"Studying the Sands"
Novelization verison by: Reba Grayladyfalcon
Written by: Erin Weinstock
I don't hold any of the copyrights in this story, and this story was
made without profit.
A few months earlier in a cavern ruins there was almost no lighting
at all. There are two people, a man and a woman moving about in the
cavern with flash lights in hand as they move cautiously about. The
cavern is in shambles, debrie lying everywhere.
"I say this isn't worth it. I highly doubt any of these people are
still alive," Kelly said glancing around at the chambers scattered
through out the cavern.
"Give the 21st century some credit, will you. We wouldn't be where we
are today without the advances it gave us," Rick replied shinning
his flashlight at Kelly.
"Boom," Kelly said throwing her arms up in the air.
"More than that happened during the 21st century and you know that,"
"Well if we do find some primitive alive in here, at least it's a
good thing the Defense Directorate has given us weapons to defend
ourselves from it till it's been properly educated," Kelly said.
"One of these days, Kelly, I'm going to sit you down and teach you
some history. These people weren't beasts. And even if we find one
here we won't need any weapons against him or her. They'll need to be
taken back to the Defense Directorate to get properly revived," Rick
"A trip to our moon took these people months to reach. Surely the
Directorate can't be too serious about making one of these people
into a fighter pilot, when a simple trip into the big black to their
eyes is something all too overwhelming to them," Kelly said with
sarcasium in her voice.
"Oh the Directorate knows what it's doing and was right to send us."
Rick hesitated. "I just found a live one," Rick yelled loudly shining
his flashlight onto one of the chambers.
Kelly walks quickly over to Rick. Rick holds his flashlight on the
chamber in front of him, Buck behind a dirty pane of glass with his
"And we're in luck, he wasn't just a fighter pilot. He was a captain,"
Rick said smiling.
In the cavern ruins Buck lights a lantern and sets it down on the
floor of the ancient room. Buck and Fox moving about, holding lit
mini-lanterns, putting them in places were the light is dim.
"I hope you're right but the chances of it," Fox said.
"I know it's an inspiring thing to believe it's possible, but I have
to find out if there are others," Buck replied walking around.
"I think my dad or Kelly would have told the Directorate if they
found any others like you," Fox said.
Buck walks over to Fox. "Fox, this place is gigantic and in total
ruins. You said all they had to guide them was flashlights; we have
lanterns. I say we have a better chance of finding more survivors
than Rick or Kelly," Buck replied.
Fox gives a smile to Buck. "I'm crossing my fingers," Fox replies
while crossing his fingers.
Buck turns and starts walking further into the cavern placing
lanterns where needed.
Fox gives a good look around where he's standing. "You shouldn't be
alone," Fox says nervously as he rushes to catch up with Buck.
In the room with the health regeneration chambers built into it, a
man whose face has turned pale with death.
Fox and Stevens are merely standing by the dead man who's encased in
a glass pod with devices attached to it, Buck has his hands pressed
on it and is staring down into it.
"You can bring him back; you brought me back!" Buck shouts.
"I can't, I'm sorry," Stevens replies.
Buck speaking soft and weakly: "But,you brought me back."
"You were near death. This man, however well preserved, has been dead
for some time. The chambers cannot treat dead bodies back to health,"
"Drew Forsey," Buck said softly.
"What?" Stevens asked.
"That was his name, Drew Forsey. I knew him," Buck replied with his
hand still on the glass pod.
"I'm sorry, Buck," Stevens said lowering his head.
Buck with tears swelling in his eyes, looks down at Forsey, then
storms out of the room.
In the hallway just outside of the room with the health regeneration
chambers, Wilma, De-Pas and Twiki are standing by the door as Buck
Buck gives Wilma a mean look as he passes and walks quickly down the
Wilma, who looks very concerned, Twiki with his expressionless face.
And De-Pas, who is looking a bit curious but is still concerned.
Inside the study center De-Pas scans one of the walls holding library
chips. He presses one of the labels and it produces its main title,
"Earth as we knew it 100 BC to 2006 AD. By: Harry Lipmen." He presses
the label a second time and the book chip comes out, he removes it
and takes the chip over to a computer at one of the tables. Sitting
down he places the chip into the computer and views its contents.
Later in De-Pas'es living quarters, De-Pas is lying down on the couch
while Ge-Ja and Beu-Pas are on the floor. As De-Pas holds a pad
computer, Ge-Ja is playing lightly with Beu-Pas, who is holding a
letter-block in her hands, is biting at it with her teeth and is
trying her best to move up her feet to kick at it.
"Ge-Ja, what do we know of our people?" De-Pas asked.
