Issona reached into this guards mind and knew his name. He spoke in the loud language and asked ISssstona why he was carrying the human military weapon. ISssstona held the weapon up and said “I am guarding three dissenters in this locker.” Issona was saddened by this response. He knew that Ishoona, ISHoda and Sironna were inside. “What is it that they have dissented about?” “Ha, you old S’mon, you keep to yourself so much you do not know what is happening to the rest of us. We have grown tired of being slaves to the Kireals and as I have told you, we will rectify that this day. The three in here would tell the Kireals of our plans and we would be killed so they must be kept locked up.” Issona was even more saddened by this S’mon’s complete loss of spiritual being. “ISssstona, why have you forsaken our ways, we do not create war and we do not kill for power. The three females you have locked up are of our species and yet you treat them as if you are one of the Kireal. You must let them go and this business of killing the Kireals must stop. We will be set free by the humans or surface dwellers as you call them these days and it will be soon.”
ISssstona felt the tingling in his mind and knew almost immediately that the old S’mon was using the mind lock on him. He yelled at the S’mon to stop and get out of his head and pulled the trigger on the military weapon. The shot rang out and the old S’mon fell backward violently. ISssstona watched as the wise one fell to the ground and walked to stand over him. “ISonda told me that you would try to use your mind powers on me and he also told me to kill you. He will be the new wise one and control the colony from now on. I am to take your body to the lake and feed the creatures that live in there.” He raised the weapon to shoot it once more but the rock hit him in the forehead and knocked him backwards. He dropped the weapon and fell to his back.
The team came around the corner in the tunnel and could barely see the light that seemed to be at least a hundred feet in front of them. The echo of the gun shot still rang in the tunnel. Daniel was the first to run forward and as he approached the light he could see an alien holding a rifle and beginning to shot the other one lying on the ground. He quickly picked up a rock and let loose. His aim was deadly and the rock hit the one standing in the forehead. The being flipped backward and the rifle dropped from his hands. Daniel hurried over and knelt beside Issona. The little alien was not moving but Daniel could see that he was breathing. He had been shot through the chest and the blood looked oddly enough, blue in color. The others from the team ran up and Theresa went to her knees quickly. She pulled a scarf from her pack and began to dab the blood. “Issona, can you hear me?” She heard in her mind the alien talking to her. Yes dear one, I can hear you but I am not long for remaining in this place. You must set the three in the locked up place free. What has happened to ISssstona? He was going to kill me and take me to the lake. I am afraid I will not be able to show you and your companions where the green mist tunnel is. It is very deadly and you will have to be protected somehow from the mist. It dissolves us if we enter it. There is a broken gate in the locked place. It has been defunct since the Kireals became the rulers down here. Issona choked and spat up some blue fluid. Theresa raised his head into her lap and waited for him to breath easy. Finally he stopped spitting up the fluid and spoke in a broken voice out loud. “The…thr…ee in the locked pla….ce……can still speak…..in t…he…..mind. Sironna,” he coughed some more before continuing. ‘Sironna knows the way to the green mist tunnel, S…he ccca…n show you. The other two, y…ou…must leeet….them go to our colony, Tttttttttttthhhhheeeyyy, willlll know……wh…at….to do.” Issona quit talking and his head fell to the side. Theresa held him for a moment and then he righted his head and spoke his last words and they were crystal clear with no strain. “You must help the colony get back to our galaxy, our home. Hava and Luun have told me that you could and would. There are those that have our ships.” He stopped and his eyes closed. It took a few seconds for Theresa to realize that the little alien was not breathing. Tears welled up in her eyes as she held the body and the team could hear her softly crying.
Daniel knelt beside the alien he had dispatched with the rock, to see if it was breathing. Blue blood was running from the wound in the forehead and Daniel could find no sign of breathing. Michael picked up the old military M16 rifle and shook his head. Daniel searched the being and found some old style keys. They all looked at each other and Susanna took the keys and moved to the steel door. She placed a key in it and twisted. They all heard the latch click and Susanna pushed the door open. The light flooded in and they saw the three aliens huddled on the far wall of the cave/room. Susanna was the first to take the assault on her mind. She grabbed her head with her hands and let out a scream. Michael and Daniel both moved to her side and then they both grabbed their heads as a pain boiled inside. Theresa was not affected as she was close to Issona. Ian made a quick move and spoke into the minds of the three females. You must not hurt these people we are here to help you and the one that was guarding you is dead and so is your wise one. Please stop your attack on my family. His mind thought was so strong that the three females immediately stopped and as one focused their mind thought at Ian. He stood against their attack and moved into the room. He walked to the three and emanated pure love at them. They ceased the attack and looked at him with wide obsidian eyes. He was not as tall as the other humans but he was beyond the pain that the three had projected at the others. Ian bent down in front of the three that were huddled together and began to explain what was happening.
