57 HAVEN AND THREE SEVENS
Greybark had been exceptionally quiet today as Samuel, Kevin, Tamara and Alisha sat under his bows. He dropped a few big cherries on them but not like he usually did. His face was very solemn and his eyes appeared to be half closed. Tamara and Alisha both felt a sorrow emanating from him and finally had to verbally ask him why he seemed so sad today. They all waited for a bit of wisdom from the old tree and it seemed like forever to them before he finally began to speak.“It seems very dark in the world this day. I have been contemplating why this is and have come to an answer. There is a very negative energy rolling over the lands. I see it around us and wonder why it is. I have seen this in the past when the humans fight so fiercely with one another. It is happening in the south and other parts of the world. Today I see it happening to our west and it is a great sorrow that is looming.” Tamara held Alisha’s hand and spoke back to Greybark. “There are wars around the world but they are being stopped in many places. The one to our south has been going on far too long and it is in its last throws of existence, The people of this world are becoming more awake daily and the ones that make the wars are at the edge of dieing off. We have stopped many bad things in this country and there are more of us still working in this country as well as other countries around the world. What is it that makes you so sad this day Greybark when these things are at or near their end?” It took some more time before the tree spoke again.“Our brothers and sisters are in grave danger this day, there is a very bad storm in the center of this country and they are standing in its path. Life of all species is in the path of this great storm and I am afraid many will perish as time goes by. We are safe enough here but if this storm prevails we will be in grave danger also. I must go and warn the brothers and sisters outside this haven. The one that is causing the storm has something that will destroy the lands and the air and all life. I am told this by the little flyers that visit us. This human has lost his soul and spirit many years now.”
Samuel and Kevin both understood some of what Greybark just said. The Emperor was beginning to start an all out war against the Nation of Texas. They knew he had a rather large Army and lots of Armor but did not know about the stalled out war in China and how the Emperor could not get most of his Army back to the States. The also knew that Texas was a well armed Nation and all the free peoples were the backbone militia. Any war or action of the sort the Emperor took against Texas was not going to be good for either side. What Greybark said about the Emperor, of having some kind of weapon that could destroy the lands and the air and all life was alarming. They thought the nuclear options had been neutralized but that description suggested the man may still have those deadly things somewhere and would not hesitate to use them. When Michael, Susanna, Daniel and Theresa told them they had destroyed the Dulce base and freed the Aliens they all rejoiced that the old warheads had been destroyed. Samuel had to ask Greybark if he had any information of where the deadly death things were located. Greybark did not know the answer to that but gave a clue as to where they might be.“The little flyers have told me that there is a dark place under the big flying things that could lead to where these death machines are placed.” That was all he would say and dropped some cherries for them to eat.
On their way back to the Garden they stopped at the old Barn and visited with the wolves and cows. Some of the animals were off in the orchards or outside the Haven. After a good hour of visiting they walked back to the Garden. Once in the garden Samuel grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down on one of the long couches. “I think we should gather Mary and Kristyl and get Bill and Carolyne back from Paradise. Christine, Jim, Mark and Maria are still up at Lionhawk’s and I know he is still having a hard time missing Shadowself and Buster. You don’t suppose we could get him involved in this nasty business with Texas. It might give him a good lease on living again.” Kevin watched Tamara and Alisha walk toward the living quarters and said “Yeah they all went down to Paradise to visit with the folks in Paradise. I think the Kellies and the whole bunch decided to spend a good week on the beach. Still baffles me that Tamara and Alisha stayed here but seems to me that they could go there anytime they wanted to and so could we for that matter. There is something about not having Michael and Susanna and Daniel and Theresa here. Seems like we all have been gone for so long these past few years. You know Ian is a real jewel and now we get to look forward to the S’iruss coming back to earth and Sironna is so wonderful.” “Yeah well we still have some cleaning up to do, speaking of, who’s on Café duty today?” “I think Joanna and Sarah our working that today, want to go up and get some lunch?”
