The Whisper of Damkina Part Eight

March 5th, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  1 Comment

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“Am, this is Mei.” Sangat gestured to a Tkin Ishtari as they strapped themselves into Midori’s ship. “Mei, this is my sister Amanpreet.”

Mei paused and looked over at them. Several leaflike fronds rose briefly from its skin in a greeting and it tapped on the controls to its synthesizer with its feeding arms. “I am honoured to meet you, Captain Amanpreet.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Two Part Four

March 3rd, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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“That went well,” Daniel said as they headed back to their house. “I was freaked out when Arran appeared behind us.”

“Hmm, well, we should have considered they might sense someone scrying for them,” Matthias said. “It’s fortunate they were friendly. I think we’ve found some important allies here, and I think their appearance will help us flush Garrett out. He’s not expecting this and he doesn’t do well with surprises. Hopefully he’ll slip up and say something he regrets.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Two Part Three

February 28th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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Lucas arrived even as Alison was agreeing to allow him to look in her mind. He headed straight over to her and offered her his hand.

“Let’s get this over with,” he said. “Before you change your mind.”

“I won’t change my mind,” Alison said. “But getting it over with is probably a good idea.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Whisper of Damkina Part Seven

February 26th, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  3 Comments

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Most of the Council of Planets’ questions asked if she had picked up any hint of hostility in her vision or pushed for more information she didn’t have. By the time they finished Amanpreet was heartily bored and she yawned as she followed Midori from the chamber.

“I know,” Midori said sympathetically. “How many different ways can they find to ask the same thing?” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Two Part Two

February 24th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  2 Comments

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Valeria recognized Alison even before they were introduced. Not only was she was the youngest girl in the group but as soon as she’d entered the room, the girl had squeaked and hidden behind one of the adults. Valeria had expected to feel to same rage as she had when she met Julie – or even more, since this girl was the one who had actually killed her husband – but Alison looked terrified and so fragile that she found that she couldn’t really hold on to her anger in the face of such obvious pain and fear. The man she had hidden behind stepped to one side and put his arm around her shoulder before looking at Valeria.

“You are Queen Valeria?” he asked. Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Two Part One

February 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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The group left Faith and her family settling into a couple of free rooms in one of the dorm houses and headed straight back to the one where they were staying. No sooner were they through the door than Lydia ran across the room and hugged Daniel.

“Oh God, you’re okay! Thank goodness! I was so worried.”

Daniel froze in surprise for a moment before hugging her back. “I’m fine, Lyd. We were never in any danger. The Silvers seem quite friendly.”

“What happened?” Lyrrekka asked from the sofa. “I gather they came back with you?” Read the rest of this entry »

The Whisper of Damkina Part Six

February 19th, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  7 Comments

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Two days later, Amanpreet was lying on the bed in the isolation chamber and reading one of her collection of antique Science Fiction novels when Talis Station’s head doctor, a tall, dark haired and light olive skinned woman, came in. Amanpreet sat up in surprise. No one had been allowed into the room since she’d woken up – her only contact with others had had been through the window to the visiting chamber and most of that had been with the authorities to explain what she had seen.

“We’ve finished the tests,” the doctor said. “You seem to still be yourself.”

“You don’t sound too sure,” Amanpreet said.

She chuckled. “How can we be? This sort of situation is unprecedented outside of fiction – we have no idea what it would look like if you weren’t. But your brother and crew say your behaviour is normal and your brain activity seems normal and matches the scans taken for your navigation license within tolerance. It’s a good job you’re a navigator or we have had nothing to go on other than the testimony of people who know you. But we’ve done all we can and we can’t hold you here indefinitely with no evidence of a problem so you’re free to go.”

“Ah! Thank you!” She closed her book and leapt to her feet. “I was getting so bored.”

“Yes, I’d imagine,” the doctor said. “The isolation block isn’t the most interesting place. I’ve been told to tell you to go straight to the administration section. They want to ask you some more questions about what you saw.”

“Of course,” Amanpreet said. “I’ll just drop my things back at my cabin and go there directly.” She gathered her things and hurried out the door.

Sangat was waiting for her outside and she hugged him firmly. It was a relief to touch another person.

“I thought I was never going to get out of there!” she said. “Apparently I’m wanted in the administration hub.”

“Yes.” He hugged her back and they started walking to where the Whisper was docked. “We found the egg chamber and the gene bank based on what you told us and the original inhabitants left a computer system designed to be easily accessed for information on what the atmosphere and biosphere was like. Messages have been flying back and forth with the Council of Planets and they’ve sent some more questions for you and Mei, though the Ishtari are already developing a bioforming plan to recreate the planetary environment as it was before the supernova. And we’ve confirmed that it was a supernova.”

