Isaac sat down and watched G’SPaaa-Des for a few moments and then spoke. “Listen G’SPaaa-Des, if that is your name? I am called Isaac in human terms. You call us surface dwellers but we are of the human species as you are of the Grouth species. I ask you again, will you bring me to your clan?” G’SPaaa-Des finally sat up and said, “How do you expect me to do that human? I am now banned under penalty of death and will be stoned or impaled upon sight if I show up in the main hall.” If G’digggg-Rs returns and finds me not guarding the rope bridge, he will surely kill me. I have no place to go; it does not matter to me anymore. I am dead to the clan.” Isaac could feel for this alien who had lost his purpose or so it seemed. “I’ll tell you what –Des, if you don’t mind me calling you that, you can call me Isaac by the way. I have an idea on how to get your honor back and perhaps your life. If you take me to the main hall I will be your prisoner so the clan will see that you are very brave after all and you were able to battle and capture me. As for getting across the abyss as it is called, I have a way and we can take the rope and retie it in the process.”
G’SPaaa-Des’ eyes grew bigger, if that was possible. “You would do this for me, human, G”Saac?” It is very uncommon that a Grouth and a surface dweller could create a pact. We were killed by the hundred by the surface dwellers during the wars.” “That was along time ago and those humans did not understand. They always seemed to be in war and even today the few at the top still send the peoples to wars. It is coming to an end on this world and there will be a new world, a healed world and it will be up to all of us, That includes your species and ours to make it all work and keep it from becoming this very sick way ever again.” “The start has already begun but your species must return to your home world first as well as the Kireals and the S’iruss. This world shall rejuvenate and be cleansed first before a complete new start begins. You and I will not be here when this mother gives new birth. However we shall return afterward. That is all I may know at this time. So here is how we will do this and with that Isaac and –Des talked.
The main hall/cavern was abuzz with activity. The 33 Grouth that were left had all gathered when G’Piiiik-Rs and the three that had accompanied him to the abyss returned and told what they had found. G’Piiiik-Rs told about how they had caught G’SPaaa-Des consorting with a surface dweller and how they had tried to kill them both before cutting the rope bridge. The eerie sound of what they thought to be one of the Harggg-Rs a most fearsome creature of there home world, made them all run for safety. They did not know and had never encountered one on this planet in all the time they had been here. G’Piiiik-Rs told them all they must prepare for the creature and the surface dweller attacks. They had all dug up the bigger boulders and built a surround that they could defend well enough and settled into a wait. Some thought that G’Piiiik-Rs was having an hallucinatory delusion. It was the testimony of the other three that gave them thought to help build the small fortification. It was G’Hoeaxe-Rs that spotted the surface dweller being led by G’SPaaa-Des first and sounded the alarm.
G’Piiiik-Rs watched closely as the surface dweller walked slowly with G’SPaaa-Des walking behind him, toward the center. G’SPaaa-Des had a hold of a short piece of rope that was tied around the surface dweller’s neck and arms. G’Piiiik-Rs could plainly see that G’SPaaa had a good hold on the surface dweller and was bringing him to the clan. He began to loose his initial hatred and condemnation for G’SPaaa and rather gained some respect for him. He was still thinking that he should be killed for allowing the surface dweller access but he was admiring the derelict for capturing the surface dweller. This whole affair could be cleaned up now and especially before G’digggg-Rs returned from the skirmish to gain control over the Kireals. He knew that he could tell G’digggg-Rs about the incident and he would deal with the derelict swiftly. Whether it was death or complete dishonor he did not know.
G’SPaaa-Des walked close enough to G”Saac the human to be able to be within the shield if the clan decided to kill them both immediately. He could tell if that was going to happen and he would jerk the rope that had been rigged to fall apart so that the human could activate it. Isaac could read the jumbled minds of the Grouth as they both approached and could feel the fear emanating from them all. The wolf had howled in the tunnel and it reminded them of a creature on their home world that was a merciless monster that hunted and ate them. The creature was 4 times their size and near invincible. Isaac could not get a clear picture of the creature but he did get an image of a lot of teeth. It made him shiver in his own self and felt for these folk that had to deal with such a thing. As they approached to around 12 meters, one of the Grouth, who was standing on top of the boulder wall, that had been erected, called out to G’SPaaa-Des. “HALT,” he said and then asked what G’SPaaa was doing. “You have been banned and under penalty of death you dare show your face to the clan. Your treasonous act of allowing a surface dweller into our coterie further causes us to dissolve your existence from our clans. Do not come any closer to this fortress. There is a Harggg-Rs on the loose in the tunnels and you will be eaten, so take the surface dweller and leave this place.”
