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 +====== Reckoning ====== ​
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 **Comic book conversion project at: ** https://​www.patreon.com/​einarpetersen join today and help make Reckoning a success and on top of that, make the first 5 albums of the series fully accessible for the visually impaired / blind complete with tactile feedback offline as well as online **- I'll even throw in a copy of my latest comicbook Implant!** **Comic book conversion project at: ** https://​www.patreon.com/​einarpetersen join today and help make Reckoning a success and on top of that, make the first 5 albums of the series fully accessible for the visually impaired / blind complete with tactile feedback offline as well as online **- I'll even throw in a copy of my latest comicbook Implant!**
  
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-NOTICE: This is a first draft in progress an Open Writing Exercise it is being used as a basis for a comicbook conversion of the story and is not intended for re-publication or re-distribution - When final editing is done expected that this text will be released under a CC license or something ​similar, so please refrain from copying by any means till this is in place, just read it here thanks! ​+NOTICE: This is a first draft in progress an Open Writing Exercise it is being used as a basis for a comicbook conversion of the story and is not intended for re-publication or re-distribution - When final editing is done it is expected that this text will be released under a CC license or similar, so please refrain from copying by any means till this is in place, just read it here thanks! ​
  
 Let me also kick off with a huge thanks to all of you who have been kind enough to support me financially and have been taking the time to read and comment on the story and the comicbook project. ​ Let me also kick off with a huge thanks to all of you who have been kind enough to support me financially and have been taking the time to read and comment on the story and the comicbook project. ​
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 ====== Part One – A terrible mistake! ====== ​ ====== Part One – A terrible mistake! ====== ​
  
-[[https://​www.patreon.com/​posts/​reckoning-1-2-12439251|Click here to see the storyboard for my comicbook conversion of chapter 1 on Patreon]]+[[https://​www.patreon.com/​posts/​reckoning-1-2-12439251|Click here to see the storyboard for my comicbook conversion of chapter 1 on Patreon]] ​
  
-Christopher Edge was pleased, he had just blasted a watchtower on his way to work and Red Faction was scrambling for cover.+Christopher Edge was pleased, he had just blasted a watchtower on his way to workand Red Faction was scrambling for cover.
  
 CowTow had taken down the Aruba Garrison singlehandedly,​ not a feat to take lightly and the com chatter was thick, ecstatic and filled with gloating remarks about Red Faction and their dismal performance during the last interval. CowTow had taken down the Aruba Garrison singlehandedly,​ not a feat to take lightly and the com chatter was thick, ecstatic and filled with gloating remarks about Red Faction and their dismal performance during the last interval.
  
-The Purple Haze Brigade were kicking butt that much was certain. ​+The Purple Haze Brigade were kicking butt that much was certain.
  
-Sure it had become a minor obsession, the wife did not like his odd nightly detours, nor the fact that Christopher was so preoccupied with something that she could not see he in any way could gain anything from in the long run.+Sure it had become a minor obsession, the wife did not like his odd nightly detours, nor the fact that Christopher was so preoccupied with something that he, in her opinion ​in any way could gain anything from in the long run.
  
-Ross looked upon it differently,​ to him his father was a hero of humanity and he could not wait to grow older, have his own handheld and getting himself engrossed in the battle for humanity, it would be at least two more years his dad had said before he would be allowed to have his own handheld, life as a 7 year old sometimes sucked.+Ross looked upon it differently,​ to him his father was a hero of humanity and he could not wait to grow older, have his own handheld and getting himself engrossed in the battle for humanity, it would be at least two more years his dad had said before he would be allowed to have his own handheld, life as a 7-year-old sometimes sucked.
  
-Christopher smiled smugly, looked around the metro. A ragtag punk dressed in camos eyed him as he looked up from his mobile. Christopher felt a shiver, were they following him ?+Christopher smiled smugly, looked around the metro. A ragtag punk dressed in camos eyed him as he looked up from his mobile. Christopher felt a shiver, were they following him?
  
-The ragtag punk looked down again and started flicking and waiving ​his fingers on and in front of the screen seemingly engrossed in some social media interaction. Christopher sighed with relief. ​+The ragtag punk looked down again and started flicking and waving ​his fingers on and in front of the screen seemingly engrossed in some social media interaction. Christopher sighed with relief.
  
-Was he getting paranoid ? Was his wife right ? Was this a complete waste of time and life or did his missions serve a higher purpose… ​+Was he getting paranoid? Was his wife right? Was this a complete waste of time and life or did his missions serve a higher purpose…
  
 The metro came to a halt and as the midway stop tune sounded Christopher suddenly realized he had gone one stop too far. The metro came to a halt and as the midway stop tune sounded Christopher suddenly realized he had gone one stop too far.
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-Shit!, Going to be late for the plane and the meeting in Denver, he looked up, people had started pouring into the already crowded cabin. 
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-He resolutely jumped from his seat, rushed and squeezed his way through the cabin and managed to get out just in time before the doors slid shut. 
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-He exhaled heavily and looked for the track crossing. ​ 
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-To his great surprise the ragtag punk was also on the station deck, not too far from him… it seemed impossible that he could have gotten off so quickly without creating an even greater disturbance than Christopher had done, but there he was standing there seemingly unfazed by the hustle and bustle of the busy station deck.  
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-In his mind Christopher imagined the cursing and swearing that had to be going on back in that cabin, he had been relatively careful as he got out, had pushed a bit. But that punk… holy hell, suitcases, backpacks and people had to be jumbled all over that train. ​ 
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-He looked down. Better not make any further eye contact he thought and hurried towards the escalator, if he was lucky he could still make that plane. 
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-Vancouver airport was at it's usual, still security theater at its utmost, now due to these terrible eco terrorists, what would be next, an alien invasion and shapeshifters hiding in our midst?+Vancouver airport was at it's usual, still security theater at its utmost, now due to these terrible eco-terrorists, what would be next, an alien invasion and shapeshifters hiding in our midst?
  
-Christopher shuddered at the thought of these imaginary threats the establishment came up with in order to feed, now not only the industrial ​military complex, but now a new and burgeoning security sector commonly referred to as the Security Consortiumhungrily eying hard earned money of every man woman and child still holding on to a job in what seemed like an everlasting recession.+Christopher shuddered at the thought of these imaginary threats the establishment came up with in order to feed, now not only the military-industrial ​complex, but a new and burgeoning security sector commonly referred to as the Security Consortium. Christopher shuddered at the thought of them hungrily eying the hard earned money of every man woman and child still holding on to a jobin what seemed like an everlasting recession.
  
-Money Christopher thought bitterly, stolen straight out of the pockets of every honest hard working person out there, just taken without remorse by corrupt and power obsessed politicians and their corporate ​lobbyists ​handlers, he grit his teeth.+Money Christopher thought bitterly, stolen straight out of the pockets of every honest hard working person out there, just taken without remorse by corrupt and power obsessed politicians and their corporate ​lobbyist ​handlers, he grit his teeth.
  
-Christopher was traveling lightly today, only his briefcase with the DocuVault(tm) and his trusty NiXen(tm) handheld. ​+Christopher was traveling lightly today, only his briefcase with the DocuVault™ and his trusty NiXen™ handheld.
  
-The security officer eyed him suspiciously as he looked at the readout from the fingerprint and iris scan, flipped his DocuVault(tm) around a couple of times before putting it back on the conveyor along with the NiXen(tm) and Christopher'​s bag.+The security officer eyed him suspiciously as he looked at the readout from the fingerprint and iris scan, flipped his DocuVault™ around a couple of times before putting it back on the conveyor along with the NiXen™ and Christopher'​s bag.
  
-"Business trip eh?", the officer asked nodding at his belongings as he put them back in the bag.+Business trip eh?, the officer asked nodding at his belongings as he put them back in the bag.
  
-"Yup Denver", Christopher said and to alleviate the situation added "First time", as if he needed that, his travel history in it's entirety would already have been shown on screen and the fact that he'd never been in Denver would have been highlighted to the officer as he was passing through the inspection portal.+Yup Denver, Christopher said and to alleviate the situation added First time, as if he needed that, his travel history in  it's entirety would already have been shown on screenand the fact that he'd never been in Denver would have been highlighted to the officer as he was passing through the inspection portal.
  
-"Have a nice trip", the officer said dispassionately and was on to the next travelers belongings.+Have a nice trip, the officer said dispassionately and was on to the next travelers' ​belongings.
  
 Christopher began regretting having had that latté on the way, did he have time to find a toilet, his bladder was killing him. He should have stuck to his breakfast veggie juice and left it at that, but that latté had been too tempting. Christopher began regretting having had that latté on the way, did he have time to find a toilet, his bladder was killing him. He should have stuck to his breakfast veggie juice and left it at that, but that latté had been too tempting.
  
