It all happened a few hours ago, while they were awaiting Admiral Nathan’s instructions. Sadie was in her office, writing a report while having her usual cup of coffee. After taking a long pause while deciding which words she would use, the bell of her door sounded.
“Come” said the captain. When the door opened, her first officer entered her room: “Ah Bast, good morning! What can I do you?”
“You woke in a good mood today Sadie,” said the commander.
“What can I say? Mauro just told me he got hired,” said the Sadie while beaming. “Please, sit.”
“Really? Where?” asked Bast after she sat.
“A company called… if memory serves me well… Rian Enterprises.”
“Oh, I have heard of them!” the First Officer opened her eyes. “Your boyfriend is really smart. They hire a handful of people each year.”
“He spends too much time in front of a computer, typing on a keyboard code,” instead of sounding happy, Sadie’s voice had some sadness in it. But she had to think positive; it was thanks to his love of computers that her boyfriend got a job he wanted. “But let’s change the topic. How can I help you?” said the captain after sitting in a sofa and crossing her legs.
Bast’s expression changed immediately, upsetting Sadie a little. “Admiral Nathans recently contacted us.”
Just like her friend, the smile on Sadie’s face disappeared in an instant. Almost immediately, her green eyes showed the great disdain she felt towards her boss.
“Strange that he didn’t contact me directly” grunted the captain.
“He just sent our next orders. The admiral said we must head to Kirian IX. Allegedly, a Linox was found on the surface and killed some guards. What is surprising is that the Linox surrendered and turned itself in to the authorities,” Sadie raised her eyebrows. “Thankfully, we have some officers stationed on the colony, else… they might have killed the machine. The correct term should be destroyed. Anyways, we must investigate what happened, and try to return the Linox to its region.”
Sadie blinked when she heard those words. There was something amiss “I wonder why is there a Linox in Urlania.”
Bast simply shrugged. “Beats me. But we must investigate this. And avoid something we could all regret in the future.”
“All right. Commander Cortez,” Sadie used the Hololog to call her second officer. Soon, the man’s face appeared on the holographic screen, “plot a course to Kirian IX.”
Sadie placed her right hand on her left shoulder and started rubbing it.
“Something wrong?” asked Bast after seeing the pained expression.
“Didn’t sleep well,” grunted Sadie a few seconds later. “It will be gone after a while.”
“If it continues, visit Doctor Lim,” Bast got up. “Good luck writing your report. I need to decide which Ensign I will promote to the bridge. Man, they are so annoying. Trying to flatter me instead of proving me with their performance why they deserve the promotion.”
“Yeah… Good luck with that,” Sadie was glad she didn’t have to do that anymore.
“Thanks for the encouragement, captain,” Bast winked and then left the room, leaving Sadie alone.
And that was the reason the Minya was going to Kirian IX. Since Bast told her captain what happened, Sadie has been investigating sightings of Linoxes in Urlania, but she hasn’t obtained the information she wanted. The few times they have appeared, it has always been in delegations to meet with the authorities of the alliance. But, situations like this were unheard of. After shutting down the holographic screen, Sadie kept staring the visor. The curiosity was killing her; she wanted to know what that Linox was plotting.
After a while, one of the elevators doors opened, letting Bast enter the bridge. She immediately went to her seat.
“Already picked one?” asked Sadie after her friend sat and opened a holographic screen.
“Almost. Only two candidates left… Perhaps I should use the holographic room to recreate an arena and force them fight to the death for the position,” if Bast expected Sadie to laugh, she was wrong. The silent stare made the first officer shiver a little. “You know ma’am, you don’t need to take everything so seriously; that was a joke.”
“Well, I’m not laughing,” added Sadie coldly. “Arenas? That’s barbaric. Only our ancestors would think of something stupid as that.”
“Come on, cut me some slack. I have been quite stressed… Hang on, you were a first officer too,” Sadie rolled her eyes. At least she remembered that. “How did you deal with them when you were the XO of the Lexington?”
“Easy. Stop pestering me, and I will take you into consideration,” replied Sadie in a soft voice. Then she scratched her head. “Those boot-lickers stopped flattening me almost immediately,” then she sighed and looked her friend. “I have always said you are too soft, Bast. You must be more tough, more assertive. Remember, they are our companions, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be strict with them. As their superiors, we must be the ones to guide them, so they become better people…”
“I know, but…. I worry if I may hurt their feelings.”
