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Favors of the First Ones - Chapter 17
was lying on his side in their small tent when he woke to the sound of
moaning. He opened his eyes and saw Mak lying on his back with
his hands clasped behind his head. His eyes were closed and there
was a smile on his face. Down at his crotch Rhokki's head was
bobbing up and down as he sucked the end of the young bull's massive
Mak and Rhokki had grown much closer over the last month
and it wasn't
long before the three of them began to share each other physically
every chance they got. Their love making sessions were intense
and varied and extremely
pleasurable. The three were now completely in love with each
couldn't be happier.
It had been thirty-nine days since their
rescue from the surface of the sacred planet and today was the day Mak
was going to be picked up by his father and the ascendance committee to
complete the staged ascendance and allow Mak and his father to come
back together. Mogwo had completed the process of having his
favors purged just days
ago, so once they got back to their home world Mak would be able to
speak openly with him about everything.
Mak had wanted to be
'squirted' back down because he thought it was a cool technology, but
both Jake and Rhokki had protested that it was better to stick to a
safer method of travel. Besides, given the close shave with a
massive predator previously, Jake and Rhokki wanted to be down on the
planet with him. They would be fully armed with zeth disrupters
in case there was any trouble.
The zeth had insisted on joining
them as well. He had begun to form an attachment to Jake and Mak
as an extension of the bond he shared with Rhokki, and the strong
emotions Rhokki had for them.
They had decided to take a short
break from their duties on the ship and make it an overnight camping
excursion. A shuttle had dropped them off yesterday and they'd
set up camp and enjoyed an evening of relaxation by the campfire.
The zeth and two of his people from the ship were camped at
another location nearby in the trees and they were all armed with
They would all stay in hiding until the shuttle
arrived to complete the ceremony, and Mak would go out into the open field to get picked
up. Jake, Rhokki and the zeths would be picked up shortly after
and brought back to the Shadow's Claw.
Jake had asked Rhokki
about the other bulls from Troska's group. They would know that
Mak was due to get picked up today and they might make an appearance to
try to make a play for the shuttle to get themselves off the planet.
Rhokki had informed him that they'd been dealt with, though much
more leniently than he would have preferred. The captain had
their camp dismantled and rebuilt at a more remote location on the
other side of the planet. One that was nowhere near any of the
areas used for the ascendance trials and was right near the proposed
location of the underground satellite manufacturing facility that was
planned. The bulls were abandoned at the new camp and told that
they were essentially prisoners for the time being and were to wait for
further orders. They would form part of the labor detail needed
for construction in the near future. If they were to attempt any
escape before someone came back to get them started, they would be
destroyed by a well placed disrupter torpedo fired from orbit.
a few hours the ascendance committee's shuttle would arrive to pick up
Mak and they could begin the next leg of their resistance movement with Mogwo as leader of the miquanowan faction.
he watched Mak and Rhokki lose themselves in the sensations of their
love making, Jake thought about how much he was going to miss the young bull for
the next little while.
They'd decided that he would spend a
couple of weeks with his father. It was actually a father-son
getaway that Mogwo had planned a while ago to celebrate Mak's passage into manhood,
and the young bull felt he would like to go ahead with it and spend the
time fixing the relationship with his father that he had allowed to
become so broken during the run up to Jake's arrival in their lives.
Towards the end of their getaway Mak would break the news to his
father about the truth of the universe. He would take some time
to get his father used to the idea and then Mak would ask Mogwo to lead
the miquanowan faction. If he agreed, he would be brought aboard
the Shadow's Claw for a full briefing.
would work closely
with him to transfer all of the knowledge he'd gained over the last
month and then Mogwo would return to their home world to get the ball
rolling on setting up a base of operations on the sacred planet and
beginning the construction of the satellite factory following the
zeths' blueprints. It would be a massive undertaking and would
take years to complete, but once in operation the zeths felt it would
be able to crank out at least a dozen satellites per month at first,
then even more at a higher rate once it had a steady flow of resources
and materials from the miquanowan home world, and the factory was
tweaked and tuned and set
to its maximum production rate.
Mak would rejoin Jake and Rhokki
on the Shadow's Claw in two weeks and they would make their way over to the
other world that was populated with what sounded to Jake like panda
bears. The zeths aboard would oversee the satellite manufacturing
facility there as it was brought online over the next six months or so.
had earned his certification weeks ago in the Stiletto fighters
and was remarkably skilled. He'd shown the ability to think and
make decisions quickly while in the thick of combat in the advanced
simulator missions and he'd risen in the ranks to become one of the few
squadron leaders aboard the Shadow's Claw. The ship had only
twenty four Stilettos arranged in three small squadrons of eight
fighters each. The fighters used a small version of the more
efficient antimatter generator that was used in the Claw, but they also
used more powerful weapons and shields and much more powerful
thrusters, which meant that they still suffered from the same energy
management issues as regular fighters, but to a lesser degree.
