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 Posted: Tue Nov 7th, 2006 09:58 am

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Chapter 29

 

Talerons plans

 

Taleron fret and fumed. “What should it mean: Their defense lines are too strong, we´re not able to break through?” The Major on the other end of the communication line gulped: “T-they seem to have n-new ships, our weapons aren´t superior any more. We cannot destroy their ships that easy like before.” Taleron rolled his eyes. “Of course, I should have thought about that earlier,” he murmured. They had had enough time to study the Lexx and somehow they had been successful in copying the protection system. It was about time to start phase 2 of his plan… “What should we do now, biovesir?” the Major asked nervously. “Our next generation of weapons isn´t completed yet, but facing this situation we have to change our strategy as well. The number of our forces are much higher than the number of their new ships…we will beat them with the pure number of our ships. I will send reinforcement. We have to take Arcannea down. Understood?” Taleron said sharply. “Y-yes, biovesir!” The Major saluted and the screen went blank. Taleron sat down and stared down gloomily. Those Arcannea didn´t learn that their resistance was useless! It annoyed him that this small backstep endangered his schedule. <Do what you have to do. Every point in time now is as good as any> his inner voice whispered at him. His insect side provided him with new ideas. The treatment with the insect-DNA had put much more comfortable sides to his world of thoughts.

The point in time…as a matter of principle he would have started to built up his new order after they would have won the war, but maybe it was better to start with it now. After all those forces would return to their homeworlds everything would be much more difficult to control. And with most people on the frontline the rest of the inhabitants of his Empire were much easier to control and to select for the things he had in mind. He opened a communication channel to Voran, the chief and Captain of the palace guards as well as the man for anything that needed organizational efforts. “To the laboratories, now!” he ordered and closed the channel before Voran could confirm. He left the busy control room and descended two levels. He walked quickly towards the huge hall, where the laboratories were housed. He ignored the screams of the human test subjects, which were treated in some labs by some of his scientists and entered a smaller lab at the end of the hall. Voran entered the same time.

The machine in the middle of the weakly lit room was occupied when they entered. At first sight it looked a lot like the Lusticon on the Cluster. And it seemed to work in a similar way…but here it was used for a special and not to comparable purpose.

There were of course many ways to manipulate the DNA, the Arcannea did it with Kai, and in the beginning, Taleron had his methods in other ways, but now he had developed this machine to make this process a simple task and for further use: a fast one. A criteria that was very important for his plans.

The scientist there had just finished another experiment and no one had thought that the poor individual on the table once had been the Captain of the one ship that had survived the Lexx´s attack. Two guards pulled his numb body from the machine and dragged him out of the lab. One wasn´t really able to tell if he was still alive or not.

When Taleron invented this machine, he used several people and turned them into guards for his palace service. With the machine he was able to construct much more of these modified humans in a much shorter time. The treatment was equal on every single one and those first prototypes weren´t crucial stronger than normal human beings. But he created his first elite-guard with it, and sent a lot of them out to every planet in his Empire.

A lot had happened since that day. It had only been stone’s throw to the level he now was at. They would enter the next level of modified humans soon.

His work on very special skilled and trained modified humans was still not possible. Individuals like Sa´k would never be <mass-production>. It wasn´t necessary. He wanted to change all humans into these modified human-insect-hybrids, but he had to keep his power over them. There must always be one who was stronger.

Despite he never had used this machine on his body, he wasn´t in need of it. The way he changed had started on the Cluster long ago…the day he had injected the base of the compound into his system when he had to flee.

When he had arrived here, he knew that a lot of work was needed until he could complete the started process…a process that was nearly completed now…but this last step wasn´t necessary at the moment.

And of course, this special treatment wasn´t something that was intended for the ordinary humans around him. He had to stay on top of this development. Sa´k being the only exception, for he needed a guard to protect his more and more weakening body.

“Do you succeed in improving the effectiveness of the compound?” he demanded to know. “Yes, a little. After revenue the test subject had to be treated with the machine within 36 to 48 hours. Everything before is too early and after, well, our tests have proved that with the new catalyst the DNA is stressed much more and will be destroyed, what immediately leads to death.” “That´s acceptable. This period should be enough for any organizational efforts.” Taleron was given a bottle with a greenish-brown liquid and he nodded satisfied at his newest development. This was the third generation of the compound…the agent would alter the DNA in a third of the time than the second generation. After receiving the compound, any human would undergo the treatment in the machine after 36hours, so the insect-DNA parts could be inserted into the relaxed human-DNA. The machine would adjust the degree of the change on demand. If they were in need of more soldiers, the people would be treated with more insect DNA-material than a scientist or anyone who only would receive orders to fulfill specific tasks where no will and own thinking was necessary. 

He couldn´t allow all new hybrids to be as strong as the guards. But he wanted them to be as efficient as possible as a whole. All humans would be stronger than they are now. Those who were not suitable would of course be extinguished. He turned to Voran: ”Every available ship and all men and women necessary are ordered to the frontline, they should reinforce our troops there to defeat the Arcannea once and for all. Inform the military forces about that. The rest of the remaining guards will care about the people on the planets. I want that the availability of machines and devices on every planet of the Empire is checked. After, the application of this compound should begin. The local forces will separate the people and then we will start with the organization of our new order in the DarkZone! After we defeat the Arcannea Alliance we will spread our power ultimately, and I want that the Empire is ready for that! Every single returning ship with its crew can then easily checked and treated. Start with it…NOW!”

Voran gulped: “All possible forces?” Taleron looked at him: “Yes…all. I don´t want any ship left around here….if it´s not completely broken or something like that. I thought I made myself clear.” “Yes, biovesir, but then no one is able to defend the planets, if there´s someone who might attack us…!” Voran interjected hesitating. It wasn´t clever to object, but he couldn´t ignore the loss of protection. Taleron´s face turned grimly: “And who should attack us? The Arcannea? We are going to push them away from our territory, and you´re talking about an attack to our Empire? Do as I told you…before you get one treatment more than necessary!” Voran nodded and hurried to follow these new orders. Well…if their leader was sure that they would defeat the Arcannea now…

Taleron held the bottle up with a piercing look hit the scientist: “And it works properly?” “Yes, biovesir. We were able to do many experiments and tests, after you left so many test subjects to us…,” the man said. Taleron nodded, prisoners of war were the most useful test subjects he knew. “Alright. Then I think a last test on a special test subject will not be amiss. What is this compound made for?” “It´s a safety-compound. It controls a person’s will and is thought for tasks without specific skills. As long as he has his orders, he will do as told.” “That´s exactly what I need. You heard my orders? I want you to support Voran with everything needed, especially with the mass-production of this compound!” “Yes biovesir!” The scientist bowed and Taleron left the laboratories quickly towards the prison cells. The bottle still in his hands.

On the way he called for Sa´k, the plan already complete in his mind.

 

Stanley walked enervated up and down in his cell. He hadn´t any idea how much time had passed since he was kidnapped, but it felt like eternity. When the cell door finally opened he winced. Slowly he advanced backward until he felt the wall behind him when he saw who came through the door. “I just came by and thought…why don´t we go on a trip Stanley. This cell must be really depressing for you…and so lonely. What do you think about returning to the Lexx and…,” Taleron made a few steps forward, “…you´re going to help me to solve some little problems?” Stanley shook his head. “Forget about it, I can imagine how this would look like.” “Brave words. But unfortunately you own something I´m badly in need for…the key to the Lexx. And since it chose you as its host…I need you. You surely understand that!” “Never. I´d rather die…,” Stan gulped. Well, he really didn´t want to die, the words just slipped out his mouth. Stan cursed himself for talking such shit. But in the other hand…he didn´t want to help this monster. “Dead you´re no use for me, but as I haven´t expected you to help me voluntarily…we´re prepared for such a case.” He waved and Sa´k entered the room. Without any haste and effort he grabbed Xev and pushed him onto the bed. Taleron filled a syringe with the compound. “I have had much time under His Shadows reign to do many experiments, Stanley, unfortunately His Shadow wasn´t pleased with the topic of my experiments. But I have a very clear vision for the perfect order in this universe. No longer fighting for the uniqueness of human or insect…no, if both are united, a new society will arose, don´t you think?” “You´re completely nuts!” Stan gasped, struggling against Sa´ks firm grip. “Do you think? I see myself more as a man with visions. And you Stanley Tweedle should feel honored to be a part of this new society soon.” “I resign…,” Stanley growled. “Really? This wasn´t an offer, you have no choice. See, there will be different kinds of people in this new order, and since some are not very cooperative, I have to control them. Relax it´s not dissimilar to your former job. Just receive orders and do as you were told….As soon as I have injected this compound into your system you will go with Sa´k to fetch the Lexx. When you return here, your DNA is prepared to take the new insect-DNA-parts in and I believe that the insect-DNA will help to control your fear a little bit better in future.” Stan turned pale when he heard what Taleron had in mind, for him and obviously for the rest of this universe. But any resistance was smothered at once by Sa´k. “You´ll be my opinion in a few minutes. Oh, and shouldn´t you despite not do as you were told…without the final treatment here on Pr´karesh, you will die within 48 hours. Keep that in mind.” Stan watched the syringe closing in and he started to scream when Taleron injected the compound into his left arm. Everything went black around him and his body hung limp in Sa´ks grip. “He will wake up in two hours. Take a ship and fly back to Arcan´s, enter the Lexx…and while we´re at it…destroy the Arcannea-planetary-system at once, then you´ll return. He will follow your orders without any problems…I think there´s enough time to return here within 48 hours.” Sa´k nodded: “Yes biovesir.” “Good, they won´t expect such an action, despite be careful, now go!” Taleron ordered. Sa´k threw Stan over his shoulder like a sack and left the cell. Taleron grinned…oh yes, he was satisfied with this part. The days of the Arcannea were counted. His insect side was more than pleased….



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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2006 01:35 pm

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Dunno...was this the chapter I stopped????

 

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You've got up to chapter 30 on another board.  What was the last chapter number you had typed up so far?



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oi........30? Really, geeez.
Currently I work on 35, okay, I´ll post 30 and 31 ..........hopefully without the worst usual mispellings and typing mistakes, ahem

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 Posted: Mon Nov 13th, 2006 09:19 pm

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:bounce_pinka: Oh brill, more!

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Chapter 30


A Historical Secret


Xev was very curious about Shereens mysterious words. When they flew back together to Sha´ra, it was obviously that she avoided any contact with all official authorities, including the government. “There are situations when we have to act…not discuss, Xev. We haven´t had such a situation for a long time. But government and crisis squad have to cope without me. I cannot risk any hint of the nature of our mission at anyone else than those who are involved. Too much is at stake.” Shereen had started to explain when they entered the atmosphere and then again the sea. Not surprising to Kai and Xev when they again navigated towards some well-hidden underwater buildings. Shore´ navigated the shuttle inside and Shereen lead them through a tunnel to the entry of a huge, hangar-like complex. “This underwater base is our best kept secret. Only to use in emergency… for a matter between surviving and downfall. You´ll see why in a second.” She smiled and opened the door.


