YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 39 (CHAPTER 186)

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The facility wafted with the odor of humans. Airships had lined the building spanning miles. People moved about creating a cascade of noise bouncing off the walls. Thousands of people were living in the spare warehouses along the strip of land where airships were being transferred. They had what they could carry, enough to fit in their specified storage containers, and nothing more. These people were here to work, and then to move. They had come to assist in fleeing the planet.

“We are currently stocking ships with supplies. New clothes, and the likes.” Alan Penn told Heia as she watched people being checked in. “With the Circles assistance, we have started the transport ships of goods and weapons for all.”

The first thing that was being packed were the ships that would hold food, clothes, instruments, books, documents, technology, and many other things to jumpstart a new economy. Other ships would hold animals and seed for food. Still others would have machinery and equipment along with metal, wood, and other building supplies. There were people being transported all over the world to collect materials and to rip up the remains of the earth before it was destroyed for good. Years of treaties and protocols to protect the planet were being broken for their survival. Each of the ships with human civilization upon them would carry similar things, albeit in smaller numbers. Circles were providing weapons, guns and holoblades, to any who could use them. They were bolstering numbers for the armies and collection groups. The coming battles would need everything they could get for protection.

Karla had requested assistance and Estashia had listened. Things were looking up. 

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 38 (CHAPTER 185)

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Evester looked from Crass to Rayda and then to Karla. Which one was it? Which one of them was the one who had the card. Fingers twitching, Evester pulled a card from Karla’s hand. Her poker face was incredible as he turned the card around to see the joker. Screaming out in frustration Karla laughed.

“Done?” Uly asked halting their game.

“Evester just lost again.” Rayda placed her cards down. 

“Not true. I could get it to one of you.” He protested.

“Unlikely.” Karla teased him. Dejected, Evester looked away. He knew she was right.

“What is it?” Crass asked Uly.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 37 (CHAPTER 184)

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124 Days Until Corruption And the Uncertain End (part 3)  

When the Cloudcites were first formed there were many laws established to ensure no wars would come to pass should world emergency arise. Of these laws, the bypass leader law or the King’s Rule Act, was voted into existence. The King’s Rule act required specific conditions to be used lawfully. One, the humanity’s survival was brought into question, whether in fear of war, or in fear of destruction. Two, the leader of the council had to declare it, bring it to vote, and get a super majority vote from all other council members. In order to be revoked, a vote had to be reissued to a super majority of the council or a public vote. This made it fundamentally impossible for a King, once established, to be removed. Three, the leader of the World Council became acting King in the matter and, as such, must have been on the council for at least two terms. Four, the decision of the voters could not be forced through black mail or coercion. Five, the public had to be notified as the vote began and the results following. Six, should the King die, the protocol died with them. This was the easiest way to kill a King once the rule was established.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 36 (CHAPTER 183)

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Heia watched the screen uninterested. The World Council meeting was as boring as she expected it to be. The politicians bickered and talked about things that most of them had not seen personally. The X’s were fighting. The Circles were divided. The Stars refused to comment. It was much as how Heia pictured politics worked for them usually. There were no surprises to be had.

“Why isn’t the Prime Minister talking?” Robee asked collapsing down next to Heia.

“He’s fed up with their inaction.” Lynx answered. “Granted it makes sense. I don’t blame him.”

“The votes are beginning.” Onyx spoke quickly drawing their attention to the screen again.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 35 (CHAPTER 182)

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The World Council meeting was everything Zeydar expected. He had watched shows that were dramas about council meetings. He had watched some of the most important meetings for history in classes. Before him were faces of all the Tower leaders, those allied to Estashia and those not. There were the shrouded Superiors cloaked in black and hiding their faces from view of the entire world. The X world leaders showed their faces through screens, including Alan Penn. Estashia stood before them all dress in all white as the meeting facilitator.

“We begin the meeting.” Estashia spoke out calling the meeting to order.

