Day 252 – Dark Stars: Runaway, Part Six – Short Story

The Players so far..

Zander Kane, once a trusted and highly decorated general for the United Federation, Kane betrayed not only his own race, but his own flesh and blood to join the Dark Collective, so he could be with the woman he loved. Now, he rides stardust and slipstreams, captaining the Betha, fighting for the collective, in hope of one day freeing the worlds from the federations ruling grasp.

Syin-To-Twenty-Seven (Sin), Betha’s sentient companion, through the link they share Sin can control and communicate between Betha and Zander, as well as accessing and sometimes controlling other forms of technology.

Gadamrie, a Golden Priestess in the Dark Collective and Zander’s lover, before the federation came to power Gadamrie boasted over one million hosts as part of her mind hive, she sacrificed her final host so Zander and her unborn seed he carries would survive.

General Salidazar, an officer in the Dark Collective, who’s loyalties, may lie somewhere else.

Last time on Dark Stars…

After attempting to destroy a vital defense weapon for the United Federation, Zander and his crew found themselves prisoners of High Lord Quinn, somehow, Zander, with the aid of Sin, managed to escape Quinn clutches, but he was badly injured in the process, and his crew save from Sin, perished. Waking from a fevered dream, Zander found himself under attack from Federation soldiers, once managing to defeat the attack squad, Zander found out that General Salidazar had been aboard Betha whilst he was unconscious, and could have a connection to the Federation soldiers gaining access to the ship. Tracking the breach back to Salidazar’s quarters, Zander and Sin were sucked into a vortex and found themselves dumped into darkness, and, as they faced more unknown attackers, assistance come from an unlikely source, an alternative version of himself, also trapped in this other world, with Sin’s help, the other version of Zander has a plan to escape, before the Reaper’s get them.

And so we continue…

“And we’re always a problem that’s removed, banished to this place, to die here alone.”

“T-T-There, there has to be some way out of this place, some w….”

“There isn’t I’ve tried, hundreds, thousands before me have tried, and none have made it, everyone who comes here, dies here, end of story, there’s no way home, but…”

“But what?” Zander asks.

“But, with a fully functional Syin-To unit, we might be able to send out a low wave signal that could jumper through the box and signal another version of the unit, and maybe, we might be able to get them to….” He doesn’t get to finish his sentence, as something smashes viciously  against the outside of Betha. “They’ve found us, quickly, we have to send the signal, before it’s to late,” he says as the ships carcass shifts as the Reaper’s attack becomes more aggressive.

“Time’s running out, what do you want him to do?” Zander yells.

“Re-loop his internal comports, set them to an infinite loop, the Reaper’s wont want Sin, they’ll only want us, he’s not organic, and, well, he’s not carrying what they crave!”

“You mean the child?” Zander says, as he clutches his stomach.

“It’s like a drug, when they take in the energy, they act like they’re on some sort of high, tripping out.”

“What? You’ve seen this happen before?”

“Plenty of times, so many versions, so many opportunity, but this time, this time I know how to stop it all from happening, this time, I know how to save us.”

“What the hell are you taking about? This time, you’ve done this before?”

“Yeah, well, never with a  fully functional Syin-To unit, normally they’re damaged, or slightly modded, but yours is as close to mine as I’ve ever seen. So, it’s got to work, I mean it has to right?”

“What has to? The signal? How the hell is that going to help us? Those things….” He doesn’t get to finish his sentence, as the hull tears open, and the Reapers make there way aboard Betha, quickly making their way through her corridors, towards them.

“I’m sorry,” the alternate version says, as Zander feels something slice across the back of his heel, he crashes to his knees, and feels a fist crash into the side of his head, dislodging the device from his face, leaving him in darkness.

“What the hell are you doing?”

“Someone has to be bait, if this works, we’ll stop them all, we’ll be heroes.”

“WE’LL BE DEAD!”

“We already are you idiot, the Collective, they’ve been hiving worlds, galaxies, realities, everything for the gems to remake the stone, Halligans Box is her weapon, the Priestess, she exists across all realities, she’s a maker, one of the first, striving for the ultimate power, she want’s all the realities to become one, she wants to merge all things, together, like she is, and she’ll stop everyone in her path.”

“BUT WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ME?” He yells, but receives no reply, and he knows, he is alone, he feels his eyes well up with tears, as he sits in the darkness, he can hear the Reaper’s gaining, coming closer through the corridors. “What does it have to do with me?” He says softly to himself once more.

“It has to do with me,” her voice says inside his head.

“Gadamrie?”

“Hush my love, these things you do, you do for the greater good, one day, I hope you understand,” she says as he feels a coldness enter the room, he can hear slim dripping from their talons, and then, they are upon him , he tries to scream in pain, but nothing comes out, then a bright light, and she is standing there, smiling, her arms out towards him.

To Be Concluded…

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