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The Healers by Claassen Dick
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Book 3 of the Dark Ships Trilogy concludes the series. The central characters, whose lives have been altered forever by alien invasion and abduction, come upon knowledge that will ultimately impact the entire planet as the three stories interweave toward a roller coaster climax!
Awe-Struck Publishing; March 1999
176 pages; ISBN 9781928670087
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Title: The Healers
Author: Claassen Dick; Drury Diane
The fire sparked and sputtered and smelled of resin. The children had finally fallen asleep. As Daniel experienced the direct elemental warmth of the fire, he thought of how basic life is. On any planet, regardless of how technically advanced, survival depended upon staying warm. If the Zeta were sitting around this fire, the fire would keep the Zeta alive. Daniel still didn't know anything about the physiological character of his adversaries. Did they breathe? Did they chew food, swallow it and eliminate it? Did they procreate by passing the seed into an egg? Did they feel physical pain? Was there deep within them a place where they experienced love and hate, joy and sorrow, inner peace and inner anxiety? He didn't know. But he was sure that the life-giving power of fire was universal.

Daniel was almost not surprised at what happened next. It came gently-without warning. It simply appeared above the fire, softly flapping its wings as the smoke rose around it. An eagle hovered above the flames as if it were suspended on a fine wire strung from the tree above it.

Suddenly, the eagle began to burn. It flapped its wings feebly, but the fire overcame it and its struggles ended as the fire consumed it. They sat, staring at the smoldering body in the flames. The smell of burned feathers was strong on the air. Then, like a blooming flower, the eagle rose from its burned flesh and became whole. Then it was gone.

The scream that came from Saul was bone-chilling. When the eagle had appeared, the children were sleeping. Now they were awake-and they were frightened. Almost instantly, Sara and Julia were on their feet. They grabbed the children and quickly took them into the hotel-away from Saul who was very nearly out of control, now. He screamed himself hoarse, and while Yankee and Santoo held him down, Karen ran for her doctor's bag.

Karen's hypo needle quickly took effect. Saul clutched Daniel's shirt, and with his speech slurred by the drug, he said, "Please, Daniel, tell me what I don't know. Oh God, please tell me."

Roger said, "We'll all go, Daniel. We'll leave you with Saul."

"No, Roger. There's another good hour or two left in the fire. Enjoy it. We'll pack up and go home. I'm sure Saul would be more comfortable there."

"I appreciate this, Daniel," Saul mumbled thickly.

"It's time you know. It's time you dig into your memories."