The Unforeseen Alliance
Copyright © 2012 Jay Cannon (JC)
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First edition: December 2012
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For my sons Davon Joharri and Dakar Jorré and all those who dare to
chase their dreams.
“The Euclidian have arrived on Earth and started stripping it of
its resources. Earth’s defenses have been rendered ineffective with
the removal of all military vehicles, ships, personnel and nuclear
weapons. The XO of the Andrea in his greed decided to
overthrow the captain while Morgan and Pico gain unexpected allies.”
stop the pain, the pain. I can’t stand it anymore. Where am I?
HELLO! Can anybody hear me? Please help me,” she cried out to no
avail. She was in the midst of an overwhelming darkness. Am I
blind or have they shoved me into some dark pit? “Oh the pain,”
she cried out. I know I’m not dead because the pain I’m
experiencing is too intense. But how can I be alive when my body is
in so much pain? She whimpers uncontrollably not understanding
her condition or her fate. She lets out a low groan and passes out.
Hours passed before she came to. She attempted to take an inventory
of her surroundings, but her senses were fractured. She couldn’t
see anything and was not sure why. The only sound that shared the
darkness with her was her own breathing. There was that familiar
smell again, a recent smell, but what was its origin?
tried to feel around for something, but all she felt was the dampness
of the floor. She tried to get up, but the pain prevented her and she
awoke, but how long had she been lying there? She could feel the
hunger inside her, but it was not her focus. Her pain was the
distraction she could not ignore. She tried to wipe her face,
embarrassed by her beslobbered state.
soiled myself, I wet myself, my nose is running and I can’t stop
crying. I have to be bleeding as well considering how bad I hurt. I
can’t possibly live much longer with all this loss of fluid. Is
this how I die? Is this how it ends? In the dark. A million light
years from home. My fate unknown by anyone I know. I wanted my life
to make a difference. I wanted to make life better for my people, but
now my moribund life will probably end in a career of insignificance.
She started to whimper uncontrollably then passed out.
came to again. The pain had subsided a bit. Partially due to the
numbness that had engulfed the left side of her body. She looked
around once more and tried to see something; anything. But there was
nothing to see except the darkness. She tried to remember how she got
there, but didn’t have a clue.
last thing I remember was being with that asshole Cobalt. Wang ba
dan! Once again I give myself to a man and he screwed me over.
Obviously even alien men enjoy abusing me.
Xiao thought back to happier times during her childhood. She would
spend all day in the rice fields with her parents. In the beginning
she would ride in a pouch on her mother’s back. As she grew older
she worked beside her mother tending to the rice fields on her
father’s farm outside of Nanjing. Her mother’s mother also lived
with them. Her mother’s father and father’s parents were killed
during the Eight Years' War of Resistance. Her parents did not want
the farming life for their daughter. They felt she was a bright child
with a future and when Li Xiao became a teenager she was sent to her
aunt and uncle’s house in Beijing to go to a private school with
her cousins Ema and Maya.
in school Li Xiao excelled in languages. She liked the new sounds she
could make with her mouth. She wanted to find a job where she could
use her talent for languages. Maybe she could even prevent another
occupation of their land. She decided that she would be a diplomat
and see the world. Possibly help change the world. Evenings and
weekends she practiced her language skills by being a guide at the
Forbidden City or giving private tours of the Great Wall and sites
around it. Upon graduating from college she decided to join the
military as a way to give back to her country and learn self-defense
skills. She spent every day, after basic training, learning small
arms, sniper and martial arts techniques.
completing basic training Li Xiao was assigned to a general who
worked with the American military. She was to be his translator and
assistant bodyguard. She spent a great deal of time learning how to
protect him, though there was little danger of him being attacked.
She was more in danger from the foreign officers and diplomats that
he met with. They would often get drunk after all-day meetings and
come on to her. When going to the bathroom Li Xiao found herself
using the Adrien stall maneuver, where she would have one foot on the
floor and one on the stall door to keep the drunks from bursting in
on her. She learned that maneuver from Adrien, an American friend who
worked for the American military as a translator. She met Adrien in a
bar in Amsterdam where the women’s restrooms were less than ideal.
Adrien warned Li Xiao about patrons bursting into the stalls and
taught Li Xiao her technique.
Xiao was resigned to the fact that fending off drunken diplomats was
probably going to be her destiny until one fateful evening while she
was guarding the general and a Chinese diplomat alone. They were
leaving a bar in the Soi Cowboy district of Bangkok, when they were
approached by three men looking to rob them. The men saw that the
general and diplomat were drunk and viewed Li Xiao as little
consequence, being she was a woman. They pulled knives on the three
and demanded money. When Li Xiao protested, one of the men swung his
knife at her and laughed. Li Xiao backed away and took a karate
want to dance little lady?” Laughed the assailant. “How about I
dog collar around your neck and make you my bitch for the rest of the
night. I’m sure my friends would enjoy partying with you.”
about you leave before I make you my bitch?” Li Xiao replied.
