Our fears taught fate how to kill us. A Calpuri Squadron, has tracked us, and tried to attack our ship. We crashed into a rock, and exited the ship. Two landing modules, landed right in front of us. Thank god for our heavy armor, or we would end up floating in space. But, that was the only good news. We were outnumbered 4 to one. Literally, the entire surface of the asteroid was covered by enemy soldiers and robots. One couldn’t move a step without having to kill.
We had no choice, but to fight. The Calpuris started first, by vaporizing Max and Patricia. We fired back and knocked 4 of their robots from the rock. That was followed by a massive Alpher attack. We lost five other men, within three minutes. Rita was torn in half by two battle droids. Madoka fell from the rock and into outer space. Then I saw a battle droid crash into him. Rest in peace. Cond tried to rescue him, and burned in hellfire. That freaking droid was loaded with it. Galdan and Fang burned down with her, so did a couple Calpuri soldiers. Rita tried to run into the Calpuri ship, and was cut in half by a laser sword. When the fire evaporated. Only Leff, I, and Dua remained alive. Calpuri soldiers had retreated. They would deal with us later. Meanwhile we were free to die on our own. The whole damn rock was littered with burned metal, and frozen body parts. Cond’s fried up legs, Madoka’s shattered fingers, and Rita’s hands. The thermometer showed -260C close to absolute zero. Nothing lets you survive this for long. Even our space suits, would eventually give in, and let our bodies turn into icicles.
We were stranded on a desolate rock, in the middle of nowhere. For god knows how long. Surrounded by remains of our team. That’s what hell actually looks like. I was about to rupture my space suit, when we were attacked again. A single landing module with 5 soldiers on it. We rushed towards it, trying to escape. Next thing, I know I was vaporized.
When I came back from Upper Plateau, the Emperor graced me with a new mission. I had to collect the information about the Lejian Mega clans, and their relationship with Martians. I also had to present the information to the wide audience, in a form easy for them to understand. I was supposed to expose the inequality and inspire action.
After a long discussion with Aisha, I have decided to make a documentary series. I have wanted to publish a book, but Aisha told me a better plan. The masses are easier to engage, if you show them visuals.
To kick start my research, I have read the Imperial Encyclopedia for 5 hours every weekday. I read all the articles about 15 great clans of Leji. And I made notes on all of them. I have made a list of clan lords for each of clans and typed a paragraph about each one. I have spent practically all of my time in my office. No one was allowed to disturb me, while I read, and made notes.
The first weekend of the school year I and Layla, went to the Alley of the Presidents, and recorded all of their stories. On Dork 14th, we went to Sakuradzima, and listened to the life story of Ivati Nadzima. We also went to the Foundation Museum and made notes about the founding fathers. A day later I went there again and made notes about the first colonial expedition.
On, Soldar, Din 1st, I have started my research on the Martians. I went to the Foundation museum, they had nothing on the Martian settlers. I went to the National History museum, they only had two dozen artifacts to represent 15 thousand years of Martian presence. Layla told me, if I want to find out more, I have to visit Martian towns.
We have gone to Kivat and went to Arrival Museum. There I learned that first children of Mars came here, during the reign of Rumi Lindar. The cities of Kivat and Gegendorf were founded as exclusively Martian communities during the reign of Darth Nadoma. After leaving the Museum we went to the First Settlers park, where we have recorded the story of the trip from Mars, from the founder of Kivat, Patrick Johnson.
To finish the work on the first film I and Leff have gone to Mars, and spent two months there, visiting museums, historic locations, and listening to statues. After coming back, I put everything together, and showed the film to my family. I wanted to release Guests from Marsimmediately, but Aisha said it would be better to release everything at once.
Next year, I have researched the professional life of Martians on Kadjar. I went to Gegendorf Museum of Martian pride. I saw that Martian settlers, and their descendants, had peculiar social status on Kadjar. They all worked in Medicine and Education, the other fields were closed to them. Kivat and Gegendorf were the only town, where descendants of Martians own stores and work in government, everywhere else they could only be doctors or teachers. Most of Kadjari teachers, college professors, doctors, dentists, and nurses have Martian last names. I had Leff look through the employment records of schools, hospitals and kinder gardens.
