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She looked out from behind the crates that were stacked at the entrance
the alley on the commerce planet. Could it really be her? She reached
her pocket and pulled out a hologram. It looked like her but she couldn't
be sure. Just then a Luxan approached her.
"Chiana are you ready? We've got enough food." He just called her Chiana!
It *was* her! Chiana put down the trinket she had been looking at.
"Sure," she started to walk off with him, "actually, can you give me
microts? I saw an outfit I wanted back there, this one's getting a
old." She tugged at the shirt she was wearing.
"Fine, but hurry, we'll meet you back at the transport pod." The Luxan
walked off and Chiana walked past the crates.
"Chiana" she whispered as she peaked out from behind the crates. Chiana
looked around, "Chiana" this time a bit louder. Chiana turned to the
"Who are you? How do you know my name?" Chiana asked keeping a safe
distance from her.
The other Nebari stood up and tossed her the hologram, "Don't you recognize
your own sister-in-law?"
* * *
Chiana looked at the hologram of her, Nerri, and Armilna. She remembered
when it had been made. Nerri and Armilna had just been married and
to the abandoned building the small band of rebels called home. There
8 of them including her, they were the non-conformists. They were a
new group then, just trying to survive. There was an ultimate goal
a reason for them to be a group in the first place. They wanted to
down the government. It was their belief that people didn't really
conform and be the same, it was the fear of the "mental cleansing"
kept them in place. That had been the day they were attacked. Nerri
had been captured. They had been split up, taking Nerri who knows where
handing her over to Salis. It had been the last she saw of any of them.
"I was so surprised to see you! The rest of us figured you were dead!
gave you and Nerri a memorial a few days after you were caught. How
escape?" Chiana told her the whole story, how she and Nerri had been
up, how Salis was taking her to Nebari Prime when they collided with
how Salis had been murdered, how she joined the crew.
"Did you ever come across Nerri? We still don't know what happened
I tried to break into the government files but I couldn't find anything
before someone noticed and I had to leave." She looked so hopeful thinking
that maybe her husband was still alive too.
Chiana reached out and held her sister's arm, " A few weeks ago I felt
die through the life disks we had, I- I'm sorry Armilna."
She took a deep breath, "its ok, I knew they would kill him, kill him
"cleanse" him, either way the Nerri I knew would die. I mourned him
time ago." She looked at the ground for a moment, "well I should be
thankful you're alive," she said with a sad smile, "could I meet these
people who saved your life?"
"Yeah sure." She led her sister back to the transport pod.
* * *
"There you are, what took you so long?" asked D'argo from the entrance
the transport pod. Then, noticing her companion, asked, "who's that?"
"D'argo, this is Armilna, my sister in law. She saw me in the market,
haven't seen her in over half a cycle! We were talking and she said
wanted to meet everyone."
"You are Chiana's brother's wife?"
"Yes, I was married to Nerri," she said, then more quietly, "before
died, that is."
"Come on, we can go back to Moya for a while, get something to eat."
said as she entered the pod. "Oh that's Rygel" she said as she pointed
the little Hynerian.
"I am Rygel the 16th, Dominar of the Hynerian Empire, who are you?"
"I'm Armilna, Chiana's sister in law."
"Not another one!" was the rude comment from the hovering Hynerian.
received a mean look from Chiana in return.
* * *
Back on Moya Armilna had been introduced to the rest of the crew with
reactions. Zhaan seemed interested, as did Chrichton. Pilot had better
things to do, and Aeryn had been mostly keeping to herself after the
incident with the tape she had found. Despite the interest of a few,
everyone seemed to have decided to leave them alone to catch up. They
munched on left-over crackers in her quarters. "So what happened after
"Well the six of us that were left decided that staying in one place
too dangerous so we stole a small cargo ship and started traveling.
picked up anyone that sympathized with our cause and now we're thirty
strong with allies on dozens of colonies. We're on this planet now
there's a small colony on a nearby planet, our plans are really coming
together Chiana! We're going to liberate them, over through the government
there. Without the mental cleansing to force them to conform and be
clones of each other they can do what they want, be who they really
This is huge Chiana, its the start of our freedom! Yes it's just a
of 200 or so but it'll be the first of many!"
