Since my character’s stories are long and have multiple parts, I’m just going to have each girl go through a short scenario. Hopefully that will paint a picture of what type of girl each one is and give insight on their story. Thanks for stopping by to look at my characters and read about them! I appreciate it.
There was a smack against the door before it opened. Riva panted a few times, completely brushing off the fact that she just slammed into the door. Jeffers and Ian seemed more alarmed by it anyway.
“Guys,” she huffed through her breath, “Have either of you two seen Aaron or Rory? I can’t find them anywhere.”
The boys shrugged at her. Neither had seen the baby Aaron or her pet Drizzard, Rory, in the past couple hours. Though with the amount of times Riva lost them, it wasn’t much of an alarm when they went missing anymore.
“Some help you two are.” She leaned her back against the doorway, crossing her arms. The ship’s whirring and pounding from the engine made it hard for her to rest against it for long.
Jeffers poked at his navigation chart, “We’re making a pit stop at the market on Nebur Asteroid before we head back to Mallem and meet up with Alec and Andie.”
Riva scoffed, “Why?”
“Because we are. Geez. Go look for Aaron and Rory. This is a small ship. It’s not like they walked out an airlock.”
Riva spun on the heel of her boot until she was facing the hallway again. If they were in the ship, she’d know. She’d be able to hear Aaron’s thoughts, even as young as he was. It’s not like her fourteen-year-old self was that careless with the baby.
Ian followed her out the room, tapping on her shoulder to get her attention. “I can’t seem to make a connection with Rory. Did you check the escape pod?”
“I told Jeffers I thought we might’ve picked up a stow-away on our previous stop.” Ian frowned at his older sister. Riva smacked her forehead.
“I swear if they were captured by the Leviasites again…”
“Eh, I wouldn’t jump to conclusions just yet.” Ian shrugged before walking back to the control room where his brother sat still poking away at the navigational chart.
Riva checked the escape pod anyway, just to be sure. And just as suspected, it was gone. Riva lightly kicked the side wall in frustration over losing the two again. She grabbed the communicator and dialed to call her grandfather. When there was no answer, she slammed the communicator against the ship. If only the ship could get them to their destination faster.
Luckily, it didn’t take long to reach the asteroid where the market place resided. Inside the air shield were hundreds of people and creatures bustling about, all moving from stand to stand.Jeffers was able to land the ship next to a few others to hide its obvious Guardians design. Hopefully no one would notice.
Jeffers jumped from the ramp down to the hard rock of the asteroid. He looked around until his spotted one of the larger buildings off behind all the stands. The giant store with all hardware parts he could hope for.
“Hey, I’ll be off at Space Marns if you need me,” He pointed to the store, “I suggest you check the pirate bounties hanging in the square and see if there’s anything on kidnapping Aaron and Rory.”
Riva and Ian watched as he took off running towards the store. The two looked at each other and shrugged as they walked towards the crowd of people.
Riva hated big crowds like this. Things smelled, people were rude, and someone was always touching her. Ian wasn’t exactly a big fan either. The two maneuvered through the people to reach the pillar where bounty notes were kept. Oh how it would’ve been easy if Riva could just control people to move out of the way.
But her conscience in the form of her grandfather reminded her that her power was not to be abused. Just as Ian never used his ability to force animals to obey his will and just as Jeffers never used his ability to mind control spaceships to destroy death stations.
Though, she wasn’t so sure with Jeffers sometimes.
The pillar stood a few feet taller than her, making it harder for her to see the notes near the top. Both her and Ian started scanning the different letters. Much to their dismay, they couldn’t find anything about Aaron and Rory. Even worse, some of the letters were in different languages that neither of them had mastered yet.
Ian turned to Riva who seemed to be losing hope, “We’ll ask Jeffers when he comes back to find out when and where the escape pod was launched. We’ll find them before we go home.”
His optimism was comforting, even though she didn’t share it. Why did this always have to happen?
“I SAID 50. YOU CAN TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.”
Riva and Ian snapped their attention to the Space Marns store. Their brother’s voice shouted through the air shield, allowing everyone the pleasure of listening to his intense haggling.
“YOUNG MAN. YOU ARE THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. GUARDIAN OR NOT, WE DO NOT SELL THESE PARTS TO MINORS. YOU MUST BE SIXTEEN.”
“THANKS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO MY DEATH. WITHOUT THESE PARTS, MY SHIP WILL EXPLODE.”
Riva lightly smacked her head against the pillar, annoyed by the lie. Manners was something Jeffers would probably never learn, much to their parent’s dismay. The two rushed into the store where Jeffers was arguing with the older gentleman at the counter. There was a pile of junk in the cart behind him.
Ian lightly tapped Jeffers’ shoulder, “Jeffers, I think you should take the hint and leave. If they don’t want our business, then we won’t give it to them.”
“RIVA! You’re sixteen! Go buy these parts for me!” Jeffers slapped the money in her hand.
The man at the counter watched as Riva’s expression tried to burn a hole through her brother’s head. However, Jeffers let out a small smile as he reached over to pat his sister on the back.
