Buck Rogers in the 26th Century
"Perspectives and Explosives"
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 .
Close up on the bow of an old fashioned looking wooden ship. Above the
bow there seems to be a bright noon day sun, shining down on to it. The
light has a slightly distorted look to its source. An instrument comes
in to view. It looks almost like a picker a dentist would use, but at
the end to the metal pole there is a very tightly curved hook. The hook
end dips down in to the boat. A light shuffling sound can be heard. The
unseen end of the tool's hook end is moving about the deck of the ship,
scratching across the wood for something. The noise stops. Then after a
moment the hook starts to move again, only now it's lifting the ship's
main mast up.
In Buck's living quarters, Buck is squating on the floor. He's holding
on to his coffee table with one hand. The other hand is holding the
hooked tool. He's working on a ship in a bottle. A bright light shined
from a lamp, bent close down to the bottle. The bottle has support at
both ends by a small wooden structure. Buck concentrating deeply on his
"Buck, I need you to go to Dr. Huer's office," Theoplois said
In reaction to this sudden disturbance, Buck jerks back the tool towards
himself. As the result of this he breaks the mast of the toy sized ship.
He groans in disappointment. Moving the hook off the now broken mast, he
gently pulls the tool out of the bottle.
"Did you hear me, Buck?" Theoplois asked.
Buck gets up from the floor. "I heard you Theo," Buck replied with
disappointment in his voice.
"Did I interrupt you in something?" Theopolis asked.
"Yes. And why am I needed RIGHT NOW?" Buck asked placing the bottle back
on the stand gently.
"We have a guest here from Tierick, who Dr. Huer wants you to take on a
tour around the Directorate," Theopolis replied.
"Two things Theo, Tierick? and why me?" Buck asked.
"It's a planet near the boarder of the Draconian Empire. And why you is
because you're the only one with the free time off duty at this moment
to give the tour," Theopolis replied.
"Yeah, I wasn't doing anything," Buck said this looking down at his
"That's good to know. I'll tell Dr. Huer you're on your way," Theopolis
Buck slowly walks to Huer's office, he knocks and enters. Huer is
standing beside his desk talking to the guest. She's an alien, she looks
human but her head, neck, and hands are different from humans. She has
some white hair. Then mixed in to it moving backwards are shiny
cuttlebone-like pieces sticking outwards. They're different sizes. The
small versions of these cuttlebones move down her neck from the sides
of her head. The hands have these only very small and only on the upper
side of the hand. She's well dressed for a lady, and has a pair of red
crystal earrings on. Her eyes are very pale in color.
"Ms. Komola, meet Buck Rogers. Buck, meet Ms. Komola," Huer said as he
introduced them to one another.
"You are my tour guide, Buck Rogers?" she asked very politely.
"Do you want me to be?" Buck asked with no enthusiasm in his voice.
"He is... Buck, I want you to give Ms. Komola the grand tour of the
Directorate. She has just given us information vital to us in our battle
against the Draconians. All she wants in return is to be shown we are
the right ones she has given the information to," Huer said.
"If you were unsure we were the right people to talk to, why did you
tell us to begin with?" Buck asked.
She stared at Buck with knowing eyes.
"Ms. Komola knew we were the right people, Buck. She just wants to see
now that we can deal with the Draconians if they come to battle us some
time soon," Huer replied.
"Oh, I see. So where do you want to go first?" Buck asked as he escorted
her out of Huer's office.
"Where ever it is here you see in this complex that is the most
important," she replied glancing over at Buck.
"Well to me, that's where I live but I don't think that's a place you
want to go just yet. Come, I can show you our birds, they do all our
flying. Well, that is if not counting the pilots," Buck said.
"Birds?" Komola asked with her head tipped to one side.
"Our fighters," Buck replied.
Buck and Komola walked through the hanger at a fast pace. Buck was the
one who is setting the pace, Komola is trying to keep up with him. All
the while they're moving Buck is pointing around to what he's talking
"These here are our fighters, the "Z-87 Wolfs" Now turning to that wall
way off over there are their launch tubes. I think you can guess what
those do, um moving on," Buck said rushing over to another part of the
"What are those?" Komola asked pointing to the airlocks that lead to the
holographic training simulators.
"We've got to train somewhere. Those are the airlocks that lead to the
holographic training simulators. Now on to the flight control room,"
Buck said almost pushing Komola out the door.
"Why must we move at this speed Buck Rogers?" she asked.
"Because I bet you have better things you want to do with your time.
Because I know I have better things to do," Buck replied with a
"This is true, but is this how people are normally shown around these
facilities?" she asked.
"Well you know what Miss, I truly don't know. However this is how "I"
show people around," Buck replied.
"When you must hurry?" Komola asked.
"They grabbed me." Buck hesitated. "I'm sorry for how I'm acting. You
see I was in the middle of something when ..."
"I understand, Buck Rogers. You're not the only one who has many tasks
on hand to handle today," Komola replied almost smiling.
Buck showed Komola the flight control room and then quickly returned her
to Huer's office.
