Chapter 10. Shelter Island.
Junak and K’ntic.
The gallery which led to the cave was closed with a grille, Mother Starica had given me a key to open it, so I did and then I closed it. It was very dark, I was afraid and hungry, but I had given all my food. After a while, I started to see some clarity, to walk a few steps I could see the sea slightly illuminated by the Moon Stora, in its last quarter, bordered the fringe that cut the sky in half, and beyond the moon Kecil very small and playful. I do not leaned too close to the exit of the cave, because the atmosphere was so salty that I felt my nose and eyes irritated. I spent a long time sitting on a rock, until I heard a male voice speaking to me very low in Neitsi:
“Princess, I have come to seek you” I saw a small boat and a guy of my age with a bag in hand “We cannot waste time. Gather this bag, you will find clothes and shoes for the trip.” He threw the bag; I picked it up and went back into the cave. I took the clothes off the bag, not just recognizing that soft and warm fabric but strong, all clothing was dark. I changed the sandals for boots whose fur was so soft that touching them was like petting a kitten and they were perfect for my feet.
I started down those stone steps that led to the boat, I went downstairs with real terror because it was the first time I saw the sea and its waves, and I had to ask for help from that gentle campaigner.
“Can you help me to get down, please?” The young man reached out and grabbed me tightly. It made me feel instantly safe.
“Now leap, Princess” I did a little jump and he Despite his youth was tall and strong, in fact it was the tallest man I had ever seen. He placed me on the deck and looked at me curiously. He took my hand gently and he led me into a sort of chamber under the deck where there was more light, it was the light of a torch that didn’t any fire. Once inside I asked his name:
“What’s your name, boy?”
“Junak Junakkson, princess.”
“Such a long name for calling my husband, it will be hard to me to tell entire every time.”
“You can call me Junak, Junakkson is my last name, and yours if you accept me as a husband.”
“We only have a name, mine is K’ntic.”
“It’s a beautiful name, Princess K’ntic, is music to the ears” And he put a hand on my left cheek and then I felt in my heart his sadness, such a shame capable to break any soul, his eyes were blue but with a honey colored gleam on them revealed his crossbreeding with Neitsi. I felt also his powers, he looked Firstten but his soul was Neitsi, a Neitsi man! According to Mothers it was impossible; they said that the powers of Four Vectors cannot be transmitted to men and even less to Firstten men. But Junak was the evidence that they were wrong or even worse, that Virgin Mothers lied us blatantly.
“I think your heart beats for another woman, what’s her name?”
“Sorry gorgeous K’ntic, I would not want you to feel unloved, your beauty outshines the suns and stars and leaves me baffled. But you’re right, I love another woman and her name is Kaunis, mother of the child who I will never meet.”
“Kaunis … you know that means beautiful in S’ladan tongue?”
“I didn’t know, but not longer matters, I won’t see her anymore. My heart is yours starting from now, lovely K’ntic, it is our destiny to be together, and above all it is our duty” The sadness of his words hurt me, that young man was still crying for an impossible love having a goddess like me in his arms, but I was unable to get jealous or feel insulted seeing that love so pure and disinterested. I just hoped that boy could love me alike, that sweetness and passion “We have to leave immediately, get comfortable, we will be a long time…it’s very important you not to intoxicate with salt…
Return to Shelter Island
The jahta sailed to leave the Cliff Castle with its new passenger inside the comfortable forward cabin. Junak navigated very stealthily by those black waters filled of reef guarded by warriors K’tmenü, he guided his boat with all senses alert as if he foresaw approaching an undefined serious danger. There were still many, too many mikas to reach the truly open sea, time dragged on so infuriating. The electric motor did move the boat silently, but not enough to go unnoticed. Firstly was seen ana arrow with the tip in flames illuminating the stretch of sea where they were, then started raining crossbow bolts from port and starboard, Junak unlocked the machine gun and started shooting right and left. He could see how polished rock projectiles crashed into the reef while a hail of bullet cases dropped on deck, at the time that he heard a body falling into the water he felt the prick…his shoulder.
He turned the gun and shot towards the origin of the dart that had just touched him, and watched as the archer lit by the dim light of the last quarter of the moon Stora fell on the water full of magnetite kabobs. Finally, silenced his gun, the pain was so intense that he was afraid of fainting … the arrow had traversed his shoulder; he could see the tip sticking out ahead. He needed help; he got to the cabin where was K’ntic who started to cry scared seeing all that blood flowing from his wound.
“Have no fear princess, just need a bit of your help” K’ntic approached Junak and looked at the wound.
“It has traversed your shoulder. What do I do?”
“Inside the cabinet there is a bag with many surgical instruments, please bring it” The young K’ntic instantly obeyed, taking what he asked her. Junak took the bag with some difficulty and pulled out pliers from inside.
