74 DOORWAY’S TO A DEAD DIMENSION
Kevin and Kristyl sat in the big office of President Sam Houston, looking at the sky through the big windows. The time on the chronometer read 0900 hours and the day was May 11th. Kevin and Kristyl both were expecting Michael, Susanna, Daniel, Theresa and Samuel and Mary to show up from the West Texas battles. They had taken a day to rest and catch up on the family at the Haven. The sky was gray and dark over the city of Houston and the big storm coming in from the Gulf had completely covered Southeastern Texas with high winds and rain. Sam was anxious to see the others and knew they all had good INTEL of the Western borders. He and his commanders had heard of the failed attempts at the I-40 and Farwell. Of Course Sam had visited Farwell by Kevin and Kristyl and had even given citizenship to a platoon of soldiers that were sent to Dallas to prepare for the coming battle there. The fort that was located further south and called the Snake fort was still a bit of a mystery at the moment but he was sure that Michael and the others could tell them what had happened. Major Leroux had contacted him and told him what had transpired around the Mentone area and how General Sanchez had lost his entire command. Most of his armor and other machines were still burning in various places and his troops had either been killed or deserted. The border was secure along the bottom of New Mexico. Oscar did not know what had happened to General Sanchez but there was an abandoned chopper sitting next to his Head Quarters. Sam knew he would be filled in from the Haven group when they arrived and sure enough all 6 of them walked through his door.
After greeting everyone, Sam called Kathleen Davenport and asked her to send for Colonel Steven Western, Major General Jacob Farmer and General Henry Potter. They were his main men in charge of the Texas National Guard and his air force. The little toad in Denver did not know that Sam still had a small air force and had at least 10 of the A10 war hawks plus around 5 of the C130 battle planes. They had hidden them away when they took over Texas and were still under cover. Sam knew he would have to use them soon against those two Generals that were to his north and east. He wanted to hear the INTEL from the Haven folk and he wanted his Generals to hear it also. Samuel and Mary were the first to speak up about their adventures against the Emperor’s minions. They told about the skirmish at the I-40 fort and how it was a major failure to even get into Texas, Sam mentioned how the fort was under a siege and was expected to surrender before too long. The Farwell incident was known and the highlights were gathered. None of them had known about the tank and hummer that tried to penetrate to the south and were destroyed by the Civilian Militia folks.
Michael spoke next and was joined by Susanna, Daniel and Theresa about the snake fort and its demise. Three of the Rangers helped us and we destroyed the fort without any bloodshed. Sam wanted to know how that was accomplished because he would rather see that happen than any more killing. Theresa and Susanna explained to him and his generals what they had done and how they accomplished it and finally told them that the snake fort didn’t exist anymore. The ground is back to natural land now and not a sign remains that the fort ever existed. “Oh and by the way there is a good bunch of Rangers now guarding that Panhandle border.” Sam shook his head and said “yes and we seem to be getting more of the Emperor’s soldiers wanting to join Texas these days.” Major General Jacob Farmer spoke up and said “so what can you tell us of Sanchez and his prize battle force. We know he wanted that fort back and would do anything to get it. Major Leroux’s report was sketchy and I know he will give a full report when things are cleaned up. By the way Sam, I am promoting Oscar to a full bird colonel.” “Good Jacob, he deserves that.” Daniel told about the 180 devastation to the first force the General sent and how it was taken out mostly by the squad of troops and the civilian militia. “You know Sam, the good folks of Texas are your true warriors and do fight fiercely even to the death to keep this country free and safe. Michael and I only took out one of the Generals choppers while all the rest of those people took out that entire force that was sent against them. I don’t think that General or any of his minions fully understand the People’s will to fight for their freedoms.” “Yes Daniel, I do believe that is going to be the Emperor’s downfall before this is over. That little mad man is so full of his own ego he completely ignores the people’s will to live.”
Mary had to giggle with Theresa and Susanna at this moment. Sam looked at the three women and smiled. He knew they had played a deeper role in this skirmish and wondered what they may have done to men and machines. “So tell me ladies, what mischief did you cook up for the General’s taste?” Kevin and Kristyl knew what could be done because they could do the same but they wanted to hear also and were both smiling as they sat next to their sisters and brothers. Mary and Theresa both smiled and Theresa let Mary tell the stories. Mary asked for another drink of Juice and said “Well Sam, and gentlemen, we sort of let a number of those men experience some history at different times. The squads that the General let loose on Texas mostly came to a bad ending for them. The first one that was encountered was by a small group of Texas Rangers from up north. Captain Mica Isazi and his men had come into Texas by way of gathering INTEL from that base at Carlsbad. One of his men was attacked by a small squad that floated that reservoir and found the horses. Theresa, Susanna and I were with Nancy Alexander and Rosa Henshaw up at the Red Bluff Lake when Captain Isazi and his men tried to sneak up on us in the cavern. We caught them and then heard the shooting so Rosa and Warren went to fetch the horses and Iver. Come to find out, a 6 man squad from the Base were trying to kill Iver and got shot up them selves. That was the first team.
