Outmatched by Admiral Viper and the Time Shearer, Star Truck was a sitting duck. The Time Shearer assaulted Star Truck with one high energy disruptor blast after another. Relentlessly, the attack intensified until, bit by bit, it overcame Poindexter’s ability to defend the ship. In the end, the disruptor succeeded in penetrating the ship’s defenses and knocking Poindexter unconscious.
The psychoputer emitted one last strangled moan in Muddle’s ear, “Aaaaiiiieee……!,” and then fell silent.
With Poindexter out cold and the rest of Star Truck’s defenses down, the transporter beam instantly became more energetic. The beam crackled and sparked as a stunning swirl of rainbow-spectrum rings sprang to life around it. The spectral rings pulsed and danced with menacing energy as they surged up and down the column. In the midst of this dance, the rings converged into a solid, blazing white tube of laser light. Then achieving a degree of excitation that exceeded the physical properties of color, the beam burst like an over-inflated party balloon. A million-billion photons scattered rampantly throughout NavCom saturating every corner of the ship with a surge of skin-tingling electricity. Then, through the improbable magic of nanowave turbo-reanimation, an instant later the wayward photons were sucked back into a single vortex of super-charged plasma, and then reconstituted into a towering blue-black form.
Admiral Viper had teleported to the NavCom deck.
Outfitted from head to toe in a glistening blue-black impact suit, and looming a full two meters in height, Viper stepped out of the still active transport beam. At her feet lay Egbert, still flat on the deck, helpless and terrified. Confronted with the very personification of his worst nightmares, Egbert yelped pitifully and then passed out.
Dismissing Egbert’s irrelevant form with a vicious sneer, Viper turned to Muddle, who stood alone and petrified next to the NavCom command chairs.“Captain Malarque…” The admiral’s voice was bizarrely distorted by the audio modulator in her protective mask. Viper observed sardonically, “…we meet at last.”
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About the Author
Rocky Ford was born and raised in Colorado. He's always been a big fan of science fiction, and Rocky is particularly interested in the dynamic relationship between science fiction, the human imagination, and the evolution of social reality. For example, Rocky is fascinated by the influence that authors, such as Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, and others, have had on the the historical events that have unfolded following publication of their influential stories. In a small way, The Time Cheaters is intended to be an imaginative commentary on the manner in which science fiction has repeatedly fired the human imagination and, time and again, transformed the substance of social reality.
The Time Cheaters, Parts 1, ,2, & 3 are available in Kindle format from Amazon for the (insanely low!) price of $0.99 each.
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The Time Cheaters, Part 3, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007TA56T4