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“Well! That was unusual,” Jack muttered thoughtfully. “Is it usual for you?” he asked Kennedy and Willow.
“No. Usually, when we meet extraplanar humanoids or grey giants – or many other things – we tend to fight instead,” Kennedy confessed. “Must be something in the locale – brings the politeness from everybody.” She looked at Jo and added, dryly. “Well, almost from everybody.”
“And speaking of politeness, here’s your order,” Vince told the young Slayer. “Spaghetti with meatballs and a tossed salad. Enjoy!”
“Thanks!” Willow said brightly. “We will.”
There was a pause as it became obvious that if left on their own, the couple would just as well go to their meal in peace, so Allison decided to feel in the gap. “So, Miss – Korshe,” she said slowly, “what do you know about their boss?”
“It’s an alien that came from beyond the asteroid belt and once it learned that Eureka was going to Titan, it grew agitated and demanded that something has to be done immediately, in a very agitated sort of way. Whenever it gets agitated... it isn’t pretty,” ‘Andria’ shook her head. “People they don’t handle contact with its mucus very well – they mutate. I’m guessing that that Beverly stepped in to prevent that from getting out of hand. So, yes, maybe it is from one of the Jupiter’s moons – shouldn’t you know since you’ve been there?”
“Actually we weren’t,” Allison confessed, “only Zane and Fargo did, and they didn’t get to do much, other than survive – Titan’s atmosphere and surface aren’t that compatible to humans, what with all that ice...” she trailed away.
“Yes, well, let’s say that there is an alien and it wants to stop us from going to Titan or at least it wants a part of the action,” Jack sighed. “Where does it leave us?”
“Maybe we can reason with it,” Willow said slowly. “I mean, it’s intelligent enough to-“
“-Be currently involved in taking over US government,” ‘Andria’ finished. “Yes, perhaps, considering the current state of administration it is not as intelligent as it first appears. But no matter who you take me for, I’m not acting as a liaison – I’m not going back there ever!”
“I believe you,” Allison admitted. “It did try to eat my brains or something at one point so it is probably not very nice, to put it likely.”
“When did it do that?” Jack growled.
“When I was asleep – it’s a long story,” Allison confessed.
“Well, today seems to be a day for the long stories, so let’s hear yours,” Jo exhaled.
Allison sighed quietly and began to tell the story of her dream.TBC