wouldn't think that I would need to sleep. Would you? After all
I'm now a super powered being in the body of a god-like alien.
Who'd think that I'd have to get some shut eye? Not me, I can
tell you. I soon discovered my error.
was a day after I returned from space after taking care of the
Czebhinn dreadnaught with Fairchild's help. I should have rested
then. My body was telling me to take it easy but I ignored it.
It wasn't that I was feeling any physical effects of my exertions.
The fact was I felt great but I didn't think about the emotional
and mental stress I had gone through. After worrying about myself,
the fate of the world and a certain gorgeous blond Velorian I
didn't even take time to breathe a sigh of relief. No, I had
work piling up on my desk at the museum that needed my attention.
after saying goodbye to Fairchild I spent the next sixteen straight
hours working. When my desk was cleared I went back to my ship
to check up on LahrRinda and ThenEtte. When I finally got back
to my place it was eight AM and I had to go back to work. Melythra
was in the kitchen sipping her morning coffee when I arrived
are you doing?" I asked.
am well," she said with that cool manner of hers.
I said rejecting the notion of a quick cup of coffee. "I'm
off to the museum. Let me know if you need anything."
looked up from her java and her whole attitude changed in that
split second. Gone was that coldly efficient Companion that I
was getting used to. In her place was a very concerned woman.
She stood and placed one of her cool soft hands on my forearm.
she said, "you should not proceed to your place of employment
this day. Though you do not know it you have become fatigued
and are in need of rest."
At first I was too stunned to reply. I mean this was Melythra
after all. Emotion doesn't come easy for her, if at all. So,
the last thing I expected to hear from her was genuine concern
but I'd just heard it from her own lips.
you kidding Melythra? I feel just fine. This body of mine is
have failed," she said sitting down once more.
knelt next to my companion and put my arm around her shoulder.
"Hey. Who said you failed? You just point them out to me
and I'll beat them up for you."
attempt at levity wasn't a great success but at least it got
her to stop thinking of herself as a failure. Melythra turned
to look at me and took my head in her hands.
is not your body that I am speaking of Ross," she said earnestly.
"It is your spirit. You must rest yourself in order to become
completely whole again."
"Honestly Melythra, I feel just great. I just need to wrap
up a few details at the office. It won't take long. Then I'll
come back home and rest. I promise."
you are whole, as you say, then why have you not noticed that
you still wear your Wanderer countenance?"
was then that I finally noticed that I was still sporting my
jackal's head. This was really unusual because around my place
I like to wear my human head just in case anyone is peeking in
the windows. Yet, here I was walking around the kitchen and.
. . Hell! I'd even gone out and gotten the morning paper like
this and hadn't even noticed. Maybe there was something to this
resting of the spirit business after all.
you really think I need to take a nap huh?"
"Yes Ross, I believe it to be imperative," she replied.
There was a look on Melythra's face when she said that which
made me itch to take a peek inside her head. I didn't because
it wouldn't be right and because I didn't want Melythra to catch
me poking around in there. I'd been upset with her for doing
that to me and I didn't want to be exposed as a hypocrite.
you are the companion and Horus did say that you were here to
help and advise me. So, advise away Oh Wise and Beauteous One."
if Melythra didn't smile at that one. It only lasted for a second
but I definitely saw it. I guess that I was making progress with
her after all.
will you heed my advise Oh Chosen One," she said with a
hint of a tinkle in her eye.
have the word of a Wanderer on that."
rose and took my large hand in hers. "Come," she said
tugging me to my feet. She led my to my bedroom where she turned
down the blankets and drew the shades. When I sat on the bed
I closed my eyes about to switch heads but Melythra put her hand
on my shoulder to stop me.
she said. "Rest as you are now."
sounded a little silly to me but I'd promised to follow her advise.
So, I just laid back and closed my eyes. I'd never actually slept
while completely a Wanderer and thought that it might prove interesting.
