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Chap 8 Rachel and raulChapter Eight: ReawakeningWith the dawn came a now-familiar rumble as the Betall herd dragged itself out of the sea and slumped into the forest very close to our camp. The door flap opened and a hive male smiled down at me with steely, lubricated teeth."Good morning, honored guests." Desmond said, "I trust the Betall alarm was sufficient to awaken you?"I took his proffered hand and emerged into the soft pink dawn. Zanayda grasped my elbow and she followed, squinting and rubbing her eyes sleepily."Rachel and Ramón, her son, have Morning Meal prepared. I'd like to pack your hut while you're eating so we may leave sooner." The camp was bustling with activity as we sat and ate some grilled fish and fruit. They loaded everything onto a &