Musaran wasted no time leaping to the top of the truck, his target clearly in sight!
As he struck, Candi dodged him! Again she dodged! From one end of the truck's trailer to the next, they persisted in their bizarre wrestling match.
She hastily took advantage of a weak spot while he was distracted, striking him on his helmet and puncturing it! She could hear the pain of him being stung, but knew that he was far from done fighting!
Getting smarter, he grabbed one of her centilegs, spinning her around and nearly causing her to fall off the truck! She knew she'd have to more than sting him to win! If she didn't get creative fast, she'd lose!
As he threw another careless move, Candi managed to get a few good shots. This only enraged him, and he began inflicting damage on the trailer itself. Soon, both of them found themselves inside the trailer!
"Come one now! Why the back? At least Denny and Donte only broke my heart!"
Her time to jest was short; as he tried charging at her yet again! She quickly leaped out of the way! Using her centilegs, she grabbed at a portion of the ceiling where his stomping had made a hole. She feared that the sharp metal would cut, but was fortunate that it didn't.
Her trick soon dawned on him, as he sent the left trailer door flying onto the highway!
"For gash sakes, child! Buckle up! It's bad enough those two freaks back there are tearing my trailer apart!"
Musaran came at Candi again! He simply would not give up!
He finally got on top of the trailer again...but where was Candi?
"Ah! You again? NOW what?"
"Sir! Count to ten, then slam the brakes...HARD!!!"
"Are you crazy?"
"Any day now!!!"
She desperately tried to keep Musaran at bay with a few centilegs, whilst she used others to help secure herself to the top of the truck.
The very next second required instant thinking and reflexes! While the truck clearly couldn't stop on a dime, Candi didn't count on its brakes working as well as they were!
Lucky for Candi, her centilegs were just in enough control that she could keep herself from flying! Her adversary, on the other hand, wasn't so fortunate!
Musaran flew over the highway, but didn't count on ending up inside a run-down old building in the valley below.
He had smashed through a window, which broke his fall. He landed back-of-the-head-first and flipped! Upon regaining his senses, he stared up at the sight of utter defeat around him!
Something strange was also coming over him...something...he could not comprehend!
"Must...crush...CENTIPEDE!!! Must make...DIIIEEE!!! Must.....must...."
Quickly, he ran distraught to the bathroom on the floor immediately below. The old building still had running water! Musaran wasn't sure how long the place had been abandoned, but he could not shake the new sensations he was having either!
Careful not to remove his backvisor, Musaran managed to remove the rest of his helmet. The very captive Jeraime Malestrom was still clearly underneath, but the impact of the head injury proved to inflict one problem...the complete slumber of Jeraime and barrier between the two beings had been compromised!
Jeraime knew he still did not have enough control over himself nor enough will power to defeat Musaran and remove the damaged backvisor, but he was glad that, for once, something other than Musaran was in partial control of his body and thoughts!
"This...this is quite an unreal...feeling! Wh...where am I?"
"FOOOLLLLL!!! You're supposed to be ASLEEEEEEPPPP!!!!"
"Funny, I don't recall you being programmed to say that!"
"What? Programmed? I? DIIIEEEE!!!!! Wait! Why say I this?"
"I...may not be able to stop you...but you could maybe learn from me not to be such a bad guy?"
"Must...kill...Centipede! Must...kill....Donte!!! Must not deviate!"
"I don't know were we are...but I feel like we're...not that different!"
Jeraime's mind quickly shut off again. Musaran knew he had to maintain control of Jeraime at all costs, or perish!
But at the same time...he felt different. He could learn from Jeraime! He was no longer isolated to just what the Meethlites had programmed into him!
No...he could tap into Jeraime's mind, memories, and persona! He could develop himself into something so much more than programmed!
"WE!!!!...My slave!!! We
...will kill the centipede! Don't ask why! Must get tools! New helmet! Soon...they will know we
will take charge! We no longer their slaves!!! And then...kill the centipede!!!"