A few seconds after I lay down I felt the bed shift as extra
weight was added. I looked over to see Melythra sitting next
to me. She tried to look at me reassuringly but I could tell
that she was nervous about being this close, this intimate with
I said trying to ease her fears, "I'm a big boy now. You
don't have to stay with me."
is my duty as the Companion," she said.
always about duty," I said with a sigh, to which she just
nodded. "Okay, stay. If that's what you feel you have to
do. I won't order you to leave. I promise that I won't get frisky."
meant the last part as a joke but knew that it was out of place
the moment that it left my lips. I wanted to try and help this
intelligent and yet naive woman understand where I stood in all
this craziness. Jokes didn't seem to be working so I decided
on a little honesty.
took Melythra's hand in mine and said, "I want you to understand
what a great help you are to me. I don't think I could have kept
my sanity without you to support and guide me. I know that you're
going to say that you're just doing you're duty as a Companion
but it means more than that to me and so do you. You're a beautiful,
intelligent, and compassionate woman Melythra and you're completely
selfless. That has to stop. I want, no, need you to be the woman
that you are not the Companion that you think you should be.
Like the business about offering to have sex with me when you
weren't truly interested yourself. Fairchild told me that you
were hurt a long time ago. She wouldn't go into details but I
think that I understand some of it. What you did was very considerate
but also very foolish. If I'd taken you up on your offer I might
very well have hurt you emotionally. We're together for the long
haul, you and I, and we have to be able to count on one another.
That means that you'll have to be able to tell me how you really
feel about things not just say what you think I want to hear.
Don't worry about me getting angry at you. That might happen
now and again but I'll get over it and we'll be better off in
the long run. Do you think you can do that?"
looked into my obsidian eyes trying to read my expression. I
opened my mind completely to her so that she'd know that I was
being completely honest with her. I didn't try to read hers because
I was still not that comfortable with our link. After a couple
of minutes she came to a decision.
you have told me," she began, "goes against all that
I thought my life would become when I agreed to be the Companion.
When I told the Wanderers that I would abide with the Chosen
until the Time I believed that it would be my last choice. I
trained myself to accept this and now that you ask that I go
against it I find that it is very difficult. I do not know if
I am still able. All I know is that I shall try."
all I was hoping for."
Great One spoke the truth when he said that you were truly worthy
of the honor."
don't know about that Melythra. I can only hope to do my best,
with your help."
shall have it Ross," she said squeezing my hand.
now back to the issue at hand. You don't have to stay with me.
If you want to go and do something else, go ahead. I promise
that I'll take my nap."
should like to remain if that would please you?"
Melythra, it would."
that pleases me," she said taking a few pillows and propping
herself against the headboard.
Melythra took my large canine head in her gentle hands and cradled
it as if I were a small child. Not that I minded, not in the
least. I lay head back with my Companion's lap and torso as my
pillow and closed my eyes. And did not fall asleep. I lay there
for about ten minutes wide awake before I began to panic. I was
suddenly afraid that I'd never be able to sleep again. That was
when Melythra came to the rescue.
she said directly to my mind, "let yourself go. Let your
spirit float free and relax."
helped calm me down but would not have done the trick. Melythra
didn't stop there, however. Her long delicate fingers began to
gently massage my temples in rhythmic circles. That did it. I
was able to let myself go and finally do what my spirit was screaming
at me to do, sleep. The thing was I not only slept but I dreamt
It wasn't so much a dream as a nightmare. The moment that it
began I wanted to wake up but I couldn't. I had to watch horrified
as the entire nightmare unfolded before me. Yet, even as I was
caught up in the events of my nightmare I knew that there was
something different. This was no ordinary nightmare of that I
was certain. And as it continued the surer I became that there
was something more at work. When it was done and I woke I was
sure that this was no ordinary dream. It was a prophecy.
instant that I opened my eyes Melythra knew that something had
happened to me. She waited patiently while I collected my thoughts.
It took a couple of minutes but finally I thought I understood
some of what had just happened to me.
has occurred?" she asked when I sat up.
"I had a dream. But it was more than that."
"Can you describe what happened?"
really. I had a dream, a nightmare, but it was more than that.
And now, it's like there's something that I have to do. I feel
it in my bones or whatever I have now."
