Buck Rogers in the 26th Century
"Five Times Revenge"
Written by: Erin Weinstock
Novelization verison by: Reba Grayladyfalcon
I don't hold any of the copyrights in this story, and this story was
made without profit.
In Buck's quarters, Buck has his head resting on a pillow. Not
looking too fond of where he is.
"Why did you go out there?" Stevens asked.
"I had to see what they looked like," Buck replied.
"Were you aware of the danger the cavern presented to you?" Stevens
"The only thing that went through my mind was the danger of a
cave-in. But the odds of that? The LaBurns Bad Caverns have been
around for thousands of years. Really? A cave-in?" Buck replied.
"But the spores from the mutated fungi that now grow in the caverns,
they haven't been around for thousands of years. You're lucky you're
not more sick than you already are," Stevens said.
"Well I don't feel as sick as you say I am," Buck replied.
Wilma is standing on the opposite side of Buck's bed from where
Stevens is standing.
"So I see no reason why I have to stay in bed," Buck said as he sits
up in bed.
"You need your rest," Wilma says as she pushes him back down.
"I won't get better just lying here," Buck replies.
"You feel restless because of your medication, it's a side effect,"
"Well can't you do anything about that? A sedative?" Buck asked.
"A sedative wouldn't do you any good. It will only counteract the
medication," Stevens replies.
"Then I guess I'm lucky I'm not getting any other side effects,"
"You're lucky I haven't called for Thomas to lock out your access
to the doors. Now can I trust you to stay put?" Wilma asked.
Buck rolls his eyes.
"Now, can I trust you to stay put here and get better?" Wilma asks
Buck closes his eyes in unwanted acceptance. "You can," Buck replies.
Stevens and Wilma start to leave his bedside.
"That's good to know, I'll be checking up on you in a few hours,"
Once they've left the room, Buck lies in bed then glances around.
After a moment Buck gives a little smile, lifts himself halfway up
in bed, and then proceeds to get out of bed.
In a park on another planet is a very large lake. Off the edge of
the lake are park benches, and a dirt track. Charisse has just
started tying a man up in rope.
"I'm a perceptive person don't you think? I mean I was able to find
you in the middle of the woods. Blindly I might add, finding an
intelligent mind midst a forest of wild animals," Charisse says.
"Please don't do this!" The man pleads crying.
"But this has to be done, for the sake of my self esteem and the
local wild life," Charisse replies.
"Oh god," the man said weeping.
"I can kill anyone as good as the next assassin," Charisse says with
confidance in her voice. She finishes tying him up and starts
looking around. "Have As you seen my video recorder?" she asks.
The man whimpers as she moves around the area, where she is not
as close to the edge of the lake. In a tall patch of grass she finds
her camcorder. "Ah-ha!" Charisse says picking it up. Walking back
towards the man, she sets the camcorder down in a spot where it's
given a clear view of the man and the lake. She bends over and
starts to roll the man quickly to the water's edge, then goes back
up to where she put the camcorder. She sits down beside it to only
then pick it up and put it to her eye, with its eye facing where the
The man is squirming around, trying to free himself of the rope
that's bonding him. But that's not getting him anywhere except
closer to the waters edge.
"Please, you can't do this to me! Untie me now please!" the man
begged as he weeped.
"That's it, keep shouting, the audience loves it," Charisse replied
in a sweet enthusiastic voice,
The man is sobbing heavier now. Then after a moment a creature
starts coming up out of the water behind him. It looks like a giant
mudskipper with fangs. It nips him a couple times for taste, then
grabbing the man by opening its very wide mouth in the man's
mid-section, it starts moving backwards into the water.
The man screams in terror until he disappears below the surface of
Buck enters the flight Hangar. He sees a lot of people moving about.
Janet walks up to Buck. "I heard you were sick. Feeling better?"
Buck doesn't want to answer her correctly on that, and that shows
itself in his body language to her. Buck changes the subject quickly.
"Do you know where De-Pas is? I was told he was in here about
something," Buck asked looking around.
Janet looking not wild about Buck not answering her question points
to where De-Pas was. "He's over there working on Kate's Cheetah Bolt
ship," Janet replies.
"Thanks," Buck says as he walks towards where she indicated.
