Savak: The Redemption - Part Six
Passage after passage, Savak and Lilia moved along the
ducts, searching every room they could find for Heysha. After about three hours,
they were beginning to lose hope of finding anything when, unexpectedly, Savak
heard another voice he had not heard in some time. It was a voice less familiar
to him, as he had only heard it once. But the tone of authority in his voice
was unmistakable. Lilia recognized it as well.
“That’s Dr. Sloth!” she exclaimed.
“Yeah, I know,” Savak said. “And he’s not too far
away. Come on, let’s check it out.”
The Lupes didn’t have to go far before they found
the duct that the voice came from. They hesitated briefly when the vent creaked
under their weight. When it didn’t shift any further, Savak exchanged a look
with Lilia before he continued further into the vent.
As they moved down the duct, Savak recognized another
voice conversing with the first. The voice was Kaylee’s. Savak’s fur stood on
end as he approached the vent. He was so close to the Lupess, but he was in
no position to do anything about her. All he could do was observe her from the
duct, which creaked again as he approached the vent. The Lupes hesitated again
as they heard this. Savak was starting to feel uneasy about remaining in the
duct, but Lilia seemed to shrug it off as she peered into the vent herself.
Looking through the vent, Savak saw a small, furnished
office. Like the other offices and quarters on board the Vengeance, Kaylee’s
office was the same dull gray that the white Lupe had come to expect. Though,
unlike the other offices, this office had finer furniture. There were several
cushioned seats in front of Kaylee’s large oak desk. Behind this was a plush,
and expensive looking leather armchair, which Savak doubted was standard equipment.
Wooden filing cabinets lined one wall, and on the other, the white Lupe spotted
the shadow Lupess standing in front of a large monitor set in the wall. Displayed
on the screen was a clear picture of a very displeased Dr. Sloth.
“It’s Kaylee,” Lilia growled when she saw the Lupess.
“Oh, what I would give to have a shot at her.”
“You had one several hours ago,” Savak pointed out.
“I guess you’re right,” she agreed, shrugging.
Savak said nothing more as his attention was drawn
to the conversation between Dr. Sloth and Kaylee. It was clear that the Lupess
had upset the doctor. The question was, how?
“I expected that battleship to be fully operational
by now!” Dr. Sloth exclaimed. “Do you know how much this one delay has set me
back? Every day, the Grundos on Kreludor build up their defenses, and I have
to counter their actions every time just to keep on par with them!”
“I’m sorry, doctor,” Kaylee said. “Building this ship
took longer than any of us expected. The engineering of the Mutation Beam Array
“I don’t care about any of that technical riffraff!”
Sloth exclaimed, waving it aside. “When I designed that array, I knew exactly
how long it would take to build it.”
“There have been some supply problems,” Kaylee tried
to explain. “Some of the freighters have been tied up at the spaceport on Neopia
with shipping regulations.”
“I see,” the doctor said, leaning back in his chair.
“Well, if your freighters were so tied up, how could you afford to send one
of them after a single Lupe, hmm?”
Kaylee stood silently for a moment, twitching her
ears in embarrassment. When she opened her mouth to reply, Dr. Sloth interrupted
her. “This is your second strike against me, Kaylee,” he said. “Pray that it
is your last.”
The Lupess sighed despondently as the monitor blipped
from an image of Dr. Sloth to the Virtupets emblem. For a moment, Savak couldn’t
help but feel sorry for the Lupess. She had gotten herself tied helplessly to
a tyrannical mastermind who was far more devious than she ever could be, and
it was all her fault. Now, having angered him twice, it was possible that her
life was in jeopardy.
For a moment, Kaylee remained where she was, her head
bowed. Then, she touched the control panel on her monitor. After a moment, a
blue Grundo appeared on the screen. Savak immediately recognized him as Bulthor.
“You called, commander?” Bulthor asked.