“Meh, who cares? Honesty is more important than sugarcoating your words.”
Bast laughed, although a little awkward. “Never expected that from you. In fact, I respect you more now, ma’am. Especially since you are one of the best diplomats we have in the human alliance.”
“Captain, we are arriving at our destination,” informed Ensign Jackson. Sadie nodded and then told her friend they could continue talking later. A few seconds later, the screen showed the planet they were going to land.
“We are being hailed by President Nuvia,” said Lieutenant Patel.
“Oh! Never expected that. Open the communication channel, Ms. Patel,” In front of Sadie, a transparent humanoid figure appeared. In a few seconds, the figure became a female human. Just like she expected, the leader of Kirian IX wasn’t pleased to see them.
“I’m Captain Sadie Carter of the UHA Minya. We request permission to dock in one of your starports.”
“Have you come to destroy the Linox?” asked the woman coldly.
“That depends of what we uncover in our investigations.”
The woman raised her eyebrows and her face turned a little pale. She didn’t reply immediately. After a while, she pressed some buttons on her holographic screen.
“You have been cleared to land on dock four. Captain Carter, wait for me on the platform after you arrive,” the figure of President Nuvia disappeared from the screen. Sadie immediately ordered Paredes to follow the coordinates they were given. The man nodded and then started steering the ship toward its destination.
“Do you need me to prepare a team, captain?” asked a male voice. Sadie turned to her left to see the Chief of Security, Lieutenant Anatoly Petrovski.
“Thanks for the offer Lieutenant, but not this time. I understand the Linox is imprisoned. And, personally, I believe the team presence might hamper my dialogue with it.”
“I’m also surprised you gave Anatoly that position so soon, Sadie,” whispered Bast after Anatoly returned to his position. “Don’t you think it was too premature?”
The only answer the first officer got was silence. Sadie was tired of being criticized about her decision to promote Anatoly to Chief of Security. She knew why she did it, and while she agreed Anatoly was young, he at least had the rank to take the position.
“And then you complain about Mina Cloud being the captain of the Amiens.”
When Sadie heard that name, her face darkened. She immediately glared Bast, yet the first officer didn’t flinch back. “What? Angry I was being honest with you, ma’am?
“Don’t mention that name again, commander,” grunted the captain.
“If only you understood the hypocrisy,” the two didn’t continue. Deep down, Sadie knew her friend was right, but she didn’t want to admit it. But comparing Anatoly to Cloud… Just thinking that made Sadie’s blood boil. That was insulting. Anatoly didn’t need to rely on an Admiral to be promoted to captain. Cloud cheated; she used her father’s relationship to have Coyote promoter her to captain. She took post as a commanding officer after graduating from the Gunras Military Academy. That was preposterous! An insult to all the captains that had to work hard to get their own starships, or the ones who have failed. Worst of all, she received the Amiens, the first Centaur N-J7 ship on the entire fleet.
“Being the daughter of a hero really has its perks,” muttered Sadie.
“Really captain, you should look yourself in a mirror.”
“What do you mean?” Bast simply rolled her eyes.
Since she was distracted, Sadie didn’t notice they finally entered the violet planet. On the screen the clouds disappeared and were replaced by the surface. Being in the far end of the system, Kirian IX was the same as Ryuu V: a frozen planet, with tundras, icebergs, frozen mountains… By now Sadie knew she would need a coat after she left her ship.
One would think why there were human colonies on such a godforsaken planet, yet the answer was obvious: there were many natural resources inside the planet, and the humans wanted to extract them. Sadie understood it was hard to get permission from the Galactic Senate, but after months of intense lobbying, both chambers of the Senate approved the motion to let humans establish colonies inside the planet. Yet, there were some conditions, like having some Serakiam observe them to make sure they wouldn’t damage the planet ecosystem.
After a while, they soon saw two big towers, which the ship recognized immediately as the two starports of Kirian IX. Below them, on a crater, was built the capital of Kirian IX.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to live here,” commented Ensign Jackson with apprehension in his voice. Most of the crews in the bridge shared the sentiment.
On the surface, many buildings—not as tall as the towers—could be seen. The streets were thin, yet there were vehicles moving through them, carrying metallic boxes with them.
