Chapter 47 – Mission

Evening comes quickly and I discover, as I do at the end of every day, that it is a relief to sit down after completing strenuous work in the fields. If I wanted to, I could identify each muscle that is sore in my assumed body. I could examine it, understand how I stressed it […]

Chapter 46 – Session

Ever since coming back from my mission on Tericlune I have withdrawn, holding back as much as possible from interacting with the other scouts. Realizing  now how this interaction could help me, I walk over to a handful of them sitting at the table sharing stories. When there is a break in their conversation, I ask, […]

Chapter 45 – Mission

Nemel’s small plot of turned earth yields a mix of plants, some I’m familiar with and others I’m not. Seeing him among the rows of carefully planted and tended edibles, I can see him for who he is inside. Once he sees me, he waves me over. No matter how often I visit him lately, […]

Chapter 44 – Mission

“When you leave, I want to go with you,” Dar-el states with determination. I stop mid-stride and stare at her, but she never turns to look at me as she continues along the path. “Why do you think I’m leaving?” I ask, projecting the question across the distance between us. It stops Dar-el’s progress, but […]

Chapter 43 – Mission

Based on initial and subsequent follow-up observations, it is apparent that Caysas mate for life. Due to childbirth perhaps and other possible unknowns, the longevity of the females is shorter than the males, leaving most of the males to age alone. In some cases, a daughter, sister or close relative will take in the aging […]

Chapter 42 – Session

In the first scenario the Nosram hit the Caysas’ outcropping with a sonic wave so powerful that the entire formation is flattened instantaneously. The Nosram know well enough from my reports to hold off on this attack until between trades. They know nothing of the small pockets of Caysas that live elsewhere. The Nosram know that […]

Chapter 41 – Mission

“This is the one I’m working on right now — it’s like the one over here,” Nemel declares as he runs over to the wall pointing at one of his designs. For only a moment he looks the part of an excited child. “But,” he adds, “I changed the colors around.” I nod as he returns […]

Chapter 40 – Session

The genocide of all of the tribes is difficult to watch. What makes it even more difficult is that I cannot alter my facial expression to reflect my distress. Based on all of the subjects that we’ve taken, tested and studied, the Nosram have created poisonous strains that are released in food or water supplies […]

Chapter 39 – Mission

“I’ll be right there,” Nemel yells from somewhere within the cave. Nemel and I are to be accepted as part of the council today. After this, we will formally be considered Caysa males. The ceremony, from what I gather, involves eating of the Caysatoil meat. The initial staining will mark us for all to see. […]

Chapter 38 – Mission

I circle around the various tribes, falling back into my role of observer. Dar-el is busy with food preparation and Nemel has disappeared again. Anything I learn now will be from watching and listening. Though I haven’t been introduced, from a distance I can see members of the other tribes watching me. Some of them […]