Monday, June 11, 2012
Scout's Honor - Chapter 7
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After rescuing a princess and her guard, our hero discovers the airship he nearly hit is manned by raiders intent on capturing the princess.
"Raiders chase you?" I asked, wishing my implant could imprint their language more quickly.
"Yes. We escaped yesterday," Rob replied. "Now, those who sacrificed themselves so we could do so have died in vain."
"No," I said, grabbing the survival pack. Above us, the airship was clearly venting gas to lose altitude.
"Ha!" I said, pulling a large, thin cloth from the pack. "Safe now!"
"Are you mad?" asked the princess, holding out the Onesie, "Drop the blanket and use this weapon to destroy them!"
I checked the Onesie's solar recharging unit. I'd been out longer than I thought because the gun would soon have enough charge to fire. But not soon enough. Wrapping myself in the cloth, I dropped to the ground. "What see?"
The princess gasped, " Rob, did he just turn into a rock?"
"Well, Highness" Rob considered, "he looks like a rock."
"Chameleon cloth," I said, using the Terran term. I handed the cloth to Rob, "You two, under. Hide."
"What of you?" the princess asked as Rob wrapped the cloth around them.
"No room, Highness," I said. "I distract."
I handed the Onesie to Rob and pointed at the controls, "Green good. Red bad. Point. Press button."
Taking the gun, Rob gave a brief nod before the two blended into the terrain.
Ropes from the airship dropped to the ground. I began running toward them, waving my arms, as men began sliding down the ropes. Seconds later, I was surrounded, half a dozen sword points pricking my skin!
Can our hero escape? Find out in Chapter 8, coming Wednesday!