Walker

Walker

Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy

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Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy

Summary

A galactic war with devastating consequences left their race almost extinct. Leaving the remaining few, living aboard a carrier ship so badly damaged, it could blow any moment. Floating around the only inhabitable planet to be found, and with little resources left, a team of warriors descend on the green planet, only to be ambushed and slaughtered by the hostile creatures that called themselves humans. But one remains, one they named, Walker

Summary

A galactic war with devastating consequences left their race almost extinct. Leaving the remaining few, living aboard a carrier ship so badly damaged, it could blow any moment. Floating around the only inhabitable planet to be found, and with little resources left, a team of warriors descend on the green planet, only to be ambushed and slaughtered by the hostile creatures that called themselves humans. But one remains, one they named, Walker

Chapter1 (v.1) - Walker

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A galactic war with devastating consequences left their race almost extinct. Leaving the remaining few, living aboard a carrier ship so badly damaged, it could blow any moment. Floating around the only inhabitable planet to be found, and with little resources left, a team of warriors descend on the green planet, only to be ambushed and slaughtered by the hostile creatures that called themselves humans. But one remains, one they named, Walker

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Submitted: June 20, 2014

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Prologue

 

They'd been floating in the vast spans of this galaxy while watching the green planet for three orbits of the sun now, patiently waiting for so form of contact. He knew the planet was inhabited due to the extensive amount of signals he picked up through his coms, and even though he understood none of what they spoke, none of the signals were those of a planet welcoming others from the galaxy to come forth and make contact, which confused him because he’s seen many a space craft leaving the green planet to travel to the nearby planets that surrounded them, planets that he’d already scoped out and found them to be unliveable. He’d offend wonder what they were looking for, and if sign of life where was there peace signal?

During the first orbit of the sun, not too soon after he’d first discovered the green planet he’d followed one of their small ships to the red planet, hoping to make contact with the being inside. After many days of watching the craft land he’d soon realised that there was no living creature aboard. Just a small machine which travelled along the surface of the planet and then sent messages back to the green planet emerged from the larger craft. Well he said messages but somehow the small machine managed to send back images and readings of the red planets status. He’d managed to link into the wavelength signals in an attempt to decipher their intentions.

He needed a planet to survive on and gather supplies.  His ship only had enough power to make it to the green planet’s atmosphere where he would then use the only ship he could salvage from the wreck on his home planet–before it was blown to pieces–and travel down to introduce himself to the aliens.

He remembered his beautiful home that once thrived with life and vegetation, that now filled the galaxy with tiny pieces of rock that held so many memories but would now become nothing more than space debris. All because of a broken peace treaty between his leader and that of another race, so many planets had been destroyed, so many races now extinct. If he’d not saved those he did along with his family, his race would be extinct too. He was no fool, knowing exactly where a galactic war would head he’d prepared himself beforehand, so that when the worst happened he’d have a ship, essentials and his family to flee. Some may say he was a coward to not die protecting his race while fighting alongside his leader, but he didn’t care.

Staring out of the large screen before him transfixed on the planet he so longingly wanted to contact, he missed the warning signal that flashed red when anything large enough to be read by his sensors approached his ship. Normally a warning noise would sound but he’d shut it down so his family could sleep in peace. He hadn’t expected anything to reach the ship, nothing had before. His sensors where picking up on of the green planets space crafts to the left of him and before he could even contemplate shooting the thing a fuzzy static sound came through his coms. Turning up the volume he waited to see what would happen. Sure enough a voice came through and with it his ship pulled up a video message on a small screen. A pale being was rambling on through the coms but he patiently waited for his ship to translate and thankfully a few moments later it did.

“Who are you and what are you here for?” The being spoke, from what he could see the being was of a similar species to him in form, albeit from the colour of its skin and lack of muscle, this being would not have lasted long on his planet. Hoping his ships translator would carry out his message in their tongue he spoke.

“Where is your peace signal?”

“You understand us?” The being seemed shocked, why would it be shocked when it was the one asking him questions?

“No, my ship is translating our tongues, I ask again. Where is your peace signal? I have circled this planet more than once and my ship cannot detect one. Are you a hostile planet?”

“No, not hostile.” The being spoke fast and then it smiled. “We are friendly, we don’t have a peace signal.” it stuttered. “We are a large race and cannot jeopardise out people’s safety by letting anyone in.”

