Atlas snarled and thrashed, but gave up struggling within seconds. The Gurk knelt by him, then grabbed Atlas’s feathery head through the bars and held him with one hand while he held the laser by Atlas’s eye.
Kervak imagined the laser slicing into her friend. She couldn’t watch that. “I tell you. Leave him alone, please.” She forced back tears. She’d failed. The pirates would take her ship and kill her and Atlas. At least they might be quick about it if she told them. The ship was complicated, but if she lied about how to fly it, she had no doubt these Gurks would get revenge on her and Atlas.
“I figured you’d come to your senses.” The Gurk smiled and turned off the laser.
“Kervak, don’t,” Atlas snapped. “Don’t let your ship fall into their hands on my account.”
The Gurk stared a