Part 88 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.
Atlantis reported: “Perse is in the attacking force, in his planetbuster—” just before they felt the shock of a ray of enormous power bring Atlantis to a near-stop while pummeling it over and over. Everyone grabbed something as the huge ship was shaken like a maraca.
“It’s holding,” Maitreya pointed out, meaning the shield was not letting them be destroyed.
“Yes,” Atlantis grunted, “the shields can withstand even Perse’s planetbuster. But it does make it hard to move out of this system very rapidly.” Atlantis continued at sublight speed — a petty pace — while the swarm of Rebel ships closed around it and added their own firepower. Still Atlantis held together and swam slowly toward the periphery of the solar system and up out of the plane of the ecliptic.
“Look!” Templegard shouted and pointed at a viewscreen. Perse had taken his fire off of Atlantis and was turning his aim to Earth.
They looked at each other. It was obvious what they had to do. Atlantis dropped shields and was instantly vaporized.
Perse stopped firing at Earth, having in the first second or two created a huge slice visible from space, which today is known as the Grand Canyon. A few more seconds would have split the Earth like an apple, which Perse had not wanted — he wanted Earth and had invested a lot of time and trouble in getting it. Now that it was his, more or less, he wanted to preserve it. But he had not been bluffing — he would have sacrificed Earth had Atlantis not sacrificed itself to save Earth. He knew his game would go on forever, sadly, bitterly, so he had all the time in the world.
Down on the ground, Athenius with the help of other men still able-bodied had saved Ares and whomever else they could from the sea, and then from the horror of the land of death and mud. Now they were trekking back to Hellas, a small band. Ares was in a coma and being carried and attended to, as were several others. It was a difficult journey but Athenius was everywhere, supporting people, giving orders, doing a lot of the hardest work himself, showing the good example. Some died but he got most of his men out. Continue reading