Canto Twenty-Eight – On the Gundahl Moon Base
“I am not leaving Starbright here to die alone on an alien moon, Commander. You will have to skortch me before I agree to that!”
“I would be happy to do exactly that if I had permission to pick up a skortch ray!” Biznap glared back at the angry, stupid, stubborn Fmoog, as Farbick was quite busily glaring at him. Why couldn’t the blogwopping Skoog monkey accept that Biznap had generously bargained to save his neck because… after all, Farbick was the only capable spacer that Biznap really had on the whole blogwopping space ship! (It should probably be noted that Biznap’s conscience was screaming at him in Harmony’s voice that he should never use a curse word like blogwopping out loud, but his wounded pride was also screaming back that blogwopping Harmony Castille didn’t know what blogwopping meant anyway!)
“You are giving these creatures more credit than they deserve, you know. Nothing is really stopping you from marching in there and picking up practically any of the devices they confiscated and use them to turn them inside out in the most painful way possible.”
Okay. You had to give Farbick credit. He was smarter than most Tellerons would be confronted by a tough situation like this. It was one of the reasons Biznap didn’t want to part with him too. But he was so blogwopping stubborn because of that bloopo Fmoogian blood of his! “And stop it, Harmony! I am not saying blogwopping out loud!” he said out loud.
“What?” Both Farbick and Starbright looked confused.
“Well, I mean… you know… Harmony, she’s always saying… and I can’t… well… Oh, just shut up! Will you? Especially you, Harmony Castille!”
Farbick started laughing.
“What are you laughing about?”
“You love her a lot, don’t you,” said Farbick. “I mean, you even hear her voice when she’s not around.”
Biznap was suddenly cold. “Yes… I mean… I really need to live to see her again. I guess that’s why I let them railroad me into such a terrible bargain.”
“It doesn’t have to be as terrible as you think,” said Farbick in a surprisingly calm voice. “You have left to them a majority of our complex and high level technology. You can tell them I am staying with Starbright because I can explain how to use some of the devices she’s not familiar with. You can tell them they can eat me too.”
“No, Farbick. You should come with me back to the mother ship.”
“It will be all right, Commander. There are things I can demonstrate in that selection of technology that I will be more than happy to demonstrate directly on the two of them. You may be able to come back here and claim this moon base for our people when I’m done.”
Starbright was obviously thrilled with Farbick’s plan. She wrapped her arms around the Fmoog and squeezed him tightly in the same affectionate way that Biznap remembered Harmony doing to him. It was obvious why Farbick wanted to stay.
“It’s your life to throw away as you see fit,” said Biznap.
“Don’t you think Farbick can out-think them, Commander?” Starbright asked with nervous eyes.
“Of course he can’t. Tellerons are hopeless at things like this. We should all be dead already. But I do want to get the space ship away from these horrible lizard-guys, and Farbick’s plan is a lot better than no plan. Well… fifteen per cent better, anyway.”