It was determined that Martians were locked into comfortable middle-class prison. A Smith or a Johnson would never become a policeman or bureaucrat. A Lindar or Dzimani does not even need a resume to get accepted. That’ s what people told me, both online and in personal conversations. I have checked their data, I have looked at employment rosters of City Halls, and Police departments all over the planet. I have made inquiries to every major clan. And I saw those claims confirmed. There was discrimination on unimaginable scale, and everyone had to face the truth. Thus, A Doctor or Nobody, was created.
While working on the second film, I discovered something huge. There were entire provinces, where no Martians were allowed to settle. They could visit those lands but they could not relocate. Even if people lived on Kadjar for generations, they were considered Martians, they were denied housing just because of their last names.
After hearing that, I have decided to go further. I have visited every province of Kadjar and talked with people of Martian descent. They were present everywhere. Thousands of people in Martian free zones have descended from Martians who married into Terran, Vijer and Lejian clans. I have looked at life stories of thousands of people both living and deceased and saw a clear pattern. A person ceases to be a pariah, if his last name changes. So, the third film was titled,As good as Last Name.
Years 8 and 9 were hard for our expedition, we were travelling through a starless void, the outside view was impenetrable darkness with no visible stars. Sometimes it seemed like we weren’t moving at all. The enemy wasn’t seen anywhere on the horizon, it seemed like they had forgotten us. Everyone had forgotten us, we were stuck in this endless void.
Off course the star map, and ship systems were telling us a different story, we were moving, and moving rather fast. We were actually approaching our destination. I had to remind that to everyone, we weren’t lost, and we weren’t stuck, but it sure seemed that way. If one looked outside, or on our small sector of the map. No stars, no planets, no nothing for hundred million km around us.
This perceived failure, had almost ruined the team from the inside. Rita had panic attacks which lasted for hours, filled with shaking, shivering and swearing out loud. Max tried to dull his feelings with going into VR, once he didn’t come out of the machine for an entire week. We had to take him out by force and spoon fed him, so he didn’t starve. The tools, we had helped us go through it, but they had to be used wisely. And together with optimistic tales. Tias knew what to do, every evening he gathered us around and told us, that we are going to win, that we were going towards our goal, and doing meaningful work to end the war. He made everyone listen to loud uplifting music while piloting. He also made us meditate every night before sleep. This helped, and the team continued to function. There were arguments and fights, but nobody killed anyone or did any injuries. That was kept under control. Minor hysterical outbursts, nothing unexpected, some damaged paintings, one torn up portrait of Dua, and a couple of food fights, nothing more damaging than that. Soon, the despair went away and we were our old optimistic selves.
By the time we reached the Magellan cloud, we were all very mindful people. If, not for that, we could have fallen victim of our psychology. For even Ostartes have feelings, we are not machines. These feelings were expressed, understood, and calmed down. “Tristan Nadoma” exited the void, and got into the Magellan cloud. That was a cause for a celebration. We decorated the ship with ribbons, and sung victory songs. For we won this battle, and almost won the war. We were much closer to Azares than to any other known world. However, we didn’t have very good maps of the Magellan Cloud. Still, I knew we were heading the right way. Azares was almost in our hands. The lizards had to be preparing us a welcome. If they were aware of us coming their way. We were coming to the high negotiations.
It was always hard to be the only member of a group. That makes you vulnerable, weak, and isolated. I was selected to be the only Goblin in the top 10. Frankly it would be easier for me, to go home, and be replaced by yet another human.
They decided I classify as a red blood, so I had to share my space with all those humans. Those beings who have dense beautiful hair, while we goblins have none. That made me dislike myself. Why can’t goblins grow hair, on the head. I only have a little between my legs. About half of what human girls get.
That’s stupid. I want hair! I asked Dua many times, if he could modify my genome like that, and he said that then I won’t be a goblin. I won’t be able to produce fertile offspring after mating with a goblin or with anyone. I would become a totally different species. Besides he said it’s too dangerous to perform such experiments on adults, specimens often die. There was also a need for a laboratory larger than this entire ship. And a load of equipment heavier than our entire load. Still, he said I could ask Emperor to give me he hair.