Once they reached the Whisper, Amanpreet dropped her bag in her cabin and checked on the systems before heading for the administration hub. A short, golden-skinned woman met them there, smiling and bowing when Sangat and Amanpreet came in.

“Captain Amanpreet! Welcome. I am Takeashi Midori, chief administrator of the human section of Talis Station. I’m sorry we have to trouble you again but your experience has presented us with quite the quandary.”

“It’s not a problem,” Amanpreet said. “I quite understand.”

“Thank you,” Midori said. “Please come with me. Umi and Qichi are waiting. I believe you’ve met Umi already?”

“Yes,” Amanpreet said. “It’s been an eventful week. First we were attacked by a Fish and now this. I hope things settle down a bit now. I don’t need more excitement.” She pulled a face and sighed. “Perhaps I’m in the wrong business.”

Midori smiled but said nothing to that, leading through into the main administration office. Transparent partitions divided the room into three distinct environmental sections, allowing all three station administrators to talk face to face without the discomfort of environment suits. Inside the dimmer section Amanpreet could just make out the form of Adminstrator Umi and in the other, a Kska Ishtari who must be Administrator Qichi.

“Amanpreet,” Umi said via her speech synthesizer. “Good to see you again. We need to ask you some more about your experience so the council can decide what to do about these babies we have found.”

“Babies!” Midori shook her head. “We’ve been over this – they’re still eggs. They aren’t babies yet.”

 

Umi’s tentacles shuddered rhythmically in a Mez shrug. “They’ve been laid so they have separate status. You may as well say our babies aren’t people until they go through metamorphosis because we don’t develop sapience and self-awareness until then.”

“Stop this, both of you!” Qichi said. The way her fushia feathered tentacles thwapped the interface of her synthesizer betrayed her irritation. “The legal status of the eggs is not the issue here. If Whether we should do as their parents have asked and restore their planet and species is, and the fact that both your species are dubious about it.”

“They’re just worried this is an elaborate trap and the species will turn out to be dangerous,” Umi said. “Not an unreasonable fear with a species that appears to be at least somewhat eusocial and capable of some form of telepathic communication. Though there aren’t enough in this first clutch to be a real threat numerically.”

“A threat?” Qichi said. “There’s no evidence they are any sort of threat.”

“Knocking people out and forcing your thoughts into their heads is pretty threatening,” Midori said.

Qichi made a trilling sound of exasperation. “Perhaps they just wanted to be sure that whoever found this had to pay attention? It’s not the easiest situation to communicate in. And why would they attract attention to if they were hostile? They’d have found some other way.”

“Equally possible,” Midori conceded. “That is what the council needs to decide.” She turned back to Amanpreet and waved her towards a comfortable chair. “They’ve sent a lot of questions, most of which you’ve already answered but they insist we ask again, so this is going to take a while.”

“I expected as much.” Amanpreet sat down. “What do they want to know?”

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Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty One Part Nine

February 17th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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Sonia looked taken aback at Faith’s easy agreement.

The other woman must have noticed because she grinned in response. “You usually have a hard time getting families to agree to join your group?”

Sonia nodded. “Well, lost lines don’t turn up very often but yes, they tend to fear being subsumed – and most of them didn’t have their first encounter with the families by one of them trying to kill them. We expected that to make things harder.”

Faith chuckled. “Well, yes, I might have been more cautious but you did send Alison, Logan and the others back unharmed when you would have been justified in not doing so.” She paused and pointed to the sky. “And then there’s that. You need our help and in the circumstances it would be remiss of us to refuse it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty One Part Eight

February 14th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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Silence followed Alison’s statement. Daniel stared at the girl; she was still hugging herself but now had a defiant look on her face as if she were daring them to argue with her. He risked a look sideways at his parents and saw they looked just as stunned as he felt.

“How?” Matthias asked eventually.

“The normal way, I imagine,” Alison said. Read the rest of this entry »

The Whisper of Damkina Part Five

February 12th, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  3 Comments

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As the group made their way down the gentle ramp towards the floor of the cavern, the crystal lights in the walls glinted off swirls and lines of iridescent multi-coloured rock. The colours formed such a deliberate pattern that it couldn’t be natural and Amandeep could have sworn the walls had been blank when the lights first came on.

“Mother of the Universe,” she whispered. “It’s beautiful!”

“They certainly had quite the sense of aesthetics, didn’t they?” one of the human archeologists said. “And by the looks of it, a similar visual range to us.” Read the rest of this entry »

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