"There are sixteen breeds at the moment." Ge-Ja glances down at
Beu-Pas. "I'm sorry Beu-Pas, seventeen breeds at the moment." Ge-Ja
tickles Beu-Pas'es stomach which makes Beu-Pas drop the block then
grin. Then Ge-Ja looks up at De-Pas again. "The others, the Jomidi,
the Eldo, Driy, Shem, and Tay, the Humdos only have them bred to work
around the vertical equator's north end, while the rest are bred to
work throughout the rest of Miahgo. The earliest breeds on record are
myself and the Frillor," Ge-Ja replies.
"No, that isn't what I meant, and that's my point," De-Pas said.
Ge-Ja's playing with Beu-Pas calms down as Ge-Ja gets a concerned
look on her face.
"All we really know about our people comes from what the Humdos have
brought us up within knowing," De-Pas says.
"History is to those who write it then, huh?" Ge-Ja asked glancing up
"There has to be more to our people than what the Humdos have led us
to believe. There has to be!" De-Pas said loudly.
"But there aren't any records," Ge-Ja replied.
"Yea, and I'm certain the Humdos have seen well to that fact. But
there could be Candos that have been keeping records!" De-Pas said.
Inside Dr. Huer's Office, Huer is sitting at his desk while De-Pas
with Nuisance as ever is sitting on De-Pas'es shoulder. Ge-Ja is also
standing by holding Beu-Pas, who's sucking away at a bottle.
"You make a good point but I can't let you go, I'm sorry," Huer said.
"But there have to be unbred wild Candoses out there! I'm certain of
it! What if you didn't know where it was you came from! Wouldn't you
then like to know who your people really are?" De-Pas asked.
"You can't leave the Defense Directorate, I'm sorry," Huer replied in
a stern voice.
Ge-Ja taps De-Pas on his shoulder. De-Pas turns and looks to her.
Ge-Ja's eyes go down to the baby then back up to his.
De-Pas smiles, then turns back to Huer. "But Ge-Ja can go, and I can
look after Beu-Pas," De-Pas said.
"This could be a very dangerous thing you're about to do, going deep
into the unspoiled lands of your home planet, Ge-Ja. You're not
trained to deal with unknown dangers the way a Defense Directorate
employee is," Huer said with some concern in his voice.
"The Humdos may think they've bred out all of our instincts, but
trust me we still have them. I'll know how to handle myself when I
get there," Ge-Ja replied.
"Ge-Ja, you may still have your instincts but they haven't really
been put to use in eons. I want someone with the Defense Directorate
to accompany you on your journey," Huer suggested.
"I know of someone who would be good to travel with her," De-Pas said
Down on the planet of Miahgo, is a thick forest covering small
mountains, and just beyond that a city. A shuttle makes it's way to
the town, landing on a make shift landing pad. On the edge of a town
that is bordering on the woods. There's a variety of Candos and
Humdos going about their business. Inside the shuttle, Buck is
wearing some very leisurely looking clothes while Ge-Ja on the other
hand is wearing a tight-fitting tan outfit.
Ge-Ja is fixing her hair into a bun on the back of her head.
"We're going to need help getting deep into the woods," Ge-Ja said.
"Why's that?" Buck asked.
"When entering the forest, it becomes a very treacherous place.
Filled with dangers the Humdos have created to keep undesirables
out," Ge-Ja replies.
"Undesirables? What do you mean, like invaders from another land?"
Buck asked looking over at Ge-Ja.
Ge-Ja gives Buck a knowing look as she puts a hat on her head.
"Animals," Ge-Ja replies.
Buck acknowledges her meaning and starts heading for the back of the
At the shuttle landing pad, Buck and Ge-Ja exited the shuttle, as
they do the shuttle vanishes into thin air. Buck stands close to
where it disappeared, Ge-Ja walks up to Buck. Something catches their
attention. A boy Humdos that looked to be about 8 to 10 years old is
standing before Buck and Ge-Ja sucking away at some sort of candy.
"Well hello there," Buck says as he starts walking towards the boy,
followed by Ge-Ja.
The little Humdos boy looks at Buck and then to Ge-Ja, before turning
back to Buck.
"Is there something the matter?" Buck asked.
The boy reaches into a pocket and produces some coins to show Buck.
"Will this do?" the boy asked, showing the coins to Buck.
"Do for what?" Buck asked.
"I've always wanted a Candos, I like how fuzzy they are. Is this
enough money for her?" the boy asked.
Ge-Ja growls softly and says to herself, "There's no place like Earth.
There's no place like Earth."
"I'm sorry runt, she's not for sale," Buck replies.
"Runt? What's a runt?" the boy asked.
"Not important kid," Buck replies
"Kid?" the boy asked with a confused loook on his face.
"Leave us alone thoffer!" Ge-Ja says in a growling voice.