Zeydar sat with Shawn, May, Kony, Phil, and Endwin, prepared to speak to the world on what needed to be done. He wondered if Evester and Heia were watching from their own computers. This meeting was being broadcast to the whole world. It was nothing more than a show for unity than it was to discuss specific matters. Primary matters were handled first: spending, funds, allocations, and news. Then it came to the matter that held the attention of the world: the memorandum on the reinstitution of the Space program, protocols, and immediate evacuation of the human species.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 34 (CHAPTER 181)

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126 Days Until Death And the Uncertain End 

The videos were edited in a way that Evester’s words not only explained how to predict attacks, but now to take Aralax down with expert skill. They had different examples, angles, slow down and graphics to show the exact angle to strike. They were all practice videos and he reminded others that they needed to practice before they attempted to use the skills. Then he had uploaded them to the EverDanger channel. Evester starred at the comments coming in and the questions that were being asked. He and Karla were in charge of answering questions, not that Evester wanted to do the task at all.

“So many people are responding.” Karla cheered, as she typed away. She had agreed to do all the answers, so long as she was allowed to watch him paint.

He never should have agreed. “Karla. Please…” Evester tried to get her to move so that he could continue to paint. He needed to get paints behind her and she refused to move. It was not until he was practically begging that she giggled and moved out of the way. Grabbing the blues, he turned back to the canvas. He liked his current piece. Somehow Uly’s advice wasn’t a load of crap, and the more he did it, the less he thought about doing dangerous things. Perhaps it was because this piece was about his feelings for Zeydar and working through them was proving to be far more difficult than he wanted, or perhaps it was because he did like the medium.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 33 (CHAPTER 180)

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127 Days Until Experimentation And the Uncertain End (part 2)    

Shawn walked next to Zeydar hands in his pocket and a grimace on  his lips. Kony walked a bit more sturdy, despite the fact that his fear radiated off of him. May had fallen back into her military stride, eyes open and chin up. Phil, however, walked like he didn’t have a care in the world as they approached the Superior meeting that Zeydar had to go to. Zeydar was uncertain how he himself looked, but with the familiar wrap of his Superior coat, he felt concealed. He knew that his party was a sight to behold as they walked across Star campus together. Pulling the black hood further over his face, Zeydar focused on what he was going to have to say.

He’d been drilled in it by Europa and he was going to be okay. Even if he did not have the others at his side, the Superiors were not so powerful that they would be able to get him to do things he did not want to do.

“You can not go in there alone.” Shawn warned him.

“I won’t have to. I’ll have Kony.” That was if they let Kony in to the room. Getting in was a contention, let alone them agreeing to speak plainly with Kony in their presence.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 32 (CHAPTER 179)

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Evester tossed paint at the canvas that was laid on the ground next to him. He liked practicing painting more than music. There was nothing to compare his art to. Music felt different, but painting? He felt that as long as he thought it was good enough, it was. He wasn’t good at painting realistic images. Something about the form of real objects and bodies just did not translate with his hand. He knew he needed to work more on it, and cared little to truly try.

Instead he liked throwing the paint, using it to evoke what he was feeling with his hands and buckets and brushes. He liked the streaks and the dots and the emotion of painting something black over and over and over again. He liked the feeling of his emotions in front of him. It almost was as if he could understand them better that way. It almost felt that he was able to articulate them.

“You were here?” Crass’s voice startled Evester.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 31 (CHAPTER 178)

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128 Days Until Credence And the Uncertain End 

Heia stood before the cameras and the soldiers next to Alan as he addressed the X’s. He spoke on the combined effort of their people and how they were going to survive together. He had spoken for almost an hour and in that time Heia had recited her speech to herself multiple times. She was certain that this time, when she addressed the world, she would not mess up. When he handed the microphone over to Heia, her mind went blank.

There before her was the emptiness of eyes that starred back at her. They were waiting for her to give them a reason. She was to give them the hope that she had not had when she was in their position. Her speech forgotten. She had been drilled in it and it should have not vanished, but it was gone once again. The speech before, the simple one, had been a mess. This one was supposed to be greater.  

She had to try.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 30 (CHAPTER 177)

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The room was filled with screens of people from all over the world. Those who could make it in person sat chattering with their peers. The area was restricted to those invited. For the first time that meant Zeydar. Europa was there as Estashia’s heir and assistant, but no one else was there. Zeydar was alone for the first time since coming back to the CloudCity. He didn’t have Shawn or Kony or May or Phil. He wasn’t sure he was going to be able to make it through the meeting without exploding. 

The noise was already too much.

The cacophony of greetings filled the air as Europa prepared the meeting. Each person had a folder, lamented and sealed, before them. The council members spoke on recent news and gossip. Zeydar wanted silence more by each passing moment. He knew he was going to be lucky to get through the meeting without yelling at someone to shut up.

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