destination came closer and closer. Either the ship was moving at great
speeds, or everything else was moving in the same manner with the ship held
still. Perhaps no one could ever understand the principle of the drive system
aside from the true creators--Ultimate Technologies. Enad the Encephalon
wondered about the creators. Then, he thought about the unknown originators of
the ruins on Phoebe. "Any connection," he thought. Yet, he mostly
pondered over their destination, the people, and the world. Since he, himself,
had never been there, it was frightfully intriguing.
we've arrived at the black hole. I suppose I'm ready to enter any time
now." Megan took a deep breath.
suppose that the sooner we get there, the better." With those words, Enad
reached for a console, increased deflector shield strength, and began the
entry. The ship was pulled and tugged at from the immense gravitational
fields. Suddenly there was no light. Even the artificial light of the ship was
absorbed into the void.
God," Megan whispered. Her body tensed. She was scared. Then she, as well
as Enad were struck from forces much like G-forces, yet came from every
direction. Enad accelerated the ship to light-speed. Things became distorted
then the ship thundered as it reentered reality.
would have never thought the void of space to be so wonderful," Enad
said. He viewed the area of entrance to 'here'. There seemed to be nothing
except a star, the sun to a vast solar system. He quickly probed the planets,
planetoids, asteriods, and meteoriod belts. It registered life on the two
planets having the same radii to the sun.
where to go?" Enad asked Megan and himself.
I could be of help."
and Enad were quite startled by the voice. "Where in the world did you
come from," the son asked his father.
didn't think you could keep us away, now did you? Besides, you have my twenty
is 'us'?" I only see you."
Blotzfrig went home to his parents and children, so I stowed away. He reached
into a pocket of Enad's vacuum suit obtaining the twenty dollar gold-piece. He
carefully attached it to the chain about his neck." If your wondering
about this, it is of certain importance. KWAMKUT made it for me. It is a
holograph projector. If you had it, you would be too far away for it to work
on me, and I couldn't 'bare' that now could I?"
course you couldn't," he replied to himself. "Go to the Planet
having the three moons."
carefully orbited the planet making necessary scans. Enad the Great told of
the area where the government reigned. He personally knew their leader. And
so, within moments, each member of their party was transfered to the chambers
of the imperial leader.
* * *
knew you would return," Atham said to Enad. Introductions were made, and
information was transfered.
energy drain has weakened, but only slightly. My people are growing immune to
it. However, the people on our sister planet, Thrae, are still seeking our
deaths. Recently, their sorcerers drained our world of its water. We are
barely able to produce enough to survive. A few have fled this world in search
of others, but their chances are slim because their vessels are all sublight.
The rest of the people are growing restless. There are rumors that the people
of Thrae are causing the energy drain also. They wish to attack. The timid
wish to attempt a full scale pilgrimage and follow those who have left. My
political control over their actions is ending. I need to rebuild their
the Great pushed his button on the transmitter each of the Cantible was
given. He beamed up to the ship.
in the world does he think he is going?" his son asked. In attempt to
follow him he activated his transmitter, but to no avail. "Great, that
&%$#@' left us stranded."
* * *
the Great piloted the ship through the yellow hole and exited the sun of his
home world. Carefully, he landed the ship near the abandoned Devonshire
Mansion. He carefully made his way through the once flooded area to a broken
cabinet. Upon opening the door, he gathered a copper and silver Chalice. He
bent down and picked up the third golden Chalice, which was lying on the
* * *
ocean breeze blew the hair out of Enad the Great's face. He touched the
Chalice to the surface of the watery plains. Then dust reigned where once was
none. "I think I did right, didn't I?"
course I did. I came to the logical conclusion. The people of the earth are
suffering anyway. People like my friend Taft, as well as Pierce, Iffley, and
Ledic are seeing to that." He continued the trip back to the ship in
silent conversation within his brain.
entered the ship and checked over preflight. She had had a lot of use
recently. He checked some switches accidentally activating the computer's
vocal mode. "Hi, Great One."
KWAMKUT? You're dissasembled aren't you?"
like reused. I see that spell still hasn't worn off."
up, ball-bearing brain. Can you pilot this ship yourself?"
put me on 'auto'."
* * *
slept most of the trip back to Malazia. Needless to say, the waters of the
Chalice, brought life to those who felt they were in the wake of doom. Now
there was a revitalization in their loyalty to their trusted leader. He could
win. But to win, there must be a competition. This competition with the
sorcerers of Thrae was not a friendly one. What was their next move?
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