It was too good to be true. Whatever it was knocked all of the robos totally dead, frozen in mid step. After a moments rest, a few minutes from the first aid kit in her flight suit cargo pocket, she was up again and able to limp through some rudimentary recon.
Hope fled with the realization that she had no water, no map, no food and was injured. No one knew where she was and she had set out in such a panic from the crash of the ship into the dust storm, neither did she.
“Time to pick a direction,” She said, just to hear something besides the wind. Regarding the direction where the energy wave originated, she pointed and said, “Might as well be that way.”
The cliff was a surprise. It rose across the desert like a wall and extended as far as the eye could see through the haze in both directions. The door was an even bigger surprise. It was high, wide and massive, made of stone and pitted with age. When she touched it, it swayed effortlessly, but betraying its mass. With one last look at the cliff face, impossible to climb, and the certain dry death of the desert, she readied her blaster and stepped into the darkness beyond the door.
“Hello?” She felt stupid. Nothing but trouble in here, but maybe there was water.
To keep the dust out, she turned and pushed the massive door shut again.
“Ah, you are house trained. Good!” a flippant voice said from the dark.
Mixie fired her blaster near but not at the voice and the report echoed off unseen walls.
The voice was unconcerned. “But not so well mannered as to refrain from threatening your host. Ah well, Kids these days. So impetuous!”
“I’m…” Mixie caught herself. She wasn’t sorry. She had followed her training. “Who are you? You don’t have the Robo voice.”
“Then I clearly am not a… what did you call them? ’Robos?’ Yes, definitely not one of those.”
Mixie hardened. “Well then who are you?”
Soft footfalls padded in the dark. Mixies eyes were adjusting and she could barely make out the room, a large rectangular hall made of stone.
“You see,” the voice instructed, “when one is caught breaking into a house, it is usually customary to make introductions, especially when the owner has had the grace to save you from certain unpleasantries at the hands of your ‘Robos.’
Her head swam but she kept her resolve. “You did that? Um… I’m Mixie. Now who are you?” She stuck her blaster out for emphasis.
The room lightened slowly and a thin person trailing a robe stepped into better light. “Hello Mixie,” the being said with a dramatic, unperturbed flair. “I… am Pez.” The figure, draped in sheer robes and stuck in an exaggerated pose as the name echoed around the hall.
The echo died as Mixie continued to point her gun. All at once the pose broke into an exasperated flap. “Well? Are you going to shoot? It seems a rather a curious way to say, ‘thank you for saving my life back there, with the ‘about to suicide’ and loss of limbs and all’ … But I suppose some cultures are just like that.” The being crossed the room to a fountain and dipped a cup in, mumbling, “Seems rather rude to me, really…” The figure approached on soft feet and held out the cup. “…or is it just that you’ve been running for so long that you no longer recognize kindness in strangers?”
Mixie considered it, then quickly lowered her weapon and slid it into her hip holster.
“Ah that’s better. Isn’t that better?” The being handed her the cup and she took it.
The room seemed to be much lighter now, though the corners were still lost in shadow. The figure turned a door that had been lost in the shadows. She contemplated her hosts exposed back. “Mr. Pez…”
“Just Pez, if you please.”
“Fine, Pez.” Her feet followed. “What are you doing here?”
The figure stopped with a hand on the doorway and half turned. “Why, this is my home. I putter about. What do YOU do at your home, young lady? And since it’s almost mid-day, I’m making lunch. Come,” Pez’s eyes wandered up and down Mixie. “You look like you could use some.”
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