Sky Centaurs Ch. 9 RecoveryEventually Baku was strong enough to be off of the machines, and out of the sterile environment of the high risk ward. Being his partner, the medical staff began instructing her on the medications he needed to take and why. A stream of people poured in to wish him well. They saw her meticulously measuring out the right dosages on the side of the room before putting them into little paper cups. Others offered to keep him company so she could take a break from keeping him company.
She took walks, washed, slept in her own room, wolfed down food alone, and went back to work in the labs. Tired from staring at the monitors for hours Katie rubbed her eyes and yawned.
“Why are you spending so much time here? You should rest.” said Shasta also working in the lab.
“I don't know what else to do. I'm bonded to a guy who doesn't tell me anything and stuck here with people who don't want me here without any possibility of getting back to Earth.” vented Katie.
Sky Centaurs Ch. 3 Going BackThe others galloped off to make arrangements to go back to Alpha Centauri. Katie stood in the great hall looking outside the doors to blue skies among damaged buildings. Trying to take in what was spoken.
“Come, sit with me on the throne.”
“It's ok, I can sit right here.” said Katie as she sat on the ground and took off her backpack to sip from the water-bottle.
“When we lived on Earth, us dragons used to appoint the next rulers of many nations. With our backing, there would be no one who had the might to challenge their leadership. So we looked for the most virtuous, the most calm, wise, and considerate to lead their clans to growth in peaceful times. To sit with me, is to accept my choice.”
“Yes. You coming here 15 years ago was an accident that only someone like you could have made. You found the tree and ate the fruit.”
Zan moved to rub his side against Katie like a cat to comfort her. Coiling around and around u
Sky Centaurs Chapter 8 IncomingFeeling uncomfortable with this, she wanted to talk to Petal, Batya, and Baku about it. She wanted to know what else they weren't telling her. For several days, she could not find them. She went to every corner of the plateau she knew about. From tower guards to food vendors nobody there could or would tell her anything. She did not want to come off as pushy as she suspected everyone holding out on her.
Frustrated she sat alone in the plaza drinking her tea.
“There you are! It was so hard looking for you! What you call a wild goose chase.” pipped Shasta cheerfully, “I got something neat for you to try!”
He gave her a device that fitted in her hand.
“We figured out your wireless phone calling device. We strapped relays all over the place. Here, press this button.”
“Terrific! Can you come over here? We need an extra pair of eyes to look at these numbers. See if anything stands out.” asked a se
Sky Centaurs Ch. 7 A Day OffKatie waited in the plaza for Baku to join her as he usually did for breakfast. An hour on her watch passed. Not sure what was going on she assumed he finally decided to dump her.
“Well fine then!” she muttered and got up to start the day on her own.
She went for a walk around the training ground to see how everyone was doing. There were only a handful of centaurs trotting around on the tracks.
“Hello! To your left!” some would say as they quickly passed her slow moving form.
There's no point in running, it would be embarrassing to show them how slow she was or how little energy to go the distance she had.
Coming the opposite way was a bright white male centaur. She eyes squinted against the intensity of sunlight bouncing off of him. He smiled, she smiled back as greeting before passing. A couple of paces out she started to feel someone next to her. She turned assuming it might be Baku finally joining her. Her eyes squinted again the reflected
Sky Centaurs Ch. 6 Bonded“I need to go to the restroom! Sorry! Be right back!!” said Katie as she zipped out of that plaza as quickly as possible to the elevators that led to Zeba's office.
“Zeba! Help me!” said Katie holding out the ceremonial token as she ran down the hallway to Zeba working at her desk.
“Congratulations!” laughed Zeba, “I had a feeling the two of you would become something eventually. He liked you for so long.”
“EVERYBODY knew fifteen years ago he had it bad for you. He came to me, asking about you. I told him you had a lot to deal with coming from another planet, being lost here, being so small, not knowing how to get home, back to your herd and who knows what they did to you back on Earth!”
“Why does he even want this?”
Zeba gestured her to the table near the window overlooking the ocean and city. An untouched tray of food was on it. Katie was offered a hot cup of tea and a plate of the food.
Sky Centaurs Ch. 4 HomecomingEntering the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri, they flew above the white marble skyscrapers of Citadel surrounded by modernized homes and farms. White specks of the tiger-swans patrolled the airspace. A handful flew up to check them out before returning to the lower level of sky.
Far in the distance, coming in fast was a striking black and gold art deco style metropolis with myst and waterfalls cascading from various openings of the rocks. Altiplano also made a fortune and obtained global power as the hub of technological development and trade explained Petal.
Surrounded by all kinds of airships moored to the platforms, they gingerly touched down on a platform jutting out above the green agricultural land below. Centaurs approached to assist them. Katie unhooked herself from Petal and jumped off. Weak and shaky from the long ride, her legs collapsed underneath her. Petal took the heavy helmet off of her. The air was thin but clean. Others helped her back up and undo the