matapam (pamuphoff) wrote,

_Marooned_ part 13

  Miles of trees.

On the horizon, a city.

Down below, pavement. Vehicles, a road disappearing into the trees in the direction of the city. Train tracks paralleling it.
Rael circled the scaffolding, nothing but trees in all other directions. Both the road and the tracks ended here.

The two bosses walked out to two different vehicles and departed.

Grand Poobah, and Grand High Executioner, perhaps? But which is which?

Inside the bowl the rescue squad had three guards on stretchers and carted them out the doors. The other three guards followed them. The doors swung shut. Rael bit her lip.

I can probably open them. Set off alarms, or be seen. She looked at the distance down. My specialty, no reason it shoule interfere with a light warp. And if this is the end of the line . . . how often does the train run?

Becasue given the complete desolation out here, I suspect their gates are more like the premanent gates, with most, if not all of the "mechanism" mental.

She spread her shield and pushed off. swooped, banked, dropped down by the train. Tram might be a better term. Automated, three cars. One bare, two passenger. Doors open.

She watched, felt carefully, as the people entered the first two cars. No electronic checks that she could feel. Stretchers in the first one. Poobah and the ambulatory guards joined them. The rescue crew walked back out and into the second car. Rael slipped in after them.
No alarms. The doors closed and the tram rolled down the tracks. The workers moved to the back of the car and sat with their backs to Poohbah and his guards
Ostracized. Unpersons.

Transported to die slowly.

Something tight relaxed inside her.

Did they do that to Xen?

I don't know where they send them, but I can pretty much guarantee he isn't dying at all, let alone slowly.

Chapter Twelve

Xen shook his head at the strangers, the Chinese, who were sitting down, taking a break after about three hours of easy walking. He turned slighhtly, and took the bear hide out of the bubble, down low where the tired city boys wouldn't see it.

Karl grinned and grabbed one end of the long folded bloody fur. Xen took the other and hiked up to the recumbent foursome
"Only a couple of kilometers. Up and at 'em." He walked right past them, as they groaned and grumbled. At least they did get up and follow.

"Just as well they did stop." Karl was snickering. "They probably couldn't find your house without whatever sort of electronic guide they use."

Xen detoured west to find the game trail through the woods. "Point. Especially since it isn't too obvious." A trio of deer disappeared into the woods as he entered the meadow.

"Good hunting though."

"Oh yes. And even with this many people, the bear will feedus long enough to do a bit more experimentation on the plants." Xen heard rapid foot steps from ahead.

Cali burst into the clearing. "Daddy? Where's Daddy?"

Xen pointed back and she shot past him.

"Ha!" Jiol walked out  of the trees. "How did I forget how much energy kids have?"


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