Tamara and Alisha walked into the living room of Samuel and Mary and sat down on the couch. “Alisha, you know this war thing is beginning around the Nation of Texas and that evil man that lives in Denver will not hesitate to use the weapon that Greybark spoke of this morning. I thought we had taken care of the things and When Michael told us that the old nukes at that Dulce place had been eliminated; I thought we were in the clear but it seems there are still some out there. Greybark has said they were in a dark place and they could be found by going under the big flying things.” Alisha shook her head and said “Greybark speaks of flying things and I think those might be the airplanes that are still flying around that take people to different places and when he said the dark place under them I was thinking of that airport outside of Denver. It has been known that there could be one of those underground bases like our parents were destroying.” Tamara felt the memories of her mission to destroy the nuclear bombs with her Father and Mother and the others with the dogs. “Yes I was with Mother and Father on some of those when I was killed. You and I should go and remove this thing that Greybark mentioned. We should go and get Alice to help us; she is just like us and is on the bus with Montgomery and Kalista. Our parents are going to enter this war between the Emperor and Texas. Michael, Susanna, Theresa and Daniel and Ian will be fighting with the Rangers. I thing Bill and Carolyne may be involved also so it is going to be up to you and I and Alice to keep the destruction of this world from happening.”
Tamara and Alisha stepped into the no-time and stepped into a time line of the future. The world was devastated. The scene was one of total destruction. They both could feel the heat of large fires and the landscape was broken and shattered. Tamara knew that there was deadly radiation in the air and as they looked a small group of people stumble along the road that was in front of them. A pack of wild dogs ran out from a building and attacked the people. There was shooting from the guns that the people had and yelping from the dogs that were hit while other dogs grabbed two small children and began to drag them off. The screaming and cacophony of crying was horrible. Tamara touched Alisha and they both stepped back into the no-time. It seemed the future time line was distorted and destruction was everywhere that they could see. Back in their room in the present time line they both shivered from the terror they had witnessed. “Is that what will happen if that evil man succeeds in using the weapons that Greybark spoke of,” Alisha asked. Tamara looked at her with pain in her eyes. “Yes that could be the outcome and we don’t know what may happen to our parents or this place but it did seem that the world was being destroyed.” “That could be what happens from a nuclear war of sorts. If that evil man uses nuclear weapons for his psychopathic gain, it will not be good for anyone. If Greybark is right, we must find this weapon or weapons and destroy them.” “What about Hava and Luun?” Tamara told her that Hava and Luun were in other parts of the world helping the people become awake and destroying the weapons of mass destruction. “Hava had told me before I was killed that I would come back through Mother Mary and take you and Alice to destroy what the Emperor had hidden. It is up to you and Alice and me to do this. It all does seem to hinge on that mad man in Denver.”
Alice had awoken this morning from a very disturbing dream. She stood on a road with Tamara and Alisha and watched a family of people being attacked by a large pack of wild dogs. The People looked sickly and their children were barefoot. The dogs and the people were fighting and two of the children were being dragged off by the dogs. The landscape in her dream was one of total devastation and what buildings she could see were blasted into rubble while cars sat in piles of twisted metal. The tires had all been burnt or melted away from the wheels. She woke suddenly and the dream faded into a misty fog. She knew that the dream was one of a future time line that yet had not happened. She ate her breakfast in silence and Lenny tried to get her to talk. She spoke to him in the mind and told him that she had to be alone. After eating she walked across the large cavern floor and out into the forest. She found her way up to the ridge where she could sit and look at the mountains to the west. The hidden Patriot base was located above the old city of Steamboat Springs in the Rocky Mountains. It was the last few days of April and there were still patches of snow on the mountain tops and here and there around the base. 2039 had rolled into existence with a very heavy snow pack on the mountains and the harsh winter had made everybody solemn. The soldiers continued to train and the snow was welcomed by them as a very hard course of training.
