Previously: Sasquack bursts free from his restraints with a bellowing ‘Quack Quack!’ that shakes the Bus.
Detective Cross reacts quickly, making a snap-shot with his pistol that grazes Sasquack in the shoulder, if anything driving the beast to greater fury. Sasquack lunges forward and smashes his 8-foot tall frame into the side of the Bus. The mammoth vehicle shudders and lifts up onto two wheels almost going completely over onto its side. Gamble, still at the wheel, manages to recover, but the violence of slamming back down onto the already damaged undercarriage snaps the rear suspension and the linkages come undone. The rear axle rips free and tumbles down the street behind the bus. The back of the bus throws up a fan of sparks as it digs into the concrete.
Detective Greeley ducks down into the Bus to investigate the ear-wrenching quacking while Hawat open fire on the remaining Octo goon in sight, but the enemy retreats back out of their line of sight, using the building as cover. Two of his octopus arms pop back over the edge, bearing grenade launchers on the tips, which fire with a dull thoomp-thoomp.
Greeley just gets a little spatter on his back, but Detective Hawat isn’t so fortunate, and the grenade aimed at the rear turret explodes right in his face, covering him in a thick, blinding layer of squid ink.
Hawat stumbles and slips on the squid ink, falling ass over elbows down into the bus and knocking his head on the wall. Good night sweet prince.
Greeley opens fire with his assault rifle on Sasquack, but the bullets merely elicit another roaring quack. Sgt Cho calls out from his lookout position at the back of the bus, “We’ve got company!” and opens fire on their pursuers in a stolen police cruiser.
Cross and Greeley continue pumping rounds into Sasquack, but the behemoth shrugs off the fire and slams his fists into the side of the bus again, trying to flip it. However, Gamble is prepared this time and the bus only lurches with the impact. Cho turns and puts a pair of rounds into Sasquack’s head. However, even his high powered rifle slugs fail to put the monster down. Then, there is a thump on the roof. More uninvited guests.
Cross changes tactics and switches to electro net rounds, wrapping up Sasquack in a nice warm taser blanket. With the bus slowing down, Gamble abandons the wheel, disappearing with an audible ‘poit’ and reappearing on the roof of the bus.
Another octo goon has landed, and is busily tearing the crack Sasquack has made in the side armor wider. He manages to poke his launcher through the hole and send another ink bomb into the interior. Only Sasquack, and the unconscious Thufer Hawat are close enough to be doused in ink again.
Gamble opens fire on the new arrival, but this octogoon has 6 extra arms rather than 4. Two of the arms animate with a life of their own and manage to bat away Gamble’s bullets.
Greeley races back into his turret and opens fire as well. The goon manages to deflect all but one of the rounds, as he tries to leap clear of the bus. Greeley hits him square in the back and he is stunned for a moment by the impact, falling behind the Bus.
Meanwhile, Cho takes another shot at the driver of the car closing rapidly from behind. This time his aim is true, and the driver slumps forward over the steering wheel, sending the car out of control.
The goon in the passenger seat tries to grab the wheel, but his octopus arms tangle him up. he somehow manages to accidentally knee the gearshift forward into reverse, at the same time that his struggle with the steering wheel sends the car into a swerve.
The two goons in the back react quickly in an attempt to save themselves. One manages to get clear successfully. The other unfortunate soul gets one of his octo-arms stuck in the door frame and is whiplashed over and around into the pavement head first as the cop car flies into a sidelong roll.
Sasquack is still on his feet when Cross hits him with a second net, but the second high voltage blast finally puts the beast down. “Nobody likes the mighty ducks anyway,” Cross quips at the unconscious monstrosity.
The goon who managed to escape from the cop car crash opens up with a submachine gun, hitting Greeley in the vest. Gamble ports back into the drivers seat to make sure the Bus doesn’t careen out of control, and Greeley blazes away at the goon that just shot him, putting a burst of three rubber bullets right into the man’s chest in reply. Cho misses a shot at the last remaining octo goon, and Cross gives him a net party.
The tumbling cop car smashes into the back of the Bus and after the echoes die away everything is quiet.
Then the radio chirps. Backup is only 30 seconds away.
”Thanks, but I think it’s handled,” Greeley replies.
The powers squad puts Sasquack into the spare restraints, debarks the bus and arrests the surviving octo goons, before checking on the ESU vehicle which ate a missile at the beginning of the ambush. Luckily the others are alive, if a bit rattled.
In the aftermath, Captain Grayson contacts the team to advise them of their new assignment. Track down whoever is supplying robotic octopus arms to mercenaries and get the super science weaponry off the streets.