She had such hope in her eyes, noted Chiana. She had never seen her
like that, before all she had cared about was herself, Nerri, and Chiana.
Now she wanted to free the whole population.
"And Chiana there's something else, I want you to join us. It could
almost like old times, me and you sister, liberators of the Nebari!"
* * *
Armilna had gone back down to the planet for a while. Chiana had told
she needed time to think about it and Armilna had understood. She hadn't
told anyone else yet, just asked them to stay at the planet for a while
longer, that she didn't want to leave just yet, and they understood,
well...most of them anyway.
Chiana laid on her bed looking up at the ceiling, thinking. Her sister
doing something really important, something she had been a part of
she met these people here on Moya. She could play a big role in helping
them, on Moya she had little say in anything. She thought back to when
was younger, just a little girl. She had hated the way everyone had
her to be. When she was born the government ran the tests that they
every newborn and decided she would be most successful in a heavy math
program with a future as an engineer. Her future was better than most
people, there were far worse occupations she could have been assigned,
she wasn't happy. She had been 15 cycles when she had finally broke,
her brother in tears that she couldn't do what they wanted her to and
was so afraid that she would have a miserable life, die, then fade
having accomplished nothing. She talked for several arns and he just
and listened. Then when she was finished she realized what she had
was now his duty to report her and she would be taken in for mental
cleansing. She started to cry all over again, but then he did something
strange. He told her to go back to her room and clean herself up, that
wasn't going to report her, and he told her to wear her clothes to
night. About an arn after neighborhood curfew he woke her and took
the group. They snuck out every night after that and about a cycle
they left one night and didn't go back. They started living with the
That was when she met Armilna. She was more of a real sister than her
brother's girlfriend who he would later marry. Nerri had saved her
night but so had Armilna. She later found out that Nerri had been worried
about her for months, but it was Armilna who had finally convinced
bring her to the group.
She had to go with her. In that colony there must be one girl terrified
what she would become and to afraid to tell anyone. And she had left
because she was afraid she would lead a miserable life, die, and fade
here on Moya her life might not be miserable but she would still fade
with no one to remember her name, no great deeds to keep her memory
just another one among billions.
" Can you tell everyone to meet me in the mess hall. I have something
talk to them about."
* * *
D'argo, Zhaan, and Aeryn sat at the table. "What did you want to talk
about?" asked D'argo.
"Wait till everyone is here, then I'll tell you." Just then Rygel floated
in followed by John.
"What is so important that you had to wake me up from my nap?" grumbled
"Sit down and I'll tell you." Then, looking around to see that she
everyone's attention, "before you met me I was part of a group to over
throw the Nebari government with Armilna and Nerri. When I was talking
her today she asked me to come back with her and I decided I want to."
looked to see everyone's reaction. D'argo was the first to speak.
"So you'll be leaving Moya?"
"Is it dangerous?" Chiana looked at John who looked worried.
"Then why do you want to do it? You're away from the Nebari, you don't
to go back. You could even ask Armilna to come on Moya if you want,
everyone would be ok with that right?"
"It's not just that I want to stay with my sister, I believe in what
doing. I want to help everyone else that's still trapped there."
"And what happens if they catch you?"
"I'll probably have to go through their mental cleansing."
"Then why are you doing this? Why run that risk? I don't understand."
"All of you have done great things with your life. Even frog lips here
the ruler of six billion people!"
" I *AM* their ruler." Rygel interrupted.
"Whatever, my point is this is my chance to do something with my life.
Before I asked you what we were doing on Moya that was so great and
couldn't answer me. I could help save my entire race! Is it so hard
understand why I would want to do that?"
John just sat there, while she was waiting for him to reply Zhaan spoke
"what if you join them and it's not everything you thought, if they're
anarchists with big words?"
"Yeah, you left them a long time ago Chiana, what if it's different
you remember?" asked John.
"Well I don't know, I guess I'll leave the group then."
"Well then, where would you go? I have an idea. How 'bout you stay
for a few weeks and then we'll come back and you can tell us then if
want to stay or not."