Sergeant Major Jack Bollard had taken his Spec Ops team and moved around the Denver area to gain Intel of the Emperor and his minions. There had been word of a large buildup of soldiers and equipment around the entire City of Denver and the Old Denver Airport. She had heard that the Emperor might be planning to invade Texas. She was not privy to the full details but in her own knowledge she knew this to be true. The insane man was actually going to try and take Texas back. Alice wondered about the people at the Haven and how they were doing with all the assignments they had to accomplish. She missed Tamara and even Alisha. Alisha was the first to die but she knew that she was in the dream healing place. Tamara had been assigned to the Northern team that was taking out the nuclear bombs that the psychopathic General had planted to destroy the west coast. Seeing her and Alisha in her dream had given her hope they were still alive. She watched the tawny colored mountain lion jump across some rocks below he and make its way up the hill side toward her perch on the ridge. She wasn’t afraid because he was a friend. She had spent many hours talking to him. He disappeared in the rocks and she heard the voice of Tamara. “This is a nice place to sit and contemplate sister.” Alice did not have to turn around to know it was Tamara but twisted around anyway and stood up. “Tamara it is so good to see you” and she jumped the boulder and hugged her sister. She and Tamara were the same age on this time plane and Alisha had also been the same age before she left this plane.
Alisha and Tamara had been with Alice in the future time line. Alice was in the different place on the now time line but they had gathered her when they moved forward from the no-time. Alice was in the dream just before she woke this morning and now they would meet in the physical time frame because it was time for them to plan their part of the coming war. Alisha had waited for Tamara to go first into the now time and after Tamara and Alice hugged each other she stepped into the now time. Alice was surprised at first and then tears welled in her eyes as she hugged Alisha. “You have come back from the dream healing place” she said. “You have decided to come and be here again. Do you have parents then?” Alisha backed up and said with a big smile “yes I have parents. Kristyl is my mother and Kevin is my father. Alice smiled big for that and said “wow that is so great and what about you Tamara are you coming back to the bus?” Tamara turned and saw the big cat sitting just a few yards away. She smiled at him and heard him speak to Alice. Alice, I see you have some companions this morning will you tell me who they are? Alice had to giggle and spoke to Jiggers. Yes Jiggers these are my two sisters. They come from the Bus also as you have been meeting those others. They have been away to other lands for quite some time. This is Tamara and this is Alisha. She touched Tamara first then Alisha. The cat jumped from his place on a boulder to the ground next to the girls and looked up at Tamara. I am happy to meet you Tamara and Alisha, Alice has seemed to be sad these past few suns and moons, will you be here for awhile? Alisha was the first to speak and said I am very glad to meet you Jiggers, That is a real nice name did Alice give that to you? Jiggers had sat back on his haunches and said yes she did she could not speak my real name and so Jiggers is close enough. Well Jiggers to tell you the truth, we have come to ask Alice to help us. There is a very bad man that intends to destroy the lands and I am afraid these lands will be destroyed with all the others if we don’t stop him. Jiggers looked almost worried if one could call it that from a mountain Lion.
The big cat jumped up onto another boulder and said If you take Alice away, who will I come and visit here? I am all by myself too but if this bad man is going to destroy this land then who will any of us have. Alice was not quite sure what her sisters were going to do but she suspected it had something to do with the dream she was in this morning. She levitated up to the lion’s perch on the boulder and put her face close to his. I will only be gone for awhile Jiggers and then I will come back. You must find a safe place and don’t tell me you are alone, I see you with that fine looking female some days and you still won’t bring her to meet me. When I get back I would like you to bring her along so we can meet her. You may be heading for a family of your own you know. Ha, you are very wise for such a young human so I will do just that when you return. Alice hugged the big cat and Jiggers turned and jumped from the boulder and slowly walked away through the brush and trees. The Three 7 year old sisters locked their arms together and walked toward the cavern where they would talk with Montgomery and Kalista and the others and tell them they had a mission that was important. Tamara meant to tell the commanders about the coming war with the Texans and that it was time to prepare for the battle to come around Denver. This would be the two or three pronged attack on the Emperor as he was preparing to do with Texas. The three 7’s stepped into the no-time and back out into the haven.