— 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.


Escape through the wormhole

Part I

— Preparing to enter the wormhole. Shields down!

— Already? We’re not safe yet; let’s wait until the very last moment to turn the shields down. We might be followed!

Isamu was trying to find the exact location of the wormhole on the 3D screen placed in front of him. Cora was fixating the radar to catch any signs of enemy ship and prepare for defense in case anyone got too close.

— Let’s not loose our concentration. Remember, the goal was zero deaths, Cora¬†reminded herself and the others.

— Agree. I located the wormhole; if everything goes fine we’ll enter in exactly 2 minutes. We can deactivate the shields the latest in exactly 90 seconds and counting down. We have to be very precise otherwise we will miss our only chance of entering, said Isamu.

— The wormhole is active only 10 minutes; if we miss our entry we might as well blow ourselves up. There is no going back. Everyone knows about us, we’re all over the news and a huge martial fleet is waiting for us down there, said Nina pointing towards the blue earth globe displayed on the screen.

There was deep silence in the cabin.

— Everyone else on track? asked Isamu.

— Confirmed, the passenger cargos are right behind us, responded Tenoch.

— Bloody hell, we almost did it! In exactly one minute we’re going to reach the wormhole!

Isamu was excited and so where the others. Although things didn’t go exactly as planned, because they didn’t manage to flee the earth undetected, the rest was on track. No further unpleasant surprises were expected, since nobody else besides the crew could possibly know about the existence of the wormhole leading to Agorasus and how to locate it. The ship was speeding through the deep black space and the earth was now only a little blue sphere in the right corner of the fighter’s screen, soon to be swallowed by the darkness.