Before I can answer, one of her guards rushes over and says something in their language. She gets to her feet, talking rapidly.
Atlantis is under attack, Murphy translates. Two Allaran ships have fired on the city, damaging the landing port.
Everyone but Pax starts talking at once through the link. Pressure builds in my head, but it’s nothing compared to the sudden pain in my heart. The Allarans? No. Impossible.
“Queen Meissa,” I call, while she hurries down the stairs to the sand. “Please wait! Allow us to contact the Allarans. What if this is another of Shaula’s tricks?”
She pauses and glares at me. “There is no time to waste, Jewel Adams. Contact your friends, but if they are indeed attacking our people, then Terra will not survive the war they have begun.”
She points a claw at Murphy. “You relay their answer to King Thuban. Quickly. Retaliation will be swift unless Thuban orders otherwise.”
With that, she strides to the beach. Her ship appears out of nowhere, but only because of its speed. They don’t have the cloaking technology of the Allarans. In a moment, they’re gone.
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