She ordered the confusion to clear.
Why am I in an alley, all messed up?What…
The name echoed in her mind, followed by images. A tall, gelatinous-skinned alien. Green, multi-limbed, with scared/furious, pupil-less black eyes, three of them set in a triangle on a narrow, mucus-dripping face. Shouting, pleading, demandsand threats – hers, his – then pain and nothing.She’d had no chance against the Rocknar. Eight highly flexible, octopus-likeappendages against her four.
Not a fair fight, and then he…
Her eyes opened and she looked around. He’d
her. With his long, nearprehensile tongue. Lashed out, like a lizard tasting food. She raised a hand to her rightcheek, touched her fingers to her flesh. The skin felt hot, swollen and tight. Herfingers brushed over the tiny barb in the middle of her cheek and she used herfingernails to pluck it out.Warmth dribbled down the hot skin. She pressed two fingers on either side of thehole and more fluid oozed out. Hopefully, the thin stream of blood was mixed withpoison.“Make that nine appendages.” She muttered and pushed to her feet, used the wallfor balance as the world swirled before her.Jarik drew out a small, clear packet from the pouch on her belt, tucked the barbinto it. He’d made a fatal mistake in stinging her.Greller was dead meat, a walking corpse, food for worms when she caught up withhim. She’d damn well chop him up for sushi! Using personal poison against an officerof the law was a guaranteed trip to a death chamber.Too many aliens had come to Earth in search for sanctuary. Most of those alienswere wanted on their own worlds for a variety of crimes, but some were legitimatemigrants. Earth, too assured of its isolation and solitary status in the universe,suddenly found itself frequently invaded by a multitude of species. Panic, hysteria,punitive laws quickly enacted followed.