What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Chapter 11- Leadership
“A leader! Me!”
I couldn’t help but sigh “that’s way too much pressure. Being a leader sounds like so much effort.”
Cal burst out laughing, “You took that well. I thought you’d be panicked or something. Only you would react this way to being told you’re the leader of an entire species”
“Sorry for being weird.” I retorted, “but you only said I was one of your great leaders, right? That means there are others that share my responsibility right, so I shouldn’t be that worried. And I think I’m pretty awesome, memories or not I’m certain I would be an awesome leader.”
Cal who was still chuckling to himself commented, “That’s some strange confidence you have, but I guess you’ve always been like that. I don’t know why I thought you would change.” He grabbed my cheeks and ruffled my hair, “Same face, same hair, same strange personality. Yep you’re the same Mex I know.”
As he spoke his face was uncomfortably close to mine and I felt my cheeks go red and my hear race. I coughed, “What about you, aren’t you a leader too?”
“Me!” he exclaimed pointing at himself, “Man, no way. I’m not powerful enough or old enough for that.
“How old are you?”
“That’s a really rude question you know.”
“Only old farts say that.”
“Well I guess i’m an old fart then, but you’re an even older old fart you know.”
“Damn, then I’m basically a shrivelled up old corpse.”
“What on earth are we even talking about?”
“I know that but… we veered off course, we were supposed to be helping you understand our situation.”
“So help me understand then.”
“It’s impossible to talk to you seriously.”
Our weird banter continued for a while until I heard the howl of something in the distance and I felt my skin crawl and I inched a bit closer to Cal.
“What was that?”
“What are those?”
“You could call them evolved humans. The products of human destruction.”
In the moonlight Cal’s illuminated face beheld a melancholic expression. “The war started the war because we couldn’t negotiate with humanity. We wanted to reclaim our lands and then turn Earth back into its former paradise and heal the human race. But they misunderstood and resisted. They saw us as monsters but we were nothing of the sort. Many of our species went insane with anger because of this, decided humanity was beyond redemption and went on witch hunt to wipe them all out.
Of course humans have always been quick to adapt, and before we knew it we were the ones being hunted. All the negotiations and peace you were trying to build before crumbled and we became the enemy.”
He held my hand and squeezed, “Mex as an immortal, one of the oldest beings living on this Earth, you have the power to destroy humanity entirely. When I was more foolish I begged you to do this, to use the power you were gifted with to kill them all. However you told me that ‘you can not stop destruction with destruction’ and as the war went on and our side suffered along with theirs, I realised more how right your word were–”
“But if I’m a Leader, and this power why can’t I stop the war?”
“Because you are very peace loving, Mex. The rest of our species decided that they would fight an all out war with humanity. You did not. So together with other allies we disappeared. We are neutral.”
“So I am no longer a leader—”
“You are! You’re my leader, and their leader as well, if they stopped being so foolish. If they only understood.” He began crying. “It’s so frustrating.” He wept, his warm tears falling on my fingers and disappearing with a spark. I pulled him closer to me and hugged him. Rubbing his back slowly.
“Are we trying to stop the war.”
“What are our aims?”
“To convince our race to stop fighting…to negotiate with the humans.”
“Why did I lose my memory?”
Cal’s tears stopped and his back caught alight with blue flames, they didn’t burn me but they felt hot, and angry. “You confronted one of the leaders… One of your old friends. It allowed us to halt this war momentarily…but the cost.”
“Breathe…explain this slowly.”
I walked back to the operations chamber only to see the technical crew and the builders at work, but no Timothy.
I walked up to Matt Spithy, one of the best techies around, and also Timothy’s best mate. “Hey” I greeted him “Have you seen that brat around.”
“You mean Tim?” said Matt who was feverishly writing something on a tablet. “I asked him to flick a switch for me five hours ago. He did it and he never came back.”
“Five hours ago. What’s the time?”
“It’s 22:41, that’s weird Major Kyoya you’re usually pretty organised.”
“Oh I just didn’t check is all.” I replied quickly but was quietly shocked. I hadn’t realised I had been gone for five hours whilst talking to Ashley. I felt disturbed.
“Well if you see him again tell him I’m looking for him.”
Matt yawned,”yeah I will.”
I walked off and towards the living quarters of the facility. Jogging soldiers went past and saluted. I nodded in return. As I turned towards a corridor to my own living area I saw a grim faced Timothy leaning against the door to my room.
His eyes shifted towards me.
“Tia, we need to talk.”
Chapter 11, yaay. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy. Will post more frequently starting next week.