes with a knife behind her back before she dropped it and surrendered. The other, having broken her leg in her fall from the upper deck, surrendered without any further resistance at the promise of splinting her injury.
“I can’t believe you shot her…” she muttered. “She had the only tool for fixing the engines, and now it’s lost…”
“Then she shouldn’t have reached for it in the middle of a fight,” Justin muttered. “That was her own damn fault.”
“So that’s why you were trying to sabotage the sail rig.” Though from her tone, there was little doubt in Roxy’s mi
Tradewinds 18 CH 15Mercer fled from the Excelsior Ballroom, even his henchmen lingering only long enough to cover their boss’s escape before joining him.
Much to Roxy’s surprise, though, their retreat didn’t lead back to the bridge, as they expected, but down to the hold instead. Something about that bothered her even more than the fact he seemed to be expecting something from the other pirates, and whatever just happened topside clearly wasn’t what he had in mind. For now, the best she could hope for on that front was that Max and Justin were on it, because she was beginning to suspect that they would have their own hands full down here, whatever Mercer was up to.
He led them on a merry chase all the way down to the lowest deck level, where Striker’s crew hadn’t even started to unload before she crashed their party. Along the way, their enemies scarcely bothered with more than a token of return fire, instead relying on the increasingly obvious fact