Countermeasures, Pt. 25 of 25. It took them only another four and a half hours to get back to Earth and the Bahamas again in the advanced spacecraft. Brane could have sent a message ahead of them to order their destruction by the mermaid forces already there but did not wish to risk underestimated human detection of another extraterrestrial battle of unknown outcome shortly above the home planet and in its atmosphere. "He" remained neutral, damaged, and their homeward voyage was uninterrupted and completed safely. Janus released them in a deserted area next to one of the tropical islands just after evening twilight. She offered to share the knowledge of her species and merge biologically with their people, to expand their realm and capabilities from the deep sea to deep space more openly, but John was tired and declined telepathically, explaining that hi
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