The boy drops his candy in shock and runs away.
"Ge-Ja, what did you just say?" Buck asked turning to Ge-Ja.
"Long old story, the term thoffer comes out of, I guess on Earth it
would be called a fairytale. It's what would happen to little Humdos
children when ..." Ge-Ja stopped.
"I think I get the idea," Buck replied smiling.
As they walk a little further, Buck gives a good look around.
"Do you know someone here who could help us in?" Buck asked.
Ge-Ja scrunches her shoulders and gives him a grin.
"I've never lived in this province," Ge-Ja replies.
Outside of a shuttle rental shop.
On the front of a two story building, a sign on its door that says,
"The S.S.S.L by Star, by Sky, by Sea, by Land, we'll get you there
Buck and Ge-Ja walk inside.
"Could we rent one and hire one of you guys to take us where we need
to go?" Buck asked.
"We're not a taxi service," the Humdos manager replies.
"I know that," Buck replied.
The Manager looks to be in thought. Then looking at Ge-Ja, "I'll talk
with one of my staff. If they're willing to do it you can work out a
price with them," the manager replies.
"Sounds good," Ge-Ja replies.
The Manager eye-balls Ge-Ja then walks towards the back room.
After a moment, he comes back out with another Humdos.
"I'll rent you the taxi for 50 enes," the manager says holding out
his hand for payment.
Buck, turns and looks to Ge-Ja. "Thank goodness for the Defense
Directorate giving us that currency exchange before coming here,"
Buck said smiling.Buck grabs some money out of his pocket then counts
it out in one of his palms, then puts a large amount of it on the
counter before the Manager. "I think that's right, right?" Buck asked.
The Manager looks over the money before saying. "Yes, it's correct,"
the manager replies.
The Driver looks at Buck and Ge-Ja. "I'll take the job, when will you
be ready?" the driver asked, looking at Buck.
"We're ready right now actually," Buck replied glancing over at Ge-Ja.
"Then I'll be getting my son and we'll be off," the driver replied as
he turned to leave.
"Your son?" Ge-Ja asked.
"It isn't good for him to be left alone, he tends to get into trouble
real easily," the driver explained.
Ge-Ja turns to Buck. "I wonder how De-Pas is doing taking care of
Beu-Pas alone?" she asked softly.
Buck turns his head towards Ge-Ja and whispers back. "I'm sure he's
doing fine, he's really fast on the pick-up," Buck replied.
In the kitchen of De-Pas'es Living Quarters, Beu-Pas is sitting in a
high chair and De-Pas in one hand is holding a spoon filled with
baby food and in the other hand the jar of baby food. He's all ready
to feed her, when he sniffs the air. He gives a sour face and feeds
Beu-Pas the contents on the spoon.
"I wonder if Human babies do both at the same time?" De-Pas asked
He puts the empty spoon in the jar, and takes Beu-Pas from the high
In the hallway outside of Wilma's Living Quarters. De-Pas knocks on
Wilma's door holding Beu-Pas bundled up and a clean diaper.
"Who is it?" Wilma asked.
"De-Pas." A moment later, "If you don't mind could you help me with
something?" De-Pas asked.
Wilma pokes her head out of the door, and looks at De-Pas holding
Beu-Pas. Wilma gives De-Pas a stern look.
Inside the hovercraft van, Buck, Ge-Ja and their belongings sit on a
piece of carpet. The little Humdos boy is staring out it at Buck and
Ge-Ja, still eating some type of candy. Buck turns to Ge-Ja.
"I don't like him," Buck says softly.
Ge-Ja turns to Buck. "You think you don't like him. I have eons of
family history why I don't like him," she replies softly.
"Okay, aside from the fact the tadpole runt has manners that only a
pig could outshine, what did I tell you about judging the whole of a
people?" Buck asked.
"I'm trying, De-Pas is trying. But I think it's going to be a long
time before we will truly be thinking that way,"
The Humdos boy still looking at Buck and Ge-Ja turns his head to
something that catches his attention.
Light suddenly shoots into the back of the van from behind Buck and
Ge-Ja. The van stops and the driver gets out and walks around to the
back and opens the back door. The driver stands off to the side while
Buck and Ge-Ja start climbing out.
"Destination met, sir," the driver said.
Buck and Ge-Ja looks towards the Driver.
"Thank you for the ride, you never did tell us how much you wanted
back in return," Buck said.
The Driver moves into the back of the van. "You two, while I don't
know your final destination, seem to have quite a journey ahead of
you from the looks of your belongings. I'll take care of them for
you," the driver replied ignoring Buck's reply.
"Oh no, that won't be necessary. You've done enough for us already,"
"Move away from the vehicle fuzzy," the driver said in a harsh voice.