What it really meant was that they were faster and more deadly
than any other fighters in the collective, and Mak was thrilled to be
one of the few who could pilot one, and the only pilot who was not a
Jake smiled as he thought of the few times he'd gone and
joined Mak in the simulators just for fun. He'd enjoyed the
experience immensely and he looked forward to having enough time at
some point in the future to pursue his own certification. Mak had
handed him his ass in so many different ways it wasn't even funny but
he'd felt he was improving quite quickly and the basics of dogfighting
seemed to come naturally to Jake as well. The young bull showed
an aptitude for instruction too, and Jake intended to have Mak be the
one to teach him and lead him to certification later on when there was
As Jake watched the young bull relaxing and enjoying
the intense pleasure of fellatio performed by the raspy tongue of the
beautiful lion, he knew it would be the last time he would get to be
with Mak for a couple of weeks, and he wanted to get in there and get
He moved closer and put his face over the young bull's
and kissed him on the lips. Mak's eyes opened he grinned up at
Jake and then he closed his eyes again and opened his mouth and drove
his tongue into Jake's mouth. The two necked with passion for a
Jake pulled back and turned himself to straddle the
bull's head while facing Rhokki, and he brought his ass down over Mak's
nose. The young bull immediately stuck out his tongue and began
to work it at Jake's asshole. Mak had come to enjoy rimming
almost as much as Jake did. He loved the extreme intimacy of the
act and he performed it on Jake or Rhokki in turns as part of every
love making session they had.
Jake let Mak continue to wet his
pucker to get him lubricated. One of Jake's favorite things to do
was to allow Rhokki to take him roughly from behind. The cat
could not have intercourse with anyone else, not even Mak. It
would cause damage. Jake's strengthened rectum was able to take
Rhokki's cock and he'd grown almost addicted to the extreme intensity
of the barbs rasping against the sensitive nerves in the rings of
muscles along his rectum. He loved it and Rhokki loved doing it
When Jake felt he was sufficiently lubricated he got off
Mak and positioned himself along side the two of them in the submissive
pose that indicated he wanted to be bred by the big, beautiful lion.
Mak smiled at him and tapped Rhokki on the head and the big cat
looked up and saw Jake waiting for him.
The lion took his mouth
off of Mak's cock and grinned as he moved to maneuver himself over his
man and lowered his rear and began to hump at Jake. He
loved to fuck his man so much that he never lasted very long.
moaned as the cat's thick, hard cock with the bulbous, barbed head
forced his anus open and pushed its way deep into him. The nerve
endings in the muscle rings along his rectum began to explode with
intensely pleasurable electricity immediately as the barbs ran across
Mak smiled and got up and went to his knees in front of
Jake. He pushed the wide, blunt end of his oozing cock at Jake's
lips and the man opened wide to suck in the young bull's thick tool.
pushed firmly forward and bit by bit drove the entire eighteen inches
of his huge cock all the way into Jake's mouth and down his throat.
He moaned at the sensation. He never tired of fucking Jake
at either end. He loved him more than his own life and he loved
the idea of taking him this way.
The young bull grabbed the
sides of Jake's head and he began to pull back and push forward and
increase his rhythm as he fucked his man's face.
Rhokki began to moan as he felt his orgasm rapidly build up.
leaned in and kissed the big lion on the lips and Rhokki opened his
mouth and the two began to tongue wrestle as they skewered the man
Jake was in ecstasy between the two of them.
His throat was stretched to its limit along its length and the
sensation of the massively thick cock being pulled almost completely
out and then shoved all the way back into him was intense. The
feeling of the big bulbous head of Rhokki's penis hammering up his
backside sending waves of powerful electricity through him was almost
more than he could take.
He began to feel his orgasm build
rapidly already. He reached underneath himself and took his own
cock in hand and began to work it. Almost immediately he felt his
orgasm start to bloom inside him as his balls tightened up against his
body and the first massive shock wave shot out through his body.
He tensed and his whole body was wracked by a powerful spasm as
he shot a long jet of cum out onto the floor of the tent.
each powerful pulse of his orgasm, his anus and the rings of muscles in
his rectum clamped down hard, intensifying the sensation of Rhokki's
thick, raspy tool stimulating the nerves, and his orgasm became so
intense it nearly caused him to lose consciousness as it pummeled his
Rhokki groaned at the sensation of the muscles gripping
and working his tool so hard and suddenly he tensed and slammed himself
forward into Jake and roared as his orgasm crashed into him and cause
him to shoot a long stream of his seed deep into Jake's bowels.
was carried off by the sound of incredible pleasure from his two lovers
and his orgasm hit him and he grunted as he thrust hard into Jake
to shoot his cum right down into his lover's stomach. He moaned
and humped hard against Jake's face while holding the man's head
between his hands and forcing every last bit of his cock as deep into
him as he could manage as he bucked out his orgasm, shooting all of the
seed his massive balls could produce into him.
The three moaned
and bucked and fucked or jacked until none of them had any of their own
seed left in their bodies. It had all been transfered into Jake,
or shot out onto the floor.
