Canto Forty – In the Bio-Dome Command Center
Davalon and Tanith found themselves naked and alone in the command center, looking at monitors and trying to figure out what was actually going on in the Bio-Dome.
“Do you think we can really trust Sizzahl, Dav?” Tanith asked. Her large and beautiful eyes looked into the heart of Davalon, Son of Xiar… at least he felt that they did.
“I wonder… She is not hiding the fact that she plans on exploiting us for her own reasons. In fact, she has exploited us in bringing us here with those plants she tried to rescue.”
“That’s true.” Those amazing eyes turned downward towards the floor. “I was wondering after Brekka was almost eaten by that alien plant why she didn’t tell us that it was there… you know, warn Brekka and the others away from the flower garden?”
“Yeah, I was wondering that too. She doesn’t seem to care very much if we live or die.”
The two Telleron tadpoles looked at the monitors. The black-and-white picture screens showed no movement except that of the Morrells and Sizzahl in the cloning facility and the others in the crew quarters. Everywhere throughout the facility the plants and the animals of the Bio-Dome lay mostly brown and dead. Only the lone zhar-doe continued to wander and look for food as if it were still trying to survive.
“Do you think this planet deserves to be dying like it is?” Davalon asked.
Tanith looked him directly in the eyes. “Planets never deserve anything that happens to them. Comets strike the surface… species go extinct… all life comes to an end… none of that happens because a planet did something wrong.”
“What about the Galtorrian people?”
“I actually like Sizzahl. She’s so smart and she works so hard… But these lizard people… ugh!”
“They’ve poisoned the whole biosphere. They eat each other… like our people used to do… and they don’t even have to. They don’t need to recycle protein and flesh in order to maintain their population and food supply.”
Tanith nodded her agreement. “These Galtorrian lizard people are creatures from a nightmare.”
“Yeah,” said Davalon. He realized how much he and Tanith always agreed on things. She was more than his nest-mate. She was his friend, his best friend. If he was ever going to be old enough to be allowed to breed offspring, a rare privilege for space-faring Tellerons, he would want to do it with Tanith. He actually felt he understood the love between Alden and Gracie when he looked at Tanith. Davalon loved Tanith.
“What do we do next?” Tanith looked to Dav for leadership. He really wasn’t sure what the best course of action was. They were committed to the present course of action. Their space ship was wrecked and quite some distance from the Bio-Dome. If they were to have any hope of living through this adventure, they had to find some way to make this place livable, at least until Xiar’s rescue party found them. Would Xiar send a rescue party? Dav didn’t know.
“We have to help Sizzahl for now. We don’t have any other choices. At least, not yet.”
“Davalon, I would die to protect you and keep you from harm.”
“I feel the same way about you.”
“But you feel that way about all the tadpoles. You’re a hero. But I mean just you. You are the one Telleron that I couldn’t live without.”
Davalon looked at beautiful, naked, green Tanith standing there in front of him, not only without a single stitch of clothing on her, but more personally naked than he had ever seen her before. Her soul was bare. “And I repeat… I feel the same way about you. You are that one Telleron for me.”
She put both her arms around his neck and hugged him breathless. She was crying softly. And all he could think to do was hug her in return.