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Freddie was the first to act after the reptiloids made their get away. “The tanker!” He was off in a flash toward the truck spewing the horrid chemicals into the city water supply. Tom was right behind him.
The two dashed to the parked tanker, and quickly found the shutoff valve. Freddie flipped it and cutoff the flow of the chemicals. Tom worked on the other end trying to unlock it from the outflow pumps.
The lone police car was pulling into view, the sirens cut but the lights still flashing. “Put your hands up and step away from the tanker,” came the disembodied voice from the cruiser’s PA system.
Tom and Freddie looked at the police cruiser as it pulled to a stop. It was then that Freddie heard a strange beeping noise. He looked at Tom. “Do you hear that? That’s not a good sound.”
“Bomb?” Tom said.
The two started running toward the police cruiser. The officer got out of the car and pulled his weapon. “Freeze!”
“It’s going to blow!” Tom and Freddie continued their run toward the cruiser.
“I said ‘Freeze!’ Get down on the ground.”
Tom slowed down just enough to speak to the officer. “Good God man! That tanker is about to explode. Get in your car and move it. You can deal with us later!” Tom and Freddie sped around the far side of the car.
The officer looked at the two men running as Tom’s words finally sunk in. He got into his car and slammed the door. Just as he put the car into reverse, the tanker detonated. A huge ball of flame blossomed in the sky followed by billowing clouds of thick, black smoke. The shockwave from the blast hit the police car, shattering the windows and setting off the siren. The officer momentarily lost control of the car, but it was just long enough to back the car into a large pump.
Tom and Freddie were blown to the ground. They could feel the wave of heat from the blast pass over them. The roar left their ears ringing. Freddie got up first, then reached down to help Tom up.
“You okay?” Freddie asked.
“Yeah, a little bruised but nothing permanent. It seems our reptilian friends know how to cover their tracks.”