Chapter 11 ~ Recovery and Time

 

With Dee having solved half of the Paradox Matrix, she becomes captain of the QETS for a short time during which SpaceDog helps Istanna recover and once again becomes the Goddess she is. In the meantime, Dee and Sasshi prepare for a sparring match and the outcome changes their destiny...


Morris Stone

[SpaceDog telepath] 'Sidrat. How is the Morris Stone working out and how is Istanna doing?'

SpaceDog keeping tabs on the brains of the QETS.

[Sidrat telepath]     'Both are doing fine but I still cannot understand just why you wanted me to put it on my...'

[SpaceDog telepath] 'STOP! I had my reasons. Why are you only at 1500%?

[Sidrat telepath]      'Commander, I can go to at 15,000% but then you would not need the QETS, only me. I stopped at 1505% for a reason.'

[SpaceDog telepath] 'Okay, tell me later and if anything destabilizes, inform me straight away. I'm going to join you and sit with Istanna until she awakens.'

Sidrat is sitting next to Istanna lying on the bed when SpaceDog opens the door and walks into the recovery room.

[SpaceDog]     Tell me, exactly what you did with the Morris Stone when you got it?

[Sidrat]          When the stone suddenly appeared on my chest, I was only at 82.54%. I summoned Diane to help me install the stone as we had discussed earlier. She did an exceptional job slicing the stone. She shaved both sides and installed them into my sensor array. I put the rest in the place you created for it beneath my breast and I instantly reached 101%. We then removed it and placed it in the Minds Eye. Diane helped install it into the QEGOD energy transfer A.I. Together, the QETS is working perfectly with the Minds Eye linkage.

[SpaceDog]     In other words, you and the Minds Eye A.I. are fused through the Morris Stone and in perfect harmony. Does that mean I need to change your name once again? 

He looks at Istanna and back at Sidrat and is a bit puzzled. Sidrat giggles and says in a very sexy Mongolian Russian voice,

[Sidrat]          Call me ... TIME, The Intelligent Mind with Eyes only for you, or just call me .... whatever you like Star Lord.

[Istanna]        Can, can I call you you both over here and and put SpaceDog in the middle so we we can both hug, hug him? 

Istanna repeats words because she is still recovering from the shock of morphing from an egg, into a dragon and then a tiger. The tiger brings her paw up to the gem on her ear and slowly morphs into a human-sized cat that she was before she transferred her magic to Shadowfax.

[SpaceDog]     I was not expecting you to recover so soon. How do you feel Luv? Why are you repeating words? 

[Istanna]    I feel like I got kicked, kicked in the stomach and had, had the wind, wind knocked out of me, drowned in ice, ice water, set on fa fire and then buried alive. Let me... no, get me some fa fo, food and a bottle of Sake to wash this bad taste out of my ma mouth. Have I been eating dirt? Blah...

Istanna grabs SpaceDog and Sidrat pulling them down on the bed beside her, hugs both before falling asleep.

[Istanna]   Zzzzz...

[Sidrat telepath]   'Trixie, Istanna will need some recovery food in a couple of arns. Could you make her some rice porridge with fruit to settle her stomach?'

[Trixie telepath]    'As you wish Mum. Shall I bring some food for the commander as well?'

[Sidrat telepath]   'SpaceDog has fallen asleep with his arms around the cat on the recovery bed. I will notify you when they wake up.'

[Trixie telepath]   'Yes Mum.'


Dream

While resting, SpaceDog has a dream about riding on the back of a gold dragon with his wife Gerd while traveling in Jotunheim when he was only a millennium old. Freyr became in lust with Gerd after he snuck into King Odin's throne room and sat on the kings' chair. This chair, allows you to view everything in 8 of the 9 realms. The Vanir and Frost Giants were enemies but this did not deter Freyr's obsession with finding love, so he sent a servant to persuade Gerd to meet with Freyr. The servant used a magic staff to force her to comply and Gerd told the servant she would meet Freyr in 9 days because she already possessed everything she ever wanted and would like to think about it. After finally meeting with Gerd, Freyr found out his servant used sorcery and threats to force the princess of the Frost Giants to meet with him. Although they got married, the ride on the dragon Wind Walker, was when Freyr returned Gerd to her home. Gerd was not in love, she only respected Freyr's power, thinking he had asked the servant to use force and meet with the princess. Frost Giants respected power over love...