Xev marveled at what was revealed to them when they entered the hangar. Twelve small ships were standing along the wall, surrounded by technicians and devices she wasn´t able to determine. These 12 pitch-black ships hadn´t any similarity with other Arcannean ships she had seen so far. But despite they were somehow familiar to her, but she couldn´t say at once from where…
Kai on the other hand made a quick step forward when he recognized their shape…it was the same kind of ship he had flown when he had attacked the Foreshadow. These ships may were slightly bigger and more modern, but it definitely was the shape of the insect shaped ships the BrunnenG had used during the insect war.
The security chief of the Arcannea station, Yareena, approached them. She had cared about the preparation of these ships on Shereens orders. Now she came to greet them…not without noticing Kai´s astonishment. “We maintained their shape and improved some of the older technology a bit. The weapon-system for example. They´re no longer rockets, they are equipped with high-energetic laser weapons, and the drive, they´re not limited on interplanetary flights,” she explained and pointed at the scorpion-shaped tails of the small fighters. “They are not designed for massive attacks at the Pr´karesh ships, they´re only small ships, made for fast attacks, for reconnaissance or fights against other fighters. “ She closed with a sideward glance at Shereen who nodded satisfied.
Kai closed the distance to the small ships and touched its surface. He hadn´t seen them in black before, but the design was clearly the same, in every detail. He turned back at his friends and asked with a serious expression: “The controls?” “Unchanged. Regarding the exceptions Yareena counted we left them unchanged, they´re like they were built 20 000 years ago. Have you ever flown such a ship?” Shereen asked. Kai nodded slowly. “My people preserved some of the old ships, in a museum, for their curious technology….When His Divine Shadow attacked us, they were the only ships we had to defense the planet. So we took them. It was the last day I flew this kind of ship.” Slowly he surrounded the fighter, memory after memory returning to him this moment. Strong and unmeant. Kai had to stop, he closed his eyes and let hung his head for a moment. His innermost tensed when he remembered the moment he and his friends had mounted these ships to fly towards their certain death. They knew what awaited them, but none of them hesitated, none of them withdrew. They knew that it was senseless to defense their home, to save their home…but better this way than to die without trying. He couldn´t stop some tears from falling…it was a moment that still unbalanced him.
But, as always, someone was there to help. He needn´t to open his eyes to know whom fingers stopped them. “Thank you Xev,” he whispered and smiled a bit. Xev stroke softly over his cheek and looked from the ship to Kai and back. “It´s a strange sensation to see those ships again. I always believed that those we flew had been the last of their kind,” he said after a moment and opened his eyes again. “We thought the same about the insect-technology…,” “The heir of His Shadow won´t be destroyed that easy,” he said. “But it seems that the Arcannea also didn´t forget about their past,” Xev replied and touched the outside of the ship. Admitted, their moths seemed to be made of a similar material, but of course, their moths weren´t made to go into battle. They had no weapons. These vessels did. “No, they haven´t forgotten anything. Not the technology, not the memories…not the responsibility. Something I cannot tell about my people.” Kai sighed. “You haven´t forgotten,” Xev disagreed. “How could I?” he said and opened the cockpit, threw a gaze inside. He only needed one look to remember the controls. “How do you fly it?” Xev asked. “It´s very simple, I´ll show you,” he shoved her inside the cockpit and explained the controls to her.
Shereen put Shore´ and Yareena aside in the meantime and gave them new orders. Yareena would fly to Pr´karesh as well as she, Kai and Xev. Eight regular pilots would complete this squadron. Shore´ shook his head and said: “I´m not sure if this is a good idea, Shereen. There will be a riot in the government when they learn what you´re doing here!” “Then they won´t learn what I´m doing. Not now. I´m asking you for two days, provide us two days. We cannot risk that too many people know about it.” “Two days is long…in this crisis?” Shore´ said. “We have to reach Pr´karesh before anyone except of us knows what we´re up to do. We will be there within 10hours, if everything works smooth, but this is only the time we need to get to Pr´karesh, not calculated in the time we have to spend on the planet.” She said determined. “I´ll try my best…,” Shore´ sighed, “But if Te´ran finds out…he´ll kill me!” “He´s at the front, leave that to my concern. He has enough to do there, Talerons advancing may be stopped, but he will re-organize his troops to succeed, and we still haven´t enough ships to beat them…it´s at best a stand-off. Besides…if he´s putting his ass into the fireline…I cannot sit here and twiddle my thumbs…,” she snorted. “Alright, I tell him exactly that if he´s making representations,” Shore´ laughed. “Good luck! I hope for your save return, we all do,” he said after a moment, more serious again. “Yes, we´ll try our best. We need much luck, and maybe a small miracle too.” She embraced Shore´. “Keep an eye on the government. You have my full support on any decision.“ “I am scientist and counselor, not a politician,” Shore´ protested. “You once had been a member of the government…and I trust you. Please, don´t refuse, I need someone there I can trust!” Shore´ sighed. His political career had ended 60 years ago… “You know that I cannot reject any plea from you…I keep an eye on it. But only until your return…”! “Thank you Shore´…I knew you´re reliable,” “Our hopes and thoughts are with you!” He said goodbye and embraced her a last time. Then they parted and he vanished back through the door to take the shuttle back to his deeds.
Shereen looked over to her friend Yareena who had completely taken off her role as security chief of the station. She now returned to the simple state of a fighter pilot. Yareena stood next to her fighter and made the last preparations for their flight. Shereen looked over the scenery and remembered that it was long ago that she had watched the start of fighters, and much longer that she had flown one on her own. The presidency didn´t leave her any time for this. She hoped that she remembered how to control the ship!
Her gaze stopped when she spotted Kai and Xev.
Such a strange couple, but so very deep in love and respect for each other. Put together by more than mysterious circumstances. With a fate that left only few happiness inside Kai, but at least they had their love…the strongest power to heal everything someday…
She slowly walked towards them, it was time to hit the road.
Like Yareena she wore a simple but useful dark flight suit. The bag over her shoulder contained different things that might be useful for their mission.
Kai?” she called for the BrunnenG´s attention. He stopped with his instructions for Xev and looked questioning at her. “I´d like to ask for something…!” she started. “If I´m able to accomplish your request…” he replied. “I´m sure you´re able to. I´d like you to take command of the squad and the mission to Pr´karesh!” Kai furrowed his brows. “I think you dispose of essential more experience about tactical knowledge than anyone of us will ever possess. And besides this fact…it would be a honor for me,” Shereen was very serious about it and her expression showed it clearly. Xev looked surprised from Kai to Shereen and back. She saw Kai´s hesitation, well, considering the repeating of a similar situation thousands of years ago, it was understandable.
Shereen of course knew about it too. But she had her reason to ask Kai for it. She wanted him to know that she trusted him, that every one in the Alliance would trust him. The prophecy had to be fulfilled and she knew that Kai needed this input of trust and confidence. After a very long moment he finally agreed. “Alright!” he said. Shereen smiled. “Thank you. We talked about everything necessary so far. Our first aim is to reach Pr´karesh. The flight will take about 10hours, and on Pr´karesh we are on our own. I ask you for two things to consider: first: please forget about my status as President from now on, I´m one of these pilots, nothing more. And second: very good luck, whatever awaits us!” Xev started to smile when she heard her say that. She dismounted the insect craft and shook hands with her. “And third…Let us kick Talerons ass!” Shereen grinned back. “In any case, all of us are waiting for that!” Kai showed a slight smile. “Good luck,” he added as well, “We will need it!” He shook hands with Shereen and squeezed it slightly. Shereen nodded and turned to walk to her fighter. Xev looked at Kai: “Ok, that means we´re taking off now, do we?” She pointed at the controls, a bit nervous. A moment of silence arouse when they locked eyes. Xev detected the concern and the anxiety for her in his eyes. She bit on her lips when she realized how familiar this moment must be to him. “I´ll take care, Kai, promised. No gabbiness.” He nodded slightly after a few seconds. “I know!” Xev gulped, she couldn´t wait any longer. She embraced him firmly. “We´re gonna meet on Pr´karesh – let us free Stan,” she whispered. Kai didn´t reply anything. Too many thoughts were running through his mind. A strong sensation rose inside him. It was the same he had felt 6000 years before what he so suddenly remembered. It was the same sensation to be trapped by destiny, with no other possibility to continue this once taken path. Well, of course he could turn his back on this mission right here and now…but what right does he have to do so? His life made only sense if he was able to help the Arcannea to stop the Pr´karesh. Despite all, he felt sick about being pushed forward by fate in this way…this would never change. He lacked off Xev´s bright optimism. Well, after 6000 years such things were worn out a bit. Fortunately Xev was so very different at those things, thanks for both of them. He stroke gently over her hair, then he made a small step back, to watch at her. Her face showed clearly enough worries and anxiety for him too.
Do na ta va-siu me ra,” he said low und bowed forward to kiss her. “I love you – eternally,” he whispered against her lips. Unknowingly he had used the very same words like then. But even the memory hurt, he felt that this time it would be different. Xev smiled and threw her arms around him once again. “What´s the male analogy of darunee?” She wanted to know. Kai squeezed her slightly and then he pulled away. He looked at her, stroking some straws out of her face. “Darun,” he replied. Xev smiled, she could hear the noise rising around them, it was time to go… tears sprang into her eyes. She wanted to tell him once again how much she loved him, she had done this often before, but never in his own language. She didn´t know how it would sound if she used the brunnish words, but she tried: “Sa´t va ta ray, darun.” It sounded a bit jolty in her ears, far away from the melodious way he spoke them, but she noticed that he clearly understood.
Kai was more than touched to hear words in his language after such a long time, and this time it was on him to embrace and kiss her once again for the last time before they had to go. There was no time for further words. “Take care,” they said at the same time, then they mounted their ships.
Kai breathed deeply in when he activated the controls. “May fate give rain to whatever it is up to,” he said to himself. Then he declared his first command at the squad. “Get ready for the start!” His voice was firm and determined. He opened a channel to the base control and secured their permission for the start.
They left the base through the ceiling, where a tunnel led them through the water up to the surface of Sha´ra. The tunnel opened out in one of the rare islands on the planet, which were uninhabited. With highspeed they left the planet and the Arcannea-system. They were like black shadows no one noticed. And for the first time after 6000 years, Kai led a new squad of fighters against a superior enemy.


Exactly at that time the whole Pr´karesh Empire was in turmoil. Thousands of ships left their homeplanets. At Talerons orders every planet of the 200 mustered all available troops and ships. Voluntary or nonvoluntary. They were ordered to the front and Taleron coordinated them from his control room on Pr´karesh. He had to stay there, for the other project needed the same attention. For some time there was much traffic between all planets, on all communication channels. But soon it decreased. The space around the Pr´karesh Empire seemed to be almost empty. Only a few transport ships or shuttles remained to support his second orders. The people on the planets didn´t know what was coming up at them soon.
Would there be an enemy strong enough to attack…every door was open now, but like Taleron said, there wasn´t anyone who could be a threat to him now. The Arcannea were encircled more and more…and His Divine Shadow would never be a threat. What should happen to him and his plans now? Taleron was sure that his victory was only a question of time…a very short period of time.
The defense that was left on Pr´karesh was more effective than any ship with heavy armor. He had his palace guards and most of them were already the newest generation of modified soldiers. They would stop anyone who would try to enter the palace.
Taleron was in buoyant spirit when he watched all the activity around. His aim was really close now!
The Arcannea and the Pr´karesh forces concentrated up at the current borderline only a few hours away from the Arcannea-planetary system. On both sides they waited for orders, for strategies…
The DarkZone waited for the biggest conflict since the days of the insect war. It was as if the Universe held its breath for this one final hit that would obviously come soon…
And completely unnoticed and unaffected 12 small insect ships flew straight way towards Pr´karesh…directly into the lion´s den, so to speak. Not knowing that a small advantage was opened to them this very moment.


Xev grumbled over the communication channel about the uncomfortable flight in these small ships. “I know,” was Kai´s answer. The time he had spent in this little craft had been much shorter, in training and during their last fight of course. He wasn´t able to shake off all memories, but the concentration at what laid ahead of them helped him a little.
His fighting spirit was re-awakened and he was grateful for this new motivation .
Shereen messaged: “We enter the Pr´karesh Empire in a few minutes. For we don´t know how many ships were prying around, I suggest we keep silence from now on. In one hour we arrive at Pr´karesh, and we don´t want to address our arrival to them that early, won´t we?” “Yes, of course,” Xev agreed. Kai opened his channel. He had spent the past hours with developing different scenarios of their arrival. In an emergency case, everyone had to react very fast, they had to be prepared for everything. “If despite a welcome party awaits us…I suggest that you try to distract them as long as Xev and I need to land.” “I´m coming with you. There´s something I have to <discuss> with Taleron…and I take this occasion!” Shereen interjected. Kai hesitated. He knew that Shereen was clearly up to go with them from the beginning, but he didn´t know exactly why. Shereen clearly seemed to have an interest of her own. But that a President would go somewhere dangerous…this was more than strange to him. “Shereen…,” he started to object. “No buts…I know what I am doing. I´m aware about the risk. Besides, you need me. Where do you want to land? Where do you want to go? I know some little things about this planet you don´t know. So don´t try to convince me about staying in the orbit! You´ll need me!” Shereen said determined.
Of course she had an interest of her own to go to Pr´karesh. It was all part of the plan…as unspecified it was, but some major points in it demanded her presence.
Kai sighed inwardly. “Okay. Yareena, you´re in command of the squad. If no one is in our way or notices us, we try to go down unnoticed…” “And we´re patrolling so no bad surprise come down on us, understood!” Yareena said and smiled. “Kick their asses, good luck!” “Likewise,” Kai responded. “We´ll call as soon as we need your help!” Shereen added. “Okay. Over.”
So their further proceeding was discussed and radio silence rose.
Silent and invisible like shadows, they flew through the whole hostile sector, closed in unstoppable at Pr´karesh. Everyone had his eyes on the screens to watch any ships close by, but nothing showed up until they saw a greenish-brown and white planet outside. Some spots on the planet were darker and some even blue, obviously water.
Besides much debris in the orbit as well as asteroids, nothing else crossed their way. The dockyards were nearly empty, only two or three transport ships were docked. But no patrol showed up. Kai furrowed his brows. Looking at the dockyard he discovered that it possessed some weapon systems and surely they also had some sensors to survey the space around Pr´karesh. Kai knew that it wasn´t easy to discover their ships…they had some technical advantages…they didn´t show up on any radar… but the risk to get spotted was despite high…12 ships, 12 possibilities…
Kai concentrated back to the space around Pr´karesh. His scans hadn´t discovered anything else besides the dockyard and their ships…
Where was the whole military presence he had expected to protect Pr´karesh?
He left the formation and set all sensors at its maximum, he encircled the station in safe distance, used the debris and the asteroids as cover to collect some data. He detected several ion traces…as if some hours ago many ships had been here…
Kai returned to his squad and sent an encoded message to Shereen, Yareena and Xev. He was concerned. Taleron must have pulled a lot of ships together and sent them to another place…possibly to the frontline, a new major offensive after he had discovered the ability of the Arcannean ships to withstand his fire power. It was a stand-off, and Taleron wanted to compensate it by outnumbering them. He had a good chance with it… the Arcannea may had new ships…but until that point in time not enough to withstand such an enormous attack. If they were able to do something here…they had to do it now!
Shereens answer was short. She wanted to land. Kai of course had expected that. The strange situation here was obviously not a trap, he was 99% sure of that. But what awaited them on Pr´karesh? Taleron wasn´t stupid, he may have put all his concentration at the soon crucial battle, but he couldn’t think of Taleron as a man without concerning about his own defense. This wouldn´t be the Taleron who had fooled His Shadow and escaped the most dangerous assassin of the Divine Order. He was nearly sure that it was only a matter of time until Taleron would discover their presence once they had entered the planet. And then time would run twice as fast as before. He activated the map saved on the ship´s computer and calculated the course to the already marked landing place.
Seconds later they left the orbit in opposite direction of the dockyard, the planet as a cover between them. They - this included, Xev, Shereen and himself. Yareena was now in command of the remaining ships, which spread and used the debris in the orbit for cover. They would wait until new orders would be sent to them.



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You feel at ease as you flock with the masses,
What do you see with your heads in their asses?
Keep on railing at what I believe ,
Call me insane and I am proud to be.

And I walk the wicked way!
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 Posted: Mon Nov 13th, 2006 10:15 pm

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Chapter 31


Descending


Their small ships touched the ground softly when they reached the coordinates on Pr´karesh. The three left their fighters. They landed somewhere outside of the capital city on a plateau high above. It was cold up here, clearly proofed by the snow which covered the ground beneath them. Xev shivered at once…it was definitive too cold for her, but her curiosity let her examine the cold white substance. “What´s that?” she asked surprised when it melted to water in her hands. “Snow,” Kai answered and let some of it trickling through his fingers. “If the temperatures decrease to 0°C no rain comes from the sky, the water crystallizes and you have snow.” Xev looked around and watched fascinated the snow-covered mountains…again something completely new to her. “It´s beautiful…but way to cold,” she murmured rubbing her arms. “Brrr,” the clusterlizard didn´t like this coldness.


