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watched with pleasure as her creature distracted the other two.
back to Crichton who was struggling against her grip, but to no
one hand on his chest was more than enough for her to hold him down.
free hand she stroked his hair and then griped his head to keep
was a shriek and a rush next to her, and she turned just in time
from bashing her head in with a rock. She held him in place, using
will, and then threw him back against another tree. Then she caused
to wrap around him. He struggled to move his hand so he could take
mask, but it was held in place by the stone branch.
suddenly weary, she turned back towards her captive and rested her
on the trunk of the tree, breathing hard. She was growing weaker,
enough strength left to hold him place. He renewed his struggle,
grabbed his head with her hand. She leaned in, her face almost touching
whispered, her voice coming and going like the wind, "I grow
weak. I need
soul, to replenish me. A human soul, and yours is full of the energy
Ellie?" He needed to delay her, if only to give D'Argo or Aeryn
to get this bitch and kill her....
gave the winged creature a good gash on its leg. It screamed and
a little, giving him time to look around. He saw Stark, bound to
was down and bleeding from her shoulder and mid-section. Then he
assistant holding John up against a tree. He tried to shoot her,
creature took another dive at him, forcing him to redirect his fire...
was not allowed to harm her," she answered and then moved in.
He tried to
her, but she sent a shock of pain into him, and he found he couldn't
Something large came flying at her and she was bowled over, landing
side. John collapsed, still unable to move.
growled and quickly jumped to her feet, only to face Eleanor Crichton.
girl was covered with sweat and dirt. Her eyes betrayed the anger
was feeling, and she stood in fighting stance. Acheran did the only
could do, and ran in the opposite direction.
all reason, Ellie followed.....
swiped again at the wretched creature, but couldn't gain any ground.
slashed at his face with its claws, forcing D'argo to duck, giving
chance it needed to knock him over. He landed on his back, and saw
over him ready to deliver the killing blow. A rock came flying out
and hit it in the head.
reeled back from the blow. D'argo grabbed his blade and thrust upward
abdomen while firing it. It screeched in pain, and fell back
wrenching his blade from his grip. After convulsing violently for
microts, it finally stilled.
turned to see John staggering towards him. "Thank you,"
he said, the
nodded and then saw Aeryn on the ground. He stumbled to her side.
you ok?" She opened an eye and nodded.
looked around him, "She was here a microt ago...where-"
spoke up from his prison, "She went after Acheran. Find her
got up, "Which way?" and then ran off in the direction
Stark indicated. He
through the stone forest, jumping over rocks. He didn't need direction
know where she was going anymore, he *knew* where she was....
stopped short of running off the edge of a cliff. "Frell!"
down into what was once an ocean, hundreds of metres down. A cold
her back. Ellie was coming, she could feel the girl's fury, rushing
on the wind.
turned. The girl was standing a few metres from her, her blue eyes
anger. The air around them was alive with it, the sheer emotion.
backed away slowly, she knew she had few options left to her. She
her will with the little strength left to her. The wind grew and
around both of them, howling angrily. Eleanor's hair was flying
and her eyes started to glow. Acheran could see the electricity
air, it was now or never.
unleashed the full force of her will in Ellie's direction. The result
setting fire to dynamite. The explosion was deafening, all the trees
them burst apart as if they were made of paper. Eleanor was thrown
as was Acheran, who had stood at the very edge of the cliff.
fell back, and didn't stop......
ran even faster when he heard the explosion. When he got to the
the remains of several trees in what looked like a blast radius.
edge, in a fetal position, was Ellie.
kneeled down next to her, she was trembling slightly. "Hey
bright eyes.." he
in a choked whisper.
looked up, "John?" she whispered.
was all he could say.
She exclaimed and sat up to hug him. He wrapped his arms around
they stayed like that for what seemed to be an eternity.
he pushed her away slightly, "We have to get off the planet,
peace keepers regroup."
nodded wearily and then tried to get up, but passed out. He picked
and carried her off to where the ships waited....
lay twisted and broken at the bottom of the tall cliff she'd just
off of. Blood gushed out of her mouth and nose, and her bones and
crushed. She had to reform, but lacked the strength to do so.
girl has beaten you, Acheran...." the voice came to her, as
storm broke out over head. Lightening and thunder crashed in the
She rolled over painfully, and started to crawl to where she thought
was coming from.
she whispered, "Please m-mistress, help me..."
failed," it said accusingly, "and my sister gains ground."
was weak, hungry," she violently coughed up more blood, "please,
chance, and I will complete my mission."
was no answer, and she lowered her head in defeat.