Call," Melythra whispered.
it exactly," I shouted. "What do you know about it?"
very much I am afraid," admitted Melythra. "The Call
is a very important and private part of the Wanderers existence.
What I do know is that once The Call had been given it must be
sort of figured that out myself," I said my body itching
to get going. "I don't think that I could stop myself if
I wanted to."
will you return?"
have no idea."
didn't say goodbye. Once again she was the all business Companion
that I was so used to. I didn't say anything either. By now my
entire being was screaming at me to get moving and I was having
first stop was the moon. I needed a spot where I could concentrate
without interruptions. When I arrived I sat on a boulder and
closed my eyes. Instantly I focused on my nightmare. The more
I thought about it the deeper I drew within myself. Soon, I was
oblivious to my surroundings and I could have been in Central
Park for all it mattered to me. As I drew ever deeper within
myself I let my natural Wanderer instincts take control. I don't
know how I traveled as it happened without conscious thought.
It just happened. One moment I was deep within myself and the
next I was flowing down a tunnel of multicolored light.
I reached the end of the tunnel my feet touched solid ground
and my knees buckled. I was more tired than I'd ever been since
I got my jackal's head. Slowly I sat down while my body replenished
itself. It took almost five minutes before I had enough energy
to open my eyes.
first thing I saw was the large moon following a smaller one
across the night sky. The next thing was the large dun brown
spider like creature about the size of a terrier three feet away
from me. He, she, or it was sitting on a large rock studying
the night sky and hadn't noticed my arrival. I was about to cough
lightly to announce my presence but remembered my jackal's head.
I didn't know how the alien would react to my Wanderer head.
So, before I revealed myself I switched heads.
there," I said as pleasantly as I could.
little alien's head jerked toward me and its head began to bob
up and down. It stood up and looked like it was about to bolt.
my!" the alien said in understandable but high pitched English.
"My oh my oh my." It looked closely at me and then
surprisingly settled down. "You're not Arion," it said
and I shook my head. "Are you Terran?"
of," I replied.
did you arrive?"
just popped in."
. . ."
sure that you've got a lot of questions," I said interrupting
the outburst which was coming. "But maybe we should get
the introductions out of the way. I'm Ross Archer."
yes of course, how rude of me. Your sudden appearance startled
me. I am Ariastranodaea. Welcome to Tetra sir."
you Aria . . . Arias. Ah, you wouldn't mind if I called you Ariadne,
I do not mind in the least sir Ross."
I thought about mentioning the 'sir' thing but didn't want to
get sidetracked. Instead I said, "So, this planet is called
wouldn't have a Velorian Protector would it?"
course, that would be Mistress Lillith," the little Tetrite
said excitedly. "But of course you would know that. Her
sister is the Protector of Terra after all."
last bombshell sent my head spinning. I didn't know that Fairchild
had a sister and I think she would have mentioned it, in passing
at least. Yet, Ariadne was so certain that I couldn't doubt that
she was telling me the truth as she knew it. Something had to
be wrong here and I had a nagging feeling in my gut what it was.
right, her sister," I said hoping that I would get some
more information. "That would be . . ."
Kara, whom the Terrans call SuperFemme."
boy!" I said slumping to the ground.
something wrong sir Ross," said the Tetrite clearly concerned
about my well being. "Should I summon assistance?"
I'll be fine. I just traveled a wee bit further than I'd planned."
me sir Ross but I do not understand. Did you not come by spaceship?"
exactly," I said wondering just how much I could tell her,
at least I think Ariadne was a her. I looked again at that strange
almost golden energy signature she had and let my instincts guide
me. "You see the plain fact is that I don't need a spaceship
or any other mechanical device to travel."
the little Tetrite was looking at me with avid curiosity. She
didn't question what I'd said even though she clearly didn't
not comprehend it either. The fact was I didn't fully comprehend
how I'd arrived on Tetra but I was going to give an explanation
my best shot.