“With this tool you have to cut the arrow and remove the tip and the stabilizers, then from the back you’ll have to rotate it gently to get me out the stick that I have inside.”
K’ntic strictly followed Junak indications, but the wound left large amounts of blood and cries of pain of the boy were shuddering; there was also the disadvantage of the salty blood that produced a strong allergic reaction on the young Neitsi, who felt severe nausea. Using her knowledge of the four books se chose by giving him a kiss on his mouth and the right amount of drugs to numb him. He kept turning the arrow very gently, until she managed to take that piece of wood out of his shoulder. Then she cleaned the wounds with a liquid from a bottle that was in the bag and that supposed it was disinfectant by the scent given off, her instinct said her that she must sew both the entry and exit wounds, and she did so using the suture material found in the bag.
Because the narcotic effects of K’ntic’s kiss, Junak still take a while to wake up and the boat was drifting in the ocean, so she steeling herself covered all the parts of her body at risk of being exposed to such a brackish air and climbed into the wheel’s booth to take over the situation. She just hoped not to find the violent storms that she had seen in the Junak’s memories while she was giving him the anesthetic kiss, extended the sails as had seen in his host’s mind and continued northbound begging that young man woke up before they had any mishaps that she could not cope. Sailed all night, hoping that when the dawn of the yellow sun arrived they were already outside the surveillance area of the skilled archers K’tmenü. She fell asleep from exhaustion … to wake up it was daylight and trembling hands took the ship’s wheel.
“You’re the bravest girl in the world” Junak said in a sickly voice. “Even though you knew that exposure to sea salt could kill you, you extended the sails and you’ve gotten to navigate.”
“But now I need that you continue, I start to feel bad, my eyes hurt me a lot” K’ntic had done more than she should, the sense of responsibility of the girl had saved them both but everything had a limit.
“Here, drink all you can” He gave her a bottle. “There is more water below. We’ll go to Shelter Island for recovering; if summer comes we’ll stay here and will give birth the baby in the basement. Everything will be fine; this can only lead to a happy ending. ”
Junak felt the fever of his body, was very clear that something was wrong. The young Firstten felt that his body just harbored strength to get to the island and perhaps die there. There was no hope for him, only the possibility that the girl could survive the crossing was pushing him to continue fighting. He had lost a lot of blood, but his duty was that K’ntic was safe. When the rainy season comes surely a rescue boat will be sent to pick up her and his brother Lakszi could fecundate her because he is only two seasons younger than him. The storm was brutal, but he did not picked up by surprise, had a very compelling reason to get ahead, as did the letter deposited in the Island of Sighs that girl’s welfare was more important than him, than Kaunis, than the same K’ntic… survival of Firstten race was at stake into the body of that little treasure with face of doll.
When they were at three or four mailins to reach Shelter Island, K’ntic climbed to the booth; her feet were wet with salt water and it started to become red, her irritated eyes were a sea of tears.
“From where is this water, K’ntic?”
“The kitchen is flooded, my feet and my eyes sting” K’ntic’s eyes were glazed.
“Hold the wheel, do you see this island? Go directly towards it, run aground on the beach if necessary. I’m going to look for something to wipe your feet.”
Junak grabbed a decanter of fresh water and some milk of this mother, with that would be compensated the toxicity that salt caused on K’ntic’s body. He climbed quickly and wiped her parts exposed to salt, the face of the girl instantly relaxed and smiled.
“Now, I need you to be brave and take the jahta to Shelter Island, I’ll try to close the leak.” Junak didn’t know if he could resist without collapse, but it was necessary to leave K’ntic on land, otherwise the salt water would kill her.
Returning to the kitchen, the water rose Junak knees, but the young Junakkson was ready for eventualities of that caliber. He opened the closet of tools, picked up a small electric pump and began pumping water out of jahta. Once the tube that was returning the water to sea was securely tied to the bow, went down again to the cellar, which seemed the source of the water. He had to remove various things, Junak noticed how the stitches were opened because the effort, the blood returned to sprout from his shoulder; he knew he would not live long under those conditions. Finally found the leak, it seemed incredible that so much water enters through a hole as small, stuck a piece of wood, bye nightmare.
Junak went back as he could to the booth of the wheel; the small K’ntic guided the boat like a skilled sailor, came up to her and hugged her, without the courage of that little girl who was not taller than his chest would not have survived. With Junak again at the ship’s wheel, they could moor the boat at the dock, but his forces were already failing. The shelter was not far from the pier, but that opened wound gave no respite.
“K’ntic, sweetie, you have to help me get to the Shelter, I can’t go get there alone ” Junak’s voice was very weak, barely audible. The two young people walked the hundred or hundred and twenty lengthy gams that separated the house from the dock they had just left leaning the one on the other, the huge Firstten would ground fall at any moment, but they reached their destination.