De-Pas, who is under Kate's Cheetah Bolt ship. To his side is a tool
chest. Kate and Ge-Ja holding Beu-Pas, are standing nearby.
"Why do you want her to see this?" Kate asked.
"I want her to see her father at work. And for her to see one of
the many choices she'll be having to make when she gets older,"
"What? Do you mean like fixing up battered ships for a career?" Kate
asked with a puzzled look on her face.
"What she wants to do with her life," Ge-Ja replies.
"You're going to pay me for this?" De-Pas asked.
"What?" Ge-Ja asked confused.
"A career in fixing up battered ships?" De-Pas replies.
"De-Pas, we're just talking about what Beu-Pas could do for a living
when she gets older," Kate explains.
Buck is walking up to Ge-Ja and Kate.
"Hey De-Pas, you busy much right now?" Buck asked.
"Does it look like I'm not?" De-Pas replied.
"Great then, ha ha I'm just kidding. De-Pas, do you have any plans
after this?" Buck asked.
"Not really, why do you ask?" De-Pas asked.
"I was wondering if you might feel like kicking back with me. Have
a beer or two, play checkers, chess, Gravity ball?" Buck asked.
"Drink a few beers? Play Gravity ball? Buck, rumor has it you're
under the weather right now. You shouldn't be doing that kind of
stuff. And besides I can't play Gravity ball," De-Pas replied.
"Why not?" Buck asked.
"It's an outdoor sport, I can't leave the Defense Directorate,"
"That's right, I forgot," Buck replied.
"I think that rumor about you might be true. You look flushed,"
Ge-Ja said looking at Buck.
"It is, I know I'm sick. It's the medication I'm on. It has me a bit
wired. I was hoping hanging out with you might wind me down," Buck
"Buck, get some rest first, Okay?" De-Pas said.
Waving off De-Pas, Buck starts to leave the hangar. "Fine, if
everybody is going to ..." Then all of a sudden one of the Z-87s
sitting in the hangar starts to fire it's weapons. Stopping Buck
from finishing his sentence. At the same moment it fires. De-Pas
lets out a yell "Ow."
"You hurt?" Ge-Ja asked with concern.
"No, I'm all right. I just hit my head on the ship. Did I just hear
a ship fire?" De-Pas asked.
A moment later another Z-87 fire then another one and another.
"It did, they are. What's going on?" Kate asked trying to keep low.
"I have no clue," Buck replies. Just then another one fires.
"WHO EVER ORDERED THIS, TELL THEM IT HAS TO ..." Buck yells. Buck
looks at the fighters and realizes they are have no one in them.
"There's no one in the ships. They're firing on their own," Buck
More firing rings throughout the hangar. De-Pas slides out from
under the ship and looks out at the event.
"For the love of my ancestors, what's going on here?" De-Pas asked
with Nuisance sitting on his chest.
"Kate, can your ship take a blast?" Buck asked loudly.
De-Pas stands up Nuisance scampers up onto one of his shoulders.
"No, why would you ever think it could?" Kate asked. Ge-Ja slinks
backwards towards the wall just behind her, holding Beu-Pas to her
"It can hit force fields without getting a scratch right? Thought it
could take a blast just the same," Buck replied.
"You want to run my ship through that gauntlet of fire?!" Kate asked.
"And have it take us to the safety of where the ships aren't firing
off," Buck replied.
"Even if it could take a blast, my ship can only hold maybe two
people," Kate replied.
"Ge-Ja?!" De-Pas called out.
"What are we going to do?! What are we going to do?!" Ge-Ja asked
crying, holding Beu-Pas tightly.
After taking a moment of looking out at the firing ships.
"The Z-87 limbo Ge-Ja. As low as you can go to the other side,"
Buck called out.
"I can't go! I can't risk Beu-Pas!" Ge-Ja replied crying.
"Are you insane?!" Kate asked Buck with a shocked look on her face.
"Do you have a better idea?" Buck asked.
A moment of silence then lightly nodding his head yes. "I thought
so," Buck replied.
"You'll get killed; it's not worth the risk," De-Pas shouted.
"Somebody needs to get to somebody in charge about this to get it to
end. I've faced firefights before. Can any of you ever say you've
done so in the past?" Buck asked.
Once again a moment passed where no one was sure how to respond.
