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was a tech who was assigned to watching the prisoner through
surveillance camera. He hated this job, but it was his because no
wanted to do this, and he was very low in the ranks.
sighed and looked at the girl, she still hadn't moved in arns.
was completely comatose, a combination of the sleeper drugs and
definitely had a tendency to do that. Just the chair alone could
was definitely the main problem with the otherwise perfect
machine. If a person was strong enough to withstand it, he'd
lose his mind. Madon had heard stories about the Banneck,
who'd spent two years in the chair, and was now thoroughly crazy.
shifted in his seat, desperately bored and half-hoping she would
just to break the monotony. It was then that he saw it, a shadow,
on the edge of his field of vision. It was there for only a fraction
and then was gone. He thought he'd imagined it, but then it
sat up and ran a diagnostic, maybe if he was lucky,
trying to fool the cameras and break the girl out....
arns later, Lt. Braca had just received quite possibly the best
life. The human had given in and was on his way down to the planet
After all the times that Crichton had beaten them with wit and
it was gratifying to know that he had a weakness, emotion. That
been bred out of the peacekeepers because it was a burden.
was sent to retrieve the girl, and had been given permission to
around a little. "Nothing permanent," Scorpius had said,
might reconsider and try to kill us." Braca had sneered and
the human would probably try anyways.
the cell, the girl was standing, facing the doors , with her hands
behind her. Braca has surprised to see her up, but didn't think
of it and went over to slap her. She didn't move. He tried again
she made no reaction, she simply stared forward with a blank
on her face. When he waved a hand in front of her face, not even
moved, and he concluded that her mind must be gone.
grabbed her by the arm and shoved her roughly forward. She stumbled
and then moved forward steadily where she was led by the other
All the way down to Scorpius she simply stared forward and moved
had to admit, her behavior gave him what Crichton would call "the
Madon would have normally given up on the shadow when he got off
where he had heard that the girl had been taken to Scorpius for
However, his curiosity had been piqued by it, and now, sitting in
he was still tinkering with the recording, trying to find what it
why it interested him so much.
what he could tell so far, someone had programmed the recording
to loop for
few hundred microts and then go back to normal. The girl was comatose
moved due to the drugs and so he would not have noticed if it had
for the shadow. Whoever did it must have gone in a microt or two
pretty cut and dry, except questions kept nagging him. If it had
of her friends, why didn't they free her? Then he thought it must
tech, but why loop it and then do nothing?
more investigation, he concluded that only an experienced tech could
this. But the question remained, why?
sat back and thought very hard. He was sure another tech did this,
mean they were the one in the cell? An inspiration struck him, what
else wanted that recording looped and got a tech to do it for him?
had at least narrowed down the candidates from hundreds of techs
to a few
Who would be powerful enough, and inspire enough fear/loyalty to
was just wondering whether or not he should go deeper into this
opened. He looked up to see who it was and was taken completely
Instantly he was on his feet, in attention, for Scorpius' assistant.
shut the door, came up to him, and looked him up and down before
low whisper, "What have you been doing, Madon?" She stared
at him with her
eyes boring into him. He shivered under her intense scrutiny.
are you doing with this recording?"
have reason to believe it was tampered with and I wanted to find
if it was
threat. I've found it, um, isn't."
stared at him for several microts, then moved closer, and then took
head. She looked him right in the eye and said, "Very good,
she tightened her grip on him, "But I don't believe you."
Her tone was
and he was horrified to see her hair become like liquid and her
to glow. He tried to break free, but she was far too strong for
afraid," she whispered, moving in closer, "you have left
me no choice,"
stopped mere centimetres from his face and then said, "of course,
I am very
it's been so long since I tasted a Sebacean's soul."
kissed him, and he instantly felt intense pain racking through him,
was slowly imploding. He tried to scream, but was muffled by her
He caught a brief glimpse of his hand, thrashing about, and was
see the shin stretching over his bones and veins.
released him, and he fell to the floor, twitching and spluttering
descended upon him.....
stood over the tech until his twitching stopped and he died. She
mouth with a finger and sneered, remembering just why it had been
she had consumed a Sebacean, particularly a Peacekeeper tech. Their
no flavor, individualism, imagination, free will, all that had been
like human souls, she thought with a pleasurable grin. They were
Delvian souls tasted better, but any one could grab probably wasn't
it. Humans were good and were easy to catch. Soon, she thought,
lips, soon she would have all the human souls she'd ever need.
sighed, took one last look at the shrunken tech, and then departed.
was in place and Scorpius needed his rod changed.....
