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THE RULER RETURNS

By ... Steve Lucky

CHAPTER SIX

TIME : 9:00 P.M. (21:00)
PLACE : The Royal Palace of Triax

Peter, Hank, Linda, Lisa, Shawn, Orn, and the king and queen were all gathered in the same room. The king and queen had requested that the others stay a few more days, but Shawn insisted that there was some important things to do back at M.W.G.D. Headquarters and Orn had a few things of his own to take care of. It was time to say good bye.

Orn turned to Shawn first. "I never really got a chance to know you," said Orn. "but I just want to say, 'Thanks for your help.' M.W.G.D. couldn't have a better leader."

"The king and queen have told me many good things about you," Shawn replied. "If you ever need help again, just ask for it."

Peter suddenly understood what had been going on between Shawn, Orn, and the king and queen.

"YOU KNEW!" Peter exclaimed standing up and turning to Shawn. "You knew what the king wanted us to do the moment you sent us to Triax."

"I'm sorry for pretending not to know anything," Shawn stammered. "but the Ruler has so many spies that we don't know who to trust. Odds are that some of the people of M.W.G.D. and even some of the servants here are agents of the Ruler. We were just trying to protect you in the best way we could. Besides, I knew you would accept the mission the moment you got here."

Shawn looked to Peter for a response. Even though Shawn outranked Peter, Peter had enough influential power to cause him trouble from the higher-ups that ran M.W.G.D. Peter gave in. He knew Shawn was right and didn't want to cause trouble in the first place. He just wanted some answers.

Orn said good bye to the others and left for wherever it was he was going. The others watched him leave wondering if they would ever see him again. After Orn had left, the king turned to the others.

"I did promise you a reward," the king reminded them.

"No rewards are necessary," Lisa responded modestly. The reward she had wanted was honor and once it had been received, nothing else really mattered to her.

"Nonsense!" proclaimed the king handing each of them a small plastic card. "If you are ever on Triax and want to buy anything, just had them this card. I will pay for the item as a token of thanks for your services."

"It was our pleasure," stated Hank speaking for all of them.

They said good bye to the king and queen and headed back to M.W.G.D. Headquarters.

"I will be sure and mention your bravery in my speech tomorrow, so be sure and watch," the king called out after them.

TIME : March 17, 2014 4:00 P.M. (16:00)
PLACE : M.W.G.D. Headquarters

It had been another uneventful day as they gathered in Shawn's office to watch the king and queen speak to the people of Triax. Peter looked around and saw that he was the only one wearing green. It seemed like nobody else respected traditions such at St. Patrick's day ever since they had left Earth. Shawn noticed that Peter was disturbed by something, so he decided to tell him something that he dared not tell him earlier.

"By the way," Shawn began innocently. "The king had ordered the cameras to be turned off before you did your little stunt. There was no danger of a war being started."

Peter's face turned as red as his shirt was green. He had risked his life for nothing and looked rather foolish while doing it. The others looked at him as he regained his last few scraps of dignity.

"Shucks," Peter grumbled. "There goes my T.V. career."

All was well again.

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