By Tim Sevenhuysen
Posted April 21, 2012
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More pursuers rounded the corner, blasters at the ready. Haglyn raised her hands.
Milly reached into Haglyn’s lap and grabbed the bottle of beads. “Stop!” she shouted. She held the bottle up over her head and brandished the blaster in the other hand for good measure. “Back away, or I’m going to set these suckers off!”
Every person at the other end of the alley recoiled in terror. “Eep!” cried one. “No, don’t!” said another.
Milly continued, “You’re all going to put your weapons down and leave the way you came, and we’re going to disappear. No one gets hurt.”
One blaster dropped to the pavement, then another. People began backing out of the alley. “But…” said one. “Do it!” said another. “There must be two hundred seeds in there!”
The moment the alley was clear, Milly dropped the beads into Haglyn’s purse and they whirred off the other direction. Milly checked her PAI and picked out the quickest route to the spaceport. They arrived with no further fanfare, and Overard ushered them aboard. Pelly was already prepared for takeoff, and Overard put the launch in motion.
Once they were in the air, Milly fished the beads out of Haglyn’s purse. “So,” she said, “what’s the big fuss with these things, anyways?”
“You brought them with you!?” Overard sputtered.
“Those are condensed Gortinawa seeds,” explained Overard. “They’re like acid bullets. You can eat a fist-sized hole out of a brick wall with one of them.”
Milly and Haglyn exchanged a glance. “Huh,” said Milly.
“Interesting,” said Haglyn.
“That could’ve gone poorly, then.” said Milly. “Anyways, we still need a new faster-than-light engine…”
Overard thought for a moment. “Okay, put those things somewhere secure. I think I know where we can get an engine discreetly.”
Where does Overard take them?
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