Kai walked a few meters forward, to the edge of this side of the plateau. The face plunged down 200-300 meters. Beneath them laid the capital city of Pr´karesh. Not very big, but its importance was clearly visible by the huge building on the left side. The former governmental residence, and current domicile of Taleron, nestled on the rear left outskirts of the town. Right behind, another rangy area started to grow up to high mountains. In principle, the town was surrounded at two sides by mountains, the plateau they currently stand on, and the area at their left hand. Opposite them the landscape was even, crossed by a river. “It once had been very beautiful here,” he heard Shereen say when she joined him. A shadow crossed her face when she saw the bleakly buildings of the town, some of them already showed decay. Even the area around the capital city was somehow bleakly. No trees, idle lying land…even the bright sunny day wasn´t able to enlighten the brownish-gray colors around them. The town was as extinct as the land. Kai looked at her: “You´ve been here?” “That was long ago, yes, it once was a blooming metropolis, good food, skilled trade goods…you should have seen their cloth…everything in handwork-tradition. Those factories?” She pointed at some facilities close to the river. Kai nodded. “That´s where they had dyed them in the brightest colors I have ever seen. They abided to their traditional handicrafts… and it was good that way. But someday their downfall began, we don´t know why, not even yet. Maybe it was their entry to the Alliance, maybe their own politics, corruption, it´s hard to tell.” “Bad times are always good times for people like Taleron,” Kai said and watched the city carefully. Its houses were mostly middle sized and low, rarely a house had more than one level. On the streets lay a lot of debris he couldn´t exactly determine it from here.
“Maybe, yes, who knows what promises he had made…but some of their influential politicians must have been unconscionable enough to see an advantage in it.” Shereen replied. “They didn´t know who they made an ally with,” Kai said lost in thoughts. Shereen looked at him. “Those biovesirs, how you call them, have they been scientists on the Cluster?” Kai pressed his lips together. “Scientists,” he said snidely, “This term really doesn´t fit!” Shereen nodded slowly: “Of course not, when I think what you have told me about what they have done…,” Shereen looked back at the town.
“What now?” Xev asked and joined them. Kai turned. “We should find a way down there,” he suggested and withdrew from the edge and walked to the right side. Xev looked skeptically at Shereen. “It will be warmer down there,” Shereen calmed the shivering woman. “Hrmpf…and how should we get down there?” She asked and looked down onto the town. “It´s as deserted as the orbit,” she said. “It was, but it isn´t any longer,” Kai interjected and walked into the opposite direction he just had come from. “Kai? WAIT! What do you mean by that?” Xev called after him. She couldn´t see anything down there. But Kai didn´t answer. Shereen nodded. “He´s right Xev. There are people down there…but I doubt that they belong to the original inhabitants.” The Arcannea had concentrated right after Kai´s comment and now she was able to detect something very vaguely. She was surprised about Kai´s excellent observation. He really had to offer special skills. Xev only shook her head. “What does it mean?” “That´s another good question,” Shereen mused. Kai came back, he had heard the last comment. “He knows that someone is here,” he said, “We should disappear from here…as long as we can hide our identity we should try to do that. He´ll surely send some soldiers up here for reconnaissance.” “ So much for: Walk in – free Stan – vanish,” Xev sighed. Kai looked at her with an amused glinting in his eyes. “You really haven´t thought that it would be that easy, don´t you?” Xev rolled her eyes. “Not without a concrete plan… we don´t have one, or do we?” she asked. Kai threw a gaze at Shereen who shrunk her shoulders. “As I already told you…it´s completely useless, we cannot make plans for we don´t know what awaits us here.” “Wonderful, so we don´t have a plan…,” Xev sighed. “Not completely right, I have some ideas…and I think our first concern is…how to get down there!” Shereen said. Xev followed her outstretched hand. “And do we have a plan for that?” Kai unlocked his brace. “We rope down.” That´s what he had looked for, and he already found a suitable point. “I will secure the down roping when you follow me from ledge to ledge,” he showed them the rope that was connected to his brace. “Can´t we just jump down and you just shoot your brace into the rock to catch us?” Xev asked. Kai shook his head. “There are too many ledges we wouldn´t be able to evade during our fall. I guess I would survive an impact, but you won´t. It´s the only way.” “Alright, then let us waste no time,” Xev agreed and stopped on a point of the edge where Kai had led them to. Kai nodded. “I´ll wait on the first ledge, 50m below us, just grab the rope and follow me,” he said and looked at them. Then he lifted his arms and jumped graceful from the edge without hesitating. During the fall he fired his brace and his fall was stopped a split second before he had hit the ledge. He landed on his feet, the rope was secured and he kept the rope tight when both women started their descend.
On their way down, it became clear that every other descending method would have been too dangerous. The ledges were very sharp-edged and not even…nothing that was funny after all. To jump from ledge to ledge was indeed safer.
After they had reached the first ledge they continued down and down. Kai secured all the way and he was more than surprised that the use of his brace wasn´t that uncomfortable to him than he had thought. Of course, he felt some strain, but nothing that he wasn´t able to compensate. His living body took it in far better than he had expected. Noraan did a good job on everything.
Kai looked down to the right side, the last ledge before they could rope down together.
It really got much warmer the more they descended, he sensed that the temperature had risen from 0 to nearly 20 °C…and he expected that 100m below them, it would rise again.
He blinked when he felt some drops of sweat blurring his sight. He swiped them away with his free arm. It was still strange to feel such reactions from his body.
“How far is it?” Xev demanded to know. She hung three meters above him. “One ledge left, then we can drop together.” “Puhhh, that´s good to hear. My arms and legs are really exhausted…,” she said and jumped down the last meters until she landed at his side. Kai equilibrated the rope at once so that Shereen wasn´t pushed against the rocky wall. She joined them a few seconds later.
Kai twisted his wrist so the brace could return to him.
From release to release his surety with the brace grew…it was almost as familiar as before. Aiming wasn´t something he had much to concentrate on any longer, it was like a reflex, completely subconsciously, like breathing. Firing and catching the brace was pure willpower and muscle motion.
He learned about this weapon far more as a living person as he ever had as a dead person. And sometimes the question arose, why now this weapon was chosen for him. Partially of course because this weapon offered a very demonstrative effect on victims as well as witnesses. It was of course much more difficult to work with this kindof weapon than with the black pack, most assassins were equipped with. Both weapons had the same deadly precision, but the brace of course demanded training and some sort of programming perhaps. Kai didn´t remember any training, but his body acted not at all occasions as if it was run by programming only. Perhaps it had been part of his alteration into an assassin – and fortunately he had no memories about that part…some things were lost in the dark.
The second thought regarding this weapon, was His Divine Shadows sense for sick humor…he surely was satisfied with the thought that he was equipped with an infight as well as a distance weapon…another strike against his people…they once had been brave warriors, but of course they never killed on order and in the way he did. Kai remembered that he was involved in far more infights than any of his other <colleagues>.
He sighed. At least, those skills were now much more useful than before.
Kai stopped his thoughts about this chapter of his past. He knew that he still hadn´t used the whole potential of the brace, but he was aware that he soon had to proof that he was able to use it.
He felt his skills returning, he discovered more and more facts what he might was able to do with them…he even could feel the spark of life within Xev when he touched her…quickly he suppressed the thought what use it had had before. It was unbelievable how he was able to turn this deadly and bad potential that offered the protoblood, or the insect side, to him into something useful. Nearly darkly he thought, that besides Taleron and Sa´k he may was the most dangerous individual in this universe…with the exception that his potential could be used to stop them.
Kai winced inwardly and jumped off to the last ledge.
Some minutes later they were all standing on the small platform, which was a bit too small. Shereen kept her eyes straight forward, her fingers securely clasped around some rocks in the wall. Only centimeters next to her right foot the ledge ended. Kai shot the brace at one of the rocks that seemed to be solid enough and said to the women: “Hold on tight.” Xev smiled and put her arms around his neck. How many times had he saved her in that way from harm? As dangerous these moments may have been, it also had been the few rare moments she was so very close to him. But reality had changed fortunately, the only thing which hadn´t changed were the feelings that arose inside her when she was so close to him. She pressed softly into his familiar body and breathed in deeply. Kai´s gaze scuffed hers shortly and with a faint smile he concentrated back on their last descendant. He offered Shereen his left arm and she also stepped close to him, she put her right arm around his waist, whilst his left arm secured her firmly. He knew that Xev needed no additionally hold. She knew this procedure. “Ready?” he asked. “Yes,” came from both and Kai nodded. With almost no effort he made a step back and the three fell into emptiness.
The free fall was so fast and surprising that none of them had time to breath, and it was stopped similar fast. Kai knew when to lock the rope so they don´t hit the ground, he did it at the calculated point and the rope stretched to stop their fall. Kai prevented them from hitting the rocky wall and so they swung only inches above the ground. He abated the rope a bit so they were able to touch the ground with their feet. Then he loosened his iron grip around Shereen and released her. The Arcannea breathed out relieved and made some steps forward. She was more than happy to feel the ground beneath her feet. Xev remained a few seconds longer before she withdrew from him. “Thank you,” she whispered, a bit dizzy from the tickling sensation in her tummy. Kai caught his brace and secured it. When he had jumped from the first ledge he had done this for the first time and he couldn´t deny that it felt very strange to fall free.
“You´re welcome,” he said with a faint smile. “Well, we reached the bottom,” Shereen said and looked around. They <landed> behind some rocks, which concealed the first buildings of the capital city in front of them as well as them from any curious gazes from the town up here.
About one kilometer bee-line to the left they saw again Talerons palace. Now it was clearly visible that it lay a bit higher than the rest of the city. Their way will lead them there now…
Shereen started to check her weapons and equipment she had secured during their descendent. She also put out her jacket, because it was much warmer down here than up where they came from. With a sigh she eased her muscles. The physical labor was something she had really missed the past months. Well, her work didn´t leave her much spare time to train more than the usual training units they had to attend. Close combat and weapon training. As President it wasn´t something she was forced to do…but she wanted it. A certain event 30 years ago had proofed its necessity to be always prepared to defend oneself.
30 years ago, she wasn´t long in command of the presidency, when a group of religious fanatics tried to kidnap the whole council to use them as pressurizing medium for their purposes. She remembered that she started her career as President at a very young age, something that was seen very controversial among some people and the media too. And maybe this also could have been the reason why this group believed that an unskilled President would agree to any demand they pose.
Shereen knew that one couldn´t please everybody in such a huge Alliance, that some single planetary governments were dispossessed, unseated and replaced by other, non-Alliance friendly governments, and that therefore some conflicts arose, but fortunately this had been the exception the past centuries. Problems caused by groups which were forced together by a certain reason…may it religion or other reasons, had been their most concern. Most of them were homeless, criminals and other fugitives that weren´t able to fit into society. And with some of them the Alliance wasn´t able to talk in a reasonable way. Like this group. They were very aggressive and driven by their strong religious opinions they wanted to spread everywhere. They wanted to free the universe from all “false” prophets because their leader believed he was the only true one. And when they heard from Sha´ras prophetess they wanted to force the government to hand her over to them. Unnecessary to say that Shereen had been the most improper address to kidnap. Like all the other attending council members, she was a very good trained fighter. And the wannabe-terrorists had had very bad cards when they choose this aim for their demand.


Shereen put her hands on her hips and looked at to the town. “How is it possible that such an important political leader is so skilled in navigation and fighting?” she heard Kai asking. Shereen laughed low. Not that she was surprised about this question…she knew that it was time that it arose. “In politics there are also sometimes moments where you have to fight with more than words,” she said and turned. <Time for some answers > she guessed. “To be serious. After and during the insect wars we were ruled by a military regime. It was necessary, no doubt about it, but afterwards… The military was good in planning strategy, fighting for the people and keeping up the order…but to rule a civilian population which was fed up with war, military, propaganda, fighting and death…they hadn´t the necessary methods. We were close to civil war. To cut a long story short…one extreme replaced the other. We got a pure civilian government. No more military, it was as if the people wanted to ban this part of their past out of their mind for some time. For the following peaceful years it was okay…but of course, it didn´t last very long. And fighting political riots and other occasions with words only wasn´t a proper solution. So we had to change this part again.
Several thousand years ago they decided that every member of the council had to go through a military and a civilian career before they were allowed to set up for a seat in the council. A very stony way, which required much responsibility, patience and courage. But only this way it was secured that people who earned a seat in the council by being elected through the Alliance´s citizens…had the necessary mind and endurance to govern such a huge institution like the Alliance.
Equilibrium between civilian responsibility and military know-how for crisis situations were truly necessary. Our council often was attacked by opponents in the beginning until everything got used to this new situation…and believe me, 6000 senators and their bodyguards in one room…that would have been way too strenuous – first of all today.
But it´s despite not easy to travel down the same road. Sharp tongues say that I showed too much patience with some senators in the past… and regarding the Pr´karesh they might be right…we should have intervened much earlier,” she said thoughtfully. “But I swerved from the topic. You asked for the reason why I am skilled in fighting and navigating. Well, as I said, all representatives of our council had to go through a military career and I was trained in a fighter squadron, but unlike my colleagues of the current council I had to attend a real fight in the past…but this was before I got the President,” she explained.
Kai nodded slowly. Some of the details she had explained them, he already knew from the researches about the Arcannea he had done when they arrived on the planet. “You´re presidency lasts for some centuries now?” Xev asked. “Sure, it is a vocation for lifetime, formally. But this presidency ends if the skills needed for it were about to fade.” Shereen answered. “Isn´t that a bit dangerous? I mean, one person for centuries?” Xev asked on. “Now, I know what you´re referring to, but in our system it´s not that the president has the main power. Thank you…we have had this too some time ago. No. Our council is elected all five years and it is the central power of our Alliance. Military and Civilians are equally present there. The High Senators, for every chapter of the Alliance one, altogether 12, and I we act as the interface between all the other representatives. We mainly moderate the sessions and we confer with those representatives we are responsible for, meaning for those senators coming from the planets in each sector. Each sector has an equal number of military senators and civilian senators, which were elected from the people there and represent their interests. Minor decisions were discussed among the chapter representatives and the High Senator represents their vote. Important and major things were discussed with the full council. I as the President represent this chapter of the Alliance where the Arcannea system and several others are located but I also have the chairmanship. I have the right for a veto…when it is necessary and we have to find a compromise then. In politics everything is a compromise, and that´s mostly my job…to find a compromise and present it to the council. That´s how our government works, and it works for over 7000 years that way. I think that´s a remarkable time for a democracy.” Shereen said not without pride. “The success speaks a clear language,” Kai agreed. “Others reached such a unity only with different and less democratic means.” “Or try to reach it,” she said dryly with a slight nod towards the town. “As long as there are people like Taleron it´s important to demonstrate that there are other ways to rule.” Kai said firmly. “By the way Taleron, me thinks we should care about him now,” Xev interjected. “Not before dawn,” Kai responded by watching the town critically. “We shouldn´t show ourselves too early, as well as our identity. The longer they aren´t aware what we´re up to the better it is to our already current difficult situation.” “And the night also provides some advantages,” Shereen said smiling and let her silvery eyes glinting in the sunlight. “Oh well, I smell brains at every time,” Xev said and grinned broadly. Both women looked at Kai who tilted his head slightly and meant: “If that´s the way it is….I will lean back and trust your guidance completely….” “Oh…that´s the way it´s gonna go?” Xev said indignant. Kai´s corner of the mouth twitched barely visible. He needn´t to talk about his advantages. He was altered into an perfect assassin, not even a mouse was able to sneak up to him. <Or an insect> he added in thoughts. He doubted that Taleron had stopped his research on the level of the terrorists who attacked them on the station. Sa´k was a proof for it. He somehow knew that Sa´k hadn´t been an ordinary terrorist like the rest they managed to stop and kill. And he was sure that Talerons guards, the palace guards, might be much more effective than those they were confronted with in the past. It was also an obvious reason why Taleron felt safe and wasted no thought about the lack of a planetary defense at the moment. He frightened a bit when he thought about whole troops of the so called human-insect hybrids…what if this was only the beginning of Talerons bright vision of a new population of the DarkZone? Not really a thought that calmed him…but a thought that made him much more certain about the fact that they have to stop him right here and now!


