Chu Shen appeared suddenly in the middle of downtown. Apparently they had rebuilt the town after the bug invasion. Luckily it was in the middle of the business day so no one was around. His mom, Lucas, Aslo, and Chrissa had appeared with him and were looking around.
Lucas suddenly grinned. “Hey Chu Shen. I’ve connected with the tachyon comm system from Sparta. This is indeed my dimension.”
Chu Shen grinned as well. “Welcome home Lucas.”
Lucas shook his head. “I still have a way to go before I actually get home. Alright, let’s get to the edge of town where I can summon the spaceship. Then we can make our way to the nearest jump gate and teleport to Sparta.”
Chu Shen nodded. He turned to face everyone. “Alright guys, you heard Lucas. We’re going to the edge of town before we go to Lucas’ hometown. Come on, follow us.” He grabbed his mom’s hand. “Don’t worry mom, just stick with us and we’ll keep you safe.”
Chu Lai nodded and then followed Chu Shen as they ran towards the edge of town. The crowded buildings started to give way to trees and grass until soon there was no houses for a mile either way on the road. Lucas surveyed the area quickly with his cybernetic eyes before giving it the go ahead.
He teleported his spaceship out of his pocket dimension. Chu Lai looked at the metal spaceship in awe. “What is this thing? I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
Chu Shen smiled. “Lucas is a dear friend of mine but he is also comes from a unique dimension. Here, the people do not cultivate. Instead, they use artifacts to manipulate Qi and fight. They’re masters in the creation of tools and Lucas’ body is actually an artifact.”
Chu Lai looked at Lucas stunned. “Is this true?”
Lucas smiled and popped open a panel on his arm, revealing the internal mechanisms. “It’s true. We call people like me cyborgs, were people that augment our body with artifacts. We even create artifacts that mimic humans that we call androids.”
Chu Lai shook her head. “What a weird place this is.”
Chu Lai followed everyone as they entered Lucas’ ship. “It really is weird mom. Remember that no one in this dimension knows how to cultivate, they don’t have the strength we do. Just try and act like a mortal for now mom.” Chu Shen tried to guide his mom as they strapped themselves into the chairs in the command center.
The viewscreen showed the ground outside. With a rumbling the spaceship lifted off the ground and flew up into space. Chu Lai gasped as she saw the viewscreen transition between the blue sky to starry space. “What is this? I’ve never heard of anything like it.”
Chu Shen grinned. “There are planets that contain continents. We actually live on a planet ourselves. Between the planets is vast amounts of space and stars. The artifact we’re on can travel in the space between planets, allowing us to visit other worlds. We’re actually going to Lucas’ home planet right now.”
Lucas started searching the GalacticNet, the universe's version of the internet. Finding the coordinates he needed, he activated the hyperdrive. With a flash, they disappeared and reappeared some distance from a transfer station.
Upon arrival, Lucas activated the comm system. “This is Lucas, the captain of the spaceship Rogue. I would like to request the usage of the transfer station, medium-ship size to Sparta please.”
A bored voice came from the comm system. “That will be 300 credits. Please send over the authorization code and join the line.”
Lucas smirked. “Authorization code is QX-102-LUC-WEB-SPA.”
There was a pause. “I’m sorry if I offended you in anyway sir. Would you like priority service sir?”
Lucas nodded triumphantly. “Of course, please allow us through the transfer portal as soon as possible.”
“You can go through immediately. Pleasant journey sir.”
The station operator let out a breath of relief and took off his headphones. The man next to him had overheard his conversation and raised an eyebrow. “Why did you let them through like that? Even if they are your friends, breaking regulation like that can get you fired.”
The station operator said nothing and only swiveled his screen to face his co-worker. Displayed on the screen was Lucas’ activation code. Bright red letters were in the middle of the screen flashing. The man gasped as he saw the what the letters said.
Those bright red letters flashed once more on the screen, revealing their message. ‘Executive Authorization: Level 10.’
The spaceship appeared in front of the magnificent planet that was Sparta. Lucas grinned as he saw his homeworld once more. “I’m home. I’m really home.” He piloted the spaceship towards the moon where he had lived at with Xentus Viri and Chu Shen.
Uing his authorization codes, he bypassed Sparta’s security codes and the installation. Landing his ship on the moon, Lucas took a deep breath. He smirked after he did though. He didn’t need to breathe, but it still relaxed him. Guess there was no escaping the fact that he was truly human at one point in time.
Lucas disembarked from the ship before slowly walking towards the facility. Chu Shen understood his friends feelings and blocked everyone else from getting off the ship.
Aslo spoke angrily. “Why aren’t we getting off? I thought we were going to stay here with Lucas for a while.”
Chu Shen shook his head. “We can’t get off now. Lucas has been gone from his home for years and his father must think him dead by now.”
He looked over his shoulder as Lucas walked into the research facility. “This is a private moment for Lucas. We need to respect his wishes for a while longer. He’ll come get us when he’s ready.”