Night fell on the weary travelers. Golke looks up into the dark sky, giving him a clear view of the stars. He can see Prrux and Yeal, the fighting brothers. On the other side of the sky, two spinning galaxies begin to merge. Thelep and Blesdar, twist in opposite directions at the pull of two different gravities, but side by side they form spinning gears, interlocking at the teeth. Dead center in the sky was the void. The void fell between Earth and the Dark Star, and it absorbed any light in it's path, leaving nothing to look at but an outstretched arm of mass reaching into the massive black hole.
"It'll take us all, eventually." Liske remarks.
The Dark Star is impossible to police due to it's proximity to the black hole. The planet itself is very slowly moving toward the empty center, and only small quick crafts can evade it's pull and land on the surface. This makes it a popular spot for outlaws and illegal arms and drug dealers. Golke is neither, but there's still a price on his head.
"Why so glib?" Golke Asks. "There's at least another millenia before Prrux gets pulled in. Probably twice as long for Earth."
"Because, it's inevitable. No matter what happens, we will all be lost to it eventually."
"Don't mind him." Balistoi says. "He's not use to staring death in the face."
"It's not that." Liske says, muttering to himself.
"Yes, it is. Go clean the charodon's mask, and stop bothering our cargo."
Liske grimaces as he thinks about the smell that the leathery charodon mask absorbs after a full day in the hot sun.
"Listen, Golke." Balis stands over him with his booted heels next to Golke's head. "When we get to Gorvin, we're going to need your assistance."
"What's this?" Golke says, incredulous at the notion of doing the bidding of his captors.
"You know what will happen if we try to take you in there; we'll get killed by every greedy bounty hunter in the city for the reward. I have a better idea. I want you to help us get that bounty, and then we split it three ways."
"Un-fucking-believable. You've been dragging me for a full day, and now you want my help? Fuck you. You can get yourself killed like every other fool who tries to collect my bounty."
"I'm prepared to do it the hard way if you refuse, but keep in mind, your bounty is dead or alive."
"Just once, I'd love to have a partnership that didn't begin with a threat on my life." Golke replies.
"Is that a yes?" Balis remarks.
"I guess it is."
Balis hisses and cracks his tendrils in celebratory joy.