The threesome stayed behind the comfortable masking rocks. They had to wait for dawn, and so they tried to find some peace before they had to go into full action. They sat down somewhere and rested, everyone the way one wanted to.


Xev sat down on a rock and stretched out her legs. She stared through a gap between two huge rocks at the town and let her thoughts run free.
Shereen also sat some meters behind her, but she had closed her eyes and started to meditate.
Kai moved away from them several meters, to a position where he was able to oversee everything and could detect any possible movement towards them.


His gaze shifted towards the sky and he looked at the passing clouds. Kai tried to get some order into his thoughts. He badly needed to think about what might awaited them as soon as they were closing in to Talerons centre of power. Planning strategies was almost senseless. What they were about to do was more an unsighted shot into the dark. A vague hope to stop Taleron and to free Stanley by walking into the lions den on a wing and prayer. But what should they do? They couldn´t plan where no data was available. And they knew that from the beginning.
What he on the other hand didn´t doubt was that Taleron might expect such an action. He had Stan in his claws and with it surely enough information about their identity. Another reason why Kai wanted to stay undiscovered as long as possible. Every moment they drew closer to his palace was precious.
Another fact that had disturbed him first, was the missing of Talerons forces here. He had thought about a trap, but in the meantime he was absolutely sure that the growing resistance of the Arcannea through the new equipped ships, had forced him to send every available ship to the frontline. He wanted to end this conflict…with a fast and final victory. By beating the Arcannea with pure manpower. And he had a good chance in that. Kai knew that the number of modified ships was barely enough to hold the lines. Another time critical fact.
Taleron didn´t count with an Arcannean attack on Pr´karesh…at least not with an attack by forces. Too dexterously he had bound their forces to the defense lines.
And any other threat he was sure he could wipe away with his palace guard. There wasn´t anything wrong in this view…not at the first sight. But maybe he leaned too strongly on this fact that he was safe here. Something Kai counted on. He hoped that Taleron underestimated a threat coming from the Arcannea by only sending three people here. It were always these unexpected small number of people that succeed in changing history. Kai had experienced it in the past.
Weren´t it Stan, Xev and he who had stolen the Lexx, who had killed His Shadow, the LightZone´s history would have gone a complete different way…if the cycle of time had allowed it of course. But he remembered the prophetess´ words all to good. So maybe the chance to save this universe laid again upon a few people and on a small predetermined event. Kai couldn´t deny that the situation felt a bit strange…as if everything that was about to happen here had to happen…
He couldn´t deny that their intervention here on Pr´karesh could end this war at once…by stopping Taleron they could stop his forces, meaning that the Arcannean forces would be able to hold the lines and beat them back. By killing Taleron they would stop the threat of any plans and ideas the biovezir had with the DarkZone. It sounded so simple…but Kai knew that it was a long way to go until they reached this aim.
Their tiny advantage started with the hope that Taleron would underestimate them. Stan may have told him everything, but Stan wasn´t aware about what had happened after he was kidnapped. Kai knew that Taleron wasn´t a fool. The biovezir knew what he was, but his current status quo was that of a mortal Kai. Sure, if he discovered their presence here, and him here, he would ask himself how he could have survived, but nothing would refer to a new change of this status quo…Hopefully Taleron would recognize this first when Kai was about to shoot his brace into his heart.
Were there any other advantages? Shereen maybe. Even if she supported them with more and more interesting details about her past, he still wasn´t sure which role she was about to play here. She seemed to be a well-trained fighter, but there were enough Arcannea who were also as good as she. Why was she going on a mission like that? She may know the planet, but every map could replace that. Personal payoff with Taleron? No, he counted out that. She was far too intelligent, she knew that she would lose any confrontation with him. But what was it then? He already detected that she kept silence about something…but he couldn´t say what it was. He knew that they had the same aim, and that she may tell them as soon as possible…he trusted her and somehow he knew that this was enough. In the end…if he was about to ask himself about the nature of her presence here…maybe Taleron would do the same…and be helpless and confused as he was about this part.
What about Xev? Taleron was well informed about her…so she couldn´t come into play as a huge surprise. But he knew that she had her strong and surprising moments, which can provide some advantages for them as well. And if he was right to think about Talerons tendency to overestimate his own capabilities…then Xev´s skills could be very useful in the end. They had to count on it…they hadn´t many opportunities.
Kai leaned back to find a little rest. He had to be wide-awake every coming moment as soon as they approach the town and the palace. He had to react and be prepared to everything that showed up. The times without the need of sleep, eat and rest were long gone. And to be honest…he wasn´t sad about it. It always reminded him to be alive and a human being. He relaxed his muscles and only the not so human part of him stayed wide-awake to find out how the land lies.
Unintentionally a song came into his mind…something he had heard and sung 4000 years ago…


“If this should be our final stand….”


Well he hoped that this wasn´t the case…but he felt a bit like it….


Xev´s thoughts were circling around their soon walk into the lion´s den. They were already gone through many hairy situations, but doing this as a part of a plan, this was something completely new to her. She should be nervous, but surprisingly she wasn´t. >The calm before the storm.< she thought. A flurry drove through her blonde hair and Xev raised her gaze into the sky. A few clouds were passing by, but it didn´t look as if there would be some rain soon. But the sky went darker the minute, the sun already had vanished behind the mountains top. Dawn was settling in and Xev expected that in an hour they would be on their way again.
Xev looked around for her comrades and discovered them sitting silently close by. Her gaze shifted to Kai, who sat several meters behind her and was also watching the sky deep in thoughts. Only from time to time his gaze shifted back to their environment to ensure that no threat was closing in. The upcoming wind let his strand of hair dancing softly and Xev smiled when she made this snapshot. He came across as if he was a statue formed by an artist. His dark clad figure nearly melted with the dark ground, and with his nearly deadpan features and the half lidded eyes he reminded her more to the dead Kai than ever. It was the same position he always had adopted when he had concentrated on something. <Certain habits never change.> she thought. Strange enough that the dead had habits….but she wasn´t surprised, since his sudden confession on Sha´ra, she knew that the dead often had acted against what they wanted to make others believe they would never do. The dead don´t do…but sometimes they did. There were many things about him, which maybe are forever mysterious and secret to her, but sometimes she asked herself if he was capable about everything that had happened in his past. Maybe there were things he didn´t want to know or which he wasn´t aware of. Anyhow he had numerous memories which mostly weren´t his own. She couldn´t count out that it maybe was often hard enough for him to stay connected with his own memories, his personal past. He didn´t talk much about it, only some bits and pieces from time to time. But besides what she knew from the theater, she knew so less about his former life, so less about the life he once had led.
But was it so important? She wasn´t sure. A part of her was happy with the current circumstances, but the curious part of her wanted to know more. His liveliness gave her a new sight on this part of his history. Things she was able to connect with the theatre play about his past. She got a glimpse at this time what kind of man he had been, and it was wonderful to her to see several impressions confirmed.
There was a passion radiating from him, whether he was fighting or loving, it was absolutely amazing. She never had experienced it elsewhere. <BrunnenG.> she thought. Or simply the fact that Kai was one of those few really amazing men? A born warrior and leader. Maybe. He had this strength, she could see and feel it, and others also reacted with this natural respect when he appeared.
Xev got to her feet and walked over to him. A smile appeared on her face when she heard his pleasant baritone voice singing a well-known song. She stopped at his side and sat down. For a split second she could see his body tensing when she closed in, but he registered very fast that it was her and he relaxed again. He finished the song and opened his hazel eyes completely to look at her. Xev drew a bit closer and put her arm around his waist. She smiled and pointed with her chin at the town. “Still everything quiet?” she asked. Kai watched her a few seconds longer, then his gaze followed hers and he slowly nodded. “I haven´t noticed someone else yet.” Xev sighed low. Good news or not…well. Whatever awaited them behind the firsts houses, they would now know it in a short while. A few minutes silence arouse, then Xev asked: “Kai?” He looked back at her and waited for her question. “Do you think….that Stan is….still alive?” she wanted to know.
Kai hesitated. He considered all probabilities – but in the end he didn´t find a satisfying answer. “I-I don´t know,” he finally said. Of course, he hoped that the key secured Stan´s surviving, but Taleron could have found out about the transferability of the key. “And what does your gut feeling say?” Xev asked on with a questioning expression. This time he hesitated much longer to answer. “I…I don´t know. I cannot answer this question properly Xev,” he said in the end after a fruitless fight with his innermost. Xev noticed the harrowed expression and slapped herself imaginary in the face. It was more than obvious that she had hit one of his strongest deficits concerning his emotional world. She knew that he was accustomed to his emotions but still far away from the point where he was able to rely on emotional considerations.
“What do you think?” she heard him ask. Xev looked into his hazel eyes. “He´s alive,” she said surprisingly determine. It astonished herself a bit. Was she that sure? She must be… “Then we should trust your gut feeling, Xev,” he said softly, grateful that she had finally answered this difficult question on her own. She nodded and smiled and Kai looked back to the town. Dawn had almost reached its climax and he hadn´t noticed someone nearby so far. Well, the way they chose to leave the plateau wasn´t the first choice to climb up…
He thought about their ships above, and it became again clear to him that they really hadn´t taken care to hide them from Taleron. He didn´t doubt that Taleron would take them once he found them, they offered in the end a curious technology…and the question who it was that visited his planet. Which led him to another question. Was this in the end a part of an official not existing plan Shereen had? Nevertheless after their careful approximation to Pr´karesh, the obviousness of their landing had already made him wonder. As if Shereen wanted Taleron to know that they are here. But what advantage could this imply? Taleron may could confiscate the ships and take them to his palace…not a bad thing if they succeed, it would spare them the way back. But this of course wasn´t surely the reason or idea behind it.
He didn´t doubt that Shereen also had her very own interests on this mission. He couldn´t blame her for it. The hope to stop Taleron, maybe by killing him, would surely not only mean that Stan could be freed, no, the end of Taleron would mean that the Pr´karesh offensive would break up. Taleron was their leader, their strategist…the mind behind all this. His death would imply the same like His Shadows death… without this leader they were helpless and disorganized.
Kai knew that it would be his task, his part - to stop Taleron. Not only because the prophecy pointed so clearly towards this event. No, he had also his own reasons.
Taleron once escaped him, and he didn´t want it to happen again. Too much calamity was caused by this incident so far. It was important to him to end Talerons deeds, it was unfair that so many innocent people had to suffer death by his hands and such a dangerous person who had secured His Divine Shadows reign and pushed the tools to secure it had been able to live on.
Kai deeply believed that he still owed this universe something, and Talerons death was something very high on top of this list. If he was forced to kill again, it should be someone who deserved it.
Kai was aware of the necessity to fight and kill to end this situation. There was no other way. To be a warrior meant to live with killing and death, death of friends and foes. Something that should have been clear to him from the beginning. He hadn´t decided different when he led the attack against His Shadow 6000 years ago. He had been ready to die…and to kill, even if he knew that he couldn´t save his own people. But for the sake of the LightZone he and his friends had tried.
And now, 6000 years later, why should he decide different? He nearly had, but it was just in time that some things had become clear to him, painfully clear. But he knew that he would never act different. It was in his nature. He was a warrior, a leader, once and for all times.
More purposeful he pressed his lips together. He had decided correctly. He had to put a final stroke under the chapter Taleron, here and now…even if he had to sacrifice his life again. Rather him than billions of innocent people. Yes, he was as sure as he had been once, he would fight again…and this time he knew that he had far better resources to win this fight.


