Chapter Thirty-Six: Dissection
“I agree.” Leih said as he looked at his cousin. “I think it’s time Earth knows we’re here.”
“What if they fire at us?” Justaine asked, remembering his station had had that problem the first time they had broadcast their existence in their space.
“The Tysonians are a bit more advanced than Earthlings,” Gio said as he looked around the room. “Earth doesn’t have that power, yet.”
“So, let’s introduce ourselves before they do,” Leih said as he watched his uncle.
“I already said that it sounded like a good idea.” Gwyneth reminded her husband.
“So, you had,” Gio said as he smiled at his wife.
“If it will help us get the princess back, I’m all for it,” Tenyar said as he moved in closer to the group.
“I agree,” Masorien said with a nod.
“We don’t know what their reaction will be,” Gio said as he shook his head. “What if they don’t want us here and ask us to leave? They won’t survive into the future, without us.”
“If it comes to that, I would rather leave this planet with our daughter safe in our arms, then stay here and help an ungrateful planet,” Gwyneth said as she looked at her husband.
Gio laughed as he pulled her against him. “Spoken like a true Sobriehton.”
“So, are we doing this?” Leih asked as he watched his family.
“It seems like the best option at the moment,” Pilar said with a nod.
Gio looked down at his wife as she looked up at him and nodded.
“This may mean we will have to leave Earth to fend for itself.” He said as he looked into her eyes. “This is your home planet.”
Gwyneth shook her head. “My home is with you and our children. Let’s show the world we are here and get our daughter back.”
Gio grinned as he looked at the rest of his family. “Get everything ready, we’re broadcasting in thirty minutes.”
“Yes,” Psyanne said excitedly, happy they have taken her advice.
“Can we broadcast to the whole planet?” Gio asked as he approached the techs.
“We can, Sire.” One of them said with a nod.
“We have been preparing for this for hundreds of years.” One of the other techs said with a smile.
“You knew this day would come?” Gio asked, shocked.
“We had a feeling.” One of the others said with a nod. “We didn’t think the kidnapping of a royal would be the cause of it, but we knew this day would come.”
“Excellent,” Masorien said as he slapped his palm on one of the monitors. “You have smart techs.”
“They’re not mine,” Gio said as he shook his head and looked at Leih.
“His father is the king,” Masorien said as he followed his brother’s eyes.
“But the people love him,” Gio said with a grin. “He’s going to be a wonderful ruler when his day comes.”
“That he is, Brother, that he is,” Masorien said as he grinned at the young prince. “And he’s going to be a wonderful father to those grandchildren of yours.”
“That he is,” Gio said with a nod. “Now we just need to get them and their mother back up here where they belong.”
“We’re ready, Sire.” One of the techs announced.
“Who’s going on air?” Gio asked as he looked around the room.
“I think you and the queen should,” Psyanne said as she watched them. “She’s your daughter. Always looks best when the parents plead for their child.”
“She’s a smart one, she is,” Masorien said with a grin. “She’s right, you and Gwyneth should do it.”
“Ready, Tiey Vail?” Gio asked as he looked at his wife.
She took a deep breath. “Ready as I’ll ever be.”
“This is perfect,” Tamhas said as he watched them. “An Earthling and a Sobriehton. Show them that we’re not here to concur or kill. We’re here to love and protect.”
“Hear that, Tiey Vail? We’re here to love and protect.” Gio said as he grinned down at his wife.
“I heard.” She said with a laugh. “But I’m not fully human anymore.”
“They don’t need to know that,” Tamhas said as he shook his head. “The less they know about that, the better.”
“Right. We don’t want them trying to test the theory of living forever by killing us for our blood.” Masorien said with a nod.
“Right,” Gwyneth said as she nodded to her brother-in-law.
“Okay, in five, four, three, two, one…” The tech pointed at the king to start talking.
Down on planet Earth, billions of TVs tuned in to the broadcast of an alien race claiming to have been hovering above their planet, protecting them for thousands of years.