Both Buck and Ge-Ja backed away from the van. As Ge-Ja backs away,
she glares at the Driver. Buck and Ge-Ja is standing behind the van
waiting for their belongings, then with a quick snap the rear of the
van seals itself up tight.
Buck hits on the back of the van. "What the hell! What are you doing
in there?" Buck yells.
The Humdos boy pokes his head out from the passenger-side window and
smiles at the shocked Buck and Ge-Ja. Then the Driver sticks his head
out the driver's side. "Call my son a thoffer, your belongings are
my payment, fuzzy!" he shouted and he drove off.
"This is why I got out of bed this morning," Buck said while shaking
It's the early evening and Buck and Ge-Ja, flashlights in hand, are
making their way forward through the forest's thick underbrush.
"De-Pas and myself, in fact most everyone you socialize with at the
Defense Directorate, thought it would be best if you joined me for
this," Ge-Ja said.
"And the WHY to that is?" Buck asked.
Ge-Ja stops walking and holds up two fingers on one of her hands.
Buck stops walking and looks over at Ge-Ja.
"One, all you've been doing over the last several days is moping in
your living quarters. Mainly in your bed, as Twiki has told me,"
Ge-Ja replied putting down one of her fingers.
"Second, you enjoy this sort of thing," she says as she puts down the
Buck starts walking again, as does Ge-Ja.
"I wasn't meant for this Ge-Ja. This isn't how my life was supposed
to turn out," Buck says.
"Fate does interesting things to all of us, Buck," Ge-Ja replies.
"Ge-Ja, if this was meant to be my fate, I would have been born in
the 25th century and not the 20th," Buck says glancing over at Ge-Ja
while they're walking.
"You haven't really accepted this gift, have you?" Ge-Ja asked.
"What gift?" Buck asked.
"That you're alive, when many you once knew were killed in fiery
atomic blast," Ge-Ja replied.
Buck doesn't answer as he then proceeds to randomly shine his flash
up into the foreground.
"Buck," Ge-Ja says softly.
A moment later Buck stops walking and turns to face Ge-Ja again.
Ge-Ja stops and looks at Buck.
"My brother would have been better suited to my fate than I am," Buck
"I didn't know you had a brother," Ge-Ja replied.
"Ben Rogers, but about half the time he was always called by his
nickname Benji." Buck hung his head. "He was born for this sort of
thing, not me," Buck said.
"What would have made him better?" Ge-Ja asked.
"It was his wish to reach for the stars, to visit alien planets, not
mine. He was an astronaut, Ge-Ja, as at home with the stars as I am
with the sea," Buck replied as he started walking away.
"But you've been doing so well in this century. You've done so many
good things. You're seen as a hero," Ge-Ja said looking at Buck.
Ge-Ja watches Buck flicking his flashlight.
"What are you doing with your flashlight?" Ge-Ja asked.
"I haven't eaten since we left from Earth and I'm hoping to find
something that looks eatable in this forest," Buck replied.
"I thought you knew how to find food in the wild?" Ge-Ja asked.
"On Earth, yes," Buck replied.
On Ge-Ja's face becomes a knowing smile.
Buck gives her a confused look.
Ge-Ja waves around one of her arms to indicate the trees that are
surrounding them. "Their leaves are eatable," Ge-Ja says pointing to
"Do you mind if I..." Buck was interrupted by Ge-Ja.
"No, I can get them, you've had a tough day," Ge-Ja says.
Buck glares at her.
Giving Buck a look of innocence. "I, at least my ancestors, we
evolved in woods like these. I was built for doing things like this,"
Ge-Ja said smiling.
Still glaring. "But I'm the one that's .." Ge-Ja cuts him off.
Ge-Ja pats Buck on one of his shoulders. "I was built for this sort
of thing. Don't you go worrying your pretty little head about it.
I'll get you your dinner," Ge-Ja says.
Buck glaring still, watches her walk away.
Ge-Ja walks over and stands at the base of a large tree, looking up
into it with her flashlight shining. She sets her flashlight down on
the ground and then proceeds to take off her shoes, to reveal her
toes are just as abnormally long as her fingers are. She starts
climbing up the tree.
Buck hears some rustling in the tree just behind him. He breaks his
attention from Ge-Ja to the new noise.
Buck shines his flashlight in the direction the noice came from. At
the end of a thick limb that is very crowded around its tip by
smaller limbs and a heavy amount of leaves, his flashlight revealed
an animal. It jogs away as fast as it can from the beam, further into
the tree limb's canopy. Buck strains his eyes to see a creature that
looks to be a cross between an anaconda and a centipede. The size
being that of the anaconda and limbs that are reptile in nature.