“The second team came in from the east and north and came down the canyon. They wound up killing themselves which was unfortunate for them but we managed to gain INTEL about another team that was moving on top toward the little town called Red Bluff.” Mary stopped and took a sip of her juice. She looked at Theresa and there seemed to be a communication between them. Theresa picked up the talk. “You see gentlemen that squad of men intended to murder everyone in Red Bluff when they met up with the team that killed themselves in the canyon. That other team that had died previous was supposed to meet them also. Mary and I had an Idea where no more would get killed so we created a mirror of that town and then looked at the future. We found a toy that was created of the very town called Red Bluff and it was a holographic of history. It seems the history lessons in the future are taught through the use of toys if you will.” She stopped for a minute and took a sip of her rich coffee. “So we let those men walk into the town and gather in a café. They were so easy and misinformed. We sent them into the first holographic toy of the future and left them to deal with it.”
Sam had a look of wonder on his face while his generals and Colonel looked astounded and skeptical at the same time. Colonel Steven Western was the most skeptical and said “you are telling us that you can send people into the future and places such as you described? This sounds almost preposterous. Suppose you tell us what really happened to those men?” The Haven folks kept a straight face although each one was ready to laugh at the poor Colonel. They knew Theresa was going to show this man a truth. Sam knew what they were capable of and he kept his mouth shut. Theresa sat her coffee down on the table and stood up. She walked around the table and held out her hand to the Colonel. “Come Colonel I will show you something.” Steven Western thought the woman was going to take him outside to see something. He reached out to take her hand and found himself standing on a surface that looked like water. His amazement at the surface was incredulous. He bent down and touched it and knew that it was some sort of glass. He stood up and looked around. The night was dark but the light from what looked like a boat dock spread out across the fake glass lake. “You see that town Colonel?” The woman’s voice made him jump and he spun around to see Theresa standing close to him. “That is what could be called Red Bluff but it is inside this holograph. The men we are talking about are sitting inside a café at this moment and soon will be looking for a way out of here. They will be turned off by a little boy that is watching this game and controlling it to some degree. Steven was still being skeptical when a group of 6 men walked down a street to the boat dock. “Those are the men we sent here colonel and now they are totally confused as are you. Need I show you more?” “You said this is in the future and I wonder how far. Can you show me this toy, this game from a different perspective?” Theresa reached out and touched him. He was standing in a room that was semi dark. There was a big table with something on it in the middle of the room. Theresa walked over and removed a cover of some kind and flipped a switch. The town lit up inside the globe and the lake stretched away from it to the far side of the globe. Theresa walked to the far side of the big toy, as she called it, and motioned for him to come over. He did so and looked into the globe. He almost gasped as he watched 6 men who seemed to be feeling their way around the perimeter. They looked very real. Steven finally looked at Theresa and said “we are in the future?” She took his hand and moved to a wall where there were digital numbers. He could see the year and the date. It was May 10th 2368. He almost fell over but wound up sitting down hard on the big sofa.
Theresa walked back to her place and picked up her coffee, it was cold so she moved to the counter where the coffee machine was sitting and poured her self another cup. All the people in the room had seen the Colonel and Theresa disappear and then reappear shortly. Sam spoke up. “Well Colonel, can you tell us what you saw?” Steven Western looked around the room at all the people that were looking at him and took a sip of his coffee. His next words were, “So what else did you do to those men?” Everybody just sighed and this time Mary spoke. “We found three more squads and they were making their way toward the fort. It seems that General had broken up a good sized platoon and sent them to infiltrate Texas, hopefully unseen. The Bigger group was two squads together and we introduced them to Texas during the Civil War, Oh and we sent one man back to the Alamo and let him see with his own eyes just how the Texans died for their independence.” Theresa filled in the other squad that was sent back to the Civil War. Mary finally came to General Sanchez. “Susanna, Theresa and I were waiting for our husbands when that sneak thief landed his chopper on the parking lot outside the main Head Quarters. Oscar was still up at the 285 gates while the others were at their prospective defense positions. We figured that the General had tried to do an end run while the fort was empty. Well needless to say we showed him and the men he brought with him what it felt like to ride a horse during a battle.” Mary didn’t say anymore and the men in the room were left with a blank ending. Sam was the first to ask because he had to. “May I ask what part of history did you send the General and his men too?” Mary smiled and took a sip of her juice again. “Why of course Sam. History books have recorded the names of all those men that died at the Little Big Horn with Lieutenant Colonel Custer. We thought that would be a fitting place for a man such as he, don’t you?” The two Generals and Colonel gulped and breathed a sigh of relief.
