BY: DANAE CONRAD
Dion could shimmer completely out, Adena leapt up to her feet and shouted,
"Freeze, shadow!" The Ring augmented Adena's innate talents and
Dion's shifting form was forced to obey. However, Adena could not bring her
back into the room, so she grasped Dion's shoulders and commanded,
"Resume!" She too shimmered out of sight with Dion.
appeared on board the Act. Both women now had a grasp on the Amulet; Dion
didn't have the talents to activate it and Adena was trying to get a more
secure hold on it. Guards couldn't fire because Dion might be hit. The gems of
the Amulet were charging with Adena's touch however; suddenly, the diamonds
discharged sending bolts of laser out. A woman's scream brought Richard to the
smoking pile of charcoal stood at the victor's feet. "And if you know
what's good for you, gentlemen, you'll stay back," said Adena, slipping
her Key back on her neck. "She's dead, Richard; I'm sorry--she was my
friend in times past--but I will not hesitate to send you to join her, if you
try anything against me or Furanose ever again."
had stooped over Dion's smouldering remains. By the time he had come up to
pulverized Adena, she had already slipped out and was running down the hall of
the Act. She stepped into an airlock in the corridor and slipped the door to
lock. Then, concentrating through her Keys, she called for aid.
thought Adena as she heard Richard trying to break into the airlock. Outside,
zipping nimbly amongst the ships, a small foreign vessel was orienting on the
Act's hull. It drew alongside the airlock and linked. The outer hull irised
open and Adena quickly stepped out into Eve's ship. They disconnected and sped
off towards Earth.
behind Adena's escape, Richard blasted into the airlock that was now open to
the vacuum of space, because faulty wiring on the Act had failed to close it
again. The vacuum pulled Richard neatly out of his ship into the Earth's
atmosphere. He had no protective gear on and soon hurtled headlong toward the
spinning planet below. His body reentered the closer layers of Earth's
atmosphere and turned to cinders, killing him.
and Eve shook their heads knowingly; someday, Richard and Dion's power craves
would lead to their deaths. The Domain's fleet now had no leader to replace
Richard and quickly retreated back to their home base. Eve piloted the ship
towards Furanose, explaining to Adena her parent's return. As they sped
towards a landing, a large raven flew in front of them.
the animal's interests, Eve quickly pulled up throwing the shuttle's occupants
to the side of the shuttle, shaken up completely. "Sorry, had to watch
the birdie, you know."
landed on the soft Furanose soil where Sir Pent and his wife stood angrily
with Enad. "There she is!"
stepped out and replied blithely, 'Yes. Adena needed my help, Father. My Belt
oriented on her thoughts and led me to her."
in time too," Adena added.
in time for me to take her back home to be married."
found a suitable person for her," answered Adena caustically.
responded Sir Pent, indicating Enad.
got slightly green and shook her head violently in negation. Adena answered,
"You have got to be kidding."
in the least."
they killed Bryant for being with me. They're serious."
killed...What fools are you? This is my territory and you have broken my laws.
You will depart immediately."
without my daughter."
old enough to take care of myself!" Eve screamed at her parents.
right," agreed Adena.
you stand in my way I will kill you as well, with this," he said,
pointing at the zim-zam gun.
said Adena, who pointed her lasers at the gun that dissolved into a pool of
molten metal. "Now do you challenge me?"
was emboldened by this. "I won't go home; I like it here. I can make my
own choices; I have my own power."
Adena began, "I can hardly believe that you would expect your daughter to
remain pure when her prospective isn't."
Pent gasped, "Do you mean that his is not...." She blushed before
completing her question.
he has to children as a matter of fact; he is a notorious playboy in this area
of the galaxy. Ask his father."
had been getting progressively whiter. "Please, I..." he whimpered
Pent would have none of this though. "You will return with us for
punishment, Enad." He turned to his daughter and kissed each of her
cheeks. 'Forgive me, my little girl, for trying this. You are free from qax
guidance and control. Try to listen to..."
She will be a good guidance for you."
that Sir Pent, his wife and Enad departed for the ships. They quickly left for
the Pent's galaxy with Enad in custody for trying to putrify the royal
bloodlines. They promised never to return to the Milky Way and seal up the
white hole as they passed through. Eve would have to remain here forever, but
she didn't care. She had all that she had ever wanted--good friends, her own
home, adventure and freedom.
Eve remembered Bryant's violent death. Adena comforted her friend as she began
to cry. "How could they, Adena? He was innocent."
Eve. Love and forgive always, " Adena responded sagely.
nodded as she wiped the tears from her eyes. They returned to Odina in Eve's
shuttle, which they stored for future use. First stop was the castle
infirmary, where Adena had her back wounds bandaged. Eve noticed that the
Vitamin D treatments had already diminished the ugly welts.
and Adena spent the rest of the evening explaining the strange activities to
Toltec. He was glad that it was over, angered that they had risked their
lives. Eve was exhausted from the day, so excused herself to go to her
then told Toltec about Bryant's death. "He was a good kid. It shouldn't
nodded grimly and asked, "How did your back hold up?"
sunlamp treatments are giving you a good tan."
for my back."
settled into the sofa cushions to read. Toltec reclined in front of the fire
to work on political proposals. Eve was upstairs sleeping silently. All
through the house it was quiet and peaceful; the threat abated to the nether
worlds, Furanose reveled in serenity.
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