6 and 17 pressed themselves against the outside of the barn, listening for anyone coming, making sure 11 didn't see them.
They heard quiet talking inside the barn. They pressed up their hearing receptors against the wall to hear it.
"Guys, is that you?" 17 whispered.
From inside the barn, 9 answered.
"Yeah, it's us. Is that you, 17? Is 6 with you?" he asked.
"What's going on in there?"
"11 came back, but he's gone mad!" said 1. "He's wearing some sort of suit with many legs. If he finds you, he'll capture you with us. We're trapped in this stall and we can't get out."
17 looked at 6, and then she leaned her spear against the barn wall and felt around boards.
"Hold on, I'm going to get you out of here."
When she found the loose board, she lifted it up and poked her head in.
"Quickly, this way."
She got out of the way to allow everyone through.
"I always wondered how you could sneak off without me noticing," said 13 when she exited the barn.
All of a sudden, 6 screamed. Everyone looked at him. 16 stood above him, holding her two electrical rods and leaning toward him.
17 grabbed her spear and rushed towards him to help. 16 saw her coming and held out the rods towards her. 17 stopped and held her spear.
"Careful," 16 smiled maliciously. "I've adjusted the electricity to deadly levels. Don't get electrocuted again."
17 growled. 16 was about to charged after her, when 7 snuck up behind her and pounded a fist against the side of her head. 16 fell over and 7 leaned over her and grabbed her hands. She ripped the pack off 16's back and her rods were rendered useless.
"No!" 16 struggled. "14 and 15 made that, I can't fix it!"
"Stop using 14 and 15 like they're your mechanics," 17 scolded and she kicked 16 in the face.
"Alright, that's enough," said 7.
"But I've been wanting to get back at her for forever," 17 protested.
"Don't fall to her level," said 7. 17 pouted. "Instead, let's tie her up using her hair ribbons," 7 smiled innocently. 17 smiled back, but with more malice.
17 untied 16's hair ribbons and used it to tie her hands and feet, her yarn hair fell around her, making her seem wild in appearance. 7 finally let go as 16 thrashed about, helpless.
9 made his way over to 7 and 17, "Come on," he signaled towards the forest.
7 and 17 followed 9.
"11 will get you," 16 screamed after them. "With the power of the talismans, He's unstoppable!"
"Talismans?" 7 gasped and looked at 9. "You LOST the talisman?"
"He didn't lose it, I stole it," 16 cackled. "With that talisman, nothing can stop 11!"
7 frowned at 9. He moved his mouth, but no words came out.
"They've escaped!" 11 charged after the group running into the forest. 12 was not far behind.
9 looked at 11, then at 7, still struggling to say something.
"Oh forget it," said 7 as she ran off to join the rest of the group. 9, 6, and 17 followed.
11 and 12 ran over to 16 with his mechanical suit.
"Sir, they're heading towards the forest," 16 wriggled her hands, trying to free herself. "Untie me so we can stop them once and for all."
11's optics opened all the way and the darkness inside his eyes started to glow red, as though he had red pupils. 16 gasped in terror. Using one of his claws, he picked up 16. She thrashed about helplessly.
"What are you doing?" she cried as she wriggled in his grasp. "I thought I was your queen. I thought we could rule the new world together. You promised!"
One of the talismans glowed green.
"I cannot forgive insubordinance," 11 said, though his voice sounded less human and more machine with static and crackles. "You are not fit for my world."
The suit sounded as though it powered down before the talisman burst to life in a green aura than broke through 16's optics and mouth, literally sucking the life out of her. 12 gasped in horror. Once her soul was fully extracted, he dropped her lifeless body on the ground.
11 spread his arms to the sky and laughed triumphantly. Sparks shot from the suit and his eyes glazed over with static. Lighting and thunder sounded off in the sky. 12 stood aghast, his mouth gaping open. Once the sparks subsided, 11 leaned over, his chest heaving up and down.
"Invigorating," 11 growled with pleasure. "This power, it's like nothing I've ever felt before."
11 started off toward the forest.
"Come, 12," he demanded.
12 kept his optics on the body of his fallen comrade, his eyebrows furrowed in anger. "No."
11 stopped and looked at his body guard.
"What did you say?"
12 puffed up his chest. "Hurting them was never a part of the plan."
11 shook with fury, inching towards him, but 12 stood his ground. In an instant, he pinned 12 down with his mechanical legs.
"I suggest you listen to me unless if you want to end up like 16. Defy me again, and I'll make sure you meet the same fate."
11 grabbed him with the claws and threw to the ground, knocking him unconscious. He stood over 12's body, about to suck his soul, when he looked back and saw the rest of the group disappear out of sight. He started running toward them, but stopped and leaned over 12 once more.
"I'll give you one more chance," he said. "Don't disappoint me."
After that, he took off like a bullet toward where the other ragdolls in the decrepit forest.
6, 7, 9, and 17 found the rest of the group hiding behind a dead tree. Though it did not shield them completely, at least they were safe for the moment.
"What are we going to do?" 5 gasped. "We can't keep running forever."
"Don't be such a pansy," 1 spat. "We outnumber 11 tenfold. We just need a plan."
"There's an old bridge hanging over a canyon not too far from here," said 10. "It's suspended by rope, and should be easy to cut. If we can get him on it at just the right moment, we can cause the bridge to fall with him on it. Below there's a rocky river. There's no way he can survive. Even if he does, he'll be paralyzed for life."
"But we can't harm the talismans," said 5. "And how do we get him over the bridge without anyone falling with him?"
"Let 8 and I handle that," said 7. "With 8's strength and my speed, we can fight him off. I think I can pry the talisman off."
17 handed her spear to 7, a determined smile on her face.
"I'll get the talisman, you help 8," said 17.
7 took the spear gingerly, "Are you sure you're ready?"
17 held up her hand to 7, showing her long clawed fingers, "With these, I think I can pry it better than anyone."
They grinned at each other, mirroring each other's determination.
With that, they crawled out of their hiding place and set their plan in motion.