Diata gave birth to a boy which although three months premature was fully developed
and weighed a little over eight pounds. The child was born without the need of any surgery in spite of Diata's fears. Diata
said that the birth was easier than those of either Peto or Eelan were. Robo One did not have anything to do apart from cutting
assisting in the umbilical cord and the removal of the afterbirth.
After extensive checks Comp gave the child a perfect bill of health. None of the
defects that were feared were apparent. All this good news was greeted with squeals of delight from both Diata and Eelan.
Eelan had gazed at the newborn child with eyes wide open with wonderment. It was of course, the first baby she had ever seen
that she could remember. Peto was also filled with awe at the sight of the tiny form that was his son.
Diata had announced that she would name her child Shak, after her father. This
came as a surprise to Peto and Eelan as they had expected her to name him Nyel.
It was just a few weeks later that Diata began to realise that there was an unusual
rapport between the baby and herself. She seemed to know just when the child wanted to be nursed before it cried for attention.
She was aware when he needed to have his back patted or rubbed to relieve wind. She would be fast asleep and would awake at
just the right time to feed or care for the child's needs. This enabled her to sleep soundly at other times.
Eelan also felt a kind of rapport with the baby. Whenever she had Shak in her
care she would understand when he wanted to be played with or cuddled. Peto only felt it occasionally, not having so much
to do with the caring of the child's needs.
Shak grew rapidly compared to a normal child. Comp had told Diata that the increased
rate of growth was faster than the rate of growth that Peto and Eelan had experienced whilst they were growing to maturity.
He also said that Shak's mental growth was faster. By the time he was three weeks old, Shak's IQ was comparable to a child
of at least four months older. Comp put it all down to the environment or more likely the sun's rays.
Shak was three months old when Diata made a startling discovery. She had been
occupied for a while and had not noticed that Shak was missing from the room that she was in. She panicked for a moment.
“Shak! Where are you!” she called.
An immediate calm came over her and she knew that he was safe. She then saw in
her mind a scene of her bedroom from a viewpoint of about a foot or so from the floor. It was just a brief flash in her mind
and she rushed into her bedroom. Shak was sitting on the floor playing with a toy that Peto had made for him. She stared and
it dawned on her that what she had seen in her mind was the scene from Shak's point of view when she had panicked and called
“You're a telepath!” she said, “That explains it. You're a better
telepath than any of us. You little so and so.” She picked him up and cuddled him.
“Don't you leave the room without letting me know again, do you hear?”
Diata went back to what she was doing and thought about the way she had been calmed by Shak. 'He must be able to control emotions
too,' she thought, 'Whatever else can he do? What will he be able to do when he is older?” She decided to tell Comp
about this new development. She concentrated her thoughts on Eelan to tell her and Peto to come home. She was not as good
at doing it as they were but since Peto had explained how he had improved his skill, she and the others had been practising
and were getting better.
Eelan had been working with Peto, helping him to gather the rockwood that he had
chopped. She sensed that her mother was trying to call her and had to concentrate on allowing her thoughts to come into her.
“Mum wants us to go home, Peto. I can't quite understand why. There's nothing
to worry about, that I am sure.” Peto straightened up. Eelan was more receptive to thought projection than him or Diata.
He took her word for it.
“Let's go then, Eelan. Let's see what she wants. I think we have chopped
enough for the time being. He looked over to the house. The white prefabricated panels shining in the sun. The sloping roof
with the dome that housed the beacon that had now been turned off. Then he looked down at Eelan's belly. He smiled and patted
the swelling that was already quite noticeable.
“We are going to have to build another room or two soon, aren't we? That
house was made for six. There will soon be five of us.” He chuckled and began walking back to the house. “We will
have to get the robots to plan what to use for materials.”
The panels of the house were made of Zennalloy and would last almost forever but
there was no more. The house was a prefabricated structure designed to house six people in the event of a crash or a forced
landing by a spacecraft. There were no spare panels to build more. Peto had seen pictures of houses on Earth that were made
of timber but he didn't think they were very durable.
They arrived back at the house and were met by Diata with Shak in her arms.
“Shak's a telepath,” she exclaimed, “He can project thoughts.
He's three months old. Looks like he's a year old he can crawl and can project his thoughts. I think he can also read minds.
I'm not sure about that, though.” She shook her head in amazement.