-Shortly before the gate he finally found an unoccupied toilet booth. He had never really been able to stand at the urinal and relieving himself, always thinking whether if anyone was looking or not, comparing sizes and any other odd thought jumping into his head when forced to be standing in a public men's room. +Shortly before the gate he finally found an unoccupied toilet booth. He had never really been able to stand at the urinal and relieving himself, always thinking whether if anyone was looking or not, comparing sizes and any other odd thought jumping into his head when forced to be standing in a public men's room.
  
-He knew he shouldn'​t worry just because of that one freak incident, but his whole adult life in many ways had been one big avoidance on the issue.+He knew he shouldn'​t worry just because of that one freak incident, but his whole adult life in many ways had been one significant ​avoidance on the issue.
  
-He unzipped, it splashed wonderfully as he aimed straight for the black spot just under the waterline at the back of the toilet, at least he did not show any signs of prostate problems even though he had passed into his forties.+Christopher ​unzipped, it splashed wonderfully as he aimed straight for the black spot just under the waterline at the back of the toilet, at least he did not show any signs of prostate problems even though he had passed into his forties.
  
 Moments later he was done, zipped and flushed. He opened the door and to his surprise found that the toilet was empty except to his surprise a stewardess seemingly putting on some lipstick. Moments later he was done, zipped and flushed. He opened the door and to his surprise found that the toilet was empty except to his surprise a stewardess seemingly putting on some lipstick.
  
-He looked down, the woman was very beautiful"Uhm... this is the mens room", he politely said and went over to the sink to wash his hands.+He looked down, the woman was gorgeousUhm… this is the men'​s ​room, he politely said and went over to the sink to wash his hands.
  
-"I know", she answered with a smile.+I know, she answered with a smile.
  
-"Erhm", Christopher mumbled not sure what to reply to that.+Erhm, Christopher mumbled not sure what to reply to that.
  
-He dried his hands and headed for the door. +He dried his hands and headed for the door.
  
 The stewardess stepped out in front of him. The stewardess stepped out in front of him.
  
-"I wouldn'​t go out there", she said with an odd look upon her face.+I wouldn'​t go out there, she said with an odd look upon her face.
  
 Christopher edged to the side in order to pass her sideways. She put her hand onto the wall blocking his sidestepping. Christopher edged to the side in order to pass her sideways. She put her hand onto the wall blocking his sidestepping.
  
-"I said I wouldn'​t go out there", she repeated sternly.+I said I wouldn'​t go out there, she repeated sternly.
  
-"Would you please get out of my way, I have a plane to catch", he said gently putting his hand on her arm.+Would you please get out of my way, I have a plane to catch, he said gently putting his hand on her arm.
  
-"You do, but not the one you think", the stewardess answered putting her other hand on top of Christopher'​s arm swinging him about, kicking the back of his knee with her pointy shoes reflexively landing Christopher on his knees before he had the faintest idea of what was going on. +You do, but not the one you think, the stewardess answered putting her other hand on top of Christopher'​s arm swinging him about, kicking the back of his knee with her pointy shoes reflexively landing Christopher on his knees before he had the faintest idea of what was going on.
  
-"I'm sorry, but you will understand", the stewardess said jabbing Christopher with something that felt like a syringe in the neck.+I'm sorry, but you will understand, the stewardess said jabbing Christopher with something that felt like a syringe in the neck.
  
 Christopher was about to answer something back in amazement, then his vision blurred for a moment and then his mind went black. Christopher was about to answer something back in amazement, then his vision blurred for a moment and then his mind went black.
  
-The stewardess opened the toilet door and two men dressed as baggage handlers with an oversized suitcase on wheels slid inside.+The stewardess opened the toilet doorand two men dressed as baggage handlers with an oversized suitcase on wheels slid inside.
  
-"Bring him to the compound, I will meet up with you there", she said and left the two men and headed for the exit.+Bring him to the compound, I will meet up with you there, she said and left the two men and headed for the exit.
  
 Moments later a call for Christopher Edge blared over the speakers calling his to the gate. Moments later a call for Christopher Edge blared over the speakers calling his to the gate.
  
-At the gate Ronald Chamberlain was pleading with the lady behind the counter, ​"Come on lady, can you please get me on the plane, my father is dying, I have to see him one last time, I need to ask him to forgive me for being such an arsehole all those years".+At the gate Ronald Chamberlain was pleading with the lady behind the counter, ​Come on lady, can you please get me on the plane, my father is dying, I have to see him one last time, I need to ask him to forgive me for being such an arsehole all those years.
  
-The lady at the counter felt really bad for the guy, she was not supposed to do this as Christopher Edge was listed as a priority passenger, but after eying down the hallway and after having gone to the toilet ​after locating ​him via the mobile tracking system finding only his mobile lying there on the edge of the sink, she came back to the gate.+The rep at the counter felt really bad for the guy as he stood there, she was not supposed to do thisChristopher Edge was listed as a priority passenger, but after chasing ​down the hallway and after having ​even gone to the toilet ​from locating ​Christopher ​via the mobile tracking system ​and finding only his mobile lying on the edge of the sink, she came back to the gate satisfied that she had done everything she could.
  
 She fidgeted with Mr. Edge's mobile for a moment and then made a decision that she would regret for the rest of her life. She fidgeted with Mr. Edge's mobile for a moment and then made a decision that she would regret for the rest of her life.
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 She nervously looked around the now empty gate room, there was no way in hell this Edge fellow would make it in time for the gate auto lock. She nervously looked around the now empty gate room, there was no way in hell this Edge fellow would make it in time for the gate auto lock.
  
-"I really shouldn'​t", she said still peering down the hallway in case someone suddenly came storming down the isle+I really shouldn'​t, she said still peering down the hallway in case someone suddenly came storming down the aisle.
  
-"Hurry, get on that plane, seat 39B, go!", she said pressing the button to open the small pass through gates between the real gate and Ronald Chamberlain.+Hurry, get on that plane, seat 39B, go!, she said pressing the button to open the small pass through gates between the real gate and Ronald Chamberlain.
  
-"I will remember this for the rest of my life", Ronald said.+I will remember this for the rest of my life, Ronald said.
  
-"From the bottom of my heart thank you for giving me this opportunity", he added as he rushed by her towards Flight ARJ-3467 headed for Denver.+From the bottom of my heart thank you for giving me this opportunity, he added as he rushed by her towards Flight ARJ-3467 headed for Denver. ​
  
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-"The ECO-TERRORIST Group - The Free GAIA Confederation,​ has claimed responsibility for the crashing of Denver bound Flight ARJ-3467 yesterday morning. A mid air explosion has sent wreckage down over an area of several square kilometers, no bodies have been recovered and investigators find that it will be unlikely that they ever will be". The reporter was droning on about the tragedy of a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and how Prime Minister ​Soerenson ​promised that his government would not rest till the guilty ones had been brought to justice, an attack on Canada was an attack on the world and leaders from around the entire globe chimed in with their support against these heinous criminals.+"The ECO-TERRORIST Group - The Free GAIA Confederation,​ has claimed responsibility for the crashing of Denver bound Flight ARJ-3467 yesterday morning. A mid-air explosion has sent wreckage down over an area of several square kilometers, no bodies have been recoveredand investigators find that it will be unlikely that they ever will be. The reporter was droning on about the tragedy of a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and how Prime Minister ​Sorenson had promised that his government would not rest till the guilty ones had been brought to justice. An attack on Canada was an attack on the world and leaders from around the entire globe chimed in with their support against these heinous criminals.
  
-His hands shook "Stop it enough of this bullshit!" ​Christopher yelled and hammered his fist into the wooden desk.+His hands shook Stop it enough of this bullshit!” Christopher yelled and hammered his fist into the wooden desk.
  
-"I wish", a female voice said, she had entered the room while the newscast had been running and Christopher hadn't noticed.+I wish, a female voice said, she had entered the room while the newscast had been running and Christopher hadn't noticed.
  
-"If they were really interested in the environment. Do you really think they would blow up a plane, pollute the athmosphere ​and litter square miles with debris?"+If they were really interested in the environment. Do you really think They would blow up a plane, pollute the atmosphere ​and litter square miles with debris?
  
-"You really want to know who did this ?", she asked Christopher who through his haze recognized the woman. It was the stewardess. ​+You really want to know who did this ?, she asked Christopher who through his haze recognized the woman. It was the stewardess.
  
-"You!", he began and got up from his seat abruptly. A heavy hand pushed him back into the chair as fast as he had gotten up.+You!, he began and got up from his seat abruptly. A heavy hand pushed him back into the chair as fast as he had gotten up.
  
