“You will be a hero.”
“I know that, I’ve always known it. Always said so. See Captain? For my country.”
“Labaguette, anyone looking at you can read you like a book. And remember: my country is yours too, it adopted you” the Captain says.
“My heart cannot be divided and that is why I will be a hero.”
“Your heart contains a multitude. This isn’t about you Labaguette. Captain Starcrusher, can we use a time capsule to propel us out of here?”
“It doesn’t work that way. We shall look at them. I shall explain some more but it is time to go.
And so, preparations are swift. The euphoria of the knighthood, dampened by Birdseye’s doomsday’s visions of their future, even if quashed in part by the time capsule potential predictive intervention, subsides and the Insatiable Princess is secured to the shuttle’s flank.
But Captain Traumatic is reluctant to step inside the shuttle.
“You must come inside,” Captain Starcrusher insists, “or else the forces at play when we time travel will leave you behind and reduce you to dust.”
“I must look after the Insatiable Princes. If she can survive, so can I.”
“—You’re not intending to leave her behind are you? You’d better get it into your head that she’s a survivor. What proof do you need, you’re without helmet and you survive, do you not?”
“Very well Captain. Labaguete, this kingly Fool and Birdseye are all inside.”
“They’re only curious. They’ve never seen a ship like yours before.”
“Are you not the least interested?”
“A ship’s a ship. My crew will get bored the minute you close the door on them.”
To be continued…