Then Buck bends over and peers around at the laser fire, to try to
note down what looks like near random movement.
"Good luck," Ge-Ja shouts holding Beu-Pas closely.
Under his breath. "Thanks, I'm going to need it," Buck says softly.
In a watchful run bent down low, he starts moving across the hangar.
Suddenly one of the laserbolts hits close to one of his feet. "Woh!"
Buck yells out.
A Z-87 that's hovering just above the ground as it fires a bolt.
Buck does a back, sideways type jump to avoid getting hit. After he
jump, due to the bent-down shape he's in, Buck falls down on the
floor. De-Pas with Nuisance still on his shoulder, Kate and Ge-Ja
with Beu-Pas still in hiding from the firing weapons.
"The ships are targeting in on him!" De-Pas shouts loudly to Kate
Buck who is running, dodging and twist-about jumping as he makes his
way across the room through the laser fire. Most of the ships are
firing, but only one at a time lifting up off the ground to try to
get a better shot at him.
Buck bolts across the floor towards the door and quickly hits the
door access pad. The phasoft-door opens and he swiftly moves fully
through it, a laser hits the door just half a second later.
Inside the hangar the Z-87s have stopped firing. The whole room has
In a darkened corner of a room. Joelin is standing and hitting his
fist against the wall looking dis-traughted and mutters angrily to
In the hallway outside of the flight hangar Buck is standing, as he
flops back against the door. Eyes closed, breathing hard, not
looking in good health, he slides down on the door.
In the green house, a partly clouded sky that looks to be sometime
in the early afternoon. Buck is lying in a patch of green grass
looking up at the sky. After a couple of moments Buck quickly comes
up to a sitting position, holding his head. His face now looking
regretful at having made the fast movement. He slowly stands up and
pauses to get a little better look at his surroundings, which are
mainly wildly overgrown plants. Buck hears the rusheling of leaves
moving behind him. He turns to see Marcus coming at him from behind.
With split second reflexes Buck tries to hold Marcus at bay. But
Marcus overwhelms Buck's grasp, throwing down his hands with his own.
As Buck is bent over from this, Marcus slams both his fists into
Buck's upper back, knocking Buck to the ground.
Buck rolls over to where he's facing Marcus. Then kicks Marcus in
both his legs, knocking him down as Buck quickly gets back up.
Marcus gets up and starts again for Buck, trying to make a side
swing at him as he does so. But Buck twists around to avoid the hit.
Then slams Marcus, both fists balled together, hitting his ribs.
Marcus stumbles nearly losing his balance. A split second later Buck
delivers a roundhouse kick which makes Marcus cave in to his faulty
balance. Buck gets to him fast and punches him in the face. The
blow sends Marcus down with his head hitting a small patch of
pavement and knocks him out. Buck stands back for a moment to look
at his handi-work, panting and sweating up a storm, because of the
fight. Then he turns and stumbles a little as he leaves.
In the hallway just outside of Huer's office. Buck, is leaning up
against the wall near the door to the office exhausted. The door to
Huer's office opens and out walks Wilma and Huer. Huer is the first
to notice Buck, followed then by Wilma after.
"My goodness! Buck, what are you doing here?" Huer asked looking at
"I...I need to tell Dr. Huer... Tell Dr. Huer I just got attacked.
One of the ones who's a part of the League of Assassins. Tried to..,
I was attacked in the green house," Buck said leaning against the
"Buck, you need to rest. You can't be up and about in the state
you're in," Huer said.
"But I need to tell Dr. Huer that ..." Buck attempts to reply.
"Buck, I'm Dr. Huer. Take a good look at me," Huer said getting
closer to Buck.
Buck gives Huer more of a look. "Oh," Buck replies weakly.
"You need to get some rest, Buck. No more trips to see De-Pas today,
or to the green house," Wilma said.
"Wilma, resting isn't a good idea. I saw my attacker in the green
house. Somehow, someone tried to attack me in the flight hangar
also. They're out to kill me today, Wilma. People want me dead. The
League of Assassins, some how they're getting their revenge on me
from jail. Their leader said I'd regret what I did in Galileo City
to them," Buck replied.
"You need your rest; you've become delusional, no one is out there
trying to kill you," Wilma said.