Huer escorted Mokola to the shuttle park where there's a parking space
with a ship on it. It's a breezy day, clear with the sun high overhead.
"So you feel better now about the Directorate's ability to defend Earth
and all planets at peace with it?" Huer asked.
"It was a most interesting tour with its speed. I am still unsure as to
whether or not you were the right people to come to. I felt I was shown
what I needed to see and nothing more," Komola replied with uncertainty
in her voice.
"He isn't the most polite of men is he?" Huer asked.
"He is interesting, but as to his politeness, we have an understanding,"
"I'll have a talk with him," Huer said.
"That will not be necessary, I have no intentions of returning here,"
"If you find out more about Draconian activity?" Huer asked.
"There are others who might have interest. If they have no interest,
then maybe I'll return," Komola replied.
"Have a pleasant and safe trip home Ms. Komola," Huer said lowering his
"And may you have release in your work," Komola replies as she presses
her hand against her ship, then an opening appears in to the ship. She
walks inside and the opening quickly disappears.
Huer stands and watches the ship take off. He looks down from his gaze
into the sky. He turns and walks away.
"At least she was helpful to the Directorate. Not much of a talker but
otherwise understanding. Buck isn't the easiest of people to work with.
The fact she was OK with him, he isn't too good around aliens. Well,
most aliens. He does gets along with the Candos pretty well. To that
fact I wonder if he's been letting De-Pas have breaks from his jail
time. He probably would let him. Buck may work for the Directorate, but
he sure doesn't have much love for how it works all the time.
Can't really blame him for that a whole lot. He's been awake and fully
alive in this century for only a month, and he's at least in to my
impression, not fully wild about living in this time. In his time,
there were no aliens, no contact with other worlds. He's so different
from anyone I've ever met before. He has such a way of seeing the world
around himself, puts down the way the world is run. And he's the one who
came from a time that the whole planet was nearly destroyed.
How on Earth could we be the ones with the real issues? When it was his
generations fault for what's become the world I've known for all my
life. Oh what will I ever do with him in how he acts. It's so hard to
tell him to do anything by the book. But he has done things that have
made him valuable to me, to the Directorate. Those odd views he has over
the world, some of them have proved to be for good. I must sit down with
him at some point, have a talk with him man to man.
I just have to get eye to eye with Buck, for his good and maybe for my
own," Huer said talking to himself. Huer re-entered the Directorate's
interior from the shuttle park.
Mallory is busy working on something on the lesser crowded of the two
tables. Buck is holding his ship in a bottle.
"I heard she was beautiful, what was she like?" Mallory asked glancing
up at Buck from his work table
"As long as you stay clear of the daggers growing out of her, I think
she's fine. Now as far as what she's like, well I can't say much for
that," Buck replied.
"Why not, you toured her around the whole Directorate. Surely you know
what kind of woman she is?" Mallory asked glancing up again.
"Yeah, I gave her a tour, a fast one. She isn't much of a talker." Buck
hesitated. "Mallory, we need to get back to this," Buck said changing
"Get back to what?" Mallory asked.
Buck puts the ship in a bottle down in front of him Mallory.
"What about that? What is it?" Mallory asked looking over the bottle.
"It's a ship in a bottle I've been working on. Is there some way to
Phasoft the glass of the bottle? Make it so I can take out the broken
mast with ease," Buck asked.
"That can't be done, the glass ..." Mallory picks up a piece of metal
and taps the glass. "Was never manufactured to do such a thing, I'm
sorry," Mallory replied placing the piece of metal back down on the work
"Great," Buck replies with disappointment in his voice as he takes back
the ship in the bottle.
"Attention, there is a Code Zero in progress. I repeat there is a Code
Zero in progress," Theopolis announces.
"Code Zero, what's that?" Buck asked looking over at Mallory.
"It means something is a direct threat to the Directorate," Mallory
replies glancing over at Buck.
"What do we do?" Buck asked.
"Me, I leave. You, well you're one of its fighters. I would assume
you'll be asked to help in the neutralization of the threat," Mallory
replies heading for the door.
"Well this day just keeps getting better and better," Buck says throwing
his arms up in the air.
Buck starts running down the corridor when Twiki comes around a corner
"Where are you going?" Twiki asked.
Buck stops and looks at Twiki. "To find Huer, Wilma, or Fox someone who
might know what's going on," Buck replied.
"Did it ever occur to you I might know?" Twiki asked.
"Sorry Twiki, do you know what the danger is?" Buck asked watching some
of the crew members running past them.
"There's been some kind of explosive detected. But no one is sure of
where it is," Twiki informs Buck.
"An explosive? Not one of our own I'll bet. Why doesn't Theo know where
it is?" Buck asked.
"He isn't everywhere you know. There are some places where Dr. Theopolis
is not connected to," Twiki replies.
"Right... um do you know the procedures that take act during a time like
this?" Buck asked with a confused look on his face.
Twiki takes Buck and starts to lead him towards the area where they are
ordered to gather in case of any codes. When they arrive Buck sees Fox
standing towards the back. Buck walks over to him and a Saurian. Wilma
is standing in front of a line of people. Wilma is facing Huer, who
stands before the whole group.
