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 to the edge of a small pond. The water is boiling fast
enough to form tiny bubbles that are as small as the grains
of sand that lie on the floor of it. Walking up to it is a
small animal that looks like a pale lobster with long
pinchers. Just after it hits the edge of the water and is
sitting on the sand a hand reaches down and lifts the little
animal up into the air.
The sky is an amazing red. The trees have no leaves, and their
bark has a burnt look to it. Just beyond the pond is a space
ship. A transport vessel with the same ridged look, but no
place on it for firing. It has smaller jet-rocket ports and
it's back is used for loading and unloading. Buck is holding
the small creature, flat palmed. Taindair is standing nearby.
Buck watches as the creature waves its claws around in the air.
"What you're holding could be the last of its kind," Taindair
"Could it survive elsewhere, on another planet?" Buck asked
still looking at the creature in wonder.
"If you like it, it could be taken to Sanopp. I'm sure it might
have a chance at life there," Taindair replied.
"The heat on your home world?" Buck asked with concern.
"No radiation. Remember it's the combination of the two that's
killing all life here," Taindair replied as he glanced around.
As they started to walk over to the shuttle.
"Do you have any idea why they don't want to leave this place?"
"From the reports I heard, they don't see it as a threat. Maybe
they just don't care what the supernova is doing to the planet,"
"I really hate to think you're right about that. But I think
nearly every living being fears death. These people have to know
what's going on around them. They can't be that dim not to know
what's happening," Buck replied.
"They could be. My people did conquer them long ago," Taindair
"Taindair!" Buck said with a surprised look on his face.
"I'm sorry," Taindair said.
As they reach the shuttle. They walked around to the rear of it.
Taindair reaches up and touches the access pad, making a doorway
appear. Buck and Taindair stepped up in to the shuttle. Taindair
starts to moves around the inside looking in various places of
"There has to be something making these people stay," Buck said
placing the lobster like creature in to a containment carrier.
"And what do you suppose that is?" Taindair asked.
"This is their home, it's all they know for living life," Buck
"To the land of heated sands, that makes no sense, Buck. To
want to live on a dying world just because it's the only place
they see as home. There are plenty of other planets out there.
They know that, they've known that for hundreds of years,"
Taindair replied glancing over at Buck.
"Because it's home," Buck replies still watching the creature
in the carrier.
"Maybe that makes sense to you, but not to me." Taindair turned
to Buck. "It's called a thick scale," Taindair said.
"Thick scale?" Buck asked.
"The creature you were holding, the thick-scaled one with the
fanned tail," Taindair explained.
"Out of curiosity, Taindair, what if we can't get them to leave?"
"Then we call on greater forces to help us get them to leave.
We are doing this by order of the Defense Directorate, by order
of the queen of my home world. This planet has been nearly
forgotten by all with time. But it still belongs to Sanopp and
its people. And they have a responsibility to it," Taindair
"These greater forces, what are you saying when you say that?
That we call up the Directorate? Ask for pilots to come here
bearing arms to drag these people onto carrier ships if need be?"
"If it comes to that...yes," Taindair replied looking Buck in
"Armed?" Buck asked with concern.
"Without firing upon them, only to scare them into obeying us,"
Buck stares at Taindair with a worried look. Then turns away and
walks out of the ship. Taindair, who looks puzzled by Buck's
action. After a moment of talking to himself.
"That's not how you think we should take action is it?" Taindair
asked as he walks out of the shuttle after Buck.
In a prison cell on a TV floating in the air. There's a nature show
on, the TV camera is focused on an alien creature moving around.
Talking in a calm voice.
"The Amvin seen here is acting against its own nature. It's awake
during the daytime and moving about on open soil exposing itself
to predators," the narrator says.
The TV screen clicks to a new image. The image now is a talk show.
Showing three quests and one host.
"That's incredible, these stories I'm hearing! How you people
survived in that totally Jovian planet!" the TV host says in an
The TV screen clicks to a new image. It's a music video that's
just begun. Small print can be seen on the screen, giving some
very basic information about the video. Where it says in this
information who the band is, it says, "Andromeda." Techno music
can be heard blasting. The TV screen is alive with oddly colored
Joelin is sitting on the lower bunk of a bunk bed. Fiddling with
a device that's snugly resting on his head. As he's doing this,he
looks to be in deep concentration and is agitated. His roommate
lying back in bed holding a remote control. Looking very bored,
the bunkmate clicks the remote after another moment. The TV
produces some noise, then another moment later, the bunkmate clicks
it again. Joelin looking more annoyed is still working away at the
device. After a moment he smiles and looks to the TV.
