On Earth, there are three Triads intending to integrate not only the three peoples and stop the war that threatens to break loose and slaughter Humans and devastate their world; but to stop the war that consumes Kiiote economy and Yown’Hoo moral fiber. The Braiders accidentally created a resonance wave that will destroy the Milky Way and the only way to stop it is for the Yown’Hoo-Kiiote-Human Triads to build a physical wall. The merger of Human-Kiiote-Yown’Hoo into a van der Walls Society may produce the Membrane to stop the wave.
The young experimental Triads are made up of the smallest primate tribe of Humans – Oscar and Kashayla; the smallest canine pack of Kiiote – six, pack leaders Qap and Xurf; and the smallest camelid herd of Yown’Hoo – a prime eleven, Dao-hi the Herd mother. On nursery farms and ranches away from the TC cities, Humans have tended young Yown’Hoo and Kiiote in secret for decades, allowing the two warring people to reproduce and grow far from their home worlds.
“We had nearly fallen into stagnation when we encountered the Kiiote.”
“And we into internecine war when we encountered the Yown’Hoo.”
“Yown’Hoo and Kiiote have been defending themselves for a thousand revolutions of our Sun.”
“Together, we might do something none of us alone might have done…a destiny that included Yown’Hoo, Kiiote, and Human.” (2/19/2015)We walked down stairs for a long, long time. It was steep, and then walls close, and there were no lights except that my great uncle Tim glowed in the dark.
That’s right, GU Tim glowed in the dark.
“Glad the steps aren’t wet and slimy,” said the man I called Retired – his full title was Lieutenant Commander Patrick Bakhsh (ret).
“Why would I maintain them in such unsafe conditions?” said GU Tim then burst out laughing as we continued down.
“Why was that funny?” I asked.
“It’s obvious none of you trust me now that I’ve admitted I’m an android,” GU Tim said. “The Artificial have been discriminated against since we were first decanted twenty years ago.”
We reached the bottom of the stairs, walking out into a huge…hole in the ground. There were no concrete or stone walls or floor or ceiling, just bare dirt.
“And that’s funny because,” said Retired.
“It’s funny because you have no one else to help you and you have to trust me no matter what you think of me.”
There were no other doors. It was a big hole in the ground. Retired said, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that means comfort.”
Qap and Xurf made gulping sounds, which was Kiiote laughter.
The Herd Mother unsheathed and snapped the tips of her tentacles which was Yown’Hoo laughter.
Even ‘Shay snickered.
“What is everyone laughing at?”
‘Shay said, “It’s a quote from a kid’s book. Haven’t you ever read it?”
“Was it called The Hobbit Hole?” I asked, knowing I was only digging myself deeper into the hole of embarrassment. ‘Cause if both ‘Shayla and Fax had read the thing and I was ignorant, neither one would EVER let me forget it.
Great Uncle Tim’s glow suddenly increased as he turned sideways and walked through the wall of the hole, his light abruptly winking out. The Herd Mother reared, obviously hitting Retired, who cursed. ‘Shayla did the same. Fax leaned against my leg and the entire group squeezed together like we were in a trash compacter. A regular flashlight lit, pointing at the apparently solid wall.
Retired said, “Wait a moment.” Aiming the light at the wall with an outstretched arm, he reached out with the other. His hand passed through the wall. Stepping back, he kept the light on the wall and added, “Step through the wall while I hold the light on it.”
No one moved, then Herd Mother said, “We have no trust in this one. What if we are being led into a trap?”
“If that were the case, he would have set off a charge and buried us all alive.”
“He could still do it!” whined Fax. He nearly knocked me over, so I leaned back and kneed him in the side. He snarled then snapped. But he stopped whining.
Qap and Xurf snarled and the Herd Mother reared again, bringing all the rest of us to order. Qap said, “Enough! We will pass through the wall as the Master commands. He is in wisdom with the Masters Pan and Zir, and our trust is on them.”
Dao-Hi added, “Ji-Hi, Mother of All is beyond reproach and would have no alliance with any who would betray the Herd.”
Even ‘Shay suddenly chimed in, “St. Admiral gave her life to save all Humans, she’d never have set things up just to have us get captured by some frankenstein!”
I couldn’t believe she’d said that. If GU Tim was listening, he could kill us all with a… ‘Shay grabbed my hand and dragged me through the lighted wall.
Standing in a well-lit room with walls and a few laptops, my great uncle stood with his legs slightly spread, pointing a large, ugly weapon at it, the tip glowing a dull red; like the eye of an alien robot.