I said clearing my throat, "this may sound a little strange
and you may not understand it all. But that's all right because
I don't and I did it. I felt drawn here. So, I sort of pulled
myself inside myself and followed the pull. And when I opened
my eyes I was on Tetra."
digested this information for a moment before she spoke. "You're
not Terran sir Ross. You only appear Terran. Is that correct?"
that's the long and the short of it. Although, I was once very
I ask what species you are now?"
strange," Ariadne mused. " I have never heard of a
race called Wanderers."
only served to confirm my suspicions and I said, "I wouldn't
expect that you had. I don't think they exist in this dimension."
my!" said an excited Ariadne. "You are truly from another
the way it looks to me."
There are so many things I should like to learn from you. What
your Terra is like? What the people there do and think?"
could tell from the enthusiastic way that Ariadne was speaking
that if I let her she would interrogate me all night. While there
was nothing more that I'd like to have done I did come here for
a reason. I was going to have to get on with it before I was
really like to meet your Protector," I said interrupting
Ariadne's litany of questions. "Why don't we talk on the
excellent suggestion sir Ross. I shall lead. It is not that far,
fifteen perhaps twenty Terran miles from our present location."
like a plan to me. Let's go."
may not have been able to set a very fast pace but she seemed
tireless and so, we made good progress. My reason for being on
Tetra was important of that I was certain. I thought I had time,
however, and so, I didn't push the pace or put on my jackal's
head to travel even faster. Oh well, I guess everyone is entitled
to one mistake as long as it's not a big one.
we walked I tried to answer Ariadne's questions. Her first was
why I had chosen that particular name for her. Oh, by the way
in case you're wondering Ariadne was female. When I told her
about the myth of Ariadne and Theseus this led to a long and
probing talk about Greek mythology with comparisons to Norse,
Celtic, Summerian, and of course Egyptian.
was just finishing reciting a large passage from the Book of
the Dead as the sun began to rise. What I saw turned my blood
cold. Just ahead of the rising sun were three moons each slightly
larger than the other in a perfect triangular pattern just on
the horizon. It was straight out of my dream.
I said interrupting another question, "is that formation
of moons common or unique?"
why it's quite rare sir Ross. Such a formation only occurs every
I cursed not even realizing that I'd just used the Voice. "Damn,
damn, damn. How could I be so stupid!"
is the matter sir Ross?" asked a concerned Ariadne.
Protector, Lillith, is in grave danger. How far is it to her
far," I said preparing to switch and fly the rest of the
way. I had just closed my eyes when I remembered something. "Ariadne,
you said your people are telepathic."
your give me an image of where we're going, right down to the
in a second I'll need you to do just that. But first I'll have
to change into my true form and I'll need you not to get frightened
shall endeavor to do my utmost."
I said just before making the switch.
didn't run. She didn't even twitch. She just stared at me with
overpowering curiosity. I would have congratulated her because
she did better than everyone else had when they first saw my
jackal's head. Hell, she did better than me when I first saw
myself but I didn't have the time. I knelt next to her and laid
my hand on one of her delicate legs.
didn't say anything but sensing my urgency set right to work.
Within a fraction of a second we were both enveloped in a warm
golden glow which she generated. The moment it surrounded me
I was there. I could see the habitat the Tetrites had built for
Lillith and her mate. I could hear the various sounds from Lillith's
rich melodious voice to the yips and barks of an immense blue
dog and I even experienced the scents which encompassed the area.
The whole experience took less than ten seconds and when it was
done and I rose to my feet I turned toward the north toward the
have to go," I told Ariadne. "I just hope I'm in time."
to do what sir Ross?"
a cosmic disaster," I replied just before I jumped.
translocated myself to a small knoll just a hundred yards from
the habitat. My jet black eyes turned toward it and right there
was the ultimate case of dejavous. My nightmare had come to life
right before my very eyes. In the center of a group of eight
Arion Primes was an eight foot high polished metal X and strapped
to the X was a naked blond vision. It could only be this planet's
protector Lillith. She was bound to the Arion device by bands
of green and blue energy and around her waist was a length of
gold chain with links an inch thick. Clearly these guys were
taking no chances with this lady. Yet, as desperate as Lillith's
situation was it was not my primary concern.
on the ground directly in front of Lillith was her mate, whom
Ariadne told me was William. He had been placed on a slab of
Vendorian steel with another sheet of the substance four times
thicker on top of him. On top of this was a large box. I knew
from my nightmare that this was a gravity generator which could
increase the weight on William's chest to unbelievable amounts.