Mr. Paredes approached the ship to one of the docks of the teal structure. When they were close to the metallic platform, four docking clamps started extending to attach themselves to the ship. When they touched the Minya, a slight vibration could be felt. Then a jetbridge attached itself to the ship’s entrance.
“Docking complete,” informed Jackson. Sadie nodded.
“Another happy journey,” she concluded. Then she got up from her seat. “Ms. Patel, can you accompany me? You may be needed if the Linox doesn’t understand me.”
She slightly grimaced, but it was for milliseconds. Then she got up. “Of course, ma’am!”
Another person also got up from his seat, surprising Sadie a little. “Captain, can I accompany you, too?”
“Sure, but why so interested, ensign?”
Suddenly, his face turned red. “I wish… to… to… learn more about this planet.”
“I see. Ok, as long as you follow orders, you can come too.”
Despite still blushing, Jackson’s face turned bright. A smile of excitement soon was drawn on his face. The three then went to one of the elevators. “Bast, the bridge is yours.”
Minutes later, the team, despite wearing coats, gloves and even scarfs, could feel the cold temperatures piercing their bodies. Patel was shivering.
“Can’t you handle well low temperatures, lieutenant?” asked Sadie when she realized Patel’s movement.
“No, ma’am. I absolutely hate the cold,” replied the young woman while still trembling.
“If you want, you can return to the ship. Jackson and I…”
“No, I will be you, captain.”
The doors of the platform opened. From there, five humans appeared, with President Nuvia in the middle. The other four were armed and were also wearing combat armor. Sadie slightly frowned.
“Are you expecting uninvited guests, president?” asked Sadie when she approached the woman. The captain raised her arm to shook hers, but the leader of Kirian IX didn’t take it.
“Just to be cautious. We don’t know if there are more Linox planning to attack us.”
“The ship’s systems didn’t detect any starship nearby,” commented Jackson.
The president didn’t look so sure. After observing the sky and her surroundings for a while, she told Sadie and the others to accompany them. After the doors closed, the temperature increased a little, but it was still low. At least Patel wasn’t shivering.
“So, the thing is, we can’t allow the Linox to leave here alive,” started Nuvia while they were walking towards the elevator. “It killed at least four guards and one civilian. We demand justice.”
“I can understand your anger,” said Sadie, trying to sound emphatic. But, deep down, she couldn’t feel that until she learned what transpired there. “But we can’t take a decision until we talk to the accused and the witnesses.”
“Why would you do that?” demanded the woman. Sadie was taken aback by her reaction. The elevator doors opened, and the president frowned. “Sorry. It’s just… Nevermind.”
That was enough for Sadie to understand why Nuvia was acting that way. She wasn’t the only one; the guards were also staring Sadie and the others coldly.
While the elevator was going down, Sadie tried to learn more, but the president refused to answer. “Wait until you can start your investigation”, she said. After that, Sadie desisted. She felt strange; in those years she has been captain and traveled to many planets and talked with many delegations of those planets, she has never met, until now, someone who has treated them so coldly; almost like if they were enemies. She could accept it if Kirian IX wasn’t a member of the alliance, but they were supposed to be allies. They really must hate we forbade them to destroy the Linox, thought Sadie after they got out of the elevator.
Originally, Sadie thought they would take a vehicle and go to where the Linox was imprisoned, but to their surprise, the prisoner was in the starport. The authorities decided to build a prison in the basement of the building. When the elevator doors opened, they saw a security post. More guards were stationed there. To pass to the next room, they had to be checked by the jailkeepers. The process was fast since Sadie nor her team carried any weapon with them.
After being cleared to pass, President Nuvia escorted them to the place where the Linox was jailed. After passing the only door in the room, they walked through a hall where cells could be seen. Sadie was surprised to see most of them having prisoners inside. Locked behind the energy bars, most of the prisoners were sitting in the only bench of their cell, looking depressed. Sadie didn’t like the fact most of them were too thin… too pale. Neither of them reacted when they passed through. Sadie also noticed the conditions of each cell were… deplorable, to say the least. Completely dirty, with only one sink that made Sadie disgusted and one bench. The walls and the floor were stone only, and they lacked any light source inside. Worst was many of the cells had at least three prisoners inside. Sadie wanted to complain, but Patel touched her captain’s shoulder. With just a look from her, the captain desisted. The authorities of the planet were already disgruntled by their presence. Mentioning that would add more fuel to the fire. That said, President Nuvia must have read Sadie’s mind.