Peto looked at Shak and then back to Diata, “How do you know that he's telepathic?”
he asked. Diata explained what had happened to them, telling them of her concern when she saw that he was missing from the
room that she was in, her calling for Shak and the mental picture she had of the room that he was in.
“I had such a clear picture of the bedroom just for a moment. It was as
if he was telling me where he was when I called him. Showing me the room that he was in.”
“Have you tried to project to him?” asked Eelan.
“Not deliberately. I suppose I must have done when I didn't know where he
was and he answered in his own way,” replied Diata, “I was afraid that he might hurt himself while he was out
of my sight.” She put Shak down on the floor and he crawled away towards a toy that was in sight. Peto was looking intently
at Shak, and then the child picked up the toy and crawled back to them. Stopping in front of Peto, Shak reached up and handed
the toy to him.
“Yes, I believe that he is telepathic. I wanted him to bring the toy to
me and he did.” Peto bent and picked up Shak. “Good boy, Shak, good boy.”
“Oh boy. What have we got here? He is going to take over in no time,”
Shak's progress continued to amaze them as he began to experiment with various
things that came into his hands. Diata caught him just in time before he began to put the holograph on. It wasn't that he
could hurt it or himself but he could have upset the settings that she had for future viewing.
Eelan's baby was also born three months prematurely. She too experienced an easy
birth without any excessive pain. She was delighted to find that she had given birth to a girl. She and Peto had already decided
on names for the baby. They had chosen Lan for a girl.
Lan, too, was an amazing child. They had been prepared to expect the rapid growth
and progress, but they had not expected the obvious attention that Shak was paying to Lan. Diata and Eelan had made sure that
Shak was included in their activities with Lan. Shak would often sit quietly looking at the new baby.
“Maybe he's communicating with her,” suggested Peto. “Who knows
what is going on with a telepath like him.” They had by now all experienced the vivid pictures that Shak could project
into their minds. Peto wondered if Shak found it frustrating that they were not as competent as he was at using telepathy.
He had tried to project pictures to Shak but did not know if he had been successful or not.
Shak was a year old when they discovered that he could communicate with the robots
and Comp. By then Shak had the appearance of a child of four. This disappointed Diata somewhat as she said she was missing
the pleasure of having a baby to play with. He was growing up so fast that he had outgrown baby play. Eelan, not having the
experience of her mother, did not understand. She was enjoying motherhood Lan being a constant delight to her. Her endless
chatter and willingness to help her mother and Diata was a quality that Eelan loved in her.
Peto became father to four more children during the next two years. Diata had
given birth to another boy, Nye, and a girl, Peta. Eelan had two more girls, Kita and Ata.
The next discovery they made left them in wondrous awe at the talents of the children.
Peto had been felling a large tree to use as timber. He had failed to notice that Lan, who was now three years old, had wandered
into the area that the tree was to fall. As the tree began to topple, Eelan saw the danger and screamed. She began to run
towards Lan, screaming at her to get out of the way. Peto, horrified, also saw the danger and he too rushed to grab Lan. As
he ran he knew that he would not be able to reach her before the tree fell. Lan, for her part, looked up to see what all the
screaming was about, saw the tree and stood there. Incredibly, the tree seemed to pause in its fall and then swayed to one
side and fell to the ground well away from them. Peto had not seen what happened as he had his back to the tree, but Eelan
had seen it all. She stopped in amazement, unable to believe her eyes. It took her a while to realise that, somehow, Lan had
caused the tree to sway away from them.
“Did you make the tree move?” asked Eelan. Lan's answer came immediately.
“Yes, Mummy. It was going to fall on me. She looked at Peto, “I'm
sorry Daddy if I made it move wrong,” she said, almost on the verge of crying. Eelan picked her up and hugged her.
“Oh, darling, that doesn't matter. I was so frightened that you were going
to get hurt. How did you do that?”
“I don't know, Mummy. I didn't want it to fall on me,” said Lan, shrugging.
Peto looked questioningly at Eelan.
“What does she mean? What happened?” he asked.
“Somehow she made the tree fall to one side. It was fantastic. The tree
just stopped in mid air then dropped away from us.”
“What?” Peto frowned, uncomprehending and turned to look at the tree,
“You think she did that? You think she has some power that did it?”
“She must have done! Either she did it or I did.” Eelan looked at
Lan, “Darling, it was you that made the tree move, wasn't it? It wasn't me, was it?”
“No, Mummy, it was me.” She looked crest-fallen, “I didn't want
it to fall on me,” she repeated. She began to cry, thinking that she had done something wrong.