"What gives, the TV just blacked out?!" his bunkmate yells.
Joelin removes the device from his head and places it down on his
bunk,and rises up to his bunkmate's view.
"There shall be no more TV," Joelin says with a mean grin.
"What?" the bunkmate replied.
The hand of the bunkmate that's holding the remote starts quivering.
The bunkmate looks in pain and drops the remote.
"W-what's going on?!" the bunkmate asked.
The remote, lifts into the air and a moment later, starts to
crack and break up as it twists itself into pieces.
In the town square, a man who could be in his 50's or 60's stands
on a platform talking loudly to the crowd in an enraged voice.
Buck and Taindair walks through the crowd slowly.
"When! If they come again, you must stay and pass this! This test
of faith that has fallen upon us! We are all followers of the great
Soil, Wind, and Water that are our makers! Only those who have let
themselves be tainted with the blood of Sanopp, left! And for that
our makers have it so! That they are doomed to die in the blackness
that lies beyond our beloved three!" Kaleel shouts.
Buck and Taindair still moving slowly towards the center of the
"Can you believe this?" Buck asked.
"And I thought I could hold a grudge against something,"
"But we shall not perish! For our numbers are more than they appear!"
Kaleel's attention is caught by someome standing in the crowd.
"They've come back to proceed with the test! Dressed in Sanopp's
blood in all its blackness! Another has come for us! We must stand
strong!" Kaleel shouts pointing out from himself and into the crowd.
Everyone turns to face Buck and Taindair.
"Oh isn't this lovely, Taindair? We've only been here a few hours
and already these people love us," Buck says sarcastically.
The crowd of people surrounds the two.
"Stranger, leave the one of Sanopp before it taints you!" Kaleel
shouted loudly still pointing at Taindair.
"Taindair and I work together. We're not here to bring any harm
to you or your followers. We're here to help you," Buck says.
"You're here to take us to the Darkness that our makers do not move
upon!" a woman said.
"We won't join you, tainted one!" another woman shouted.
"You offer no help we could want! Leave us now!" a man yelled out
from the crowd.
"My people left this planet long ago. We're no longer what you must
still think we are. We are all allies now. Sanopp's rule over this
planet is in name only. We only wish to take you to safety," Taindair
Kaleel starts walking towards Buck and Taindair.
"Your planet is dying," Buck says as Kaleel stops in front of them.
"Our makers are immortal. You say "my" makers are dying? Were you
not born in their faith?!" Kaleel shouts pointing his finger at Buck.
"I was not born of this world, but I still care for the fate of
it's people," Buck replied.
"A liar, tainted from the Darkness beyond the three," Kaleel says
loudly then turns and faces the crowd and looks around at them.
As he returned to the platform, Kaleel speaks as loudly and as
demanding over his shoulder. "They shall be made example of! Take
them to the Weeping Sands, but make sure the tainted one is second!
So he shall see how the one of Sanopp has misled him to his fate!
To die in the clutches of Soil and Water hand in hand giving their
vengeance for those of no faith!"
"And you don't want us to truly force them?" Taindair whispered to
Buck leaned over and whispered, "Their opinion of us isn't very
high now. Do you think that will help?" Buck asked.
"They want to kill us," Taindair whispered back.
Just then some very sturdy men take hold of the two and start leading
"In quicksand," Buck said whispering.
"Boiling quicksand," Taindair replied whispering back.
Buck tried to stop his forced movement forward. "AND WHO IS TO SAY
YOUR LEADER ISN'T TAINTED!" Buck shouts loudly.
The men clutching Buck and Taindair stop moving. "He is of a
line straight from the depths of our makers!" one of the men replied.
"We must quiet their voices, the one of Sanopp and his tainted
underling!" a woman said.
"Don't you know anything of astronomy? Your sun has gone supernova.
We're trying to sav..." Buck and Taindair are knocked unconscious
simultaneously by the men.
Inside the prison, the bunkmate is behind the force field. He's
furious, looking outwards. "You can't do this! Let me out, we're
cell mates!" the bunkmate yells.
Out in the hallway. Moving all along one side of it are jail cells,
Joelin stands outside of his former one. Looking at a few buttons
next to the force field enclosed door to the cell.
"We're not cell mates any more, you feeble little mouse," Joelin
"You'll regret this! I know where you're going!" the bunkmate said
"Think again, mouse. You can't do anything from where you are.
However I can do nearly anything from where I am," Joelin replied
running his fingers across the buttons with a smile on his face.