“Captain, I know what you are thinking. For your own sake, I recommend you to not investigate this matter,” Sadie immediately was alert. “Capiche?”
“I don’t take well when I’m being threatened, president,” replied Sadie coldly. Any trace of kindness disappeared immediately.
“Take it as a warning.”
At the end of the passage, they passed another door to enter the cell where the Linox was being imprisoned. Unlike the other ones, there were guards stationed there too. In a small place, also being locked behind energy bars, sat a machine, that Sadie recognized immediately. The first thought that crossed Sadie’s mind was that, while the Linox was clearly humanoid, it didn’t resemble a human at all. Its feet lacked toes, its hands had four fingers, some circuits could be seen in its arms and what was supposed to be the belly; its eyes were big and blue, and its face was expressionless. The machine kind of freaked Sadie a little for some reason.
“Here is your dear Linox,” said President Nuvia coldly. The machine raised his head to see its new guests. “Do your investigations, and fast. I want justice to be served soon. Corporal Chung,” one man stationed in the prison approached her, “aid the captain in whatever she needs. If needed, contact me.”
“Yes, Ms. President.”
“Hope you don’t get blinded by your desire to coexist with the other species, Carter,” said the woman slowly. Then she left the room with her personal guard. Before she left, Sadie turned to see the auburn-haired woman. She was a little taller than Sadie, but not so much. In those minutes, she made herself clear she disagreed with the presence of the Minya and her crew. It has been months since Sadie felt so much hostility from someone while they were talking. Hopefully, after they left Kirian IX, she would never meet her again.
When the door closed, Sadie approached the bars that separated her from the Linox.
“Human, “Sadie was surprised the machine could speak in a language she could understand well. “Female. Height: five feet and three point seven inches. Weight…”
Sadie immediately interrupted the mechanical voice. In a way it reminded her of the Minya’s computer.
“Yeah, that’s more than enough. I am Captain Sadie Carter of the UHA Minya. My companions are Lieutenant Jazmin Patel and Ensign Leonard Jackson,” both nodded slightly when Sadie presented them. “And you are…?”
“This unit doesn’t have a name,” replied the Linox with the same monotonous voice.
“Come on, I don’t believe it. You must have a name.”
“No, we don’t. How can we help you?”
Sadie frowned, but decided to not insist on that. There were more pressing matters than learn how the Linox was called. Sadie scratched her head, wondering if that mission would be harder than what she thought originally. Unlike President Nuvia who clearly hated Sadie, the captain couldn’t sense anything coming from the Linox. Hate, kindness, respect… Nothing. To make matters worse, the expressionless face made it hard for Sadie to read its thoughts. Dealing with Linoxes won’t be easy.
“You are being accused for killing people from this planet. Is that true?” asked Patel, who decided to help her captain.
“Yes, it is true. We killed four people: three male and one female. The female was a teenager.”
“See, I don’t understand why you three are wasting your time,” said Corporal Chung with a smug face. “The Linox admitted it killed. That is more than enough to sentence it.”
Indeed, the Linox recognized he murdered people. Yet, Sadie couldn’t condemn it so swiftly. She needed to learn why it did that. Patel shared the same sentiment, since she asked the Linox why it did that.
“We were defending ourselves,” it replied slowly. “We were caught trying to enter one of the mines. When we tried to surrender to the authorities, they opened fire without asking us our intentions. Sadly, while we tried to defend ourselves, one of the energy blasts impacted the vehicle that was transporting the human teenager. We deeply regret her loss.”
“Lies,” grunted Chung. Like his leader, the corporal’s black eyes were full of hatred towards the machine. “We have proof you attacked us as soon as we spotted you.”
“The camera feeds will be quite helpful to uncover what happened here,” commented Jackson.
Normally, that would be true. But Sadie couldn’t discard the option that the videos were tampered to incriminate the Linox. Considering how they hated its presence, they would do whatever they could to destroy it.
“Ah, the officers finally arrived,” the prison doors opened, letting a serakiam enter the room. Sadie raised her eyebrows when the new visitor approached her. “Finally! I have been waiting for this.”
“Doctor Naoli, why are you here?” demanded Chung. Like with the Linox, he couldn’t hide the disdain in his voice. “We told you…”
“Aw, shut up Yeon-seok,” replied the serakiam. Then her blue hands took Sadie’s. “Captain Sadie Carter, please, promise me nothing bad will happen to JK.”
