Gazing around the area, my selections for the demonstration were limited, but I narrowed it down to the closest tree, sitting alone in the sand. Unsure of how it would fare against a disintegrator cannon, since I’d only used it against living, breathing targets before, I fired off a single shot at the top.
The broad, green leaves atop the tree all burst into flames, falling toward the ground. Unlike my past targets, the tree burned straight down its trunk, leaving only a collapsing remnant of ash until only a stump was left, barely sticking out of the ground.
I stood there, even finding myself impressed with the display. Chuckling under my breath, I turned back to face the natives. Figuring they’d followed their friend, so I could get off this planet, I was dismayed to find that not only had they not fled, but that they’d dropped to their knees.
Perhaps this would be harder to do after all.
And then they uttered some sort of obnoxious incantation, and at the same time, began bowing down to the ground and up again, before repeating the process over and over again.
Something had just gone terribly wrong.
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HAHAHA! Phenomenal. It would appear that Aston has added "deity" to his resume, no? :-DReplyDelete
LOL Instant deification! All right, Aston!ReplyDelete
Poor Aston, indeed...when he's not fearing for his life, he's being worshipped...heh. :-)ReplyDelete
Got to be careful how you make those demonstrations of power. And who knows -- maybe the tree was their former deity?ReplyDelete
One never knows, when they're dealing with people they haven't come across before. That's why the prime directive was so important with the folks in Star Trek. ;-)ReplyDelete
I love the image of burning tree. Definitely awe-inspiring enough to warrant worship.ReplyDelete
If you've never seen a disintegrator cannon before, it would definitely be!ReplyDelete
Uh oh! He's destroyed their sacred tree and now they now before him in supplicant manner because they fear he's a terrible demon! Poor Aston...can't ever catch a break. Had me chuckling here!ReplyDelete
Considering how it seems the natives had not been exposed to anyone like Aston, I'm not sure how he wouldn't have considered that the display would be quite literally awe-inspiring. It'll be interesting to see how he deals with it!ReplyDelete
Great visuals of the tree! Awesome.ReplyDelete
Aston used his boom stick to make tree go bye bye - now the question is do they see him as benevolent or evil deity. Great stuff.ReplyDelete
Loved the description of the tree disintegrating.Excellent stuff.ReplyDelete
Oh, poor Aston! They think he's a god! He's never going to get off the planet now!
I'd think if there was a doubt of benevolent or evil, I'd still do whatever they said...given the demonstration. ;-)ReplyDelete
Ol' Aston always seems to get himself into the worst messes. Hopefully this one ends up better than the rest (though I wouldn't count on it).