to the communicator and called Gina. Her face appeared on the screen and his heart leaped. Just the sight of her face made
him realise how much he loved her.
she said coolly.
are you? I have missed you so much." Her coolness did not deter him.
missed you too, Trevor. I thought you would have called before now."
I have the proof for you now. Can you come over right away?"
silent for a moment then replied. "Why can’t you come here?"
"I have people
here. People that will prove what I have told you is the truth." He moved the screen to show more of the room so that she
could see for herself. The six clones were gathered and chatting quietly among themselves.
for a few moments more. "Very well, Trevor. I will be there in about fifteen minutes," she replied. "I hope I won’t
be wasting my time, Trevor." She cut the connection before Trevor could answer.
staring at the blank screen and wondered if he was doing the right thing. He had never experienced such coolness from Gina
and he didn’t like it one bit. He would rather a quarrel than that. He turned away and joined the group.
will be here in a few minutes," he told them. "I am hoping she will join us when we go to Neum." He explained the problem
he had with Gina and her disbelief that he was being truthful to her.
only one bed here so we can’t all go together. Two at a time at the most," said Trevor. He turned to Joseph. "I’d
like you to be one of the last. Your profession might help in persuading her."
"If I can
help, I will do my best," replied Joseph.
contact Meehun now," he told them. He sat down and opened his mind to reach Meehun.
ready, Trevor. Two of us will be there as soon as you let us know when to begin. We can’t use the spires to bring you
all here. No spire is tuned to your friend’s molecules. We have to do it the way we first brought you here."
place is crowded already," replied Trevor.
keep an area clear for us," said Meehun "We are in constant touch with your minds."
to the group. "Meehun said…" he began.
Adrian interrupted him. "I heard it all," he said. The others confirmed they too, had heard the
conversation in their minds.
amazing," exclaimed Angela, "almost scary!"
used to it after a while," said Trevor.
at that moment. Trevor answered the door and let her in. He introduced her to the clones then explained to her that they had
all experienced contact with the Neumites.
have indeed," said Joseph. "We are all going to the planet tonight."
skeptical. "Did Trevor put you up to this?" she asked. She sensed them all looking at her. "You are his friends, aren’t
came over to her. "We are all new clones. This is our first meeting outside The World Population Centre. Why would we lie
at the confrontation. "Trevor said he had proof. I expected more solid proof than just words. What kind of spaceship is going
to take you there?"
is coming. Gina," said Trevor. "In the form of aliens that are going to take us to their planet. I want you to come too."
He concentrated on Meehun. "We are ready."
a sudden popping sound and two male Neumites appeared in the room. Trevor recognised one of them as the male that he had met
in the bathing pool. It was this one that spoke.
we are ready to transport your friends now," he said. "Which two are first?"
go first," said Adrian, stepping forward. Charles joined him.
go with Adrian." "What do we do?"
explained they would need to lie down and sleep. "It will only take a short time," he said.
Charles went into the bedroom and lay on the bed. The rest crowded in the doorway to see what was going on. Trevor made sure
that Gina had a good view.
The two clones
were asleep in seconds. The Neumites took hold of the hands of the sleeping clones. The popping sound came again and the clones
and the Neumites were gone. The
stared at the empty bed.
what made that popping sound," mused Joseph.
it is the sudden displacement of air filling the vacuum left when they disappeared," said Michelle.
The two Neumites
reappeared before anyone could offer further ideas.
"Who is next?"
asked one of them.
Stephanie and Angela?" said Michelle.
said Angela. Stephanie joined her. They too, disappeared in a few seconds after lying down. Again the aliens returned after
a few moments.
humans remained in the apartment. The two Neumites waited for the next two to be transported.
and Joseph are next," said Trevor.
Michelle said. She walked up to Trevor and faced him.
"I want to
see if Gina is going," said Michelle. "If she’s not, I want to go with you." She turned her back on Trevor and fixed
Gina with a look that said, ‘You have competition, honey.’
appearing and disappearing with the clones, then returning again bewildered Gina. Her confused mind had been trying to understand
what was going on. Desperately trying to see if it was all a trick. Michelle’s statement halted the thoughts that were
whirling through her head.
to look at and notice Michelle for the first time. Her eyes swept over her from head to toe then back again, taking in every
detail in one sweeping look. She had seen female clones many times before. All were flawlessly beautiful and had exquisite
figures, a requirement of The World Government. Michelle was no exception but she had something in addition to beauty and
a perfect figure. She had sensuality and she didn’t mind displaying it. Gina did not mistake the meaning in the look
Michelle gave her.
at Trevor and could see he was surprised. She knew him well enough to know that he hadn’t expected Michelle to say what
she did. Gina felt she was on a spot and had to make a decision right then. She turned to Trevor, tossed her hair over her
shoulder with a flick of her head.
"Do you want
to go with me or with her?" she asked, looking squarely into his eyes.
"I want you
to come with me, Gina," he replied without hesitation. He wanted it to be her decision.
"Then I will
go with you." She looked back at Michelle. A flash of triumph showed momentarily in her eyes.
settles it," Michelle said, smiling sweetly. "Joseph and I go last." Still smiling, she turned back to Trevor and winked.