Captivated (Night Sky - Pentalogy - Book Three)

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Chapter Forty-Four: Turned Away

“It’s getting late,” Gio said, looking at his watch. “We should let the rest of the family know about your vision. We will have a family meeting tomorrow morning.” He said as he stood from the couch and pulled his wife up with him.

“Okay, Daddy,” Gresha said as she got to her feet.

“Goodnight, baby girl,” Gwyneth said as she kissed her daughter on the cheek.

“Night, Mama. Night, Daddy.”

Gio kissed his daughter on the cheek then followed his wife out the back door. Pilar said his goodnights then left through the front door.

Gresha looked at Leih. “I can’t get the vision out of my head.”

“I know something that can get your mind off it.” He said with a grin as he lifted her into his arms.

She giggled as he carried her to their bed.

For the next three hours, she did forget all about the horrible vision. But as they laid in each other’s arms, the vision invaded her mind, once again.

When the twins cried around at three in the morning, Gresha and Leih went to the nursery to settle them. Gresha fed them one at a time as Leih held the other. Once they were both fed, Gresha sat in the rocking chair as she held both her babies.

Leih leaned against the door frame and watched his wife with their children. He wished he could see what she saw. Maybe he could help her block the thoughts. When she started to doze, he laid the twins gently into their crib and smiled as their hands automatically reached for each other. He turned to his wife who was already asleep and smiled as he lifted her into his arms and carried her to bed.

~*~

“That’s crazy,” Stalson said as he looked at Leih and Gresha.

“We knew this was going to happen when we had done the broadcast.” Gio pointed out.

“But still, innocent…” Stalson stopped talking when he saw the look on Gresha’s face. It had taken her a lot to tell them her vision. He could see on her face that she has replayed the vision over and over in her mind.

“At least she got the vision and avoided it,” Claireisa said with a frown.

“What do we do now?” Masorien asked as he looked at his brother.

“I guess we stay up here and wait for them to contact us,” Gio said as he watched his family.

“We should also send messages to those on Earth to come home,” Stalson said with a nod.

“Right.” Gio nodded as he picked up a piece of paper. “Besides Treiahna, there are about a dozen Sobriehtons around the planet.”

“Send a message to each of them to come home?” Stalson asked as he looked at his uncle.

“Sounds about right,” Gio said with a nod.

“I’ll get on that,” Masorien said as he took the piece of paper from his brother.

“What do we do if we’re not contacted?” Leih asked as he looked at his uncle.

Gio shrugged. “If we’re not contacted, then we continue as normal and try not to let anyone see us if we do go down to Earth.”

“I hate this,” Gresha whispered.

“We all do,” Gwyneth said as she looked at her daughter.

“I can’t believe humans are so petty,” Gretchen said as she stared at her family. How could they do such a horrible thing?

“We have known that for a long time. How do you think it was so easy for our people to be manipulated towards Gwyneth and the girls?” Gio asked as he looked across the room at his sister-in-law.

“Well, I say if they want to be left alone, we pack up and go,” Masorien said as he nodded to his family.

“Agreed,” Tenyar said as he watched his Kryer.

“I agree,” Tim said as he watched the others in the room. “As much as I hate to think of humans like that, what Gretta… Gresha saw, proves that they are more than likely going to deny your existence. And our government won’t stop trying to dissect you, and anyone who has come in contact.”

“Agreed,” Garrett said with a nod.

“So glad to see you all on our side,” Gio said as he smiled at them.

“You guys are family. Family always comes before anything else.” Garrett said with a nod to his brother-in-law.

“Agreed,” Gwyneth said as she cuddled against her husband.

“So, I guess, we wait,” Leih said with a nod.

They spent the rest of the morning figuring out their next moves and sending messages down to Earth for their people to return to the Station. They all looked up at the door when the bell rang.

Tristaine came out of a room and answered the door. A tech from the communications room nodded to Tristaine as he moved past him and into the suite.

“Sire, there are several incoming calls from Earth.”