"Doctor Theopolis doesn't know where the explosives are because of how
faintly they show up on his sensors. But however, little by little their
signals have been growing in strength. Now why that is occurring is
beyond him and myself. All we can figure out by this growing signal is
that we feel that by the time his sensors can pick it up on full, it
will be too late. Wilma?" Huer informs everyone.
Wilma turns to face the crowd. "Every one of you and myself, our job
right now, our only sole job right now is to search the Directorate for
the explosives. They could be in a blind spot to Theopolis. That is in a
room or area he is not fully in, or wired into. They could also be right
under Theopolis's nose so to speak. And he might not know that because
of their weak signal. Now everybody get to it!" Wilma orders and signals
for everyone to head in different directions.
After all of them have left but Wilma and Huer. "Buck doesn't know what
he should be looking for does he?" Wilma asked.
"Even in his time I believe explosives had sadly a good degree of
sophistication. Hopefully whatever these explosives are, they'll be
something he'll recognize on some level," Huer replies.
"Let's hope. His friend, do you think?" Wilma asked.
"Fox?" Huer asked.
"No, not Fox, De-Pas," Wilma replies.
"I see, if anyone here was to do something like this, it would be him.
I'll have that looked into," Huer said.
Wilma nods to him in acknowledgment and leaves the room. Huer slowly
returns to his chair looking worried.
There are many people moving about. There's an air of panic to their
movement. Wilma is walking quickly on her way towards the weapons
"If that convict is at fault for this, why would he do such a thing? I
thought he only hated the Humdos, I thought he liked it here. This may
be his jail, but he claims, I know so little about him, he could well be
lying to us. And we might have all fallen for it. Maybe Buck? No, no he
wouldn't do such a thing. But he doesn't like it here, there's nothing
he can do about that. Blowing up the Directorate won't get him anywhere.
He doesn't seem like that sort of man. The man that he is, doesn't much
belong here. Or anywhere for that matter.
He doesn't fit in with the rest of us. Maybe he was right, maybe he
should have been left in stasis. But death instead of life here? He
should be getting used to this life by now. And I'd know that how? For
that matter how could I relate on that note. He doesn't have anyone he
can really relate to does he. Well he's tried to relate to me?
Puh, like I'd date him, the knuckle-dragger. But he often has a lot of
good points in what he says. One date? Maybe one day when he's proved
himself as good a man in person as to his service to the Directorate,"
Wilma says softly to herself.
She approaches the weapons room and hits the activation pad next to the
door that above it says weapons storage, and enters through the
De-Pas was sitting in an uncomfortable chair with badges wrapped around
two fingers on one of his hands. There was a thin line coming from one
of the badges into a machine. The machine has a hovering screen above
it. Dantin and Jade is standing in front of De-Pas.
"Where are the explosives?" Dantin asked.
"I don't know," De-Pas replied.
The screen above the machine types out a message. "He wishes he knew,"
the machine repeats the message written on the monitor.
"You wish you knew, and why is that?" Dantin asked looking De-Pas in the
"So I can deactivate it," De-Pas replies.
The screen above the machine types out a new message. "He's not sure how
to go about that, but he wants to give it a try," the machine reads out
the message again.
"I don't believe that. You're a terrorist!" Dantin yelled.
Typing out a new message. "I'm not a terrorist, Major Dantin," the
"I was referring to De-Pas," Dantin replied looking over at the machine.
A new types out message. "Well, you should have said you were addressing
it to him," the voice reads out the message again.
"Moving on then and I'm going to note it to you that I'm talking to
De-Pas." Dantin turned his attention back to De-Pas. "What kind of
explosive is it? Nictis, Airgol, Veffol, Unther?" Dantin asked with
"I'm the one in jail, and you're the one without much for brains. Don't
you think if I knew where the explosive were I'd know something about
it?" De-Pas replied.
The machine performs the expected act of text and speech. "He's got a
point Major Dantin," the machine says.
"De-Pas, what kind of explosive is it?" Dantin yelled out.
"Major Yogurt, I DON'T KNOW," De-Pas replied in a calm voice.
The machine does its text and speech return. "He's right he doesn't
know. Mind telling me what yogurt is?" the machine asked.
"Hum, I want to check on my family," De-Pas said politely.
The machine goes off. "Well that doesn't answer my question," it says.
"Jade, disconnect him," Dantin said pointing towards De-Pas.
Jade goes over to De-Pas and takes the badges off his fingers.
"I want to check on my family," De-Pas said again. "It's unfair, sure
they think they have reason to pass that sort of judgment on me. But I'd
never harm them. The only ones, only ones I'd ever think to harm are the
Humdos. Besides my family lives here. I need to do a search, a real
search. Without Major Yogurt on my ass all the time. I'm certain the
explosive are somewhere close by, the power generator. That's the only
place I can think of that would do the most damage if destroyed. But how
to get there? If Theopolis isn't watching in my quarters, then it's Jade
or Dantin. Man, Jade is something, but Dantin? I have no idea where Buck
came up with the nickname Major Yogurt. Major, I know where that part
came from. But "Yogurt", I don't even know what that is. But it sounds
funny on him. The guy is such a hard-nosed pain in the butt. I hate him,
Buck hates him too. Buck once told me, that if Major Dantin were a bull,
that he'd head-butt a new born calf into standing. I have to get away
from them. Away from all of them to do this." De-Pas thought to himself
while Jade was disconnecting him from the machine.