“Otherwise, the only party you three will be attending tonight will
be in a hospital emergency room.”
let them have our money so they can go away,” the diplomat
late for that,” the assailant replied. “Cutesy here wants to
dance and I’m going to make her dance on the end of my knife.”
assailant smirked and then jabbed at Li Xiao with his knife. She
shifted to the left, broke his right elbow and shoved his knife into
his thigh. She then spun to her right to engage one of the other men
that was coming towards her. She grabbed him by the wrist, pulled him
towards her and chopped him across the throat. He went down gasping
for air and the third guy ran off. The general and diplomat stood
there looking at her stunned.
next day during breakfast the general asked Li Xiao if she would be
interested in leaving the army and becoming the diplomat’s body
about my military obligation?” She asked.
worry about that,” replied the general. “The army will gladly
accept your resignation. After all, being a translator and bodyguard
to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States is still serving your
Xiao was surprised, excited and honored at the offer. “How can I
possibly say no?”
it’s done. I’ll start the paperwork once we return to Beijing.”
Xiao,” started the ambassador, “I am delighted that you would
accept this position. After saving my life last night I knew you were
someone I wanted to add to my team. Welcome aboard,” he stated
extending his hand to her.
assignment would be in Washington D.C. where she could perfect her
English. She loved living there. She had a beautiful little apartment
with a view of the capital building. She got to attend diplomatic
balls, stay in nice hotels during trips across America and meet the
President of the United States. She spent most morning jogging around
the National Mall and practicing her martial arts skills.
assignment soon took a negative turn when she found out that it
required her to be a pawn in diplomatic negotiations, which included
that she be more than friendly to foreign diplomats. When she
protested, her boss lectured her about the obligations of her
position and her patriotic duty. If she refused to support her boss,
she risked being sent back to Beijing in disgrace.
reluctantly agreed to entertain foreign diplomats as ordered. In
return she was showered with lavish gifts, to which she quickly
became accustomed. A few months later after helping complete a
negotiation to the Chinese benefit, she was introduced to the
countryman she helped to complete the negotiation. He turned out to
be the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations. He was slated to
become the Secretary General of the United Nations and wanted her to
be his attaché and part-time lover during times when his wife was
away. He assured her that she would not have to sleep with anyone
Li Xiao, this will be a very important position,” the U.N.
ambassador stated. “You will assist me with all of my foreign
negotiations, attend diplomatic social events and travel with me
across the globe. I know you have a passion for languages. At the
U.N. you will have an opportunity to learn and practice almost any
language you desire.”
appealing, but New York can be an expensive place to live,” she
true, but don’t worry I have been given an extremely generous
budget and I assure you that you won’t want for anything while
under my care.”
how can I possibly say no,” Li Xiao smiled.
accepted the offer and a few weeks later she was staying in a
beautiful apartment on the upper-eastside of Manhattan. This time the
number of diplomatic events, foreign travel and introductions to
foreign dignitaries increased enormously. She couldn’t believe her
luck. She finally got the dream job she had always hoped for. She
didn’t like sleeping with her boss, but felt it was part of her
diplomatic duty. Anyway, she never had time for a real relationship.
year and a half later that all changed, when she was replaced by a
younger, prettier version of herself and given a menial job with a
lot fewer perks. In addition, she would no longer be able to afford
her posh upper-eastside apartment.
being forced to move out she was contacted out of the blue by what
she thought was a Chinese agent. He made her an offer to get her job
back in return for information about all nuclear weapons that might
be a threat to China.
addition to getting your job back,” the agent stated, “I can make
sure that new floozy is made to scrub toilets while I make you a very
how can I possible say no to that offer,” replied Li Xiao with a
Xiao later found out that her benefactor was Cobalt, an alien from
another planet that recruited spies in order to gather reconnaissance
on planets before they were to be attacked. That’s when she decided
to see if she could hitch a ride on the ship from her generous
benefactor. Learning Earth languages is one thing. To be able to
learn intergalactic languages would just be wonderful.
just when she thought things were going well he shot her with some
sort of beam from a gun he was holding and the next thing she knew
she was waking up in this impenetrable darkness.
left arm, which was in pain, was now numb. Her right arm, while still
sore, was movable. She pushed along the floor to see what she could
feel. The floor was sticky as if some fluid had dried on it. She
thought it might be her own blood, but she smelled it and recognized
the smell of the Lardexian Mind Bender Cobalt had given her. She
could also feel bits of glass on the floor.
must have come to visit me, saw my condition and dropped the glass
full of the beverage next to me. She began to whimper again, but
soon composed herself.
got to try to move. Try to get up. Maybe I can get out of here
twisted her body around to see if she could feel a wall or furniture
that she could use to pull herself up. She swung her arm back behind
her and it hit a wall that moved slightly. The wall had a familiar
feel and sound to it. It couldn’t be! She thought. She made
another effort to throw her arm back behind her and this time she
attempted to reach under the wall and she grabbed the edge of a door.
She recognized the door and started to cry realizing where she must
be. She had to be lying in the bottom of her shower. She had no idea
what that meant, but knew she had to pull herself to a phone before
she died in there.
