"Their senses suggested that they had been granted a brief reprieve from their pursuers. Rik took a moment to inspect the item. It looked less of an instrument found in the engine of star ship than that of a puzzle.
"Perhaps it's a dream, well, nightmare. Perhaps if I just close my eyes and click my heels, I'll wake up in cold sweat but nonetheless in the comfort of my own bed. Perhaps if I just summon the energy...
But alas this is no…"