a long awkward silence, which seemed to go on for arns. I looked
at the man that stood before me. He seemed to be taken back by
my revelation. The councilor looked me over, as if he was inspecting
a piece of furniture at auction. It almost seemed like he was
looking into my very core. He still had the same neutral expression
on his face I remembered from my youth. Finally the silence was
broken, but not by whom you would have thought.
isn't this charming. I hate to brake up this family reunion, but
it this the best you Peacekeepers could provide? I would not let
him guard the man who shovels the dren after the Maxillian Blater
day parade. I've seen better at a PDF recruitment centre."
the brother or the Whelp as my father's servants often referred
to him as.
dare you-" started Arnan, only to be cut off by Admiral Colnek.
you that the Lieutenant is the best, his record speaks for it's
self. If he wasn't, I would not have assigned him." She paused,
"Perhaps a demonstration is in order?"
room tensed. I quickly made eye contact with Arnan and the two
Peacekeepers that had come in with the Whelp. With a few minute
head gestures and on small hand flick disguised as fixing my uniform,
all of them understood what was about to happen. The Admiral stepped
back two paces sensing what was about to happen.
when will this be sched-" the whelp squealed as Arnan swept
his legs, sending him to the floor.
At the same
time the two guards moved the Councilor to a safe area shielding
him. I pounced onto the Whelp, my knife drawn and at his throat,
my pulse pistol against his head. I could feel him start to shake
in fear. Fear that years of torment were coming back at him tenfold.
I leaned forward and whispered to him.
that you walk with a slight pull to your left side. Is the pistol
you have there that heavy for your weak body to carry?"
my pistol; he flinched as I applied pressure to the knife. I slowly
reached into his jacket and pulled out the Pulse Pistol and threw
it across the floor. I resumed my talk to him.
becoming a habit of mine to kill those I consider family, and
I am getting very good at it. I could say that you brought the
weapon to kill the councilor out of jealousy or you were power
hungry or you are just a traitor. Before you say how could I get
away with it, I know how to plant evidence, I have in the past
and I won't hesitate to do it with you. If you cross me I will
have retribution. Do you understand me?"
ever so slightly, he eyes wide with fear. I stood up and sheathed
my knife, kicking him once for good measure, "remember our
conversation, brother "
have done well for your self. You have the look of your mother"
I turned around
to see the councilor standing behind me with a smile on his face.
not know, having never known her." I replied coldly
I heard a
thud, I quickly turned to see Arnan standing by the Whelp, he
was on his back again, and she had a grin on her face.
tried to help him up and he slip on his own waste" she snickered
I looked down
and saw that the drennit has wet his trousers. His face was turning
red with embarrassment, I thought about killing him then and
there to put him out of his and my misery, but that would
have been the easy way out. I would see him suffer, the way I
directed us towards the briefing room, where we would discuss
the plans for the next few solar days. We found out that
the Vote was to be in four solar days, and the Councilor and his
entourage were staying at High Command in the diplomat's quarters.
There security would be the responsibility of the Admiral's guards
while they were inside; my team would be responsible for all matters
outside the command building. We would accompany him to a pro-Peacekeeper
rally the night before the Vote and to the council chambers for
the vote. It was agreed that we would be in uniform for all events.
That way all would-be assassins would know whom they are dealing
with, or more importantly they would know who would be killing
approached me after the meeting, she mentioned that there was
a loose end to deal with. She mentioned that the chief opponent
in the council was Councilor Ginka Rotana, Xana's uncle. If he
were to attend the vote, it would be too close to call. I knew
what I had to do. I had to tie up the loose ends, in order to
ensure victory for the Peacekeepers. I asked Arnan to arrange
for quarters for me and I left the command centre. I made an appointment
to see the councilor, I think he though I was going to change
sides, he obviously had not heard of my role in the deaths of
his niece and nephew.
his lavish office decorated with ornate light-globes and
art pieces and impressive looking chalices; I was checked for
weapons, they found none or so they thought. I have yet
to meet anyone who checks between the shoulder blades. Their first
mistake; that is where I hid a small knife. The
guards left us alone, mistake number two. The Councilor
spoke to me like a kindred spirit in that polished, decadent tone
he must have used to woo and charm the locals. I thought I would
puke. He spoke of the evils of the Peacekeepers and how they would
bring down the Sebacean race. I wanted to kill him right then
and there, but I needed to dispose of the guards first. That was
easy, I feigned a salute and drew my hidden knife, stabbing the
councilor in his hand, he reeled back in fright, screaming
for the guards while clutching his bleeding hand. I stood and
took position by the door and killed the rushing guards with
a quick jab to the base of the skull and a circle-kick to the
neck of another. They were dead before they hit the ground.
