5. The Crystal Eggs, Part V   1 comment

 

Meanwhile in Space…

Episode 5: The Crystal Eggs, Part V- Mixed Messages

Sundance piloted the StarTango towards the Nugget’s open docking bay. Once the ship safely touched down, Sundance and Timmy prepared for the trade. Timmy opened the carrying case to make sure that the Crystal Egg was, in fact, still inside it.

“I don’t think this is a good idea,” Timmy said. “I’m having one of those feelings in the pit of my stomach again.”

“That’s probably just indigestion,” Sundance replied, looking out the window. He saw the Chicken Queen enter with two guards; they were armed with laser rifles. “Looks like they’re ready to start the show.”

“I’m usually never wrong about these things, Captain.”

“Hurry up and bring the case, will ya?” Sundance patted Timmy on the back and headed for the back door. Timmy gave one last look out the window before he finally followed him.

The Chicken Queen stood in the middle of the docking bay surrounded by all of her fighter ships. Sundance briefly entertained the idea that they were all manned and ready to fire if anything funny should happen.

“It is nice to finally meet you in person, Captain,” The Chicken Queen called out.

“Likewise,” Sundance replied.

As Timmy and Sundance approached the center of the docking bay, they realized that they couldn’t see Astralyn anywhere.

The Chicken Queen looked at the case that Timmy was carrying and clucked curiously. “Is that the Egg?”

“Where’s Astralyn?” Sundance asked. “You don’t see the Egg until we see her.”

“Of course.” The Queen clucked an order and one of the guards left the docking bay. A minute later, it returned with Astralyn bound and gagged. “There she is. Now let’s see the Egg.” She rubbed her hands together in anticipation.

Sundance nodded to Timmy to acquiesce. As Timmy opened the case, Sundance looked over at Astralyn who was subtly shaking her head. She kept eyeing the case and then back up at him. Sundance winked at her and nodded his head.

Timmy held up the Egg for the Queen’s inspection. The silver shine reflected in her eyes.

“I don’t see what the fuss was about,” Sundance said. “If all you wanted were the Eggs all you had to do was say so. I’m sure our government would have been more than happy to oblige you.”

“I’m sure,” the Chicken Queen said. “Let’s get this over with, shall we?”

The guard pushed Astralyn into the center. Timmy carefully handed the Egg over to the Chicken Queen. After Sundance unbound Astralyn, he checked with the Queen to see if the trade went as planned.

“Well, if everyone’s happy then we’ll be off,” Sundance said. “It was nice doing business with you. I hope the Eggs bring you infinite happiness and joy.”

Astralyn, Sundance, and Timmy turned around and headed back towards the StarTango. The chickens watched.

Astralyn took the cloth gag off and asked, “So, Captain, how do you plan on getting us out of here?”

“That’s what we’re doing right now,” Sundance replied.

“No, I know, but how are you planning to get past the chickens in the ships?”

“What?!”

As if on cue, the cockpits of the fighter ships opened and chickens armed with laser rifles stood up. The three heroes stopped and placed their hands in the air. The Chicken Queen clucked in amusement as they were taken back into custody.

———————–

 

On the bridge of the Nugget, Sundance, Timmy, and Astralyn sat in an electrified cage as the Space Chickens went about their duties. The Chicken Queen sat on her throne and sighed as she stared at the image of New Earth.

Sundance and Astralyn whispered to one another while Timmy just stared up at the top of their cage.

“I thought you knew it was a trap,” Astralyn angrily whispered.

“The thought had crossed my mind,” Sundance admitted.

“I was trying to tell you. I kept trying to shake my head at you.”

“I’m sorry, I’m not good at reading body language.”

“Next time I’ll bring some semaphore flags.” Astralyn sighed. “I mean you even winked at me. I thought you got the message.”

“I thought you were scared and I wanted you to know everything was under control.” Sundance said.

“This is definitely under control,” Astralyn mumbled.

“I knew this was going to happen,” Timmy added.

Sundance and Astralyn glanced over at Timmy and shook their heads.

The Chicken Queen stood up and approached the cage. She chuckled at them as she folded her arms. “So, you’re probably wondering what this is all about. It’s funny that you should ask. Long ago, The Space Chickens and the humans came to a truce. For years we honoured that truce, until you humans came and destroyed our home, Freerangia! Now we wander the stars looking for a new home and for revenge.”

“I can speak for New Earth when I say that we had nothing to do with the destruction of your planet,” Sundance said.

“Oh, but you did, S.P.A.C.E. Agent.” The Queen glared at Sundance. “A fleet belonging to S.P.A.C.E. came and eradicated the entire planet, but not before stealing our eggs. But now the tables have turned! With the Eggs, I can finally exact our revenge.”

“I thought the Eggs where a symbol of Solidarity and Chicken Pride,” Timmy said.

“Oh, and they’ll be that and more when we’re done.” The Queen clucked and a chicken brought her a tray carrying all five Crystal Eggs. “These will power the laser drill we’ve developed that will exceed the power of the one you used to destroy Freerangia! Power the laser!” The chicken left with the tray of eggs and prepared to carry out the order. “Say goodbye to your precious planet.”

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One response to “5. The Crystal Eggs, Part V

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  1. Uh-oh, how are they gonna get out of this one!? 😀 I can’t wait to see they escape!

    I like what you were doing here with Timmy and I love that Astralyn was totally unimpressed by Sundance! If you’re looking for a way to develop their relationship I would suggest trying for more situations like that and don’t be afraid to push them to the limit and let them get upset. Maybe he tries too hard to impress her? Think about their motivations and what they want.

    [Also: bonus points if you give the chicken’s super-weapon an a funny name.]

    I’m really enjoying this story and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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