"Delindrian prophecy foretold of a savior on this third and only inhabited world, in the system where a ringed planet orbits it's sun," Counselor Davrina Adriakar said as she educated those in the room that knew nothing about this particular prophecy. "And that savior was and still is, Robert Andrew Jackson."
"Just how many lies are we going to have to sort out before we get to the truth!" Commander April thundered, as he came up and out of his chair while his best friend, Robert Jackson sat with his elbows on the conference table, hands folded and with thumbs to his mouth in deep thought.
"You mean that after all these years you still believe that my brother Robert is the savior of the Delindrian's, when he's more of a puppet on a very thin string!" Commander David Jackson thundered as well.
Robert Jackson calmly and silently stood up from his chair and motioned with his sore hand that everyone pay him attention.
"From that very first night, that we set our feet and eyes on this ship, seventeen years ago, we were only taught as much as was neccessary, for us to complete our part, of the still ongoing, and continuously unfolding mission, that lies ahead of us." Admiral Jackson stated as everyone tuned their attention to him. "Admiral Kondulon Mazanurra and unnamed others, were afraid to tell us everything, and today, we know and understand, that everything, meant the Zaleen's."
The admiral continued speaking non stop as he held up his hand to silence David and a few others who had questions and comments.
"Admiral Mazanurra, the Delindrian's, and Zanarian's, still believe in their prophecy of finding a saviour on the planet Earth, that will deliver them from the Zaleens that enslaved them." Admiral Jackson went on to explain to himself as well as everyone else that had gathered in the briefing room. "It would be the Zaleen's that brought them to the planet Earth, in it's infancy, to turn those of us that were here then, and those of us that are here now, into instant, over night, starship troopers."
"For one thing, it didn't happen over night, and for another, it couldn't happen in the short amount of time that we were alotted." he ended in saying.
"We were in many ways blindly forced into traveling to the planet Earth by our prophecy, the Zanarian's, and the Zaleen's." Davrina said as she folded her hands on the conference table.
"Davrina, you knew, perhaps blindly then yourselves, just how much you could reveal to us, when you arrived." Admiral Jackson said from that point onward. "We knew how blind we were, back then, and the Delindrian's and Zanarian's were the only ones that could and would, eventually, give us the proper amount of milk necessary for our survival out here in the depths of space." Admiral Jackson told them.
"As for my being your saviour, i still believe that you were a little late in arriving on Earth by a few thousand---
"Jay, we're going out there to rendezvous with a ship that's going to blow us to smithereens, and i don't have to be blind, and you a saviour, or not, to know that." Donald April said as everyone sat in stunned silence. "Our survival depends on what we've got to fight them with."
"Dad?" Amber Jackson said as she left her post by the door and walked over to where her father sat.
"Yes Amber?" he asked as he looked up at his twenty one year old daughter.
"What have we got to fight them with?" she asked.
"I'm afraid ... that we don't have much," April replied as he gazed over at Amber.
"But, we'll have to face them sooner or later, whenever that time comes," Robert Jackson said as he stood once more. "I'm afraid that it'll be sooner."
"It's down right suicidal if you should ask me!" David Jackson blasted.
"What everyone has heard at our meeting here today, about the relationship between the Tawn family and the Adriakar family is not as secretive as it once was." Davadra said before anyone left the briefing room.
"Admiral, i would have preferred, that you would not have shown, Cadet Buckinham, our family---
"I thought that most of everyone aboard the Orion, and everyone in the Consortium, knew?" Robert Jackson asked as he interrupted Davadra.
"I can only say this for myself, if not my sisters, i want everyone here, in this room today, to keep as much as it be possible, this information to yourselves, and say nothing of what you now know, to anyone else, outside of this room or off this ship." Davadra Adriakar said as she turned away from the table, and Robert Jackson, and exited the breifing room.
"Counselor Adriakar, Commodora Tawn, i'm truly sorry," Tori Buckinham said as she hung her head in shame. "Don't blame the admiral, blame me and my big ego, or mouth."
"Buckingham." Commodora Tawn called from across the room. "If not you, someone else would have put all the pieces together, sooner or later."
"Captain Celane, Commodora Tawn, ready your ships for battle." the admiral ordered, having heard enough banter. "Doctor Falaikon, ready the medical staff for casualties."
"Commander Adronadius, ready damage control and engineering to hold us together for as long as your able." he continued to order. "Lieutenant Commander Javreen, it's going to take some fancy maneuvers, that i know your capable of, to get us out of the mess that we're going to be getting ourselves into this time."
"Commander Jackson, i don't suppose it would do any good for me to tell you to check each link in the chain and tighten security." his brother said as he looked over at him.
"If it breaks then i'll be breaking some heads and tightening my hands around some necks, Admiral." David Jackson said as he saluted his brother Robert before turning to leave the briefing room with his niece in tow.
"Commander Scott, are we locked and loaded?" the admiral asked, just before he yawned.
"As far as i am concerned, Admiral, we're armed to the teeth." Alexander Scott replied in answer to the admiral's question.
"We'll soon find out just how sharp our teeth really are." Commander Jackson said as he stood at the door along side Amber.
"Commodora Tawn?" Tori Buckingham yelled out from across the room.
"Yes earth woman?" Valakadria answered as Keletivia walked up to David Jackson.
"I just want to wish you good luck," Tori told her as she walked over and extended her right hand to the commodora.
"Luck and success do not travel the same path." Valakadria stated to her as she extended her hand to Tori.
"Then i wish us success, Valakadria." Tori said as she grasped Valakadria's hand.
"Thank you, Victoria." Valakadria replied before the two of them separated.
"You and i will have to fight at sometime in the future, one on one." Keletivia told David Jackson as she eyed him up and down.