They collapsed into a loving pile and held and stroked each other as they always did at the end.
They loved each other deeply and they never tired of sharing each
They settled down and lay still against each
other for a while and Mak said, "I love you guys so much. I can't
believe how amazing my life is now with you two in it. I feel so
lucky. I never could have imagined my ascendance being anything like this."
chuckled and said, "I doubt any miquanowan will ever be able to say
they've had such an interesting adventure during their ascendance. You'll
need to focus on not giving anything away while you're on the shuttle
going back. Only your father can know the truth of what's been
happening to you over the past forty days, and only when the two of you
are completely alone. If anyone asks why you're wearing such a
big grin just try to remember that you're just happy to be going back
Rhokki said, "Indeed. You need to maintain the charade right to the end."
said, "Yeah, it would be easy to slip and start spouting how cool the
Shadow's Claw is, and how great you guys are, and how I'm a Stiletto
pilot in charge of my own squadron now. My dad's head is gonna
spin once I get the chance to tell him everything. I bet he's
been wondering what the hell happened to Troska and why he disappeared.
It's a good thing Troska got taken out by the predator. It
was probably a much easier death than he would have had at my father's
hands once he finds out what Troska did to you, and what he had planned
"An easy death isn't what I'd really wished for for
that bastard, but I guess in the end he got his due. I think I
would have been happier if somehow we'd gotten away and left Troska
stranded here with the others. I would love to see how your
father would deal with him. At least it will be satisfying to
know that Mogwo knows the truth about his butler at last," Jake said.
come such a long way from that night of running from them," Rhokki
said, "It's hard to believe we were so close to death at the hands of
that maniac. I never imagined as we sat here, forty days ago, waiting for Mak to
finish the start of the ceremony and join us, that we would end up right
back here in the same trees, looking out over the completion of the
ritual, knowing that we're watching the leader of a fighter squadron
and an officer of the Shadow's Claw. It was quite an abrupt ascendance into manhood indeed."
Jake chuckled and said, "The
cream always has a way of rising quickly to the top. Mak has what
it takes to be a great man. He'll be unstoppable for the rest of
his life I think."
"Indeed," Rhokki agreed.
Mak smiled and said, "I learned it from my father. I can't wait to see him again."
won't be long now," Rhokki said, "I suppose we should go out and have something to eat. It will be a long flight back for
Mak nodded and got up and went out to light a fire, and Jake and Rhokki followed him.
heated what was left of the meal they'd had the night before that was
made up of some meat from a freshly killed 'bunny' that
Rhokki had enjoyed stalking and taking down. They made a hearty
stew out of it by adding some tubers, mushrooms, a celery-like
vegetable and something that tasted very much like
green onions from Earth but was much thicker and was actually brown in
color and grew out the side of tree trunks. They wanted Mak's
last meal on the planet to be the same as he would have eaten on a real
After they'd eaten they began to break down the camp to get ready to go and then they sat around the remains of the fire
and chatted about all they'd been through and what would be happening
next when they picked Mak up in two weeks following his father-son
camping outing with Mogwo.
Eventually they heard and felt the
vibrations of the anti-fermion drive systems of the miquanowan shuttle
as it passed overhead towards the clearing beside the volcano.
They all stood and Jake and Rhokki gave Mak a final hug and kiss and sent him on his way.
He grinned as he ran out from the trees towards the shuttle that was setting into a landing.
and Rhokki watched from a distance, well hidden in the trees.
They'd come too far to risk being seen this time as Jake had been
the last time so they stayed well back. Mak had told them the end
of the ascendance was nothing special anyhow. There wasn't really
any ceremony. Just a celebration when they got back home.
shuttle settled down, and even before the ramp came down fully, Jake saw
Mogwo emerge with a huge grin on his face as he saw his son running
towards the ship. He charged down the ramp and Mak flung himself
against his father as the two crashed into each other, laughing.
relief in Mogwo's face at finding his son alive and healthy was obvious,
as was the joy in knowing that his boy was now a man.
see the difference in their relationship already as the two bulls
pulled back and grinned at each other. Mogwo looked at his son as
though he was an equal now and the most interesting thing was that Mak
looked at his father the same way. He could see the love Mak felt
for his father and the pride Mogwo felt for his son. The two of
them were right back where they should be in their relationship and the
next two weeks they were going to spend together would solidify it.
bull who'd led the ceremony when it had begun had emerged from the
shuttle, as well as a different bull dressed in the black religious garb
that Troska had worn, and they waited at the bottom of the ramp.
and Mak turned to go to join them and there were grins all around and
some words were spoken as the ascendance ritual was concluded, but they
were too far away for Jake to make out what was being said.
they all turned and made their way up the ramp and into the shuttle and
it took off and immediately engaged its plasma thrusters and rocketed at a steep angle up out of the atmosphere.
Jake and Rhokki smiled at
each other and then they turned to gather up their gear and moved
towards the zeths' location to wait with them for their own
shuttle to come and pick them up.