She looked up to see a commando standing over her. The commando
her comm, "Sherla to base, Charon is badly injured."
Sherla bent down and gently rolled Acheran onto her back, holding
a sitting position. Acheran weakly reached forward and grabbed the
head. Then she leaned over and kissed her.
she felt the pleasurable inrush of energy. Her wounds healed and
returned. She continued to absorb the young woman's soul and energy,
further than she'd ever dared before. Finally she parted with a
air, as the remains of Sherla fell to pieces in her hands.
stood as the fury of the storm raged above her, reveling in an ecstasy
never felt before. She had never dared to fully absorb another's
considered too dangerous. Now she couldn't imagine it any other
her resolve strengthened, she began to change to a dark mist and
the storm and the upper atmosphere. Soon, she would feel this again,
a human's soul. She would not fail again.....
stood in the command center of his base, while techs and others
in a frenzied panic. They'd tried to regroup and get reinforcements
botched trade, but a tremendous explosion had fried they're trackers.
out some commandos to see about it, all but one returned, and they
shed any light on what caused it.
a sudden ionic storm had also knocked out their weapons. He could
that Crichton had escaped. He scowled, no one dared cross him now.
sat in the infirmary being looked over by Stark. He had told her
after she'd woken up, not to say anything of how she got to be there.
she feigned amnesia.
been introduced to the rest of the motley crew, and was now looking
to very interesting experiences with them. When he introduced Aeryn
she felt his love for the raven-haired woman, and was feeling really
him. As for the rest, she could tell that they were at least friends,
now, though, there was an awkward silence in the room, as she had
John of their father's death. She numbly went through the accident,
but left out the parts with her dreams, and Acheran. He didn't need
on his shoulders too.
stood there, quietly listening to her finish, and then sighed heavily.
rubbed his eyes, looking like he was going to cry, but was holding
all quietly withdrew, although she could tell that Aeryn lingered
the door. She could feel the Sebaceon's concern for John, and was
she said quietly, "he was very proud of you."
looked up, his eyes brimming with tears, and then sat down next
to her. He wrapped an arm about her shoulders and she leaned on
to him. They stayed like that for the longest time.
he spoke, "You took a terrible risk getting here, Ellie."
know," she answered, and then smirked, "unlike you of
smiled and gave her a slight pinch, "Aw shut up."
giggled, "Ouch! Jerk," she whacked his chest.
was laughing now, "Ok, its now past your bed-time." He
got up, hoisting her along, and headed towards the door. She felt
Aeryn withdraw and go down the corridor. Ellie frowned, the sebacean
seemed afraid of something, but she couldn't say what. She felt
too tired to think about it, and let John take her to her room.
She got into the bed, grateful for rest.
turned to leave, and she called out to him, "John?"
smiled widely, "Love you too kiddo," and then he left......
Sun stood on the terrace, staring up at the stars. Her shoulder
ached and there was going to be a nice scar where that bizarre creature
had slashed her. At least they were all alive and with minimal damage.
D'argo had barely been scratched, Stark was uninjured, it looked
like she had borne the brunt of the attack.
course, there was the thing with the assistant, "Acheran"
Stark had called her. She'd try to do something to John. He had
said something about, "consuming him." The thought sent
a shudder up her spine.
nearly lost him, she realized, again. She sighed, there was no more
denying that she loved the strange human. She'd told him that they
wouldn't act on it, because it could distract them during a battle.
Now, she realized that, distraction or no distraction, they were
just as likely to get killed. She could almost hear Zhaan telling
her that she may as well be happy while she had time.
John's voice behind her almost made her jump.
looked behind her and said, "Hey," back.
came up to her and wrapped his arms about her, and they stayed like
that for arns, just staring up at the stars.....
awoke with a start. There was someone else in the darkened room
with her. She looked about with a heightened sense of alarm, even
using her other senses. She then smiled, relieved.
she said, "where have you been?"
blue woman appeared, sitting at the foot of her bed smiling, "Oh,
here and there....You know what happened?"
picked through her memory, "yes," she said quietly, "but
don't need to, not yet. Just know you're safe and with your brother,"
the Delvian spirit gazed at her for a moment before saying, "I'm
very proud of you Ellie, but there is more you need to learn. Stark
will teach you. As will I."
looked up at her surprised and Zhaan said, "You have great
and you're very important."
Eleanor could respond, Zhaan leaned forward and kissed her forehead,
departed the room. Ellie sat in her bed wondering what the Pa'u
she was still exhausted and so lay back in bed.
smiled. What did it matter now? She was away from Earth, but reunited
brother. Home is where the heart is, and her heart was with her
She fell asleep to that peaceful thought...
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