Part 8: Vo
I hardly saw Rei the next few days other than when she came to sleep, but even that was rare. She was having way too much fun with Balt's toys, and so was he! Wasn't he the captain?! Shouldn't he be captaining or something?! Then again Cashel hardly ever took complete control of his crew. He always let Tammy make all the minor decisions, which was most of the decisions actually. I guess it was the same with this ship.
I spent my time in the small cargo bay fixing and cleaning up the shuttle for our arrival on Dezner. I enjoyed the peace and quiet but sometimes it was just too quiet.
It was the day of our arrival and I was walking back to the ship's bathroom to shower when one of the room doors slid open as I was passing by. I peeked inside and saw Finola sitting in the dark, with only a single light glowing in middle of the room. She beckoned me to come in when she saw me take interest.
I glanced around to make sure it was me she was talking to before stepping inside. It smelled strongly of moist flowers. She gestured for me to sit at a chair while she set many small glasses in a row in front of her. Then she sat back in her seat.
"Pick one" she said to me.
I looked at the glasses. They all looked exactly alike so I pointed to one at random. Then she picked up a pitcher filled with more clear liquid and poured it over each glass without concern for spilling. When the liquid fell to the table however, it sizzled away.
She finished pouring and gazed into each glass. The liquid inside each of them was now a different color.
"Hmm…" she frowned. I waited for a better answer but she didn't say anything else. That wasn't good enough for me.
I knew she had the answers to some of my questions so I asked, "Why are you helping us?" and then she smiled showing a few of her silver teeth. She was obviously waiting for me to ask her something.
"For a few reasons, one of which is to repay a debt. The other is in the best interest for everyone."
The liquid in one of the glasses changed back to clear.
"Best interest for everyone… what does that mean?"
"It means you will not fail in your quest, so do not hesitate to approach it."
Another glass turned clear.
I decided to take a risk asking this question, "Do you plan on taking the stone once we're there?"
She gave a slight frown. "We no longer seek the stone, nor do we wish to continue with the race."
There were only two colored glasses left.
Now to the future. "Will we win the race?"
She chuckled with a big grin on her face. "I cannot tell you that."
None of the glasses changed.
I sighed. What was the point of talking to a Premon if they weren't going to tell you the future?
"Why won't you finish the race?"
"The beings that have obtained the stones are too powerful for any of us to challenge." Her eyes narrowed and she whispered, "'Tis a battle between true demons…"
Demons… was she talking about Ozias and Kiko? Another glass changed leaving only one glass left. I was about to ask her if Kiko would defeat Ozias but she took the last glass that I originally pointed at and drank it. I wasn't sure if that meant anything but a moment later the door slid back open. I had to shield my eyes from the sudden bright light to see who it was.
It was Balt.
"We're going through an asteroid belt so it's gonna get a little rocky." He laughed at his pun and took off again. At least he knew how to tell a joke.
The door remained open and Finola said, "The shower's free now." I guess that was my queue to leave.
"Thanks for the… this…" I said after standing up.
She smiled and I walked back to my room to get a change of clothes.
I got out of the shower and went up to the flight deck. Only Verena was there but I expected that.
"Where's Balt and Rei?" I asked her even though she was busy evading the large asteroids.
"Shooting rocks" The ship swayed back and forth, up and down, making me feel queasy. "Can you please tell them to not aim at the largest asteroids but at the ones in front of the ship? It's only creating more, smaller asteroids to evade."
Ugh Rei… leave it to them to think asteroids was a game. I took off to the ship's blaster rooms bracing each side of the walls as the ship jeered in different directions. I entered one of the empty rooms and it activated.
"Hey," I tried to get their attention but they were arguing with each other about how many points they each had, "Verena wants you to aim at the asteroids at the front of the ship."
"Oh join us Sarth!" said Balt happily, completely ignoring my comment.
"Yeah you can be our judge, let us know who hit which asteroid first!" said Rei.
They went back to arguing about their points again and I ended up being the only one blasting the large asteroids away in front of the ship.
"Thank you" came Verena's voice in my blaster room as soon as we passed through the belt.
I left the room, "No problem" I said aloud. I went back to the flight deck. "Do you think we'll make it to Dezner in time?"
"At the speed we're traveling we should reach Dezner only a few hours after Kiko arrives" she responded.
"Wow, that's pretty close" I said admiring her work.
"This ship is a bit faster compared to the Jago" she said.
I snapped my head toward her, "How do you know about the Jago?" I asked perplexed.
"I helped design it." She said simply.
"You helped design it?" I exclaimed.
I was in shock. She helped design it? Did that mean she knew Tammy?
Balt walked in, "Good you're here Sarth. We'll be landing shortly so can you go help Rei pack your stuff?"
I veered my attention away from Verena, I had the feeling she didn't want to talk about it anyway, "Yeah sure" I said before leaving the fight deck.
Moments later her voice echoed in the cargo bay, "Prepare to enter Dezner's atmosphere."
Rei was already throwing her stuff into the shuttle.
"We can leave the food behind, I'm sure we can stop at the village afterwards to restock."
The food would've taken up the most of the room if we took it with us in the small shuttle.
"Anything we don't need we should leave with Balt and the others, they might find some use for it."
I think she should take her own advice because she was the one with the most stuff. Nevertheless, we finished packing anything we needed as Balt and Finola joined us with along with Verena a few seconds later.
I turned to face our saviors one last time.
Balt wore a small smile but spoke in a serious manner, "You're always welcome back on the Constance Sarth…" he said to me.
"Thanks," I smiled back, "I hope we meet again somewhere in space."
I shook his hand then he took off the weapon attached to his back and tossed it to Rei.
"That's my favorite, make good use of it!" he grinned at her.
Her eyes lit up with joy, "Thanks Balty!" she said excitedly while examining the mid-sized blaster and then attaching it to her back.
I joined her in the front of shuttle.
She took a deep breath in front of the steering panels, "Are you ready for this?"
Getting back to Kiko was all I've been thinking about since she left us, "I've been ready."
We felt the ship touch down on solid ground and the cargo bay door opened for us. Rei started the shuttle as the Constance crew saw us off.
"Thanks for the ride!" Rei beamed at Balt.
He had a big grin on his face as he stood there with his arms crossed, wishing us farewell in his own way. "Thanks for your company!"
"Thank you" I said sincerely.
Verena smiled at me and I couldn't help but smile back as Rei whisked us away from the ship.
She swerved through the trees, "It's time to finish this race!"
I couldn't agree more. It was time for the Jago crew to reunite.