Disclaimer: I don't own the Disc or the Myth series, yadda yadda yadda. You know the drill.

This story takes place between (or after) whichever Myth books you prefer.

The familiar sparkle of D-hopping faded. My partner, Aahz turned to me, a frown growing on his scaled face.

"Kid, is there something you aren't telling me about this job?"

"I don't have the full details myself, Aahz," I said. "He just said to come to his dimension and we'd be briefed further."

He turned around slowly, surveying the purple-knobbed tree-things and the sandy green wastes that stretched out below the plateau we stood on. He seemed to be thinking, and not pleasantly.

"Did he say to meet him on Tellart?"

"No, he said Jukk." I stared at the 'Hopper in my hand with growing concern. "Do you think-"

Aahz sighed. "Looks like the labels got switched around on this one too. Damn"

I didn't bother with panic this time. "Well, Aahz," I said, "I guess it's time you taught me how to dimension travel on my own!"

Aahz stared thoughtfully at me for a moment, then nodded. "You're far enough along, I guess. Just too bad that we won't have a backup system, but it's the only chance we've got." He crouched down and started working out some calculations in a strange math in the sand.

After a few moments, he looked up. "What are you waiting for, partner?" he growled. "This is going to take a lot of power!"

"Right!" I immediately started scanning. There was a nice, big one, stretching across the sky nearby! I reached out-

"Urk - Aahz!"

He leaped to his feet in a combat pose. "What is it, Skeeve?"

"There's someone being chased by... something nasty over there! He's dressed like a wizard!"

Aahz scanned the horizon, searching. His frown was deepening in suspicion, so I decided to tell him the other part.

"Er, they're on the force line..."

He stared at me a long moment. Sighed. "Skeeve," he said slowly, "Could you please take another look?"

I nodded, then refocused. The force line stood out, bright and clear as before. The man and the Thing were nowhere in sight.

"Um. They're gone."

Aahz nodded wearily. "I thought so," he said. "Look, Skeeve, we both are under some stress, and time constraints. Let's just see if we can find a town nearby and get some sleep. We can try the lesson in the morning." He walked off, toward the strange forest.

"Yes, Aahz."

I took one last look at the force line, shook my head, and turned to follow him.

I couldn't have imagined something like that. Could I?