The Veterans, Pt. 2 of 5. While the ri was receiving a new awareness in its primeval sanctuary, Robert Stanson was quickly doing some communication to an old friend fishing with him out in a small irregular-shaped pond imbedded in the surrounding natural swamp, but out loud. "Okay, okay! You got him hooked good. Don't let the bugger get away!" The small boat rocked as he struggled with the hooked fish that thrashed in the quiet water. "I hope he doesn't let me go. It's got to be a whopper." He came beside him. "Oh, it is. It sure is, Will. Bring him in a little more. I got the landing net." "I . . . I'm trying. Christ, help me." "That's it. That's it!" he said. "Good." Robert had one of the brightest smiles on his face in year
The Veterans, Pt. 1 of 5. Prologue: The brilliant white flashes were no longer visible in the roiling blue-glowing fog to professor Stanson and the others outside the mayhem. The strange Carboniferous forest, the ri, and all else inside turned into a vaporous state, like ectoplasm, and merged with it at a central point, the unknown origin and source of the primeval world, before finally condensing into an energetic mass. -- From "Ri's Sanctuary, Reunion." * * *
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