Silver Falls

  Lost Tzina’s bitter cry fills the cave, and her intense feelings wash over Berek who has his shield down. He holds his head in pain for a few seconds, but quickly recovers after managing to raise his shield. Shazira hears the cry, and comes rushing toward them. Yagrin lies motionless in Tzina’s circle, his energy body dim. “What happened here?” asks Shazira. “It’s my fault,” says Tzina, crying. “I found out how to bypass a mind shield, and I was worried the aliens might be able to attack ina the same way.” “I taught him how to defend himself.” “What’s wrong with that?” asks Shazira. “The practice is dangerous.” “Mayla warned me not to try it.” “Not even in a simulation, one of your games?” “I can’t build a game for that, so we did it for real.” “I slowly increased the strength of my attacks, so he could…

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Slavery and Death

  Little Clouds “Continue the training, Tzina,” I tell her. “It’s time for us to enter the network.” “Not yet,” she answers, “but my fire twin will join you briefly for the next step.” Tzina and Shazira go back to their nests, and I send Berek away. I don’t want him to watch while I dissolve my body. I flow it into water and air. The pattern body disappears a few minutes later. The change happens so quickly that there’s no pain, but I’m disoriented for a moment. Then, I’m filled with sadness, a sense of loss, and the smell of decay that comes with dead flesh. The smell of death fills me whenever I release my body. It makes no sense, since my body just vanishes, but fortunately it passes quickly.

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