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Chapter 506 of Book 3 is in the queue

September 21, 2018
Posted at 9:36 am
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

..."I don't want people on Earth to know about her, because the government, i.e. the politicians, would want to control her, and that isn't going to happen."

They had walked over to the women, and both men just stood waiting as the conversation faded away. "We're almost ready," Diana advised while looking up at her husband.

"I promised a tour of Ship. Why don't we do that now. If you need more time, though, Morales and I will drink more coffee."

Jasmine passed a glance with the Clan Queen. "I would love a tour."

Jeff smiled as the women came to their feet, "I may have misspoken slightly," he advised. "Ship somehow exists in multiple dimensions. I suspect it would take a lifetime to visit all of those, but I will be glad to show you some of the areas in this dimension, and perhaps, one day, we'll visit the range I use to test the weapons that I'm afraid to test on-planet."...

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 505 of Book 3 is in the queue

September 14, 2018
Posted at 3:05 pm
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Selina spoke up. "I can find Earth from here…" but her voice trailed off as she thought to qualify the statement, "…with the use of the astrogator's station to assist in navigating the dimensions," she added. Remembering the voyage in Ship's academy when she and Diana made their way home from another galaxy, she continued, "It would be exceedingly interesting and enjoyable."

"We need to talk. Take me up, please," Jeff sent. Moving a step away from his wives, he said aloud, "I'm going to…" but he had forgotten to tell Ship when, so she assumed immediately.

Ship's tractor beam, augmented by a variation of the inertialess drive, snatched the Prime through Ship's hatch and into the ship herself faster than the eye could follow. Had it not been for the inertialess component of the tractor beam, he would have been bloody paste.

Morales had been looking up at Ship when the beam snatched Jeff. "What happened to him?" Morales queried as he stared at the place where Jeff had been two seconds ago.

Diana shrugged. "He must have been talking with her and asked to be brought inside," she reasoned.

"But, but…" he stammered. "The Colonel just… disappeared. Is that thing safe? Is he safe?" Morales asked, reasonably...

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 504 of Book 3 is in the queue

September 7, 2018
Posted at 2:11 pm
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...They had crossed the last of the clear area and were almost a hundred yards into the woods while following their original trail back to the cave, Jeff continuing to maintain a blistering pace. The Prime was concentrating on Morales' abilities while wondering if the man could maintain the hard pace all the way back to the cave.

Morales had never had reason to move at such a fast pace while wearing snowshoes, and was beginning to be stressed, but he had learned the hard way never to forget his surroundings.

High above, the snow leopard crouched on the big snow-covered limb, its coat blending with the surroundings. Again, its thoughts were on the human with the weapon, so it allowed the first human to pass under its perch, but rose up, and in one smooth motion, launched itself toward the one with the weapon.

Jeff had heard the movement and snapped a look above him in time to see the animal leap...

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 503 of Book 3 is in the queue

August 31, 2018
Posted at 7:45 am
Updated: August 31, 2018 - 8:00 am
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

Things going on in my life so I posted a few hours early today.

...After returning from outside, Jeff had noticed that Selina was sitting in the midst of the chickens, obviously having made friends with them. Of course, some of that "friendship" might have been the result of the tidbits of leftover steak she was feeding them.

The Prime walked over, folded his legs and sank onto his butt next to the seven-year-old, noting that some of the chickens were taller than Selina while she was sitting on the ground and surrounded by them. He also noted that there was no chicken manure anywhere around. "So, what are you up to, My Bonny Lass?" he asked with a grin.

Selina giggled at his fake Irish brogue, but answered, "Oh, I was merely researching the Brahmas' intelligence," she returned as she held up a tiny piece of steak and instructed, "Dance for me, Gertrude."

Obediently, Gertrude stood as tall as she could while turning in a tight circle with her wings spread a little for balance. A smiling Selina gave the hen the morsel after she completed the turn.

"How long did it take you to teach her that?" Jeff asked, amused.

"Oh, approximately one minute," Selina replied offhand while instructing Abigail by voice and hand motions to do her dance routine.

Have a goodun;

Roust

Chapter 502 of Book 3 is in the queue

August 24, 2018
Posted at 10:22 am
 

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Jeff knew that Jasmine had just that in mind. Slapping her on her coat-covered shoulder, he quietly said, "Dead center of the bull. Fire at will."

And she did, and it was.

"Two more," the Prime instructed.

They too were in the bull forming a tight clover leaf. "Okay, shift to the two hundred yard target. Wind is still crossing from left to right at ten."

"Three bulls in a triangle," he said a moment later. "Now the downhill targets."...

Have a goodun;

Roust