|| All My Aliens - Sci-Fi Soap Opera #98|
The Examinators were closing in, Glaboo asked the O&N agents to cover her for as long as possible, while she tried handle this. Barbara and her family watched in horror, as first Silver and then Dave went down, injured. Grrphh was holding his arm, then two of the agents Glaboo had brought, dropped suddenly to the ground. Hope became harder and harder to entertain.
Al begged to go out and help them. Barbara and her parents couldn’t keep those thoughts out of their minds either, but realized there was little they could do but get injured or worse.
Bard was getting closer to Earth, and was more aware than he wanted to be of what was going on, considering he could not yet offer any help in the situation. He was gradually re-gaining energy, but still felt more drained than he ever had in his very long life.
Then without warning, every being within the ship’s viewscreen collapsed, except Glaboo, who stood swaying...
Barbara and Al could no longer restrain themselves - even Peanut, their dog, was no longer standing. Joe looked at Amy, who nodded, then the two followed their daughter and grandson out of the spaceship and onto the field of battle.
Glaboo stood as if stunned, seemingly unable to even speak. Barbara and her family were not sure what to do next. They checked their friends and Peanut for signs of life – and were thrilled to find that they were all breathing, though there were numerous injuries.
Al ran up to one of the non-human Examinator Agents and gave it a kick, then announced, “I think they’re still alive, too!”
Amy, still pretty frightened and confused by it all, called Al to herself, telling him, “Al, stay close, if they’re alive, then they could wake up at any time.”
Frustrated, but still quite in awe of all that had happened, Al began pawing through the sacks of supplies Glaboo’s rescue team had brought. It was not long before Grandpa Joe took an interest as well. They came upon some cord that seemed to have unusual properties - twisting strangely in their hands. Joe soon decided that perhaps the stuff could be put to use. Grabbing a handful of the cords, he began binding the enemy agents closest to them. Before long, Barbara and Amy joined him.
Barbara told Al, “It’s your job to keep an eye on the ones we’ve already tied up – let us know right away if any of them start moving, or seem to be waking up.”
Al was excited to have a job and replied, “No problem, Mom! I’ll sure to do a good job of that, they hurt our friends. I won’t even blink, I promise, unless I absolutely have to! I know they are very dangerous!”
“Blinking is okay, Al," Barbara assured her son. "Just watch them carefully, and yell if you notice anything different.”
Al nodded, found a spot from which he could see all the enemy agents, and glared at them. By the time his mother and grandparents had almost finished restraining the remaining Examinator agents, including those who arrived in human form, Glaboo had begun to come out of her stupor.
Carefully trying to watch the entire vicinity, Al was the first to notice, “Mom, look I think Glaboo is awake now! She’s moving and mumbling. I know she’s not one of the enemies, but I thought you should know.”
Joe motioned to Barbara to go check on their rescuer, while he and Amy finished tying up the last two Examinator agents.
Glaboo had noticed Barbara and her family’s efforts, and smiled as Earth's first O&N agent approached her. “Thank you, Barbara, that was quick thinking. They will be waking back up fairly soon, and we need to be ready. It was unfortunate that I had to knock everyone out, even our own agents. Lucky for us all, that you and your family were not affected inside the ship."
"I feel my father, Bard, getting closer. Perhaps he will arrive before we have any further problems, but we can't count on it. We need to get everyone out of here, and clean up this mess as soon as possible - but for now, I’m exhausted and need to rest.” And with that she gracefully let herself down to sit upon the Earth.
“Thank you so much, Glaboo for your efforts,” Barbara replied, “things were looking pretty desperate before you arrived. Are you injured? It appears that most of our agents have taken damage. Is there anything we can do for you or for them?”
“Not at the moment, Barbara," the O&N Chief answered, "You’ve done more than I hoped for, as has your family. I’ll contact the ship and have some reinforcements sent, including medical personnel. Let’s hope the Examinators have already expended their nearby forces, and that we will not have to face more any time soon!”
Amy and Joe had joined their daughter and Glaboo in time to hear this last comment. Joe, no longer able to restrain his growing anger, interrupted and said, “I know you saved us, and I can’t say I’m not real glad of it, but when this is over, we’re going to have a discussion about why my daughter and grandson have been placed in so much danger!” Amy put her arm around her daughter, and nodded grimly.
To be continued…
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