It crawled to with in a few feet above Ge-Ja. Ge-Ja finds the spot
where she wants to be in the tree and starts looking out towards the
leaves she wants.
The animal has started moving itself back into the beam of Buck's
flashlight. The animal starts moving forward off the branch towards
Buck still staring up. While still holding the flashlight in one hand,
with his other he begins to take hold of his blaster hanging in a
holster off his belt.
The animal that has moved a little further off the tree limb and into
open air. It now is starting to curve its back up a little like it's
about to make a striking action.
Buck, takes careful aim at the creature, his finger begins to slowly
pull back on the trigger. Buck keeping an close eye on the creature.
Then all of a sudden it sprung into mid-air towards Ge-Ja.
Suddenly the animal gets snapped backwards in a twist and falls to
the ground having not completed its leap.
Buck who's open mouthed and staring at his blaster.
"Thank you Buck, I didn't see that Vicefir coming," Ge-Ja says.
"It wasn't me," Buck replies, looking at the blaster in his hand.
Ge-Ja looks down from the tree, to the dead animal laying on the
Buck's flashlight's beam is moving all over the wilderness. A moment
later the beam hits a creature hidden deep in the bushes. Its eyes
shining in the beam of the flashlight. It stands for a moment staring
into the light before running off. The remains of the Vicefir that
has been near picked clean.
Buck's sound asleep with his head resting against the base of a tree.
Ge-Ja, who's also sound asleep. Her head is resting on a bedding of
A hand with short, tan and gray colored fur reaches through the
bushes and touches her steak colored hair. The whole body is covered
in the same tan to gray to black fur as seen on the hand. In some
places like on the arms the fur comes out more from the body. Its
limbs are long, its legs have an animal look to them and its toes are
long; there's a long thick tail. The face has a long
downwards look. Its ears stand up on its head, where they end in points.
"Studying the Sands"
It's morning, Buck is just beginning to wake up. Ge-Ja is sitting
with her knees nearly touching her forehead and her arms wrapped
around her legs, weeping softly.
Buck stands and walks over to her.
"What happened?" Buck asked.
"Beu-Pas," Ge-Ja replied a she sniffs a little.
Buck crouches by her side. "What about Beu-Pas?" Buck asked softly.
"Every morning, she's there in the morning. She's my first order of
business and she's not here," Ge-Ja replies.
"You'll be with her again soon, you left her in good hands," Buck
says gently touching her back.
"I miss her," Ge-Ja says as she sniffs again.
"What's that?" Buck asked, pointing towards the necklace in Ge-Ja's
Ge-Ja holds up the necklace. "You've never seen a necklace before?"
"No, I've seen necklaces before, it's just I don't recall seeing you
with it before," Buck replies.
"I didn't have it before, I found it lying beside me when I woke up,"
Ge-Ja replied pointing to the ground next to her sleeping area.
"Something was watching us last night," Buck said as he stood and
"What?" Ge-Ja asked standing up.
"Someone, something was watching us last night. I caught sight of it
after it killed that snake-a-peed creature you called a Vicefir. It
must not have left the area after I saw it run off," Buck replied.
"Humdos?" Ge-Ja asked.
"I didn't get a very good look at it, but I've never seen a Humdos
with a tail, so I don't think that's what our watcher was," Buck
Ge-Ja gets a shocked expression on her face. "Candos had tails long
ago," Ge-Ja informs Buck.
"How do you know that? I thought your people had no well-noted
historical records in Humdos society?" Buck asked.
"That's true, it's just on a rare occasion a Candos will be born with
a tail. The Humdos when this happens with a new-born, cut off the
tail, and for the rest of that Candoses' life they are forced to wear
the tail around their necks to show the world of Humdos buyers that
they are more "primitive" than other Candoses and they're worthless,"
Buck closes his eyes and gives the look of he's trying to repress the
rage he's feeling.
"I know Buck. I know it all too well," Ge-Ja said.
As Buck regained a normal facial expression, he opens his eyes. "I
think it would be best if we continued on our journey right now,
Ge-Ja," Buck said.
"First let me collect the Vicefir's bones. I know it doesn't look it
but there's still more nourishment left in that animal's remains,"
"You know of something around here that could be fashioned into a
marrow scoop?" Buck asked looking around.
"I'm sorry," Ge-Ja replied.
"What for?" Buck asked.
Ge-Ja puts up one of her hands and looks to her long fingers on it
which she's put into movement.
Buck looks at one of his hands and moves around its fingers. "I see,"
Ge-Ja after a couple of minutes, stops in her tracks and has a look
of fear in her eyes as she looks at something ahead.
"Is something wrong?" Buck asked looking at Ge-Ja's expression.