“Bulthor,” Kaylee said. “I want you to remain on board
the Vengeance for now. Coordinate with the engineers to get the array
online as soon as possible.”
“But commander,” Bulthor objected. Kaylee cut him
“You have your orders, Bulthor,” she said. “Dr. Sloth
is displeased with our progress, and I do not relish the thought of remaining
on his bad side. Do you want to be on mine?” she asked darkly.
“N-no ma’am. I’ll get right on it.” Giving a brief
salute, the Grundo disappeared from the screen.
Savak looked up at Lilia quizzically. “Alright, I’ve
heard this three times already,” he said. “What is this Mutation Beam Array?”
“You mean you don’t know?” Lilia asked. Savak shook
his head. “Have you heard of the Lab Ray?”
Before Savak could reply, the doors to Kaylee’s office
opened. Savak stared in disbelief as Heysha was escorted into the room. The
blue Lupess walked defiantly next to her Grundo guard, then hesitated as she
saw Kaylee. When she entered the room, Kaylee turned to her, then looked to
“What’s all this about?” she asked. “Why have you
brought her here?”
“Bulthor ordered me to bring this prisoner to you,
ma’am,” the Grundo replied. “She was caught snooping around at the spaceport
prior to his last shipment.”
Kaylee nodded as she padded forward. “I see,” she
said. “Very well. You may go. Leave the prisoner with me.”
The Grundo guard nodded as he turned to leave. As
he did so, the duct Savak was in suddenly lurched. The Lupe’s fur stood on end
as he tried to keep his footing. The sudden shift in weight, however didn’t
help his situation.
With a clang, the duct cracked straight down the middle,
opening a gap below the two Lupes, who immediately slipped through, hitting
hard on the floor below. Once he was aware of what had happened, Savak suddenly
scrambled to his paws. As he did, he heard the shocked gasp from Kaylee, and
a clicking noise from the direction of the Grundo guard. Before he knew what
was happening, an energy blast seared through the air, aimed directly at Savak’s
A massive burst of energy erupted in the room, knocking
everyone off their feet. Savak suddenly felt numb, and he didn’t know why. He
tried to get up, but he couldn’t move his legs more than a few inches. He could
barely move his head as he saw the other three Lupes stand up. No one seemed
harmed, though the Grundo guard didn’t move at all. And Savak could only watch
as Heysha looked in his direction, then gasped.
“What did you do to him?” she asked. “His fur is turning
No one was more shocked to hear of his change of color
than Savak was. Sure, suddenly turning from white to red was unnerving, but
only he knew what that change signified. He didn’t know exactly what happened,
but the shot from the laser must have damaged the medallion, releasing its energy
in one burst. The realization that he was now powerless against Kaylee only
further strengthened his need to get away, if only to get away from her. Summoning
up all his strength, Savak tried to stand. As he did, he felt Heysha push up
against him to help him get to his feet. Though he was grateful, he didn’t have
the energy to signal it.
“Come on,” she said. “We need to get out of here.”
“No, you cannot leave!” Kaylee growled. When she said
this, Savak felt a presence enter his mind. He tried to resist, pushing her
from his mind. He felt himself move when he didn’t make himself move. A voice
entered his head, but it wasn’t Kaylee’s voice who spoke to him.
You’ll pay for your interference, Lupe! the
voice said. I’ll kill you all, and Jearii will never know!
When the voice said this, Savak immediately knew who
it was. Kaylee couldn’t have known about his involvement with Jearii, and he
didn’t know of anyone else working with the shadow Lupess who did, which left
only one person.
Velora! Savak thought. You’ve been involved
this whole time, haven’t you?
The dark Faerie’s presence didn’t respond, even as
it burrowed deeper into his mind. Savak continued to try to push her back, but
even with his resistance, he felt himself biting into Heysha’s shoulder! He
heard her cry out in pain and collapse to the ground, slipping from his grasp.