I did, he promised to do it after my return. Goblins usually overcompensate for that by their obsession with jewelry, but I was from Nao. People don’t wear jewels there. Instead it’s all about adorning hair, and skin, with paints. I grew up covered in body art. A lot of it could be only shown to family. Since public nudity is a big no-no on conservative Nao. Still boys love this kind of stuff. Hearts, crosses, ice crystals, domestic plants, all over female bodies, guys could fight over that sometimes. Though we only showed them hands, and legs up to the knees. As well as our necks, consequently those are the most elaborately decorated parts of male, female and ersta bodies.
Lejians think us weird for having body art and tattoos, and we think them pretentious, for never leaving the house without some jewelry. They also have an emotional range of a snowman. And don’t get me started on Kadjarians, they don’t understand what style is. Always over the top, just like Vijers, though they would rather walk naked with 4 gold bracelets serving as clothes. Tutmossians are ok, although their obsession with being colorful makes them hard to look at.
I learned all of that through Galactnet chatting. All was confirmed by staying in the camp.
The challenge of being from Nao, was augmented by being a goblin. People believe us to be maniacally obsessed with gold, but those are Kadjarian goblins, Lejian goblins have the same passion for silver, and Tutmossian ones for Emeralds, and gold. Overall most goblin communities are obsessed with jewelry and precious metals to the point of wearing golden gloves with silver armor. But Nao goblins are different. All the goblins, and people in the camp looked at me, like I was not “a real goblin”. A real goblin must be covered in jewelry from head to toe. Seeing me without any jewelry (a thin chain obviously doesn’t count) they concluded me to be psychopath. They rejected me, so good thing I had something else to concentrate on.
When I was on “Tristan Nadoma”, the people treated me ok, but they still looked at me funny from time to time. They thought that I might be a human in a goblin body, and I kind of caught it from them. Although Tias dissuaded those fears, by telling everyone that Nao goblins don’t wear jewelry, since it’s not part of Nao culture, since Nao founders hated it for some stupid reason.
I also had to spend all this time sharing a tiny room with 7 humans. They were all from different worlds and full of surprises. Given that I didn’t really look goblin, they saw me more as a human. Giving me human food, assigning me a human character in video games, etc. They even undressed before me, and nudity in presence of other species, is punished by death within Imperial space. But, we weren’t in Imperial space. We were in Calpuri space. Where any mistake on our part could kill us, leaving no remains. Except Tias’ head, getting into museum, that’s a possibility. Maybe they would cut off Rita’s fast hands and turn them into an attraction. Calpuris are weird, their language is weird, everything is weird. And I grew up speaking Rana Calpuri, in its Nao variety. Everyone on this ship, grew up speaking some form of Rana Calpuri, some were more Rana than others. Kadjari is as similar to Nao, as it is to Unglis. Not understandable at all, familiar words only make it more confusing. Like I get one word in 10, and get the whole sentence wrong.
Any way when I speak Calpuri, it sounds like Nao on steroids. We should go back to speaking pure Calpuri after the war ends. Everyone, in the whole galaxy should learn the step father of all languages.
On our ship, everyone spoke Calpuri all the time, and we had a good time doing it. We could not communicate as efficiently, if we stuck to our native languages. So, an idea of making the whole galaxy fluent in one auxiliary language, sounds wonderful. Everyone supported it on the ship.
When I was piloting the ship, the Calpuris weren’t bothering us. I just dealt with dark empty void where nothing interesting could ever happen. My main challenge was not falling asleep. Until one day, I discovered a new Nebula. Must have formed after a supernova in that area 200 years ago. Tias said. Still that a big discovery, for it was a nebula capable of birthing Alpha Centauri size stars. We had to update the star maps, and that was big deal. It’s not done very often. Maybe once a hundred years. Yeah. I did earn my hero of the empire star finally. After 7 years of it being just an advance payment. That was celebrated, like it was my birthday. So, I got two birthdays in one week. 5 days from each other.
