made his way in flight-form
to the Starship Yydryl.
The achievement was an important one.
After several decades of careful commitment- cultivating the right background and the correct impressions- loam
had finally been granted this
critical position on the Rigellian
We, reposing special Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage, and good Conduct, do by these Presents Constitute and Appoint you to
be an Officer in Our Royal Rigellian Reserve from the 80th day of Yidzick 2320. You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge your Duty as
such in the Rank of Ensign or in such other Rank as We may from time to time hereafter be pleased to promote you to, and you are in such manner on
such occasions as may be prescribed by Us to exercise and well discipline in their duties such officers, men and women as may be placed under your
orders from time to time and use your best endeavors to keep them in good order and discipline.
And We do hereby Command them to Obey you as their superior Officer and you to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as from time to time you
shall receive from Us, or any superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War, in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you.
Given at Our Court, at New Jufeddyn, Rigel the 80th day of Yidzick in the 2320th Year of Our Reign.
By Their Majesties’ Command.
was at last meeting his destiny, fulfilling a portion of prophecy uttered by the wrinkled lips of Mossian-Slea
nuns for thousands
of years throughout the expanse of space.
It seemed the Mossian-Slea
were nearly everywhere. As one of the oldest races in the universe, they purposely integrated with alien
civilizations on a grand, but subtle, scale. They influenced politics, commerce and religion. But the Mossian-Slea
were a purely
self-interested species with an unparalleled ability to convince others of their selfless fidelity to the native cause.
Starship Yydryl was loam’s
interfaced with the Yydryl as he approached the starship,
considering the priorities he would need to immediately pursue upon recovery from his manner of travel.
had the innate ability to convert into an energy form useful for space flight, provided it was for short distances of a few
light years. But the effort came at great expense, and the metamorphosis from flight to corporeal form could be an exhausting and painful process.
was already exceeding the outer limits of his ability and knew he would require recuperation for several hours.
Slowly, he entered the starship’s receiving bay, and with the gentility of a wind glider, rematerialized into his natural humanoid form and walked
forward as if he had come in from a leisurely stroll.
Immediately, he headed for his quarters, laboring under the immense strain of his exertions. He needed replenishment—kjovil’um
super algae with unique restorative abilities.
was relieved to have reached his quarters so quickly without interruption. His things had clearly arrived before hand and had been placed
in proper order, including the warm vat of kjovil’um.
lowered himself into the restorative green liquid, he could feel the scalding pain of his flight immediately leach from his exhausted
limbs. He submerged himself for a few moments and returned with a blissful contentment not achievable by other means.
After some time, loam
carefully considered his circumstances aboard
starship. He would have many new challenges before him.
He knew little of the Captain or the other officers, though he was aware of the æxløsisian
navigator, a race he very much enjoyed.
If nothing else, loam
would be in good company aboard the Yydryl.
As his form repaired its extreme strain, loam
selected the human appearance he had used for nearly two hundred years. For some odd reason, its
offensive nature made the Rigellian’s
like and trust him all the more.
smiled at the obvious contradiction.
did not need humor now. He needed rest—and several hours
With the kjovil’um
nutrients fully utilized, loam
left behind a vat of clear liquid, dried his body with a rough towel, and made his
way to the bed area.
Collapsing in the center of the bed, he smiled and said, “Ensign...”
With his eyes closed, dreams of prophesy filled his head.
[edit on 22-3-2009 by loam]