“Everything alright, darun?” he heard Xev asking. Kai turned his head and looked at her.
The voice, the question….so similar…for a moment the timelines seemed to blur, he could have sworn that he saw <her> sitting there for a second. He shook the picture off. This wasn´t possible, he knew that. But sometimes Xev reminded him very much to his first love. But there were also so many differences. But this wasn´t important. They were here, together, if it was coincidence or fate….it didn´t matter.
He raised his hand and touched her cheek lightly. “Yes, I just have considered some things,” he answered. Xev smiled…she had observed some reactions. She didn´t know what exactly he had thought of, but what pleased her much, was the fact of his strong new firmness. It was indescribable what it meant to her. She knew how breakable he was on the inside, but it was a relief that this strong part now won the upper hand. “And…Xev,” he continued. “We will free Stan, I promise!” he said with a strong voice and Xev heard the firm will behind it. “I know!” she replied smiling. Kai stood up and his gaze shifted over to the city. He fixed it firmly. “Let us reunite our family!” he added.
The last light of day flashed above the mountains, fought desperately against the all-consuming darkness of the breaking night.
Xev´s gaze followed his features. Oh yes…now she could see it clearly…he had changed a lot the past hours. His attitude radiated a lot of firmness and strength…so much more than before. How close was this to the BrunnenG warrior who fought against His Shadow so bravely?
She was sure: very close. Time had left its traces. He had gone through a lot of pain and misery, had have to fight so many battles on a mental battlefield. But she was sure that he also ladled much strength from these victorious battles now. Battles…not the war. She knew that in future they would still have much to do on this topic…not to mention the fact that everything they were about to go through from now on wasn´t really planned. But she trusted in their success…and she trusted him that he would make it! Slowly she stood up too. She put her hands on his shoulders and Kai turned at her. She looked deeply into his eyes, which glinted with the last fading daylight. “Whatever happens…I believe in you and I trust you!” she said, not evading his intense gaze. “Thank you,” he said after a moment. Xev smiled, she would follow Kai everywhere, even to hell if necessary. “Two hearts are as one heart,” she said low. Kai raised his brows. “We´re together at this, we started it together and we´re going to end this together,” she added. A light smile appeared on his lips, Xev bent forward and used the opportunity for a soft kiss. Maybe the last opportunity….
The short moment was interrupted when something evoke Kai´s attention.
He broke their intimate contact, shoved her back a bit and tilted his head in concentration.
“How many?” he asked Shereen, who showed up next to them from one second to the next. “10, lightly armed. A reconnaissance troop I would say.” She already had her weapon in her hand and unlocked it. It was a standard-laser-weapon. “3 against 10, sounds like a fair fight,” laughed Xev. Kai laid his left hand on his right wrist and unlocked the brace. “We should defang them, without attracting attention. We need every minute to near the palace unrecognized,” he punctuated. Both women nodded. “They´re coming this way, patrolling close along the town boundary.” Shereen said and pointed to their left side.
Soundless like a shadow Kai left the cover of the rocks. They silently moved closer towards the city, the idea was to use the moment of surprise to fire at them with a full broadside.
And exactly this happened. The patrol was more than surprised about the attack at them. Like Kai had already guessed, they were really modified soldiers, but it didn´t spare them the surprise moment. They recovered much quicker than any other troop would have, but despite it was senseless. Half of them were dead on the ground before any of them could detect where the attack came from. From this point on, it was pure luck that the three were able to hold their position, and it was annoying that in the end one member of the patrol was able to escape.
“Damn,” Shereen cursed and started to collect the weapons lying around. Kai looked towards the city, the direction the man had fled to, without speaking a word. It was clear that there was much less time left to them from now on.
Xev rummaged the dead bodies for something useful and stumbled over a strange device one of the men had dropped during the fight. It was similar to a video camera, and she discovered quickly that it displayed something concerning for them. “It seems that this patrol has split up not long ago, a part of it is on the way to our ships,” she said when she had studied the records. Shereen was immediately behind her and looked over her shoulder. “Shit,” was her commentary about it. “Then Taleron knows very soon about our presence…,” “And the escapee can confirm that we are very close to the city too,” Xev added. “We should have been more careful,” Shereen nodded.
Kai noticed their exchange of thoughts, but some other thoughts were already coming into his mind. He looked down to the dead men and then up to the city in front of them. Potentially they had diminished or lost their advantage, but this wasn´t of concern at the moment, they need to get to the palace first. “Let us go. At the moment it´s not that important. We will see with what he comes up soon, we have to reach the palace first…I doubt that he will send out more patrols, risking to lose them.” Kai said and started to move on. Both women shrunk their shoulders and Shereen gave Xev another weapon with ammo. She had already put a second one into her belt. Kai rejected to take one, he knew that he was much more efficient with his brace.
Together they vanished seconds later between the first buildings of the capital city. Only moments before the last ray of daylight lapsed into an all-consuming darkness.



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 Posted: Fri Dec 1st, 2006 11:18 am

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It´s only a short one....but their enemy had to share his thoughts...*lol*

 

 

Chapter 32

 

What have they in mind?

 

His concentration was distracted by the aerial surveillance.

Not that it was his major task to survey the planetary airspace, but the officer controlling it, called his attention to it. Not very amused by this disturbance of his major task, he shoved the nervous man aside to take a look at the screen.

The aerial surveillance registered three not accordingly announced ships, which entered their airspace.

Taleron furrowed his brows and deleted the last reports from the front line out of his thoughts for a while. Not that there were many news since he had ordered his complete fleet to the front line. It would take time until his reinforces reach it, but it annoyed him that with the obviously new technology, the Arcannea were able to withstand his rush. It was an advantage, but not for long. Soon he would have twice as much ship at the front line than before, and the Arcannea will be hopelessly in an inferior position. And of course…he now was in charge of the mightiest weapon in the two universes! As soon as Sa´k was aboard the Lexx, the Arcannea will have other problems than defending the front line…they will be very surprised about the sudden end of this war. A very satisfying progress – for him.

He concentrated closer on the screen where the three ships now were displayed after the landing on the tableland above the city. He zoomed in and took a closer look at them. A bit surprised he noticed the familiar shape of the ships – he had seen them before, somewhere….

They were clearly not Arcannean origin, in fact, they appeared more insect-shaped.

The Cluster! He had seen it on the Cluster, well, he never had seen it complete and able to fly. He knew that Brizon had rebuilt such a ship after the information he had gathered from the remains of one of it, but also, this one he never saw it in reality. And the last intact ones, besides Brizons ship, were destroyed when those foolish BrunnenG had attacked His Divine Shadow to defend their home. He knew this not only from the history data archives, no, he had studied remains of one of these ships and laid the basics for his research with it.

So where did these ships came from? Was it possible that the Arcannea in the end were still in possession of technology from the insect wars? Maybe not officially, but this doesn´t mean that it was impossible. He couldn´t imagine where such ships were from otherwise. Besides him and the Arcannea no one had the knowledge to build insect ships and weapons.

“Are this the only registered approaches?” he asked the officer. “Yes, biovesir. No other ships were discovered besides these three. A patrol has already reached them to detect who violated our sovereign territory!” Taleron stared onto the screen showing the rough figures of the ships. If they were Arcannea…what are they up to? In a threesome? He never excluded that a rescue team for Stan might appear here, he was an important person, he was the key to the Lexx and for that very important to the Arcannea. But for a rescue team it was a very low and bad amount of people. “And what did our patrol learn when they reached it?” He hissed at the officer. “T-the patrol has reported that they hadn´t discovered any sign of the crew. They must have continued on foot.” Taleron rolled his eyes. “Of course they have continued on foot, fools, what else…!” He was interrupted by an incoming message.

“Commander Voran to Taleron!” “I hope it is really urgent,” Taleron growled threatening, he hated to be interrupted. The officer confirmed the incoming message and Voran was able to speak. He got nervous, because the reason he had to call wasn´t a good circumstance. “Biovesir, we had a few problems out there.” “What do you mean with <problems>?” Taleron bellowed. “Ahem, it seems that one of our patrol was, well, extinguished!” “Please what?” Taleron asked, his face getting dark. “All except of one were killed,” Voran repeated, more nervous now.

“And what did the escapee, or survivor, has for an excuse?” Taleron asked on. “He said, well, it was an ambush. They were totally surprised by the attack. He told the truth, my biovesir, he was able to record the ambush partially.” Voran reported. Taleron baled his hands to fists. “Good, then transmit them to us, I want to see them!” “Yes, at once, biovesir!” Voran confirmed, relieved that he was able to end the transmission. Taleron leaned back and waited for the incoming data. Some records…at least something. He didn´t doubt that the arrival of the ships had to do something with it.

“The records aren´t very good, biovesir, the lighting conditions weren´t very good at this time, it´s the best quality I am able to extract,” the officer said excusing. “Yeah, yeah, tell Voran that he should fetch the ships and take them here,” Taleron waved impatiently and the officer hurried to do as demanded. Taleron ignored everyone else now and concentrated on the records.

The officer was right, the quality was really bad. Between all the flashes, obviously from the laser weapons, he could only detect one or two more or less clear pictures. He froze them and took a closer look at them.

The both women he could see quite well. The one in front was facing towards him, and he raised his brows in surprise when he recognized her. The president of the Arcannea in person!? Admitted, this was now a real strange thing. But no doubt, she was it.

The second person he never had seen on pictures or personally before, but Stan´s very accurate description told him that it only could be the loveslave, whose other half was accidentally a clusterlizard. On the second picture he was able to detect the third person…but mostly his men hid him. Potentially it was the other crewmember of the Lexx. The assassin who once had been sent after him. But he couldn´t imagine that. According to Stan and to Sa´k, he had been injured deadly, with Sa´ks insect weapon…absolutely deadly to any human. He just couldn´t imagine that Kai could have survived this attack. The Arcannea weren´t behind the times with their medical development, but to create an antidote to an insect weapon was more than simple medical research. But maybe they found a way…who knows…a grin appeared on Talerons face…well, wouldn´t be the worst development, if, there was a new chance to get one of his biggest wishes fulfilled…to finally kill this BrunnenG!

He stopped this train of thoughts…nothing was proofed and before he wasted his energy on this plausibility, he had to do much more important things first.

For example concentrating on the question why Shereen, the President of the Alliance was in person here. Of course, Stan was important to the Arcannea for the obvious reason, but hadn´t she enough people to go to Pr´karesh? The reason why Xev was here, was clear. But he neither could see any sense in Shereens presence nor in the presence of this threesome. What does this mean? What does she, or they have in mind? They must know that it was senseless to free Stan, not here on Pr´karesh, where so many guards and so many uncertainties were waiting for them.

Why the President? Their attack didn´t look like a plea for negotiation. He had to admit that he was a bit confused, no not worried, but confused. He had to know the reason why they were here. He had to get hold of them…

Taleron opened the communication channel.

“Voran!” he bellowed. “Yes biovesir?” “I want you to trace those three, but stay away from them. I want to know what they have in mind, why they are here. I don´t doubt that they want to enter the palace…so that´s the place where our ambush awaits them! Catch them, unharmed! Understood?” Voran nodded with big eyes. “And…I don´t want them to be suspicious, so let them pass, but let our patrols resist as authentic as possible…they should believe that we´re unprovided…,” “Yes biovesir, but this may result in the loss of a few guards,” he said. “Where´s the problem? This three are more important than some guards which are always replaceable. And now do as I told you!” Taleron growled. “As you like, biovesir!” Voran agreed. Taleron nodded and closed the channel.

His gaze shifted back to the photo. What have they in mind? Desperate or just foolish? Okay, desperate people were incalculable, he knew this crazy story of the last resistance of this half a dozen BrunnenG 6000 years ago. But they failed…well, maybe history repeats itself over and over again, only in different varieties. Maybe this was a new one.

If the third person was really this Kai, he didn´t put something like that past him, it would bear a striking similarity to his past behavior.

He tried to take another closer look on the photo, but he really couldn´t see more than before. He was curious if it really was the BrunnenG. The more he thought about this possibility the more he wanted to get sure. If he, somehow had survived, he badly wanted to know how it was possible that Kai was able to regain his life. Stanleys very diffuse explanation wasn´t very satisfying to him…a virus! He never heard that one of His Divine Shadows assassins had ever regained his life. They sometimes got out of control, malfunctioned or just stopped to function…but they never got alive again. And of all things Kai…who counted as the most perfect and most effective among them. Oh yes…this divine assassin was really the best he had ever heard of…well, no wonder, when he took a look at his <career>. Talerons lips curled into a cruel smile…he never saw Kai in action besides the situation when this one was sent after him, but he knew a lot more about this special divine assassin as most of other biovesirs and other people did. He had his secrets… and one of these secrets was a complete video collection about certain things that went on in several biovesir´s laboratories on the Cluster. Not only his superior knowledge about weapons allowed him to hold his position for such a long time. No, it was always useful to know what was going on around. Information was always useful. And many vids held wonderful information about technical details, also a lot about the construction of the divine assassins…<if only Brizon knew about the fact that this information had finally got into his hands…hah!> And all those things had proved to be so useful for his own installation of power here in the DarkZone.

But the technical information wasn´t what made him suddenly feel so very excited. Among all those videos was one he had a special interest in, not only a special interest, no – this video was such a delayed gratification for all he had to go through when he had to flee from the Cluster, and flee from the divine assassin Kai…

He unintentionally asked himself, if Kai had knowledge about the events recorded on this video. Well Tweedle had told him, that Kai was very much aware about what he had been, but in which details…this maybe was something only this man knew. If there was something he really wanted to know next to the reason about their presence here, than this. And who knows…maybe one part of this would help him to get to the other. If this man was really Kai…
Taleron left the control room quickly to get to his private rooms. He suddenly got the urge to watch this special video again.



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Hrmm... his underestimation of Kai may be his downfall.  I hope the crew is able to get thru that army to rescue Stan.



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hmmm......am curious if I make it to chapter 40 until x-mas....more curious if I am able to finish it in 2006.......:fear2:

 

Well here´s 33 anyway......some action for you....

Chapter 33

 

Imprisoned

 

The threesome weren´t confronted with resistance, when they walked through the empty streets of the capital city. Despite the darkness they used every possible cover to approach the area where Talerons palace was. Much debris and other signs of decay lay on the streets and here and there they had to climb over remains of buildings that simply had collapsed over time.

Xev sometimes didn´t want to know where the bones between all those decay came from…it scared her and made her shiver a bit. Unintentionally she moved a bit closer to Kai…

Suddenly Shereen, who lead the way, stopped and raised her head into the dark sky. Kai too stopped immediately; he also had heard this sound. “What?” asked Xev. “I guess, Taleron had used the opportunity to fetch our ships,” Shereen said dryly. And really. The noise swell and Xev could hear it as well. Seconds later their three ships boomed through the air not far away from them. “Wonderful…,” Xev mumbled. “We have the same way…spares us the way back,” Shereen said ironically. “Hrmpf,” the love-slave made, “I bet that Taleron knows very well now what we´re up to. Seems that our escapee made it back very fast….” “They have communication-systems, Xev. Besides, that´s what I counted on,” Shereen explained and vanished into the shadows of a front door. Kai and Xev followed suit. “You counted on what?” Xev asked irritated. She thought all the time that it was necessary to stay as long as possible undiscovered. Kai leaned on the wall and listened quietly to their conversation, not a bit surprised about Shereens statement.

“I wanted Taleron to know about us from the beginning…but I think the empty space around Pr´karesh made me think what had happened here first…I wasn´t sure what to do, so I waited for the right point in time, until I got more knowledge about the situation on Pr´karesh.”

“Why giving up this advantage?” Xev asked stunned. Shereen looked at her with a slight smile. “My original plan looked a bit different and dependent on an abdication of this advantage,” she answered. Kai looked at her through the darkness. “The very evidently landing maneuver should draw Talerons attention to us, and with a patrol he should confirm our identity…you ensured this…,”he said. “…with the escapee, yes. I hoped that a patrol would come close to us, and the witness was perfect for a secure report to Taleron.” Shereen continued, she wasn´t surprised that Kai already had knowledge about that. Very few escaped his trained view.

“Why haven´t you told us that you´ve a plan?” Xev asked. “I wasn´t sure that it would work,” Shereen said honestly and gritted her teeth.

Xev moaned. “Well, but the next time it would be nice to get knowledge about plans before we meet any of Talerons troops or even himself!”

“As I said…I wasn´t sure that it would work, too many uncertainties in this plan yould have ruined it, that´s the reason I didn´t tell you about it. I´m sorry for that, but the only thing that is important at the moment is that the plan seems to work. The situation shows me clearly that we have aroused Talerons interest. He surely asks himself what we three have in mind. What are

three people as a rescue unit doing on his heavily secured planet? Why is the President of the Arcannea here?” She stopped for a second. Kai just glared at her with interest and the demand to explain herself. He surely knew already a lot of her intention, for he was able to think in the most weirdest and most indirect ways, but despite he had to be sure, and not very amused about the fact that she hadn´t told anything about it before.