I'd read about the Salem witch trials and knew exactly what was
happening to William. He was undergoing a high tech pressing.
Eventually, he would succumb to the weight on his chest and he
would die. When that happened Lillith would lose her will to
live and the cosmos would suffer because of that. This is why
I had to come, to stop a tragedy of untold significance and there
was no time like the present.
there," I shouted out to get everyone's attention, "I
seem to be lost. Could anyone direct me to the nearest tourist
I was speaking I walked slowly down the knoll toward the Arions
and their prisoners. Everyone was pretty stunned by my appearance
and the use of the Voice which worked out perfectly for me. I
wanted to get as close as possible before I had to act. If not,
William could end up looking like strawberry jam. Just as I reached
the edge of the circle of Arions they took their first offensive
move. They raised their weapons and leveled them on me.
I said raising my hands and trying to look as innocent as I could
with a jackal's head, "no need to get hostile. I didn't
realize this was a private do. I just wanted to get a look at
the party favors."
big stocky Prime stepped forward and looked right into my chest.
Damn, it can be fun being 6'10" sometimes. He was trying
to intimidate me and doing a lousy job of it. Finally he had
to crane his neck in order to look me in the eye.
are you?" he pat at me. "And why do you speak English."
I'm just a passerby," I said giving him a really toothy
grin. "And as to why I speak English. Well, you wouldn't
understand my native language shorty. So I chose this one."
guy was totally flabbergasted and didn't know how to respond.
Arions no matter what dimension they're from just can't handle
flippancy. It doesn't compute with their jack booted mentality.
The rest of the Primes with him were just as stunned. So I decided
to push my luck as far as it would go.
I exclaimed pushing past the Prime. "Whose the babe? You
wouldn't think she'd be into bondage but then again it takes
all types. So boys and girls when do the whips and candle wax
I was talking I kept walking toward Lillith. I tell you if looks
could kill I'd have been a charcoal briquet from the glance she
shot toward me. I wanted to let her know that I was on her side
but I couldn't because one of the Arions might see me. When I
was a dozen feet away from Lillith a female with more guts than
her leader spoke up.
now alien," she demanded with just a hint of a quaver in
I really must have spooked them. Arions don't give warnings.
They're the poster children for the shoot first ask questions
don't get your knickers in a twist," I said still advancing
on Lillith. "I just want to know when the fun's going to
start. So which one of you guys has the nipple clamps?"
the time I was done speaking I was just a couple feet from Lillith.
She looked like she could bite a nail in two. Her chest expanded
and her cheeks contracted as she prepared to hock a super powered
loogy at me. It was then that I winked at her. The look on her
face as she swallowed her saliva was priceless.
but your a big gal, " I said leering at her chest and at
the same time inching my right fist toward her midriff. "Only
seen one set bigger. Damn pretty. Course, I'm a butt man myself.
Say shorty, you'd better hope this contraption tilts otherwise
you're gonna need a box to stand on so you can have some fun."
I was speaking my fist got steadily closer. I stopped when it
was about a foot away. My fingers tensed and a foot long force
knife shot out and punched a neat little hole in one of the gold
links. I took a quick glance to see that there was just a fraction
of inch holding the heavy gold chain around Lillith's waist.
Just as I looked back at her face with its confused look I heard
the sound of energy weapons charging.
shouted the Prime leader.
got that right buster," I said spinning on my heal. "Time
to rock and roll."
force bolts shot from my eyes and hit the gravity generator at
an oblique angle. It was blasted off the Vendorian steel sheet
and struck an unfortunate Arion square in the face. The large
metallic cube disintegrated in a spray of shrapnel and sparks.
