I found my entrance nearly barred by a group of monstrous There beings, and realized they were my mission pretty easily.
You part of the blonde's army? I projected at them, gesturing with a tendril to Thing through the clear, rippling barrier.
They replied with scattered agreements and I felt a sense of panic worm into me.
That stupid thing called a conscience was trying to keep me from bringing them over. Stupid, stupid conscience that was yelling at me about innocent humans that would be slaughtered if I proceeded.
I sighed deeply and let a tendril from my form reach out to each of the five, and drained them with such force that they had no time to react before they were nothing.
I, on the other hand, zipped back through to Here and into my body.
My skin had pulsations of blue electricity running through it. Thing started as I awoke and I laughed in his face, many other voices sounding like they were laughing with me.
The power...my, the power.
"They tried to kill me!" I giggled, "But I killed them first!"
"Who?" Thing cried, alarmed.
I held out a hand expectantly and I took it, lifting myself up but not letting it go.
Even though I was draining his life-force rapidly, nothing seemed to be happening in the least.
"I don't know!" I laughed again, watching as he started to doubt my sanity.
Yes. Perfect. He would think that one of the rogue mind-warpers in There got me.
"Is this some kind of trick? You took out my men, didn't you?"
He jerked his hand from my grip and repeated the question.
I shrugged and grinned at the same time.
"What can I say, Thing, I just have a bit too much human in me. I can kill a sinner, but hand over a planet? I think not."
Thing looked shocked. And then he held up a hand and I fell to the ground, my world going black.
I woke up to sun streaming in my eyes and trees surrounding me, birds chirping happily as I sat up.
"Is this heaven? I think the universe made a mistake."
"Hate to tell you this, but it's not."
I turned to see Thing sitting shirtless on a boulder about a yard away, presumably trying to get a spark from flint and another rock.
"You didn't kill me, then?"
"No. Believe it or not, I'm on your side. Sending you to get those soldiers was a test. I may be a recruiter for There but before that I'm part of the resistance."
"The people who want to stop this war from happening."
"Oh," I replied, shifting to a more comfortable spot, "Is your shirt also off trying to keep this war from happening?"
He chuckled and pointed at me. I looked down and realized his top was draped over me like a makeshift blanket.
I stood, balled it up and threw it back at him.
"Put it on. I'm only as likely to get cold as you are, Mr. I'm-such-a-gentleman."
Thing gave that smug smile he had back when I first had the displeasure of meeting him.
"Do you find me distracting like this, Bridget?"
My eyes narrowed to slits and I walked over to him, calling on my years as an actress instantly.
I sat on his lap and ran a finger down the side of his face, smiling seductively.
"Sure you don't find me distracting, Thing?" I whispered into his ear,
He spluttered in response.
"Case in point." I laughed, standing and taking the two stones from his hands, lighting the kindling on the ground easily, "And I didn't even have to lose any clothes to do it."
I sat on the ground beside the small fire, gesturing towards it curiously.
"Why didn't you just snap your fingers and light it?"
Thing looked glad I was changing the subject.
"I trust you've heard of EMF detectors? I'm delivering you to the others and any kind of activity would be a bad idea. It would risk all of us."
"The base of operations is too close to want to alert any There officials too. Especially not K'andor's followers."
There was a moment of silence when I pondered exactly what I had gotten myself into.
"What would you have done if I brought those soldiers over?"
Thing shook his head.
"You wouldn't have. I know it."