After that was done, Dzimanga corporation relinquished its right to govern humanoid towns. Kavu stated that we were able to make our own decisions, he told me that he trusts me and the Diatama community enough, to give up control. He told me, Ria has already granted his approval on this matter.
So, we had our mayor elections in Sakuradzima Nua. I decided to run. I could not tolerate the state of this city anymore. There were too many temporary units, and people grew tired of waiting. I was determined to make it a livable place for everyone. The ugly tents and their inhabitants should be replaced by cozy houses and the pious populace. It should be just like Nathanberg, the best city ever.
The election rules were announced by Envoy Emma on Kavu 25th. Every adult, which meant Zahuris above 110, Goblins above 21, humans and Orks above 22, was given a right to vote. That included the Rimmatian refugees. It didn’t matter to him, that they couldn’t understand a single word out of his speech.
Dua Dzimanga has maintained Kadjari as the only official language of the colony. When the transition started, he signed a law which keeps Kadjari as an official language in every community of Diatama until the elected officials say otherwise. He and Emma did registration of the candidates.
On Kavu 32nd,Bargdar, I came to Dzimanga headquarters and filled out a form. So, did 25 other people. Then we had a fluency in Kadjari test which 9 candidates have failed, of which 5 were Rimmatians. With no Rimmatians in the race, Emma proceeded to administer the Imperial history exam. After that only 8 people remained in the race.
I got my registration, and I had to run my campaign. First things first I needed a slogan.
“How about Mayor of dreams? Or “Let’s build the paradise”?” Jafar has suggested.
“Those have been done to death. I need something fresh.” I was desperate for an idea to walk into my bedroom.
The door opened and Malik walked in. His t-shirt had “Party like a Lindar, Work like a Dzimanga, and rest like a Ross” printed on it. He and Mubarak came to congratulate me with the start of the campaign.
“Malik you are a genius!” I waved my dragon blood mug in the air.
“What did I do?” Malik asked.
“You gave me an idea.” I took a sip of blood. “Build a metropolis, like a Ross, lay on your bed all day, like a Ross,” Live life in comfort, like a Ross”” I chanted.
“Wait, isn’t your last name Lindar.” Malik questioned my strategy.
“Yes, everyone living in this house is Lindar, but Ross is my maiden name.” I defended myself.
“Your maiden name isn’t going on the ballot, is it?” Jafar went hysterical. He jumped onto me and clenched my neck. Malik had Mubarak separate us.
“Don’t worry Jafar. I would stay with you. And no, the Ross won’t be on the ballot.” I consoled my partner. Since he was in distress. “There was no need in attacking me.”
“Ok fine. I just can’t imagine life without you my love.” Jafar can be sweet sometimes.
“Why did you think that using a maiden name was a good idea?” Mubarak asked me. There would a lot of questions, if I did not use my current name. He thought about that.
“I thought it sounded cool in a slogan.” That was my only response.
“The slogan must be part of the strategy, not the entire strategy.” Mubarak shared his wisdom.
“So, what do you want the city to look like?” Malik came up with a good question. He sat down on the floor near the window to hear my answer. So, did Mubarak. Jafar remained on my bed.
I sat up on the bed and rested my spine against the wall.
“I want this new city to look like Nathanberg. It should be filled with monuments, and high-rise buildings. There must be a park along the river, and a mansion district from my house to the north.”
“That’s a place people would want to live in.” Jafar supported my vision.
“This is a platform; one can stand on. That we already have.” Mubarak praised me.
“Is that all we need to win?” I asked him.
“We must make sure everyone knows you. We must also convey our message to the people of the city.” Jafar stated.
“We need you standing on the podium in front of the Dzimanga building.” Mubarak painted the picture of me in the bright blue costume addressing the crowd.
“Well who can write a speech for me.” I asked my supporters.
“I think I can be your speech writer.” Mubarak suggested “But, you have to be involved in producing them. It must be your message, not mine.” Mubarak wanted me to get involved on the speeches. I didn’t want to walk all the way to his new house, so he worked here with me.
“Ok, you are hired.” I got myself a speechwriter. “I also want my face on posters all over the city.” I looked at Malik.
“Ok, that can count as an art and political science credit. I would make a poster, and you would take a look. If you like it, we can get them mass produced.”
