How could everything look the same when everything has changed I thought as I stepped back onto the Command Deck.
Calling out for Ship I asked Carpet for an update while I waited for her to reply.
'We're powered down hiding in the shadows Silo. All fighters are in place.' Carpet replied sounding skeptical the 'hiding' ploy would work.
'Thanks Carpet.' I muttered my eyes scanning the view screen and the skies above the Yydryl.
'Silo. What did you find?' Ship responded as I began pacing.
'Swarg. He tried to kill me...' Carpet gave a shudder and tried to interrupt but I continued, 'Let me rephrase that. Swarg saved me. He
controlled what was inside him and saved me. It's the thing in him that tried to kill me.'
'And Swarg?" Ship enquired with concern.
'He's burned. Badly. But worse, the thing
is still inside him. I don't know how to get it out.' Or if I can, I added to myself, the
reality of the situation closing in.
'Silo, there's nothing we can do at the moment. The threat of the Ophi's, our fighters out there. I'm sorry.' Her voice fell off, there was no
need for her to point out the obvious.
"You're sorry? What do you mean You're sorry
! We can't just leave him like that.' Even as I said the words it dawned on me Ship truly
meant to eliminate the Ensign. What I thought was a hollow threat proved to hit closer to the 'solution' than I'd ever dreamed.
'Silo, Swarg is lost to us. He's also suffering beyond anything you can imagine, his body an unwilling host. He cannot continue as he is, you know
that. You also know the current threat we're facing must be our center of attention. It is the only way.' Ship's voice was wooden and held no
"Will you release me from the bridge to go to the Recovery Bay?" I begged, chapping the sides of my arms with my palms in frustration.
'Silo, you know Antar's gone...But you're wondering if there's something she left behind you can use to help the Ensign is that it? Well, go and
check if you insist, but don't be long.' Ship's offered no hope but that she gave me time away from the deck at such an important moment was
enough for me.
'Thank you Ship.' Head bowed I choked back tears. The tension, the hurt, the fear, it was all adding up.
Bending down to run my fingers through Carpet he gripped and held my hand for an extra heartbeat before letting me go.
Time was running on different schedules here. One for those actively engaged in battle far above us, another much slower time for those waiting
behind, and another clock ticking in double time for Swarg.
I broke into a run for the Recovery Bay knowing I had to make every second count.
I'd expected silence in the Yydryl's medical wing but rounding the curve to the Recovery Bay I heard a voice. And then I saw it.
Not the owner of the voice, but destruction so thorough it was maniacal.
Someone, or something had turned the room inside out and whatever they were looking for, if they found it it had been hidden well.
Searching for the source of the noise I followed a mixture of mumbles, whistles and yips until finally uncovering a crate hidden well beneath the
"Hey! You in there..." I tapped the top of the box warily. If whatever was in the box had caused the havoc in the Bay I was in some trouble,
especially if it didn't want to be disturbed. 'Hey! You! Come out!' I prodded again with more force this time, I didn't have time to placate
whatever it was hiding. Giving the box a good shake I waited as it went silent. Then came a pitiful mewling and grunting, plainly the sounds of
something in terrible fear.
Unsheathing my knife I gave the box a sharp poke and jumped back a half dozen paces when the lid popped open. A soft sheen of light rose from the
box, tendrils of gnarly gray hair stuck out over the top but still I couldn't see more than the top of the head of the thing making the awful mewling
sounds. Then it dawned on me. This must be Deez, Antar's pet.
'Deez?' I called it's name softly.
'I Deez' It responded warily teeth chattering in fear.
'Deez, I need your help, please.'
'Deez help.' It replied but didn't exit the box.
'Deez, I need something to help Swarg."
At the mention of Swarg the little creature returned to howling, two stick thin raggedy arms punched out of the box and grabbed the lid trying to
close it again. Snatching the thing up out of the box with one hand I slammed the lid shut with another forcing the pet into the open. The scruffy
little creature crouched trembling and twitching atop a dented exam table it's eyes squeezed tightly shut.
'You know Swarg?"
"Swarg monster. Do this.' Long twitchy fingers pointed randomly at the destruction of the RB.
'Swarg was here?"
"Swarg here. Scare Deez. I hides Eye."
Crouching down on the back of my heels brought me face to face with Deez.
'Do you know what Swarg was looking for?" I asked gently.