“Doctor Rakia’Naoli refers to us as JK since this unit’s number is JK-29,” explained the Linox.
“What can you tell me, doctor?” asked Sadie.
“I won’t deny JK killed the three guards and the teenager, but it was because he was trying defend himself. JK himself admitted he feels sorry for the losses, and if he could, he would help their families, especially the teenager’s.”
Sadie then eyed the Linox. The machine couldn’t show its feelings, even if it had them. Yet, somehow, the captain felt JK lamented its actions. But, the word of JK and Naoli couldn’t protect the Linox. Sadie needed more proof before she could reach a conclusion and give her verdict.
“Where do you suggest we could start our investigations?” asked Sadie directly to the serakiam doctor. This, obviously, angered Corporal Chung.
“Captain, I was given the order to help you in your investigation,” said the man loudly.
“Of course, corporal; in fact, your presence will be needed. But I believe Doctor Naoli will be helpful to the investigation.”
The man simply rolled his eyes but didn’t say anything.
“Thank you, captain!” Naoli was so happy that her good spirits were contagious. Sadie couldn’t help but feel glad seeing the serakiam so happy. Now that she observed her well, the captain wondered how old she was. Serakiam usually lived like two hundred to three hundred years, that was why they aged at a slower pace compared to humans or other races. Yet, her face already wrinkles, and despite she was beaming, Sadie could see she was tired. She was also thin, although most of the people she has seen in Kirian IX, including President Nuvia, were also slim, almost like they were famished. Considering the planet where they lived, that didn’t surprise Sadie too much. Ignoring the fact that their skin colors were different, and that instead of hair the serakiam had tentacles on the back of their heads, they were very similar to the humans. Another important fact about them was that they were mostly females; according to statistics, one of every one hundred serakiam was male.
The first step to uncover the truth was to watch the video feed. After promising the Linox she would do everything to learn what happened, Sadie and her companions accompanied Chung and Doctor Naoli to a partially illuminated room with many traditional screens. Sadie was surprised to see the cameras weren’t meant to be used only on the starport, but also the entire city, especially the mines. Naoli confirmed Sadie’s suspicions that they had multiple security posts in the capital. This, obviously, angered the man.
“You should learn to keep your mouth shut, doctor,” yelled Chung.
Naoli ignored him and then approached one of the tables. She then activated the holographic screen to show Sadie and the others the feeds.
“Activate feed one,” ordered the doctor to the computer.
On the screen, the image of checkpoint could be seen. Many guards were stationed there, making sure no one could pass through the energy barrier. While observing it, Sadie managed to see a figure moving using the shadows. She immediately recognized it as the Linox. JK was moving slowly, managing to avoid detection. Sadie placed her hand on her chin, observing everything carefully. When it approached the wall, the machine placed its hands forward and then a small light could be seen.
“It tried to weaken the structure of the wall,” explained Chung.
And that was how it got caught. While trying to protect himself from the cold, a man took out a cigar from his pocket and then started walking towards JK. The Linox noticed it and stopped immediately. That wasn’t enough though; since it didn’t move to attract attention to itself, it didn’t move. When the man turned on the lighter, the fire eliminated the shadows, letting the guard learn of JK’s presence. For a few seconds the sentry stood where he was, staring the Linox, before he tried to yell and alert of its presence. Yet, before he could scream, JK punched him. Sadie blinked twice before her mind could accept what she saw. Why did it do that? For obvious reason, when the other guards saw their companion flying, they reacted immediately. And a firefight started. Before some of them could react, energy blasts impacted three guards, killing them immediately.
“But this doesn’t explain the teenager,” muttered Sadie.
“Activate feed two.”
The checkpoint was replaced by a view with some buildings; many of them looked to be houses. The door of the middle house opened, and a girl with heavy clothes appeared. Three black vehicles could be seen outside her house, and like at least ten or twenty men and women, with black armor suits, were outside. Suddenly, two of them grabbed the girl’s arms and forced her to enter one of the vehicles, while the others activated their weapons. While it was still distant, Sadie could hear gunshots. The guards took point behind the vehicles or walls or even the houses while screaming to the residents that they shouldn’t leave their homes. Meanwhile, the vehicle the girl got in turned on, and it started to move. Before it could leave, some green energy blasts impacted it, causing the vehicle to crash on a wall. Fire erupted from the black vehicle, and then smoke covered it. While the guards were still firing towards JK, some of them ran to the vehicle. Sadie could see through the smoke that one person got out, but it wasn’t the girl. It was obvious what happened.