"Why?" Dantin asked in a stern voice.
"To see if they're okay. With all the commotion going on, I want to ease
their fears," De-Pas replied.
"You know something that would ease the fear in this moment, that we
don't know about?" Jade asked.
"I'm telling you I have nothing to do with this. Little Beu-Pas is just
a few weeks old. Jade, if I could only be with them for a little?"
"Jade, you continue in the search. I'm going to escort De-Pas here to
his family," Dantin ordered.
Jade nods at Dantin, then walks off. Dantin grabs one of De-Pas'es arms,
giving him a cold look. "Come on, I'll take you to your family," Dantin
said in a cold voice. Dantin kept a tight hold of De-Pas's arm all the
way to his living quarters.
Ge-Ja was holding Beu-Pas, swinging her hips in walking, holding the
baby's head close to her. She's just left the living room and was
entering another room. De-Pas comes through the Phasoft-door followed
closely behind by Dantin. Ge-Ja turns to look at them come in.
"Ge-Ja, I need to talk to you," De-Pas said.
"Can it wait? Beu-Pas needs changing," Ge-Ja replies.
"I'll help you change her, we'll talk during that." De-Pas turns to
Dantin. "This might take longer than I thought," De-Pas informs Dantin.
"I'll help her with the baby," Dantin replied not looking at De-Pas.
"Doctor Theopolis, I need you to keep an eye on De-Pas while I'm helping
his wife," Dantin told Theopolis. Dantin turned back to face De-Pas once
again. "If you do anything..."
"Great, the computer is so caught up in this hunt for the explosives.
And now you want me keep on eye on De-Pas?" Theopolis asked.
"And just what crime do you think I'll commit in my own home?" De-Pas
Dantin looks at him for a moment then turned away and started walking
towards Ge-Ja who is standing in the doorway. When Dantin is almost at
Ge-Ja. "I'm the one who will help change your baby, I want to talk to
you," Dantin said.
Ge-Ja gives him a mean glare, but changes her look after looking down at
the baby. Then she looks back up at him, turns away and continues into
the bedroom. She goes to a changing table and puts the baby gently on to
its back on the table. Below the table there are two baskets, one for
dirty diapers, another for clean ones. She gently removes the baby's
soiled diaper and drops it in to the basket. Dantin watches then bends
over and stands up with a clean one.
"You're going to need this I assume?" Dantin asked holding the clean
diaper up to Ge-Ja.
She takes it from him still with a mean glare.
"I'm not a bad person, it's just your husband. We, the ones who work at
the Directorate believe he might have done something. Very bad in fact,
you wouldn't happen to know if he's actually guilty. I'd like to say
what it is we think he might have done, but I don't want to upset your
baby. Would he understand me? I mean things of high danger?" Dantin
asked looking at Ge-Ja.
All the while he's been talking she's been working on changing the baby.
"She," Ge-Ja replies.
"What?" Dantin asked.
"Our baby is a girl," Ge-Ja replies.
"I can see that," Dantin replies looking at the baby. He turns to look
back at De-Pas, who is standing far back in the living room. Then he
turns back to Ge-Ja. "She's a cute baby, isn't she?" Dantin says as he
sticks out his index finger on one of his hands, and puts it down by the
baby's chin. "Agoo-che-goo," he says as he's about ready to tickle the
"I wouldn't do that if I were you," Ge-Ja said.
"Why not?" Dantin asked. Just then "YEAHAUH-uh!!"
"We Candoses get our teeth at an early age," De-Ja replied trying to
hide the smile on her face.
"Little beastly rat bit me!" Dantin said holding his finger.
"How dare you talk about my child that way!" Ge-Ja replied with anger.
"Your child? That's not what I've been told, the beast!" Dantin said
pointing at the baby.
"She, I may not have borne her, but she is my child, you ignorant
monkey!" Ge-Ja said picking the baby up.
"Monkey! You she-wolf!" Dantin yelled loudly.
The baby starts to cry. "Look at what you've done, you've made the baby
cry!" Ge-Ja said holding her child close to her.
"It drew blood, that's no innocent creature!" Dantin yelled.
"You put your finger near her mouth, I warned you!" Ge-Ja replied.
"A bit too late I might add!" Dantin yelled even louder.
"My husband was right about you," Ge-Ja says as she snaps her teeth at
him. Dantin backs up after seeing the snapping teeth.
"And maybe there's something to be said for you as well. When this is
over with the crisis at hand, I'm going to talk to the Humdos in command
on Miahgo, and find out if you have a history on that planet that is
stronger than what the Directorate knows!" Dantin said in a threatening
"I have done nothing, I simply believe in the freedom of my people, like
my husband!" Ge-Ja replies.