Xiao used her right arm to grab the edge of the shower and pulled
herself out of the shower towards the bathroom door. It took what
seemed like an eternity to reach the door. She reached for the door
handle and twisting it down, pulled the door open. Peering into the
adjoining room, she confirmed that it was indeed her bedroom by the
familiar clock sitting on the nightstand. The only thing left to do
was reach her phone and dial 911. Slowly Li Xiao dragged herself
across her floor feeling pain in every movement. Her muscles ached,
breathing was difficult and she found it a struggle to keep her
senses about her. There were moments when she wasn’t sure where she
was anymore. Maybe her disorientation was due to a drug-induced
found herself losing consciousness, but fought through it. After what
seemed like hours of clawing and crying she yanked the phone from the
nightstand, poked away at the keypad and rambled indiscernibly at the
voice at the other end. In a daze she went from darkness to looking
up at flickers of light as she was pushed down the hallway in a
gurney in an emergency room being worked on. In her stupor she saw
Cobalt smiling down at her.
worry Xiao,” you’re going to pull through this,” his voice
and when I do I’m going to pull your heart from your chest,” she
you say something?” The doctor asked leaning close to Li Xiao’s
mouth. But she had drifted into unconsciousness.
a thorough examination it was determined that Li Xiao had suffered a
dislocated left shoulder, cracked ribs, a bruised hip, two twisted
ankles, lacerated lips and a concussion. She lay in her hospital bed
medicated for several weeks healing from her injuries. I’ve been
given a second chance here and I don’t want to waste it,
thought Li Xiao. Once I’m out of this hospital I’m going to
focus on making a positive difference for my people.
Li Xiao was finally released, a nurse wheeled her to the front door
of hospital where she caught a cab for home. She arrived home
limping, but alive. The first thing on her mind was investigating her
shower. With the lights on she noticed the remains of a broken glass
and a Jimmy Choo bag with twenty million Euros spilling out of it.
pushed the money into the bag and sat on her bed to count the money.
She dumped the money from the bag onto the bed to count it and in the
middle of the bundles of Euros she found some sort of device. It was
like a Windows phone, but square and about 13 centimeters on a side.
There was a blank display window in the middle, a button in each
corner and on the sides and a bar centered at the top and bottom of
the device. There was a glowing line at one edge that she decided was
the bottom of the device. She turned it over and looked it up and
down. She finally figured that it had to of come from Cobalt’s
ship. He had left her a gift.
finally decided to see what it would do. One by one, she pushed each
of the buttons until something happened. Pushing the top right button
turned the device on. The screen showed the room where she was
sitting. She slid her finger across the screen and the image moved
across her apartment and then out the building. She used her finger
to slide the display back into her room. She then pinched the screen
with her fingers and she saw the image on the screen move above her.
When she spread her fingers across the screen she saw the apartment
below her. Twisting her fingers around the screen turned the image
around on the screen. However, the view only looked down.
Xiao wanted to be able to pan around the room. She tried moving her
fingers around the screen in different ways with no results. Then she
rested her hands on the screen to think and spun her fingers around
and she saw the viewing angle change. How clever she thought!
Xiao played around with different viewing angles until she had it
perfected. She was amazed that she could see the back of her own
head. She even looked inside her head, which she found a little
creepy. Somehow it was able to show images inside her head where she
presumed there would be no light.
decided to see if she could find her parent’s house outside Nanjing
China. She pinched the screen until the image was above the planet
Earth. She then slid her finger sideways along the screen and then
down until she was over her hometown. She then spread her fingers
across the screen until she was over her parent’s house and then
inside where her family was preparing for evening tea. She adjusted
the angle of the camera so she could see the entire room. Her father
was sitting at the table while her mother and grandmother were
setting the table.
watched for a while amazed that she could see them. She then started
pressing the other buttons to see what they would do. She pressed the
bar at the top and noticed that she could hear them speaking. They
were unable to hear her though when she tried to speak to them. She
pressed the top left button and it displayed a list of items on the
screen using characters she did not recognize. She pressed the button
again and the screen was cleared.
Xiao pressed the button on the left and a glowing outline appeared
around her mother. Then the screen did something strange. It started
following her mother around as she moved. She moved the screen and it
stopped following her. Her grandmother walked by and she pressed the
button again and her grandmother was outlined and the screen followed
her. She pressed the button on the right, which was similar to the
button on the left and the screen switched to her mother. Pressing
the button over and over again toggled between the two women.
the button on the left removed the outline from the person at the
center of the screen and the screen stopped following her. She
pressed the bottom-left button and it didn’t seem to do anything.
pressed the lower bar and suddenly fell on top of her parent’s
table, knocking the teapot, cups and plates onto the floor. Her
parents and grandmother looked at her in amazement.
did you come from Li Xiao? Asked her father. “You seemed to fall
from the ceiling.”
just jumped into the room to surprise you and lost my footing,” she
lied hoping they would believe her.
did not quite understand her explanation, but took her at her word.
