He grabbed the Arcturan's head as it went down, his fingers running through the wet strands of her red hair. "Oh boy," he said. It was unlike anything he had ever known. He tensed. "Son of a bitch!" Gary exclaimed as he felt the tremors. He released Elle's head and clutched at the blanket covering the bed.

She slowly stood and loomed over him, "My turn now slave."

"Slave?" He lifted his head from the bed and grinned trying to catch his breath. "Just don't make me call you mother and you can call me anything you want."

"Very well, you can call me Lucenda."

...

Captain Lawrence and the other officers stood as the elegant Arcturan woman strode into the officer's wardroom. This time she was wearing a blue and gray camouflage naval maternity working uniform. She was followed by one slightly rejuvenated German archaeologist and one rather happy CIA operative.

The captain sighed observing the final arrival's goofy expression. "Welcome everyone, please be seated. Mother, you are to sit here at my table with me," the captain said, pulling a chair out.

"Very well," she replied and placed herself in the chair. The officer lightly slid her toward the table.

Gary walked up and grabbed the captain's arm, stopping him before he returned to his seat. He leaned his head in toward the officer. "Has Langley indicated where they want us to go from here?" he asked in a very low voice.

The captain squinted, eyeing Elle as he whispered, "Do you really want to discuss these matters openly, Gary? What if she has superhearing or some such shit?"

The CIA agent replied, "I don't' think she has that or else I would already be dead, but I do have a feeling if this woman wants to know something she is going to find out, that is if she doesn't know it already. I swear she gets info from the fucking universe itself. It's like she knows everything."

The captain drew his head back in confusion. "Then why does she need us?"

"That is what we are still trying to find out. Just keep your guards ready and if needed, flood the decks with that nerve gas if anything happens. Don't even question or think twice. It would be too late if you did," Gary said patting the man on his shoulder. He smiled and returned to his seat, turning his attention to Elle who was busy examining the silverware on the table in front of her.

The Arcturan glanced up at the CIA operative. "It is amazing to me Gary that you holograms have managed to come up with so many things that are almost identical to items on Cenerea."

"Holograms?"

Opening her mouth, Elle began to answer.

"Mother?" Captain Lawrence said loudly, interrupting the reply to Gary's question.

The Arcturan turned her head toward the vessel's commanding officer. "Yes?"

"Why us? Why did you choose to cooperate with us over all of these other nations?"

"Cooperate?" Elle snickered. "Dear captain, it is much too early for it to be said I am cooperating with anyone. At the moment, I am trying to understand why you haven't tried to kill me, yet. All of this, regardless of my obvious power, has been quite easy."

"We don't want to kill you, um, Mother. We want to understand. Where did you come from? Where did we come from?" the captain asked sincerely.

"Ah, I see. So, your government has no desire to learn my secrets and utilize them for your people's benefit, I suppose?" Elle glanced around the room at the various uniformed officers staring at her in silence. "It's purely, scientific in nature?"

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