watched on the monitors as Farscape I approached. He didn't see
pod behind it because he wasn't meant to, as its pilot, Aeryn Sun,
intended. His eyes wavered to the girl, who was uncharacteristically
submissive. He wondered, briefly, if it was the drugs affecting
told himself it really didn't matter. She would still do as a bargaining
grinned and turned back to the monitors as the module entered the
and prepared to land at the agreed spot. He turned to Braca and
"Come, it's time for our trade.......
planet on which the base was located was once teeming with life.
forests stretched all over the landscape, separated by stormy oceans.
of species, including a few intelligent ones, made it their home.
one really knows what happened. Some say that there was a huge
between the dominant races. Still others believe it orbited too
close to its star or a
came too close. Whatever the reason, the planet was now a
deserts lay in place of the oceans, and a huge petrified forest
the landscape surrounding the hidden Gammack base.
Crichton took it all in as he piloted his module to land. Stark
him, telling him about this world and how beautiful it once was.
to the former slave go on about forests and huge oceans mainly because
his mind off their current situation.
course," Stark was saying, "there's another theory."
tell," John said distractedly. He wondered why Stark wasn't
If this got frelled, they would both be in Scorpy's hands again,
spend the rest of his life strapped to the chair. At least, when
it. The thought made him shudder.
plan was simple, they would go down, grab Ellie and then shoot their
out. They had decided that rather than argue about a plan for arns
then go and do something completely different, they would just skip
where they had a shoot-out with some peacekeepers. It wasn't much
what they felt comfortable with.
are legends," Stark said, "of beings of great age and
Ancients," John said with slight distaste. They had started
giving him the wormhole technology to begin with. He knew that it
the best intentions, but the road to hell is lined with good intentions.
Stark answered, "these beings aren't a race as such. They're
either, no one really knows where they came from. But some believe
to this world, and loved it so much, that they began to fight over
it. In fits of
rage, they destroyed everything, dried up the oceans and turned
trees to stone."
he said quietly. They were now approaching the rendezvous point.
lowered his module slightly to cover Aeryn's landing, and then flew
hundred metres to where Scorpius and his entourage were waiting.....
eyes snapped open, but everything was black. She was standing
with her back against hard rock. "John.." she whispered.
He was nearby, she
feel it. Her hands were unbound, and she reached forward into the
touching what felt like stone.
panic, she felt all around and realized she was completely
by some kind of rock. Her breathing became faster as her heart rate
She tried to remember what had happened.
remembered jumping off the bridge, Zhaan pulling her spirit along,
shadow, Stark, Scorpius, the Aurora chair, seeing John on the viewer
suddenly being aware of Scorpius' plan, being drugged, waking
had happened then? She couldn't say, it was all blurred. Most
though, why didn't Acheran kill her?
picked through her memories of the shadowy woman, and it
hit her that Acheran never tried to kill her. She would invade
dreams, had nearly driven her insane and generally made life a
hell, but she had only physically hurt Ellie's family.
dawned and her eyes widened. Of course! She wasn't the
this time, John was. Acheran was going to kill her brother!
renewed her efforts to break free, but the stone wouldn't budge.
and screamed, and then broke down into defeated tears. She
done so much, come so far to be reunited with her brother, and now
was helpless to save him.
she sobbed hopelessly. It was then that a blurry light appeared
her eyes. Jumbled images slowly took shape, and it seemed that
was standing in a clearing, surrounded by stone trees. She looked
and saw what she recognized as Farscape I.
suddenly realized that she was seeing through John's eyes. He
around him and they saw two figures moving under cover behind
he and Stark stood. He swung his gaze towards Scorpius, now
the clearing, with his assistant, Braca and, to her absolute horror,
stood facing Crichton in the agreed meeting place for the
Several commandos moved around under cover. They eyed
other for what seemed an eternity before John said to his sister,
didn't answer but simply stared forward. John looked back at
his voice full of anger, "What did you do to her you son of
opened his mouth to answer, but before he could, she spoke.
John I'm fine, really." Her expression changed just so slightly,
as if to
that she was really ok. John gazed at her with narrowed eyes for
microts before looking again at Scorpius.
