Herr Krater’s revenge.
“Look!” called Sam’s Gran Freyer Becken, pointing out to sea. She had a terrified look in her eyes.
“Oh no! There are more of them coming!” yelled Sam's friend, Jenny James. Staring out from the burning embers of the Royal Villa in Svolvaer.
“The battle’s not over yet men!" Admiral Stig Berg called out to his MJK soldiers and everyone else at the smouldering bomb site which had just been subjected to a brutal attack by the laser firing spider tanks of Herr Krater. “Everyone take cover again! Back down into the bunkers!”
Everyone stared in horror as the sea started bubbling and boiling once again. But no one could have ever imagined what was coming next. One by one flat metal discs plopped to the surface of the sea. There were ten discs, each five metres across.
After a few seconds of total inactivity the discs started flashing fiery red and yellow light from their edges and then they started to spin. They started turning slowly but soon were turning quicker than helicopter propellers. “No!” shouted Sam, rushing up to the front line, “it can’t be!”
“What are they Sam?” asked Stig, watching in disbelief. After figuring out how to destroy the Spider Tanks, Admiral Stig Berg had learnt to trust Sam Marsh’s judgement one hundred per cent.
“Spinners!” replied Sam, “They’re here to finish us off!”
Everyone stood in silent terror as the Spinners turned faster and faster on the surface of the ocean. They were creating huge, violent waves. In a blinding flash of light they were airborne and moving slowly and purposefully towards the villa.
“What can we do Sam?” Even Admiral Stig was at a loss as to what to do.
Sam was about to speak when there was a gentle tapping on his shoulder. As he turned, all he saw was a long thin metal body and he had to crane his neck to see the head which was over a metre and a half above his head!
“Zebedee!" uttered a stunned Sam, “How did you get out of my workshop, and…” Sam stared behind the Robo diver, “…where did they all come from?”
Behind Zebedee were at least a hundred other tall, skinny android robodivers, all standing firmly to attention and demanding what they should do next from their commanding officer, Sam Marsh!
“You built them Sir,” replied Zebedee, “don’t you recall? And now we are here to obey your orders.”
“Orders?” Sam was stunned, he didn’t remember building a hundred robodivers! This felt like a dream, so he pinched himself hard.
“Ow!” He yelped.
“Sam!” Admiral Stig Berg’s voice snapped Sam out of his daze.
“Sam, look!” Stig was pointing.
The Spinners had almost reached land now and it was obvious what they would do next, pretty much destroy everyone and everything. Well, except for the canister that contained Herr Krater’s precious plans, plans that he’d sent his Spider Tanks to recover in the first place.
Thinking quickly Sam rushed and grabbed the steel canister that was lying on the wet grass and held it aloft. He cleared his throat and began to shout up at the Spinners. He knew this was risky but his choices were severely limited!
“Don’t come any closer Grandfather or I will destroy the plans!"
The Spinners seemed to ignore Sam and just kept coming.
“I am not joking!” Sam tried to sound as brave as he could but inside he was terrified. If his plan went wrong everyone around him would die.
“Last warning Grandfather!"
Suddenly the Spinners stopped moving forward and just hovered fifty metres above the ground.
“Ha! I knew you were listening!” shouted Sam bravely.
“Sam! No!” called Freyer, “He’s pure evil! You can’t bargain with a man like him! He’ll kill you!”
“Sam Marsh!” boomed a voice from the Spinners.
“Grandfather!" replied Sam.
“You can’t bargain with me Sam Marsh!"
“I’m warning you! I’ll destroy the plans!”
“Ha! Ha! Ha! You can’t even open the canister child!" snorted Krater.
“Don’t bet on it!"
“Terminate them!” Krater ordered abruptly and once again the spinners started moving forward again, this time they started charging their primary weapons in readiness for the annihilation that was to follow.
Before he could do anything there was another tap on Sam’s shoulder. Sam turned to find Zebedee and his battalion at action stations and they were now all heavily armed with huge laser canons.
“My men are ready Sir!” reported Zebedee “May I suggest all humans take cover immediately!”
“Everyone take cover!” shouted Sam.
“Take cover everyone!” repeated Stig.
FOR MORE SEE SAM MARSH: THE BATTLE OF THE CLOUDSHIPS! OUT SOON!