A moment later Ge-Ja starts to slowly back up, her eyes still fixed
on the object ahead.
"Ge-Ja?" Buck asked with concern.
"We have a visitor," Ge-Ja says pointing in front of them.
"The one from last night?" Buck asked scanning what's in front of
"No, look at where the bones are!" Ge-Ja replied with fear in her
Buck looks toward the remains, his eyes squinting to see what Ge-Ja
Gathered around the bones, the air wavers like there was gas moving
through it. The wavering air moves around some more and touches the
bones and moves one of them.
Buck starts moving slowly towards Ge-Ja, the bones and wavering air.
The wavering air starts moving around the bones more. As Buck and
Ge-Ja watch the wavering air, they see it starting to show it has
some shape. A long body that's low to the ground, with low and long
limbs. The creature fades in and out with the continous movement
around the bones.
Buck stands next to Ge-Ja and leans towards her.
"What is it?" Buck whispers softly
In the same whispering voice. "I don't know, but I think it's not
good," Ge-Ja replies.
"Nonsense, it just must be a creature the Humdos have never noted.
And I bet it feels lucky to have never felt the horrid wrath they do
onto others. It has no reason to fear us," Buck said.
"But that doesn't mean it won't hurt us," Ge-Ja replied.
Buck places his hand on his blaster, slowly removes it from it's
holster and takes aim at the creature.
The creature's faint outline in the wavering air still moving them
around. Buck and Ge-Ja now could see more of the creature. The animal
has a long skinny snout that it's using to move around the mess
Buck keeps a study and continuous watch of the creature with his
blaster still drawn. All of a sudden the creature bites the blaster,
breaking it when it does. Buck has been taken aback by what has just
happened as he stares at the bitten, broken blaster.
The beast in the wavering air shape becomes more visible in outline.
It looks something like a giant walking-stick with a face of an
"It's not alone here Buck. I think we can do without the bones and
leave here," Ge-Ja says.
The wavering air is appearing in a lot more places now than before.
The wavers show where the beasts are and that they are moving towards
Buck and Ge-Ja.
"It bit through my blaster," Buck said, looking down at his blaster.
He turned and looked at Ge-Ja. "Good idea Ge-Ja, very good idea,"
Buck said as they both start to back away.
"Fast!" Ge-Ja shouts as she turns and starts to run with Buck running
Deeper in the forest Buck and Ge-Ja still running followed by a mass
of the wavering beasts, whose outlines are more developed as they're
chasing after the two.
Back in De-Pas'es Bathroom. A bubble forms, then a moment later one
of Beu-Pas'es little hands reaches up and quickly pops it.
"You're really not used to this sort of thing are you?" Wilma asked.
De-Pas with his sleeves rolled up is sitting next to the bathtub that
Beu-Pas is in having a bubble bath. Wilma, lid down, is sitting on
the toilet watching the two.
"No, I'm not. I never knew any of my brothers or sisters. We were all
sold six months after we were born into new homes." De-Pas hesitated
for a moment. "It doesn't take much to amuse them at this age does
it?" De-Pas asked.
"You're lucky that I have a little brother that's years younger than
me. My mom used to have me help her with him," Wilma replied.
"I've never met your brother, what did you say his name was again?"
"His name is Buddy Deering. The reason you've never met him is he is
a chef steward on a Transportation Directorate ship," Wilma replied.
De-Pas reaches deep into the tub near its front and pulls out the
stopper to it.
"Could you hand me a towel in a moment?" De-Pas asked.
"You know when Buck and Ge-Ja get back, I'm going to tell them how
helpless you are," Wilma replied, as she grabs a towel.
"You wouldn't dare," De-Pas replied.
De-Pas now gives her a stern look.
In another area of the forest Buck and Ge-Ja stand with their back's
against a wall of dirt, both of them are holding large sticks to use
"I can handle them Buck, so just put yours down!" Ge-Ja shouts.
"You need help; there's too many of them!" Buck shouts back.
"You weren't meant to do things like this, I however am!" Ge-Ja
replies, holding the large stick above her head.
The creatures encircled them.
"Will you just stop it with that, Ge-Ja! I know the point you're
trying to make but it isn't helping anything!" Buck shouted.
"When you were back on Earth you wouldn't get near anyone! You just
wanted to live in self-pity, we all thought you were over what
happened till a few days ago! Here you are needed! We need each other
to survive this! Buck, I'm not going to give up on you!" Ge-Ja said
glancing over at Buck.
Buck, ready for battle with the creatures glance over at Ge-Ja. His
eyes fixed on her for a moment then the look on his face becomes
"If they come at us head on I'll take them from that front, if they
come at us from the sides ..." Buck stopped.
"You can count on me," Ge-Ja replied.
