Shadows - Part 3 ". . . Tark?" Scitch dragged herself to Tark's side and felt his neck for a pulse. It was faint, but there. She was suddenly yanked to the ground again as the Zathian coiled itself around her mind once more. Scitch tried to fight it off as best she could. Her vision quickly fogging up, she snatched Pokey from the ground and pointed its end straight at her stomach. She prepared herself for the extreme pain she was about to put herself through. "I wouldn't do that," the Zathian panted. It was still weak from the mind-to-mind battle. "And why not?" Scitch returned, also gasping. "So I don't kill you as well?" The Zathian forced Scitch's hands to twist harshly, making her drop the stick. "The power it would take to eradicate me would kill you too," the creature explained in a cruel voice. "I'm stronge
Shadows - Part 2 The Challenge came to a soft landing on the surface of Zath. Soft landings were something the ship rarely experienced, and it had the dings to prove it. Scitch was the first to walk down the ship's ramp and onto the dusty ground. Close behind were Tark and Jexplh, and Ral Lar nervously trailing after all three. The Vortian jogged up to Scitch and walked just behind her for protection. The planet's surface was flat and barren. The only plants were small, dead-looking trees and shrubs scattered sparsely over the landscape. Only a few jagged hills were visible near the horizon and the ground was dry and slightly cracked. "Where do we find the Zathians?" Ral asked timidly. Everyone else was wondering the same thing. There were no signs of civilization whatsoever, not even paths worn into the ground. It sent a shiver up Scitc
Shadows - Part 1 "Ral, you know I hate it when you insist on coming on these trips," Scitch sighed as she casually steered the Challenge through the empty void of space. "You know how I hate being left behind and not knowing what's going on," Ral Lar replied. The tiny Vortian shifted in his seat next to his friend. "Something always happens to you when you come with me." "Not every time," corrected Ral. "There was the information retrieval trip to the military base. I didn't get hurt, you did." "True, but you got shot at." "Didn't get hit though." Scitch sighed again and rested her chin on the ship's controls. "Just promise me you'll be careful this time. No getting impaled with shards of glass."