She apologized for the distraction, put the device in her pocket and
helped them cleanup. While her sudden appearance was disturbing they
were happy to see her and Li Xiao was happy to be able to visit home
after being away for such a long while. She spent a great deal of
time speaking with her parents and trying to understand how life was
the most part her family was happy. The government provided the
security and health care that they needed. They had plenty of money
to sustain them. They were concerned at the way some people were
arrested or even killed for speaking out against the government. Her
parents felt that governments should embrace criticism as a way to
Xiao had a final cup of tea with her family, hugged them all, walked
out the door and beamed back to her apartment. She adjusted the
location so she would fall from the ceiling, but set down gently upon
her bed. She spent the next couple of days playing with the device,
but there were still some features she did not understand.
was a planet in the Storm planetary system. It was used as an outpost
for the Euclidian military. They had several bases there. The planet
consisted of one well-known humanoid species. The Tammarians were
primitive hunter gatherers that lived in tribes. They had yet to
advance beyond using stone tools. They lived in small huts made from
the surrounding vegetation.
the most part, the Euclidian left the planet intact. The only thing
they harvested from the planet was the famous abbig fruit, from which
Tammarian grog was made. The grog was an alcoholic beverage that the
Tammarians learned to make eons ago. The Tammarian taught the
Euclidian how to make the grog. In return, the Euclidian taught the
Tammarians how to grow the fruit more efficiently in order to
increase its yield. In that way they felt they compensated the
Tammarians for the fruit that they took from them every year.
fruit was not very tasty on its own. But after being turned into a
beverage it became quite a delicacy. A person drinking the elixir
experienced immediate euphoria. The effects lasted about 30 minutes
and those partaking in the grog would experience no ill side effects.
The feeling the grog gave individuals was not inebriation or
lethargy, but exhilaration. It was also an aphrodisiac. It cured
depression, pessimism and sadness. More importantly, it worked on all
species, which made it very valuable.
Euclidian held exclusive rights to the planet and therefore the
fruit. As such, they kept all others away from the planet. For that
very reason Chaell was surprised when one of his scouts captured an
Alpha wandering around the planet while they were there picking up
several tons of the abbig fruit that had been recently harvested.
what were you doing on the planet?” Chaell asked the Alpha male
was left behind when the crew from my ship left in haste,” he
replied. “I was camping in a remote region and when I returned to
our encampment everyone was gone. I can only assume they were trying
to avoid being seen by your ship.”
sounds a bit flimsy. You couldn’t use your communicator to call
don’t have the fancy ones the Euclidians use. The ship was out of
range by the time I realized I was left behind.”
anyone else left on the planet?”
that I have seen.”
don’t I believe you? How about I let my guys work you over a bit
until you are ready to tell me everything you know?”
about you shove a Tammarian beetle up your nose?”
can be insolent if you want, but we have ways of getting the truth
out of you.”
ahead. I’m sure your government would be happy to hear how you
treaty with the Alphas forbade their mistreatment. Though Captain
Shisal did not care for the Alphas he did not want to risk crossing
the government over a supposedly lost Alpha.
we’re just having a friendly conversation. No reason to start
making threats. Just relax here in this cabin and I’ll have my crew
bring you some food. For security reasons I can’t have you
wandering around the ship. We have Deltas onboard and they may not
treat you very kindly.”
transport me back to Euclidia.”
reason to waste valuable energy. We’ll be back on Euclidia before
you know it. I’ll hand you over to the authorities once we return.
I’m sure they will want to hear your story.”
no reason to make me wait.”
no reason to accommodate you either,” Shisal ended. He then stood
and left the Alpha in his quarters.
Tammaria was occupied by the Alphas. They were using the planet as a
launching point for a raid on the Euclidian home planet. After the
Euclidian repelled the Alpha attack, they systematically went through
each planet in their system cleansing them of any Alpha presence and
claiming the planets for themselves.
Euclidian were only recently aware that there was a second race of
humanoid creatures on Tammaria called the Magi. They lived in caves
in a sparsely populated region of the planet. They used their
persuasive powers over the other Tammarian species to prevent
knowledge of their presence from spreading.
Magi were short people, not much taller than 160 centimeters. Living
in the dark caused their eyes to evolve to permit them to see well in
low light conditions. This ability was augmented by their
phosphorescent blue eyes, which emitted light. This light permitted
them to see in the darkest parts of their caves.
radiation from their eyes had a strange effect when directed at the
eyes of humanoid creatures. It would cause their resistance to be
lowered making them susceptible to suggestions. The Alphas discovered
the Magi when hiding in their caves to avoid the Euclidian. They
noticed the Magi’s ability to influence people while watching the
Magi interact with the Tammarians and Euclidians. The Magi would
convince the Tammarians to share their fruit and cloth with them.
Alphas understood this power and decided to exploit the Magi for
their own benefit. Kenyon Filo was an Alpha commander that devised
the plan using the Magi to seek revenge on the Euclidian for
destroying their home planet. He used one of their cloaked ships to
visit the Magi undetected to start the execution of his plan. His
ship was in orbit around Tammaria just close enough to the planet for
Commander Filo to beam down to converse with the Magi. Unfortunately
one of his crewmembers got captured.
