The inferno still blazes as chaos ensues and ember floats. In the midst of the fire lies the remains of the tower. Out of the pile of brick and clockwork, emerges Antoine and Jiang.
Marinette (echo): Look, they survived.
Adrien (echo): Yeah, but how for long?
Jiang: This was you doing, wasn't it?
Antoine: Yes, it seemed liked a good idea at the time. Wait! (frisking himself) My cane! I must have lost it when the tower fell.
Jiang: Forget it. For now, we need to escape.
Antoine: Fine, lets move.
The two start running through the tower's remains, evading the growing flames and explosives that were not destroyed. They make their way on the track, but a wreckage of a cart blocks their way.
Antoine: Come, i'll give you a boost!
Antoine kneels and puts his hand together as Jiang jumps on to them. He then pushes her up, letting Jiang on top of the wreckage. She extends her arm as Antoine grabs it. She then pulls him up as he climbs onto the top. The two then jump to the ground as fire consumes the wreckage. They continue down the track but a watch tower falls over Jiang, pinning her to the ground. Antoine turns around
Jiang: I need help!
Antoine continues to look at her, but looks the other way, then back.
Jiang: Please, i can't do this on my own.
Antoine looks the other way and runs, vanishing into the smoke.
She then struggles, trying to free herself from the wreckage but burns her hands before letting go. Then the wooden beams catch on fire. She continues to struggle, but is still burned by the scorched wood. Just as the fire is about to reach her.
The beams are cut and broken. Jiang turns, seeing Antoine with his cane in one hand and the cane sword in the other.
Antoine: I found my cane.
He then sheathes his sword and grabs her hand. Antoine then pulls Jiang out as the fire engulfs the beams.
Jiang: (getting up) I thought you...
Antoine: Left? I would never abandon a lady, especially one like you.
Jiang: That is...flattering, but we need a way out.
Antoine: When i grabbed my cane, i saw an opening. The other side was clear.
Jiang: Lead the way.
Antoine runs, with Jiang following, down through through the wreckage of a train They navigate through it and finding themselves in front of the opening.
Antoine: (pointing at the opening) There!
They run towards it, but...
They were knocked back by an explosion as the fire spreads and traps them.
Jiang: (coughing, getting up) What was that?
Antionie: (recovering) An explosion, the fire must have ignited some oil or powder that wasn't touched.
Jiang: (looking around)What now? We'rr trapped!
Antoine: There's only one thing we can do.
Jiang: (looks at him) What is it?
Antoine: (looks at her) Trust me...
Antoine then grabs Jiang and runs into the fire, disappearing into the flames.
On the other side...
Cultists are in disarray as many carry buckets of water heading towards the fire. While others carrying boxes and moving crates away from it.
Li: Put that fire out already!. After that, We'rr heading out early.
Cultist: Wait! Somethings moving in the fire.
Just then, Antoine and Jiang jump out of the fire, falling to the ground with their clothes scorched and smoke coming from them.
Li: I should have known. Deal with the saboteurs! I'll take my leave now.
Li runs into one of the workshops as Cultists surrounds Jiang and Antoine. Antoine draws his cane swords as Jiang draws out 2 knives.
Cultist: Go ahead. We have the numbers and the fire power. This will take only a moment.
An explosion occurs in the distance as they turn to see it, but sees several Knights, armed with rifles and aiming at them.
Aujeán comes behind them, walking towards the front with pistol in hand.
Aujeán:...or face retribution.
The cultists gets on their knees and raise their hands in the air, as the Knights detain them.
Antoine: Your late.
Aujeán: And you started the fun without us.
Jiang: Boys, focus! We have another problem.
Antoine: What do you mean?
Jiang: The attack is...or was to be a distraction! Li Wren is planning to escape on another train with the artifact! We need to catch her now or our mission will be a waste!
Aujeán: Go! I'll take care of things here. Then i'll send an a patrol to look for you, if your successful.
Antoine: Okay, let's go.
Aujeán: (turns around, facing a group of Knights) Alright men, you are to provide cover to Agreste and his partner. Do what you can to make sure they reach that train!
Knights: YES SIR!
Antoine and Jiang, along with the Knights, leave, running towards yard. Shouts and cries are heard as gunfire echoes throughout the yard. They run past groups of Knights fighting against the Cultists as making they make their way through the yard.
Adrien (echo): This place is turning into a war zone.
Marinette (echo): Yeah...i...don't like it.
Adrien (echo): I can understand that, but what can you do?
Then, they go into a steel mill.
Jiang: We can take a shortcut through here.
Antoine tackles Jiang to the ground, behind a crate in time to dodge a bullet. Then cultists come in, firing at the Knights as they take cover.
Antoine: Theirs too many of them!
Knight: Boss, go ahead. We can handle them.
Antoine: Thanks boys, when this is over, i'm buying drinks.
Antoine and Jiang then go back as the Knights engage the Cultists. The two then take a detour around the mill.
Jiang: Will they be alright?
Antoine: Yes, i made sure those boys are capable fighters and marksman.
Then they stop in front of a train.
Antoine: Is this it?
Jiang: It must be. It looks ready to depart
Jiang: Hurry, their ready to leave.
Suddenly, the doors of the cars open, revealing Cultists, armed with rifles and 2 stationed cannons.
Antoine: TAKE COVER!!!!
They run, jumping into a nearby ditch as the Cultists open fire. Antoine pulls out 2 revolvers from his coat, giving the other to Jiang.
Antoine: Return fire!
The two then open fire, shooting back at the train.
The train begins to move and the Cultists close the doors.
Jiang: The train is leaving!
Jiang hands him the revolver and puts them away. Then, they climb out of the ditch and run to the train. Antoine reaches the train, jumping on to the caboose's platform. The train then picks up speed. Jiang runs faster as Antoine reaches out to her.
Jiang grabs his hand as she is pulled off the ground the ground and towards him. He catches her in his arm as the two embrace.
Antoine: I got you...
The two then look up, staring at each others faces. Antoine then puts his hand on her cheek, but Jiang then pushes him away.
Antoine: Something wrong?
Jiang: Not now...until this over.
Antoine: I look forward to it.
Adrien (echo): I...feel strange.
Marinette (echo): Me too, but this feeling...its...its gone.
Adrien (echo): Did we just....
Marinette (echo): I think we did.
Adrien (echo): This keeps getting more interesting by the second.
Antoine then opens the door and they both walk in.
I hoped you liked it. The final battle is near. Find out how in Chapter 22: The War's End