— Close your eyes. Everyone! I will be the only witness of this attack and I take full blame.

Isamu pressed the button and the ship shattered as it released a huge ball of whitish fire in the direction of the army fighter. It seemed an eternity until the missile reached the enemy target.

In Cora’s mind’s eyes the whole story rolled out again in slow motion from the beginning to the end. She remembered how Isamu contacted her for the first time at the governor’s party, how he brought her to the Axes where she met the others and learned about the upcoming world war and their plan to evade with as many people as they could gather to a planet called Agorasus with an atmosphere similar to the earth’s. The planet was covered only by bare earth and stones, but beneath there was water and hence life. So they had developed an elaborated plan on how to grow vegetation again, create marshals and lagoons and bring animals, insects and everything that was needed to recreate the earth’s ecosystem.

At the beginning she thought they were a bunch of lunatics until they brought her to their hidden laboratories and she met all the underground scientists who had been working on this elaborate escape plan since over three decades. By the time she got to see the 5 future generation passenger cargos they had build to transport the fugitives and the fighter jet to conduct the action she was convinced. The situation was beyond bad on earth. The evidence they offered her was more than shattering. The 5 ephors were planning to take on the power by force and impose a military controlled dictatorship on the whole planet. The wars instigated by this manoeuvre were going to completely destroy the humanity together with the entire planet earth.

She decided to flee with them, to betray the Cluster and all the people that had raised her, educated her and turned her into what she was: a Caireen, a sacred teacher in the Cluster, the school for highly intelligent children that were molded there to serve the entire humanity with their fertile brains. The physical and mental qualities she had acquired during her education as a highly intelligent child could not even be grasped by most of the people. Yet, the Axis group had managed to surprise her, to win her over on their side and secure her help. They had done this together with Nina, her best friend, the doctor who turned out to be an undercover spy in the Cluster.