Mle

In the sparring room, LeeZee and Sasshi take bamboo staffs from the wall and face off. They bow, stand straight and position their staffs. Both staffs crack in half with the first blow.

[LeeZee]       Well that's not going to work. Let's try those.

They toss the broken bamboo staff to one side and LeeZee points to the metal staff next to the hardwood staff. They bow, stand straight and reposition their staffs.

[Notakill shouts]      HOLD!

Notakill at the doorway takes a bite of some fruit in his hand, looks around the room, finds two face shields and gives one to each saying,

[Notakill]      I don't want to see either of your faces damaged by those.

Reluctantly, both put on the face shields. Again they face off with Sasshi making the first hit with the blunt end used as a spear to the middle of LeeZee's chest. LeeZee quickly retaliates with a blow to Sasshi's ribs and a leg that flips Sasshi over. Sasshi recovers to her feet, runs and jumps over LeeZee. She spins around, hitting LeeZee mid-back and almost sending her to the mat.

[Sasshi]        Okay this is boring. I want to use those. 

She points to the row of cold steel katanas mounted on the wall.  

[LeeZee]       Now we're talking. I suspect these are your weapons of choice, Sasshi.

Sasshi nods her head, YES, picks up the lightest blade she can find and checks the sharpness of the blade by splitting one of her hairs in two.

[Sasshi]        Hell yes! This is a Zombie Killer. Notakill, can I test this one out on you first? 

Notakill protests.

[Notakill]      No way. I don't want to become fully dead yet.  

[Sasshi]        Ready to try again? 

LeeZee tests the weight of several swords and picks a slightly shorter sword than the Zombie Killer katana that Sasshi has. When she swings it, its sonic vibrations can be felt but not heard as it cuts through the air.

[LeeZee]       Are you sure that you want me to slice you in half with this thing? 

[ ~Dee~ ]      Wo wo wo wo, hold on a moment you two! Shields first, I insist, if you are using those blades! 

Dee stops standing in the doorway. Both Sasshi and LeeZee shake their heads NO and face off by swinging at each other. Dee slaps on a field generator, runs between them and confiscates both swords with her hands, stopping them in mid-air.

[ ~Dee~ ]      Now, do you want to fight with each other or will you both fight with me?

Dee shatters both swords with her hands and yells out,

[ ~Dee~ ]      Clean up on aisle 2. Damn, I liked those blades.

Two cyborg dachshunds emerge out of a small opening carrying powerful magnets. They pick up the shattered sword pieces and snatch both broken swords out of the hands of Sasshi and LeeZee before they can blink. The dogs disappear back inside the opening. Sasshi and LeeZee look at each other and begin laughing...

[ ~Dee~ ]      When you draw a sword, it's a challenge to the death. Swordplay isn't nice against each other when you're friends. Are you a friend Sasshi? 

Looking at Sasshi who shrugs.

[ ~Dee~ ]      Why did you follow me into the metal red box knowing that I was a magic-using elf? What did you think you could gain from me? 

Dee looks at the katanas. Getting no reply she hands one of the blades to Sasshi and picks another out for LeeZee. She selects one for herself.

[ ~Dee~ ]      These swords give us an opportunity to make us equal. New game rules! Targets fly out of the walls and come at us at 100 meters per second. Avoid being hit and send them back to your opponent. Get hit three times and you've lost. Agreed? If I win, you tell me the truth. 

Dee says looking at Sasshi. She looks at LeeZee.

[ ~Dee~ ]      If you win... you get to sleep with Kitti naked, and if you win, 

Looking at Sasshi again,

[ ~Dee~ ]      You can have the Chi I'm about to give to him. 

Pointing at Notakill.

[ ~Dee~ ]        Agree?  

[ Sasshi ]        Agreed.  

[LeeZee]         Agreed. 

Dee walks up to Notakill and kisses him on the lips, ears and then licks his forehead before placing a rune symbol on it. Instantly Notakill perks up.

[Notakill]      What did you just do? 

[ ~Dee~ ]      I'm not a succubus or dream snatcher like your friend, so I used an Elfin magic energy transfer and not my own personal Chi. That's what I did. Let the game begin.

All unsheathe their katanas.

Dee tosses the shield generator to one side outside the match boundary. LeeZee says out loud before the game begins,

[LeeZee]        Did you know she is Fay? 

All three begin to get the feel of their particular weapons by swinging them about.