She sighed inwardly. Well, better now than too late. She was a strong person, but Kai´s intense gaze made her feel a bit uncertain sometimes. And he only wanted an explanation! How would he look at someone if he were really angry or fighting?

“Would you have come here alone, I´m sure Taleron would have fought you and maybe killed you…but my presence here is confusing him. Maybe he thinks that we have more in mind than a simple, and in his opinion senseless, rescuing plan. Why should the President of the Arcannea come here without troops, only with Stan´s crew? This will cause many questions, and before he risks that we get killed by his patrols, and his questions stay unanswered, he will wait for a chance to imprison us, so he can sate his curiosity. There´s no tactically simpler plan than to get close to his palace or inside his palace without risking our lives,” she said.

“So you have come with us to play the bait?” Xev asked unbelievingly. Shereen shrunk her shoulders. “That was foolish and dangerous,” Kai said, shaking his head slightly. “Maybe. But we owe you something. You got involved in this conflict, and so it is also our fault that Stan was kidnapped. Also you risked your life for us, you nearly lost it. These are deeds we will never able to repay, so this is one of the smallest things I personally can do to show our gratitude,” Shereen explained. “Your actions pay homage to you and your people, Shereen, but…,” “…no buts. I know exactly what I am doing and what I engaged with. I would lie if I don´t admit that we Arcannea have no interests in seeing Taleron defeated…and that´s what I am here for. That´s my agenda. We have the same interests and we can help each other to reach this aim. I told you before that I am a trained soldier and able to defend myself…not only by ambushing a patrol!” She pointed backwards.

 “We may not have a surprise moment by keeping our identity a secret, but what does Taleron really know about us? He doesn´t know this part about me, he doesn´t know anything about the fact that Kai is again the same dangerous opponent than 4000 years ago,” the Arcannea said determined.

Xev looked from Shereen to Kai: “Undoubtedly an advantage, but we´re still not in the palace!” Shereen nodded: “Right. But I don´t expect many patrols on the way there. Taleron wants us to get inside the palace as fast as possible, and of course, unharmed.” “There will be guards, but barely enough to make us believe that he hadn´t expect us,” Kai added. “Until we walk into the trap,” Shereen said. “Into the palace,” Xev sighed. Kai looked at her. “Then he is sure that he is in the position to take a hold on us…” “We should let him imprison us?” Xev asked a bit startled. Shereen smiled: “Yes. I am convinced that this is the easiest way to get to Taleron. Let us be honest…us three against Talerons whole palace guard? I guess even with my secretive side, with Kai´s skills, your clusterlizard-part…we won´t get far, none of us is immortal.” Xev sighed. “There are no alternatives, aren´t they?” Kai looked outside on the dark street for a moment, then he simply replied: “No.” Xev sat down on a part of the destroyed wall, her head in her hands. She hated this word. <No>. How many times he had said that in this manner the past years they had spent together. No alternatives. “Okay, assumed it works that way…what about the part after that. How do we free ourselves?” Kai looked at Shereen than at Xev, a slight smile shone on his lips. “I think we will find a way as soon as we need. Remember that Stan has done the same once.” Xev glared at him. They will find a way…sure, they will get imprisoned without the idea how to get out of it after that. Wonderful plan. Yes, the Sub Nebula Pirates Feppo and Smoor once imprisoned Stan, but he had a plan before he had turned over himself at them. “We´ll come up with something…,” she echoed. “Well, what should we do otherwise….let´s hope that we get out of this whole affair with a low number of bruises and with Stan!”  Kai shook his head slightly. He doubted that this would end without bruises, but the way to destroy something from the inside was far easier than running against the walls from the outside, better risking some bruises than a bloody nose. Shereen was right. As long as Taleron wanted to know what they´re up to, they had an advantage. They only had to uphold this bluff as long as possible.

Shereen suddenly interrupted his train of thought with a quick gesture. She laid her fingers on her lips and signified them to stay quiet. Kai tilted his head and listened carefully. He heard them way before Xev. <A patrol, five men> he heard Shereens telepathic voice. Xev opened her mouth to respond, but quickly she registered that Shereen hadn´t spoken this words.

Without a word, they crept closer to the street to ambush this patrol.

 

The patrol walked snappy through the streets of their area. Of course, they hadn´t asked a question why by all means only five were disposed per unit. Why should they? They felt strong, they were told that they were strong, undefeatable. And of course, all other parts of their brain those not necessary for this task, were very much undeveloped. They were trained on receiving orders, without questioning. Almost like the divine assassins. But well, Taleron hadn´t reached this level yet of course. His aim was a different one. And of course not all of his actual guards were the newest generation. These five were all of his first generation of human-insect hybrids. They were perfect for direct confrontations, but their very limited brains were not in the situation to handle surprising ambushes. They didn´t know what hit them so suddenly on these empty streets.

 

Shereen and Xev shot three of them down with their weapons from the entrance they had waited in, Kai´s brace killed two guards at once by cutting their hearts in two. He secured his weapon when it returned to him. “Accurate work!” Shereen murmured when they pulled the corpses into the decayed house, where they had talked to each other the past minutes.

“I think I understand much better the minute why the assassins of His Divine Shadow were so effective. Laser weapons aren´t better than the weapon you carry!” Shereen stated. “Not all assassins were equipped with such a weapon,” Kai said. Shereen raised her brows inquiring. “His Divine Shadow had equipped only a fistful of us…them, with such weapons. They have the advantage to be useful in infighting as well as distance fight. And most of us…most of the assassins weren´t infighter,” Kai explained shortly. “Oh, okay,” Shereen said, her gaze followed the shadowy figure of Kai outside.

He didn´t feel good when he talked about this part. Us - them…he now is confronted with the similarity to what he had been. She could feel the inner tension about that, the inner confusion, but she also felt his firmness regarding this new life and the part what he had to do with this new abilities. There was a lot more in connection to it…she felt it, but she couldn´t reveal it. Well, it wasn´t necessary, she didn´t want to spy someone like Kai out. This wasn´t the purpose of her skills…it was enough to know that he was on their side and that his personality was surprising stable, thinking of what he had gone through…. No question, he really was a strong person…

 

Seconds later they were out on the street again, ready for their simple plan that so much depended on. With a last long at each other they walked down the street, one turn, then another one, they reached the main street, which lead automatically straight to the huge building of the palace.

They saw it emerging out of the darkness. A huge building, old, only harmed little compared to the decay around it.

Like Shereen already guessed right, not a single guard or patrol stopped them. They reached the steps leading up to the bright-lit entrance without resistance. And they spotted only one guard next to the door and two a few steps beneath. Almost bored they kept an eye on their surroundings. Kai didn´t hesitate long, he walked up the steps, carefully avoiding the all too bright light, and sneaked up behind the one next to the door and held his brace threatening against his throat. Shereen and Xev silently killed the other two guards.

Kai´s voice was almost emotionless when he posed his questions: “Where´s Taleron?” The guards´ eyes widened and he started to struggle against the iron grip of the dark man. He was surprised that it ended with no success.

Kai held him without problems, but he felt that any ordinary human would have had his problems with the increased strength of this individual. “Krkkk….don´t know,” “Stanley Tweedle?” Kai asked on. Bit by bit the guard seemed to loose his consciousness, the question was, was it because of fear or maybe because Kai squeezed a bit too tight? Kai loosened his grip a bit, to give the man the necessary breath to answer his questions. He really needed to get accustomed to this new strength…

“I don´t think that I would tell you, even if I know the answer,” the guard said with a sudden attack of courage. So far the assumption about fear…Kai drew the man with him and whirled him around, pressed him against one of the pillars, which carried the roof in front of the building. With a real menacing gaze he fixed the guard…no more words escaped the guards´ mouth when he saw this icy cold gaze. “If you knew it, you would tell me, believe me!” Kai prod him abruptly into action and the guard fell down the broad stairs. Xev heard clearly some breaking bones, when the guards´ body passed them down, whilst they made their way up to the door.

Insect-human hybrids or not, they were still vulnerable. Xev sighed inwardly. She had hoped that there was never the need to kill in her life, but so many things had happened that this remained wishful thinking.

“Let us go inside,” Shereen said, surveying their environment, no other guards were visible. “Don´t let us retard the inevitable.” Kai nodded and moved forward. The huge door wasn´t a barrier…it was open. “Even now the biggest fool would understand that here’s something wrong!” Shereen murmured. Carefully they entered the huge oval entry hall behind the door.

 

They directly look up to the gallery, which ran one level higher round the edge of the hall.

Between two or three stairs, which lead up to that level, rich ornamented pillars carried the gallery level.

No doubt that this hall once must have been very beautiful. Even now, in its partially decayed condition it was still impressing. Beneath the gallery level, a hallway surrounded the huge place, the small hip-high walls running from pillar to pillar defined this hallway from the actual hall room. On several platforms along the wall of the hallway, which started at their left and right, were old stone figures. Kai detected several doors and gangways leading away from this outer hallway to other parts of the palace. It was clear that they had to use one of them, if they want to enter deeper into this building.

 

They really hadn´t entered the actual hall when suddenly something showed up on the gallery and only milliseconds later they were covered with laser-fire. All three dived into the left hallway and covered behind the low wall between the first pillars. Xev cursed and retracted her head when one of the stone figurines behind her exploded into millions of pieces. Smithereens and chunks rained down onto her. The guards on the gallery didn´t stay the only ones. Suddenly more guards entered the hall from outside and cut their escape route in any direction. The three acted quickly and ran further down the left gangway, followed by more shots from above and right. But they detected very fast that in front of them several guards waited too. This way was as well closed for them.

It seemed as if Taleron showed suddenly more interest in not making it all to easy for them, Kai assessed and looked around for a way out the line of fire. Both women had started to fire at the numerous guards around them, trying to keep them away so Kai was able to develop a plan. “Kai, I really don´t want to push, but it would be fantastic if you come up with something soon!” Xev said a bit stressed between two shots. Kai risked a quick gaze over to the opponent side, where he detected much less guards close by. He could also see a door there…the only one not guarded in this whole hall. To say it in short words: The only way left open to them and surely the trap they have to step in…he winced back when sharp pain distracted his attention. One of the laser beams had grazed his upper arm. The wound healed at once and the burning stopped. It was really about time to get out of here, before any one of them was hurt seriously. He shouted at them: “We have to get over there, to the other side, it´s the only unprotected door in here.” Shereen growled: “Looks really as if someone wants us to take this door and no other else…regarding the array of soldiers here!” Kai nodded…every door and gangway was occupied with soldiers now…he looked up to the roof and for a way to fasten his brace…there was only one way to cross the distance in a fast kind. “Come on!” he called upon the women and lifted his arm with the brace to aim at one of the ceiling joists across the room. He jumped over the small wall whilst both women fired like hell to protect themselves. Kai shot the brace into the air and shouted at the women to hold on tight! Shereen and Xev also jumped over the small wall under heavy fire and embraced Kais body.

Only a brief moment later all three swung across the hall straight towards the opposite. Kai directed them pinpoint over the wall behind the opposite gangway. Fortunately the guards on the gallery were too surprised to find a proper reaction. With a heavy blow from the collision, the door opened and they slid into total darkness. Xev cried out startled when she hit the floor and bumped into something hard. “What the…!” Shereen cursed and held her head. She also hadn´t been able to stop her slide in time, instead she also collided with the wall inside this room. Kai had landed in the middle of the dark room and secured his brace. Fortunately he had managed to land properly, otherwise he would have had some problems to get his brace back, because the door had shut behind them with the same heavy blow it had been opened by them. A wonder that it hadn´t broken. “Where are we?” Xev asked into the darkness. Nothing but the clicking of Kai´s brace and Shereens mumbling was audible. “Could be a dark storage room as well as anything else…I don´t see a second door,” Shereen said and got to her feet to look around. At least she was able to see something in this darkness. She helped Xev to her feet and watched Kai examining the walls. “This is not a storage room,” he said. “I can´t see a thing…,” Xev said. “Stop….have you heard that too?” She laid her head to one side and listened attentively. “Metal on metal,” Kai turned around and looked through the darkness at Xev. For him it was as well no problem to see in the dark. Shereen shrunk her shoulders and examined the walls once again, when Kai felt an impalpable vibration beneath his feet. He pulled the Arcannea away from the wall. “It´s an elevator,” he said. Just the next second they all felt a heavy prickling in their stomachs when the elevator started to descend. The fall only took seconds.

“I dare not to ask where we are now!” Xev said sarcastically. “Down!” was Kai´s dry answer. He could see a similar door like the one they had entered this elevator, but somehow he knew that it wouldn´t be opened by them first…

A moment later his forethought was fulfilled. Glistening light filled the room and blinded them. Kai covered his eyes with his arm, but as well as both women he couldn´t do anything against this short blinding. At the same time he heard a fizzling and the spreading smell give away that it was an anesthesia gas…his ability to analyze those components with his new, or better old, skills proved that seconds later. <Caught in the trap.> he thought nearly amused. But he felt that even he was helpless in this situation. It was the easiest part of their plan…now they were here, in Talerons palace, in his sways…the rest would be fate.

He saw vaguely how Shereen and Xev lost their consciousness and was aware that the gas wouldn´t have the same impact on him…but this was something the enemy wasn´t allowed to know! He felt a bit tired, but not enough to make him completely helpless, despite he let himself fall down to the floor and simulated unconsciousness.

 

As soon as the gas had disappeared, some guards entered and pulled them out of the elevator. They were transported down the corridor. Kai had to rely on his hearing to get a vague imagination where they were taken.

The hollow clang of the steps when they were dragged through the corridor, then the rattling of a grid - a stop, a second rattling with a longer stop. He heard the guards talking to each other and extracted that Shereen and Xev were thrown into a cell. Then someone grabbed his arms roughly again and dragged him down the corridor. After some turns and twists, another grid was opened and he felt himself brutally thrown onto a table. The guards didn´t talk much, but they fastened his limbs onto the table with accurateness. After he heard the grid closing, silence fell around and he risked opening his eyes again. He was indeed tied onto a table and not really able to move much. He tried to look around as far as possible. The cell was closed with an iron door that looked very massive. The cell was big enough to held several devices, devices with a distinct function…recorders and devices of torture. Taleron had let him taken right to the questioning room…he lost few time.

He tried to move his fingers and tested the tightness of his bonds. His limits were reached very fast, they were brutally strong and he felt the aftermath of the anaesthetic gas much better than before...it had an impact on him. He sighed and gave up – for now. Presumably he was able to free himself as soon as his strength had regained. He had to wait for a chance…but not all to soon, he had to admit that he wanted to know if all the assumptions he had made regarding Taleron were right…he had to know what had happened to the Biovesir after he had escaped into the DarkZone, and how the situation was created they were all in now.

