By Michele Elaine Wilson © 2012
Sean was sitting in the
window seat soaking up the warmth and enjoying the scent of flowers and the cool
breeze. He was huge man, close to seven feet and 250 pounds, all of it muscle.
His flame red hair was tousled and his beard in need of a trim but his sky blue
eyes still twinkled. He moved slightly to be more comfortable. His arm was in a
sling and tied close to his body to keep the injured shoulder from moving.
Kira had the same red
hair and blue eyes as her twin brother but she was tiny compared to him. While
her brother went the route of a Bard she became a Healer like their mother. She
smiled as she came upon her brother and sat down next to him. Her smile became a
frown when a small brown and fawn colored head peeped out from the sling looking
at her with definitely crossed blue eyes.
“So how is your
little demon doing?” she asked.
“Ah, Sis,” Sean
said, “How can you call my little sweetheart that?” Sean gently rubbed the
little cat’s head.
Kira replied. “It took the combined effort of Desiree, Danielle and Mother to
get that cat to stop attacking and let us try and help you.”
“She was just being
protective of her Daddy,” Sean replied with a smile.
“So does she have a
name besides ‘little sweetheart’? I understand hellcat is still
available,” Kira said.
“Her name is
Ling-Ling,” Sean answered. “And before you ask she was a gift. And before
you ask some more yes you will get a chance to meet her.”
“Her?” Kira said
as her eyebrows rose. “Why don’t you tell me the full story?”
“Okay this is a
story of unexpected help,” Sean began.
Zhen is not a place many
people are willing go to. The sun for this planet is close and violent with
constant flares disturbing the atmosphere. The air chokes with sulfur infused
clouds that lay like a blanket smothering the land. It is the type of land that
the Dark One loves. Serpents abound in this land. The native inhabitants have
mutated to live with the poisonous atmosphere and the arid conditions. There is
very little rainfall and what rain there is comes down as acid rain. The plants
are as mutated as the inhabitants and have roots that go down many thousands of
feet in order to find sustenance. It is not a place that anyone would choose to
As you know the Dark
One lost a lot of cannon fodder in that last battle and is on the lookout for
new blood. Not that there is much blood in the Zhenites of course, they have a
carbon form that allow them to survive in that foul land. When you live in a
foul and dangerous land your personality starts to mirror your world.
Dad has been sending
us out to try and find a way of stopping the recruitment of more creatures into
the Dark One’s army. We are mainly doing recons at this point but we are
sending reports back that could lead to a more substantial intervention if
necessary. We have been concentrating on the more desolate areas of the
Universe. It is mainly us shape shifters who are going out as we can adapt to
any sort of terrain we find.
Sunset and I went to
the edge of the Tau Galaxy to find this lovely spot. As you know we can
manipulate the interfaces between the worlds but to get there we also had to
cross the unreality of chaos. Not the most fun of trips I can assure you.
I found a cave where we could spend the night so as to replenish the
energy spent in getting to Zhen.
I had slipped away
from the cave and was observing the natives. It turns out that the political
reality of the place is that no one is really in control. They formed tribes and
spend as much time trying to destroy each other as they do in trying to survive.
It is a hardscrabble life at best and as is all too common their are those who
would rather let someone else do the hard work and they just move in and take it
away from them. I didn’t really observe any of the tribal chiefs whom I
thought would make a good ally.
I was lying on my belly
when I looked up and saw a snake poised to strike. I knew I had to stay still
but I also heard something coming up behind me. It was then when I was trying to
choose which was the most dangerous that I met her.
the female voice instructed.
A large red-gold
dragon grabbed the snake by the neck and tossed it far away. A small female came
flying over me and kicked the Zhenite warrior with such force that the rock head
was smashed and the body crumbled to the ground.
“Follow me,” the
lady yelled and took off at a run.
“Who are you?” I
yelled back at her as I ran after her.
replied, “just keep up.”
She headed for the
caves. All I could really tell was that she was a tiny thing dressed in red
leather and chain mail and she was armed with at least two knives that I could
see. Her blue-black hair was bound up. She looked like she could be little more
then a child. She was certainly fast on her feet however and I noticed that the
wingless dragon flew overhead. He looked very much like our Master Khigh but I
had never seen him before. She followed the dragon to the foothills and started
to climb. Suddenly the dragon disappeared as she headed for the opening of a
“Wait,” I yelled,
“I have to retrieve my horse.”
guide the horses,” she yelled back. “You need to follow me, Sean.”
“How do you know my
name?” I asked.
yelled back and headed through the cave entrance.
Chung-Yeung?” I yelled after her.
I heard what I
thought was a giggle and the reply, “Later.”
The cave was made out of
rocks that had glowing red phosphorous growths covering them. There was enough
light that I didn’t need to call upon the glow crystal in my sword. I had
pulled my sword at the start of this little jaunt. It took all my breath to keep
up with this mad dash through the caves but I knew it would not be a good idea
to lose sight of this young lady. She certainly had a lot to explain. For one
thing I had never seen her before. For a second thing her dragon was a total
stranger. For the third, and in my mind the most important thing, was that the
only one who knew where I was going was father and he certainly had said nothing
about this little female warrior.