“Oh, that’s an amazing house” K’ntic was amazed by the stone building, was a large house with two floors and a basement, fully equipped. At that place, nobody stole or broke anything. It was a resting place of Firstten sailors since the beginnings of times.
“Please help me to get into that room” the last steps were the most difficult; K’ntic helped Junak to lie on the bed and removed his shirt. The stitches before the wound had opened and blood flowed abundantly again, she used her lips of virgin Neitsi to relax him and slow down his metabolism while she was looking for something to close that hole…
David and Xavier meet K’ntic and Junak.
“The transponder has stopped transmitting, Sir, we have also lost visual contact with the probe” The young Xavier didn’t more than give bad news, they were alone and without much chance of survival if they fell into the sea with the slider.
“Connect the scanner of magnetic mass; we will try to find the nearest land. If we fall into the water will sink like a rock, we go too full.”
“Scanner has located an island; it isn’t far away from our current position.”
“Do you have the coordinates?”
“Here I have. Forty-eight degrees, twelve minutes North twenty-nine seconds, sixteen degrees, twenty-two minutes twenty-five seconds east. It’s about six nautical miles from here.”
“Okay, Okay, what altitude we have?”
“We are at four thousand feet and down, Sir. Thermals are not perceived to get higher; we are falling like a brick.”
“Ok, gliding at this I estimate that we will pass over some two thousand feet above sea level, we will veer the ship about three hundred knots and arrive just in order to make an emergency landing on the island. Pay close attention to all the landforms you see on screen, as we only will have an opportunity and if we pass by we will fall into the sea without remedy. Empty the fuel tanks and clean the remains with the stern extinguishers. We must avoid an explosion in the touchdown.”
Xavier powered the controls that emptied the thanks and those that activate the extinguishers, in a matter of few seconds the indicators were zero fuel reducing the chance of explosion. The slider made a pass over the island at high speed, Xavier never lost sight any of the screens, even had had the foresight to record the images in order to do a repeat.
“Now you are my eyes, Xavier, I’ll veer and I need you to guide me to something that looks like a runway the longer the better.”
“The island has a very long beach to the South; I think it may be a good place to land. The sand will help us to stop.”
“Good boy, hold where you can, I’ll veer abruptly”
The slider turned one hundred eighty degrees “I see the beach, we’re a thousand feet and falling.”
With no engines, the slider glided at high speed toward its objective, it was already a few meters from the sea surface. David lowered the landing gear while deployed flaps and clutched the slider manual controls.
“Xavier, help me to keep it straight. We’ll suffer a little before this thing stops, we just can trust ourselves, and we have no electronic assistance. ”
The wheels touched the sand of the beach, they were still going at high speed and the beach view from this angle did not seem as long as from sky.
“Pressing braking parachute” They noticed a little tug “Ay, ay, ay …”
Finally slider stopped, just a few meters from the end of the beach and almost in the water. Both blew relieved, had managed to land on that sandy surface.
“Come on, let’s open the hold, we must get the bravefrog and look for a place to protect us from the summer heat. Have you seen something that could serve us?”
“You won’t believe me Sir, but I thought I saw a house and a pier in the North of the island.”
“Are you sure?”
“Sure Sir, look at the pictures” really showed a building that had to be made by someone, that meant that there was or had been intelligent life on that planet.
“We will get it, if a house will serve to rest before nightfall. Tomorrow we’ll look ways to contact the Santa Maria.”
They opened the slider’s hold and put into operation the battery of radioactive promethium of bravefrog; they will use the recorded images to guide them to the house, and it was getting dark but they didn’t care because that vehicle had very powerful headlights that would allow them see all the terrain. The vehicle was in motion immediately after receiving the slight of David’s foot on the accelerator pedal, it was quick and quiet, a mixture of sport, all-terrain and motorhome. To their surprise, there was a flagstone path among the herbaceous vegetation without trunk of that island, the trip was really short since the island was not too big and that vehicle invited them to drive at high speed. What they had seen was really a house; the images were not misleading, before they had a big building of two floors with door and windows, and wedge-shaped roof made with slabs of a material which seemed slate.
David and Xavier pulled off the bravefrog still wearing piloting clothes, because it was difficult to remove it without help, they would do later into the house. They pushed the door and it opened gently, without making any noise, it was a sign that had some maintenance. David entered first, focusing his lantern to the objects of that room, tables, chairs, cabinets, kitchen utensils, something that seemed a gas stove!…it was ready to be occupied and had capacity for many people. Xavier saw a switch similar to those of the old houses on the wall, when he actuated it several bulbs were lit and all that space was illuminated…on the most foolish way, the two men had discovered for the first time in history of Mankind intelligent life beyond Earth.
