Deborah Boydston Deborah Boydston
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Love that their god is called the Navigator.

Leonard a. Wronke Leonard a. Wronke
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I thought it only fitting for a sea-faring race. thank you for noticing.

Deborah Boydston Deborah Boydston
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Space after the word "race" is needed.

Leonard a. Wronke Leonard a. Wronke
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this is another example of what I already mentioned in answer to a previous comment here.

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I fixed after race but it is not removing these comments... when I re write this for submission I will be diligent on my spacing.

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Under the Double Star - Chapter Thirty- Six


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      It had been sixteen times that the suns, Rha and Thoru, rose and set since the


CHTHNONIAN threat had been averted.


     During this time, Neith (fully recovered from the psychic assault upon her person)


had regained the "VIRAGO", it being anchored in the cove beside the nearby


fishing village not far from where all the former captives had been held.


     The "SCHEOL" also had been found moored there.


     After these discoveries, everyone of the crew members attended fallen Idon's


heroic funeral.


     At Akromas' directive (since he was the most versed in the Levian culture), Idon's


head and severed arms(the only two body parts that were not obliterated in the blast)


were collected and transported to the "SCHEOL."


    What followed were all the Levian rituals, chants, cremation rites.


    Most of the former captives witnessed the "SCHEOL"'s demise after it had


been torched then, with a final massive roar, sank below the waves in the symbolic


release of Idon's redeemed soul to the glory of his god, Tur the Navigator. 2 comments


    After the funeral pyre had extinguished, Neith, with F'lisa recognized as her first


mate, entered the fishing village to secure a new crew.


     Since many Sapen and non Sapen females had been willing to leave the village's


monotony the crew acquisition was completed swiftly.


     Once this was accomplished it was but a mere task to outfit and ready the ship for


departure.


     The rest of the released captives each made their own individual decisions


regarding their continued alliance( if they would  remain or moved on).


     However, one of their numbers was in dire need of assistance in making any type of


decision since her world had been turned upside down from the effects of the psychic


blast that had overwhelmed her.



     Soru sat crossed legged upon the floor of her designated cabin upon the


"VIRAGO" utilizing one of the calming, meditative, ALLIAN exercises in an


attempt to grasp the meaning of who she, now, was.


    She went over in her subconscious the sequence of events that had occurred when


the CHTHNONIAN had exacted his final act of defiance upon them all in his last,


defining act.


     A'th'n sat beside her, in a reversal of roles, where she was, for the moment, the


guardian of Soru, while Soru reconciled herself to her new identity.


    A'th'n opened her mind to seek the counsel of the Primae incarnations.


    The incarnations, especially A'yd'a, could find nothing in their collective


existences to equate  Soru's  present dilemma. Because the CHTHNONIANS were a unique


race (having been created through the acts of the Primae, herself) there was not a


precedent or guide in how to assist Soru. A'yd'a's only advice was to follow Soru's 3 comments


reactions closely and act accordingly.


    A'th'n kept this counsel to herself as she, again, attempted to speak to Soru.


    When she received no response to this, A'th'n decided she would try a reverse tact.


    She addressed the confused entity that had attempted to communicate mentally with


her a little while after the CHTHNONIAN had ceased his existence.


     "Ulla. I can assure you that everything is fine. Your host, Soru, is


meditating. She is as confused as you are. It will take some time for your melding to


solidify but it will be done. I know it is unnerving to be in existence but not have a


physical body. Once the two of you are settled this will be beneficial for both of you.


You need only trust in Dei."


     Perra acknowledged A'th'n's reassurance as she, once again, tried to reach Soru's


consciousness.


     A'th'n realizing this adjustment would take longer than she, presently, had time


decided to find Neith to inform her what she needed to finish before Neith set sail.


     A'th'n left Soru to depart through the door cloth to the corridor where she


ascended the stairs that lead to the deck, where she found Neith and F'lisa.


     Neith spoke, as A'th'n approached, " How is Soru?"


     "She is still in a state of shock. It will take her a while to make peace that


she has Perra's essence residing in her head. She is a strong follower of her


sisterhood. We can only give her time. Speaking of time, how soon until we depart?"


     "With our present preparations you should be able to escort the Keths to their


destination and return with time to spare." F'lisa acknowledged.


     "Since the two Keths have stated that they are prepared to leave, now, would be


the best for them to complete their journey. By their calculations, the place up in the


nearby hills that Paldor and Akromas need to reach is four suns there and back. I will


see you at my return. I hope to find Soru whole once more."



     The hills had more than enough trees and foliage to cover the departure point. The


cloud covering below them obscured any prying eyes that may approach.


