Jihan was tired and desperate but she couldn’t stop running. She made it to the entrance of the Khad compound where the guards stopped her. Fluent in their language she requested an audience with Governor Tor. Recognizing her, they quickly ushered her up to his heavily guarded suite.
“My word what are you doing here?” Tor was shocked to see his young friend.
“Please My Lord you have to call this invasion off.”
“I’m afraid I can’t my dear. These guards aren’t here for my protection. They’re here to keep me from interfering.”
“I don’t understand, aren’t you in charge?”
“Unfortunately, the little power I have has guaranteed the safety of your family, thankfully they’re still in Omori Shi’s favor, so they should come out of this all right.”
“What about the colonists?”
“They have made their choice. Once they joined the Earthmen.”
“But they wanted peace?”
“Apparently Omori Shi is not interested in peace.”
“What about Matt Stewart?
“So, you love him don’t you. No need to deny it.”
“Can’t we spare him?”
“I’m afraid his fate is sealed. If only he wasn’t so determined to get himself killed,”
“I have to talk to Omori Shi; can you help me to see him?”
“Yes, my child, but be prepared for the worst.”
Omori Shi was not surprised when Jihan slammed open the door.
“Princess, come to beg for Stewart’s life.” He said mockingly. “The Basrilian princess was here too. Your Earthman must be Good Stock. No doubt, he has proved to be much better than the other humans I’ve encountered. Remains me of your father.”
Jihan launched herself at Omori Shi punching him with her fists. “I hate you,”
He laughed at her as he grabbed her arms with his scaly grip to hold her at bay. “I am pleased. Indeed, you are Aurora’s child.”
“I beg you to spare his life?”
“No, BUT you beg only for your spaceman, unlike your father. He did beg for your life, for the Settlers lives. I accepted his offer. He traded his life for them.”
“That’s enough.” Tor yelled in defiance. “She’s just a child.”
The general threw Jihan at him. “Here, Tor, take your pet.”
“The Orion Rulers will not like what you are doing. No workers we have ever encountered can do what the humans have done.”
Omori Shi laughed again. “What did your great Human Hitler state? THINK THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE TAKING A DECISION BUT AFTER TAKING DECISION NEVER TURN BACK EVEN IF YOU GET THOUSAND DIFFICULTIES!”
“Then you defy the Orion Regime?”
“You believe I care?”
“I hope you all die,” Jihan screamed,
“But I must admit these humans are not as hapless a race as I thought you were. This Earthman has brought out the best in you.” Omori Shi bowed to her as Tor carried her out the room. “THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE, LET THEM FIGHT, AND THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO FIGHT IN THIS WORLD OF ETERNAL STRUGGLE DO NOT DESERVE TO LIVE.”