From the room, K’ntic heard noises and clarity of the lights in the main hall. She didn’t know what to do, whether hiding or go to request aid to people who had just entered. Junak would die if nobody help him, but if they were K’tmenü se would die, the penalty for approaching a Firstten was undoubtedly execution. She decided to enter the main hall and saw two tall men dressed strangely, seemed Firstten but something told her they weren’t.
“Please help me, my fiancé is dying. Did not understand me or what?” The astonishment of those men made clear that they did not understand anything, to see they did not understand the language Neitsi, tried in S’ladan no avail. She couldn’t communicate with them verbally, so she pulled the youngest man’s arm to follow her.
“What do I do Sir? She’s pulling my arm” Xavier didn’t know how to react with that girl of not more than five feet who tried desperately to lead him somewhere.
“Let’s follow her, she seems no threat.”
They entered a dark room, K’ntic turned the lights on; they could see a teenage lying on a bed with a bare chest and a wound from which flowed much blood. David came to see, took a handkerchief from his pocket and pressed hard this serious wound.
“Xavier, please go to bravefrog and grab a metallic gray case that puts Doctor Droid on one side. This guy is bleeding, if we do not cut the bleeding he will die in minutes “Xavier ran to the vehicle, K’ntic followed him closely, she had to figure out what it was that these men intended. That case was easily accessible and large; he took it and ran back to the house with that heavy burden followed by K’ntic. David opened the case and pushed a button inside, instantly came a 4D image with the figure of a man wearing a white coat and a stethoscope around his neck. The projected image scared K’ntic who hid behind Xavier.
“Hi, I’m the Doctor Droid, portable medical assistant, how can I help you?”
“This young man is bleeding. Need to stop the bleeding before it goes into shock.”
“Let me see… remove your hand from the wound please” David obeyed “I need suture unit, an intravenous line, a plasma generation unit, a unit of multi-spectrum antibiotic and five liters of water” David took all these stuff and made Xavier go to look for drinking water to the bravefrog while K’ntic followed him like a puppy where he went.
“Please connect the droid arm so that it can perform all the clinical process” David pressed the switch of that aluminum arm and it began to levitate around the wounded. In its flight took a line and placed skillfully on Junak’s arm, grabbed the bag of antibiotic and connected to the line, then automatically extended a mast from case. The mechanical arm deployed the feet of that mast on the mosaic to stabilize it and hung the bag on it.
Xavier y K’ntic arrived with the water and a bag with more material of first aid that they had found in the bravefrog, this time the girl already helped to bring the stuff that this sophisticated computer was asking.
“I brought more things Sir, for if we need them.”
“Well Xavier, from now on I’m David, as you can deduct ranks haven’t value in this island. Begin to forget what we were on Earth and focus on the present. ”
“Okay, David, by the way, have you noticed that this girl has orange colored lips?”
“Maybe it’s a mutation, but one cannot deny that they are human, like you and me, if we understood their language sure we could find important information about our own origins.”
“The truth is that the girl is beautiful. She looks like a mix of Caucasian and Asian.”
“And she’s fond of you, she seems your shadow” laughed David.
“But now I have a problem, I want to take me off this clothing and she doesn’t take her eyes off me. It’s hard enough to get rid of this suit to have spectators bothering.”
“Yes sir, you have a big trouble …”
Dr. Droid put into operation the suture unit that consisted in nanorobots that made very small stitches, almost invisible, in a matter of weeks there would remain only a thin scar of remembrance and an exciting story of those who like to explain. Once Dr. Droid finished suturing the wound, issued the report to David. The teenager had lost a lot of blood but would recover; he was a strong young man. Junak was sedated, reason why he would not wake up until next day. As soon as that device performed its medical function, off automatically and David closed the case.
“Xavier, grab the case and store in the bravefrog, I think we will be need it a lot here. As I try to retain here this girl, hurry to change your clothes.”
“I do not know if I’ll be able to take me off this suit by myself. Before, I needed the help of two sailors.”
“I’m sure she’d gladly help you, she is eating you with her eyes.”
“Do not insist. I will do it alone.”
While Xavier was leaving, David grabbed the arm of K’ntic so she could not follow him; he felt a very soft skin and a very fragile arm, for a moment he was afraid of hurting her.
“Wow, you’ve already learned his name, yeah you like Xavier. My name is David. And you?”
“K’ntic” She pointed herself and then David “David.”
“Well, we’ve introduced” K’ntic was relieved to see that the foreigner didn’t want to hurt her. She watched carefully to David, she noticed that his eyes were blue, which made it impossible to see his soul, was as high as Junak but not as much as Xavier. By the way they act, it looked clear that David was the head of Xavier, surely were warriors of a far tribe, but there was no legend that talked about them… Would they be sons of the Goddesses of Ebony? Impossible, their skins were was as white as Junak and stories say that women are as black as a night without moon or stars.
After a while came Xavier wearing the daily uniform, more comfortable than pressurized clothing that had worn before. Now it was the turn of David, who rose quickly to head for the door.