Princess Jade was aware of the thoughts of this large elf following her she
didn’t let on. She knew he was the son of the White Mage and Queen Niri the
High Queen of the Elves. The message to go get him came from her Grandfather and
she never questioned him. Her mother was his favorite daughter and her father
one of the Dragon Kings. Her Grandfather had betrothed her mother to the current
Emperor in an Earth world called China. She had the title Princess from three
different worlds and each title had a different sort of Princess.
Her task at hand was to lead this Elf Prince to her Grandfather.
The two of us
warriors ran through the cave system for close to an hour. We finally came out
into a world that definitely was not Zhen. My large roan horse Sunset and a
smaller white horse were munching on the grass. A large red-gold dragon was
curled up watching the exit of the cave and patiently waiting for us to come
out. The two of us collapsed on the ground and spent several minutes catching
“Who are you?” I
asked her as soon as I was able to talk without panting.
“Okay that is a
beautiful name,” I said patiently, “now who exactly are you, how did you
find me, and how did you know my name?”
“I am Princess
Jade,” she replied, “and my Grandfather sent me and told me your name.”
I was beginning to realize
that getting information from this young lady was not going to be easy. It
didn’t help any that the dragon was chuckling.
I sighed and asked,
“Who is your Grandfather?”
smiled and then said, “right now we need to get moving. The horses have rested
enough so that we can ride. We will follow Chung-Yeung.”
Chung-Yeung?” I asked trying to keep the irritation out of my voice.
## I am ##, the
dragon replied telepathically.
It was apparent I was
not going to get any more information out of these two so I mounted Sunset and
followed Princess Jade. I tried to see if I could figure anything else out about
her. Her eyes were dark brown and definitely almond shaped and slanted. She
looked similar to the Oriental people on the planet Earth. She was tiny but
definitely not a young child. She was also not a full grown adult so I figured
maybe her late teens. One thing I was sure of was that she was very beautiful
and someone valued her very highly. It is extremely rare for a being to have a
Dragon Guardian but this young lady definitely did. If you knew where to look
you could see the glow where the dragon amulet resided on her wrist between the
I turned my attention
to Chung-Yeung. Dragons, as you know, are fiercely independent creatures.
It would take someone very rare to convince one to spend its days as a
Guardian. I thought again of the young lady he was guarding. I know that the
gemstone jade is considered very valuable. It embodies the virtues of wisdom,
justice, compassion, modesty and courage. It is renowned for its beauty as well
as its hardness. Someone valued this young lady enough to call her Jade and this
dragon was devoted to her.
was as far as I could get. Both the girl and the dragon were adept at warding
off their thoughts. The one thing I could sense was that she was part elf not
that it did me any good to know that. I couldn’t tell if she had a
life-crystal or not. If she were related to us it was way back in the annuals of
two of us rode in silence. Jade was glad that I had enough sense to not question
her further. Her orders had been to bring me and let her Grandfather handle the
explanations. She had been afraid that I would continue to push. I have a
reputation for going after information and tenaciously pursuing it until I learn
what I want. I also have a reputation for temper. She didn’t have time to talk
right now. These interfaces were extremely tricky and she wanted to get home
without encountering any more trouble.
I realized that we
were traveling through chaos but a part of chaos that I had never encountered
before. I let Jade do the manipulations since I had no idea where we were
heading. I could only hope that she was not leading me into a trap. It was
possible of course but the facts that she was part elf at least and accompanied
by a dragon were in her favor.
It was a very long trip and
by the time we arrived all of us were tired. An old woman raced up to Princess
Jade and started fussing over her.
“Oh my poor
chick,” she exclaimed, “you must be exhausted.
I don’t know why they have to send you out on all these horrible
journeys. I have a nice bath drawn for you and some supper. We must get you out
of those clothes and into something more suitable for a Princess.”
Jade smiled and
patted the old woman on the shoulder. “It is all right Auntie. I like going on
these missions. You know I always have Chung-Yeung guarding me. Now do we have
someone to take care of Prince Sean?”
I can tell you that I
was shocked to hear her use my title. You know that I never use my title and
here was this little stranger, who not only knew my name, but my title!
Princess Jade looked
over at me and smiled. “Don’t look so shocked. I know all about you. You
will soon meet my Grandfather and he will explain everything.”
A young man came up
and bowed to me and asked me to follow him and assured me that my horse would be
very well taken care of.
Jade allowed her old
nurse to fuss over her. The woman had raised her as her own. Her mother was
often busy doing what she could to help Jade’s Grandfather out. It was her
Grandfather who had appointed Auntie as Jade’s nurse. She was a small and
wizened looking old lady when Jade had been born. No one really knew how old she
was or where she came from. Everyone soon learned however to do exactly as she
demanded when it came to taking care of her charge. Auntie would do anything to
care for and protect her Princess.
I followed the young
man, who gave his name as Li, into a very ornate building. There were guards at
every intersection. I noticed a great deal of artwork that depicted dragons. Li
led me to a side room and knocked on the door. An elderly voice bid him to
said, “Jade has returned. This is Prince Sean.”
I looked at the
elderly man. He had the same brown almond-shaped eyes that I had noticed on Jade
and Li and the rest of the people I had seen in this land. His hair was pure
white and he appeared to be rather frail looking but I sensed an enormous power
emanating from him.
“Thank you Li,”
the elderly man replied.
Li bowed and left the
room. The man and I looked at each other for a couple of moments without
“Please sit and
join me for some refreshment,” the man said. “I am Kwan-Lo although I go by
many names. I am sure you have many questions. Sit sit. I’ll try and explain
what is going on.”
