This was bad to say the least.
Everything fell on them all at once, the ceiling caved in, as armed attackers flooded the area. The hallway was filled with the same men, and to make matters worse, red lasers flicked on them. They were pinned. Ellie’s nerves were on edge, her eyes darted around them, trying to process everything at once. Whoever launched the smoke bombs was either hiding or in the crowd. Out of instinct, her hands lit up enough to throw a few punches, but she stayed crouch down to keep a semblance of cover being Linus’ shield. The attackers outnumbered them at least 20 to 3, there was no observable way they could get out.
"Friends, not sure where you're trying to go, but I think we might be able to help each other."
Thanks, Captain Obvious.
"Hand over the heart, and I can grant you safe passage."
That confirmed what had to be on everyone’s mind, these men weren’t high level security, they had the same goal.
Ellie’s voice dropped to a near whisper as she concealed herself somewhat behind Linus. ”Distract him.”
Linus set to work on striking a conversation with the man who emerged from all the smoke in front of the gunners behind him. He held a remote in his hand, and that needed no thought.
Meanwhile, Ellie turned her attention elsewhere.
”Dream, slowly- slowly move your hands out forward like you’re gonna surrender. When I broke those cuffs, we’re making a beeline for the nearest door we can find.”
"If the heart falls, it'll be destroyed. If you push that, they might back off and we can figure a way out of here."
”There’s no chance they’ll let us out. Look at the guns they brought. You draw, you shoot. Just get ready, when it happens, we aren’t slowing down.”
The entire time, light passively was collecting in her hands.
Make the play.
When the kid had a plan, trust her, he thought.
The man with the ink, who stood tall like he ran the place was in the middle of explaining how the reactor could be blown up when Rainsinger stopped him mid-sentence. ”Nice speech, did you write that down?” You blow that thing, you’re dead, you didn’t swoop in to steal dust. If I knew goons like you were packing, I’d have retired already. Look, you want this little toy we picked up, and we wanna get home.
But the way you’re carrying those guns, big as they are, It don’t look like you want witnesses. It’s smart, really. But you know how you get witnesses taken care of? Risk. Let me ask you something, whoever you are, what’re you getting paid for the box?” He stared the man dead in the face, no less apathetic and collected than the say the King tried to put a leash on him. His voice was raised, and carried a tone that commanded respect and demanded to be listened to.
He was well aware of the gas creeping in them, his shield wouldn’t brush it away, it would just collect it.
”I dunno if you and all these guys are big in Tenebrae, I’ve been out in the world. What’s this heart mean to you? What’s a No-Witness card gonna run you, and what’re you gonna risk for it? Then again, I don’t think you’d have all those toys if your boys weren’t disciplined.”
They raided this lab easier than him and his companions, they meant business. Anyone could see that. His words were unlikely to do anything, but it had to just be enough so Ellie could spin up. ”Do you want to make this ugly? In a lab full of security? The longer we stand here, the longer those guards’ll have to wake back up.”
And so came forth the Hail Mary.
”You went all in when you don’t know your opponent’s hand, and you want to blow up a reactor you’re standing in.
I think you’re scared this ain’t gonna work.”
If this bluff works out, the drinks are on him.