Filo had never been to the Magi caves so he took his aid Lieutenant
Lephi Swantik with him who had made several visits to the caves. He
prepped Commander Filo about what to expect based on his experiences.
“Commander,” Lephi began, “the Magi caves are an enormous
labyrinth. They are dark and have numerous, difficult to navigate
pathways that can only be learned by traversing them while living
there, as there are no maps. Each cave, path, cavern and even large
stones have names, which the Magi use for navigation. Unfortunately
they have no written language, so there are no signs. They just
memorize the name for everything.”
how are we supposed to find our way around once we get inside?”
Asked Commander Filo.
found us a guide to take us through the exterior caves and into the
central cavern, which hosts the seat of their government. She speaks
Euclidian from conversing with the ones that are based here. She is
one of the ones I saw charming the Euclidian soldiers with her eyes.”
how do we protect ourselves against their charms?”
lenses I placed in our goggles should help protect us. Just in case,
we must also be careful not to simultaneously look into their eyes.”
hope you’re right Lephi. A lot is riding on this. So where do we
meet our guide?”
inside the cave entrance ahead of us. We just need to climb a few
more meters and we will be there.”
don’t see anything?”
entrance is situated at an angle. The Magi modified all of the
entrances to obscure them from view unless you are right on top of
it. We’re almost there. Let me just catch my breath.”
too. I’m not use to this kind of exercise. So how do we convince
them to help us?”
have to let them think that we are looking to improve relations with
our Euclidian friends. They are not likely to help us do anything
that might hurt the Euclidian. Since they don’t need money and have
plenty of resources, we’ll just have to enter into conversations
with them to understand what might be of interest to them.”
sound very hopeful, but considering the enormous potential we had
better continue to pursue this possibility.”
get going, she’s probably waiting for us.”
they don’t have technology, how do they tell what time it is?”
use the level of a water pool which reacts to the position of their
sun to determine the start of the day. They then split the day into
one hundred equal periods using water clocks. At the beginning of
each period they send a signal throughout the caves to synchronize
the time. It’s not real precise, but it works well enough for their
that is a bit crude. Are we there yet? I may need another break.”
a matter of fact we are. Just look to your left behind this boulder,”
said Lephi pointing to the cave entrance.
goodness. I never would have noticed that.”
go in and see if she is there.”
how am I supposed to see in here?” Asked Commander Filo after
entering a few meters into the cave.
on the goggles I gave you. They will permit you to see in the dark.
They project an invisible wave out that reflects off of objects and
back into the goggles as images. We can’t use light in here as it
would hurt the Magis’ eyes and keep them from interacting with us.
They also have those special lenses I told you about.”
is marvelous look at the bevy of activity all around us. It’s as if
we walked into some fairytale world.”
Filo took a moment to soak it all in. There were flying creatures of
all sizes flying throughout the cave. Lizard-like creatures climbed
the walls of the cave. Luminescent water bubbled up from odd places
inside the cave adding a bit of light to dark areas. Water ran
through the cavern carrying food that was eaten by the Magi. Some
Magi could be seen tending to some small plots of land where they
were growing different types of moss that were distributed and eaten
by the villagers throughout the cave system.
the Magi the large creatures darting about with the blue glowing
do we possibly find your contact in this mass of similar bodies?”
said to wait here near the entrance of the cave near this blue
Lephi, who is your friend?” Asked a Magi appearing out of the
Yoyo, this is Commander Filo.”
Commander Filo, I am Yoyo Snarky. I will be your guide during your
to meet you Yoyo. I’m surprised you speak Euclidian.”
learned it meeting with the Euclidian from time to time.”
are obviously pretty smart. I’m looking forward to visiting this
home of yours,” replied the commander looking at her in amazement.
She was a few centimeters shorter than him and wore dark clothing
that clung to her body. She had long, light hair tied behind her
back. He could not see much of her face except her glowing eyes.
can be very difficult to navigate this place. I placed a glowing
yellow ring around my sleeves to make it easier for you to keep track
of me. If for some reason you lose sight of me just yell out my name
and I will be sure to stop and find you.”
a great idea Yoyo,” replied Lephi. The last time I was here you
promised to introduce me to your chief so I could get her input on a
so I shall,” responded Yoyo. Follow me and I will take you there
now. Watch your heads. The height of some of the passageways may be a
little low for you two.”
three started off on their journey, which turned out to be a long
one. They went through several kilometers of passageways, caves and
huge caverns. Magi people darted in and out between them as the two
Alphas struggled to keep up with Yoyo.
can we stop for a moment?” Asked Commander Filo.
she responded. “There are some flat rocks over there where we can
I certainly needed this,” said Commander Filo sitting down.
can we relieve ourselves?” Asked Lephi.
cave has an area with a discharge pool. There is one just over
there,” Yoyo said pointing to a corner of the cave they had
entered. “You relieve yourself in the pool and the enzymes in the
pool neutralizes the waste materials. The pools are continually
replenished to maintain their effectiveness. You can clean off your
hands and other body parts in the pool as well.”
