Hinjo grunted as he pulled himself up to the top of the hill.
He could still smell the smoke from Mecha-Pon's remains far below. He wheezed slightly as he set his Cypher down, reflecting on what it had taken for him to get past the giant robotic ape, then up the shaft and through the rotating platforms.
A bullet whizzed over his head, causing him to stumble backwards in surprise. He looked up to see an armor-clad apparition hovering in front on him, its smooth, reflective faceplate swiveling slightly as it studied him. The apparition chuckled as it leveled its twin railguns at the out-of-breath Strider.
"So you're who I was hired to dispose of?" the armored figure sneered. "I'm surprised you've made it as far as you have."
"Get out of my way!" Hinjo shouted as he picked up his Cypher. "I will not be stopped by the likes of you!"
"'You'?" the armored figure snapped back. "You will address me as Solo, or better yet, your executioner. I am, after all, your better."
Hinjo leaped forward, swinging his Cypher. "For the honor of Lexia!" he shouted.
Solo easily dodged Hinjo's clumsy swipe. "Pathetic," he sneered as he opened fire.
Hinjo barely dodged the first round of bullets. Solo laughed as he armed his heat-seeking missiles. He launched them and swooped up into the sky.
Hinjo swung his Cypher and connected with the first missile, which exploded. The explosion took out the missiles trailing it, but also knocked Hinjo backwards. Solo shrugged, then fired again. A line of bullets impacted the snow, heading right towards Hinjo.
"AH! EEK! ARGH!" Hinjo shouted as he danced around, avoiding the bullets as best as he could. He jumped into the air, then twisted his body around. With an incoherent shout, he tossed his Cypher at Solo.
Solo easily deflected the Cypher with his gauntlet. He shook his head slowly as Hinjo fell backwards, landing right near a steep mountain slope.
Hinjo shook his head as he landed, dazed. Solo swooped down next to him.
"You're not even worth wasting any more ammunition on," Solo sighed. Before Hinjo could react, Solo kicked him in the chest. Hard.
Hinjo rolled down the slope, picking up speed as he went. Behind him, hidden explosives detonated one after the other, the explosions following him down the slope.
"AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!" he shrieked as he continued rolling, only to be shut up by a mouthful of snow.
The sudden upturn at the bottom of the slope caught him by surprise. He rolled up the lip and hurtled off into space just as the final explosive ignited behind him. The force of the explosion propelled him forward.
His vision cleared just in time for him to see the opposite slope come rushing toward him. He raised his arms to cushion the impact...
Solo looked down from his vantage point as Hinjo's stunned form slid down the opposite slope and plunged down into the valley below, vanishing from view in seconds.
He chuckled softly to himself, then flew away.
Deep inside the Ballog, Hinjo felt his stomach churning. Currently he was standing upside down on what should have been the ceiling. For some reason, every few seconds the gravity in the hallway would reverse itself, sending him plummeting to the floor or ceiling, depending on where he was standing at the time, and he found himself feeling decidedly nauseous after just a few minutes of this treatment.
A sharp whistling got his attention. Behind him, small grenades were whizzing upwards and downwards, and they were getting closer with each passing second. Putting his discomfort aside, he gripped his Cypher and began to run.
He ran until he hit a wall. Almost without thinking, he latched onto the wall and began to climb downward, into a large, spherical chamber. A low-pitched humming could be heard.
As Hinjo emerged from the opening in the ceiling, he saw a strange orb-shaped device, gold in color with red and blue markings, floating serenely in the center of the room. As soon as he stepped out onto the ceiling, a hatch snapped shut behind him. The chamber lit up and the orb began to move.
Upon getting a good look at it, Hinjo realized what it was. It's one of those gravitothingy-dealy drives, he thought as the orb moved toward him.
Suddenly he found himself yanked from the ceiling and pulled into orbit around the orb. As he began floating around it, he felt his stomach do a sharp turn, then attempt to escape his body. He clamped his mouth shut and covered it with his hand.
Too late. A stream of vomit emerged from his mouth and was caught up in the gravitational pull of the orb. He heaved twice, expelling more vomit into orbit.
As he spun around the orb, he remembered his Cypher. He had to destroy the orb to escape, that much was obvious. But as he reached for his Cypher, his orbit intersected with the first blob of vomit he'd puked up.
As he felt his own vomit cover his upper body and face, his stomach gave out again. Weakly, he expelled another flying puddle of puke.
Then the orb suddenly reversed course, sending Hinjo flying towards the floor.
He saw stars as he rolled over... just in time to see another blob of puke flying at him.
Hinjo stood up, his gi now covered in his own puke. Weakly he staggered back and forth, trying to get his bearings. But before he knew where to turn, he felt himself pulled off his feet, back up into orbit around the orb.
"Oh no," he groaned. Not again.
His stomach began to heave once more...