Chiana looked at the people sitting around her, she didn't really want
leave them. "All right, that sounds like a good plan."
* * *
"Well, I guess I'll see you all in a few weeks then" Chiana said as
prepared to board the transport pod.
"Good luck with your cause, Chiana, and stay safe" said Zhaan teary
"Thank you, I will. Hey, what's everyone getting so sad about, I'm
see you all again, let's not say good bye until then."
"Agreed." said D'argo.
"Come on Chi, lets go" Called John from the pod. He was taking her
planet and dropping her off. She picked up the small bag of possessions
had collected and headed to the pod. He didn't know it but she had
small trinket in her room that she had caught Rygel trying to steal
he would just think it was his good luck that she 'forgot' it. She
definitely going to miss these people that had become her family. She
next to John. "Ready?"
"Yeah, lets go."
They rode in silence to the planet. Then just before they landed Chiana
spoke up, "John I wasn't lying before when I told you you saved my
you did." The pod landed. "I'll never forget you for it." She opened
door, "good bye John." She bent over and kissed him on the cheek and
* * *
She looked around the market for the sign Armilna had told her about.
saw it, some words written in a strange language that glowed in the
dusk light. She went below it and stuck her hand into the wall like
been instructed, to her surprise her hand appeared to go right through
[Must be a hologram]. She stepped through the "wall" and she was in
Dozens of Nebari hustled around the warehouse doing things, carrying
asking people have you seen so and so. No one noticed her yet. In the
middle of the room there were a few ships that looked like they shouldn't
be allowed to hold orbit much less fly between planets. She noticed
corner was filled with freestanding boards with words and diagrams
on them. Finally some one noticed her, "who are you?" he asked cautiously
with his hand on his weapon.
"I'm a friend of Armilna's. Is she here?"
"Oh, you're the one she told us about, Chiana right? Come with me."
her to the corner with the boards, she saw Armilna looking of a piece
paper and changing a diagram. She looked up from what she was doing.
"Chiana I'm so glad you decided to come, we really can use all the
can get." She gave her a hug. "These are the latest reports from our
well our spy, there's only one. The colony has no real military force,
a handful of law enforcement officers and a governor. Their base is
the outside of the town, which is good for us because there are trees
hide in. We're going to attack, then make a broadcast to all the people
telling them that they're free."
"Wow, you have it all planed out. When are we doing this?"
"Three solar days." She let out a little laugh, "I'm being so rude,
introduce you to everyone. Well, everyone important anyway." She led
to a small doorway. Inside people lounged on couches and laughed at
unknown joke. "Everyone, this is Chiana. Chiana, you remember Fiddan
Onrei, they were here when you were with us, and this is Prandi and
That's all the senior members. The others you'll meet on your own,
actually they'll meet you. You're a senior member too because you were
of the first of us."
"Woah, really? I didn't know you were in charge of everyone like that."
"Yeah, actually I'm the head of the entire operation, but now I have
finish updating the diagrams, you can hang around here for a while."
left and Chiana sat on one of the couches.
"Hey you two, it's nice to see some familiar faces around here."
"You don't know how good it is too see you! How did you manage to escape
Salis?" Chiana smiled as she started to tell her story.
* * *
Chiana awoke in her bunk. It was her second night here and she seemed
getting used to the place. She was slipping back into her old habits.
had taken her a little while but by her second afternoon she was
comfortable. Armilna was right, it was almost like old times. The only
difference was that there was no Nerri. On Moya it wasn't as clear
was gone, but in this place she expected to see him around every corner.
wonder what woke me up] she looked at the room she was in.
It was a large room where everyone slept on portable bunks. The senior
members had a curtain separating them from the rest. [I'm probably
worried about tomorrow]. Just then the curtain moved. Chiana put her
down and closed her eyes so she could still see but it would look like
Someone she didn't know entered and walked over to Vanowl. The person
him awake. He got up and they both left. Chiana waited 5 microts, then
followed them. She crept under the curtain and slipped out the door
the dark outer room. She looked around, there was a dim light coming
one of the ships. She snuck up to the ship next to it and jumped up.
landed silently on top. On her stomach she crawled as close as she
She heard their voices but she couldn't tell who was who.
