Alex helped her up as carefully as he could, though he knew she wasn't going to break in his hands. She was infinitely more tough than he was, but his protective instinct was to shield her from danger as much as possible. The bullet hole in her body screamed that he'd failed.
"I'm alright, this isn't as bad as it looks..." She said and stroked his cheek gently smearing blood on his fair skin. "We have to keep going. Asmodeus is just up ahead in that big office. We have to cut the head off the snake."
The ringing in his ear pulsed behind his eye, almost rendering him unable to focus. What he could manage to see what blood gushing from the bullet hole in Ari's body. [b "Hey hey, deep breath,"] he shuffled to her, pressing his hands against the wound. [b "What'd you go and do that for?"] he scolded in his panic at seeing her injured.
Ari looked up when she heard a click and got in front of Alex taking the bullet for him. She coughed up blood and felt woozy.
Alex rushed in as back-up, diving towards one of the larger men to tackle him to the ground. The rifle went off beside Alex's ear. All he heard was a piercing ring and muffled yelling.
She growled at them and charged forward attacking them.
[i "They're getting away! Fucking shoot them, you morons!"] one of the guards yelled.
Alex twisted and fired off energy beams towards them, blasting the wall beside them into pieces.
"let's keep going, we'll run into our target soon." She said and led him and any stragglers behind her.
[b "Looking to you for the next move, my queen,"] Alex glanced over her shoulder as more gunfire sounded.
"not with those two leading them." She said and looked up at him. "Hell, they'll get more out along the way."
Erik's lips tugged in a smirk. [i "As you wish, Your Highness."]
With a few orders barked out, he and Mystique led the charge of mutants through the corridors. [b "Think they'll run into much trouble?"] Alex approached her side.
Jasper can clear the path ahead. The second you see a way out, I want to take the others with you, I have to finish this once and for all before he gains any more power." She said and looked at them. "Can I trust you two to get everyone out of here safely?"
[i "What do you suggest, Your Highness?"] Erik looked at her out of the corner of his eye.
[i "I'd rather not hang around long enough to find out what other tricks they have up their sleeves,"] Mystique added.
Ari kept going seeing that the amount of guards were becoming denser as they went deeper. She growled slightly and kept leading the others.
Magneto focused in on the bullets, stopping them in their path and sending them directly back towards the men shooting. [b "Keep moving! Get to the exit!"] Alex yelled, firing energy beams towards two guards coming around the corner.
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