"What do you mean by that?" the bunkmate asked.
"So many buttons here, which to choose from? Sleeping gas, no.
Releasing the pressure locks, no. Th, no, ful, no, dco, no. Carbon
dioxide from the air filtering system?" Joelin glanced up at the
bunkmate. "Which one do you like best?" Joelin asked with a evel
grin on his face.
"Sleeping gas! Sleeping gas!" the bunkmate said repeatedly.
"Nah, not as fun. I want to get rid of you for good. Carbon
dioxide, that should be an entertaining way for me to watch you go,"
Joelin said as he presses the button he knows is right for the job.
Joelin turns and starts walking down the hallway, listening to the
bunkmate gasping for air as he leaves.
At the quicksand pool, a rope laying on top of the quicksand starts
moving with a pair of hands gripping it. Buck is gripping the rope
and moving along out of the pool of quicksand. Holding on to the
other end of the rope that's helping Buck get to shore is a woman
named Osjewelco. As Buck climbs out of the quicksand pool his skin
red and irritated from the boiling sands.
Buck turns to the woman. "Thank you." Then turning his attention
back to the quicksand. "Taindair?"
Taindair's head is the only thing sticking out of the pool. He
looks very content where he is. Speaking slowly. "What's the rush?"
"You'll die if you don't leave," Buck warns.
Still speaking slowly. "But it feels so good," Taindair replies
in a content voice.
"Dressed in Sanopp's blood, he is a strange one," Osjewelco says.
"For him this is heaven because he's cold blooded. Though NOT
QUITE BECAUSE HE'LL DIE IF HE DOESN'T LEAVE IT!" Buck shouts out
loudly in Taindair's direction.
Taindair lets out an annoyed sounding hiss.
"Remember the job at hand, Taindair?" Buck asked holding on to
one end of the rope while he throws the other end out to Taindair.
"Thanks but no thanks, Buck. All Saurians are excellent swimmers,"
Taindair replies as he swims to shore in a grace unthought of for
being in a pool of boiling quicksand.
"You are different, you?" Taindair asked.
"Osjewelco," Osjewelco replied.
"It seems that since the last time a Saurian ever set foot on this
planet. Your people have built some more interesting words around
us," Taindair said as he shook off the sand from his body.
"You are the evil that tried to kill our makers years ago. But I
don't believe you are the evil now testing our faith. Many others
dressed in Sanopp's blood have come in recent weeks. Making claims
we're all doomed if we do not follow them. Maybe, maybe the blackness
that lies beyond my makers isn't all we've been brought up to believe
it is. We're dying, you yourself are a being of death. I'd rather die
seeing the evil killing me, than die at the hands of one that does
not show itself," Osjewelco says.
"Osjewelco, my kind, we do not wish to hurt your kind any more. We
haven't hurt your kind for many eons. Please forgive my people for
what they did long ago," Taindair said looking into Osjewelco's eyes.
Taindair puts out an open hand to Osjewelco. "Take my hand if you
forgive," Taindair said.
Osjewelco stares at the hand and then at Taindair's face. Looking in
panic, she moves away fast from him and Buck. Scurrying up a sand bank
and out of sight.
In the prison hallway, Joelin is standing outside of another jail
cell and is looking into the cell.
"Just give me ONE reason why I shouldn't kill you now?" Joelin
"Because I know the prison better than you do. Because I've nearly
escaped it four times," Barney replied.
"Nearly escaped," Joelin replied with a sarcastic voice.
"Well with your help I could, we could. I've heard you're a man of
some very interesting talent, Joelin Quince. Now I'm sure if we
combined our talents. Leaving this place would be just a breeze,"
"We're under five thousand tons of water. How do you think we could
get out with out drowning?" Joelin asked.
"Not a problem for you my man," Barney replied with a smile.
"Just testing. If I help you, what's in it for me?" Joelin asked.
"A loyal right hand and I'll share my hidden stash with you," Barney
replied with a grin.
"Hidden stash? okay," Joelin replied.
"How do you think I got in here, pickpocketing? No, I robbed the,
now get this. The Crayiceion central storage center, Greax ambuquad
inc., New Fort Knox," Barney replied holding his head high.
"Greax ambuquad inc.?" Joelin asked.
"Jolly jiving Joelin, ambuquad parts can be worth a fortune when
dealing with the right buyers on the black market," Barney replied.
"Ambuquad, when I'm out of here I need to find some friends of mine.
You can come with, so long as you never leave my side the whole time
we're working together," Joelin said.