The Prime howled and clutched his face but I knew that she was
more stunned than injured.
got a little crazy after that. The entire area dissolved in a
cascade of disruptor fire. Most was aimed at a recovering William
but I jumped forward and took most of the shots. I had just enough
time to kick the steel plate off him before I began returning
fire. I kept the Arions moving so much that they didn't even
think about Lillith. They quickly realized their mistake when
the gold chain parted under its own weight and she was able to
throw her entire strength at the energy bonds which confined
her. Over the sound of crackling energy I heard the triumphant
cry and knew that Lillith was free.
had fully recovered by this time and the Arions didn't stand
a chance. I did what I could and so did William but truth be
told we were almost superfluous. Lillith was magnificent. She
was a Protector possessed. Her gloriously nude body flashed from
Arion to Arion. The air rang with the sound of her supersonic
blows and I'll never forget one of her kicks in particular. It
caught the charging Prime leader right between the eyes. He was
picked off his feet and went somersaulting into the early morning
soon as the fight was over and the last Prime disposed of Lillith
swooped down out of the early morning sky and landed at William's
side. They embraced fiercely as if neither one would let go of
the other. I couldn't see William's face from where I stood but
I could see Lillith's clearly. There was such a look of love
and devotion on her face that it brought a lump to my doggy throat.
Not for the first time I found myself wishing that I had someone
who would look at me like that. For the very first time since
I had had my nightmare I was thoroughly convinced that my subsequent
actions were correct.
lovers reunion was interrupted by the arrival of a five legged
Tetrite. The new arrival was dancing with joy hopping from one
side to the other but quickly settled down when he realized that
neither William not Lillith even noticed his arrival. So, he
settled back and waited and so did I. When they finally relaxed
their embrace I turned my hypersensitive ears toward the group.
So, I'm a snoop, sue me.
are you all right?" William asked.
am well my love, now that you are safe. How are you feeling?"
all things considered. Though I wouldn't have been if whoever
and whatever that guy is hadn't stepped in when he did."
sir," the Tetrite chimed in. "His appearance was most
can say that again Phil."
good sir. His appearance . . ."
was an expression."
sir. I shall endeavor to remember it in the future."
injured Phil?" William asked deftly switching the topic.
sir. The Arions concentrated all their efforts upon yourself
and the Mistress and ignored everyone else."
you ever seen or heard about anyone like him?"
am certain that no Tetrite has ever heard the thoughts of such
guess we'll have to ask then. Let's go say hello to our mysterious
trio turned and slowly walked toward me. I stood ramrod straight
arms folded across my chest trying not to look intimidating and
failing miserably. When they stopped William was the first to
I'm William and this is Lillith and Phil."
know," I said struggling to keep the pomposity out of my
voice. "My name's Ross. And I like to apologize for the
things that I said. It was the best I could come up with on short
is no need for apologies," said Lillith. "Your actions
spoke for you. You have my gratitude for freeing me and my love."
goes double for me," said William.
just glad that I could help out."
huh. That's a pretty pedestrian name, if you don't mind me saying
I used to be a pretty pedestrian kind of guy," I said realizing
that I was eventually going to have to explain my origin to them.
Maybe I should get some pamphlets printed so I could hand them
I decided that the way this conversation was going I might as
well do in a form that I found more comfortable. So I said, "This
is how I used to be." I switched to my human head and got
the standard assortment of oohs and aahs and holy shits. When
the noise settled down I let them have the Readers Digest version
of my origin.
do not recognize your race," said Lillith after I was done.
"Where are you from?"
fact is," I replied, "that I'm a Wanderer. And the
reason you don't recognize me is that I'm not from this dimension."
say this for them. They all took the news in stride but then
again they could hardly deny the evidence in front of their eyes.
Plus, there was the fact that they probably deal with weirdness
on a daily basis.
said William, "how'd you know to come here?"
saw it in a vision."
fine," he said shaking his head.
me sir," said Phil speaking to me at last, "but have
you crossed the dimensional boundaries many times."
how will you return home?" asked a concerned Lillith.
shouldn't be that hard," I said hoping that my guess was
right. "I should have some help. Isn't that right?"
were startled by the sound of the Voice. Phil even stepped behind
Lillith's long legs. What happened next, however, shocked them.
