©Karen A J Rinehart
Ygg and Eyak meet with the King and inform him that their Neleh is ready and they will be leaving shortly for the Ynoga system in search of Nerak and Eedyar. King Ahtrab informs them that Queen Terrensya is awaiting their arrival so that she can bid them farewell and bestow a gift upon them for their trip. "A gift", questions Eyak.
"For us?", continues Ygg. The three of them jump in the transport and head over to the Ecalap.
Lednew boarded the Thistle and was handed a srats. "What is this for", questioned Lednew. "Food for my journey?"
"No", said the guard droid. "You will be holding him during your flight. He will turn your hands purple."
"Like I didn't know that, you tin can", barked Lednew. "And, why do my hands have to be purple?"
"All prisoners of Ostun have to have purple hands before landing", stated the guard droid. "This way we can tell prisoners from others on the planet." Lednew just stood there holding the srats in his hands, drooling, for a moment before boarding the ship.
Ygg, Eyak and King Ahtrab arrive at the castle and go into the ecalap to see the queen. They enter the great room to find the queen sitting with her oosh, Taranis, on the naved. Smiling the queen stands to greet them. "You don't know how pleased I am that you are going to find Nerak. For this, I am grateful and have a gift for each of you", says the Queen Terrensya. "Step forward so I may present them to you". Ygg and Eyak step up and bow to the queen.
"Here are your gifts", she says handing each of them a little device. "These are to be used with discretion and not for personal gain. If you use them to benefit yourself in a way that I am not happy with, you will be punished."
"What is it", questions Eyak.
"What does this button do", asks Ygg pushing it. Just then the room turns a very bright green and King Ahtrab disappears. "What a pretty bright green light. Where is the King?"
"Now you've gone and done it, Ygg", says Eyak.
"What did I do", asks Ygg innocently. Just then a bright light of gold flashes and King Ahtrab reappears.
"What you think or say sets the light into motion as you push the button", says the queen. "Now be on your way. Please bring Nerak home safely."
Arriving on Ostun, Lednew gathers his things and gets ready to disembark the Thistle. Once the door opens, Lednew knows he only has moments to get as far away from the ship as possible. As the door opens, Lednew moves towards the exit to disembark, while the srats on board scampers from the ship to safety. Lednew begins to run towards the mound of nearby rocks. Just as he jumps to safety, the Thistle explodes. "Guess I'm here for awhile", grumps Lednew.
"More like a few tricons", mocks the srats.
"Lunch", says Lednew as he grabs for the srats, which just escapes his grasp.
18 hours ago