“That was the president’s daughter, Kira,” said Corporal Chung.
Those words explained why President Nuvia wanted the Linox dead. Everything was clear.
“Oh… sorry,” said Jackson a little saddened.
Sadie realized that her ensign was also young. What was he thinking right now, knowing that a teenager lost her life because of crossed fire?
“This certainly complicates everything,” muttered Patel while also staring the screen with a worried expression.
“Doctor, can I ask you something?” Naoli nodded and then Sadie approached her. “I know this is rude, but I need to confirm it: were the feeds tampered?” “asked the captain in a whisper.
“As far as I’m aware, no. But if you need to, I can give you the feeds so you can check them in your ship.”
“Not needed. I trust your word,” Sadie then stared the screen. “Did JK confirm everything shown here happened?”
“Yes,” replied Chung. The officer was staring the captain coldly. “I see you don’t want to accept the facts. Biased?”
“Of course not. But I want to hear why it did that.”
“That can be arranged,” the officer told them to follow him. Again, they returned to the room where JK was imprisoned. The robot was still sitting in the only bench of its cell. When he detected the presence of the captain, it didn’t raise its head.
“How can we help you, Captain Carter?”
“We saw the video feeds,” she said calmly. “We wish to know why you were trying to enter the mines. And why you attacked the guard instead of surrendering yourself.
“We can’t answer those questions,” Sadie couldn’t hide her surprise when the robot decided to not cooperate.
“Don’t waste your time,” interjected Chung. The other guards agreed with him. “Not even the Serakiam has convinced the Linox to confess why it did that.”
Sadie gave Chung an icy stare, making him flinch. Then her eyes returned to the Linox.
“JK, be intelligent. Do you want to lose… your life? If you don’t cooperate…”
“This unit doesn’t have a life, Captain Carter. If this unit is destroyed, its memories won’t be lost. They will go to the Source. The other Linoxes will be able to relive what this unit has experienced.
Sadie frowned and closed her right hand in a fist. Why it didn’t want to reveal its intentions? What was inside the mine that the Linox wanted? She wanted to ask Doctor Naoli what was there, but most likely she didn’t know. And if she asked Chang, the corporal wouldn’t reply. Her only option was President Nuvia, but her chances were still low. Else, she would have to find another method.
The prison door opened, and the person who Sadie was thinking about appeared with her guard and one young man who looked to be the same age as Jackson.
“Carter, this boy was the one who caught the Linox. I leave him here, so you can ask him what happened,” the woman immediately turned around to leave. Sadie didn’t give her the chance, though.
“I wish to know why the Linox tried to enter the mine.”
The president stopped walking, as her personal guard. Without looking the captain, she simply shrugged.
“No idea. Ask the machine.”
“Do you have something inside that attracted the Linox?”
“Minerals, I suppose,” and again she started walking without letting Sadie continue. Again, the captain didn’t let her leave the room.
“When will the Linox be executed?
This time, the president turned her head slightly. Sadie could see again that hate in her eyes.
“In two days,” she replied bluntly. “If I were you, I would hurry if you want to save your dear machine,” and this time, she finally left the room. Soon, the sound of her heels disappeared. Meanwhile, Sadie didn’t move; she was wondering what she could do.
“Captain, I recommend we return to the ship,” suggested Patel in a low voice.
Sadie agreed with her. She felt right now in an impasse. Her only option was return to the Minya to obtain more information. She also needed to contact the fleet to report what has happened. Sadie then turned to the Serakiam.
“Doctor Naoli, I’ll do everything I can to help JK.”
“Take your time. Meanwhile, I’ll be on the planet. Let me give you my contact information,” Sadie nodded and then she registered Naoli on her Hololog.
“Thank you,” now Sadie approached the young man. “Before I return, I wish to talk to you.”
An hour later, while Sadie, Patel and Jackson were walking back to the Minya, the captain wasn’t so sure she could keep her word. Everything appeared that the Linox had to be punished for what it did, but despite being a machine, Sadie was against its execution. There had to be another way to condemn it, yet not destroy it.
Written by J.L. Sarlat
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