"Are they here yet?"
"Not to my knowledge sir."
"They're planing for tomorrow night do they know that?"
"I told them in the message."
"Fine, they still have a while but they better hurry."
"Would you like me to send another message?"
"That won't be necessary, we better go so we don't attract more attention."
At the last sentence Chiana was off moving as fast as she could to get
to her bunk before they did. She had to be quite though, no use waking
someone up now and getting caught. She slipped back in the door and
the curtain. She jumped in her bed and forced herself not to breath
it would give her away when Vanowl came back. He slipped between the
curtains and crawled into his bunk. After Chiana's heart had settled
allowed herself to breath normal again. What had she heard? Vanowl
other one were working together on something but what? They were sending
messages to someone. But that could be anything. She would talk to
in the morning. Whatever it was they were planing, they weren't planing
do anything until tomorrow night and she needed to be rested if she
to survive the attack tomorrow.
* * *
"No, Vanowl is one of my most trusted people, he's *not* a traitor."
"I never said he was a traitor, I just told you what I saw."
"Well you said it was late at night, you were probably dreaming."
"You know I wasn't dreaming."
"No, I know Vanowl's not a traitor, I don't know what you saw, or didn't
see last night."
"Fine, but will you watch him at least, see if he does anything weird?"
She looked at Chiana with a scowl, then finally giving in agreed.
"We have alot to do before tonight. I'm calling everyone for a meeting
to make a final plan."
"Fine." Armilna left the room and Chiana fell on the couch. She looked
around the empty room and tried to think. It wasn't a dream, she was
but what could she do about it? Armilna didn't believe her and she
know who the other person was so she couldn't just tell anyone cause
could be them. For lack of anything better to do she would have to
whoever they were to make their move. Armilna was yelling for everyone's
attention in the main room. Chiana got up with much effort and walked
where everyone was gathering. Armilna had a board with a diagram of
colonies base, this one with more detail, the rooms of the building
"There will be two teams. Team A will come from the town. Team B will
from the woods. We'll break into the base at the same time and grab
police and the governor. We don't want to kill them; there are jail
here so we're just going to put them in there until we decided what
so we're not rushing in with weapons blazing, understood?" There were
murmurs of reluctant agreement. "Good, here are the lists, the leaders
in red." She turned the board around to show two lists, "find your
group A meet off to the right, B to the left."
She hopped down from the chair she had been standing on and moved out
the way so everyone could get to the list. Chiana was in Team B led
Armilna. She was relieved to see that Vanowl was on team A. She walked
to where her team was meeting. As she did she looked at everyone to
she could recognize the second person from last night. She didn't.
everyone gathered around Armilna started talking again. "We're coming
from the wood side so we're going to be in the trees waiting for the
to signal. Then we go in through the back door and capture anyone we
We'll have are weapons out but you are not to fire, that's what they
do, not us. We don't plan to hurt these people. The guns are just a
only use them if you must. If everything goes to plan I'll go into
transmission room and tell the people what's happened. We leave in
arn so grab your weapon of choice and get ready."
The people dispersed and Chiana walked up to her sister. "What happens
after we capture the people and set the colony free, I mean, do we
keep those people prisoners, do we turn them over to the colonists?"
Armilna looked surprised at her question. "There's no need to worry
that now, not getting killed should be the only thing on your mind."
walked off before Chiana had a chance to ask her anything else.
* * *
The ship was crowed. They had been traveling for two arns and were
there. There were a few quiet conversations but it was mostly silent.
Everyone was evicted about what they were doing but also recognized
when they burst in the doors to the base there would probably be weapons
fire, and some would die. It wouldn't be her. There was a jolt as the
entered the atmosphere. The tension in the room was almost tangible.
were on the right side. The quiet conversations had stopped. The ship
touched down and the door opened. People were slow to get up but they
Getting off the ship Chiana found herself in a field with the two other
ships. There were woods to the right and the faint outline of mountains
that could barely be seen in the dark. Everyone began to gather. Armilna
whispered but in the silence everyone could hear. "We're about a mile
outside town now. We'll walk together through the woods.When we get
we split up. Each leader has a map so you wont get lost. We don't have
time so let's go. Be as quiet as you can. If you find a fallen tree
along it so you don't have to crunch leaves. Be light on your feet
careful not to trip."
