The door to Amanda's chambers swung open, trilling joyfully with the news of her visitors. Ben and Mari hurried in, then threw their combined weight against the door to make it shut up a few seconds faster.
Mari took a deep breath and let it out as a growl. "If we're stranded here," she told Amanda, "you should decree that every door on the planet is torn from its hinges and *burned*."
"I'll take it under advisement," Amanda said. "*Are* we stranded here?"
Ben glanced once back at the door, but it seemed content to remain silent. He turned to Amanda. "It doesn't look good," he said. "The ship engine's dead or, at least, seems to be dead." He scrubbed a hand over his head. "And with the crew definitely dead, I wouldn't want any of us messing with it. We'd blow the planet up before we got off it."
Amanda glared out the nearest window, visiting her wrath upon the sunny vista of purple-mossed gardens and candy puff trees. "Do we know where this is, anyway?"
Ben and Mari exchanged a nervous glance. "Far," Mari said. "Farther than the Justice League's travelled. We're still in the Milky Way, probably even the right quadrant--"
There were two loud bangs, followed by a mass of high pitched giggling. A deeper voice, muffled by the walls, shouted, "Strewth!"
Amanda waved an arm, brushing the interruption aside. "Just Boomerbutt entertaining the locals," she said. "Luckily, they seem to be explosion proof. I could use a few on my team."
"Right..." Mari looked uncertain, like she was *mostly* sure Amanda was joking.
"The emergency transponder still seems to be working," said Ben. "I think our best bet is to signal the Green Lanterns and wait for rescue."
Amanda nodded. "Yeah, assuming they don't decide to rescue the population from our evil clutches..."
There was a soft breeze buffeting side of her face. Amanda turned towards it; standing behind her was a blue man about three feet high, holding a giant purple feather. He wafted it in Amanda's direction.
"You!" Amanda shouted, pointing at him. "I told you to stay out of here!"
"Yes!" The little man squealed happily. "And I remain outside for very many times! I follow your directions very well always, Supreme Earth Dictator!"
"Out! And stay there this time!"
"Yes, Supreme Earth Dictator!" The alien tried to nod at her, but he hadn't figured out how nodding was supposed to work. His head bounced vigorously in random directions, until Amanda was half afraid it would fall off his neck. "I stay out for one time! And then I return to follow many more directions!" The blue man scurried off, still nodding. When he opened the door, it wailed to see him go.
Amanda waited for the door to fall quiet. "Ben?" she said. "Signal the Lanterns. And the Darkstars. And, hell, even L.E.G.I.O.N." She turned back to the window, where a sort of winged rabbit creature fluttered brightly past. "I always knew world domination would be annoying."