SHANNON KENDRICKS FELL with a thud and an “oof” from the wormhole onto smooth, hard, pink-gold rock. She rolled, jumped up, and checked in every direction for unfriendly dragonpanthers, as she rubbed the shin she banged when she landed. Since dragonpanthers grew as big as houses, sported brightly-colored metallic fur, and possessed wings longer than oak trees, she wouldn't miss one.
THE DRAGONPANTHER ROEBOR NEEDED SHANNON’S HELP, but exactly what help for what trouble, Shannon had yet to learn, and she must find out now.
She’d just left Earth through a portal to Riverworld with her cat Narcissus in her arms and the hummingbird-sized alien, Salesti, by her side. They tumbled into the cave of portals.
“Okay, Salesti, time to tell us what’s happened to Roebor. Is he—”
Before Shannon finished her question, Salesti dived into another portal: the one to Roebor’s home on FireWorld. “Wait—”
But Salesti disappeared in a blazing flash of white flame. Shannon cursed under her breath and followed.
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