I could smell
the fear in the air. Councilor Rotana knew he was going to die.
Even so he started to beg for his life, it was pathetic.
not... I didn't... I'm a loyal servant! I have... I have many
items of value I can give you! Spare my life! I have friends...
I have powerfull friends that will reward you with riches!"
He nursed his bleeding
hand while he started to back away from me, until he hit the far
wall. His eyes were shooting left and right, desperately looking
for a way out. The only way out was the door behind my back, which
was now "guarded" by two corpses.
him that it was not wise to cross the Peacekeepers and that,
rest assured, that his family would soon be joining him. I slowly
moved towards him, intent on finishing this quickly. The Councilor
started screaming and running along the walls, frantically throwing
his trinkets and valuables at me. A single jab ended his misery.
I was unwilling to spent any more effort on this piece of dren.
I left his body on his ornate desk and as I left tossed
a fire grenade, that would keep anyone from entering the room
for a while. I left as quickly as I could, and returned to the
in with the duty officer and was given my quarters assignment,
I had hoped Arnan had done her duty and got me good quarters.
Passed Admiral Colnek on the way, we made eye contact, I nodded
and walked on. With that she smiled, she knew that the loose ends
were secured. Once again I had done my duty. I entered my quarters,
and I was surprised to see that it was a double room. I hadn't
had to share quarters since my cadet days. What was I to expect,
there were higher ranking officers around that had to double up.I
noticed my bags were already unpacked and my dress uniform was
you don't mind, I had us quartered together?"
I spun around
to find Arnan standing there in her full dress uniform. Something
was different about her that I could not place.
missed Admiral Chod 's reception, he was a little disappointed
that you were not there. I told him that you were out walking
the route to the Council Chambers and planing contingency routes."
She looked concerned.
you, I had a... personal matter to deal with." You could
have cut steel with the tone of my voice.
done? We can finally forget about that traitorous family?"
She asked sheepishly.
has been served," I replied. But I will never forget.
I looked up
to see her smile, as I said before she did seemed
different, more confident, more mature, more like a grown woman.
She was no longer the young pilot that saved our eemas so many
cycles before. She looked like a true Sebacean warrior, and then
it dawned on me, she wore Lieutenant's insignia.
Arnan, it is about time you got promoted" I beamed at her,
I was positively overjoyed with her good fortune. "It's about
time they promoted the best pilot I ever flew with."
Pleisar, that means a lot coming from you. I guess we can celebrate
tonight at the dinner Admiral Cholak is holding for your father...I
mean the Councilor." It was the first time I had seen her
flinch. I could tell she regretted making that comment.
to be my father cycles ago, he supports the Peacekeepers so he
has, at least for now, my respect," I said somberly. "Frell!
What time is that dinner?"
I looked down
at my stained uniform and the blood on my hands, I realized that
I was exhausted from my excursion that day.
Pleisar, you have a little over four arns. You have time to clean
up and have a rest. I'll finish prepping your uniform. Did you
bring your medals? The higher ups always like to see the accomplishments
of their soldiers. Especially those who have the received both
Star of Courage and the Order of Sellar."
I was so tired
that I was not going to argue. She knew how I hated wearing medals.
To this day I believe that they are just a symbol that you survived
and that your friends didn't.
they are in my document case. What would I do without you Arnan?"
I said as I wearily trudged to the shower.
wonder the same thing Pleisar." She replied with a smile.
I had to stop
for a moment; I looked back to see her smiling at me. I was too
tired to say anything I just went to have my shower and to clean
up. When I finished, Arnan was gone; I lied down and slept until
the alarm went off for me to wake up. I dressed and went to the
reception or dinner what ever the frell it was. It was your typical
political dinner, lots of speeches and toasts and idle conversation.
I was completely frelling bored. Arnan kept me company though
out the dinner. It was nice to have her there it was almost comforting
in a way. She even stayed when the Councilor came to tell me that
he was impressed by my career and that he was proud of me. Too
little, too late. For the most part we kept to our selves, and
to the rest of the Peacekeepers.
arns into the dinner, I thought I saw a flash, a small glint of
light. I looked again, this time Arnan saw it.
you..." I started
that?" She finished.
I asked, paused "It is, lets go"
I tapped my
coms twice, that was the code; the guards knew what to do. Arnan
quickly moved to the councilor, and I went towards the source
of my concern. I lost sight of it for a microt, then I reacquired
my target, and the fool brought a knife to a gunfight. I raised
my pistol and fired just as the assassin raised the knife to strike.