"But after I got out of the flight hangar, De-Pas got to me. They
stopped firing after I left," Buck said.
"That's just a coincidence." Wilma takes one of Buck's hands. "I'll
take you back to your quarters, okay? And I'll get one of the
technicians to lock your door, so no one can get in. Does that make
you feel any better?" Wilma asked.
"Thanks, but you only want to make sure I don't leave my place,"
Buck replied trying to stand up straight.
Wilma gives a smile as she starts leading Buck off.
Buck is in his quarters, asleep in his bed. Twiki is standing
against one of the walls hooked in to a devise in the wall. He
doesn't seem to notice Thairact. Thairact enters the living area
of Buck's quarters through the wall just beside the door. Thairact
looks around the room. Buck is sleeping soundly as Thairact enters
the bedroom and softly puts one hand over Buck's mouth, then pinches
the fingers on his other hand on Buck's nose.
Suddenly Buck's eyes shoot open and he begins to struggle against
Thairact's hands to gain air.
In Buck's living room a noise of a struggle can be heard. A moment
later Twiki snaps to life, giving his head a little "no" shake.
After the head shaking stops. "Buck?" Twiki calls out.
Twiki moving towards the couch in the room. "Buck, is everything
okay?" Twiki asked.
He was almost to the couch when he discovered it was empty. "Would
you like it if I got a nice big bowl of chicken noodle.., uh-oh,"
Twiki says as he runs towards the bedroom. "In his bed, I should
have known," Twiki said. Twiki starts to enter Buck's bedroom.
"My stars!" Twiki says loudly. Twiki goes over to Thairact and gives
him as good a kick as he can in the leg.
The only thing that accomplishes with Thairact is a one moment
distraction towards the robot, Buck takes the advantage to finally
gain the upper hand in their struggle.
Buck gets out of the bed. "Theo!" Buck yells out.
In a calm voiced, "Yes Captain Rogers?" Theopolis answers. Buck
starts moving around the bed towards Thairact.
Buck takes a swing at Thairact. "Another one from the League is
here in the Directorate! I want you to send for .." Buck stops in
mid-sentence as Thairact quickly fades out of existence.
"To send for what, Buck?" Theopolis asked as Buck was getting up
from the floor.
"He's gone! He's just vanished into thin air!" Buck replied.
"Who vanished into thin air?" Theopolis asked.
"One of the ones who's in the League of Assassins." Buck hesitates
for a moment. "He was here, he tried to kill me," Buck replied.
"That is an impossible case for me to concur with you on. You and
Twiki have been the only ones in your living quarters for over three
hours," Theopolis replies.
"How could you not notice there was an extra person in here a moment
ago! You're built right into that wall! You can see and hear
everything I do!" Buck replies.
"Captain Rogers, it has been my observation of you, that you have an
intense want for privacy from me. My monitoring of your living
quarters as the result of that has been boiled down to only
monitoring your bio-signs," Theopolis replies.
"Since when have I ever shown you an intense want for privacy?" Buck
"Shall I begin with when you presented all the building materials
you needed to build a second "ship in a bottle", what you called
it?" Theopolis asked.
"Okay I get it. But didn't you notice anything amiss about my
bio-signs a moment ago?" Buck asked.
"Captain, your bio-signs have been amiss ever since you got sick,"
Theopolis replied in a calm voice.
"Now you listen here, you generation one computer! Buck was attacked,
I was there!" Twiki blurts out.
"Theo!" Buck said.
In Huer's office Dr. Theopolis is talking to Huer. Huer sits at his
"Dr. Huer, with what you have said of him, and of what I have
monitored of him. I think it's safe to say that there are only one
of two conclusions that could be right about Buck Rogers' case right
now. One of the two is he really does have a mark on his head right
now for to be put to death by the League of Assassins. Or his state
of health in combination with him medication has truly put the man
into a delusional state," Theopolis said.
"I agree with you on that, Dr. Theopolis and personally I believe
it's the latter of the two that's true about Buck right now," Huer
"Then is there anything you think could be done for Captain Rogers?"
"I'm not too sure on that. Maybe, maybe showing him the current file
reports that show that the League of Assassins are all still in
their jails, will calm him down," Huer replied.
