Long Way Home

  Alone I walk slowly, letting the crowd move past me toward the shuttle. Mayani takes my arm, and we stop. He pushes on my mind wall, and I drop it. He gives me a series of three security codes. Can you remember them? Easily. Your identity has been authorized for full access to the facility, Lukara. Enter the main storage area, and find the control surface. Touch in the codes without requesting a command, and a hidden door will open, giving you entry to a ship hanger. Thank you. Where will you go? Do you have another ship hidden on another world that can travel between galaxies? How long will it take you to reach your home? The ship you’ve given me will be good enough. As soon as I get far enough from this planet, the effects of the cage projector will fade. I’ll be home shortly after…

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Black Fountain

  Dreams of Power The inner cave is warm and soft when my awareness returns. I think that I’m lying in a bed until I open my eyes. I’m resting on a spongy material that looks like crystal, but sinks down under my weight. A thick colored mist floats over my body like a blanket. I feel surprisingly safe, protected, like I’m in a nest, with someone watching over me. I sit up when I think of my family, and the crystal begins to stiffen. Where are they? Were we attacked? I feel their presence, but I can’t touch their thoughts. They’ve raised their mind shields. I close my own wintzal, and reach for Shazira and the children with energy senses. My inner eyes see what the body can’t. We’re hundreds of feet apart, on five crystal platforms. Three of them are small like mine, only twelve feet from edge…

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