“Don’t just grab people around you dear. A campaign run by a household, would make everyone suspicious.” Jafar made a valid point. The campaign must represent the city, not Leya Lindar and his friends.
“Who do you suggest?” I asked him.
“We should cast the net wide and hire someone we didn’t know before.” Jafar stood up and went towards the door.
“Where would we search for that?” I didn’t know a thing about finding employees.
“We could go out and find them on the street. You know, no one can refuse an offer made by your voice.” Jafar suggested a fool proof recruitment strategy.
“How would we pay them?” I didn’t have the income high enough to pay for the campaign. Quite frankly nobody had. “Who would give us the money?” I really needed a sponsor, and I didn’t know how to get one.
“Don’t you have your Dzimanga help card?” Jafar suggested to ask them for help. After all, Dua did tell me, that I could ask them at any time.
“Yeah, I may get some help from them. But would it be against the rules?” I asked my people.
“Is it? It does not seem to contradict the constitution.” Mubarak pointed out. Nothing contradicts the constitution, it is barely half a page long.
“What about the scripture?” I needed to know what the god’s rules are. For they apply everywhere in the Empire.
“The rules of governance prohibit sponsors from giving money to multiple candidates, and they say that sponsors must officially endorse their chosen candidate, and there is a ban on giving candidates policy advice.” Mubarak lectured me on election finance rules.
“Great are there any limits on the amount of money they can give?” I had to stay clear. I didn’t want to ask for too much.
“Well the cost of the municipal campaign must not exceed 400 thousand Kasters, and no sponsor must provide more than 30% of campaign funding. Also, no candidate can get finance from the clan not present in their area.” Mubarak provided important information.
“Ok, Mubarak go write an application to the Dzimanga, asking for 70thousand Kasters.” I tasked my chief assistant with his first mission.
“What’s our total budget?” Mubarak wanted to know how much money I am willing to spend.
“Well, we can invest 8200K from our savings this year. Dzimangas would give 70 thousand, 60 thousand would come from Lindar treasury, 50 thousand from Ross, and 44 thousand from La Vey, plus 35 thousand from Ibaraki. Overall 357 thousand Kasters.” I was willing to pay a lot for the mayor ring. I was willing to do what it takes, as long as I can sleep 12 hours a day. I have listed all the sponsors that I could think of.
Mubarak submitted the budget proposal to review and got an automatic response. That, proposal did not break any rules. And that plan was approved. His next step was to ask the other chosen sponsors for money. They transferred money within a day. They were quite willing to get involved here on Diatama.
Emma Cond’s POV:
In the morning of Kavu 24thI had a meeting in the Dzimanga headquarters. It was so nice from Dua’s part to build the station near my house. I didn’t have to spend 40 minutes walking in the sun. That way I was able to wear my pearl shoes, and not snickers. I also put on my fancy unicorn pants and the blue vest with red shirt.
I exited the teleport station and entered Dua’s office.
“It is the time for the Dzimanga Clan to relinquish all control over the colony’s affairs.” Dua sounded dry and formal, like some clerk over at the council building. He had the look too. Gray suite, green sunglasses, white shirt, and black shoes.
“If that is true than each city must have the elections at once?” I wondered how fast the process must be, for this particular colony.
“The campaigns should start before the 32ndof Kavu.” Dua informed me about his plans for an immediate withdrawal. Well not his plans, the Dzimanga council plans which he has to put into action.
“Do you have the procedures for the registration of the candidates?”
I wanted to know what my role in all of this would be. I had to know the withdrawal procedure, and which role each actor was supposed to play.
“Yes, we would have the managers run the candidate registration.” They got things planned out in the simplest possible way.
“How long should the campaigns be?” I needed to know how long we have to oversee the elections.
“They would last until Gilma 36th, and the mayors must be sworn in the next day, on Sophi 1st.” Dua has planned everything in detail.
“So, only one month.” I thought that the campaign time was very short. Much shorter than the Kadjari federal campaigns. But, possibly normal for the municipal ones.
“Precisely.” Dua stood up and went to fill his cup with water.