General Henry Potter stood up and moved to the counter. He poured him self a cup of hot coffee and made the comment “I sure am glad you are on our side of this. So what do you propose to do with General Thomar and General Boudreaux?” The room became silent. Henry Potter had been stirring his coffee and slowly turned around with the silence. There were no people. The room was blank. He thought he had just gone mad. He walked to the big windows and looked at the city. The world was empty. There were no people. He turned around and wasn’t sure what had happened, he didn’t know what had happened. He walked back to his coffee and picked up his cup. Samuel was the one that spoke. “Well general what do you think about the world that is empty?” Henry turned around and everyone was sitting in the room before he asked his question. “Where did you send me just now?” He was a bit annoyed but was intrigued at the same time. Samuel stood and walked over to fill his coffee cup. “We semi answered your question general. The dimension you were sent to is almost void of people. The only ones left are underground due to a deadly virus that was released by the Emperor. Yes there is an Emperor in that dimension. He has virtually destroyed the surface of the world with his bumbling. I will not say what that world ends up being like, let’s just call it the dead dimension.”
“My God man, are you proposing to send Thomar and Boudreaux and their entire army into that empty dimension or should I say a deadly dimension that could destroy them?” “Yes general that is what we are proposing to do. Both of those men are moving to destroy this nation although we know they will not be able to do that but they will destroy Dallas and Fort Worth before you and the Texas NG along with the people of Texas can stop them. They will murder and destroy many cities and people on their way to capture Houston and Sam. We have seen this. The Emperor will try to destroy Houston and other cities but will fail. Our daughters and others are on a mission to stop the Emperor from using a deadly weapon.” Sam Houston listened to this and was surprised by this action but knew that Samuel was speaking the truth about what was coming. The info about the daughter’s mission was new to him so he had to ask “Do you know what type of weapon the Emperor has hidden and when he may decide to use it. Is it this virus that is released in that other dimension?” “That we do not know yet Sam. Tamara and Alisha began a journey awhile back and left the Haven on their own. We found out from a very close friend that he had told the girls about something the bad man in Denver had and even he did not know what it was but that it would destroy this world in the long run if the bad man used it.’ “We have not had any contact with either of them to date but have been given dreams and have seen a result. The dimension we are proposing to send Thomar and Boudreaux to is one scenario and the best one we could use at this time. It is unfortunate that those two men will end up destroying themselves and the poor souls that are under their control. We can only hope that they will rebel against them and perhaps change the outcome in that dimension. That is something we cannot see at this time.”
Sam gathered that he was the one to make a decision on the outcome of this skirmish. These people could do almost anything and yet he was the one that would suffer the outcome. He knew this was a moment in time that would determine the destruction of his people and perhaps the world. He had seen the deaths of millions of Texans if he tried to fight the two generals and his dreams were parallel with the Haven folks about the Emperor and his mad course to control the world. His mind was full of gloom at the moment but he strengthened himself. The battles on the western border had all turned out to be positive in Texas’s favor but those were small compared to what was coming. Samuel and the others had given their proposal and shown the facts of consequences of not doing the thing they were going to do. He stood and walked to his desk and turned to look at the grey skies and the rain. The gloom almost overwhelmed him at that point but he steeled himself and said to his reflection in the window. “Do what you must Samuel, and may the divine creator guide your daughters to accomplish their mission with success.” A sharp lightning strike cause an explosion in the distance and Sam felt a pain in his soul from all this war and destruction that seemed to carry on.
Ian floated above General Brad Thomar in his fitful sleep. It was 0100 hours on the 12th day of May and Ian could see clearly the designs this man had for Texas. The destruction he was planning would not happen. He knew what the Haven folks were going to do and it set okay with him. He was going to tell them the exact time frame of this mans plans which included the other General’s plans from Louisiana. He had left the earth and traveled to the S’iruss world and spent time with Jimmy and the S’iruss people and then he had traveled to Nani – Kai – Kale and visited with Bill and Carol. It was there that he had been told to come back and help once more with the Texas business. He had twisted into the no time and out above this general and read his thoughts. His next move was to the Garden at the Haven where he talked with all the folks. He knew where the daughters were and what they would do to stop the Emperor and they had already stopped him in other ways. He had visited with them in the tunnel as they made their way toward the control station and they said they would meet with their parents when the mission was complete and that he should not tell them yet. While in the Garden he told them all what the two Generals would be doing within hours. They all hugged him as he was going back to Nani – Kai – Kale and then back to S’iruss to help guide the peoples to earth in the near future.
Mary, Samuel, Kevin and Kristyl created the doorway into the empty dimension at the bridges of the ISR 44 and the ISR 35 while Michael, Susanna, Daniel and Theresa created the one at the Wall gates on the ISR 20. It was 0430 hours and the border folk had been told to move away from the gates at the bridges and the wall for at least the morning between the hours of 0400 and 1000. After that they could go about their daily business. The gates were opened and left alone. The doorways into the dead dimension were created and would be shut as soon as the Emperor’s soldiers and the vehicles passed through. The only thing that would be witnessed by anyone that would be watching was the columns of soldiers and armored vehicles disappearing into air as they drove through the open gates. The choppers overhead would pass through the doorways as soon as they flew over the border and never know they flew through a doorway into another dimension.