“I leave you with your girlfriend, Romeo. Incidentally, she’s called K’ntic if you are interested” Having said it he left the room.
Xavier felt helpless for a moment, that strange girl intimidated him; he approached Junak who was sleeping oblivious to what was happening around him.
“Sleep my friend; I hope that tomorrow you can release me from this tick” In that moment he felt the hand of the girl pulling his arm. The fact of not knowing what she wanted was desperating Xavier, communication became an adventure.
“Xavier, I know you do not understand me but Junak and I have a very important mission to fulfill. If I cannot do it with him you must be who fecundates me, I can’t let disappear the effect of antigen Firstten. No time to lose, it’s the moment of truth.”
“K’ntic, I do not understand anything of what you tell me, where do you want me to?” Xavier was was desperating because he didn’t understand that little girl.
Xavier decided to follow K’ntic, which led him down some stairs leading to a basement. When opening the door he saw that there was a bubbling water pond, it must be a hot springs. At that time, K’ntic began to undress without worrying that Xavier saw her.
“May I ask what are you doing?” Xavier’s protest did little, that naughty girl was totally naked and got into the water. K’ntic laughed and made fun of the shyness of that so big stranger. She beckoned for him to come to the pond but Xavier was too restrained to step forward. Finally he took off his jacket and went to the pond to make go out the girl and make her dress.
“Come here at once, K’ntic, if David comes and see us that way I’ll look like an idiot, please…” It seemed that his words had taken effect on the girl, but what K’ntic did when she was out of water was to expel the drug of Dictatorship of the Will. The last which Xavier saw before losing consciousness was two orange nipples approaching his face.
Upon awakening, Xavier discovered that he had spent more than an hour and hasn’t clothes below his waist and K’ntic swimming in the pool of hot water and smiling. He felt different, he had in his mind unknown names and languages, his brain had much information available about civilizations that inhabited this planet. Nationalities as Neitsi or S’ladan were now familiars for him, it was as if he had brought with K’ntic, he had a whole new range of flavors and tastes in his taste buds, and he still felt the sweet taste of the saliva of that girl.
“K’ntic, what have you done? You’ve bewitched me!”
“I’m sorry my love, I’ve had to do, the lives of many people are in danger ” K’ntic answered.
Xavier was stunned, he was understanding the girl. She spoke in an identical accent to his family from Santpedor.
“Why are you speaking my language?”
“In the same way that you speak S’ladan Neitsi and we shared a lot more than the body: now our minds have also joined, I know what you know, you know what I know, the beatings of our hearts have rhythmic, and we are a man and a woman who have fused in one person. We closed a virtuous circle which will not be longer break; we’ll bring together life expectances to thousands of women sick from birth.”
“Have we done…? You and me..?”
“Yes, please forgive me for making you sleep, but I could not risk to you reject me. I do not want you mad at me, what I did was a voluntary act on my part.”
“But you’re so young, why did you do that? You should go to school and have fun with kids of your age, in my world I would have gotten in trouble.”
“Look into your heart, do you love me?”
“Yes, but …”
“It should be enough for two lovers share the whole. But your scruples prevented you; you’re conditioned by your absorbent religion.”
“They are acts that must be blessed by God. In my family, before you do these things, we went through the Sacrament of Marriage.”
“Our son is the blessing of the most sacred Love. What else is sacred that I have given my body and soul for the love I feel for you? ”
“Our son? What do you mean?”
“What color are my lips?”
“Pink, like mine.”
“If they have changed color is because our union has been blessed, my belly takes the son that makes me your wife. If you want to, when we find a Catholic priest we can marry for you to stay calmer.”
“How do I explain it now to David?”
“You can explain him now, he’s behind you.”
“Xavier, can you tell me what are you doing? Why is this girl totally naked? How about you, what are you doing with this aspect? I disappear one hour and you fuck a teen?”
“Sorry David, I swear I didn’t consciously.”
“This way he will believe you’ve forced me, let me talk” K’ntic silenced Xavier while she saw David’s surprised face.
“Why do you speak my tongue?”
“It’s hard to explain, for now I want you to be clear that it’s me who has fooled Xavier for making love, but I love him and he loves me.”
“Is that true?” Xavier nodded “Well, put your pants on, please, that your balls will cool.”
“Oh, it’s fun! I have tickled” K’ntic started laughing.
“What’s wrong?” Xavier asked.
“My milk is going up, touch my breasts, look how are they” Seeing that Xavier didn’t touch them, she grabbed his hand and placed it on her right breast “Do you how hard are they? Squeeze a little” By pressing, a gush of milk shot out.
“It can’t be possible!” Xavier exclaimed “You cannot have milk yet.”
“To Neitsi, milk flows as soon as we got fecundated; now I’m a Healing Mother, Firstten women now can heal and have children without fear.”