“How long would the terms be? Are there any city charters?” I wanted to know how the cities would be run.
Dua drank his water and returned to the table. He didn’t sit down
“Designing such charters would be the first task of newly elected city governments.” Dua gave the cities an opportunity to be truly unique. That kind of autonomy was unthinkable to the technocrats out on Calpurnia. Every town of the Calpuri space was run in exactly the same way.
“The candidates are free to run the cities as they wish, but they must be selected by the Empire officials.” I went to get the drink of water.
“What are the selection criteria we must follow?” Dua’s bright yellow eyes were staring on my brain.
“They were sent to me from the Hall of Humanity.” I pulled the communicator out of my purse and read aloud. “The candidates must be fluent in Common Tongue, they must have the score of at least 85 on the Imperial History exam. They must also be fluent in the language of the constitution, they mean the language in which original constitution and all the prior colonial decrees was written in.”
“In our case they must be fluent in Common Tongue, and Kadjari.”
“I can request the Department of Education to send us Tertiary level fluency tests.” I have had written to every Kadjar federal department, over the course of my career in the Imperial council.
“That should be enough. Are there any additional requirements?” Dua placed his elbows on the table. Somehow, he got the idea, that it’s an interrogation. Freaking Dzimangas!
“They must have no records of illegal or questionable behavior, have a history of prior contributions to the community, and be overall model citizens.” I have summarized four paragraphs of text, in two sentences. We had to make sure that no matter who wins, the Empire would benefit. If we don’t want him to win, we don’t want him to run.
“Ok, I think we won’t have problems finding enough candidates.” Dua
“We would find out tomorrow.” I walked out of his office and went home. I had exam forms to request.
The next day we ran the examinations. At the end of the day 8 candidates were selected for the Sakuradzima Nua mayor election. We also had the same procedures performed in all other humanoid settlements. Next, I had to oversee the elections for the entire planet. My assistant would monitor Sakuradzima Nua, elsewhere the same people would continue looking over elections, as did the candidate registration.
Over all I had to make sure that 460 candidates, in 65 settlements behave themselves and act by the law.
When the structure of government was sorted out. I had to take a detailed view of the world outside the presidential palace. It was in the state of total disaster. There were shortages of food and water in most regions of the world. The droughts led to massive migrations, and lots of people lived in the refugee camps. I had the state of Emergency in effect, all over the planet. The humanity was on the verge of collapse and extinction.
There still were entities refusing to recognize my power, and the war has raged on without stopping. My inauguration has also caused a rebellion in hundreds of cities. All of the Balkans, South China, Hawaii, Anatolia, Central America and Khorasan, were outside of my control. Everywhere else, my power flowed from the barrel of guns. People were only obedient as long as they were afraid. And that required constant presence of troops in every single settlement.
Our glorious capital, the city of New Hope, was a giant refugee camp. The Federal Repubic of Earth, nominally the most powerful government in human history, was barely able to keep itself from collapsing. I was desperate, doom and gloom reigned the world. And at this moment assistance came from above.
That night people all over town, were awakened by a loud noise. I jumped out of bed, and went to the balcony. Erica went to the bomb shelter. As did most of everybody. We thought the city to be under attack by some rebel faction. However, it was something game changing.
A spaceship has arrived. It was a Calpuri built Landing Module, a sphere of white metal. It seemed like it could crush, but four legs grew out of it, right as it was landing. I looked up and saw mother ship hovering above. The humans heard the noise and started to run away. Those who remained bore witness to a spectacular event.
Suddenly, there was light it was as though it was midday. The Landing module, turned on the scanner. Then the light was turned off, and the module door was opened. A staircase went down to the sandstone of the square. Out went 7 Ostartes, screaming in the most hideous language. They all wore heavy armor, and helmets with lights on them. They shot laser beams into the sky and threw their blasters onto the ground. The people stopped running and turn to face the newcomers. The first of them took off his helmet, and started to speak:
“I came here from another world, and I demand to speak with the authorities.” He spoke in Unglis. Main rule of communication: always make sure you are understood.
“Who are you stranger?” A police officer demanded stranger to identify himself. As they should be, this brave officer followed the instructions despite all fear.
