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General Pryce nodded. "Sergeant Kohl, you will escort the visitors to their craft and then return here on the double," he said. "You know where it is, I presume?"
"I am ready, Captain," Lt. Colonel Bruce said to Karin. "Just as soon as they finish their checks. I am vaguely familiar with the myth. She was Queen of the Underworld, I believe. Pure nonsense, of course." He ignored Juliette's comment.
Juliette, Xiang, and Sofia boarded the Persephone. It was exactly as they remembered it from the last time they had been aboard. They began looking over the systems, and Sofia managed to do everything that Juliette had requested in very short order. "All set, Captain!" she said with a grin. "That was easy!" All of the Persephone's systems were in proper order, and it contained enough fuel to return to Earth plus an emergency reserve. It also had enough oxygen, water, and food to keep a crew of three alive, again with some to spare. The Persephone was not armed with missiles, just a standard blaster cannon much like the one mounted on the Demeter.
Karin realises that any more demonstrations on her part will probably lead to bloodshed as she watches them head towards the airlock. She opens her comm unit in reply to Elizabeth, "Good luck! And don't forget to take a fire extinguisher for your old ship; you really should have one installed for safety in case of fire, gas or greenfly."
"You promizzzed you would depart immediately," one of the Mi-Go said in response to Karin's statement.
"And so we shall," said General Pryce. He turned to Karin. "Do not worry. We will not have gone far before you've completed your examination, and Charon's Ferry will be close behind us."
For the moment though there was nothing for her to do about it.
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A couple of minutes later, Juliette, Xiang, and Sofia emerged from the Persephone.
"Thank you, Captain Desjardins," General Pryce said to Juliette, saluting back. "Excellent work, and the same to you. I shall see you back on Earth. Major Orlova, you are in charge of the evacuation now, and you will be in command of Charon's Ferry. Good luck, and safe travels to you as well."
"Thank you, sir," said Natalia, saluting. "See you on Earth."
Lt. Colonel Bruce, Karin, and General Pryce all entered the Persephone's airlock while Juliette entered the Demeter.
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