A YOUNG REDHEADED MAN walks through a thick brush in a forest on a distant planet. In his hand he carries a pistol. He is wearing a dark blue uniform with gold trim. His shoulder length locks are pulled back into a ponytail.
“Alright, Macon, where are you?” He mutters to himself.
“Harley, shut up.” The young man hears in his ear. “I ain’t that far away. Just head straight about a couple hundred meters. You should come to a clearing where the shuttle it.”
“Gotcha, Macon.” Harley responds. Then, he hears a growling sound nearby. The brush shakes as well. Harley stops in his tracks and listens intently.
Something’s not right here. Harley wonders. His teke powers sense a big powerful creature nearby. Stay calm, my big friend.
The creature rises to its feet. Harley looks up at the large reptilian creature with a long neck. The scales shimmer as light strikes it. Harley gulps as he slowly backs up.
The creature lowers its head towards Harley. He stands very still. He takes a deep breath. The creature’s bulging red eyes stare at Harley. There is a single horn on its long snout. Three horns emerge from the back of the creature’s head.
“Harley, time is short.” Macon says through the ear piece. “You need to get your ass moving.”
“I have a situation here.” Harley mutters through gritted teeth.
“Turn your camera on the glasses on.” Macon says.
Harley taps a button on the right side of the frames. A display pulls up on the glasses. “You seeing this thing, Macon?”
“Yeah, kid, I see it.” Harley hears. “Hold your position. Do not alarm the dragor. I am on my way.”
“Dragor?” Harley mutters. He lowers his pistol slowly and holsters it. He spreads out his arms.
The dragor crooks its head. It studies Harley. Then, it snorts. Air blows past Harley. Mucus follows the initial snort. It covers Harley’s face and torso. Harley turns and removes the mucus covering him.
“Ugh.” Harley says as he shakes mucus from his hands onto the ground. Then, he hears the roar of the shuttle above him.
The dragor’s eyes open wide. He roars and raises his head towards the shuttle. Anger comes from the dragor.
“Macon, get out of here!” Harley shouts as an energy begins to form inside the dragor’s mouth.
To be continued in ODYSSEY STAR: INTO THE UNKNOWN, published by Galaxia Press, out April 20, 2018!
Bryan Rainey is the author of the METAVERSE and Odyssey Star sagas. He is also the publisher and cover artist of the books.