I sat down at a table
that had many delicious looking dishes and were served on exquisite plates with
cups of finest gold to hold the wine.
“Please, I know it
has been a long journey for you. Eat and drink your fill while I endeavor to
explain what is going on,” Kwan-Lo said. “Some of the history you know but
some of this will be new to you. I ask that you wait until I am finished before
This is the story he
Back at the beginning, when the three immortals elves, unicorns, and dragons set out to explore the worlds that are part of the worlds of time, the elves scattered into many different directions. We were the most curious of the immortals. The unicorns for the most part stayed in the Mystic Lands. The dragons explored lands where there was a lot of commerce. You know that many dragons are traders. A certain section of the dragons, that the world of men call Eastern dragons, accompanied my ancestors. We are of elfin kind although our looks are different then most of our people. We traveled to place on a planet called Earth where a people known as Chinese were starting to establish a civilization. My father had the gift of far seeing and sensed that it was important that these people be protected. He sensed a great evil was about to arise and that these people would need to be guided so that this evil did not corrupt them.
The evil came to be known as the Dark One. When the call came to the scattered groups of elves to return to the Mystic Lands to fight against this evil our group stayed where we were. We knew that these people would be capable of being a force that the Dark One would exploit if they were not protected. My father went to your Grandfather and explained his visions and it was decided that we would be better used as protectors there in China. Agents of the Dark One killed my father as he was returning here where we had established our home. I became the leader after his death. We made the decision to appear as gods to the Chinese and the people accepted us as such. They accepted our dragon friends as protectors. We were able to keep the people from the gaze of the Dark One but to do that we had to cut ourselves off completely from our kind.
Our major ally was the Dragon Kings. These are beings that can be both dragon and men. My granddaughter Jade’s father is a Dragon King. You have noticed that she has a Guardian Dragon named Chung-Yeung. Because of her status as elf and dragon kind she is very special and the dragons make sure she is well protected. To answer the question you want to ask Jade is 17. She is extremely mature for her age and has a grasp of military tactics that is rare. I use her to help gather information because the Dark One still threatens worlds that we are associated with. As you know he is spreading his net farther and farther in an effort to try and get more minions to fight for him. Some of those worlds are in the part of the universe that we protect because we protect more then just China.
One of the places we are linked to is called Aurora’s World. This is where you come in. Your father is acquainted with Aurora. She is in fact related to him. Her world faces multiple threats and she has asked help of your father and of us. I sought out you father and we agreed that it was time for our two people to be reunited. He told me where you were and I sent Jade to get you and bring you here.
We had all heard of the “lost” elves of course. Now I was looking at the head of those elves. No wonder he radiated power.
“What kind of problem is this Aurora’s World facing, Sir,” I asked.
“They are a highly technological world,” the Emperor said, “and they have two suns that were split in a far distant time. Those suns are unstable and becoming more so. The suns split before the people came to the planet and it is only in recent time that they realized the suns are trying to reunite. Unfortunately if the suns collide it will cause an event that will destroy the planet. There is something on that planet that will prevent that from happening. There is also a faction there that is trying to undermine the discovery of this device and wants to see the planet destroyed.”
“Why would people want their own planet destroyed?” I asked.
“They aren’t from the planet,” Kwan-Lo said. “They are agents of the Dark One. He wants Aurora’s World destroyed because she has been an ally of your father. He is striking back at Aurora and your father.”
“What is it you want me to do?” I asked.
“I want you and Jade to go there and find the device that would allow the suns to merge peacefully. We, your father and I, also want you to discover who the traitors are and stop them from sabotaging the planet. We need to know who their contact is because whoever he or she is they are new to us. The Dark One has had to recruit new ‘heads’ and we want this one identified and if possible neutralized.”
“I’m not all that familiar with technological societies, Sir,” I replied.
“You are smart and adaptable according to your father,“ the Emperor said with a smile. “Besides Jade is familiar since she was my agent who originally got the information from Aurora’s World for me.”
“How do we get to this place?” I asked.
“You can go on horseback for most of the way,” Kwan-Lo replied. “Jade knows the way. There is a place very close where you can safely leave the horses. The interface from there into Aurora’s World is hidden. You and Jade will be able to make it in unnoticed. You can change into more appropriate clothes there.”
“I’m still unclear why you want me,” I said. “It looks like Jade has been there before and from what I’ve observed she can probably handle everything.”
Kwan-Lo chuckled, “Yes she is a most self-sufficient little thing but we do need you there also. You are very good at spotting the Dark One’s agents. Jade has an idea where to find the device that will prevent the disaster but she is going to need protection. Her dragon would be too conspicuous on a technological world. He will materialize if necessary but I need her protected. I cannot afford to lose her, Sean. She is very precious.”
“I take it as a technological world that shape shifting is out too,” I asked.
two might have to use that talent but you will have to be very careful,” he
replied. Seeing my surprised look he laughed and said, “Yes Jade is a shape
shifter among other talents.”
“She is a
telepath,” I replied.
“She is many
things,” her grandfather replied. That was all he would say. I figured rather
then press him I would discover what my young companion was as we went along.
“When do you want
us to start?” I asked.
“In a couple of
days,” Kwan-Lo replied. “We are waiting for a report from another agent. In
the meantime relax and enjoy our hospitality.”
A couple of hours later I
was walking in the garden when I met Jade again. She was dressed in a purple
gown and was holding a brown and fawn colored cat.