“What happens to Firstten women?” Xavier asked.
“They have a disease that kills them after childbirth, a disease that also kills Neitsi women. Now my milk will prevent this from happening.”
“We can cure with medicine,” answered David, “Take us where are these women.”
“At the moment it is not possible, the heat would kill us on the way, we must let pass the season.”
“Inside the bravefrog we are safe; we can reach every corner of this planet. Get dressed, the boy and you will lead us. ”
“The boy is called Junak…”
“Well Junak and you.”
David and Xavier helped Junak to settle in bravefrog and tied the aluminum mast of the dripper to his seat. Xavier took the opportunity to practice the new learnt tongue.
“Be quiet, we take you home.”
“I see you’ve done it with K’ntic … I congratulate you”
“Sorry, wasn’t my intention to take your place” Xavier answered.
“Don’t apologize, it was necessary, and I want another woman, now I am free to go look for her. Did she drug you?”
“Yes, I suppose if I had not drugged we wouldn’t have done.”
“She did it for not scare you, the first time they make love feel such a big pain like if someone nailed a sword in their belly, she wanted to avoid you the cries of pain and blood. You’re a lucky man, this woman will love you the rest of your life and will be faithful forever.”
“She’s done for your tribe.”
“She did it because she loves you, look at her face” Xavier looked at her, it was true, he couldn’t explain but there was something floating between them, he could not take his eyes off that girl.
“Hurry up Xavier” David shouted “We must leave this island immediately.”
“Tell your friend that I have the charts in the jahta, they will lead us to the Island of the Pelerines. We must follow the path where you see the red sun, on the pier.”
“David, Junak have charts in his boat.”
“Where is it?”
“Following Proxima Centauri there is a pier.”
“Okay, let’s go.”
In a minute they reached the dock where was the jahta, David entered the gate of the ship’s wheel and saw a set of advanced instruments, arguably those people a similar technology what we had on nineteenth century with much of the twentieth century. He picked up the charts and decided to tie that boat to the bravefrog; he ordered Xavier to put next to it and tied it with a rope to the amphibious vehicle.
“Okay, Xavier, you will be the helmsman. We tried these machines in the Israel’s War and they are fantastic, its atomic battery ensures power for a minimum of six years at full capacity, go by land to more than one hundred eighty kilometers per hour and sail the sea almost sixty knots, and is the total vehicle.”
“Aye Captain. In water it works like a car? Remember I’m from Air Force, not sailor.”
“Have you ever driven a hydrobike on the beach?”
“As a teenager I loved the jet skis.”
“Well, Imagine a jet ski of five tones, don’t worry, all we will try to help you, it isn’t?”
“Of course David” K’ntic answered before the face of understand nothing of Junak “We have to help each other as a family.”
“K’ntic, I need you to translate what I say to Junak. Navigational charts are accurate but I’ll need references, our instruments are not reliable because the planet’s magnetism” The girl began to translate, Junak stated positions. David, with a straightedge, a compass and a triangular protractor found easily the coordinates. “Xavier, coordinates are fifty-five degrees thirty-two minutes, ten seconds north and eleven degrees, one minute, four seconds east. Currently you have to go to eight degrees Northwest.”
“I’ve understood, Captain. How long do you think we will last?”
“At full speed, about fifteen hours. We will do shifts of one and a half hours, we will teach K’ntic to drive the bravefrog.”
“Junak says that he is an expert sailor” said K’ntic translating the words of the young Firstten.
“Sorry, I don’t want to risk the wound reopen, he is very delicate.”
The bravefrog began to move; in fact this machine designed for war was flying more than sailing over the ocean. The standard equipment of these vehicles included plasma cannons and conventional guns, but bravefrogs that were brought in the Santa Maria were stripped of their weapons and the shielding against artillery shells. The only weapon that was left in the vehicle was two plasma rifles in anticipation of possible non-military threats. The outside temperature reading was already forty-seven degrees Celsius and there were still twelve hours of sun, should be noted that Miracle took a turn on itself every thirty Earth hours and in summer daylight could last until twenty-two hours. K’ntic piloted the bravefrog in her turn with the help of her lover, in five minutes she already knew more than Xavier.
Thanks to the air conditioning of the vehicle, its occupants didn’t roast under that scorching sun. The day passed and night came, and beneath the light of the stars they entered the entered the bay of the Pelerines. They decided to leave the jahta in the Junakkson mooring and move the food to bravefrog, as the fact that there was no ship in the harbor indicated that people had left the island to the north. It was an operation that lasted several hours by David and Xavier as K’ntic could not expose to sea salt and Junak still was not able to make physical efforts. After the exercise, the two officers and friends have given themselves a bath in the water of the harbor to release to relieve the heat there was in that lonely pier. Late at night, the bravefrog already was running through the deserted streets of the island looking for a good spot to rest and where the morning sun wouldn’t overheat the vehicle.