Yoyo. I’ll be right back.”
think I’ll join you Lephi,” stated Commander Filo getting up.
wait here for you two,” said Yoyo.
do you think she is giving us the run around? We’ve been walking
for over an hour so far.”
don’t see why she would. She has nothing to gain by doing so and
nothing to fear from us.”
I’ll be a bit more patient. It’s not like we could find our way
out if she decided to abandon us. I certainly don’t remember the
way out and our communications devices don’t seem to be working
inside of these caves.”
two finished relieving themselves and returned to their spots next to
I had no idea this place was so enormous and beautiful, it would be
interesting to be able to see it with your eyes,” said Lephi.
have to say I enjoy all of the different lights, colors and sounds in
the midst of the darkness,” replied Yoyo. “Outside the caves one
can certainly see everything more easily, but it doesn’t have the
same magic as this place.”
what is your main job here?” Asked Commander Filo.
mainly work as a liaison between my people and the Tammarians and
Euclidian. I mostly just manage the exchange of goods between our
people. The other part my time I work with the food producers to make
variations of our grog. I enjoy the drink well enough, but I enjoy
the effect it has on others much more. So I spend a lot of time
trying to perfect my version of the grog recipe.”
interesting. What do you know about the Euclidian?”
are an extraterrestrial species that visits our planet from a planet
far from here.”
does a cave dweller know so much?”
curious and when they arrived I spent time getting to know them.”
would you like to see the planet where they come from and many other
like the idea, but you will have to speak to our chieftain about
let’s go see her.”
problem. I’ll take you to her. We’re just another few minutes
three of them left their seats and proceeded through another series
of caves and passageways until they entered into an enormous cavern
that was illuminated by colorful, phosphorescent material that
covered its walls. In the center was a large crystal palace. A large,
arched entryway at the front of the building was full of traffic from
visitors entering and leaving the facility.
is where our chieftain lives,” started Yoyo. “I will introduce
you to the chieftain and you can negotiate what you need with her.”
she speak Euclidian?” Asked Commander Filo.
Why are there so many people going in and out of the place?”
chieftain has collected artifacts over the years and the place has
sort of turned into a museum that attracts lots of visitors. Come
with me and I’ll take you inside so you can see the palace.”
three of them walked into the palace amazed by its grandeur.
Commander Filo and Lephi were enthralled with all the items in the
interior. There were wide walkways on both sides of the entrance
separated by display areas in the middle and along each wall. Yoyo
gave a brief description of each of the items as they passed by them.
this side are skeletons from various cave animals. On the other side
are early tools that were found inside and outside the cave. Here we
have early pottery and clothing made from various animal skins. I
don’t know the words the Euclidians use to name them. Here we have
the various vegetation that you can find in our caves. Below each one
is a plaque describing them. On the other side are different
luminescent minerals and liquids that are used to light some of the
areas in our caves including this palace.”
isn’t the pool at the end lit up? Has the chemical worn out or
something?” Asked Lephi.
at all. Although it is plain water it contains a mineral that
sparkles when you run your hands through it. Go ahead and try it,”
two Alphas ran their hands through the water and watched as sparkles
appeared around their fingers.
is quite clever,” stated Commander Filo.
this,” said Yoyo grabbing a handful and throwing it into the air.
The water hit the nearby wall and lit up like miniature fireworks.
The water sparkled all along the wall and continued as it hit the
floor. Soon afterwards it evaporated.
kids would have loved to have some of this to play with,” said
can get some to take home with you if you like,” replied Yoyo.
won’t be necessary. They died when the Euclidian attacked my
unfortunate. They don’t seem like violent people to me, but I’ve
only had very little interaction with them.”
me, they are very violent people.”
just have to take your word for it. Let’s continue on,” suggested
three of them moved through a corridor into another open area that
was less dimly lit.
along the entire length of the wall on both sides is the robe,
sandals, orb, necklace and headgear of our chieftains, dating back
thousands of years. You can see how our culture and artistry has
changed over the years.”
surprised that nothing has been destroyed or stolen,” stated Lephi.
I think we have just been lucky. No one has ever tried to steal
anything that I’m aware of. In general our people are very honest.
Just in case, the Magi in the blue robes help to guard the place. To
help preserve the items, we keep it dry in this chamber and coated
the clothing with a preservative. After all that, the older items
have still become a bit ragged. Let’s continue up the stairs to the
is this place so big when it seems so small from the outside?”
