Chapter 10-

Alanna was carefully sweeping up a broken vase while her father, Melana, and the princess fixed the door. "Well, you shouldn't be having aliens break your door down for awhile," Melana said, pushing a lock of her curly dark hair back.

"Thanks for helping me fix it, Andros, Megan" Diana said.

"You're welcome. It's a good thing my dad taught me how to fix doors a long time ago when I accidentally broke the hinges on mine. Actually, that was the same year he taught me how to play Baccarat. We never played for money though. My dad says that's the problem with gambling; sooner or later ya lose. So, Father, what do we do now?" Melana asked.

"We figure out the Skrill's next move, Melana," Andros said.

"How do we do that, Father?" Alanna asked, quizzically.

"They could compile a list of all the geniuses living in the nation. Which if they do that, my name will be on there. Or my human name at least since I work for the government," Melana said as the phone rang. "Diana, I'll get it. Hello?" Melana asked, answering the phone.


"Megan, it looks like the Skrill have taken over an abandoned building or something downtown. We need to get a hold of Andros right away," Steve said. Megan looked over at Andros as he opened and shut the door.

"Father is here now. Hold on. It's Steve, Father," Megan said, handing the phone to Andros. Andros cupped her face gently with his free hand.

"Yes?" Andros asked.

"Andros, we found some Skrill clothing and one of those gauntlets in an abandoned building downtown," Steve said, clearly enough where Megan and Diana could hear.

"Where?" Andros asked.

"13th and Orchard. They've cleared the area," Steve said.

"Good. Make sure everyone stays away. Everyone. 13th and Orchard?" Andros asked.

"That's right. There will be a car there to pick you within two minutes," Steve said and both hung up.

"It could be where they've hidden the mind banks," Andros said.

"Father, there could be trouble," Megan said as she, Alanna, and Diana followed him to the door.

"Megan's right. We'll go with you," Diana volunteered.

"No. It's been a long enough morning for you and I'm not endangering my daughters any more than they have been, Princess. I'll let you know what I find out," Andros said as he walked out the door.

"Well, that's that. I guess we'd better clean up the Sardor seeds and go get dinner," Megan said.

"I think I better go change my blouse first, Megan," Diana said, going towards her bedroom.

"Yeah. I kinda doubt you want to go out with a rip in your sleeve," Megan said, sitting down and pulling out one of her history books.

"What is that?" Alanna asked, indicating the book.

"British history. If I don't do science, I read history. I have a fondness for it," Megan said.

"You sound like Father and Grandfather. They both like history. Grandfather once said he knew a man on this planet called Abraham Lincoln. That he was a good man," Alanna said.

"Yes he was. He freed the slaves in this country by outlawing slavery. He was assassinated while at a place called Ford's Theater," Megan said as Diana came out with a flowered peasant top on.

"I'll clean these up and then we'll get dinner. Anything you two want?" Diana asked.

"I don't know much about the food on this planet," Alanna said.

"How about some hamburgers and French fries? Or Mexican's pretty good. I could eat something with avocadoes right now," Megan said.

"Mexican sounds wonderful. I'll go to the store to get the fixings for burritos," Diana offered, plugging in her vacuum cleaner. She stopped a few minutes later, looking deep in thought.

"Diana?" Megan asked, standing.

"I'm worried about your father. Something doesn't feel right about all of this," Diana said, going over to her phone.

"Well, Father should be a big boy who knows what he's doing," Megan said as Diana dialed her phone.

"Hello?" Steve's voice came over the line.

"Steve, it's Diana. Listen. I've been worrying about Andros. Megan says I shouldn't. Maybe it's a trap," Diana said.

"He's still the best one to handle it. And he did ask us to keep everyone away. And he meant everyone, including you and his daughters. Just be patient until we hear from him," Steve said sternly.

"Okay. I'll try," Diana said with a false smile.

"Well, that's that," Alanna said.

"Not quite. Diana, why don't we just go ahead and look anyways? What's Steve gonna do? Fire me? I maybe leaving this planet soon anyway since Father said he also came to get me," Megan said.

"You don't want to go, do you?" Diana asked sympathetically.

"Not really. This has become my home. How can I leave Mom, Dad, and all of you? My the Skrill was right. I have become too human," Megan said woefully.

"It's not your fault. You couldn't have known since Father wiped your memory. I'll talk to him. He might understand if you don't want to leave," Alanna said.

"Thanks, Alanna," Megan said.

"Well, let's go find your father," Diana said with a smile as she turned into Wonder Woman and they left the apartment.