Sironna was the wisest and oldest of the three and as the small human explained to them she began to understand how Issona had made contact and how these humans had come to free them. Sironna and the other two had been told by Issona about the coming time of being able to go home. He had told them about the humans who would come into the caverns and send them all, even the Kireals and Grouth back to their home worlds. The other colonists in the rookeries had lost their wills and in so doing had lost the spiritual abilities to talk in the mind. ISonda had become very angry and began to turn the others against Issona. Sironna knew as well as the other two and Issona that he wanted to be the wise master/teacher and planned to kill Issona to get him out of the way. When they had been locked up she knew that ISonda was making his move to attack the Kireals. Issona was in the blue lake cavern as he always seemed to be these days and they could not communicate due to a blocking from the substance in the lake. They had to be close to him in there to talk.
When ISssstona gathered them, they knew what was on his mind. They could not react fast enough before he locked them up. The little room had something in it that would not let them use the mind tools on him and he told them that their fate would be determined by ISonda when he returned from gaining control over the other species. When the door had been opened, they thought immediately that ISonda had returned and sought to keep him from harming them. The emptiness they felt of Issona’s life force flooded their beings with such a blow that they struck out at the being that had opened the door, the others that came were also attacked and then the bright lit human stood between them and the other intruders. He spoke with the wisdom of Issona. At first they turned there mind thoughts toward him but the thoughts came back to them and they promptly stopped their attack. The human emanated love to them and told them what was happening and who they were that had come. The bright human held out his hand and she took it and he lifted her to her feet. Ishoona and ISHoda stood next to her and they all walked out of the room into the bigger cavern.
Theresa was still sitting and holding Issona when Ian brought the three female aliens from the room. Sironna was the first to move to the side of Issona. She kneeled down and touched the Old S’mon on the forehead. The other two stood together and stared with wide eyes at the humans. Susanna felt the speaking in her mind and spoke back. Do not be afraid, we are here to help you and the others. We have come to make some very bad things go away and help you to get home to your planet. Ishoona heard the human speak to her and ISHoda and said, how is it that you can speak to us in the mind? We were never told that humans could speak this way. Susanna looked at the others as they stood around for a moment. Theresa spoke then and touched Sironna as she spoke. We have been taught how to open our minds and open the doors that have been locked so that we can use the ways that were locked and hidden from us long ago. The human species is waking up from along slumber of slavery and ignorance. We are just a few yet there is many more waking up on this planet and we are fighting a war to regain our spirituality back. We have begun to heal this world. Susanna my sister speaks rightly about why we have come to this place. You need to be healed just as we do. We have been instructed in ways that can send you home from this prison you have been stuck in for so long. We must remove some deadly materials that the humans left here along time ago. This is our first mission. Issona was to take us to the place where the materials our kept but he has had a misfortune and can no longer do this. He did tell me that Sironna could show us the way and that you two must find your colony and begin to prepare them for the journey home.
Sironna was wide eyed as were the other two females. Where is it you must be shown? Theresa had to think for a moment and then said Issona called it the green mist tunnel and said it is located on the upper most level of the Kireals. Sironna, Ishoona and ISHoda visibly flinched. Sironna moved to the other two and they all three hugged each other. Sironna spoke into the mind of Theresa with much trepidation. That place is off limits to us and it can kill us if we get to close. The Kireal supreme leader uses it to punish any one that speaks against him and his rule. Everyone could feel the fear emanating from the three female aliens. Theresa stood up and looked directly at the aliens. She spoke in the loud speech and said “Sironna, we have come to remove that deadly poison and the things that cause it. We cannot do it without your help. We mean to free you and your colony from this place and its long awaited cleansing. Issona told me that you were the only one that could help and you were the wisest of your colony. He also told me to tell you that you are now the Teacher/master and the leader of the colony. We will not let any harm come to you or anyone in your colony for that matter, but you must help us to find the green mist tunnel so we can take care of it.”
Sironna had learned the human language from Issona over the years but only talked with him in the blue lake cavern when they were alone. Issona wanted her to be able to communicate with the humans when they came. She looked at her two companions and clearly spoke to them in the mind. No one in the team could hear her conversation this time. Ishoona and ISHoda both looked at the humans then turned and began to walk toward the way they all had come into the tunnel at the beginning. Sironna waited for the both of them to move away and spoke softly in the human language to Theresa. “Ishoona and ISHoda are going to the old rookeries to inform the colony what has transpired here today. They will ask the rookeries to prepare for our departure from here. ISonda has taken 7 others with him to fight the Kireals. He has met with 10 of the Grouth and they now are approaching the main levels of the Kireals. They plan to attack the Kireals that are guarding the hole that leads to the surface. ISonda is a fool; he does not know that one of the Grouth that is with them has betrayed them to the Kireals. I read their minds before ISonda locked us up. They are walking into a trap and will be killed.” Michael and Daniel both said “Then we must hurry.” Daniel spun around and took Theresa’s arm and began to walk after the two female aliens that had disappeared into the dimness of the tunnel. Michael held out his hand to Sironna and Susanna and said “we are out of time and must hurry. Issona asked us to help keep them all from being killed. We have said we would help so shall we go then?” They all began to walk hurriedly back toward the main cavern. Susanna was looking around and asked, “where has Ian got off to, wasn’t he here just a few minutes ago?”