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Chapter 437 of Book 3 is in the queue

May 26, 2017
Posted at 1:47 pm
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Lila continued to inch closer long before he had all the wolves' breakfast on their food boards. Eventually, he had their steak, potatoes and scrambled eggs ready. When he put Lila's laden board in front of her, astonishingly, she hesitated.

"Go ahead, Girl. Eat up."

Lila looked first at Morales, then at Lobo. When Lobo whined at her, she attacked the food.

"Now that's different," he said as he put his coffee on the ground beside him and sat on his padded rock to eat, his plate balanced on his knees. Then pondering it, Looks like she asked Lobo if she could eat, but… she did look at me and hesitate. Hmmm. Come to think of it, lately, Lobo has begun waiting until my food is ready before he eats, although I've never tried to make him do that.

While eating, he watched the two wolves. They, of course, didn't have hands, so their table manners as such, didn't exist. After having watched Lobo put a foot on his meat to tear off a piece with his mouth, Morales had begun cutting the meat up into manageable pieces - not that the big wolf needed any help, but it just seemed the thing to do, particularly after he and Lobo had begun to communicate so much better.

But this is way too quick for Lila to start something like this, Morales thought. As he sat going over things in his mind, he recalled Lila looking to Lobo for guidance more and more, although this instance was much more noticeable. That's just more indication that they communicate mentally - at least to some extent - and their communication with each other is probably a damn sight better than Lobo's and mine. And… Lila is smart - maybe really, really smart. Lila, I think you're going to like living here...

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 436 of Book 3 is in the queue

May 19, 2017
Posted at 1:44 pm
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...One of the men from the vent boring crew motioned to a five foot opening roughly eight feet off the floor of the side tunnel they were in. When completed, the opening would have an inspection hatch that would provide entrance into the five-foot in diameter bore that would be one of the air vents for the fortress. "The borer is jammed about sixty feet in. Carlson managed to get it to back up a few inches before it jammed completely, and he crawled under it to get to the cutting face so he could free the machine. He dismantled part of the face, but before he could clear the machine, something shifted, the borer moved and pinned his hand behind the cutting face. It's so tight under the machine with him under there too, that there isn't room for jacks to be placed where they would have to be to get the weight off his hand."

"How bad is the injury?" Hall asked as he prepared to go into the vent.

"Don't know, but there's blood coming down his arm. A good bit of it, too."...

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 435 of Book 3 is in the queue

May 12, 2017
Posted at 2:41 pm
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

..."Shit," the First mumbled as he absentmindedly got up for a cup of stim. After taking a sip, he turned back to the Chief Engineer. "How soon before I can get us out of here?"

The Chief glanced at his boards. "I am ready now. I can even give you ten percent more speed now that we have made certain that the coils are holding without obvious damage."

The First Officer touched his communicator. When his Second answered, "Go to warp. Same course as before. Same speed plus ten percent - and no more than ten percent. The Chief Engineer will also continue to monitor our speed."

"Affirmative, Sir," the Second responded. "Going to warp."

The two waited quietly as reality shimmered about them, then steadied, before the Chief said, "You could always drop a mine or two in our wake. That should end your observer problem, or at least make them go to emergency warp to outrun the mine - if they can."...

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 434 of Book 3 is in the queue

May 5, 2017
Posted at 2:36 pm
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Selina, realizing how tense she had become, and embarrassed, tried to relax. "My Queen, as we have already discussed, the only logical reason for the the aliens to be so insistent in their searches is that they are, at least, reasonably certain they are being watched."

"But…" Diana started, then after a moment said again, "It just doesn't make sense. If they became suspicious enough to search the asteroid belt, then why did they quit before they reached the area where the scout was hiding? Our team reported that they probably would have been found if the search had continued, because the search vessel was heading almost directly toward them. Yet the search was apparently called off. Ah, darnit, this searching does not make sense. First, they appeared all but lackadaisical with the first search, but since they have begun to move, they have intensified their efforts. It seems that it should be the other way around. It's a lot harder to hide out here in open space compared to the asteroid belt."

"Or perhaps it is the reverse. They realize that they have a much better chance of finding us out here and have intensified their searches accordingly," Selina reasoned.

"Yeah, that's possible, too," Diana agreed. "But it's almost as if there is someone new in charge over there. Remember, I live with an Alpha. The alpha of alphas. He never does anything partway - never. Sometimes, I could just pull his hair out when he does some of the things he does, but he seldom has to do anything over. It's always right the first time. I just feel… Crap, this whole thing is beginning to scare me. They almost caught us just now. If our stealth had not been as great as it is, they would have. Selina, we have to remain on our toes - all the time. I'm beginning to feel that there is someone, or something, over there that is extremely intelligent."...

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 433 of Book 3 is in the queue

April 28, 2017
Posted at 2:41 pm
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Lobo slowly walked into the cave, followed closely by the new wolf, while Morales pretended to not notice them. He heard another low growl from the new wolf, but again, Lobo hushed the sound with a touch of his muzzle.

"Bear steaks tonight," Morales called out while trying to project unconcern, and at the same time attempting to keep track of the new wolf with his peripheral vision.

As he turned to put a steak in the second skillet, he got his first real look at the wolf, which caused a grin that he didn't try to hide. "Ah ha," he told Lobo. "Got yourself a girlfriend, I see."

She wasn't as big as Lobo, but neither was there a huge amount of difference in their sizes, particularly their heights, although she did appear to be quite a bit thinner and had less bulk. Morales could see that she hadn't been eating as regularly as Lobo. Her coloring, he noted, was a bit lighter and her muzzle was a tiny bit more pointed than his. Both of the wolves were drenched from the rain, of course.

Lobo whined at him and sat. A moment later, with yet another glance at Morales, the second wolf sank to her rump, then after a moment, slowly settled onto her stomach to began licking the bottom of her right front paw while keeping a watchful eye on the human. Now that he focused on her foot, the swelling was obvious.

Lobo whined, then looked hard at Morales before putting his muzzle close to the other wolf's foot. Lobo's concern was visible by his action, and Morales could "feel" his friend's concern as well.

Morales, thinking about first aid for the strange wolf's foot, said, "Oh, shit, Boy. You're going to get my ass killed. She'll eat my fucking lunch if I touch that foot."...

Have a goodun;

Roust