What Cassie envisioned was all of the robots tipping over. What she envisioned more specifically was that she was the one making the robots tip over. It was strange, because, in her vision, she was moving too quickly for any of the robots to touch her, but she never was the fastest kid in gym class. The robots were moving at a decent speed, and the lasers would hit her if she tried to get too close to the robots.
Still, she wanted to try. Cassie wanted to keep the family in the car safe. The kids looked like they were crying by now. So, Cassie sighed, she picked up a stick, and she started running towards the robots, because she’d been carrying a stick in the vision. She followed her vision and ran as fast as she could towards the robots. To Cassie’s own surprise, she moved incredibly quickly. The first thing that she did was to jam the stick into the base of the robot that was smashing things. Its club started to swing, then it got stuck and recoiled backwards quickly. When it recoiled, the club swung back and hit the laser robot. The laser robot tipped. Some of the pipes fired lasers into the sky, but many of the pipes also fired into the ground, which split open. That made the laser robot tip even further, falling all the way over.
When that happened, the laser robot fell into one of the saw robot’s saws. The saw tore through the laser robot, but the pipes continued to fire for a few seconds. In that time, both the saw robot and the club robot got hit by the laser robot several times. In fact, the club robot’s club arm got hit by a laser, and the club fell off, smashing the robot itself flat, like crushing a soda can, though Cassie guessed that she’d never seen someone use a giant club to smash a soda can. Cassie circled back, laughing at the two destroyed robots. The third, the saw robot, also got hit by the laser. For that robot, though, whatever was holding one of the saws in place broke, and the blade flew from the robot. Cassie watched its arc and almost immediately recognized where it was headed: the family in the car.
Cassie gasped; that hadn’t been part of her vision. She had to stop the blade. She ran as quickly as she could, and then she jumped up, catching the blade in the air, spinning once, and throwing the blade back to the robot. It flew into the robot, digging deep. The robot shook back and forth a bit, and sparks started to fly. After a few seconds, the saw robot exploded. At first, Cassie thought that was good news, because it was gone. But as she started to watch the pieces fly into the air, Cassie realized that the pieces would come down, and fast. She tried to track their path up so that she could figure out where they would come down. Cassie started running in a large arc so that she’d be able to bat away any of the larger pieces before they would hit anyone.
The pieces came down fast, and Cassie ran, slapping them if they seemed to be headed toward something. The pieces burned her hands a little, and she had to wave her back and forth quickly to cool them off. Her feet had started to feel hot, too, but Cassie couldn’t stop running. She had to keep going to make sure that she kept the city safe. The last falling piece was headed right towards the car with the family in it. Cassie realized that it wasn’t just her hands that were heating up as she ran. Instead, it was her whole body. But she couldn’t stop now. She couldn’t even slow down. As she tossed away the last piece, there was an explosion.
Some time later, Cassie blinked herself awake. At first, she thought that the robots were still alive. She started to sit up, but she didn’t go nearly as fast as she had while fighting the robots. Cassie looked around, and she saw that the family had stepped out of the car and was watching her. They were okay. Cassie let out a deep breath and rubbed her head. After looking around a little more, she saw the gem again. Cassie picked it up, and she could feel the power in it, but the power didn’t seep into her quite yet like it had the first time.
“You saved us,” one of the kids said. The mother was hugging her.
Cassie smiled. “It wasn’t just me. I had some help.”
The kid smiled back. “You had help?”
Cassie held the gem in her hand. She thought about what to do next. She thought that she knew what the gem was, but she couldn’t decide what she should do about it.
If you want Cassie to throw the gem away so that no bad guys get it, give to CISHA
If you want Cassie to keep the gem and help others, give to MarcFirst
If you want Cassie to give the gem to the family, give to Illinois Voices Theatre