"That's it? I'm in? We're working together? That's great! But why
don't you want me to leave your side the whole time we're working
together?" Barney asked a little confused.
"I want you in my sights at all times, due to the fact that my other
friends and myself. We need to pay a visit to a man with an ambuquad
who did leave our sights for a moment. You understand my meaning don't
you?" Joelin asked.
"I understand," Barney replied nodding his head.
Joelin proceeds punching a combination of buttons beside Barney's
On the outskirts of town, the setting sun sitting low in the sky
over the wilderness of the dying world. Osjewelco stands staring out
into the wilderness. Behind her, what remains of the town's populace
are making a mound made of various objects, as the people add the
objects. Kaleel walks in a circle around it over and over. He has a
sack hanging off one of his shoulders. He's repeatedly throwing sand
and is chanting softly as he moves around the building mound. Off in
the distance is the town. Osjewelco turns her head to look at what's
going on behind her. Osjewelco starts walking up to Kaleel. She stops
"What is a supernova?" Osjewelco asked.
Kaleel ignores her and continues what he's been doing.
"What is a supernova?" Osjewelco asked again.
Kaleel continues what he was doing, only now he's not chanting.
"I am certain it is the name our makers have given this test of our
faith," Kaleel replies.
Osjewelco walks along with Kaleel around the pile. "But the name,
it was told by the tainted one. The tainted one, who walks with the
pure evil. If they were told the name of the test our makers have
given us. Maybe our makers have forgiven Sanopp in its darkness.
Maybe they're here to help us move to a place of safer ground,"
"Our makers will never forgive Sanopp for the evils it laid upon us
long ago. Osjewelco, did you talk with them? The one dressed in
Sanopp's blood and the tainted one?" Kaleel asked looking at Osjewelco.
Osjewelco looking sheepish doesn't answer. "Answer me, did you talk
to them?" Kaleel asked again in a harsh voice.
"I did," Osjewelco replied hanging her head.
"You shouldn't have, Osjewelco. Their words were lies and nothing
more. Their only wish was to taint you. Make you believe their lies
so they could have you. Thank the gods they are no more, Soil and
Water," Kaleel said.
After a moment. Speaking in a low soft voice. "We continue to die,"
Osjewelco said softly.
"Not any more, they are dead now. The one dressed in Sanopp's blood
and the tainted one. Killed by the hands of Soil and Water working
together," Kaleel replied.
Osjewelco looks disturbed and is making little worried noises, as
to say something's wrong.
"You wanted them alive?" Kaleel asked.
Osjewelco can't find the words to answer him. A moment later he
turns around to face her. Stopping what he is doing.
"They are dead, correct?" Kaleel asked again. Still unable to
answer him, her eyes start to swell with tears.
"How?" Kaleel asked in a disturbed voice. Osjewelco starts crying.
"You have become tainted, woman! You are as evil as they are!"
Kaleel said angrily pointing at her.
Others working around Kaleel stop in the middle of what they're
doing and watch the pair.
"Because you have become tainted! Because you have stopped the gods
in pursuing their justice on the evil ones! An end shall be put to
you so you can taint no one with your lies!" Kaleel yelled loudly.
"How do you think that should be done, Kaleel? She doesn't have any
respect for the might of Soil and Water. And Wind has not been of
much help to us in recent weeks," one of the men asked.
Kaleel circling around Osjewelco. "Yes, Wind hasn't been helping
us much recently. His tunnels of destructive force across the plains
have not come in to do away with the evil ones that keep coming
before us. Nor his bringing of coldness as reward for us keeping our
faith to him. She will die at the hands of the one coated in Sanopp's
blood and the tainted one," Kaleel ordered.
"Why would they hurt her? She took them away from Soil and Water's
wraith?" the man asked.
Kaleel stops circling Osjewelco and grabs her by her hair viciously.
"All those who have come before to taint us! Making us go into the
blackness that leads to Sanopp! Have had winged, fire drawn chariots
to take us there! They must have a chariot here somewhere, we will
find it! And when we do, we shall make her ride in it! Into the
blackness, into her doom!" Kaleel yelled angerly as he threw
Osjewelco down to the ground.
"But what of the one of Sanopp and his tainted follower?" the man
"We will not come to them to hear their lies! Or if they come to us,
we will not hear their pleas for sanctuary from the wraith of our
makers! They shall pay for tainting Osjewelco with their lives!