“I am Tias Dzimanga! The friend of the Galaxy, and Supreme Lord of Leji.” Tias introduced himself in the most arrogant way possible. “Who are you, animal?” The supreme being addressed the inferior species. They viewed the humans like they were looking at dirt.
“I am a human. My name is Armand Duran.” Young man introduced himself.
“You have brave soul. Are you the leader of this land?” Tias Dzimanga seeked a meeting with authorities. He wanted to meet with the leader of our species, or at least a local state president. There had to be a proper government contact.
“No, sir. I am a humble servant of law.” Armand Duran was a modest man. Loyal to his planet and his uniform. People respected that, and he also earned respect from the aliens.
“Could you guide me to the ruler of this planet.” Tias Dzimanga ordered.
The other Ostartes picked up their blasters. They wanted to repel any surprise attack silly natives might launch. But our people were better than that.
“Ok sirs follow me.” Armand Duran guided the aliens to the head of state. The smartest move in his entire career. He would be a hero of humanity till the day he dies.
Soldiers followed them to the Presidential Palace. It was just 50 meters down the street. It was a large building, but not a fancy one, just a brick box. The only solid building in the entire City of New Hope, the biggest building currently standing on planet Earth. Still it’s less than quarter of Pentagon, ruined building on the bottom of the sea. One day we shall return those days of glory. Perhaps that day would bring the chance to do so.
I, stood on the balcony, when Tias came to me. I was woken up, by the commotion going on in the city. So, I had to see the guests by myself. I was in for a great surprise.
Armand pointed to me, when they came up to the building. Alien Lord noticed me and turned on his jet pack. Two seconds later he stood in front of president’s eyes.
“Who are you?” I asked in surprise.
“I am Tias Dzimanga, and I am here to help you. Let’s go inside your barn and have a talk.” Lord Dzimanga established dominance over the situation.
I went inside, and Herohito followed me. Once inside I offered Tias a seat in the armchair. I sat down on the floor, in front of the fireplace. Tias rejected my offer and continued to stand.
“Greetings my interstellar friend.” I remembered my manners and gave a belated greeting. One has to be polite, in order to keep away from conflicts.
“Greetings.”Tias replied and took off his armor. And sat down on the floor. He didn’t want to put himself above the humans, and create any distance between us. He wanted to build a trusting egalitarian relationship. Tias wanted an alliance and not a conquest. I didn’t understand why, he didn’t blast the city upon arrival, and take over the Earth in one day.
“What kind of help can you offer?” I inquired. I was interested in assistance; however, I didn’t know how Tias could help me. We knew nothing of his mission, his origin, and his capabilities. His behavior was hard to understand.
“I will make true your wildest dreams.” Tias Dzimanga gave a promise. He said the most magical words, with the most casual tone of voice. He was sure, that he could do that and more.
“What do you mean by that?” I asked. Tias seemed rather cryptic, and his pompous promises didn’t make sense. I would only believe in his words, after he proves his capabilities.
“I only mean, that all of your problems will be quickly resolved with my humble assistance. I come from galaxy’s most advanced species, and we have found solutions to all the issues you are currently facing. “Tias presented himself as a panacea. I didn’t fully belief, but a desperate man would grasp a cobra to get a chance. And Tias seemed to be a powerful ally, with his spaceship, blasters, and armor suit, he was a force to be reckoned with. Something akin to Batman or Superman of the ancient epics.
“Let’s talk tomorrow. I will have all my cabinet assembled. You bring your people to the table, and we have a detailed discussion. “I wasn’t ready to have policy discussions late at night. I would need more people to make a meeting. With that in mind I wrote texts to all the cabinet members. They should come prepared, so I recapped our meeting with Tias in one short paragraph of text.
“When should I come? Where should I come? Who should I bring?” Tias inquired. He wanted to get into the business talks as soon as possible. He didn’t have much time to waste. He had an agenda and wanted to present it.
“Noon would be perfect. Please come to the Conference Building on the mountain. Bring anyone you deem necessary.” I told him he could bring anyone he wants.
“Ok. I will be there.” Tias pledged to meet me the next day.
He went out of the window and disappeared into the night.