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)
Great Uncle Rion, who was not Human, stepped back, spread out his arms, lifted his head and said to the ceiling, “I’m the end line of guilt. I’m old enough – even if I wasn’t an android – to have seen the very first time Humans had anything to do with the aliens.”
“Which aliens?” Retired asked. His stance was suddenly loose, his hands open, hovering near his hips, he leaned forward slightly. He looked like he was ready to attack GURion.
GURion smiled and said, “Now that, Detective Spooner is exactly the right question.”
Without missing a beat, Retired, whom we also knew as Lieutenant Commander Patrick Bakhsh, said, “‘I, Robot’, 2004, starring Will Smith.”
GURion smiled and said, “Exactly. And almost a hundred years after I was activated by the Future.”
“The who?” ‘Shay said.
“No, The Who was an English rock band that formed in 1964. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.”
“What’s a record?” I said.
GURion shook his head, looked at Retired and said, “What do you Humans teach your kids these days?”
“The first aliens Humans ever met were the Kiiote,” GURion said, “They watched this world for a thousand years believing that their war would one day reach us.”
“They watched us for that long and did nothing to alter Human history?” My great uncle nodded. I said, “That’s why they’re not helping us now?”
“Of course. Both had ample time to assist Humanity through its wars and nuclear infancy.”
Retired slammed his hand against the wall. Me and ‘Shay jumped back, away from him. He said, “So their rape of Earth might have been stopped at some time in the past? They let us go through the Crusades, and the Mongol invasion of China, and the slaughter of the Children’s Crusade?”
GURion shrugged and said, “I don’t control anything, Commander Bakhsh. I’m a simulacrum of a Human who was charged at one time with guarding the young of the Kiiote. Sometime later, because of the nature of this farm and its location, I was contacted by the Yown’Hoo for the same purpose.”
“They didn’t know?” I asked.
“Not at first. Of course, they found out later – but by then, they’d both discovered that the only way they could successfully reproduce and raise healthy young was on the surface of this planet.”
“What?” Retired shouted, hitting the wall again. Me and ‘Shay stepped farther away.
My great uncle grinned. “You, of all people should know, Commander, that Humans found it impossible to conceive and bring their young to term on worlds too different from this one. Our Home World.”
I looked at Retired, at GURion, then back at Retired and said, “How would you know something like that, Sir?” I stared at him and he turned away. “You’ve been off of Earth, haven’t you?” I waited for him to turn around and when he didn’t, I realized that I was mad. Mad enough to say, “You were on their side, weren’t you?”