“Oh sis, you don’t have to try to mind communicate your hate. I have the power to block you out. Plus your face says it all for me.” He gave her a small shove towards the counter.
“I need to see your ID, ma’am.” The man said. Riva glared as she reached for her pouch. Inside rested her fake ID her uncle, Luzio, made for her just in case. She pulled the piece of metal out and slapped it on the counter.
The man stared into it as hard as he could, trying desperately to find a flaw with it. But the plating, engravings, and markings were all in the correct place. He handed the ID back to Riva.
“Alright. It’ll be 4,600.” He said.
Riva handed the money to the man and turned back to Jeffers who was counting the parts and then counting his fingers.
“Would you just take it back to the ship already?” She lightly kicked one of the parts with her boot. Jeffers scowled at her before rolling the cart out of the store. Riva collected the change and stuffed it in her pouch before walking out of the store as well.
“You’re not going to give Jeffers the change?” Ian asked.
“Confiscation for making me lie about my age to buy him parts for his stupid ship that he didn’t need. Did you not see the glass waxier in the mix? Or how about the seat covers?”
“Jeffers always says his ship is needy.” Ian shrugged. Riva stopped walking and placed her hands on her hips.
“His ship is a machine. It may have a connection with him, but it doesn’t have feelings. He’s the one who’s needy.”
“Yeah, well, it’s the ship that’s going to take us home, so,” Ian paused. His whole body shivered and shook. Riva took her hands off her hips, all of a sudden worried about her brother.
“Ian, you okay?!”
Ian stood there for a few seconds, shaking and twitching like he was in a trance. Riva placed her hands against his back and tried to be as non-invading as she could about reading his mind.
“Space eel!!” Riva exclaimed as she backed away. A giant space eel slithering its way through the galaxy was headed right for them and the asteroid.
Ian snapped out of his trance, “It’s headed right for us! It’s going to eat this entire place!”
“We’ve got to stop it!”
The two ran back towards the Guardian ship where Jeffers was waxing the windows on the side. Forgetting the annoyance with Jeffers’ performance earlier, Riva grabbed his shoulders and lightly shook him.
“Jeffers! A giant space eel is coming this way!”
Jeffers’ face lost color, “Wait, right now?!”
“We’ve got to lure it away from this asteroid or everyone here will die!”
The three siblings ran onto the ship and all took their positions in the control room. Jeffers punched away at the guns, looking for different readings than the ones he was getting.
“There’s no way my firepower will do any damage to it. I won’t be able to shoot it down!” Jeffers continued to punch away, calibrating the guns with different combinations of lasers. But all led to the same outcome.
Ian brought up the navigation chart and ran a few of his own calculations, “We can’t outrun it. I don’t think luring it away will do us much good either since it’ll eventually catch us and destroy this ship.”
“Then we lure it away with a ship that we’re okay with destroying.” Jeffers jumped from his chair and ran out of the room. Riva and Ian followed close behind, pounding through the hallway until they reached the ramp.
Jeffers ran at one of the smaller ships used by security. He placed his hand out, shouting the word ‘open’. The ship obeyed his command and the side door opened. Riva and Ian jumped into the security ship with him, placing themselves in the seats next to his.
Riva flicked her ponytail around with her fingers, “Are we really stealing a security ship right now?”
“As our duty to save lives, I’m sure they’ll forgive us.” Jeffers punched the launch button and the ship roared to life, lifting off the rock.
“Just like they’ll forgive me and my false ID.” Riva clutched onto the dashboard of the ship as Jeffers’ rough driving tossed the three around in the ship. The ship broke through the air shield’s exit point and entered the vast space.
Though still small and far off enough in the distance, the three children saw the space eel making its way towards the asteroid. Jeffers fired up the thrusters and raced his ship towards the monster.
Ian lightly tapped Jeffers on the shoulder, “You do know the weapons systems on this ship are substantially less effective than the ones on yours, right?”
Jeffers shrugged and kept driving forward.
“You do realize that this ship is also not going to outrun it and we will be swallowed up?” Riva said.
Jeffers shrugged again, “So long as we steer its interest away from the asteroid, then it’s all fine, right?”
Ian looked over at the space eel, then back to Jeffers. “Super fine.”
The ship was soon close enough to the eel, catching its attention within seconds. Ian controlled the guns and shot several times at the eel. The monster swung its tail around, changing its direction to focus on them. Jeffers maneuvered the ship towards the right, now completely changing course away from the asteroid.
The eel lunged at them, but missed. Jeffers spun the ship around and blasted off as fast as the ship could handle. The eel reared back to build up momentum to chase after them.
“Woohoo! It’s working!!” Riva looked to the right to see the asteroid sitting there, now safe from the eel.
Jeffers clutched onto the controls with more force, turning his knuckles white. The eel was using as much energy as it could muster to gain on them. It continued to launch itself to trap them in its bite, but failed every time. Ian and Jeffers tagged team to anticipate the eel’s next move. When the eel was ready to try to strike again, Ian would alert Jeffers. Jeffers would then be allowed enough time to successfully dodge.
