Bellum Potestas

In a small galaxy far, far away, two young heroes fight gallantly their way through the darkest dangers and highest threats to beat the clock and save all before a disasterous bomb goes off. Will they make it there in time, or does their story come to an ominous end?


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4. Teleporting - Adwr

     ~ Chapter Three ~

 

In the hover car, Grazyna tapped me on the shoulder and asked, "Adwr, what's going on?"

     "Well, it's kinda a long story."

     "Seems like we have time."

     "Well, I was in History class. We were talking about the war. How the Lichsnofians stole our Gem, because of their ill queen. They lost theirs in the Battle of Elttab two years prior. All that junk, when the male students under the age of twenty were called to report.

      "We went to the auditorium. The General went up and told everyone that the military needed some volunteers."

     "You volunteered?" Grazyna questioned, confused. Even she knew how cowardly I was. I feared she could see white locks poking out from under my hood.

     "Are you insane? Of course not! I'm not my dad! I'm not brave!" Aware of the fact that I mentioned my dad, the one thing that I hadn't told her all about, I quickly continued, "I was chosen. I bet my white hair was sticking out, and the General chose me because he thought it would be fun, watching me shiver in my boots."

     "So what's the problem again?"

     "A bomb. It's outer shell is locked or something like that. Can't be unlocked without the Gem. It's gonna blow in a week."

     "So we have to find it."

     "Yeah. And If we don't, well, let's just say, we'll be the last people from Marklar left in all of Argoff."

     It was a bit difficult to see, but Grazyna's long hair was tinted with a slight white.

***

      We rode in silence, mainly because there was nothing to really say after, "We'll be the last people from Marklar left in all of Argoff." So Grazyna and I were just quietly staring out of our windows, even though they only offered our own reflections.

     I began to wish I had never dragged her into this mess. If she gets killed on this mission, her blood is on my hands. It will be all my fault.

     Breaking the silence, Grazyna said, "Why is your hair blue?"

     "Huh? Oh. No reason."

     Grazyna gives me a look like, "You're not fooling me, but I'm going to let it slide." If there's one thing I can say about her, it's that she's not dumb. She doesn't have an actual education, other than basic math and history and other junky subjects, but that doesn't make her an idiot. Well, not all the time.

     The hover car came to a halt, jerking us both forward a bit. I opened the car door, and we scooted out.

     We were in a teleport field. An empty deserted plain, with a barbed wire fence surrounding it. In the center were two teleports. One for the northern hemisphere of Lichsnoff, the other for the southern.

     The General stepped up behind us, startling me. He asked if we had any questions.

     "Yeah. Where might we find the Gem? We can't scour an entire planet in a week."

     The General looked at me like my question was the definition of stupidity. "The Gem likes hot weather. Check the icy tundra," was the (very sarcastic) reply.

     "You said the Gem likes hot weather. How can it like something? It's not alive," Grazyna said.

      "You're kidding me, right?"

     "I'll explain later," I said to my friend.

     The General, while rolling his eyes, grabbed my wrist and snapped a Com-De on it. a Military grade Com-De. Dad used to wear one all the time. They are able to tell the time and call people like a normal Com-De, but these never lose their signal. They never static out or start screwing things up. They have a little thing that reads your brainwaves, so if you're in an area where you really need to be silent, you can talk in your mind and the transmission will go straight to the person you are trying to contact. Their replies are also fed in your mind.

     The General took hold of Grazyna's hand, but she pulled away. "Don't touch me." Her eyes were stone cold. I'd seen this look before. The one time I went to her house when I was ten, her jerk-wad, uh, I mean mother, asked if I was her boyfriend. Grazyna stared at her with a look of pure hate. I thought she was about to snap a neck. Especially now. Her hair was so red (with a hints of orange) that it looked like it was a flame.

     "Fine. Put it on yourself, then get in the teleport on the right, before I change my mind about not shooting you."

     Grazyna obeyed. I followed her, but just before I stepped on the teleport, I turned to the General and warned, "I don't ever want to hear you say that again. You do not talk to Grazyna

 like that."
     "Excuse me?" the General asked with a laugh.

     "You heard me."

     "And what's a wimp like you going to do?"

     "I may be a wimp. I'll admit that. But if you so much as harm a single hair on her head, I will destroy you. Because I will do anything, anything, to protect her." My voice sounded so dramatic that it took a second to register that it was my voice, not someone speaking for me. My small moment of bravery quickly disappeared. I jumped on the teleport.

     Traveling via teleport is like falling through a trapdoor, or a portal. And when you make it to the other side, you have to be careful to bend your knees or else you can hurt yourself. But of course, since the universe hates my guts, I ended up landing on a hill, where I lost my balance and began rolling down it.

     When I stopped tumbling and regained my balance, I got up, aware Grazyna wasn't nearby. "Grazyna?"

     "Over here," she called out in reply. I walked towards her. When she asked what took me so long I replied

     "Oh, nothing."

     She gave me another "I don't believe you." look.

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