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NEBADOR Book Eight: Witness

This book includes the short story The Magic Needle by Kathleen Tully, winner of the 2013-14 NEBADOR Writing Contest.

Ilika and his crew discover there are much harder jobs in the universe than flying a deep-space response ship, such as living to witness the end of your civilization. Even just as rescuers during a simulation, they find themselves deeply attached to creatures who no longer have a place to call home.

silence where there should be sound
original cover art commissioned to artist Rachael Hedges

With many new insights, the crew, together with Ashley's Education Service team-in-training, is sent to listen to a story of planetary transition told by the last two of their kind. The listeners find that the story catches up with them, and they become witnesses to a new transition, greater than the first.
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"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."
-- Richard Bach

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Chapter 38: A Recurring Dream

    As full darkness descended over Siminia Three Planet Station, Brora scanned her two charges for any warning signs, then measured out the medicine that would allow each to sleep easier. They didn't see the slight frown that crossed her face.
    Once the planetary prince and princess were curled up together in their favorite room in Fairy Castle, the ursine healer went out to check on the two injuries she knew of among the ships in the station, and whoever else might have banged themselves up that day in adventures and play.

    Six-year-old Teina started crying.
    Her mother kept turning on all the stove burners, and putting things directly on top of them -- bags of flour, plastic containers of left-overs, and anything else handy.
    The smoke and stench was terrible. Twice Teina crept into the kitchen while her mother wasn't looking and turned off the burners, but couldn't do anything about the smoldering food.
    The second time, her mother wandered into the kitchen, talking to herself and gazing around like she was lost. She snapped out of it just long enough to spank her daughter hard. "I'm trying to cook dinner!" Then she turned the burners back on and resumed her aimless mumbling.
    Tears streaming down her face, Teina ran toward the back door.
    Her father was in the carport, washing the car with the engine running, using a rag and generous splashes from a gasoline can.
    "Stop it, Daddy!"

    He glared at his daughter with crazed eyes. "You want to do it?" he asked with a demented tone, offering her the rag and gasoline can.
    Teina ran to her room, grabbed a beloved doll, and sat on her bed.
    Suddenly an explosion tore away half the house.

    Teina cried for a minute, then abruptly stopped and looked around. Smoke was creeping under her door, colored red-orange from flames in the hallway beyond. The only window led to the front of the house.
    Teina wasn't supposed to open her window. The air conditioning wouldn't work with it open.
    The six-year-old girl looked at the smoke one more time. Her eyes narrowed, and she scanned the room with a new purpose. Her wooden toy box was the heaviest thing she could lift, just a little, if she tried very hard.
    Straining with all her might, she got it up to her bed, put her doll inside, and picked up the box again.
    As smoke started swirling around her, Teina ran toward the window as fast as her legs would go.
    The shock and sound of breaking glass swirled all around her until everything, an eternity or perhaps just a second later, came to rest on the front lawn.
    She saw her doll in front of her, picked it up, and ran. She didn't feel the cuts on her arms and legs until much later. She didn't pay attention to the other houses that were burning. She just ran, as fast as she could go, toward her favorite patch of woods, two blocks away.
    And she didn't cry again for almost a year.

    Jimox was awakened by his precious partner thrashing and whimpering in pain and confusion. He wrapped his arms around her. "Bad dream?"
    She eventually relaxed. "Yeah. Burning Day again."


Dedicated to Peter James, the psychic investigator,
and a girl whose name may have been Jackie,
who may have died in the 2nd class swimming pool
on the R.M.S. Queen Mary.
Also dedicated to Gian and Sophia Temperilli,
and Erika Frost,
who carry on Peter's work,
each in their own way.

Peter James Jackie? Gian Temperilli Sophia Temperilli Erika Frost


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the narrow streets of a medieval walled city
Book One:
The Test
Spring 2010

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Summer 2010

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Fall 2010

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Spring 2011

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Fall 2011

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Summer 2012

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Summer 2013

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stillness and silence where movement and sound should be
Book Eight:
Witness
Summer 2014

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Heather's meeting circle at a top-secret military facility
Book Nine:
A Cry for Help
Summer 2015

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a strange eco-system deep underground
Book Ten:
Stories from Sonmatia
Summer 2016

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