"I think that is a wise choice, Dr. Huer," Theopolis agreed.
"Good then, I'll get right on it," Huer replies as he reaches into
his desk to pull out a computer that is only as big as a standard
piece of paper and is as thick as a piece of cardboard.
"Why not have me retrieve the information?" Theopolis asked.
"Because you have more important duties than dealing with the
delusions of a sick man," Huer replied.
In New Chicago, leaning on a building at a street corner, Kellogg
stands looking straight forward, unaware of Charisse coming up from
behind him. She has a large satchel hanging off to one of her sides.
As she walks up beside him she smiles and taps him on one of his
"Charisse, what do you want?" Kellogg asked.
"Hunff, and I'm the psychic," Charisse replies.
"I've sent the others away, and you're the only one I know who taps
me like that," Kellogg says.
"I've got something to show you," Charisse replies with a smile.
"Unless it's Buck Rogers' corpse I'm not interested," Kellogg
replies taking his eyes off her and back on to the city.
Making a pouting face, Charisse moves around to Kellogg's face.
After a moment of looking at Charisse. "Okay, Okay, what is it? If
it's anything that will help me in getting that man killed, I'm all
for it," Kellogg says.
Dropping out of her pouting face and opening up her satchel. "Proof
that even though my psychic powers aren't what they once were, I can
still do my job," she replies.
She pulls a video chip out and shows it to him.
"Oh you're a sweetie Charisse, how many?" Kellogg asked.
"Five, one for every one of us to chose from which death each of us
likes best," Charisse replies smiling as she hands them to Kellogg.
"You didn't need to do that for us, but it'll make a nice view. What
do you say after all this is over with Rogers, we sit down with
some popcorn and watch what you did, hum?" Kellogg asked rubbing one
of her shoulders smiling.
"We're not done with Rogers yet? I thought your only lack now was
his body," Charisse said.
In an old run down, dirty room the League gathers with out Marcus.
In the room there's no chairs, but only junk which some try their
best to rest on for comfort.
"And just how is it you missed?" Kellogg asked.
"He's fast, I've never seen anyone avoid gun fire like that before.
Much less from a Defense Directorate fighter ship. The man makes a
bull's eye look like an easy target!" Joelin replies.
"You managed to get inside a Defense Directorate fighter ship?"
Thairact asked with a grin.
Pointing to his head. "I got in this way, you dummy," Joelin replied
with a sarcastic voice.
"Personally I'm not sure how he could really accomplish what you say
he did, Joelin, without you quickly giving up on him," Thairact
"Hey I gave it my best shot, mister Pha"soft". Never, ever doubt me!
It's Charisse's mental abilities that are failing not mine!" Joelin
replied glancing over at Charisse.
"Thairact, why do you say he didn't give it his best shot at killing
Rogers?" Kellogg asked.
"When I encountered Rogers, he seemed under the weather. Now how a
sick man could possibly be as fast as Joelin claims he was, I see
as impossible," Thairact replies.
"You never did tell me how you failed with Rogers," Kellogg said
looking over at Thairact.
"Arruh." Thairact says looking uncomfortable about the question.
While Kellogg and Charisse just stare at him inquisitively, Joelin
is giving him a look that says how happy he is with Thairact's
"Speak up man," Joelin said.
Thairact gives Joelin an evil glare. "The Directorate's security was
called on, I was nearly caught," Thairact replies.
Hearing this Joelin gives a little noise that says his pleasure in
the moment. Charisse breaks his moment.
"You're all pitiful, you know that," Charisse says as she stands up.
The two word warring men give her a dirty look.
"And just what have you done to help this, HMMM?" Joelin asked
"Yes Charisse, I assumed by you coming up to me earlier you had some
kind of plan in mind besides your home movies?" Kellogg asked.
"I don't even want to picture that," Thairact said.
"She videotaped her most recent kills, Thairact," Kellogg replies.
"Oh," Thairact says with some excitement in his voice.
Charisse is walking about in the center of the room.
"Kellogg, please take no offense to this when I say it, but women
notice many things about you men that you don't. Does anyone of you
know a thing about Rogers?" Charisse asked looking around at them.
With no replies. "While you boys were out and about to do your
thing, after I was told I was of no help to the team, I made a few
kills for you guys AND I did a little background check on the
captain," Charisse said with a smile. She paused for a moment.