-"I am really sorry for your situation, but we were worried for your life, intel had suggested someone intended to harm you during the flight, we had no idea of them being that desperate"+I am really sorry for your situation, but we were worried for your life, Intel had suggested someone intended to harm you during the flight, we had no idea of them being that desperate”.
  
-"What the hell are you talking about? Harm me?", Christopher barked while thoughts of his wife and child hurled through his mind. He wanted to know if they were safe but the less these people knew about him the better, clearly they had him confused with someone else.+What the hell are you talking about? Harm me?, Christopher barked while thoughts of his wife and child hurled through his mind. He wanted to know if they were safebut the less these people knew about himthe better, clearly they had him confused with someone else.
  
-"This", the stewardess said tapping Christophers DocuVault(tm) lightly, ​"This has the potential to change the world, I think you know it, that's why you were going to Denver, you thought you'd found your angel investors that would allow you to continue your research, is this really the big energy breakthrough everyone has been waiting for?".+This, the stewardess said tapping Christophers DocuVault™ lightly, ​This has the potential to change the world, I think you know it, that's why you were going to Denver, you thought you'd found the angel investors that would allow you to continue your research, is this really the big energy breakthrough everyone has been waiting for?.
  
-Christopher swallowed, how did she know what was in the DocuVault(tm) no trace of this research had ever left the labs over the wire, everything had traversed from safe location to safe location via secure document pouches, he was 100% sure no data had been leaked from him.+Christopher swallowed, how did she know what was in the DocuVault™ no trace of this research had ever left the labs over the wire, everything had traversed from safe location to safe location via secure document pouches, he was 100% sure no data had been leaked from him.
  
-"I have no idea what you are talking about", Christopher began. At that very moment the doors opened and a high ranking officer stepped in he wore an insignia Christopher had never seen before, ​+I have no idea what you are talking about, Christopher began. At that very momentthe doors openedand a high ranking officer stepped in he wore an insignia Christopher had never seen before,
  
-The badge on his arm said TDF, Terran Defense Force in gold letters seated above a logo with a larger yellow dot and a blue dot embedded in a shield, half blue and half yellow.+The badge on his arm said TDF, Terran Defense Force in gold letters seated above a logo with a larger yellow dot and a blue dot embedded in a shield, half blueand half yellow.
  
 The uniformed people in the room saluted. The officer a Rear Admiral if the Navy Style dress and number of insignia on his collar were an indication of his rank. The uniformed people in the room saluted. The officer a Rear Admiral if the Navy Style dress and number of insignia on his collar were an indication of his rank.
  
-"I bet you have been wondering the heck out of yourself as to why you are here, and I am sure you're plenty pissed off by what is going on, and probably you're also scared for your life. Don't be, we mean you no harm whatsoever, everything ​that has happened has been to ensure your safety, but you need to prepare yourself for I believe even for a smart man like yourself this will be quite the mouthful to swallow and I suspect you will have a hard time to believe what I am about to divulge to you".+I bet you have been wondering the heck out of yourself as to why you are here, and I am sure you're plenty pissed off by what is going on, and probably you're also scared for your life. Don't be, we mean you no harm whatsoever. Everything ​that has happened has been to ensure your safety, but you need to prepare yourself for I believe even for a smart man like yourself this will be quite the mouthful to swallowand I suspect you will have a hard time to believe what I am about to divulge to you.
  
 Christopher remained silent, his mind raced frantically,​ what the hell was going on. The Rear Admiral cleared his throat. Christopher remained silent, his mind raced frantically,​ what the hell was going on. The Rear Admiral cleared his throat.
  
-"Forgive me, how rude of me... Rear Admiral Rasmussen, Terran Defense Force, a pleasure to meet you Mr. Edge", the Rear Admiral reached out his hand to Christopher.+Forgive me, how rude of me… Rear Admiral Rasmussen, Terran Defense Force, a pleasure to meet you Mr. Edge, the Rear Admiral reached out his hand to Christopher.
  
-Whilst ​reluctant Christopher extended his hand, the Rear Admiral had a firm grip as did Christopher,​ a streak of satisfaction flashed across the Rear Admirals face as if Christopher had just passed some type of test.+While reluctant Christopher extended his hand, the Rear Admiral had a firm grip as did Christopher,​ a streak of satisfaction flashed across the Rear Admirals face as if Christopher had just passed some type of test.
  
 The Rear Admiral composed himself and began. The Rear Admiral composed himself and began.
  
-"For many years, generations in fact a war for control has been waged, you have heard about breakthrough after breakthrough,​ breakthroughs that seem to fizzle out with a promise of going commercial within a few years, I mean you yourself ​have commented on countless ​energy breakthrough technologies until you became tired off it and began looking into an developing that technology ​by yours. We all have heard promises of cures for diseases like cancer decade after decade get another announcement that cancer will be cured in the next 10 years, only to have no such thing happen ​after which a new bold statement about a cure in the next decade is made, and you wonder how many times can these bright scientists be so wrong on their estimates".+For many years, generationsin facta war for control has been waged! You have heard about breakthrough after breakthrough,​ breakthroughs that seem to fizzle out with a promise of going commercial within a few years, I mean you yourself commented on how many energy breakthrough technologies until you became tired of it and began looking into developing that technology ​on your own. We all have heard promises of cures for diseases like cancer decade after decade get another announcement that cancer will be cured in the next 10 years, only to have no such thing happen. Then a new bold statement about a cure in the next decade is made, and you wonder how many times can these bright scientists be so wrong on their estimates.
  
-"Sure it is part overconfidence,​ but believe me acts of direct sabotage on human endeavors is taking place and have been taking place for possibly millenniaTesla just to name one was in the process of offering free energy to humanity and was ridiculed, bankrupted and had his research facilities burned down for '​inexplicable'​ reasonsTesla headed research in breakthrough technology that is still actively being debunked by mainstream media, just see the attempts of suppressing electric universe findings, showing how electric ​currents and energy are at the heart of our existence, and how many accept that matter is merely a projection of force to a point in spacetime, ​a force that our senses are sensing, and something our brains another construct is merely ​interpreting ? "+Sure it is part overconfidence,​ but believe me acts of direct sabotage on human endeavors is taking place and have been taking place for possibly millenniaTesla just to name one was in the process of offering free energy to humanity and was ridiculed, bankrupted and had his research facilities burned down for '​inexplicable'​ reasonsTesla headed research in breakthrough technology that is still actively being debunked by mainstream media. Just see the attempts of suppressing electric universe findings, showing how electrical ​currents and energy are at the heart of our existence, and how many accept that matter is merely a projection of force to a point in spacetime, ​an effect ​that our senses are sensing, and something our brains another construct is just interpreting? ​
  
-The Rear Admiral paused. ​"I can see DocuVault(tm) - What do you think the consequence will be if you are allowed to expand on your research ? Finish it ?"+The Rear Admiral paused. ​I can see DocuVault™ - What do you think the consequence will be if you are allowed to expand on your research? Finish it ?
  
-"Cheap energy...", Christopher answered.+Cheap energy…”, Christopher answered.
  
-"Cheap, try free. The principles you are just about to uncover are so simple that virtually anyone using off the shelf components would be able to build an energy reactor to power your home..."+Cheap, try free. The principles you are just about to uncover are so simple that virtually anyone using off the shelf components would be able to build an energy reactor to power your home…”
  
-There was a disturbance,​ someone whispered something in Suzi's ear and she rushed of.+There was a disturbance,​ someone whispered something in Suzi's ear and sent her rushing from the room.
  
 The Rear Admiral noticed Christopher'​s eyes following her till she was out of the room. The Rear Admiral noticed Christopher'​s eyes following her till she was out of the room.
  
-"She's a good girl, trust me, she had your best interests at hand and I know you have been reluctant to speak freely, I also want to convey my personal guarantee that we are doing everything in our power to keep your child and wife safe.+She's a good girl, trust me, she had your best interests at handand I know you have been reluctant to speak freely, I also want to convey my personal guarantee that we are doing everything in our power to keep your child and wife safe.
  
 Christopher swallowed a lump, seemed they had him exactly where they wanted. Christopher swallowed a lump, seemed they had him exactly where they wanted.
  
-"Do you recognize this man ?" ​the Rear Admiral asked pointing to an image on the wall projector.+Do you recognize this man ?” the Rear Admiral asked pointing to an image on the wall projector.
  
 Christopher'​s gaze flicked to the wall projector, it was the ragtag guy from the morning of his abduction. Christopher'​s gaze flicked to the wall projector, it was the ragtag guy from the morning of his abduction.
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 The Rear Admiral eyed Christoper'​s expression and gestured causing the images to change. The Rear Admiral eyed Christoper'​s expression and gestured causing the images to change.
  
