ISLAND IN THE SAND

Part VII

 Star’s eyes popped open and with a start, she sat up. Something had awakened her, but nothing she could identify by glancing in every direction around her. The band had hiked deep into the dark tunnel to avoid the bright light shining down into the energy chamber. Her watch told her it was barel…

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“Xifsf oto csy gjoe mabl?” Wuxh cumgf. “Uf’e nfeuviwlc, obr Z’mv hypyl pmiz…


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