Asked Commander Filo.
built into the cave wall,” responded Yoyo. “It goes on for a ways
inside the cave wall and then comes out the other side into another
clever!” Stated Commander Filo.
indeed!” Agreed Lephi.
reached the top of the stairs and there was a small reception area
with chairs across the walls and several Magi guarding a door
is the first time I believe I have seen weapons here,” stated
this is the entry way to the chieftain’s quarters. While we have
never had attacks here in the past, we don’t take any chances. No
one else here carries weapons. We don’t war with each other and
outsiders would have a difficult time navigating the caves in order
to get here so weapons aren’t really necessary. In addition we have
so many deterrents made from the minerals and liquids in the caves
that an invading army would find it too costly to attack us to get
what little we have in here. Hold on, I need to let the guards know
that you are here to see the chieftain. I’ll be right with you.”
spoke to one of the guards in her language and then disappeared
through the door, returning a few minutes later.
chieftain can meet with you in two periods. In the mean time I can
take you through the rest of the palace on the lower floor and then
out for some food. By the time we finish our chieftain should be
ready to meet with you.”
sounds like a grand idea,” replied Lephi. “Go ahead and lead the
headed down the stairs while Commander Filo and Lephi followed after
Filo and Lephi were surprised at how well they enjoyed the food and
drink that Yoyo had found for them. She even treated them to her own
brand of Tammarian grog, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
you make the most amazing blend of Tammarian grog that I have ever
tasted, and I have drunk a lot of them. I could drink yours all day,”
you would be in no shape to see our chieftain,” replied Yoyo. “We
should probably be heading back.” Yoyo lead them back to the
reception area and disappeared through the door to the chieftain’s
see us now,” stated Yoyo sticking her head through the door.
two Alphas entered the door behind Yoyo and were surprised to see the
ornate nature of the hall. The floor was covered in tapestry.
Chandeliers lit by luminescent balls hung from the ceiling. The walls
were covered in various types of art. The baseboards were made of a
shimmering, gold-colored material. At the end of the hall were large
doors with more guards. The three proceeded through the door into the
hall beyond it.
hall was a large room full of activity. People everywhere were
chatting with each other. There were village chiefs, elders and
dignitaries carrying on their business. The three stood for a moment
to take it all in. Yoyo described the people waiting to speak to the
three people in the blue gowns are chiefs from the Wochowo region
discussing distribution of their new fungus crops to the other
regions. The two in the loin cloth are Tammarians looking to barter
to get some Keegon fish from us. We served them some at a state
dinner and they can’t get enough of it. The group behind them are
construction planners. They are planning an extension of our cave
sounds like they are arguing,” stated Lephi.”
there are concerns that it would make it more difficult to
communicate across the many villages we have today. There are also
concerns that there may be problems removing the rock from the
construction the long distances to any cave entrance. The interior
minister is worried that the expansion will cause an increase in
population that will place a strain on our resources. It takes time
to develop additional sources of food, waste services and educate
people about the new.”
problems,” said Commander Filo rubbing his chin.
continue on. The chieftain’s throne room is just through those
doors,” said Yoyo pointing just ahead of them.
three of them stood at the door and waited to be announced. There was
a Magi village chief just finishing up with the chieftain. He walked
out and the chieftain’s yeoman escorted them in.
the chieftain stood smiling. “How have you been?”
Hilma I am just fine,” replied Yoyo clasping her hands and bowing.
“I am with two Alphas that wish to discuss a business proposition
for you. This is Commander Filo and his aide Lieutenant Swantik.”
two clasped their hands and bowed as Yoyo introduced them.
Chieftain Hilma,” Commander Filo started removing his goggles, “I
represent an Alpha delegation that is interested in having formal
relations with the Magi people.”
what end? You are free to communicate with us as you wish,” replied
would like to setup more formal relations with your people by
exchanging dignitaries. We could have someone representing our people
stay here in your caves and one of your people could spend time with
us on our ship and planet. There is so much we could learn from each
are generally against mingling with outsiders. I certainly would not
wish for you to take our people away from this planet, which I
believe is what you are proposing,” she stated with a stern voice.
are quite right,” Commander Filo stated bowing. “I feel there is
so much we could share with your people. It would be much easier to
express opportunities with someone who could spend time with our
people. And likewise, your use of chemicals and minerals could be of
great use to our people. Having your people embedded with our would
be so productive for our engineers.”
interesting, but I’m concerned about the possible exploitation of
our people and the negative influence that your culture could have on
our culture. Yours is an advanced civilization. I understand the
corruptive forces of technology and the greed that comes with that.
Modernization does not come without a cost.”
understand your hesitation chieftain. If I could have a second
audience with you I believe I could demonstrate my sincerity and
provide specific example of how the Alphas might be able to assist
your people without disrupting the harmony of your culture.”
am skeptical of your claim, but I am willing to hear you out. Yoyo,
why don’t you bring them back in two days and let’s see what they
have to present.”
chieftain. Be well,” Yoyo ended bowing and walking out.
escorted Commander Filo and Nephi out to the cave entrance where she
met them. “I’ll see you here at the same time two days from now.”
I appreciate your assistance with getting us an audience with your
chieftain. I feel it was a productive meeting. I look forward to
seeing you again. Let me know if there is anything I can bring you
the next time we meet,” requested Commander Filo.
am happy to help out. I don’t require anything at this time. I am
merely doing my job,” replied Yoyo. “I’ll see you in two days.
