OR A GUIDED FATE?
force of the blast forced the Cantible further into space. Megan slowly
regained her consciousness and became cognizant of the situation. The emense
force of the blast overloaded the shields. Megan felt very lucky that she was
responsible for keeping auxilary life-support on a separate power block. The
main power blocks were dead, leaving the ship virtually lifeless. The solution
was simple enough, though. Megan in almost no time had bypassed the main power
blocks, feeding the ships systems from the small one on which auxilary life
support relied. The solution would, however, not be able to withstand the
drain too long.
the first moment of consciousness, the thought of Enad held fast in Megan's
mind. "Had he made it? If so, then how?" Nothing could deprive her
of the little spark of hope she had. Quickly when the bypass was completed a
sensor scan was made. Enad was hurling toward other debris totally out of
Enad pulled himself off the wall of the little pod. It did little good to
survey matters. The craft wouldn't be able to change its course with the tiny
retro-engines. The huge mass drew closer and closer. Enad, as if for the sake
of having a few more seconds of life, put full power into the combustion
engines. Then his physical body began to change. The pod burst into a
multi-colored aray of energy.
drain on the power block was immense. The lights dimmed as the figure
materalized in front of Megan. Enad collapsed into her hands. After a brief
moment, Enad composed himself and examined the ship. "No doubt about it.
In transporting me back into the ship, you almost ruined the back-up power
block. We lack the power to return to Earth for repairs, and I even seriously
I was searching for you, I noticed there were still a few remnant outposts on
Phoebe that were not affected from the blast. Perhaps an alternative power
source can be derived from those old abandoned facilities."
mean that Phoebe is still there?"
for yourself. If the whole moon blew up, there wouldn't be much of you and me
left. The blast blew an area of about a 100 kilometer radius. We were indeed
very lucky to not have been near the center.
fate of life twists its way through many mazes. Good analysis prevents the
following of a dead end route."
I to assume that is a compliment?"
of. Actually it is more of a thanks to you for your quick actions. So, where
to land?" Megan quickly replied with an area on the opposite side. She
was beginning to hate that place. It took all power to land the ship. Enad and
Megan had to get into the space suits so that the ship would have enough power
by shutting down all life-support systems as well as many other systems.
ship landed near a small outpost because of a sensor-scan indicating
functioning life support. That meant a place to breathe and a place were there
was a power source. Within moments, the couple headed off to the little
outpost. Unexpectedly, the airlocks were functional and even in extremely good
shape. After pressurization, the hatch slid open revealing something quite
was a short man, dressed in black. Age had caught up with him. His face was
covered in a wirey black beard, and his head held a large bald spot.
"Father?" Enad cried. "I thought you were dead."
the son did not embrace his father. He was alien to Enad. As a child, he never
really knew his dad. He was always away from home. He never really understood
how his mother could love that type of person. However, he never truly felt
any type of prejudice towards anyone. Enad the Great told his story to his
son. It seemed that the ship T. G. Taft had given him was aimed at his
destruction. It was lucky that he found the bases on Phoebe. He explained that
the original constructors of most of the facilities are anonymous. He vaguely
knew anything about Bronson's discovery and take over. "I sometimes feel
like a failure, not having been able to help Yamna's people. I think of this
place as my punishment and prison. The rest of the time, I work on
constructing a new ship from scraps of this place. It has a long way to
explained all he needed was a new power source for his vessel. It wouldn't
take too long to take his father back to Earth after repairs. He was much too
unstable to aid his son in any manner with his mission. Megan, feeling a bit
uncomfortable, went to find a way to repair or replace the power block. Within
the hours it took Megan to repair the ship, Enad the Great did a great deal of
talking. Unfortunately, his son could decipher very little of the crazed talk.
What he did understand was why his father kept glancing at the beautiful
figure of Megan. Not seeing a woman in a long time, well....
trip back to Earth was relativly short. The Cantible landed on Able
near a unique machine. It took Megan only seconds with her astute skills to
release Enad the Great's last and only true friend. As Enad prepared to leave,
he walked up to his father. While many might have thought it comic, seeing the
contrast of the dark and dreary father embracing the tall and lean albino son,
there was a sense of family reunion. "I'll be back father."
ship lifted off to the heavens and in moments was out of the solar system.
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