They did not have to wait long
before the shuttle descended into the clearing and they got aboard to
head back up to the Shadow's Claw.
The trip was short and they were soon settling into the shuttle bay for a landing.
had only just unloaded their gear when Captain Sintas' voice came over
the intercom and said, "Rhokki, Jake, please bring Voph along and meet
me in the briefing room next to the bridge immediately."
had learned that the zeths did not use names in the normal sense but
the rhuxus had given each of them names from some lesser deities from
their ancient lore. Voph was the name given to the zeth that
Rhokki had been working with closely for years. Voph was the
leader of the zeth contingent aboard the ship and had several of his
own people under his command.
Something must be happening related to the resistance. There had been no meetings planned for today.
hurried to the briefing room and as they entered, Jake was surprised to
see two bears in the room with the captain. One of them looked
sort of like a panda in color, but was actually much thinner and longer
of build. More like a small black bear, but colored black and
She was very nice looking, but Jake was immediately stricken by her companion.
was a massive, pure white polar bear. He looked absolutely
beautiful and imposing. He had to be close to a thousand pounds
and he looked the spitting image of a polar bear from back home.
The only difference was that his massive front paws were slightly
more dexterous looking than the rear ones, almost like a cross between
paws and large hands. They had the same black pads underneath as
his rear paws did so they were clearly adapted to walk on all fours or
on two while using their front paws as hands, just like the rhuxus
The polar bear had looked at Rhokki and then at the
zeth with not much reaction as they entered, but when his eyes came upon
Jake they suddenly went wide and he immediately smiled almost
reflexively like he'd seen something quite appealing.
Jake smiled back automatically.
must be the other pair who had accidentally been duplicated. The
zeths had since decided that, though it would take longer and be much
more of a hassle, they would no longer have meetings on the surface of
the other world. It was just too great of a risk that there might
be more incidents of people with contracts having their favors cut off
and being duplicated. They would only have meetings aboard the
Shadow's Claw from now on even if it meant putting them off
until the ship was available in their star system.
These two had
been rushed off the planet and put on a fast transport ship that
hustled them out of that system's heliosphere as fast as it could go,
jumped to this one, and raced inward. The ship was not encumbered
with any sort of life forms that required gentle treatment so it had
the luxury of accelerating at an extremely high rate while those aboard
it were strapped into acceleration seats. It took the transport
only a week to get out of the other system's heliosphere and a bit less
than that to make it into this one to reach the Shadow's Claw.
The rest of the time had been spent charging and jumping between
the systems. Even though the transport had been designed for long
range with an oversized antimatter buffer, it had taken it five jumps
to cross the thousand light-year expanse between the two star systems.
They were not expected to arrive until sometime the day after
tomorrow, but Jake had not kept up with their status and hadn't been aware that
they'd be getting here sooner.
Sintas rose and said, "Jake, Rhokki, Voph, I would like you to meet
Ausku and Chetichwal. They arrived early this morning."
went along and one after another and greeted the bears.
Jake was last to greet the polar bear and said, "It's a pleasure to meet you,
The bear smiled and replied, "You may call me Chet."
Jake smiled and nodded.
all settled in and the captain said, "Ausku and Chetichwal have been
fully apprised of the resistance and the truth about the First Ones and
they have decided to join us and
do whatever they can to help. Ausku is experienced in law
enforcement and had worked for some time prior to that in the
correctional service on her home world. She has volunteered to
help with the bulls down on
the sacred planet and become one of the lead foremen for the excavation
down there. She will take charge of the new camp along
with a small force of our people and begin to build it up and prepare
it for the start of construction. We will not be seeing much of
her as she will spend the bulk of her time down on the planet.
She has asked that she be allowed to get started immediately so
she will be going down by shuttle within the next few hours to get
Materials, supplies and equipment for the camp have been shuttled
down over the past week so they have nearly everything they will need
up the camp and get it ready to receive the heavier construction
equipment that is en route so that excavation can begin.
experience in law enforcement or military. We had such great
success with Mak in the fighters and we still have a few slots to fill
so I've asked him to take a stab at the fighter training program and
he has expressed an interest in doing so. He will begin
immediately as well. He will feel somewhat like the odd man out
as the only pure white person on a ship full of black cats, so I would
like you to take him under your wing if you could, Jake, and try to
make him feel comfortable."
Jake smiled and said, "I doubt he
would fit under my wing, but it would be my pleasure to help him feel
more at home here. I know what it's like to be the oddball in the
room. We'll set you up in quarters right next to ours, Chet."
The bear beamed at Jake and nodded and said, "That would be a pleasure indeed. Thank you."
turned back to the captain, "May I ask, why the rush to have Ausku
start work down on the planet? It must have been a grueling trip
to get here in such a short time at high acceleration. Shouldn't they be allowed some
time to recoup and relax before they're put to work?"
said, "Yes, they should be, but unfortunately we do not have the
luxury. I've called you here in part to introduce them to you,
but primarily because we have a situation brewing back on Ausku's world
that requires us to head there with the Shadow's Claw as soon as
possible. She requested she be sent down to the planet rather
than come with us because she would have no function aboard the ship
during our trip, and she cannot be seen on their planet in any case. At top
speed it will take us a little more than a month to get to her world
and the length of our stay there is as yet undetermined. It would
take us at least a month to come back here, though if we go at our
normal fuel conserving rate it would be at least two. She would
have nothing to do for several months and she appears not be the type
to enjoy being idle for too long. She has indicated she would prefer to get to work
immediately on the new camp."
