Keela and Ilaz
We leave the shelter and return to the blue city.
“Take us to the surface now, Yagrin,” says Niyta.
“The Jiku need our help.”
“It’s dangerous there for the children.”
“Leave them here with a few of the sisters.”
I turn to Hukal.
“Can you contact your AIs?”
“I need help finding Ilaz and Disu.”
“The infonet is slow,” he says, “but it’s working.”
“The AIs have no information about our friends.”
“And there’s no response to the messages I’ve sent to their commdisks.”
“You won’t be able to reach them.”
“The sword’s energy … Read more
Watchtower island is two hundred fifty feet across, a circle of rock surrounded by a strip of sand.
No more than a dot in the ocean, if not for the thin, sharp mountain that rises a thousand feet before leveling off, and the tower that rests on top.
Few Jiku have seen the base of the island, except for the guardians and their children.
Why would anyone else be interested in the thin beaches here, when they could visit the tower?
Besides, there is better swimming on other islands not far away.
Berek walks around the edge of … Read more
Months have gone by.
When I left the Veezal, I went back to the star where the captured probe was last seen.
Since then, I’ve searched through many of the inhabited worlds along this arm of the galaxy.
The worlds here are unsophisticated technologically, and know little of energy ways.
Many have stories or ruins of an older civilization.
The ruins I’ve found are contaminated with radiation.
There was a devastating war here, a long time ago.
At least I have a name for the enemy: Kizak.
It’s the word that Dilasa heard in her last vision, … Read more