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[Heavens' Crossroads | 3] Leaving the Nest "We've been attacked by the Eclipse crew at the landing bay! We need backup! Gyaa--"
Skylar squeezed his trigger and a blue bolt of light scorched the last gangster's wrist, ruining the comlink. "Let's get out of here before more show up!" he shouted to Mitsuko and Takashi. He pressed a button on his wrist computer, and the entry ramp dropped down from the ship's underside.
Tiras, still on the balcony, saw the bandit Mitsuko had landed on start to get back up. Hardly thinking, Tiras swung his body over the railing and dropped on top of him. The bandit dropped back to the ground with a groan.
"Sorry, man." Tiras pushed himself up and ran to the entry ramp. He had to duck to avoid hitting his head on the way up into the ship. Kelphus was waiting at the top with a raised eyebrow. "What's going on?"
[Heavens' Crossroads|2] Wanted Tiras leaned his large, muscular body against the balcony's glass railing and studied the sleek starship on the landing pad beneath him. The ground was about ten feet below, and the ship rose up to about twenty feet above him.
"It's shiny," said Tiras.
Mitsuko laughed at him as she leaned on the railing herself. "Is that the extent of your analysis?"
Tiras shrugged. "It has some big guns on it."
"They look like mining lasers."
"I guess. Who are those people hanging around down there?"
"I don't know..." Mitsuko brushed her black hair out of her face. "I have a bad feeling about this."
"Takashi and his pilot buddy should be here any minute.... and Kelphus is probably still on the ship. Do you think we should go down there?"
[Heavens' Crossroads|1] Summoning“Karivasa dorukun karukun tavis-loraea...”
A stream of golden light poured from his half-clenched hand, settling upon the lines and runes that formed a circle on the steel floor before him.
"Talkuran karavisa vikira soran...”
He lifted his hands into the air, and thick, silver mist billowed out of the center of the glowing circle.
“Kalcuran verasa siranus...”
Beep-beep beep beep beep-beep boooop! Distracted by the 8-bit ringtone of his cell phone, he dropped his hands and bellowed the first words that came to his head.
There was a sound of a pebble being skipped across the water, but he turned around and answered his phone before the mist cleared.
“This is Kelphus. What do you want?”
A cheerful girl’s voice answered him. “Hi, Kelphus, it’s Selah!”
“Oh.” He nervously scratched the brown mane on the back of his head. “H
[Dialogical Essay] BelieveJoey: “Rikka! Would you like to join me for lunch?”
Joey: “Excellent! And we can have a deep philosophical discussion while we're at it! Or just small talk; that works too.”
Rikka: “Actually, I happen to have a philosophy-type question on my mind.”
Joey: “Oh, excellent! Do tell.”
Rikka: “What if nothing I see or hear is real, and I'm just imagining it all, or hallucinating?”
Joey: “What would that matter?”
Rikka: “Well... if none of it's real.... I know I exist, because I'm having thoughts, and thus there must be something thinking those thoughts that is 'me'. Descartes said that. But if nothing else is real, why would any of it even matter?”
Joey: “Your feelings matter to you, even if they're not real, right?
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