“Alright guys, get some sleep now, when either day we will leave to the North Pole. Thirty-four degrees and it is already night, it’ll be better if we not get out of bravefrog or we will dehydrate in minutes.”
“Why do you call it bravefrog, Xavier?” K’ntic asked with her curious voice.
“Because it’s like the frogs, it may move through water and land, and also if you look ahead looks like a frog.”
“It’s true; it seems to be frog-faced!” The girl laughed at the funny names those travelers of stars put to the stuff they made.
“Do you drink enough water, K’ntic?” Junak asked “You know it’s very important to you drink a lot.”
“She drank more water than all of us, why do you ask?” Xavier asked curiously.
“All the poison that K’ntic has in her body is becoming medicine to cure bacterial disease to the other women, she must drink much water and urinate a lot to remove the excess of sugar generated by the process or she could suffer a lethal shock.”
“I think it goes well, has made many trips to the bathroom.”
“Yes Junak, is very comfortable to pee in this thing called toilet” Her innocence made laugh Xavier and Junak.
“Yes, I’ve tried it too, K’ntic” It is slightly different to those we use the Firstten, but the idea is the same.
“Enough talk, everybody to sleep” The failure to understand what they were talking annoyed David very much, so he turned off the light for all to shut up and fall asleep.
They all fell into a deep sleep, the day had been exhausting, David and Xavier had not been adapted yet to those longer days of thirty hours and they were awake longer than they could stand. The nice temperature of inside contrasted to the tropical sultriness of the street. But K’ntic couldn’t sleep and Xavier woke giving him nudges.
“Xavier, do you love me?”
“I think so.”
“Do you think so? Or it is yes or not, Neitsi don’t think love, I love you more than my life.”
“I’m very confused K’ntic, you’re totally different from the girls in my world. Besides, I do not think that my people accept that ours.”
“David has accepted it, why not the others?”
“He is our friend, surely the only one who will advocate me for having sex with a teenage alien.”
“That I am for you? Am I something strange? Am I a freak? Do you see me as a monster?”
“Not for me, I only see a fascinating creature.”
“I’m not a creature, I’m a woman and I have no doubt, I love you even though you say me ugly things” She said the last words in a nasal voice, as if she were about to cry.
Of course you’re a woman, the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Come here before, do not be silly” K’ntic took place in the Xavier’s seat and rested her head on his chest.
“Before you called the red sun Proxima Centauri, did you already know it to put such a difficult name?”
“We can see your suns from our sky, for us they are stars like all those you see in your sky. There are people who are dedicated to giving names to all the bodies you see in our sky and therefore for us yellow sun is Alpha Centauri A, the orange one is Alpha Centauri B and the red one Proxima Centauri.”
“I can see your world in our sky”
“No, you can’t, but our sun is that, give me your hand and I point it with your finger” Xavier took gently that so soft hand and pointed the finger at a star that was not very different from those around it.
“It’s so small.”
“We see your suns as small as the stars from our cities. On Earth we have equipment to see even more stars than you can see with your eyes.”
“Will I ever see your world?”
“Not right now, I do not know how my people when they see you. I do not want them getting you into a cage to study you.”
“Do you put people inside cages?”
“You are the first people we have encountered on this planet. Anyway, until our son is born you cannot let my people to see you.”
“Do you see how you love me? If you didn’t you would not care what could happen to me.”
“Well, maybe you’re right” Xavier kissed K’ntic “And I love the sweet taste of your lips, you’re like a candy of honey.”
“A candy in love with you…”
The intense brightness of the yellow sun woke up David, who smiled when he saw the couple sleeping doing contortion exercises in that uncomfortable seat designed for a single person no matter how small and flexible was K’ntic. He didn’t want to wake them, so he launched the amphibious very quietly and was driving gently to not cause sudden movements. By Junak charts he had calculated that there was a continent to seventy-nine degrees north, about fifteen hundred nautical miles, it represented something more than a full rotation or journey as the inhabitants of this planet said.
During the voyage people were waking, Junak was the first, who did not dare get up to see the face of David, then the playful K’ntic woke up Xavier, this girl’s curiosity was endless and exhausting for others.
“David, Xavier says that your people will look at me like a bug” The statement of K’ntic looked like a question.
“He’s right, but you’re a nice bug” David said jokingly.
“Please, I’m speaking seriously. I don’t want to be separated of Xavier.”
“It is better for you that you remain to live with Firstten, if I saw that the people of the colony are favorable to your relationship I would make you come. But now we must go to the North Pole if we do not want to die of heat.”
“Don’t’ you can contact your people?”
“There is no way; hopefully with the help of Firstten can do something.”
“The Firstten are very intelligent, more than we and S’ladan.”
“It seems that you have not much contact.”
