Matt awoke in a cell disoriented with blood flowing from his forehead. He sat up with legs crossed on the cot and stared at the little finger on his left hand, “Thank God for my Pinky, it’s the only part of my body that doesn’t hurt,” The Khad guards hurried down the corridor when they heard Matt speaking. “Where the hell is your leader?” Matt said out loud to them in perfect Khad. The reptiles looked at each other not sure what was going on. “Did you hear your leader; L-E-A-D-E-R?”

The Khad guards rushed in the cell. “On your feet Oohman” They hurried to cuff him and take out the Cell.

“And another thing, when do you guys eat around here?”

The lead guard knocked Matt to the ground and slammed his gun barrel against Matt’s head. “No talking.”

The Khad guards ushered Matt in handcuffs into a large room just as Omori Shi arrived. The guards made way for him. When Matt saw, the figured he smiled. “Finally, your leader.” The guard slammed his weapon into Matt’s back.

Omori Shi looked his prisoner over. “Who are you and what are you doing here?” He said in perfect English.


Omori Shi pulled out his weapon and pointed it. “Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t blow your head off human?”

“For one I’d be killed.”

Alexa busted in. “What’s going on here?” She looked at Matt who had obviously been beaten and walked over getting in between them. It dawned on Alexa that the populace would blame her if she allowed Omori to torture him. “No, you can’t beat him like that,” Alexa pleaded. “He’s not even armed?”

“Is this animal one of yours?” Omori demanded.

“No of course not.” See looked Matt in the face. “You dare call yourself a hero, the savior of our people?”

“I never said that.” Matt corrected her.

“Who are you?” Alexa pressed.

“Sorry, we haven’t been properly introduced.” Matt smiled. “Major Matthew Stewart United Earth Space Force.”

“I figured sooner or later Earth would show up.” Omori Shi pointed to his guard and the huge reptile pulled out his weapon and pointed it at Matt. “Watch him.”

Alexa was startled by Omori’s reaction. “You don’t believe him do you lord Shi?”

“Not so fast Princess Basrilian.” Omori Shi warned.

“Princess Basrilian.” Matt recognized her name. “Abraham Basrilian? He was a member of the Lewis and Clark crew.”

“He was my father.” Alexa admitted.

“What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” The guard slammed his fist into Matt’s back. Matt gave a polite bow and was hit with violent force again.

Omori Shi shouted. “As far as I’m concerned you are an interloper Major Matthew Stewart United Earth Space Force.” Omori Shi moved towards Matt again. “It doesn’t matter where you came from, we will be executing you at dawn.”


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