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Beyond the End of the World, Lokians 1 By AaronDennis Characters: 4724

Updated: 2018-01-10 19:02

Lay took a long inhalation, cocking his head to the side. He looked the captain up and down. For a moment, he played with his teeth.

"Listen, son. I don't like it any more than you do. Fact is I'm being forced into retirement because of this. You saved all life in the galaxy, maybe the universe, but the President wants his way. He's got all the governments united against us. Horizon colony is officially shut down."

"I'm, I'm…at a loss, " he said, shaking his head. "Retirement? Why does the President want to shut us down? What about my crew?"

"I won't lie to you, " Lay answered. "We're lucky they don't have us Court-Martialed. As far as the President…that's a sketchy story. You ought to be leery of the grandson of a man who had some serious pull; some kind of ties with a grove club or something; doesn't matter, now.

"At any rate, you can keep your helmsman, but your crew is being reassigned, and the Thewls are going home. I don't know what else to tell you."

Admiral John Lay finally saluted, stuck his hat back on his head, turned about face, and marched out of sight. The captain reeled. He had received a direct blow to everything he stood for, everything he had been taught, and everything he believed.

"Sir?" he called. "Sir? You're just going to walk away like that?"

The captain ran barefoot for a moment. He then realized he was wearing some white spandex, but nothing else.

lock slid open. He motioned for them to enter. Marching up carpeted steps into a dim ambiance was a drastic change, but the three men proceeded to the bridge. O'Hara looked around in amazement; the ship was not of Human origins.

"Relax, Captain. We'll be back on Earth in no time, " Adams said, smiled, and then touched his bandages.

"He's never been to Earth, remember?" Franklin added.

Adams stifled a chuckle while gauging O'Hara's reaction. The former captain had never seen the agents so thoroughly relaxed; they weren't just relaxing, they were completely enjoying the situation.

"How long to Earth, " O'Hara asked, absentmindedly.

"Oh…about seven months, Captain. We'll make a few stops along the way. We need to meet with our contacts, " Adams began.

"Yes. Quite a few, actually; lots of debriefing, you know, " Franklin added.

O'Hara nodded, saying, "Okay, so fill me in, and drop this Captain crap. I'm Riley."

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