I jumped with the pod and my dwarf dragons followed. I dialed up the eight anti gravs on the pod as I spread out and looked down. We were five hundred kilometers to the east of the closest home. According to the sats and the scientists the ground under the trees here was swamp or close to it.
I jerked to twist the pod and dialed up the anti gravs more as we reached the top of the trees. We went through very slowly and I began to use the grav tractor gun. I finally pulled the pod to the side and let it settle on two branches. I slowly shut the anti gravs off and jumped to stand on another branch.
I hung my pack and unclipped the short rifle before I moved to the tree. I looked down and Sampson landed and chirped as he looked down beside me. I smiled and jumped and caught a vine and climbed down. I stopped at the three hundred meter level and began to search. I found the junction of six tree I had been looking for but they were up another fifty meters.
I climbed up and checked them to make sure they would hold a transport and opened my sat comm, "this is Gavin. I found the site and will start clearing it."
I went to get my pack and carried it down and pulled out the sonic cutter. I started with smaller branches and then the secondary ones. I let Alice and Sampson watch for me as I cleared six primary branches. I moved up and started over and then cut the primary branches off in smaller sections.
It was late afternoon when I checked the site for the pod and went to bring it down. I was very careful placing it and then set out the ramps and stairs. The pod was below where the landing and parking pads would go. I put on the upper cage and made sure all the connections were in place. I was a little surprise not even one large predator had tried to hunt me.
Working by myself was lonely but I enjoyed it. As it grew dark I set net traps and vid cameras and we went in and I turned on a small light. It was very cramped since the pod was still full of gratings and beams. I opened one of the stasis coolers and fed my friends and ate dinner. The night came alive in roars and screams and other night calls of birds and animals.
I made my bed and laid back and looked out the front grate. I woke twice to one of the traps and once to a loud roar just outside. Finally lightning and thunder began and then the morning rain. I shifted to comfort my friends and looked out. Somehow the rain seemed to fall softer here with much smaller drops.
When the rain stopped we got up and I got dressed. I held my pistol and stepped out and looked around. I moved the cage screen from the stairs and clipped it to the door and repeated it for the one that went from the top of the door to the top of the stair door. We went up and onto the top and I looked towards the net traps.
I had not bothered with the main branches and set them in the smaller secondaries. The closest held a large bird and the other a type of small wolfape I had never seen. I was careful getting both out of the nets. I put the owl in a cage and the small wolfape in a stasis crate. I took my bow and quiver from the pod and went hunting.
I killed a tree rabbit and skinned it and fed Alice, Sampson and the owl. I cleaned and tanned the pelt and finally climbed up to finished cutting and clearing branches. I finished in the late afternoon and went hunting again. I set up the cooking station inside the top cage and made dinner. I checked on the owl and fed it now that it was calm.
I had set the nets and we were heading down and into the pod as it started to grow dark. The trees went silent and I stopped and looked around. Suddenly there were a hundred small wolfapes rushing the cage. They screamed and roared and fought to get through and I looked around, "well it was not a juvenile."
I turned slowly, "with a pack this large any big predator would stay away."
I continued down and into the pod and made a call. It was a few moments before I was answered, "need help Gavin?"
Things never change, "we have a new species of wolfape. They look about half the size and are a mottled greyish brown. The pack that just attacked the pod looks like it has a hundred in it."
He hissed and I grinned, "I also caught a new owl. It is a dark sapphire blue and has actual ivory horns. I called it a sapphire horned owl."
He chuckled, "I will pass it on. Still want us to wait a few days to bring the next pod?"
I looked out the door at a dozen small wolfapes staring in at me, "I finished cutting so all the hard work is about to begin. I would say two days and I will have the platform done and a transport can land."
After I disconnected I checked the restless owl and shut the light off and laid back. It was hours before the pack left and I slept. I woke to thunder and pulled my dragons close and looked out. Once more it began to rain but this time without the lightning. I heard a lot of chirping and moved to look out and up.
On the cage from the door to the stairs were a dozen small wolfapes. They shifted and crowded together as they were soaked. When the rain stopped I got up and began to dress. That was when the rest of the pack decided to return. I heard each of the six nets as they were triggered.
The pack screamed and yelled but at least a dozen had been caught and the rest fled. I climbed to the cage and looked around. The ones caught in the nets were struggling and screaming but the others were gone. I looked at all the small wolfapes, I did not have enough stasis crates or cages.
I sighed as I moved to each net and used my knife. As much as I disliked killing needlessly I did not have a choice. Next I skinned them and took them away to be cleaned by beatle ants. I fed Alice and Sampson and used a couple of the bodies to feed the beatle ants when they were done.
I set the cleaned pelts in the cage and then moved the screens on the door and closed the door to the stairs. I used the pod anti gravs and began to move the beams out and up and slowly the landing pad frame came together. Like the day before not even one predator showed up. When I quit for the day the frame was complete.
I went hunting for tanning moss and killed a Flying lemur for dinner. I moved the nets before I closed the cage for the night. I fed my friends and ate and the small wolfapes returned. They avoided where the nets had been but another dozen ended up caught as the nets were triggered. I looked out as the rest of the pack fled in many directions.
I shook my head and ended up going out and killing half of them. I never thought about the land or water below. If it was a swamp the elephant wolves would not be there. I brought all the pelts into the cage for the night. I went down and checked before opening the door and letting Alice and Sampson enter the pod.
It was the middle of the night when I felt something strike the pod. That woke me and I reached for my rifle as I heard wolfapes scream. I thought it was the pack attacking the pod until I switched on the outside LED lights and saw several large king lizards in the vids. They were leaping and chasing the small wolfapes.
