Re: A Scheming Farewell
- "We are all angels but with one wing....to fly we simply must join hands."
>From: "Franklin Vittoe">To: andoriasunok@...>Subject: Re: A Scheming Farewell>Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 23:37:36 -0400>>As Major Sarek and Captain Rasha Nylm approached the Garden of>Peace, the designated meeting place with ArWoo'stari Laiena, their>heightened senses confirmed suspicions of being shadowed. Major>Sarek glanced at his rune-covered bracelet and all was "green". The>amulet around his neck still glowed amber, however, signaling>danger. His royal guard closed formation around them and as they>turned the corner they saw before them several Xin'Archnia and>'Sin-Guardians awaiting them.>>Rasha leaned a little towards Sarek. "A powerful welcoming>committee.">>Sarek nodded. "Aye, that, although not unexpected given present>circumstances. Besides I never stated it was to be a private meeting>as for one I thought it unwise, and two, I doubted that the request>would have been granted.">>Rasha nodded and whispered. "Your back is covered, my lord.">>Several large birds of prey made their way over the heads of the>guards with speed and agility, and while the ArWoo'stari's guards>did not react physically, they eyed the Andorian Commander with>suspicion. The Xin'archnia and 'Sin-Guardian parted and Laiena stood>between them. Major Sarek came forward and gave the female>Selesthian an appraising mental and physical scan. She looked as>beautiful as ever, but in her eyes there was suspicion and fear, and>she seemed tired. He took her hand and gently kissed it in greeting.>>"Your Highness, it is so good to see you again." He waved his hand>motioning to all around. "Please forgive the formality of this>meeting. I wish we could say our good byes under different>circumstances. The Pegasus II is space ready, and simply awaits>orders for departure. However, I could not leave without speaking to>you concerning the present situation of your empire.">>Laeina smiled and responded carefully. "The present situation? Is>that what this is about? I was curious as to the reason behind this>meeting. Come, let us go into the Garden and we will speak there.>The security detail seems to think it a fairly safe place.">>Sarek glanced over his shoulder to Nylm who nodded in a knowing way>and remained at a discreet distance from the Commander. The half>dozen Sages in natural form were placed stategically above them>amongst the trees, weaving a spell of protection over all concerned.>>As they entered the garden Sarek felt despair and helplessness.>Security was everywhere. How was he to gently pry the mind of the>ArWoo'stari without attracting suspicion. There was nothing he could>do presently to either investigate or intervene. He sighed and>wondered briefly what the August Empire of Archean's role was in all>this. 'Sin-Guardians were precious allies or formidible enemies.>Being that the Andorians and the Archean's had a treaty, he wondered>if is was possible to meet with their ambassador to the Selesthians.> He wondered where 'Sin Guardian Nickolas Cross was at the moment.>>The two leaders sat on a stone bench near a small waterfall that>filled the indoor arboretum with a false tranquility. Sarek took>Laiena's hands in his. She looked into his eyes and just for a>moment he had the feeling that the person before him was not in>complete control of herself. A chill ran down his spine, but he>suppressed his alarm and kept his countenance calm.>"I remember when we first came to Selesthian Space almost two years>ago. This is where we first met, along with the Council. So much has>happened since that time. Please tell me that this is what you want,>that this action is what you truly feel will benefit your world. I>must hear it from your own lips before I depart your world and>return to Oryn Prime.">>He cocked his head to one side and smiled. "I do have some joyous>news, however, in the midst of uncertainty. Lady Andoria and I shall>wed within a fortnight of my return.">>Laiena spoke. "Truly? That is good news indeed, especially in>light of what may be about to hit the Tri~Sector. If possible, and>invited, I shall attend the wedding, provided matters of state do>not have me occupied. Laiena thought for a moment, wanting to>phrase her words in such a way to ease the Andorian Ambassador's>mind.>>"Now, Ambassador Sarek, I would never have invited the Spider Queen>Theocracy in if I didn't think this best. A group of Selesthian>political insurrectionists threatens the very way of life of the>Selesthian Empire, well, perhaps I should say the Selesthian>Protectorate. At any rate, Selesthian methods were unable to track>down these rebels. I considered many avenues, but the Spider Queen>Theocracy, with their use of magic and psionics, was the best choice>to help us. Even they are having trouble. But they do know who these>terrorists are, and are making great strides toward locating and>rendering them harmless. I gave them limited governmental control>over the Selesthian Empire in order to keep any inside Selesthian>government officials from leaking information to the Thorns. This>also ensures the safety of Selesthian borders, and of the Selesthian>people as a whole. The Preistess~Adminstrator still defers to me,>and any decisions made are done so with cooperative efforts.">>Ambassador Sarek was silent as he listened intently to Lainea's>words. It was obvious the Selesthian leader was preoccupied,>agitated and tired. She didn't even give the mention of his wedding>more than a perfunctory acknowledgement. He looked amongst the>trees and saw the birds of prey shake their heads and ruffle their>feathers in frustration. They could not penetrate the barrier>within her mind. Sarek nodded as in agreement, suppressing his>desire to reach out in anger against this invisible force. He also>realized that by creating a situation he might just open a conflict>between the Andorians and the SQT that he was not ready to face...at>least not without assistance.>>Finally he spoke. "Very well, then. Know this. If you ever need>the assistance of the Andorian Empire, please do not hesitate to>contact us." He sighed deeply and with a sad smile said "Hearing>these words from your own lips I shall now take my leave of you.>May the Prophets bless thee and keep thee, always, your Highness.">>"And may you rest in the Shade of The Holy Tree and grow. I am glad>to have been able to ease your mind, Ambassador Sarek. I cannot>stand by and let some political insurrectionists throw our way of>life into chaos. I hope you can understand that. If we need the>assistance of the Andorian Empire, we will call.">>Sarek then signaled to the Sages who flew to his side and>transformed before him. The Xin'Archnia and 'Sin-Guardians were>indeed caught off guard and stared in disbelief at the feather-robed>creatures before them.>>Sarek spoke to the Drowe guards. "Please thank Matron Reina for>allowing this meeting. She has been most gracious. Also, advise>her that the Andorian High Council has voted to leave the space>station in place with hopes of establishing an Andorian Embassy. The>newly appointed Chief Ambassador would like to meet with her>personally to discuss this decision.">>One of the Xin'Arachnia, their leader to judge by his insignia,>replied, "The Preistess~Administrator did not 'allow this meeting',>Andorian. The ArWoo'stari chose to have this meeting. Laiena makes>her own decisions. As for your new Chief Ambassador, I will inform>the Preistess~Administrator of the request to meet, and she will>contact you, probably sometime tomorrow.">>Nylm raised one eyebrow at his last comment for she knew who this>ambassador truly was. Sarek was playing his cards with a true>poker face.>><< message3.txt >>
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