-"How about this fellow", the Rear Admiral asked.+How about this fellow, the Rear Admiral asked.
  
 Christopher was somewhat startled to see a man whom Christoper had seen in the metro countless times over the years, someone he never had managed to strike up a conversation with but whom he considered a nodding buddy. Christopher was somewhat startled to see a man whom Christoper had seen in the metro countless times over the years, someone he never had managed to strike up a conversation with but whom he considered a nodding buddy.
  
-"They'​ve been following me?", Christopher replied.+They'​ve been following me?, Christopher replied.
  
-"Yes, but not in way you think", the Rear Admiral retorted. Christopher did not answer, he was fuming, felt betrayed this was entirely outrageous, after the spying scandals and the subsequent seeming cleanup of the behaviour ​of the worlds intelligence services this stuff was still going on.+Yes, but not in the way you think, the Rear Admiral retorted. Christopher did not answer, he was fuming, felt betrayed this was entirely outrageous, after the spying scandals and the subsequent seeming cleanup of the behavior ​of the worlds intelligence services this stuff was still going on.
  
-"How much you know about holographic projection", the Rear Admiral asked.+How much you know about holographic projection, the Rear Admiral asked.
  
-"I don't know, projecting lifelike imagery on stage at a concert, song and dance functionality at this point!", Christopher answered ​supressing ​his original ​outburst of emotions bubbling under the surface.+I don't know, projecting lifelike imagery on stage at a concert, song and dance functionality at this point!, Christopher answered ​suppressing ​his initial ​outburst of emotions bubbling under the surface.
  
-Rear Admiral Rasmussen smiled, pressed a button on his wristunit, seconds later and apparition appeared ghostly on the wall, then it looked as if the ragtag punk simply ​walked through the wall of the room setting himself down nonchalantly in a chair, then swiveling around planting his feet on the table with a thud.+Rear Admiral Rasmussen smiled, pressed a button on his wrist-unit, seconds laterand an apparition appeared ghostly on the wall, then it looked as if the ragtag punk effortlessly ​walked through the wall of the room setting himself down nonchalantly in a chair, then swiveling around planting his feet on the table with a thud.
  
-Christopher was startled, ​"What the..."+Christopher was startled, ​What the…”
  
-"What's up dude you never saw a living hologram before ?", the apparition exclaimed.+What's up dude you never saw a living hologram before ?, the apparition exclaimed.
  
-Christopher looked at the Rear Admiral who made a waving motion with his index finger as to silence the both of then a small hovering quadcopter like drone descended with a swosh from the ceiling just stopping itself right in front of Christopher'​s face.+Christopher looked at the Rear Admiral who made a waving motion with his index finger as to silence the both of them, a small hovering quadcopter like drone descended with a swosh from the ceiling just stopping itself right in front of Christopher'​s face.
  
-"Go ahead extend your hand", the Rear Admiral offered.+Go ahead extend your hand, the Rear Admiral offered.
  
 Christopher eyed the Rear Admiral with a hint of suspicion and then obliged. Christopher eyed the Rear Admiral with a hint of suspicion and then obliged.
  
-The drone silently sat itself down on Christophers ​open palm.+The drone silently sat itself down on Christopher'​s ​open palm.
  
-"Push the red button", the Rear Admiral said.+Push the red button, the Rear Admiral said.
  
-"Hey wait...", the hologram began as if to argue against what was about to happen next, then flickered away as Christopher pressed the button.+Hey wait…”, the hologram began as if to argue against what was about to happen next, then flickered away as Christopher pressed the button.
  
-"And that's just the utmost tip, of the tip of the iceberg, there are possibilities you could only dream of available for humanity, technologies that would alleviate hunger, disease, poverty, you name it everything is possible. This world of ours could become Eden againif it wasn't for those bastards doing everything humanly and inhumanly possible to suppress mankind at every corner".+And that's just the utmost tip, of the tip of the iceberg, there are possibilities you could only dream of available for humanity, technologies that would alleviate hunger, disease, poverty, you name it everything is possible. This world of ours could become Eden againif it wasn't for those bastards doing everything humanly and inhumanly possible to suppress mankind at every corner.
  
 Rear Admiral Rasmussen finally sat down. Rear Admiral Rasmussen finally sat down.
  
-"You see they are afraid of us, very afraid. ​They are scared of how we think and terrified about our wishes for our fellow men, about our visions for equality, peace and prosperity, that's why things are in such a shitstorm all over the globe all the time, through chaos they exert control!"+You see they are afraid of us, in fact; They are scared of how we think and terrified about our wishes for our fellow men, about our visions for equality, peaceand prosperity, that's why things are in such a shitstorm all over the globe all the time, through chaos they exert control!
  
-Christoper stupified by what he had just experienced said nothing, just sad there with is lower lip hanging leaving his mouth slightly open.+Christoper stupified by what he had just experienced said nothing, just sat there with is lower lip hanging leaving his mouth slightly open.
  
-"Why do you think they took down the towers, created the economic crisis, keep millions upon millions in poverty, disease and ignorance". +Why do you think they took down the towers, created the economic crisis, keep millions upon millions in poverty, diseaseand ignorance.
- +
-"​Because that is the only way they can stay in control, by asserting their godforsaken manipulations on an unknowing populace",​ the Rear Admiral sighed heavily.  +
- +
-They ? Christopher inquired as he was slowly but surely drawn in by the Rear Admiral'​s briefing.+
  
 +“Because that is the only way they can stay in control, by asserting their godforsaken manipulations on an unknowing populace”,​ the Rear Admiral sighed heavily.
  
 +They? Christopher inquired as he was slowly but surely drawn in by the Rear Admiral'​s briefing. ​
  
 ====== Part Three - Coming Home ====== ====== Part Three - Coming Home ======
  
-Estimates say about 8 million children worldwide disappear annually, at Ding Zhuang, Shandong Province in the outskirts of Dezhou City two more were about to be added to the statistics.+ Estimates say about 8 million children worldwide disappear annually, at Ding Zhuang, Shandong Province in the outskirts of Dezhou City two more were about to be added to the statistics.
  
-The ice-cream truck drove in through the narrow country road leading to the village, with 300 households it was a small place where everyone knew each other quite intimately, it was a quiet rural backwater kind of place. ​+The ice-cream truck drove in through the narrow country road leading to the village, with 300 households it was a small place where everyone knew each other quite intimately, it was a quiet rural backwater kind of place.
  
 It was a place where what was about to happen was all but unthinkable. It was a place where what was about to happen was all but unthinkable.
  
-The cheery ​little melody that emanating from the speakers caused children all around the village who were not in school or otherwise occupied to come outside their houses trying to pinpoint where the ice-cream truck might stop.+The bright ​little melody that emanating from the speakers caused children all around the village who were not in school or otherwise occupied to come outside their houses trying to pinpoint where the ice-cream truck might stop.
  
 Lanying Wu and Xiadan Wu came running through the narrow strait that connected two minor roads. Lanying Wu and Xiadan Wu came running through the narrow strait that connected two minor roads.
  
-"Hurry brother or you won't get any ice-cream"+Hurry brotheror you won't get any ice-cream
  
-Xiadan was having a hard time catching up, he was overly well bolstered his parents still taking pride in being able to feed their children well. An unfortunate remnant from times past. +Xiadan was having a hard time catching up, he was overly well bolstered his parents still taking pride in being able to feed their children well. An unfortunate remnant from times past.
  
-The driver of the ice cream truck spotted the children and stopped outside a row of houses painted in colors reminiscent of an 80ies Police Show. +The driver of the ice cream truck spotted the children and stopped outside a row of houses painted in colors reminiscent of an 80ies Police Show.
  
-Only a few of the apartments were inhabited as the villagers had been reluctant to buy due to quality concerns, and so the 50 apartments ​or so were mostly left to fade away so to speak. ​+Only a few of the apartments were inhabited as the villagers had been reluctant to buy due to quality concerns, and so the 50 flats or so were mostly left to fade away so to speak.
  
-The Villagers of Ding Zhuang might not be very rich except for the odd one out, but they were not stupid. ​+The Villagers of Ding Zhuang might not be very rich except for the odd one out, but they were not stupid.
  
-But the strangers ​in the ice cream truck knew something else about this community, they knew these were both kind and trusting folks and that they would likely be oblivious of any foul play till they were long gone.+But the stranger ​in the ice cream truck knew something else about this community, they knew these were both kind and trusting folks and that they would likely be oblivious of any foul play till they were long gone.
  
 Xiadan finally caught up to his sister and together they arrived at the truck. Xiadan finally caught up to his sister and together they arrived at the truck.
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 The driver had gotten out and was maneuvering with the rear hatch as they walked up. The driver had gotten out and was maneuvering with the rear hatch as they walked up.
  
