Author’s Note: Hopefully, this NaNoWriMo exercise will force me to finish this and the readers that do read it enjoy it. Comment please. Constructive criticism and lavish praise is always appreciated. Bonus and lots of hugs if you bring me chocolate mint milk, egg nogg with kahlua, and play an instrument for me. Special perk to those who can play a saxophone and/or a harmonica really well. LOL (Yes, this is a running gig. I really shouldn’t have to spell that out though.)
The cell door opened and Aeryin quickly squeezed her eyes shut. Once again adjusting to the light, two reptilian men wearing white togas and holding lasospears came into her cell. One released her from her shackles and she crashed to the floor with a thud. Groaning, she placed one hand in front of her and attempted to lift herself up. Visibly shaking with the effort, she fell again to the floor. Her other hand was useless. Defeated, she couldn’t move. The other reptilian man grunted and picked Aeryin up.
The trio walked down a steel hallway colored green and orange with fluorescent lighting. Puzzlement ran through Aeryin’s mind but she stayed silent. She didn’t want to anger the reptilian man currently carrying her to wherever they were going. The other reptilian man pressed a button next to an electronic door and the door slid open. It led into a high-tech laboratory. Aeryin would have been impressed but was too tired to care. Inside the laboratory waiting for them, was an Apis, a bee with humanoid features.
Lifting her eyebrows in shock, Aeryin had never come across one before. She was amazed at what she looked upon. A four-foot bee but with a lab coat, wings, two fuzzy black legs, four fuzzy black arms, hands, and feet. In one of the Apis’ hands was a blue info sphere. Quickly she regained her composure. This Apis was not to be trusted along with the reptilians.
The reptilian man carrying her placed her on an operating table. Aeryin was too weak to do anything but lie there while the man strapped her down. She hoped this wasn’t going where she thought it was, not that she would be able to fight it off anyway and she didn’t want to think of how the suka something like that would happen.
“Make sure you do this one right, Samanthra,” the other man said.
“The last one you brought me was too far gone. You would think that even reptilians would learn from their mistakes,” the Apis replied icily.
“Captain Bravra will have your head for this insolence,” he said and tapped his lasospear on the floor.
“You know well, that if it wasn’t for me, your Captain would have one hell of a time trying to work this ship,” the Apis said and moved her free hands along with her words condescendingly.
The reptilian men walked away saying incoherent things. At least Aeryin thought it was incoherent. She sighed in despair. Samanthra glided over to her, still holding the blue info sphere.
“Can you just kill me now,” Aeryin pleaded.
“I’m not going to hurt you,” the Apis responded. “I need your help.”
“In case you haven’t noticed, I can’t even walk. How much help do you think I’m going to be? I’m a human,” Aeryin said incredulously.
“I read your records. Can’t you fly a ship?”
“No, I’m the most wanted pirate in the galaxy because of my good looks.”
“It’s not like I can do much now. So just do me a favor, kill me, and let’s get this over with.”
“What if I fix your legs?”
Aeryin looked at Samanthra and raised an eyebrow. A small flash of excitement flew through her face, followed by sheer disbelief.
“Why should I trust you? I can’t remember how long I have been on this ship or even how I got here. Not only that but I should be dead,” Aeryin stated and refused to look at herself.
“That’s not the point right now. If we can form an alliance, we can get off this ship.”
“You expect me to believe that you are against that Bravra bitch? If that’s so, shouldn’t there be surveillance cameras around here. Heck, if I was in control of this ship, I’d have you on a tight leash.”
“You’ll just have to trust me that I’m smart enough to not get caught. As you have clearly seen and experienced firsthand, reptilians are extremely sadistic and most of them aren’t exactly bright.”
“I don’t trust you or anyone here,” Aeryin said and shook her head, red hair flying in all directions.
“Your loss,” Samanthra said, shrugged, and started to float away. “I was already supposed to have fixed your legs and administered serum 2DO to your bloodstream.”
“It’s a serum that can turn humans into mindless slaves. The effects on other races are as of yet unknown.”
“Aren’t you a Platerran hater?” Aeryin asked, eyes wide.
“If I hated Platerrans, you wouldn’t be thinking for yourself right now.”
“How did you get here?”
“That’s a story for another time. You’ll have to trust me to fix you before Bravra comes back. Judging from your physical state, I have a lot of work to do.”
“I still don’t trust you, Apis.”
“Your legs are completely atrophied and I suspect have been infected with gangrene,” Samanthra stated.
“Gangrene was eradicated over three millenia ago. There’s no way I have gangrene!”
“I imagine you weren’t too smart in your biology classes.”
Aeryin stayed silent and wondered why the Apis wouldn’t give her a straight answer. Samanthra fingered through her infosphere to pull up Aeryin’s information. Nodding to herself, she pocketed the sphere and pulled out a fever wand from the pocket in her lab coat. She clicked it on and ran it a few inches over Aeryin’s body and put it away.
“I’m only lying here because I can’t walk and you said you would fix my legs.”
“You’re already trusting me. Besides, once I fix your legs we can plan out how to get my ship back,” Samanthra replied.
“Your ship?” Aeryin asked, suspicion in her voice.
“That is what I wanted to talk to you about,” Samanthra said.
“I’m listening,” Aeryin said, her green eyes on the Apis.
“Later. Just relax for right now.”
Aeryin sighed angrily. Samanthra pulled out a syringe. Eyes widening, Aeryin moved her working arm up against the strap attempting to break free but to no avail. Feeling the prick on her neck from the syringe, her vision blurred and she faded into darkness.