“Don't cry, Lan. We are pleased that you did it. We just didn't know that
you could do things like that,” said Peto, kissing her, “Have you done it before?” Lan stopped crying and
shook her head, “No, but...” She looked at them as if wondering whether to continue. “I moved a Kandeer
that was going to throw a stone at me. I didn't hurt it though, really.”
She buried her chin into her chest, expecting to be scolded.
Eelan and Peto looked at each other and then burst out laughing. Lan looked up
and smiled with relief.
Later they spoke to Comp about it. Comp explained that it must have been what
was known on Earth as telekinesis. On Earth, some had claimed to have the ability to move small objects and bend spoons, forks,
keys and other objects. Apparently, under laboratory conditions it was never proven, in spite of the claims. Although some
of the results were unexplainable, most people were sceptical, claiming that it was just a clever trick, rather like a conjurer's
skill. Some sceptics claimed that it was impossible to move objects without applying physical means, but magnetism and gravity
can move objects without the need for physical contact.
When they questioned Shak, they found that he too, could move things. He had often
done it without realising that it was an unusual ability. He had assumed that his mother and father were capable of doing
what he could do. He had used his telekinetic power to carry things that were too heavy to lift and had also used it to throw
stones back at Kandeer. He insisted that he never threw them hard enough to hurt them. He just enjoyed watching them try to
avoid the stones as he guided them through the air towards them.
It was a week after the incident with the tree that Diata, Peto and Elan were
given a demonstration of the awesome power that the children had. Comp had suggested that they test the strength of the children's
telekinetic powers. They were taken to the rock mountain and asked to lift various sized rocks by means of their power. No
rock proved to be too heavy for them.
When the largest rock,
which must have weighed about eight tons, proved to be child's play to them they decided to give up testing the children.
Shak was interested in the spacecraft that lay nearby which he knew housed Comp. Peto told him all he knew about the craft,
explaining that it should have landed upright, but unfortunately it had crashed and ended up on its side.
“Why don't you put it upright then?” asked Shak. Peto smiled at him
“It is far too heavy to lift, Shak. I'm afraid it's there to stay on its
Diata was listening to them and said, “It would be a lot more convenient
if it was upright. Everything is on its side in there. The medical room, control room where Comp is. Everything. It's quite
difficult to get around in there sometimes.”
“ I can put it up, Mummy.” It was Peta, Diata's two-year-old daughter.
Diata smiled, “I'm sure you can, darling, you're a clever girl,” she coo-ed.
“I can. Really I can,” insisted Peta, nodding her head vigorously
to emphasise her conviction.
She looked at the spacecraft and they heard a grinding screech of metal. They
turned to see what was happening. The huge craft was lifting up from the horizontal position and turning in the air to an
upright position. They watched, open-mouthed, as the craft settled down, tilted and lifted again. Once more it began to settle
only to begin to tilt again.
“It's all right, Peta, I've got it. Let me have it all.” Shak spoke
to Peta with calmness that none of the adults felt. They watched as the craft was held in the air.
“How do you want it put down, Dad? Lying down or standing up?” Shak
Peto was staring at the spacecraft with equal astonishment as the others.
“What? Oh! Um, upright. Upright if you can,” he said. The craft settled
slowly with its nose pointing skyward. There was no tilting this time. It settled and remained upright.
“I could have done it, Shak!” said Peta, her mouth drooping at the
“I know, Peta. I just wanted to help and make sure that was what Daddy wanted.”
Peto looked at Diata. Shak's tactful answer showed insight and wisdom that was
far advanced for one of his age. Peta had tried to settle the immense craft down as a small child might have tried to balance
a top-heavy object and was having a little difficulty. Shak had taken control and had tactfully explained to Peta why he had
done so without hurting her feelings.
Peto entered the craft to make sure that Comp was undamaged.
“Thank you for your concern, Peto. I am perfectly all right. It will make
things easier for me to carry out the medical checks now that you don't have to stand when you should be lying down and lie
down when you should be standing.
“It's really interesting what these children can do. I wonder what they
will reveal next? It appears that as each new child is born its abilities become stronger and more positive. Your own abilities
took some time to develop and you needed to learn how to use them. Peta knew how to use hers without having to learn. I have
no doubt that the other children are just as competent or even more so. Any other children you have will probably be even
more efficient until a limit is reached. I would be interested what your grandchildren will be able to do. Only time will
tell. We will have to wait.”