-"You want some icecream ​the driver said with a broad smile"+You want some ice cream the driver said with a broad smile
  
-"Oh goddy, what do you have" ​the twins clamored.+Oh goddy, what do you have” the twins clamored.
  
-"For you something ​really special, here take a look", the driver answered all giddy and swung the door open to the dark interior.+For yousomething ​extraordinary, here take a look, the driver answered all giddy and swung the door open to the dark interior.
  
-The twins nearly stood on top of each other in order to get a look.+The twins nearly stood on top of each other to get a better ​look.
  
-"But it is empty", Lanying said with surprise in her voice.+But it is empty, Lanying said with surprise in her voice.
  
-"Not for long", the driver answered jabbing each of them with a needle.+Not for long, the driver answered jabbing each of them with a needle.
  
 Lanying of the twins quickly sank onto the ground while the driver managed to grab onto Xiadan. Lanying of the twins quickly sank onto the ground while the driver managed to grab onto Xiadan.
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 The driver looked around, another kid had just come around the corner, the teen stopped dead at the sight of what was going on. The driver looked around, another kid had just come around the corner, the teen stopped dead at the sight of what was going on.
  
-The driver quickly tossed both the twins into the back and considered if he should run for it and grab the third child. ​+The driver quickly tossed both the twins into the back and considered if he should run for it and grab the third child.
  
-After all he would be paid at least 500 yuan for each kid he brought, 1500 was more than he could earn for a months ​work back in the mountains. ​+After allhe would be paid at least 500 yuan for each kid he brought, 1500 was more than he could earn for a full month of work back in the mountains.
  
 He quickly changed his mind though as a muscular and athletic fellow dressed in a sports outfit came around the corner. He quickly changed his mind though as a muscular and athletic fellow dressed in a sports outfit came around the corner.
  
-"Kidnapper", the teen who had stopped by the corner yelled and pointed towards the truck.+Kidnapper, the teen who had stopped by the corner yelled and pointed towards the truck.
  
-Jian Tzu, who had been strolling in his own thoughts once again pondering upon having failed at the 200 meter run thus never winning him a seat at the sports academy dooming him to a life in the village stopped right in his tracks.+Jian Tzu, who had been strolling in his own thoughts once again pondering upon having failed at the 200-meter run thus never winning him a seat at the sports academy dooming him to a life in the village stopped right in his tracks.
  
-Jian was wearing his flashy red sports outfit and his running shoes, not that they did him much good in the village. He looked first at the teen who had yelled, then at the truck noticing how the driver frantically slammed the hatch was steering straight the drivers ​seat. +Jian was wearing his flashy red sports outfit and his running shoes, not that they did him much good in the village. He looked first at the teen who had yelled, then at the truck noticing how the driver frantically slammed the hatch was steering straight the driver'​s ​seat.
  
-The severety ​of the situation dawned upon Jian, who sprung into a spur towards the truck that was parked a few hundred meters away. +The severity ​of the situation dawned upon Jian, who sprung into a spur towards the truck that was parked a few hundred meters away.
  
-Never before had anyone in Ding Zhuang delivered a sprint like the one he presented and the tale of the sprint ​and the abduction of the twins would live for years to come in Ding Zhuang.+Never before had anyone in Ding Zhuang delivered a sprint like the one he presented and the tale of the race between Jian and the ice cream truck and the abduction of the twins would live for years to come in Ding Zhuang.
  
-But right now Jian was but a few meters from the truck and black cloud from the exhaust enveloped him and everything around him. +But right now Jian was but a few meters from the truckand black cloud from the exhaust enveloped him and everything around him.
  
-The truck started carting away with grinding gears and a growl. However it was too late Jianhad ​grabbed onto the hatch handle and was violently pulled along with the truck as it sped towards the main street, he fought to hang on as the truck sped away. There was no way Jian would let this devil in the icecream ​truck get away.+The truck started carting away with grinding gears and a growl. However it was too late Jian had grabbed onto the hatch handle and was violently pulled along with the truck as it sped towards the main street, he fought to hang on as the car sped away. There was no way Jian would let this devil in the ice cream truck get away.
  
-With a loud click the hatch came open and Jian swung outward more or less hanging loose in the air, as the truck simultaneously ​made a left turn the force sent Jian whirling through the air before his body hit the road rolling, miraculously Jian managed to get halfway up on his hands and was noticed at the last moment by the driver of a car that came to a screeching halt just centimeters from his head.+With a loud clickthe hatch came openand Jian swung outward. His body hung suspended ​more or less straight out in the air like an arrow. As the truck made a left turnthe force sent Jian whirling through the air before his body hit the road rolling, miraculously Jian managed to get halfway up on his hands and was noticed at the last moment by the driver of a car that came to a screeching halt just centimeters from his head.
  
-It was as if everything stood still, then every shopkeeper on main street came bustling out through the draperies in the doorways that kept the dust and cold from coming in, while allowing the customers to slip in and out of the stores.+It was as if everything stood still, then every shopkeeper on the main street came bustling out through the draperies in the doorways that kept the dust and cold from coming in, while allowing the customers to slip in and out of the stores.
  
-Jian clamored to his feet, the driver of the car pale as snow from fear of possibly having killed someone was just about to yell at the young man when Jian  pointed at the truck speeding away+Jian clamored to his feet, the driver of the car pale as snow from fear of possibly having killed someone was just about to yell at the young man when Jian pointed at the truck speeding away.
- +
-"​Kidnappers",​ he managed saying pointing at the icecream truck that was disappearing in the distance, then Jian slumped over across the shiny black hood of the electric BYD Model XVI and mobile phones started glowing hot, the chase was on.+
  
 +“Kidnappers”,​ he managed to stutter while pointing at the ice cream truck that was disappearing in the distance, then Jian slumped over across the shiny black hood of the electric BYD Model XVI, and mobile phones started glowing hot, the chase was on. 
  
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 "Go go go", Suzi ordered as a platoon of well armed soldiers ran onboard a hypersonic craft at a remote airport. "Go go go", Suzi ordered as a platoon of well armed soldiers ran onboard a hypersonic craft at a remote airport.
  
-The plane roared into the skies afterburner at full glow, moments later a slight thud from the NEXST-Z3 Mark 2, 1indicated the plane had hit supersonic it steadily kept accelerating heading upwards and finally as reaching altitude engaged the hypersonic scramjets quickly sending it past the horizon. ​+ “Go go go”, Suzi ordered as a platoon of well-armed soldiers ran onboard a hypersonic craft at a remote airport. 
 + 
 +The plane roared into the skies afterburner at full glow, moments later a slight thud from the NEXST-Z3 Mark 2, 1indicated the aircraft ​had hit supersonic it steadily kept accelerating heading upwards and finally as reaching altitude engaged the hypersonic scramjets quickly sending it past the horizon.
  
-Inside the plane activity since departure had been frantic, satellite imagery was being uploaded live to the onboard datacenter for analysis and the AdvancedArtificialIntelligenceAssistant AAIA was recounting ​satelite ​imagery of the truck and it'​s ​path for Suzi.+Inside the plane activity since departure had been frantic, satellite imagery was being uploaded live to the onboard datacenter for analysis and the AdvancedArtificialIntelligenceAssistant AAIA was recounting ​satellite ​imagery of the truck and the path for Suzi.
  
-On the ground a couple of Chinese Army's Special Taskforce vans were following the icecream ​truck holding their distance.+On the grounda couple of Chinese Army's Special Taskforce vans were following the ice cream truck holding their distance.
  
 They were aided by information from an intelligence department they knew only as Oracle-1, a source and force their system of trust indicated they needed to heed and follow without hesitation. They were aided by information from an intelligence department they knew only as Oracle-1, a source and force their system of trust indicated they needed to heed and follow without hesitation.
  
-There was an indication that another truck would soon be joining the hunt. The task at hand was to follow a kidnapper in the hope that it would lead to a breakthrough into catching a gang that had beligered ​the province for quite some time whilst cleverly and almost in an uncanny way had eluded capture or leaving any clue as to how they were operating and never striking the same place twice.+There was an indication that another truck would soon be joining the hunt. The task at hand was to follow a kidnapper in the hope that it would lead to a breakthrough into catching a gang that had beleaguered ​the province for quite some time whilst cleverly and almost in an uncanny way had eluded capture or leaving any clue as to how they were operating and never striking the same place twice.
  
 Now a pattern was becoming clear though. The kidnappers had enrolled what seemed to be a respected icecream manufacturers trucks and quite possibly the manufacturer himself in their evil enterprise, the kidnapping of innocent children for gods only knew what kind of purposes. Now a pattern was becoming clear though. The kidnappers had enrolled what seemed to be a respected icecream manufacturers trucks and quite possibly the manufacturer himself in their evil enterprise, the kidnapping of innocent children for gods only knew what kind of purposes.
  