Gio looked at the tech than at his family. “Looks like it has begun.” He said as he got to his feet.

“I’ll go with you,” Leih said as he stood.

“So, will I,” Masorien said as he stood and left the suite.

“Don’t think I’m going to sit this out,” Stalson said as he jumped to his feet.

“You guys don’t need to come,” Gio said as he looked at Stalson.

“I think we all need to be there,” Gresha said as she got to her feet.

“I’m with the Kryer,” Tenyar said as he stood.

“A High Princess as the Kryer. Double the power.” Gio said as he shook his head.

“What does that mean?” Gresha asked as she looked at her father.

“The Kryer outranks everything but the High King,” Tenyar whispered in her ear. “Being the High Princess gives you access to what the Kryer did not.”

“Oh,” Gresha whispered with a broad smile on her face.

“Don’t abuse that power,” Gio said with a laugh, having heard what Tenyar had told her.

“I wouldn’t dream of it.” She said as she moved over to her father and smiled up at him, then gave him her best puppy dog eyes. “Daddy.”

“Lord,” Gio said with a laugh, then pulled his daughter to him and hugged her close. “Don’t get in the way.” He whispered in her ear.

“I won’t.” She said with a grin.

“Okay, so we’re all going,” Gwyneth said as she got to her feet.

“Who’s watching the twins?” Leih asked as he looked at his wife.

“They’ll come with,” Gresha said as she moved towards the nursery. “You all head there, I’ll catch up with you.”

Leih nodded to the rest of the family as he followed his wife to the nursery.

Gio led his family to the communications room. The techs had large monitors set up around the room for them to communicate with the leaders of Earth. Several monitors were already on, with men and women looking at them.

“I am Gio, High King of Sobrieh,” Gio said with a nod to the room.

The faces on the many monitors started introducing themselves. Presidents, kings, queens…

“So, I take it you found your daughter since we haven’t heard any more from you.” One of them asked as they watched the group in the room on the Space Station.

“We found her,” Gio said with a nod. “Thanks to many humans, we rescued her from the American government.

“I knew America would be the cause of the first Galaxy war.” The president of China mumbled.

“I had no knowledge of what they were doing there. Secret Government project doesn’t mean I know of it. I put a stop to it as soon as I heard. What happened after, was not in my control.” The US president assured them.

“We do not want a war, any more then you do,” Gio said as he watched the humans on the screens.

“We actually want peace,” Gwyneth said as she moved to stand next to her husband. “I am Gwyneth, High Queen of Sobrieh, by marriage of course. I am an Earthling, born and raised on Earth.”

“And you are married to this alien?” The president of South Africa asked as he watched Gwyneth.

“I am. But to them, we are the aliens.” Gwyneth said with a soft laugh.

“Indeed.” One of the others grumbled.

“We called this meeting for a reason.” The Prime Minister of Australia barked.

“Right, we don’t know how we feel about aliens hovering over our planet, ready to strike at any second.” The president of Russia said as he watched the aliens carefully.

“We are not here to strike,” Gio assured them. “If that was the case, we would have done it two thousand years ago, before your planet even thought about evolving.”

“Lies. Who says they didn’t just show up in the last twenty years waiting for the moment to strike?” The king of Saudi Arabia bellowed.

“Enough. I want to hear what they have to say.” The queen of England said as she nodded to Gio. “Continue.”

“Thank you,” Gio said as he nodded to her. “As I was saying. We have been over your planet for over two thousand years, undetected. We have been protecting and helping in your development. We mean no harm to your planet or your race.”

“How have you been protecting and helping in our development?” The king of Bhutan asked, intrigued.

“We heal those who are sick and dying and send them back to Earth healthier than we found them. And we whisper into your inventor’s ears about this or that. Do you really think your invention of the television, or the cell phone, is your own?” Gio asked as he watched the many faces staring at him.

“How can this be?” One of them asked as they all looked at each other than the aliens.

Gresha and Leih walked into the room, the babies asleep in the contraption strapped to Gresha’s front.