With that they set out. The walk took them about half an arn because
were going so slow to try to be quiet. They reached a small stream
town was visible through the trees. Armilna made some motions and the
spilt. Team A crept into the dim town and the B team began to walk
to the town. Chiana motioned to the person in front of her to walk
edge of the creak to avoid the painfully loud crunching of leaves.
the person in front of him and the idea passed up the line.
After another ten microts of walking they had made a loop and ended
behind the base. She found a suitable tree and jumped up to grab the
branch. She pulled herself up to a branch about twenty feet above ground.
Everyone was in a tree. They sat and waited for the signal.
* * *
There was a slight breeze that brought a chill to the air. They had
waiting for a while, and the other team had a shorter walk then they
"Armilna, where's the signal? They should have sent it by now."
Chiana turned away and looked again, then she heard a noise. She looked
around the side of the base. A woman she recognized from the A team
around the side. "Run its a trap! They have troops waiting! A hundred
she staggered, out of breath. Everyone jumped down from their trees.
looked back and saw about two dozen men running from around front.
off into the woods and Armilna followed her. She could hear shouts
others being captured or shot, the second probably being the less painful
of the two. She ran as hard as she could but she could feel her legs
tiring. Her throat burned as her body tried to get enough air. She
going. She started to feel lightheaded dimly noticing the dark space
hundred metras in front of her. She realized it was a small canyon
time to stop. She looked down but it was too dark to see the bottom.
turned around to see Armilna running up, with a gun in her hand. [A
"Oh, it seems you're trapped." she said with a smirk .
"What? what are you- what's going on?" She stammered out between breaths.
"All out of breath Chiana? I'm not. Wanna know why? I didn't have to
for my life." She stood there with a smile on her face, "don't you
understand Chiana? I was working with them the whole time! Can you
the reward I'll get for bringing in 30 rebels?! Too bad you won't be
to see it."
[Think think Chiana, you gotta find a way to get away!] A plan popped
her head, but she needed to buy time, she needed to get her breathing
again. "That's why you couldn't tell me what you were going to do with
police officers, you never intended to catch them in the first place!"
"Very good Chiana!" she said sarcastically, "and I bet you can guess
you saw in the middle of the night with Vanowl too. But really its
go." She raised the gun a little. "Toss me your gun and I won't kill
She did, still trying to think of a way to buy more time. "Good, now
your hands in front of you and walk to me slowly."
"Wait. Armilna why did you do it?" Good, this should give me the little
time more I need.
"Come on Chiana, you didn't really think this rebellion would succeed
you? And even if it could would you want it to? A universe where everyone
could just do what ever they want! Nothing would get done! The whole
would be counter-productive! Now I've spent enough time talking to
come here or I'll shoot you." Chiana took a step in the direction of
canyon. "What are you doing?" she asked with little patients, Chiana
took another step.
"Would it be much worse than the mental cleansing"
"Yes! After you were cleansed you could go on to be a productive member
society, please just come this way." Funny, she seemed a little worried.
Chiana just smiled and took another step so she was right at the edge.
[Time to see if I learned anything from Molnon ] she thought with a
She opened her mouth and le
t the note escape. She fell backward into darkness.
* * *
Chiana woke up in a old house that no one lived in anymore. She had
a ship from the colony after she escaped Armilna. Moya was supposed
return today to see if she was ok. She had spent the last week on the
commerce planet waiting. She got up and stretched. She walked the short
distance to the field where she was to meet the transport pod. Sitting
the grass she let out a little chuckle realizing that in a way, Nerri
saved her again. The dark shadow of the transport pod appeared. She
her real family was coming. The only family she had left. Going back
been a mistake, but now her old life was really over and she was ready
start again. The pod landed and Chiana walked up to the open door.
Chiana didn't have any amazing accomplishments after her name, but
one still had a whole life to go.
"Take me home John."