 +The black plane descended from high above. Suddenly it dropped a cube-shaped object that quickly released a drogue parachute bringing some sort of control over the containers rapid descent as it hurtled towards the ground. Moments later as the speed decreased due to the drag a series of further drogue parachutes opened in succession until a full para foil allowed the vehicle to hit the ground gently but running at full speed ahead.
  
-The black plane descended from high above, suddenly ​it dropped a cube shaped object that quickly released a drogue parachute bringing some sort of control over its rapid descent towards ​the ground, moments later as the speed decreased due to the drag a series of further drogue parachutes opened in succession until a full para foil allowed ​the vehicle ​to hit the ground gently but running at full speed ahead.+The vehicle skidded somewhat across the asphalt as it touched ​the ground ​leaving black marks on the road. It quickly detached the parafoil that blew off to the side as the vehicle ​sped forward.
  
-The vehicle skidded somewhat across ​the asphalt as it touched the ground leaving black marks on the road. It quickly detached the para foil that blew off to the side as the vehicle sped forward.+Moments later the van came onto the main road joining ​the trailers from the Special Taskforce.
  
-Moments later the van came onto the main road joining the vans from the Special Taskforce.+“Commander Ào Fei, this is Oracle-1 do you copy”, ​the speaker crackled.
  
-"Commander ​Ào Feithis is Oracle-1 do you copy", the speaker crackled+The Commander ​quickly responded“Ai”
  
-The Commander ​quickly ​responded"​Ai"​+Suzi quickly ​barked her orders to the taskforce assigning two of her squad members to each of the Special Taskforce crews as they neared the ice cream factory located on the outskirts of Jinanmore specifically in the Ming Shui area undergoing significant industry changes and development. For some time the area had been going from heavy industries to more environmentally friendly industries as the population in Jinan was expanding rapidly demanding more living space and more green areas for relaxation and recreation. However, population thinning through abduction definitely never made the list.
  
-Suzi quickly barked her orders to the taskforce vans and assigned two of her squad members to each of the Special Taskforce truck crews as they neared ​the ice cream factory lying in the outskirts of Jinan more specificly in the Ming Shui area undergoing major changes of industry developmentgoing from heavy industries to more environmentally friendly industries ​as the population in Jinan was expanding ​rapidly ​demanding more living space and more green areas for relaxation and recreation.+The factory situated somewhat out of sight from the main roads looked worn down. Clearly, ​the owner had little interest ​in keeping up appearancesa very typical trait from an era all but gone as China was rapidly ​speeding ahead in its ever-ongoing transformation into an economic superpower rivaled only by a select few other nations.
  
-The factory situated somewhat out of sigh from the main roads looked worn down, clearly the owner had little interest in keeping up appearances,​ a very typical trait from an era all but gone as China was rapidly speeding ahead in its ever ongoing transformation into an economic superpower rivaled only by a select few other nations.+----
  
-The vans came to a screeching halt and troops in full combat gear lined up behind each van as the unmarked truck speed up to each of them dropping off a couple of black clad very futuristicly clad soldiers carrying all but the latest in combat accessories ranging from helmet mounted HUD'​s ​to wrist communication and assistive ​battle field computers. ​+The vans came to a screeching halt and troops in full combat gear lined up behind each van as the unmarked truck speed up to each of them dropping off a couple of black-clad very futuristically equipped ​soldiers carrying all but the latest in combat accessories ranging from helmet mounted HUD to wrist communication and assistive ​battlefield ​computers.
  
-Heavy fighting ​erupted sending one of the Special Task Force trucks up in an explosion, someone had clearly fired a rocket propelled weapon sending several of the troops to the ground.+Battle ​erupted sending one of the Special Task Force trucks up in an explosion, someone had clearly fired a rocket-propelled weapon sending several of the troops to the ground.
  
-The troops inched in on the factory from all sides covering every potential exitthey were not about to let anyone escape but had to limit firepower to a minimum as to avoid hitting any potential victims inside the building, and here the forces of Oracle-1 came in handy with their arm mounted See-through-walls radar scanners, they pinpointed shooters and the Special Task Force members advanced steadily taking only minor injuries.+The troops inched in on the factory from all sides covering every potential exit. As they advanced ​they were not about to let anyone escape but had to limit firepower to a minimum as to avoid hitting any potential victims inside the building, and here the forces of Oracle-1 came in handy with their arm mounted See-through-walls radar scanners. The Oracle-1 troopers ​pinpointed shooters and the Special Task Force members advanced steadily taking only minor injuries ​as a result.
  
-Finally they were inside and as Special ​Force Task Members managed to cut the power to the building the room to room fighting turned even more to the advantage of the attackers donning ​nightvision ​goggles, making it easy to pick out the remaining gunmen inside.+Finallythey were insideand as Special ​Forces ​Task Members managed to cut the power to the building the room to room fighting turned even more to the advantage of the attackers donning ​night-vision ​goggles, making it easy to pick out the remaining gunmen inside.
  
-Finally ​they were at the office where the factory owner had barricaded himself with a couple of his trusted lieutenants. +After several rounds of heavy fighting, ​they were at the office where the factory owner had barricaded himself with a couple of his trusted lieutenants.
- +
-The Oracle-1 team quickly scanned the room, "Mei you hai zi", an officer barked. Commander Ào Fei kicked in the door, ducked a barrage of shots and tossed in a flashbang. +
- +
-The thud was deafening and the light blinding, smoke filled the room leaving the defenders dazed and confused. It was an easy picking for The Special Task Force soldiers to round them up and put them in cuffs. +
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- +
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 +The Oracle-1 team quickly scanned the room, “Mei you hai zi”, an officer barked. Commander Ào Fei kicked in the door, ducked a barrage of shots and tossed in a flashbang.
  
-Soon after an interrogation ​was progressing Suzi was bitterso far the interrogation had produced a room full of scared kids who were going to be sent back to their parentsbut Suzi a former abductee rescued by a TDF member by chance could see he was holding back.+The thud was deafeningand the light blindingsmoke filled the room leaving the defenders dazed and confused. It was easy pickings for The Special Task Force soldiers to round them up and put them in cuffs.
  
-"​Listen to me if I find you have done these kids any more harm than abducting themI will personally make the rest of your life a hell so unimaginable that you will cry for death a thousand times over, and trust me, I shall see to that your soul never finds any rest I shall make sure the undead send you to the pits of hell for eternity cycles unend""That is how pissed I am right now, if you talk I might go easy on you and let the authorities put bullet in your pathetic little head after you have had your day in court because there is no way you will ever be allowed to see daylight again except on the day of your execution"​.+Soon after the interrogation was progressing Suzi was bitterso far the raid had produced a room full of scared kids who were going to be sent back to their parentsbut Suzi former abductee herself could see he was holding back.
  
-The factory boss talked leaving Suzi shockednot that she should be with her experiencebut the repeated tales of how respectable business leadersbanksters and top politicians worldwide seemingly were involved in large scale abductions of kids and the revalation that facility ​in the mountains ​of Austria held a castle where this despicable piece of dirt had sent not just few but thousands of children for processing was outrageousit was only the calming hand of Commander Ào Fei that kept her from becoming Judge Jury and Executioner ​right there and then.+“Listen to me you despicable little wormif I find you have done these kids any more harm than abducting them, I will personally make the rest of your life, a hell, so unimaginable ​that you will cry for death a thousand times over.  She noticed how the fat pig quivered from her words and with a menacing voice added: "Trust me you faceless son of a whore I shall see to that your soul never finds any rest, I shall make sure the undead send you straight to the pits of hell for eternity cycles unend”. “That is how pissed I am right now. If you talkI might go easy on you and let the authorities put bullet ​in your pathetic little head, after you have had your day in court, because there is no way you will ever be allowed to see daylight again except on the day of your execution. The amount ​of suffering is the only thing you get chance to make a choice about, and that choice is something you make right here and now!”.
  
-"Trust me"Ào Fei said. "This maggot will get exactly what he deserves, but we need to get to the absolute bottom ​of this before any more harm comes to him"He said this as he watched ​the bleeding face of the Factory owner all but unrecognizable after Suzi's persuasion techniques had taken their toll. It has been clear she had not liked what she had to do, but sometimes it seemed reasoning was without any effect and even the mindprobe one could be trained to withstand, though ​only a precious few people would be so trained and only those with the highest up connections if not in government would have access to such training.+The factory boss talked leaving Suzi shockednot that she should be with her experience, but the realization ​of the truth behind the repeated tales of how respectable business leaders, banksters and top politicians worldwide seemingly were involved in large scale abductions of kids was chillingA fire lit in her with the revelation ​of a facility in the mountains of Austria, a castle where this despicable piece of dirt had sent not just a few but several thousand children over the years for processing was outrageous. It was only the calming hand of Commander Ào Fei that kept her from becoming Judge Jury and Executioner right there and then.
  