“Who is this?” The Sultan of Oman asked as Gresha and Leih moved to stand behind Gio and Gwyneth.

“This is our daughter,” Gio said as he motioned for Gresha to stand beside him. “The one we asked for help retrieving.”

Gresha stood beside her father and smiled at the many faces looking back at her.

“And these are her children. The ones she was pregnant with, whom we almost lost, because the US government found it their right to dissect my daughter and her unborn children.” Gio finished as he looked back at the monitors. “And yet, I have not started a war.”

“He does have a point there.” The Prime Minister of Australia said as he tried to see the children in question.

“We still feel that they are invading our space.” The US president said, reminding the others.

“But if not for you and your secret Government project, we would not know about the aliens “invading our space” as you put it.” The queen of England said as she shook her head.

“We voted, and we agreed.” The US president said as he reminded them of their decisions.

“We voted, but we did not all agree.” The Prime Minister of Australia said as he watched the aliens closely.

“You were outvoted.” The US president said, annoyed.

“Get on with it.” The queen of England said with a slight growl.

“Who was voted to be the speaker?” The president of China asked.

“US was the only one to volunteer.” The Prime Minister of Australia said as he rolled his eyes and shook his head.

“We decided that we don’t need or want aliens hovering in our space. We thank you for all you have done if what you say is true. But it is time to let us lead our world the way we feel fit.” The US president said as he nodded to Gio.

“You’re making a mistake.” Gwyneth cried out.

“We’re not, I can assure you.” The US president said as he turned to look at her.

“But you are,” Gresha said with a frown. “My father’s people have kept our planet going forward. If not for them, we would still be riding horses and throwing our waste out the window, onto the streets.”

“I’m sorry child, but it is what we have agreed to.” The president of China said as he watched her.

“Has no one asked why we can all understand each other?” Pilar asked as he looked around at his family.

“They have not,” Tenyar said with a laugh.

“Odd that they haven’t noticed,” Tim said as he looked from the monitors to Pilar.

“Alien invasion can have that effect on people,” Masorien said with a laugh.

“We would appreciate it if you would vacate our space and leave us to as you put it, evolve on our own.” The US president said as he watched the aliens, hoping he wasn’t starting the first war of the Galaxies.

“It is your choice,” Gio said as he nodded to them.

“Even if it’s a bad one,” Gwyneth said as she watched her people make the worst mistake of their lives.

“Do understand that not all of us agree to this. And we are grateful for all that you have done.” The queen of England said as she nodded to them.

“Then this is it?” Gresha asked as she looked from the screens to her parents.

“This is it.” The US president answered.

“I wasn’t talking to you,” Gresha said, not looking at the president.

The queen of England, and Prime Minister of Australia, both laughed.

“I’m afraid so,” Gio said as he frowned at his daughter.

“But there has to be more,” Gresha said as she looked from her parents back to the screens. “Don’t you all see that without my father’s people, Earth will die?”

“That is a bit over the top.” The US president said as he shook his head at the girl.

“No, it’s not,” Gresha said as she looked at each monitor then turned to her parents. “We’ve gotta at least save those who want to be saved.” She begged.

“We’re fine.” The president of Finland assured her.

“You’re not, and one day you will see that.” Gresha said as she looked at the man.

“She has a great idea, Father,” Pilar said as he stepped forward.

“I like it,” Tenyar said with a grin.

“I’ll go for anything that will save some of our race,” Gretchen said as she watched her niece.

“Please, Daddy,” Gresha begged as she watched her father’s face.

Gio sighed. “It is a good idea.” He agreed as he looked at the monitors. “You may want us to leave, but I will bet not everyone agrees. We will send a ship to each capital. Those who would like to come with us may board the ship and leave Earth behind.”

“Thank you, Daddy.” Gresha breathed as she gave her father a peck on the cheek.

“We will not allow…”

“Speak for yourself.” The queen of England said as she interrupted the US president. “I may not leave this planet, but I will not stop anyone who wishes to go. Send your ships.” She said with a nod before the monitor went black.

“Same.”

Others said as their screens went blank.

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