“Please, our daughter has done nothing to our planet but love it as much as I have. I was born and raised on Earth, but my love is for my husband and children. Please don’t let the US government dissect our little girl, and the children she carries. They’re all innocent, the only crime they committed was being associated with aliens, who have been protecting our race for over two thousand years.”
“My wife tells the truth. We are only here to protect and help. We have given you so many ideas and cured so many of your people. We have nothing but respect for your planet and its people. We have tried many times to show that we are here, but we are attacked every time. And now they have one of us and are preparing to dissect her, just because she’s different. Please, help us to rescue her.”
The TVs went back to the normal programs, but no one was watching. Some started to panic, others were intrigued. Some even claimed they had been kidnapped by the aliens once before and they probed them and dissected them.
No one believed them if they were dissected, how are they still alive?
Gresha laid unconscious in a bed in a white room as the people in the underground bunker listened to the broadcast. The doctor opened the door to the half alien’s room with an evil smile on his face.
“So, you are half-alien half-human, are you? Let’s see what makes you tick.” He said as he snapped his fingers and men came into the room and lifted the half-alien out of the bed and onto a table, then wheeled her into the dissecting room.
The doctor pulled out a scalpel with a grin on his face. “Let’s begin, shall we?” He said as he moved the scalpel towards the alien’s stomach.
Time stood still and Gresha looked at herself on the table with the crazy doctor about to slice into her. She shivered, then turned to find her sister staring at her.
“Gretta!” She cried.
“You need to hurry,” Gretta said as she hugged her sister.
“What can I do to stop this?” Gresha asked as she cried.
“We need to get your Snoggle to save you.”
“But I don’t know where he is.” Gresha cried out.
“We must find him. Your minds are linked, see if you can sense him.”
Gresha closed her eyes and concentrated. Her eyes popped open as she stared at her sister.
“I saw him.” She whispered.
Gresha and Gretta ran through walls and doors down halls and around every bend imaginable. They found a large room that looked to be a storage room and saw the cage that held Matrios and ran to it. Gresha fell to her knees and cried out when she found it empty.
“What do we do now?” She cried.
“They must have moved him when they moved you.”
“For dissecting,” Gresha whispered.
“Think Sister, where is he now?”
Gresha closed her eyes and concentrated. Her eyes popped open and she ran through a wall, Gretta close behind her. They found him lying on a table in a room, waiting for the doctor to be finished with her, to dissect him. He looked pretty beat up and Gresha whimpered as she ran to the table.
“What have they done to you?” She cried as she reached out to him. She touched his nose and sent his essence out of his body.
“Matrios!” She cried as she collapsed against her Snoggle. “I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It’s all my fault.”
Matrios laid his head on her shoulder and closed his eyes.
“But I was the one who needed to go back to that field. I was the one who got us caught. I couldn’t even use my shield to protect us, I was so scared I would…” She stopped talking as she cried against her Snoggle.
‘Don’t do this to yourself.’
“We’ve got to go, Sister,” Gretta said, she hated to break up this reunion.
“Right,” Gresha said as she wiped her eyes and stepping back from her Snoggle.
“You need to break out of your cage somehow and come rescue me before they kill me and the babies.” She said as she looked into his big brown eyes.
‘I will try.’
“He says he will try,” Gresha said as she looked at her sister.
“He has to do more than try,” Gretta said as she watched them. “We can only go back in time this once. If you fail to get to her, we’re through.”
‘How am I supposed to get out of the cage without being electrocuted?’
“He wants to know how he can get out of the cage without it frying him again.”
“They will turn it off when they come for you, to bring you here. They will think you’re still out. When we reset time, you will be awake, but they won’t know. You can escape when they open the door to drag you out.” Gretta informed them.
“Sounds like a plan,” Gresha said with a smile.
‘Where are you located?’
“He needs to know where I am,” Gresha said as she looked at her sister.
“He can sniff you out,” Gretta said as she nodded to the beast.
‘It will be faster if I already know where you are.’
“He has a point,” Gresha said with a nod.
“I can’t hear his point, Sister,” Gretta said as she watched them.
“Oh, right. He said that it would be faster if he knew exactly where I am.”