"Exactly, right there! That's why I want you investigated!" Dantin said
still gripping his bleeding finger. Dantin turns to walk away and see's
that De-Pas is gone.
In a hallway not far from his living quarters, De-Pas krept along the
wall. He stood near a door marked "Testing Room Six," De-Pas crouched
low, and in to an indent in the wall. He looks both ways. The door has
just changed color, a number of people walk out. One of them was Fox.
The hallway is just a bustle with people. Once the group of people that
came out the door are out of sight, keeping bent down De-Pas makes a run
down the hallway, running past Fox who is walking.
"I wonder where he's off to in such a hurry? He's not a member of the
Directorate staff, so he doesn't have to help in the search like the
rest of us. He could be participating in the search? I doubt he wants to
see something bad happen to his family. The way he was running, maybe he
knows where the explosives are! Because he can't leave here, he's still
under arrest. Besides the direction he's headed in, that will put him
nowhere near any entrance to the Directorate. I'd better follow him. He
might need help in disarming the explosives. Or he might need to be
captured. True, his family is here, but another Candos did die so he
could fulfill his cause. Which he failed in; maybe he'd kill more of his
own to complete his mission. In any case it would do well for me to
follow him. I have no idea were I should be checking next for the
explosives," Fox said to himself as he started to run after De-Pas.
After Fox turned the corner, he could see De-Pas a ways down the hall
still bent over in running.
"De-Pas!" Fox called out.
De-Pas stops and looks at Fox, then continues. He hits a Phasoft-door
access pad, and goes through the door. Fox finally catching up goes in
Inside the Power Center entrance the walls are lit up by hundreds of
small squares covering them. Metal panels are scattered about on the
walls, covered in buttons. De-Pas examines the panels as he walks past
each one. Finding the right one he pulls thr panel he was looking for.
He starts messing around with the wiring coming off of it. Behind him,
further in to the room, is the type of force field he had on his cell
door. Behind that is another room, like this one, only with a
Phasoft-door at its end. Fox finally enters the room De-Pas is in.
"What are you doing? Why are you, I assume, trying to get into the power
generator center?" Fox asked trying to grab De-Pas arms.
De-Pas hits Fox's hands away and continues to work at the wires.
A moment later. "Do you know where the explosives are?" Fox asked
watching De-Pas go through the wires.
De-Pas pauses, looks over at Fox. "Do you know the code to get in?"
"I know it, though you answer me first. What are you doing here?" Fox
"I think they might be back there. Now will you help me?!" De-Pas
replies as he points into the room behind them.
"I'm not going to help you destroy Directorate property. If you're so
sure you're right how come," Fox said.
"I don't think there's time to argue about this, Fox," De-Pas replied as
he grabs Fox by the arm He then forces Fox over to the panel he was
working on. "Enter the code, I need to get in there," De-Pas said
pointing to the panel.
"You're hurting me," Fox said.
"Everybody's lives might depend on this, and you're worried about your
arm, tough guy?" De-Pas asked.
Fox presses the code into the damaged panel. The force field disappears,
De-Pas lets go of Fox's arm. "They let Buck tour a stranger around the
whole Directorate. But they won't entrust me with the access code to
enter here," De-Pas said.
"She helped us, and you're just a criminal! Buck maybe considered a
trainee like myself, but he has proven his worth to us! I've proven it
too! Why you should be entrusted with the code to enter the power
generator center? You'd kill your own to get what you want!" Fox said
with anger in his voice.
De-Pas starts heading in to the next room. "Now I see why Buck wanted to
punch you," De-Pas said as he walked past Fox.
"What?" Fox asked with a little confused.
"When you two first met, he wanted to punch you," De-Pas replied.
"Why would he want to hurt me? We're friends," Fox said.
"I know what it's like to feel like an outsider. It's not fun. If I ever
wanted to, I could return to my home planet. Sure I'd be put to death,
but I'd be home. Buck is an outsider, one for life. He can't return to
what he once saw as home. You poking fun at him about where he came
from. What he wishes he could still have." De-Pas hesitates for a
moment. "What would you be tempted to do to the man that did that to
you?" De-Pas asked looking over his shoulder at Fox.
Fox stares at De-Pas, then looks down.
De-Pas touched the access pad to the door leading to the power generator
"He never told me," Fox said with his eyes still focused on the ground.
"Well I guess him and I are more alike, he trusts me more," De-Pas
"He's not like you," Fox replied looking back up at De-Pas.
"Has anyone ever told you, you talk too much," De-Pas said.
"No, they..." De-Pas grabs Fox's head and slams it against the wall. Fox
is knocked unconscious, he slides down the wall. De-Pas enters the power
In locker room Buck and Taindair are moving from locker to locker. All
of these lockers use Phasoft technology to work. Both of them had on a
glove that was padded on the underhand. Small lights blinked on the
padded side. In the other hand they're were holding a scanner-like
device. While the two of them are moving along, locker to locker, they
would look at the name posted above the locker, then punch the name of
that person into the scanner-device. After that they would run the
scanner over the padded side of the glove. With this having been done,
they then proceed to open the locker and inspect the inside, taking the
hand out when they were done.
