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LARC Transmissions - An Anki Legacies Science Fantasy Anthology for Young Adults By S Shane Thomas Characters: 5586

Updated: 2018-01-25 12:02

"Let me take a look at your gear, " Jillian said. She examined the display panel for a moment. "Bad news. The pack won't vibrate anymore. When we are in clearings, we had better link arms and hope my pack is enough of a shield for us both."

They trekked deeper until a giant clearing opened up. On the far side of a lake, the drone's tracking signal blipped. Arm in arm, Leroy and Jillian made their way around the shore. Small wildlife skittered back into the safety of the forest on their approach. Leroy scanned the black skies constantly for the avian hunters.

The pair dislodged the drone and entered instructions for its return to their shuttle. An animal similar to a wild hog approached them as the probe departed. It grunted soft greetings and sniffed the air around them. Leroy noticed the creature had no eyes, it made sense he supposed. Why develop an organ that had no use?

A giant flying hunter dove upon its quarry. The leathery sound of rapid descent ended in the boar's frightened squeal. Jillian gasped in shock and fell on her back. The device crunched and popped. Leroy helped her up and the pair slinked into the brush as the predator devoured the curious boar.

"Your pack is busted too, " Leroy said.

"We'll have to avoid the clearings. In the forest we should be safe, " Jillian said.

The pair crept back through the vegetation without an incident. When they reached the clearing Leroy peered into the skyline in search of the leathery raptors. He looked dismayed to see a pair of them perched upon their shuttle. Leroy took a knee and pulled his pistol from its holster.

"Wait a minute, " Jillian said. "That shot will tell them bo

oot cavity, then opened her dart toothed mouth slightly.

A black silhouette flashed at her contact, the humanoid figure blurred into electric purple motion, and disappeared.

"They seem to have a similar apprehension to our form of life."

"You read its mind?" Jillian asked, all too familiar with the carnivorous plant's telepathic touch.

Leroy groaned, he sprawled on the ground, limbs still by his sides. Jillian knelt and helped the man to a seated position.

"I think that thing just ran right through me."

"Did that scanner take any readings?" Jillian leaned over her partner, and put a hand over Leroy's examining the display. "What does this indicate?" She asked; her face only inches from Leroy's.

"I…uhh…" he stammered, lost in her eyes.

The cool silver hand of the macrobot closed around the device and pulled it closed to the visages of Ren and Ileeta. "Incredible!" They exclaimed in unison.

"You've seen that before?" Jillian asked.

"Dark matter and dark energy were only theoretical concepts for our people. I never thought to see evidence of their existence, " Ren said.

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