Dying of no faith, in the face of the test we are faced with!" Kaleel
In the wilderness Buck and Taindair are walking through a dead
forest, tall leafless trees loom over their heads. Dead rotting
plants can be seen about their feet. Along with pools of boiling
water randomly dotting the forest floor. As they're walking Buck is
brushing off sand that's stuck to him. Taindair doesn't seem to mind
the sand stuck to him. Buck looks over to Taindair, who looks more
content with the situation than he is.
"These people don't want to give up what they know. Soon after I
first woke up in this century, I didn't want to live in it. It wasn't
what I was used to. When your whole life you've only had one idea in
your head for what your reality of living should be. Suddenly when
and if someone starts to push a new idea on you for the reality you
should be living in. How are you supposed to take it? That's what's
happening with these people, Taindair. They don't know how to take
it," Buck said.
"Saurians, we haven't dealt with this planet for ages, till recently.
Who'd have thought they'd see us this way. Well Saurians, not Humans,"
"They don't seem too wild about my presence either," Buck said
glancing over at Taindair.
"At least you look like them," Taindair replied glancing down at him
"Taindair, when we were packing to come here. Um, how well did you
think they'd take to us being here? Was anything packed that we
weren't told to pack?" Buck asked.
"I don't follow on the packing, Buck. But when it comes to thinking
about how well they'd take to us being here. I presumed they
wouldn't act hostile, because I thought they'd grown used to in
recent weeks seeing Saurians come here. Thought why should we be
different," Taindair replied.
"Remember the devices Wilma and I used back on your home world?"
Taindair thought for a moment. "I follow, certainly would help the
situation here some," Taindair said.
"I can't believe it's come down to this, Taindair," Buck said
shaking his head.
"We need help in getting through to these people. Since you don't
want to use weapons in doing this, I don't see any other way,"
"On Sanopp, the queen is the highest monarch of the planet's
government. I hope she'll come when we call for her over transmission
from the ship. Though if she does come, we may, well we hope that
her status among your people makes the ones here listen." Buck stopped
walking for a moment and turned to Taindair. "I hope they don't act
towards her, how they've been acting towards us," Buck said in a
"That's wishful thinking, Buck. But we are protectors, and good ones
at that. So if they do act as a danger to her ..." Taindair stopped
and glanced over at Buck.
"We'll at least be able to protect her, I know that's great. But
I still don't like it that we might be putting her in danger in the
first place," Buck said as they started walking again.
Taindair is looking straight ahead while Buck is looking at the
"That's odd," Taindair said.
"But it has to be done," Buck replied.
"No, not that with protecting my queen. The locals, the locals have
our ship surrounded," Taindair said pointing towards their shuttle.
Buck looked up and towards the shuttle. "What the heck is going on?"
Gathered around the shuttle are all of the town's folks. Inside the
shuttle Osjewelco is sitting on the floor. Her eyes swollen with
tears. But at the moment she's acting calm and accepting of her
situation. Kaleel is at the shuttle's controls trying his best to
make heads or tails of them, he looks frustrated.
"You know what's being done to you is just, Osjewelco. You know
this is what the gods want in turn for your evil," Kaleel said still
trying to figure out the control console. Now he starts randomly
pressing buttons, slowly to find out what they are. After a beat of
this. He presses one that prompts the ship to start purring with the
hum of power.
Kaleel turns to Osjewelco and smiles wickedly.
The town's folk started making all sorts of noise when Buck and
Taindair began to enter the shuttle. Kaleel turns his attention
away from the ship to the noise.
"And just what is it you think you're doing?" Buck asked.
In a growling manner. "Carrying out justice for the gods I know
you only spit upon. I'm sending the one you tainted to meet her
end," Kaleel replied looking down at Osjewelco sitting on the floor
of the shuttle.
"Back away from the controls!" Taindair shouted as he started to
walk towards Keleel.
"I take no orders from Sanopp, you scaly devil," Keleel replied.
Buck forcefully grabs Kaleel and throws him away from the controls
down on to the floor near Osjewelco. "Believe it or not we're here
to save you!" Buck shouts.
"I'll bet, I've never seen you before tainted one. Just how is it
you became tainted?" Kaleel asked as he points to Taindair.
"Made you betray your faith to our makers. What lies did it tell you
that would make you turn your back on the ones who truly love you?"
Buck walks up to Kaleel. "I have never been one of your people! I
come from another world like my friend does! There are many other
worlds out there. And you are?!" Buck asked.
"Kaleel!" Kaleel replied.
"There are many other worlds out there, Kaleel! With many people of
many faiths! I do not hate or disrespect yours! But believe me when
I tell you this, Taindair and I are not evil beings bent on mocking
the good of your makers!" Buck said.