"Why do you see that as funny?" Taindair asked after removing his hand
from one of the lockers.
"Have you ever seen a spork?" Buck asked.
"An eating weapon is an eating weapon. These "Airports" you've told me
of, they would have reason to fear them," Taindair replied.
"It's not a weapon. It's just a plastic spoon with little points on its
tip," Buck explained.
"A plastic eating weapon be feared? Now I see its amusement," Taindair
replied with a soft chuckle.
"Why is it you keep insisting on calling it a weapon?" Buck asked
stopping to look at Taindair.
"On Sanopp, any tool used in the capture and then devouring of food is
called an eating weapon. So even though it can not cause harm we should
look for it? This spork?" Taindair asked..
"I don't think we should be on the lookout for sporks. The point I'm
trying to make is, well, true you can't kill someone with a spork. The
danger still might lie in something that looks harmless," Buck replied.
"So even though it is silly to fear what is harmless, something that
looks harmless might still cause harm," Taindair replied as he started
to scan another locker.
"A rock can't do any harm until it's propelled at something," Buck said
removing his hand from the locker in front of him.
"If we're successful in disarming the explosives, I've asked Dr. Huer
for you to join Colonel Deering and myself on a mission on Sanopp,"
Taindair said glancing over at Buck.
"What kind of mission?" Buck asked looking at Taindair.
Wilma enters the room they're in through a Phasoft-door and looks over
to Buck and Taindair. "Fox has been found injured, has either of you
seen De-Pas?" Wilma asked.
"De-Pas, why him?" Buck asked turning to look at Wilma.
"Major Dantin tried to interrogate him earlier, when that happened. He
ran off!" Wilma replied.
"Did he injured Fox?" Buck asked with concern.
"Major Dantin and I think so, we're not sure. We found him knocked out
near the power generator center," Wilma replied.
"Then De-Pas must be around there some place," Buck said.
"Unknown, the force field is up. And the panel used to unlock it has
been damaged. Thomas tried to punch in the code, and the panel being
used shorted out because of that. We can't get in until it's repaired,"
"I need to get to him, get to De-Pas and find out what's going on. There
must be a reason for his actions we don't know about." Buck hesitated
for a moment. "How is Fox doing?" Buck asked as he takes off his glove
and walks over to Wilma.
"We can't get to him yet. But we think he'll be okay, I think all he's
going to get from the injury is a nasty bruise," Wilma replied.
"Taindair, think you'll be okay by yourself?" Buck asked looking back at
"I will be fine in continuing the search. Colonel Deering, I will be
contacting you if I find the explosives," Taindair replied as he started
the seacher again.
"Good luck, Toluo," Wilma said as she and Buck are leaving the locker
"Toluo? That's not his name," Buck said glancing over to Wilma as they
"It's his last name," Wilma replied.
In the locker room Taindair continued the seacher. He stopped for a
moment, then started to quietly talk to himself.
"Such a tedious thing this is. Searching locker by locker for the
explosives. But they could be here, Buck has told me he's heard of that
happening. Such a great human, Rogers. Most humans I've ever interacted
with, hate me because I'm a Saurian. But he doesn't hate me, he wasn't
around, wasn't awake when the war was going on between my species and
his. It ended when I was still within shell, I have no hates over the
humans because they've never been an enemy to me. He even complimented
me the first day he saw me. Sure I had to look it up in the history
files, but to the Land of the Heated Sands, what a glorious thing to
call me: Godzilla, the king of all reptiles on his planet. What a
marvelous creature he was, and for Buck to compare me with him. He has
no hates for his others too. I'd never met a mutant before him and Fox
came to their aid. Hope Fox returns to better health. He's somewhat of
an interesting fellow too. But not like Buck. I look forward to
returning to Sanopp, my new colleagues by my side doing a mission for my
planet that well might also affect Earth as well. I better had tell
Rogers of what I've gotten him into. I'm sure he'd like to have an idea
of what's to come," Taindair said softly.
In the center of the room of the Power generator Center is a station,
left open for the maintenance droids to enter. The whole place has a
very automated look to it. The robots move about the room, not taking
notice of anything but their work at hand. They sleek, human size and
they're colored is a deep red. There's no face on them, just a line
cutting down from top to bottom. In the blackness of the line lies,
compacted, what would be needed in a face.
There's technology littering table-islands throughout the room, built
right into the them. Within this center there's a glass chamber.
Hovering within it is a Therbidian Crystal rotating very fast. As the
crystal rotates, energy beams are hitting it. They strike it in a
sequential succession every time this happens.
A red beam strikes down from the crystal into the base below it, which
is simmering in energy. Once in a while one of these red beams strikes
off to the side forwards on the glass, only to one place on the glass
down low. Along the glass is a thin edge.