“So what did you think of
my grandfather?” Jade asked.
“He appears frail
but I have a feeling he could be a formidable opponent,” I replied.
“I would suggest
that you don’t take him on,” Jade laughed. “He may be old but he is still
a fierce fighter. He was my first teacher in unarmed combat. He is still among
the best there is.”
“That is a pretty
cat,” I told her. “What is its name?”
Ching-Ching. She has been my friend for a couple of years now,” Jade replied
with a smile. “She is going to be a mother soon.”
“She is an unusual
color,” I said. “Very pretty with her blue eyes.”
“I got her from my
mother,” Jade replied. “She is from a planet called Earth. Do you know
“Yes I do,” I replied.
“I frequently go there but I have a feeling to a different part then you
“I’ve just been to
China,” Jade said. “My mother is one of the Emperor’s wives. Where have
“I mainly go to a
place called Ireland,” I told her.
“Is it pretty
there?” she asked.
“It is very
beautiful,” I replied. “I know some of the songs from there if you would
like to hear them.”
“I would like that
very much,” she said with a smile. Looking at her I realized how young she
really was but there was something about her that made her seem very ancient at
the same time. There was a quality about her that reminded me of our sister
A couple of days later we
were summoned by her Grandfather for a meeting. It was in the same room where I
had first met him. You can imagine my surprise when we entered the room and I
“What are you doing
here little brother?” I asked.
Brendan smiled that
cocky grin of his. “Well big brother,” he answered, “it seems Dad has been
getting some disturbing reports from his cousin and sent me to liaise with her
and find out what was going on. She in turn was in contact with Emperor Kwan-Lo
here and so here I am.”
Brendan turned to
Jade and took her hand and kissed it. “How is my beautiful China Doll?” he
“I can still kick
your butt,” Jade replied with a giggle.
“Word of warning
big brother,” Brendan said, “this little girl is lethal. She may look like a
porcelain china doll but she is one of the best people to have around in a
“I found that out,” I
said, “when she kicked the head off of a Zhenite warrior.”
“I take it you have
some information for us,” Jade said, “that we can use on Aurora’s
“I was just about
to ask Prince Brendan for his report,” the Emperor said.
We sat down and
Brendan made his report.
The suns are getting more and more unstable. The force field they have trying to keep things in stasis is weakening with the strain. They have their best scientists working on it but ultimately they are going to have to deal with the fact that the suns need to reunite. No one really knows why the suns were split in the first place. The current inhabitants of Aurora’s World are not the original technological society. They have been unable to translate all of the writings of the original inhabitants. They understand enough that it was necessary to split the suns for a time and that in the future they would need to be reunited. They know that there is a device somewhere that would do this safely but there is no indication of where the device is.
In the last year there has been problems politically on the planet. There appears to be a new faction that has questioned the ruling of the world and the scientists. Since this is an artificially enhanced world the scientists who keep it together have traditionally been in charge. This new faction is questioning the right of scientists to rule and have caused a considerable amount of unrest among the population. There has been a definite attempt to sabotage the reputation of scientists. There is a cult who feels that nature is fighting back at the scientists who abused her. They believe that if the suns are allowed to collide then the new sun will purify the planet and the people who survive will be the ones who worship nature.
I have been there for a month now and it is clear that the “nature” ringleaders are not from this planet. It is also obvious that they are technologically advanced and know that they are spewing nonsense. I haven’t been able to track the main leader but I can give you the names of some of his followers. The leader is definitely male that I have been able to find out.
Aurora is besieged on all sides from people wanting her to act against the new faction, try and reign in some of the more strident scientists, discover what the ancients knew, etc. She will give you as much help as she can but she needs to be careful. There have been attempts on her life. If she is killed the planet will descend into chaos. She is the one who holds the place together. The planet’s original name was translated as Sea World but it has been called Aurora’s World for a long time because of her ability to keep the planet in stasis. She is an elf by the way and Dad’s cousin.
I looked over at Jade. She
shook her head. “Chung-Yeung says he is going,” Jade said. “He says he
will materialize whenever he feels I am threatened. He also says this is not
The Emperor frowned,
“This isn’t a world where dragons are known.”
Jade replied, “we don’t control the dragons.”
“I know,” Kwan-Lo
sighed. “Prince Sean I will ask you to try and keep my granddaughter safe so
that the dragon doesn’t have to appear.”
“I’ll do my
best,” I replied.
Brendan answered all
of our questions the best he could and the four of us drew up plans for Jade and
I to try and help Aurora in settling the unrest and finding the key to reuniting
the suns safely.
Brendan and I shared a room
and we talked into the night catching each other up on the places we have been
and what we have observed.
said, “look I’ve worked with Jade before. Don’t under estimate her. She
may only be 17 but she is more mature then anyone has a right to be at that age.
She has been trained since infancy as a warrior and a diplomat. I’m not sure
what all her powers are but she doesn’t follow the same conventions that we
do. We usually have one major talent like our ability to shape shift. I suspect
she has several major abilities that she isn’t telling us. I don’t know if
it is because she is a Dragon King’s daughter or not. You know I do have some
precog plus I checked with Cassie and she senses the same thing I do. Somehow
this little Princess Jade is going to be vital if we are to defeat the Dark One.
Keep her safe big brother.”