Even through the distorted look the creatures have, Buck and Ge-Ja
could tell the creature was mad. But after a moment its expression
seems to sag and it raises its long shout into the air as if it's
Ge-Ja and Buck who still look like they're ready for a fight.
"What's it doing?" Buck asked, turning to Ge-Ja.
"You're asking me?" Ge-Ja replied, turning to him for a moment before
turning her gaze back towards the creatures again.
Her attention snaps to looking behind the creatures and she drops her
"Ge-Ja?" Buck asked, as he turns his gaze from her to looking behind
the creatures. "Oh my," Buck said as he dropped his stick.
The wavering beasts have settled in their movement, behind them are
ten of the beings that are like the one Buck and Ge-Ja had an
encounter with the night before, wild Candos.
"Studying the Sands"
Buck and Ge-Ja are in shock to see two wild Candoses coming towards
them. Ge-Ja even more so than Buck. The two wild Candoses approach
Buck and Ge-Ja. Ge-Ja is giving them a look that's full of wonder.
One of the wild Candoses starts to sniff Ge-Ja's necks. Ge-Ja tips
her head up so they can get a better sniff. Buck has to be forced by
one of them to lift up his neck. The two Candoses stop their sniffing
and the one that's at Buck moves down Buck's head and gives a gruff
One of the Candos facing Ge-Ja, starts talking in a growling rough
"I'm .. I'm sorry, I don't understand," Ge-Ja says.
"You speak Humdos," the second Candos said.
"You speak Humdos? How could you speak it? You're wild, untouched by
them," Ge-Ja replies.
"Out of sight does not have to mean out of earshot, chained one," the
second Candos replied.
"Chained one?" Ge-Ja asked.
The second Candos turns to Buck then back to Ge-Ja. "Candos owned by
another, that are not free to do as they wish," the second Candos
"Oh no, Buck doesn't own me. I'm free," Ge-Ja replies.
"The tables have turned!" the second Candos said.
The first Candos speaks to the second Candos in the same tongue it
did earlier. The second Candos talks back to the first Candos in the
same tongue it uses.
"If you don't mind, what are you saying?" Buck asked, with a confused
expression on his face.
"You are a very odd looking Humdos. My companion doesn't speak your
tongue. I was telling him what this lady ..." The Candos glances over
at Ge-Ja. "And I have been saying," the Candos replies.
The first Candos speaks angrily and snaps at Buck.
"I wish Twiki and Dr. Theopolis were here," Buck said softly to Ge-Ja.
Ge-Ja points towards Buck. "My friend isn't Humdos, he's Human,"
Ge-Ja informs them.
"You speak our language?" the second Candos asked.
"No, and it's a true shame on my whole being that I don't. We came in
to the woods, these woods because I want my daughter to know where
she truly comes from and not just know what all "chained Candoses"
have been told for eons by the Humdos of what her people are," Ge-Ja
"Can this "Human" be trusted?" the second Candos asked glancing over
"His name is Buck Rogers, mine is Ge-Ja, and I trust this man with my
life," Ge-Ja replied.
"Then I will show both of you our history for your young one," the
second Candos said.
The second Candos and Ge-Ja walked through the dense forest together
followed closely by Buck and the first Candos, followed by the others.
The second Candos pointed out various plants, trees and terraine to
Ge-Ja. As they got closer to the wild Candos settlement, Buck noticed
how the tall trees have been stripped of all their limbs except for
the ones at their tops. The ground was nearly empty of wild plants
but for bushes that have been grown into clusters. Buck walked up and
stood next to Ge-Ja and the second Candos.
"Ge-Ja, I want to make a comment as to this but I have a feeling
nobody is going to want me to," Buck said.
"You cannot see who we are, can you Buck-Rogers?" the second Candos
"I see you tend to your plants well," Buck replied looking around.
"Ge-Ja, you do see more than the Human does, correct?" the second
Ge-Ja starts looking bashful at having been asked the question.
The second Candos noticing this. "I'll help you see," he said softly.
The second Candos walks over to a clump of bushes. He takes hold of a
few branches and lifts up the bushes in a square patch from the
ground, then goes down an unseen stairwell.
"More than meets the eye," Buck says as he turns to face Ge-Ja.
Ge-Ja smiles at Buck's remark.
A couple of moments later the second Candos comes back up holding a
large drinking flask that has carvings all over it. Candos Two:
"Drink from this and look to the trees, then you'll find out who you
are," the second Candos said handing the flask to Ge-Ja.
Ge-Ja looks over the flask for a moment, then uncapping it she takes
a gulp of its contents. She turns her gaze to the trees, her eyes
squint then as her mouth drops open as her whole face takes on a look
of awe. "My ancestors," she says smiling.