“I guess he’s right,” Gretta said with a nod. “Let’s get back to your room, then we’ll reset time from there.”
“Good idea,” Gresha said with a nod.
“We need to be fast though; time is already trying to reset itself,” Gretta said as she watched the clock try to tick off the seconds.
“Come on, we have a fast way to do this,” Gresha said with a grin as she pulled herself onto Matrios’ back.
Gretta grinned as she climbed onto the beast behind her sister. Matrios took off through the walls so fast, both women had to hold on tight. Gresha told him when to turn and where to go. They got back to the room where the doctor was already dissecting her, within moments, rather than minutes. Matrios grumbled as the girls jumped off his back.
She heard the panic in his voice and hugged his large chest.
“Let’s go,” Gretta said as she got ready to open the rip in time.
Gresha pulled away from Matrios and moved over to help her sister. When the rip was formed, the three of them climbed inside and watched the time speed backward, like a VHS being rewound. They noticed people watching TV in the other room.
Gresha could swear she saw her parents on the screen. No, that couldn’t be.
“Okay, this is it,” Gretta said as time slowed. “If this works, I’ll see you next time you freeze time. If not, I’ll see you sooner in the afterlife.”
Gresha smiled at her sister as she took her hand into hers and squeezed it. “I will see you in my dreams.”
“That would be a nice change,” Gretta said with a laugh.
Matrios woke from the deep sleep they had put him under and opened his eyes. He didn’t move a muscle as he listened to the men surrounding his cage. Now is the time for his escape, he can’t fail his princess.
One of the men turned off the electric current to the cage as two others went for the door. Matrios jumped to his feet and bit the bars, breaking them into pieces.
The men hollered as they jumped back away from the cage.
Matrios jumped out of the cage and took the man closest to him down. He made sure not to tear anything vital as he bit down onto the man’s arm. They were only following their commander, after all.
He turned and growled at the other two, blood dripping from his lips. They backed away from him, as he ran past them and into the hall. He heard the men behind him run to their friend and help him to his feet. As he went down one of the halls leading to his princess, sirens began to go off.
The General paced his office with his phone against his ear.
“Yes, Mr. President.” He grumbled into the phone.
That alien broadcast had everyone on high alert. If they killed the alien brat, war was sure to proceed.
“Yes, Mr. President.” He said with a sigh as he stopped pacing. The president wants no part in the start of the first war of the Galaxy, he wanted the half-alien released at once. “It’s as good as done.” He said, then hung up the phone and looked at the clock. The half alien wasn’t due to be dissected for another hour. He pressed the button for his secretary.
“Have the doctor call me.”
“Sir, I got a message from one of the men who was assigned to the doctor. He said the doctor has started the dissection early.”
“Damn him!” He hollered as he slammed the phone down and made his way to the lowest of their base, where the dissecting took place.
He found the doctor in the dissection room, the door locked. He moved to the window that looked into the room, then pounded on the glass. The doctor had already pressed the scalpel into the woman’s abdomen.
“Stop!” He hollered before the doctor could do any more damage. “The president has ordered us to stop all dissections and let the prisoners go!”
The doctor paused for a moment then looked at the glass window. “Sorry, Sir.” He said with a grin. “I can’t hear you.” He said then turned and went back to slicing the woman open.
“Damn it!” The General hollered as he pounded on the glass. “I order you to stop!”
“Still can’t hear you!” The doctor said over his shoulder.
The General watched as the doctor cut into the woman and pulled a silver ball from her stomach. The doctor held it up to the light and wiped the blood from its surface.
“Amazing.” The doctor said as he tapped the metal.
The general heard a growl and turned to find the large dog barreling down the hall towards him.
“In there.” He said as he backed away and pointed to the locked door.
The beast turned, and head-butted the door, the General stared as the door flew into the room. The doctor turned and screamed as the beast jumped on top of him.
The General moved back to the window and watched as the beast tore the screaming doctor to shreds, then quickly backed away and made his way to the elevator and up to his office.
He told his Secretary to get out while she could and ran from the base.