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“...Aliens”, Kennedy said incredulously, after ‘Andria Korshe’ finished her story. “Serious, honest-to-goodness aliens?”
“Just one which I know of,” ‘Andria’ said firmly, “though considering that it seems to be in the process of taking over US government single-handedly, maybe I don’t have a full picture either.”
“Yes, still, how do you know that it is an alien, and not, say, a mutant coelacanth or something?” Willow pressed on.
“If multiple eyes, tentacles and rather misshape mouth parts weren’t enough,” ‘Andria’ thoughtfully replied, “there’s the mutagenic mucus, the telepathic powers and the fact that it’s interest in Eureka became more prominent only after they developed this new space-travelling technology. I still believe that it is an alien that came from the outer space.”
“Good points, and ones that need more than circumstantial evidence to disprove,” Willow muttered thoughtfully. “We’ll probably need to talk to Buffy and Riley about this – separately or together, I don’t know yet.”
Jo opened her mouth to say something along the lines of “You really believe her?” when someone else interrupted her. “Hey, Jo, where’s mom?” Kevin Blake, Allison’s no-longer-autistic son spoke from the doorway.
“Hello, Kevin,” Jo said quickly, “what are you doing here?”
“Jenna’s gotten fussy and I really don’t know how to quiet her down,” the teen admitted, “and sheriff Andy’s isn’t exactly too helpful either.”
“Well, Kevin, Dr. Blake is a bit busy cleaning up after a robot rampage in her lab,” Jo confessed, “so I don’t think that bringing Jenna to her will be such a good idea.”
“Oh, well...” Kevin trailed away as he took a good look at the other people in Jo’s office for the first time. “Hi, I’m Kevin! And who’re you?”
“Oh look, a mini-Xander,” Willow responded brightly. “Hello, Kevin! I’m Willow, cousin of Dr. Marten, this is Kennedy and the older woman is Andria. Who’s your friend?”
“Jenna! She’s my new sister!” Kevin said cheerfully. “Hello, Willow! Didn’t know that Dr. Marten had a cousin. What do you do?”
There was a flash of chromatically white light, and a humanoid figure with vaguely oriental features appeared when the light failed. “Where is Barlowe?” it snarled.
“And who’re you?” Jo replied instead.
“I am Inscrutable Master Shen!” the newcomer replied. “Where is Beverly Barlowe?”
Jo opened her mouth. “I don’t know,” she heard herself say. “Do you have a picture that can show us what she looks like?”
“Here!” Master Shen growled, producing a grainy picture. Jo looked at it, and then took another look.
“Um, that’s Dr. Allison Blake. I mean, I don’t know what Beverly Barlowe looks like or is like, but I do know Dr. Blake, and she’s not Beverly Barlowe, you can trust me on that!”
“Lies!” Master Shen shouted into Jo’s face. “Do not lie to Master Shen!”
Things could’ve gone very badly for Jo at this moment, if Kennedy didn’t hit Master Shen in his head, knocking him cold.
“Sorry, kid,” she told Kevin. “But that’s what we do for a living. You know where we can restrain him or something?”
“I think,” Jo wiped away Master Shen’s slobber off her face, “that I can think of a place to do that.”TBC