Two days later Jade and I set off towards Aurora’s World. I let her do the interfaces since I had no idea of where we were going. Her dragon accompanied us. I got the feeling that Chung-Yeung was not happy with this assignment for his ward. You know that Sunset doesn’t get nervous around anyone or anything but I got the distinct feeling that he was uneasy around this dragon.
took three days to get us to their destination. I could sense she was having
very spirited discussions with her dragon. I couldn’t hear what they were
saying of course since those two block better then anyone I have ever
encountered. In the evenings I could tell she was trying to soothe the dragon
and calm him down.
We sat by a lake
the night before arriving at Aurora’s World. The dragon had gone to feed.
bothering Chung-Yeung, Jade?” I asked.
like assignments where he can’t be there physically at all times,” she
replied. “He doesn’t like Aurora’s World for that reason. He also has
sensed a growing evil there. He doesn’t like it. He is very protective of
“Is it because
you are a Dragon King’s daughter that he is with you?” I asked.
Jade replied. “I’m not sure what the reason is that he was chosen to be my
Guardian. He appeared at birth and told my Grandfather that it was decided among
his people that he was going to be my Guardian. No one really knows why.
Grandfather just accepted it and so has everyone else.”
“Have you ever
asked him why,” I asked.
say,” Jade replied.
The next morning we
stood on a hill looking over the spaceport at Aurora’s World. Jade had
explained that a majority of the planet was water. There was only one land mass.
We had made our camp in a cave and the horses were in an enclosed paddock on the
other side of an interface. The cave was more of a home then anything else and
Jade explained that she had discovered it and set up a camp there. It was well
protected by wards. She had clothing there that she could don that would allow
her to fit in with the denizens of this world and she had some clothing supplied
for me as well.
“I really don’t
like all that technology,” Jade said. “They are so caught up in mechanical
things that they no longer can appreciate the beauty of the earth and sea.”
“There are other
worlds like that,” I said. “It is sad really.”
“We are quite a
distance from where we need to be,” Jade said. “Let us rest here tonight and
I’ll let you know what I have observed of this planet. It will help you to fit
in better. There is a place where we can teleport to that will put us safely
where we need to be to start out.” Jade talked of Aurora’s World and the
people she had met there.
The next morning
dressed in garb that would allow us to fit in we teleported to a cove near the
water. No one observed us as we made our way from there into the docks and then
into the city proper. Jade had explained that there was only one major city
here. There were a few outlying farming settlements but ships brought in most of
the food and commerce. The planet was one of the few sources of a very rare
mineral and they traded with that. Jade had explained that the mineral was made
by the sea and was constantly being replenished so that there was no risk of the
wealth drying up on the planet.
That first day we
tried to get a sense of the atmosphere of the place. We both could feel a
tension that wasn’t healthy. The storm of the day before had gone to reveal a
sky with two suns that looked angry. The angry sky seemed to reflect in the mood
of the people. Jade brought us to a place she knew where we could safely stay in
the city. The woman who ran the place seemed very happy to see Jade.
Constance this is my friend, Sean,” Jade said. “He is the brother of
was a very old lady but her back was still very erect. She looked me over
carefully. “He doesn’t look much like Brendan,” she said. “There is
something though that indicates they are related. Any friend of Jade is a friend
of mine. I absolutely adore Brendan so you are doubly welcome.”
have that effect on people,” I said with a smile.
We sat around the
dinner table and Mistress Constance filled us in on what had been happening
since Jade was there last.
I think you were here when Dax came. I’m sure he is working for someone outside the planet. He has become the main rabble-rouser. He is constantly on the channels arguing with the scientists. He obviously has scientific training but he uses that training to try and discredit science. He is a mesmeric speaker and people are starting to listen to him. The new earth people are quoting him frequently now. He made a foray into trying to discredit Aurora but that was more then the people would tolerate. You know how she is worshiped. I worry about her though. She has so much on her plate and I fear all of this discontent as well as the suns acting up may be more then her old body can bear.
That evening we watched the channels as they were called and closely observed this Dax. He certainly had a way with words I’ll grant him that but there was something else about him that didn’t seem quite right.
“Do you think he might
be projecting some sort of mind control,” Jade asked.
“I suppose it is
possible,” I replied, “but how would he be able to find the strength to
reach that many people. That takes an enormous amount of energy.”
“Could he be
amplifying it through some sort of device?” Jade asked.
“I don’t know,” I
replied. “What makes you think he is?”
“That pendant her
wears is awfully thick,” Jade said. “I was trying to focus on it and it gave
me a headache like it was sending out some sort of signal to block me.”
“So you think he
may be a psychic?” I asked.
isn’t,” Jade replied, “I can always tell when someone has psy powers.”
“How?” I asked
know,” she answered. “I have always been able to tell.”
That was going to
be a very useful talent as we were to discover.
The next morning we walked around the spaceport area. If people were coming in from the outside to be agitators then this is where we would discover evidence. I noticed that even though we were dressed like the people of the planet that looks were cast our way that were bordering on hostile. It suddenly dawned on me that no one really looked like Jade. She was tiny with raven hair and almond shaped brown eyes. The rest of the people were fair and on the tall side. No wonder Brendan fit in.
“Jade,” I asked,
“are their any others who look like you on this planet?”
outsiders,” she replied. “It is one of the reasons that Chung-Yeung hates
We were walking
towards the city proper when the first trouble arose. A couple of very tough
looking men suddenly appeared in front of us.
welcome her, girlie,” one of the toughs snarled.
said with a smile. She pushed a button on her communicator and a hologram of a
badge appeared. “This says I am.”
