breakfast finished, the clones were shown around the community buildings so that they could use them whenever they needed.
Finally they got to see the Scuddar. Trevor noticed the wounds had, for the most part, healed and the portion that had glowed
red was brighter.
can see, it is getting stronger, Trevor," said Meehun. "At the same time, we are receiving more information from it."
if it gets too strong and starts producing those yellow threads again?" asked Trevor.
productive part of the brain is destroyed. We are continually monitoring its progress to ensure there is no danger of that
happening," replied Meehun. "The real danger are the seeds on other worlds."
disgusting!" said Angela, wrinkling her nose.
not a pretty sight," agreed Joseph. "Was this creature just a brain without a body?"
sense, yes," answered Meehun. "But it had complete control of the individual beings it had absorbed and used them as its eyes
and to execute its needs. Once absorbed, the individuals and the brain actually become one creature."
now it is all alone?" asked Stephanie.
are still eight individual Scuddar left that have limited movement. These were once Neumites." Meehun replied. He pointed
to eight yellow threads clinging to the Scuddar’s side.
is evidence that this Scuddar is attempting to communicate with its seed on other worlds," said Neegon. "With your help we
hope to learn more about that."
That’s how we discovered the latest and more advanced seed," added Meehun.
as well I didn’t destroy it completely," commented Trevor.
soon be time for the midday meal," said Meehun. "We want to teach you how to use the spires for your own use. We can begin
before the meal."
the midday meal they talked about the spies and the controls they had begun to learn about. The Neumites did not have digits
to identify numerals. They based numbers on six colours; red, blue, green, yellow, white and black. Red being #1 while #6
was black. The clones had forget the metric system they were used to and learn the colour system. On the control panel double
figures were entered simply by pressing a colour twice or more. However, the spoken colours system required learning to speak
the Neumite language. Adrian was learning faster than the others.
means red and zitt means black," he tried to explain. "So, zitt shetta means sixty-one and shetta zitt means sixteen…
I think." This made the clones laugh.
you have made that really clear," joked Charles. "How do you say, a hundred and fifty-three?"
on! We haven’t got that far yet!" replied Adrian. The
clones laughed again.
The female voice made them look up. Trevor saw it was Baheen. She came up to him. "Our child grows strong!" she said, excitedly
holding her belly. "He is bonding wonderfully."
looked at Baheen, then at her belly and finally rested on Trevor, waiting for his response. Gina’s expression was a
mixture of surprise and puzzlement as her eyes flashed from Trevor to Baheen and back again. Trevor flushed and stood up.
is Baheen," he said. Baheen touched her forehead as he introduced her to each one of the clones.
this is Gina." he finished.
Gina. Everyone knows about Gina," said Baheen beaming. "The one Trevor was so anxious to return to." She turned back to Trevor.
"You are happy now," she said.
I am very…" Trevor began but Baheen interrupted him, her smile gone.
go," she said simply. She said goodbye and left.
pairs of eyes watched her weave her way past tables and head for the door.
did she mean when she said, ‘Our child’?" asked Gina, fixing Trevor with a penetrating look that made him flush
even more. All eyes were on him waiting for his explanation.
explain later," said Trevor.
now. I want to know," Gina insisted.
Gina," said Trevor firmly. The women looked at Gina. Only Michelle had an amused and curious look on her face. The men began
discussing the numerical system again.
got up from the table. "I want to go back to the house," she said.
am sorry, Trevor. I was too late to intervene." Losin’s voice came into Trevor’s head.
not your fault. I was going to explain to Gina but this has forced the issue."
cannot blame Baheen. She didn’t know about the jealousy that you people have. None of us understand that."
we return to the house, Trevor?" Gina’s irritated voice penetrated his thoughts.
have to find someone to take us," he replied, looking around for someone he knew.
will take you. I will be there in a minute." Losin’s
voice told him.
you just ask anyone?" Gina demanded. Just then, Trevor saw Losin enter the dining room.
someone I know," he answered standing up and waving at Losin. Losin made her way toward them.
Trevor," she said. Trevor again went through the introductions. He sensed them all waiting for another bombshell to explode.
would like to return to the house where we are staying," he explained. "Could you take us?"
replied Losin. She turned to the other clones. "We have made clothes that should fit you and placed them in the homes you
have occupied. They are the same as our own clothes but if you want styles of your own, that can be done later."
was a chorus of thanks from the clones, then Losin led the way to the spire.
well, well," Adrian said when Trevor and Gina were out of
earshot. "What’s our Trevor been up to?"
what comes naturally?" replied a smiling Michelle.
said Charles. "You have no shame!" Michelle grinned at him and shrugged.
face it. If he has been bathing with naked females while he was here before, he could easily be tempted to try his luck,"
answered Joseph. "Some of them are not bad looking. That Baheen wasn’t bad at all."
he was seduced," suggested Stephanie. "Trevor would be quite a catch for a woman."
think she did that on purpose?" asked Angela. "What better way to cause a split between a couple?"
have done it that way," Michelle said. She turned to Charles with a smile and added, "even if you do think I have no shame."
wondering what Gina is going to do to him when he tries to explain," Adrian
said. He smashed his fist into his palm to emphasise what he thought Gina would do and chuckled.
big enough to take care of himself," replied Michelle. "I think he would be better off without her."
I. How ever much he is in love with her he won’t be happy after a year or so," Angela said. "She is too…"
girly-girly, I would say," Adrian offered.
right. He needs a man’s woman!" Michelle patted her chest. "Someone like me!"
really fancy him, don’t you?" Charles smiled at Michelle.
shrugged. "Maybe it is because he is older than we are."
had five years more live experience than we have," added Angela.
we had better catch up," said Joseph. "It’s time we went back to learning those spire controls."
the hell is going on, Trevor?" Gina stood facing him with arms akimbo.
it is not like you think it is." Trevor’s mind raced trying to think of the best way to explain to her.
don’t know what I think! You don’t know how humiliated I feel!" She paced up and down a couple of times then whirled
back to him.
comes up to us and your friends and implies she is carrying your child!" She fumed. "OUR child she said! Yours and hers!"
to help the Neumites…" Trevor began.
Help the Neumites by screwing some tart?" She shook her head unbelieving what she heard. "Did you check to see if she had
a disease or something?"
was chosen by the Neumites for me to impregnate…" Gina again interrupted him.
came from some dirty brothel!" She looked horrified. "And you had the gall to make love to me last night?"
didn’t come from any brothel…"
all heard of Gina," Gina mimicked. "Yes! And they are all laughing at me behind our backs."
Again, he was interrupted.
darling me, Trevor. I have been thinking a lot about all this Neumite thing. I want no part of it. I’m not a clone and
I don’t fit in here." She looked at him with her eyes blazing. "I want to go back to Earth and my home."
have a good life here. Together." Trevor argued. Gina sat down and clasped her hands in her lap. She breathed deeply, then
looked up at him.
Trevor," she said calmly. "You can. You don’t have any family on Earth. You have friends like you here with you. I am
a misfit. You and your friends will have God knows what powers but I won’t. You will all be out saving the universe
but I will be here waiting for you to come back. How could I be happy here? I hate it here." She began to cry quietly.
thought over what she had said. She was right. She did not fit in with this world or the clones. She would never be happy.
He sat down beside her and took her hand in both his.
go back to Earth. There is too much at stake. Your life and the lives of all humans are at stake."
Gina whispered. "We have to let each other go."