It is a universally accepted idea that ideas change the world er – Galaxy. The nature of the idea depends on how things change. At the time the intention is irrelevant, history decided if it was good or bad. It also depends on which side you were on and if you won or lost. This is why history texts vary wildly depending on who wrote them and what side of the particular fence they were on.
Right now Harry was at this point, telling Borian – mortal enemy of the Bak’Rah that they had given over their leader to them was a good idea for the six passengers and crew of the starship Frank (IRIS wouldn’t budge on the name). But from the point of view of those serving in fleets on both sides – well, it was too soon to write any history books… yet.
“Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t blow your ship to atomic particles right now?” The Borian shouted to Harry.
Totally unfazed by this raw aggression Harry calmly replied “Why don’t you do that to the Bak’Rah?” after all they have you leader and you can blow him to pieces while you do it.”
For some reason that defies all logic and this seemed like a good idea to the Borians. Shutting off communications they turned their attention to the Bak’rah this seemed to resonate with the Bak’Rah as they turned their attention to the Borians and the two fleets moved towards each other in a situation that wasn’t likely to end well.
“Harry!” Miranda shrieked.
“What? We won’t have to worry about them now.” Harry chuckled.
“You really know how to put the alien among the humans don’t you?”
“He has a good teacher!” IRIS calmy cut in.
It was easy to forget that IRIS was always listening and watching. It was impossible to know what a psychopathic super computer was thinking or plotting but is was always best to err on the side of safety. “Just get us back to Earth and this time follow Ralph’s instructions!” Miranda snapped.
Miranda kept quiet while they sped back to Earth, whether she found the Great Galactic Service Station or not this mission had created a huge mess. A mess she was going to have to answer for.
Ralph interrupted he thoughts. “Those two men we rescued from the pub.” Ralph asked cautiously.
“What about them?”
“They never talk and they’re stuffed into a room by themselves. What’s going on with them and what was this tape measure all about?”
Miranda smirked slightly “They’re the most wanted people in the whole Galaxy.”
“Well, they’re Tapians and that tape measure was meant to measure the size of the universe.”
Ralph’s face turned into one of total disbelief.
“It gets better. They were sent to the centre of the galaxy to use the black hole at it’s centre to hold the end while they carried out the measuring.”
“You expect me to believe this? It’s ridiculous!” Ralph protested.
“That is the nature of the Galaxy and the Universe Ralph. All round and everywhere are things that in the cold light of logic are insane, illogical and unbelievable. You can’t tell me you really think that what goes on in the human race is sane? Or that you’re the only ones like it?”
“Hmm… no I guess.” Ralph pondered.
“Remind me before this is over to tell you about Zargonites. It’s a tale of total insanity that you won’t believe!”
“I’m already there, but you say there’s more?”
“Oh there’s lots more” Miranda smirked, arching her eyebrow.
“Where are we going?” Harry asked impatiently.
Ralph pulled out his phone and searched for their location. “Right, this is where we need to be!” Ralph put the screen in front of Harry and scrolled through the map and pointed. “There!”
“Right, we should be there in only a few minutes.”
Brian rolled his eyes as he opened the door to the black people carrier “Come on we only stopped here for a coffee and some cake! Now we have three neck rest, two blankets, one teddy bear, and I’m ten quid lighter becasue of the claw machine!”
“Don’t forget my book!” Brian’s wife Claire teased while looking through the pages as she walked.
“How could I forget?” Brian jeered.
“I don’t know darling, but you are sweet!”
“Tell that to the bank manager when the credit card bill comes in! The car is full of more junk we picked up from service stations on the way home than we actually left with!”
“Oh stop grumbling.” Clair pouted her juicy red lips and planted a kiss on his lips.
Then is started, soft at first but in less than ten second a wind came out of nowhere, blowing the couple into their car and the door shut.
“What is going on?” shouted Brian.
“Look daddy!” Came a little voice from the back of the car! “Space man!”
“What?” Brian looked up. “Oh – My – God!!”
Brian untangled himself from Claire and jumped into the driver’s seat, Hurriedly turning on the car, the engine eventually starting, Brian looked up and saw the spacecraft landing, the ramp was down and four alien looking figures were making their way down it!
“I’ve not got my seatbelt on daddy!” Came one voice, another cried “I want to see the space men!”
“Nope! We’re off!” Over-revving the engine Brian sped off, turning sharply the entire contents of the car, children, wife, dog all thrown to the side of the car as he turned sharply out of the car park. Not bothering with the exit he drove up the kerb, over the grass and through the trees, a splattering of grass and mud left in the car’s wake.
“They were in a hurry!” Harry chuckled to himself.
“You’ve blown our cover totally this time Harry!” Miranda scolded.
“What cover? We blew it ages ago!”
“No. You did!” Miranda looked at him through slitty eyes. “You look after the ship Harry and no funny business!” Harry wandered off forlornly, Gaz and Ralph stood either side of Miranda, turning she pursed he lips and let out a loud whistle. “Come on you two! You ok Gaz?”
“Hangover still!” Gaz complained nursing his head.
“Well get over it, I’m going to need you to help me find the access point and activate the station!”
Gaz merely groaned, following Miranda down the Ramp, Ralph also followed the two Tapians also followed, looking around nervously, looking at each other as if communicating but not a word was said.
“Are they telepathic? Ralph whispered to Miranda.
“Oops, did I forget to tell you?” Miranda smirked.
“What are we looking for?”
“I’m not sure” Miranda puzzled, looking around. “There should be an access panel somewhere.”
“Do you know what it looks like?”
The three of them spread out looking around the now empty car park, There was nothing to see, Ralph was looking around, although he didn’t know why. Then something caught his eye. Gaz being small had to climb onto something to see, a green CATV box. Ralph ran over to Gaz and picked him up.
“I’m going to smash you if you don’t put me down!” Gaz grated.
“Oh shut up!” Ralph pulled off the plastic green cover and threw it aside. Looking down he didn’t know what it was. But it wasn’t human.
“It’s here!” Ralph shouted out. Miranda was already behind him, making him startle.
“Why don’t you tell the whole world?” She teased. Smiling like a child who had gone to the freezer to find frozen broccoli and found ice cream instead she turned to Gaz “Right Gaz, let’s get this thing going!”
“Not so fast!” Came a voice from behind them.
To be continued…
©Simon Farnell 2018