And a small part of him still waited to fulfill a 4000 year old order…. He couldn´t deny this order, but this time it was for the greater good…so he had to wait for his turn, for a possibility to free them.  And this meant to be patient…

 

Voran was satisfied with the work of his troops. They had captured the invaders successfully and without harming them, something Taleron would extremely pleased with. Voran walked quickly down the corridor, where Talerons private domicile laid. He knew this way inside out. Once, his own bureau had been there. As the minister of justice he always had had important jobs on Pr´karesh…and with Taleron as his new <President> his job had changed dramatically, but not unsatisfying. He looked up to Taleron, finally one man who had solved the endless problems with the criminality on his planet. Admitted, the laws were much stricter as he always wanted to have them, but only with these strict laws a perfect crimeless society was creatable. He had supported him eagerly from the beginning and was rewarded with the position as chief of the security, means he had the command over the palace guards.

He reached the door and knocked, then he entered. Taleron just shut off a video recording and put a data chip into his pocket.

“What´s up, Voran?” He asked when he saw the former minister of justice entering. “Good news, my Biovesir, we caught them and imprisoned them,” Voran said and bowed. Taleron was wide-awake at once. “Wonderful. I hope you have separated them?” “Of course, the two women were locked up in one cell, the man we locked up in the questioning room.” Voran said eagerly. “Good.” Taleron walked over to a surveillance video system on the wall. His tension grew beyond every dimension when he hit the on-button and activated the video camera in the questioning room. It was an important moment for him….

Was it really the divine assassin?

Taleron closed his eyes when the screen popped on, then he slowly breathed in and opened his eyes, breathing out.

Talerons hand baled to a fist. It was him…he recognized him at once. The same dark hair, the same weird hairdo, the same slender figure, even the same clothes…. Inwardly he started to triumph…he had imprisoned the man who once had the order to kill him…and, not only the most deathly assassin, even better:…the last of the BrunnenG! Something where his insect part cried out in ecstasy. The worst ideas for revenge came into his mind, but he managed to suppress them. He would have his way with him...so very soon. But first he had to care about the women. Not that they were that important to him, but he wanted to prolong the anticipation of the meeting with the dark assassin.

He turned around, and Voran wasn´t sure if he ever had seen such an eerie and joyfully gaze before…it made him shiver a bit. “I will visit our female visitors first. Care about the preparations for a questioning with him. I want everything prepared, truth serum first…,” Taleron walked straight to the door and Voran hurried to follow him, nodding hastily that he had understood the new orders. Taleron walked directly down to the prison, whilst Voran called two assistants who should help him with the preparations.

Taleron walked along the corridor nearly humming. He knew that he would gather the information he wanted much earlier if he questioned the both women, but, admitted, it would only be half as interesting! Besides, to talk to the women first was a wonderful change, he was fed up with all the experiments on those human test subjects, it had too much routine. Once it had had its charm to hear them beg and scream, but now….time for a change. He would return to this routine soon enough, to develop the next generation of soldiers. The experiments for the ordinary humans were finished, the empire wide spreading started, so he had to wait for new volunteers he could experiment with…volunteers the soon defeating of the Arcannea would provide….

He entered the corridor where the prison cell of Shereen and Xev laid and walked towards the guarded door.

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Ut oh, if he's heading for the women first, what's he going to do with them?  Will Kai regain enough strength to loosen his bonds, save the women and rescue Stan?  It's quite a daunting task for the last of the Brunnen-G, I hope he comes through!



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Chapter 34

 

Women on fury

 

The first thing that Xev felt when she regained her consciousness was a horrible headache. “Kai?” she croaked and tried to sit up. But, of course, something held her back. Startled, she discovered that she was bound. “I tried the same, Xev, no chance, those straps are very strong…” she heard Shereens voice next to her. She shifted her head to the left and saw, that Shereen too was strapped onto a table. Besides them and the tables, nothing else was inside this room.

A massive iron grid-door underlined the character of their domicile…

“Amazing plan!” Xev groaned after a moment. Shereen had to smile. “Let´s wait and see, nothing is decided yet!” “And Kai accuses me to be unlimited optimistically!” Xev stated ironically. “Where the heck is he by the way?” “I don´t know, but I guess that they had put him elsewhere.” Xev stemmed against her ties, but they didn´t loose a bit. “Forget it Xev, those ties are so strong that even a machine would have its problems to tear them apart.” Shereen said, shaking her head. Xev relaxed and gave up. “What now?” “I fear…we wait.” This of course was something that didn´t please Xev much. First, she hated to wait, second…she was in worry about Kai. Why had they separated them? Where was he? Well, he surely can take care of himself, but he certainly was in the same miserable situation than they were. Time had been much too short as that he was able to do something. The question that stayed on top of her list was what Taleron was up to do now. What would he do when he learned that Kai was the assassin that once had been sent after him? Kai had pointed out that Taleron knew pretty well who he once had been, they met before - and she wasn´t able to tell for whom an afresh meeting was worst…

 

Both women looked up when suddenly the door to their cell rattled and opened. Not that they hadn´t count on a soon visit, but this was quite fast now…

 

Two guards entered and flanked the doors as the third man walked in the room.

Although he didn´t wear the typical clothes of a Biovesir, Xev at once was sure that this one must be the Taleron. A strange feeling arouse in her guts when she noticed this link to Kai´s past. She grunted snidely, the past 4000 years weren´t detectable on him, neither the age nor a possible insect part, well, the same as with the people they had fought before…being partially different to normal humans doesn´t mean that this different part is visible…she didn´t appear as a clusterlizard all the time or had visible marks that would lead to that conclusion. And the story with the 4000 years? Well…maybe Kai was right and he also spent it the same way they had…in a cryochamber.

Besides the dark and devious expression he showed, this man seemed to have nothing in common with the Biovesirs she already had known. Neither a Mantrid who consisted only of few organs and a head until he became a strange mixture of machine, insect and human, nor was he a Brizon who only survived because he used other bodies as spare parts…no, Taleron appeared so

ordinary…it was sometimes unimaginable that even this people were often so appalling.

 

Shereen grimaced as well, but she of course was able to look behind his outward appearance.

And there the strong insect dominance was very clear…something that disgusted her very much. This guy might have been an evil villain before he had treated himself with insect-DNA, but this fact doubled the endangerment additionally. How can some humans be so ill in mind to try to cross themselves with insect-DNA?

 

Taleron looked at them with a sneer. “I guess it´s unnecessary to tell you who I am,” he started. “Indeed, it´s unnecessary, cause your name doesn´t make a change to all those other tyrants before, Taleron!” Shereen said and put her chin forward defiantly. Taleron raised his brows and crossed his arms. “It´s refreshing to hear some straightforward hate. I have to admit that I am surprised that it took that long to find out who it is that threatens you since years, Mrs. President,” he bowed jeering. “And that you weren´t able to find it out alone. In fact, what surprised me most is that you need some peoples´ help for that, people I haven´t expected to find here,” he added and glared at Xev. Xev stared back: “Really. And what me surprised is that you Biovesirs haven´t make sense out of the Clusters fall, despite your so huge knowledge…” Talerons smile faded a bit. He made a step next to the table she laid on and bent over her: “You, my dear, should be happy that there had been such people than me…I have heard that you haven´t been always looking that…perfect!” Taleron licked his lips and stroke over her collarbone. Xev grimaced in disgust and growled: “Maybe you should consider, that it´s Biovesirs versus us: zero-two.” Taleron started to laugh: “Mantrid and Brizon? Those cocky morons? Oh yeah, I have to admit…great ideas….but they always missed the point…” “But you did? Hallucinations about human-insect breeds as future inhabitants of the DarkZone…we have to admit, His Divine Shadow had too much influence on you, even after his death.” Xev said in anger. Talerons sneer vanished completely. “This isn´t something we have to owe His Divine Shadow…he wanted to extinguish humanity, I however will enhance it…,” he hissed. Xev´s sweet mouth curled up: “Oh…why so pissed…shit, I forgot, His Divine Shadow wasn´t so satisfied with the work you have done for him, right? Or why do you have to <vanish>?” “You´re a bit cheeky for a love-slave,” Taleron said. “Maybe we should think about to complete the treatment that never got completed on the Cluster?” he asked darkly. Xev gulped, this guy hadn´t a Lusticon here, or? “Stanley told me very interesting things…but it seemed as if this damn ex-assassin had also told enough about me, hm? Tell me Xev, what´s this for a strange coincident that of all things here I got my hands on some fugitives from the Cluster with the most powerful weapon of the two universes? Why would you poke your noses into something that shouldn´t be of some concern to you?” “Because we don´t like megalomaniac Biovesirs!” Xev repeated bullheaded. “Oh, stop it, Mantrid had been, yes, he in the end destroyed a whole universe, this is megalomania!” Taleron stated back. “And what you do isn´t?” Shereen asked grimly. “I think a bit more realistic and down-to-earth,” he answered sneering and turned at Shereen. “Realistic? Down-to-earth? What are you talking about? You´re changing humans into human-insect breed…that´s nothing less than destroying the whole humanity. It´s the same what His Divine Shadow wanted. You´re not a bit better than him!” Shereen said in a fury. Taleron burst out laughing. “You have no idea about the advantages…” “I don´t see any. I don´t see the reason to give up the way we have existed and developed since thousands of years successfully.” Shereen replied. “Like I said before, you have no clue. You want to resist against progress? That´s the reason we have to solve the problem the way I do at the moment.” Taleron said, pointing at the current war. “Progress, I rather resist against this kind of progress…,” Shereen spit out. Taleron moved quickly at her side and grabbed her throat. “That´s too late, and you know that. Your fleet will soon be defeated and your home will be only debris in space as well…thanks to Stanley, better said the part he will play soon.” Taleron hissed, his hot-tempered insect-side turned over for a moment. Xev listened attentively: “Where´s Stan?” she asked upset. “He´s safe, for now!” Taleron let go of Shereens throat and calmed down. He had to be careful, his insect-side and his wrath wasn´t a good combination if it was about to stay calm and don´t talk about his plans – you never know what could happen next. He didn´t want to kill them too soon, and there was always a possibility that anything could go wrong and his captives were able to free and contact the Arcannea…not that he believed that it was possible, but there always was a chance. He knew that his more and more powering insect-side was sometimes a little problematic on that.

“We will prevent that!” Shereen said and coughed. “How? Do you really believe that you have a chance to escape? Are you countin´ on your companion? Forget about that. He´s as save as you are.” Xev winced a bit when she heard that. Not that she had counted on the possibility that Kai somehow had been able to escape, but there was always small hope. And she believed Taleron´s words. This man didn´t make faults…besides this small one about Stan and the plan he had with him. He was very self-confident. <Too self-confident> she heard Shereen saying in her thoughts. <He made a mistake, we have to be patient, I´m sure he will make more.> Xev nodded impalpably.

“And now?” she asked Taleron. “What do you want from us?” Taleron started to smile again. An evil smile. “I don´t think you will voluntarily tell me why you are here, or?” The women kept silent. “Well, I didn´t count on that. But that´s irrelevant. In this one special case I pass on the “ladies first”….I´m going to deal with your companion first. His story is of far more interest to me. You should hope that he will talk, ´cause then you´re spared from something far more wicked, trust me on that.” He said with pleasure. “He won´t talk!” Xev hissed. “Oh, I have means for that case, don´t worry. And this time…I have a more than clear advantage: I am able to hurt him!” He grinned again wickedly and waved at the guards. Without any further word he left them and the iron door was shut with a loud <clang>.

 

Xev bellowed when his steps trailed away. “I could kill him!” she shouted in anger. “Leave it be, Xev, he surely wants to mess with the wrong man,” Shereen pointed out. At least, she hoped that. If Kai wouldn´t find a possibility to get them out here, who would? Inwardly she moaned, maybe it wasn´t a mistake if she developed a plan B, it was her who brought them in here, and it was also her idea to get imprisoned here. It was obvious, that Taleron underestimated them as not that important…a good chance to show him the opposite.

Xev kept silent for a moment, then she asked: “Do you think he will hurt Kai?” “That depends… we can´t rule that out. He surely knows how to get people to talk. But Kai isn´t an ordinary man. A truth serum wouldn´t work on him. The anaesthetic gas hadn´t.” “Where did you know that from?” Xev asked astonished. She for her part had been completely unconsciousness. “It has several advantages to have certain mental skills, a part of me was wide awake when they put us in here.”

Another moment of silence.

“We have to get out here as well, Shereen,” Xev said and stemmed against her bonds again, of course, this didn´t change a thing, cause it didn´t work. Frustrated the clusterlizard in her reared up and she bellowed again loudly. Shereen blinked and raised her brows but didn´t make a comment. She was as well angry, but she was able to keep her wrath under control, well, she had to admit, best she wanted to squeeze Talerons throat when he had entered…if she had been able to.

But she knew that wild anger only blurred her sight on the right things, and that she had to keep a cool head. She still had a trump up her sleeve, but she hesitated to play it out. The reason was what Taleron had accidentally told them about Stanley being his joker in the game to destroy the Alliance. He was up to destroy her home…with the Lexx. He didn´t say that clearly, but it was obvious.

“I don´t think that Stan is still here,” she said finally. “Why?” Xev asked back. “Think about what Taleron has said.” “Yes, but do you really think that he…” Xev hesitated to end the sentence. “…that he will use Stan to command the Lexx to destroy Arcan´s, T´uara and Sha´ra? Exactly that. If he succeeds, our fate is sealed. And he surely has some lead over us…” “Don´t talk like that. Maybe Taleron only bluffs?” Shereen laughed without humor. “Taleron isn´t the guy to bluff…I felt it. He said the truth.” “But Stanley would never…,” Xev protested. Shereen closed her eyes. “No, I know that. But if your own person is endangered…most people make unusual choices. And I can´t resent that.” Xev gulped. Oh no, no second incident like with the reform planets. Stan wasn´t a hero, but after all that had happened in the past, he surely wouldn´t make the same mistake…or? “And what if it´s not upon him to decide, what if he is controlled? I mean, look at what Taleron had done to the people here? They didn´t appear to me as if they were themselves? Insect-humanoid breeds or not…there had to be at last something in them that wouldn´t make them to believe in Talerons motives that easy. Maybe Taleron will force Stan to do it under drugs or other…worse things.” “Xev, I think that´s irrelevant…if the one case or the other…in both cases, my home is in danger, much more I thought before….and I don´t know if we´re able to do something, or stop it!” Shereen sighed. No, she didn´t want to give up, didn´t want to hand her over to this beginning feeling of hopelessness, which already had slammed its greedy claws into her mind. “As long as we´re here and alive we won´t give up. Come on Shereen, we got in here together, we will get out here together. There has to be a way!” Xev pushed, tried to signal her companion her sympathy and her loyalty. Shereen smiled a little and looked at her. “I try to think about it, as long as he´s busy with Kai, he´s distracted…maybe we can come up with something…” Shereen shoved the dark thoughts aside and tried to think about a solution for their problem.



