33 Days Until The End – Dark Stars: Prophecy Child, Part Five – 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.

Gadamrie, a Golden Priestess in the Dark Collective, who before the federation came to power boasted over one million hosts as part of her mind hive.

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.

Touvler, Zander’s right hand man and Betha’s co-pilot, Touvler along with two others joined Zander when he defected from the United Federations to the Dark Collective.

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

High Priestess Dankika, leader of the Dark Collective, a maker, a being who exists across multiple realities.

High Lord Quinn, Commander for the United Federation, and a Quadrapled, a slang term for a clone. Quinn’s past is still yet to be revealed, but his past association with Zander Kane makes his story more of a mystery.

President Balmires, the current elected president of the united federation, Balmires’ rise to power is one worth of it’s own story, soaked in blood and betrayal.

Last time on Dark Stars

Zander and the crew of Betha find themselves requested by the High Priestess, once touching down, he comes face to face with General Salidazar, who has other plans for Zander. Gadamrie intervened spoiling his plans, as the High Priestess arrived and attempted to quell the already explosive situation, to, no positive end, until Sin relayed a message, what appears to be from Zander himself, warning of the Priestess and Salidazar, verifying the information, he acted, somewhat recklessly, and fled towards an unknown destination, with Salidazar following closely behind, Zander backtracked to take care of him once and for all, but, were faced with a greater problem. Unfortunately Zander and Betha’s crew, found themselves prisoners of High Lord Quinn, reveling himself to be a former crew member of the Betha, but, as he prepared to kill Zander, Gadamrie, who was cloaked, came to his aid, taking out Quinn and his men, although, before they could make their escape, another mind took control of one of Gadamrie’s host bodies, apparently killing her, but after a brief battle of minds, Gadamrie regained control of her final host. Making contact with Sin, Zander found out where Touvler was being held, and as they made their plans to rescue him, they came face to face with a resurrected Quinn and a league of Federation soldiers, using a cloaking technology, known as the walk of the damned, Gadamrie tried to guide them to safety, but her strength gave way, so Zander had to improvise, and, as the walls close in, Gadamrie finally agrees to answer Zander’s questions.

And so we continue…

“Of course sir, your information should be updated, if you follow the new instructions they should assist yo…”

“NO! I’m going back the way I came, I’ll blast my way through whatever I have to, but I’m not jumping with her, I can’t risk it, I can’t lose her, not while she’s got answer I need.”

“You were always too stubborn for your own good,” Gadamrie says, from the tunnel entrance, winching in pain, as she gets to her feet. “We won’t get out of this together, but, you will on your own, if you try, so, ask your questions, let this be the place where all is reveled, where everything becomes one.”

He stands there, looking down into the abyss, then looks over to her, he feels the sweat run down his face, and hears it hiss, sizzle, as it drips from him, and lands on the metal sheets that are paved beneath his feet. “What’s inside me?”

“Our child,” she replies.

“What does that mean?”

“What do you want it to mean?”

“I want answers Gadamrie not riddles!” Zander yells, clenching his hands into fists. “WHAT THE HELL IS INSIDE ME!”

“As I told you before my love, my seed is inside you, growing, creating, joining, bringing you together, as one, across endless stars.”

“Okay, there you go again, what the hell does that mean, endless stars?”

“You’re still an infant my love, but soon, you will begin to grow, and you will understand, that the world, out there, is endless, not just on one plain of reality, but on countless worlds, on countless stars, in countless Zander Kane’s,” she says, forcing a smile.

“Countless Zander Kane’s? Are you saying I’m a clone?”

She laughs, “As I said, you’re still but an infant, I cannot explain the intr…”

She doesn’t get to finish her sentence, as he is upon her, driving his blaster into her stomach and slamming her against the tunnels wall, “DON’T BE SO SMUG!” He yells, “TELL ME, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME!”

She swallows, and stares deep into his eyes, “When the universe was born, so was he, Danzian, a being existing across each ever expanding reality, as one mind, moving, shaping, each line, to his own will, but, after centuries of this, he grew tired, lonely, for, even though he was seen as a god in many of the realities, he, was alone, with no one to enjoy the existence with him. So, he sough a way to create a mate, one who was as eternal, and as one across the stars as he. For many years he searched, burning his way through the stars, through lovers, until, he came to the place of his birth, and met with the first beings, the Orionat, those untouched by the ravages of the stars, undiluted by the ever expanding realities that splinter off each other every time something new takes place. Here he found out his true origins, and, how his existence was possible, but, for him, more importantly, how he could create a mate, although, the Orionat disproved of Danzian’s plan, instead offered him a place with them, outside of the stars, in the darkness. When he declined their offer, telling them he needed to be out there in the stars, not locked away, hiding, they took it badly, and attacked him. As the fight waged on, they realised it was lost, Danzian was skilled, having lived outside, experiencing the words, while they, had hidden, watching, wasting their existences,  one by one they fell, wounded, broken, and, it was in this state, in their defeat, did they reveal their true form, that of scavengers, worms, beasts who prey on those who fall outside the stars, who, well, who you will soon see for yourself, as I did, for they will call you, as you get closer to the moment of joining, for, Danzian, across all the realities, laid his seed inside me, as I have you, the hive, I control, it is not one just of many, it is one over countless realities, and the mind, the one who took over before, she, she was but one of the versions of myself who vied for control over who I am now, the one who survived, who is the amalgamated version of the shadows I was, like, you will become, you, the man, I love,” she says, as Zander, stands before her, his eyes wide with wonderment, his skin, pale, he can feel his knees getting weak, and his stomach turning.

“B-B-Bullshit!” He mutters.

 

To Be Continued…

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