Gwent Giveth Part 2
Had he a weak heart John Koenig would be a dead man.
"I think we should talk, Commander." Captain Zandor said.
Never had a statement been said so calmly for an image so earth-shattering.
Koenig thought he would have to fight Gwent but the apparatus agree without reservation. It wanted both Koenig and Thomas to visit the Kaldorian spacecraft; for Koenig to be reunited with his woman, but afterward Gwent wanted to speak with his companion about something of great importance. Koenig agreed without hesitation. He did not care what it was. The Commander had to get into that Kaldorian craft and see Helena.
Inside the spaceship, Thomas being tended to by a tall Kaldoran female, Zandor explained that they had been awakened from their long slumber when an emergency alert informed the aliens that one of their own was in jeopardy. Initially, they believed it was the dead body of Simmonds, face frozen in an expression of agony and fury, that caused the alert. However, they soon realized a forty year span of time had elapsed since his unfortunate death. The craft had been diverted from its trajectory from Earth, its computer explaining they were on a rescue mission.
The inflicted was not Simmonds but another. The Kaldorinas were then led to a small capsule floating in outer space.
"Forty years?" Koenig asked, incredulous, "It's only been four years since Gwent kidnapped Helena and myself." His confusion was reflected back at him from the glass of the clear interment cubes surrounding them. Koenig still remembered walking into the craft and seeing an unconscious Helena laying in one of them, both Alphans and Kaldorians afraid she might never wake again. The irony of that time was not lost on him at this moment.
"You forget, John Koenig, that there are wormholes, black suns and any number of celestial phenomena that can bend time in deep space. Exactly forty two years and three months have elapsed since our own encounter, Commander."
Koenig was amazed but he needed to hear more, "The capsule. You found Helena."
"Yes, her matrix was still programmed into our computer. It did not matter that she was billions of miles away from us. She still registered on our computer. It alerted us of her potential demise."
"The closer we approached the container we came to realize the body inside was not dead but merely in stasis. We brought it aboard, opened the casing and …" Zandor paused, recalling his own inner turmoil, seeing her lovely face again. He had fallen asleep with Helena's image on his mind, then to see her again when they opened the capsule … "You can imagine how stunned we were to find Dr. Russell."
The impassive Kaldorians most likely showed their surprise by lifting an eyebrow, Koenig thought. He said, "Captain, she was dead. She had no heartbeat. She did not breath and Gwent …" Koenig's lower lip trembled ever so slightly, horrified by the unimaginable.
"I am certain that is true, Commander. In every human, mortal way Dr. Russell was dead - but she is not quite mortal now, is she? Neither are you."
A Kaldorian crewman ran a scanner over Koenig and nodded at his Captain.
Zandor said, "Dr. Russell had a brain anorism. Our doctor corrected the problem and revived her. She has memory loss but is otherwise well." He continued, "You had noticed nothing different about yourself or Helena Russell since the time you and she had become Gwent's companions?"
Koenig recalled that time shortly before Helena died, when he had looked at himself in the mirror, curious by how much younger he appeared. Helena had mentioned that she too noticed a certain vigor, how she was far more energetic than she had been on Moonbase Alpha … Then, while Gwent kept Thomas entertained (or the other way around), they had made passionate love …
"I want to see Helena." Koenig said, no-nonsense. He had waited long enough.
"Commander, caution is needed …"
Why was Zandor stalling? "Take me to her."
"Commander, I think you should …"
Zandor nodded, persuaded by the man's urgent tone. "As you wish." He lifted a hand, miming John Koenig to move in the direction indicated.
There was no reasoning with an Earth man wanting to be reunited with his woman.
END OF INTRODUCTION.
To be continued ...