From nowhere a rich feminine voice began chuckling. Heads began
searching for the source of the voice and Lillith's bright blue
eyes shone intensely as she too tried to discover where the laughter
was coming from.
reasoned my brother," the disembodied voice said when
it ceased laughing. "When did thou begin to suspect?"
pretty much from the beginning. I had the feeling that I had
company when I was dreaming. You came along for the ride, didn't
merely myself but all thy brothers and sisters knew that
the Waking Time had come upon thee and heard the Call it placed
My sister's voice was still coming from nowhere and everywhere
and the effect it was having on the others was beginning to show.
Phil was spinning in circles trying to locate the source. William
was looking confused and a little bug eyed and Lillith was going
to start suffering eyestrain if she didn't stop searching soon.
I said under my breath, "you might consider putting in an
appearance here. You're kinda scaring the straights sis."
heat haze effect that I was so used to by now appeared to my
right. It quickly coalesced into a 6'6" woman with the head
of a falcon. She was dressed much as Melythra had been when I
first met her, only now the fabric seemed to glow from within.
I may not have met her before but I would have been a lousy Egyptologist
if I hadn't recognized her. This was Isis in the flesh.
She faced the trio and bowing low said, "Thou has my
humblest apologies for any distress which my appearance may have
caused thee. My purpose was not to cause alarm but to bring enjoyment
to my dear brother."
of them, even Lillith, were too startled by Isis' words to speak
at all. Actually, so was I and I thought I was immune. She seemed
pleased with their nods of acceptance and everything was smoothed
we both waited for everyone to recover their composure Isis turned
toward me. There was the warmest smile I'd ever seen on her face
and it filled me with such a feeling of love and acceptance.
It was then that I realized that I wasn't in trouble for breaking
the Wanderers non involvement policy.
I did good huh," I said grinning like an idiot.
Isis turned and taking my hands in hers said, "Verily
my brother. Know that thy brothers and sisters are most pleased
with what thou hast wrought this day."
a load off my mind. But I thought . . ."
my brother," she said caressing my cheek with a feather
touch. "For look thou the Waking Time is precious to
us when that which was, is, or may be is revealed unto us. Tis
then that the Call may come and when it is given it must be heeded."
me," said William. "But I don't understand any of this.
What's this 'Waking Time' and 'Call' business?"
like to know that as well," said Lillith.
must admit," said Phil, "that I too am most curious."
looked at me and I nodded. After what had just happened I felt
that they deserved to know what was going on, or as much of it
as they could understand anyway.
well. Look thou the Waking Time occurs when I and my people take
the rest which our spirits crave. Then are we completely free
to commune with the universe."
speak with the universe," said Lillith in an awed hush.
do thee my child, as do all sentient beings. Thou are still too
young to hear what it says to thee. The Gentle Ones,"
she said looking at Phil, "listen more clearly than dost
thee and thine though their understanding is limited. Yet, in
time they shall hear more of that which the universe wishes them
walked forward and knelt in front of a trembling Phil. She placed
both her hands on his fuzzy face and a shiver of pure joy shot
throughout his body.
"Never fear gentle Phil," she said caressing
his furry face, "for though anger and violence doth touch
thee it hath no place in thy spirit."
my goodness," said Phil when Isis got to her feet.
here Phil," William said.
about the 'Call'?" asked Lillith.
Call is a cry for succor from the universe. For there is a purpose
to all things though it is not writ in stone. When the purpose
of the universe is threatened it calls to one of us so that we
might redress the balance."
it called you," William said looking at me.
now?" Lillith asked. "Will'm and I have faced danger
before but no one ever appeared before."
Isis looked at me again and again I nodded. I couldn't see any
reason why they shouldn't know the truth. My sister must have
agreed with me because she continued.
now thy demise was never assured. Yet, had not my brother intervened
thy heart's reason would surely have perished and thus robbed
thee of thy will to live. Then would thy end be a surety. That
the universe could not allow."
always knew that you were special Lillith," said a proud
William. "Now, we have proof."
pride does thee credit William. Yet, it is misplaced. Thy beloved
is but the vessel not the fruition."
knew precisely what Isis meant but then again I knew it before
she said anything. After all I was the one who got the Call and
had the inside track. Lillith, William and Phil weren't so fortunate.