[ ~Dee~ ]      Why do you think she keeps him around? He is the candy she sucks the life from in her sleep. She's a dream snatcher alright. I didn't feel her until she uncloaked. That's what Shadow Mage do, they hide amongst the shadows. They are outmatched in direct magical combat with their magic-using peers. Instead, they channel their energy into devastating mle attacks. You would not have survived her next attack. Despite her offensive power, the corruption of Sasshis' soul has begun to adversely affect her health.

Sasshi getting impatiently blunt.

[Sasshi]        Notakill knows he's being used. Are we ready to go or not. 

Dee using a command word to starts the mle,

[ ~Dee~ ]      BEGIN 

There is a loud bang from an opening in the wall and 3 rubber bullets fly into the direction of the 3 sword carrying opponents. Dee jumps towards one bullet and slices it sending pieces toward Sasshi and LeeZee simultaneously. Sasshi stops the bullet coming toward her from the wall with her katana but she is then hit by the half-sized piece of rubber on the leg from Dee. LeeZee avoids being hit from the attack from Dee but then gets hit by the bullet whizzing from the wall.

[ ~Dee~ ]      0, 1, 1... BEGIN

Another loud bang and three more rubber bullets come from the wall. LeeZee tips a bullet with the end of her blade and avoids being hit but misses sending it to Sasshi, the intended target. Sasshi jumps out of the way of the bullet LeeZee sent her but misses deflecting the bullet coming from the wall. Dee catches the bullet from the wall by embedding it on the tip of her sword. She flings it at LeeZee and hits her on the right hip.

[ ~Dee~ ]      0, 2, 2... BEGIN

Another loud bang and Sasshi slices the bullet in two hitting Dee in the hilt of her sword making Dee miss the bullet but missing LeeZee completely. Dee, having her sword hit, avoids the bullet coming at her and turns her head away in time to not be hit. LeeZee stops the bullet coming at her with her blade and retaliates by hitting Sasshi in the back.

[ ~Dee~ ]      1, 3, 2

Sasshi is out and starts to walk off the floor looking extremely disappointed and goes through some blade exercises. LeeZee holds up the arm that she is not carrying the katana in,

[LeeZee]       HOLD! Stay here Sasshi. Nobody has yet won the game and you are still here. I want to try something before we continue. With your permission of course!

She looks at Dee who shrugs while facing her. She places her hand upon Dee's shoulder and makes the suggestion that they both can move slowly in time in a way to see everything in slow motion till the end of the round.  Dee has a big grin on her face that becomes a grimace when she looks as Sasshi.

[Sasshi]        Unfair! Whatever your planning. It cannot be fair.

Sasshi assumes a defensive posture.

[ ~Dee~ ]      BEGIN

What both Dee and LeeZee see in slow motion are 3 rubber bullets leaving the openings from the wall. They step aside as two bullets hit Sasshi who somehow manages to redirect the third one to hits Dee.

[ ~Dee~ ]      2, 5, 2... BEGIN

Since the last round ended, Dee no longer can see in slow motion, but LeeZee still retains the power, cuts the bullets in half and changes the course of the third so it strikes Dee, who looks on in disbelief.

[ ~Dee~ ]      3. 5, 2... What just happened?

LeeZee shrugs and with a big sheepish grin points out to Dee,

[LeeZee]       I only did that for one round so I get to sleep nude with a naked Kitti!

She prances around the sparring room like a woman gone wild. 


Plans

Watching SpaceDog and Istanna sleep in the recovery room, Sidrat opens the door just as Trixie is about to enter the room. Looking in at her commander, Istanna and Sidrat, she places a pot of rice porridge, bowls and spoons on the table beside the bed. The porridge smells of mango, red currants and golden raisins. Both Star Lord and the dragon, in cat form, catch a whiff and open their eyes.

[SpaceDog]    How long have we been sleeping? 

Sidrat steps out of the room and looks back.

[Sidrat]          Almost a full 20 arns. Trixie, come with me. Commander, Istanna, control room two when you finish eating. I'm taking us all home. Only you two shall remain. 

As the door shuts behind Trixie and Sidrat, SpaceDog and Istanna look at each other. 

[Istanna]    I wonder what that's all about? 

[SpaceDog]     It's time for you to grow into the fully mature magical female that you are... and I think we are going to the forest city of Kveyka on Vanaheim so we will not be disturbed for a full cycle. 

[Istanna]    I vaguely remember doing that a few times before. Old wood tree that smells like the world tree? Yes, that place is magical if it's still the same.

Istanna bats her head with her paw trying to remember...


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