Okay, enough of that. How I came to be known as Black Shadow with a price on my head. And by the way I’ve been told it’s a very handsome head although one problem with being 17 and on the run across 115 galaxies (I’m not going to say Known Universe - that sounds like a travel show) is that it’s not easy to meet girls. Most 17 year old girls don’t want to introduce their boyfriends to their parents by telling them that he is a smuggler and bandit - even if he is a very good one. Like, this is my boyfriend - Black Shadow - you can call him Black for short? Uh - huh - not happening.
Now, I have met a few older girls (I know if they’re older, they want to be called women, not girls).
That worked out nicely a couple of times except for Lata, of course. I will never trust another redhead. Or anyone named Lata. What was it Jack Lightsky used to say? Oh yeah, “guys do stupid things for pretty girls.” I should have listened. Again (I know you’re getting tired of hearing it ) a story for another time.
Just then, the Rhinos opened my cell door. I thought it was so I could make my call and I was trying to come up with someone - anyone - in the Known Universe - to call. I started to say, “It’s about time” when a human (except for his nose which looked like it belonged on a Rhino - do they cross breed here?) in a white lab coat entered my cell. “Routine intake procedure” he mumbled as he took out a gauze swab, one needle, and a vial. “Please give me your arm” he said, swabbing a spot and then jabbing my vein with the needle, filling the vial with blood.
“What is this about? When do I see someone? It’s really a mistake that I’m here.”
He didn’t even look at me. I wanted to grab his arm but I saw the Rhinos watching me. Their skins looked like it would take a double phaser laser gun to even prick the surface, so making a fuss was probably not a good idea. The Rhino nose human left and they closed the cell door. I could swear the nose and Rhinos grunted and talked to each other. Does nose talk Rhino?
How did I get myself stuck here? Well that's really the same story as home I came to be known as Black Shadow. Let me start at the beginning. It's actually because I am smart - or supposed to be - or was when I was five years old. Let me explain.