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Seventeen years ago, a twenty mile long alien ship entered the terran solar system. It was cloaked and undetectable as it hid on the dark side of the earth's moon. It released yet another and smaller three mile long alien ship that entered the orbit of earth on earth's dark side. As it circled the earth it transported people from every continent on the face of the planet, as each one lay in their beds sleeping. From that night onward not only were they (no longer in Kansas any more, Dorothy) they were no longer at nor in their homes on Earth. After a meeting with an alien admiral of a united consortium of inhabited worlds, they were informed that they were, to make a long story short, contestants of a sort, brought aboard to be trained, providing that they could be trained, in one earthen year, to do battle with the twenty mile long ship that awaited in moon orbit. The prize to the winner would be the planet Earth itself. Thirteen other worlds had played the game and had lost. Robert Jackson and the rest of humanity on the tiny blue marble known as Earth would bend the rules and cheat the aliens out of the first battle that they had ever lost. Now thirteen years later, it might not be as easy, for Jackson and humanity, as it was the first time. View table of contents...


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"I, President Davadra Alurra Adriakar, of the United Galactic Consortium of Inhabited Worlds, call this meeting to order." Davadra Adriakar said as everyone sat around the table in the bridge briefing room. "This meeting is being transmitted live to every planet and starship in and of the consortium."

"At this time i will replay the vid-com disk recording of Empress Kalindra Vohaydren's demands from the Zaleen Empire." she said as she activated the vid-com system on the podium where she stood.

After the recording had ended Davadra's face filled screens on countless worlds and starships that picked up and transmitted the signal. She explained that the Orion was currently enroute to the planet Zanaria where they would meet personally with the former princess of the Zaleen Empire, Valakadria Tawn, in order that with, or without her aid, the Consortium of Inhabited Worlds would seek out and find a way to prevent a full scale galactic war from starting.

"In order to keep the peace treaty between the consortium and the Zaleen Empire in effect, and prevent a full scale galactic war from taking place, we must find, and if necessary, use force, and turn the former princess and daughter of Empress Kalaketvia Tawn of the planet Zaleena over to their new empress, Kalindra Vohaydren." President Adriakar stated for the record.

"The charges brought against ... Valakadria Tawn, and the punishments that ... she may or may not receive, are unknown at this present time," she said while tears flooded her eyes and she gestured for Admiral Jackson to take the podium because for reasons unknown to anyone else but herself, she could not continue, and Jackson, not knowing exactly what he would say for sure at such a short moments notice, took over.

"I, Galactic Fleet Admiral Robert Andrew Jackson, of the United Galactic Consortium of Inhabited Worlds, and Galactic Fleet am now at this time placing all inhabited worlds and all starships in the consortium and the fleet under red alert standby status." Jackson said as everyone around the table in the bridge briefing room exchanged glances and words with one another. "If war with the Zaleen Empire is inevitable, and then we must prepare to make ourselves ready for war."

"Our main objective from henceforth onward, and thereafter today, will be to keep the Zaleens from crossing the neutral zone into consortium space, at all cost, Galactic Fleet Admiral Robert Andrew Jackson, out." he said as he deactivated the vid-com unit on the podium before stepping down and walking over to stand at the head of the table, his eyes now on Davadra Adriakar.

"That was short but sharp,"Commander Donald April said as he scratched his beard with his right hand as his elbow rested on the low table.

"If we don't turn the old witch over to the new witch, then we can all rest assured that we won't be getting any rest in Oz." Commander David Jackson, the chief of security said as he looked up at his older brother.

"We can all rest uneasily assured of that, oh great and mighty brother wizard." he added.

"How was it that we survived seventeen years ago, David?" Robert Jackson asked heatedly. "Sixteen years ago, fifteen years ago, fourteen years ago, David!"

"Tell us how we managed to be right back where we are now, after thirteen years?" David's brother asked while staring hatefully down at his transcribe.

"Valakadria had a heart," answered starvette fighter pilot, Captain James Jackson, younger brother of David and Robert as he gazed about the table. "This Calendar Of Hated Men or what ever her name is, doesn't have one, that i'm aware of," he added.

"That much is for certain, Admiral." Commander Donald April replied from his seat at the table. "Your not going to melt what Vohaydren doesn't have." he said as he looked up at his old friend while giving James a thumbs up gesture.

"Kalindra Vohaydren says what she means and she means exactly what she says." said the Zaleen ambassador, Dara Tekka as she stood to speak.

"I will represent Commodora Tawn if she has need of my services, and, idle talk and wasted time are not apart of this new Zaleen empress's makeup." she added as she looked about the briefing room table.

"Dealing with the likes of her will in no way be an easy task, Ambassador, Admiral." Davadra Adriakar stated as she wiped the last of the flowing tears from her eyes.

"Well," the admiral said as he glanced once more over at Davadra. "Time is wasted with idle talk, and right now time is one commodity that we are very hurriedly running short of." he said.

"Valakadria Tawn will determine our next course of action, based on how she will handle the matter, once she has been briefed," he ended in saying.

"And that is if she hasn't already been informed, via the galactic transmission to the planets and ships in the Consortium." Counselor Davrina Adriakar said as she took her sister Davadra by the arm.

"I would say that she has, Davrina." Admiral Jackson replied.

"Admiral, and present company included," Commander Jackson said as he stood up from his seat at the table. "Why don't we---

"Meeting adjourned." President Adriakar said, interrupting the security chief, as she walked toward and through the oval doorway, along with her sister as the others got up from the table to follow.

Admiral Jackson made his way to exit the bridge briefing room out into the octagon corridor to stand with Davadra and Davrina, having left his transcribe behind on the conference table.

"Are you alright Davadra?" he asked as he placed his left hand on her right shoulder and his right hand on Davrina's left shoulder. And you Davrina, are you alright?"

"Yes Robert." Davadra answered as her sister Davrina shook her head no.

"Captain Celane, Commander April, see to it that we arrive in the orbit of Zanaria as soon as---

"I for one, am going to the galley and refuel my stomach," Donald April said, interrupting Davadra before she could proceed to change the subject of her hurt, herself.

"I second the motion," Sathrana Celane chimed in.

"Sounds good to me," David Jackson said as they stood by the turbo shaft between the briefing room and the officers' lounge.

"I haven't any objections," Robert Jackson said, before he went back to the breifing room to retrieve and tuck his transcribe under his left arm, after releasing his light grip on Davadra's and Davrina's shoulders.

"If the bridge needs us then they can suffer until after we've had something to eat," Alex Scott said as he punched the touch pad control for the lift. "I mean they can suffice until after we've---

"We get the message Alex," James Jackson said as he leaned on the corridor wall and waited with the others.

"Should you over stuff yourselves, please don't come crying to me." Barbara Henderson said as she glanced down at her transcribe.

"Don't worry Doc, i'm not a pig like some of us here may be." Steven Davis said as he covered his head so that David Jackson wouldn't thump it.

"Ok, who's hogging up the damned elevator this time?" David Jackson bellowed just as the oval door slid open and Dara Tekka side stepped around the irate security chief to take a seat in the lift.





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