With the loss of his support, Savak felt himself stagger as his body lost its
balance and fell into a crouch.
Then, as suddenly as Velora’s presence had entered
his mind, it disappeared. Shaking the eerie presence from his mind, Savak looked
to Kaylee. She was crouched on the ground under Lilia who had tackled her. But
the Lupess didn’t seem to be resisting. Lilia even stood and backed off when
she realized that Kaylee was gripping her head, gruffly muttering to herself.
Her fur seemed lighter than it should have, and it was paling even further.
Shaking her head, Kaylee growled fiercely, loud enough for everyone to hear,
and with a voice that didn’t seem her own.
“No! The medallion! I’m losing contact!”
Wearily, Savak pushed himself to his paws and limped
over to Kaylee. The shadow Lupess ignored everything around her as she gripped
her head, growling and snarling. Even as he approached, it was clear that her
fur was changing color. It was reverting to the Lupess’ original color; that
much was clear. But the reason for it escaped Savak. Kaylee’s medallion wasn’t
damaged in the blast, so why would it release its hold on her?
“What’s she doing?” Lilia asked in a worried tone.
Savak shook his head.
“I’m not entirely sure,” he said. “But…I think she’s
losing her power.”
“How?” Heysha asked, limping over from the other side
of the room.
“Do you think I know?” Savak asked, glancing over
at the blue Lupess.
“You’re the one who knows all about these medallions,”
she pointed out.
A moan from Kaylee made the three of them turn to
her. Every trace of dark colored fur was gone, leaving only a light brown Lupess
behind. Shaking her head, she stood up, her shoulders hunched. She first looked
to Heysha, then to Savak, and to Lilia in turn. Then, after looking at her daughter,
she turned away, almost in shame. Savak could only guess what was on her mind.
“The Medallion of Submission is powerless,” she said.
Raising her head, she straightened her shoulders, adding, “I am finally free.”
A wave of relief passed over Savak when she said this.
Though he didn’t know how, it was clear that, without the power of her Medallion,
Velora would no longer have the influence over Kaylee that she did before. But,
though he felt safer near Kaylee than he had since he first saw her, Heysha
and Lilia were still uneasy.
“Free?” Lilia asked skeptically. “What do you mean?”
Before she could get an answer, the Grundo guard groaned
and sat up, rubbing his head. When he saw the Lupes, he quickly got to his feet,
brandishing his laser, and bringing it to bear on the group.
“What have you done with the commander?” he demanded.
“Where is she?”
Before any of them could respond, the Grundo pulled
a communicator from his belt. “Intruder alert! Security to the commander’s office!”
“Wait a minute!” Savak said, taking a step forward.
When he moved, the Grundo gripped his weapon tighter aiming it directly at Savak.
When he realized what was happening, Savak tried to sidestep, but he stumbled
instead, which was enough to dodge the blast from the riffle. When the Grundo
fired, Lilia dashed for the guard, knocking his feet out from under him. As
the Grundo hit the ground, Heysha came forward and swatted the weapon from his
hand as Lilia knocked him back into unconsciousness.
“Nicely done,” Savak said, impressed with both of
“Yes, but there are a dozen Grundo troops on their
way here,” Kaylee pointed out. “We need to get out of here, now.”
Heysha bristled slightly as she turned to the Lupess.
“Oh really?” she said. “And you want us to go so we can fall into a trap?”
“Not at all,” Kaylee replied, startled by Heysha’s
fierceness. “It’s just that…”
“How are we supposed to trust you after all you’ve
done?” Heysha cut in. “If we leave, I’ll bet you she’ll lead us into a band
of guards as soon as she gets the chance!”
“Heysha, be quiet,” Savak said. Heysha, though she
looked hurt, did as she was told. “Kaylee’s right,” he went on. “We can’t stay
here. The sooner we leave this office, the better. Lilia, Heysha, we need to
get back into that duct so we can get back to that docking port.”
To be continued...