What price for
freedom I ask of you?
What would you
forfeit or chose to do?
Would you give
your life dear friend?
Would you fight
until the bitter end?
Celine walked deep
in thought beneath the muted light of Terra's twin moons. The
strong spring breeze would occasionally whip her short black hair
across her youthful somber face. Her blue eyes sparkled brightly
as she made her way down the avenue. The fabric of her loose
white shift caressed her body and caused Celine's light brown
skin to tingle. Feeling the cold on her skin, Celine pulled the
cape around her slender form. There had been peace in Cape Town
for over twenty years. She had been born toward the end of the
Fifty Year War. Celine could not remember any of the events which
took place, but her father and Tristan Celine's older brother
made her aware of the details when she was older. Her mother
Amalia died shortly after Celine's birth. Celine and Tristan's
father never remarried. Heartbroken he took on the care and
upbringing of his children with love and devotion. Celine still
regretted the fact she had never known her mother. A special bond
had formed between Celine, Lester, and Tristan because of
Amalia's tragic death, but there were times when Celine felt
alone and longed for her mother's presence.
Lester was leader of Cape Town's fast growing population. It was
the only democratic city left on Terra. In fact there were no
other major cities left on Terra, at least none that she was
aware of. There were a few outposts and settlements outside of
Cape Town, but most of the major townships and cities had been
destroyed during the war. The residents of Cape Town had rebuilt
the city and most of the war's survivors lived within the city's
perimeter. Though Lester was Cape Town's leader the government
was democratic. A High Council was elected to share the
responsibilities of making and enforcing laws to govern the
people. Every five years an election was held and all residents
of Cape Town voted. No one ever ran against Lester so he remained
Celine and Tristan
were for the time unique; they were a new and different
generation of children. Lester had married Amalia during the war
at a time when their marriage by society was considered taboo.
Lester was born of the darker skinned race while Amalia was fair
skinned. It had been hard for the two star crossed lovers, but
they had endured and gone on to produce two offspring. Celine at
times was uncomfortable with her bizarre and unconventional
lineage; she was however very proud of her parents. Celine's
father went on after his wife's illness and death to become a
hero of the Fifty Year War and eventually he became the first
leader of Cape Town.
Celine had learned
at a young age from her brother that Terra was once populated by
many others, but as the planet became more and more overcrowded
the environment suffered from polluted skies, soil contamination,
and water pollution. Once the damage was done to the atmosphere
Terra's inhabitants suffered severely, as land mass began to
disappear beneath the mighty oceans and seas. A melt down of the
ice caps had taken place because of the green house affect which
occurred due to excessive pollution. As the land disappeared food
and shelter became more and more scarce. The people who did not
die from starvation or disease soon meet their end when the war
broke out. Millions of people were slaughtered as the rich and
powerful planned a new world. Lester and others who were not
content to sit idly by as more innocents perished, gathered
together as a group of resistance fighters and soon rid Terra of
the conquerors, or so they thought.
A handful of the
former aristocrats and rulers escaped to the Western lands of
South Africa and started to regroup. Peace and all Lester
believed in would soon be in jeopardy once again. There was an
uneasiness Celine began sensing inside her heart. As Celine
continued her evenings outing she remembered something her father
would often tell her.
"What price do you
put on peace and the welfare of every person? I tell you daughter
no price is too great to have that peace." Lester would say to
her with firm conviction.
Celine thought of
many things as moonlight settled softy on her face. She knew what
had to be done if need be. Celine was after all her parents'
child and believed in all the things they had taught her. The
night air began to make her shiver. Clouds began to gather
overhead as Celine continued her walk. An uneasy feeling had
manifested itself in Celine's mind. She had hoped her stroll
would have banished it, but nothing seemed to rid her of what
plagued her inner peace. Tired and irritated, Celine made her way