“You have not detected my ship before now? I have orbited your planet for three rotations of the sun.”

“Of course we knew you were there,” again the being stuttered.  “We just did not see you as a threat, and you have never contacted us.”

“I am low on food, and my ships need a power refuel. Can you supply me with some? Once I have taken what I need I shall leave.”

“Of course, you are very welcome to come down, how many of you are there?”

“Not many, a galactic war broke out in my galaxy. Sadly only a few escaped. I have been searching for a liveable planet for some time. That was when I found yours.”

“Well then we are very happy you found us, our planet is very large and inhabited. You will not be able to land a giant space craft.”

“Of course, my ship would never survive the shift into your atmosphere. It was badly damaged in the war and needs many repairs. I have a smaller ship that I will commandeer down to your planet. With coordinates I will locate you.”

The being turned his head to the side and spoke quietly to something out of picture beside him before turning back to facing him. “We are sending the coordinates through to you now. You and your people are welcome. We’ll be waiting for you.”

“I’ll be coming down with some of my warriors; our females will be staying aboard ship with the children. They are helpless.”

“I understand, we’ll be expecting you and how many others?”

“Six.”

“Very well then, welcome to earth.” The pale being disappeared from the screen leaving him looking out at the green planet. Earth. A snigger of hope formed in the pit of his stomach. The being seemed friendly, if they allowed it maybe he and his people could stay for a while. His body ached for fresh air, for the feel of dirt under his bare feet, for the company of others. So long they’d travelled without seeing any forms of life, until now.

 

His warriors had awoken along with his family and they were now prepared to visit Earth.

“You trust these beings?” His closest comrade asked as they were preparing the travel ship.

“No, this is why we will take our Kellars with us.” He tapped the sword that was tied around his hips by a thin piece of Havar skin–a large animal that lived on his planet–Havar meat was deadly if consumed, but their skin was the toughest of all the animals on their planet. The thick skin acted as armour as well as warmth for when the cold times came. His was a deadly race but their bodies were sensitive to the chill.

“And what of communication, when out of the ships after landing, how are we to understand them?”

“This ship was supplied with communication ear plugs. They are programmed with the same system as this ship. Though sadly I have only two, I’ll communicate with their leader when out of the ship.”

“Sir, I’d like to offer to go in your place, if they are indeed planning to attack us on sight, surely it best if you survive to lead our people, you have family sir, I’m alone.” A sad look crossed his face.

Placing a hand on the man’s Haver laden shoulder and he stared into his eyes. “You are yet to make a family my friend. We’ll get supplies then leave to settle on another planet. We’ve proven to be compatible with similar species. If anything should go wrong I trust you to get our people back here and away from this planet they call Earth. You use the last burst of power to reach the closest inhabited planet, there has to be one.”

“Sir, then maybe we should do that now. They have no peace signal–”

“I can’t waste this opportunity.” He cut the man off.  “I trust you, if in the event that I am killed, I leave you in charge, you protect the people on board, you protect my family.”

“And what if they kill us all down there, we know nothing of these beings.” The man protested.

“In the event that none of us make it, I have left warriors on board to do as I have commanded you to do.”

“Sir, I will offer one more time with no disrespect to your position. I am willing to take your place, to go down and communicate; most of the warriors aboard this ship are barely that, and your family.” He hardened his features and swallowed hard. “In the event that you are killed and I make it back here, I can tell you sir, even though it may affect my status as warrior, that it would break me to see the look on their faces.”

“Having emotions make you no less of a warrior my friend. In fact an emotionless warrior is a savage. You have honour and I respect you. But I won’t repeat myself again. End of discussion.”

“Yes, sir.” And with a defeated look on his face he turned towards the awaiting carrier ship.

“Are you ready to board, sir?” The last of the warriors joining them for the trip asked.

“Yes.” He said simply and followed the man on board. He felt the stare of his family on his back the entire time but refused to look back. The look on his wife and children’s faces would be enough for him to take his friend up on his offer. But this was a matter of Honour, how could he be a leader if he sent his men into the unknown while he stayed away, safe in the comforting arms of his family. No, this mission would be successful; they’d gain supplies from this surely non-hostile species then leave. They’d be back in no time. He hoped. 


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