“One of the old
lady’s are you?” the other tough said and spit on the ground.
“Whose Red here
then?” the first man said turning towards me.
bodyguard,” I replied.
“You think you
are tough?” the second man said.
“I know I am,”
I said and grabbed the two of them and knocked their heads together. I had seen
them reaching for some sort of weapon and decided a preemptive strike was called
“That is new,”
Jade said. “I have never known there to be violence like this before. We must
get to Aurora and talk to her.”
We managed to make
it through to the government buildings without any more trouble but the
atmosphere was very tense and I could tell that the possibility of violence was
seething under the surface.
Jade flashed her
badge again and asked for an audience with Aurora. We were met by a very old
lady who greeted Jade warmly. Jade introduced me as her friend and Brendan’s
brother. Again our little brother’s name seemed to open more doors. We
followed Aurora down a corridor to her office. I have never experienced such
strong wards in my life.
said. “We have much to discuss and not much time. I need to make a broadcast
to my people in an hour.”
Jade told her about
the two toughs who had accosted us. Aurora didn’t seem surprised.
“We are getting
them in from the outer planets,” Aurora explained. “We are doing our best to
round them up and deport them as fast as we can. They have been attacking
scientists. Fortunately no one has died but I’m afraid it is only a matter of
time. One of the scientists heard the mention of a name Draco. He is our
opponent, Jade. He doesn’t reside here but is using minions to do his dirty
work. Your brother, Brendan, is trying to trace him down, Sean. You both must be
“I noticed a special
hostility in the looks of some of the people directed towards Jade,” I said.
“What is going on?”
“Jade is different from
the other people here as I’m sure you’ve noticed,” Aurora replied. “The
people know that their are outsiders causing problems and Jade is clearly an
outsider. You are going to have to be very careful my dear. Have you considered
changing your face?”
“I have been
advised not to,” Jade replied. “Brendan got a message that when I’m in
human form that I should appear as myself. Something about a timeline that will
collapse if I change my human appearance.”
“I believe that
is where he got the information from,” Jade replied. “It was seconded by
your mother’s father.”
Aurora rubbed her
eyes. She was clearly fatigued. “Great,” she sighed. “That is all I need
converging timelines to sort out.”
understand,” Jade said.
“It looks like
whatever is happening is not going linear like time should,” Aurora explained.
“We have multiple timelines converging and what we do here will affect what
ultimately will be our future. It can go so many ways that we are unable to sort
out the variables. Something, or someone, and I suspect it is the Dark One, is
meddling in the timelines for this place.”
“I didn’t know
he could do that,” I said.
“He can’t to a
large extent but when a place like this has an event horizon where a potential
catastrophe is forth coming,” Aurora explained, “then there is a way to
meddle in the timeline to make multiples appear and make it difficult to know
what is real and what is a false projection. It is a result of all this
technology I’m afraid.”
“What do we need
to do?” Jade asked.
“I need you to
discover where the device is that will unite the suns,” Aurora answered.
“And what I need you to do young man is to make sure that she is safe. I know
both of you are shape shifters and you will need that talent. Be careful though.
There are too many spies around. There is no guarantee that Brendan will be able
to find and neutralize this Draco in time. You are going to have to deal with
his chief minion Dax yourself.”
“Is Dax using
some sort of mind control?” I asked.
“We believe he
might be,” Aurora answered, “but we have been unable to find the frequency
he is broadcasting on. He has a strong block on his receiver.”
“Can we get the
pendant from him and destroy it?” Jade asked.
“You are such a clever child. Dax has some very good bodyguards around him at
all times in addition to a personal force field. If you think you can penetrate
and get the pendant by all means do so.”
We talked for a few
minutes longer then Jade and I took our leave. She wanted to head back to the
spaceport. There was someone there she wanted to see.
We wandered through
the spaceport until we came to the water’s edge. The spaceport had been built
so that it was next to the water. Land was at a premium and it was helpful to
have the ships take off and gather speed to make the light jump over water.
turned out that Jade wanted to meet with a dolphin. She told me he was the head
of the dolphins. She introduced him as Kang Dae, which she later told me meant
powerful. She and the dolphin spoke in the dolphin’s language. It turns out
that another of Jade’s talents was the ability to speak to anything in their
As we were walking
back towards the city center Jade explained what was going on.
people were here when the original inhabitants arrived and the suns were
split,” Jade explained. “Something was going wrong with the sun and it had
to be split. The people left a device to reunite the suns when the time came.
Kang Dae has his people exploring the oceans to find this device. He knows it
was put in the water but they aren’t sure where. The ancients were trying to
keep the information from an evil as it was called. I believe that evil is
probably the Dark One. I’ll be contacted when they find it but there is a lot
of water to explore.”
It was as we were
returning to Mistress Constance’s house that the next attack came. This time
there were almost a dozen people. Since I wasn’t in my normal clothes I
didn’t have my sword with me so I set about with my fists. I soon discovered
Jade had secreted knives in her outfit. Even with both of us fighting I knew it
was going to be difficult because these were experienced fighters. A sudden
explosion in the air brought Chung-Yeung into the fight. He was furious and in
only a couple of moments he had dispatched the rest of the fighters. A shaken
Jade grabbed me and we teleported back to the cave.