It was like they were in a feeding frenzy and the small wolfapes could not escape. It was an hour before the forest calmed and the king lizards left. I shut the lights off and laid down with Alice and Sampson. I was up when it first started to rain and dressed while looking out. I was worried about the king lizards attacking while I was working.
Once the rain stopped and it was light I stepped out and looked around. I sent Alice and Sampson up the stairs and followed. The whole area around the pod was torn up. I crossed the landing pad frame and slipped into the forest to hunt. I took all the uncleaned pelts with me and killed a large rainbow peacock and several tree rabbits.
I cleaned the pelts and fed the beatle ants the tree rabbits and my friends the bird. When we returned to the pod I tossed the pelts in and pulled out the first grate. It was noon when I answered my comm, "Gavin."
"We are almost there."
I frowned and shifted, "only half the landing platform has grates."
"We have the second pod and your father said you need company."
I growled before moving to the pod to grab the beacon, "follow the beacon."
I switched it on and went to set it in the center of the platform. It was a few minutes before the transport slowly descended into the cleared area. I blinked as someone leaped out and then relaxed as they switched on anti gravs. The person dropped a little faster than the transport and I saw it was a girl.
The transport finally began to hover and I went to accept a remote as they pushed out another pod. I switched on the anti gravs before it could drop to the platform. The crew chief tossed out several large cargo bags as I moved the pod to the branches across from mine. I let it settle and then shut the anit gravs off and ran for my pod.
I grabbed the stasis crates and the cage with the owl and hurried back to the transport and handed them up, "tell the scientists I had a swarm of large king lizards in a feeding frenzy last night."
The crew chief nodded and gestured me back, "be safe!"
A moment and the transport was lifting straight up and away. I turned to look at the girl as she checked a short rifle and looked around. I blinked, "my father sent you as company?"
She grinned as she checked the single point sling and let the rifle hang, "I am Crystal, from Settlement. I decided not to start my advanced school yet and was at the academy. Your father saw me helping one of the guides and thought I would be useful here."
I snorted as I went to get the cargo bags, "no the meddler thought we would click and fuck like tree rabbits and he would get another grandchild or three."
She laughed as she followed me to the pod and I set the cargo bags inside, "well I do love sex even if it has only been in the sims."
I glanced at her before I started to pull out the next grate. I started back to the platform, "watch for wolfapes or king lizards."
I was hoping the king lizards were full and would stay away for awhile. I also hoped the small wolfapes would stay away from where they had been slaughtered too. I froze when I heard Alice call and dropped the grate and looked around. Crystal glanced at me, "what?"
I hissed and gestured her to silence and Sampson roared as he flew out of the trees. I spun and started to run, "inside!"
Crystal ran after me as Alice reached the pod ahead of us. I caught the cage door and turned as Sampson flew in and the girl followed. I backed in just as several huge king lizards climbed onto the platform. These were strange because they had greenish grey moss growing along their backs. I locked the door and stepped back, "those are very large."
Crystal was holding her rifle and nodded, "and strange."
I blinked as one climbed up and onto the branch at the end of the ramp. It was facing the platform but I had seen the side of its head and hissed, "gills."
It spun and glared and I saw its red eyes as it moved closer. I pulled my pistol as it reached the door and tilted its head. It lunged and slammed into the cage and I moved quickly before it did it again. I aimed through a hole and fired and the large plasma round exploded through the side of its head.
It dropped and thrashed on the ramps as it died but I looked beyond it at the platform. One of the others ran towards us and I could not let it get close and aimed and fired. It crashed and started to spasm and the others ran away. I hesitated before I forced the door open and moved around the dead king lizard.
I knelt to look down and saw the others still moving down. I had Crystal watch as I began to skin the huge animals. She told me there were more stasis crates in the new pod and I filled several with the meat and fed Alice and Sampson. I rolled up the skins and dumped the rest over the side. I waited and watched but the huge king lizards did not come up.
I finally went back to work on the grating and a couple of hours later and I was done. Crystal helped me carry the two huge hides and we cleaned them using beatle ants. We laid them out on the pod when we were done and I rubbed them down with tanning moss before rolling them up. I set the nets and pushed everyone inside.
I checked the pod position and I had been right, the huge lizard had moved it and I had to use the anto gravs to fix it. I set up the door and stair grating and went up to start dinner. Crystal grinned as she helped, "think we can find some dwarf dragon eggs?"
I snorted as I sliced the king lizard backstrap into steaks, "I doubt it."
I looked at her and then shrugged, "I can take the day off tomorrow and we can do a long hunt."
I kept glancing around as I thought of the last group of king lizards, "you know I think we just saw the original King Lizards. Like many worlds life crawled out of the water. These trees are in a type of swamp. I would bet they live in the water and were disturbed by the feeding frenzy of their ... grandchildren."
Crystal grinned, "they sure looked like granddads."
After we ate and cleaned up we went down and into the pod. I hesitated before I stripped and Crystal grinned and did too. It was growing dark as she wrapped her hand around my cock, "breed me Gavin."
I grinned as I backed her to the bed and pushed her down. Alice chirped from their nest above it and Sampson answered. Crystal giggled as I moved over her and kissed her while lifting and pushing into her tight pussy. I held her as I buried my cock and continued to kiss her. She shifted and wiggled and groaned.
I smiled and pulled back and started to fuck her, "like the sim?"
She clutched me and her pussy gripped my cock, "aaaahhhh!"
Her hips lifted as I kept using long thrusts. A couple of minutes and I was using firm strokes and she was shuddering and clinging to me, "yyyeeeesssss!"
I kept fucking her as she struggled and bucked and finally shoved into her. I held her as I pumped sperm and she jerked and shivered while her pussy constantly clenched, "mmmm!"
When I was done I relaxed and she lay under me panting. Alice chirped and I glanced up to see her looking down. Crystal laughed as she hugged me, "yes it was good."