Thanks for reading and the feedback, TLR, much appreciated as always.
I'm especially glad that the ending left you a little unsure. That was exactly what I was aiming for. This is not a story to offer answers but to put out there the issues Rhory Owens has to face and then make a decision which may or may not be the right one. The idea was for the reader to decide.
I have no immediate plans for the think-tank to reappear but don't be surprised if it did somewhere down the line.
By the way, this story is now also available at StarEagleAdventures.com
to download as an ebook.