FREE 8/30/14: Tiger Lily seeks lost space colony, finds love.
Fight for freedom! Fight to survive! The colony ship left Terra 500 years ago, no signals for over 400 years, until a short burst arrived 10 years ago. What happened? Tiger Lily escapes the subterranean misery of Terra and searches for the lost colony in the treacherous mountains and arthropod-infested jungles of planet Delta.
They investigated the river waters first in search of edible animals. Small fish like creatures swam in the shallow waters by the river bank. Some of the men waded into the water. Lily was more cautious and walked on the bank. Suddenly, there was a scream from the river. One of the men was struggling with something in the river.
Immediately, Lily grabbed a stick from the ground and raced toward the splashing man. Two men were trying to hold onto Jim Carton, as he was dragged into the river. As she approached, the ugly head of a creature reared out of the water. Its vicious, scythe like jaws were clamped around Jim’s leg. It had a segmented body, longer than a man, with many legs thrashing in the water. Lily had no time to be afraid. She gritted her teeth and fired her laser, with little effect on the armored body. She jumped into the water, trying to jab her stick between the creature’s jaws and pry them apart.
John came running from the houses, carrying a heavy duty slicer. He used the powerful laser beam to sever the creature’s head from its body. They grabbed Jim and hauled him to the bank, while the creature’s body continued to whip around, splashing in the deeper water. Its jaws were fastened tightly onto Jim’s leg. In the end, John had to cut away the creature’s jaws in order to release Jim’s torn leg.
“We must carry better weapons from now on,” John said. “We can’t underestimate the unknown dangers of this planet.”
Lily nodded in agreement. Looking back at the river, she saw a large winged creature swoop onto the thrashing body of the dead animal. The flying animal had a long body and round head with huge opalescent eyes, and two pairs of narrow, ten-foot long wings. Its body was an iridescent green. It grabbed the squirming segments in its front legs and flew across the river to the opposite bank. She thought it was beautiful and fierce. She wondered what other monstrous creatures lurked within the nearby forests of tree ferns.