The three of them stood, bemused looks on their faces, as they stared at their coworkers linked bodies. There were handcuffs and ropes and, apparently, a large and elaborately woven net hanging from the trees which the natives of the planet used as their prisons.
Edmundo tried very hard not to laugh. Br’Joci didn’t bother holding it in.
“We have to untangle the knots,” Westerly said, eyeing the strategic points which would free their fellow SPANners, “After that, then we can do… Something.”
At that tepid conclusion, Edmundo also burst out laughing, “I thought you were going to say something cool!”
Br’Joci nodded in agreement, “It was almost profound.”
“I don’t know!” Westerly said, flustered, a bright green flush making its way over hir face, “The thought escaped me as I was saying it,” But zie smiled anyway, sheepish.
“Yeah, yeah, real hilarious,” one of the trapped SPANners, a Pakebi with brilliant rose colored fur, snarked, “It’s not like we’re tied up and hanging in a tree, totally uncomfortable.”
“Please get us down now,” added his partner, her own coat a rust orange.
“On it, on it,” Br’Joci muttered, pulling out a knife that was definitely not regulation. In a matter of moments, she had scaled the tree, crawling along the branch which the prison net was attached. On the ground, Edmundo and Westerly pulled out their blasters, forming a loose but wary perimeter around the tree trunk.
“Where’s your third?” Br’Joci asked the two captives, sawing away at the fibrous handcuffs around their wrists.
“Kempo retracted itself into its core. The natives have never seen a Dyur’un, so they assumed Kempo was part of our gear.”
“So we’ll have to do another rescue?” Westerly called up to them, following the conversation.
The Pakebi pair stare at each other, before the pink one shook his head, “Kempo should be able to escape on its own. We just have to get to the rendezvous point.”
“And where’s that?” Br’Joci asked, pulling them up onto the branch and guiding their climb down.
“About fifteen kilometers west,” the orange one said with a grimace, “On the other side of the mountains.”
As one, they all turned west, towards a steep, jagged mountain range that the locals named ‘Demon Spine’.
“That looks like fun.”
A/N: A tiny thing because I didn’t want yet another Missed Post, but I am on a bus and won’t get home or to my computer until after midnight so…
I’m frankly disappointed in myself, regarding this blog, especially my turn out this new year, even if I do have several legit reasons for not posting. I will endeavor to do better from now on.