'I hide Eye.' It whispered fervently looking around in fear like Swarg would pop out from behind the rubble.
'Yes Deez, you shut your eyes, I would too. But do you know what Swarg was looking for?
'Noooo!' He wailed. 'My Eye! I hide Eye!" Shaking and seized with fear Deez hopped from the counter and back to his box clawing and biting
it's lid desperately searching for a way to get back inside.
'Deez, listen to me. I'm not going to hurt you. I promise.' He didn't respond to my kind words but I knew well actions spoke louder. I'd
offer him food.
'You must be hungry and thirsty...' I tried.
Deez ceased his battering of the box jumped back atop the counter and brought his face an inch from mine.
'Food? Has fooooood? He drew out the word. One eye squeezed shut Deez cocked his head and jut his chin forward in disbelief.
'No, but...' Before I could finish he began to wail again and spun to return to the box. "Wait Deez! I'll get you food!' Hollering for a
working droid I ordered it to bring me some fruit and water hoping it was the right choice.
'See Deez, food is coming. Now tell me what Swarg was looking for.'
'My Eye!" Deez turned his face up to howl while rubbing it's furry stomach that had begun growling.
"DEEZ! STOP THAT NOISE AND TELL ME WHAT SWARG WAS LOOKING FOR!' I bellowed in his face hating myself immediately for loosing patience with a small
"I say. My Eye." He said distinctly before curling up in a ball sniffling and grunting, sobbing on short breaths.
Nothing I could say would coax him to speak to me again. Frustrated beyond belief I nearly cried when the droid arrived and the smell of food did
what I could not. Deez uncurled from himself and with drool running down the corners of his mouth he hopped from one foot to the other waiting for
Choosing a large piece of fruit I held it before Deez as he clawed and swatted at my hand.
'Deez. Bring me what Swarg was looking for. I'll give you this if you bring it to me or show me what it is, show me where it is.' When Deez
hesitated I took a bite of the fruit and the little being nearly swooned. "Wait waitwaitwait! Deez screeched running to his box again, clawing
frantically to be let in.
I reached and opened the box watching as he disappeared inside returning shortly with something clutched in his bony claws.
"Take Eye. Give food! Take taketaketake!" He panted breathlessly trembling from head to toe.
Exchanging the object for fruit I marveled as Deez opened his mouth to three times it's size, unlocked his jaws and popped the fruit in whole,
swallowing without chewing.
'More. Moremoremoremoremoremore!' Deez'es voice rose to a fevered pitch.
'Deez, You want more, tell me what this is. Tell me what it will do. Tell me why Swarg wanted this, Eye.' The object in my hand did in fact look
like an eye. Fathomless black orb, red pupil set in a malleable material scarred with strange marking, but unmistakably an Eye.
'Fooood! Foodfoodfoodfoodfoooooooood!' Deez snarled getting angry when the Droid refused to produce anything without my consent.
'Deez! Stop it or I will eat all the food!' I yelled over his howling.
'What is this!' I shook the Eye at him. 'You tell me now and I'll make the droid take you to Ship's kitchen! The first promise I could think
of popped from my lips but it was the right one. Deez looked as if he'd expire from bliss.
'Da Kitchen! Da KITCHEN! Promisepromisepromise...' I interrupted him with a promise and as soon as it left my lips Deez began babbling for all he
'Monster want Eye. Eye be everything. Eye fix everything.' Deez whispered reverently wearing a dreamy look that told me he hadn't forgotten the
kitchens. 'Monster in Swarg. Monster want out. Eye be key. ' He stopped to wipe at a long strand of drool draping his chin.
'Then what Deez? The Monster uses the Eye and then what?' The hope blooming in my chest began to physically hurt.
'Monster. Swarg. Two. No Monster Swarg. Monster Free.' Deez, obviously finished jumped to the shoulder of the droid and waited.
'Thank you Deez!' Placing a kiss on it's fury head I commanded the droid to take him straight to the kitchen. I almost smiled hearing the little
beast yelling 'Faster! Fasterfasterfasterfasterfasterrrrrrrr!' as they made their way down the hall.
I echoed Deez'es words as I ran for the prison and Swarg's cell. I didn't know how I'd use the Eye, or what would happen, but whatever I'd do, I
had to do it fasterfasterfaster...
[edit on 2-2-2010 by silo13]