Rocket Man - a Dr. Mauser Short
©2015 Richard Alan Chandler
"He went this way! Don't let him get away!" Agent Thorson Hammarskald of S.M.A.S.H. shouted to his teammates as he pounded down the hallway after Dr. Mauser.
Hammarskald was the best they had, strong and intelligent, and a natural leader. He was the one who noticed the flashing amber strobe lights of the intruder alerts actually flashed in a sequence indicating escape routes. Dr. Mauser was a slippery bastard, always eluding the Forces of Justice that set out to capture the Evil Scientist, often turning the tables on his foes in tragic and humiliating ways. But not this time, he swore.
He was giving them quite the chase though. The ordinary S.M.A.S.H. troopers were having trouble with Mauser's Minions, who seemed to be remarkably well-trained, disciplined, and not at all like the cannon-fodder typically in the employ of the Side of Evil. And the defenses were subtle, but strong.
As he rounded the corner, he caught a glimp