With this chapter we are half way home. Then just 3 for Pyramid.
DISCLAIMER: OK Molly darlin', it's all yours. First I want to thank Haruka Takachiho (Kami bless him) for graciously allowing me to use his creations w/o which there would be no tale to tell. Likewise a big domo arigatou (thank you very much indeed) to any other creators whose works, characters, creations &c. I may use now or in the future. As always please feel free to use any of my own myriads of creations in your own works. I ask only that a similar disclaimer be posted with your works giving credit where credit is due. Well you've all been on tenterhooks wondering about this big Galactic Hunt and nai (no), we are not hunting DragonBalls again well not yet anyway but who knows what the future might bring eh? Here is the third chapter for your perusal.
CHAPTER 3 'Solo's Solutions' or 'Into the Void'
"Follow that arrow er I mean river, Han." commanded Zach. Obligingly Solo accelerated to 40 Warp and shot off into the void beyond known space. One solar hour and 15 thousand lightyears later-
Hey Zach! How far we gonna follow this shimatta arrow of Fllaysie's?" drawled Han.
"Ooh! Oro's that thingy, Caggie?" yelped Fllay Allster excitedly. She was pointing out the star window to a glittering array of planets, stars and asteroids dead ahead.
"How the Hell should I know, stupid? I- Kami shimatta ni jigoku (God damn it to Hell)! It looks just like a teeny tiny solar system!" replied Cagalli Yula Athna not too quietly.
"Huh? What did you two bozos just say? A system? It bloody well can't be a system, not this damned far out!" objected Molly Callahan incredulously.
"I'll be damned, Molly! The kid's right. That thing 'is' a solar system albeit a really small one!" exclaimed Jimbo Hawking who was hitching a ride back to Gene Starwind's 'Outlaw Star' in the 'Gamma Quad'.
"What next?" demanded a disgusted Zero. He wanted no part of this wild jacaronda hunt across the galaxies, that he did not but it was Servie's call, not his, not this time.
"Would ya believe a pyramid topped by an all-seeing aizu (eye), Cap?" replied Nami Richards indicating the forward vidscreens.
"A Templar symbol by Kami! Solo! Take us down there!" cried Angie eagerly.
"Hey! I am in command, Subby, not you! OK Han, make it so." ordered Zach resignedly and obediently Han touched down with the 'Liberator' almost beside a pyramid structure easily ten or even fifteen times larger than ancient Terran Egypt's 'Great Pyramid of Cheops' at Giza!
Within minutes Zach, Angela, Servalan, Molly and Solo had beamed down. Zach had left Jimbo in charge of a whining Fllaysie, an angry Cagalli and a very pissed off Nami.
"So far, so good. Jimbo, it looks safe enough so we're going inside this thing. Zero out." trilled Zach.
"Be careful, Cap. hawking out." trilled the interim commander.
"And just how in the Hell are we gonna get inside that thing, Zach?" drawled Han, drawing his Mark XIII ion cannon.
"Open sesame?" joked Servalan.
"Enter if thou art truly repentant and have faith in Our Lord." boomed out a stentorian voice of thunder. Suddenly the entire wall facing them glowed golden, shimmered and vanished!
"Once more into the breach dear friends, once more." chortled Zero, leading his away teeam inside the massive structure.
"Oh shut up, Zach." said a suddenly nervous Servalan.
"Oro a strange greeting." observed Molly and she stepped forward. At that instant Han recalled the ancient Terran film he'd seen a few months ago at the Shimougan Academy- 'Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade'! He shoved Molly to the ground- hard and dropped to his knees beside her.
"The penetent man kneels! Everybod down dammit if you value your lives!" he shouted touching his head to the floor a nano-second before an ancient scythe-like blade whistled past inches above their bent heads!
"Roll! Sideways and then forward! Stay low for Kami's sake!" he yelled, suiting his actions to his words and dragging Callahan with him. The others followed in his wake and entered the next chamber.
"Oro's the next surprise, pirate?" growled Molly, dusting herself off. She was covered in limestone dust and grit.
"Go ye in the footsteps of Almight Kami er I mean God but the Templar boys knew him as Jehovah." he replied and pointed towards a flagstoned passageway dead ahead of them. Each stone seemed to be marked with a letter from some strange and ancient alphabet.
Angela de Roncesvalles boldly stepped forward.
"OK. Jehovah so 'J'-" she intoned and stepped on the nearest 'J' stone. Servie grabbed her arm just as the stone crumbled to dust beneath her boot and the floor opened beneath it revealing a deep crevasse or cavern several hundred meters below them!
"In ancient Sumerian, Jehovah begins with an 'I', not a 'J', children. Please allow me to proceed and you step 'only' where I do unless you want to explore this dump's basements." drawled the ex-smuggler.
Carefully, his boots spelled out 'I-E-H-O-V-A-H' and then even more cautiously the rest of the team followed him across the passageway. Soon all of them had traversed the hall safely and now stood on the brink of a bottomless chasm atop a carved jacaronda beast's immense head.
"Only by a leap from the mighty beast's head shall ye prove thy worth.'quoted Han from the old star map Angie had found in Uncle Giles's attic.
"You are bloody nuts, pirate, if ya think we're gonna jump off a shimatta cliff, dammit!" howled Molly.
"Trust me and have faith, kiddies. Just you follow Uncle Han and don't you fret none." said Solo merrily. Inside he was quaking in his space boots.
Closing both aizu (eyes) tightly and breathing a silent prayer than harrison Ford had not been a lunatic in that old film, He placed a foot over the edge in mid-air and stepped forward, dropping a half meter down and onto- nothing!
Nai (No)! Not nothing- he was standing on a perfectly camouflaged pathway leading across the huge chasm. Again his compadres mimiced his moves, crossing the void quickly and safely. Han picked up a few handfuls of gravel and tossed them across the 'invisible' bridge so that they could find it on the way back.
"Wait. We may need this, sir." said Angie, hefting a strange star-shaped weapon.
"Christ, princess! That's the 'Glave o' Krull', ain't it? Where'd you get it?" cried Han.
"Last time I saw that damned thing was when Lord Ivy (Ivanhoe the dark Knight) had it a few years ago." assented Molly.
Han handed it back to Angie who attached it to her belt and followed Han into an inner chamber of this mammoth mausoleum. At its far end loomed a sealed portal. When words, curses and brute force failed to open it, Han and Zach emptied their plasma rifles into it. Then Molly blasted it a trio of Mark XXXIII shells. Servalan booted it and then hopped around on one foot howling in pain.
"Dumbass." giggled Angie.
"Shithead!" replied the Federation president.
"Shut the Hell up the pair of ya and that is a kami shimatta direct order!" yelled an angry and frustrated Zach Zero.
"Try the glave." suggested Callahan.
"Couldn't hurt, that it couldn't." agreed Solo.
"Use the force, princess." he added jokingly.
The glave slipped from Angela's nervous fingers but amazingly the thing remained suspended in mid-air! Moving her hand over it caused the glave to move and damned fast too! The weapon cut through the portal like a knife through hot butter! When the portal finally dissolved into the aether so did the glave!
Behind the portal was revealed to be a chamber that glowed like 'G'Targ'itself! ('G'Targ' was Corellian Heaven).
"Sir, I see no visible light source in there." breathed Angie in awe.
Does it need one, girl? Look." replied her skipper.
END of Chapter 3. Chapter 4 coming along soon.