TIME TO CASTLE
Cantible drifted helplessly in the void. Debris from the attack floated
off on different vectors. Enad held Megan in his arms to comfort her. The
attack was very striking. Enad never really thought that his own blood would
try and kill them. He thought a horrible thought; what if the missiles had
struck a vital area in the ship. No one ever knew the layout, hence they knew
not of vital areas and systems design.
sorry, Enad. I meant to discharge the weapons, not lower the defense
shields." Megan depressed her face upon Enad shoulder, crying at the
thought of being stranded forever.
is all right, the damage is only confined to the drive systems. We are,
however, more than close enough to Phoebe for transfer." Enad held Megan
up by the shoulders and wiped a few tears from her face.
know I should really be stronger, but life is so different now." Megan
sniffled a bit and turned slightly away from Enad so as not to let him see her
tear-stained face. Each walked to the center of the ship where the AMTU had
been constructed. Enad carefully plotted the landing coordinates in Phoebe.
Together Enad and Megan held hands as their mass disappeared from the hulk of
or shall I print, moon-inside, the two figures developed from the unseen
energy source. "What if Bronson blows up the moon?" Megan asked more
worried than not.
to worry, there is a universal law. A major character can't be
nothing. Just thinking." Enad carefully looked at Megan to insure against
a certain comment. "Earlier when I was down here, I was able to gain
access to almost every system. If you help me with a few things, total
override can be easily attained." Within hours, the whole system was in
the grasps of our heroes.
will we ever get out of this hell-hole?"
your vocabulary. I'm not quite as incapable as you seem to think I am."
Carefully operating some of the controls, a tractor was activated. After
minutes of tedious control, the Cantible was lowered into one of the
many moon's air-locks. "Repairs shouldn't take too awfully long. This
place is well equipped. If you will commence the task, I'll take care of
certain business." Megan walked off in the direction of the ship. Enad
flipped the now fimiliar switches on the communication console. Within a
matter of seconds, Enad had made contact with
this is Enad the Encephalon. Your attention, I feel, is urgent."
I to assume you are of relation to Enad the (ahem!) Great?"
slightly. But that is of little importance now.
is in your best interest to disregard the message sent by a certain Bronson.
He is a threat to you as well as me. I am sure you picked up the attack upon a
vessel near the perimeter of Phoebe. The attack was upon my vessel."
out, how am I to believe you? As far as I know, the attack was a mockery. Your
background is not exactly roses."
part of my background in which you are referring to is the same as that of
Bronson's. The underlying evil in that human blood is sure to have affected
him as well as Enad the Great. However, a certain variation in my bloodline
exempts me from those consequences. I have some proof. If you analyze some of
this moon's systems, its main function is for the destruction of Titan.
Previous control was maintained by Bronson. I now, however, have taken
complete control of all systems, shutting down all offensive military
equipment. It may well be noted that I was incapable of such a mass project as
constructing this base on Pheobe."
could be trying to attack me when my back is turned. However, your evidence is
quite convincing and probably even capable of being confirmed. If what you say
is true I will take the necessary precautions."
turned it off. He was slightly upset at not being able to fully convince
Iffley. "Ah well, it was for his own good. Maybe he will even owe me one
in the near future." He made a few fine adjustments on some of the
controls, then headed of to help Megan.
there. Everything going all right?"
It is just some of the magnetic field deflector generators. Nothing that
couldn't be fixed with the parts here on Phoebe."
long will it take?"
that long," Megan said giving her most accurate answer. And in 'about
that long,' it was fixed. "I can't say that it is perfect, but effect of
damage is now too small to really be taken into account. If we go on,
Andromeda can be reached in about 273 hours.
business at hand is here. I imagine a few more days won't kill too many more
of my mother's race."
I suggest we rest. It has been a long day, one that I am not rather used
Together they walked into the plushness of their ship. Enad immediately went
for the gravity controls. His night was going to be comfortable at least.
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