Sintas turned to look at Ausku and said, "Her dedication will prove to be a great asset to our cause I have no doubt."
Ausku smiled but said nothing.
"How soon will we be heading out?" Jake asked.
will need the next ten hours or so to send down the last of the
equipment and supplies for the labor camp. The zeth called Myph and his
rhuxus companion will go down as well to oversee the technical aspects
of the preparation for construction. They will be joined by a
a thirty other rhuxus from our crew. Several transports are on
their way with the heavy equipment so they will have everything they
need to begin the excavation before we return. Once they are
settled and ready to
begin their work we will be on our way out of this system."
"What is the situation on Ausku's world that requires us to go there?" Rhokki asked.
had asked the resistance groups on the planet to stand down and
disperse while the First Ones investigated the incidents surrounding
the sudden death by vaporization of Chetichwal and Ausku. As we
feared, some of the groups ignored our request and continued to push for
change on their world. They do not seem to grasp the danger they
are placing their entire world in by making themselves so easily heard.
The zeths have intercepted communications that would indicate the
First Ones are taking an extreme interest in the rumblings of the
resistance groups and we fear they may react strongly to eliminate a
perceived threat there," Sintas replied.
"You think they'll use the favors on her planet?" Jake asked.
We think they will, and if we don't miss our guess, they will do
it soon after the other Chetichwal emerges from his resurrection and
tells them that he saw zeths on the planet. The First Ones are
already suspicious of the deaths and have been investigating on Ausku's
world. They know there were similar rumblings of resistance on
our world and they discovered our association with the zeths.
Their investigations intensified and eventually led them to the
discovery of our satellite manufacturing facility.
That was what ultimately brought them to the point of destroying
our world. It looks as though they are on the same course at
Ausku's home world
and it is only a matter of time before they decide the threat is too
great and they destroy it.
"They must know that if any of the races of the
collective have begun to work with the zeths, those races will know the
full truth of the First Ones' true nature and the atrocities they've
committed. They cannot allow that truth to spread and they will do
whatever they need to do to stop it. It will not be long after they
hear of the zeths from Chetichwal before they act. We will push this ship as hard as it
can go and we will launch a satellite warhead at Ausku's world to cut
it off. It is our only choice. It will expose us to the
First Ones but I have spoken at great length with the other zeths
aboard and they agree that the world will be lost if we do not act."
this is turning into a mess," Jake said, "It's just too risky to operate this
way. Couldn't we just pull back all operations to the
miquanowans' sacred planet and go dark while we wait for the other Jake
to gain access so that we can try our other option?"
but that would not alleviate our current problem. It will be
month before the other Jake rises and it could be many months after
that before he finally gains the access we need. Ausku's world
will be long gone by then. It is unfortunate that things have
gone as they have, but it cannot be changed. We have no doubt
that within a month and a half her world will be dissolved to eliminate
it as a threat to the First Ones. When the other Chetichwal's
resurrection is complete and he tells them zeths are involved, they
will likely launch an intense and thorough investigation that will lead
them eventually to the satellite manufacturing facility there and that
will be the trigger," Sintas said, "They know that the
zeths are now able to communicate with us. That means that they
know their secret is out. They will be desperate to eliminate any
and all races that may be
privy to it."
Jake nodded, "Yeah, I guess you're right.
How are we gonna protect their world once we cut it off?
Won't the First Ones just send in a military force when they
realize they can't control the favors anymore?"
and said, "Yes, they will. There are several warmongering races
that the First Ones will bring to bear quickly. One is the race
mole-like people who are responsible for the destruction of your Earth.
They will happily take fuel credits from the First Ones in return
for declaring war against Ausku's people and laying waste to their
world. They will also likely notify the rest of the collective
that Ausku's world is an enemy and has joined forces with the zeths.
It may not be possible to save it, but we must try.
A fast transport has been loaded with one of the zeths devices to
cut off the favors and it is en route to dock with Ausku's people's ark
ship. It should reach it a week before we get to the star system
of her world. They will be ready to cut off the favors on the ark
ship at the same time as we cut off the favors on her world. If
the worst should come to pass and their world is destroyed, at least
ark ship will serve its primary function and will allow them to rebuild
their race just as we will have to rebuild ours."
and turned to the black and white bear and said, "I'm sorry all of this has happened to your people Ausku.