 +“Trust me”, Ào Fei said. “This maggot will get exactly what he deserves, but we need to get to the absolute bottom of this before any more harm comes to him”. He said this as he watched the bleeding face of the Factory owner all but unrecognizable after Suzi's persuasion techniques had taken their toll. To Áo Fei it had been clear she had not liked what she had to do, but sometimes reasoning was without any effect, and even the mind probe one could be trained to withstand. ​
  
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-3 Hours later multiple craft carrying 3 full platoons of TDF personell ​were inbound towards a castle in the mountains of Austria.+3 Hours later multiple craft carrying 3 full platoons of TDF personnel ​were inbound towards a castle in the mountains of Austria.
  
-Heavy rain was pounding the hulls and evaporizing ​from the friction heat and lightning ​played along the skies providing a spectacle on the dark brooding sky.+Heavy rain was pounding the hullsand evaporating ​from the friction heat. Lightning ​played along the skies providing a spectacle on the darkbrooding sky.
  
-The guards on the ground huddling from the onslaught of the weatherdid not notice the silent craft coming in towards them.+The guards on the ground huddling from the onslaught of the weather did not notice the silent craft coming in towards them.
  
-"We have a fix, 6 sentry posts and communications nest"+"We have a fix, 6 sentry postsand communications nest"
  
 "​Fire",​ Suzi said firmly. "​Fire",​ Suzi said firmly.
  
-Commander Ào Fei could not help himself to quell the swelling pride in his chest. What an amazing ​display of technology, and what an honor to be chosen to be his country'​s representative in a fight on behalf of all humanity a fight so secret so big that the world would completely somersault if it got wind of what was going on without proper preparation, imagine billions ​of lives in the balance, Omega-1 and TDF were indeed ​as warriors of the past, a picture of a bearded Zhang Fei breezed through his mind with battleaxes cutting down swaths of enemies before him.+Commander Ào Fei could not help himself to quell the swelling pride in his chest. What a fantastic ​display of technology, and what an honor to be chosen to be his country'​s representative in a fight on behalf of all humanitya fight so secret so big that the world would completely somersault if it got wind of what was going on without proper preparation. Billions ​of lives in the balance, Omega-1and TDF were indeed ​akin to the legendary ​warriors of the past, a picture of a bearded Zhang Fei breezed through his mind with battleaxes cutting down swaths of enemies before him.
  
-Weapons glared from the approaching craft and lightning bolts sprung forward and vaporized the guard posts in an electrical inferno, to any watchful instrumentation the weapons discharge would register as nothing else than a massive lightning strike.+Weapons glared from the approaching craftand lightning bolts sprung forward and vaporized the guard posts in an electrical inferno, to any watchful instrumentation the weapons discharge would register as nothing else than a massive lightning strike.
  
-Inside the radar operators were oblivious to the stealth craft that had taken out the perimeter guards, and firefighters were hustling towards the communications central but other than that nothing suspicious seemed afoot, the electical ​system had taken a hit and CCTV systems were out but for what seemed ​like a direct lightning strike this was not unusual.+Inside the radar operators were oblivious to the stealth craft that had taken out the perimeter guards, and firefighters were hustling towards the communications central but other than that nothing suspicious seemed afoot, the electrical ​system had taken a hitand CCTV systems were outbut for what looked ​like a direct lightning strike this was not unusual.
  
-Outside troops were pouring out of craft, they quickly assembled at 3 different entrances and micro charges were placed on doors and walls that simply ​melted away.+Outside troops were pouring out of the craft, they quickly assembled at 3 different entrances and micro charges were placed on doors and walls that just melted away.
  
-Once inside flash bang and stun grenades filled sleeping quarters, a few guards tried to resist but they were cut down quickly. Most of the people had been caught off guard and with the electrical systems on the fritz and the fire supression ​systems having locked the place down most were just waiting to receive orders.+Once inside flash bang and stun grenades filled sleeping quarters, a few guards tried to resistbut they were cut down quickly. Most of the people had been caught off guard and with the electrical systems on the fritz and the fire suppression ​systems having locked the place down most were just waiting to receive orders.
  
 The TDF spearhead group had been advancing steadily with little resistance going down multiple levels through swiveling stairwells. The TDF spearhead group had been advancing steadily with little resistance going down multiple levels through swiveling stairwells.
  
-They had been advancing through ​largely ​empty hallways without raising an eyebrow moving silently ​and completely ​blending in with the help of their Sea Sapphire Camouflage outfits blocking both thermal and any photo sensory projections. Ào Fei imagined the power a country would have if their military had such technology as they entered a huge pentagonal room.+They had been advancing through ​mostly ​empty hallways without raising an eyebrow moving silently, totally ​blending in with the help of their Sea Sapphire Camouflage outfits blocking both thermal and any photo sensory projections. Ào Fei imagined the power a country would have if their military had such technology as they entered a substantial ​pentagonal room.
  
-On the walls heroic displays of valor it seemed dominated the pictures on the walls There were also carvings looking like some sort of ancient temple carvings going back 1000nds of years, the type you normally ​only see on pictures or on fragments in a museum, here in this room it seemed as if time had been preserving these in an undisturbed bubble, there was carvings of trees and strange gargoyle like beings, mutilated humans and kinglike figures.+On the walls heroic displays of valor it seemed dominated the pictures on the wallsThere were also carvings looking like some sort of ancient temple carvings going back 1000nds of years, the type you usually ​only see on pictures or on fragments in a museum. Here in this room it seemed as if time had been preserving these in an undisturbed bubble, there were carvings of trees and strange gargoyle-like beings, mutilated humans and kinglike figures.
  
-In the middle of the room a golden cauldron seemed to be on display, it was sitting on top of an oval shaped table, hexagon shaped shafts led to what could be windows to the outside blocked by some sort of shutters.+In the middle of the rooma golden cauldron seemed to be on display, it was sitting on top of an oval-shaped table, hexagon-shaped shafts led to what could be windows to the outside blocked by some sort of shutters.
  
-Ào Fei looked again at the images on wall and noticed that in fact what seemed like valour ​and heroism was only disguised suffering and displays of supreme power over men.+Ào Fei looked again at the images on the wall and noticed that in fact what seemed like valor and heroism was only disguised suffering and displays of supreme power over men.
  
-In the middle of the room there seemed to be a round stone circle bench surrounding something looking like a drainhole ​in the floor.+In the middle of the roomthere seemed to be a round stone circle bench surrounding something looking like a drain hole in the floor.
  
-They advanced toward the hole, Ào Fei could not help feel a little creeped out of the ghostly projection of his fellow comrades on his HUD that turned flaring red in warning if one accidentally pointed a weapon in their direction.+They advanced toward the hole, Ào Fei could not help feeling ​a little creeped out of the ghostly projection of his fellow comrades on his HUD that turned flaring red in warning if one accidentally pointed a weapon in their direction.
  
 There was an evil feeling inside the room, it seemed that behind these walls anything could go on and the outside world would be none the wiser. There was an evil feeling inside the room, it seemed that behind these walls anything could go on and the outside world would be none the wiser.
  
-Suzi signalled and they continued onward toward the basement, they passed through another set of rounded and arched ​stairswell ​seemingly leading into an abyss, ​eventually ​they descended to a large doorway impossible to open with ones bare hands. A set of charges melted the doorhinges ​and it came crashing down with a thud revealing the entrance to a cave system, humid, warm and with an eerie glow on walls seemingly produced by some sort of luminicent algeae.+Suzi signalledand they continued onward toward the basement, they passed through another set of rounded and arched ​stairwell ​seemingly leading into an abyss. Eventually, they descended to a large doorway impossible to open with one'​s ​bare hands. A set of charges melted theand it came crashing down with a thud revealing the entrance to a cave system, humid, warm and with an eerie glow on walls seemingly produced by some sort of luminescent algae.
  
 Ào Fei slipped and cursed, there was an odd hissing in the distance, then followed a violent discharge of an electro weapon burning 3 troopers as they stood shorting out Ào Fei's active camouflage. Ào Fei slipped and cursed, there was an odd hissing in the distance, then followed a violent discharge of an electro weapon burning 3 troopers as they stood shorting out Ào Fei's active camouflage.
  