De-Pas enters the room. As he moves further into the room, one of the
red droids starts coming towards him. He moves away from it, staring at
it, but the droid pays him no mind. De-Pas starts looking all over the
room for something. Finding nothing he goes to the station with the
crystal. He looks at the crystal in wonder, and puts his hands on the
ridge that edges the glass. A moment later he jolts his hands up. When
he came in contact with the ridge, the fur on him frizzed up. After he
removed his hand the fur has returned back to being flat. He looks at
his hand then tentatively puts it back down on the ridge, then jolts
back the hand. Once more the same frizzing up and down has happened on
the fur. After a moment he puts the hand back down on the ridge. Again
the fur on his hand frizzes up. De-Pas grits his teeth in pain. He
starts to moves his hand along the ridge. As he does this the frizzing
goes up beyond the hand, up his arm.
At the Power Center entrance, in the room with the force field leading
into the next room that leads to the power generator center. Thomas is
crouching in front of the damaged panel. Wilma and Buck stand behind him
watching. Thomas performs the repairs with a futuristic looking tool.
The panel has no lights lit on it, showing that it is not active. A few
moments later the lights lite up.
"There you go," Thomas said he reaches up and punches in the code. The
force field disappears.
"Good job Tom," Wilma says.
"Any time." Thomas stands up. "Is there anything else I can do?" Thomas
"Do you have a sidearm on you?" Wilma asked.
"Wilma, I don't think that will be needed," Buck replies glancing over
"Well I don't know if that's needed or not. But I do know you can't fire
off an energy based weapon in there," Thomas said.
"Why not?" Wilma asked.
"Therbidian Crystals will strike out at anything admitting a high amount
of energy. That or another Therbidian Crystal near to it," Thomas
"Wait, I thought the crystals make their own energy?" Buck asked
"They do. How they make energy is when a power generators are being
started up, energy from the outside is fed in to them, located on the
floor base below the crystal. This prompts the crystal to react in
sending out energy. But before that happens, that outside energy is cut
off. Now if the crystal's energy came into contact with the other energy
source, well there would be one hell of an explosion to see. This energy
this crystal then sends out powers the new generator, which in turn
sends it out to elsewhere, where it's needed," Thomas explains.
"That must be why De-Pas went in. Maybe there's another energy source in
there. One that hasn't fully been hit yet, by the Therbidian Crystal,"
"And when the crystal has been struck?" Wilma asked.
"An explosion," Buck replies looking at Wilma.
Buck, Wilma enter the Power Generator Center. At first they didn't see
De-Pas until they glanced over near the station in the center. They seen
De-Pas lying on the floor. Buck runs over to De-Pas at that moment
followed closely by Wilma.
Buck lifts up De-Pas's head a little. "What happened?" Buck asked.
De-Pas points up to where the large Therbidian Crystal is being
contained. "Up there... earrings.. little crystals.. I think they're.."
Then De-Pas passes out.
Buck stands up after gently letting De-Pas go into Wilma's hands. He
looks at the large crystal, then down to the ridge. He sees the earrings
Komola was wearing. The red energy from the large crystal is striking it
"Oh my lord," Buck said.
"What is it?" Wilma asked.
"Komola's earrings, they're the explosives!" Buck replies as he tries to
touch them, then jerks his hand back at the shock.
"I have to get them away from here safely," Buck said looking at the
"They shocked you; that must be what happened to De-Pas, only more so!"
Wilma said holding De-Pas's head in her lap.
"I have an idea," Buck said as he runs out of the Power Generator
"Where are you going?!" Wilma yelled out.
Buck makes his way to the Archives storage, sports. The storage is a
very crowded place, filled with all sorts of sporting equipment. Buck
holds up a golf club. "Nah," Buck says placing it back on the shelf. He
then turns and looks down off to his side. "Oooo! This might just do
it," Buck says as he leaves the Archives storage. He runs back to the
Power Generator Center holding a hockey stick. Buck looks at the crystal
and sees that now the red beams are striking faster than ever at the
"Everybody stay back!" Buck yells out.
Buck maneuvers the hockey stick close to the earrings. Then with one
swift forward movement. The hockey stick made contact with the earrings.
Shortly after Buck is sitting on one of the sliding out beds. Wilma is
standing off to the side of him.
"That was quite an interesting way to get rid of the danger those
earrings made off the Therbidian Crystals," Wilma said.
"Well I couldn't come in contact with them. The crystal inside the
generator had them so charged up. If they had been charged any more .."
"Any more so and we would be all dead right now," Wilma interrupted
"How are De-Pas and Fox doing?" Buck asked.
"After Fox was threatened I've been told he just went quietly to his
living quarters. Wouldn't talk about his encounter with De-Pas, who is
now with Huer. They're on their way to consult the computer council, so
they can pass their judgment over his actions," Wilma replied.
Buck hung his head. Then looked back up at Wilma. "I have to do
something. If it wasn't for De-Pas, we wouldn't be here talking right
now," Buck said.
In the Computer Council Forum, Huer and De-Pas have just entered the
room. The walls have the color of deep steel. They're walking along a
walkway. About one or two inches down, twisted metal vines can be seen.
All over, they're coated in a thin layer of transparent gel. Small bead
size lights of different colors dot the vines randomly, along with
slightly larger sized ones. At the end of this walk way it becomes
circle shape, big enough for maybe 6 people to stand on.
