They waited another few moments and then jumped out again. Two more Drahvins fell to the floor. However, the Drahvins were growing wise to their strategy. They were holding back. “We'll have to withdraw,” Sigrun said quietly.
Jia'hale nodded. They waited and then withdrew, back towards the bridge.
Not all the way. There was another corridor intersection. But only one. “I don't like these odds,” Sigrun said.
“I know there are a lot more of them!” Jia'hale said. “But we can delay them and survive.”
“A bit difficult,” Sigrun groused, as she saw the Drahvin soldiers approach again.
“I know you are there,” the commander of the boarders stated.
Jia'hale remained silent, but waited for the soldiers to approach. She didn't have to wait for long. When they cautiously reached their position, both she and Sigrun leapt out again, and managed to kick the guns out of the hands of the soldiers in the lead. Both then attempted to punch the two of them, but they had withdrawn into the side corridors.
“Shall we pursue?” one of the soldiers asked.
“No,” the commander replied. “We continue to the bridge.”
'Oops!' Jia'hale thought.
Back on the Bridge, the Doctor could see that her companions had been bypassed. 'Good try,' she thought.
“What do we do now?” Daniel asked.
“They can still delay the boarders,” the Doctor said.
“But probably not enough,” Anderson groused.
The Doctor approached the door. “And there are still ways to deny them access to this bridge.”
That was enough to give Anderson encouragement. “You're right. We can set up some traps,” she said.
“I'll examine the bulkhead, and see if traps could be concealed that way.”
“There may be other ways.”
“Of course,” the Doctor said. She took out the sonic screwdriver and used it to scan the bulkhead.
Jia'hale followed the boarders, with Sigrun close behind. They could still help the Doctor and the others. However, two stayed behind to delay them. 'I hope they can be dealt with quickly,' she thought. She paused, allowing Sigrun to catch up. “We have to take them out quickly,” she said quietly.
Sigrun nodded, as the two straggling Drahvins approached them again.
“You've lost, admit it.”
“Yes you have.”
“We haven't. We're still standing.”
“You haven't a chance against us.” The two Drahvins then brandished their weapons.
The Valiant II shook as more Drahvin weapons fire hit it. “They're clearly impatient,” the Doctor commented.
“That they would fire while boarding parties are still on board? They probably think they were defeated,” Anderson commented.
“Quite likely,” the Doctor said. The ship shook again.
“Kellira's hailing again,” Franks reported.
“Let's here it,” Anderson ordered.
“Are you going to surrender, Doctor?”
“No!” the Doctor answered.
“Torchwood was a surprise, but we're winning.”
The Doctor called up a tactical display. She could see that the Drahvins did indeed have the advantage for the moment. However, she could also see that additional UNIT and Torchwood forces were on the way. “Probably,” she said.
“More than 'probably,' Doctor!” Kellira said, her words full of arrogance. “We will achieve our objective.”
'If only I could use her arrogance against her.'
Jia'hale and Sigrun had knocked out the two Drahvin boarders. “That's done,” Sigrun said.
“But there are sure to be others,” Jia'hale objected.
“We need to check in back at the Bridge.”
“We'll do that first.”
Back at the Bridge, the Doctor turned back to Anderson. Before she could say anything, the Valiant II shook again. “A feint,” she said.
“A feint?” Anderson asked.
“A pretence,” the Doctor answered. “We pretend the Valiant II is more damaged than it actually is.”
Anderson gave a smirk “That may work.” She was interrupted by another shake. “But we should do it soon.”
“Damage report,” Anderson ordered.
“Little damage to the superstructure.”
“Feign damage to an engine, reduce power by 10%.”
“Is that advisable?” Daniel asked.
“Not really,” Anderson said.
Kellira saw the Valiant II listing. UNIT was almost defeated, and the Torchwood fleet would soon follow them. “Surround that ship!”
“The Drahvin ships are moving,” Anderson said.
“They're surrounding us,” the Doctor noted as she looked at the tactical display.
“Prepare to fire at Kellira's ship,” Anderson ordered.
“Wait,” the Doctor directed.
“What?” Anderson asked.
“Getting a message from Harkness.”
“The Ianto Jones is moving into position.”
“Tell me when they're ready.”
On the Ianto Jones, Jack looked at the tactical situation. It wasn't good, but there were ways it could be salvaged. 'Wait.' He scanned the Valiant II.