|| All My Aliens - Sci-Fi Soap Opera #93|
Barbara and Al were much relieved when they heard Silver galloping back in their direction, moments later they heard Peanut barking as well. Nothing had happened since Peanut had run to get help, but Shadow had been clearly standing guard over them. His alertness did not lessen as he barked return greetings to his friends. Barbara was not sure what had happened, only that Shadow said the Examinators were near, and communicated to Peanut to go back to the house and get help immediately.
Joe and Amy’s relief was immense as soon as they caught sight of their daughter and grandson. Amy rushed to embrace them. Joe was more concerned about what had caused all the ruckus, he looked Barbara and Al up and down quickly, then began searching the area.
Amy began questioning Barbara, even before she finished hugging her, “What happened? Peanut arrived barking hysterically and ramming the front door, Silver immediately set up a similar racket, we were sure something awful had happened! I’m so glad you’re alright, but what’s going on?” ...
Barbara didn’t want to involve her parents any more than she already had, but keeping silent now could put them all in grave danger. “I’m glad Dad brought a gun, I’m not sure exactly what’s happening, but danger is apparently very close. Trust Silver and Shadow, they are more than they appear – if they are worried, there is definitely something amiss.”
Amy nodded, not sure what to do next, when both Silver and Shadow reacted to something the others couldn’t see. Silver just about knocked Joe over, in trying to push him towards the rest of his family. Shadow, with Peanut at his side, sounded a deep, fierce growl toward a path in the wooded area, only a few hundred feet from the shoreline of the lake where they stood.
Joe raised his gun, and then almost dropped it when he saw what stepped out into the light. Neither Gartan nor Peliix had bothered with Quick Morph, figuring that keeping an alien shape gave them an advantage at times like these. Barbara already knew of the existence of aliens on her planet, and the rest of them were quite disposable, if they gave any trouble.
Amy let out a scream and grabbed Al, hugging his face to her body, but he struggled to turn around, wanting very much to see what was happening.
“Gartan,” Barbara shouted over the sound of the animals, “So, you are a double agent then, leave now while you still have the chance.” She was bluffing, and only hoping that Bard would make an appearance where he was so desperately needed.
Gartan laughed, “Why Barbara, you say such things! I know our last meeting didn’t end very pleasantly, but I’m making up for my bad behavior – I’m here to help you!”
“You lie,” Barbara responded, “I know you lost your place at O&N and were banished back to your planet, but didn’t quite make it there, did you? Leave now!”
Gartan kept coming forward, Peliix followed but did not speak or act threateningly, he had no problem allowing his disagreeable partner to take the front position – he recognized the human’s gun. A primitive, but effective weapon. Just a little closer, and they would be close enough to stun them and grab Barbara.
Shadow and Silver raced to attack, but Joe was quicker, shooting the talking dinosaur-like thing that seemed to be threatening is daughter. Darn thing had wings and arms! Though clearly injured, it kept coming, and Joe hit him again, hoping Silver or Shadow would be able to handle the smaller rat-thing that accompanied him.
The second bullet hit Gartan in the head, and he went down, never to get up again. Peliix froze, put on what he thought was his most endearing look, and said, “Please don’t kill me! I surrender! – is that the right word? Do I need a white flag or something, cause I don’t have one. I was forced to accompany Gartan. But they might kill me you know, they have a chip in my brain. I’ll even tell you how we found you so easily – there is a tracer in the small dog’s collar. We followed her, as she is usually close to you, Barbara.”
Shadow and Silver understood Peliix’s words quite well, and were unsure what to do with him. It was true that once disarmed he would be pose little danger. Silver communicated with him, though of the humans, only Barbara was able to understand, thanks to a little help from her alien friends. “Get rid of all your weapons and little surprises, now. We will know if you hold any back, and then your life is forfeit.”
Peliix complied, and did rid himself of all his gadgets and weapons, he wasn’t positive they would really know. “But hey”, he thought, “why take a chance, maybe O&N could even relieve me of the Examinator chips, before they decide to use them.” Working for the Examinators had not been what he expected, they were vicious task-masters.
The Examinators who’d sent Gartan and Peliix were quite aware that they’d lost one agent, and that the other was in the immediate vicinity of Barbara. Though they were fairly certain Peliix was now captive, he was close to the object of their desire, perhaps he would still pull it off, at least if given enough incentive.
Peliix felt them in his mind, saying “Good. Stay close. Gartan is no loss. You will be well rewarded if you successfully complete this mission, in fact you will be allowed to retire, with quite a bit of wealth!”
Peliix was glad that the chip did not allow him to respond. Retiring at his age! What a thought! How incredibly boring, besides he had learned better than to trust these masters.
To his captors, he said, “I think there is something else I better tell you!”
To be continued…
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