Huer and De-Pas enter the circle area. When they do, all the vines
straighten themselves out and move towards the circle, up over its
edges, towering over the two engulfing the view of them. The vines then
curve inwards, and form a hollow onion shape around them. The walk way
being cut off from them, with a hole in the top of the onion for light
to move in and let in air also.
Inside, it's very dimly lit except for in the center, because of the
opening. The lights from the vines dot all over the wall. Suddenly small
vines come in through the large twisted ones on the wall. On the tips of
some of these vines are many tightly grouped lights of all one color.
Once these smaller vines have come about maybe seven inches from the
wall, the ends of them curl up into an eye shape. The other vines coming
outwards follow this out by forming out a face to fit into the eyes.
This is happening all over the room. Ten heads set into the wall, spaced
out by a foot around.
"You have helped in saving the Directorate," Theopolis said.
"But you hurt another to accomplish it," Computer Two replied.
"He needed to leave his watcher to do this," Computer Three said.
"But Major Dantin came to no harm at this," Computer Four replies.
"Only a bite from his daughter, with little blood," Computer Five
"You still did do wrong however," Computer Six said.
"It was the only way I could help," De-Pas explains.
"You need to be watched over, De-Pas," Theopolis says.
"Maybe by a non-human?" Computer Seven asked.
"Yes, an ambuquad," Computer Eight suggested.
"The Vireis series. That should fit the bill for him," Computer Two
"What do the Vireis series ambuquads do?" Huer asked.
"It will stay with him, on him. If he does something of a bad sort, it
will harm him," Computer Ten replies.
After this is said, Computer Nine's head changes shape, squashing down
some, the center of the face opening up, looking like a bird's nest
widening. In the center of the hole light pours outwards, and the hole
stops getting larger. After it's reached about four maybe five inches
around, from deep within the light we can see a shape coming forward.
It's a pixie-sized robot, with large forearms and lower legs. The head
looks a tad too large for the body.
Most of the head in its front, is a large circle of light that shines in
a brilliant neon blue and white. It's moving through the air, being
propelled by two flaps on either side of its head. They're moving
rapidly, insect like. On the bottom of the face is another flap that
comes to a point. The arms at their ends have two straight line fingers,
while the ends of the legs have that plus one finger on the underside.
The little robot makes its way over to De-Pas and sits down on him.
"The Vireis series are designed to punish actions seen as unwanted in
a law abiding society," Theopolis explains.
"How does it do that?" De-Pas asked.
"Demonstrate," Computer Nine orders.
When Computer Nine ordered this, the hole starts closing up and the head
is regaining its shape. The pixie-sized robot moves about on De-Pas'es
shoulders until it finds a good spot. Then making a petite sneezing
sound, it jabs De-Pas with the pointed flap on the bottom of its head.
"Aahuh, you didn't need to tell it to me that way!" De-Pas said.
"Yes, it was needed, you needed to know the pain you'd be in from now on
if you break the law," Computer Two replied.
"So how long will I be stuck with this thing?" De-Pas asked.
"Till you've served out your sentence," Computer Four replies.
"Does this little guy mean people like Dantin and Jade will no longer be
looking over my shoulder?" De-Pas asked.
"You have been told this before, yes," Computer Four replies.
"All that had to be said has been taken care of," Computer Five said.
"These talks have ended now," Computer Ten said. Shortly after Computer
Ten says this the vines that make up the faces untwist and move back
into the wall. Then the wall twists out of its shape and moves down,
back into the floor.
De-Pas looks outwards before turning to the little robot. "Well I'm not
planing on doing anything wrong. At the very least you'll make a handy
reading light," De-Pas said looking at his new guard.
The Bot makes a couple of small chirps moving its head.
"Lets go, I have work that needs to be done. And I'm sure with the long
day its been you'd like to see Ge-Ja," Huer said. They both started to
make their way to the door.
Back at the health chamber Buck sat on the sliding bed, softly talking
"The day was saved, who'd had ever thought it was her earrings. That
just goes to the point of what I was talking about with Taindair. He's
gotten me into some mission on his home planet. Strange, don't think I'm
ever going to get used to this going off to alien worlds. I've been
awake for about a month, but this all still feels like a fantasy.
Everything has changed so much since the 21st century. Everything I
thought I knew is now so different. But people are people, no matter
what century or era they're in. I've known people in the past like Dr.
Huer and Wilma. Fox, I've never known a man like him. But he lives to
know more about his own roots. And people wanting to know about where it
is they came from, that's been going on for since maybe the dawn of man.
The fact that the people that are in my life now are like people that
have been around for centuries, maybe I do have hope of rebuilding my
life into something of it's former self. I remember thinking early in
this new life, my life had ended. But then it hit me, thanks to
something Wilma had said to me: this is a fresh start in my life with so
many new possibilities it just boggles the mind. Because after all, if
the future wasn't interesting, who would want to live in it?" He thought
Huer and De-Pas walked out the door of the Computer Council Forum.
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