     Paldor put down his rucksack that he could rummage through it for the mirrored


disk.


     Once he found it, he removed it and placed it upon the ground that the activation


sequence commenced.


     Akromas turned to A'th'n to thank her for accompanying them since she had more


pressing tasks to complete.


     A'th'n nodded her head in affirmation and stated it was not every day that one


witnessed the departure of the "famed" Keths once they completed one of their


confirmations and adjustments.


     By this time, the disk began to hum and vibrate.


     A wavering blaze of multi-hued light started to emit from the disk's core. A mild


howling of sound commenced. The light solidified. The pathway opened to reveal the


tiny white walled room beyond with a host of shapes just beyond clarity.


     "It seems the council has sent a welcoming party for me." Paldor stated. "Akromas,


you did state that the hostel incident may be troublesome. I will abide by their


judgment. I only hope the decision will allow me to continue."


     "I will go first, Paldor." Akromas declared. " I hope I can prevail upon the


council to allow you to remain a "Watchman". One such as you is rare in the Time


Adjustment and Clarification Corps.  You have affirmed and fixed many worlds so,


hopefully, it will only be a reprimand for your momentary infraction. After I go forth


I wish you to await my summons."


     Akromas finished speaking, then turned towards A'th'n.


     "Since you are the Primae, an alien to this world as we are, is the reason you


have been asked to witness our departure.  You, alone, are allowed to see our true


forms instead of these masking accoutrements. It is my hope that if Paldor is not


sanctioned and decommissioned that if he is sent back here you will allow him to return


with you to continue his mission. If it is as I fear, Farwa."


     At that Akromas put down his own metal staff and rucksack and commenced to remove


his outer clothes starting with the hood and face cloth to reveal the Keth


countenance underneath.


     His face was a pallid shade with blue tinged veins crisscrossing under the skin


flaps positioned where his eyes should be. The removal of the rest of his robe, boots,


etc. followed until only his naked whitish, blue tinged body was revealed.


     Akromas lifted up and threw the rucksack through the light since it carried all


his historical reference texts and journals. The steel staff(which was their only


allowable form of weaponry) went next with its characteristic clang.


     Akromas turned once more towards A'th'n, raised up his arm in a farewell gesture,


then stepped through to the white walled room beyond.


     Paldor waited apprehensively.


     Just as it became too much to bear, a parchment scroll was flung through the light


to land at Paldor's feet.


     When Paldor bent down to retrieve the scroll, the disk began to glow and vibrate


once again, then the multi-hued light intensified until it caused the disk to


completely vanish. The residual light winked out of existence as if it never was.


     Paldor opened the scroll to read:


  PALDOR,


IT IS THE DECISION OF THE KETH COUNCIL THAT THE INFRACTION OF YOUR
REVEALING YOUR TRUE FACE TO A SAPEN  SHOULD NOT WARRANT DECOMMISSION ONLY THE FOLLOWING:


THE OPINION OF THE COUNCIL IS THAT YOU BE PREVENTED FROM LEAVING YOUR PRESENT LOCATION FOR THE SPACE OF ONE HUNDRED SAPEN YEARS. NO KETH OR REPRESENTATIVE SHALL BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO YOUR LOCATION UNTIL YOUR TIME OF SANCTION IS CONCLUDED.


THIS ENTAILS THAT YOUR DISK SHALL BE RENDERED NON FUNCTIONAL FOR THIS SPACE OF TIME.


IT IS OUR HOPE THAT YOUR TIME OF EXILE ALLOWS YOU TO LEARN ALL YOU MAY ABOUT YOUR "ADOPTED" PLANET.


PLEASE, EITHER DESTROY OR DISABLE YOUR DISK UNTIL YOUR TIME OF SANCTION IS CONCLUDED.


AS REGARDS AKROMAS' SAPEN CLOTHES AND THIS SCROLL, BURN THEM.


THIS IS THE DECREE OF THE KETH RULING COUNCIL.


        --- I DID WHAT I COULD FOR YOU, FARWA. AKROMAS---


   After Paldor finished reading the scroll, he walked over to the dormant disk as it


sat upon the ground, broke its fragile lightweight substance into many pieces, then


buried the remnants under a nearby tree.


   Paldor took the parchment scroll and Akromas' accoutrements and set them aflame.


   He watched them until they were ashes and embers.


   Paldor noticed that A'th'n was watching him intently while he completed these tasks.


   He turned to her and stated, "It seems I will be accompanying you to the cove and


the "VIRAGO" after all. I have been told I am to remain here for a while longer.


Shall we begin our return?"


     Before A'th'n could acknowledge his request, Paldor was already starting back


down the hill to continue his existence under the double star.


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