Goodbye,” Yoyo ended disappearing into the cave entrance.
what do you have planned?” Asked Lephi, starting down the mountain.
not sure yet. Let me make a few calls and we will discuss it in the
morning. I see the Magi as a great opportunity for us to enact our
revenge on the Euclidians and I refuse to let it slip through our
fingers without a fight. Let’s get back to our ship and get some
distance between us and this planet.”
place is wondrous, thought Commander Filo to himself. I didn’t
realize there was so much going on there. Those people have formal
societies with villages full of huts, roads and communications,
though primitive. But what don’t they have? They don’t seem to
have a need for money, food or resources. However, their desire to
expand could be the key to gaining their cooperation. I need to find
a way to show them that the Alphas can assist them with their plans
where is Yoyo?” Asked Commander Filo impatiently.
don’t know,” responded Lephi. “We are inside the cave at the
exact same spot as we were before. Unfortunately the Magi are very
liberal with meeting times. They only have a crude way of tracking
time inside their caves and no one wears a time piece.”
how do we know if she will show up? The chieftain could have changed
her mind, she could be sick or dead or maybe she came earlier and
decided we stood HER up! I don’t like the casualness of these
she doesn’t show up in an hour I can contact one of their other
emissaries and try to setup another meeting. In the meantime, have a
seat on one of the boulders and try to relax.”
bad enough I have to wear these goggles, I’m not going to sit on a
hard rock. Anyway, that would be unprofessional. I will stand here
until she arrives. If she doesn’t arrive we keep trying with her or
few moments passed and Yoyo appeared in front of them.
Commander Filo and Lieutenant Swantik,” greeted Yoyo.
Yoyo,” Commander Filo replied clasping his hands and bowing.
need to be so formal. I’m not the chieftain.”
I am happy to show you a little respect after the assistance you have
given us. We have been here quite a while. You are late today.”
that is not possible. I came when I was ready. To come earlier would
be a waste of our time.”
me, I expected you about the same time as last time.”
that is when I arrived. So shall we go?”
Filo not willing to belabor the point nodded and gestured for Yoyo to
lead the way. Lephi simply looked at the commander shrugging his
shoulders and Commander Filo looked back at him with a smirk.
led the two Alphas to Chieftain Hilma’s chamber where Commander
Filo proceeded to present his case.
Hilma thanks for meeting with us again,” started Commander Filo.
“We continue to feel that there is much to be gained by an exchange
of diplomats. As I mentioned previously, your use of chemicals,
minerals and cave technology is of great interest to us. In return I
believe that we could provide you some assistance with your expansion
plans. You have a huge cave system that is difficult to navigate and
communicate across. You also don’t have precise timing devices. We
could provide a wealth of technology to you that can address those
we are not interested in bringing your technology into our caves. We
have survived thousands of years without it and I have no desire to
have my people spending hours learning your devices and thus cripple
them by having them rely on some foreign technology, subsequently
extinguishing years of our culture.”
well taken Chieftain. I would not want to disrupt your way of life
for the sake of diplomacy. There is also the matter of the expansion
of your cave systems. We have technology that we could use to carve
out the rock and remove it in no time. We could then transfer any
items you need into the new space. The Alphas could manage all of the
work so your people would not have to deal with using the
proposals sound a bit more acceptable, but I don’t want life to
become too easy for my people. Maybe we could look at a mixture of
Alpha technology and Magi manpower. One thing we do not have is metal
reinforcement to shore up our cave structures.”
is something we would be glad to be able to assist you with. We also
have a means for stimulating the growth of plants and animals. That
could help you get started with providing additional food for your
expanding population. Once we have increased the size of your food
sources they should be able to sustain the continued growth needed by
your people. As a sign of good faith I brought along a device that
can be used to stimulate the egg laying capabilities of your sea
life. I would be happy to demonstrate it on two isolated animals and
you can verify that it does not harm the creatures in anyway.”
would be a worthwhile experiment to test out. Yoyo, could you be so
kind as to have one of our marine biologists setup an experiment
before they end their visit with us?”
chieftain,” responded Yoyo.
believe we have enough information to start working out an agreement
between our people. Commander, what were you thinking in the way of
an exchange of representatives?”
Lieutenant Swantik already has a relationship with your people I was
hoping that he could be the Alpha Ambassador to the Magi people.
There would be some additional people in his delegation to assist him
with administrative work and assisting with any exchange of
information. Likewise, I would like to propose that Yoyo be appointed
as the Magi Ambassador to the Alpha people, with your permission of
course Chieftain Hilma. I would also like to see others join her in
order to improve our ability to exchange ideas.”
mouth sprung open as she was taken aback by the proposal. She never
saw herself becoming the ambassador to another planet. As ambassador
to the Alphas her dream of travelling the stars would be realized.
But could she be successful while still having fun?
you still with us Yoyo?” asked Chieftain Hilma.
me chieftain. I was just momentarily lost in my thoughts.”
what do you think of the idea of being an ambassador Yoyo,”
would be honored and delighted,” replied Yoyo bowing to her
done an excellent job working with the Tammarians and Euclidians. I
think you are the perfect choice for the position. Do you think you
can find some of our specialists that would like to join you?”
do you feel about the choice of Lieutenant Swantik as their