A new entry in the Omicron Matter – Dispatches from the Team. Simone Campbell is resting peacefully when a Kaum Legit bursts in and says she has to leave. The Guild has arrived and they rounding up humans.
This chapter was probably hard for my editor to read. She is not a Science Fiction person and she does not care for “aliens” or other strange behavior. I, on the other hand, am trying to figure out how to manage aliens and their different cultures. This is one of those areas I should probably start building out an “encyclopedia” so I can reference what each alien type is like and what it does and how.
Thanks for you support. Look for more on Wednesday
A Quick Departure
Simone was sleeping when Shuzi Jibbub entered her quarters. Simone pulled the sheets up on herself and Shuzi Jibbub who was a bright yellow apologized quickly, “I am sorry for the intrusion Simone Campbell, but it is time for you to leave presently. And we wanted to talk to you directly.”
She blinked and rubbed her eyes with hand and said, “What is going on? Why the rush? Why come in my room?…god what time is it?” Shuzi Jibbub pressed a button and the lights got bright. Simone moaned and hid under the sheets, “Ahhh… don’t do that?” She looked at the clock set for her time, “My God…it is 3:30 in the morning!”
Shuzi Jibbub’s color shifted to a more normal blue and apologized again, “I apologize but we must hurry Simone Campbell.” He tapped some keys on the key board and a message came into the room. “This is the Guild ship Peaceful Searcher. By order of the Guild Master of Tau Ceti, all humans and Uycarrans are to be held for quarantine. Failure to comply with this directive will place this planet at risk.”
Simone found herself wide awake and she sat up in the bed disregarding the sheet. “Shit. What happened?”
Shuzi Jibbub blinked at her and then said, “I do not know for sure. The elders are saying that Millicent Morgaine and your human companions fired on a Guild ship. Please Simone Campbell. You must pack so we may spirit you away.”
Simone closed her eyes and rubbed her head. Her gut twisted in knots. The Kaum Legit would not fight. Surely they would not risk the planet to hide her. “What if they find me here?”
Shuzi Jibbub’s color went a light red with a mild annoyance, “Please stop asking silly questions and assemble your things now.” He waved his hands around fiercely, “The Kaum Legit have been hiding things from the Guild for centuries. You are a small matter. Your machines have made our efforts in deception easier. Now get up. Get dressed and assemble your things for departure.”
Simone, “Fine…leave. I will be out in a moment. Do I have time for a shower?”
Shuzi Jibbub blinked his eyes, shook his head and turned blue, “You humans are ridiculously modest. Your natural covering is of no more interest to me than mine is to you…and no you don’t have time for shower.” And he left.
Simone got up and slipped on a unisuit quickly. In addition to her clothes and a notebook, she carefully packed two items: a set of seeds from the cloud forest and a new smock for Eleanor. Her bagged packed, she looked around the room to see if she missed anything. There was nothing that would identify her to searchers or that she would miss.