Space Flight 704, Chapter 43: The Four-Month Fire
Rex watched horrified as people burned. But the burning did not consume them. People who were alive moments before were on fire - how had they survived this?
The fire ceased after an eternity. Months had passed and the agony was over, the people unaffected by it. The star’s energy receded back into its gravity well and the horror and pain became fear and trepidation.
And Jones appeared again and whispered what he would do if the people continued to defy him.
He would destroy their star with a thought and keep them alive to watch.