Geminos suppresses the urge to laugh at Ades. He grabs the gladiator's deformed hand.
"This will just take a moment" He returns the hand to relative normality.
Geminos stares at the clone and the Varna for a moment.
"That's grotesque." He moves to follow Chandi and sprouts a bone launcher from one arm and a stinger from the other.7/15/2008 . Edited by dreamshell, 7/15/2008 #91
The decoy finishes with the dazed Varna. "That's enough! Now, you may leave!" he shouts. The decoy puts her clothing back on, while guards emerge from nearby buildings. They grab the party, and force them out.
"What is going on?" Chandi asks.
"The Colony has him acting in character for the time being," Geminos explains. "Now, let's get out of here."
The group meets a stunned Ades by the sub. "Did anything happen while we were gone?" Chandi asks. The gladiator's hands are back, but he still feels pain in his hands.7/15/2008 . Edited by dreamshell, 7/15/2008 #92
The sub returns to the Symbiosis' own city.
(The next section, Fragrance of Compost, will start shortly.)7/16/2008 #93
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