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Invincible (Book 2) by David MacK & Keith R. A. DeCandido

Invincible (Book 2) by David MacK & Keith R. A. DeCandido

Author:David MacK & Keith R. A. DeCandido [Mack, David & Decandido, Keith R. A.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Science-Fiction:Star Trek
ISBN: 9780743428736
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: 2001-01-02T08:00:00+00:00


Personal log, Commander Sonya Gomez, planet Sarindar, Stardate 53289.4

I’m a complete idiot.

I made the biggest mistake you can make—humanizing a machine. Well, maybe “animalizing” is more accurate. But I should have realized that my idea wasn’t going to work.

The ruby-like flowers weren’t what lured the shii to the trap in the first place, it was the three Nalori. It was looking for more food to collect for its masters. Because it’s a machine. Machines do what they’re programmed to do, and this one is programmed to kill animals and decapitate them so their masters can eat.

So, naturally, when you collect everyone in one spot, that’s where it’s going to go.

God, it’s like I’m a green ensign back on the Enterprise again. And now fifteen more people are dead, and it’s my fault. I’m supposed to be in charge, and all I’ve done is get people killed.

One of the workers—I don’t even know his name—just came in and asked me to perform the funeral rites again. I was surprised at this, but he said something that surprised me even more:

“It is not your fault, Commander, it is ours. We fooled ourselves into thinking you were the sañuul, that you had lifted the curse of this miserable place. But you are, in the end, just a woman—as you yourself told us all along. You did not wish us to call you sañuul, and we should have listened. Instead, we are simply all victims of the curse of Sarindar.”

With that, he left.

I wish it made me feel better, but it doesn’t even come close. I’ve failed in my duty here. And it’s past time I made up for it.



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