"The Genion is our priority. No mention was made of your survival, traitor."
The Genion's proximity alarm chirped, prompting James to put his hands on the controls again. The Azure machine flinched back from the beam that engulfed the knights. "Good, disgraceful cockwaffles." There was no remorse for their loss.
"Following his advice might boost your life expectancy. But only if you run."
"Not here to fight you or quell whatever you're doing. I'm escorting a Terran vessel to safety. Stand down," He did not dare risk looking away from his enemies. "Merida, can you find if the ship made it out?"
The woman jumped at the sound of her name and stared up at James for a moment, her brain slowly catching up with reality. The dazed look on her face resolved into unease and fear, then masked by resolve as she searched through the monitors.