The rocket entered the planets atmosphere and turned itself upright with a gyro that was inside of it. The thrusters ignited again and slowed the rocket as it descended, it landed on the surface and a small door opened. A green light turned on inside and a tiny spiderbot walked out. It was about a half a foot tall and three quarters of a foot wide. On the top of its body was a small turret with a camera lens that could swivel three hundred and sixty degree. Just below the optic lens was a three inch long cannon with a three hooked grapple inside it. The spiderbot looked around for a second, the planet looked dead, everything around was either rooting away or already gone, the sky was red and the ground had been stripped of plant, the spiderbot looked afew more seconds see, then ran off.
Sprocket was controlling the tiny robot from earth using a tachyon signal. A tachyon signal is capable of traveling faster than light. What happened? Rick thought, The planet
its barren, everything is dead. The spiderbot came up to a large wall, Rick recognized it. The turret pointed upward and shot the grappling hook up toward the top. It caught on the edge and the spiderbot began to climb up the wall. It reached the top and Sprocket saw that it was looking at a city. It was destroyed. It, it was inhabited? Sprocket said, This planet supported life, computer. The computer module deeded in acknowledgment, Scan for any life forms or organic matter on the planet. Scanning. The computer answered, Life forms found, species unknown, hostility unknown, location of nearest species thirty meters west. The spiderbot took off in the direction; running along the wall until its had gone thirty meters, about ninety-nine feet. The lens looked down but saw no movement the out of the very corner they saw movement, the camera spun toward it and focused in on it. The camera remained blurred for afew then cleaned up revealing a dragon. It was Cynder only she looked older than the last time Rick had seen her. Is that
a dragon? Sprocket asked. Yeah. Rick answered, Its Cynder. Who? Sprocket asked, You know that thing? I already explained to you what happened before didnt I? Rick answered. Since she was the only one that could relatively believe him due to her own past (or future) Rick had told her what happened to him. So you do know the creature? Sprocket asked. She not a creature. Rick answered, Shes a friend of mine and she Spyros mate, does this thing have a speaker of something like that? Uh
yeah. Sprocket answered, But the odds of
understanding our language is- oh stop being so scientific, Ive spoken to her before. Rick interrupted. Sprocket handed him a small microphone and Rick spoke into it, Cynder! She froze and looked around, Whos there?! she yelled. Over here! Rick called; she looked up at the wall and saw the tiny object on the wall. She leapt into the air and landed next to it. Who are you? Cynder asked, What are you? Dont worry. Rick answered, The thing youre looking at is just a robot, its Rick. Cynders eyes widened and she said, Youre not Rick, he a dragon youre just a little
Rick said, Im just talking through a speaker, Ill see to you in abit. Cynder stood and stared at the robot and remained silent for abit then said, You better be who you say you are or Ill destroy you. Its good to see you again too
Rick answered sarcastically. The robot turned around and ran back to the rocket while Cynder watched. She followed to spiderbot back to the ship where it climbed back in. The rocket activated and flew into the red sky. Cynder looked at it curiously and thought, What a strange little object.
The rocket returned to the platform where it had originally launched from on Earth. It went back underground and Sprocket put it back where she had got it from. So
Sprocket asked, You actually want to go to that planet? Of course. Rick answered, We need to find out whats going on. I suppose. Sprocket answered, Follow me. She led him into a large chamber where a rocket stood. This is an orbital rocket I built the year you disappeared. She said, Come on the longer we wait here the less time we have to save our world and theirs. She pulled a lever and a door opened on the rocket, she climbed in follow by Rick. They climbed up the rockets length and sat down on two of ten chairs inside. Sprocket activated the rocket and an opening in the ceiling appeared. The thrusters roared as smoke filled the room. Rick felt the rocket starting to move and tightened his grip on the chair. Oh my god! he though, Im gonna die! The rocket lifted off and flew up through a long tunnel. The smoke cleared from in front of the view window and Rick saw the end of the tunnel was closed, SPROCKET! He yelled, OH GOD WERE GOING TO DIE! No were not. She said. As they approached the Rick started to freak out but just as they were about to hit the wall it opened and the rocket flew into the sky. Rick stared outside completely still, his heart racing and he was breathing very hard, Dont
he said. Sprocket grinned but didnt answer. They flew into the atmosphere and entered outer space. Rick looked back through the view port and saw Earth, Whoa. He said, I have to admit, it looks beautiful. Ive been up here before. Sprocket said, It really is isnt it? Do to the rockets larger size it took about two hours reach the planet, but as they entered the atmosphere both Sprocket and Rick felt some kind of energy fill their bodies. Rick felt himself starting to change and within a minute he was a dragon again. He was the void dragon and like before he was a humanoid his bracer was on his wrist again. He looked over and Sprocket who was still changing. The rocket landed and Rick pulled her outside where she convulsed on the ground. Her hair disappeared and three horns grew from her scalp. Silver scale covered her body and her nails became sharp. She felt her neck and face growing longer and a tail grew from her back end. It had a small lance like needle at the end. Her shoulder split open and two large silver and white wings grew out. She finished changing and stood up; she was also a humanoid dragon. What is the world happened to me? she asked. Looks like whenever we go to this world, were going to change. Rick said, Anyway, come on follow me. She started to walk but it was difficult for her because of her new tail and wings. Rick walked toward the direction of the wall and couldnt help but look around. Oh god
he said, This is horrible, what could have done this? He was so busy looking around he didnt realize he had reached the cities wall and ran into it. He fell to the ground and shook his head. Sprocket looked down at him and said, Nice
Shut up. Rick said and stood. He lowered himself down and unfolded his wings. Rick jumped and used his wings to reach the top of the wall. Sprocket looked up at his and was impressed; she didnt know how to use her wings yet so she looked at the wall and saw various bricks sticking out. She did a quick calculation and looked at the lowest one. She leapt up onto it, than the next, and the next until she reached the top of the walk. Rick gave her a thumbs up and he turned, he saw Sophie. He smiled and examined her; she was still in a humanoid form. He called her name and she turned to look at him, she was overcome with joy.