I know from experience what it's like to have your entire race
suddenly reduced down to a very small number. The rhuxus know it
too. I hope everything works out for the best."
said, "I have learned a great deal about the resistance and my people's
part in it on the trip here. I am proud of my people and I fully
support what the resistance has done. My people knew the risks
involved and they felt the cause was important enough to accept those
risks. It would have been better if things had not gone this
way but I do not blame the zeths or the resistance. I will
continue to do my part to ensure my race has a role in bringing about
much needed change."
Sintas smiled at her and said, "Did I not
say she had dedication? There is hope yet, however slim. We
will do our best to keep your world safe."
Ausku smiled and nodded.
about the miquanowan movement?" Jake asked, "I don't think it's wise to
try to rebuild it just now. We would be putting them at risk as
well as long as the First Ones are on high alert to threats. They
know about my suspicious death here and they might well decide to send
someone to investigate that too. I think it might be best to
cancel the construction of the new camp and we should try to get a
message to Mak to let him know he should not expose his father to the
truth just yet. It might be best to keep Mogwo in the dark until
we can deal with Ausku's world at least. We need to tread even
more carefully from now on."
nodded and said, "Good
thinking. I agree in part. I don't think the new camp will
be at risk here, though. When the final few transports arrive
next few weeks with all of the heavy equipment and materials, they will
have everything they need to get started and there will be no more
shipments to or from this world so even if anyone is watching closely
they will see no activity. A great deal of the construction for
many months will be excavation underground using a modified version of
the zeth disrupters as tunneling equipment to open up sections of the
bedrock underground. There will not be
much activity at the surface and once the front part of the excavation
is complete the living quarters for the work force will be moved
underground and there will be no evidence that anything is happening
there. There are absolutely no satellites or probes of any kind
in orbit around this planet so it is nearly impossible that our camp
could be discovered even if someone knew it existed and decided to
search for it.
First Ones do not know that
your death even occurred on this planet so they would have no reason at
all to look here. You told me yourself at one point that you
didn't know you were on the sacred planet
until you reached Mak and he told you. That means the version of
you that wakes from his resurrection in just over a month will not know
either. You did
not see any zeths before your sudden 'death' so your situation will not
be as alarming to them as Chetichwal's was. The construction of
satellite manufacturing facility is too important to postpone. If
anything should happen to Ausku's world we will lose our only source of
satellites until this new factory can be constructed and put into
production. It would be a major setback and put us in extreme
danger since we would not be able to get more warheads to cut off
favors with. We must move forward with construction immediately
and we must push hard to complete it as quickly as possible.
do agree that we should postpone our plan to bring Mogwo into the
picture until we can return here. He will only be partially
effective until he can start to bring more of his people in and that
may raise too much suspicion right now. We need to wait until the
First Ones are done investigating and find nothing of interest before
we bring Mogwo in and start to rebuild our resistance movement here.
The engineers down on the
surface will be able to make a great deal of progress with the
resources at hand and it will be some time before they will need to
begin to get supplies, resources, and additional manpower shipped here
from the miquanowan
world. We can wait several months before we bring Mogwo on board
without losing any progress at all.
"I am afraid you will have
to hold the
mantle of leader of the miquanowan resistance for just a little longer,
Jake. You should send a message as soon as possible to Mak so
that it will be waiting for him as soon as they arrive home. He
is a valued member of my flight crew and I would prefer not to leave
him behind. If I
know our young miquanowan as well as I think I do, he will insist on
coming back aboard anyhow. He will not wish to be left behind
gallivant off into another part of the universe without him for months."
chuckled and said, "You're right about that. He'll want to put
his father-son getaway on hold for a while and come with us. I'll
have him make some excuse with his father. I'll remind him to get
Mogwo to prepare a message to my other self and tack Mak's message
onto the end of it and get it off soon. We need to get that ball
rolling so we might eventually have a shot to bring all of this to a
quicker end. It will be another eleven hours or so before Mak
gets home. Will that be soon enough for him to get it before we
arrive at their planet to pick him up?"
Sintas nodded and said, "We won't be leaving
here for another ten hours or so. This ship is fast, so it will
take us just a few hours to pass Mak's world on our way out of the heliosphere.
We'll make a close approach and have him yanked. It will be quickest and we can do it
without decelerating into orbit."
looked around and said, "Alright everyone. Let's get to work.
We'll be leaving orbit in ten hours.
Chetichwal, if you will please stay with Jake for the time being.
I'll have your quarters prepared and they will be ready by the
time we leave. Jake will show them to you later. Rhokki,
please escort Ausku to engineering and introduce her. She'll be
meeting the foreman appointed to head up the construction down on the
planet. After that, please help to coordinate the last of the
shipments of materials down to the camp. Thank you all for your
time. You are all dismissed."
As Jake went out in the
hallway he waited to give Chet time to say goodbye to his match, but to
his surprise Ausku simply smiled and nodded at the big white bear as
she passed him by and headed off with Rhokki to find the rhuxus
Jake turned and began to walk down the hall towards the communications room and Chet followed.
they walked, Jake looked over at the big bear and asked, "You may not
be seeing your match for several months at least. Don't you want
to say a proper goodbye to her?"
