Snow BeastSomething had gone terribly wrong. How else did meeting a mere Traveler ship result in the destruction of a mighty hive with its Queen fleeing in an escape pod?
The planet she landed on had a Stargate. That was the good news. The bad news was, it stood thousands of miles away in the prospering equatorial region, whereas the Queen exited her escape pod way up north in a land of ice and snow.
Equipping herself for the trip, the Wraith Queen strapped combat goggles onto her whitehaired head to protect her eyes from bright lights all around her, and for the integrated compass. By foot she'd travel for months and could not risk losing the way.
She saw them first. Two specks of ultraviolet light on her goggles' screens, a young human boy pulling a sled, and on it, an even younger human girl. Precious life force that would get her far. The Queen's feeding hand twitched. Patience, she told herself, knowing what would get her even farther if she was smart about it. She tore fabric off her dress
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