That was until the eel swung its massive tail towards one side, trapping the ship from evading its attack. The eel saw its opportunity to strike and bit down, swallowing the ship whole inside its mouth.
Riva, Jeffers, and Ian screamed out as the ship flew backwards into the eel’s stomach. It crashed against the side of the eel and spun out of control until it bounced into the opposite side. The three bounced around inside the ship until it finally stopped rolling around.
They landed in sort of a starfish position all across the ship’s small interior.
“I’m in so much pain right now.” Jeffers said.
Riva tried to move her arm, but the gravity of the eel was now taking effect.
“We’re stuck like this, aren’t we?” Jeffers managed to turn his head towards Ian.
Ian pressed his face harder into the ground, “Yep.”
“Well is it at least away from the asteroid?” Jeffers asked.
“Yep,” Ian said, “It’s heading off in a different direction now.”
“Ian! See if you can talk to it.” Riva said.
Ian now mustered enough strength so he could face Riva, “Are you kidding me?! We are in its belly after we just attacked it. Why would it listen to me?!”
Jeffers turned his head back face down onto the floor. He began muttering off something making the other two very disinterested in him. Riva lightly shook her head in hopes to get her hair to move away from her face. The gravity was rough and soon they’d be digested in the acids.
“We should try to upset its stomach.” She suggested.
“If we haven’t upset it just from having us inside it, then there’s nothing that could upset this eel’s stomach.” Ian said.
“I’m sure if we just jet up the thrusters again and aim it right at the acid, something’s bound to happen.”
Ian laughed as he tapped his fingertips into the ground, “Yeah! Good luck getting back over to the controls.”
Jeffers’ head shot up, almost breaking his neck from the force, “4,250. It should’ve come to 4,250.”
“What are you on about?” Riva turned her head back towards him.
“Space Marns ripped me off!!”
“REALLY?! We are in a giant space eel and you are worried about that?!”
“We just saved them from this eel, but they had the gall to rip me off!” Jeffers shouted. He looked up over at Riva. “Oh, where’s my change?”
“I used it to buy myself a leather lining from my sheaf.” Riva spat.
“No you didn’t. Give me back my change!” He yelled.
“Come get it!” Riva yelled back.
Ian smacked his head over and over against the ground, “Jeffers, you could’ve told the ship by now to start its thrusters, but please. Continue yelling about Space Marns and your change.”
Jeffers yelled out at the ship. The thrusters shook alive and blasted its heat against the space eel’s insides.
The eel thrusted and shook itself multiple times, trying to relieve the discomfort. Not being able to endure the pain any longer, it regurgitated the small security ship back out into the vast empty space. The eel shrieked in anger at the small ship.
All three children fell back to the ground, regaining their baring from being inside the eel. Jeffers jumped back onto the controls. He pressed down on the thrusters again.
The ship refused to respond.
The eel reared back its tail. Riva and Ian jumped into the seats next to Jeffers and began bouncing in fear.
“What’s taking so long, Jeffers?!” Riva yelled.
“Uh…this ship is pretty much dead.” Jeffers nodded his head.
Riva’s expression dropped to that of her Uncle Olliers, “Of course it is. Figures.”
The eel snapped its tail forward, smackingit into the ship with a thunderous force. The ship spun out of control as it hurled down to the planet below. The three all grasped their seats and held back their sick stomachs from erupting all over the place.
The ship broke through the atmosphere, burning as it fell further and further to the ground. Thankfully, the beach beneath them provided a deep enough ocean for the ship to crash in. The water immediately took out the flames that had engulfed the hull.
Ian kicked the door open, breaking it right off its hinges. The three of them jumped into the ocean and swam the short distance to the shore. Jeffers planted his face into the sand as different sounds of joy and relief escaped him.
“We’re alive.” Riva panted a few times.
“Yes. Now give me my money.” Jeffers held his hand out. Riva smacked it away. She was about to retaliate, but the sight of a familiar pod caught her eye.
“The escape pod!!” She cried, standing up to run towards it. Ian and Jeffers scrambled to their feet and ran at the pod as well.
Ian looked inside to find it empty, “Seems like it crashed here not too long ago.”
Riva’s face brightened up, “They’re safe!!” She ran towards the bushes where she pushed the leaves and other native flora out of the way. There was Rory covered Aaron with his wings.
Rory’s smile overtook his expression as he chirped in joy to see his human again. He perched himself on her shoulder and puffed his chest out. Riva retrieved Aaron from the ground beyond overjoyed tosnuggle him against her.
“Rory attacked the Leviasite solider that took them. He just abandoned the two here,” Ian stroked Rory’s back, “Must’ve not thought it wasn’t worth it.”
“Yay! We found Aaron and Rory!” Riva giggled at Aaron who cooed at her.
Jeffers smiled and patted Riva on the back, “Yes and now we’re stuck here too. I suggest we find some place that’ll let us call home. My ship is still on that asteroid and I want it back.”