Under what circumstances might Darkstar happen to encounter Goldfur? That question occurred to me one day and just wouldn't go away. The idea for a chance meeting formed in my head and I wrote out the scene. After that things stalled; for some months the story languished in my archive, unworked but always present in the back of my mind. Then one day, right out of the blue, I saw how to proceed. Not only a perfect follow up to the initial encounter but what the story's about. The relationship between Darkstar and Longstocking demanded more examination and this was the perfect vehicle. So hop on and I hope you enjoy the ride.
This story requires two special mentions. One, of course, is Bernard Doove, who did a number of things without which this story could not have existed: he granted me permission to write stories set in his Chakat universe, he allowed me to use his characters in particular, and he answered my endless questions. The other is Boyce Garald Kline, Jr. who permitted me to use his character and whose commentary about the Admiral and his relationship with Darkstar proved instrumental. Gentlemen, please accept my humble and profound thanks.
Story and characters unless otherwise noted: ©2000 John R. Plunkett Admiral Kline: ©1999 Boyce Garald Kline, Jr. The planet Chakona, its environs, and the Chakat race: ©1999 Bernard Doove
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