|| All My Aliens - Sci-Fi Soap Opera #88|
“Now Jonglire,” Bird tried to calm him, “What did Dave do? Is it his fault he wasn’t given a message for us? Bard was present at Dave’s birth, and kept in touch all through Dave’s childhood. It’s true Dave doesn’t fear us, but I believe that Bard wanted someone at his side that did not hold him in such awe that he couldn’t see around it. If you want to blame someone, I believe the responsibility belongs to Bard, perhaps you should ask him further for his reasons.”
“Believe me, I plan to do just that - whenever your brother decides to grace us with his presence again. I just don’t get it, leaving me behind and then not even returning to say hello to his sister! Very rude of him - very rude. But then, you say he is even denying the respect, awe, and obedience we Eldestan deserve! We are, afterall, so far above any of the 1,000 World Federation member planets, I’m not sure why we bother with them in the first place!” ...
“In fact,” Jonglire added, “I think it’s past time we went looking for your brother, and find out why all the delay and mystery? Ahh… you look about to object – well stay here then, I’m off…” With that statement, Jonglire disappeared in a flash of light.
Bird sent a quick mental warning to Bard, with the thought of an angry Jonglire, though she was unable to explain at a distance exactly what happened. Time to speak to Dave - she really hoped he had a message that might enlighten her as to what was going on.
Jonglire had been speaking loudly and angrily, and as a result the other agents in the house were quite aware of his pronouncements. Dave bolted up when Jonglire flashed out, went quickly to Bird and allowed himself to be guided outside without comment.
Grrphh did his best to diffuse the negative atmosphere in the house, as well as deflect the questions and concerns of the other agents present. He had no more idea of what was going on than those assigned to his sector. But he couldn’t deny he had a very bad feeling about this.
Bard’s manner seemed to relax both Amy and Barbara, his voice was calm and reassuring, though the news he brought was grim.
“Amy,” he began “Clearly the situation is serious, or we wouldn’t be here. I don’t want to give you more details than necessary, to ensure that you do not become a target. Sadly, there are those who think that Barbara has some special power or knows something of vital importance. There have already been two attempts at kidnapping her, one briefly successful. They may also have an interest in Al.”
Barbara’s mother nodded, she had known it was bad. She squeezed Barbara’s hand in reassurance, and asked, “Why? And what is being done about it? Are we safe here?”
Bard tried to answer her questions as best he could, “You are safer here than anywhere else on Earth, though I would ask that you keep a low profile. Groceries and supplies are already stocked, it would be best to stay fairly close to the house and within the lake region. I made sure no one would be able to trace you here.”
Amy smiled briefly, “I don’t even know where we are!”
“Exactly,” Bard responded. “Barbara’s friends and I are providing every possible protection. Both Shadow and Silver are trained as well, and would give their lives in keeping you all safe – please know that they are more than they seem, though I cannot explain further. I have put in place other automatic alarms and warnings that will bring help immediately should there be an unexpected problem.”
“I am going to have to leave you shortly, to take care of a situation that appears to be developing. Your farm has been booby-trapped and everyone, but ourselves and Dave, believes that is where Barbara and Al will be found. We shall see how it plays out ... and perhaps catch the spider in it’s own web, so to speak.”
“In the meantime, I suggest that you not get too friendly with any other vacationers, or offer any information beyond first names and the fact that you are also vacationing. I am quite positive that no one here is a danger to you, but there will be many hunting for information – let’s make sure there is nothing for them to find.”
Amy asked, “Is there anything else you can tell me? How long will you be gone? How do we contact you?”
Barbara was just as interested in his answer, and added, “I was hoping that Dave would be able to join us again – and maybe Tilly and Suli, too. I think Al would really enjoy having them along.”
“I will be meeting up with Dave after I leave here," Bard told her, "I may need his help for a while, but I know he is anxious to return. I’m sure he’ll be back soon, but it somewhat depends on what develops. Tilly and Suli are a good idea, or at least one of them. I will speak to them and Grrphh about it, though I think everyone will find it an acceptable option.”
“I am sure you must have other questions you would like answered, Amy, but can you accept what I have told you for now?”
“For now,” Barbara’s mother responded, “but I will want a more complete explanation eventually. I will try to keep from pestering my daughter for the time being.”
Bard smiled warmly, “Then let’s call in Al and your husband and have a meal together, before I leave. I believe you will find appropriate items, ready to be served, in the refrigerator.”
Gartan strained in outrage, trying to move his limbs for about two hours before finally exhausting himself. Without the rage that had filled his mind at his loss of credits to Peliix, he began to recognize that killing his partner might not be the best option at this point in time. He satisfied himself with the thought that there would be plenty of time to arrange an accident, and unfortunately probably more opportunity than he’d like very soon. Their ship was about to enter Sol’s solar system, then the ‘fun’ would begin.
To be continued…
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