In Version; Chapter 78, Kondor 239

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Stories from the Verse
In Version
Chapter 78:  Kondor 239
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When the ship passed over the horizon, Kondor began counting in his head.  When he reached forty five seconds, he extended his mind again.  No response came.  Perhaps the ship had not quite landed yet.  He tried again a minute later, and told himself that Derek was possibly banged up.  He tried again five minutes later because the sense of the verser was still there.  Had Derek not been able to gate out using his ‘magic’?  If so, he was likely in a world of trouble as the alien invaders would not be at all happy with him for spoiling their invasion.

Verser on planet who calls.

Kondor startled as the alien voice filled his head.  Not only was it different, but it was clear the mental speaker was nonhuman.

I was attempting to connect to a friend on the ship.

Yes, the other verser has left.  We have arrived.

You are a verser?

What is your name?



You said there were others with you?

Yes, we are led by Beam.  He is Human.

Kondor thought quickly, and then figured it out.

Are you the flying entity with the small girl, and the white-haired man and others?

Obviously.  You are the brown one who is not as tall as the pale haired-warrior.

Kondor wanted to laugh.  Slade would have no problem being called a pale haired warrior.  For himself, being called the brown one bothered him only a little.

Can I speak to Beam?  Can you arrange that somehow?

No.  He does not have mindspeak.

You could teach your humans telepathy, you know.

Why do that?

It would be useful to them.

Beam only keeps what he needs.

Kondor thought to himself, hmmm.  He realized he needed to think about this.

Can I contact you later?

Yes. Once you have finished scheming, contact me.  I will wait.

Kondor stopped sending his thoughts, and felt something go away.  The implications of this mental conversation definitely required some thinking over.


“Yes, Cap’n.”

“Derek and Vashti are gone.  They’ve been replaced by some people we met before.”

Next chapter:  Chapter 79:  Brown 265
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