“I have never
seen him rip beings apart before,” Jade said in a shaky voice.
necessary## Chung-Yeung told us. ##They had a poison in their mouths that if
they bit you then you would die a most horrible death. These were not normal
beings but enhanced evil. ##
“I heard the name
Dax mentioned by one of them,” I said. “I
think it is time that we tried to get more information on this man.”
Jade changed into
an outfit that included a gun. “I’m not taking any more chances,” she
declared. “They know I’m an outsider so I will dress like one and have my
weapons with me.”
“You know how to
use that gun?” I asked.
“I am proficient
in all weapons,” Jade declared. I wasn’t going to argue with her.
We spent the
afternoon frequenting places that I would normally not take a lady to but Jade
was not going to be left outside. Chung-Yeung settled back into the amulet but I
knew the instant there was any trouble he would materialize. We heard a lot of
talk about Dax and a little about Draco. We heard one rumor that sent us towards
the metal pyramids.
suddenly said, “I think it would be best if you change into a bird shape and
investigate over by the warehouses. I’m sensing a great evil emanating from
there. I’ll cover for you while you change.”
suddenly appeared in front of us.
dragon said ##I’ll protect her. ##
changed into eagle form as Jade and her dragon stood guard. Jade had given me
the coordinates to where she sensed the evil. Flying over the back alley I saw a
group on men surrounding Dax.
telling you boss,” one of the toughs said, “I found them all ripped to
pieces. There is something here that isn’t right.”
“You are turning
cowards on me,” Dax snarled. “You are paid well to do as I tell you. You
know the Big One wants results not excuses. I want that girl and the bodyguard
another of the toughs, “easy for you to say. You don’t have to face no
demon. You are always nice and safe.”
“I’ve told you
before,” Dax said exasperatedly, “there is no such thing as demons. Now get
going. I want her dead. I have my orders too.”
I watched as the
group of toughs went away grumbling to themselves. Dax watched them go. When he
was alone he pushed a button on his pendant and a hologram appeared showing
another man seated in a dark room.
obviously brought her dragon, Master,” Dax said to the man.
“Dragons can be
killed too,” the man replied.
“I have more
people coming in including dragon hunters,” Dax said.
“Good, time is of
the essence,” the man replied. “We need to finish the business and get out
discovered the interface that was being used and sent a message to Brendan
giving him the location of where Draco had to be.
##Thanks bro, ##
The two men were
too involved in their conversations to recognize the probe that I had sent and
the information I had related to Brendan. As they signed off I saw my chance and
swooped down and grabbed the pendant ripping it from Dax’s neck. I quickly
teleported to the cave and sent a message to Jade to meet me there.
“What have you
got?” Jade asked as she entered the cave.
I showed her the
“We need to get
rid of it,” she declared.
appeared next to us.
“Well done big
bro,” Brendan said with a smile. “Let me have the trinket. It will make it
easier to try and get to Draco.”
“Were you able to
find him with the interface info I sent?” I asked.
said “but it isn’t going to be easy to get at him. This will help. Look I
don’t want to rush you two but Cassie is seeing multiple lines where the sun
explodes soon. You need to find that device.”
“We have another
problem,” I told the two of them. “Dax is bringing dragon hunters in to try
and get Chung-Yeung. Draco also wants Jade killed.”
“Why me?” Jade
asked. “He shouldn’t even know who I am!”
“There is a leak
in Aurora’s office,” Brendan replied. “Somehow the information of who you
are has gotten to the Dark One. He knows you are with her, Sean. He has ordered
Draco to get you both. He wants you both dead in the worst possible way. You,
Sean, because you have foiled his plans too many times. You, Jade, because you
are a new threat to him and he fears you.”
understand?” Jade said. “How can I be a threat to him? I could see
Grandfather as a threat but I’m just one of Grandfather’s agents.”
caressed her face. “I don’t understand myself, little one,” he said.
“Somehow though you are going to be a major threat to him.”
“This is just
getting too complicated,” Jade said softly. Brendan held her close and
comforted her. I realized then just how young she was. I also realized that she
caught us off guard. Rushing to the edge of the cliff we looked down at the
city. There was smoke and fire coming from where the government offices were.
All three of us were suddenly assaulted with the command to get down there. We
recognized Aurora’s voice. Teleporting to the coordinates she sent us we found
ourselves near twisted molten pieces of metal that were once machines. Aurora
came over to us and indicated that we were to follow her. She was covered with
soot and blood from a cut on her forehead.
happened?” Brendan asked.
device set off early,” Aurora said. “The destruction would have been worse
if it had been put where it was intended. At least I know who the spy in my
office is now. He was blown to bits.”
Aurora sat down
heavily on a chair. Jade went to her and I found out that she did have a life
crystal, a very ancient one. She used it to heal the cut on Aurora’s head. We
could add Healer to her list of talents.
Princess,” Aurora said. “The rest can wait. Right now I need all three of
you to get going. Something has happened to accelerate the suns. We need that
device now and we need it installed. Dax is leading his toughs towards the main
science center. Sean and Brendan, I need you over there to lead the defenses.
Both of you know military tactics and can get my guards organized to defend the
center. Jade, your dragon will just have to materialize and protect you. We have
had a message from the dolphins that they have found what you are looking
Brendan and I looked at
“Okay big bro,”
Brendan said with a grin, “I guess I can fight back to back with you again.”