Ge-Ja's new sight showed her the writings covering the tree trunks,
all the way up to just before where they have limbs at the top. All
of the writing is written in the alien tongue of the wild Candos and
was glowing in a bright pink.
"What is all this?" Ge-Ja asked.
"It is the history of our people dating back to eons before even the
Humdos took your ancestors," the second Candos replied.
"I wish I could read every word of it," Ge-Ja said placing one of her
hands on one of the trees.
"I will teach you," the second Candos said.
"Could I see what you two are, it's still all blank to me," Buck said
staring at the tree.
Ge-Ja hands Buck the flask.
"Thanks," Buck said as he opens it and takes a gulp.
Buck's eye sight starts to change, then it quickly fades out and
comes back again, fades out then comes back then his whole vision
turns to everything being in light colors.
"I.. I don't think I should have done that," Buck said as he stumbles
around a little.
The second Candos speaks in the alien tongue to another Candos, then
turns to Buck.
"I guess it wasn't meant for Human tongues. While I teach Ge-Ja who
our people are, a friend of mine will see you into better comfort,"
the second Candos informed Buck.
The Candos that the second Candos was talking to in the alien tongue
walks over to Buck and gently pulls him over, grabs one of the bushes,
lifts it up and escorts Buck carefully and gently down into the
ground. At the same time the second Candos starts talking to Ge-Ja
and pointing at the trees, switching between English and wild Candos.
"At the top of that tree, the one you see in the center of before you
is the oldest," the second Candos said, then he started to speak in
wild Candos to her. "It's when we first settled in these woods." And
once again he switches to the wild tongue.
Inside the wild Candos home, Buck is sitting in a chair wearing a
blindfold. Sitting on a bed next to him is the Candos that led him
into this place. The home is mainly contained in one room with
another room connecting into it; the walls are covered in dark green
"I think my eyes are better now, can I take it off?" Buck asked as he
starts to remove the blindfold.
The Candos talks in its language and slides the blindfold back down
A moment later some noise can be heard, the root door begins to
opened and Ge-Ja and the second Candos comes down the stairs.
"Wait till you see this Ge-Ja, it's one of our largest prides," the
second Candos says.
Ge-Ja walked into the room and gazed at the stone filled walls.
Wearing the necklace she found by her side that morning. "Oh wow,
I've never seen so many of them," she says as she gazes at the wall.
"This is why the Humdos came into our woods," the second Candos said
pointing towards the stones.
"Ge-Ja?" Buck asked.
Ge-Ja turns her attention to Buck. "Buck, is the blindfold working?"
"I'm feeling much better now than I was when it was first put on."
Buck hesitated for a moment. "I wanna take it off but it seems that
isn't allowed," Buck said.
The second Candos talked to the other wild one in the room in their
alien tongue, which then afterwards leads the other wild one to take
the blindfold off Buck.
Buck as he adjusts to seeing again, then looks around himself. "This
place.. this place is incredible, are the other homes like this?"
"All of them, these homes are nearly as old as the trees that
surround them," he replied, then he turned his attention back to
Ge-Ja. "Ge-Ja, the stones in these walls -." The second Candos goes
to the nearest wall. "I want you to have some to take back to your
young one," the second Candos said as he started to remove a few of
"Oh no I couldn't, they mean too much to our people... Your people,"
Ge-Ja replied shaking her head.
The second Candos stopped and gazed at Ge-Ja. "Ge-Ja, these stones
are our people. They've been with us through the ages, they're our
pride against the Humdos who never found them when they ventured into
our land," the Candos replied as he claws out a few stones from the
wall and palms them. He hands the stones to Ge-Ja. "Your young one
should have these, because they're her history. And that's something
that should never have been forgotten," the second Candos says
handing her the stones.
Buck sits quietly and watches.
Ge-Ja lowers her head and reaches out. "Thank you, I ensure you with
the reason I came into these woods. I'll tell her and every chained
Candos, my husband, who we are. She should know what history these
stones contain," Ge-Ja replies as she looks into the eyes of the
Candos and smiles.
In De-Pas'es Living Room, Ge-Ja's opens her hand to reveil the stones
she was given.
"She's not ready yet for them," De-Pas says gazing at the stones.
Ge-Ja's hand holding the stones closes. "I forgot, her letter blocks,"
"But you could start to teach her," De-Pas said.
"She was born to be the start of a new age." De-Pas hesitates. "Only
now it's not what the Humdos intended it to be. Because of what you
and Buck did, she'll be the dawn of a new age of enlightenment for
Buck heads for the door and uses the access pad at it.
"Ge-Ja, our daughter is going to change the world," De-Pas said with
Buck smiles and leaves their living quarters.
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