-Fat Monsterland, four minutes later-
Now facing nine obese zombies after having killed two a few minutes ago, Diana was forced to keep dodging thrown meat cleavers and globs of acidic vomit vomited in her direction. She had taken several large steps back and had weaved around the projectiles, but there were still plenty of projectiles flying about. She continued to hear laughter and submachine gun fire a fair distance behind her, meaning that Mordecai was still busy with his zombies. Diana knew that she could not handle both the zombies and the gunslinger at once, so she would need to hurry up and get rid of the zombies as quickly as she could.
Diana spotted a zombie shambling towards her and raised her left hand, firing a Spirit Drain Beam that hit it in the chest and killed it. It groaned and toppled onto its side, leaving eight more zombies to deal with. She dodged another storm of projectiles directed at her and then clenched her left hand into a fist. She used a Spirit Drain Bolt to hit an obese zombie in the chest, causing it to groan loudly and pitch forward. It fell onto its face and did not move again.
With seven zombies left Diana gained a bit of breathing room to use more of her spells without worrying quite as much about catching a meat cleaver to the face or being hit with acidic vomit. She decided to use her old standby In Nomine Luna to take care of all of them at once. Diana turned around and used a Reaper's Sprint spell to travel twenty meters away, then spun around, channeled silver magic into her hands and through her body, then raised her hands palms-out and aimed them at the zombies.
"IN NOMINE LUNA!" Diana called out before firing the wide beam of silver magic at the zombies. The beam shot forward and hit all of the zombies, disintegrating them into piles of ash that blew away on the wind. Having dealt with her attackers, Diana turned back to Mordecai to see how he was faring and saw him running right for her with submachine gun blazing.
Diana took evasive action and ran to the left while taking Saint Sinner Valentine off of her shoulder and readying it for use. She continued to dodge until the submachine gun stopped firing, then spun around and aimed at Mordecai's chest. She fired a three-round burst that missed because he did a forward roll onto his shoulder to avoid the bullets. At the end of the roll he quickly jumped to his feet and brought out his machete, then disappeared in a red blur that indicated when he used his "flash step."
The huntress was not sure what direction he would attack from. She was fairly certain that he would not fall for her Spirit Dome spell again, so she would need to use another spell that could attack in all directions when used. She opted to use a spell of her Lunar Guardian magic called Moonlight. Diana channeled magic into the tip of her left index finger, then raised it above her head. The magic burst and caused a column of moonlight to emanate from her position and strike Mordecai just as he reappeared an arm's length away from her left side, momentarily blinding him and causing the machete swing to go wide, cutting the shoulder of her left sleeve and miraculously missing the flesh.
"DAMN!" He yelled. He stepped back and covered his eyes with his free hand, then began swinging blindly with the machete to keep Diana from closing in on him while he was temporarily blinded. Diana took the opportunity to retreat five meters to put some distance between him and her, then turned around and aimed Saint Sinner Valentine at him. Unfortunately for her Mordecai recovered his sight right as she aimed at him. She fired a three-round burst that grazed his shoulder but did no real harm.
"You've gotta do better than that if you want to take me down, Blondie!" Mordecai taunted Diana before dispelling the submachine gun and bringing out the sawed-off shotgun again. She knew what his plan was. He was going to get as close to her as possible, then fire both barrels at once. If the gunslinger's shots connected at point-blank range Diana would be badly hurt, to put it lightly.
Diana took a step back and aimed for Mordecai, then fired a lengthy burst that hit nothing but air because he vanished in another "flash step." Diana was again faced with the predicament of not knowing where he would attack from and not knowing what spell to use to counter the gunslinger. She was sure that by now he had caught onto her tactic of using area of effect spells to hit the area around her whenever he disappeared. The huntress would need to come up with a new tactic to keep Mordecai from closing in and using that shotgun to badly wound her.
But what new tactic could she come up with that would work?
Diana had no idea, but she would need to come up with something fast unless she wanted to be worn down and eventually killed by Mordecai. Speaking of the gunslinger, he reappeared to her right with the shotgun raised and aimed at her head. Diana ducked just in time to avoid losing her head to the roaring shotgun as both barrels were fired at once. Not missing a beat, he aimed a kick at the side of her head that she blocked with her left forearm. Ignoring her throbbing left forearm, she raised Saint Sinner Valentine in her right hand and aimed for his chest, but Mordecai quickly kicked the barrel of the weapon aside just as she squeezed the trigger and caused her shots to miss.
Barely keeping her grip on Saint Sinner Valentine after the forceful kick, Diana stood up and did a quick side roll to the left just in time to avoid getting hit with a double-barreled blast to the face. She stood up and started running as Mordecai laughed at her and readied another weapon, probably the submachine gun. Mordecai was having the time of his life, but Diana was not so amused. Still, she supposed that this situation was a result of her bad deeds finally catching up with her. The punishment had come in the form of a Wild West gunslinger who was armed to the teeth and who would not quit pursuing her until he or Diana lay dead on the ground.
Diana would get through this challenge, but it was not going to be easy. Mordecai, whether by deducing how she worked or being aggressive because he was always aggressive, kept getting into close range with Diana, a range she was not used to fighting in. She would need to keep putting distance between him and her and start using her stronger spells if she wanted to begin fighting back.
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