The Andromeda Galaxy
Andromeda, flagship of United Earth Forces, War w/ The White Comet, Yamato
Andromeda, study by Poynter
Andromeda, finished, by Poynter
Was Eddie Poynter into it or what?
THE ANDROMEDA 3
by simon drax
They arrive at the tall guy’s secret house. It’s a secluded cottage in the woods. He carries each tied up girl inside, placing them gently on the floor in front of a roaring fire, a massive stone fireplace.
The Tall Guy takes a seat. Lights a cigarette, pours himself a drink.
“I’m going to untie you both in a minute,” he says, “and let you bathe and relax. But then—we must talk. And then I must bind you, again.”
Romana and Ali swap a desperate glance. Romana nods yes. Ali shakes her head no. Then they both tilt toward each other, friends, eyes searching. And then they slowly nod.
Bound hand and foot on the floor, they turn to their captor. “Yes.”
“Good.” The Tall Guy leans forward. “The two of you are essential to all future life in the Milky Way Galaxy. There is a super massive Black Hole in the center of our galaxy that will wreak untold havoc unless you two (and an undiscovered third) unite and use your power to subdue the black hole. Alas, this gravitational shift will cause massive grief to neighboring galaxies—especially Andromeda.”
Ali bares her teeth, her arms and feet aching from the rope. She turns to her captor. “We’re supposed to believe this shit?!”
“Yes,” he says, nonplussed. He leans forward. “I am from the future. This is recorded history. It must not go wrong at any cost. But our enemies—“
“Those soldiers?” Ramona says.
“Yes. They are soldiers from the future, from Andromeda. They’ve come here to change history, they want to kill you, stop you.”
Their captor leans back in his chair. “And then there is the matter of the third.”
On their stomachs, bound hand and foot, Ali and Romana exchange a glance. “Third?”
“Yes, the third. The lost sister, the final segment of the triad. The missing element of the Triple Goddess that will seal the Black Hole and ensure continued life in the Milky Way Galaxy.”
“Who is she? Where is she?”
Their captor sits back in his chair and draws on his cigarette. The two girls bound hand and foot under punishing coils of rope can only twist on the floor and await his answer.
Finally he says, “We don’t know where she is, but we will find her. Your lost sister is vital.”
Ali and Romana exchange a baffled glance, share a quick kiss, then both turn with venom to their captor. “WE’RE NOT SISTERS.”
“Ah, but you are. We shall find her.”
He unsheathes his knife. “I will untie you now. I will draw a bath for the both of you. But I expect you to behave.”
“Maybe,” Ali says as her wrists are freed.
“The Black Hole MUST be sealed. The strange weather, the storms you’re experiencing? It’s not what you call ‘climate change,’ it’s the Black Hole. It’s decimating the galaxy at an astonishing rate. Earth will be utterly destroyed in 2 of your years.”
“But NASA—the government—they would know!”
The Tall Guy draws a sad drag from his smoke as he cuts the rope binding the girls. “They do know.”
He stands as the girls wriggle free from the ropes. “They’re just not telling you.”
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