"He's a dinosaur, a relic from another age. I think I know of a way
to get our cake and eat it too, as they would have said in his time.
Of how to kill him and get our just deserve," Charisse said with a
evil grin on her face.
"Two things Charisse, number one, a relic? Number two, How?" Kellogg
"I swear to you this is a fact and I am not lying. The man is over
five hundred years old. Second thing .." Charisse was interrupted
"What a load. Where'd you get that fact about the man, Charisse? A
news chip comic script?" Joelin asked snickering.
"For your information the population database for this planet, he
was born in 1972," Charisse replied.
"Couldn't be human then, to be alive after all these years,"
"Oh he's human, well at least that's what the records say. Listen
gentlemen, remember that ambuquad of his, Twiki?" Charisse asked.
"You think we could all forget about that little tin toy of his
after just a few weeks, Charisse? It was that ambuquad that helped
land us in jail!" Kellogg replied.
Charisse goes up to Kellogg. "And it's that ambuquad that will make
our wildest dreams come true," Charisse replies.
"What? Kidnap the tin toy and tell Rogers to come and ge'em then we
kill the man?" Kellogg asked.
Charisse turns and walks away from him. "He'll come," she replies
over her shoulder.
"You're the one who's a dreamer Charisse. Surely he'll know we're
setting him up for a trap. And besides who in their right mind would
put themselves at such high risk over such a dumb little thing like
an ambuquad?" Joelin asked.
"Remember how dedicated he was towards that bot back in
Galileo City? Remember this man is a relic. They don't make 'em now
like they used to, he'll come," Charisse replied.
Back in Huer's office. Huer is sitting at his desk with the pad
computer in hand. Huer reacts in shock at what he's seeing on the
"Oh my goodness," Huer says leaning back in his chair. He stands up
from behind his desk looking very worried. "Dr. Theopolis," Huer
"Yes, Dr. Huer?" Theopolis replies.
"Where is Buck right now?" Huer asked in a worried voice.
"In his living quarters. Did you find the information you wanted for
him?" Theopolis asked.
"Eh-huh," Huer replied softly.
"I'm sorry what did you say Doctor?" Theopolis asked.
After a few moments had passed. "I found out the information.
Theopolis, could you send for Buck. I don't care how sick he is
right now, I need to speak to him," Huer said.
"Is there something wrong? He's awfully ill and I don't want to
disturb him even if need be," Theopolis said.
"Theopolis, the League, they're out," Huer replies with a concerned
expression on his face.
In the dirty room Kellogg and Charisse are standing while Joelin and
Thairact are leaning against some old crates.
"That won't work, Charisse. Phil and Nagoris are gone. After we were
taken to jail they were put to trial, then taken to a rehabilitation
colony," Kellogg said.
"There are others," Charisse replied.
"But we don't have the contacts. The Golden ones are very hard to
find and they like being scarce," Joelin said.
"So new plan then," Charisse replied with a evil grin.
In Buck's living room, Buck is on his couch with a device that looks
like an mp3 player only a little smaller. It's big enough only to
have a music chip fit inside it. Buck's pressing then depressing the
player's soft exterior. Dr. Huer is standing to the side of Buck.
Buck glances up towards Dr. Huer and takes the pair of cordless
earplugs out of his ears.
"I didn't catch that right, listening to some music," Buck said.
Sounding sing-songy in voice. "But did I hear you right? That I was
right?" Buck asked.
"This is no matter of humor, Buck. They're out there," Huer replied.
Still with the sing-songy voice. "I told you." Buck sits up on the
couch. "Say it," Buck said.
"Say what?" Huer asked.
"That I wasn't making it up, that my life was in danger, that I've
never given you false information before, that the proof I wasn't
lying is lying in the green house right now," Buck replied.
After a moment Huer brings himself to say it. "You weren't making it
up. Your life might still well be in danger. You've never given me
false information before. And what proof in the green house?" Huer
"Remember I told you one of them attacked me there? I knocked him
out," Buck replied.
"No one was found in there, Buck," Huer said.
Kellogg, Thairact and Joelin were looking over at Charisse.
"We can't do this with Marcus?" Charisse asked.
