“Greetings, cousin,” he said, looking up.
“Cal.” Astro nodded.
“There’s a cold greeting, cousin. Have I offended you somehow?”
Astro met Cal’s gaze. “My father thinks you wish me to become Unknown.”
“Nonsense, child. I wish you no ill.”
“I would have the truth. Why else do
|you oppose man’s investigation of space? Are the stars so terrible?”
“No; I but worry for man. I wonder if they are ready for such power.” Astro heard a false note sound in his cousin’s voice. He looked away sharply.“You lie. Father was right about you.” He backed away. Cal took a step forward.
“Come no closer.” Astro said. He took a deep breath and backed away yet another step.