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Book Eight Illustrations

The first illustration, by Sidney Oster, is copyright © 2014 by J. Z. Colby, which means copies may be made for personal non-commercial purposes only. The remainder are in the public domain.

Chapter 3

Mati quickly covered the remaining distance with maneuvering thrusters, and while doing so, touched the special shape and color symbol Rini had programmed.

Chapter 8

By mid-day, his pack was bulging with food, and only one arrow was missing from his quiver.

Jimox thought he saw a ghost hovering near the chimney, as if tending a fire, but couldn't be sure in the daylight.

The girl standing there, not far from the garage, was only seven or eight, but in response to his bow and arrow, she flashed out a hunting knife about a foot long.

She worked all day, every day, to protect food and other supplies from the mice and rats that were beginning to creep everywhere, and the birds who would get in through any broken window.

But that evening, eating canned food by candlelight, their hearts sang with joy, knowing they would no longer be alone.

Chapter 9

"Jimox taught me to write, but at first I just drew pictures of what was happening -- sun shining, weeds growing, burned houses smoldering, dogs eating dead people, you know, the usual stuff."

"... We figured out when the last other person died from a drawing of a dark rain cloud in Teina's journal ..."

Seven-year-old Teina colored in a gray cloud above the warehouse they had just explored.

"Here's a man who ran into the woods where I was hiding," she explained.

"It was planned to work that way ... by our leaders ... from the very beginning of the project ..."

Chapter 10

"... protect as much stuff as possible, as quickly as possible, from rats, birds, insects ... you know the list."

The growling, snapping dogs each took one side of the table, just barely big enough to protect Jimox from their hungry jaws if he stood in the very middle.

"Boys," she mumbled to herself, pulled out her pistol, and took careful aim.

Chapter 11

A massive cold-storage building sat nearby, but they had already agreed to never even open the door, considering what would be growing inside after more than a year without electricity.

They shrieked at the intruders, but gave way when Jimox waved his arms.

The only ghost stayed near a telescope in one corner and ignored them.

Chapter 12

It snowed that day, and Teina was glad. It gave them lots of time to look at maps, think, and talk.

After two days of pedaling, then crossing a bridge over the mouth of a river, the pair of young travelers came to the first town they had never set foot in before.

"Those same five or six ghosts are still following us," Teina remarked. "One more than yesterday, I think."

Chapter 13

A growing troop of little shadows followed them, more felt than seen while the sun was up.

They were, however, starting to think that more than a hundred ghosts were haunting the former fishing village.

An hour later, both young monkey mammals sat at the glass window, looking out at the night sky swarming with six or seven hundred angry spirits.

Chapter 14

Jimox and Teina turned and looked at the grand old wooden lodge beside the path, its heavy double-doors awaiting their pull.

The only angry ghost was in the burned cabin.

"We'll never forget Giona. We think she had something to do with the spell we were under, as she turned out to be much smarter and more powerful than all the other ghosts."

Chapter 15

An elevated motorway began not far from their office building. Teina followed it with her spyglass.

Teina nodded, stepped back from the railing, and looked east, toward the skyscrapers that were getting taller as the travelers got closer.

They came to the far railing, on the side away from downtown, and beheld the city's grand old railway station.

Chapter 16

One of the green captives was forced to come forward and grovel before Jimox and Teina.

Teina reached out to touch the dull-green ghost, but felt only cold air. "You, little one, are innocent."

Jimox took a deep breath. "I don't think there's any way we can find this one innocent."

A few spirits remained, perhaps a hundred, none of them red with anger or yellow with frustration.

Chapter 17

Little else of the world's largest amusement park could be seen from outside.

The first visible ride was the Olde Towne station of the Kid's Motorway, a sturdy brick building on the small hill that encircled the park.

Chapter 18

Eventually they emerged from the maze of streets and stood before the great World Tree.

Chapter 19

"... The Bumper Cars are that way, the Flying Baskets are right behind them, the entrance to the Wild Roller Ride is up that walkway ..."

But when they gazed at the tracks that climbed the huge lift hill and tried to imagine winching a roller coaster car to the top, they looked at each other and shook their heads.

Chapter 20

In the realistic Knight's Castle, the lord and his lady had massive wooden furniture, thick wall hangings, and a table brimming with plastic food, while prisoners in the dungeon made do with bread and water.

The Potion Room in the Witch's Castle had more cauldrons and twisted glassware than any laboratory, and stuffed animals in cages looked on with frightened eyes.

Although boys might prefer the Knight's Castle, Fairy Castle was every little girl's dream.

Chapter 21

"... I couldn't do anything on the fence without Teina protecting me from dogs and handing me stuff while I was up on a ladder."

"And I'd find big old valves I needed to open or close, but I wasn't strong enough."

Chapter 23

He scampered after her onto the supplies inside, and she pulled the cage door closed just as the first dogs arrived.

Chapter 24

Months later, the pair clung to the top of a ladder as three dogs fought over the right to smell, chew, and mark the fencing tools and supplies on the ground.

Chapter 26

"For the next year and a half, we had to find and close about a thousand valves, all going to neighborhoods with burned houses where the water was just leaking into the ground. ..."

Chapter 28

But as soon as they emerged from Forestland, and arrived at the wide pathway that encircled the World Tree, they both came to a sudden stop and stared at the ground.

Chapter 29

... their home had been reduced to a heap of broken bricks and shattered glass.

Chapter 30

As sunset light faded and dusk approached, the pair carried oil lanterns, not yet lit, as they silently stepped into a little boat at the Forestland Lake dock.

Jimox rowed, and by the time they came to the far dock, Teina was asleep in the bottom of the boat.

Chapter 31

Finally, they got busy painting, while still watching the ground for dogs and the sky for alien space ships.

Chapter 33

Soon they were so close they could read the fine print on one of the signs.

NO MORTALS ALLOWED
except by invitation

A misty dull-green shape swooped through the clearing. "Not fair, not fair, not fair!"

A misty form oozed along the ground like a slug. "They treat us like dirt!"

Chapter 36

She took aim at one dog, but the sound of wing-beats filled the air, so she waited, saw the avian captain scoop up the little bear, then shot both dogs with two bullets.

Chapter 38

He glared at his daughter with crazed eyes. "You want to do it?"

Suddenly an explosion tore away half the house.

Chapter 40

They made their way slowly out the back door of Kemlo Desert Retreat just as the ship full of healers landed in front.

Chapter 44

... an explosion high above Fairy Castle turned all eyes toward the sky, where sparkles of many colors radiated and danced in the air before finally winking out.

Just then an explosion, high above Machineland, sent sparkles of green, blue, and violet in all directions.

Chapter 45

A few hundred small, faint, shimmering shapes danced in the air just outside the old animal-proof fence.

A single dull-green ghost moved about shyly, muttering to itself, not daring to come near the fence.

Chapter 46

At that moment, a single small firework exploded high above the World Tree, causing red and green sparks to dance for a few seconds.

NEBADOR
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the narrow streets of a medieval walled city
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The Test
Spring 2010

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Journey
Summer 2010

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the colorful aurora above majestic mountains
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Selection
Fall 2010

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stranded on a frigid ice continent
Book Four:
Flight Training
Spring 2011

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fascinating planets with strange life forms
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Back to the Stars
Fall 2011

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a shining jewel floating in the blackness of space
Book Six:
Star Station
Summer 2012

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unseen guests at an event of universe importance
Book Seven:
The Local Universe
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
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Stories from Sonmatia
Summer 2016

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