Draco?” I asked.
“Oh I sent his
coordinates to Dad,” Brendan said.
Fortunately for us
the guards were more then ceremonial. They actually knew how to fight. Brendan
and I quickly looked over the science center and realized that we had the
advantage since we could lock off the main area. We also had a place to put the
useless at fighting scientists so that they were safe and more importantly not
in our way. I was concerned about Jade but she had recovered from her fright and
along with Chung-Yeung had teleported to a place on the coast where the dolphins
were waiting for her.
Before leaving Jade
had done a sweep of the people in the science center along with Aurora. They had
been able to identify those beings who were allied with Dax. With them safely
under lock and key Brendan and I went to work setting up the defenses.
We were looking at
the vids showing the gang that Dax was sending to try and attack the science
center. As was usual Dax made sure he was safe while sending his troops as
“A true son of
the Dark One,” Brendan remarked. “He lets his troops get slaughtered while
he hides and remains safe.”
“An ugly mob he
is sending however,” I replied.
uglier,” Brendan grinned.
edge of the ocean Jade was met by Kang Dae and his agents. He told her they had
found the device that was needed along with the instructions on how to use it.
Jade shape shifted into mermaid form and followed the Kang Dae down to where the
device was hidden. It needed human hands to free the device, which looked like
an old-fashioned hourglass.
into human form Jade stood at the edge of the water.
she said. “If you can help to create a diversion I’ll try and get this
device where it needs to be. We need to make sure no one observes me doing
##We will be
honored to help you my lady, ## Kang Dae replied.
The dolphins made a
great show of force chattering away and leaping high into the air and doing
complicated maneuvers. The cameras of the science center were turned towards the
dolphins as the scientists tried to figure out what they wanted. They could tell
that the dolphins were trying to communicate something but they weren’t sure
what. While the scientists were focused on the dolphins, Jade and her dragon
headed for the sun.
Of course Brendan
and I found ourselves in the thick of the fight. We had both retrieved our
swords; since that was the weapon we were most familiar with. We had maneuvered
the enemy into a position where they were unable to use their automatic weapons
without killing each other. The guards proved to be quite adept at hand-to-hand
fighting when Brendan and I had to switch to knives. It was a dirty fight but
the mercenaries were not inclined to put themselves in that much danger and the
people of the planet were hopeless in a fight. We were able to keep the mob away
from the main rooms where the machinery was installed that ran the planet. It
turned out to be a rather easy fight to win.
rarely allow humans to ride them. Chung-Yeung had always allowed Jade to ride
him whenever she wished. From the time she was a tiny baby Jade loved to to be
on dragon back. Chung-Yeung generated a force field around her that allowed her
to breathe and to be warm and safe. She could not fall off. That force field
came in handy as they sped towards the main sun. Since the dragon was a creature
of fire he could get quite close to the sun without any damage. Jade was safe in
his force field. The instructions on the device were to get to the main sun and
turn the device on and throw it into the sun. The device would then generate the
field to gently bring the other sun into its orbit and merge with it. It was a
difficult maneuver but Jade managed to pull it off. The moment Jade threw it
towards the sun Chung-Yeung teleported her to the safety of the cave.
Jade stood at the
cliff looking over the spaceport. Chung-Yeung lay by her side.
I hope Sean and
Brendan are okay,” she told her dragon.
##They are##, Chung
The three elves had the best seats in the house as they watched the suns slowly move towards each other. Jade had told the men about the device and setting it off. They in turn told her about the battle. The announcement by Aurora to the entire planet that the crisis was averted thanks to the scientists and the suns would peacefully merge had taken the fight out of many of the people trying to get into the science center. The mercenaries had turned tail and run when they realized that they were no longer needed. After all they were in it for the money only. Aurora had promised amnesty to those who had opposed the government if they would surrender. Dax was nowhere to be found. An unauthorized ship had taken off during the troubles at the science center.
“Did you find out
why the suns were split, Jade?” Brendan asked.
that needed to be burned out,” Jade replied. “Apparently the sun was too big
and needed to be split so that the main sun had time to continue its reactions
faster and overcome the instability. As soon as that happened the suns were
supposed to be merged. The original scientists had to flee hiding the device
that would do that. The suns would eventually reunite but the device was the
only way to do that without an explosion that would devastate the planet. It was
during the dark wars and they needed to make sure that the Dark One didn’t
find the device. It was one of the reasons that Aurora came here. They had
gotten a message to the Mystic Council to protect the place and Aurora had been
to many technological worlds and she volunteered to come here.”
“What happened to
them?” I asked.
“I don’t know
but I fear they were all killed fighting the Dark One.” Jade said. “I can
find no trace of them anywhere.”
We traveled back to
Jade’s home. It was there that I acquired my little sweetheart. Ching-Ching
had given birth while Jade was gone and allowed Jade to give me one of the
Brendan and I tried
to trace Dax and Draco but they had been successful in eluding Dad’s agents.
We were at a tavern for the night when the attack came. Out of nowhere I felt a
sword thrust into my shoulder. Ling-Ling screamed and jumped onto the face of
the attacker. Brendan went after the attacker who turned out to be Dax. It was
quite a fight but Brendan prevailed. He got me here and he went after Draco. Dax
had given a location for his Master before he died.
Kira looked at the kitten. “Okay,” she said, “I’ll forgive her this time.”
She gave her
brother a kiss of the forehead.