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Chap 26: Ice and FireIce and Fire
Chapter 26: Time Passages.
An hour later, while watering the plants in the courtyard garden back in their quarters, Amanda pondered on the strange encounter. Abhijnansakuntala Sahasunaka Ihosy, (or, for convenience sake, and the inadequacy of the human memory and tongue, Ihosy for short) had proven to be an individual of impeccable manners. With T'Naoui acting as interpreter, the Sanhyangde-minangkabauan had expressed regret at being the cause of distress to the Terrans. In response, the Terrans apologized for disturbing Ihosy's sojourn on the lake bottom. They all parted the best of friends.
Amanda did not believe for one second that the meeting was a coincidence. Sarek had engineered the event. Not as a joke, though she began to appreciate how much quiet humour was part of his personality, but almost certainly to emphasize that unlike Earth, Vulcan was a dangerous place for the unwary. They needed to keep their wits sharp and their eyes and ears open. Even when something
Chap 25: Ice and FireIce and Fire
Chapter 25: Just When You Thought It Was Safe.
Minutes after Sarek's departure, T'Naoui appeared with an armful of what she termed 'swimming attire', though in reality the clothing turned out to be briefer versions of the Vulcan underwear they already wore; cap-sleeved tops matched with short-legged pantalon in a buttery-coloured woven yarn. They scattered in various directions to change behind the concealment of nearby shrubs. None of them spotted the elusive perambulating rocks for which all four were profoundly grateful, though far in the distance the eerie cry of a large animal sounded distinctly on the breeze that wafted now and again through the cavern. Similarly, as Mike finally gave up trying to persuade T'Naoui to join them in the water, something large and sleek skimmed across the treetops heading in the direction of the cliffs. Whether raptor, pterosaur or gryphon it was hard to tell. Reassured by T'Naoui's lack of concern they waded into the lake.
The chill did
Chap 24: Ice and FireIce and Fire
Chapter 24: Count to three, Hold your breath, Make a Wish.
The music stilled, the images faded.
Still enmeshed in the spell Sarek had woven through his fingers on her flesh, it took Amanda a moment to return to the present. She sighed: *That was wonderful. But how ?*
*Telepathy is a common trait among us, Miss Grayson. It permeates our society at every level, including the arts.*
Not altogether surprised, Amanda questioned: *Then the missing ingredient is telepathy? Without your, or another Vulcan's intervention, I won't be able to fully appreciate this planet's music?*
With a barely perceptible nod, Sarek stepped away: *It seems so.*
His departure from Amanda's side was both a mental and physical wrench. Aloneness hurt. Cold suddenly, without him there to provide heat, she shivered in reaction and looked to the Human girls for comfort. Now the composition had ended, Amanda saw relief on their faces. Mike's eyes were also open, his impassive expression turned re
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