Leatherface, let her come over and take off, then you can have us."
grinned, "Of course.."
signaled to Braca, who gave her a shove forward. She walked slowly
John and Stark. Aeryn and D'argo, crouched behind the trees,
took aim and were ready to fire. John braced himself to grab her
one of the commandos caught sight of D'argo, and yelled a warning
his comrades, before opening fire.....
soon as the firing started the vision ended, and Ellie was once
darkness. For a moment, she feared that he had been killed,
told herself that she'd have felt it. She also knew that whatever
in the clearing it wasn't her. Perhaps Acheran had made a copy to
John. Why she didn't know.
had to get the hell out of here, now! She pounded against the walls
but they still wouldnąt move. Her anger and frustration grew and
until finally she gave the walls a huge pound with both fists and
was a tremendous *CRACK*, and then the whole wall exploded
She was thrown a few feet forward and landed on her hands and
coughed the dust and bits of debris from her lungs. She stood up,
around, and stood there gaping at what she had just done.
front part of the stone tree where she had been placed was
blown away. Large chunks of stone lay all around her. She
there breathless, wondering how she had done that.
was quickly snapped out of her musings by the sound of gun fire,
remembered. John's out there. She turned and dashed towards the
hoping she wasn't to late....
ducked behind a tree and returned fire at the half a dozen commandos
out of nowhere. He cursed himself for not noticing them and then
Aeryn ran to the tree next to him and crouched down to get a clear
shouted over to him, "Where's Eleanor?!"
Barbie grabbed her before I could!" He shot again, hitting
squarely in the chest. He looked at his surroundings, he was glad
covered behind him, beyond Aeryn he could see D'argo. Then he peered
behind his cover. He could see Scorpy and Braca moving away on one
clearing, but he couldn't see Ellie or Barbie with him. He turned
saw them under cover at the other end of the clearing.
was surprised to see that, despite not being restrained in any way,
trying to get away. She was just standing there, watching the fight
interest. He was deeply disturbed and was afraid that they had done
to her. He shook his head telling himself not to think anymore of
then signaled to Aeryn and D'argo and shouted, "I'm going to
both nodded and he began to edge his way towards Ellie and Peacekeeper
was furious as she watched the battle. She had been so close to
soul, a rich one too, and of all the stupid things, one of those
to open fire. She was also too weak to take him herself, and she
consumed more techs before leaving the base. After all the planning
done, to be thwarted like this, how embarrassing.
looked over to the clone she'd made. It had been easy, just a matter
the girląs finger and growing a clone, no problem for her. Certainly,
was a lack of personality, and she had to make it speak, but it
to fool Crichton.
she turned and instantly brightened, for she saw Crichton sneaking
them now. Excellent, she grabbed the clone's arm and waited for
crashed through the trees, towards where the fight was just dying
couldn't see it yet, but could hear the last few shots being fired.
fragments of stone, she topped a rise and saw down into the clearing
peacekeepers were retreating, she could see Stark with a dark-haired
a huge bestial guy. They were running, not after the peacekeepers
the clearing. She looked to see where they we're going, and her
open. John was there, talking to Acheran who was holding her clone.
plunged down the slope toward them.....
her go you bitch!" John had his pistol pointed at her head.
his little sister, who still made no struggle. He heard Aeryn and
come behind him, their weapons poised.
eyed them all carefully, especially the Banneck, he would certainly
problem. She did her best to look frightened and said, "I want
to get out of
take me with you and you can have the girl."
Luxan growled, "Or we could blow your head off and take her!"
grinned viscously, "Luxan brute! Can't you see the girl is
ill?" She made
clone wobble as if ill, "I can help her, I know how to treat
caused the clone to moan and shake, "John? I feel awful,"
it sank to the
while Acheran kept a firm grip on it's hair.
me with you, and I will tell you how to treat her, shoot me now
was torn, and Acheran was delighted to see it in his face. He looked
at Aeryn, as if asking for help. Then he turned back towards Acheran
said quietly, "ok, come on, but," he said with force,
"if you try anything,
be dead before you hit the ground."
nodded in mock submission and moved towards them, the clone in front
He continued to hold the gun pointed at her, as did the others.
covering her. The Luxon and the Sebacceon moved to one side, Crichton
Without another second's delay, she shoved the clone at D'argo and
They both fell back and she jumped at Crichton, who was taken by
tried to fire, but she knocked from his hand before he could. With
defied his imagination, she swept his feet out from under him. He
against a stone tree and hit his head. While he was stunned she
front of his shirt, hoisted him to his feet, and pushed him against
her, Aeryn and D'argo had gotten up and poised there weapons. She
now glowing green eyes at them, and they stood there in momentary
took full advantage of their delay and focused her will on the clone.
She commanded, "Change and Attack!
looked and saw the what was once John's sister, and was horrified
changing before them. The skin dropped off, in its back wings and
and its eyes started glowing a sick shade of green. When the
was complete, it let out a hideous scream and then shot up into
air. It flew up twenty metres and then, with another scream, came
onto Aeryn and D'argo.
pair opened fire, but it did little or no damage against the creature.
down and knocked Aeryn down. She felt a sharp pain in her shoulder
down to see it bleeding heavily. Another shriek and she glanced
D'argo fending the creature off with his Qualta blade. She started
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