"Rogers knocked him unconscious after what I can only presume was a
vicious fight. I got him out of the Defense Directorate before he
was found," Thairact replied.
"Where is he now?" Kellogg asked glancing over at Thairact.
"Some friends of mine that are very skilled in medication are taking
care of him," Thairact replied.
Back in Buck's living room. Huer walks over to Buck and helps Buck
"You can't stay here, Buck. Not as long as they're out there," Huer
"Then where do you suggest I go then? Doesn't seem anywhere has been
too safe for me today," Buck replied.
"My office, we need to work out a plan to deal with them if they
return. Is there anything you think you'll need there?" Huer asked.
"A nasal decongestant and my blaster," Buck replied.
"I think my office will be safe from them, Buck," Huer said.
"Well to how I see it, no place is entirely safe," Buck replies as
they start walking towards the door.
Back in the dirty room. Joelin is still leaning against the crates,
but Thairact is standing along side Kellogg and Charisse.
"Oh come now guys, "that's" the best way to take him out that you
can think of?" Kellogg asked.
"I could destroy his mind, make him a vegetable as it were,"
Thairact said smiling.
"You have no telepathic powers, you can't do that," Charisse replied.
"I have no need of telepathic powers to do that. All it would take
is one hand to phase right in to his brain and then harden while
still inside," Thairact replied holding his hand up in a fist.
Thairact turns to face Joelin. "You could then play him like a rag
doll if you like after that point, Joelin," Thairact said.
"I could play him right now like a rag-doll if I wanted to. How
about I play rag-doll with him, turning him into a bloody pulp. Then
you turn him into a vegetable to end his misery?" Joelin asked with
an evil grin on his face.
Back in Huer's office, Buck is sitting at Huer's desk in his chair,
with his head down on the desk. Huer is standing behind it, bent
over towards it, using his hands resting on it for balance.
"With what they've tried with you so far, I doubt they'll just give
up on you after only three failures! It's my bet that whatever
they're planning for you right now, it will be the most deadly sort
of plan they would ever think to conjure up!" Huer said.
In a tried voice. "You're making me feel real great right now, you
know that?" Buck asked lifting his head a little and looking at Huer.
"Buck, have you ever seen the criminal records on these people?!"
Sounding as he did before. "No sorry, doesn't sound much like a fun
read," Buck replied then placing his head back down on the desk.
"Well you should have! Buck, until these people are back where they
belong, I want you to stay put in the chamber of the Computer
Council," Huer said.
Raising his head with more difficulty. Buck looks at Huer. "I don't
want to go to that place, it's creepy," Buck replies.
"Buck ..!" Huer said.
Back in the dirty room. All of the League is standing in an oddly
"Rogers won't meet his end today if we all keep bickering like this!
It will be first come, first serve on his torment to death by us!
Understand!" Kellogg shouts. Kellogg looks around at his teammates
for a confirmation. "Well?" Kellogg asked looking into the eyes of
Thairact, Joelin and Charisse glanced around at one another then
turned their attention back to Kellogg.
"Understood," they all replied at the same time.
Outside the Computer Council Forum, Huer, is looking down the
walkway towards Buck. Who's slowly entering the room, with one hand
gripping a blanket and the other holding his blaster.
"I told you you wouldn't need that in here," Huer said.
"But I need it, you guys keep this room cold to keep these guys from
overheating," Buck replied as he glances around the room as he
enters. Buck is about ready to close the door.
"I meant the blaster," Huer said.
Buck forced a smile and closed the door. No more than he did that a
muffled explosion happened down the hall and Buck rolls his eyes. A
moment later, a pounding can be heard on the door. Buck sets his
things down on the ground and hits the door's access pad. A man
bursts into the room, nearly knocking Buck out of the way who reacts
quickly to the new presence. The man turns to see Buck and smiles.
"Thank goodness, oh it's great you're here! People weren't sure where
you had gone to! We were afraid you were in your living quarters!
Then it's just only the ambuquad that was destroyed in the blast,
thank goodness!" The man said.
Buck's living quarters is a mess, plaster and cement chunks coating
the floor. A giant hole in the wall to the outside, letting in more
fresh air than any decent place of living needs. Along with Buck,
Huer, and Wilma many people roam about the place, assessing the
"Twiki wasn't destroyed in the blast," Buck said looking around the
"How can you sound so sure of that, Buck? This place is
devastated," Wilma replied.
