And before his next thought reaches the subsequent neuron in his brain, Birdseye catches the future capsule in his polished, flawless clawed feet as he flies up, up and up above the Insatiable Princess, forming loops, enjoying weightlessness effortlessly.
Labaguette, accompanies him. “You can fly!? How did—”
But Labaguette’s words are interrupted abruptly as one well-adjusted sling-shot hits Birdseye’s right foot at the speed of light: his claw releases the capsule in an instant which, under the mesmerised and dismayed eyes of all hits the Insatiable Princess’s deck, cracks open and releases its substance: a bright yellowish green vapour with a tinge of purple, a slimy ingredient that spreads, stretches and surrounds all within close proximity: ship, crew, shuttle and birds of a kind, in their flight.
“It all comes down to life and death,” Birdseye explains as Labaguette perches on his Captain’s shoulder croaking:
“We weren’t about to die.”
“We’re about to live,” Birdseye insists.
Meanwhile, as the contents of the capsule does what it does best and takes all of them into a new era, Captain Sunblast and Captain Starcrusher spring intrepidly upon Captain Clusterflame, seizing him. Then, as Captain Clusterflame kneels with his hands tied behind his back, Captain Sunblast decrees:
“At the next port of entry, be it planet, asteroid or moon, you will be released of your duties and condemned to exile for as long as your life shall last.”
“I did not tamper with the capsule,” Captain Clusterflame exclaims, “I merely ended a situation. Think about it: I am not smart enough to tamper with time. Only you both are able to do so.”
To be continued…