Previously in "Blue Nexus": Kyle, Brenda, Sandy, Phoenix, and Leley arrived on the distant Xenomark VI on the hunt for the dangerous organization the Trask, who have placed massive intergalactic bounties on their heads. They arrived at the central city and split up to cover more ground, but after a series of planned bombings, were forced to face the music and begin their plan in earnest: Kyle and Sandy headed off to the main arena to participate in a tournament while Brenda, Phoenix, and Leley continued the search for the Trask, who, it turns out, are the ones running the entire tournament!
“The plan isn’t for you to die.”
“I’m not going to die,” he said, and a sudden wave of nerves claimed him. Twenty-four…He grit his teeth and then rested his hands on his hips as well. “Let me try contacting Phoenix, keep him in the know with all this.”
A chill ran down Kyle’s spine. He froze, eyes wide with terror and shock. Sandy bowed her head, sighed, then chuckled.
“Gonna be just fine?” Sandy raised her head and grinned. “You know it.”
“A mage?” the bomber asked in Brenda’s native tongue. “Here?”
“Got something?” Phoenix asked back.
“Right,” Brenda said. “Leverage.”
Kyle chuckled, which let Sandy do the same. That is, until she asked her next question,