He screamed as the pulse charge hit him. There was silence, then
I saw who it was. It was the Whelp, my brother. He was struggling
to stand, he go to his knees.
Peacekeeper bastards...you will ruin our way of life, and end
our existence. I spit on all your houses." He sputtered as
he stood defiantly. He turned to face the councilor, "How
could you side with these butchers father."
are no longer my son, traitor." He answered sharply.
something intelligible, and lunged at me. I did not even remember
seeing who shot him, I just remember the thud as he hit the ground.
I looked around to see several soldiers enter and point their
rifles at the councilor. Admiral Colnek approached him.
still have your vote councilor?"
do and you will have enough votes to win as well." He answered
all the time staring at the body of his son.
the Admiral waved her hand, the soldiers lowered their weapons
and pulled the body away.
that this function is over." Arnan smirked.
The next few
solar days were uneventful. The Rally went as planed. I thought
it would get out of hand when the PDF showed up, but nothing happened.
The vote was not even close. Without Rotana, the opposition crumbled,
our opponents could not afford to vote against us. It was agreed
that in two solar days from the vote the Peacekeepers would assume
all defense responsibilities from the PDF. It was an impressive
show of force when it happened. One hundred thousand Peacekeeper
soldiers from five command carriers landed and took over from
forty thousand PDF. Only the invasion of the Turok sector cycles
later could rival the shear scale of troop movement and logistical
planning that this took. I was proud to be a Peacekeeper that
With my assignment
done, was looking forward to going to the Zelbinion. I was ready
for the next phase in my career. I was looking forward to serving
as a first officer. The Zelbinion was just commissioned, and it
was bigger than the rest of the carriers in the fleet. I went
to the Command building to see if I could have my report date
pushed forward. I arrived to see command in an organized panic.
I was immediately met by one of Fleet Admiral Colnek's aids, and
I was escorted to her office. I was confused as to what was going
on, no body would tell me. Something was wrong, very wrong.
I was ushered
into her office, I saw the Admiral surrounded by aids and the
other Admirals, and they looked concerned and worried.
you are here good." She paused to read a report. "The
Argus was attacked by an alien attack force. Captain Stallton
is dead, along about a quarter of the crew. Lieutenant Darvo Strana
is acting commanding officer. I believe he replaced you in covert
I was taken
back by this information. Captain Stallton was my hero, the one
Peacekeeper that I strove to be like.
are to go the fleet yards at Cholar IV, where you will await the
Argus," She tossed me a new ident chip. " You
will assume command and you will have as much time as you need
to get the Argus re-crewed and operational. Do you understand
me Captain Sun?"
Admiral" I stammered. I paused as to ask a question. I knew
better. I saluted and left her office. There was an aid ready
to take me by stores for my new uniforms and kit. I was pleased
that the new Fleet Captain's uniforms were black with red trim,
similar to the pilot and commando's uniforms. I was pleased to
see that only those captains who commanded ships that did not
hold post would still wear the red and black uniforms. I never
liked those uniforms.
outfitted I headed to the spaceport. Much to my displeasure, I
found out that I would have to take a Leviathan again. Due to
the new situation, all other troop vessels were being sent to
the outer colonies to re-enforce our troops there. I went to the
Officer's Lounge where I found Arnan waiting.
good to see you again sir!" She said as she snapped to attention.
I noticed the whole Officer's lounge was at attention.
everyone...Thank you Arnan, but cut out the 'Sir' dren"
I said with a grin.
very well call you Pleisar, it would not be appropriate, Sir"
you can call me Pleisar when we are talking in private, how does
that sound?" I responded. I enjoyed this verbal sparing with
wish, Sir" she giggled.
you will be travelling with me on the Leviathan back to the Fleet
yards?" I inquired.
I am, and I have already arranged your quarters with the First
Officer. I think you will be pleased."
suppose we will be quartered together again?" I think I sounded
too hopeful at the time.
her head and looked at the ground. "You will be in the Senior
Officer's quarters. You and the ship's Captain have the only two
rooms. I will be in one of the other rooms on the Officer's tier."
a pity, for I am growing accustom to having you around all the
time," I looked straight at her.
to blush; I remember it because it was the first time I had ever
seen her blush. "I have too Pleisar, I have too."
at each other for a microt, then the First Officer announced that
the Leviathan was boarding. It would be a short journey to the
fleet yards. It would take only five solar days to get there.
Then I would wait until the Argus limped into the yards.
I would start my new command, one that would elevate me to the
status I hold today. I would rebuild a ship, a crew, and little
did I know at the time...My life.
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