By Joe Haldeman
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Now, a sunken relic that holds the main to their origins calls to them to take them home—but the Chameleon has made up our minds there's in basic terms room for one.
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The men were muscular and agile, the women gentle and graceful. Then came the screaming dragons from the sky, violating the halcyon world. Moaning, spitting flame舰 Scorching the plains, blackening the beaches, smashing the trees舰 And bringing the men, the pale, chubby, worm-complexioned men in the strange breeches and the ruffled, starched shirts with plumed helmets and jeweled chin straps. And guns舰 Flames舰 Pain舰 Roaring as of gods in death throes舰 And when the dragons, coughing, sped away, there was an empty village behind.
A voice asked from behind. Chapter Six HE LOOKED OVER his shoulder, his heart having slipped up next to his molars. " Jake asked. " "No, no. That's okay. " "I come back just to say that I'd like her to have blue eyes, Mr. " "The Amazon. " He stood and brushed his leotards off. " "Gee thanks, Mr. Tohm. I gotta go. " "Ya, Jake. " The giant thudded away again. He closed the door before going back to listen for the noise. But there was nothing. He went back to his bunk after a few minutes and stretched out.
He swallowed again舒as figuratively as the first time舒and jetted gently to the giant cube that sparkled like polished brass. The portals swung open like the jaws of a massive alligator, revealing a warm, blue-lighted interior. He cut all engines and coasted in on the built-up thrust, breaking now and then with chemical retro-rockets. He cleared the sill and sides of the door easily. When all of J-10 was in and had grated noisily against the floor plates of the storage room, the mouth he had entered closed, gobbling up the last traces of him.