-Suzi grapped ​him and flung him towards the wall and sent a barrage of shots in the direction of the shooter. There was a thud as one of the seeker projectiles sensed nearby organic material and exploded.+Suzi grabbed ​him and flung him towards the wall and sent a barrage of shots in the direction of the shooter. There was a thud as one of the seeker projectiles sensed nearby organic material and exploded.
  
 A growl indicated someone had been hit and Suzi sent another barrage of shots in the same direction assisted by the team. A growl indicated someone had been hit and Suzi sent another barrage of shots in the same direction assisted by the team.
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 A technician frantically worked on Ào Fei's control unit and managed to get it partially working. A technician frantically worked on Ào Fei's control unit and managed to get it partially working.
  
-They pushed ​futher ​into the cave meeting fierce resistance.+They pushed ​further ​into the cave meeting fierce resistance.
  
 "We need backup, repeat need backup",​ she barked into her transmitter. "We need backup, repeat need backup",​ she barked into her transmitter.
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 "Not exactly human, but they die just the same", Suzi answered him handing out orders to the remaining squad members. "Not exactly human, but they die just the same", Suzi answered him handing out orders to the remaining squad members.
  
-As they crept slowly forward 6 drones came whizzing from topside and entered the great hall where the enemy was lying in wait and all hell broke loose.+As they crept slowly forward6 drones came whizzing from topside and entered the great hall where the enemy was lying in waitand all hell broke loose.
  
-They started firing wildly amongst themselves and as Ào Fei, Suzi and the others joined in and opened fire Ào Fei was amazed to see at least a dozen soldiers moving swiftly fully visible among the enemy who now in wild panic.+They started firing wildly amongst themselvesand as Ào Fei, Suzi and the others joined in and opened fire Ào Fei was amazed to see at least a dozen soldiers moving swiftly fully visible among the enemy who now in wild panic.
  
 The firefight was over swiftly and as suddenly as they appeared the drones whizzed back past Ào Fei and Suzi leaving the hall empty say for a slew of dead or dying beings. The firefight was over swiftly and as suddenly as they appeared the drones whizzed back past Ào Fei and Suzi leaving the hall empty say for a slew of dead or dying beings.
  
-The stench something akin the smell of charred flesh was terrible and they approached one of the beings. ​It'​s ​mouth was open and razor sharp teeth protruded from every surface inside the mouth as if it was a shredder.+The stench something akin the smell of charred flesh was terribleand they approached one of the beings. ​Its mouth was openand razor-sharp teeth protruded from every surface inside the mouth as if it was a shredder.
  
-Suzi asked the being something in a language unlike any Ào Fei had ever heard, the being growled and Suzi pressed her gun to the beings ​heart,+Suzi asked the being something in a language unlike any Ào Fei had ever heard, the being growled and Suzi pressed her gun to the heart of the being,
  
-"If you den't tell me I will send your soul into the dark void"+"If you don't tell me I will send your soul into the dark void"
  
 The Temparian was terrified, not only had the humans defeated them here in what was the closest to home turf they'd ever have on this godforsaken rock, the human was even contemplating blasting his Cha'​Kra gland robbing him of any redemption in the afterlife. The Temparian was terrified, not only had the humans defeated them here in what was the closest to home turf they'd ever have on this godforsaken rock, the human was even contemplating blasting his Cha'​Kra gland robbing him of any redemption in the afterlife.
  
-He talked and talked swiftly. ​he would deal with the punishment in the afterlife, at least that was prefarable ​to the eternal void.+He talked and talked swiftly. ​He would deal with the punishment in the afterlife, at least that was preferable ​to the eternal void.
  
-The Temparian explained about the child sized transport pods, how the Chutulans preferred children, as their size was perfect for in house slaves and as their minds were easily dubbed into accepting a submissive roleeven after outliving their usefulness as house slaves the children as they grew were sent off to Janesian territories to fight for the Janesian Generals in their ever ongoing campaigns. Humans ​as they grew up seemingly were excellent soldiers the Janesian had encountered them fighting for the Councillor'​s ​against the Sarlacans. And when familiarized with aspects of non human interactions,​ most fear of the unknown was stripped from their mind. Yes they made great fighters and good slaves, though bringing them about took some effort, though nothing compared to other species they had domesticated.+The Temparian explained about the child-sized transport pods, how the Chutulans preferred children, as their size was perfect for in house slaves and as their minds were easily dubbed into accepting a submissive role. He continued to explain the high value even after outliving their usefulness as house slaves, as the children as they grewwere sent off to Janesian territories to fight for the Janesian Generals in their ever ongoing campaigns. Humans ​in particular young adults ​seemingly were excellent soldiers the Janesian had encountered them fighting for the Councillors ​against the Sarlacans. And once familiarized with aspects of non-human interactions,​ most fears of the unknown was stripped from their malleable minds. Yesthey made great fighters and good slaves, though bringing them about took some effort, though nothing compared to other species they had domesticated.
  
 Suzi could see the life drain away from the Temparian, but she was not about to grant him the satisfaction of a peaceful death after hearing his story. She flicked a switch and her weapon hummed from building up a charge. Suzi could see the life drain away from the Temparian, but she was not about to grant him the satisfaction of a peaceful death after hearing his story. She flicked a switch and her weapon hummed from building up a charge.
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 "Yeah life is a bitch, enjoy the void you despicable piece of shit", Suzi said and fired. "Yeah life is a bitch, enjoy the void you despicable piece of shit", Suzi said and fired.
  
-The helplessness in the Temparians eyes was clear as she squeezed the trigger, but she had no merci for someone like this profiting from child trafficking,​ forgiveness to such an offence ​was for others, not for her. +The helplessness in the Temparians eyes was evident ​as she squeezed the trigger, but she had no mercy for someone like this profiting from child trafficking,​ forgiveness to such an offense ​was for others, not for her.
  
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 Half an hour later they had a relative overview of the situations, drones passed through the cave systems mapping every inch and helping to mop up any remaining resistance. Half an hour later they had a relative overview of the situations, drones passed through the cave systems mapping every inch and helping to mop up any remaining resistance.
  
-Suzi was on her communicator, ​"Yes Sir, it is true, I estimate about 10.000 children, in pods, lifesigns ​strong, I believe a slave shipment ready to go very soon". +Suzi was on her communicator, ​Yes Sir, it is true, I estimate about 10.000 children, in pods, life signs strong, I believe a slave shipment ready to go very soon.
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-"Yes the Janesian Collective, I understand absolutely full discretion, I know, we have a good ally in the Commander"​+
  
 +“Yes the Janesian Collective, I understand absolutely full discretion, I know, we have a good ally in the Commander”
  
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-It took 3 days to empty out all the transport pods and root out remaining pockets of resistance ​and as the last transport ship left with the remaining ​troops, huge explosions underground imploded the caves and sucked the castle in blasting the stones to atoms.+It took 3 days to empty out all the transport pods while rooting ​out remaining pockets of resistanceas the last transport ship left with the remaining ​TDF troopers, huge explosions underground imploded the caves and sucked the castle in blasting the stones to atoms.
  
-On the news that evening was a story about an asteroid falling from the skies above Austria hitting an old historic castle, a castle associated ​to many a gory fantasy tale regarding devil worship and missing children, and by freak coincidence ​it had been this castle that had been at the epicenter of the asteroid strike ​and had utterly obliterated the castle, a divine intervention protecting the Earth from evil perhaps, the reporter jokingly added to the newsreport.+On the newsthat evening was a story about an asteroid falling from the skies above Austria hitting an old historic castle, a castle associated ​with many a gory fantasy tale regarding devil worship and missing children. By freak coincidencethis castle that had been at the epicenter of the asteroid strike ​that utterly obliterated the fortressperhaps ​a divine intervention protecting the Earth from evils, the reporter ​had jokingly added to the news report.
  
-And in other news that evening from abroad the reporter could inform the public about how at Chinese villages it was seen that Chinese Special Taskforce vans with abducted children had been arriving delivering missing children back to crying parents.+In other news that same evening from abroad the reporter could inform the public about how at Chinese villages it was seen that Chinese Special Taskforce vans with abducted children had been arriving delivering missing children back to crying parents.
  
-Seemingly this happened after having ​busted up a child trafficking ring operating with tentacles reaching in from all over the world from an epicenter yet to be uncovered, as children ​from multiple nations had been rescued, ​but one that would eventually ​be found as no stone would be left unturned in the case of these missing children, spokesperson for the Chinese Army Special Task Force Commander Ào Fei had stated.+Seemingly this happened after a task force busted up a child trafficking ring operating with tentacles reaching in from all over the world from an epicenter yet to be uncovered. Children ​from multiple nations had been rescued, ​the guilty ​would be found as no stone would be left unturned in the case of these missing children, ​the spokesperson for the Chinese ArmySpecial Task Force Commander Ào Fei adamantly delivered to the international press core
  
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