"Twiki isn't the one they have their gun-sights on, it's me," Buck
"What? Why are you saying that? Do you think they destroyed your
place only to take Twiki to get you?" Wilma asked.
Huer, who's been talking with one of the people roaming the room,
walks over, after listening to what the two have been talking about.
Huer holding a slip of paper in his hand. "And that's precisely
what they did," Huer said.
Huer hands the paper to Buck.
"And kind enough to give directions," Buck replied after reading the
"Buck, you can't go!" Wilma pleaded.
"Yes it's a trap and we're aware of who set it, but I have to go,"
"No, I won't let you go, I won't let you risk your life over a mere
ambuquad. Unless you can somehow promise me you can take them out
without laying a single hand on them. You're too sick!" Huer said.
Buck paused for a moment. "I have an idea, Huer, would you mind it
if I helped myself to something small in the armory?" Buck asked.
Huer raises his eyebrows at Buck's request.
Back at the dirty room, Buck opens the door and enters.
At first he doesn't see anyone. Then from different directions
Thairact enters, followed by Joelin, Charisse, Marcus and Kellogg.
Pointing over his shoulder towards the door. "Is that the only
exit?" Buck asked.
"Yes, and which I might add you won't be leaving through," Kellogg
replied with a grin.
"What you say, .. um, do you or any of you guys plan on leaving this
room?" Buck asked.
"Not until after we're done with you," Charisse replied.
"And, Twiki is here?" Buck asked looking around the dirty room.
Turning his head to one side. "Tin Toy!" Kellogg called out.
Twiki walks into the room. "Buck!" Twiki said in an excited voice.
"Oh enough with this, let's just kill him!" Charisse said.
Buck quickly pulls out of his pocket a gas mask used in the
holographic training simulators. And then reaches in to his other
pocket and pulls out a fist-sized metal ball with a hole on it. He
puts the mask up to his mouth and as fast as possible throws the
ball down on to the floor.
In a gassy, puffed flash the room becomes clouded.
Back in Huer's office. Huer is standing behind his desk. Wilma is
standing behind Buck, who's leaning his head against the wall, with
one of her hands on one of his shoulders.
"That was a very brave thing you did, Buck. Taking them all on
alone," Wilma said.
"Well, foolishness would more be the word I'd use for it," Huer
Wilma turns to Huer for a moment. "Dr. Huer!" Wilma says in a
"Foolish, because it wouldn't have taken much for them to kill him,
whether in good health or bad," Huer replied.
"Doctor, I am certain of it that they knew I knew it was a trap. So
how am I the foolish one? Because it is they who should have known
I'd be ready for them," Buck said glancing over at Huer.
"He didn't even need to lay one finger on them. And this time with
them being put away, I think it's highly doubtful they'll ever
return," Wilma said with a smile.
"Amen to that," Huer replied.
"Buck?" Wilma asked waiting for Buck's reply.
"Yea yea, amen to that," Buck finally said.
"Is something wrong?" Huer asked with concern.
"My home," Buck said with a sigh.
"Well you don't have to stay there. Not until it's been fixed up,"
"I'm not bunking with the computers." Buck turns to face Wilma.
"Wilma?" Buck asked in a pleading manner.
"On the couch," Wilma replied smiling.
At the Psychiatric Reimaging Center / Center Chamber.
This is a dark room with the exception of a light coming down from
the center of the ceiling. The upper half of the room appears to be
an inclined cone in shape, which gives a circle cut to the lower
ceiling. Outside the circle cut in the room, it becomes pitch black
except for multicolor lights coming from unseen machines. In the
center of this room is a raised up table, which is slanted towards
the ground. On the table, resting is Kellogg, who's strapped down to
it. There are thick cables attached to either side of his head.
These cables run down then to both sides of him, then to a machine
nested under the table.
A Loumis clad in black walks from out of the darkness of the room,
to the table where Kellogg is. The Loumis then proceeds to detach
the cables from the sides of Kellogg's head, and gently puts them
to rest under the table.
"What is your name?" The Loumis asked.
"Occupant number 3748 dash 51 delta," Kellogg replies.
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