“Our tribes hate each other and it’s all because of us, the Neitsi women.”
“No way, I do not think so. If all are like you cannot have evil among you.”
“Believe me, my race is pure evil, the most precious are the bad beginning from my twin sister.”
“When I joined Xavier I saw the goodness inside him, even you with your cynical posture hide a great heart. You should have seen how my beloved admires you.”
“K’ntic, you blush me.” Xavier intervened “It’s my superior officer.”
“Sorry darling, I have not understood yet your mania to hide the feelings.”
“Xavier, for my part I consider you a good friend “answered David, “I want you to trust me and that you consider that we are now equal, no gallons.”
After one full journey since they left, K’ntic sighted some white rocks floating everywhere and woke up everyone.
“Hey guys! What are these mountains of ice?”
“Good girl, K’ntic, I hold the controls, icebergs are dangerous, we could crash and wreck in these waters now that we’re so close,” said David.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. And they move.”
“They can travel thousands of miles or how you say, mailins?”
“You learn fast our stuff” K’ntic realized that the stranger was curious about our customs.
“It’s a way to survive, look, land.”
It was true; they were a few miles from the continent of the North. Junak began giving instructions to K’ntic to translate them to David. They were to dock in the city of Kota Utara, at the southern end of the North Continent, living only during polar summer. The powerful amphibious landfall on a nearby beach and entered the city surprising all the inhabitants; when they stopped, K’ntic opened the door.
“Look, she’s a Neitsi, she’s a beautiful young woman” said one of the surprised locals, who gave an order to the teenager who accompanied him “Hurry up, call the Junakkson to come here.”
Junak’s mother took less than five minutes to show up, just as David and Xavier helped Junak to get off the bravefrog.
“My son, what happened?”
“Do not suffer, Lady, he’ll get better” answered Xavier “The K’tmenü struck him out of the Cliff Castle.”
“Do you speak Neitsi?”
“Yes Ma’am, I’m the husband of K’ntic” K’ntic’s face lit up when Xavier was presented as her husband.
“You’re a beautiful girl” said the woman while caressing K’ntic’s cheek “You come to bring life to our land.”
“Can you help me bring my son home?” The woman asked those present.
“Sure Ma’am …” Xavier replied.
“Mother, I’m sorry, I failed to the family” Junak said weakly.
“That’s not true, precious Mother” intervened K’ntic “If it were not for Junak, the K’tmenü would have killed us. I’m proud of having picked up collected by this brave man who risked his life for his people, has been because of his injury we have not consummated the act. ”
“I’m proud, guys. Junak not only brought you, K’ntic, he brought two warriors who will protect us and will give us wisdom.”
The five went to the Junakkson house and put to bed Junak in one of the rooms. He was young and would recover soon; he would soon be sailing with his jahta looking for new adventures. Healing Mother invited the three to the table, deposited two trays: a big one with salty food and a small one with sweet food for K’ntic.
“What’s your name, young man?”
“Do not tell me Madam, my name is Ivre. You look like Firstten, but you’re different. Where do you come from?”
“We come from very far, from so far away that it takes many seasons to come” Xavier answered.
“Have you come to stay?”
“Most of us will do, some people will return in the ship that brought us.”
“What about you, what will you do?”
“I have a wife and a child on the way, my place is here with them. Just hope you to welcome me as one of you. Promise to work hard to raise my family.”
At that moment came the patriarch Junakkson, husband of that woman and father of Junak. Ivre explained what had happened and why they had two strangers in their home.
“I sincerely appreciate what you have done for our people and for my firstborn. I have no words to express what I feel” took the hands of David and Xavier graciously, expressing confidence and pride in these men. Lakszi spoke Neitsi, language that at least understood Xavier.
“On behalf of the two I can say that it was an honor” Xavier replied, David looked around without understanding what these people said. His facial expression was quizzical, waiting for the simultaneous translation from K’ntic or Xavier.
“Xavier, do you want to be a Junakkson? I have eight sons, but I think I can adopt one more.”
“I’m flattered, but I do not know if it’s appropriated. I wouldn’t take Junak’s place; everything has been the product of chance.”
“Junak has a mission which he still doesn’t know. He has to solve something for himself before he can be considered a real adult.”
“You can call me Father and Mother to her; from now on you are Xavier Junakkson and become the husband of the new Healing Mother.”
“That’s what David and I wanted to talk to you, because we have the means to cure the disease without using K’ntic breasts or any other woman.”
“I hear you” Father Junakkson put face of being interested front of that statement.
“So says Junak, women’s disease is caused by bacteria. We have a machine that can make drugs based on analytics that it makes to the sick women.”
“Really? We have been looking this cure for thousands of horbitts.”
“We just need a patient who wants to be tested.”
“That will not be a problem” intervened Ivre “There is a girl who has come to get healed. She’ll be here in a while…”