"Is that a promise?" David asked calmly for a change as he looked into the prettiest set of green eyes that he had ever seen.
"A test of strength." she answered as he eyed her up and down.
"In the shape that i'm in right now woman, you'd probably win." he told her.
"No doubt." she replied as the oval door slid open and they made their exit, although however, Commander Jackson returned shortly.
"Admiral, i need to see you as soon as possible," he told his brother. "Alone."
"Very well Commander, i'll be waiting right here when you return." Robert Jackson said as everyone exited the briefing room.
A short while later Admiral Robert Jackson stood before the view of Round Forest from the oval window when Commander David Jackson walked swiftly back into the briefing room.
"Alright David," Robert Jackson said. "It's just the two of us now, so what's on your mind?" he asked, turning from the window.
"Well, for starters, we're on our last one way voyage to you know where for sure." David began. "But what else is new?"
"You had better sit down Bro." he said as he took a seat at the conference table himself. "You know, we haven't always seen eye to eye, and it's not because i'm taller than you." David told his older brother.
"I need to check up on the fleets position David, so can the crap and tell me what's bothering---
"Alright, damned it to hell, that Zaleen witch is in love with you Robert." David stormed as he sprang back up from his chair and onto his feet. "There now, i've said it, see you later, you can handle her, i've got other things to attend---
"That's it?" Robert asked his brother while closing the oval view port window and exiting the briefing room. "That's what your all fired up about?"
"Issac, lights off," he commanded as the oval shaped door to the aft command section briefing room slid shut behind them.
"She's your puppy, not mine, so you take care of her." David Jackson replied as they walked down the corridor only to run into Valakadria Tawn, standing there by herself, and all alone.
"Admiral, might i have a word with you?" she asked as David excused himself in a huff and made his way on down the corridor to check out the links in his chain.
"Sure Commodora," the admiral said. "How might i be of service to you?"
"Would i be correct in assuming that Commander Jackson has been conversing with you in regards to me, personally?" Valakadria asked.
"Your very perceptive, Val." Jackson answered as they began walking down the corridor to the nearest lift.
"What did he tell you about me Admiral?" she asked as others walked past them in the corridor.
"My brother told me that you’re still in love with me, and that i should take care of you." he answered stepping in front of the oval lift door.
"And just what did he mean by saying that you should take care of me, Admiral?" Commodora Tawn asked as the two of them stepped into the lift together.
"Exactly that, Valakadria." he answered as the lift doors closed.
"What kind of puppy food would you eat i wonder?" he said to himself.
"What kind of what would I---
"Main deck entrance to Round Forest Sciences Section." the admiral spoke into the air.
The elevator turbo lift started it's decent as the two of them stood gazing at one another.
"Do you love me, Robert Jackson?" Valakadria Tawn asked as the lift continued on its downward journey.
"We've been over this before, Valakadria, and the answer is, as it always has been before, as a friend only." Robert Jackson answered nervously.
"Why do you continue to evade me Robert Jackson?" she asked as the lift began slowing.
"When i was out here in space seventeen years ago, i was actually accomplishing something in my miserable life." Jackson explained to her. "I had a purpose for living, and other lives were effectively changed."
"One of those lives that was effectively changed was my own Robert, because if not for you, i wouldn't be out here trying to purposely accomplish the impossible in my life, now why ... do you ... evade me?" Valakadria asked.
"Because i'm back out here doing what i have to do." Jackson answered. "What i need to do, what i want to do, and what must be done."
"Val, this is most definitely not the time for this discussion, for you would be a distraction and hinder me from getting the job done this time." he told her.
"And just what is it that you’re trying to get done, Robert?" Valakadria asked as the lift finally stopped and the oval door opened.
"What i set out and failed to accomplish on our last voyage, Commodora." Admiral Jackson answered as he stepped off the lift with Valakadria Tawn in tow.
"After you've succeeded in what you set out originally to do, but failed to accomplish, then what are my chances at becoming the distraction that you truly need?" she asked as the admiral made his way to one of the three triple oval air lock portals that led into the round jungle forest section of the Orion.
"You'll be the very first to know, Commodora Tawn." Admiral Jackson answered as he stood in front of the crowded portal.
"I had better be, Admiral Jackson." Valakadria replied as Robert Jackson reached out with his right hand to pull her into his arms and hug her tightly in front of everyone that had stopped or was passing through the portal.
"Damned it, to hell with regulations, Val." he said as he kissed her for the first time in over thirteen years, and she didn't hesitate to hold him as if she would never let him go.
"I'm holding you to it, Robert," she said as the kiss ended.
“You’re ... holding me ... too tight!” Jackson said in a little bit of pain.
“You’re ... squeezing ... the breath ... right out of me, Val!” he gasped as everyone stood gasping themselves, at the scene going on before them.
"I'll do more than that if you should let me down, Robert." she said as she let go of him.
"I ah, don't doubt that in the least, Valakadria." he replied as she slowly turned around and started walking back to the lift, in order to return to her ship.
"Valakadria?" he called aloud as the crowed began to move along and disperse.
"Yes Robert." she answered as she quickly turned back around to face him.
"Don't let us down." Jackson said as he walked back to where she stood, noticing the tears in her eyes.
"We need your help, i need your help." he told her as he reached into his jacket and pulled out his handkerchief and passed it to her.
"See, Robert Andrew Jackson, you can't succeed without me in your miserable life." she told him as she took his handkerchief to conceal a pill like object that he had transferred to her mouth from his, before she continued on down the corridor to disappear inside the lift.
"Perhaps not." he said above a whisper to himself before turning about and walking through the triple oval air lock portal doors that led into Round Forest.
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