Buck turns and walks away from Kaleel and takes hold of the piloting
controls of the ship. Buck turns his head slightly. "Taindair, we're
leaving," Buck announced.
"But the rest of them on this planet?" Taindair asked.
"We're not going to be gone for long. Just long enough for me to
make a point," Buck replied.
Buck presses some of the controls and the ship powers up further.
Kaleel's eyes opened wider with the look of fear.
In deep space, a small prison transport ship cuts through the stars.
"You keep out of there, that's private stuff!" Barney shouts.
Joelin is at the ship's controls. Barney is sitting in one of the
many chairs built into the sides of the ship. Marcus sits across
from him, and Charisse stands before him.
"Enjoying Charisse's company?" Joelin asked.
"She's a mind reader! Joelin, I was only going to share my stash
with you. Not her. Now she-she knows where it is and more! I don't
like this woman, Joelin. I say we get rid of her at the next stop.
What do you say?" Barney asked.
"No, we work together," Joelin replies.
"Don't worry about what I'm doing, Beany. I'm only finding out
whether or not you're trustworthy," Charisse replies. Hearing her
call him "Beany," Barney gives her a dirty look.
"Beany? Never heard you call anyone that before, Charisse. Prison
changed you?" Joelin asked glancing over his shoulder at Charisse.
"Beany Barney is the nick name his fellow partners in crime used to
call him before he got landed in jail," Charisse replies smiling at
the enraged Barney. "Would you like me to tell them how you got that
nickname?" Charisse asked.
Barney gives her an evil glare.
"My you're a sensitive one aren't you? I won't tell," she says
"You find this funny, ya big lug?" Barney asked gleeming over at
Pointing at Joelin and then Charisse. "You can move objects with
your mind, and she can read minds. What's mister talkative do, try
his best to make use of his?" Barney asked in a sarcastic voice.
Marcus gets an angry look on his face.
"I wouldn't provoke him if I were you, Beany. He may not talk much
but he can be very good at expressing himself," Charisse warns.
"In what, miming?" Barney asked with a chuckle.
Marcus gets up and stands before Barney in an angry manner.
"He's as strong as ten men and he feels no pain. Want to continue
provoking him?" Joelin asked.
Barney gets a look on his face like he's been put in his place.
"No no, I'd never think to do anything of the sort from now on,"
Barney replies glancing up at Marcus.
In the shuttle, Buck half turned to Kaleel, holding on to the
driver's seat with one hand. With the other, he's pointing out the
window in the front of the ship towards the sun that has gone
"That isn't a test of your people's faith, Kaleel! That's a star,
one of countless many others! With many of them having planets
revolve around them! Your star, your sun is dying and with it your
planet," Buck explains.
Osjewelco looks very calm and relaxed, while Kaleel looks enraged.
"Our makers, Soil, Water, Wind would never betray us. My home is
the makers of its denizens, and all who share it that come from it
are its providers! THIS fiery ball that lives in the darkness means
nothing to us!" Kaleel shouts trying to hide his fear.
"Kaleel, please listen to him, we're dying," Osjewelco says.
"You are tainted, your words mean nothing to me," Kaleel replies
"I haven't thought like you or the others for some time. True, the
ones dressed in Sanopp's blood did horrible things to us long ago.
But that was long ago. The great carvings scriptured in Soil's
hardened body have faded by Wind's hand in the ages since they
brought terrors to our people. Wind took away writings we once held
dear and should still, but they are no more. Over the ages it's
people like you who through the ages have been taught what was on
the scriptured carvings, to replace what Wind took away. Maybe Wind
took away the carvings for a reason. Maybe we didn't come to be as
we've been bought up to believe we have," Osjewelco replies.
"Wind may be one of our makers. But Wind is also a trickster,
sounding to us falsely to make us move when we hear a storm. Wind
took away the carvings to make us listen more to him than his
brothers. It's people like me who know all of what the Scriptures
say, and not just Wind's word," Kaleel shouts.
"Kaleel, have you ever stopped to think the other gods might be in
on this too?" Osjewelco asked.
"Blasphemer!" Kaleel shouted turning his head away from her.
"I think there's more to the skies than what you see in it!"
Osjewelco points towards Buck and Taindair. "Have they tried to
hurt us? No, but according to you and those who came before you! We
should be dead by now, by their hands! Doesn't this fact mean
anything to you!" Osjewelco asked.
