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Extinction Level Alpha

By Emanuel Shajhef Quinton All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Scifi

Extinction Level Alpha

It was the first Class M planet they had encountered since Katrune 9.  Jordan shook his head and leaned back into his custom fitted pilot seat. 

“Katrune 9.  What a horror story.” He said more to himself rather than his copilot.

“What was that,” said Benton, as he scanned the planet for sentient life forms.

“I was just thinking about Katrune 9.  What a horror story.  Who would have thought that the dominant sentient life forms were Felines.”

“Well, it’s not like the scanner can pick up on telepathic enslavement.  I was just as surprised as you were to find out that homo-sapiens were a subservient class.” 

“The universe is filled with surprises; Katrune 9 was the first planet to have sentient Felines.  It was a horror story once they caught on to who we really were.”

“We should have destroyed their planet; it’s only a matter of time before they create the technology to hunt down our species.”

“That’s not our call to make.  We are to observe report and recruit.”

“There is an unknown space craft entering the planet’s atmosphere.  It is far too advanced to be indigenous, and it’s not one of ours.”

“Track it; we need to make contact before they do.  The fate of the Universe depends on it.”

“Yes sir… damn, I lost them.  They landed somewhere in the northern hemisphere just outside that major populated area.”

“We’re going in…”

“Sir Protocol dictates…”

“Damn protocol, we can’t take the chance that they will make a deal better than ours.  We can’t afford another Katrune 9.”

Benton sighed.  “Yes sir.  My scans indicate that there are a significant amount of Canine life forms as well as Homo-sapiens on this planet.  There are also felines, living with the homo-sapiens but they seem to actually be decorative.  The canines go wherever the Homo-sapiens go and they seem to treat the Canines like royalty.”

“Then they must indeed be the more intelligent life forms.  Translation pod is active and transmogrifier charged.  Wish me luck Benton, I’m going in.”

He sat on a bench holding a complex looking device and pointing it randomly at the people that passed by.  He checked the readings, his eyes narrowed.  Whatever it was he was looking for, he was not finding it.  As he continued his odd behavior a large golden retriever with blue eyes and magnificent honey gold fur sat next to him.

“Nice day we’re having here, don’t you think.”  The dog said.

The man didn’t bat an eye and kept scanning the people with his device as he said.  “Not bad at all.”

“So, who’s the top dog around here?” asked the dog nonchalantly.

“Top dog?” responded the man.  “Do you mean which hair less ape is in charge?”

“Huh?  No.  I mean which canine is the leader of your people.”

The man stopped scanning and looked intently at the golden retriever.  “My people, you mean the hair-less apes?”

“Yes, yes… now you understand.  Wow, it’s no wonder you’re a subservient class.”

The man tilted his head.  “Subservient, no I believe you are quite mistaken.  My research shows that the hair-less apes are the dominant species.”

“Your research… wait, are you not a hair-less ape, I mean Homo-sapient?”

“Indeed, and I deduce that you are not of the Kingdom Animalia; phylum chordata, class mammalia, order carnivora, family canidae, genus canis, species canis lupus, subspecies canis lupus familiaris.”

“Oh dear,”

“Oh dear indeed,”

“Well, guess this dog disguise is useless now.”  He pressed a button on his collar and morphed back into a creature that was nearly indistinguishable from a human being.

“Interesting,” The man pressed a button on his watch and transformed into a creature that was nearly indistinguishable from a golden retriever. 

“Damn,” said the captain.  “This shit is about to get super real.”


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