Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Xenophobia - Chapter 34



    "Special?" Darrian asked with a lit of interest.
    Illiquina responded with a little nod as she tapped away on her datapad.
    "That seems contradictory to the idea that they were all the same model." Ferris interjected.
    "Doesn't it though?" she quipped back.
    "So why-" he began.
    "Let's call it a hunch." she said before handing the datapad to Darrian.
    Hesitantly taking the little computer, Darrian examined what she had laid out for him. It appeared to be some kind of a spreadsheet. It highlighted dozens of columns of information that made no sense to him, but three specific sets of data had been highlighted.
    'Termination Reason' and 'Reclamation'.
    "So you think the old judge was designed special then?" Ferris asked as Darrian studied the spreadsheet.
    "I don't think it started that way." she responded. "But for some reason, the old robot stuck out amongst his peers."
    After a moment of reading, Darrian understood why Illiquina thought what she did.
    "They cannibalized the others to keep the judge running." he said in shock.
    With the exception of a single DR robot which had been lost due to accidental explosive decompression, every other one of the judge's robots had been used in some capacity to repair him. Some of the units had been lost due to natural causes: mechanical or electronic failures of some capacity. Others had been intentionally dismantled and decommissioned with the intent to disassemble them.
    No matter how, though, the parts of his ten brothers had been used to make the sure judge kept running.
    "But...why?" Ferris asked in surprise as he read through the data himself. 
    "Again, I can't even take a stab at that without the judge's file." Illquina said with a hint of annoyance.
    "There had to be something." Darrian added quickly. "Something he did or said that was out of character. Something that made him stand out."
    "They all had the same purpose though." Ferris thought out loud. "So it must have been something big."
    "And that's why I think it was the Guillae." she shot back.
    In his sleep addled brain, the two ideas didn't connect. He was about to ask yet another question but Illiquina was kind enough to answer it before it could be asked.
    "Of the races in the galaxy," she said coolly, "which do you think would be the biggest threat to the Merrenian's desire for water."
    "The Guillae." Darrian echoed hollowly.
    "Right. The Guillae, at least at the time, were the only species that would have used water. Without their original file, I have no idea if the Guillae were an established race or the Consortium just stumbled across them. No matter the how, the Guillae would have been the biggest threat to their attempts to gather water."
    Darrian stared at her for a long moment, considering what hat just been said.
    "Then you think-"
    "The judge was involved somehow in the Guillae's removal from the Consortium."
    "Makes sense." agreed Darrian.
    "While that's interesting." Ferris said slowly. "This has nothing to do with Earth or the humans then."
    "Probably not." she agreed. "But it still seems strange that he reacted the way he did."
    "It does." Darrian agreed.
    "It doesn't matter." Ferris shot back. "We're speculating enough as it is. We don't need to build theories on top of-"
    KZZZT~
    "-nyone there?"
    They all turned in shock at the disembodied voice. The holographic imager started to generate the transmission from Jin'thun a moment later.
    "Hello?" he asked impatiently.
    "We're here." Illiquina said quickly and getting up from her place at the table.
    Despite his exhaustion, Darrian felt a new wave of energy rush into him.
    "Good. Because it's started." Jin'thun growled. "The Tulgucks have arrived."
    "Were you able to-" Ferris began.
    "We weren't able to do anything." he said gravely, cutting him off. "They've already begun their attack. The Mars colony has been destroyed along with everything in it."
    The room fell silent.
    "We're moving to intercept. But they've come for blood and their ships are faster and better equipped than we anticipated. We've already lost half our forces." he said quietly.
    "Where are they going?" Ferris  asked with horror in his voice.
    They all knew, but he had to ask.
    "Now that they're done with Mars." Jin'thun said slowly. "They're going to destroy Earth."

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(Hello Lovelies. I hope you enjoyed because this is our FINAL PUBLIC CHAPTER! From here on in, I will be doing a few things. On the backend, I will now be finishing the story and then re-writing and editing accordingly. The rewrite will make the story a little more cohesive since originally it was never meant to be a novel as well as adding a bit more character development. During this time period, we will be releasing regular, differing content but will also be starting to arrange things we need for the release including coverart and blog tours. the flip side is, you should finally see some different content then just Xenophobia. haha Have a wonderful day!)

10 comments:

  1. No! But Earth is my favorite planet. You can't destroy that!

    What a cliffhanger to end things on. I'm curious to see what happens from here, and I'm fascinated by the robot parts being used to keep the judge going. The suspense - it's killing me. Really looking forward to the finalized novel.

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  2. Earth...is doomed...maybe. lol Loved the story and I hope to see the rest of it in the book you release.

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  3. Earth may be screwed indeed, perfect place to stop as the hook is set.

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  4. Hi Robert - pity that there are no more chapters to come here ... but quite understand ... on top of that Earth is about to be attacked ... interesting how you've developed the story ... cheers and congratulations with the book - Hilary

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  5. Hmmm. An interesting development...

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  6. Dang, I was getting quite used to living on Earth!

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  7. Oh No! I hope they don't succeed in demolishing Earth! How exciting for you to be at the tail end of your novel. Can't wait to see what new stories emerge here!

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  8. Hm... I'm hoping you are intent on saving Earth... just sayin'... LOL

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