I think my sister's last statement confused them more than anything
else that had happened up to that point. It was up to yours truly
to act as interpreter.
'bout that," I said. "My new family speaks cryptic
fluently. It's the way they are. Allow me to explain. I had to
save you Lillith because if you died then your child, your daughter,
would never be born."
know about our child?" said Lillith.
I knew about her before I woke up. I can see her right this second."
can read a person's energy signature, their aura. Your daughter's
is one of the brightest I've seen so far."
Will'm, did you hear that."
sure did sweetheart."
I wish that I could see her as you do."
looked at Isis. The question was in my eyes and didn't need to
be spoken aloud. She nodded at me and I knew what to do.
me your hands both of you" I said switching back to my jackal's
head. When they had I said, "Close your eyes."
I established the link to them. The moment that it was firmly
established I created the image of Lillith in my mind and shared
it with them.
do you see it?"
most beautiful thing I've ever seen Lillith."
keep the link going for a couple minutes so that they could both
fix it firmly in their minds. When I was sure that they would
always remember I slowly dissolved our bond. When it was gone
William removed his hand from mine but Lillith kept hers right
where it was. She looked at me with tears of joy in her eyes.
shall never forget this moment for as long as I live," she
said. "I don't have the words to thank you."
already have Lillith."
would have like to stayed longer but knew that I could not. I
had my own world to watch out for and it was time to get back.
I would never forget this moment either. It was one of those
rare events which made everything that I'd gone through since
getting my jackal's head worth while. I switched back to my human
head and lightly kissed Lillith's hand.
better get going. Take care of yourselves and your daughter."
we ever see you again?" Lillith asked.
not sure. You never know though."
turned to look at William and then turned back. "Would you
wait a moment?" she said.
rushed back to William and Phil. She began speaking rapidly.
Whatever she said must have pleased William because he was smiling
broadly when he looked at me. I was tempted to eavesdrop on them
but figured that I'd find out soon enough. I was right because
less than five minutes after she began speaking Lillith stopped
and together with William and Phil came back to where I stood.
and I would both like to honor you for saving our daughter's
life," she began. "There is a Terran custom which he
has told me about which we both feel would be perfect. Would
you be our daughter's godfather?"
could have knocked me down with a feather when she asked me that.
I didn't know what to say. I looked at William and he nodded
at me. Even Phil was nodding for me to agree. With that much
support I couldn't say no but before I could agree Isis spoke
this what thou truly want?"
said William and Lillith together.
thou wish it as well my bother?"
I do. It feels right."
well," said my sister placing her hand on my shoulder
and imparting an important piece of knowledge to me.
switched once more to my full Wanderer form and said, "Lillith
may I touch your stomach for a moment? I promise I won't tickle."
knelt in front her and tentatively placed my hand on Lillith's
rock hard abs. It's hard to believe considering that Lillith
was nude but she actually blushed when I placed my hand on her
tummy. I reached out with my spirit and touch the growing life
within her and felt it respond to my presence. My hand glowed
bright white for just a moment and then it was done. When I got
back to my feet Lillith was looking at me curiously.
happened?" she asked. "I felt something."
brother has sacrificed a fraction of his essence and placed it
within thy child. There it shall remain separate yet joined til
the end of their days."
looked at Lillith and asked, "It won't hurt her?"
William," I replied, "she'll be just fine. All that
it means is that your daughter carries a little piece of me with
stood next to his mate and placed his hand over her stomach.
Lillith looked at him with the same love and devotion I'd seen
and envied before. William looked at her with a look which mirrored
hers. They gazed at each other for a couple minutes before they
looked back toward me and my sister.
welcome," I said realizing that it was finally time to go.
"Well, it's time to hit the road so to speak."
William and I shook hands and Lillith gave me a bruising bear
hug. As she released me she rose up and kissed the tip of my
she said when she touched down. "We'll miss you."
I'll be back. After all I have a goddaughter to check on now."