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Legacy - Late Chapter
By William F. Rayer
Tuesday, July 06, 2010

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This is a late chapter from my book: The Legacy of Pnomos. I offer it to you and ask that if you have suggestions on how the Family of Man has gotten to this point - I would welcome your input (with credit when the book is published)

 

Chapter ??

Parking Orbit near Jupiter

(The Present)

 

Bront sat at the main console of their interstellar ship thinking back on how they had gotten to this point in time, the mistakes, the successes, the losses. If he had the time, he would grieve for those who were lost, but there wasn’t the time. The fate of two sentient races lies in the balance. Actually, as he thought about that, he realized that it was three sentient races, but one would have to die or at least suffer such losses that they would retreat to the depths of space. He found it hard to think of this ‘praying mantis’ race as sentient. Though they were sentient, having the ability to respond to and act on their environment. They used tools, made interstellar ships, did all that the Family of Man could do, except they had no humanity. They were concerned only for their needs and their well-being. No other species existed to them. The Family of Man had been treated as insects or bugs to be squashed and disposed of as an impediment to their, the aliens, progress. Many had not heeded the Science Institutes warnings. Their intelligence had provided key information as to the thought processes and goals of this alien race and it was not good news. This species was a hoard, a hive that marauded the galaxy using its resources to grow and expand. Nothing else mattered to them. He feared their plan may not work. They needed to sit and wait while the first wave took Earth by storm. Many would die; cities would be laid to waste. They could not prevent this and it saddened Bront as the portent of this thought grew in his mind. Many had heeded the warning and had followed the plan laid out by the Science Institute. But many had not. They were broken, the Family of Man into two camps, those that followed Pnomos and the Science Institute, and those who followed General Schuster. General Schuster’s camp had determined after kidnapping John and Lisa and discovering the Legacy of Pnomos and what it would do that they would prefer to stay and fight. Pnomos knew this was a fatal error. He, General Schuster, was up against an enemy that had battled countless races in the galaxy many more powerful than General Schuster’s forces and limited technology. The Science Institute provided help when it could with new technology and new power sources to give the General as much advantage as they could. But, Bront knew this would not be enough. They, of course, informed General Schuster of this information, but the General refused to believe the accuracy of the information. The next days and weeks would prove to be one of the most costly weeks ever to confront the human race and the Family of Man. And he worried for all he could do at this point in time was to hide his faction in the in the shield of the Jupiter system and wait for the Hive Queen and her hordes to fall within range of the effects of The Legacy of Pnomos. It was a gamble, but it was the only cards earth had been dealt and he would play them out in an effort to make the survival of the Family of Man possible. No time for grief, he had taken a course of action that he and his colleagues must in order to insure the survival of the Family of Man. After all, that is why the Legacy of Pnomos was created.


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