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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