"Osjewelco, they haven't killed us! But I'm sure they have an
agenda to do something evil to us!" Kaleel replied with fear in his
Osjewelco looks directly at Kaleel. "And just what do you think that
is exactly?!" she asked.
"It's nothing evil, we just thought that if a high ranking member
of the community you live in. Was shown that Taindair and I have
been speaking the truth. Then maybe he could convince his followers
to follow us to safer ground," Buck said.
"You see, Kaleel, they don't plan on doing anything of an evil
nature to us! In fact they need your help to help us!" Osjewelco said
looking at Kaleel.
Kaleel is silent in thought for a moment. "Head us back home. I need
to present myself right to my people," Kaleel said softly.
"We may be leaving our gods behind for this, but they will always
be with us," Osjewelco says.
"You've done the right thing. Your people will thank you for this,"
After a moment Kaleel quietly starts moving around. Opening up
cabinets built into the walls of the ship, moving round their unseen
contents. He looks in deep concentration to find whatever it is he's
"What are you looking for?" Osjewelco asked.
Kaleel doesn't answer as he continues his search.
"One of Sanopp? Tainted one? What could he be looking for?" Osjewelco
asked turning to Buck.
Taindair looks back to the pair. "My name's Taindair Toluo and
his name's Buck Rogers. Is there something you require to comfort
you, in this moment, for your new outlook on what's to come?"
Still no answer as Kaleel continues about his activity.
"You're taking this well right? You're up to something good right?"
Kaleel turns to her for a moment and gives her a glare during that
"Kaleel, what are you up to?" Osjewelco asked again.
Osjewelco is starting to look a bit worried. After a moment she
gets up and goes over to Buck. "Buck, there's nothing on this
chariot that's evil right?" Osjewelco asked with concern.
"Why do you ask that?" Buck asked.
"I think Kaleel doesn't plan to present himself in a good way to my
people," Osjewelco replies glancing over at Kaleel.
Buck furrows his brow in thought, then a moment later he smiles.
"No evil, we didn't come here with any weapons," Buck replies.
"Nothing of evil?" Osjewelco asked.
"Nothing of evil," Buck replied again with a smile.
"Clean excrement, nothing of evil! Osjewelco, once our people see
that I have been slain by an instrument of your evil. No one will
follow you to your so called "promised land"!" Kaleel shouted.
"Buck!" Osjewelco calls out.
"He didn't want us to bring any weapons to your world. And as the
result of this - as he's told you before. There's nothing dangerous
on board," Taindair replies.
After hearing those words from Taindair, Osjewelco turns her
attention back to Kaleel. Who has just pulled out the carrier that
Buck and Taindair had placed in there earlier. Carefully setting it
down on to the floor of the ship. He then proceeds to open it up.
Kaleel's expression turns to one of shock.
"What is it?" Osjewelco asked.
"It's .. it's a Brillure, and it's.." Kaleel replied.
Osjewelco leans in to see it.
The little lobster-like animal moving about on transparent flakes
of plastic, soaking in a thin layer of water. In one corner of the
carrier is a glob of amphibian looking eggs.
"Only when they're most content," Osjewelco says smiling.
Kaleel is holding the carrier with Osjewelco bent over his shoulder.
Buck starts walking towards them.
"Not observed for two hundred years. What could have made it ..?"
Kaleel asked with a puzzled expression on his face.
"It trusts its surroundings as you should right now," Buck replied.
Kaleel closes his eyes in thought.
"And all who share it are our providers. I think the Brillure is
trying to say something to you," Osjewelco said softly placing her
hand on Kaleel's shoulder.
With his eyes still closed. "So it is, Osjewelco. So it is," Kaleel
At the gate of the prison, Kellogg, Charisse, Marcus, Joelin, and
Thairact stand at the entrance to the prison that up until moments
ago held Kellogg and Thairact. They're looking inward towards the
prison. Its courtyard is strewn with the bodies of humans and robots.
Along with debris of various sizes from multiple objects. It's
nighttime and the only light in is from the lampposts that surround
"It's amazing what we can all do when we work together again as a
team," Kellogg said with a smile.
"Force fields and gadgets to make us fall in line. Did they
really think they could hold us captive forever?" Thairact asked
with a grin.
"Feel like thanking anyone for this?" Joelin asked glancing around
at the others.
"Not yet, Joelin." Kellogg hesitated for a moment. "Our little
friend?" Kellogg asked.
"Oh that little rat? I don't think he's any sort of problem to
us," Joelin replied.
"I wouldn't be so sure about that," Charisse said with a smug look
on her face.