Chet shook his head and said,
"We are not so strongly attached any longer. She is not taking
the idea of duplicates of us being made out there somewhere very well
at all. I find the idea that there will be another one of me
somehow comforting in a way I cannot describe. I would love the
opportunity to meet him though I know that would likely never be
allowed. Somehow, Ausku was enraged to find there would be
another of her. It's as though she feels that her other self will
be in direct competition for the same life as her. I think that
is why she volunteered for the position overseeing the work crews down
on the planet, to begin to forge her own path in a new life since she
can't return to her old one. I suppose it upsets her that she
feels the life she built was hers, and the other version of her will be
the one to reap the rewards of it while she must start all over.
I'm not certain why that bothers her so much, and my lack of
understanding has made her quite irritable and she has been difficult
company for the past month. I think an enforced separation over
the next few months might do us some good. It is the reason I
chose to stay aboard the ship rather than join her down on the planet,
and she actually welcomed my decision, so clearly she feels the same
way. I believe our paths may never merge again to be honest."
said, "I'm sorry to hear things are rough between you. If you
ever need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to bend my ear."
smiled and said, "Thank you. I was worried that I would be the
odd man out in this ship full of black cats. They are quite
beautiful creatures, but among them I stick out more than a little and
I draw quite a few stares. Now that I am with you I feel more
comfortable knowing I am not the only one who stands out. My
people are happiest in pairs, and you and I are a pair of oddballs in
this crowd of rhuxus. I will find your company quite enjoyable I
have no doubt. I am not overly distressed that the match is over
for me so you need not be concerned about that."
"I was a match
myself," Jake said, "I fell in love with the one I was matched to
almost immediately. You'll be meeting him when we pick him up in
twelve hours or so."
"Your match is male? You are a homosexual?"
Jake smiled and said, "Yes. Is that a problem for you?"
course not, no. I find it interesting. Homosexuality is
extremely rare among my people. We do not see sex as a form of
recreation so we do not engage in it much at all when our bodies are
not simply driving us to procreate with the nearest available female.
The idea of two males engaging in the act simply out of love for
each other and the wish to enjoy each other is alien to me, yet I must
admit it is intriguing, though I personally have never been attracted
to any male of my species before. It is interesting to me as well
that you fell in love with your match so quickly. I had heard
that that happens quite commonly with matches but that was not my
experience. Ausku and I were close, but we were not in love."
"How long were you together?" Jake asked.
a year. We had not yet fallen truly in love, though we felt we
were a good match and there might be a future for us. It is
unusual for my people to fall in love quickly. We come to love
very slowly and her people are no different. It is unfortunate
that things will likely not work out but I am not really devastated by
it, nor is she. Both of our races are long lived, even without
the immortality of resurrection contracts. There will be plenty
of time for each of us to find mates if we are ever allowed to return
to our respective home worlds."
Jake, is your match the same race as yours? I have never
encountered anyone who looks even remotely like you before. You
are incredibly attractive," Chet said.
Jake smiled and said,
"That's very flattering, Chet. You certainly speak your mind.
You're attractive to me, too. I've always been attracted to
size and strength and you look like you have that in spades. I
love the white fur too. That's considered fairly exotic on my
world. My match, Komakwa, is miquanowan."
Chet nodded and
said, "I've seen their people before. They are very impressive
indeed. They too are quite large and imposing. I can
understand how you would be attracted to him if that is what you like."
Jake smiled again, "He is quite precisely what I like. I love him deeply and I lust for him always."
"You mentioned earlier that you knew what it was like to have your race nearly destroyed. May I ask how that came to be?" Chet asked.
planet was destroyed by the First Ones just over six months ago.
We were not in the collective yet and we had no real presence in
space so no ark ship. I've been told that there are tens of
thousands of my people scattered about the universe, but we would
somehow have to come back together to have any chance to rebuild the
race. There's some faint hope that it could happen I suppose, but
if the resistance is successful and the favors are cut off for everyone
in the universe, that would mean no more immortality. I'm not
sure that there would be time to bring us all back together to start
building our population before everyone grows old and dies. We
don't even have any place to live anymore. My race may well be
doomed to extinction."
"I am very sorry to hear that. I
will speak with my own people when this is all over. Our planet
is cold for the most part but near the equator it is warm and green and
would likely be hospitable to your race and could easily support a
population of many millions. We are not built for warmth so in
effect that part of our planet is uninhabited. Perhaps my people
would be willing to allow yours to live there while you rebuild your
numbers. It would give you time to find a more suitable home.
I have little sway with my government myself, but I know some who
have a great deal of pull. We could likely work something out."
That's an incredibly thoughtful offer! Thank you, Chet.
You would be a hero to my race. It's not every day someone
rescues an entire population of people and brings them back from the
brink of annihilation."