G’SPaaa-Des heard the words from G’Piiiik-Rs and knew the clansman was in total abject fear. He knew that there was no Harggg-Rs in the caves or on this planet or they would have all been eaten my now. He almost laughed at the ignorance of the clan member but thought better of it. He and the human had stopped and now it was his time to say something. “I have fought with this surface dweller and won the battle. I was trying to subdue him when you and the others attacked me. Then in your cowardly way you destroyed the rope bridge. I bring this surface dweller here because he has said he can help us get back to our home world. This is the only reason he is alive at the moment.” All the clan, female and male heard the words of G’SPaaa-Des and in there hope beyond hope for a way back to the home world began to talk among them selves. G’Piiiik-Rs could hear the infectious words and knew that they would light the forgotten fire of the clan. He had this thing happen before and had to quell the exuberance to maintain control of the clan. G’digggg-Rs and G’hammm-Rs beat and even killed a few of the clan to squash the will to go home.
“What makes you think this surface dweller can do anything to cause us to go home? We all know that all the gates have been destroyed long ago and that was the only way to go home.” Isaac spoke in the mind of G’SPaaa-Des and told him to tell the one on the boulder that he knew where there was an active gate and he could lead the clan there if they wished to go home. G’SPaaa did so and waited for the response. It seemed that the clan went very silent and G’Piiiik-Rs had disappeared from the top of the boulder. Inside the fortress, the clansmen had gathered in a circle with each other and as G’Piiiik-Rs jumped from the boulder they all turned on him and surrounded him. G’Axeeee-Es spoke at him and asked if it was true that there could be a working gate somewhere. G’Piiiik-Rs had known that there could be at least one gate somewhere but he did not know where. He had been told by G’shovelll-Ls that one had been saved and hidden away during the wars with the surface dwellers and then when the Kireals came and destroyed all the ones that they knew of, there were only two Grouth that knew the location and they had both been killed by G’hammm-Rs himself before they could tell. It was not long after that, that the split of the clans happened and the 50 members left and walked into the depths to search for the gate that was rumored to be hidden in the lowest reaches.
G’Piiiik-Rs and his three cohorts were outnumbered and their fear tactics would not work any longer. G’Axeeee-Es pushed them aside and moved to the opening that was guarded. He told the guards to move the rock and when they did he went out to meet with G’SPaaa-Des and the surface dweller he had captured. As he approached the two he could see that G’SPaaa no longer had the surface dweller tied up with a rope. Both of them had sat down on some rocks and seemed to be talking with each other. He stopped a few meters away and said “G’SPaaa, it is good to see that you are still alive. When G’Piiiik came back and told us that you had betrayed us and thought you might be dead from the surface dweller, we did not know what to think. He told us that there was Harggg-Rs loose in the tunnels, we did not believe him on that issue but the others said they had heard the creature call out. He said that they would have fought with you but the creature chased them off.” ‘We welcome you back but are not sure why you have brought this surface dweller to our coterie?”
Isaac had watched the alien approach from the rock fortress and speak to G’SPaaa. The conversation was short but he understood it completely. G’SPaaa had waited for the other to finish his speaking and then identified him. “G’Axeeee, it is good to see you also. We must have a talk with G’Piiiik as I think he is not telling the truth of what happened. As for this human, he saved me from certain death and helped me get across the abyss after G’Piiiik cut the rope.’ “You know as well as I that there is no Harggg-Rs in these tunnels.” “I would like you to meet G’Saac. He is one of the surface dwellers that have come to help us all to get back to our home world. He is a human and that is what the species of the surface dwellers are called. He has told me that he knows there is a working gate somewhere down here and he and I will find it.” G’Axeeee looked at Isaac and then spoke “is this true G’Saac and how is it that you would know such a thing if you have never been here before?” Isaac understood the doubt and even the leeriness from G’Axeeee. It had been the same with G’SPaaa at first but saving him from certain death had opened a door to a friendship of a sort. He spoke back in the Grouth tongue that surprised G’Axeeee. “What G’SPaaa has said is truth. I am come to help your clan, your entire Coterie to vacate this prison and go home. It has been many times since you first came here and your clans have dwindled in size over these times. I am told that there is a clan that was lost in their search for a gate in the lower reaches of this level. As for my knowledge of a working gate, I have been told this by some of my own clan on the surface. They have seen the gate and have given me the sight. I was sent by them to free you from this place.”
G’Axeeee was impressed with this surface dwellers knowledge and his ability to speak and understand the Grouth language. “Come G’SPaaa and G’Saac, we will go to the clans and see how they react to this knowledge. G’Piiiik must be confronted with your side of his worthless story in front of the clans. We know not when G’digggg-Rs, G’hammm-Rs and G’shovelll-Ls and the others will return or even if they will.” All three of them walked toward the hastily constructed boulder fortress, Isaac could see some of the clansmen standing on top of the boulders and they appeared to be holding some sort of spear shaped weapons. His own spear was resting in its sheath on his back. He kept his hand ready to activate the vest shield if and when it was needed. He was wondering where his spirit guide had wandered off to when he spotted the wolf standing close to another tunnel on the far side of the main cavern. Something told him that this would be his next journey and it could lead to that operational gate. They reached the small opening between to large boulders and G’Axeeee told them to let them in. A smaller boulder was rolled aside and the three entered into the fortress.