In a flash, the Syck Monkey clutches his cherished possession and the Insatiable Princess is released from its mooring, rushing under the capable hands of the young monkeys, back towards the King-of-all-Things’ Universe.
“You kept your secret tight. You could have said something.” the Captain asks.
“Never had the time,” Birdseye said.
“How did you—”
“—used a salmon’s egg but since I’m no salmon, it’s remained an empty shell.”
“Still you could have told me. A whisper would have done. We’re almost free, don’t you see? Out of this rotten lost-in-space-time-continuum will be had soon and back to Earth.”
“Not so free. Not so soon,” Birdseye says.
“Cheer up Mate!” Labaguette says, “if I didn’t know you better, I’d swear you’re about to jump this ship without wings. Besides, what was the point of the empty shell if it’s not going to lead us anywhere safe?”
“The egg was part illusion, part shell,” Birsdeye says, “a trick of the goggles. There was nothing growing in it. Did we see the real Syck Monkey or not? It was his shadow.”
“One illusion in exchange for another,” the Captain ponders.
Now, we’ve 25 universal hours to get out of this space, including out of the King-of-all-Things oceanic platform or we will become irretrievable objects forgotten in the deep oblivion of the deep corner of the Syck Monkey’s deep cavern.”
“The Syck Monkey predicted a different outcome for all of us,” Labaguette remarks.
“Maybe, maybe not. Alternative realities abound. It only takes a feather’s atomic particle to allow switching from one reality to another.”
Meanwhile, back on the platform where the King-of-all-Things and a Fool are debating, a storm is brewing on this Universe’s horizon.
To be continued…