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It doesn't look good for them, and if Taleron is able to control Stan, what did he use on him, insect essence, or some form of drugs?  I hope Kai is somehow able to get away and that nothing happens to him so that he can rescue the others.



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Oh....there are several surprises to come.....:D

I think I tried my best to make our beloved dead man suffering a bit....:c030a:

I´m an evil writer...really....bad Aenea, bad girl....:P

 

Chapter 35

 

Unlocking forgotten memories

 

Taleron reached the questioning room and waved at the guards before he was at the door. He was more than excited about this meeting. When he arrived, his Commander of the guards, Voran, left and nodded at Taleron. “Everything prepared!” Taleron dismissed him with a wave and smiled wickedly.

Two of his usual assistants for such questionings were present in the room and had already prepared everything under Vorans command. Before their master appeared, it was always necessary to secure everything. They had frisked Kai for weapons, and of course, they had found the brace. Hadn´t Kai been so heavily bond, he would have used this opportunity to show them the functionality of the brace. But with his arm fastened strongly onto the table, he wasn´t able to move one muscle. They extracted the brace from the organic halter after some struggle and together with his jacket it landed somewhere in the back on a table.

Then they had started with their order to inject the truth serum into his system…well, this was a less successful story.

Then Taleron entered the room.

The Biovesir had closed his eyes briefly in excitement when the doors behind him closed and he saw his prisoner.

Slowly he approached the table Kai was tied to.

 

There he was.

The man most feared on the Cluster, maybe except by His Divine Shadow and Brizon. The man who was the true personification of death under His Shadows reign. The man whose number of victims was terrifying unbelievable. Hadn´t he regained his true self in the meantime – Taleron had liked him very much for that – Taleron was very attracted to well functioning and effective assassins or soldiers. And besides that, this guy hadn´t lost his attractiveness over the past thousand years. He was still the same…well, almost.

As proof for his current condition, he couldn´t see any sign of the usual Divine Assassin implants anywhere. His body wasn´t excessive muscular, but well-shaped, wirily… and the usual pale and grey color of a Divine Assassins´ decarbonized body was replaced by the natural tones of a living humans´ skin. Well, he hadn´t believed it…but it was true, this man was really alive!

 

“Hello Kai!” Taleron hissed and bent down to the defenseless man.

Kai didn´t wince a bit when he heard him calling his name. It was the last proof he needed. He recognized the voice at once. Slowly, and nearly uninvolved, he opened his eyes to face Taleron. “Hello, biovesir!”

Taleron grinned. “So, you still know who I am!?” Kai glared at him without any sign of emotion on his face. “I state that as a >yes<.” Taleron looked over to one of the assistants, who had tried to get his attention. “What is it?” he asked ungracious. “Biovesir,” the man bowed hastily. “We tried everything to administer the truth serum…but…,” “But what?” Taleron asked back, paying the man full attention. “It´s not working,” the man stuttered. “Not working? How comes that?” Taleron asked on, looking shortly at Kai. The assistant shrunk his shoulders nervously. “Then start to find out why…hell and damnation, what are the devices here for?” Taleron shouted at him and put his concentration back at Kai. The assistant hurried to fulfill his master’s demand.

 

Kai used the opportunity to rebalance himself a bit. He hid his emotions as good as he could when Taleron appeared, but despite something inside him wanted to jump at Taleron right here and now. Fortunately his cool half had more control and his mind knew that he wasn´t able to act before Taleron was about to make a mistake…or reveal a weak point. He had to stay the course, whatever would happen.

The assistants part till now had been of the inoffensive kind…there was nothing threatening to inject some truth serum into his system…cause he knew that it wouldn´t work. So he hadn´t answered any of their test questions. But on the other hand it also held the danger that Taleron would detect his true condition way to soon. Time was running – and now against him.

 

Taleron took up their conversation. Strange enough that the truth serum didn´t work, but he had experienced that before…with imprisoned Sha´ra. Their biology was somehow immune against such drugs. Maybe the BrunnenG was similar.

Talerons gaze shifted to a small table in the back and next to Kai´s jacket he saw a small glittering familiar shaped object. He fetched it and turned it in his hand.

“Interesting weapon, right?” he asked and played with it. “Did you know that I was the one who made the last modifications on it? No? Well, how should you…as far as I know the mindless assassins of His Divine Shadow were not really aware of their surroundings…and they acted more like decorous lapdogs.” Kai turned his head and looked at Taleron with a threatening gleam in his eyes. The Biovesir smiled: “How is it to live again, Kai, to feel again? After all those years…all those murder?”

Kai stayed cool on the outside when Taleron started the little game…he didn´t reveal his inner thoughts with any treasonable gesture. “Seems that you still stuck to old times, or why do you keep this weapon?” “To snuff out your life!” Kai growled, a bit surprised about his reaction and choice of words. Taleron shrunk back in played surprise. “Whoops…you haven´t decided to talk, don´t you? Very reasonable, even if it wasn´t very…complimentary.” Kai shook his head in contempt. “Stanley told me a lot of things, well, the truth serum worked on him. A very interesting story…really. His Divine Shadow dead, the LightZone a victim of Mantrids´ megalomania, the Lexx kidnapped by three strange figures…well, but this all is nothing compared to another fact, isn´t it?” Taleron laid the weapon back down on the table and bent down to Kai again, examining him with narrowed eyes. “How comes it that you´re alive? I always thought that death is something….final!” Kai stared back: “That´s something I always believed in too,” he answered calm. “We aren´t the same opinion, or?” Taleron sneered. “Except for this opinion, I don´t think we are.” “Too bad. I would be so grateful about someone with <experience> on certain sectors. You certainly have observed that my Empire is growing very fast…? I really could need someone who is able to clean up among those who want to stop this process. Oh, but what I am talking, I forgot, it´s surely not easy for you, as a now living and breathing human being to kill someone?” “There are exceptions, Taleron, and insects and you are part of these exceptions!” Kai responded. “Again those threat to life…oh Kai, I don´t think that you will ever have the opportunity to kill anyone here…at last, I´m superior and I have a clear advantage over you now!” Taleron grabbed Kai´s throat and pressed his fingers together slightly. “You´re in my sways….and not undead anymore!” Talerons´ expression turned into one of hate and for a moment his insect side took control of him…Kai´s disrespectful behavior annoyed him and his wrath needed a bit release…he just needed it…he wanted to have a bit more fun here.

With a brutal strike his fist hit Kai´s side and the BrunnenG gasped in surprise when the air was pressed out of him.

Kai felt and heard one of his ribs breaking. The pain was very intense, but it faded as quickly as it appeared when the rib healed again. But for Taleron, he lengthened it…he mustn’t know anything right now!

“It hurts, right?” Taleron said and let go of him. Except for a more distinct angry glare, Kai didn´t show any reaction. “Well, what for possibilities do we have to get a good conversation working? After we have to ignore the drugs? I, for my part, developed an appetite for physical torture over time – but I know that physical pain isn´t everything. There are other methods which can be more entertaining…what do you think, does an individual like you have other weak points besides physical vulnerability?” Taleron looked intensely at him and tipped with his forefinger on Kai´s head.

“Tell me Kai, how does it feel to be a mass murderer of innocent people…?” “…You should know best!” Kai interrupted him. “…and to know that a villain like me had escaped?” Taleron ended the sentence determined. “The dead didn´t care about that,” Kai answered. “Oh, I believe you, but I don´t think that you feel the same way now. Here I am, Kai, ….but sorry, out of reach for you!” Taleron grinned. Kai looked aside…he felt the cold rage inside him growing.

“Honestly…Kai,” Taleron bent down next to his ear and whispered: “I look up to you, to your career you made as a Divine Assassin in the service of His Divine Shadow. After all I learned about the BrunnenG the past years, I haven´t thought that one of these people would ever become such an expedient assassin. Of course, I have to mention, that there were some…private lessons necessary from our side, but after all, His Divine Shadow had always been very satisfied with your work…!” “I don´t know what you´re driving at, Taleron,” the BrunnenG replied, a bit unsure what was Taleron aiming at when he directed his comments again and again at his past. His gut feeling told him that Taleron had a certain plan how to get him talking…and that it must have something to do with his past…

“You really don´t remember?” Kai looked at Taleron…and for a moment he was sure that his façade must have faltered, cause on Talerons face appeared a victorious smile. “There are things concerning my past I don´t remember…because His Shadow only woke me when he was in need of my service,” Kai said flatly. “I don´t mean that.” Taleron said almost cheering. It was about time to start the real game. “I know that you assassins were only revived when needed…His Shadow had enough of you, but he tried to preserve his precious ones as long as possible. Such as you…in fact, there were not many like you. You know that you haven´t been an ordinary assassin, don´t you?” Kai didn´t answer. This was exactly not the topic he wanted to be confronted with…inwardly he cursed…why had Taleron of all things had to talk about this?

Because this was the point he was vulnerable…much more than with any threat through physical pain. Taleron was good…he had underestimated the Biovesirs´ keen sense for weak points. Not only Brizon and Mantrid knew much about the assassins…he didn´t doubt that Taleron had also been well informed about some things on the Cluster than others had been. Bad apprehensions grew inside him…this situation seemed not to take a twist he wanted…

“To change individuals into Divine Assassins wasn´t mass-production, you need special specimen for it…oh yes…do you know how humans were changed into Divine Assassins? Have you ever asked yourself how it was possible to create such perfect killer machines?” Talerons gaze was that of a hawk. “No? Well, why should you, the dead don´t see any sense in such questions…” Taleron straightened up and reached into his pocket. Slowly he extracted the chip from it, so Kai could see it. The BrunnenG, ignoring the more and more intense feeling of something really worse, asked darkly: “What´s that?” “A precious treasure, priceless. I always wondered why several of His Shadows´ predecessors had made such a huge collection of records, and what was kept on them. The second last Shadow handled this archive especially with much care, only few people had access to it, mainly only those who made these records. But well, even if everything was so strict and controlled on the Cluster, an imaginative mind find its way to those things. And after I was able to copy several records from the archive, and watched them…I understood,” Taleron said with a hoarse whisper. “The Divine Shadow who killed you, spent much time on you, not only after you became an assassin…even before! It´s so sad that all that happened 2000 years before I became a Biovesir in the service of one of the successors of this Shadow…but what a luck that he was so keen on recording everything that went on around him.” Taleron laughed nasty and walked over to the devices to put the chip into the player. “Did you know that His Shadow was always present when new assassins were transformed? All Shadows did it. I too witnessed such a transformation. And I saw how he loved to be present, how he loved it to give them back their conscious mind, their memory he had stolen before, during that process.” Talerons expression turned into a grimace…”So much pain, so much desperation and wrath…oh, those were times!” he thought back when he told that in a sweet voice.

For Kai, every word was as sharp as a needle piercing through his mind. For a moment his heart nearly stopped when he heard Taleron talking about that.

Were there really records about what had happened after His Shadow had killed him? If His Shadow gave several of them the memories back…why didn´t he remember that? He knew everything that had happened when he was awake and doing the deeds His Shadows had ordered him to do…worse enough, that he did. But why shouldn´t he remember this part? Kai closed his eyes when he suddenly was drawn towards a secret, unopened door in his mind. He had searched his mind often enough for information, but this part he didn´t know. It was as if this part had never existed before that day…but now it did. He had a lot of unpleasant memories…but what if his own mind protected him from the worst? What if his mind never wanted him to discover this part? Kai couldn´t stop denying that this door suddenly was there…Taleron had re-opened the path to it…and he already saw the key in the lock slowly turning….he frowned.

“We should close this error in your memories, don´t you think Kai?” Taleron said and directed a mind probe at his head. Kai´s mouth suddenly became very dry.

“Seems as if you wish yourself miles away…,” Taleron laughed. “Oh, before I forget it…we can shorten this procedure of course. I´m ready any time…depends on the circumstances of course.”

“And those were?” Kai asked. “Tell me why you are here…and I might think about it…,” Taleron said. Of course…it would be too sad if Kai really told him now what he wanted to know…he was keen on having some fun first…

“Free Stanley,” Kai said and looked gloomy at Taleron. “Oh, come on, with three people? I don´t believe a word. A President, a love-slave and an ex-assassin? Once again: What do you want here?” “Free Stanley!” Kai repeated stoically. “Of course! I thought that I wouldn´t get a proper answer and I knew that you wouldn´t give in that soon. Well, I´ve seen this vid many times…and I have to admit that it proofs this attitude…not very wise, so to speak…but very entertaining for His Shadow…and me!” Taleron walked over to the player and made a few settings for the special device he simply called a mind probe. Not that it was only for visualizing what was inside other people’s mind, no, it also was utilizable in the reversed way. He had used it for torture and for brain washing before…but here it would be used for something completely new…to reveal those hidden memories inside Kai´s brain. The device would stimulate those centers of the human brain that tend to save memories. He had heard that a technique called hypnosis worked similar to reveal hidden memories…but he preferred the technical variety, because he wanted to visualize everything together with what Kai´s memories would reveal additionally to the record.

With a victorious smile he returned to Kai: “You know what, Kai? The undead are in a pitiable condition…but they have one consolation: they don´t feel…whereas living people do!”

Then he waved at his assistant to activate the beam of the mind probe and the records. A second later a green light hit Kai´s forehead and threw Kai´s concentration completely on his thoughts and memories. Kai felt the just appeared and obviously for such a long time sealed door unlocking. He couldn´t do anything against this process…Kai didn´t exactly know what would await him, but a vague feeling told him that those memories are going to confront him with a cruelty that was spared him since the day he got his memories back. Even the undead assassin hadn´t been able to access these memories…Kai didn´t try to ask himself what these memories would cause to him…if the dead don´t remember it…the living should under no circumstances reminded to it!

 



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 Posted: Thu Dec 21st, 2006 11:22 pm

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Oh goodness, as if Kai wasn't tortured enough with the memories of his deeds as a Divine Assassin, Taleron will unlock only gawd knows what.  What will that do to Kai's sanity?



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