On the prison transport vessel Barney is sitting in the pilot's seat,
feet propped up on the dashboard whistling some nonsensical tune.
He's happily picking his way through a wallet that didn't belong
to him, until he notices the five coming towards the ship. Quickly
he takes his feet off the dash and stows the wallet in one of
his pockets. Jumps out of the chair and makes his way over to the
closed entranceway. Barney, looks nervous for a moment. Then a look
of realization crosses his face. He reaches into one of his pockets
and takes out a chip-like key and swipes it in a slot by the door.
The door opens up and standing within its airlock are the five.
"So good you could open the door for us," Joelin said as he entered.
"I saw you coming," Barney replied cheerfully.
"We knew that," Charisse replies as she and the other enter the
After the five entered the ship Barney extends a friendly hand to
"Hi, name's Barney, glad to meet .." Barney started to say but was
Speaking in a low voice. "It would be very wise of you to return
the wallet," Thairact said.
With a shocked look on his face. "You know about that?" Barney
At the landing site Osjewelco and Buck are standing together. Buck
has his hand around her shoulders. They're both looking up at the
"I'm scared," Osjewelco said softly.
"It's all right to be scared. What's out there are many new dangers
and wonders for you to explore. I was scared too when my whole world
suddenly changed around me," Buck replied.
Osjewelco looks to Buck, who then looks to Osjewelco in turn.
"You've lost your whole world before too?" Osjewelco asked.
"I have, but I've accepted how my life has changed because of it.
As alien as this all must seem to you now. I'm certain you'll adapt
to your new life out there," Buck said with a smile.
Osjewelco looks at Buck for a few moments longer. Then gives him a
peck on the cheek. She turns and takes one last good look at her
home and heading off for the shuttle. Taindair is standing by the
shuttle helping lead the town's folk into it.
Sitting in space is the Prison Transport. Inside the five are having
a meeting among themselves. Talking in low, hushed voices. Barney,
who's sitting cross-legged on the floor. Annoyed he's not with the
"Can I?" Barney asked.
Charisse gives him a look then turns her attention back to her
teammates as they continue talking.Then Kellogg stands up and walks
over to him speaking in a calm, polite voice,
"We need to talk," Kellogg said.
Barney gets up. "About what? That mind reader you deal with, she
doesn't like me and I don't know why. I'm a good person, Kellogg. I
know I could help you guys," Barney said.
"You're good guy. Could you keep your voice down?" Kellogg asked.
Suddenly looking sheepish and speaking soft and low. "Yea, I'm the
very kind of person that could help you," Barney replies in a low
"As for the matter of you joining us. I'd like to speak to you more
alone, in a more private place," Kellogg said.
Still speaking in a low voice. "The bathroom?" Barney asked.
"No, not in the bathroom. A place more tasteful, the airlock,"
Kellogg and Barney walks over to the airlock and Kellogg motions for
Barney to enter. Barney enters but Kellogg doesn't follow him in.
Barney motions for Kellogg to come into the airlock with him, but he
"Why not? You said you wanted to talk to me in here," Barney replied.
"You wait in here, I'll be back in a moment. Got to have a word
with the rest of the League first," Kellogg replied.
Barney gives a smile and a goodbye wave to Kellogg. Kellogg shuts
the airlock door on Barney. In the airlock Barney is giving himself
a look over, looking pleased with himself. As he does this he grooms
his clothes. Brushing at his pants with his hands and trying to make
his shirt look nice and neat.
Kellogg stands before the rest of his companions. Pointing backwards
to the airlock behind him.
"Joelin, could you have found anyone more gullible?" Kellogg asked.
Inside the airlock Barney is still grooming himself. He glances up
and sees Kellogg outside of the airlock. Kellogg smiles and hits the
control panel keys. With in seconds Barney disappears.
After Kellogg hit the close key on the panel he turns and walks
towards the rest of the group.
"You all understand why that had to be done, correct?" Kellogg
asked as he gives an inquisitive look that no one answers to.
A moment later he starts slowly moving up to them.
"He was a con. True, that's what we all are. But he was a con artist,
a fraud. We don't need to have any more fakes among us," Kellogg said.
Charisse looks ashamed of herself.
"Now I know your telepathic abilities aren't what they used to be.
But you've served the League well for as long as you've been in
it," Kellogg said looking at Clarisse.
"It's because you've been so good to us that I'm not going to get
rid of you. However it's because of your lack of mental prowess.
That you won't be with the others and myself when we take out our
revenge on the one who landed us in prison ...Captain Buck Rogers."
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