Chet smiled and said, "Is that not what
you and your resistance are attempting to do with Ausku's world as we
speak? The Shadow's Claw is in essence one small ship that is
attempting to rescue the entire collective from a deadly threat of
which they are not even aware. Should you succeed, there is no
way to estimate how many worlds, how many races, and how many trillions
of lives might have been spared, that would have been lost to the First
Ones' twisted entertainments over time. I sense you might have
lost sight of just how important what you are doing here is to everyone
out there. What you are attempting to do for the entire universe
far outweighs anything the rest of us could do for your people.
Once the truth about the First Ones and the countless atrocities
they've committed and races they've snuffed out on a whim are revealed,
there will be a great many races who will be extremely grateful to all
of you should you prove successful in removing the threat of
annihilation by the favors. I don't think the rhuxus, or your
people, will have any trouble finding a home after this is over.
You will likely be getting many offers. There is a whole
planet below us at this moment that is habitable, yet completely devoid
of intelligent life as we speak. I'm sure your match's people
would be happy to make some arrangement with your race and the rhuxus
as well. You need not worry about the future of your people,
Jake. They will have no difficulty whatsoever finding a new home."
felt uplifted by Chet's words. He'd sort of given up on his own
race for the time being and couldn't really imagine how they would ever
come back. Having a home would be more than half the battle.
He'd never even given any thought to Rhokki's people. They
may have two ark ships but if they really want to rebuild their race
they would need a planet to call home. Chet may be right.
The miquanowans themselves have an entire world unused and they
may be willing to give it up to the orphaned races out of gratitude if
the resistance is successful. There was hope for the humans yet.
stopped and turned to Chet and wrapped his arms around the big bear's
neck and hugged him impulsively and said, "Thank you so much. The
future of my race has been nagging at me for a while but I never
stopped to really think it through. I think you're right.
There's no reason at all to give up hope."
Chet put one of
his massive paws around behind Jake and hugged him back and said, "It
would be a shame to lose such a rare race as yours. I'm certain
the others will see it so as well."
Jake pulled back and smiled
at the beautiful polar bear. Chet seemed like a wonderful guy.
He couldn't wait to get to know him better.
and continued down the hall. They arrived at the comms room and
Jake composed a quick message to Mak explaining the situation, and
asking him to make his excuses and to ask his father to prepare a
message for the other Jake and send it off with the recording they'd
made earlier attached to it. He told the young bull they'd be
swinging past to yank him up very soon and he would get in touch when
they were getting close.
Jake and Chet emerged from the comms
room and Jake asked, "They may have your quarters ready by now, would
you like me to take you there?"
"No. If you don't mind, I
would prefer if you escorted me to the fighter training area. I
will feel less like an indolent passenger and more like a prospective
member of this ship's crew if I make myself active immediately.
Would you have the time to take me there?"
Actually, if you don't mind, I wouldn't mind joining you in the
simulators while you get started. I've only tried them briefly a
couple of times and it was incredibly fun. I won't have much to
do for the next while so this might be a chance for me to really learn
to fly properly. Komakwa's gone through the certification and is
now leader of his own squadron. I didn't have time to go through
the training with him and I would have held him back anyhow. He
was already an experienced flier and had tried out fighter simulators
before so he was ready to jump into advanced tactics. I intended
to spend more time in the simulators as soon as I got a chance and now
seems as good a time as any."
Chet grinned and said, "That would
be splendid! I would love it if you would go through the entire
program with me if you would be interested. I would like to have
someone to challenge me and keep me trying my best. If you have
no real experience either then we would both be starting at nearly the
same level and could grow our skills together."
Jake smiled and
nodded, "Sure, that would be great. I'll sign up for the
certification program with you and if I can spare the time I'll try to
keep up with you. I was going to be busy with Komakwa's father,
bringing him into the resistance and getting him up to speed on
everything. Those plans are now on hold so I should find myself
fairly idle for the next while. We can have Mak come in and teach
us both. I think he'd enjoy handing us our asses over and over
Chet said, "That sounds like fun. Let us go and get started then."
Jake instructed the computer to guide them to the simulators and they headed off.
got started with the program and became so immersed in the fun they
were having that while they were in the simulator, Rhokki finished
coordinating the last of the shipments down to the planet's surface.
Ausku boarded the last of the shuttles and went down to the
planet to begin her work there, and the Shadow's Claw then began to
accelerate hard towards Mak's home world.
Shortly after Jake and
Chet emerged from the simulators, Rhokki came to join them and they all
went to the 'yanking' room to wait nervously for the young bull to
get pulled on to the ship. Mak was yanked aboard without incident
as the ship flew past the world and continued to accelerate to get out
of the heliosphere so that it could jump to Ausku's star system.
and Chet were introduced, then the four then went to the mess hall to
eat, then back to show Chet his new quarters next to theirs.
they had Chet settled, Jake, Mak and Rhokki returned to their own
quarters and collapsed into a heap on their sleeping mat. It had
been a long day and they were too tired to mess around.
began to drift off to sleep, Jake's mind wandered to Ausku and he
thought about the extreme danger her world was in. He did not
want to see another world fall at the hands of the First Ones like his
and Rhokki's had done.
He hoped they would make it in time.
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