Written by Darala Starr :: [Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:35] Last updated by :: [Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:40]
Darala glared hopelessly around the cell, taking in the solid walls and those very imposing looking metal bars. A sense of dread began to fill her, slowly, like a bleeding wound. She shook her head, and just then her wrist communicator lit up. The ship’s computer was calling.
“Darala, I need a mission update from you,” it said. “Tau Ceti is demanding an update. What is your status? Mission timing and launch window are critical. Do you have the missing transponder?”
Darala said, “Not yet. Where were you? I lost communication, I needed you!”
“I’m sorry, Darala,” the ship’s computer answered, “but there was interference and our connection was cut. A strange energy is present here.”
Darala took a deep breath and said, “Yes. It’s a Torellian.”
“A Torellian? Here?” the computer asked.
“Yes,” Darala said.
“Has he detected you?” the computer asked.
Darala hesitated and then said, “Um, yeah, you might say that. Actually he captured me and I’m detained.”
“Detained?” the computer asked. “Explain.”
Darala began, “Well, he almost killed me with a gun, then he locked me in some kind of detention chamber. If I don’t tell him who I am, where I’m from, and about the mission, he’s going to kill me.”
“Describe the chamber,” the computer said.
Darala said, “There are three very solid walls and a barrier of bars. It looks like they are forged of terrestrial steel.”
“Earth steel,” the computer replied. “Darala, you should have read the entire report I prepared for you concerning Earth. Have you forgotten basic physics?”
Darala stomped her foot in exasperation.
“I know, okay!” she exclaimed. “I’m sorry, I screwed everything up! I can’t believe I got myself into this mess. What am I going to do?”
The computer replied, “No, Darala, you don’t understand.You are from Tau Ceti Alpha. And you are presently on Earth.There is a conversion you should apply in this situation.”
Darala thought about it and it took a moment longer for it to sink in. With a dawning realization Darala exclaimed, “Of course! I can’t believe I didn’t remember the ratios! Tau Ceti Alpha has over thirty times Earth’s gravity which means I have over thirty times….”
Her gaze fell intently on the bars and she began to wonder.
“I’ll call you back,” she said and closed her wrist communicator.
Slowly, Darala approached the bars and wrapped her fingers around two of them for a firm grip.
Okay, Darala, she thought,just concentrate. All the training back home increased your physical abilities. Use all your strength!
Darala tightened her grip on the bars and closed her eyes. She concentrated. She took a deep breath, rocked her hips back and forth for a strong stance and pushed her chest out. Darala pulled against the bars, exerting her prodigious Tau Ceti strength. And to her surprise, the steel bars succumbed instantly! A terrible creaking groan came from the bars as she pulled them apart.She was bending steel!Feeling an almost euphoric rush, Darala pulled even harder, exerting more of her strength, the steel now howling and screeching as she bent the bars wider